LARS Communications | Thirty Years in Business

21 February 2019


This year, we’ll be celebrating. It’s our thirtieth year in business. Way back in 1989, Glen Pearson established Lakeland Aerial Rigging Services, operating out of a one room Kendal office. The company specialised in providing rigging services to the communications industry.

Fast-forward thirty years, and the company has grown to become an industry leader in radio site build and antenna system installation and commissioning. We now employ more than thirty people at our Carnforth base and we provide bespoke infrastructure solutions across the globe.

Despite such humble beginnings, we now have some of the biggest names in UK business as customers, including BT, BAE Systems, Electricity North West Limited (ENWL), The Met Office and NATS. And our range of services has expanded too. We now offer site inspection and maintenance; radio site decommissioning; line of sight and radio surveys; and site inspection and maintenance; tower strengthening and structural upgrades; and the fabrication and installation of structures.

All steelwork is carried out in our fully equipped fabrication workshop with welding bays, punching, drilling and sawing equipment and a two-ton gantry crane, while our state-of-the-art 3D structural steel detailing and information management system is able to produce pinpoint fabrication drawings.

All work conforms to BS EN ISO 9001 quality standards and all fabrication work is certified under the CE Marking Scheme.

For Glen, it’s been a busy thirty years. He soon saw the need for complementary businesses, launching Xi Training Limited in 2001 and, more recently, embarking on a major renovation of one of Carnforth’s forgotten gems, The Royal Station Hotel.

Xi Training was set up to provide the necessary training for anyone working at height and has gone on to provide a whole host of industrial and workplace training courses. Recognising the fact that many of the delegates who undertake these courses travel from far and wide, Glen has almost completed the extensive renovation of The Royal Station Hotel in Carnforth (we should point out that his partner, Maggie, has also been a driving force in restoring the hotel to its former glory). The hotel not only provides nearby accommodation for the delegates, but it also serves as a popular food and music destination in the area.

So what’s Glen’s secret? He says that the success is down to the hard work, passion and dedication of everyone working at LARS, as well as their attention to detail and customer service. He’s also assured us that there will be a big celebration later in the year.

Nowadays, our very own Ian Turner is the man tasked with taking the company forward. Ian initially joined the company as an estimator in 1997 and was appointed Managing Director in 2014, allowing Glen to focus on his other business ventures.

Five years into the job and LARS continues to grow, and there have been some fantastic achievements along the way, including an ongoing contract with Electricity North West Limited; achieving a near perfect score in LARS’ Achilles Verify UVDB Audit; being awarded a nationwide tower strengthening contract for BT; and last year, receiving a prestigious award for the company’s role in the National Weather Radar Renewal Project, where it worked alongside the Met Office and the Environment Agency. Like Glen, Ian puts the success down to all the people working at LARS.

We’d like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been involved. Here’s to many more years in business.


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