Kemtile Moves To New Warrington Headquarters

Leading hygienic flooring and drainage specialists Kemtile has just moved to new premises on Taylor Business Park in Warrington – taking 16,000 sq. ft. of office and warehouse space.

Kemtile is relocating its 18-person head office team from a smaller space on the same park on a 5-year-lease. Its move to this fully renovated, newly refurbished unit sees the company increase its working space by a third. Stephen Westley, director of Kemtile, said: “Our decision to move to significantly larger premises reaffirms our strategic growth plans for the future, whilst acknowledging and celebrating our commercial achievements over the last two decades. “We have traded very successfully from Taylor Business Park since 1979 but since 1998, when my co-director Jamie Cook and I took over, our turnover has increased year on year – even during the recessions of 2008 and 2009 – and we’ve grown considerably in terms of size, capabilities and customer base. “Our move into new premises – which provides us with an additional 5,000 sq. ft. of office and warehouse space – marks a very exciting time for us as a company. “We chose the new unit because it offers us clean, modern office and warehouse space, excellent motorway links and, most importantly, a really pleasant work space with room for the team to grow in the future. In fact, we’ve already expanded the team with the appointment of a dedicated Health and Safety Manager. The provision of a dedicated training room is another exciting addition to our facilities and we very much look forward to increasing our team in terms of numbers as well as skills and expertise, which in turn we’ll pass on to our customers.” Kemtile has been supplying hygienic floors to the food & drink and pharmaceutical industries for almost 40 years and has become a leading player, working on projects across the UK for major producers and employing 50+ skilled flooring contractors. A clear understanding of the food and drink sector’s operational and legislative demands means Kemtile can provide total flooring solutions to suit including sub-structures and drainage. Customers in recent years include Princes, Kellogg’s, Heineken, Unilever,Heinz, 2 Sisters Food Group, Cargill and Moy Park with repeat business driven by quality of workmanship, attention to detail and excellent customer service. For further information visit www.kemtile.co.uk.

Mapei Supports Macmillan At The Dragon Ride L’Etape In Wales

On Saturday 11th June Mapei UK and 123floors took part in the annual L’Etape Wales Dragon Ride from Margam Park in aid of Macmillian Cancer Support raising over £125 whilst racing the 95 mile ‘Medio Route’.

Battling a mix of 30mph gusts, torrential rain and sunshine, Martin Hallam from Mapei UK and Jason Brook from 123floors completed the course in a fantastic 7 hours. Climbing around 8000ft and having an average speed of 13mph. Martin commented: “The major climbs of the day were the Bwlch, Rhigos – the highest road climbs in wales, Glynneath and Cimla hill as well as the undulating Brecon Beacons and Neath Valley. Not to mention the Devils Staircase – I now know why they give it this name!” Jason said “It was a tough day in the saddle but we both really enjoyed it and looking for the next cycling challenge!!” For more information about Mapei’s fundraising for Macmillian and to donate, visit https://www.justgiving.com/teams/mapei

Integrated Flooring Technologies Retain ISO Standards

IFT have successfully retained certification to the ISO 9001 (quality) and 14001 (environmental) 2015 standards.

This further ensures that Quality and Environmental systems are of the highest standards for all clients. ISO 9001 is the internationally recognized standard for Quality Management Systems (QMS). It is the most widely used QMS standard in the world, with over 1.1 million certificates issued to organizations in 178 countries. The ISO 14000 family of standards addresses various aspects of environmental management. It provides practical tools for companies and organizations looking to identify and control their environmental impact and constantly improve their environmental performance. More information can be found at www.iso.org

Flowcrete Achieves Demanding Environmental Standards

Flowcrete UK has attained the ISO 14001:2015 environmental management system certification thanks to its dedication to sustainable, environmentally friendly working practises.

ISO 14001 is an internationally agreed standard that helps organisations identify, manage, monitor and control environmental issues in a holistic manner. The Managing Director of Flowcrete UK, Kevin Potter, said: “I am very pleased to announce that Flowcrete UK has successfully met the demanding requirements of the ISO 14001:2015 environmental management system. “This achievement represents a lot of hard work and commitment from the team here at Flowcrete UK and puts us in a great position to move forward, knowing that our daily operations are more sustainable, more efficient and more fit for the future than ever before.” The ISO 14001:2015 policy sets the best practise benchmark for a long list of sustainable processes, including reducing a company’s carbon footprint, improving recycling, reducing packaging, minimising waste and improving efficiencies on finite natural resources. Committing to these principles has required Flowcrete UK to analyse all of its daily practises through a green lens and making environmental commitments an integral part of each employees’ day-to-day activities. Flowcrete UK’s EHS & Compliance Manager, Stuart Hutton, said: “This accreditation will not only drive a positive change in our activities and processes but will also mark a step change in the culture of Flowcrete UK which will help support our growth in the future.” The demanding standard requires Flowcrete UK to ensure the environmental integrity of its operations at all times by adhering to the four principles of: • Prevention: Protecting the environment through the prevention of pollution and reduction of waste. • Compliance: Guaranteeing compliance with environmental laws, regulations and emissions monitoring. • Communication and Training: A commitment that employees will be educated and environmental objectives communicated to all members of staff. • Continuous Improvement: Regularly reviewing daily activity and always being on the look out for new opportunities to evolve adherence to these four principles. Stuart Hutton added: “For Flowcrete UK, complying with these four key principles meant thinking about ways to innovate and do things differently to the norm. In effect this has meant implementing a range of initiatives, from exploring eco-friendly office stationery and making carbon footprint a key consideration in product development to cleaning up water sent to the treatment plant and pursuing a zero waste to landfill policy. “However, we can never rest on our laurels, as ISO 14001:2015 compliance means always looking for new ways to improve.” By conforming to this environmental management system, Flowcrete UK will not only be able to take advantage of efficiency cost savings but it will also demonstrate its ability to meet current and future statutory and regulatory requirements, emphasise its commitment to the environment and improve morale among staff.

