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It's celebration time at St Helens

Archive News 30 - February 2015

20th anniversary

Well nearly.....

Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services Ltd is getting ready to celebrate its 20th birthday.

Established in 1995 from humble beginnings in a small business unit in Warrington, the Company has grown to its current format with six offices around the UK and one in Gibraltar to service the broad portfolio of clients.

Managing Director, Keith Littler says, “ I am amazed at just where we have got to over the last 20 years. From our initial contracts through to servicing major blue chip accounts, FM companies and several overseas clients, we have see a lot of change over time and worked with some fantastic people. It will be good to celebrate how the far the Company has come.”

The Company will be marking its anniversary with a special event in the Spring.

BGSS celebrate 20 years

Another load of temporary power

Archive News 29 - December 2014

generator hire delivery

Burtonwood deliver hire sets to meet demand

Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services Ltd regularly meet customers' requirements for hire sets around the UK and overseas. This delivery vehicle was spotted recently on the M62 motorway on route for one of the BGSS regional depots to satisfy local demand. The hire fleet includes generating sets, fuel tanks, automatic transfer panels and cables to suit various applications. For more information click through to Generator Hire

BGSS generators on route

Burtonwood pass pipework checks

Archive News 28 - October 2014

Burtonwood achieve OFTEC standard registration

Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services Ltd is now an OFTEC registered business. OFTEC - the Oil Firing Technical Association - is a Government recognised ‘competent persons scheme’ for technicians who install and commission oil-fired heating or power equipment. It essentially promotes excellence across all forms of oil heating and cooking including the installation and maintenance of oil storage and delivery systems.

OFTEC sets standards for the oil heating and firing industry and has assessed Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services Ltd so that customers are assured that all of its oil storage and delivery related work, specifically the installation and maintenance of fuel storage tanks and delivery pipework complies to the relevant standard or standards that govern them.

Launched in 1991, OFTEC‘s main remit is to construct a framework that delivers a greater degree of technical expertise and efficiency within the oil heating and delivery industry in the UK and Ireland.

Every Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services Ltd OFTEC Registered Technician holds a current certificate of assessed competence issued by a UKAS Accredited Certification Body for OFTEC Assessments. Because our fuel system technicians are registered you are assured of a high quality of workmanship.

Diesel oil fuel tank installation

Burtonwood pass occupational health check

Archive News 27 - August 2014

OHSAS18001 registration

Burtonwood achieve OHSAS18001:2007 standard registration

Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services Limited has been assessed and registered to be in compliance with OHSAS 18001:2007, for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems. OHSAS 18001 sets out the minimum requirements for occupational health & safety management standards and best practice.

Over the past six months Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services have worked to ensure that their systems, which already conform to important regulations and standards, are also approved by governing bodies such as CHAS, safecontractor and Altius Vendor Assessment. The list of registrations now include: ISO 9001:2007 “Quality Management Systems Standards”, ISO 14001:2004 “Environmental Management Systems Standard”, and the recently achieved OHSAS 18001:2007 “Occupational Health and Safety management systems”.

Keith Littler, Managing Director, Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services Limited, comments on the registration, “We are pleased to be able to have our Integrated Management System that incorporates our quality, environmental and occupational health and safety systems approved by ACS Registrars Ltd which validates its conformance as well as our efforts in ensuring compliance with health and safety laws and regulations.” “This registration adds to the suite of accreditations already achieved by Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services over the past twelve months, including NIC EIC Approved Contractor status and demonstrates our commitment to continually improve our working processes, meet customer and environmental requirements to the highest international standards, all while ensuring safety in the work place”.

Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services Occupational Health and Safety Management System is applicable to: -

• The manufacture, supply, installation, hire and servicing of diesel generators and equipment

• The design of generator control systems


Burtonwood lighting up the stars

Archive News 26 - June 2014

Mobile generators

Burtonwood deliver temporary generator set to charity event

Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services has continued its support of local Warrington hospice St Rocco‘s by supplying a mobile generator set for the charity‘s recent Ladies Starlight Walk held through the night on the eve of the longest day.

1,500 ladies of varying ages, all dressed in pink T-shirts, massed at the start of the 9th annual walk around the Warrington area. Prior to setting off, they were put through a warm-up and entertained from a stage specially constructed for the occasion in front of the Orford Jubilee Park Centre. Burtonwood‘s contribution to the charity event was the ‘free’ supply of a mobile generator set and fuel tank to power the stage equipment, lighting and music through the night as the ladies completed either a 6.5 or 13 mile course.

