• R&M Electrical Group

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01 Aug 2018 | Filed under: Events, News

R&M Fixings are back at The Offsite Construction Show

After the success of last years show, we are pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting at The OffSite Construction Show on the 20th – 21st November 2018, at ExCel Centre in London and we invite you to visit us on our stand – C20.

The OffSite Construction Show is designed to show case business involved in modular building and assembly away from the construction sites, and to promote the many benefits this brings.

R&M Pre-fabrication Services

We will be show casing the extensive pre-fabrication and modular fabrication services that we can provide at our large, bespoke premises based in Southampton. Our off-site fabrication services include trapezes, mounted distribution board assemblies for risers, electrical risers, and pre-fabricated modules and utility cupboards.

Build@Bracket

We will also be demonstrating our on-line pre-fabrication design tool – Build@Bracket which won the Electrical Industry Awards for “Innovative Industrial Product of the Year 2015. Build@Bracket is a free tool giving users the ability to design and build their own building services bracket. The design tool will then issue the design as a CAD drawing and a quotation – all within a couple of minutes and delivered directly to your in-box!

To register for the show please click here


27 Apr 2018 | Filed under: Announcements, News, Press Release

Global player in supplying electrical products wins coveted Queens Award for Enterprise

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’.”

The directors of R&M Electrical Group

The directors of R&M Electrical Group: Seated left to right: Chairman Brian Robinson; Group Managing Director William Crook; standing (left to right) Richard Sherin, Group Commercial Director; David Robinson, UK Sales Director and Andrew Chandler, Group Sales Director. Missing from the photograph are Tim Coomer ,Finance Director, Andy Baggott Cables Director.

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.

Moving heavy cables in Iraq

Moving heavy cables in Iraq: R&M supplied electrical equipment and cable for the Zubair Oilfield Project in Basrah Iraq. Working alongside R&M’s JV Iraqi Partner SIraj Naybur the company was able to provide on-site material management solutions which included receiving and releasing over $20m of electrical equipment and cable to the construction teams working on the various project locations.

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.”


26 Oct 2017 | Filed under: News

Tim Coomer recognised as top performing mid market finance director in the Central South

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.


29 Sep 2017 | Filed under: News

R&M Sponsor the 2017 Hampshire PGA Senior Pro Am

R&M Electrical Group were proud sponsors of the 2017 Hampshire PGA Senior Pro Am held at Hockley Golf Club on the 27th September.

20 senior players including former Ryder Cup Player Peter Dawson competed for the professional event whilst R&M staff and customers competed for the amateur team and individual prizes.

Ian Roper of Corhampton Golf Club won the Senior’s Champioship with an excellent level par round in wet and windy conditions, whilst former Southampton FC star Paul Telfer and customer Lee Mathews of Paul Earl Ltd picked up the team prize.


23 May 2017 | Filed under: News

Soccer match at Saints boosts children’s charity by £10,000

A staggering £10,000 has been raised by a one-off charity soccer match between two Southampton companies at the stadium of Premier League club Saints.

On the left, electrical group R&M in white, with Trant Engineering in yellow. Pictured in the middle is Alison Trant, a trustee of the Flutterby Fund

The money will support specialist therapy near Southampton, which isn’t available on the NHS, for physically and mentally impaired children from low-income families across the country.

Trant Engineering, a multi-disciplinary contractor employing 1,000 staff, and electrical group R&M took part in the sporting occasion in front of nearly 150 work colleagues.

In the hard-fought game over 90 minutes, Trant Engineering won 3-0, with an opening goal from Matt Greep and two from Daniel Petley.

Ex-Saints manager Lawrie McMenemy, rated by the Guinness Book of Records as one of the 20 most successful managers in post-war English football, was on hand to present commemorative medals to all 38 players.

His guest appearance was kept a surprise until the last minute.

Brian Robinson, Chairman of R&M, which has 200 staff, said: “It was a great occasion, with a staggering £10,000 raised for the Flutterby Fund. My work colleagues were pinching themselves that they had the rare opportunity to play at the hallowed ground of the Saints.”

Gerry Somers, Managing Director UK at Trant Engineering, the multi-disciplinary contractor with 1,000 staff, said: “This event was very much about giving the work of Flutterby, a charity close to our hearts here at the company, a fundraising boost with a friendly match in the stadium of our home soccer club.

“The match will live in the memories of everyone who took part for a long time to come, with Lawrie’s surprise appearance the icing on the cake for the players.”

Alison Trant, a trustee at the Flutterby Fund, said: “We are grateful to the businesses and individuals who contributed money from this match, raising an incredible £10,000.

