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About Us

More about Robinsons, our history and people


About Robinsons

The story of Robinsons began in 1963 when John Illingworth, the Chairman of Robinsons Petroleum Distributors, formed Robinsons Heating in order to meet the demand of home heating. A handful of engineers were initially employed in order to service the oil boilers of the customers who purchased oil from the company.

It was during this time that Alan Lee and Granville Heaton (both former Managing Directors) began their apprenticeships as fitters.

During the 1970’s, the group was re-structured and Robinsons Petroleum Distributors became an authorised distributor for Esso, employing some of the staff belonging to Esso – and consequently increasing capacity to handle larger heating installations.

The 1980’s saw Robinsons Heating riding high on a wave of success. With Alan Lee as Managing Director, and Brian Steele and Chris Spencer in support, the company went from strength to strength. High calibre contracts were won and carried out successfully under the direction of Granville Heaton, and the name of Robinsons began to be synonymous with excellence. It was in this period that our planned and responsive maintenance division was formed.

Although changes have been made to the Robinsons name in recent years, the quality and commitment to contracts and clients alike has not changed – indeed some staff who began their careers with us in the 1980’s are still employed, providing a host of experience and proving that loyalty to staff and customers alike guarantees longevity in our business.

To the present day…

Our long serving members of the services teams provide stability and reliability, and our apprentices are trained to the highest standard, consistently winning awards from their colleges for dedication to their training. These young men work alongside our experienced engineers to gain invaluable knowledge and skills. They also bring a fresh approach to our work, making Robinsons the successful and progressive company it always has been.

We are certain that the name of Robinsons will continue as a by-word for skill and professionalism well into the future.


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    New Managing Director

    (2016)

    Luke Kitchen was appointed as Managing Director of Robinsons and Chris Spencer stepped up to the role of Chairman. Due to expansion and new staff, an additional office was acquired in Bishop Thornton early in the year.
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    Robinsons Renewables

    (2013)

    After growing our renewables services and building up an impressive portfolio, we launched Robinsons Renewables offering the best in biomass, solar and other renewables energy services.

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    Management Buy-out

    (2011)

    Robinsons M&E Ltd, formed by senior staff Chris Spencer, Luke Kitchen, Andy Jackson and Joe Lee, effected a management buy-out of Robinsons Mechanical and Electrical Ltd on 1st  June 2011. All staff employed at the time of the buy-out were retained by the new company.

    Our core business objective is to maintain the high level of service that has come to be expected by all our clients, and to build on this to take Robinsons M&E Ltd from strength to strength.

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    Electrical Capability

    (2003)

    Robinsons purchased a local electrical company, to work in conjunction with the mechanical engineers, giving an all-round service to our clients.

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    Maintenance Division

    (1985)

    Formation of Planned and Responsive Maintenance division
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    Commercial Business

    (1983)

    The company entered into the commercial market, involving nursing homes, municipal buildings, hospitals and more.

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    Growing up

    (1973)

    The company expanded, employing a larger workforce to cover the domestic sector.

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    The birth of Robinsons!

    (1963)

    Robinsons Heating Company was established by John Illingworth, in order to meet the demand of home heating.

Meet The Directors

  • Chris Spencer

    Chris is our Chairman. He joined the company in 1983 as a Mechanical Estimator and became Managing Director in 2011. A long-serving member of CIBSE, Chris has over 25 years’ experience in mechanical design and estimation. In 2016 he decided to take a step back from day to day operations to fulfil the role of Chairman at Robinsons.

  • Luke Kitchen

    Luke is our Managing Director and leads the Management Team. He joined Robinsons in 2008 as Company Accountant, and has been a director since December 2011. In his years at Robinsons Luke has been instrumental in the development of the business and its continued success. Luke is a qualified accountant and member of CIBSE.

  • Andy Jackson

    Andy joined Robinsons as an apprentice in 1989 and became a director in December 2011, having held senior positions within the company for over 10 years. Andy is a qualified gas, oil and air conditioning engineer with over 20 years’ experience in both installation and project management of projects up to £2million in value. Andy is now responsible for the management of all our projects, and is IOSH qualified.

     

  • Joe Lee

    Joe joined Robinsons in 1987 and became a director in April 2009. A qualified gas and oil engineer, Joe has over 25 years’ experience of installation and on-site coordination of projects up to £2million in value, and is IOSH qualified. He is responsible for the site management of all our projects, including the implementation of Health and Safety at site level.