Raymond Brown Take New Lorry to Romsey Primary School

Raymond Brown visited Romsey Primary School with their new sign written grab lorry. The children from Romsey School took part in the latest lorry competition with Raymond Brown to design posters around recycling and the winning children were given certificates and goody bags for their efforts in taking part and were also able to sit in the lorry cab.

Sarai Bunting from Romsey school quoted: “The children at Romsey Primary School were delighted to be involved in the competition for Raymond Brown’s recycling lorries..  The successful designers were thrilled to be presented with very generous goody bags by Managing Director Adam Murnieks and even more excited to see the lorry and be photographed inside the cab! The children learnt about the importance of recycling and how Raymond Brown are addressing the issue, especially through educating children through their links with local schools.

All of the children at Romsey Primary School are eagerly looking out for the lorry on Romsey’s roads, and give a huge thumbs up for Raymond Brown’s initiative!”

Raymond Brown Waste Solutions appoint a new Commercial Manager

Raymond Brown Waste Solutions is pleased to announce the appointment of Iain McLean as Commercial Manager.

Iain has a strong market awareness and a firm understanding of the waste industry having worked for both Suez and Eco Food Recycling.

Adam Murnieks, Managing Director commented: “We are delighted to have appointed Iain who is a highly capable Sales and Business Development professional with a strong commercial awareness and people leadership skills.  He enjoys working with both existing and future customers to improve the overall customer experience and growing the business from inside out.”

Brickworth Quarry Open Afternoon on 21 June

Raymond Brown are opening the doors to Wiltshire-based Brickworth Quarry on Thursday 21 June.

The open afternoon will be from 3.30pm – 6.30pm and will provide local residents with the opportunity to have a site tour of the quarry, absorb its history and substantial restoration and learn about the work being done to increase biodiversity.

Families are welcome and there will be activities for children as well as competitions to raise funds for the Whiteparish Memorial Centre.

Freshly made wood-fired pizzas and refreshments will be available to visitors.

Please wear sensible footwear (not sandals).

The site address is: Brickworth Quarry,  Junction A36/A27, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP5 2QJ

Raymond Brown awarded RoSPA Gold Medal Award for Health and Safety Practices (Nine Consecutive Gold Awards)

We are delighted to announce that the Raymond Brown group of companies have been granted a prestigious award in recognition of our practices and achievements in safety.

Raymond Brown have achieved a Gold Medal (our nine consecutive Gold) in the internationally-renowned RoSPA Health and Safety Awards, the longest-running industry awards scheme in the UK.  We will be presented with the award during a ceremony at Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel on Wednesday 4 July 2018.

The RoSPA Awards scheme, which receives entries from organisations around the world, recognises achievement in health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of qualifications, awards and events, said: “The RoSPA Awards are the most highly-respected in the health and safety arena, with almost 2,000 entrants every year, and allow organisations to prove excellence in the workplace, demonstrating a commitment to the wellbeing of not only employees but all those who interact with it.”

Fortis launch Hampshire CPD Events

Fortis IBA Ltd are launching FREE Continual Professional Development (CPD) mornings in Hampshire for anyone interested in learning about the future of IBA Aggregate.

The mornings will see us learn more about the benefits of utilising secondary aggregate, focusing in particular on the increased use of IBA Aggregate across our local infrastructure projects.

Breakfast and refreshments will be provided, followed by a site tour of the facility.  Attendees should wear suitable footwear and PPE.

The dates are as follows:

8.30AM – 11AM Tuesday 24th April 2018

8.30AM – 11AM Wednesday 18th July 2018

8.30AM – 11AM Wednesday 19th September 2018

If you are interested, please book your space at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-future-of-iba-aggregate-tickets-44361578676

Raymond Brown Donate Two Tonnes of Topsoil to Sarisbury Green Junior School Allotment

Raymond Brown visited Sarisbury Green Junior School with one of our Grab lorries to donate two tonnes of BS topsoil, enabling the school to start their allotment renovation project.

The school were provided with their allotment earlier this year and have been requesting support from local businesses so that they can develop it.  They are the first school within Hampshire County to have their own allotment and a group of Year 6 students are putting together a gardening club to work on it.

