PTSG completes vital protection works at MoJ building in London

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has completed the installation of a new lightning protection system on behalf of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).

PTSG’s Electrical Services division was contracted to replace the existing system at Sessions House in London.

The division’s engineers faced many challenges while carrying out the works, mainly due to the fact any drilling had to be completed prior the courts opening at 9.30am.

Therefore, major drilling works and the installation of the surge units had to be done out of hours at the weekend or during the evening.

These latest works form part of a major contract secured by PTSG to carry out maintenance works on lightning protection systems at more than 100 MoJ sites in the South of England.

Contracted via Mitie, PTSG will deliver Lightning Protection Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM) on a range of MoJ buildings including magistrates, combined and county courts across London, South East and South West England and East Anglia.

Mitie was awarded two contracts with the MoJ following its appointment to the MoJ’s Total Facilities Management (TFM) Framework in July 2011. The contracts, which commenced in February 2012, are for fully integrated facilities management services encompassing security, cleaning, maintenance and project works.

PTSG Electrical Services provides lightning protection design, installation, inspection, test and maintenance, as well as PAT, fixed wire test and repair and emergency lighting testing.

PTSG announces record results following AIM listing

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has reported record pre-tax profits of £3.7m for 2014, up by 22 per cent on the previous year.

The final results for the year ended 31 December 2014 also highlighted a 30 per cent surge in group revenue, from £13.9m in 2013 to £18m last year.

Boosted by its expansion into high level cleaning, acquisition of Acescott Management Services Limited and strengthening of its senior management team, PTSG achieved an 85 per cent renewal rate over the same period.

PTSG’s latest results are its first since it was admitted to AIM in February 2015.

John Foley, chairman at PTSG, said: “PTSG’S results for the year ended 31 December 2014 showed very strong growth and I am pleased to report our highest levels of turnover, gross profit and underlying profit before taxation since the group’s formation in 2007.”

While acquisition has continued to prove fruitful for PTSG, the group has also delivered strong organic growth – most notably in electrical services where revenue grew by 58 per cent and adjusted operating profits by 56 per cent.

As the UK’s market leader in access and safety services and one of the industry’s leading lightning protection businesses, PTSG is well-positioned to capitalise on its recent entry into the high level cleaning market.

PTSG’s major customers include the US Air Force, Marks & Spencer plc, Royal Bank of Scotland plc, Unite, Sheffield Hallam University, Network Rail, Harrods, Motorola, Airbus, Morgan Sindall, Willmott Dixon, Carillion, Barclays, Land Securities, Land Rover and Manchester United plc.

With a strategy to generate significant shareholder value through cross-selling and complementary acquisitions, PTSG has already begun building on a positive 2014.

However, despite these latest positive results, the board remains focused on continuing to cement the group’s place as the UK’s leading niche specialist service provider.

PTSG CEO Paul Teasdale said: “We have had a good start to 2015 and continue to trade in line with our expectations. Our first acquisition is planned for the second quarter of 2015, with a good pipeline of future opportunities.

“On February 11, 2015 we listed on AIM, raising £5m for PTSG, and were delighted to become the first Yorkshire-based business to IPO in 2015. We are acutely aware of the need to continually reinvest in the group in order to promote future growth, both organically and through acquisition.”

PTSG secures contract with Scottish solicitors firm Anderson Strathern

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) is set to deliver inspection and maintenance works at the Edinburgh offices of one of Scotland’s leading firm of solicitors.

PTSG’s Cradles Maintenance North division will carry out LG3 inspection works on the building maintenance unit at Anderson Strathern’s offices in the city.

The works will require PTSG engineers to install bespoke temporary supports to allow the removal of the main slew ring and wheel units. Once the parts have been removed, they will be inspected and replaced if necessary.

The confirmation of the contract comes four and a half years after the team originally visited the site in Scotland.

PTSG has also been awarded the contract to deliver future maintenance works at the offices.

