PTSG celebrates 10 years of successive growth

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) is celebrating its 10th anniversary today [28 February 2017], marking a decade of successive growth and expansion which has led to the company’s position as one of Europe’s leading specialist service providers.

PTSG was founded by John Foley, Paul Teasdale and Bob Morton in 2007, with the objective of becoming the UK’s leading provider of specialist services through a combination of organic growth and acquiring businesses in niche markets.

Over the last ten years, the business has grown rapidly to become the leading supplier of façade access and fall arrest equipment services, electrical testing, high-level cleaning and training solutions for over 15,000 customers. The company cares for more than 150,000 assets worldwide, and boasts a 450-strong team operating from 16 UK-wide locations to deliver a complete solution for its clients.

Whilst the business has expanded through acquisition, subsequent organic growth has accounted for approximately half of the increase in total revenues since 2007. The Group has seen year-on-year growth across all its divisions and in February 2015 the company was listed on the London Stock Exchange, becoming the first Yorkshire-based business to make an initial public offering that year.

The strongly acquisitive nature of the business means that PTSG has been able to expand its service offering into complementary markets and broaden its geographic reach, so that it has a truly nationwide coverage. Since conception it has acquired no fewer than 21 businesses, beginning with the access company National Cradle Maintenance Limited in 2007, before branching out to companies providing lightning protection, steeplejack services and high level cleaning throughout the past decade.

Most recently, PTSG acquired UK Dry Risers Ltd. and UK Dry Risers Maintenance Ltd, signalling a further broadening of the company’s service provision into another specialist market, carrying out dry and wet riser installations and maintenance for high-rise buildings, commercial centres and stadiums across the country.

The broad range of services the company delivers across its four divisions has become its unique selling point, with its ability to offer bundled services streamlining its provision of specialist works and giving customers cost-effective solutions that maintain an outstanding level of quality by utilising one dedicated contractor.

CEO Paul Teasdale believes PTSG’s approach to providing the best possible customer service is the number one factor in the business’s ongoing success: “Customer service has been PTSG’s main priority since its formation. We exist to serve our customers by delivering consistently excellent services into specialist markets, and always look to measure our success through our customers’ perspective rather than our own.”

The introduction of an initiative called MOUSE (Memorable, Outstanding, Unique, Service, Experience) keeps the company’s focus on its customers at all times. MOUSE is the backbone of the company, and has since become a corporate mascot for all internal and external communications, serving as a symbol of how PTSG has secured such an enviable position in the facilities management industry.

This strong market position can also be traced back to the sustainability of the company’s financial strength. It has a contract renewal rate of 88 per cent, the UK’s largest repair and maintenance contract base in Access & Safety and an efficient business model in all sectors, which has contributed to the winning of a number of industry awards, including CEO Paul Teasdale being named IOD’s Director of the Year and Yorkshire Post’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2016. PTSG has also won a hatful of FM industry awards with organisations ranging from M&S, Unite Students, SES Engineering Services and Tubelines (TFL).

The Group’s growing reputation for being able to deliver a vast range of niche services has seen its portfolio of clients swell, and it currently carries out work for a diverse range of companies and organisations, including the Royal Air Force, Carillion, Mitie, Bilfinger, the Co-operative Group, IKEA and many, many more.

Paul Teasdale added: ““PTSG was created to fill a gap in the market for demand for a specialist business offering niche services. Today we are the UK’s foremost provider of specialist services. Since 2007 we have prided ourselves on recruiting the brightest talents in the industry as well as investing heavily in training and development as we believe that being a great place to work makes us a great company to do business with.

“Looking to the future, as we continue to grow, we will continue to deliver based on our business philosophy of delivering well and delivering safely. This will be done by strengthening our teams where necessary, targeting planned investment in equipment and resources and maintaining a tight control on budgets.

“I am confident that with our current resource pool and our approach to business PTSG will remain at the forefront of the industry, and as facilities management continues to evolve, we will evolve with it.”

PTSG utilises abseil techniques for Broadway Chambers Stratford

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has successfully carried out a high level cleaning and limescale removal project at the Broadway Chambers development in East London.

