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P & I raise over £500 for the Movember Foundation

Movember Team PhotoDuring the month of November, a team of P & I staff took on the challenge of growing a moustache to raise funds for the Movember Foundation. Appearing in the office on Wednesday 1st November completely clean shaven, the month saw some inspiring efforts from the team.

The Movember Foundation began in 2003 and has become a leading charity in tackling men’s health. The charity addresses some of the biggest health issues facing men including prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. Having funded more than 1,200 men’s health projects around the world, the foundation’s aim is to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25% by 2030.

Over the month, we have managed to raise over £500 through the support of family, friends, colleagues and suppliers, with donations still coming in. It wouldn’t have been possible to raise so much money, if it wasn’t for Paul, Ashley, Alan, Bradley and Nathan and their valiant efforts in growing some impressive facial hair. Therefore, a big thank you must go to them for taking part and putting up with the banter that came along with it.

Having posed the question to our social media followers, it was decided that project manager, Alan Houghton, won ‘Best Moustache’. Unfortunately, we couldn’t convince Alan to keep his moustache for his holiday to America, even though we offered to buy him a cowboy hat!

We would like to thank everyone who has sponsored our team and helped us exceed our target of £500. By taking part in Movember, we hope we can help raise awareness about men’s health, raise some money for a great cause and have fun whilst we do it.

Our fundraising page will stay open until the end of the year so if you would like to sponsor our team, please visit P & I’s Movember Fundraising Page. Once we have a final total, we will share this on our social media channels so make sure you keep an eye out!

Below, we have put together a variety of photographs taken throughout the month of our team.

 

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P & I welcome work experience student

Ria Work Experience

Ria fitting a radiator to one of our hire generators

On Monday 27th November, we welcomed work experience student, Ria Parsley, to P & I for the week.

Ria is currently studying for her BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Engineering at Havant and South Downs College. During the course, students are expected to find work experience for a week with local businesses.

Paul Ross, our training and development supervisor, created a bespoke training plan to ensure Ria experienced as many aspects of our engineering work as possible. Whilst being supervised by Paul, the week saw Ria fit a radiator into one of our hire generators, carry out a full generator service, build a control panel, and create CAD drawings.

The cold weather didn’t stop Ria, who had a smile on her face the whole time she was working on the generators outside. At the end of the week, Ria kindly brought in two tubs of chocolates as a thank you to all the staff (which went down very well on a Friday!).

Ria commented:

“I really enjoyed my week with P & I, especially fitting the radiator in the generator. Working on generators isn’t something we get to do at college, so it was good to be able to get some hands-on experience. I chose engineering as a career because I like practical things and the challenge of having to solve problems.”

Ria did so well during her week with us, we have offered her an apprenticeship to start after she has completed her course next year. As a company, we are looking forward to welcoming our first female engineer, something we have been working towards for quite some time.

Paul Ross commented:

“Ria was absolutely brilliant last week. Her attitude to work is exactly what we look for in our engineers. I am delighted that we are in a position to offer Ria an apprenticeship, having only been with her for a week, I know she will be an asset to P & I. It’s so refreshing to see a young person with so much passion for what they want to do, I can’t wait to welcome Ria to the team next year.”

 

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P & I staff wish stores supervisor a happy retirement

John Retirement

John Bentley (L) receiving his gifts from Paul Benfield (R)

On Thursday 30th November, P & I bid a fond farewell to stores supervisor, John Bentley, as he left to enjoy his retirement.

In 2014, John came to P & I to help for two weeks and ended up staying permanently. As stores supervisor, John was responsible for overseeing the day to day running of our stores. During his time with us, John has seen us move into our new 1.5 acre purpose built property and assisted in the relocation of P & I’s stock from our old premises. No small job!

Now fully up to speed, Shaun Langrish, who joined us in July, will now take the reins of our stores department.

John commented:

“It’s been a pleasure working for P & I and I can honestly say that their staff are lovely, and I’ve enjoyed working with them all. I’m looking forward to my retirement and spending more time with my grandchildren, including our new addition who will be joining us in the coming weeks. I’d like to thank Paul and Paul for their support over the years and wish both them and P & I, all the success for the future.”

Managing Director, Paul Benfield commented:

“Myself and everyone at P & I would like to thank John for his hard work and dedicated service over the last three years. We will be sad to see John go but we hope he enjoys his well-deserved retirement. I’m sure his grandchildren and his love for horse racing will keep him busy though.”

John will most certainly be missed by office dog, Grace, who could always be found at lunchtime sharing his lunch. Just before leaving on Thursday, John was presented with a card, a bottle of Southern Comfort and theatre tickets from all the staff.

 

From everyone here at P & I, we would like to wish John all the best in his retirement!

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P & I’s office dog celebrates 10 years’ service

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Grace shaking hands with managing director, Paul Benfield

This week, Grace (our office dog), celebrates 10 years’ service with P & I.

Grace has been an integral part of the P & I team for the last 10 years, making sure our office is kept tightly secure. No one can enter the building without Grace knowing about it and giving you the once over.

As a senior member of staff, Grace attends all senior management meetings and has input into the day to day running of the business, including the treat cupboard. She can mostly be found surgically attached to service manager, Ashley Benfield, who brings her into work every day.

One of Grace’s other duties is to patrol the canteen to make sure our staff don’t drop any crumbs on the floor, if they do, Grace is first on the scene to make sure the mess is cleaned up. What a dedicated member of staff!

Grace is well known to our customers and suppliers, who often ask how she is and comment if she is not in the office when they visit.

