Shenton Group is Recruiting!

Over the past 24 months, Shenton Group has been heavily recruiting sales, operations, and engineering staff across the UK to meet the increasing demands in the power industry. It was just last week that we welcomed four new engineers to the team.

Stuart, one of our new Generator Rental Engineers, said;

“I was surprised by the amount of thought and care that had been put into our onboarding. We were made to feel very welcome and was introduced to everyone in the office and given a tour of the facilities. We were all given new phones, laptops, branded merchandise and even a bottle of wine; every detail had been thought of.”

Dedicated Team

Shenton Group Long Service Board

In the kitchen sits our long service board, which celebrates our employees’ hard work and dedication. Photos hang pegged on a clothesline like display, gathered in five, ten and fifteen-year milestones, all the way up to thirty years plus! 

“I really feel the family vibe here, and that employees are valued. It feels like a great place to work”. “I can see myself working here for a long time too!” – Luke, newly recruited CHP Engineer.

Roland Taylor, one of our Technical Support Engineers, has been with the company for over 31 years! He was one of the original team that started with Richard Meek, our founder. As a result, Roland has experienced first-hand the company going from strength to strength. 

“It has been rewarding to see the company grow. I remember when we worked on small scale 3kw generators out the back of a cow shed down in Orchid Hill, Andover. There was only about 6 of us then, and now there is nearly 100! I love what I do and have done for the last 30 years!”

Shenton Group Technical Team Recruits

Shenton Group’s in house tech team has expanded. We are pleased to welcome Andrew, a fully qualified Mechanical Engineer with nearly eight years of industry experience. Andrew has hit the ground running and is producing technical designs to client’s specifications.

“I enjoy problem-solving, and every project’s requirements are different. I have been really welcomed into the team. It is a nice place to be.”

Delivering the very best power solutions to the nation carries tremendous responsibility, technical challenges, and great variety. Therefore, we are always on the lookout for high calibre personnel. The work that we do is niche and highly specialist. Below is a list of roles that we are on the lookout for:

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  • Generator service engineers
  • Generator installation engineers
  • Generator commissioning engineers
  • Generator controls engineers
  • UPS service engineers
  • UPS installation engineers
  • UPS commissioning engineers
  • CHP service engineers
  • CHP installation engineers
  • CHP commissioning engineers
  • CHP controls engineers
  • Electricians
  • Gas engineers
  • Project managers
  • Estimators

Join Us

Shenton Group is a corporate business with people at heart. We work hard to build a culture where our employees feel happy and supported. Would you like to join the Shenon Group family? To view a full list of our current vacancies and job perks, please visit our careers page.

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Shenton Group 40 Years in Business

2022 marks our 40th year in business! But how did we ­get to where we are today? Well, on the 29th of April 1954 in Andover, Richard Meek (circled) was born. Just an ordinary chap, who did everyday things and lived a normal life, at the height of 5ft 8.5 inches.

At 24 years old Richard got married and began to work for his father-in-law who was in the catering trade, servicing pubs, restaurants and hotels. It was here that Richard first got into the world of sales, and his entrepreneurial spirit started to bloom!

By 1982 Richard and Melanie had two children. Knowing that there were going to be more mouths to feed, Richard decided it was time to go it alone and started his own business. Having always had a fascination with heat and power, Richard saw the opportunity to sell gas bottles to pubs, restaurants and B&Bs; so Outback Energy was born from this idea. Richard didn’t want to stop there, he had bigger plans to hatch! He wanted to provide alternative power to those who needed it, and his fascination for engines prompted him to go into the generator market.

Richard and Melanie believed in the business, and knowing that it could be their children’s future, they invested their last £1000 into the Company. Over the years, with hard work and a dedicated team, they have made what was one man’s vision into a sustainable and robust business.              

We are forever grateful to Richard for giving his four children and all of the staff the chance to create their own history, in what we now know as Shenton Group.

