Monthly Archives: October 2019

Employees Come First

Positive Culture is a major key to success

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Here is a very interesting Blog article by our MD about Positive Culture in Business…

As contractors we need to refocus on company culture!

Some of the key elements include:

  • Connecting team and brand – we all feel proud to be part of it.
  • If employees have good rapport with a client, we make sure they go back to do future jobs to keep the connection.
  • Our team talk about their experience which makes others want to work here too.
  • We pay based on value, skills and experience, as well as positive work ethic and attitude.
  • Provide quarterly personal performance reviews.
  • Promote positive values.
  • Mentors – we also have mentors within our business, supporting each other through both professional and personal issues.
  • Spend quality time on team building; drinks after work, 5-a-side football tournaments – any reason to spend time together outside of work.
  • Excellent staff training to keep pushing the bar.
  • Camaraderie is the bond that holds people together.

A recent success story is our General Manager, Rob Dixon. He’s made a fantastic contribution to our business and thoroughly enjoys his role. Rob has just been nominated for Employee of the Year in the Hull Daily Mail Business Awards and we are all pleased for Rob as he is truly dedicated to improving our company. He is a detail person, cross checking everything and I recognised early on that it was important for him to have the freedom to do what is important.

Always looking to promote from within, another member of the team has recently come ‘off his tools’ to be promoted to Electrical Manager. This creates room for others to climb the ladder and for new people to come into the company.

I never shy away from being honest with our team. We talk about leads coming in through our sales team, report on client feedback (good and bad) and having recently received our second round of funding from the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund, they also know about the personal risk I have in the business from a financial point of view and what the funding is being used for to grow the business (another blog about that is coming shortly).

On another note, I actually employ and work in the same office as my mother-in-law. We have an excellent relationship and she is fully supportive of everything we do, I think this speaks volumes about the way we operate as many people shudder at the thought!

We are always on the look to attract the best people to work for us. If you or someone you know is currently employed in the M&E sector, we’d love to hear from you via email info@gwpower.co.uk.

Source: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/positive-culture-major-key-success-daniel-haley/

The Humber Bridge Memory Walk 2019.
Picture: Richard Doughty Photography

Our Amy’s Fight for a Dementia Cure

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We are delighted to report that our very own Amy Mumby, our Business Support Manager has raised money and awareness of Dementia with her sister Ellie.

Amy is very proud to have completed the Memory Walk in September which was organised by the Alzheimer’s Society across the Humber Bridge. It was especially fitting as they cut the ribbon to officially start the walk.

Amy and her Sister Ellie both completed the walk in memory of their Grandad Stanley. They remember the final years of his life living with Dementia such as asking about his wife who died years earlier and him being unable to recall Amy being his granddaughter but still recognising her face.

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Amy said:
“I loved my grandad to bits but it felt like we had lost him long before he actually died which was in January at the age of 86”. “He was diagnosed seven years ago and the disease just got progressively worse, turning him from a kind, funny man who was full of life to someone who was constantly frustrated and angry.”

Stanley Mumby lived in Hull all his life and delivered coal with a horse and cart and then becoming a bus driver, which he loved. He was heartbroken when he found he couldn’t drive anymore.

Amy and Ellie were involved more and more towards the end of his life and would go shopping for him and do meal plans to make sure he was eating properly. It was hard for the family to bear watching as the disease took hold.

Amy & Ellie

Amy has said that as she learned more about dementia, she realised that it was best not to correct him by explaining that his wife Beryl was dead, as it could be upsetting, so she would just say that she had popped out to the shops and he’d usually accept that.

Amy & Ellie think that Stanley would be really proud of theme for taking part in the Memory Walk, all of us here at GW Power certainly are and we have helped her raise some money too. In total they have raised over £320 so far and if you would like to also support their cause, you can visit the fund raising page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mw452768 Amy & Ellie will be over the moon if you could.

Further information:-

Fund Raising Page:
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mw452768

Memory Walk Site:
https://www.memorywalk.org.uk/

Alzheimers Society:
https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/

Hull Daily Mail Article:
https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/dementia-bus-driver-grandad-remember-3223978

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Further Development Boosted by Investment

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We are pleased to announce that our business plan and strategy moving forward has us planning to double our turnover and create 10 new jobs after securing a £100,00 loan from a Northern Powerhouse fund. GW Power Safe, is led by entrepreneur Dan Haley and provides mechanical and electrical installation services to contractors and businesses.

We have enjoyed a successful period since receiving an initial £100,000 loan in June 2018, and since then we have increased staff from 16 to 27 and grown turnover to £1.6m. This latest funding will allow the company to employ more staff and take on new work.

Dan Haley, our MD said:
“I am delighted that we have secured the additional loan and really appreciate the support that Mercia and NPIF have given us. We have an exceptionally talented team here at GW Power-Safe and this cash injection gives us the confidence to keep moving forward with our growth plans.”

