The Birthday Bash celebrated 45 years in business for the Group, as well as showcasing their significant investment in training and people development, equipment, and infrastructure in recent years, including the £300,000 investment in their purpose-built Mallusk facility, and their recent Bronze Award win in the Training Journal Awards “Best Change Management” programme, where they faced stiff competition from companies such as Dell, O2, and Transport for London.
Invest NI’s Director of Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering, Bill Montgomery, welcomed guests to the Birthday Bash. He said:
“GES Group is one of Northern Ireland’s home-grown success stories, employing over 80 people across their two sites in Ballymena and Mallusk, and investing heavily in training and up-skilling to develop Engineers for the future. It is important to recognise and celebrate small businesses such as GES, who create valuable employment opportunities within our communities, as well as servicing the blue-chip and multinational organisations that call Northern Ireland their home.
I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate Tom, David, and the rest of the Management Team, as well as all of GES Group’s employees, for achieving real growth for the organisation, and for not only surviving for 45 years, but thriving for 45 years. I wish you the best for the future.”
GES Group CEO, Tom Grant, shared some personal and entertaining stories about the company’s history, ensuring the audience were in high spirits with his witty recollections, before company Managing Director, David Moore, brought us up-to-date with the company’s recent achievements, as well as officially launching GES Group’s new product and service offerings:
- Static Var Generators and Active Harmonic Filters – GES Group have partnered with innovative power quality solution experts, Sinexcel, as the sole UK and Ireland distributor for their products, which are capacitor-free, and use a 3-level topology. Tenders have been submitted for projects in France, the US, and Canada.
- Energy Storage Solutions – battery storage can be used in a variety of applications, including renewable generated storage, to increase capacity, or to draw down from the grid during off-peak times, to be released during periods of peak demand. GES have partnered with Sinexcel to bring Energy Storage Cubes to market.
- Servo Motor Repair Centre – the company have made significant investment over the past 2 years in launching the first Servo Motor Repair Centre in Ireland at their Mallusk facility.
- Sanergrid Oil Filters – a bolt-on to their maintenance and service offering, Sanergrid filters are spill containment solutions for substations and transformers. Quick and easy to install, they do not require electricity.
GES Group’s unique structure enables them to deliver a holistic power and energy management solution for customers, and their award-winning and forward-thinking approach to innovation and change means they stay ahead of the competition, ultimately benefiting their customers and partners.
GES Managing Director, David Moore, commented:
“The 45th Birthday Bash was no doubt a milestone for GES Group. Some of our employees have been with us since the very beginning in 1972, and with the significant growth and development we have worked very hard to achieve, particularly in the past 5 years, we felt it was important to acknowledge and celebrate our success.
The next phase of our Company’s growth and development plans are very exciting. We are exploring new markets and opportunities, we are continuing to invest in our employees, and we are using innovative thinking to not only prepare for change, but to embrace it and use it to our advantage. Our first 5 Year Strategic Development Plan resulted in 57% growth from 2010 to 2015, and a 28% increase in employee numbers across our business. The 2020 Strategic Development Plan is underway, and we are making fantastic progress. We are looking forward to the next 45 years of business – there is much, much more to come from GES Group.”
The Birthday Bash celebrations were rounded off by BBCs Mentalist, David Meade, who dazzled the guests with a little mind reading during a session titled Mind Your Business, which used psychology and human behaviour to explain (and help us improve) our decision making, sales, and persuasion skills.
An excellent day was had by all, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank our customers and partners, not only for attending the event and making it such a success, but for their continued support.