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Triton Hits The Bullseye With New Darts Sponsorship

Triton Tools will be throwing its name into the eyes of millions of sports fans across the world, after unveiling a high profile sponsorship with one of darts’ most successful players ever.

Triton has stepped up to the oche by agreeing to sponsor five-times world champion Raymond van Barneveld for the whole of 2018 as the Dutchman looks to add more silverware to his bulging cabinet.

With packed arenas, huge global television audiences and darts being amongst the fastest-growing sports, representatives at Triton believe that the time has never been better to target the tungsten for a sustained period.

Claire Sweet, Global Brand Manager at Yeovil-based Triton, said: “The potential of our darts sponsorship is absolutely huge and we are thrilled to be involved with the sport.

“Triton Tools is an established and growing brand which thousands of tradesmen trust every day in their working lives. This sponsorship with Raymond van Barneveld gives us an exciting new way to connect with the people who use our precision power tools, while also giving us access to potential new customers.

“Aside from football, darts drew the biggest number of viewers on Sky Sports last year, which underlines how powerful the sport is.

“Raymond van Barneveld is a huge character within the sport and is a real favourite. He was the perfect choice for us and we’re delighted to be part of the Barney Army.”

van Barneveld took time out of his busy schedule to visit Triton’s Yeovil headquarters, where he met the company’s directors and took on staff in a fun darts challenge. Staff were given nine darts to better van Barneveld’s total with six.

With a career spanning 34 years, current world number 11 van Barneveld is five-times World Darts champion, a two-time UK Open Champion and a former winner of the Las Vegas Desert Classic, the Grand Slam of Darts and the Premier League.

van Barneveld’s 2007 World Championship final success, which saw him battle back from three sets down to beat Phil Taylor 7-6 in the sudden-death leg, was one of the greatest darts matches of all time.

van Barneveld, known as Barney, said: “I am delighted to receive the support from Triton Tools.

“It was a pleasure to visit their headquarters and to learn more about their range of precision power tools.

“I’ll be doing all I can to gain maximum exposure for Triton by winning as many tournaments as possible!”

Company that featured in last month's magazine got fast results

Greater Manchester-based company Ostia Tools featured in July/August’s edition of ToolBusiness + Hire Magazine in a profile showing how the company recycled, revamped and resold old tool equipment – alleviating waste going to landfill.

Afterwards Ostia director Antony Cox, contacted us to tell us about the hugely positive response he received from the company feature within the magazine.

He said: “The article gives a good representation of our business. I am very grateful for the opportunity you have given us by including Ostia Tools in the magazine.

“I’ve received calls from people who even saw the article a few days before we had received our copy, so it was a pleasant surprise. People were really impressed with our business idea, especially that we try to get the equipment back into the schools.

“I was even contacted by the leading suppliers of Design Technology equipment, tools & materials to schools, colleges and education.

“This enquiry was a direct result of being impressed with our company, and we have now been asked to work alongside this industry leader to remove old equipment when new equipment is installed.

"We've had a fantastic result from the article - so thanks again.”

It just shows the power of featuring or advertising in the sector's number one magazine. So if you want to make a splash via advertising or through editorial content, call us now on:
0800 690 6808.

MIND THE GAP! TACKLING INDUSTRY AGE GAP IS KEY FOR HIRE INDUSTRY

Attracting the younger generation to careers in the tool, plant and equipment hire sector is the biggest challenge to businesses in the short to medium term says Hire Association Europe (HAE).

By raising the industry’s profile through its career programme, HAE hire leaders are aiming to counter balance an aging workforce (average age 50+) and potential skills crisis by encouraging young people to step up to the plate and equipping them with the skills needed for a sector supplying the operational resources and equipment to fulfil vital infrastructure contracts.

HAE has over 900 members across the world, including major British companies such as JCB and A-Plant, and yet hire is an industry that tends to get overlooked by young people leaving education and seeking a career path, despite the potential for a relatively quick route to the top for someone talented.

Managing Director of HAE, Graham Arundell, said: “When I’m talking to members I’m hearing that the biggest challenge facing the hire sector is recruiting and retaining young people. The education system is not turning out people with the right skill sets even for such a diverse marketplace as ours. Some members look to recruit 50-60 apprentices a year but it can be a struggle to find the right quality of individual.”

