When we started PATTA, originally, it was to try to bring small businesses together; to give one-man-bands the opportunity to compete with the bigger national firms. We couldn’t compete with man-power etc so we figured if a few small companies clubbed in, they could take on bigger projects, and for a while, for some this did work quite well.
We also learned, from our own experiences, and from talking to others that there were loads of ‘cowboys’ around, or in the PAT world, they get labelled “Sticker Monkeys”. These are the companies that offer the super cheap, must be too good to be true prices, and then proceed to cut corners to scrape a living. Whilst we knew we’d never be able to get rid of them completely, we felt we may be able to reduce their number or at least improve their standards by educating people on the importance of a proper PAT test.
PATTA was started by 2 people, and is now a group of 5. Together, we work to try to improve our industry by representing it when it’s needed. For example, we attend meetings in Parliament to discuss matters relating to electrical appliances and safety; when the Code of Practice was re-written we had a seat at the table, and were responsible for writing important sections of the book.
PATTA isn’t ran as a business to make money; that’s not its purpose. PATTA is a collection, it’s the name given to what we do, and we did what we do before we were known as PATTA, and will continue to do it as long as we’re making a difference. People wanted to get on board, and support us, they wanted to sponsor us as they saw value in what we were doing, and could see how that could benefit their own business. So we started to ‘sell’ memberships. For a small annual retainer, a person or company can become a member. They give us a bit of cash to help cover our costs, and we in turn let them display the PATTA logo for high standards, on their websites, stationery, clothing, etc.
The PATTA logo is a mark of trust, it shows a company has standards in their work, and that’s what your customers will look for in a PAT tester.
If you want to get involved, if you want to support what we are doing, get in touch, become a member.