I’m Richard Ayre; In 2009 I did a complete career change after 10 years in banking, and retrained in electrical safety.
My uncle had a PAT testing company in the 1990’s in Seaham, back in the day when you could charge £5+ per item. He’d go to work, find all the equipment laid out on a table ready for him, and slowly work his way through them! He’d make a fortune and do hardly any work. It’s very different these days.
After the banking recession of 2008 everything changed in that world and I wanted out, it wasn’t the same anymore and I was unsettled. When the opportunity presented itself I retrained. Thanks to a training company in Sunderland I studied and qualified in the ’17th edition, Wiring Regulations’, Part P domestic electrical installers course, and the inspection and testing of electrical equipment City and Guilds 2377.
Choosing to specialise in PAT really allowed me to embrace my new chosen profession – I was able to get out and about, meet new people and go to new places – I loved it. Variety of workplaces is one of the best parts of my work, and my team say the same thing. We get to work in some amazing places, and some places most people never get to go. We also find our clients put a lot of trust and faith in us, as they allow us to go places in the work that even their own staff can’t go!
Now, 13 years on (2023) I look back and I am really proud of all I have achieved – that person that the bank overlooked for management promotion, running a successful business, with a team to be proud of.
I love going out and meeting clients, learning about the area we live in and visiting new businesses, how many people can say they have worked in a Police custody suite, a hotel, factory, S&M dungeon, swingers club, Airport airside, hospital, offices, military bases and so on?
These days I still like to get out and meet my clients, but my team do most of the PAT work – I split my time between office work, marketing, training my team and keeping my hand in with some PAT myself.
When you book us to do the PAT, we’ll send the best person for the job – our team can all do everything but each person also has their own specialism, you can even ask for me personally but my time is limited so you may have to wait a while ????
My team are trained to be like me, and to maintain my standards, and that shows in our reviews – we continue to get regular 5 star Google reviews, and our customers work with us long term.
We’re now established as the largest independent PAT testing company in the North East.
You may not know this – I am also the Operations Director for the national Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association.