Job opportunities are wide ranging from depot managers, engineers and mechanics to customer service, IT, financial and logistics. As part of HAE’s commitment to attracting and then supporting new people in the tool, plant and equipment hire sector, the association is driving ahead with initiatives such as the Future Hirers programme - working with educational establishments - and the ILM Level 5 Graduate scheme, both aimed at 18-30-year-olds. HAE is also adapting gaming technology into award-winning (Commitment to Skills category of the Plantworx Innovation Awards 2017) virtual reality training modules.

It is hoped these initiatives will fast-track individuals on a career to reach the very top of the hire sector profession.

The hire sector is a vital component in enabling the delivery of economic activity, commercial and public, in the UK and globally. HAE members provide the resources and capability behind much public and commercial investment: in land and buildings, infrastructure, national and international events and corporate hospitality.

Mr Arundell concluded: “We are doing a lot of work on virtual reality, the spin off from this initiative is at career fairs where we have lots of young kids queuing up to have a go at it. It gives us the opportunity to engage with them and make them aware of the industry and the different career paths on offer. We have to act now to ensure that a potential skills gap will not come to fruition.”

TIMco EXPANDS ITS CUSTOMER FACING TEAMS

TIMco, one of the UK’s largest independent wholesale suppliers of screws, fixings and power tools accessories, has extended their customer facing teams by welcoming five new employees including a new position for an existing member of staff; The new appointments will help TIMco serve its growing customer base and increased product ranges.

These new appointments include Alex Jones as Regional Support Manager, Rachel Edwards, Jade Seabridge & Vicky Sweeney as the Internal Sales Contacts as well as Vicky Bartlett and Amy Scott as the new Customer Services Advisors. In addition to better servicing of customers the new appointments provide opportunities for existing staff to grow, develop and progress as well as to increase the employment rate in the local area.

Alex has been promoted within the growing merchandising team and is now the Regional Sales Support Manager in charge of managing the merchandising team and providing support to the business consultants. His main role and responsibilities is coordinating TIMco’s merchandisers and ensuring all merchants are fully stocked and stores are well maintained at all times. 

Simon Rance, Sales Director of TIMco, comments: “Investing in people who are passionate about our products is essential to TIMco and intrinsic to our values. We take pride in training our staff to the highest standard so that we can pass that knowledge onto our customers and to ensure the best possible service to all of our customers across the UK.”

Rachel, Jade & Vicky have been appointed to the internal sales team where they will become dedicated internal contacts for customers in their allocated region. Having a dedicated region to support customers to a single point of contact for all their needs in order to maintain consistency and continuity for sales queries.

The customer services department has also seen growth in the department with the addition of Vicky and Amy to the team who will be responsible for handling customer queries quickly and effectively.

Simon Midwood, Managing Director of TIMco, comments: “We’re delighted to welcome our latest team members to the TIMco family and to grow our business further. These team expansions show our desire to continually build on our close working relationships with our customers by meeting their needs regarding product ranges, merchandising, customer services and sales processes as well as our commitment to employment in Cheshire.”

TIMco’s recent growth demonstrates their determination to continually provide the best possible experience for their customers no matter which touch point the customer has with TIMco. 

TIMco is head quartered in Nantwich, Cheshire, imports and supplies more than 6,000 product lines from around the world to distributors throughout the UK, Ireland and Europe.  The company was established in 1970 and now employs 115 members of staff from it offices in the UK, Ireland and Taiwan.  For more information, visit www.TIMco.co.uk

Richard Perkins returns to Keyline

Keyline has announced that Richard Perkins has returned to the business as its new Commercial Director following a move from sister-company BSS, where he had been serving as a Regional Director for the past two years.

Richard, who previously worked at Keyline between 2011 and 2015 as a Regional Director covering London and the south east, will be responsible for overseeing business growth strategy to build on the company’s ongoing success in the civils and drainage sector.

Richard, who has worked in the construction industry for the past 15 years, said.

“I am thrilled to be returning to the fold at Keyline. I am very much looking forward to further developing the business and building upon its existing success at what is a very exciting time for the company.”

Family-owned Builders Merchant Celebrates 175 Years in Business

Elliotts Builders Merchant, the south’s leading independent supplier of building products to the trade and public, is celebrating 175 years of business, having been established since 1st October 1842.

