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Total Recycling Services achieves international certification

Darlington-based recycling company, Total Recycling Services has become one of very few UK companies and only a handful of recycling companies in the country to achieve the migration to the brand-new International Health and Safety accreditation.

Launched worldwide in April, ISO 45001 Health & Safety management system accreditation, replaces the previous OHSAS 18001 and is a globally recognised compared to its predecessor’s UK only recognition.

Liam Watson, Technical Administrator at Total Recycling Services, said: “It’s important for us at Total Recycling Services to obtain the latest ISO accreditations and to follow the most up-to-date procedures.

“As well as giving our customers total piece of mind it helps us to attract large companies as clients because we are known for being fully compliant and taking away any concerns clients have around Health & Safety.

“Our assessor told us when we were recommended for registration, that we were only the second company he had passed and we’re incredibly proud to be one of only a handful so far in the UK.

It works well with our other recognitions ISO14001 Environmental Certificate, ISO9001 Quality Certificate and CHAS Health & Safety Certificate.”

The ISO 45001 registration is an internationally recognised standard for occupational Health and Safety management systems.

The standard allows companies to identify and understand the needs of employees and other workers, including suppliers, subcontractors and clients relating to Health and Safety, actively seeking their input to maintain safety whilst driving continuous improvement for all.

Andrew Dobson, Operations Director at Total Recycling Services, stated: “We have always had a good relationship with customers, staff, suppliers and contractors but this also allows them to feel more valued within the business not only in setting health, safety and welfare bust also to help the success of the business.”

The new standard also aligns itself to our quality and environmental systems which provides a focused approach for all activities and disciplines rather than individually which can cause a fragmented responsibility approach.

For more information on the ISO accreditations Total has gained, head to their website here:

JDM Earth appoints first Non-Executive Director after significant growth

Hartlepool-based electric vehicle charging specialists, JDM Earth Limited, has appointed well-known business consultant Gary Lumby MBE as its first non-executive director.

The appointment has come at a time of substantial growth for JDM, which has increased its turnover to over £250,000 in 2018 with plans to further grow that to £500,000 within this financial year.

Mr Lumby assumes the position as non-executive director at JDM, alongside his role on the board of other prominent business in the region.

Gary, said: “I am delighted to be joining JDM at this important part in its growth journey and hope that my experience, knowledge and contacts can further accelerate its revenue and profitability growth.”

The company has also welcomed a further three members to the team over the last 12 months.

David Mullen, Managing Director of JDM Earth, said: “In response to the increasing number of ultra-low emissions vehicles on the road, we have developed and refined our services within the electric vehicle charging sector and are delighted to be part of this revolutionary development in the North East.”

David, continued: “JDM Earth was formed out of a mutual passion to create a business that positively impacts local communities and benefits the environment by supporting carbon reducing technologies.

“I am really pleased to have someone of Gary’s experience and contacts onboard at this crucial time in our development.

“The electric vehicle charging market is really taking off and we hope to become the premier supplier and installer in the North East of England.

“We believe in creating a more sustainable future for generations to come and this is embedded directly into our company ethos.

“With the appointment of Gary, we have plans to further expand our business and feel that the advice and support from him will make sure we grow further and faster.”

Founded in 2014, JDM Earth was recently awarded Small Business of the Year at the Hartlepool Business Award and is a Rolec Services North East installation partner and offering charging advice and installations in both the home and commercial sectors.

JDM Earth specialise in the installation of domestic and commercial electric vehicle charging points and commercial electrical contracting.

For further information on what JDM Earth offer, contact David or Jennifer Mullen at or telephone 01429 287608.

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.

Forrest Digital branches out with new appointment amid growth plans

Stockton-based digital consultancy firm, Forrest Digital, has welcomed new blood to the team as part of the company’s push for growth in 2018.

Isaac Sharp, a recent graduate from Teesside University has joined the team as a Digital Marketing Executive in an effort to increase the company’s marketing capacity.

