Macmillan Coffee Morning

Last year’s Macmillan Coffee morning was so popular, we decided to do 2 this year!

The official coffee morning was Friday 27th September, but we also decided to do one on Friday 20th September, to celebrate Josh Irons’ 5 year work anniversary and make sure he was able to scoff his face before he leaves to join his family business!

Throughout the 2 x Friday’s, some serious cakes were baked – thank you to everyone that made or bought a cake in particular:

  • John for his Peanut Butter cheesecake – pretty special, the boy is gifted.
  • Adam for his mum’s efforts on a fantastic chocolate cake – professional.
  • Leanne for her Victoria sponge cake and many, many cupcakes.
  • Catrin for her vast assortment of goodies – too many to mention individually!
  • Jacqui for her chocolate cake (and her first baking episode in 15 years).
  • Brendan for his chocolate orange cake (massively helped by his niece!).
  • Lauren for her cornflake cakes.
  • Pat for his very healthy chocolate cake (which he ate virtually all of).
  • Michael Powell for his pancakes.

In total over £150 was raised for this fantastic charity – thank you to everyone for your contributions.

Harvey Burke – Promoted to Technician

It is with great pleasure we can announce that our longest serving Trainee, Harvey Burke, has been promoted to a Technician as of 23rd September 2019.

As soon as he passed his driving test, it was just a matter of time as Harvey has continually demonstrated over the last year his technical skills on site, assisting many a successful install project and being a key part in the install team as well as consistently delivering a high level of maintenance.

It has certainly been a long journey, guided by many of his colleagues, especially Mick Shortis – who is owed quite a few lifts may I add.

Well done Harvey, we are all really pleased for you in your achievements and look forward to you continuing to develop, learn and push on further.

PS – Please keep your hands on the wheel Harvey!!!!

Johnny Bailey – Promoted to Cable Jointer

It is with great pleasure we can announce that our very own Johnny Bailey has been promoted from an LV Jointer to a fully competent Cable Jointer as of 23rd September 2019.  It was only a little over 2 and a half years ago that Johnny was assisting pretty much full time in the Civils division.

With jointing works being in demand and Johnny wanting to try something new, he was switched to the jointing division, under the mentorship of Rich and has not looked back.  Through Rich’s teaching and stewardship, Johnny has grasped the art of Jointing, the Power Testing way.

His craftsmanship and pride in his work is exceptional and recent assessments has also demonstrated he has grasped the permitry and safe system of working side of things.  Well done Johnny, a great achievement and keep up the great work to push on further.

Our 2nd Volunteering Day at Little Havens

As part of our ongoing charity partnership with Havens, we undertook our second volunteering day at Little Havens Hospice on Monday 12th August 2019.

The team was Mike Westley, Glen Ross, Josh Irons, Olivia Johnson Tom Hughes, Kevin Smith, Sean Sheehan, Catrin Jenkins, Jim Randall and Stephanie Grau.

Even though it absolutely pelted it down with rain (after they had watered the plants and gardens!), spirits were high and they achieved everything that was set out for them – and more!

Well done team – and hope you have dried off now.

Volunteering at Little Havens Hospice

As part of our charity partnership with Havens, we undertook our first volunteering day at Little Havens Hospice on Monday 1st July 2019.

Barry Gray, Paul Wright, Nick Pennock, Ellie Graves, Johnny Bailey, Tony Churchill, Chris Williamson, Brad Manning and Lauren Tilly swapped their normal site and office duties for some gardening, sheering, hedge trimming, weeding and plant watering in Little Havens beautiful grounds.

This place is amazing and offers special one-on-one care for children with life shortening illnesses and respite to the whole family. The place is tranquil and magical, as are the people who work there. What really hit home was that the children go there to LIVE, making everyday count.

Not only was it a humbling experience in a peaceful setting, it really does remind us that life is about creating those special moments with our loved ones – and Little Havens do an amazing job doing exactly that for these special and brave children.

Thank you to everyone at the Hospice for your hospitality and we look forward to continue to help out, which is an absolute privilege.

Race4Business in support of Havens

On Wednesday 12th June 19, our chosen charity, Havens Hospices, put on their annual Race4Business, in partnership with Birketts Solicitors.

It was great to see Kevin Smith, Brad Tomlin, Johnny Bailey, Barry Gray and Lisa Gillan (Richard’s wife) take part.  Additionally, Alan Ager volunteered his services as a race marshal.