Still family owned 175 years on, the company is now being run by the 6th generation of the Elliott-family, Tom Elliott, with 5th generation Stuart Mason Elliott as company chairman. According to familybusinessunited.com, Elliotts is the 111th oldest family business in the world.

Tom Elliott, Managing Director, says, “It’s a huge milestone and a great time to take stock of why we have been successful.

“I feel proud to be a custodian of the business and play my part in making its future. Not many people in the world can say they run a 175-year-old family business – it’s a unique and very special business that I am honoured to lead. The team we have are incredible and our customers are extremely loyal.”

First established by Thomas Elliott in 1842 at Millbank Wharf in Northam, the site is still the company head office today with an additional 12 branches across Hampshire and Dorset. Over the last 175 years the business has supplied materials to some of Hampshire’s most important developments and infrastructure projects.

Tom reflects, “What makes the team and I really proud is that when we drive around the region we see the impact that our business has had on Hampshire. From the wonderful Prudential Building on Above Bar in Southampton to new developments like Centenary Quay, our materials, advice and support have played a small part in making Hampshire one of the top places to live in the UK.”

Over time Elliotts has acquired other successful businesses including; Blanchards Brickworks (Bishops Waltham) in 1956, H.G. Webber & Son (Ringwood) in 1981, Fordams (Fordingbridge) in 1989 and most recently Hardley’s Kitchen and Bathrooms (Lymington) in 2015.

With continued growth in the last few years, the company has also seen significant success and has achieved national recognition - after winning the Property and Construction Family Business of the Year at the Family Business United awards in London in 2015.

“Our success has been built on putting our customers first and providing them with the best possible price, convenience, knowledge and stock availability”, says Tom.

“Working with the brilliant builders of the south, we help make homes, schools, hospitals and workspaces and I am proud Elliotts plays this key role in the region’s growth and prosperity.”

The original Elliotts offices were bombed during the Second World War in 1941, resulting in the company losing many of their historical photographs and documents.

Elliotts are keen to hear from customers, previous employees and the local community with their photos and memories of the company. People are encouraged to pop into branch or send pictures and thoughts to [email protected].

A Perry & Co drives market growth with £4 million investment

A Perry & Co drives market growth with £4 million investment

His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent officially opened the new modern 100,000 sq ft warehouse and manufacturing facilities at A Perry & Co (Hinges) Ltd, highlighting its continuing success aligned with the government’s Midlands’ Engine initiative. The new facility now gives A. Perry a total operational warehousing capacity of over 140,000 sq ft.

The plaque unveiling ceremony marked the £4 million investment by the independent, family-owned, British company, which has been established in Cradley Heath, West Midlands for the past 92 years, working with prestigious customers including Buckingham Palace, Wembley Stadium, HS2, Aardman Animations, and supplying the studios that created Star Wars, Harry Potter and Doctor Who. Perry recently signed a licensing agreement with Aardmann Animations to design and create a Shaun the Sheep sculpture in conjunction with the Studios. 

The company was established in 1925 by Arthur Perry, grandfather and great-grandfather to the current third and fourth-generation family members who own and run the business. Serving over 2,500 trade customers, it has a current turnover in excess of £12 million. Perry continues to innovate and diversify into new markets, alongside implementing a bespoke lean management process into its distribution and manufacturing processes. 

The investment will potentially create a further 20 plus jobs in addition to the 15 that have already been fulfilled recently. In 2015, the leading manufacturer and supplier of hinges, hardware, ironmongery, chain and threaded bar entered the 'Top 50' growth companies in the Sandwell area and continues to remain there, expanding by over 20 per cent in the last 12 months.

Renowned in the trade for its high-quality, good value products such as hinges, threaded bar, ironmongery and field gate lines, the company is also making significant strides into the equestrian, garden centre and architectural ironmongery sectors, with some new innovative products having an extended life guarantee of up to 25 years - unprecedented in its sector.                                                …/

Perry has a history of delivering quality. Starting in 1925 by manufacturing gutter brackets, hinges and fixings, Perry went on to manufacture and supply components for World War II ammunition boxes, Lancaster bombers and more recently Harrier jump jet landing pads. Threaded bar from Perry was used in the construction of Watford Football Ground, the new Wembley Stadium and during the early development stages of HS2.

