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Princess Royal Training Awards 2019

09.09.19

We are proud to announce we have been recognised at the Princess Royal Training Awards 2019! The award recognises organisations ranging from multi-nationals and SMEs, through to charities, the public sector and small employers. What each organisation has in common is its commitment to investing in its people. We are proud to put training at the heart of our strategy with 95% of our staff having undertaken an Apprenticeship. The programme is embedded and integrated in our business and led passionately from the top-down with training meaning that work is done ‘the Barlows’ way’ maintaining the high standard of workmanship. We have a 97% retention rate of employees and the business has grown solidly for the past 25 years, even during recession periods.

Cheshire Business Awards 2019

14.08.19

We are delighted to announce that Clifford College have been nominated for the CheshireAwards 2019 Business of the Year (11-50 employees) 2019 sponsored by NatWest! Also, Barlows UK Ltd are the proud sponsors of the Inspiring Apprenticeships Award along with Cheshire West & Chester Council.

CheckFire Group

13.08.19

Our Fire and Security department are now a stockist for CheckFire for all safety products including, extinguishers, signs and any specialist equipment available on their website!

High Wycombe Apprentices

22.07.19

Since opening our High Wycombe branch 2 years ago, it has grown significantly! We now employ over 17 apprentices for our Electrical Department and our Fire Alarm & Security Department. Here are the future of Barlows in High Wycombe.

NICEIC Apprentice of the <br>Year Runner-Up

NICEIC Apprentice of the
Year Runner-Up

20.06.19

Cameron Molloy, our Apprentice from our Manchester Office was one of eight competitors to reach the grand final which was help on Tuesday 4th June at the head office of the competition partners, Scolmore Group. Cameron was very successful in the competition and finished runner-up. Cameron was also commended for his consumer unit installation and received a separate award for the best consumer unit installation. The final was the third stage of the contest, which saw more than 1,000 apprentices from across the UK take part. The eight finalists were put through a series of challenges across a range of disciplines including; installation, resistance testing, earth loop impedance testing, safe isolation and a conduit challenge. Each candidate also had to undergo a technical interview with Certsure's former Technical Standards Director, Alan Wells. Cameron started his NVQ Level 3 Qualification in Electrical Installation at our in house training provider Clifford College. Cameron was announced as runner-up at the awards ceremony at the nearby Belfry Hotel. Handing over the prizes were Kevin Parker, Managing Director at Certsure, Martyn Walley, Group Technical Director at Scolmore Group and Billy Byrne, Star of TV's DIY SOS. His Contracts Manager Richard Morris said "We are very proud of Cameron's achievement to get to the final and to come runner-up against some tough competition is something that demonstrates the hard work and pride that our apprentices, our training providers at Clifford College and Barlows UK Ltd take in bringing through out next generation of Electricians." "It's been a fantastic process and I'm so happy to be a part of it" Said Cameron" "I've got no idea what I'm going to do with the holiday voucher at the moment. I might treat the lads to a trip to Benidorm."

OLEV Approved Electric
Vehicle Charging

17.06.19

The number of electrical vehicles now on the roads in the UK is growing at a rapid rate. This means the demand for EV charging is increasing. With lots to consider when choosing/installing a charging point, Barlows UK Ltd are now able to help with both the supply and installation of your charging point. We are now OLEV Approved EV Charger installers working with Rolec. OLEV Approval means we are able to install charging points to homes and businesses and you can rest assured it has been installed correctly and to the required regulations. For more information, contact us: Email: enquiries@barlows-electrical.com Or Phone: 01948 820200