Click here to view our company timeline from 1982, the birth of Outback Power and beyond!

The blog header image was taken in 1995. Richard Meek is circled standing amongst his valued colleagues, two of which still work at Shenton Group to this day. Now if that isn’t dedication, I don’t know what is!

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Shenton Group Fundraising 2021

Every year Shenton Group run fundraising activities to raise money for four charitable causes. As a company with a vested interest in our community, we always look to support local. 

Supporting children whose parents have died whilst serving in the armed forces

Scotty's little soldiers logo

Quarter 1 of 2021 saw us fundraising for; Scotty’s Little Soldiers, a charity supporting children whose parents have died whilst serving in the armed forces. With our head office in Andover Hampshire, not far from Tidworth army camps, this charity is close to a lot of our hearts. Julie, one of our Project Manager Assistants, an army wife and on the board for this charity, headed up the fundraising activities. She has raised a considerable amount of money over the years and, in turn, has supported thousands of children. 

Donating to the local Foodbank

Quarter 2 saw us collecting non-perishable food, personal hygiene products and essential household items for the Andover Foodbank. Kirsty, one of our Maintenance Coordinators, was in charge of fundraising and collections. The Foodbank divides essential food and healthcare items into boxes consisting of three days of nutritionally balanced, non-perishable foods. These boxes are then distributed to local people who have been referred to the Foodbank in crisis. 

We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. So we are working to combat poverty and hunger. – Food Bank.

Shenton employees bake cakes in aid of Jazzie Fest 

Shenton charity Bake sale

In quarter 3 we fundraised for Jazzie Fest! A charity formed to support young people with disabilities moving into higher education and becoming more independent. Jasmine is an 18-year-old who has various disabilities, including Rett syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects brain development, resulting in severe mental and physical disability.

Jasmine is in her last year at a local special needs school. Currently, there are no higher education facilities in Andover to attend to meet her needs. The charity has been in touch with the local council and Andover college, and plans have been agreed to run a life skills course to aid young school leavers such as Jasmine to learn valuable independent living skills. Funding is the biggest stumbling block as the college facilities need to be converted into a safe environment and be sufficiently equipped. 

The bake sale competition at Shenton Group was a hit and helped raise much-needed funds for the charity. A big thank you to Olivia, one of our Maintenance Coordinators for her support fundraising.

Shenton supports Yellow Brick Road, a charity that supports young people with trauma

For the fourth and final quarter, Shenton Group is raising money for Yellow Brick Road. The charity works with young people, building support networks, helping to build resilience and reduce feelings of loneliness. Yellow Brick Road helps people learn life skills – money, home, relationships, health and wellbeing and offer accredited learning programmes.

Issy, our Executive Assistant, is leading fundraising, and she has arranged everything from boot sales to pumpkin carving competitions. There is even a ‘Shenton Has Talent Show’. Watch this space! There are plenty more fundraising activities to come! 

If you know of a Hampshire based charity that you would like us to support, get in touch, we would love to hear from you. To see other charities that we have fundraised for in the past, visit our charitable giving page.

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Shenton Group Plans to Become Scotland’s Generator Rental Company of Choice!

Due to the increased Generator rental demand across the UK, we have decided to move to premises in Falkirk. This location offers a larger yard to store rental generators and equipment, enabling us to further improve our offering and provide a premium service to the Scots!

Due to fast response times and great customer service, Shenton Group’s Generator Rental enquiries have more than doubled over the last 18 months across the rest of the UK. As a result, we have expanded our service offering and thought it time to really stretch our legs in Scotland. Our aim is to become Scotland’s company of choice for generator rental, maintenance and alternative power supplies!

Increased Generator Rental Service In Scotland

Shenton Group Offices

With offices currently in Falkirk and Aberdeen, Shenton Group already provides some power continuity solutions in Scotland. Still, this move to a larger facility will enable us to provide increased support and really push our generator rental division far and wide. So if you have a generator hire requirement, please get in touch; we will be more than happy to assist!

