Site of Nature Conservation Interest designation awarded to the South Heath area at Binnegar Quarry in Dorset

An area of heathland and associated habitats at Raymond Brown’s Binnegar Quarry in Dorset has been surveyed and assessed by the Sites of Nature Conservation Interest Panel.

The Sites of Nature Conservation Interest Project which is run by the Dorset Wildlife Trust, identifies valuable wildlife areas which exist in many parts of Dorset outside of the protected Nature Reserves and Sites of Special Scientific Interest.  These pockets of undisturbed habitat, which are often found on farms and private land, form a valuable reservoir of wildlife and make an important contribution Dorset’s biodiversity.

The panel has collected data about the plants and animals surviving at the South Heath area and has produced a Management Statement which will be implemented and the results monitored through regular surveys in close liaison with the Raymond Brown site team.

Dr Sharron Abbott, SNCI Manager from the Dorset Wildlife Trust commented: “The Project recognises the efforts of Raymond Brown in restoring this area of former sand and gravel workings to a wildlife-rich mixture of habitats supporting a number of important species.   Its continued sympathetic management will mean that its wealth of wildlife will be available for future generations and will help towards our goal to promote heathland habitats at a landscape scale.”

Rob Westell, Raymond Brown Estates & Planning Director commented: “We are delighted to have the site recognised as a Site of Nature Conservation Interest, Raymond Brown took an overgrown area of scrub and working with the landowner and ecologists, transformed it to a wildlife haven of heathland interspersed with wetland features and bare scrapes.  This habitat has already been occupied by a variety of species, some of which are nationally rare and is viewed as a model for heathland creation.”

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.