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Lightning Protection Services, Kirkpatrick Fleming :

Funded under the Micro Enterprise Training & Employment Programme (METEP).

Lightning Protection Services was founded in 1992 by Andy Ritchie under the guidance of his father and namesake Andrew Ritchie (now semi-retired) and is based in Kirkpatrick Fleming. The company specialises in the design, installation, inspection and maintenance of all aspects of Lightning Protection. To compliment these services, they also offer a steeplejack and industrial rope access service, completing contracts as far north as Orkney and the Hebrides and as far south as Devon and Cornwall. The contracts include schools, colleges, churches, castles, flats, offices and even a Roman fort. With the increase in the use of mobile phones, an installation service is also offered to clients such as Cellnet, Vodafone, Orange and Mercury.

Due to the specialism offered, the company has grown steadily and now employs a team of highly trained and skilled operatives who carry a particular pride in their field of work. As with most businesses, the administrative functions can be quite demanding and this area was absorbing much of Andy's time.

After reading a feature in the local press, Andy approached Groundbase for more information on their METEP scheme, which supports the placing of unemployed persons into employment by assisting with the employment cost for a period of time. Andy now employs Office Administrator Christine Hill.

"I am very pleased to have been offered a position with the company that may lead to the prospect of long term employment security." - Christine Hill.
"Since employing Christine, I have been able to concentrate more on the main contractual aspects of the business and the support from Groundbase enables me to maintain cost-effectiveness whilst the administration role develops, for which I envisage a full-time permanent position emerging." - Andy Ritchie.

Andy Ritchie and Christine Hill in the offices of Lightning Protection Services.
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