From everyone here at P & I, we would like to thank Grace for her loyal service over the last 10 years.

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P & I take part in Movember to raise funds for men’s health

Movember 2017

For the month of November, a group of P & I staff are taking part in the challenge of growing a moustache to raise funds for the Movember Foundation.

The Movember Foundation began in 2003, when two friends from Australia created the idea over a quiet beer. Initially, starting as a challenge to bring back the moustache, the foundation has quickly become a leading charity tackling men’s health.

The charity addresses some of the biggest health issues facing men including prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. Having funded more than 1,200 men’s health projects around the world, the foundation’s aim is to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25% by 2030.

Today, our team arrived in the office completely clean shaven and ready to take on the challenge of growing the best moustache at P & I.

The P & I team consists of:

  • Alan Houghton – Project Manager
  • Ashley Benfield – Service Manager
  • Bradley Atkins – Service Engineer
  • Nathan Jackett – Service Control Apprentice
  • Paul Benfield – Managing Director

P & I’s Marketing Manager, Laura Martin commented:

“Every year, we like to take part in various fundraising activities and this year, we have decided to take part in Movember. It’s a great opportunity for us to have some fun whilst raising funds for such a worthy cause. Our target for Movember is £500 and we are hoping that with the support of our colleagues, friends and family, we can hit our goal. We will be posting updates via our social media channels, so you can find out how our team are doing and what moustache they will be sporting by the end of the month.”

Everyone here is looking forward to seeing what the rest of the month brings and there will be most definitely be plenty of laughs along the way! If you would like to sponsor our team, please visit P & I’s Movember Fundraising Page.

To keep an eye on how our team our doing throughout the month, follow our social media channels:

 

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P & I go green with first hybrid company car

Hybrid

P & I’s first hybrid car, a Volvo XC90 T8 Hybrid

On Friday 1st September, we welcomed our first hybrid car to the fleet, a Volvo XC90 T8 Hybrid.

Having committed to replacing all company cars with hybrids within the next year, the Volvo is just one of many about to join the P & I fleet. In just a few short weeks, our second vehicle, a Toyota C-HR Hybrid, will be replacing business development executive, Ross Grant’s current car.

As an ISO 14001 accredited company, we are continuously monitoring and trying to find ways to improve our environmental impact. By introducing hybrid cars, this is just another step to show how committed P & I are to the environment.

ISO 14001 is an international standard that helps organisations to implement environmental managements systems which provide value to the environment, the organisation and interested parties.

Managing Director of P & I, Paul Benfield commented:

“As a company, we have committed to replacing all of our company cars with hybrids within the next year. We are a forward-thinking business accredited with ISO 14001, which means the environment is at the forefront of everything we do. In today’s current climate, I think all businesses should be displaying greater awareness and concern for environmental issues. I hope this pledge to make P & I greener, shows
our customers and suppliers that we are continually looking for ways to
improve our environment impact.”

 

To keep updated with P & I’s activity and our new hybrid vehicles, why not follow us on the social media channels below:

 

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P & I welcome new fast response engineer to the team

Ruan - Fast Response EngineerDue to our continuing success, P & I have been actively recruiting for engineers to join our team. Having won multiple major contracts during the first quarter of the new year, P & I are looking at exciting times ahead in regard to expansion.

On Monday 13th March, Ruan Brydon joined the company as a fast response engineer. Our fast response team consists of engineers and specialist staff who have motorcycle licences. The P & I motorbikes allow us to get to emergencies in busy areas, like London, in the shortest possible time. Ruan joins Paul Ross, Dave Allen, Matt Driver and Tom Brown as part of the fast response team.

Ruan has been in the critical power industry for 6 years and is an experienced cross-trained engineer with his specialist area being UPS systems. Having successfully completed his induction, he is now out and about on the road assisting our customers

Managing Director, Paul Benfield commented:

“With our plans to expand the UPS side of our business, Ruan is going to be a great asset to the company. Our business is going from strength to strength and with all of our recent appointments, P & I are well and truly one of the UK’s leading critical power specialists. I would like to personally welcome Ruan to the team and wish him the best of luck for his future with P & I.”

From everyone at P & I, we would like to welcome Ruan 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 accounts and payroll administrator

Caroline Accounts & Payroll AdministratorOn Tuesday 5th September, P & I welcomed new accounts and payroll administrator, Caroline Newman to the team.

Caroline is a familiar face to the P & I team as she has been sub-contracting, one day a week, with P & I for the last 4 and a half years. Having been a self-employed bookkeeper for the last 13 years, Caroline not only looked after P & I, she also worked for sub-contractors including painters and decorators.

Due to P & I’s continued success and rapid growth, it was decided that permanent position was needed.

Caroline commented:

“Over the last year or so, I was spending more and more time at P & I to meet the demands of the business. A couple of months ago, I was approached by the senior management team to see if I would be interested in joining the team on a permanent basis. I really enjoy coming to P & I every week so there was no hesitation in accepting the offer.”

Having completed her induction, Caroline will shortly be commencing the company-wide training programme with training and development supervisor, Paul Ross. As part of the accounts team, Caroline will fall under the leadership of office manager, Maggie Bentley.

Managing Director of P & I, Paul Benfield commented:

“I am delighted to have Caroline join us on a permanent basis, she is a great asset to the company. I would like to welcome Caroline to our ever-growing team and wish her every success during her time with P & I.”

From everyone here at P & I, we would like to welcome Caroline 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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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

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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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