My Local Life… Gary Abrams – Owner of Heasells
This month we chatted to Gary Abrams, owner of Heasell Electromechanical Services Ltd
Please give a couple of lines to introduce yourself and your role in the community
I am the Chief Executive Officer of Heasell Electromechanical Servicers Ltd. I started work behind the shop counter in 1980 and took over the company in 2001 and have continued its important role within the community keeping Plant and machinery running 24 hours a day making sure all types of business keep running.
Where do you live and how long have you lived there?
I have lived in Royston for over 50 years, the town has changed a lot in the last 50 years but still has what I need for me to call it home.
What’s your favourite local place to eat?
The Fox and Hounds in Barley. Good atmosphere and great food.
Your favourite local Shop?
I’m sorry its not a local shop it’s the Butcher stall on Royston Market. Priors Hall Farm butchers. The quality of the meats is first class and very well priced. The more you buy the more you save as discount is always applied for multiple purchases.
What do you love about your work?
Every day is different, a lot of our work means someone has a problem and are losing money/production, or worst still has a sewage pumping station not working. I love the fact that we are called by many of our customers 24 hours a day because they know we will be out to help and get them up and running any time of the day or night, even on Christmas Day!
Our latest project is Electric Vehicle Chargers, we have partnered up again with ABB (a world leader in Electric Vehicles Technology) and are supplying and installing Electric Vehicle chargers. Our prices are very competitive enabling local electricians to also be competitive when purchasing the chargers from us.
How have you coped as a business during the pandemic?
For a very short period last April, some of my staff were furloughed but in fact we were classed as an essential business, so we were soon all back to work. For instance, we helped one of our local hospitals keep their ventilation and hot water systems running and another major client of ours runs a lot of the local care homes, so we had to ensure their electrical systems were in good working order. We have also spent many hours assisting leisure centres and swimming pools maintain their pumps and fans etc to ensure they will open as soon as they are permitted.
What is your favourite way to spend a Saturday?
It is important I have time for my wife and family. Having a bit of “MY” time with them and my new puppy, Kite. It doesn’t matter what we are doing but we try to do it together.
What has been the most valuable life lesson that you have learnt?
You never stop learning and work hard and you can achieve anything. You get out of life what you put into it.
Which four people you would invite to dinner?
Eddie Jordan, Heasell’s used to maintain the wind tunnel at Jordan Racing`s factory in Silverstone. Because of this, I became a big fan of F1 racing and have followed the Jordan team through all the changes of owners right to the present day. This year I’ll be cheering on Aston Martin, having spent five long weekends camping with some friends to watch the race live at Silverstone. I have always liked watching Eddie as a presenter and love his enthusiasm for the sport and its fans. David Attenborough, I don’t think I need to say anything other than the great presenting skills and knowledge of this man has kept me interested in watching his programs all my life. The best ambassador the world could have. Sid Vicious, I won’t say he influenced my life, I was a little rebel and I guess punk rock gave me something different to listen to. I was never into drugs of any description, but I liked to be different.
Joanna Abrams, My wife and best friend.