David Barlow Co-Founder
of Barlows

11.06.19

David Barlow Co-Founder of Barlows UK LTD and founder of Clifford College receives MBE for services to apprenticeships and business David Barlow has been awarded a Queen's Honour in the Birthday Honours List for his work with apprenticeships and business both in the North West and nationally, and for his promotion of skills training across Cheshire and Warrington. "I am deeply honoured to receive this award for my work training young people. There is no doubt that if you're taking on a 16 year old they are going to need more support. I believe you must really care about the young people you bring in and be interested in them. Get to know them personally, build a bond and retain that bond all the way through their early professional life. Business leaders have a responsibility to give young people the best start in life. " David Barlow For over 40 years, David has championed high quality apprenticeship training. At age 24 he pursued a career in teaching, it was here that he realised that the standard of electrical training could be improved. At the age of 30, when his father became unwell, he joined his brother John in the family business, Barlows (UK) Ltd, and here he began putting in place measures to improve the standards of electrical training. In 1980, in order to expand, David invested in apprenticeships - a strategy that became embedded in the culture of the business. Today he has 5 City & Guilds training colleges nationally, which focus on apprenticeship training. He has built a team of tutors to train Barlows' own apprentices and the apprentices for 50 other firms. He has for many years encouraged other businesses to give young people a chance through craft, technician or graduate apprenticeships. "I did work hard because for the first time I had a teacher that engaged me, David made everything he said interesting and informative and I was able to focus on a subject that I found exciting to learn." Barlows Apprentice David's interest and desire to improve the quality of standard in the electrical industry has led to his involvement in several voluntary electrical committees, first in the North West and subsequently nationwide. He was invited to join SummitSkills in 2013, the standard setting organisation for Building Services in England. He was one of five companies invited to form the Electrotechnical Trailblazer in England, which had a vital role in developing the new syllabus for Apprenticeship Standards, which was approved by the Government in 2015. David Barlow is currently Chair of the Electrotechnical Discipline Employer Group, which monitors and evaluates the standard nationwide. "I would not like to try and put a figure on the number of young people who have benefited from David's contribution, which must be enormous. However, there can be no doubt that many are living better lives because of the opportunities David has been instrumental in developing." Keith Marshall OBE National Apprenticeship Service. Educated at Chester Grammar School and the University of Liverpool, David was awarded the Cheshire Business Leaders Award 2014, Cheshire Business Person of the Year 2015 and the High Sheriff of Chester Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Economy of Chester and the Business Community 2017. In 2015 he was also presented with an Honorary Degree from the University of Chester.

National Success for Apprentice Cameron Molloy

07.05.19

Our apprentice Cameron Molloy is through to the final 8 of the 2019 NICEIC Electrical Apprentice of the Year Competition. The final will be held on the 4th of June at The Scolmore Groups Headquarters in Tamworth and the overall winner will be announced at a special awards event on the same evening at the Belfry Hotel. Cameron has already been successful through 2 earlier rounds to get to the final 8. The first stage was an online exam of 40 questions. The top 20% were then invited to complete a 90 minute written exam. Taking place at several locations across the UK and was marked by industry experts Darren Staniforth, Jake Green and Tony Cable. For Cameron to achieve this and have the opportunity to prove himself against some of the country's best electrical apprentices is a great honor for Cameron. As a company, this is also an example of the continued success of our own Training Centre, 'Clifford College' and the broad scope of work experience we are providing our apprentices. We wish Cameron all the best in the final and will be supporting him all of the way!

Sky Dive for the British Heart Foundation

16.04.19

One of our Fire & Security engineers is raising money for the British Heart Foundation's research and would be so grateful for your support with his partner. The BHF is a charity very close to their heart and any donation big or small would mean the world to them. They are doing a 10,000 feet skydive in memory of his beloved Grandad, Derek. Their aim is to raise money to aid research in the hope of preventing people dying from heart disease and prevent families losing loved ones like his family have. The BHF has helped halve the number of people dying from heart and circulatory disease in the UK, but sadly, every day, hundreds of people still lose their lives. It's only thanks to support from people like us that the BHF can create new treatments and discover new cures. £24 could pay for two hours of research by an early career scientist, but every pound helps so please give what you can to help them hit their target. Follow the link below to their Just Giving page to donate and support their cause. Iwan & Sasha | Just Giving

