A new apprentice has been taken on by Kendal-based Draper Ltd as part of their expansion plans.
Nick Crierie has been appointed trainee business administrator by Draper who are developing their back-up generator business as well as being fire and security experts.
Managing director Kevin Draper has noted a big increase in enquiries following the winter storms. One of his customer hotels was able to stay open when neighbouring businesses had to send visitors home after the power failed.
“Storms had brought the power lines down and there was no grid power for three days,” said Mr Draper. “The hotel switched to their back-up generator and the guests never noticed any difference.
“We are getting a lot of enquiries from businesses who want peace of mind, knowing that they are not going to lose income if there is a power cut.”
His firm is also supplying generators to care homes where elderly residents need to be kept warm and secure, and to residential customers with disability needs. Back-up generators will keep wheelchairs, other devices and even breathing apparatus operating if the power fails.
Nick Crierie, who will also run the company’s social media programme, joins the head office team on the Dockray Hall estate. Draper also have a nationwide network of experts in fire and security, and generator installation and maintenance.
“It’s all about peace of mind,” said Mr Draper. “Your house will be the one with the lights still on. Your business will be the one with the machines still running and the computers still functioning.”
Draper is an approved NICIEC electrical contractor with customers all over Britain, from Plymouth to Arbroath.