Short or Long Term Generator Hire

No matter which sector you operate in, we can support you. Whether you need additional power security for few months, or you would like to ensure minimal/no disruption to your day-to-day operation while staff are off-site, we can support you in true power resilience!

Premium Power Solutions

In our Latest Rental Projects blog we discuss how we have supported Hospitals, the Ministry of Defence, retail and care homes with our Generator Rental and Power Call emergency generator call-out services.

During the pandemic, One retail giant called us after having to close the store due to a leak and power failure. Within 2-3 hours, we had an engineer on-site to arrange a same-day solution, allowing the store to open the doors the following day to continue trade.

“Following our recent power failure, I would like to thank Shenton Group, particularly the Rental division, for your help and assistance during that very difficult time. Shenton Group showed a very high level of customer service, which instilled confidence from the first point of contact through to completion. The personal approach and assurance were combined with the knowledge that Shenton Group had the expertise and equipment to deliver. These high service levels were also continued through to the staff on-site, and we would have no hesitations in recommending your services.”

Facilities Manager – Retail Company

If you have a generator rental requirement, get in contact today to speak to one of our technical experts.

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Shenton Group Runs Apprenticeship Program

Willoughby Long joins Shenton Group on a 12-month apprenticeship program. Working part-time as a Business Developer for our Generator Rental department, Willoughby will learn key skills and gain work experience whilst continuing his studies in business and marketing. Upon successful completion, we will be pleased to offer him a full-time role!

Shenton Group Facilities

Shenton Group offers a supportive environment to young learners. As Richard Branson once said, “Train people well enough to leave, treat them well enough that they don’t want to.” We are a firm believer in this notion.

Willoughby explains:

Engines have always interested me. I was interested in the different types of projects and the mechanical side; that’s what attracted me to Shenton Group.

I had heard good things about the company as I have some friends that already worked here.

Willoughby has worked at Shenton Group for a month and has already integrated himself well into his team. We asked him: How have you found your time working at Shenton Group so far?

I have enjoyed learning new things, challenging but rewarding, it has been good fun, and the staff are friendly. It is very hands-on, and you get to speak to a variety of different customers.

Our generator rental fleet supplies generators from 30kVA up to 1250kVA. We are equipped to meet the demand of any bespoke residential, commercial, or heavy-duty applications 24/7, 365 days a year UK wide. If you need to hire a generator, give the industry experts a call. You never know, you might speak to Willoughby!

Are you interested in a career with us? Check out our careers page or get in touch about other apprenticeship opportunities.

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Fuel Taxation and Power Generation – 2022 Law Changes

As many will be aware, in March 2021 the UK Government announced impending changes to the way some fuel products would be taxed with effect from April 2022. Possibly the most significant of these is what’s widely known as ‘Red Diesel’. 

For anyone unclear, red and white diesel perform in exactly the same way. Quite simply ‘red’ has a chemical marker added to distinguish it from white (or DERV [Diesel Engined Road Vehicle]) and because red wasn’t intended for road use, it attracted a far lower rate of taxation. 

It should be noted that the red marker chemical also stains or dyes any fuel system component it comes into contact with, making it very easy for HMRC, VOSA etc to detect improper use! 

These changes will inevitably affect power generation for both suppliers and consumers so how will these effects be felt? 

There will be a number of exemptions to the changes. Specific areas of industry and business will be allowed to continue to use the lesser taxed fuel and more information on this can be found on the government website.

As with the introduction of many legislative instruments, this will be an iterative process and will inevitably be subject to a series of clarifications however there are some things that can be made clear from the outset.

  • If your particular industry or usage category is not clearly included in the above-mentioned government list, then specific and individual advice may be necessary and the Government provide a specific contact* for this purpose.