Burtonwood engineers installed the mobile generator and fuel supply earlier in the day in preparation for the walk. The company, who had been contacted by the hospice to see if a hire set could be supplied to provide power for the overnight entertainment, were happy to waiver any charges in support of the charity.

“We have had a long association with St Rocco‘s,” said Keith Littler, Managing Director of Burtonwood, “and were delighted to be able to supply a hire set for their needs. As our chosen charity, we regularly raise funds for them through the year, our recent 100 mile charity bike ride being just another event in support.”

“We were doubly pleased when our haulage company P&P Mather also agreed to deliver and collect the generator set and fuel tank free of charge despite an early morning dawn collection as the event came to a close!”


Coping with that annoying power cut

Archive News 25 - May 2014

etc12 Q Series Trip Unit

The ETC Technologies
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etc-12 Q Series Trip Unit

Burtonwood announce new partnership at the Facilities Show

In today's technology-dependent world, power is no longer a luxury but a necessity. Power cuts and outages can be expensive occurrences especially when businesses rely on the ability to make transactions via data centres, over the internet or in the ‘cloud’. Seconds of power shortage can cost thousands of pounds.

Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services (BGSS) has been working with clients across a wide variety of industries to provide planned maintenance programmes designed to prevent power loss and ensure that standby power is readily available.

The company also has the expertise to meet all HV & LV diesel generator and switchgear requirements including the procurement and installation of new diesel generator sets, critical switchgear components or manufacturer recommended spare parts.

The safety and reliability of electrical switchgear equipment installed in public buildings throughout the UK is often overlooked with circuit breakers, for instance, providing the backbone of power distribution infrastructure.

BGSS have wide experience of dealing with this type of switchgear equipment and recognised the vital role that reliable circuit breakers can play in maintaining continuous power supply.

The company is pleased to announce at the Facilities Show taking place at the Excel, London 17–19th June 2014, a new working partnership with US-based ETC Technologies, best known as the leading manufacturer of replacement digital solid state trip units designed to extend the life of power circuit breakers. BGSS will act as a master distributor and certified installer for ETC for it‘s Satin American etc-12 Q series trip units.

The Satin American trip unit is a direct replacement for the Merlin Gerin STR trip unit found in many circuit breakers installed in buildings throughout the UK. As these units age operators can experience sporadic breaker trips resulting in costly down time when a site is least expecting it.

By installing a Satin American etc-12 Q series trip unit, as a direct replacement for the existing equipment, the operator can achieve a cost effective solution to its power outages in a timely manner and with the minimum of disruption to business. The etc-12 Q series trip unit can be fitted quickly and uses the same plug type and format as the original equipment making it a very economical alternative to replacing the whole breaker.

Keith Littler, BGSS Managing Director said, “Burtonwood is looking forward to working closely with ETC Technologies to develop the working relationship and help provide an added value service to both our existing and future customers alike.”

“This is an exciting addition to our range of services and one that can quickly save our customers money,” he added.


Burtonwood gets HMS Astute off to a good start in Gibraltar

Archive News 24 - March 2014

Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services Ltd have been involved in the maiden visit of Britain‘s new hunter–killer submarine to Gibraltar as it set sail on is first operational mission after two years of sea trials.

The vessel, which has been described as ‘more complex than the space shuttle’, made her first call at Gibraltar before deployment to the Mediterranean and on into the Suez Canal. The arrival of the submarine and its crew was welcomed by Gibraltar‘s Chief Minister Fabian Picardo who announced her visit in the Parliament prior to going on board HMS Astute with a warm welcome from the people of Gibraltar.

The Royal Navy has two Astute–class submarines, HMS Astute – the first in the series – and HMS Ambush. These are the largest attack submarines commissioned by the Royal Navy with a price tag of more than a £1 billion each.

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In readiness for the visit Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services Ltd have installed two 1670kVA containerised generators on the sea wall in the Navy Dockyard to provide temporary power facilities for the submarine during its stay.

Generators at South Mole Generators in Gibraltar

These purpose-built generators, associated fuel systems and electrical connections were designed and installed by a project team from Burtonwood working from its base in Gibraltar and took just two weeks to complete. Speaking from the Gibraltar office, Keith Littler, Managing Director, praised the team work and effort put in by the Burtonwood engineers, technicians and project supervisors to complete the work on time for the arrival of the submarine.