Broadway Chambers is a luxury 39-storey residential development in Stratford, an area which is seeing huge growth after being home to the Olympics in 2012. The tower offers great views towards the City of London and Canary Wharf, over the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Westfield Stratford City.

PTSG’s high-level cleaning team carried out a full clean to the building’s external façade, including windows, frames and feature cladding. This interim clean has been carried out to prevent a build-up of limescale on the glass and façade finishes, which will help preserve the building’s appearance and structural integrity. In future, the building will be able to undergo more general cleans using a building maintenance unit (BMU).

The Group’s High Level Cleaning division worked together to create a temporary rig which rope access teams could use to clean the face of the building without interfering with the non-load-bearing cladding shelf. A series of anchor points were also installed to allow abseilers to reach even the most difficult-to-reach elements of the façade when performing the clean.

PTSG’s rope access teams work on a variety of projects providing access solutions to clients in a wide range of sectors. The Group regularly works on prestigious residential developments in London, using rope access as a more cost-effective and time-efficient alternative to other access methods.

PTSG Shortlisted for 2017 Yorkshire Business Masters Awards

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has been shortlisted in two categories for the’s 2017 Yorkshire Business Masters Awards.

The Business Masters Awards are recognised as one of the key events in the region’s business calendar. The black-tie event attracts key influencers, decision makers and business owners from across Yorkshire.

PTSG has been shortlisted in the ‘Large Business’ and ‘Fast Growth Business’ categories. The Group was selected as one of 37 companies that made the shortlist.

CEO, Paul Teasdale, said: “There were a record number of entries for this year’s awards, and I am very proud to say PTSG has been shortlisted. This follows on from last year’s Business Masters Awards where we were one of just six companies shortlisted for two or more awards.

“To be selected for the ‘Large Business’ and ‘Fast Growth Business’ categories is testament to our impressive rise in the industry and highlights our position as one of the region’s leading companies.”

The winners will be announced at the 2017 awards dinner on Thursday 30th March at The Queens Hotel in Leeds.

PTSG helps to develop new Fall Protection British Standard BS8610

A director of one of Premier Technical Service Group PLC’s (PTSG) Access & Safety divisions has been involved in the writing of a new Fall Protection British Standard for the British Standards Institution.

Nick Hayes sits on the BSI committee and has collaborated with other industry experts to create BS8610 Standard, which is applicable to the design of fall protection anchor systems.

The main points of BS8610 will be applicable to manufacturers designing, making and marketing fall protection anchor systems. It clarifies for the first time that an anchor system starts from the fixings to the base material, all the way through to the anchor point for attachment of personal protective equipment (PPE). An anchor system is often formed of multiple elements, however previous anchor design guidance has only considered the final element, where PPE is attached.

Discussing the creation of the new standard, Nick said: “It has taken almost two years to develop and write BS8610. It is in the final editing process and is likely to be published in late May or early June 2017.

“BS8610 has been developed as the current standards do not cover vital design points. For example, the standard will now cover abseil anchor design loadings, the testing of anchor systems for multiple users, and design requirements for rescue and evacuation anchor systems.

“I am pleased to be collaborating on the process of this important industry standard, which once published, will provide more in-depth information on fall protection anchor systems for manufacturers and installers.”

PTSG’s Access & Safety division comprises some of the industry’s most experienced specialists, who use their expertise to find solutions to any height safety equipment problems that are tasked to them. Through a number of strategic acquisitions, the Group has grown rapidly to become the leading niche specialist service provider in the industry.

PTSG protects new IKEA store in Sheffield

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has been selected to install a lightning protection system at the new IKEA store in Sheffield.

The Group was chosen by the project’s principal contractor to carry out the installation. The new store is scheduled for opening in late summer 2017. The £60 million store will occupy almost 366,000 square feet of the old Tinsley Wire factory site next to Meadowhall Retail Park, and will create 400 jobs in the area.

PTSG currently carries out a range of testing and maintenance services for IKEA stores and distribution services across the UK, including portable appliance and fixed wire testing, and lightning protection test and repairs.

