Switch distribution looks ahead with confidence after move to new premises on the Ballymount road
In February this year, Switch made the big move to larger premises on the Ballymount Road in Dublin 12. Paul Noonan, Managing Director of the successful company says that there were a number of factors contributing to the move. “We knew that, whilst our existing premises in Tallaght had served us well over the past 12 years, it became obvious that we had outgrown them. As we took on more brands and orders were becoming larger in quantity and size, we realised that we needed more warehouse space. Along with this, our admin and technical teams were increasing, so more office space was needed. “We came across the ideal premises in an ideal location and happily, we moved with a minimum of disruption to business in February.”
Along with more warehouse and office space, the new unit has two bonus assets. A large conference room and an easily accessible Collection/Trade Counter where the kettle is always on! “We hope to utilise the conference room in many ways, including hosting CPD courses for our brands, holding training mornings for our customers and perhaps hosting some larger company or association/committee meetings for those within the industry whom may not have a Dublin base,” says Paul. The location is perfect for those traveling along the M50 and is on the door step of many of the major electrical wholesalers in Ballymount. Deliveries, as before, are processed and dispatched same day and received in ROI the following day. However, many deliveries are now being picked up by customers within an hour or two of placing an order!
Switch has always been synonymous with quality electrical brands and, in recent years, a particular emphasis has been put into the Energy Saving Lighting arena. As such, Switch has teamed up with CP Electronics for PIR products and with Kosnic for energy saving lamps. All products supplied by these suppliers are currently being proposed for approval under the SEAI Triple E and Accelerated Capital Allowance Schemes which is of great advantage to customers when quoting for projects. Switch also continue the company’s close association with Hamilton Litestat, producers of quality decorative lighting furniture. In recent times, Hamilton has launched a number of new ranges and, along with its bespoke offerings, has allowed Switch to secure a number of high profile hotel and commercial projects over the past 18 months, including Ashford Castle and Adare Manor.
The people in Switch are paramount to the success of the company so far. Although, as a team, they are committed and focused, they are also individual experts in what they do! Whist all of the team have specific roles, Switch endeavours to help every customer regardless of where the contact is made. Paul Noonan, Managing Directror, explained, “We are a customer focused team, which is essential for a small company like ours – if a bad impression is made by one member of staff, regardless of whether it is in sales, marketing or accounts, a customer is unlikely call a second time.”
Diverse is a word which can be used to sum up recent Switch projects. With a portfolio which includes, nurse call and disabled refuge products from C-Tec to energy saving lighting and decorative lighting products, Switch has been involved in a wide range of products over the past year. 2017’s biggest project was Adare Manor, which involved designing and supplying bespoke Hamilton switches, sockets and data-plates for the refurbishment of the hotel and golf club. As well as many commercial and office block fit outs, projects included Pearse Lyons Distillery refurbishment in James Street, Dublin. This involved the design, supply and commissioning of a CP Electronics DALI lighting control system. Switch also worked on two main buildings in UCD, where the team designed, supplied and commissioned a stand-alone sensor controlled lighting system. To add another layer of diversity, Switch is also very busy with primary care centres and has recently worked with Balbriggan Primary Care Centre, which included the supply and commissioning of a Vitesse modular lighting control system from CP Electronics and a nurse call system from C-Tec. All in all, Switch is a company that is going places! Paul hints that his long-term plans include new brands being added to the portfolio, an enhanced web presence and improved customer service as being part of his vision for 2020 and beyond.