NEC Services

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by NEC Services's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from NEC Services is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

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www.necservices.co.uk

THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
34 | NEC SERVICES
Managing Directors
LeeEdmonds and Shaun Larvin
The NEC offices
NEC Services Ltd are a mechanical and electrical
maintenance, installation, service and repair company
who have worked nationwide for over 15 years. From
their head office in Hull they employ around 30 people, but they
also have the agility and flexibility to use subcontractors and
agency staff across different projects where necessary. In the
last 18 months, NEC have quadrupled their turnover, doubled
the size of their team and increased their fleet of vehicles
appropriately as well as moving to larger premises in a more
prominent area. Managing Directors Lee Edmonds and Shaun
Larvin tell
The Parliamentary Review
more about NEC’s work.
While our growth in the last 18 months has been no easy feat, a big part of that
was understanding our position in the marketplace.
There are a lot of M&E companies out there, and understanding our place in the
world really helped us to add value to every level of the business. We realised that
we complemented the property development sector well, specifically with regard to
hotels, and our teams’ experience helped us to build bridges and relationships with
large chains in the hospitality sector.
A diverse range of areas
We are currently working with sports stadiums and venues, industrial developments,
hospitals, care homes and hotels. Those areas do tend to make up the core of our
market, but we pride ourselves on being flexible enough to take on a variety of jobs
and consistently deliver.
FACTS ABOUT
NEC SERVICES
»Managing Directors:
LeeEdmonds and Shaun Larvin
»Established in 2002
»Based in Hull
»Services: Mechanical and
electrical maintenace,
installation, service and repair
»No. of employees: 30
NEC Services
35NEC SERVICES |
CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING
In the hotel sector, we have worked
with the Hilton Hotel Group and
Roomzzz Aparthotels. We also
have experience partnering with
the NHS, Skanska Humber Pipeline
Tunnel Joint Venture and Noble
Investments thanks to our connections
with main contractors. We are also
associated partners with Airco,
one of the country’s biggest air
conditioningbrands.
Although our work takes us all over
the country, we still retain deep links
to our Hull base. We sponsor Olympian
gold medallist and boxer Luke
Campbell MBE, who is currently vying
for a world title under Eddie Hearn.
This also reinforces our link to the
sporting domain as we already work at
stadiums across the country to provide
the power and lighting for a variety
of sporting events. Going forward we
want to be more involved than ever.
Skanska HPTJV
We are currently working with Skanska
on a new gas pipeline project that runs
underneath the River Humber.
Due to be completed at the end of
next year, we will also follow up with
other installation and decommissioning
works after the project is finalised. This
is a massive thing happening in our
local area and we are tremendously
happy to be a big part of it.
The relationship we have with Skanska
HPTJV is something we really want
to develop as they are the biggest
facilities management company in
Europe – and they’ve treated us really
well so far.
Hull City – KCOM Stadium –
SuperStadium Management
Company Ltd
We carry out annual maintenance in a
number of areas at Hull City’s KCOM
Stadium and the team’s training
ground; this includes fixed-wire
testing, commercial gas servicing and a
volume of servicing including floodlight
lux level testing in compliance with The
Football Association.
We provide cover for events at
the KCOM Stadium and carry out
installation works; one project we
managed, in partnership with Philips
Lighting, was the installation of the
new Arena Vision LED floodlighting
system, which is an innovative
LED pitch lighting solution that
supports the latest TV broadcasting
standards and features a unique
controlplatform.
NHS – Castle Hill Hospital and
Hull Royal Infirmary
At Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle
Hill Hospital, we have worked in
partnership with the NHS and Ideal
Boilers to trial new boilers in six of their
plant rooms.
We have undertaken interviews and
marketing in conjunction with this and
are hopeful that these can be rolled
out across East Yorkshire.
Skanska HPTJV
There are a lot
of M&E
companies out
there, and
understanding
our place in the
world really
helped us to
add value to
every level of
the business
BEST PRACTICE REPRESENTATIVE 2019
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
34 | NEC SERVICES
Managing Directors
LeeEdmonds and Shaun Larvin
The NEC offices
NEC Services Ltd are a mechanical and electrical
maintenance, installation, service and repair company
who have worked nationwide for over 15 years. From
their head office in Hull they employ around 30 people, but they
also have the agility and flexibility to use subcontractors and
agency staff across different projects where necessary. In the
last 18 months, NEC have quadrupled their turnover, doubled
the size of their team and increased their fleet of vehicles
appropriately as well as moving to larger premises in a more
prominent area. Managing Directors Lee Edmonds and Shaun
Larvin tell
The Parliamentary Review
more about NEC’s work.
While our growth in the last 18 months has been no easy feat, a big part of that
was understanding our position in the marketplace.
There are a lot of M&E companies out there, and understanding our place in the
world really helped us to add value to every level of the business. We realised that
we complemented the property development sector well, specifically with regard to
hotels, and our teams’ experience helped us to build bridges and relationships with
large chains in the hospitality sector.
A diverse range of areas
We are currently working with sports stadiums and venues, industrial developments,
hospitals, care homes and hotels. Those areas do tend to make up the core of our
market, but we pride ourselves on being flexible enough to take on a variety of jobs
and consistently deliver.
FACTS ABOUT
NEC SERVICES
»Managing Directors:
LeeEdmonds and Shaun Larvin
»Established in 2002
»Based in Hull
»Services: Mechanical and
electrical maintenace,
installation, service and repair
»No. of employees: 30
NEC Services
35NEC SERVICES |
CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING
In the hotel sector, we have worked
with the Hilton Hotel Group and
Roomzzz Aparthotels. We also
have experience partnering with
the NHS, Skanska Humber Pipeline
Tunnel Joint Venture and Noble
Investments thanks to our connections
with main contractors. We are also
associated partners with Airco,
one of the country’s biggest air
conditioningbrands.
Although our work takes us all over
the country, we still retain deep links