“This has been a complex project for us to coordinate, bringing together our resources both here in Gibraltar and back in the UK. Sourcing equipment, local building works and liaison with the authorities has not been easy, but with the tremendous effort put in by our staff, we have created a power facility that can be used by further vessels for the future. I‘m proud of the work we‘ve done.”

HMS Astute has air recycling which means that the submarine can theoretically circumnavigate the planet without having to resurface and with its nuclear fuel system never have to refuel again during its 25–year service. However its limitations are down to the amount of food it has to carry for the 98 crew needed to man it.

The visit to Gibraltar provided such a brief time spent on the surface. The power facility installed by Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services allowed the vessel to connect to temporary power during its stay in the port with the nuclear power plant offline for the duration.


The LETSGORIDEABIKE Challenge 7th June 2014....

Archive News 23 - December 2013

BGSS Bike Ride

Team Burtonwood gear up for charity bike ride

Another strong team from Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services is set to join over 100 riders from major customer Integral FM, some of its key suppliers and customers in a sponsored bike ride following a 100 mile circular route from Integral‘s Bristol office.

The one-day event to be held on 7th June 2014 involves several routes to challenge all cyclists riding either a total of 100, 50, or a slightly easier 30 miles and a 1 mile circuit of the Bristol business park for younger riders.

The 100-mile route (via the Severn Bridge across into Wales, past Tintern Abbey through the Forest of Dean) follows miles of country lanes, canal tow paths and quiet roads along an undulating (yes, that means hills!) route split into stages to allow the teams of riders to participate in as much or as little as they can manage over the total 100 mile distance. The 50 & 30 mile routes will also provide an option for the less ‘athletic’ to take part in a slightly less ‘arduous’ route.

Taking part again, and aiming to lead from the front, Managing Director Keith Littler said, “We enjoyed the event so much last year that we had to get involved again this year, encouraging a few more of our engineers to join the team!”

“We will be raising funds, like we did last year, for St Rocco‘s Hospice at Warrington, our chosen charity, and are looking to break our ‘giving’ target yet again.”


Burtonwood gains NICEIC Approved Contractor status....

Archive News 22 - August 2013

NIC EIC logo

Approved Contractor for the installation of electrical generators

Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services Ltd have been awarded Approved Contractor status from the NICEIC for its electrical generator installations.

Following weeks of concerted effort in working towards the assessment, the Company was pleased to announce the news at the St Helens Head Office.

“NICEIC have been very helpful in guiding us through the process and we look forward to working closely with them moving forward in maintaining our ‘approved’ status,” commented Keith Littler, Managing Director.

“The Company has worked hard to achieve this award and the accreditation is a great reward for the efforts of the engineers across the country in performing professional quality installations on behalf of our clients.”

The new awards add to the list of Health & Safety accreditations already achieved by Burtonwood including SafeContractor, CHAS and Constructionline.


Altius Vendor Assessment Ltd issue three new awards....

Archive News 21 - August 2013

Altius Awards

Burtonwood gains 'Elite Vendor' Award accreditation

Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services Ltd have been awarded three new vendor assessments by Altius, an SSIP member.

Following weeks of concerted effort in pulling information together, the company's Customer Service Coordinator, Mary Hoarty, was pleased to announce the news at the St Helens Head Office.

She said, “This has been a long process but worth the effort now that we have the accreditation which will allow us to work with a range of new organisations to our company.”

“Altius have been very helpful in guiding us through the process and we look forward to working closely with them moving forward.”

Commenting Keith Littler, Managing Director, said, “Mary has worked hard to achieve this award and the accreditation is a great reward for her devotion to this task.”

The new awards add to the list of Health & Safety accreditations already achieved by Burtonwood including SafeContractor, CHAS and Constructionline.


Team Burtonwood go the extra mile yet again!

Archive News 20 - April 2013

Team BW

The 2013 Integral Cyclearoundabit Challenge...

An 8 strong team from Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services joined 100 riders from major customer Integral; some of its key suppliers and customers in a sponsored bike ride following a circular route from Integral's Bristol office.

The one-day event held on 8th June 2013 involved a choice of two routes riding either a total of 100 or a slightly easier 30 miles.

The 100-mile route (via Slimbridge and Symonds Yat through the Forest of Dean to Tintern Abbey then back across the Severn Bridge) followed miles of country lanes, canal tow paths and quiet roads along an undulating route split into five stages to allow the teams of riders to participate in as much or as little as they could over the total 100 mile distance. The 30 mile route also provided an option for the less athletic to participate.

