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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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Apprentices the life and soul of any business

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Here is an interesting article written by our MD about apprentices…

Apprentices have been a key part of the success of GW Power. I myself started out as an Apprentice after not achieving my full potential at school, the scheme through Hull College was excellent at the time. It picked me up, brushed me off and set me on a positive path.

I am time served and worked as a site based electrician for a few years. I was also ambitious and seized the opportunity to climb the career ladder which took me off my tools and into the office environment, where I became a estimator and manager at quite a young age.

In 2014 I was made redundant from the company I worked for. In hindsight this was a blessing in disguise as I set up GW Power-Safe.

Knowing I had been a vital resource in the past as an apprentice, I immediately took on my own and went back to my tools which I really enjoyed to get the business moving. I trained him to work alongside me.

Because I know how important Apprentices are and how good it was for me personally, I am very passionate about helping people who could be in the same mindset and situation that I was.

I really want to encourage other local companies to take on an Apprentice – the benefits are huge. Firstly from a financial point of view, you get an extra pair of hands in your business at very low cost. We couple our apprentices up with an experienced and fully qualified engineer, they start out doing basic tasks, freeing up the qualified guys to undertake more advanced work, whilst getting the vital hands-on experience. This in turn enables us to be more competitive in the marketplace and, we are able to take on more work to grow our business.

The Apprentice gets to learn while they earn and although it starts off with a low salary, they receive training and support to help them achieve more. We tend to throw ours in at the deep end so they get to experience the job in full, rather than hanging around on the side lines waiting to be told what to do.

Sometimes I hear negative comments about young people, that they are lazy and afraid of a hard day’s work but I haven’t found this with any of the apprentices that have worked for us. I believe that if you find the right person, give them the right training and provide them with lots of support they will blossom in front of your eyes.

It’s such a rewarding experience for a young person come into the business and be able to watch them grow in confidence, ability and experience.

Our team thrives in a positive working culture and environment. I believe this has to come from the top down so it becomes contagious. We set our expectations, clean uniform, clean vehicles, positive attitude towards colleagues and clients, arrive on time, look for the solution, don’t dwell on the problem and never criticise another tradesperson’s work.

The result for us has been very low staff turnover. We’ve had 9 apprentices in 5 years aged 16-24 years. All but one of these have stayed within GW Power-Safe and he only left to join his family business.

I enjoy encouraging and pushing our apprentices to climb the ladder and I’d really love to see them take over the business one day.

I myself value support from the mentors in my life, both on a personal and professional level. We all need people to turn to for advice and support and I feel happy and proud to know that I have people that look at me that way.

So my advice to you is just do it, go and find an apprentice today, you won’t regret it!

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Ennerdale Refurbishment Contract Awarded to GW Power

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Ennerdale Leisure Centre in Hull is receiving a million pound makeover and GW Power have been awarded the Mechanical and Electrical Contract. The leisure centre is now closed for the refurbishment works to be carried out and re-opens in January 2020.

The Mechanical and Electrical work forms a large proportion of the overall project with extensive work being carried out on the centre’s main systems such as upgrades to the Pool Filtration, Controls, Ventilation and Cold Water Systems.

The Café and Reception areas are being refurbished along with the Sauna, Fitness Gym and Studio. There will also be new disabled changing facilities added. The centre will benefit from a brand new Fire Alarm system as well as the Intruder, CCTV and Data Cabling being upgraded.

GW Power are locally based in Hull and their contract which is in excess of a million pound is via the main contractor, Hobson & Porter who are a long term client and another local business.

Daniel Haley, Managing Director at GW Power said: “We are delighted to be given the opportunity to deliver such a prestigious project. Being a local contractor, we really appreciate being involved and we understand how important the project is for Hull City Council and the local community”.

The images within this news item were taken just before the works commenced. Updates on completed project will be posted both here on the website and the GW power social media portals, particularly the Linkedin Page at https://www.linkedin.com/company/gw-power-safe-ltd

More Information & External Links

End User/Clients
Hull City Council – http://www.hull.gov.uk/
Hull Culture & Leisure – https://www.hcandl.co.uk/

Designers & Project Managers
NPS Humber – https://property.nps.co.uk/Contact/Humber

Main Contractor
Hobson & Porter – https://www.hobsonporter.com/

Media & News
Hull Daily Mail – https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/ennerdale-leisure-centre-close-until-2924883
HullCC News – https://www.hullccnews.co.uk/30/05/2019/ennerdale-leisure-centre-to-get-1-76-million-refurbishment/
Hull Culture & Leisure – https://www.hcandl.co.uk/ennerdale

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Founder and MD of GW Power named in the exclusive 42 Under 42 List of Business Leaders

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We are proud to announce that our Founder and Managing Director, Daniel Haley has been named in the exclusive list of “42 Under 42” Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders for 2019.

