Shadow Minister visits thriving Warmley factory

Labour’s Shadow Minister for Small Businesses toby Perkins, left with John & Andy Pullin and Jo McCarron

Labour’s Shadow Minister for Small Businesses Toby Perkins, left with John & Andy Pullin and Jo McCarron

Labour’s Shadow Minister for Small Businesses visited the family-run business Power Electrics in Warmley today.

Along with Jo McCarron, who is standing for Labour in Kingswood at the General Election in May, Toby Perkins MP met company directors John and Andy Pullin and was given a tour of the site at St Ivel Way.

The company, one of the largest independent generator specialists in the UK, has a £25m-a-year turnover, and over 200 employees.

It was started by John and Andy’s father Ambrose and his brother Patrick in 1963. The company began life in Stoke Gifford before moving to Morley Road in Staple Hill and then to Warmley in 2003, to the site of the former Dinkie Heels factory. Continued growth led to relocation in 2008 to the company’s current seven-acre site.

As well as the head office in Warmley, there is a depot in Bridgend and one in Eastleigh in Hampshire, along with a satellite depot in Birmingham and a sales office in London, anda team of engineers and sales people who work remotely.

Toby Perkins and Jo McCarron met apprentices and staff who began their career on apprenticeships

Toby Perkins and Jo McCarron met apprentices and staff who began their career on apprenticeships

Mr Perkins, who is the MP for Chesterfield, said the firm was the type of skills-based company that Labour was keen to support.

During his visit he met apprentices to discuss how their apprenticeships work and lessons for widening access to quality apprenticeships nationally.