Taking part again, and leading from the front, Managing Director Keith Littler said,“We enjoyed the event so much last year that we had to get involved again this year. We managed to get 5 out of our 8 riders to complete the whole distance. A significant achievement both for the individuals and the team!”

“We are raising funds, as we did last year, for St Rocco's Hospice at Warrington, our chosen charity, and hoping to break our target again.”

To reward the Burtonwood team for their efforts on their ride, donations can still be made through the Head Office at St Helens as our JustGiving page is now closed for this year.

However the team raised over £1,250 for St Rocco's whilst the Integral event raised £30,000 for the combined charities.


BGSS Cycle Shirt

Team BW Shirt

Keith Littler

The ‘Boss’ arrives at Slimbridge

Powered to success again!

Archive News 19 - March 2013

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Manchester Utd win record 20th league title

The red side of Manchester has been celebrating a record 20th league title following the 3-0 defeat of Aston Villa at Old Trafford on the 22nd April 2013.

Managing Director Keith Littler says,“The second van Percie goal was outstanding. It was a great night for the club, and as a lifelong supporter, I was proud to be at the ground to witness the win!”

Burtonwood has been proud to be associated with the club and regularly maintain the diesel generators on site and at the Carrington training ground as part of an ongoing contract.

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Work starts on new parts storage facility

Archive News 18 - March 2013

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Here we ‘grow’ again...

The BGSS Motherwell depot is undergoing change. A new spare parts facility is being built at the Scottish site to increase the company's ability to better service local customers in the region.

The 18sqm mezzanine floor will increase Burtonwood's storage capability at the recently opened unit and allow for a greater variety of items to be held in stock to support the engineers working in the region.

Managing Director Keith Littler says,“We have taken the opportunity to install the additional storage whilst we establish the new unit. This will allow us to further expand our operation in Scotland and ensure that we provide an excellent all round service to our customers. I am already looking forward to the 'cutting-the-ribbon' ceremony once we complete the works!”

The BGSS Team. Here we go again!

Archive News 17 - March 2013

Integral Sponsored Bike Ride

The 2013 Integral Cyclearoundabit Challenge...

A team from Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services will be joining major customer Integral in a sponsored bike ride following a circular route from Integral's Bristol office via Slimbridge, through the Forest of Dean across the Severn Bridge.

The one day event to be held on 8th June 2013 involves a choice of two routes riding either a total of 100 or a slightly easier 30 miles.

The 100 mile route follows miles of country lanes, canal side paths and quiet roads along a flat (hardly?) route and is split into four stages to allow teams of riders to participate in as much or as little as they can over the total 100 mile distance. The 30 mile route provides an option for the less athletic to participate.

Taking part again, Managing Director Keith Littler says," We enjoyed the event so much last year that we had to get involved again this year. We did not all manage to complete the whole distance then but are aiming at a better performance this time...plus the shorter distance gives us a choice"

"We will be raising funds, as we did last year, for St Rocco's Hospice at Warrington, our chosen charity, and hoping to break our target again."

To reward the Burtonwood team for their efforts on the ride, donations can still be made through the Head Office at St Helens as our Just Giving page is now closed.

Burtonwood break new ground at Data Centre World

Archive News 16 - February 2013

Burtonwood Generators at Data centre World

Another successful show...

Burtonwood exhibited for the first time at the Data Centre World Show in the ExCel, London from the 27th to 28th February 2013

This prestigious show moved to its new home at the ExCel this year to give visitors a far broader spectrum of exhibitors in a modern exhibition environment.

Keith Littler, Managing Director at Burtonwood said: "Our decision to exhibit at Data Centre World followed an extensive new market drive to develop sectors in which we already have had some success. We have a number of contracts under way but obviously are keen to drive this new business area further."

"This is an exciting time for us and we really looked forward to exhibiting in London at this new venue. We were pleasantly surprised at the number and quality of the visitors coming onto our stand and look forward to developing new relationships as a result."

Burtonwood strengthen position in Scotland

Archive News 15 - January 2013

Burtonwood Generators at Eurocentral

BGSS's new Eurocentral home...

A second significant lease agreement in six months by Muse Developments at Eurocentral near Glasgow has highlighted the continued demand for smaller, modern industrial units within the commercial property sector in Scotland.

Burtonwood Generator and Switchgear Services Ltd, whose headquarters are based in St. Helens, Merseyside, has agreed a 10-year lease with Muse Developments and has taken occupation of the recently completed, speculatively built 'B3' building at the premier business park.