  • If you are part of a clearly identified industry, you will need to stop buying red diesel at a date appropriate to your typical usage rate and from there, move to white.

  • Affected businesses should NOT purchase red diesel which will then remain available for use after 1st April 2022. 
  • The requirement for end users to have fuel tanks purged and flushed has been removed following consultation however emphasis is placed on NOT ‘stockpiling’ red diesel ahead of the transition which would clearly be intended for use after April 2022. 
  • Given the degree of uncertainty affecting some aspects of the anticipated transition, be certain to retain invoices, orders and in general to maintain a clear and visible audit trail of related activities which – should an inspection take place – would then demonstrate the rationale and reasoning behind the current position of your business.

At the time of writing (August 2021) we can confirm the following points with regard to the use of HVO (Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil) as alternative fuel: 

  • HVO is a drop-in replacement and can be mixed with old diesel and there have been no compatibility issues recorded to date 

  • From 1st April 2022, all HVO will have to be sold as road fuel and so have the additional tax applied, thus it will be more expensive than white diesel 

  • The main selling point for HVO is a reduction in CO2 emissions which may be of interest to energy managers where their CO2 footprint is of importance. This is a result of the fuel manufacturing process and has no effect or bearing on exhaust emissions but when compared with fossil fuels, achieves a reduction of approximately 90%.

As with any fundamental change to the operation of essential equipment, it is always wise to check or ask questions specific to your own requirements before introducing an alternative fuel into your systems, to avoid any subsequent damage or reliability issues. 

Please contact Shenton Group with any related technical questions. 

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Shenton Group Expands Recruiting Across the UK

Shenton Group expands its workforce and has opened up various job opportunities, a mixture of office-based and remote engineering roles, across the UK. We ask our new employees how they have found working for Shenton Group so far.

The last 18 months of living through the pandemic have been challenging. It has brought added pressures in a magnitude of ways. Some businesses have shut up shop whilst others have been working around the clock to keep up with demand. It has been a trying time for all, but it has also opened new markets and new opportunities. 

Shenton Group have experienced exponential growth, and 18 new team members have joined the Shenton family, and we still have some roles to fill! To view a full list of job titles we are recruiting for, please visit our careers page.  

From Humble Beginnings, 1982 – 2021

Shenton Group is the continuous power industry leader with family-owned business values. We were founded by Richard Meek back in 1982, under the name of Outback Energy. Scorpion Power was established only five years later, a brand that rapidly became synonymous with reliable standby power generators.

Merging many brands under the Shenton Group name in 2010, the family-run business is now managed by Richard’s sons; Jody Meek Managing Director, Curtis Meek Sales and Marketing Director and Darren Meek as well as Derek Barry, the company’s Technical Director. Shenton Group now operates as a large corporate delivering million-pound projects and provides alternative power solutions to the nation.

What Makes Shenton Group Different as an Employer?

Ubay: “I feel appreciated at Shenton Group, and my work is recognised, rather than feeling like just another number. This workplace feels a lot more welcoming and supportive than other places I have worked. I enjoying coming into work in the mornings!”

Ubay is one of our new CHP Service Engineers, and he has now worked at Shenton Group for two months. 

What attracted you to work for Shenton Group? 

Ubay: The culture and professional image. I wanted to push my career, and there is the opportunity to develop at Shenton.

How have you found your time working at Shenton Group so far? 

Ubay: I have found the team very welcoming, open and honest.

Millie is one of our new Service Coordinators and has worked for Shenton Group now for five months. 

What attracted you to work for Shenton Group?

Millie: I heard good things about how the company was run and I was looking for something more challenging.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

Millie: The variety within the role, the team and the atmosphere.

Kealan Suckling

Kealan (pictured to the right) joined the sales and marketing team three months ago as Business Development. We asked her what attracted her to Shenton Group…

Kealan: The image the company gives has always been something which I wanted to be part of! I had already heard a lot about Shenton Group as my sister works here. The team culture and family atmosphere make it very welcoming and a nice place to be.

