Gainsborough Electrical Services Contractors - Southend, Essex

Gainsborough Electrical Services (formerly Radio and TV) was formed in 1960 by Eric Buford and carried out small domestic works. The business quickly grew, taking on larger projects for local builders and local councils, which saw them working in schools and new builds.

In 1980, Gainsborough Electrical moved to Canewdon when Eric became ill and builders, GW Finch, took them over.

The purchase of the business by Ian and Geraldine Blake in December 2012 meant a move back to central Southend. This enabled a quicker response time of within the hour for local call outs.

Services offered include:

  • Domestic Electrical Services – Replacement light fitting or 13amp socket to a consumer unit change, complete rewires. Electrical supplies to garden sheds, garages, fish ponds or patio lighting and heating. External lights, security lighting, Smoke and heat detectors. Electrical condition reports for sale or purchase of a property or for letting.
  • Commercial & Schools – Call out service, electrical repairs to lighting or power etc, replacement fuse boards, new circuits or complete rewires or new builds. Sports hall lighting, tennis court lighting. Landlord reports, Full electrical condition reports for Schools and flats with common areas. Replacement lighting to common parts in flats to more modern, energy efficient LED lighting.
  • Industrial Electrical Contractors – Call out service, electrical repairs to lighting or power etc, replacement fuse boards, new circuits or complete rewires or new builds. Full electrical condition reports for factories. Replacement lighting to more modern, energy efficient LED lighting for factories and car parks.


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Alan Hawes became the Managing Director in April 2000. His insistence on maintaining a high work standard and competitive pricing has taken the company from strength to strength.

All staff are fully trained to the current wiring regulation and have full DBS checks. They always carry ID, are fully uniformed and arrive in sign written vans. Gainsborough do not use sub-contractors.

Gainsborough is health and safety audited by CHAS, Construction Line and Acclaim and have full Employers’ and Public Liability Insurance. You can buy with confidence because the company is also Trading Standards Approved.

Thank you so much for sending Mike round to reposition the 13 amp socket

Very polite and helpful, I would certainly be using you again and will highly recommend your company.

Thank you Alan and your team, please pass on my comments to Mike.

Ian Cranstone - Laindon, Essex

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