The company is moving into Scotland after securing further major work through an existing national framework agreement with BT. Additionally the new Eurocentral site will provide Burtonwood with a local base for its team of engineers in order to grow its existing generator and switchgear maintenance business with both current and new clients. The move will also create eight jobs.

Their decision to relocate to Eurocentral further strengthens the position of Scotland's prime distribution and industrial hub as a leading force within Scotland's commercial property sector.

Steve Turner, regional director Scotland for Muse Developments said: "The strength and appeal of Eurocentral as a prime location for business in Scotland continues to speak for itself."

"This latest deal with Burtonwood is testament to our belief that there are solid opportunities within the commercial property market and is another established name that we can add to our portfolio of occupiers."

Keith Littler, managing director at Burtonwood said: "Our decision to locate to Eurocentral followed an extensive market search in and around Glasgow. We had a number of sites under consideration but none have offered the same level of overall 'ticked boxes' as Eurocentral."

"This is an exciting time for us and we are looking forward to moving in and to growing our business in Scotland."

Burtonwood went the extra mile

News Archive 14 - October 2012

Burtonwood Cycle Team

Supporting Integral's Bristol to Birmingham Bike Ride...

A team from Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services joined major customer Integral in a sponsored bike ride from Integral's Bristol office to city centre Birmingham.

The one day event held on 2nd June 2012 involved riding a total of 100 miles.

The event was designed to raise money for the Dorothy House Hospice Care centres who comforted and cared for Integral's former national procurement manager, Steve Mogg, who sadly died at the end of 2011.

The route followed miles of country lanes, canal side paths and quiet roads along a flat (hardly?) route between the two offices and was split into four stages to allow teams of riders to participate in as much or as little as they could over the total 100 mile distance.

Managing Director Keith Littler says,“This was an ideal event in which to show our support for such a good cause and to remember Steve with whom we dealt in our work for Integral. Whilst none of our team were budding Mark Cavendish's, (although we had a Victoria Pendleton style performer!) nearly all of us completed the full distance (or at least some of it!) in order to raise sponsorship for this worthy cause. Special thanks to our support man Rick Alltree for driving the van and picking up the pieces along the way...”

In addition to raising funds for Dorothy House, St Helens-based Burtonwood have also been supporting their local hospice Warrington-based St Rocco's who cared for Keith Littler's own father before he sadly died.

To reward the Burtonwood team for their efforts on their ride, donations can still be made through the Head Office at St Helens.

Is the electrical power supply essential to your business?

News Archive 13 - March 2012

Emergency power

Then let BGSS assist you in solving your problem...

The recent bad weather and heavy snowfalls experienced throughout the American eastern seaboard and then here in the UK had a devastating influence both operationally and commercially throughout the affected area. The financial cost and loss of business is still being calculated, but is expected to again run into millions of pounds. It was also predicted that there might well be organised power cuts in the UK as demand has outstripped supply for electrical power throughout the country.

This, of course, does not take into account the many isolated power cuts that happen everyday throughout the UK by either construction work in the area cutting through underground cables or weather conditions such as heavy snow or lightning strikes bringing down overhead power cables.

If this happens would your business or organisation be prepared and be able to carry on working?

The answer to most companies is 'no' - the telephone system goes down, the computer system crashes and employees are unable to carry on working. A one-day outage to some of Burtonwood's clients, e.g. data centres or financial institutions, would cost them tens of millions of pounds in lost business let alone the cost of the wage bill for people unable to work. To other clients, i.e. hospitals, police authorities, national air traffic control, the cost is calculated in lives, not pounds.

It is with this in mind that a great many of Burtonwood's clients now review the importance of their electricity supply to the business or organisation to make sure that they can operate during a crisis. This is normally when Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services is contracted to help and co-ordinate a load-monitoring survey of their buildings or establishments, and work out together what are their essential and non-essential services. Once this is established the company can then best advise the correct size standby generating set along with an Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) for critical areas that will fulfil client's requirements. The company will then design, build and install the generator, bespoke to the client's specifications, using its in-house team of electrical and mechanical engineers. On completion of the installation, a full load test and commissioning would be undertaken to ensure the system works to the client's satisfaction.

After sales service is a vital part of the company's commitment, with a nationwide service team that carries out planned maintenance on the generators to the client's level of service and in line with manufacturer's recommendations. The company's service is taken up by the most prestigious of clients, including the Royal Households, the Ministry of Defence, the NHS, Greater Manchester and Northumbria Police Authorities together with commercial organisations and companies such as the BBC, various Utility companies, Glaxo Smith Kline, American Express and other private Blue Chip companies. If you consider that the electricity supply would affect your business, then Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services would be only too pleased to overcome any problems that you may have.