Princess Royal Training Awards 2019

09.09.19

We are proud to announce we have been recognised at the Princess Royal Training Awards 2019! The award recognises organisations ranging from multi-nationals and SMEs, through to charities, the public sector and small employers. What each organisation has in common is its commitment to investing in its people. We are proud to put training at the heart of our strategy with 95% of our staff having undertaken an Apprenticeship. The programme is embedded and integrated in our business and led passionately from the top-down with training meaning that work is done ‘the Barlows’ way’ maintaining the high standard of workmanship. We have a 97% retention rate of employees and the business has grown solidly for the past 25 years, even during recession periods.

Cheshire Business Awards 2019

14.08.19

We are delighted to announce that Clifford College have been nominated for the CheshireAwards 2019 Business of the Year (11-50 employees) 2019 sponsored by NatWest! Also, Barlows UK Ltd are the proud sponsors of the Inspiring Apprenticeships Award along with Cheshire West & Chester Council.

CheckFire Group

13.08.19

Our Fire and Security department are now a stockist for CheckFire for all safety products including, extinguishers, signs and any specialist equipment available on their website!

High Wycombe Apprentices

22.07.19

Since opening our High Wycombe branch 2 years ago, it has grown significantly! We now employ over 17 apprentices for our Electrical Department and our Fire Alarm & Security Department. Here are the future of Barlows in High Wycombe.

NICEIC Apprentice of the <br>Year Runner-Up

NICEIC Apprentice of the
Year Runner-Up

20.06.19

Cameron Molloy, our Apprentice from our Manchester Office was one of eight competitors to reach the grand final which was help on Tuesday 4th June at the head office of the competition partners, Scolmore Group. Cameron was very successful in the competition and finished runner-up. Cameron was also commended for his consumer unit installation and received a separate award for the best consumer unit installation. The final was the third stage of the contest, which saw more than 1,000 apprentices from across the UK take part. The eight finalists were put through a series of challenges across a range of disciplines including; installation, resistance testing, earth loop impedance testing, safe isolation and a conduit challenge. Each candidate also had to undergo a technical interview with Certsure's former Technical Standards Director, Alan Wells. Cameron started his NVQ Level 3 Qualification in Electrical Installation at our in house training provider Clifford College. Cameron was announced as runner-up at the awards ceremony at the nearby Belfry Hotel. Handing over the prizes were Kevin Parker, Managing Director at Certsure, Martyn Walley, Group Technical Director at Scolmore Group and Billy Byrne, Star of TV's DIY SOS. His Contracts Manager Richard Morris said "We are very proud of Cameron's achievement to get to the final and to come runner-up against some tough competition is something that demonstrates the hard work and pride that our apprentices, our training providers at Clifford College and Barlows UK Ltd take in bringing through out next generation of Electricians." "It's been a fantastic process and I'm so happy to be a part of it" Said Cameron" "I've got no idea what I'm going to do with the holiday voucher at the moment. I might treat the lads to a trip to Benidorm."

OLEV Approved Electric
Vehicle Charging

17.06.19

The number of electrical vehicles now on the roads in the UK is growing at a rapid rate. This means the demand for EV charging is increasing. With lots to consider when choosing/installing a charging point, Barlows UK Ltd are now able to help with both the supply and installation of your charging point. We are now OLEV Approved EV Charger installers working with Rolec. OLEV Approval means we are able to install charging points to homes and businesses and you can rest assured it has been installed correctly and to the required regulations. For more information, contact us: Email: enquiries@barlows-electrical.com Or Phone: 01948 820200