IFT Employees Earn CITB SMSTS Certificate

Congratulations to the IFT employees who have gained their CITB SMSTS (Site Managers Safety Training Scheme) Certificate.

This adds to their pool of already qualified supervisors and helps to further ensure compliance of site responsibilities with regards to health, safety, welfare and the environment.

The SMSTS covers all relevant legislation affecting safe working in the building, construction and civil engineering industries. It highlights the need for risk assessment in the workplace, the implementation of the necessary control measures and adequate communication to sustain a health and safety culture within the workforce.

It is endorsed by Build UK as the standard training for all supervisors working on Build UK sites and provides an understanding of health, safety, welfare and environmental issues. It highlights legal responsibilities and the need to promote health and safety to supervise effectively.

More information can be found here: http://www.citb.co.uk/training-and-courses/site-safety-plus/site-management-safety-training-scheme/

The Preparation Group’s New Website Goes Live

The Preparation Group, specialists in environmentally friendly solutions for preparing, cleaning and finishing, has launched a new website with the aim of providing a one stop shop for professionals in the industry to learn more about the often ‘unseen’, but crucial, area of surface preparation.

The new website provides easy access to the company’s full range of equipment, tools and accessories, assists with what to select and when, explains how machines work and offers guidance on the most cost-effective solutions for removing, preparing, polishing and cleaning any horizontal surface. Designed to be user-friendly, visitors can see equipment specifications and videos and find out information about contracting services, equipment hire, technical support and training.

Says Tracey Glew, Managing Director; ‘Our new website aligns our digital presence with the high quality of our products and brand. Designed to be reactive on all devices with an easy-to-navigate interface, it is the foundation on which to build something bigger with interaction from our social media sites. The site will evolve to provide technical guidance and information on the equipment and services that will work for specific projects. Our aim is to ensure that site visitors continue to be engaged and have reasons to re-visit frequently,’

Visit http://www.thepreparationgroup.com to find out more.

Enquiries to – The Preparation Group Tel – 01522 561 460

 

Instarmac are proud to announce the acquisition of Aztec Aerosols

Instarmac Group plc announce that they have acquired Aztec Aerosols Ltd based in Crewe.

Instarmac Group plc is a privately owned company established in 1977 whose primary activity is manufacturing. It has developed an excellent reputation for innovation, exceptional levels of customer support, manufacturing skills and people development.

Operating within the construction and building market place the company produces products for the highway maintenance, tiling, commercial flooring, urban regeneration and internal finishing markets. Materials are manufactured at the company’s industry leading facility based near to Tamworth in the Midlands.

Winners of several awards including being a Times Top 100 company to work for since 2009, Instarmac is excited about its latest acquisition. Aztec Aerosols was originally founded in 1964 and has over 50 years of specialist knowledge. During this time it has combined technical knowledge with innovation to deliver great products and service to its customers.

Manufacturing will remain at the Crewe production facility under the leadership of Brady Collins, Managing Director who commented: ‘Instarmac and Aztec Aerosols Ltd share many common goals. The team here at Aztec have a vast amount of experience. We look forward to working together on product development and driving improvement to our customers.’

John Holcroft, Instarmac Group’s Managing Director stated: ‘The acquisition of Aztec Aerosols Ltd further strengthens the group’s offer and diversifies its market activities. Commercial opportunities exist within the current groups customer base and I welcome the additional technical skills that will enhance both companies.’

Instarmac Achieves Prestigious RoSPA Gold Medal Award

Instarmac Group plc are delighted to have been awarded the coveted Gold Medal, an honour only given to those who achieve 5 consecutive Gold Awards in the annual RoSPA Health and Safety Awards.

In its 61st year, these respected awards are open to businesses and organisations of all sizes, across a wide spectrum of industries and celebrate those who are committed to raising health and safety management standards. The judging panel of 24 leading industry experts, measure the performance of each organisation on areas such as identification, assessment, prevention and control of health risks, wellness at work, communication of information, and active monitoring and reviewing of health performance. They also consider any specific activities which distinguish an organisations approach to health and work. RoSPA’s Chairman, Michael D Parker CBE presented Instarmac’s Quality and Operations Manager, Darren Gough, with the respected award during a ceremony held at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel. “The health and safety of all those who work, visit and deliver to our premises in Tamworth has always been of the highest importance. The QHSE team at Instarmac have worked intensively to achieve this prestigious accolade and we are thrilled to receive this award for the 5th year in succession, as it continues to signify our commitment towards health and safety.” Darren Gough This achievement is the latest in a long line of awards of Instarmac. In 2017 they were placed in The Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies for the eighth year, were ranked number one in the Mid Market 300, were named as a Low-Risk Operator by the DVSA, received a FORS Silver Award and completed the transition to the new ISO accreditations, one of the first companies to do so. For more information on Instarmac, their product offering and career opportunities please visit Instarmac.co.uk or call +44 (0) 1827 254402. You can keep up-to-date with all the latest news from Instarmac by following them on Twitter @InstarmacGroup.