Fairisle Junior School Cycling Safety Lorry Visit

Accompanied by Sustrans, we took one of our HGV tipper lorries into Fairisle Junior School in Southampton, to increase knowledge of cycling, scooting and walking participation in the local area and to demonstrate ‘Blind spots’ etc as part of road safety for the children.

The children were invited to walk around the Raymond Brown lorry, pick out/spot any warning signs displayed on the lorry and to sit in the lorry cab to make them aware of what HGV drivers are able to view when driving.

‘Sustrans’ talked to the children in great depth about road safety, riding of cycles on the roads and what to be generally aware of when out and about. They also made them aware of the importance of reducing congestion and pollution around the school and the beneficial effects it would have on the children’s mental and physical health.

The children really enjoyed the visit and Headteacher, Peter Howard commented: “Thank you so much for coming to us today, it was brilliant to see the children’s faces especially when they were in the cab. I think we taught everyone a very valuable and potentially lifesaving lesson this morning.’’

Christmas Party for Raymond Brown Group Employees at new Solent Spark Building

Over 170 employees and guests across our businesses joined us for our 2017 Christmas Party at the new Solent University Spark Building in Southampton, which was decorated in an Enchanted Forest theme, with snowflakes floating down the walls, green lighting and wintery props and accessories, including a giant white unicorn surrounded by Christmas trees in the centre of the room.

The party started off with a speech by Chief Operating Officer, Steve Clasby, as he provided an overview of the business successes in 2017 and thanked employees, past and present over the past year.  Four individuals were also recognised for exemplifying our core values (Passion.  Responsibility.  Engagement.) within the workplace, having been nominated by their teams and colleagues and they received a John Lewis gift voucher and wooden plaque.  They were:

Passion – Tom Weeks, Customer Service Supervisor (Raymond Brown Distribution)

Responsibility – Vanessa Smith, Shift Manager (Raymond Brown Waste Solutions)

Engagement – Stephen Hall, Driver (Raymond Brown Waste Solutions)

One individual, Karl Reed, stood out across all three areas, with some outstanding nominations for his efforts at the A303 IBA Processing Facility:  Karl Reed, Site Supervisor (Fortis IBA)

All employees were given the opportunity to win a day of paid annual leave in our infamous ‘Heads and Tails’ game and congratulations to Justin Ebbutt (Site Manager at Nursling Recycling Facility), whose wife, Rebecca, won it on his behalf.

Attendees received favours in the form of an antler bottle opener for the men and a snowflake bottle stop for the women, along with an array of Hotel Chocolat treats in crackers on the tables.

After a three course meal of chicken terrine or soup, beef or vegetable wellington and a chocolate tart or cheese and biscuits, the teas and coffees with chocolate-covered turkish delight treats were served up on top of the red pod that sits suspended in the venue above the atrium.

Throughout the evening, employees and their guests were able to explore the impressive venue, wager with their funny money at the three casino tables, have their photos taken in the inflatable LED Photo Booth (on the following pages), snap  themselves in the Enchanted Selfie Area and dance the night away to the DJ.

Thank you to all who attended for a brilliant evening.

Two latest Skip Lorries designed by local Pre-Schools

Two of our new skip lorries have this year been designed by local pre-schools, enabling us to involve even younger members of the local community in the design of our latest vehicles.  This is the first time that any of our lorries have been designed by pre-schools, previously they have been created by a range of primary, junior and senior schools.

Both pre-schools, Barton Stacey Pre-School and Longparish Little School, are situated near our A303 Enviropark.  The schools were approached in the summer to come up with designs based around the theme of recycling to go on the lorries.

Barton Stacey Pre-School had the idea of utilising their hands and feet to create posters, and Bishop David Williams of Basingstoke and other members of the local community, including all of the children’s parents came to see the unveiling of the lorry.

Bishop David presented certificates to each child whilst Tim O’Leary, Raymond Brown Operations Director, gave each of them a £10 gift voucher and goody bag.  Bishop David praised the efforts of Raymond Brown in involving the local community in the work which we do.  Longparish Little School had ten of their children draw pictures and colour in posters.

At both pre-schools, the children got to have a sit in the lorry and pretend to drive it whilst having their photos taken.  Many thanks to our Barton Stacey Pre-School lorry driver, Phil Cresswell, and our Longparish Little School lorry driver, Dave Newell.

Communications and Marketing Manager, Kerry Smith wins the 2017 Venus Hampshire Marketing and PR Award

Raymond Brown are celebrating as Kerry Smith, Communications and Marketing Manager was announced winner of the Venus Hampshire Marketing and PR Award on Saturday 11th November in front of over 350 guests at the Venus Hampshire Gala Dinner, held at Solent University’s new Spark Building.

The prestigious Venus Awards were founded in 2009 to recognise, reward and celebrate women in business within regions across the UK and this year, nominees for the 15 categories were over 1,100.

Kerry, who celebrated her 10-year anniversary with Raymond Brown in the summer, progressed from Marketing Assistant to her current role within the business and has been supported on a day release basis whilst at university.

The award category, which was sponsored by Agency, bandv included a number of talented women but Kerry’s career progression, passion, enthusiasum and commitment to the business caught the bandv judging panel’s attention.

 

bandv’s Chairman, Colin Breckenridge commented: “We are delighted that Kerry is the winner of this year’s Hampshire Venus Awards in the Marketing & PR category and would like to offer our heartfelt congratulations.

Kerry’s progression through the Raymond Brown Group from Marketing Assistant to Marketing Manager and the story of her journey really caught our attention.  Her enthusiasm and passion for her role and the company is clear, and Kerry’s commitment to Raymond Brown’s community projects really impressed us.