Guy Perry, group managing director, who joined the family firm in 1981, says, “We are honoured the Duke of Kent has opened our new distribution, warehouse and manufacturing facilities, marking 92 years of continued growth and expansion for our company. While other companies within the industry are retracting or standing still, Perry is continuing to offer full-time employment and apprenticeships to local people. We are consolidating our leadership position in our traditional markets while diversifying into new sectors with exciting developments and innovations. Our recent partnership with Aardmann is a significant example of this and we have several further major products and new range launches next year and many more planned over the next few years.”                                                                                                    

He continues, “With over 20 per cent growth this year, and a similar increase predicted for 2018 and 2019, with developing new routes to market and our expansion into mainland Europe, our new facilities future proof us and allow us to capitalise on these and further opportunities, reassuring our customers Perry doesn’t do boring!”

Water safety and rescue training for Thames construction workers

Britain’s most renowned river expert is training construction workers along the Thames in London to help combat health and safety issues.

Ant Eddies-Davies, who runs Live the Adventure in Shropshire, has been tapped-up for his rescue skills, having previously trained everyone from international defence forces to emergency services in how to stay safe on the water.

With so much building work taking place alongside one of London’s prime access routes, this particular project will see Ant giving vital training to some of Britain’s leading construction firms on major projects around the capital’s leading building ventures.

Working with the likes of McAlpine and Balfour Beatty, much of the work will be undertaken in Canary Wharf, London’s vibrant business and financial district.

Observing appropriate practice near to water’s edge is crucial to ensuring the well-being of workers and, ultimately, the construction and long-term durability of buildings.

Ant hopes his expertise and experience will ensure the correct procedures are fulfilled:

“We have run courses this year for a number of leading construction companies who are building alongside the water’s edge,” he said, “Regulations mean everyone working near water needs to have proper safety training and protection. It makes a lot of financial sense for companies to bring us in to help train their staff rather than pay water patrols for months on end. This is a great project to be involved with and I hope my knowledge will ensure the staff are fully up to speed with the correct procedures.”

Live the Adventure offers one of the most diverse ranges of professional training programmes and courses in the UK.

For further information visit www.livetheadventure.co or contact Live the Adventure on 01746718436.

Mates in Mind is the way forward on mental health in construction

British Safety Council in partnership with Health in Construction Leadership Group launches the Mates in Mind programme to address mental health in the construction industry

The second CEO health summit of the Health in Construction Leadership Group (HCLG) on 28 January in London saw the launch of the Mates in Mind programme, which aims to to raise awareness and understanding of poor mental health in the construction industry.  It gives managers the tools, information and training to make construction a healthier workplace. It also helps them start conversations with staff about their mental wellbeing and address the stigma associated with mental health.

Supported by leading mental health charities, such as Mind, Samaritans and Mental Health First Aid England, and industry bodies, including BOHS, Build UK, CITB, HSE, IIRSM and IOSH, the event was attended by 300 construction leaders and key influencers in the industry. They gathered to review the industry’s progress in eradicating occupational lung diseases and the success of campaigns such as ‘Breathe Freely’ and ‘No Time to Lose’, as well as the growing importance of mental health issues in construction.

Launching the Mates in Mind programme, Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the British Safety Council, said: “In the UK, for every one working day lost due to injury, five days are lost due to ill-health, with nearly half of them relating to mental health issues, including anxiety and depression. The total number of working days lost each year in the UK due to mental health issues is 91m, which equates to £1,035 per employee (according to the Centre for Mental Health).

“Approximately one-sixth of the 2.1m construction workers in the UK are likely to be suffering from a mental health issue at any one point in time; a figure based on research by ONS. It’s a shocking statistic. Even more shocking is the fact that in the construction sector, people are 10 times more likely to die by suicide than from on-site accidents. Considering these alarming statistics, I struggle to understand why there’s so little focus on reducing suicide, compared to reducing accidents.

“The vision of the British Safety Council is that “no-one should be injured or made ill at work”.  However, like the construction sector, historically, we’ve shouted safety and whispered health. The Health in Construction Leadership Group is determined to redress this balance, and I’m proud to be the CEO of an organisation that isn’t just saying we agree, but is at the forefront of actually doing something about it.”

Unveiling the details of Mates in Mind, Steve Hails, Director of Health, Safety & Wellbeing at Tideway, an executive member of the Health in Construction Leadership Group and Chair of Mates in Mind, said: “The Mates in Mind programme is a single, consistent programme for the construction industry, designed in response to its expectations and requirements.  