Forrest Digital is a specialist in digital strategy, including SEO and Google Ads and in the last year has helped numerous companies increase sales throughout the UK and Europe.

Isaac said: “The learning I undertook at university has complimented my own learning and I’m now able to apply it to a real-world marketing scenario.

“University was great for introducing me to Google Analytics which is a key tool that I use in this job. Certainly, the fundamentals of marketing will always be of use and now I’m able to analyse data for real clients.

“It’s great fun seeing the same kinds of numbers and statistics I was looking at before but on a much larger scale. I’m now looking at tens of thousands instead of hundreds.

“I want to use this opportunity to learn as much about the business and find my strengths to focus on to help build a sustainable career and to make Forrest Digital as successful as I can.”

Since its inception in 2003, Forrest Digital has seen year-on-year growth and is aiming to increase turnover to £250k in 2018.

Iain Forrest, Managing Director of Forrest Digital, said: “Initially the gap in the business that we were looking to fill was primarily focused on analytics.

“The way that we operate, we don’t just send users to a client’s website and hope for the best, we make sure from the outset what is important to the client ensuring we have a system in place that is capable of measuring that.

“Isaac was brought in to expand that area of the business and our capacity and abilities and to take us in new directions. I hope he can find his own place with us and grow to be the best he can be.”

As part of the company’s growth plans, Forrest has taken on Isaac as a new Digital Marketing Executive and stepped up its professional development programme with existing Executive Steph Shenava obtaining a new qualification from the Institute of Digital Marketing (IDM).

Steph, said: “I was already undertaking a qualification with the IDM when they introduced a new GDPR segment to the course. It connects perfectly with our work with Google Ads as you need to have up-to-date privacy policies on your website.

“It’s great for us when we’re working with new and existing clients as it demonstrates we’re knowledgeable about the latest laws affecting the industry and can suggest practical, compliant solutions to the kinds of challenges posed by GDPR.

“Unfortunately, most of the sites we audit still fall down on how they gain consent for the use of cookie data amongst other things. GDPR is about more than email subscription management and this message doesn’t seem to have completely got through yet.

“In addition to the IDM award I take the Google Partner exams annually which gives me accreditations in the different networks Google operates in to demonstrate our expertise.

“As a digital marketer, the industry can change on a monthly basis. If we didn’t continue to learn we would be left behind in a competitive market.”

For more information about Forrest Digital and the work they do, go to:

Students battle it out with Army training

Students at Hartlepool College of Further Education have undertaken a gruelling training regime created by the British Army.

Level one and Level two students from the College’s School of Service Industries accomplished the challenging training routine developed by the Coldstream Guards, the oldest regiment in active service in the British Army.

Aneta Bradley, Sport and Public Services Lecturer, said: “As part of the new academic year induction to the public services course we bring the students down to work with the Army to give them an insight into Army training and to help them with team building, team spirit and to help improve their overall fitness levels.

“Over the induction we’ve done a few different things including water sports, team sports, fitness tests, and also taken a look at some of the subjects the students will be going on to study such as government policy and citizenship.

“The students have done really well today. The training can be quite challenging and some of the students are smashing it. All we ask of our students in situations like this is that they keep trying. You don’t have to be the fittest, but we will work with anyone who wants to improve.

Sergeant Wallace, of the Coldstream Guards, said: “We’ve been giving the students an introduction into phase one training and what life would be like in the army teaching them things like communication, team work etc.

“We deliver these lessons through activities such as the gun run, and a series of command tasks and physical activity. It allows students to see where their fitness levels are and what they need to work on in preparation for a future career in the armed forces or uniformed services.

“The students performed really well. Obviously, there is different levels of fitness but the way we operate means everyone gets the same level of involvement. Everyone pushes themselves and get something out of it.”

This activity is just one of the many events students at Hartlepool College of Further Education have the opportunity to take part in every year.

Aneta concluded: “There are a lot of add-ons that our students will benefit from, such as a stewarding qualification for local events including football matches. We train them in the delivery of first aid courses at local schools.