PTSG’s Paul Teasdale shortlisted in EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards

Premier Technical Service Group PLC (PTSG) CEO Paul Teasdale has been named a finalist in the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards.

The shortlisting comes hot on the heels of the news that Paul had also reached the final stage in the European Contact Centre & Customer Service Awards 2015.

As a North 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, Paul will now progress to the next stage of the judging process – the Judges’ Reception, where he will have the chance to impress the judging panels face to face.

The 2015 North of England judging panel will be chaired by Ian Kelly, chairman of Matrix and Utiligroup and a former UK Entrepreneur of the Year winner.

He will be joined on the panel by 12 other northern business leaders, including Karen Boswell, former managing director of East Coast Rail, Angela Spindler, CEO of N Brown and Jim Sumner, chairman of Leeds-based Andrew Page.

Paul will go head-to-head with 37 other finalists from across Yorkshire, the North East and North West, with the North of England winners going on to vie for the title of EY UK Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 and a chance to represent their country at a global awards ceremony in Monte Carlo in 2016.

The North winners will then be revealed at the Awards Dinner which will take place on Tuesday, June 23 at The Lowry in Manchester.

PTSG installs Norway made gantries at Arcadia headquarters

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has completed the installation of two gantries at a building in a London hot spot.

PTSG’s Suspended Access Installations division designed and installed the gantries, which were manufactured by NorAcon in Norway, at fashion retailer Arcadia’s headquarters in Berners Street, a stone’s throw from busy Oxford Street.

The gantries, pictured, provide essential access to the newly formed internal atria of the building, including the new glass roof, where maintenance and cleaning works are required to take place.

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PTSG supports Mitie Charity Ball 2015

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has pledged its support to this year’s Mitie Charity Ball.

PTSG has donated an Apple iPad Air to Mitie as a prize for the event’s charity auction or raffle.

The event is being held on Saturday, May 16 from 6pm at The Waterside Hotel in West Kilbride, Ayrshire. All proceeds from the night will go to Mitie’s chosen charities, Macmillan Cancer Nurses and the Mary Leishman Foundation.

The donation follows PTSG’s support of the 2014 Mitie Charity Ball, which raised almost £15,000 for MND Scotland and the Schehallion Ward at Yorkhill Hospital in Glasgow.

Mark Davison, divisional director at PTSG, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Mitie Charity Ball once again. It is a fantastic event which raises thousands of pounds for very worthy causes and hopefully the iPad will help to top last year’s fundraising total.”

PTSG engineers see Scotland from a different angle

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) engineers have experienced yet more breathtaking views while working on some of Scotland’s most iconic buildings.

These photographs show just some of the views the engineers have experienced at St Andrews Cathedral, Corgarff Castle, Castle Campbell, Castle Nuntley, Elgin Cathedral and Dunkeld Cathedral.

These latest views come after engineers completed works on the equally impressive Glasgow Cathedral.

PTSG’s Electrical Services division has been contracted by Historic Scotland via Carilion to carry out annual inspections and testing of lightning protection systems at 37 properties across the country as well as any remedial works needed.

All of the 37 locations are listed buildings, ranging from churches and cathedrals to castles and monuments. A full list of the sites is below.