We want to say a huge welcome to all that have joined the team and thank you for all of your work so far. 

We are always trying to improve workplace enjoyment for our staff; after all, a happy workforce means happy customers. If you are interested in taking your career to the next level or are looking for a new challenge, take a look at our careers page.  

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Shenton Group Expands Generator Rental Division

Grant Barry Shenton Group

We congratulate Grant Barry as he is promoted to Manager of our Generator Rental fleet! Over the past year and a half, we have seen inquiries more than double, leading us to expand the department, and as a result, we are recruiting another Rental Assistant. For a complete list of current roles, please visit our careers page.

Our generator rental department already serves the whole of the UK. This latest expansion enables us to offer more customer support and faster response times to our growing client base.

Grant has been part of the Shenton family for almost four years now. In his first two years at the company, Grant worked as part of the projects team, installing permanent on-site generators before moving into the generator rental division, initially headed up by Lorna Barry, Grant’s sister. When the position became available, Grant saw it as a great opportunity.

We asked Grant what he enjoys about his role:

Everything! It’s a fast-paced, constantly changing environment, and we have a wide variety of clients that I have built some great relationships with. I enjoy helping people. I am the person that people call when they lose power. It can often be quite a stressful situation for them, so it’s gratifying to be able to offer a solution.

I am a problem solver, and I enjoy taking on challenging jobs which no one else can do and getting clients back up and running within the shortest time possible.

Client Feedback

Our clients are at the heart of what we do, and it is always valued to receive feedback on our efforts…

Following our recent power failure, I would like to thank the Shenton Group, in particular, the Rental division, for your help and assistance during that very difficult time. Shenton Group showed a very high level of customer service, which instilled confidence from the first point of contact through to completion. The personal approach and assurance were combined with the knowledge that Shenton Group had the expertise and equipment to deliver. These high service levels were also continued through to the staff on-site, and we would have no hesitations in recommending your services.

Facilities Manager – Retail Company

Shenton Expands Generator Rental Division

The last 18 months have been challenging in the height of the pandemic, but lots of new markets have opened up, exciting things are happening, and there is a bright future ahead for this growing department.

We ask Grant – Generator Rental Manager: What does the restructure means for you and your team?

The restructure for the rental team has been a fantastic milestone and results from the hard work of every member of the team. It has given us the perfect opportunity to review and reshape and also invest in the department to ensure we are offering our clients the best possible service at all times.

Push your career to the next level and join the Shenton Group team! Visit our careers page today!

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Businesses Push to Reduce Carbon Footprints

There has been an ever-increasing focus on environmental issues over the years. Across the globe, people have switched the food they eat, where they shop and how they travel to reduce their global impact. On a larger scale, businesses have been reviewing their energy consumption and day-to-day operations in a conscious effort to reduce their carbon footprint. Technologies such as CHP, solar power, wind and other renewable power solutions have been on the radar for years. 

CHP reducing carbon emissions

Shenton Group has helped countless organisations to reduce their carbon emissions, become more energy-efficient and reduce their energy costs by utilising CHP. Cogeneration can reduce carbon emissions by as much as 30% compared to conventional generation via a boiler and electricity purchased directly from the National Grid. 

Over the past 13 years, we have been helping the following industries in their efforts to become ‘Green’ and more energy efficient by switching to CHP:

  • Hospitals
  • Universities 
  • Data centres 
  • Farming & Agriculture 
  • Food & drink manufacture 
  • Sewage and wastewater treatment facilities 
  • Industrial 
  • Commercial buildings 
  • District Heating 
  • Hospitality & Leisure 

For more information on cogeneration and how your facility could benefit from CHP, read our Cogeneration Explained blog 

What is Shenton Group doing to offset their carbon footprint and protect the planet?

