ECS to Relocate to New Premises
To make ECS's logistics far simpler, with better access to the M1 and help align all management areas in a more succinct office environment, ECS will be relocating to new premises in Huthwaite, This will also provide our Fabrication division with the ability to change their operational procedures in order to meet the constant pressures in the steel manufacture world at the moment.
The phased move of the entire company should take around 6 months, with completion approximately at the end of August 2013.
ECS Wins RoSPA Award for Fifth Consecutive Year
After an assessment of our Health and Safety Management Systems by RoSPA, ECS have again been awarded the RoSPA Gold Award for Occupational Health and Safety.
This is the fifth consecutive year that ECS has won this award, which clearly demonstrates our continual committment to Health and Safety, from our Managing Director and Directors through to all levels of management down to implementation by the workforce.
The award was collected on 14th May 2013 by employees representing ECS.
ECS Landustrie Partnership
Pictured is Gary Jordan shaking hands with Arie Van Steen, Export Manager of Landustrie Sneek BV, providers of Archimedes screw pumps and powered weedscreens.
Gary commented, "This is a wonderful opportunity to partner with another professional product supplier to enhance our portfolio and to hopefully increase our sales turnover".
ECS Waterfront Partnership
Pictured is Gary Jordan shaking hands with Neil Betteridge, Managing Director of Waterfront Fluid Controls Ltd.
Waterfront manufacture and sell penstocks, flap valves, tilting screens, etc into our current market place so it was a sensible idea to match our companies' skills to not only sell but install the product.
Gary commented, "We are excited at the opportunities this should offer both our businesses."
ECS Installs Wind Powered Pumps
ECS has recently been awarded a project to install wind powered pumps to two sites in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. These wind powered pumps are used as backups to the main electric pumps on site. Further to this contract award, representatives from ECS have been to China where the pumps are manufactured with a view to being the main UK supplier.
ECS Employee Joe Mott at The House of Lords
We arrived at
We were handed formal invitations to the event.
After a long 3 ˝ hour journey we arrived in
We were then in the House of Lords at the Celebration of Apprenticeships hosted by Baroness Prasher CBE. We were greeted with tea and a delicious buffet lunch. The awards ceremony then started and there was talks from the Baroness, Gordon Marsden MP (the Shadow Minister for Further Education, Skills and Regional Growth), Lord Adrian Bailey MP and the college principal Asha Khemka OBE.
In total, 15 students received Outstanding Apprentice Awards, 13 of whom were in attendance. These 15 were chosen from 5000 possible students who were engaged in an apprenticeship at the college!
Gordon Marsden presented Joe with his certificate and glass award.
After the awards were presented, the Baroness came to talk to us and said she knew where we were from because of our accents! We then walked around the House of Lords and took many photographs including one with an armed policeman inside the House of Lords. While we were leaving the event we saw the college principal and her daughter struggling with a very large trolley filled with flower displays on the cobbled streets, so we decided to push it for them and we looked very comical pushing flowers through central
We then went back on to the coach to go back home, arriving at the college at 9:45pm. It was a once in a lifetime, amazing day that we will never forget. We had a fantastic time. Joe’s family are all very proud of him!
Great comments from a deserved and enjoyable day out.
ECS Engineering Services have been proud of their success and awards over the past four years, winning the prestigious RoSPA Gold Award for Health & Safety and Best in Class Architectural Model for design of the roof of the student accommodation building standing opposite Wembley Park Tube Station.
Building on these successes is ever in the thoughts of Managing Director Gary Jordan – were it needs to happen – the youth of today.
Joe Mott, an apprentice at the
We at ECS are as proud of Joe as both his father Gary and his sister Lisa.
Local, young talent needs to be given a chance and nurtured to quality employees for the future of our business and the economy overall.
The apprentices of today are the engineers of the future”.
Joe Mott (left) receiving his award and certificate from Gordon Marsden (Shadow Minister for Further Education)
ECS Outsources Fleet Management
In order to improve efficiency and reduce internal workload we have outsourced our fleet management to CBVC Vehicle Management.
Gary Jordan said “We have an excellent qualified Fleet Manager in house, but wanted to use his talents elsewhere in the business. CBVC were introduced to us by a new senior employee whose previous employer company used their services for some years.
Our criteria in looking for an outsourced partner was a company who could deliver cost savings, but also maintain our strong Duty of Care and H&S disciplines, emphasised by our RoSPA Gold Award for Occupational Health & Safety. This is important for our own staff safety, and also provides a fully auditable H&S trail on vehicles demanded by our clients who include major utilities and the Environment Agency.
We found that CBVC has specialist teams in vehicle supply; vehicle finance; short term and flexible rental and full vehicle and driver operational management. Their service delivery is backed up by a 24 hour helpline and state of art online IT management system giving us access to live data on vehicles, fuel and employees 24/7, so no more spreadsheets. The system alone would have cost us in excess of CBVC’s annual fees yet alone a qualified management team behind it.
