Raymond Brown picks up prestigious RoSPA Gold Medal Award

Raymond Brown are delighted to announce themselves as winners at the RoSPA Health and Safety Awards 2017.

The business achieved the Gold Medal for eight consecutive Golds Awards in the prestigious annual scheme run by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

The award was achieved during a special year for family-safety charity RoSPA, as it celebrates its centenary.

Through the RoSPA Awards scheme, which is open to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes from across the UK and overseas, judges consider entrants’ overarching occupational health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of awards and events, said: “The RoSPA Awards are the most prestigious in the world of occupational health and safety, and held in high regard around the world, as winning one demonstrates an organisation’s commitment to maintaining an excellent health and safety record. Achieving the standard required is no mean feat.

“This is a special year in the history of RoSPA, and we congratulate all of our winners in this, our centenary year”.

The majority of awards are non-competitive and mark achievement at merit, bronze, silver and gold levels. Gold medals, president’s awards and orders of distinction are presented to organisations sustaining the high standards of the gold level over consecutive years.

For more information about the RoSPA Awards visit www.rospa.com/awards

Raymond Brown’s Sarisbury CE Junior School lorry is branded at London’s 500th historic Cart Marking Ceremony

The Raymond Brown Sarisbury CE Junior School lorry was branded yesterday at the traditional Cart Marking Ceremony in the City of London.

The prestigious event which is in its 500th year, took place at London’s Guildhall Court Yard on 12th July and was attended by the Lord Mayor and hundreds of spectators and dignitaries.

The ancient tradition of cart marking dates back to the 16th century when all carts operating in the City of London were required to pay five shillings for the right to ply for hire in the City and have their axles branded – an early form of vehicle licensing.

In 2015, Raymond Brown’s Wareham St Mary Lorry was branded at the event and since then the lorries have been rebranded as part of the company’s commitment to a new road safety initiative and to ensure that they are more visible on the roads.

The commentary highlighted Raymond Brown’s engagement with the local community and the business’ approach to safety, particularly the commitment to the Project Pictogram road safety initiative which has been rolled out across the fleet.

This year it was the brand new Sarisbury CE Junior School lorry, driven by Mark Attwood, and designed by the children of the school as part of our Community Matters initiative.  The lorry was paraded for the Master’s inspection in front of the spectators before being branded by the Master Carman.

Afterwards, the Sheriff, Master Carman and Wardens doff their caps as each vehicle passes the rostrum, and the Carmen, partners and guests join in fellowship for lunch in the Great Hall.

The event was attended by Steve Clasby, Chief Operating Officer, Simon Webb, Transport Manager and Steve Parker, Transport Support Manager.

Raymond Brown Commence Residual Waste Diverted for RDF Processing

Raymond Brown Waste Solutions has commenced a new contract with Oakleaf Recycling to supply over 3,000 tonnes of our residual waste which they will convert into Refuse Derived Fuel for energy production. Raymond Brown is proud to be one of the first customers for Oakleaf’s new state-of-the-art recovery facility, near Heathrow airport.

The resulting deal comes as the landfill tax charge in England was raised to £86.10 on 1st April 2017 and will rise again next year to £88.95. When adding in landfill gate fees and transport costs, this has driven disposal costs over recent years to levels in excess of £110 per tonne.

Over the years, Raymond Brown have invested heavily into our recycling capabilities to maximise recovery rates and minimise the volumes of waste sent to landfill. This new agreement is anticipated to half those volumes sent to landfill in 2017-18 from our A303 Materials Recovery facility.

Adam Murnieks, Managing Director commented: “This is a huge step forward towards our vision of achieving zero waste to landfill. We will continue maximising the opportunities to increase the volumes of residual waste which we can divert for RDF processing, so that we can maximise recycling rates for our customers and mitigate the impacts of rising landfill costs.”

Skips donated to Barton Stacey Primary School

Raymond Brown were pleased to donate two skips to Barton Stacey Primary School to help them clear an area which will become a learning and discovery zone as part of their new Landscape Strategy.

The school have been working on their Landscape Strategy for a number of months and members of teaching staff, support staff, parents, governors and neighbours have all worked with the County Council to come up with a long-term plan to better utilise the school grounds.

