Mallusk Business Receives National Training Award
31 January 2017
Locally based electrical and mechanical engineering firm, Grants Electrical Services (GES Group), recently received a national training award in recognition of its commitment to staff, innovation and skills development, outperforming organisations many times its size.
Competing against heavyweights like Transport for London, GES Group was the recipient of the Bronze Award in the Training Journal ‘Best Change Management’ category and was the only company from Northern Ireland, as well as the only SME, nominated at the awards night.
Employing more than 80 people across its County Antrim plants, the Group services a range of industrial, manufacturing and power generation sectors across Northern Ireland and beyond. Currently participating in a Growth Programme supported by Invest NI, the company extended its Mallusk premises in 2015, achieved 23% growth in 2016 and will shortly celebrate 45 years in business. To support its growth objectives, the company has participated in a number of Council-run business support programmes and is quick to point out the benefits of those.
GES Group Managing Director, David Moore, said: "We have worked very hard to grow the business, investing in our infrastructure, our technology and our people. We spend approximately £150,000 on training annually, covering everything from Apprenticeship Development to Senior Management Leadership Training."
David continued: "To support our growth aims, we’ve participated in Council-run business support programmes, such as Sales Growth 2, resulting in us developing our own in-house Innovation Programme, delivered in partnership with Ingenuity. The programme supported the development, implementation and review, of annual Improvement and Innovation Programmes, which have had a massive impact on our business."
Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor John Scott, visited the Mallusk premises to congratulate the company on their considerable achievement and to reiterate the need for companies to continue to invest in training to ensure competitiveness.
Councillor Scott noted that: "The Council was delighted to learn of GES Group’s national award and we hope that our business support programmes have contributed to their ongoing success. To see a local company doing so well on a national stage is welcomed by Council and through such programmes, we are keen to help other local companies fulfil their potential. I encourage local businesses to contact us to see how we can assist them."
Invest NI has supported the company’s investment in marketing, job creation and skills development in recent years, culminating in the national recognition.
The Mayor, Councillor John Scott, congratulates Tom Grant (CEO, GES Group) and David Moore (Managing Director, GES Group) on their National Training Award.