About us – We are DRA PAT Testing

About us – We are DRA PAT Testing2020-02-13T07:51:16+00:00
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DRA PAT Testing Limited also trading as DRA Electricals began life in Seaham, Co. Durham in 2009, and moved to Wallsend, Newcastle upon Tyne, in 2012. The company is owned by Richard Ayre. 

DRA PAT Testing specialise in providing inspection and testing of electrical equipment to be used in workplaces, in the United Kingdom. This is commonly referred to as PAT testing.

We also, through our partner electrician can provide fixed wiring inspections (EICR) and emergency light testing.

We pride ourselves on being able to manage the full process of your electrical equipment testing, being able to test all types of electrical appliance up to 230volts whether they’re portable (with plug/adaptor) or fixed (via spur), and portable equipment up to 415 volts. 

We provide all our services at competitive prices in keeping with the quality of service being provided, which helps employers to fulfil their legal obligations, with the intention of helping to prevent financial loss through preventative maintenance. 

With over 10 years, the North East DRA PAT Testing team of professional engineers combine their comprehensive knowledge and skills with industry leading Seaward equipment to provide you with a quality service that gives peace of mind. 

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Our promises

DRA PAT Testing promises to provide every customer with the same high standards whether they’re running their business from home or an international brand. We tailor each clients requirements to them by working closely with them to manage their risk. 

We promise our customers that we will provide our service at a fair price, that our engineers will always be professional and courteous and that we will do our best to respond to their individual needs. 

We offer value for money by continuously improving the service we offer and providing guidance when industry updates affect them. 

We strive to be the most recommended PAT testing company in the North East of England.  

I am Richard Ayre

Thanks for checking out this page on the website; I am Richard Ayre. I set up this business in 2009 and am very proud of what I have achieved. From what started as a sole trader to an employer as we are now, with over 500 clients and nearly 500,000 appliances tested, we have come a long way. 

As a business I feel it is important to every every customer the same standard of service at all times which is why our engineers are trained to operate ‘my way’ and I continue to manage that at all times. 

We take on all kinds of jobs in all kinds of environments, ranging from one or two appliances for someone working from home to international businesses with sites all over the country. Our clients include the National Trust for example. However, even if you only have one thing to test for the local community centre fair we would love to hear from you and get that done for you. 

Richard Ayre
Richard AyreMD & Engineer
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Every time I read a profile of a person in this industry they’re trying to take over the world; they’re covering the UK and stretching themselves too thin. I’m not like that, I learned long ago than home is not only where the heart is but also the best place to work which is why I focus on the North East, and only want to work in the North East. The odd times we do get work elsewhere I tend to sub it out to other people in those areas, or just pass it on. In the ideal world all our clients would be in or near Tyneside, but Tyne and Wear, and South Northumberland is a great place to focus, with some amazing businesses and locations. We do still cover the rest of the region too, but the less travelling we do the more working we do, and I am happy to admit to that. 

In addition to running this business, I have a second hat, which is as the Operations Director for the national standards raiser the Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association. “PATTA” has been established to provide a voice for the industry when decisions are being made that affect it, which it never had, and we represent the industry at many important events and meetings. In return for a small annual subscription PATTA provides members with opportunities to network with fellow members. 

Meet the PAT Testing engineers

Richard Ayre
Richard AyrePAT Engineer
Richard has been PAT testing since starting the business in 2010
Rob Traynor
Rob TraynorPAT engineer
Rob has been PAT testing on a national scale since 2014
Kyle Main
Kyle MainPAT engineer
Kyle has been PAT testing since joining the company in 2018