The school has recently started to focus on one of the key areas highlighted in this project, the use of the field area formally known as the Sensory Garden or Millennium Garden.  The Landscape Strategy highlighted this area as a potential outdoor learning and discovery zone.  Their long-term vision for the area is to make it a usable space for learning in a variety of curriculum areas with resources that enhance discovery and hands on learning and which also sit comfortably with the natural environment and natural strengths that our school grounds provide.

Raymond Brown were delighted to offer their support in the form of skips to ensure that the school could clear the area in preparation as they progress with their outdoor learning and discovery zones.

Rob Westell joins the business as Estates & Planning Director

Rob is a Chartered Minerals Surveyor and joins Raymond Brown from Aggregate Industries, where he was based for over 17 years and held responsibility for the Planning and Estates Department across the UK, the Channel Islands and Norway.

Rob’s appointment comes at an exciting time when the business has several projects in the pipeline.

He will lead on planning strategy within the business, focusing on developing existing sites and new areas of opportunity whilst ensuring that as plans evolve, and throughout, community engagement remains a key priority.

Raymond Brown commit to new road safety initiative as tipper lorries are rebranded to a more visible colour

Raymond Brown announce commitment to the new road safety initiative as tipper lorries are rebranded to a more visible colour.

Raymond Brown have announced their commitment the Project Pictogram road safety initiative as they rebrand their tipper lorries to a more visible colour.

Project Pictogram is a fleet, business and community road safety communication aimed at reducing risks across our roads.  It is focussed on the ‘Fatal Factor’ driver behaviour risks present in almost all Killed or Serious Injury (KSI) collisions.  Raymond Brown is applying the five Pictogram stickers to all 82 of its vehicles and by doing so will provide daily on-road reminders of these key risks to all motorists on every journey.  The business will also be taking the road safety messages into local schools as part of its Community Matters initiative.

Chief Operating Officer, Steve Clasby commented: “We are very excited to be rolling out Project Pictogram across our entire fleet of vehicles.  Safety is at the forefront of everything we do and engaging with the community has always been a key priority for our business.  It creates an industry standard to which our fleet can align and ties in with the rebrand of our tipper lorries to a fresh new colour, promoting our commitment to sustainability and ensuring that our vehicles are clearly visible on roads.  Project Pictogram is an excellent road safety communication initiative which promotes safer, freer flowing roads.”

Caroline Nokes, MP for Romsey & Southampton North joined the Raymond Brown team for the unveiling of their new safety focused livery which incorporates the pictograms.  An active supporter of the initiative since 2015, she echoed the Prime Minister’s calls for cultural change: “This sort of community engagement initiative is exactly the type of motivator which can shift understanding of risks. Instinctively we all know which activities are dangerous whilst driving, and the pictograms will provide daily reminders of what we all have to pay much more heed to.”

Raymond Brown achieve Investors in People Accreditation

Raymond Brown has been recognised for the way it supports and develops its staff with the UK’s leading people management standard, the Investors in People Accreditation.

Investors in People is the UK’s most successful framework for business improvement through people management.  Raymond Brown was recognised for its commitment to attracting, retaining and nurturing good people, with assessors specifically highlighting directors’ efforts to build an open and transparent culture.

For Raymond Brown, the accolade represents a commitment to developing, supporting and motivating of their colleagues, tying in with their ‘Great Place to Work’ initiative.

Raymond Brown are making tangible improvements as part of their ‘Great Place to Work’ initiative which is currently being rolled out across the business and their 230 employees.  The initiative focuses on five key areas; training/development, employee engagement, leadership, employee benefits and the workplace environment.  A number of developments have been made over the past six months, including implementing a flexible benefits package, a new management training programme and identifying and developing three new core values; Passion, Responsibility and Engagement.

Stuart Harris, Chief Executive commented: “The Investors in People Accreditation demonstrates a great workplace, an outperforming employer and a clear commitment to sustainability.

We are proud to have such a professional and talented team and we look forward to further building on our values and ensuring continuous improvement.”

The national standard is tough to achieve and awarded to just 10,345 organisations in the UK.