The Preparation Group is SafeHire certified.

Kate Walshaw, The Preparation Group’s Group Hire Manager has been re-elected as an HAE (Hire Association Europe) Supply Chain board member, demonstrating that she has clearly made a positive impact. In the same month, the company renewed its Hire Industry Trusted Supplier (HITS) status and for the third year running, proved its commitment to providing quality surface and floor preparation products and services as a HAE member by attaining its SafeHire Certification.

SafeHire is a continual Business Improvement program that sets and helps to maintain high standards of operation within the Hire industry. The SafeHire certificate lasts for three years but is reviewed annually, raising awareness with government and trading standards. It has mutual recognition from PQQ organisations as a pre-requisite to their accreditations and Build UK members.

Kate heads the Hire division and has been dedicated to continual improvement in quality and delivery of customer satisfaction, providing competitively priced surface preparation, removal and finishing equipment, accessories and solutions –  as is at the core of this certification. Kate and her team provide a wealth of knowledge to benefit Hire customers and is passionate about giving the best possible service and advice.

Tracey Glew Managing Director says; ‘Kate has worked hard over the last few years championing the benefits of HAE membership and the associated standards, with her customers being her number one priority and we are extremely proud of Kate’s continued commitment. ‘

For advice or equipment demonstrations call the hire team on 01522 561 460 / email hire@ppcgroup.co.uk.

Instarmac are named as a ‘Great Place to Work®’ 2019 UK Best Workplaces™ for Women

Tamworth based Instarmac Group plc are delighted to have been officially named as a ‘Great Place to Work®’ 2019 UK Best Workplaces™ for Women (medium sized organisation category).

In order to qualify for this prestigious award, Instarmac Group plc had to meet a number of strict criteria, including having already been ranked as a Great Place to Work®, employing a minimum of 25% women in their work force, having a minimum of 25% of women employed in higher positions e.g. Manager, Senior manager etc., and to have demonstrated a confidence level of 80% from data gathered by direct feedback from the company’s female workforce.

Organisations selected for the Best Workplaces™ for Women go above and beyond for women in their workforce, making sure they are treated fairly when it comes to pay, recognition, training and promotion opportunities, and that work-life balance is promoted and supported. Some of the specifics Instarmac Group plc were commended for included paying employees equally regardless of their sex, childcare vouchers, flexible and part-time working hours, as well as offering a ‘bonus’ to those who return to work following their maternity leave.

Zoe Rees, Head of Sales at Instarmac Group plc, commented: “In any business, a workplace culture built on trust and inclusion that supports and empowers women throughout the various stages of their career is key to sustained company development, collaboration and innovation. At Instarmac we value diversity and feel it creates more, valued, engaged employees and therefore happier customers. Being named in the Best Workplaces™ for Women list is a fantastic achievement and clearly indicates the way in which our company values, empowers, and promotes the contribution of women across all aspects of our business.”

This is the third in a hat trick of impressive workplace awards that Instarmac have received to date this year.  Earlier in the year, the growing West Midland Company received a Great Place to Work® award for the third year running and was also presented with the Great Place to Work® Excellence in Wellbeing Award – an award only given to companies who are committed to creating a happier and healthier work environment.

Commenting on the latest award, Karen Williams, Head of Human Resources at Instarmac Group plc said “We are very proud to have received this recognition from Great Place to Work®’ 2019 Best Workplaces for Women. We work hard here to ensure our recruitment and hiring is inclusive, as well as ensuring fairness around pay, recognition, training and development opportunities and work/life balance. This award helps us to strive to do better, as well as recognising the ways we have contributed to provide a supportive environment for women to progress within their careers and balance their work and family commitments”

John Holcroft, Managing Director of Instarmac Group plc said; “At Instarmac we have always been forward thinking and inclusive in our recruitment and employment approach. Historically, construction has been a predominantly male dominated industry, however, over the past 28 years our workforce has included many female employees, at all career levels, both office based and out in the field. There is more to be done within the industry to increase the recruitment and retention of a female workforce, but here at Instarmac we make every effort to continue to be a great place to work for all and are very honoured to have been officially recognized as such.”

About Instarmac Group Plc

Established over 40 years ago, Instarmac is a multi-award-winning market-leading West Midlands based company that specialises in the manufacture and distribution of cement and bitumen based construction products to the world markets. It aims to apply the foundations of a great workplace – fairness, respect, feeling valued and trusted – to everyone, regardless of who they are.

For more information please visit www.instarmac.co.uk/

About Great Place to Work®’ 2019 Best Workplaces for Women

The organisations on the UK Best Workplaces ™ for women list have introduced policies and programmes that foster development and empower women to grow their careers. The latest research by Great Place to Work® UK shows that although 2019 has seen the highest recorded level of female employment at 71.8%, women are still experiencing unfair practices at work, including unconscious bias, unequal pay and under-representation in senior management positions. The Best Workplaces™ for Women understand the importance of prioritising gender neutrality to help build a trusted culture of collaboration and innovation where people feel valued and committed to achieving organisational goals. Their leaders are dedicated to creating a great experience for all employees and for their customers.

For more information please visit www.greatplacetowork.co.uk/awards/uks-best-workplaces/uks-best-workplaces-2019/

KEMTILE KEEPS IT IN THE FAMILY WITH THE APPOINTMENT OF TWO SLEIGHTS TO THE TEAM

It really is a family affair at Kemtile, as the leading hygienic flooring company strengthens its team with the appointment of not one but two Sleights.

Dave was the first of the Sleight family to be recruited as Contracts Manager earlier this year. And now son Mike has joined Kemtile as estimator surveyor.

Dave brings with him 33 years’ experience to the company, gained with some of the biggest brands from the UK’s food and drink, construction, pharmaceutical, commercial, retail and aerospace sectors.

And now Mike, a Keele University graduate with four years industrial and commercial flooring industry experience under his belt, is supporting and advising Kemtile customers throughout the quotation process for their flooring projects.

Dave says of the family additions to the team: “For over three decades, I have managed the end-to-end installation of a wide range of epoxy, polyurethane, MMA and tiled flooring systems across many different industries. It goes without saying that I’m now delighted to have now brought my knowledge and experience to Kemtile. I’m guessing some of this must have rubbed off on Mike over the years as he entered into the same sector when he left university.

“With a real focus on project planning and cost-management, I feel that I can add real value to Kemtile’s customers old and new – delivering top quality industrial flooring and drainage solutions to meet the most exact requirement and highest expectations for long term results.

“I’m very much looking forward to furthering my career here at Kemtile, whist playing a key role in the continued success and growth of the business.”

Kemtile Director Stephen Westley said of the double appointment: “We were delighted to have attracted someone of David’s calibre to the company and straight away our customers were reaping the benefits of his vast experience and expertise. When we found out that his son Mike had embarked upon a similar career path and had so many valuable skills to offer the company too, we were keen to recruit him.

“We’re celebrating our 40-year anniversary this year and it’s an exciting time in terms of our own growth and development so it’s great to have this father and son team on board. Welcome to the company, David and Mike.”