Exporting products to more than 80 countries and being prepared to operate in difficult and hazardous locations has won Southampton based R&M Electrical Group a Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2018 in the International Trade category.
Now in its 52nd year, the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious business awards in the country, with winning businesses able to use the esteemed Queen’s Awards emblem for the next five years. R&M will celebrate its award during a royal reception for Queen’s Awards winners in the summer.
Headquartered in Spring Road, Sholing, R&M Electrical Group Ltd has six UK based specialist distribution branches in Southampton; Bristol; Oxford; Swansea; Neyland and Aberdeen. R&M also has a branch in Baku Azerbaijan and subsidiaries in Kazakhstan, Miami, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines and Korea.
For more than 30 years the company has been specialising in the supply of marine, industrial, flameproof and hazardous area electrical equipment, and onshore/offshore power and instrumental cable packages.
A strategy of global alliance has been the key to R&M’s success in competing with the largest players in the world. R&M’s growth has been driven by the export market, which now accounts for around 50% of its annual turnover.
Group managing director William Crook said: “Winning the Queens Award for Enterprise is a terrific achievement and a great honour. It underlines the progress we have made on the international stage in the past decade.”
He added: “We accept it’s impossible for us to have a direct presence in many of the locations that our clients are looking to develop. So, in order to fulfil this requirement, we have strategic alliances with a number of independently owned companies in countries like Australia, Iraq, Singapore, Thailand, Korea and Japan.
“Together we pool our collective resources, customer and supplier relationships and provide our clients with all-encompassing supply chain solutions geared specifically for multi-location projects. This has allowed us to demonstrate a strong combined financial footing and the wherewithal to target many of the multi-billion-dollar projects that the major oil and gas operators are developing. Our experience means that we are prepared to operate in most countries in the world and are not daunted by exporting to some locations perceived as being the ‘more difficult’.”
R&M cites six main areas which differentiate it from its competitors: service; partnering with the right manufacturers; competitive pricing; employing the right staff; systems integration and cataloguing.
Specialist divisions ensure that the company has less reliance on third party suppliers and has allowed it to capture a larger percentage of customers’ spend. Industry specialists focus solely on their core areas of expertise. Specialist divisions include: assembly, cable, fixings and containment, hazardous area, process and control, projects, exports, marine, lighting design and supply and more recently rail and data centres.
With saturation in the UK market, going forward R&M is focusing on developing new territories. Account managers and sales representatives have been appointed in Turkmenistan and India. In December 2016 the company secured it first overseas acquisition, Miami based Lumen Electrical Inc which was supplying lighting to the cruise line industry. R&M Lumen Electrical is now offering a complete electrical solution to the cruise sector including cable, switchgear and containment. Two of R&M’s longstanding marine specialists have relocated to drive this new venture forward and it’s already enjoying impressive success.
With a team of 165 employees, developing and retaining talented individuals has been crucial to R&M’s success. Mr Crook said: “We empower staff to take ownership and have an excellent team culture. Over 40% of our staff have been with the company for more than 10 years and take great pride in their work.”
One of the cornerstones of R&M’s growth has been respect for the environment and efficient use of resources permeate its strategic objectives, corporate mid-level targets and operational controls. As a result, R&M has reduced its carbon footprint year-by-year, lowering the consumption of energy and natural resources; focusing on reducing, reusing and recycling and connecting with its overseas branches via VOIP technology and reducing miles travelled.
Mr Crook added: “Suffice to say we are fully aware of our responsibilities concerning our stakeholders and their requirements, which not only includes our customers and supply chain, but also the communities where we are located.”
Brian Robinson, R&M Group chairman, who founded the business in 1987, said: “We are delighted to have been recognised by the Queen’s Awards. It’s a fitting testament to the commitment, hard work and expertise of our people around the world. Our greatest achievement has been the transformation of R&M from its humble beginnings as a UK based general electrical distributor to an internationally re-known specialist electrical distributor operating in many niche markets. This has been achieved by organic growth and self-financed from earnings. R&M has consistently ‘punched above its weight’ on the world stage.”
R&M Assembly Division is proud to announce the launch of CEAG GHG 619 Distribution boards, designed and assembled in house!
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With offices in Dubai, UAE and Basra, Iraq, R&M Siraj Naybur is able to source and supply electrical equipment to major oil and gas projects in the region. With a highly experienced international team R&M Siraj Naybur is able to offer a service and capability that is unique in the Middle East, if not the world.