The Group’s Electrical Services division holds contracts to deliver lightning protection services to several other well-known national retailers, including Timpson, M&S and Debenhams. PTSG was awarded a top accolade for its work with M&S by winning the Partners in Retail category at last year’s PFM Partnership awards.

PTSG sets up shop at Chrisp Street Market

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has been commissioned to install lightning protection systems to residential space built through the redevelopment of what was one of the UK’s first dedicated pedestrian shopping areas.

PTSG will carry out lightning protection services at over 650 new homes built as part of the project, which will also see an extension to the library and significant improvements to the market itself. Work will commence early this year, with phased completions anticipated over a seven-year construction programme.

PTSG provides niche specialist services for several clients in the construction industry, and the Group’s outstanding commitment to health and safety is a huge asset on such challenging sites. In 2016, PTSG was awarded its fifth consecutive RoSPA gold award, and continues to follow its health and safety philosophy which is, “if it can’t be done safely, we don’t do it.”

PTSG to protect City North development in Finsbury Park

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has been awarded a contract to carry out lightning protection installations at a new housing development in Finsbury Park, London.

The £220 million City North development is the largest construction project undertaken in the area in over a decade. The mixed-use site will create 355 new homes, ranging from affordable housing to penthouse suites with 360-degree views of the city. Developers have also entered into a joint venture with the Business Design Centre in Islington, resulting in the dedication of 109,000 square feet on site to retail, leisure and office space.

The Group will install lightning protection to all 355 apartments in the development, all to the BSEN 62305 standard, ensuring that all future residents can enjoy complete safety in their new homes.

PTSG’s Electrical Services division has developed an excellent reputation for its lightning protection services and has recently carried out installations at several significant developments in the capital, as well as maintaining frameworks with some of the UK’s best known retailers and organisations.

PTSG takes centre stage in London’s West End

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has been commissioned to provide a new lighting protection system at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London’s West End as part of a major refurbishment project.

The Grade II-listed theatre, which opened over 100 years ago, closed in 2016 to allow for a complete refurbishment to accommodate larger, more technical shows. The work will see a new eight-storey fly tower built, along with new seating and various extensions and alterations to the east side of the building, as well as widening of the proscenium arch.

PTSG will be working alongside the developers to install a new lightning protection system to ensure the safety of theatre-goers and employees in years to come, as well as protecting the historic building itself, with extra care taken to ensure the system’s appearance is sympathetic to the building’s architecture.

PTSG has developed an excellent reputation for safely carrying out a range of specialist services at historic buildings across the UK, including the Kew Gardens’ conservatory, Edinburgh’s Scott Monument and the Clifton Observatory in Bristol.

PTSG to install lightning protection at new hotel in Hatton Cross

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) has secured a contract for the installation of a Level 1 lightning protection system at a new hotel in Hatton Cross.

The 600-room hotel will feature car parking and leisure facilities and is located in an ideal place for travellers, directly adjacent to Hatton Cross tube station and Heathrow Airport.

PTSG will install a lightning protection system consisting of reinforcement to the building’s superstructure system connected from the pile foundations, and a 5×5-metre grid on the hotel roof to complete the system.

PTSG is a market leader in electrical services and is a proud member of the Association of Technical Lighting & Access Specialists (ATLAS). Its Electrical Services division has vast experience in utilising a range of access solutions to design, install and test lightning protection and earthing systems for a multitude of clients on a wide range of buildings.

PTSG’s high level cleaning work showcased in February’s PFM magazine

Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) features on the front cover of February’s PFM magazine, as part of an in-depth look at the business’s High Level Cleaning division.

The magazine has produced a double-page spread which documents PTSG’s innovative approach to carrying out challenging high-level works, with a focus on the Group’s high level cleaning contract at Sheffield’s tallest building, St Paul’s City Lofts.

The article also covers the division’s skill in other works which require high-level access, including painting, brick and stone repair work and other steeplejack services. It is often the case that PTSG’s four divisions carry out a multitude of services, or collaborate with each other to find innovative solutions to facilities management for high-rise buildings.

This approach to providing a range of niche specialist services has proven to be very successful for the company. PTSG celebrates its tenth anniversary on 28 February 2017.

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