Dan set up the business in 2014 after losing his job when the company he worked for closed down, he rented his old office and employed three of the staff. We provide all elements that you would expect a building to have in terms of Mechanical and Electrical Services. These capabilities also span across different environments from schools to heavy industrial sites from initial concept and design to installation and commissioning.

The funding will provide additional working capital to fulfil our contracts and further expand the team.

Paul Arthur, investment manager at Mercia, said:
“The initial funding has resulted in a very positive outcome, allowing GW Power-Safe to strengthen its core team and secure larger and more prestigious contracts. It is great to be able to support the company once again as it continues to grow and create more local jobs.”

Having recently won two major contracts for work on a new-build school in Rotherham and the refurbishment of Hull’s Ennerdale Leisure Centre, we are now on track to more than double that figure to around £4m in the current year.

Mark Wilcockson, senior manager at British Business Bank, said:
“We are pleased that the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund has continued to support high-growth businesses in the North, providing vital funding to enable job creation and expansion into new markets. This investment demonstrates how this funding can make a real and measurable difference to businesses across the Northern Powerhouse region, which helps create a more prosperous regional economy.”

The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund project is supported financially by the European Union using funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020 and the European Investment Bank.

Further info & Credits:-

Media:
Phil Winter – https://www.business-live.co.uk/manufacturing/gw-power-safe-set-create-17052546?utm_source=businesslive_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=BL_YorkshireHumber_smallteaser_Text_Story4&utm_campaign=yorkshire_humber_newsletter

Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF):
www.npif.co.uk

Mercia Asset Management:
https://www.mercia.co.uk
https://www.mercia.co.uk/news-media/news/2019/oct/9/young-entrepreneur-set-double-turnover-help-npif-l/

Image:
Shaun Flannery Photography Ltd

Connor Coghill

GW Power Sponsor Boxing Star

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We are pleased to announce that GW Power are now a key sponsor of Hull Boxing Star Connor Coghill.

Connor is undefeated and has won all of his professional bouts including winning on the recent Luke Campbell undercard at the 02 Arena. Connor’s dedication and hard work is an inspiration and it is looking like he is well on the way to becoming a champion.

Connor has been training really hard for his next fight including training with “Cool Hand” Luke Campbell.

Daniel Haley Managing Director at GW Power said:

“It’s great to be involved being a local company supporting a very ambitious and promising local lad”
Connor’s next fight is at the Bonus Arena in front of his home fans in Hull and he is really up for putting on a good show which is on Saturday 26th October.

Fight Card

If you’d like to get on board and support Connor at his fight, tickets for the event can be purchased by contacting teamcoghill@gmail.com and are priced at £35 standard and £60 ringside.

Why not support Connor by following his Social Media sites:-

https://twitter.com/connorcoghill

https://www.facebook.com/connorcoghillboxing/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/connor-coghill-9b0ab0170/?originalSubdomain=uk

https://www.instagram.com/Connor_coghill_boxing/

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Waverley School Awarded to GW Power

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We are delighted to announce that GW power have been awarded the contract to provide the full Mechanical and Electrical Services package for the new Waverley Academy in Rotherham.

GW Power are looking forward to working together with Geo. Houlton, the main contractor for the build. The works are planned start in December and complete June 2020.
The Mechanical and Electrical works package on the new build include:-

Electrical
Main Distribution Equipment & Switchgear
Lighting & Emergency Lighting incl External
Power incl Mechanical supplies and Controls
Telephones & Data
Interactive Screens
Audio Visual and Interactive Systems
Alarms & Security such as Fire, Intruder, CCTV and Panic
Access Control & Video/Door Entry
Disabled Alarms in toilets, Safety Refuge system and Induction Loops
Lightning Protection
Electric Vehicle Charging Points

Waverley School

Mechanical
Heating Boilers & Radiators
Under Floor Heating
Domestic Plumbing
Sanitaryware installation incl Showers & Toilet fitout
Plantroom fitout
Mains Cold Water
BMS System
Air Curtains
Ventilation & Ductwork
Breathing Building Units
It is a great community project to be involved in and GW Power are now eager to get on site and get the ball rolling.

Further Information

Main Contractor(Geo. Houlton)
https://houlton.co.uk/projects/161/ground-breaking-ceremony-for-rotherham-metropolitan-borough-councils-new-waverley-academy-project

Rotherham Council
https://www.rotherham.gov.uk/waverley/

Media & News
https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/crime/work-to-build-new-junior-school-in-rotherham-starts-with-official-soil-cutting-ceremony-486876
https://www.rotherhamadvertiser.co.uk/news/view,breaking-ground-for-new-era-as-work-starts-at-waverley-school-site_33032.htm
https://www.penguinpr.co.uk/mediacentre/2019/2/15/contract-to-build-brand-new-junior-school-in-rotherham-waverley-junior-academy-to-be-put-out-to-tender