Established in 1989 by local entrepreneur, Glen Pearson, Carnforth-based, LARS Communications is celebrating its thirty-year anniversary this year.
Originally known as Lakeland Aerial Rigging Services, the company was founded in a one room Kendal office and specialised in providing rigging support services to the communications industry. Over the course of thirty years, the company has grown to become an industry leader in radio site build and antenna system installation and commissioning. LARS now employs more than 30 people at its Carnforth base and provides bespoke infrastructure solutions across the globe.
Despite its humble beginnings, LARS’ customer list now boasts some of the biggest names in UK business, such as BT, BAE Systems, Electricity North West Limited (ENWL), The Met Office and NATS, and its range of services has expanded to include site inspection and maintenance; radio site decommissioning; line of sight and radio surveys; and site inspection and maintenance.
Since establishing LARS, founder Glen has recognised 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.
Glen said: “LARS’ thirtieth anniversary is a major milestone for the company – I’m sure we will have a big celebration later in the year. This success is down to the hard work, passion and dedication of everyone working at LARS. Their attention to detail and their focus on customer service has ensured that the company continues to improve and continues to provide our customers with the highest quality services and solutions.”
In 2014, Glen appointed Ian Turner as Managing Director of LARS. Ian has worked at LARS for over twenty years, initially joining the company as an estimator in 1997. His appointment as MD has allowed Glen to focus on his other business ventures.
Ian, said: “We have a fantastic team in place at LARS and we’re all committed to making the company the best it can be. From estimating to project management, rigging to fabrication, our aim is to provide excellent products and solutions, coupled with outstanding customer service.”