to our Hull base. We sponsor Olympian
gold medallist and boxer Luke
Campbell MBE, who is currently vying
for a world title under Eddie Hearn.
This also reinforces our link to the
sporting domain as we already work at
stadiums across the country to provide
the power and lighting for a variety
of sporting events. Going forward we
want to be more involved than ever.
Skanska HPTJV
We are currently working with Skanska
on a new gas pipeline project that runs
underneath the River Humber.
Due to be completed at the end of
next year, we will also follow up with
other installation and decommissioning
works after the project is finalised. This
is a massive thing happening in our
local area and we are tremendously
happy to be a big part of it.
The relationship we have with Skanska
HPTJV is something we really want
to develop as they are the biggest
facilities management company in
Europe – and they’ve treated us really
well so far.
Hull City – KCOM Stadium –
SuperStadium Management
Company Ltd
We carry out annual maintenance in a
number of areas at Hull City’s KCOM
Stadium and the team’s training
ground; this includes fixed-wire
testing, commercial gas servicing and a
volume of servicing including floodlight
lux level testing in compliance with The
Football Association.
We provide cover for events at
the KCOM Stadium and carry out
installation works; one project we
managed, in partnership with Philips
Lighting, was the installation of the
new Arena Vision LED floodlighting
system, which is an innovative
LED pitch lighting solution that
supports the latest TV broadcasting
standards and features a unique
controlplatform.
NHS – Castle Hill Hospital and
Hull Royal Infirmary
At Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle
Hill Hospital, we have worked in
partnership with the NHS and Ideal
Boilers to trial new boilers in six of their
plant rooms.
We have undertaken interviews and
marketing in conjunction with this and
are hopeful that these can be rolled
out across East Yorkshire.
Skanska HPTJV
There are a lot
of M&E
companies out
there, and
understanding
our place in the
world really
helped us to
add value to
every level of
the business
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36 | NEC SERVICES
The transition – challenges
with directorship and
understanding market position
We have had some difficulties with a
previous director. One of the biggest
challenges we faced as a business
was the transition period during
which he left. We had one director
having to carry the entire team in a
sense, doing everything while the
other really impacted staff morale in a
negativecapacity.
In that transition period, staff morale
and customer investment were so
key. Maintaining both of those things
without the full support of two
directors was incredibly difficult. We
knew where we wanted to be, but
we weren’t in a position to make
thathappen.
Our move from domestic work to
the commercial market was a real
challenge, too. The change in growing
an SME to a large business is no
small one – we had to get customers
and staff alike to buy in, tender for
contracts with big teams and, most
importantly, recruit the right people.
We took the view that paying the right
price for people and getting them
in the right role was of the utmost
importance – and that philosophy has
since paid off in spades.
Legislation – wages,
sustainability and funding
The big issue we’ve had with
legislation was the national minimum
wage increase. Although not too much
of a concern now, during a transition
phase, ramping up the minimum wage
is a real difficulty. That could have
been handled better.
We’d also like to see more funding
frameworks in place for the kind of
contracts we work on. We’ve been in
partnership with a multinational car
park operator, but the landlord can’t
afford to bring it up to regulations
and help his local area – as a result,
it stays closed. Surely there must be
something the government can do in
these situations?
Finally, we are taking a hard stance
on sustainability and energy efficiency
as an angle we want to focus on long
into the future. We want to be able to
add energy saving and payback rates
to every package we deliver and ensure
our service is as close to carbon-neutral
as it possibly can be.
A household name for M&E
quality
We’re going in the right direction –
there’s no doubt about that. A series
of small but regular changes have
really helped us to continue moving
and understand just where we sit in
the market.
Going forward, I’d like to see us
partner with other hotel brands and
continue to grow, ideally becoming
the most-recognised M&E brand
across the country. It’s not so much
about turnover as it is developing
the brand; we want to be one of the
most recognised brands in the UK
and, above all else, we want to be
renowned for quality in the sector.
We want to be
one of the
most
recognised
brands in the
UK and, above
all else, we
want to be
renowned for
quality in the
sector
NEC at Hull City’s KCOM
Stadium
37PKA COMPANY |
CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING
Managing Director JohnGoodwin
The PKA Company team at the
Barrow-in-Furness premises
Founded in 1989, PKA are suppliers of pumps, valves, steam
products, gaskets, hoses, mechanical seals, specialist PTFE
parts, pipeline equipment and instrumentation. They have
continued to excel and expand, employing experienced engineers
with an in-depth knowledge of process oil, gas, nuclear, marine,
pharmaceutical and general industry. Based on Sowerby Woods
Industrial Estate, Cumbria, PKA have an office and a stores capacity
of over 10,000 square feet, used to supply clients throughout
the UK. Managing Director John Goodwin explains more.
Industry simply wouldn’t operate without pumps, valves and instrumentation. It
sounds like a basic statement but most things that are manufactured, whether
food, paper, candles or textiles, and most processes, from pharmaceutical and
nuclear through to biomass and water treatment, need pumps, valves and
instrumentation in order to happen; even the latest class of submarines being built
in Barrow-in-Furness are dependent on these.
Such was the vision of one entrepreneur in the 1980s, who, having served his time
as an electrician in the local shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness, moved to work for a
local company selling packing and seals. A real-life scenario occurred whereby a
client had ordered packing and seals for a pump, but the pump was broken. Our
founder, Raymond Armstrong, saw this as an opportunity to expand and supply
customers with a full package of pipeline equipment.
Realising that he also had a penchant for selling, and visualising the need for
pumps, valves and instrumentation across all sectors of industry, Ray decided to
go it alone and, in 1989, set up PKA Company. Initially, Ray ran the business, with
FACTS ABOUT
PKA COMPANY
»Managing Director:
JohnGoodwin
»Founder: Raymond Armstrong
»Established in 1989
»Based in Barrow-in-Furness,
Cumbria
»Services: Supplier of pumps,
valves, instrumentation and
associated products
»No. of employees: 9
»www.pka-company.co.uk
PKA Company

