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Total Recycling Services is teaching it to the next level

Waste management company, Total Recycling Services has invested £50K into new technology in order to improve productivity and the service for customers.

The recycling business has been using technology such as tracking equipment in its trucks in order to reduce carbon emissions and improve fuel efficiency. As well as this, Total Recycling is developing a bespoke stock control system, to facilitate the ‘cradle to grave’ tracking of hazardous wastes.

Drivers have also been equipped with new smart phones, allowing for constant connection between the company’s headquarters in Darlington no matter where they may be. Allowing managers to update drivers instantly whenever required.

Andy Dobson, Operations Director at Total Recycling Services, said: “I’m keen to move the company towards technology as much as possible in order to move us away from using paper-based systems.

“The Environment Agency require that we operate at all times to Industry ‘Best Available Techniques (BAT) and you have to know what the waste is before it comes in.

“Our records must show where the waste has come from, how we have tested and handled it, and most importantly, that we have recovered or disposed of the waste through a legally compliant route’.

“Our customers regularly come and audit us, and we have an open-door policy on this. If someone walks in asking for information on a consignment from eight months ago we can do a complete search and track their wastes, even if they have been ‘bulked’ and combined with other materials’.

“We have also installed a vending machine for PPE which allows our workers free access. Meaning that at any point of the day they can enter their number into the machine and out comes gloves, filters, anything they may need. Safety is key.

“The brilliant thing about it is, its gets filled up every day because it works on an automated communications process across the internet, meaning that we get a report of what staff are using , and it automatically orders any stocks we may need.

“Whenever we see an opportunity to be more efficient. We go for it.”

The company who services businesses all across the UK with waste management and industrial cleaning services has gone from strength-to-strength over the last five years and plans to double its £15m turnover by 2022.

Liam Watson, System Administrator at Total Recycling Services, said: “Digital has always been a crucial tool for us here at Total Recycling and over the past couple of years we have implemented software systems which we have slowly built from the ground up.

“These systems allow us to monitor all stock levels currently on site, along with a tracking system within all of our wagons which monitors the fuel consumption and emissions and helps to reduce the company’s carbon emissions.

“At any point, a customer can call and ask us where our wagon is, when their delivery is scheduled, and we can also accurately report what volumes of paper, plastic etc. have been picked up from them.

“Collecting and storing data digitally is key to us providing an efficient and trustworthy service.”

Total Recycling Services has recently invested nearly £500k into bespoke vehicles and equipment to meet the service demand, forecast for the coming year, due to the introduction of its highly successful industrial cleaning services division in 2017.

Seymour says cheers to Skelton pub completion

Seymour Civil Engineering and Barnes Construction have celebrated their respective 40th anniversaries with the completion of a ground-breaking £2m public house development in Skelton.

The Longacre is the latest pub development from Marston’s PLC, located at the newly-developed Skelton Park on Pheasant Fields Lane.

As one of only three construction companies on the Marston’s PLC framework, The Longacre is the 38th public house that Ipswich based construction company Barnes Construction has worked on in partnership with the national pub chain.

Brought in as the civil engineering contractor for the project, Seymour Civil Engineering completed the earthworks for the development, as well as laying the foundations, installing the drainage system, creating a gabion wall around the site perimeter to manage soil erosion and laying the kerbs, paving, new entrance and 50 space car park.

Sarah Jopling, Site Manager at Seymour Civil Engineering, said: “This project in partnership with Barnes Construction has been a real triumph. It was completed on time and on budget and to see the pub finished and open to the public is something both the teams from Seymour and Barnes are very proud of.

“This is a special year for both companies as we’re both celebrating our 40th anniversary. To be able to work alongside Barnes, a company that is so well respected in the industry and has been growing from strength to strength for 40 years’, is an honour.”

David Faichney, Senior Contracts Manager at Barnes Constructions Ltd, said: “This is the first time we have partnered with Seymour Civil Engineering and the company’s professionalism has ensured the project has been a real success.

“We have built up a fantastic relationship with the team we’ve worked alongside on site. We have bounced off each other perfectly, and their commitment to quality, health and safety onsite, and completing work on time has been very impressive and has made them a real pleasure to work with over the past seven months.”

