YESSS Electrical switches on support for the invictus games

One of the UK’s fastest growing companies, YESSS Electrical, has joined forces with the Invictus Games, an international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick Service personnel.

YESSS has become a supporting partner of the Games which take place in London from 10-14 September 2014.

The announcement of the official partnership comes with less than 100 days to go until the start of the Invictus Games.

The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, in partnership with the Ministry of Defence, launched the Invictus Games, presented by Jaguar Land Rover, earlier this year. 

Prince Harry has been instrumental in bringing the concept for the Invictus Games from America to the UK after seeing the event staged in Colorado last year, where it is known as the Warrior Games.

The Invictus Games have become a reality thanks to funding from The Royal Foundation and UK businesses such as YESSS.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, is also supporting this important cause with a £1million donation from the LIBOR fund.

Just two years after launch, YESSS is already the fourth largest electrical wholesaler in the UK and 18 months after opening its first branch, YESSS has annual sales of over £150m, a network of 84 branches and more than 750 employees. YESSS is based in Normanton, West Yorkshire.

The support of the Invictus Games links to the long term growth vision of YESSS and it is hoped the association will lead to training opportunities for wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women as part of the company’s ongoing expansion plans.

YESSS commits millions of pounds annually to training its staff and has a number of former military service personnel amongst its growing workforce.

YESSS launched in 2012 when Adam and Ashley Mackie decided to establish a new, dynamic electrical wholesale business.

Drawing on a combined four decades of experience of the industry, they are now transforming the industry with a focus on delivery of quality and service combined with first rate employee training. 

Andy Singleton, one of the founding directors of YESSS said:

“To support the Invictus Games is a great honour as this is a visionary initiative that will really capture the imagination of the British public.

“The events of the Games in September will signify the start of a legacy programme to support accessibility of adaptive sport and further employment opportunities for transitioning Servicemen and women leaving the Armed Forces.

“For YESSS to be part of this legacy is a real privilege.

“The business has already made its presence felt in the electrical wholesale market and in becoming a supporting partner of the first Invictus Games we want to demonstrate our support and gratitude to the wounded, injured and sick Service personnel and their achievements, post injury.

“As a business founded on an unrivalled staff training programme delivered through our own purpose built academy, we will be exploring training opportunities to develop innovative ways to enhance the valuable role of veterans as skilled employees, as a way of maintaining a lasting legacy for the Games.

“We’re already fully committed to opening more UK branches and creating hundreds of jobs.”

Sir Keith Mills, chairman of the Invictus Games, said:

“We’re thrilled to welcome YESSS to the Invictus Games.

“They share the same vision as us and will not only be a valued partner in the run-up to the Games but also help us deliver on our legacy of supporting wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women.”

Since launch, YESSS has served more than 14,000 customers from large electrical contractors to sole-traders and home improvement consumers.

With new branches opening from Brighton to Belfast, Enfield to Edinburgh, and with big plans for the future, YESSS will continue to grow and expand its footprint in the UK electrical wholesaling market estimated to be worth in excess of £3000 million.   

The Invictus Games will see more than 400 wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women, serving and veteran, competing in venues in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the Lee Valley Athletics Centre.

Teams will be invited from the armed forces of 14 nations that have served alongside each other, with relative newcomers to adaptive sport joining advanced athletes in an inclusive programme.

Yessss management team - L to R Graham Lockwood, Mark Abbey, Mark Nolan and Andy Singleton
YESSS management of Graham Lockwood, Mark Abbey, Mark Nolan and Andy Singleton

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