Not only where PB’s smashed, but the team raised an amazing £420.00 on their dedicated JustGiving page as well as Kev also raising a further £251 through his own fundraising.

Well done everyone who took part – a great success for a worthy cause.

Power Testing receive their RoSPA Gold Award for the 2nd year in a row

Power Testing received their RoSPA Gold Award last night for the 2nd year running.

Our number 1 value is ‘Safety First’ and to be recognised for our commitment to raising the standards of health and safety management within the company is just reward to all of our people.

RoSPA stands for ‘Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents’ and as a family business, our commitment to keeping our people safe is our number one priority and always will be.

Best Project Delivery for CBRE Winners

Power Testing achieved a Top 100 Preferred supplier rating with one of our largest clients, CBRE.

We were invited to attend an event in London on 30th May 2019 and it is with great pride to say that Power Testing once again won best Project delivery for Q1 of 2019, solidifying the quality end product and bespoke service we offer to our clients. Scoring was against a number of measures including delivery, service and HSEQ. Our Brendan Bignell, Finance Manager and Ellie Graves, Contracts Assistant, picked up the Award.

A direct quote from one of the Directors on the day was “Congratulations on the win, you guys scored great across all of our categories, but completely blew everyone else away in the Project division!”

All the above is a testament to every area of our company, from quotations, planning & scheduling, works delivery, invoicing and customer service. A great achievement for Power Testing and something we are all very proud of. #power #quality #teamwork #preferredsupplier #CBRE #customercare

Power Testing come 3rd in first ever World Cup-on-Sea Charity Event

Saturday 18th May 2019 saw Power Testing enter a 7-a-side team take part in the inaugural World Cup-on-Sea at Southend United’s home ground, Roots Hall, to raise money for two local charities:

–  HARP:  Helping local people overcome homelessness for good.
–  Trust Links:   Supporting local people experiencing mental health problems.

In the build up to the event, everyone got involved in some way, whether it be taking part in weekly training sessions, designing the kit, fundraising or coming up with the team name – The Power Rangers!

After 3 months of training and with a relatively healthy looking squad of 11, the mighty Power Rangers Manager, Chris Park, was confident, as was captain Rob Knight.

The team arrived at 8am full of anticipation and excitement for the day ahead.  After inductions were complete and a few confidence building smashes in the full size goals, the supporters started to arrive, lifting spirits even higher.  It was clear that the Power Rangers had the largest and most vocal support throughout the day with several work mates making an appearance (the ones not working the weekend) as well as family and friends, making the day even more special.  And also making the butterflies and nerves increase!

But the team need to worry – when it came to kick off for their first group game at 9.30am, the day got off to a great start with a comprehensive 4-1 win, with goals from Johnny Bailey, Dan Cann, Ellis Park and Brad Manning, with all 11 squad members getting on the pitch and contributing in a devastating display.  Some flowing moves and great finishes capped off a great first win.  The sole goal conceded came from a referee error, who wrongly awarded a penalty from a back pass (much to John Marshall’s disgust)!

The 2nd game was a real challenge, with the Power Rangers taking an early lead through Dan Cann’s left wand, initially stunning the keeper with his initial shot and then putting in the rebound.  But the game was shaping up to be a real battle with the team taking some hard and quite frankly, uncalled for and unnecessary challenges.  The game ended 1-1 thanks to some smart saves from John Marshall in goal but they all survived some horrendous tackles and managed to keep their heads – even when Dylan Green was one on one with the keeper and was hacked down from behind for a blatant professional foul.  It was clear things were getting serious and there were extremely competitive teams taking part.

With approximately 90 minutes between the group games, it was extremely tempting to head to the bar for a few pints or indulge in the traditional pie or foot long – but the boys remained focused and instead reverted to professional looking stretches to keep them from stiffening up.

The final group game kicked off at 1pm with the team knowing that only a win would guarantee their path to the knockout stages.  This midway point during the day also saw further Power Rangers supporters turn up, swelling the numbers cheering the team on to way above 50.  And the boys didn’t disappoint. After taking an early 2 goal lead through Johnny Bailey and Dan Cann, they pulled a goal back, again through a dubious penalty.  As tensions rose, a quick-fire double from Ellis Park and a 5th from super sub Chris Williamson sealed a great win and progress to the last 16.