The £2m invested by Marston’s PLC, has brought a family-friendly pub to the East Cleveland shopping park, as well as bringing over 45 new jobs to the area.

As one of the North East’s leading civil engineering contractors, Seymour Civil Engineering is no stranger to the East Cleveland area. Last year the firm partnered with Skelton Villages Civic Pride, Redcar & Cleveland Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund on a scheme to regenerate Skelton town centre.

Jordan Quincey, the Project Manager for the Marston’s Longacre pub development, said: “It’s fantastic to see the Longacre ready to open, and we’re exciting for next week when the doors officially open to the people of Skelton.

“Marston’s looks for sites with large infrastructure and the site at Skelton fitted the bill perfectly. Alongside the Skelton Park shopping complex, Asda supermarket, and the new Aldi store that is under construction, we felt there was a real opportunity for a family-friendly pub.”

Seymour Civil Engineering is also involved in the construction of the new Aldi supermarket on the same site, which is due to open in November 2018.

Wynyard Park recruits are blooming marvellous

WYNYARD Park has welcomed two new young green-fingered recruits.

In partnership with East Durham College, the luxury housing development in the Tees Valley has taken on the apprentices to support the grounds and maintenance team, looking after the landscaping and gardens of the Park and ensuring the site is continually kept to a high standard for residents to enjoy.

Craig Pinder, Development Manager at Wynyard Park, said: “These are the first apprentices Wynyard Park has taken on, and so far I’ve been really impressed with their progress. The warm weather has been very challenging from a landscaping perspective, but the apprentices have shown no signs of shying away, which is exactly what is needed working on a luxury development like Wynyard Park.

“There are very few housing developments of this scale in the region, and for apprentices who have a genuine interest in horticulture, working on Wynyard Park will provide them with plenty of exciting opportunities to learn and grow.

“Wynyard Park executive housing is set to grow quite substantially over the next five to ten years and it is important to us that we give opportunities to the young people in our region to join the team and be a part of this vision.

“Building strong relationships with local education providers, such as East Durham College, is a huge part of this and we are looking forward to working with the College and other educational facilities in the future.”

Hayley Clifton, Business Development Advisor at East Durham College, said: “We are thrilled to support young people across our region with finding work with businesses such as Wynyard Park. Our strong working relationship with Wynyard Park means we can offer quality apprenticeships for young people from our local area and support Wynyard Park by finding motivated, passionate apprentices.

“By fostering relationships with business like Wynyard Park, we can open up new and exciting opportunities for young people looking to take their first steps into their future career.”

Jack Wiffen, 16, and Jack Armstrong, 22, started with Wynyard Park in mid-June, settling into life at work before they start their college course in September. Both are studying for a RHS Level 2 in Practical Horticulture.

Jack Armstrong said: “We’re working as part of a team, which is responsible for the upkeep of the entire Park. Everyone’s really helpful and supportive and provides us with guidance and constructive feedback with each job we do.”

Jack Wiffen, who travels through from Spennymoor each day, said: “I love that the apprenticeship gives me the chance to cover all aspects of landscaping and maintenance. There’s a lot to be learnt and always something new to discover.

“When I was at school I spent quite a lot of time working on a friend’s farm. I enjoyed working outdoors and getting stuck in to a project, which is why I’m so pleased I have the opportunity to learn and develop a career with Wynyard Park.”

The Park is also considering taking on further apprentices in a range of areas including bricklaying and joinery.

Unipres increases apprenticeship intake with Hartlepool College of Further Education

Hartlepool College of Further Education has strengthened its relationship with industry partner Unipres, both extending its apprenticeship contract with the Sunderland based automotive parts manufacturer and welcoming a further cohort of 15 apprentices.

Hartlepool College will be welcoming the next group of apprentices in the new academic year, doubling the number of Unipres apprentices currently training with the College.

Maureen Askew, Senior Controller of the Unipres Training Academy, said: “Our relationship with the College initially started in 2017 when the Apprenticeship Levy was introduced, and we went to tender.

“During that initial tendering process, Hartlepool College of Further Education came across as the strongest provider.