“The main aim of the therapies is to encourage and increase each child’s ability to move and function in as normal a way as possible.

“These generous donations will make a difference. For example, £650 provides a 12-hour therapy programme for one child.”

Therapies take place at Sophia’s House, a treatment clinic in Bursledon, near Southampton.

Match mascots were youngsters William Dibden for R&M and Sophie Jones and Frankie Newberry for Trant Engineering.


28 Apr 2017 | Filed under: News

Children’s charity to benefit from special soccer match at Saints

Game on!

It will be a chance to emulate their Premier League heroes on the field of dreams whilst raising money for a Hampshire children’s charity at the same time.

Staff from two major employers in Southampton take part in a friendly match at the home ground of the Saints before the pitch turf is replaced for the club’s 2017-18 campaign.

From left, R&M’s chairman Brian Robinson, team captain Martin Harris and group sales director Andrew Chandler with Trant Engineering captain Philip Trant and chairman Patrick Trant.

Trant Engineering, the multi-disciplinary contractor, and electrical group R&M play the 90-minute charity game at St Mary’s Stadium on Monday, 22nd May.

Money raised by the event, which sees 38 selected players emerge from the tunnel for a 10am kick-off in front of spectators, will go to the Flutterby Fund.

The charity helps improve the lives of physically and mentally impaired children, from low-income families across the UK, at Sophia’s House, a treatment clinic in Bursledon, near Southampton; the therapies are not available on the NHS.

An online donations page has been set up with a target of £6,000.

Patrick Trant, Chairman of Trant Engineering, the multi-disciplinary contractor with 1,000 staff, said: “Whilst the event will be memorable fun, there is a serious aspect – we are raising vital funds for the Futterby Fund, a local charity close to my heart.

“The main aim of the treatment is to encourage and increase each child’s ability to move and function in as normal a way as possible.

“We’re grateful for the generosity of our suppliers and clients, as well as staff and their families.”

Brian Robinson, Chairman of R&M, which has 200 staff, said: “We eagerly await the game, following in the footsteps of Saints legends, and knowing that a great cause will benefit as well.

“From the dressing rooms to the tunnel, to kicking the ball about on hallowed turf and a presentation ceremony afterwards, the two sides will get the full match-day experience

“The nature of the game is very much a friendly one, with rolling substitutes to give every person a chance to play on the pitch.”

Match skippers are Philip Trant for Trant Engineering and Martin Harris for R&M.

Watch Sophie’s House at work

R&M group chairman Brian Robinson, left, with Trant Engineering chairman Patrick Trant.

 

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01 Dec 2016 | Filed under: News

Wholesale Electric Asia at OSEA Singapore

Wholesale Electric Asia are please to announce that are exhibiting at OSEA Singapore. The event takes place from 29th November to the 2nd December at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

Established for over 40 years, OSEA has grown in tandem with the industry needs. In keeping its relevance to Asia’s oil & gas industry, the 21st edition of OSEA will feature solutions that can potentially enhance production processes and create greater cost efficiency, as well as present ideas on the next best direction your company can embark on amidst the challenging market conditions.

With over 1,000 exhibitors from 48 countries/ regions and an impressive line-up of 18 international group pavilions gearing up for OSEA2016, an extensive range of equipment, innovations and services for levelling up capabilities and productivity will be on showcase.

 

For more information please go to http://osea-asia.com/

 


03 Oct 2016 | Filed under: News

R&M named BDO Mid Market Company of the Year 2016

BDO 1On Thursday 29th September R&M was named BDO Mid Market Company of the Year at the Southampton firm’s gala dinner at the Hilton at the Ageas in Southampton.

Attended by over 150 business leaders and stakeholders, the BDO event, hosted by BBC South Today’s Laura Trant, celebrated the success of the region’s mid-sized companies including R&M Electrical Group Ltd, Dyer & Butler and Portsmouth Aviation.

Over the last 12 months BDO’s Central South Mid-Market focus has again recognised the best of the region’s mid-sized companies identifying the top performing businesses in the areas of international activity and profit growth.

In a close run competition, R&M Electrical were named the BDO Central South Mid Market Company of the Year 2016 for their dynamism and an ethos that encourages an entrepreneurial mind-set across the business. Their pro-activeness in pursuing new markets was particularly impressive and the strength and depth of the management team will ensure R&M Electrical’s future success.

Malcolm Thixton, lead partner at BDO Southampton, comments: “We are delighted to name R&M Electrical as Mid Market Company of the Year in the Central South. It has demonstrated all of the qualities that a mid-market company should have – strong management, a willingness to adapt to new market opportunities and the ability to achieve sustainable growth.

To watch the BDO finalists video please click here