Shaun Pursley and Sean Smith had known each other for 15 years when they decided to set up Nationwide Electrical in November having previously trained as City and Guilds apprentices.
Five months on and the company is now working as the main electrical testing contractor to Bannatyne’s, which has 65 health clubs and five hotels ranging from Inverness to Eastbourne.
Pursley originally rang up Bannatyne’s head office by chance to enquire about work and got through to one of the main directors, who invited them to take a trip up to their head office in Darlington.
While there, the company were asked to service one of the health clubs as a trial run and impressed with their workmanship. They were then asked to service electrical items for all Bannatyne’s health clubs and hotels.
He said: “We both went three months unpaid in order to set-up the business so it’s an absolutely great contract to win.
“We were so star-struck to get this opportunity after only starting four months ago, but it’s testament to the work we’ve put in to get to this stage and we’re now reaping the rewards at such an early stage.”
Nationwide Electrical has since taken on its first member of staff to help service Bannatyne’s and to keep up with increasing demand for their services.
Services include electrical maintenance, installation, security systems, portable appliance testing (PAT) and risk assessment.