  • Balvenie Castle – Dufftown, Moray
  • Castle Huntly Huntly – Aberdeenshire
  • Corgarff Castle – Corgarff, Strathdon
  • Duff House – Banff, Banffshire
  • Kildrummy Castle – Kildrummy, Alford
  • Kinnaird Head Castle – Terrace, Fraserburgh
  • Tarves By Ellon – Aberdeenshire
  • Arbroath Abbey – Arbroath
  • Brechin Round Tower – Brechin
  • Broughty Barracks/Castle – Dundee, Angus
  • Restenneth Priory – Forfar
  • Argyll’s Lodging Castle – Wynd, Stirling
  • Castle Campbell – Dollar
  • Clackmannan Tower – High Street, Clackmannanshire
  • Doune Castle – Doune, Perthshire
  • Dunblane Cathedral – The Cross, Dunblane
  • Scotstarvit Tower – Ceres, Cupar, Fife
  • Stirling Castle – The Esplanade, Stirling
  • Elgin Cathedral – Bishops House, Elgin
  • Beauly Priory – Beauly, Inverness
  • Dallas Dhu Distillery – Mannchie Road, Forres
  • Fortrose Cathedral – Cathedral Square, Fortrose
  • Spynie Palace – Elgin, Moray
  • Suenos Stone – Findhorn Road, Forres
  • Urquhart Castle – Drumnadrochit
  • Dunfermline Abbey – Dunfermline
  • St Andrews Castle – St Andrews
  • St Andrews Cathedral – St Andrews
  • Dunkeld Cathedral – Cathedral Street, Dunkeld, Perthshire
  • Elcho Castle – Rhynd, Perth
  • Muthill Church & Tower – Station Road, The Wynd, Crieff, Perthshire
  • Stanley Mills – Mill Road, Stanley, Perthshire
  • The Round Tower – Main Street, Abernethy, Perth
  • Dundrennan Abbey – Dundrennan, Kirkcudbright
  • Glasgow Cathedral – Cathedral Square, Glasgow
  • Linlithgow Palace – Kirkgate, Linlithgow
  • Longmore House – Salisbury Place, Edinburgh

Historic Scotland is an agency within the Scottish Government and is directly responsible to Scottish Ministers for safeguarding the nation’s historic environment, and promoting its understanding and enjoyment.

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Iceberg advertising, it’s the future

This quarter has seen PTSG begin a targeted and strategic advertising campaign across relevant trade media.

As you may have already seen, our adverts have been appearing in FM World magazine.

Each advert has been designed to promote some of our core values and business goals.

The first adverts were designed to promote MOUSE with the latest version, pictured opposite, showcasing our multi-disciplinary nature.

So keep your eyes peeled for many more PTSG adverts landing over the coming months.

PTSG take pride of place in PFM Magazine

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) features on the cover of the latest edition of PFM magazine.

In the April magazine, PTSG’s Safety, Health, and Environment Manager Terry Wilcock talks about the importance of implementing rigorous health and safety protocols while working at height.

He sets out what the group’s approach to health and safety is and highlights the dos and don’ts of working at height, as supported by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

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‘If it can’t be done safely, we don’t do it’

Safe working adds value, security and reputability to a business and is far from a necessary expense.

Put simply, without a focus on health and safety, a business in any industry would likely fail.

PTSG’s commitment to health and safety has been underlined by a plethora of award wins and accreditations, including becoming a four times British Safety Council International safety award winner (2012 – 2015) and a three times RoSPA Gold Achievement award winner (2012- 2014).

The group’s constant investment in safety has allowed it to develop a rigorous process for preparing for such things as external audits, the results of are used for benchmarking purposes to measure its improvements.

A RoSPA and British Safety Council member, PTSG boasts a full-time Safety, Health, and Environment Manager. As a result of Terry Wilcock’s work, PTSG now holds 75 individual accreditations including network rail infrastructures and nine of them are from SSIP forum members PTSG has been assessed and registered as conforming to the requirements ISO 14001, ISO 9001 and OHSAS 18001.

Mr. Wilcock said: “Working safely is the essence of PTSG and all that we do. As a business, we hold health and safety in the highest possible regard – if it can’t be done safely, we don’t do it.

“All of our employees are highly-trained specialists in operating safely across all of our disciplines. We implement rigorous and highly-monitored health and safety protocols that ensure we deliver high-quality services in the safest possible manner.

“Our focus on ensuring the safety of both our staff and our clients when carrying out works and the expertise, knowledge and experience of our teams allows us to deliver complex jobs while maintaining our high levels of safety.”

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety.

It aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training; new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement.

PTSG is fully compliant with The Work at Height Regulations 2005 (WAHR).

The regulations apply to an employer or those in control of any work at height, for example facilities managers or building owners who may contract others to work at height.