David Barlow Co-Founder
of Barlows

11.06.19

David Barlow Co-Founder of Barlows UK LTD and founder of Clifford College receives MBE for services to apprenticeships and business David Barlow has been awarded a Queen's Honour in the Birthday Honours List for his work with apprenticeships and business both in the North West and nationally, and for his promotion of skills training across Cheshire and Warrington. "I am deeply honoured to receive this award for my work training young people. There is no doubt that if you're taking on a 16 year old they are going to need more support. I believe you must really care about the young people you bring in and be interested in them. Get to know them personally, build a bond and retain that bond all the way through their early professional life. Business leaders have a responsibility to give young people the best start in life. " David Barlow For over 40 years, David has championed high quality apprenticeship training. At age 24 he pursued a career in teaching, it was here that he realised that the standard of electrical training could be improved. At the age of 30, when his father became unwell, he joined his brother John in the family business, Barlows (UK) Ltd, and here he began putting in place measures to improve the standards of electrical training. In 1980, in order to expand, David invested in apprenticeships - a strategy that became embedded in the culture of the business. Today he has 5 City & Guilds training colleges nationally, which focus on apprenticeship training. He has built a team of tutors to train Barlows' own apprentices and the apprentices for 50 other firms. He has for many years encouraged other businesses to give young people a chance through craft, technician or graduate apprenticeships. "I did work hard because for the first time I had a teacher that engaged me, David made everything he said interesting and informative and I was able to focus on a subject that I found exciting to learn." Barlows Apprentice David's interest and desire to improve the quality of standard in the electrical industry has led to his involvement in several voluntary electrical committees, first in the North West and subsequently nationwide. He was invited to join SummitSkills in 2013, the standard setting organisation for Building Services in England. He was one of five companies invited to form the Electrotechnical Trailblazer in England, which had a vital role in developing the new syllabus for Apprenticeship Standards, which was approved by the Government in 2015. David Barlow is currently Chair of the Electrotechnical Discipline Employer Group, which monitors and evaluates the standard nationwide. "I would not like to try and put a figure on the number of young people who have benefited from David's contribution, which must be enormous. However, there can be no doubt that many are living better lives because of the opportunities David has been instrumental in developing." Keith Marshall OBE National Apprenticeship Service. Educated at Chester Grammar School and the University of Liverpool, David was awarded the Cheshire Business Leaders Award 2014, Cheshire Business Person of the Year 2015 and the High Sheriff of Chester Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Economy of Chester and the Business Community 2017. In 2015 he was also presented with an Honorary Degree from the University of Chester.

National Success for Apprentice Cameron Molloy

07.05.19

Our apprentice Cameron Molloy is through to the final 8 of the 2019 NICEIC Electrical Apprentice of the Year Competition. The final will be held on the 4th of June at The Scolmore Groups Headquarters in Tamworth and the overall winner will be announced at a special awards event on the same evening at the Belfry Hotel. Cameron has already been successful through 2 earlier rounds to get to the final 8. The first stage was an online exam of 40 questions. The top 20% were then invited to complete a 90 minute written exam. Taking place at several locations across the UK and was marked by industry experts Darren Staniforth, Jake Green and Tony Cable. For Cameron to achieve this and have the opportunity to prove himself against some of the country's best electrical apprentices is a great honor for Cameron. As a company, this is also an example of the continued success of our own Training Centre, 'Clifford College' and the broad scope of work experience we are providing our apprentices. We wish Cameron all the best in the final and will be supporting him all of the way!

Sky Dive for the British Heart Foundation

16.04.19

One of our Fire & Security engineers is raising money for the British Heart Foundation's research and would be so grateful for your support with his partner. The BHF is a charity very close to their heart and any donation big or small would mean the world to them. They are doing a 10,000 feet skydive in memory of his beloved Grandad, Derek. Their aim is to raise money to aid research in the hope of preventing people dying from heart disease and prevent families losing loved ones like his family have. The BHF has helped halve the number of people dying from heart and circulatory disease in the UK, but sadly, every day, hundreds of people still lose their lives. It's only thanks to support from people like us that the BHF can create new treatments and discover new cures. £24 could pay for two hours of research by an early career scientist, but every pound helps so please give what you can to help them hit their target. Follow the link below to their Just Giving page to donate and support their cause. Iwan & Sasha | Just Giving

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