R&M Electrical Group are pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting at Infrarail 2018 from the 1-3 May at ExCel, London.
Infrarail is the UK’s dedicated showcase for systems, equipment and services for the railway infrastructure market. The event boasts strong support from all organisations shaping the UK’s rail industry and will include a huge programme of informative and thought-provoking presentations, seminars and discussion forums.
You will find us along with our supply partners, Unistrut, on Stand C55. As well as highlighting our group products and services we will be launching some innovative cabling and associated electrical product solutions focused on fire safety.
It would be our pleasure to talk to you about upcoming projects and to explore any potential opportunities or collaborations that could create mutual success.
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The board are pleased to announce the promotion of David Robinson to the position of UK Sales Director. Reporting to the board David will have responsibility for the growth of the UK business.
William Crook, Group Managing Director said: “We are delighted that David will be joining the Board to further strengthen the skills and experience”.
BN Thermic are suppliers of high quality commercial and industrial electric heaters and controls and are specialists in electric underfloor heating. Their range of products is now available though our branches across the UK. We look forward to introducing our customers to the following products which are part of the BN Thermic range:
Fan assisted heaters are generally used as a space heating solution in commercial or industrial buildings. The BN Thermic range of products also include air curtains and destratification units which are primarily intended to reduce heating costs.
BN Thermic’s range of convection heaters has been developed to meet the requirements of specific niche applications: church heating, 110V heating and heating in corrosive/damp areas.
Radiant heaters can be used as a cost effective means of heating a room or building or as a means of heating people directly without heating the building itself. The BN Thermic range includes heaters for indoor and outdoor use.
BN Thermic supplies a wide range of underfloor heating systems which include heating mats, films, cables and accessories, mirror demister pads, thermostats and control systems.
BN Thermic’s extensive range of controls has been developed to ensure optimum comfort and economy irrespective of the heating system selected. It includes a wide range of thermostats as well as timers and movement sensors.
BN Thermic has developed a comprehensive range of freeze protection products and associated control systems. The range extends from simple heating cables with integral thermostats to sophisticated self-regulating cables.
Hawke Transit System is a means of maintaining the integrity of a firewall, deck or bulkhead in which cables, pipes and other services pass.
Our unique colour-coding system enables post installation visual inspection and it also minimises the risk of mismatching incorrect block halves.
Each tolerant block has a built-in range of 4mm. This negates the need for any onsite modifications thus speeding up installation time.
Our wide range of rectangular and circular frames are suitable for use in a wide range of industries including;
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R&M Electrical Group are pleased to supply the Panduit series of Ergonomic Cable Tie Installation Hand Tools.
Panduit’s ergonomic series of hand-operated, tool-controlled tension, and cut-off cable tie installation tools are the most preferred hand-operated tools in the industry. These versatile tools can be used for production, maintenance, or construction applications.
The ergonomic series of tools is excellent for low to medium volume applications (under 50,000 ties/year) and promote worker safety, help reduce downtime, improve productivity and provide the lowest total installed cost.
Find more information on the Panduit Ergonomic Cable Tie Installation Hand Tools in the Product Bulletin PDF
R&M are pleased to announce that Tim Coomer (R&M Group Finance Director) has been named as one of the region’s top 10 performing FDs after a nomination process involving managing directors, colleagues and the professional community.
Tim joined R&M in May 2013 as Group Financial Controller. He has built on the strong foundations and disciplines installed by William, whilst introducing new initiatives, cost savings, operational improvements and reporting enhancements. Consequently, in April 2014, Tim became Group Finance Director and now ensures the continued growth and financial security of the Group. As a qualified Chartered Accountant, Tim enjoyed a successful career in practice prior to being poached by a client. This led to a 20 year term working for a major UK Distributor of Data Networking Products. During this time Tim became a very experienced FD steering the business through many stages of growth and challenge.
BDO is partnering with CMA Recruitment Group to discover what it takes to be a successful finance director and to identify the most talented and high-achieving among those working in privately owned companies based in the Central South.
Malcolm Thixton, Partner at BDO in Southampton comments “Against an economic backdrop of rapid change and uncertainty, the role of the finance director continues to evolve, becoming ever more strategic, value-driven and focused on the future. We want to recognise those future-fit FDs that are stepping up to the challenge.”
The top ten FDs will now be interviewed before three finalists are selected. The Central South Mid Market FD of the Year will then be announced at a gala dinner on 22 February 2018.