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received was sorely lacking from the approved electrical training scheme provider. In order to combat these issues, MRES will be implementing our own training academy in our purpose-built facility and using other routes for our trainees to gain the required qualifications to become the electricians and engineers of the future. Although we are comfortable with the way the business is progressing, our turnover this year will be around £600,000, we have plans to grow and develop the business. MRES are in the process of building a new workshop and offices this year that will provide vital support to enable our growth. From the quality standpoint, we will become ISO 9001 registered early next year. This is the international standard, which specifies requirements for a quality management system (QMS). Organisations use the standard to demonstrate their ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements. Once we have that under our belt we will move on to ISO 14001, a series of environmental management standards developed and published by International Standards (IS) which provide a guideline or framework for companies that need to improve their environmental management efforts. MRES’ growth plans include diversifying the business streams into other fields, through energy management systems and power monitoring, where we can Growing organically and ensuring quality advise companies on how they can save money by investing in energy efficiency. We will continue to develop our staff and attract new clients to widen our customer base.

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With these types of installations we are becoming more involved in high voltage installations for which we are the main vendor. MRES project plans for 2018 is to invest fully in this specialist area with additional recruitment plans to increase staffing and with a professional training plan for existing staff. This will assist the business to provide a full coverage to enhance our service portfolio to our clients. many properties after disasters such as the floods of Ballater in the Highlands of Scotland in 2016 where the main contractor was praised locally for their works in reinstating 30 plus properties after the devastating flooding of the town. Biggest challenge Like most businesses of our size, it is a challenging environment at present. One of the biggest problems that we face is staffing. Finding and retaining the right quality of people is difficult but with our company policy of reinvesting in our staff we have had no problems retaining electrical engineers. Scotland is facing a severe skills shortage with limited numbers of apprenticeship referrals. We have trialled the apprentice scheme but, unfortunately, the support that we Over the years, MRES have been involved with the reinstatement of

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