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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.

Seymour lays solid foundations for 40th year with top business award

Seymour Civil Engineering kicked off its 40th anniversary celebrations in style after stealing the night at this year’s Hartlepool Business Awards.

The team, who attended the glittering awards ceremony at the Hartlepool Borough Hall, celebrated a double award win picking up the Investment in Training award, closely followed by the diamond of the night, being named the Overall Business of the Year.

Karl Brennan, Pre-Construction Director at the firm, said: “It was brilliant to win the Business of the Year Award at this year’s event, especially as it is a very special year for the firm. Seymour is a Hartlepool company, which is proud to have its roots in the town, and to win this award on our 40th anniversary year is an absolutely fantastic achievement.

Over the past 12 months alone the Hartlepool based firm has carried out a diverse range of flagship projects, both within the town and across the wider North East and Yorkshire region.

Karl continued: “I am really proud to be a part of Seymour and was truly honoured to have been able to accept the trophy at the award event this year. I’m looking forward to taking it back to our head office in Hartlepool and sharing it with all the colleagues who have made Seymour what it is today and who have made winning possible.”

The Hartlepool Business Awards celebrated the successes of a range of Hartlepool based businesses in a selection of categories.

The Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award was presented to Reece Hugill, founder of Hartlepool brewery, Donzoko Brewing Company, whilst Business Leader of the Year was awarded to Rob Collier, who spearheads a group of multi-million pound businesses in the town.

It was a double win for Rob Collier, as Advanced Retail Solutions won the Service sector category, whilst Families First North East took the Community award.

The Manufacturing award went to The Expanded Metal Company, Couch Potato Films won the Creative Industries category, and the Tourism, leisure and Hospitality award went to the National Museum of the Royal Navy.

After a successful year, which has seen its workforce grow from three to seven, JDM Earth Ltd was named Small Business of the Year, and Simon Corbett, Founder of Orangebox Training Solutions celebrated winning the Most Promising New Business category.

Karl Brennan from Seymour Civil Engineering, added: “Seymour is a business that doesn’t see standing still as an option. We have continuously reinvented ourselves, innovating in a number of different civil disciplines from drainage strategies and sea defences to urban regeneration schemes and historic restoration services.

“Recognising the 40th anniversary over the next few months is going to be really exciting and we have lots of celebrations planned. Yet we’re in it for the long game and our success doesn’t stop here. We are constantly looking at how we can make the next 40 years of Seymour a thriving success, pushing the business to the next level in every way possible.”

Seymour recognised for its commitment to inspiring the engineers of the future.

Seymour Civil Engineering’s passion for inspiring and nurturing future generations of civil engineers has been formally recognised, as the company was presented with the Mike Gardiner Cup at this year’s ICE North East annual dinner, for the second year running.

The Mike Gardiner Cup is an award presented to the company who has shown outstanding support of the Institute of Civil Engineers Education Programme, and has been proactive in engaging with the younger generations across the North East.

Kevin Byrne, Seymour’s Managing Director, who was presented with the cup at the ICE annual dinner at the end of April, said: “As a business we see the importance of inspiring the next generations to consider a career within the civil engineering industry and we are passionate about showcasing the industry to the engineers of the future in any way we can.

“It’s no secret that our industry is facing a pretty serious skills shortage, one that if not tackled will have a serious impact on the future of the civil engineering sector. Seymour has an apprenticeship programme that we’re incredibly proud of, that has supported young engineers into the business and has given them the grounds to really excel within the industry.

“In addition to this, we also recognise the importance of engaging with the engineers of the future as early as possible, to ensure that 13/14 year olds choosing their subjects at GCSE have all the information they need to consider a career within engineering.”

Over the past 12 months, Seymour has attended a number of interactive events across the North East, showcasing the ICE’s cable stayed bridge, an activity which gives school children the opportunity to have a go at building and dismantling a 13m span cable stayed bridge.

Kevin added: “Civil engineers design, build and maintain the world around us and make our day-to-day activities possible. Interactive activities like the cable stayed bridge reveal to younger students the impact that civil engineering has in our modern society.

“The bridge exercise has been even more impactful this year as for many of the children taking part in the activity, the construction of the Northern Spire, the cable-stayed bridge over the River Wear in Sunderland, is happening right on their doorsteps.”

As well as exhibiting at numerous events, Seymour has strong connections with a number of local schools and colleges, with employees acting as STEM ambassadors and CITB Construction ambassadors committing time and resources to attending career events, pushing the opportunities available within the engineering sector.