Why 42? You might remember that the average age of the Insider Power and Rich List is 52. The event is designed to be a talent scouting exercise to lookDaniel Haleyahead and predict who will be the leading business figures in ten years’ time.

This includes attending an invitation only event which organised by Insider Business magazine and is attended by a select audience of successful entrepreneurs, business owners and leaders at what will be one of the region’s top business networking evenings of the year and one of the best events for unearthing young business talent.

Insider’s annual 42 under 42 dinner is to be held at the Royal Armouries in Leeds on Thursday 11 April 2019.

Founded in 2014 by Daniel Haley, GW Power provide a “One Stop Solution” for Mechanical and Electrical Services such as Plumbing, Lighting, Gas and Fire Alarms. The company has gone from strength to strength and now employs 20 people. The companies unique flexible and friendly approach is proving to be a success and great benefit to its clients.

Source:
Insider Business Magazine

Link to Event:
https://www.insidermedia.com/event/yorkshire-42-under-42-dinner-2019

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Britain’s WORST Bathrooms

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We thought that this was a funny light hearted look at the Plumbing World so decided to write about it.

Victoria Plumb have partnered with TV Star Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen in a competition to find Britain’s WORST bathrooms.

Hundreds of entries were submitted and four shortlisted finalists shown below. Maybe they need the services of a quality installer like GW Power. Maybe they think its “Retro” and are perfectly happy……

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Further information……

Source:
Ideal Home https://www.idealhome.co.uk/news/britains-worst-bathroom-216646

Link:
Victoria Plumbhttps://www.victorianplumbing.co.uk

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Humber View Awarded to Gw Power

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GW Power have been awarded the Contract for the Phase 2 Refurbishment Project at Humber View on behalf of Pickering & Ferens Homes.

Humber View is an outstanding building on Victoria Dock and looks out across the Humber. It was built in 1996 and comprises of 35 residential flats over four storeys and also communal facilities including a Lounge, Guest rooms and Hairdressers.

GW Power have been awarded the full contract and are also acting as the main contractor for the project to deliver the following:

– Heating Replacement.
– Hot Water System upgrade.
– Decorating Works.
– Fire Alarm Modifications.
– New Passenger Lift Installation.
– Suspended Ceiling Replacement.
– Decorative Lighting Installation.

Rob Dixon, General Manager at GW Power said “We have had to work very closely with our client and the residents to ensure that the works are carried out safely with as little disruption as possible. To facilitate this we have provided a programme of works and have a dedicated site team led by our fully qualified Site Manager, Daniel Carter. Our team members are very friendly and helpful which is not only the philosophy of GW Power but is vital to this particular project”

Pickering and Ferens Homes(PFH) is based in Hull and is a Registered Social Housing Provider and charity. Founded in 1910, PFH own around 1,350 properties that are located within Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire. In line with PFH charitable objectives, they provide accommodation and services predominantly for residents aged over 60 years old with a particular social value emphasis on health and wellbeing in later life.

GW Power are delighted to be working together with such a prestigious client that has excellent values. You can find out more about Pickering and Ferens Homes at https://www.pfh.org.uk/

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No Hot Water? GW Power’s guidance to save you Money

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GW Power frequently get calls from people and businesses that have lost their Hot Water. Sometimes the problem is nothing serious and something that could have easily and quickly been resolved by the end user without the need to pay for our Engineers to attend.

We have provided a quick guide below to use before you call us in case it is a minor problem that can easily and quickly be resolved.

Quick End User Guide:

Is the Thermostat set correctly? – This could be set too low or the batteries may need changing in your Thermostat.

Electrical Problem? – The power could be off. Check your Gas and Electrical Appliances have power to them. Check your Electrical Distribution Board and see if there are any Circuit Breakers that have tripped.

Timeclock Set Correctly? – If the timeclock isn’t set correctly then the boiler may be off when you expect it to be on. Power cuts can stop timeclocks and then the time falls behind or even accidentally touching one can throw it out.

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Low Water Pressure? – All boilers have an optimal water pressure which is usually between 1 and 1.5 bar. Modern Boilers usually have a pressure gauge built into them to read this. It is possible to increase the pressure by adjusting the filling loop but only do this if you know what you are doing. Increase the pressure to between 1 to 1.5 bar. Low pressure could also be the utility providers incoming pressure on the outside of your premises.

Boiler Pilot Light On? – Is the pilot light on the boiler still on? Your boiler should come with instructions so there will be a trouble shooter telling you how to re-light it. If it does not re-light you definitely need to call an expert.

Boiler Need Resetting? – Again, your boiler manual will give instructions on how to reset it. Often, just switching the Boiler off and on again will kick start it back into normal operation.

Frozen Pipes? – A common fault in cold weather is that the condensate pipe can freeze which in turn causes the boiler to shut down. Try thawing the frozen pipe using warm water, hot water bottle or a hair dryer but not too much heat at once or you may damage it.

All of the above recommendations aside, the best thing to do would be to Contact Us Here to attend to your problem.