“They were incredibly strong against the competition and ultimately the finishing touch was the feedback from the current apprentices which was extremely positive. This is why we’ve engaged again with Hartlepool College.

“Although slightly further away than our more local providers, they’ve taken away the barrier of transport so that is no longer an issue.”

To help apprentices from Sunderland to reach Hartlepool every week, the College has developed a free transport programme. Meaning the issues Unipres contested against with previous providers has been eased.

Gary Riches, Head of Apprenticeships at Hartlepool College of Further Education, said: “The students themselves have been performing brilliantly. We encourage open conversation between our students, the College and Unipres, so we can build that partnership and give as much back as we can.

“I personally believe that the apprentice feedback and the standard of work has been the reason Unipres has decided to continue working with us.

“The communication between all parties is a key factor. We’re always on the end of the phone or a quick drive down the road. We’re transparent as a College and we’re always ready to receive a visit. Everything you see during a visit is what we do day in day out.”

In the last 30 years, Unipres has employed over 300 apprentices with the newest cohort part of a long history of training at the car parts manufacturer. One such former apprentice is John Cruddace, the current Operations Director of the Unipres’ Washington plant.

John said: “I’m a little bit old school when it comes to standards and everything we’ve seen so far has excelled those standards. I was looking for the discipline that was instilled into me when I was an apprentice and that’s key for me. Once you have that you have the willingness to learn so you can go on to anything. The College provides that for me.

“We have a great bunch of apprentices at the moment who are fully buying into what the College is offering and it’s great to see. I’m confident we can continue building upon this partnership.”

Maureen concluded: “From what we’ve seen so far, I would say Hartlepool College of Further Education has the strongest employer engagement strategy, the most flexible proposal, and is definitely value for money.”

Hartlepool College of Further Education is the number one apprenticeship provider in the North of England and works with a variety of employers offering unrivalled apprenticeship delivery. For more information on the College’s apprenticeship model go to www.hartlepoolfe.ac.uk

Record-breaking £7m turnover results in first apprenticeship drive

Entec Design Ltd, based in Stockton on Tees, is celebrating three years of rapid development and a turnover of £7 million by welcoming its first ever apprentices to the team.

The Stockton-based full building envelope subcontractor was founded in 2015 and has taken on two apprentices from Hartlepool College of Further Education to support further expansion plans at the company.

Terry O’Brien, Managing Director of the firm, said: “Growth has been a lot faster than we all thought it would be.

“In the short three years we’ve been operating we’ve gone from zero to over £7m turnover and we’re currently planning to build the company to a point where we hope to reach over £10m per annum.

“The problem we’ve had with such a quick growth is we’ve struggled to determine just how many people we need within the business and have been recruiting after the gap appears. We’ve learnt our lesson and are now looking forward to the future, to bed people in early and know exactly what we need ahead of time and that’s where Hartlepool College comes in.

“We decided early on that whenever we were bringing people on board we needed them to be experienced, as we struggled to find the time to train staff effectively. But now that we have the experienced personnel in place we’re hungry to introduce younger blood.”

To fill the apprenticeship positions, Entec approached Hartlepool College of Further Education in order to find the right candidates.

Alan Clayton. Technical Director and a former student of Construction and the Built Environment at Hartlepool College, said: “We initially contacted Teesside University, and they suggested Hartlepool College. Obviously with my past at the College I thought it would be a great fit.”

Gary Riches, Head of Apprenticeships at Hartlepool College of Further Education, said: “Alan had provided a list of things Entec required and myself and John Cartwright, Head of Construction and the Built Environment at the College (CBE) sat down and agreed we could provide that.

“We invited Alan down to the College because, as an ex-student, I believed he might find it interesting to see just how much the College has changed since his time with us. I believe Alan liked what he saw, liked what he had on offer at the School of CBE and the relationship was built from there.”

The new apprentices are the first in a long line of apprenticeships for Entec Design Ltd as the construction subcontractor has already enquired about a further apprentice from the Hartlepool based training provider.

