Local Businessman recognised in New Year’s Honours

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On the advice of the Honours Committee, the Prime Minister recommended, and the Queen approved, that Mr Terence J Lowe be awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for outstanding service in the electrical engineering industry.

Ted Lowe has spent over 65 years in the electrical engineering industry with over 45 of those at senior management level. Having spent 35 years working with large multi-disciplined organisations, in 1994 he established the Lowe Group of Companies which grew over a period of some 14 years to employ 230 people with a turnover of approximately £20m.

The Lowe Group was a widely diverse organisation encompassing some 11 companies which could operate jointly or severally. Over time this structure was rationalised to become recognised as a brand leader in their theatre of operations.

Over the years Ted has served as Chairman of the South Yorkshire Branch of the Electrical Contractors Association, he was a member of the Regional Joint Industry Board for the Electrical Contracting Industry, Chairman of the Electrical Electronic Industry Benevolent Association as well as creating the Electrical Industry Training and Enterprise organisation, which was designed to provide seamless training to engineers within the electrical industry. The project was backed by the four Training and Enterprise Councils in South Yorkshire and the whole operation was co-ordinated by Ted and much valuable work was done over a 3 year period including the re-training of ex-mining electricians to prepare them for a career within the electrical contracting industry. He also served on the Training and Enterprise Council Task Force for the Electrical Services Industry.

In the year 2000, Ted was conferred with the National Contractor of the Year Award and more recently, was presented with the prestigious 2019 Lifetime Achievement award from the Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce.

Upon receiving notification of the honour Ted said;

“It has given me great satisfaction to give back to the industry that supported me all my working life by helping to train the next generation of electricians and engineers as well as significantly raising standards in the electrical industry”

Ted is currently Executive Chairman of the highly successful, Rotherham based company Electrical Safety (UK) Ltd (ESUK). ESUK is the UK’s foremost authority on Arc Flash Technology and Electrical Safety Management and operates throughout the UK, Mainland Europe and the Middle East.

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