As set out, they must make sure work is properly planned, supervised and carried out by competent people. This includes using the right type of equipment for working at height. Low-risk, relatively straightforward tasks will require less effort when it comes to planning.

Employees have general legal duties to take reasonable care of themselves and others who may be affected by their actions, and to co-operate with their employer to enable their health and safety duties and requirements to be complied with.

PTSG is a company that prides itself on safe delivery and it is its successful delivery of that vision time after time that has led it to cementing itself as the UK’s leading niche specialist services provider in its sector.

PTSG’s year-on-year on growth since foundation in 2007 and subsequent flotation on AIM has been largely down to a contract renewal rate circa 85 per cent, which further highlights its commitment to providing a memorable, safe service that leads to on-going working relationships.

An industry with a head for heights

Falls from height are one of the biggest causes of workplace fatalities and major injuries. Common causes are falls from ladders and through fragile roofs. The purpose of WAHR is to prevent death and injury from a fall from height.

Work at height means work in any place where a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury. For example you are working at height if you:

  • Are working on a ladder or a flat roof
  • Could fall through a fragile surface
  • Could fall into an opening in a floor or a hole in the ground

Before working at height you must work through these simple steps:

  • Avoid work at height where it is reasonably practicable to do so
  • Where work at height cannot be avoided, prevent falls using either an existing place of work that is already safe or the right type of equipment
  • Minimise the distance and consequences of a fall, by using the right type of equipment where the risk cannot be eliminated

The following are all requirements in law that you need to consider when planning and undertaking work at height.

  • Take account of weather conditions that could compromise worker safety
  • Check that the place (e.g. a roof) where work at height is to be undertaken is safe. Each place where people will work at height needs to be checked every time, before use
  • Stop materials or objects from falling or, if it is not reasonably practicable to prevent objects falling, take suitable and sufficient measures to make sure no one can be injured, e.g. use exclusion zones to keep people away or mesh on scaffold to stop materials such as bricks falling off
  • Store materials and objects safely so they won’t cause injury if they are disturbed or collapse
  • Plan for emergencies and rescue, e.g. agree a set procedure for evacuation. Think about foreseeable situations and make sure employees know the emergency procedures. Don’t just rely entirely on the emergency services for rescue in your plan

PTSG continues to set the standard for safe delivery of work at height. Its commitment to training and development to ensure safe delivery has allowed it to cement its position as the market leader in its field.

PTSG wins RoSPA Gold Award for fourth year running

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) is celebrating after winning a RoSPA Gold Award for the fourth consecutive year.

PTSG will be presented with the RoSPA Gold Award for Occupational Health and Safety at a glittering ceremony at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel in July.

Paul Teasdale, CEO at PTSG, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded a RoSPA Gold Award for the fourth year running. It is testament to the hard work our teams put in day in day out that we have been recognised and I’d like to thank all of the staff for their efforts, in particularly Health, Safety and Environment Manager Terry Wilcock and Group SHE Advisor Mark Brackenbury.

“This accolade is another sign of the good work we are doing here at PTSG and comes as a just reward for our constant investment and dedication to working to the highest health and safety standards possible.”

PTSG’s commitment to health and safety has been underlined by a plethora of award wins and accreditations over recent years, including becoming a four times British Safety Council International safety award winner (2012 – 2015), and now holds 75 individual accreditations (nine of them from SSIP forum members) and holds the Quality ISO 9001, Environment ISO 14001 and H&S BS OHSAS 18001 ISO certificates.

The RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards are internationally recognised and have fast become the most sought after accolade by organisations from every sector.

This key fixture in the health and safety calendar offers organisations a prime opportunity to prove their ongoing commitment to raising health and safety standards and to be a part of the longest running and most highly respected occupational safety awards programme.

In order to achieve the accolade, PTSG had to provide evidence of a good health and safety management system by answering key performance questions and supporting the answers with a concise portfolio of relevant documentation.