Hartlepool College of Further Education provides training for a number of prominent companies across the region, including Seymour Civil Engineering, Esh, Jacobs, Taylor Wimpey, Galliford Try and Gus Robinson.
For more information on apprenticeships at Hartlepool College visit www.hartlepoolfe.ac.uk/apprenticeships

Students level up for local charity

STUDENTS at Hartlepool College of Further Education raised a record-breaking £1100 for local charity Changing Futures North East after hosting its latest gaming extravaganza.

GameCon, now in its fourth year, has raised over £3000 since its first event and is ran and organised primarily by the students at the college. The event is open to the public and offers gamers of all ages the opportunity to play both modern and retro games consoles across three days along with gaming challenges, virtual reality and a live Twitch feed.

Mark Lee, Head of Student Recruitment and Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance at Hartlepool College of Further Education who oversees GameCon, said: “This year at GameCon was genuinely next level. We raised over a £1K for Changing Futures and had the biggest turnout ever. To think we had 1200 people through the doors over three days, is amazing.

“I’d like to say a big thanks to everybody who attended and also all the current and former students who tirelessly work to plan and execute the event.

“The great thing is that people are already excited for next year and we’re looking at what we can offer to make it even bigger and better. The students really can’t wait to get stuck in.”

The money each year goes to Changing Futures North East, a family mediation charity based in Hartlepool that specialises in the support and mentoring of families and young people across Hartlepool.

James Grayson, Business Support Worker at Changing Futures North East, said: “This was the fourth GameCon in aid of Changing Futures North East. It’s amazing that we were able to raise so much this year. The money raised goes towards helping families and young people particularly who need a bit of extra help with issues they may have in their lives.

“The money will also go towards practical running costs for the many support groups we host. Things such as transport and resources which are so necessary but not always what people donate money for.

“With regards to what GameCon does for the charity apart from the money donations, it really gives us a massive boost in terms of promotion and public awareness of what we do, who we are and what we offer to the community.

“We’re a small charity and even though Hartlepool is a small town it can be quite difficult to get our name out there so GameCon helps us spread our message far and wide and it’s been great to see so many familiar faces and lots of new faces supporting the event. We really can’t wait for next year.”

Mark, concluded: “The best thing about GameCon is the funds we’ve raised for Changing Futures over the years. A fantastic effort by all involved and something that we can’t wait to emulate next year. Thank you to everyone that attended GameCon this year. “

Hartlepool businesses join forces to support local hospice

Two of Hartlepool’s leading businesses and prominent supporters of Alice House Hospice have pledged their support to this year’s Moonlight Memory Walk, one of the charity’s most popular and well established events.

Hospice patron J&B Recycling and corporate partner Seymour Civil Engineering have co-sponsored the five mile night time walk which takes place on September 8. The route leaves Hartlepool College of Further Education at 10pm and is a circuit turning round at the halfway point at Seaton Carew Golf Club.

Mark Penny, Commercial Manager at J&B Recycling, said: “J&B is incredibly proud to be able to sponsor the Moonlight Memory Walk this year. The company has been a member of the hospice’s Guild of Patrons for a number of years now, working to support the work the hospice does in the local community, which also brings benefit to both our employees and customers.”

Seymour Civil Engineering’s Lisa Gooding added: “The work of the hospice touches the hearts of so many in Hartlepool and its surrounding areas, to be able to give back to the hospice means a great deal to Seymour. A number of Seymour employees have taken part in the walk in previous years and the event is always a really good night. We’re keen to help make this year the biggest and best yet.”

Both businesses are celebrating significant business milestones, with J&B celebrating its 20th anniversary and Seymour its 40th. The two organisations are long term supporters of local hospice care and over the years have helped with funding and resources for a variety of projects.

Greg Hildreth, a fundraiser at the Hospice said “we are delighted that Hospice patients and their families can benefit from the ongoing support of these very generous businesses. Both companies have been invaluable in funding the delivery of our care services. Support such as this offsets running costs of events and helps ensure that the money raised can go straight back into helping people in need. We hope that lots of people will join us for another memorable evening.”

Entrants to the Moonlight Memory Walk will receive pre-event refreshments as well as a fantastic warm up disco from Walter Barton of Deck One and there will also be a late supper provided on completion of the walk. To register, go to www.alicehousehospice.co.uk or call Janice on 01429 855536 to request a paper form.

