25th anniversary business reveals no let-up in ambitions
By Andrew Merrell | 2nd August 2019
It started 25 years ago as a two-man electrical services firm and today boasts a multi-million pound turnover and 70 staff.
And to mark its quarter of a century milestone EESI Group Services , founded by Mike Gardiner, has announced a year-long celebration, charity fundraising and new product launch.
The latter being the launch of a new EESIHIRE service and part of a celebrations being a 25-year barbeque for employees and their families.
"Surrounding ourselves with the right people has been a key part of the business being so successful.
"A lot of our employees stay with us for their whole careers, and that's something we're all very proud of," said Derek Jarman, managing director of the electrical, mechanical, building services and facilities management company.
Today, whilst he has semi-retired, Mike Gardiner remains owner and active chairman.
Soon after EESI started, Steve Farthing joined to create a team of three and he also remains in the company 25 years on, now as the electrical divisional manager.
The company prides itself on having so many long-standing employees, some of whom started as apprentices and today hold senior roles in the business, and long-standing clients.
"We have many clients who have been with us since the very beginning 25 years ago, not many businesses can say that," said Mr Jarman.
"Our approach is not solely to seek more customers, but to also offer our existing customers better and additional services - this strategy has worked for EESI and it has enabled us to grow consistently."
EESI started what it calls its "diversification" in 2004 with the purchase of a Thermofire, followed swiftly by the creation of a new HVAC division. In 2006 a building services department was added, now managed by Derek Hyett.
Marking its 25th year EESI has launched a new service - the hire of temporary cooling, heating, ventilation and drying equipment, under the banner of EESIHIRE.
"It's very exciting to be moving into a new market, and it's always very satisfying to identify the right solutions for our customers and be in the position to provide them directly" said Mr Hyett.
Mr Gardiner said: "It is a sense of real delight for me to celebrate the 25th anniversary of EESI - it's everything I'd hoped it would become and there is no reason why it will not continue to prosper."
EESI's charity of the year will be the Longford, which provides hospice care for people with life-limiting illnesses, and management has agreed to match-fund the money raised by its employees.
Ali Russell, CEO of Longfield, based at Minchinhampton, said: "We are delighted to have been chosen as EESI's charity in their 25th Year.
"It really is fabulous to have a well-respected local company raise funds to help local families benefit from free hospice care. We look forward to an exciting, fun packed year full of fundraising events and activities for everyone."
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