Taking home, the Mike Gardiner Cup has kicked started what the company hopes will be a successful awards season as it celebrates its 40th year anniversary.

Seymour Civil Engineering has made it down to the final in seven out of 14 categories, totalling nine shortlistings across all the categories, at the 2018 Construction Excellence North East awards, as well as being shortlisted in three categories, including Company of the Year, in this year’s Hartlepool Business Awards.

At the recent Civil Engineering Contractors Association North East awards, they swept the board winning Project of the Year, Going the Extra Mile Award, Health and Safety Company of the Year and Training Company of the Year.

J&B celebrates double shortlisting for the MRW National Recycling Awards 2018

NORTH East based J&B Recycling is in line for a national award after being recognised for the exceptional work they deliver within the waste management industry.

The well-established recycling company, has been shortlisted for both Independent Operator of the Year and the Efficiency Award at the 2018 National Recycling Awards.

The annual ceremony, which brings together over 650 recycling and waste management professionals at The Hilton on Park Lane in London, is recognised as being the most respected within the industry.

J&B’s Managing Director, Vikki Jackson-Smith, said: “To be shortlisted amongst some of the biggest names in the UK’s waste management sector is an amazing achievement for the business. The past financial year has been an exceptional year for J&B Recycling. With an abundance of major investments and record financial growth, coupled with efficiency processes that have been of massive benefit to the business.’’

The shortlisting has come just weeks after the company celebrated its 20th anniversary with a series of investments made to its plant, machinery and vehicle fleet, totalling £1.3m.

“Myself and the team at J&B are incredibly proud of our existing position as the largest independent waste management firm in the North East of England. And national recognition, as J&B Recycling celebrates its 20th year of trading, would be a real honour and privilege,’’ Vikki added.

Over the past 12 months, J&B has won other prestigious awards in recognition of its hard work within the trade. Late last year the company was crowned ‘Recycling Firm of the Year’ by the International Corporate LiveWire Innovation & Excellence Awards 2018.

With the capacity for the handling and sorting of up to 75,000 tonnes of recyclable materials per annum, the company achieved record growth for the financial year ending 2017, reporting a turnover of £15.7m.

Total Recycling Services is a North East Business Award winner

Darlington-based waste management company, Total Recycling Services has beat off stiff competition to claim the title of Best Services Provider in the Teesside Heat of the North East Business Awards, held at Teesside University’s Olympia Building.

Total Recycling Services, which operates from two sites in Darlington’s Yarm Road Business Park, will now go on to compete with winners from the Northumberland & Tyneside and Durham, Sunderland & South Tyneside heats at the Grand Final on 26 April at Hardwick Hall.

Alex Foreman, Managing Director of Total Recycling Services, said about his company’s win: “I’m absolutely gobsmacked. To go up against some of the best service providers in the region is an honour in of itself, but to bring home the win is unbelievable.

“Every single company at the awards is proof that the Tees Valley is a fantastic and prosperous place for businesses and I’m happy to be in the position to celebrate the successes we’ve had over the last ten years.

“We’ve constantly tried to do things differently at Total and to win such an award is fantastic recognition for the hard work our staff put in and the excellent work we provide for our customers every single day.”

The awards are held to celebrate not just the biggest but the best businesses in the North East and see over 2,000 people attend every year.

Other winners on the night include Prosafe Engineering as Newcomer of the Year, Cleveland Bridge in Manufacturing, Wynyard Hall in Tourism & Hospitality and Quorn Foods as Company of the Year.

Alex concluded: “We’re now looking forward the Grand Final in April and having the opportunity to represent the Tees Valley and every one of its great businesses on a larger scale.”

Total Recycling Services will now join electrical engineers Houghton International and engineering consultants M5tec Limited in the Services Category at the Grand Finale.

 

Construction workers makes Egg – ceptional donation to Newcastle food bank

Thanks to the generosity of team members from Seymour Civil Engineering, hundreds of children in Newcastle will have a smile on their faces this Easter.

Employees from the North East-based civil engineering firm teamed up with Beamish Museum staff to collect over 200 chocolate Easter eggs, which have been donated to the Newcastle West End Foodbank, helping parents who can’t afford them this Easter.

Tom Brown, Site Manager at Seymour, received a message from Greg Tennet, who volunteers at the foodbank, asking if he could contribute to the shortage of Easter eggs they have received this year.