It therefore became an easy decision to appoint them as they manage the fleet for half the cost, strengthen our back office support with their specialist teams, and save us recruiting a new employee”.
Mike Manners, CBVC Director, commented:
“Our business model is ideally suited to a business like ECS. They have a valuable employee whose talents can be used elsewhere in the business and can outsource their fleet management for a fraction of the price of a qualified replacement.
We look forward to working for ECS, and delivering further cost savings over the coming years”.
Gary Jordan, ECS Managing Director (left) with Mike Manners, CBVC Director.
New Student Accommodation in Wembley
Situated next to the College of North West London, is the location of a striking new student accommodation building providing 435 student rooms with en-suite facilities.
The spiral shaped roof, which extends from the 8th to the 19th floor, was designed, fabricated and installed by ECS Engineering Services.
The building is split into three wings around the central spiral-shaped 19 storey tower and features buildings at different heights to blend in with neighbouring lower level buildings.
ECS Wins Major New Contracts
ECS are proud to announce the award of the Anglia & Midlands Environment Agency MEICA and the Anglian Water Access Framework contracts.
ECS are pleased to be a part of the Go4SET project for a second consecutive year.
ECS have thoroughly enjoyed being involved as ‘Science and Engineering Ambassadors’ with a group of pupils from the Manor School in Mansfield Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire.
‘Go4Set’ is a learning scheme for 13/14 year olds to stimulate their interest in science, engineering and technology, run by the Engineering and Development Trust.
During the first year, the pupils learned about energy saving technology and applied their research to saving energy in their school. A visit was arranged for the pupils to see ‘inside ECS’ during the 10 week long project to see ‘engineering action’ at first hand.
Two models were constructed during the project to demonstrate their energy saving ideas (many thanks to all at ECS who helped) and presented at a celebration day, held at Nottingham University. The ‘action’ was also covered by BBC East Midlands Today, during the national ‘Science and Engineering Week’ and the pupils became TV stars into the bargain!
The scheme comprised of selected pupils from 12 schools in the area and the Manor School came in the top 3 places, which was a great result for their first attempt!
ECS Receives RoSPA Award Again
ECS have once again been awarded the RoSPA Gold Award for Best Supplier Contractor from Severn Trent Water!
Clark Williamson (ECS Operations Director) receiving the RoSPA Award on behalf of ECS Engineering Services.
ECS Wins Industry Award for Structural Detailing Services
ECS is celebrating after our structrual detailing services was recognised with an industry award.
Rob Pitchford (ECS Design Manager) won the award for Best in Class Architectural Model at Graitec UK Advanced Modelling Competition in Southampton.
Winning over 90 other entrants, ECS won the award for production of detail drawings for a complex steel roof structure being incorporated into a Ł23m student accommodation development in London.
Rob Pitchford (ECS Design Manager) receiving his award on behalf of ECS Engineering Services.
ECS Manufactures Footbridge Made From Recycled Plastic
The National Trust were investigating the possibility of replacing a damaged footbridge in a very isolated location (Hardcastle Crags,
The replacement bridge, being made from KLP Recycled Plastic, has excellent properties as well as being manufactured from 100% recycled polypropylene waste. It is an excellent replacement for timber products as it is wholly maintenance free with an extremely long life.
By merit of a previous working relationship with the
The scheme had particular difficulties:
- the site was extremely inaccessible—no plant could be taken to the location and all tools and materials had to be hand delivered to site
- the site was of an environmentally sensitive nature, and so the impact of all operations had to be minimised.
- alternate access for the public was difficult so the time taken to dismantle the existing bridge and commission the replacement needed to be kept to a minimum.
ECS worked in partnership with Lankhorst, the
The materials were procured by ECS and the bridge was pre-assembled at ECS premises. Several enhancements to the outline design were made at this stage. The bridge was dismantled, packaged and delivered in manageable pieces to an agreed location close to the installation site.
In partnership with the Local National Trust Ranger Team and with some assistance from volunteers, the materials were safely moved to a location adjacent to the existing bridge. The existing bridge was quickly dismantled, without the use of heavy plant or lifting equipment and the new bridge erected within a 4-day window, thus minimising the impact on the public using the site.
Reclaimed materials from the damaged bridge were used to repair an existing adjacent bridge with the surplus being used to form a suitable habitat for local wildlife.
The finished product fully met the Trust’s initial scope and the Supervising Engineer and Local Ranger have expressed their delight both at the finished product and the capability and conduct demonstrated by the installation team.
ECS - As Seen on BBC East Midlands Today!
The dedicated team of employees at ECS are proving that with hard work, dedication, and an ability to embrace change, that we can continue to give our customers the best possible quality services and products, whilst looking for a positive future under the challenges being put before us.
Customer confidence can only be gained and then kept by offering quality, speed of delivery, value for money and innovative ideas.
We welcome the chance to deal with your problems.
Gary Jordan, Managing Director (left), being interviewed by Quentin Rayner from East Midlands Today, regarding the recent economic down-turn and how ECS is bucking the trend.