The school’s new gardening club is overseen by two parent volunteers Mr Ben Kimble and Mrs Maria Kimble and the children have named themselves “SJS Ground Force”, putting together a presentation which they gave in an assembly, asking for volunteers, out of the 360 students, they now have 48 volunteers.

Mrs Kimble stated that the allotment would be renovated by both children and volunteer parents and would eventually grow fruit and vegetables and that there would also be flowers planted for the bees and wildlife.

Raymond Brown successfully pass interim Investor’s in People Review

Following the Raymond Brown Group’s Investors In People (IIP) Accreditation in February last year, Raymond Brown have successfully passed an interim review with IIP Practitioner, Dorothy Shrivell.

Dorothy visited the Raymond Brown head office to meet with Steve Clasby, Chief Operating Officer and Gemma Taylorson, HR Manager to see how the group businesses are progressing with their targets for improvement set with the initial accreditation last year, discuss key areas the businesses are focussing on and to look at developing an action plan for the next 12 months.

IIP is the mark of high performance in business and people management and as a result of this, the business has regular briefings, frequent feedback and review meetings about its performance.

Practitioner, Dorothy commented: “The team were able to confirm that a number of the recommendations highlighted within the IIP report had been implemented and it was helpful to remind themselves of these.  In particular, senior leaders have worked hard to improve communication across the whole business, created more team building opportunities to strengthen inter and intra team relationships and created better awareness of the new values.”

Gemma Taylorson, HR Manager commented said: “The recognition from IIP is very positive for us as an organisation, we have also found it invaluable working with them to ensure we are continually improving as an employer.”

Raymond Brown Waste Solutions Visit Longparish Little School.

Raymond Brown Waste Solutions visited Longparish Little School in Andover this week to talk to the children about the importance of recycling and the effects on the environment.

Lindsey Dryden Site Manager from the A303 Material Recovery Facility dressed in her PPE (protective clothing) and explained her role within the business, also giving the children an understanding of the importance of being seen and safe on site.  Some of the children were able to try on the safety glasses, gloves and hard hats and Lindsey even let the children stand on her boots so they had understanding of the protection they provide.

The children were provided with cardboard hands to colour in and they designed a tree from different materials which the hands were stuck to.  The tree is displayed on the wall of the Little School as a reminder of the visit.

Lindsey commented: “I had a lovely time speaking to the children of Longparish Little School and explaining all about recycling to them and my role within the business.  They were all very interested in my PPE, especially the hard hat, gloves and glasses and enjoyed trying them on!  We then had lots of fun colouring in hands to stick onto a very colourful tree.”

Raymond Brown Waste Solutions have increased recovery rates by 10% over the last year with almost 5,000 tonnes of material going offsite for energy production.

Last year, Raymond Brown commenced a contract with Oakleaf recycling to supply residual waste to be converted into Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) for energy production. This has, in turn, seen an average of 470 tonnes of waste per month (almost 5,000 tonnes of material in total) get converted into energy rather than sent to landfill from the A303 Materials Recovery Facility in Andover.

The continued investment and improvements to our recycling capabilities and in creating renewable fuels from the residues of our processes, ensures that we are able to recover more materials which otherwise would be lost to landfill.

Fortis IBA achieves Certification to Industry Recognised Standards

Fortis has recently been through successful external audits for three of the industry’s best-known qualification schemes by assessment body, Exova BM Trada.

Following a three day audit, Fortis’ compliance management system was confirmed as meeting these high standards with zero concerns raised for safety, quality and environmental management standards.

OHSAS 18001 sets out the criteria health and safety management system standards. It demonstrates an organisation’s commitment to continual improvement in health and safety performance and to compliance with legislation through maintenance of an Occupational Health and Management System (OHSMS).

ISO 14001 sets out the criteria for an environmental management system and can be certified to. It provides assurance to company management and employees as well as external stakeholders that environmental impact is being measured and improved.

ISO 9001 addresses various aspects of quality management. The standards provide guidance and tools for companies and organizations who want to ensure that their products and services consistently meet customer’s requirements, and that quality is consistently improved.

Ben Jacobs, HSQE Manager commented: “This achievement is very exciting for Fortis IBA and is testament to the teams involved with the compliance management system and the way we work.

We undertake regular audits of our processes and procedures to ensure continual improvement and these certifications really demonstrate our commitment to best practice and that we have the right frameworks in place to manage them.”