“A lot of our students go on to university. Last year we saw 96 per cent of students progress to higher education and others have progressed into officer entry for the military and emergency services, youth work and probation work.

“Because they have the all-round training from the course they can apply it to any area of work and not just uniformed services.”

For more information on the courses available in the School of Service Industries, or to see the entire provision available at Hartlepool College of Further Education, go to:

Ready, Teddy, Go! With Zoë’s Place

Calling all businesses to get on your bike for Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice and have some fun while peddling for pounds for your local charity.

Whether you are a business with two or two hundred employees and whether you are the MD or the receptionist Zoë’s Place would love you to dust the cobwebs off your bike and take on the challenge of riding for them.

Teams can peddle from branch to branch, office to office, to customers and supplies or just devise your own routes to enjoy the challenge and even finish your ride at Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice.

Launched at The Cleveland Centre, Middlesbrough with the charity’s great supporters Gary Philipson, BBC Tees and local business Doornbos who have already signed up for the challenge and have pledged a team who will cycle from its head office in Rotterdam to its UK site in Billingham.

Mark Guidery from Zoë’s Place said: “We want people to get together to ‘peddle for pounds’ for a worthy cause.

“We have the lovely Gary Philipson from BBC Tees giving his backing to our initiative and we have a dedicated a website, which you can visit to watch our promotional video and learn more about our campaign.

“Ultimately, it’s all about putting a bit of ‘fun’ into fundraising and creating a bit of collective team spirit within local businesses to achieve something really worthwhile and, there’s the bonus that participants will get fitter along the way!.”

Zoë’s Place opened its doors in 2004 to help families with children suffering from life limiting or life-threatening conditions access specialist facilities where their children could receive respite or palliative care.

Each year,it costs Zoë’s Place around £1.5 million to provide free care for infants and their families.

Mark concluded: “The support you give will make a huge difference to our special babies and their families. We appreciate every penny you raise and every mile you travel.”

For more information on how you and your business can get involved, head to:

Alternatively, you can call Zoe’s Place directly on 01642 457985.

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.

A novel idea for BloomInArt

A Hartlepool school has enlisted the help of a local group of artists and well-known literary characters to encourage young people to read.

Eldon Grove Academy has been working with BloomInArt to develop a specialised reading area complete with the children’s chosen literary characters. From Harry Potter and Marvel to the classic Roald Dahl and (add one more classic author) a stained-glass effect created by vinyl will decorate the reading hideaway’s ceiling, whilst areas will be covered in cushions created with designs by students.

Karen Scorr, Art Coordinator from Eldon Grove Academy, said: “One of the things we’ve been looking at as a school is how we encourage reading with the children. There is already a reading shed on both yards, but we wanted something within the school where children could read as part of a group or somewhere they could spend their playtimes/ lunchtimes in a nice quiet place reading.

“We have previously worked with BloomInArt to help with a display for the reception of the school, so I knew that anything they would come up with would be fantastic.

“I contacted Emma and Rachel and asked if there were any chance they could come in and chat about ideas. They then came up with the idea of incorporating the favourite quotes and characters of our students.”

Every pupil from the school was invited to take part with around 30 pieces being chosen to be incorporated into the final design.

Rachel Laycock, Co-director of BloomInArt, said: “The idea was to hand the project over to the children and in a way where everybody had a chance to be involved.

“We framed it as a competition where everybody could send in their images, illustrations and quotes from their favourite book and then we went through the selection process and narrowed it down.

“The level of work from the children involved has been amazing. They have helped to measure things out and chose where all the designs were going to go.

“This is a fantastic challenge for us. It’s perfect to get children to think about how art is created and used to transform an area which has an impact on how we feel and think.

“We have a lot of pride in taking part in such an important project. It’s a legacy for the current pupils for years to come.”

Karen concluded: “I’d like to thank Rachel and Emma at BloomInArt for the time and effort they have put into this project and the incredible affect it will have on children at the school for years to come.”

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