We are delighted to be celebrating 15 years delivering complete lightning protection nationwide! Orion has grown continually over the years and is a leading industry player. But it all started with one man and a plan….
Why Orion LPS Was Born…
In 2003 Jason Harfield, following in the footsteps of his dad, had already established a full career in the lightning protection industry. But he wanted to bring it into the 21st century!
A new standard, BSEN 62305, had been written and introduced, covering both the UK and Europe, so this was the perfect time to reach out and ensure that the correct and up-to-date protection was being provided for people, buildings and electrical systems.
Previous standards had focused on protection of buildings, but BSEN 62305 was concerned with all protection and particular focus was directed towards the risk to human life. This was something that the founders of Orion LPS had long been campaigning for. So the time was ripe and the company was formed.
How We Grew!
So with our new found energy, we scoured the market talking to all that would listen, telling them about the fantastic new standard that we were working too! We told them how we could provide our customers with an unrivalled service that covered everything from design to certification, and beyond that, to the permanent maintenance of the new system.
We have grown from small beginnings – working from a flat in Worthing with a small white fiat as the company vehicle – to become one of the most respected companies in the country. We pride ourselves on customer service and are proud of our employment record. We now employ 25 people, with over 80% of our staff staying for 7 years or more. A positive team culture and personal development are key values at Orion
Originally, Orion served only south-east customers, but demand has seen us grown and travel to cover the whole country. Around a year ago, we asked David Ormiston, who was working for us as a contractor, to direct a new Northern branch to enable us to better serve this area. David is a real asset and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from large contracts up and down the UK.
Directors at Orion LPS have represented our industry at the highest level. Until recently Jason Harfield was President of Atlas, the nationally recognised federation for the lightning protection industry, a role he was elected for. They’ve also been heavily involved with the SLPTG (Steeplejack and Lightning Protection Training Group). In 2013, Orion held the Atlas ball in Rome, a real highlight for the team.
Big Thank You
So here we are. We’d like to thank all the engineers and staff for all they’ve done to get us to where we are! And we’d like to thank our customers old, new and ongoing for their valued business! Our team at Orion LPS are always striving to provide the best possible bespoke service for our diverse customer base and we will continue to do so for years to come.
If you’d like to know more about how to protect your people and buildings, contact us.
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