In the bid to become more sustainable and with the deadline to ban the sale of combustion engine vehicles to 2030, Shenton Group is in the process of reviewing our fleet and moving across to electric, with charging points being installed at our offices. 

Shenton Group firmly believes that if we all contribute something towards our environment, no matter how small, in the long run, it makes a huge difference. Just some of the small changes that Shenton Group has made include opting for ‘no bag’ deliveries from supermarkets; rigorous measures to dispose of waste ethically, recycling and reducing our waste as a whole, only using biodegradable bin bags, and sourcing FSC-certified recycled stationery from sustainable sources. These may seem like small changes, but in a year, and with the amount of waste that companies worldwide create, these small and easy changes make a big difference. 

Power with responsibility

As a key player in the energy market, we pride ourselves on our technical ability and customer service in providing the best power solutions to the right applications. 

The world is not in the position to move entirely to renewable power just yet, but conscious steps are being made in that direction. 

If you would like to reduce your organisation’s global impact, get in touch today and speak to one of our technical experts. 

We will review your facilities power usage and be able to discuss options that can:

  • Reduce carbon footprint
  • Reduce energy costs
  • Reduce or eliminate dependence on the Grid
  • Provide a Continuous Power Supply
  • Increased energy security
  • Free cool thermal bi-product

Read our case studies below to find out who we helped benefit from CHP:

CHP Solution for UK’s Largest Water Park

CHP Solution for DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

CHP Solution for Canterbury Christ Church University Halls of Residence

CHP Delivers Reductions in Carbon Emissions for CEFAS (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science)

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Lorraine John Celebrates 19 Years at Shenton Group

We are delighted to celebrate the 19th work anniversary of Lorraine John, our Operations Manager. In 2002 Lorraine was recruited from an agency, initially starting as a Service Coordinator for Merlin Power.  

Lorraine John

Merlin Power Management was the maintenance arm of our power offering, and it complimented our other business, Scorpion Power that supplied and installed generators.

Working as part of the maintenance team alongside seven other office-based staff, Lorraine’s role consisted of liaising with our generator clients and booking our six engineers for maintenance visits. The team was much smaller back then, and we worked out of a little office on Weyhill Road in Andover. 

2010 saw the country in recession and our customers were required to reduce their supply chain. This lead us to merge Scorpion Power Systems, Merlin Power Management and Power Call to become Shenton Global LLP, trading as Shenton Group.

As the company developed, Lorraine moved up the ranks to Team Leader and finally into her position today as Ops Manager for the generator and UPS side of the business. We are now 80 staff strong, and Lorraine has played a pinnacle role in the company’s growth over the last 19 years. We ask Lorraine: 

What has made you stay at the company?

“I have found it a great company to progress in. I love the variety of tasks I have in my day-to-day role, and the different challenges I face. The company have been very supportive, and they are a great team to work with. I appreciate the opportunities I have had over the years. My job is very rewarding.”

What does a typical day entail as Operations Manager at Shenton Group?

“Liaising with Engineers, clients, building and developing processes, assisting in designing new systems, supporting the service department. My job is fast-paced, it always keeps me focused and on my toes!”

Thank you Lorraine, for your hard work and dedication over the years. The company would not be where it is without you.

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Tuesday, April 05, 2022
“Power Call provides us with an affordable emergency power solution, FAST!" “We pay an affordable monthly fee which provides unlimited emergency call-outs. This helps us maintain our budgets, without incurring high monthly emergency generator hire charges should we need disaster recovery”.  Care Home Manager
Friday, March 25, 2022
Over the past 24 months, Shenton Group has been heavily recruiting sales, operations, and engineering staff across the UK to meet the increasing demands in the power industry. It was just last week that we welcomed four new engineers to the team.
Thursday, February 03, 2022
­­So how did we get to where we are today? Well, on the 29th of April 1954 in Andover, Richard Meek was born. Just an ordinary chap, who did everyday things and lived a normal life, at the height of 5ft 8.5 inches.

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