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P & I welcome new sales apprentices

Sales Apprentices

Jade Philocles (left) and Alicja Cyganik (right)

On Tuesday 1st May, P & I welcomed new sales apprentices, Alicja Cyganik and Jade Philocles to the team.

Alicja joins us as graduate apprentice service contract sales administrator under the degree apprenticeship programme. Alicja will be completing the chartered manager degree apprenticeship (CMDA) through the University of Portsmouth over the next three years.

Laura Eaton, Business Development Executive for Degree Apprenticeships at the University of Portsmouth, commented:

“It’s a pleasure for the University of Portsmouth to be partnering with P & I based locally in Havant. We feel the role offered to Alicja compliments our CMDA and we really look forward to welcoming Alicja on the programme commencing in September 2018.”

Jade joins us as apprentice sales administrator, working towards completing the Level 2 Customer Service Practitioner Apprenticeship with P & I’s apprenticeship partner, PETA. PETA Ltd is a Hampshire-based training organisation set up in 1970 and has over 330-member companies including Portsmouth Water, Stannah Stairlifts, Wightlink, Portsmouth International Port, Kenwood, Airbus, Boeing and many others.

Dean Curry, Trainer Assessor within Business Training at PETA Ltd, commented:

“Yesterday I completed the enrolment of a third PETA/P & I Business Apprentice. It is good to see a company taking such a keen interest in the development of the apprentices and creating such brilliant opportunities across different areas of the business. I look forward to working to help them all achieve their apprenticeships and working with P & I into the future.”

Alongside on the job training, Alicja and Jade will have weekly day release to their respective education facilities as part of their apprenticeships.

Alicja and Jade will fall under the leadership of sales manager, Alex Thomas. However, Alicja’s degree apprenticeship requires her to have a mentor within the business, that isn’t her line manager. Jon Terzza, business development manager, will take on the role of Alicja’s mentor for the duration of her apprenticeship, giving her the support and guidance required to successfully complete the degree apprenticeship.

Operations Director, Alan Blair commented:

“I am pleased to welcome both Alicja and Jade to the P & I team. As a business, we are passionate about investing in the next generation of our workforce and with the hire of Alicja, we have embarked on our very first degree apprenticeship role. We currently have six apprentice engineers and with the addition of Alicja and Jade, we now have four office apprentices. I would like to wish them both every success with their apprenticeships and their future careers within P & I.”

 

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

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P & I welcome new sales manager

Sales ManagerOn Monday 30th April, P & I welcomed new sales manager, Alex Thomas, to the team.

Having spent over 10 years in the critical power industry, Alex joins P & I with a huge amount of knowledge and experience. With a strong and successful background in generator hire, Alex will be a great addition to the team.

Commenting on joining P & I, Alex said:

“I have worked with P & I for as long as I have been in the industry, so I know them well. This role is a great opportunity for me to assist with growing the company and to help P & I tap into, currently untouched markets. This is an exciting time to be joining P & I and I am looking forward to the challenge ahead.”

Alex is looking forward to coaching and developing his sales team and setting the standard for selling into the critical environment. Following his induction, Alex will work alongside the senior management team and the marketing department, where he will be contributing to the implementation and delivery of P & I’s aggressive growth strategy.

Managing Director of P & I, Paul Benfield commented:

“I am delighted to welcome Alex to P & I. He has a very strong background in the critical power industry and is going to be a real asset to the company. Alex has got a big challenge ahead of him, but I know he will grab the opportunity with both hands. I am looking forward to seeing what he has to offer the company and his future plans for the sales team.”

From everyone at P & I, we would like to welcome Alex 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 lead generation executive

Lead Generation ExecutiveOn Monday 23rd April, P & I welcomed lead generation executive, Ashley Standring, to the team.

Ashley joins our marketing team with over 4 years’ experience within telemarketing. The lead generation role is a brand-new position for P & I and has been introduced into the business as part of our expansion and growth strategy.

Commenting on joining P & I, Ashley said:

“I’m looking forward to the challenge of building the lead generation side of the business up from the ground. Once my training has been completed, I am looking forward to working with both the sales and marketing teams to create a lead generation strategy for the business. There’s a lot to learn but I’m keen to get started and assist the business with hitting their growth targets.”

Ashley is currently going through an intensive training schedule to make sure he is up to speed with both the critical power industry and the products and services that P & I offer. As part of the marketing team, Ashley will fall under the leadership of marketing manager, Laura Martin.

Laura commented:

“I am pleased to welcome Ashley to my team and with his background in telemarketing, he will be an asset to P & I. Ashley will be responsible for sourcing and delivering qualified leads to our sales team. This is an exciting new role for P & I and will assist with the company’s overall growth strategy. I look forward to working with Ashley and seeing how he builds the lead generation side of the business, which is no small feat.”

From everyone at P & I, we would like to welcome Ashley 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 new sales executive

Steve Sales Executive

Steve Nicholls (left) with Sales & Contracts Manager, Jon Terzza (right)

On Wednesday 7th March, P & I welcomed new sales executive, Steve Nicholls, to the team.

Steve joins our sales team with over 40 years’ experience in the critical power industry. Having run his own company for the last 14 years, Steve has extensive knowledge of the generator market including design, installation, commissioning, service and maintenance.

Commenting on joining P & I, Steve said:

“I’ve worked with P & I for many years so when Paul Benfield approached me about joining the team, there was no hesitation. Seeing how P & I has grown over the years and knowing their plans for expansion, I think this is a really exciting time to join the business. I’m looking forward to working with the rest of the team to assist the company with their future goals.”

Having completed his induction last week, Steve is now settled into the sales team and learning the ropes from Sales & Contracts Manager, Jon Terzza.

Jon commented:

“I’m delighted to welcome Steve to my team, his experience and knowledge of the industry is going to be a real asset to P & I. As a company, we have strong plans for expansion and Steve’s appointment is part of that overall plan. I look forward to working with Steve and wish him the best of luck for his future at P & I.”

 

From everyone at P & I, we would like to welcome Steve 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 design engineer

Jerome Design EngineerOn Monday 19th February, P & I welcomed design engineer, Jerome Thomas, to the team.

Jerome joins us with a wealth of experience in control system design, having worked as a project engineer for the last decade. Originally from France, Jerome completed his Masters in Electronics in Cardiff in 2008 and has since worked in UK.

Jerome is now learning the ropes from design and development manager, David Allen after completing his induction with training and development supervisor, Paul Ross.

Commenting on joining P & I, Jerome said:

“Having worked at my previous company as a project engineer for the last 5 years, I decided it was time for a new challenge. The design engineer role at P & I appealed to me because of the variety of work I would be involved with. I am looking forward to learning more about the critical power industry and developing my skills in automation and PLC.”

David commented:

“We have been looking to expand the design element of our business for a while now and Jerome’s appointment is the first step towards that goal. With Jerome on board, I will be able to focus on growing and developing the design department, to help take P & I to the next level. I would like to welcome Jerome to my team and wish him every success for his future with P & I.”

 

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

Grace-10-Years-Service

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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