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Social & Training Day

Another successful training day held at Milton Hill House Hotel, Steventon. All staff gathered for a day filled with training, we had Chopsaw training, Manual Handling, 18th Edition regulation changes, Time management training, face fitting, Customer journey mapping – to list just some of the many training programmes carried out. The event was finished off with a 3 course meal, drinks and some dancing. 

We carried out a charity raffle with some top prizes being won and raised our first amount of money for our chosen charity of the year Style acre raising £915.00. Followed by our awards ceremony, we had winners from Apprentice of the year, Electrical engineer of the year, Mechanical Engineer of the year and finally Project of the year. All winners received a framed certificate, an award and a gift voucher. The winners were all picked by the staff at Group GA voting for whom they thought deserved to win the awards. 

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Fire & Security first Google Review

Our Fire & Security team received there first google review which was exceptional – Well done to all the team.  

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Chosen Charity of the year 2019

Its great to announce that our Charity of the year for 2019 is Style Acre.

Style Acre is a charity which provides person-centred high quality support for over 250 people with learning disabilities and autism. Each and every individual they support is valued and helped to lead a meaningful life whilst realising their potential. They work with families and carers to provide the best possible experience for people they support. 

Unlike many other charities, all of Style acres overheads are paid for by there contracted income which means any money we raise for them will go direct to the beneficiaries.

We already have a couple of fund raising events booked in with a charity raffle on our Social & Training day in March.

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Keep away unwanted visitors

We recently installed a new security alarm at Refresh Hair design in Didcot and the residential flat above the shop following on from a break in that happened while the building was empty.

Thankfully the burglar was disturb and did not manage to get away with any items.

Having a professionally installed intruder alarm is a wonderful deterrent and has also provided peace of mind.

We currently have a fantastic offer on intruder alarms, offering residents Intruder alarms fully installed from £795.00 + VAT. If this is something you maybe interested in please call our office on 01491 835875 using option 3.

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St Marks church

St Marks church is a recent project which Mike, Cliff and Eser worked on with Grosvenor, they have published a book on the recent restoration which we have been thanked in. A big well done to all involved.

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2 New Electrical Apprentices

It is fantastic news that we can announce we have just employed 2 new electrical apprentices for this years intake. They have both spent some time doing work experience with us which we received some fantastic feedback on them. We are all looking forward to watching them progress through their apprenticeship.

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A Successful Training Day & Great Social Evening at Milton Hill House Hotel

GA Electrical & Mechanical staff, from directors to apprentices, spent the day at Milton Hill House Hotel in Abingdon to take part in a number of comprehensive training and team building sessions rounded off by a well-deserved social evening.

Surrounded by 22 acres of tranquil parkland just 13 miles from Oxford, Milton Hill effortlessly blends a graceful Georgian manor house with modern facilities; its landscaped Italian gardens and beautiful vistas made it the ideal venue for a day of work, rest and play.





This was the first time that training usually undertaken over the course of a year by GA staff was scheduled to be completed in a day. Comprehensive instruction in First Aid, Asbestos Awareness, the proper fitting and usage of Face Masks on site, handling a ‘Spit’ Gun plus familiarisation sessions about new software and internal processes made it a very productive day. A tasty and substantial buffet lunch that got a big ‘thumbs up’ from one and all was enjoyed between the morning and afternoon sessions. Then it was back to their rooms to chill out, don their glam rags and prepare for the night ahead.






Managing Director Carl Vink joined the ‘boys’ in the hotel bar for pre-dinner drinks whilst his wife Naomi hosted a ‘Ladies Bubbles’ reception in The Library for partners. A wonderful 3 course dinner and a raffle of some great prizes in aid of ‘Restore’ followed with the evening rounded off by some impressive shapes thrown and amazing moves made on the dance floor by one happy band of work mates.

The Future

At the end of the training sessions, MD Carl Vink talked through the future of the company and the introduction of new software and processes to improve communication and project management. As a business, GA has moved away from Microsoft over to Google and Carl outlined the advantages of doing so.  Everyone now has the use of an internal app for communication dedicated to ‘joined up’ project management; weekly team meetings can be held via everyones smart phone utilising video conferencing.


He explained another platform that has been devised for sharing all project information like drawings and photographs live between the office and site including progress pictures on all jobs that are uploaded to one place so that they can be accessed by all. There are also dedicated internal web sites for each project so that anyone can look up RFI schedules, contact lists, key dates and what tasks have been assigned to which person. GA as a company is at the forefront of utilizing this kind of technology but also developing their own systems to improve work flow. GA now has a secure internal software that is easy to use to create electrical and gas certificates via mobile phones and iPads which no other company currently has.


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GA Chooses their Charity of The Year

At the end of a very successful team building and staff training day held recently, GA Electrical and Mechanical raised £515 to donate to Restore through a raffle organised by staff members Rachel Warrington, Kelly Maccormick and Fran Vink. This Oxfordshire-based mental health charity supports people to take control of their recovery, develop skills and lead meaningful lives and is a cause Rachel in particular holds dear to her heart.

GA Managing Director Carl Vink announced on the night that Restore had been selected to be their chosen charity for further fundraising events to be held over the next year. In addition to buying raffle tickets in aid of Restore, many GA staff members asked what other opportunities might be available to help out the charity in their spare time.

Image result for Tom Hayes Restore CharityTom Hayes, Head of External Relations for Restore, responded as follows to Rachel:

“Hi Rachel,

Lovely to hear from you! And thank you so much for arranging this raffle which has raised so much money for Restore’s recovery services! We’re very excited to be chosen as the selected Charity for future fundraising events during the next year, and I look forward to working with you and Fran in the future.

I’m cc’ing Henry, Restore’s new Community Fundraiser, who I know will be as excited as I am to help arrange those fundraising events in the future. In line with that, I wanted to share a poster advertising places for people to do a fun run event  and fundraise for Restore. I wonder if you wanted to share this opportunity with your colleagues?

We often do a bucket collection in Oxford city centre, and we’d love as many people volunteering to shake a bucket as possible! …this also could be something you and colleagues might be able to support Restore with.

Thanks! Tom”

Check out the Restore website for more information and how you might help.








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Win a FREE home boiler service

Help us mark over 100 boiler services carried out this year. Like our Facebook page, copy and paste ‘GA celebrate 100th boiler service’ and Share it and you’ll be entered into a prize draw to win a free home boiler service.

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