J&B Recycling recognised for its excellence in national awards

Continuing the 20th year of trading celebrations, J&B Recycling has been named the winner of the UK Excellence in Recycling Solutions Award by the Business Excellence Awards.

 

The awards, which are ran by Corporate Insider, are dedicated to displaying excellence across different corporate industries, and after a fantastic year which has seen J&B make significant investments across the business and achieved record financials, the judges crowned the Middlesbrough-based business the winner.

 

J&B Recycling’s Managing Director, Vikki Jackson-Smith, said: “The past year has been a fantastic one for J&B and to have all our hard work formally recognised on a national level by the Business Excellence Awards is amazing.

 

“To celebrate our 20th anniversary we’ve pushed the business to the next level by making a series of major investments, with more investment planned for the next 12 months. To know that we’re now leading the way within the UK industry, as an independently owned firm, is fantastic.”

 

The announcement of record financials back in 2017, along with the upgrades to its machinery, plant, and fleet, has set J&B Recycling up perfectly to continue to grow, with a vision for future acquisitions.

 

Vikki added: “Our future plans are ambitious, but we’re more than confident in our ability to achieve them. The future looks fantastic for J&B, we have strong line of development capital funding from the Business Growth Fund (BGF) behind us, and we are not limited to how much of that £2.6 billion fund we can access.

 

“I’m really proud that the Business Excellence Awards has named J&B the winner of the UK Excellence in Recycling Solutions award in our 20th year. I’m excited to see the company continue to develop and grow over the next 20 years, living up to our title as a recycling firm that delivers service excellence to all of our customers.”

 

This year’s winners also included Bank of Cyprus, Amigo Loans, IBB Builders Merchants, Smart Apprentices and Deloitte.

 

Arianna Smith, Head of Corporate Awards commented on the vigorous level of competition this year. “We were simply overwhelmed with the volume of nominations received for this year’s Business Excellence Awards.

 

“The judging panel had no easy task in selecting the winners, and I personally am very proud of each and every winner. I look forward to visiting some of the winning firms in 2019.”

How accreditations helped drive Total Recycling’s growth

Darlington-based waste management company, Total Recycling Services believes in the importance of acquiring accreditations. Rather than just ticking a box, the multi-million-pound organisation strives to go over and above and is urging other businesses to do the same.

Since beginning in 2009, Total has earned accreditations from professional bodies such as the International Organization for Standardization, British Standards Institution, and the Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme amongst others.

Andy Dobson, Operations Director at Total Recycling Services knows accreditations inside out and with the help of a dedicated Integrated Systems Manager, he has guided the company throughout its growth from a few contacts and members of staff, to a £15m turnover and over 97 staff operating from its Darlington site.

To help bring some clarity, Andy, explains why accreditations are of top priority at Total Recycling Services and why they should be for any businesses who are wanting to grow.

He said: “The simplest way to put it, is that accreditations give us a route into a lot of our customers.

“There are a lot of customers that won’t even entertain us if us don’t have the relevant documentation. These customers are the big blue-chip companies that place a lot confidence in the people they choose to work with and without the evidence to show you are a credible company, they won’t even give you a second glance.

“What these customers ideally want is for their systems to align with yours, and be of a similar standard and as ISO is the internationally recognised accreditation it means there are more doors open to us as a company.

“So, if you share the same qualification, your customer will be happy and confident that you have the same things in place. “

Total Recycling Services works with number of large companies including Akzo Nobel, Nissan, Hitachi and Caterpillar.

Andy, continued: “The companies that we chase, the ones we want to work with. We wouldn’t get through the tendering process without the accreditations we have.

“Most of the big companies now have tender packs that are sent out and we have to provide to them the relevant documentation before we even try to tender.

“It’s not just a case of meeting with them and having a cup of tea and some biscuits, we have to show we have BSEN ISO 9001:2015; BSEN ISO14001:2015; OHSAS 18001:2007 as a first step, as well having the documentation available to show how this was achieved

“Pretty much, if you can’t tick that box you have no chance with the tender.

