The husband-and-wife directors of Marton Electrical tell Adam Steel about the firm’s story and their hopes for the future…
As it celebrates 30 years in business, Tees-based firm Marton Electrical is aiming for a power surge into the future as it continues to secure major contracts.
Marton Electrical founder Keith Stephenson decided to go it alone back in 1988, having reverted to his school-leaving trade as an electrician after snubbing a job in Oman along with a potential hairdressing career.
It proved the right move as three decades on his family-run enterprise has a £1m turnover and 16-strong workforce.
Marton Electrical has gained a stellar reputation through high standards and friendly service, providing electrical installations such as sockets, lights and smoke detectors in everything from new builds to schools and hospitals, and commercial and domestic properties.
And the housing sector still supplies a key income source for the Teesside business.
The firm did suffer a jolt around six years ago due to a downturn in the new build housing market, but original kick-in contacts Barratt continued to use their expertise while forging ahead regardless.
And after vacating excess office and storage space during the slump Keith, who runs Marton Electrical alongside his director wife Jayne, reports a positive outlook with established links intact and fresh deals in tow.
Marton Electrical’s services have been enlisted by all of the big housebuilders and property developers including Barratt, Miller, Persimmon and Taylor Wimpey.
They mostly operate in Teesside and the wider North-East, having completed a “huge” 2016 student accommodation job in Durham and worked everywhere from Roseberry Park Hospital to The Fork in the Road charity restaurant in Middlesbrough. But they have also just finished a significant contract in Manchester with similar projects hopefully to follow.
“I’m very proud of what we’ve done,” said Keith. “At the point when I started off, I didn’t know where the work was going to come from because I didn’t know anybody.
“I saw all the other companies driving around with their vans and thought that was how I would like to be some day, and it has come about.
“We’re somewhere between the one-man band and the bigger businesses, and we must be doing something right.
“You do find that one good job leads to another. After we did Roseberry Park, we worked at a hospital in London on their security system.
“And we have just done three apartment complex jobs for Mandale Construction in Manchester – half of our workforce was based there for the last 18 months continuously.
“We are hoping to get their next job and I’m positive about the future.”
Despite the firm’s success, Keith remains humble and is first to acknowledge that Marton Electrical wouldn’t be where it is today without the hard work of his long-serving and loyal staff, many of them family members.
Sons Aaron and Sam – who he hopes will take the business over one day – came through as apprentices.
Wife Jayne’s sister Louise works in the office while three of their nephews, Ben, Louis and Tom, are also on the payroll.
“Everyone deserves their share of the credit and I think at the moment we’ve got the best team we’ve ever had,” says Keith. “Some of them have been with us for 20 years-plus.”
Keith and Jayne also like to give something back to their home area, Teesside.
Marton Electrical have been corporate sponsors of Butterwick Hospice, while Jayne is a patron of charity Teesside Philanthropic Foundation and the couple sponsor junior football team, Leven Under-7s.
“We’re both from Teesside, it’s what we know, and we are happy to give something back whenever we can,” Jayne adds. “If you’re in a position to help somebody else, you do it, don’t you?”