On Wednesday evening we were lucky enough to attend the opening of the latest Kew Electrical store based in Brighton. Kew have seen solid growth over the last few years and it was clear by the standard of their new head office and flagship store just off the seafront in Portslade that they are a company with a professional ethos and a solid customer base.
Trade Skills 4U attended the event along with a number of electrical manufacturers such as Dimplex, Schneider Electric and Ventaxia to name but a few. The event was a roaring success attended by many electrical contractors and also a range of Kew staff from all over the South East Region. Kew provided a fantastic spread including nibbles, cakes and a variety of drinks which were enjoyed by all at the event.
As well as marking the opening of a new store the event also gave Kew Electrical the opportunity to launch their partnership with us. Moving forward all Kew Electrical customers will be able to book Trade Skills 4U courses via their local Kew Electrical store and also use their Kew Electrical account. This means the customers can benefit from specialist payment terms and gain access to the latest training.
For us one of the key messages at the event was “Take on an apprentice!”. We are fully aware that the micro businesses that make up Kew’s client based are often averse to taking on an extra pair of hands. We were keen to help them realise that not only can they get up to £1500 just for taking on an apprentice but if they train with us, apprentices will often be much more useful to a contractor in a much shorter space of time. It was clear from talking to many contractors at the event they feel an apprentice may slow them down and take up more time. However what many contractors should recognise is that a skilled trained apprentice will enable them to expand their business and increase profitability.
One thing that really impressed us at the Kew event was the friendly nature of the Kew brand. It was clear that Kew have a very strong rapport with their clients and really do ensure they look after them well. They are quite clearly doing something right as the company have continued to grow during a period when many have seen a decline. Speaking to their staff it is apparent that this is the result of mainly word of mouth recommendations. We look forward to working with Kew Electrical in the coming months and years.