Tom said: ‘’As a parent myself, this got me pretty upset knowing that families in the North East struggle to afford a £1 Easter egg for their child. After a chat with all the site staff and site operatives at from Seymour, Beamish Museum and Linear Recruitment, we decided to donate as many Easter eggs as we could.’’

The company, who are working on the £18 million ‘Remaking Beamish’ expansion project at the open air museum in County Durham, came together and managed a total count of 212 eggs with a further £20 in donations.

Tom continued: ‘’It was a great moment turning up to the foodbank with bags and bags of eggs, the staff were smiling from ear to ear. To most people, it’s only a bit of chocolate, it’s pretty meaningless, but to those less fortunate it can potentially brighten their whole day.’’

He continued: “I could not be prouder of my team; they have no idea how happy they will make so many children in the North East this Easter. As a network, we want to see more people helped out of crisis and fewer people needing foodbanks in the future.’’

Newcastle West End Foodbank helps provide for around 40,000 people in Newcastle every year, but this would not be possible without contribution from the public.

Hairdresser Greg, who volunteers regularly at the foodbank said: “Tom and I have been friends since childhood. I reached out to him on the off chance, so when he got back to me to let me know he’d asked everyone at work I was amazed, one little idea can go such a long way. “

He added: “If we live in a city where people are going hungry we aren’t doing enough. Direct action is so important, so many foodbanks need contributions which means we need to do much more to donate and to help each other.’’

Newcastle West End Foodbank, founded in 2004, is part of The Trussell Trust’s network of 428 foodbanks, working to tackle food poverty and hunger in local communities, as well as across the UK.

Greg continued: ‘‘I organised a ‘The Big Family Food shop’ event at Christmas, which managed to raise over £3,000 worth of food which was amazing, but events like that are something that need to be contributed to all year round.’’

“Contributions to the cause don’t need to be expensive, even if it’s just a few tins that are sitting in the back of your cupboard it all helps. Hygiene products are also welcomed, every little thing adds up and it makes such a big difference to the people who need it most.’’ He added.

With one in five of the UK population live below the poverty line, The Trussell Trust’s Foodbank Network provided 1,182,954 three-day emergency food supplies and support to those in crisis. Of these, over 430,000 went to children.

If you want to donate, Newcastle West End Food bank is located in Grainger Market, Newcastle City Centre, alternatively you can visit there site at https://newcastlewestend.foodbank.org.uk/

£500k Investment for Total Recycling Services

WASTE MANAGEMENT company Total Recycling Services has invested over £500k into bespoke vehicles and equipment to meet the service demand expected throughout 2018.

Since 2009 the company has invested over £5.5m into its site equipment, which services large-scale manufacturers across the UK.

The most recent investment was in response to the rapid growth of the company’s industrial cleaning services division which was introduced in early 2017 and has seen the area of the business grow from three personnel to over 15 staff spread across five teams.

Andy Dobson, Operations Director at Total Recycling Services, said: “We have seen a very prosperous period for Total over the last 12 months and we were looking to invest into our equipment and vehicle fleet in order to continue our growth.

“So far, we have acquired two new 30,000 litre tankers which will go toward supporting our industrial services division, a roll on roll off truck with a further three units and we have also got our hands on what’s known as a glass imploder.

“The glass imploder cost us around £60,000 and will allow us to take waste glass from our clients and turn it into a clean granulated glass which can then be recycled into any number of products. This had been going through a commissioning period in 2017 and is now fully in use.

“We have also bought three new tractor units which can pull either a tanker or articulated trailer. We’ve also bought chemical tankers which will help us to reduce our carbon footprint in transporting waste and allows our customers to save money too.

“It’s been pure demand that has meant we’ve had to invest so heavily into new vehicles and they constantly in use.”

This is just the tip of the iceberg for Total’s plans for 2018. The organisation is looking to add to their investment into equipment by acquiring more vehicles later in the year and developing a new weighbridge on site as well as continuing to look at a potential acquisition before the end of the year and implement new technology systems.

Andy said: “We’re currently still on the hunt for an acquisition and we would like to do something a little bigger to help us compete at a higher level and to help us with our clients who are further North. Giving us an even bigger footing in the region.

“In 2018, we’re looking to increase our presence in the market and we want attract more big customers. I strongly feel that Total Recycling Services is the best in the market at what we do and will continue to make these investments to ensure we are giving that high level of service consistently. ”

Total Recycling Services works in partnership with a number of large manufacturing companies such as Nissan, Hitachi and AkzoNobel offering bespoke service packages.