It's New Year and our SAFEcontractor Accreditation is renewed

News Archive 12 - January 2012

Quality service

Top Health & Safety accreditation

Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services Ltd has once again joined a leading edge scheme, designed to help industry improve its safety record.

The St Helens-based firm recently received confirmation of the renewal of its accreditation from SAFEcontractor, a programme which recognises very high standards of health and safety practise amongst UK contractors.

The company's renewal application for SAFEcontractor accreditation was driven by the need for a uniform standard across the business in line with our ISO 9001 and 14001 awards.

"This clearly shows our commitment to quality and safe working, "said Keith Littler, Managing Director, "and I am grateful to our employees for backing this within their own day–to–day activity".

SAFEcontractor accreditation is expected to enhance the company's ability to attract new contracts and its commitment to safety will be viewed positively by its insurers when the company liability policy is up for renewal.

John Kinge, Head of Risk at SAFEcontractor said, "Major organisations can no longer run the risk of employing contractors who are not able to prove that they have sound health and safety policies".

"More companies need to understand the importance of adopting good risk management in the way that Burtonwood has done. The firm's high standard has set an example, which hopefully will be followed by other companies within the sector".

Under the SAFEcontractor system, even businesses that have previously received accreditation have to undergo an annual vetting process, which examines health and safety procedures and their track record for safe practice. Those companies that continue to meet the high standard are included on the scheme's database.

Employer-organisations who sign up to the scheme can access the database, enabling them to vet potential contractors before they even set foot on site. These employers agree that, as users of the scheme, they will engage only those who have received accreditation.

Over one hundred and fifty major nation-wide businesses, from several key sectors, have signed up to use the scheme when selecting contractors for services such as building, cleaning, maintenance, refurbishment or electrical and mechanical work.

Time to check your equipment!

News Archive 12 - January 2012

Generator service

Regular maintenance saves downtime

As the New Year is ushered in, we return to last month's subject of regular routine maintenance of installed generator sets

Our service plans are built around your requirements and can be created to service your generator assets whether a single standby unit or a fleet of generating units in different locations.

We can offer 24hour/365day cover as part of these generator maintenance plans.

For more information please contact our Customer Service teams based in our regional offices or send us an enquiry by completing our 'Contact Us' form

Prevention - the best cure...

News Archive 10 - November 2011

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Service and maintenance of diesel generators is key to either continuous (prime) or backup power capability.

As there is no such thing as a 'maintenance free' power supply system, all diesel generators need to be serviced regularly to ensure that they are operating safely and efficiently and that their start-up batteries are in good working order.

This was clearly demonstrated recently in a major fire that severely damaged industrial units. Fourteen crews from three counties tackled a large fire at an industrial unit in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. The blaze in November at the 4,000 sq metre premises was well developed by the time firefighters reached the scene, but they managed to save the building from total destruction.

Chris Parker, station commander at Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said, "When crews arrived the building was well alight but thanks to some excellent firefighting by crews from three counties, the fire has been confined to around half of the building."

Investigators said the fire was accidental, with the most probable cause being an overheating generator.

Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services offer a complete range of maintenance and servicing contracts to suit every customer requirement from simple repair through to 24 hour 365 days a year service contracts with guaranteed response times to site to ensure that customers' generating units are operating correctly and not likely to create additional major incident.

All our service and planned maintenance contracts are backed up by our 24-hour call out and support team for prompt response to problems. However the Company recommends that all generating units are checked on at least a six monthly basis to avoid issues.

Burtonwood Powers Champions to Premiership Title

News Archive 9 - July 2011

Old Trafford

BGSS keeps lights on at United in title race

St Helens-based Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services has been ensuring the operation of the emergency generators for Premier League champions Manchester United in the lead up to their 19th football league title.

Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services have been making sure the essential services are always available at the Old Trafford ground and the training grounds at Carrington so when they were asked to provide a temporary standby generator at the world–famous ground by the Manchester United Property Services, they were only too happy to help.

As a result of the prompt response, Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services have carried out further work spending four weeks replacing an existing ageing generator on site with a new upgraded Scania–powered generator to ensure that parts of the Old Trafford site never goes dark unexpectedly.

“As an avid lifelong Manchester United fan and season ticket holder myself, I'm thrilled that Burtonwood has been involved in this crucial work” says Keith Littler, Managing Director of Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services. “The new Scania-powered generator will go along way to keeping our hopes of another league title shining brightly!”