www.necservices.co.uk

This article was sponsored by NEC Services. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Michael Gove.

Rt Hon Michael Gove's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Michael Gove

This year's Parliamentary Review comes at a momentous time for parliament, as we collectively determine the destiny of the United Kingdom. 

On October 31, the UK will leave the European Union. The successful implementation of this process is this government's number-one priority.

Three years after a historic referendum vote, we will deliver on the decisive mandate from the British people. Trust in our democracy depends on it. Until that final hour, we will work determinedly and diligently to negotiate a deal, one that abolishes the backstop and upholds the warm and close relationship we share with our friends, allies and neighbours in the EU. But in the event that the EU refuses to meet us at the table, we must be prepared to leave without a deal.

As the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, it is my job to lead on this government's approach, should that scenario happen. Preparing for Brexit is my department's driving mission. But while I am leading this turbocharged effort, the whole of government is committed to this endeavour.

Ministers across Whitehall are working together to ensure that every possibility is considered, every plan is scrutinised and every provision is made. A daily drumbeat of meetings means that we are holding departments accountable, so that preparations are completed on time.

The chancellor has confirmed that all necessary funding will be made available. And we have mobilised thecivil service, assigning 15,000 of our most talented civil servants to manage our exit from the EU.

We will make sure that on November 1, there is as little disruption to national life as possible. Our trade relationships will continue to thrive, thanks to agreements with countries around the world worth £70 billion. Our country will remain secure, thanks to nearly 1,000 new officers posted at our borders. And the 3.2 million EU nationals now living and working among us can remain confident, with absolute certainty, of their right to remain in the UK.

Above all, our goal is to be transparent. Soon, we will launch a public information campaign so that citizens, communities and businesses are ready and reassured about what will happen in the event of “no deal”.

In my first few weeks in this role, I have travelled to ports and tarmacs, borders and bridges, all across the UK –from the seaside of Dover to the rolling green hills of County Armagh. I have heard from business owners and border officials, farmers and hauliers. They are ready to put an end to uncertainty. And they are ready to embrace the opportunities ahead.

Our departure from the EU will be a once in a lifetime chance to chart a new course for the United Kingdom. Preparing for that new course will be a herculean effort. But this country has made astounding efforts before. We can do it again.
Rt Hon Michael Gove
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster