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Introducing Safe Electric
What is your business and where are you based?
We are electrical contractors, and test and inspection specialists. We are based in Ramsey Huntingdon PE26
How long have you been in business and how did your business come about?
I started my 1st electrical business in 1979, straight out of school / apprenticeship, carried on learning at night school, and became a member of the NICEIC in 1986. The company grew in the 80’s but due to a large company not paying us, ( they lost the court case but it took 9 years and they admitted they were wrong) I had to shrink back to a smaller size.
I went Ltd in March 2011, and we have been growing since.
What is your role in the business?
I am the MD of the company but I basically have a hands-on work position where I deal with accounts estimating on site installation as well as dealing with major new clients, sometimes I am office based other times site based, (you need to get out of the 4 walls) and remember how hard it is on sites.
Who are your typical customers?
We worked a lot with B2B also B2C customers our mainstay of business is the electrical testing side, Electrical Installation Conditioning Reports (EICR), we also carry out Fire Alarm Inspections and tests, Emergency lighting Inspection and Tests, Portable Appliance Testing (PAT), and Thermography Reports, we Design Electrical Systems and carry out installation works, such as Fuse board/Distribution Board Upgrades and rewires.
What do you love most about being in business?
I love the variety, one minute we're testing Wembley Stadium the next minute we are replacing the fuse board in a house, the following week we can be installing a data network week after that it can be a fire alarm, it constantly changes and you have to re-evaluate and redesign all the time, I would prefer Local work but you take what you can get, I can be in Scotland testing a shopping Mall, or testing a house a street away.
What are the biggest challenges you face or have faced in your business?
The constant problems of late / delayed payment!
Where do you see your business in 5 years?
We are in the process of expansion at the moment.
What’s the best bit of advice you can give to other business owners?
Make sure you get your terms of payment nailed including payment dates and payment run dates from any company you get involved with.
Ensure that you credit check them not just with one agency but two and if you’re still concerned get an accountant to look at it, if they raise a flag get a directors guarantee or at least a 50% Deposit paid up front, don’t release good without payment in full, and ensure you work on a 20% Max for any one customer.
Finally, where can we find your business and how can we connect with you?
You can find out more about me on LinkedIn
Our Website is www.safe-electric.com
You can call us on 01487 813600
You can email us on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or follow us @safe_Electric