“At Total Recycling Services, we’ve held ISO accreditations since the first year that we opened in 2009, working to their principles. Having them has certainly helped us to work alongside a lot of the larger companies in the region.

“However, for us it’s not about passing something on an annual basis, they’re about continually working at them and driving improvement all year round as well as giving a solid foundation for legal compliance, particularly with Health, Safety and Environmental matters, which are critical in our industry.

’All systems need to be audited on a regular basis, allowing ongoing opportunities for improvement and being able to demonstrate that you’ve done it as well, year on year.

“Sharing good practice with our customers through this process has also helped. If a customer has developed a good working method or safety system for example, and we can adopt that too – it gives them the additional confidence that we share similar goals. A real working partnership can develop this way.

“It’s absolutely beneficial to all companies to seek out these accreditations. For Total Recycling Services its helped us take that step to where we want to be with our customers and our business. We wouldn’t have had the opportunity to work with them and we are proud to say we work with the big firms.”

Andy’s advises other companies must do the same too if they’re looking to go for different tenders.

He said: “I cannot emphasise the importance, that no matter how small a company you are, if you’re wanting to work with bigger organisations you must look at the relevant accreditations.

“It can be a lengthy process but it’s definitely worth it. One new contract can totally take your business to the next level.

“There are a million accreditations out there but you must look at the ones which are relevant for your business. Most recently we became members of RoSPA and worked to receive our bronze award in health and safety.”

 

Hartlepool College of Further Education steps up to inspire individuals with new FutureMe Zone

HARTLEPOOL College of Further Education has pledged to inspire future generations and guide individuals into their chosen careers, by opening a dedicated advice lounge for students and members of the public.

Working in partnership with the North East Collaborative Outreach Programme (NECOP), the College officially marked the opening of the FutureMe Zone with special guest British boxer and ex-student Savannah Marshall who cut the ribbon and welcomed in students.

After a recent report from the Children’s Commissioner showed that a child from a disadvantaged background in Hackney is three times more likely to go to university than a child from a disadvantaged background in Hartlepool, Head of Student Recruitment and CEIAG at Hartlepool College of Further Education, Mark Lee, is confident the lounge will both raise aspirations and make a positive difference.

He said: “It’s no secret that the Tees Valley has had its fair share of knock backs when it comes to employment and career opportunities.

“But instead of letting these statistics define us, we want it to drive us. It’s our role as a College to give everyone learning opportunities and the support and guidance they need to get their foot on the career ladder. We’re confident the FutureMe Zone will do just this.”

The newly opened lounge in the College offers a modern, comfortable space where students can access careers advice and explore the opportunities available to them through further and higher education, with the support of specialist advisors.

In addition to this, the College has also partnered with the Hartlepool Job Centre to open the zone to the wider public once a fortnight.

Mark explains: “We’ve seen many careers services reduced across the region with a national focus on moving advice to online platforms. However, it’s clear that people aren’t engaging with careers content online or via telephone. What works is good old-fashioned face-to-face personalised support, using technology to enhance the advice not deliver it.

“The connotations associated with turning up to the Job Centre to sign on are also quite negative. Instead the FutureMe Zone provides a relaxed, and positive environment where people can come to chat to a Job Centre careers advisor about what career options are available to them, through education or otherwise.”

The Hartlepool College’s FutureMe Zone is part of FutureMe North East, a programme of activities and services offered to students by the NECOP which is made up of five universities and 18 further education colleges in the North East.

In 2016 the programme received a £7.7million grant to increase the number of young people from participating neighbourhoods in the region entering higher education by 2020.

Mark added: “We’re delighted to have worked in partnership with the NECOP to secure the funding to create a space that will benefit young people in both the short and long-term.

“NECOP aims to raise awareness of higher opportunities for learners and here at Hartlepool College we’re all about excellence in Further and Higher Education. Our strong partnerships with universities across the region, particularly Teesside University, speak for themselves, and the College has also been recognised by Ofsted as having outstanding student support.

“This new space dedicated to life after College gives us a platform to raise this awareness amongst students in the region in a modern way.”

The zone is open to students every weekday from 1-4pm and the first session with Hartlepool Job Centre takes place on Thursday 24th May.