June 22, 2024

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Chairman announced to mark Southern-Based Electrical & Mechanical Contractor’s Centenary Celebration

Paul Tuson, formerly Lowe & Oliver Managing Director, has been promoted to Chairman of the contractor after over thirty five years of service. Joining the company as an apprentice in 1987, Paul has given his entire working life to Lowe & Oliver. Damian Wyles, formerly Finance Director, will be stepping up to the role of Operations Director following Paul’s promotion.


Fred Lowe, Lowe & Oliver Director, commented:

“All of us at Lowe & Oliver are incredibly grateful to Paul. His experience and knowledge in the sector has been invaluable for helping the company to reach 100 years in the industry – an achievement which would have been far more challenging without his contribution.”

“Paul’s links in the Oxford area and across the south of the country are already second to none, and we’re hopeful that in his new role those can be developed and strengthened even further. Helping to reinforce relationships with existing clients, but also building contacts beyond our current client base.”


Paul Tuson, Lowe & Oliver Chairman, added:

“100 years in our industry is an almost unique milestone and it’s one that I’m immensely proud of contributing towards. Reginald Lowe and Herbert Oliver’s vision has been delivered through an entire century and now we must concentrate on building for the second century of Lowe & Oliver.”

“With the expansion of our leadership team and empowering them to focus on the day to day operation issues I am now able to dedicate more of my time to furthering our clientele base and providing additional business liaison; this is an area of our delivery that I am sure will yield benefits for all.”


A brief history of Lowe & Oliver:

The company was founded in 1923 in Oxford by Reginald Lowe, who was soon joined by Herbert Oliver.

During the 1920s and 30s the company grew steadily, as electrification spread throughout Oxford. It was at this time that the company began its long and continuing association with the Oxford Colleges. Expansion of the company continued and by the outbreak of war in 1939, it was sufficiently well established to be awarded a number of substantial Air Ministry contracts. This included providing guide lighting for Airfields within the south of England to enable Spitfires to land during the Battle of Britain. The company continued to thrive post-war. In 1957 Patrick Lowe joined his father in the business. By this time the company employed some 30 electricians.

All through its long history, a loyal and long-serving workforce have formed the backbone of our company. Throughout this time, the City of Oxford continued to provide Lowe & Oliver with the majority of its work. In recent years, Lowe & Oliver has greatly expanded both its geographical reach and its portfolio of products and solutions. Now, as part of the Lowe Holdings Group, it provides a comprehensive range of electrical and mechanical services throughout the UK. Lowe Holdings has grown over the years to encompass interests in other companies such as J Brand, Alto Energy, Kona Energy and Data Path.


100 years on, Lowe & Oliver is more vigorous than ever. It holds ISO 9001 accreditation and has been awarded a Royal Warrant as Electrical Contractors, working on a variety of projects with the Royal Household.

Lowe & Oliver now provides a range of renewable and energy saving solutions, helping Oxford and the wider country transition towards net zero reduction in carbon emissions. These include a particular focus on: LED Lighting, EV charging points, solar panels, battery storage, heat pumps and more.

The company is primarily based in Oxford, but with a nationwide reach and offices in Southampton and Cheltenham. Employing 130 staff, including 30 apprentices.

Whatever the size and nature of the challenge, our aim is the same – to deliver consistently high technical and management services to our customers, at competitive prices.

To learn more visit https://www.loweoliver.co.uk/