It has been an honour to be a sponsor of the Venus Awards for the second year running as bandv are proud to help promote the role of women in ‘Marketing & PR’. This year the category was once again full of some extraordinary individuals and tremendous talent but for us Kerry shone that little bit brighter and stood out as a clear winner. Huge congratulations Kerry!”

Kerry commented: “I am absolutely thrilled and so proud to be the 2017 Venus Hampshire Marketing and PR Winner, sponsored by bandv.  To be recognised for working hard and doing what I love and feel so passionate about feels incredible.  Behind me is the most amazing company who have been very supportive of my determination to progress and I am very fortunate to have worked with some very inspirational people over the last 10 years at Raymond Brown.

This award has given me more confidence to believe in myself within such a male dominated industry.”

Kerry will progress to the Venus Awards National Finals to be held in the summer of 2018.

Top photo of Winners – Image Credits to Jack Valpy of Fingerprint Media.

Raymond Brown Group’s Communications & Marketing Manager, Kerry Smith has been selected as a finalist in the Marketing & PR category of the 2017 Hampshire Venus Awards.

The Venus Awards, dubbed by Channel 4 as “The Working Women’s Oscars” were created in 2009 to recognise, reward and celebrate local working women in business across regions within the UK.

Kerry Smith has been with the company for over 10 years and has progressed from Marketing Assistant up to Communications and Marketing Manager. She leads the Raymond Brown Group’s brand and reputation management and all marketing and communications activities across the businesses.

Kerry commented: “I could not be prouder to be a Finalist for the Hampshire Venus Awards. To be recognised for what I am so passionate about (both the importance of Marketing and PR as a profession and raising awareness of women in business) and working for a company which I love is just incredible.”

bandv Marketing, based in Southampton are the sponsors of the 2017 Marketing and PR Award category and their panel judged a number of Marketing Managers from a variety of local businesses, across a wide range of sectors.

Kerry and her two fellow finalists were selected for their outstanding achievements and their influence within the industry, they will now go through to the Venus Hampshire Awards Gala Dinner at the Solent Spark Building on 11 November 2017, where a winner will be announced.

Colin Breckenridge, Chairman of bandv commented: “We are delighted to be sponsoring the Venus Awards for the second year running. bandv are proud to help promote the role of women in ‘Marketing and PR’ throughout Hampshire and we would like to say a huge congratulations to this year’s talented finalists.

This year the Marketing & PR category was once again full of some extraordinary individuals and the three finalists we have chosen are an outstanding example of the talent amongst women who work in Marketing and PR throughout Hampshire.”

Raymond Brown Waste Solutions accredited with ISO 14001 : 2015

Raymond Brown Waste Solutions is delighted to announce that the business has successfully been accredited with the ISO 14001 : 2015 standard for Environmental Management, following successful completion of the assessment process. The business had been previously certified to ISO 14001:2004 but were reaccredited for this revised 2015 version last month.

ISO is a series of management standards developed and published by the International Organization for Standardisation for organisations, 14001:2015 is an internally accepted standard for an effective Environmental Management System.

Adam Murnieks, Managing Director commented: “ISO 14001 is an official recognition of our environmental credentials. It recognises our commitment to embed sustainability and environmental responsibility at the heart of everything we do. Through our robust environmental management system, we will continue to be a sustainable business and operating responsibly by addressing our environmental, social and economic impacts.”

Bronze FORS Accreditation achieved across the Fleet

We are delighted to announce that Raymond Brown has been assessed and has met the bronze level requirements of the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS).

FORS is a voluntary accreditation scheme which promotes best practice for commercial vehicle operators. It encompasses all aspects of safety, efficiency, and environmental protection by encouraging and training fleet operators to measure, monitor and improve performance.

As a business, we are always looking for ways to improve and accreditations from industry standards help us benchmark our progress. FORS enables us to demonstrate to both our customers and the local communities that we work to standards above the legal minimum and that we are constantly trying to improve the way we work.

In order to achieve accreditation, we were required to meet the strict criteria set out in the FORS standards – a process that is verified by a rigorous formal company audit undertaken by an independent FORS auditor. Many thanks to Simon Webb, Steve Parker, Julie Davies, Nick Muir and Heather McLintock who worked very hard during the audit process and in helping us achieve this accreditation.

The FORS badge will sit on the rear of our vehicles, alongside the Project Pictogram symbols, demonstrating that we are a responsible and safe operator.

brownSkips.com hits 200 reviews on Trustpilot averaging at 9.4 stars

brownSkips.com implemented Trustpilot around 18 months ago as a way of ensuring we capture our customer feedback. Trustpilot is an E-Commerce Review System which allows customers to quickly and conveniently review our skip hire services online at the click of a button.

Receiving feedback from customers on their experience of using our skip and grab hire service across Hampshire is invaluable in enabling the business to continually improve services and operations.

brownSkips.com are delighted to have received the 200th review with an average score of 9.4 stars. We encourage all customers to review us and are grateful for the comments we receive.

All Trustpilot feedback is assessed and our average scores are reviewed each month as one of our key performance indicators.

For every 100 customer reviews received, one lucky reviewer is selected at random and awarded a £50 Amazon voucher.

If you have not yet reviewed brownSkips.com but would like to, please get in contact with Tracey Docherty on 023 8027 3750, who will be able to send you an email link.

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 (eight consecutive Golds) award 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

Skips donated to Barton Stacey Primary School

Raymond Brown were pleased to donate two skips to Barton Stacey Primary School in June 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.