Green credentials for North West Generator specialists

News Archive 8 - June 2011

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ISO14001 standards set...

St Helens–based Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services has been awarded the coveted environmental accreditation, ISO14001:2004 by the British Standards Institution (BSI), arguably the world‘s leading standards and certification body.

The accreditation is awarded to companies with excellent environmental management standards.

The highly sought after award marks the culmination of nearly twelve months work towards achieving this latest standard. The ISO14001:2004 accreditation sets new operational standards that are focused on ensuring that the company meets all applicable laws, regulations and environmental legislation together with minimising the organisation‘s impact on the environment and implementing continual improvements to environmental sustainability.

Keith Littler, Managing Director, Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services Ltd said, "This is great news for Burtonwood. It marks the tremendous efforts made by Jim Wainwright, our quality consultant and our employees working with enthusiasm and dedication towards this award."

" We have always prided ourselves on the level of service that we offer to our customers and this accreditation shows how committed we are to green practices when fulfilling their needs."

The award marks the half way mark in major developments for the generator & switchgear specialists. Having brought in new operational staff and opening a branch office in Peterborough, the company is now looking to expand again with further regional offices and technicians to provide more localised service thus reducing its environmental impact in line with the company's new environmental objectives.

The award covers the manufacture, supply, installation and servicing of diesel generators and associated equipment together with the design of generator control systems; all key elements of the Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services' operation.

New Scania Engines Service Dealer Agreement

News Archive 7 - May 2011

Scania Engine

Powering Burtonwood to new markets...

Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services Ltd are pleased to announce its appointment by Scania (Great Britain) Ltd to the Scania Engines Service Dealer network.

Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services Ltd is extremely proud to have acquired the Scania franchise and to represent this premium brand. The new dealership already has factory trained diesel engine technicians and a fully equipped service area in its Head Office site.

Keith Littler, Managing Director at Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services Ltd enthused, "We are looking forward to introducing both new and established customers to the Scania range. We have a wealth of experience and knowledge and all our staff have a passion for the Scania brand. We are excited to be able to further enhance our profile as a premier diesel engine service provider with the introduction of Scania to our UK-wide operation".

Commenting on the new appointment, Littler added, "Scania find for dealers with a special mix of qualities and which allow a dealership to develop strong relationships with Scania industrial engine owners and with Scania itself. I am therefore pleased to offer a very warm and professional welcome to Scania and look forward to working closely with them to develop our dealership here in St Helens."

Under the terms of the new agreement, Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services Ltd will be expected to perform Scania authorised Engines service for industrial, marine and power generation engines, undertake the sale of Scania Parts for Scania Engines and perform Scania Engines workshop operations, at the retail level for the Scania Engines within the EU/EEA.

Burtonwood Expands Service Network

News Archive 6 - April 2011

Scania Engine

New South West office...

St Helens-based Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services Ltd has opened brand new premises in Peterborough after securing further major maintenance contracts in the East of England.

Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services Ltd has invested in a 3,000 sq ft premises on Eagle Business Park just south of Peterborough. The business also has offices in Frome, Somerset and is looking to open other new sites in London and Scotland shortly.

“Opening our new office will provide additional support for both the business and our customers and is something that we have been looking to do for quite a while,” said Managing Director Keith Littler. “Adding the new depot also means we can improve the efficiency of our service operations and provide more rapid response as and when required.”

Regional service manager, Chris Hewitt said: “This is a positive move for Burtonwood and the growing service team. It will keep the company competitive in this market and help us get to local customers quicker.”

Burtonwood Engineers Hit The Road in Style

News Archive 5 - January 2011

Service Vans

New fleet helps Burtonwood's environmental credentials...

Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services Ltd has taken delivery of a brand new fleet of fully liveried and equipped transit vans.

Already operating from a network of regional branches, the Company offers a range of maintenance and servicing contracts to suit every customer requirement from simple repair through to on-call 24 hour 365 days a year service contracts with guaranteed response times to site. The new fleet of vans will extend this capability and ensure that customers are dealt with promptly and efficiently.

Commenting on the new arrivals, Keith Littler, Managing Director, was keen to stress that the critical nature of the company's service to its customers was foremost in the decision to invest in the fleet. "The new vehicles are an extension of our very professional public image and the fully equipped van interiors mean that we can carry critical spares that allow us to attend sites being able to provide immediate solutions to our customer's emergency power needs."

