brownSkips.com attends South Coast Smile Wheels Show

Driver, Mark Gale attended the 2018 South Coast Smile Wheels Show on 23 and 24 June this year.

The show takes place at at Highbridge Farm in Otterbourne and is a large family event with a range of cars, bikes, trucks and stalls.  The show fundraises money for the children at Southampton General Hospital and the neonatal unit at Princess Anne by raising gifts and money.

Mark, who frequently attends wheel shows, took the Roman Way Primary School lorry with him this year which is one of the newest and most colourful lorries in the fleet.

Raymond Brown gain FORS Reaccreditation

Raymond Brown are delighted to have been reassessed and reaccredited with the Bronze Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS).

The FORS scheme has been set up to raise the level of quality within fleet operations across the UK and in 2017 Raymond Brown announced that the business had met the FORS bronze level requirements.

FORS reassessments take place each year and comprise of an external audit of the business processes to ensure that the company maintains the high standard of work related road risk management.

Transport Manager, Simon Webb commented: “The Raymond Brown fleet comprises of over 60 vehicles and this reaccreditation emphasises our commitment to fleet safety and environmental efficiency as well as demonstrating that we meet a recognised industry standard.”

Jason Lester is announced as a Finalist for the Safety and Health Practitioner Biggest Impact Award 2018

Jason Lester, Raymond Brown Waste Solutions HSQE Advisor has been announced as a finalist for the Safety and Health Practitioner (SHP) 2018’s Biggest Impact Award.

The awards are an annual event to celebrate individuals who have demonstrate excellence in their roles.  This category was open to anyone based in the UK and has recently (within the last 18 months) moved to the health and safety profession from another industry.  A long list of nominees were received and a panel of industry experts selected Jason as one of six finalists.

Jason moved into a health, safety and environmental Advisor’s role in September 2017, previously he managing the Chilton Recycling Facility. In this time he has re-written the Health & Safety and Environmental Manuals and management systems and passed his NEBOSH National General Certificate qualification. He has completed the ROSPA health and safety nomination and gained a 2018 gold award for the company.

For more information, please visit the SHP website: https://www.shponline.co.uk/finalists-announced-for-shp-biggest-impact-award-2018/

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.”

Raymond Brown Grab Hire assist Alan Titchmarsh’s Love Your Garden Programme

Raymond Brown Waste Solutions donated our grab hire services to Alan Titchmarsh’s popular garden makeover TV series, Love Your Garden last week.  The programme sees Alan transform the gardens of deserving people around the country.

The latest garden being developed by Love Your Garden was a makeover for a lady in Fareham and Raymond Brown were pleased to organise for one of our 6-wheel grab lorries and driver to collect the concrete.

The episode will be aired within the next few months on ITV.

Nursling Primary School learn about Recycling

Employees from Raymond Brown visited Nursling Primary School in March to undertake a lesson on recycling with the Year 2 students.

Our classroom lessons and school visits are designed to encourage children to understand and start thinking about recycling from an early age so that they know how to help the environment.

The lesson saw the children looking at what could be recycled at home, what materials are recycled into and it also gave them an insight into the waste industry and the what Raymond Brown recycles locally.

The children completed workbooks and a class activity decorating paper flowers and butterflies with what they had learned to create a school recycling flower which is on display at Nursling Recycling Facility.

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.”

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 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. The children, who have named themselves “SJS Ground Force”, have put together a presentation, which they gave in an assembly, asking for volunteers and, 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, we 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 focusing 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, the business has regular briefings, frequent feedback and review meetings about its performance.

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 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.”