The company is planning to reach a turnover of £25m by 2022 and last year reported a turnover of 14.5m.

J&B Recycling celebrates 20th anniversary with £1.3m investment

A North East recycling firm has celebrated the beginning of its 20th anniversary with a series of investments totalling £1.3m.

J&B Recycling, the region’s largest independent recycling firm has rolled out an £800,000 plant upgrade and made further investments into machinery and its vehicle fleet across its three sites totalling a further £500,000.

The two-phase plant upgrade, that was completed in January, not only allows the company to take an additional 11,000 tonnes of waste per year but also allows J&B to continue complying with strict overseas regulations and ensures it is prepared for the future.

Vikki Jackson-Smith, Managing Director at J&B Recycling said: “The significant investments we have made to our Hartlepool MRF have been key drivers in J&B’s strategy for continued growth and sustainability, allowing us not only give comfort to our customers but to also increase our efficiency, flexibility and prepare for any future changes in the market.

“The investment will also massively support our continuing goal of maximum efficiency and high quality levels of service when working with our customers, especially in updates to our new vehicle fleet. Just last year we reported that 98% of our collections were on time when analysed over six months and this year we want to further improve on that already high percentage.”

The new plant includes more advanced automated technology, aimed at achieving the highest quality of materials for the firms end markets.

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen, who visited J&B for a first look at the new plant, was incredibly impressed by the quality and passion of the business.

He said: “Over the past 20 years, J&B Recycling has gone from strength to strength. Their drive for success is shown in their adaptability and willingness to take advantage of every opportunity that comes their way.

“The new facility was seriously impressive and I was encouraged by J&B’s plans for the future. It’s wonderful to see such business growth and investment into the Tees Valley. Their commitment to the region combined with their expansion is great news for the firm and our area.

“I very much look forward to working with J&B Recycling in the future and eagerly await hearing about their next achievement.”

Vikki added: “It was great for Ben to come and visit and see what a thriving business we are in the region especially when we are just beginning our 20th anniversary celebrations. We have made a number of upgrades to our plants over the last eight years, but this latest set of expansions have been the most prominent. In the waste management industry, upgrades are essential as operations need to reflect the changes in the consumer market.

“Since our last major expansion back in 2009, the make-up of material we receive has changed dramatically and the new plant has been designed to add flexibility to our operations.

“It allows for a variety of process configurations and can handle different input streams with ease, whether it is fully comingled, comingled without glass, triple or dual stream, we can offer maximum recovery of the recyclable content.”

J&B has also purchased three new Liedherr LH22 material handlers worth around £550k, to ensure efficient operations.

Vikki concluded: “We have a strong line of development capital funding from the Business Growth Fund (BGF) that we acquired back in 2014. The fund has a figure of £2.6 billion of development capital, and we are not limited to how much of that we can access.”

The expansion supports J&B Recycling’s vision for future acquisitions and business growth. For the 2016/17 financial year, the company reported a turnover of £15.7m, increased its gross profit by 159% with an EBITDA increase up 87.2% from 2015/16.

 

Triple success for Hart Biologicals and Hart Innovations

Hartlepool based Haemostasis specialists, Hart Biologicals is celebrating its shortlist in three categories at this year’s North-East Business Awards.

The medical diagnostics company has made it down to the final three contenders in each of the Heart of the Community, Innovation and Export Awards for the 2018 annual ceremony.

Alby Pattison, Managing Director of Hart Biologicals, said: “We’re over the moon to be nominated at this year’s awards. Last time round we won two out of the four categories we were contending in and we couldn’t help but come back to defend our titles and show just how much we have achieved over the last year.

“I’m confident that the outstanding work both the Hart Biologicals and Hart Innovations teams have been undertaking over the past 12 months can ensure we’re real competition.”

At the 2017 event, Hart Biologicals and sister company Hart Innovations won both the Export Award and Innovation Award, before narrowly missing out on Small Business of the Year and Heart of the Community.

Alby concluded: “To be shortlisted again for this year’s awards is an honour in itself.

We’re already looking forward to welcoming the judges of each of the categories and showcasing to them just what makes both companies stand out.”

The awards are held by Trinity Mirror in association with the North-East England Chamber of Commerce and honour the shining lights of the region’s successful and innovative business world.

The Teesside heat of the North-East Business awards will be held at Teesside University’s Olympia Building on 22 March with the winners of all three regional finals going head to head on 26th April in a grand final held at Sedgefield’s Hardwick Hall.