With over thirty years of application experience, backed up by the technical excellence of the Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services Ltd Group, not to mention their new highly visible transport, Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services Ltd, is set to build upon its reputation as one of the industry's leading specialist contractors.

Lynton Buxton appointed as Marketing Manager

News Archive 4 - October 2010

With a remit to further develop the successful business, Lynton Buxton has been appointed as Marketing Manager for Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services.

Commenting on his role Buxton says, “Joining Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services gives me the opportunity to use my industry experience of over 20 years to pro–actively grow the business. Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services already offers a tremendous service that is both professional and personal whether the order being placed is for a single generator or an entire packaged emergency power supply project.”

“I believe that there is potential to increase our UK and international network to provide further support for Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services via a strategic marketing campaign to both existing and new markets. There is also scope to make our on–line facilities the best in the business, making local ordering and technical support a simple, fast procedure.”

“Our initial strategy will culminate in a new, re-formatted capability brochure that will be launched shortly together with the development of an enhanced website. Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services will continue to supply industry-proven products which are all dedicated to the power supply industry and backed by a highly motivated and experienced workforce.”

Buxton prides himself on being a brand champion and he is committed to making the Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services brand synonymous with the maxim ‘the Power of Experience’.

A graduate of the Cranfield Institute of Technology, Buxton holds a Masters Degree in Distribution Technology and Management.

Top Safety Accreditation...

News Archive 3 - July 2010

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With more than 150 major clients and almost 18,000 contractor members, SAFEcontractor is the fastest growing health and safety assessment scheme in the UK. Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services Ltd is one of the latest group of successful companies to join a leading edge scheme, designed to help industry improve its safety record.

The SAFEcontractor award is dedicated to promoting higher standards of competence and compliance through the provision of relevant industry specific and tailored health and safety assessments for all professions and sectors.

The SAFEcontractor programme allows customers to benchmark the company's health and safety performance. Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services Ltd's application for accreditation was driven by the requirement for a uniform standard across the UK business and has been driven through by Clive Temple, South West Regional Manager on behalf of the company.

SAFEcontractor accreditation has been achieved following an assessment of Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services Ltd's Health and Safety documentation, and compared against the SAFEcontractor Charter Standards, which set out the Health & Safety standards required to achieve accreditation.

Keith Littler, Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services Ltd's Managing Director commenting on the Award said, “Our major customers can no longer run the risk of employing contractors who are not able to prove that they have sound health and safety policies and I am confident that this Award will demonstrate and reinforce our already high standards.”

He added, “Clive Temple's work in driving this accreditation process forward further emphasised the hard work and dedication of the company's staff in meeting safe working practices.”

Many organisations now recognise the scheme and accept the certificate as confirmation of competency. Employer-organisations who sign up to the scheme can also access the database of accredited contractors allowing them to vet potential contractors before they even set foot on site.

Reinforcing presence in South West

News Archive 2 - May 2010

Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services regional offices New South West Office

Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services Ltd has opened a new branch in the South West. The global power generation solutions provider has established a facility in Frome, Somerset to support its growing sales and customer base in the South West for Burtonwood's generator and switchgear products and services.

Managing Director Keith Littler said the opening provided a key sales and service centre to look after our existing customer base and seek out new business.

“The South West is an established market for us and the opening of this branch will give us a firmer foothold from which to grow and develop the business,” he said.
“This is an exciting and significant strategic step in our growth in the UK as we seek to expand into new markets.”

More than just an office, the branch will have engineering and sales staff and it will be supported by new marketing activity to help grow sales both with existing customers and new clients.

The new centre is at: - Unit 4, Southgate Commerce Park, Frome, Somerset, BA11 2RY

Backing up swine flu defences

News Archive 1 - January 2010

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Following the Government roll out of its Swine Flu vaccination programme, St.Helens firm Burtonwood Generator & Switchgear Services (BGSS) has revealed its own vital role in safeguarding supplies of the crucial vaccine here in the North West.

With 60 million vaccines ordered for the UK by the Government, a regional distribution unit has been set up by St.Helens & Knowsley NHS Trust to store the vaccines.

BGSS Managing Director, Keith Littler, explains. “To maintain its effectiveness the vaccine has to be stored at a set temperature, requiring constant and uninterrupted refrigeration. When the storage unit was set up in Knowsley, we were asked to supply and manage a back-up power generator system so that, in the event of a power cut, the refrigeration would not fail. It's obviously a vital project and is a testimony to our track record with the NHS that we have been entrusted with it.”

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