Archives for August 2017

Four P & I staff members celebrate 10 years’ service

10 Years' Service

(From L – R) Paul Terzza, Ashley Benfield, Maggie Bentley, Martin Woodham, Dave Lawty, Paul Benfield

On Friday 25th August, we celebrated four of our team who have reached 10 years’ service with P & I. Maggie Bentley, Ashley Benfield, Dave Lawty and Martin Woodham were all joined by their colleagues for the presentation at our new office in Havant.

Maggie was the first to join P & I when it was just managing director, Paul Benfield and technical director, Paul Terzza. Now P & I’s office manager, Maggie is responsible for the day to day running of the business including managing the accounts and being our ISO lead.

Having worked with both directors in a previous company, Martin made the move to P & I as the company started to pick up momentum and grow. Now one of P & I’s senior service engineers, Martin is well respected by P & I’s customers which has led to the company winning multiple high-profile tenders.

After completing his accountancy degree, Ashley joined the family business. Originally, starting his career at P & I in sales, he has worked his way through the company to service manager. Ashley now manages his own team including new addition, Nathan Jackett, who joined the team as service control apprentice.

Dave joined P & I as qualified electrical/mechanical engineer, having worked on a multitude of engines and control systems throughout his career. He is the company’s fountain of knowledge for everything technical and the go-to for all engineers and sales staff. This led to his promotion earlier on in the year to technical support specialist.

All were presented with a bottle of champagne, a box of chocolates, an extra day’s holiday and a cheque for £100 to mark 10 years’ service with the company.

Managing Director of P & I, Paul Benfield, commented:

“Our staff are the most important part of the business, without them, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Maggie, Martin, Ashley and Dave have all made a huge contribution to our success over the last 10 years. We were delighted to celebrate this great achievement with them and the rest of the team on Friday. Myself and technical director, Paul Terzza would like to thank them all for their service and continued commitment to P & I.”

Congratulations from everyone at P & I!

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P & I welcome new service contract sales executive

Zofia Sales ExecutiveOn Wednesday 16th August, P & I welcomed new service contract sales executive, Zofia Kostro, to the team.

Zofia joins our sales team having worked in the fire industry for nearly two years as a sales rep. Originally from Poland, Zofia moved to the UK in 2014 having fallen in love with the country whilst on holiday.

Commenting on joining P & I, Zofia said:

“I am delighted to have joined the P & I team. I was looking for a new challenge and a change of scenery from my previous role. When I saw P & I were advertising for a sales executive, I immediately applied. Having heard a lot about P & I and their continued growth, I wanted to be a part of it. I am looking forward to working with my colleagues in the sales team, along with the wider teams.”

Having completed her three-day induction last week, Zofia is now imbedded into the sales team, learning the ropes from Sales & Contracts Manager, Jon Terzza.

Jon commented:

“It’s great to have Zofia on board to assist us in pushing forward the service side of the business. Zofia will be responsible for looking after our service and maintenance contract customers and will be their main point of contact. I look forward to working with Zofia and wish her the best of luck with her future at P & I.”

From everyone at P & I, we would like to welcome Zofia to the team!

If you are interested in joining the P & I team, please visit our vacancies page for more information on the different opportunities we have available. However, if we do not have any current vacancies, we would still like to hear from you as we are always on the lookout for talented individuals.

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P & I welcome two new apprentice engineers


On Wednesday 16th August, P & I welcomed new apprentice engineers, Connor Jones and Jay Andrews.

Connor joins us as a service and maintenance apprentice engineer, having completed his Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering at South Downs College. In March, Connor met two P & I representatives during a careers fair at South Downs College and decided to apply. Connor will be completing the Level 3 NVQ Extended Diploma in Engineering Maintenance for the duration of his apprenticeship.

Jay joins us as an electrical installation apprentice engineer, having completed a 15-week intensive IT Systems course at Highbury College. Actively seeking an electrical based apprenticeship, Jay heard P & I were advertising for an electrical installation apprentice so decided to apply. Throughout Jay’s apprenticeship he will be studying for his Level 3 NVQ in Electrotechnical Building Services.

Both Connor and Jay will be enrolled with P & I’s apprenticeship partner, PETA. PETA Ltd is a Hampshire-based training organisation set up in 1970 and is owned by over 330 member companies including Portsmouth Water, Stannah Stairlifts, Wightlink, Portsmouth International Port, Kenwood, Airbus, Boeing and many others. Alongside on the job training, Connor and Jay will attend PETA’s Engineering Training Centre located in Havant, where they will undertake the classroom-based part of their apprenticeships.

Gavin Smith, Senior Manager of Government Funded Training at PETA commented:

“PETA is very much looking forward to continuing our successful apprenticeship training venture with P & I, a very active business with the great achievement of giving young people the support to learn and develop in a first-class environment. We wish Jay and Connor the best of luck as they become valued members of their teams and take on key roles in day-to-day activities. PETA is proud to work in partnership with P & I to ensure that their recruiting and training of apprentices runs smoothly – people development is at the core of what PETA does – specialising in helping customers develop their people to make a difference – through open courses, the customisation of programmes that are unique to the client’s organisation, the provision of advisory and consultancy services to provide hands-on support when it’s needed and through cost-effective apprenticeship solutions which enable companies to grow and develop young people to become the leaders of the future.”

Under the leadership of Training & Development Supervisor, Paul Ross, Connor and Jay will receive plenty of support and guidance throughout their time at P & I. Since taking on our first apprentice in 2008, every apprentice has secured a full-time position with P & I after completion of their apprenticeship.

Training & Development Supervisor, Paul Ross commented:

“We strongly believe in investing in the next generation of our workforce, therefore, every year P & I take on new apprentice engineers. Our industry is niche and to be able to grow our own home-grown talent, is vital to our business. I look forward to working with Connor and Jay and watching them both progress. The best part of my job is seeing the apprentices grow and develop with the company. I wish them both every success with P & I.”

From everyone at P & I, we would like to welcome Connor and Jay to the team!

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P & I welcome new electrical engineer

Electrical Engineer Bill & Ashley Benfield

Electrical Engineer, Bill Bichard (L) with Service Manager, Ashley Benfield (R)

On Monday 7th August, we welcomed electrical engineer, Bill Bichard to the P & I team. Bill joins us as a multi-skilled engineer with a background in both generators and UPS systems.

Having been in the critical power industry for the last 9 years, Bill brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with him. Still keen to further his knowledge, Bill decided he wanted a new challenge and the opportunity for career development.

Commenting on his move to P & I, Bill said:

“I was extremely impressed with P & I, coming from the industry there is a lot of talk about them and how much they are growing. Before applying for the position, I had driven past their new premises on multiple occasions and it eventually prompted me to make the move. I’m really excited about my future with P & I and I can’t wait to get out and about next week and start assisting P & I’s customers.”

Service Manager, Ashley Benfield commented:

“This is an exciting time for P & I as we continue to expand. I’m always on the lookout for people who have a great attitude to work and are driven to develop themselves and this is exactly what we have found with Bill. I am very pleased to welcome Bill to the team and wish him every success for his future with us. I look forward to working with him.”

Bill is currently completing his week-long induction with operations director, Alan Blair. Once completed, he will be out and about assisting our customers.


From everyone here at P & I, we would like to welcome Bill to the team!


If you are interested in joining the P & I team, please visit our vacancies page for more information on the different opportunities we have available. However, if we do not have any current vacancies, we would still like to hear from you as we are always on the lookout for talented individuals.

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