Rotherham chairman awarded British Empire Medal after 65 years service in electrical engineering

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A Rotherham-based chairman has been awarded a British Empire Medal, after 65 years service in the electrical engineering industry.

Ted Lowe has spent over 65 years in the industry, with over 45 of those at senior management level, and will receive the honour for outstanding service in the electrical engineering industry.

He has helped re-train ex-mining electricians, to prepare them for a career within the electrical contracting industry.

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Having spent 35 years working with large multi-disciplined organisations, in 1994 he established the Lowe Group of Companies which grew over 14 years to employ 230 people, with a turnover of approximately £20m.

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The Lowe Group was a widely diverse organisation encompassing 11 companies which could operate jointly or severally.

Over time this structure was rationalised to become recognised as a brand leader in their theatre of operations.

Over the years, Ted has served as Chairman of the South Yorkshire Branch of the Electrical Contractors Association, he was a member of the Regional Joint Industry Board for the Electrical Contracting Industry, Chairman of the Electrical Electronic Industry Benevolent Association as well as creating the Electrical Industry Training and Enterprise organisation, which was designed to provide seamless training to engineers within the electrical industry.

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The project was backed by the four Training and Enterprise Councils in South Yorkshire and the whole operation was co-ordinated by Ted.

Valuable work was undertaken over three years, including the re-training of ex mining electricians to prepare them for a career within the electrical contracting industry.

He also served on the Training and Enterprise Council Task Force for the Electrical Services Industry.

In 2000, Ted was conferred with the National Contractor of the Year Award and more recently, was presented with the prestigious 2019 Lifetime Achievement award from the Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce.

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When Ted received the honour, he said: “It has given me great satisfaction to give back to the industry that supported me me all my working life by helping to train the next generation of electricians and engineers as well as significantly raising standards in the electrical industry”

Ted is currently Executive Chairman of the highly successful, Rotherham based company Electrical Safety (UK) Ltd (ESUK).

ESUK are the UK’s foremost authority on Arc Flash Technology and Electrical Safety Management and operates throughout the UK, Mainland Europe and the Middle East.

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