A commanding 3-0 win in the last 16, thanks to goals from Dan Cann again, Chris Williamson and Rob Knight sealed a comprehensive win and took the team to the quarter finals stage.

The games were now coming thick and fast – with the quarter final immediately after the last 16 win.  And so were the injuries, with several of the team struggling, including Dan Cann, the team’s focal point and top scorer, who started the next game on the bench.

The quarter final was a dull affair in terms of goal mouth action, with both teams staying tight to one another and nullifying goal threats.  However, John had to be at his best to deal with a couple of long range pearlers that were heading into the top corner.  The game was descending into a nasty battle, with the boys taking many hard tackles and plenty of abuse from the opposition, who were trying to influence the ref at every opportunity.  Tom Hughes, Johnny Bailey and Dave Betson stood up to the challenge and dished out some of their own tackling, which the other team didn’t take too kindly too!  The game looked to be heading for extra time when Dan Cann entered the pitch with only a few minutes left.  Playing to his strengths, Dan Cann received the ball with his back to goal, held off the defender, turned and shot ferociously with that left haymaker of a foot into the bottom corner for a 1-0 win, made even sweeter after the abuse some of the lads had received.

The semi-final beckoned against pre-tournament favourites TKS.  It turned out to be a tight and tense affair, with few chances.  But with 8 minutes remaining, TKS hit the power rangers with a sucker punch to take the lead.  As the Power Rangers pushed on and committed men forward, John kept the team in it with several fine and flying saves.  As the final whistle went to end the Power Rangers journey, the sense of disappointment was drowned out by the cheering support and sense of pride for what had been achieved in less than 3 months, against many teams that had been playing together for much longer – and were also much younger than the Power Rangers average age of 30+.

It was at that point that we realised there was to be a 3rd place play off match – against the rather tough team we drew 1-1 with in the group stages, with some of the lads still bearing their battle wounds from that game.  Luckily sense prevailed and an amicable penalty shoot out in the full size goals was agreed – best of out 5.  Dan Crew scored the first with John saving their first effort.  A chance to take a commanding lead but Johnny Bailey’s effort was saved, however, they again missed.  Dan Cann was never going to miss, with a rifled shot into the roof of the net, bringing gasps from the watching crowd.   The opposition scored which meant that Chris Park, the Power Rangers Manager, had the opportunity to seal the shootout win.  As he begun his run up, the crowd were ready to celebrate but the keeper dived to his right and kept it out.  It was then left to Dylan Green to try and make amends next time round – and score he did, sealing the win and 3rd place with it.

The day was a great success, with over £19,000 raised in total for two fantastic and impactful local charities that make a real difference in the community.

Not only was the event a great success for the charities, but it was also a great success for Power Testing.

Not only did the Power Rangers represent the company superbly, coming a respectable 3rd out of 32 teams and only losing to the eventual winners, TKS.

Not only did the team raise a fantastic £1,265.00 for two great local charities.

But most importantly, the event gave us the opportunity as a company to come together, meet each others families, create great memories together and forge new relationships built on trust and respect – which is absolutely priceless.

We would like to say a massive thank you to the event organisers, the charities, the Power Rangers Team, the roaring supporters & of course thank you to everyone who donated to the worthwhile causes.
And here’s to next year – where the power rangers want to improve on 3rd place and ‘Bring it Home’!

Quality is Key

One of our core values at Power Testing is be our clients Number 1 supplier of choice through our Quality service and our people’s expertise.

So last month, the company sent five of their senior management team on the QMS ISO 9001:2015 Internal Auditor training course, run by BATALAS.

The objective was to ensure that the company continues to be committed to quality through their management systems and that all business processes adhere to the ISO 9001:2015 standards.
From the 3 day workshop, the team took loads of information and have already started to implement their learnings through auditing and most importantly, continuously improving our processes.  After all, everybody wants to contribute to a company’s success in the most efficient and effective way and through the auditing schedule, we have already been able to identify improvements, saving everyone time and improving the company’s overall quality output.
With five of our senior managers across all different areas of the organisation now trained to undertake internal audits, it demonstrates the company’s commitment to quality throughout the whole of Power Testing.
From Left to Right:
Pat Templeman – Technical Manager
Brendan Bignell – Finance Manager
Brad Manning – HR Manager
Gareth Davies – HSEQ Manager
Chris Williamson – Head of Projects