“The programme, developed in close partnership with Mind, MHFA England and Samaritans, is raising awareness of the problem and providing support for those who need it. At the heart of it is a three-tier approach, starting with 45-minute general awareness training for operatives that will begin the conversation about mental health. Its third most advanced form is a two-day programme to train volunteer mental health champions who will support workers suffering from mental ill health. We are looking for 100% support from the industry for this initiative.”

Leading mental health charities and social community organisations who are partnering Mates in Mind have expressed their support for the programme.

Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind, said: “We are pleased to be a partner of Mates in Mind. It’s great to see mental health being made a priority and to contribute to an industry-wide approach that addresses the unique challenges of employers who have large numbers of people working across different sites, in different ways. We are very happy to be part of the solution, bringing our expertise to a wide range of employers wishing to improve the mental wellbeing of their workforce.”

Ruth Sutherland, Samaritans CEO, commented: “Samaritans welcomes the launch of Mates in Mind, an industry and charity partnership set up to train people to provide support in the workplace, raise awareness of mental health issues, break down stigma and encourage people to seek appropriate help. Samaritans is delighted to be a partner and looks forward to furthering these important aims.”

Bernice Cole, HR Director of MHFA England, said: “In any workplace, the mental wellbeing of employees should be a priority. The construction sector faces inherent challenges when it comes to addressing mental health. Men are typically less likely to talk about their mental health and those who do, face stigma and even discrimination.

“Better access to support is critical to improve outcomes for those living with a mental health issue. This is why we are partnering with Mates in Mind. This powerful industry initiative will give thousands of construction workers Mental Health First Aid skills which will enable them to spot the common signs of mental health issues and increase their knowledge so that they are able to help themselves and their colleagues.”

For help or further information from Mates in Mind visit the website at www.matesinmind.org

Considerate Constructors Scheme announces 2017 monitoring Checklist

Considerate Constructors Scheme announces 2017 monitoring Checklist

New Checklist brings greater focus on key issues of:

  • tackling illegal workers
  • encouraging an improved road safety culture

 

London, United Kingdom, 6 January 2017: The Considerate Constructors Scheme - the national Scheme to improve the image of the construction industry - has announced a new Monitors’ Checklist.

The Checklist, which came into effect on 1 January 2017, is the key method which Scheme Monitors use to assess and score sites, companies and suppliers’ performance against the Scheme’s Code of Considerate Practice.

The Scheme has identified two pressing issues requiring a more concerted effort from the construction industry – tackling illegal working and improving road safety.

Although the 2017 Checklist has undergone minor changes in all five sections, there are new questions within the Specific Data section - which captures key information and identifies trends within the industry. The first set of questions have been introduced to encourage sites, companies and supply chains to examine how they are ensuring the legitimacy of their workforce:

  • Are there processes in place to ensure subcontractors (and subsequent subcontractors) are conducting right-to-work checks?
  • Are physical spot checks conducted to ensure minimum standards of right-to-work checks are taking place within the supply chain?

Two questions have also been added to encourage greater adoption of a more considerate road safety culture. The questions assess the extent to which CLOCS - the national standard for Construction Logistics and Community Safety - is embedded across Scheme-registered sites, companies and suppliers.

  • Is the company a CLOCS Champion?
  • Is this site operating to the requirements of the CLOCS Standard?

This enhancement to the Checklist will gauge the level to which those registered with the Scheme are helping to raise safety standards for every road user and pedestrian affected by construction vehicles. Recognising this important industry standard for the protection of vulnerable road users has been part of the Scheme’s monitoring Checklist for a number of years. In October, the Scheme became a partner in delivering the CLOCS Standard, further strengthening its support of this important initiative.

Commenting on the new Checklist, Chief Executive of the Scheme, Edward Hardy said: “With over 18,000 monitoring visits to sites, companies, and suppliers every year, the Scheme is the central part of instigating change to help raise standards and improve the image of the construction industry.

“The Scheme’s monitoring Checklists are the backbone to effecting this change, and we are pleased to be introducing greater focus on helping to address the critical issues of tackling illegal working in construction and helping to embed a culture of safety through greater adoption of the CLOCS Standard.” 

Click here to read the new Checklist. 

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