Amey Joins Group Businesses Campaigning To Support Social Enterprises
Amey has joined the Buy Social Corporate Challenge, an initiative that sees some of the UK’s largest businesses use their spending power to effect positive change in communities.
The challenge, which was launched a year ago at Downing Street, sees businesses committing to collectively spend £1bn with social enterprises by 2020.
Founding partners Interserve, Johnson and Johnson, PwC, Santander, Wates and Zurich have now been joined by Amey and Robertson Group.
As businesses seek to become more socially responsible in how they operate, the money companies spend through their supply chains has become a key area in which they can have a positive impact.
From working with a software testing social enterprise providing sustainable employment for people with autism, to sourcing water coolers from a company which donates all its profits to clean water projects, the Challenge is showing the incredible impact businesses can have if they shift their supply chain spend towards social enterprises.
John Cully, Chief Procurement Officer at Amey, said: “Amey are delighted to be joining the Buy Social Corporate Challenge, an initiative that sees a group of businesses choosing to leverage their significant buying power to support, grow and trade with social enterprises.
“We’re committed to working with organisations like SEUK and their partners to help us connect to social businesses that we know bring about positive change in our local communities – ultimately helping us to deliver our goal at Amey of creating better places to live, work and travel.”
Hadfield Wood Recyclers Sponsors Amateur Rider With Its “Easi” Bedding
Hadfield Wood Recyclers has signed a sponsorship deal for its wood fibre equine bedding easibed with 25-year-old dressage rider Clare Heap.
The recycler was approached by Clare as part of a nationwide scheme, Leg Up For Talent (LUFT), which helps talented young riders to realise their equestrian ambitions by finding sponsors for them.
Hadfield Wood Recyclers, which launched easibed almost 20 years ago, said they were very impressed with Clare, who’s from Southampton, and are delighted to be supporting her.
Vicki Hughes, Group Business Development Manager at Hadfield Wood Recyclers, said: “Traditionally equestrian sponsorship is only available to the more experienced few who guarantee media exposure for brands, so when LUFT approached us we were really interested to hear they were looking for supporters for grassroots riders.
“Clare has already proved to be a very successful rider and is also a great ambassador for our easibed equine bedding brand. Plus she actually really loves easibed so it’s a match made in heaven.” she added.
Clare herself added: “easibed is a great product and I would especially recommend it to any who has a messy horse. It’s saved me a lot of time in mucking out. This sponsorship is helping me achieve my dreams of competing at Grand Prix level. It has enabled me to spend more of my hard-earned money on training and competition, which is great.”
easibed is a dust free wood fibre bedding which is free draining and supportive for horses. If used correctly, easibed saves riders time in mucking out and costs of replenishing bedding. It is also perfect for horses with respiratory issues and those competing as its dust free quality aids performance.
Egbert Taylor Group Wins International Order
UK-based bin manufacturer and waste solutions provider, Egbert Taylor Group, has received the first global order under a framework agreement with Visionscape Group.
The contract will see Egbert Taylor Group supply bins throughout the next few years to the global environmental utility group for new projects currently being rolled out across emerging markets.
The order covers a wide range of commercial waste and recycling containers across Egbert Taylor Group’s longstanding Taylor and Sellers brands, including the iconic Taylor Continental 1,100L unit and Sellers’ range of recycling skips ranging from five to 20 cubic metres.
The first stage of the order will be delivered during the second quarter of 2017.
Egbert Taylor Group’s custom-made steel containers have now been earmarked for high-profile projects throughout the Middle East and Africa and were selected for what Visionscape Middle East and North Africa’s CEO, John Irvine, describes as their “exacting standards and suitability across a wide range of waste streams.”
On selecting Egbert Taylor Group as its waste solutions provider John continues: “These units will be situated in areas where footfall is high and subjected to continual use, day in, day out. As a result, deploying bins that are built to last and that have been designed and manufactured based on rigorous testing and superb engineering is an absolute must. Egbert Taylor Group has a history of producing highly-engineered products and we’re proud to be rolling out a perfect example of British engineering at its very best across our new fleets.”
The bins will incorporate radio-frequency identification systems (RFID), which will electronically track and record the movement and fill status of thousands of bins across Visionscape’s new fleet.
The inclusion of RFID will allow those using the units, which include municipalities and private sector companies, to significantly optimise their waste collection infrastructure by having the ability to adapt their collection routes in real time.
The RFID capability will also deliver an asset management tool that enables users to establish each unit’s location at any given moment and monitor how, where and when each bin is being used.
JCB Has Sights Set On New Market Thanks To Specsavers
JCB has its sights set on a new market after launching a range of branded prescription safety glasses with leading high street retailer Specsavers.
JCB already licences around 50 leading companies which sell millions of products from batteries, tools and toys bearing the JCB name each year. Now the company has teamed up with Specsavers Corporate Eyecare to launch the safety eye wear – with great success.
Senior JCB Licensing Manager Paul Tudor, who is based at JCB’s World HQ, in Rocester, Staffordshire, said: “The reaction to the launch has been fantastic with thousands of pairs of the JCB safety glasses sold already. We worked very closely with Specsavers on the designs and we are delighted with the results.”
A total of 20 JCB frames are being made available in men’s, women’s and unisex designs under the licensing agreement between the two companies. They are available from Specsavers’ UK stores with metal and polycarbonate frames with a wide choice of lenses suitable for a range of industrial settings. They come complete with side shields bearing the famous JCB logo. By the end of the year all 1,700-plus Specsavers stores globally will offer the JCB range.
Specsavers Corporate Eyecare Director of Strategic Alliances Jim Lythgow said: “We have subjected more than 440 pairs of prescription safety glasses to extremely rigorous tests. As you would expect from Specsavers and JCB, these glasses are tough!”
New 2017-Model DAF XF Makes Tip-Ex Debut
Following its global introduction at the CV Show in April, DAF Trucks is showcasing the first right-hand-drive example of its new 2017 model year XF tractor unit at Tip-ex 2017 in Harrogate.
The new XF comes with a luxury Super Space Cab and a new, uprated 530bhp PACCAR MX-13 engine coupled with a new ZF TraXon automated gearbox. DAF Trucks’ ‘FTG’ chassis is a 6×2 axle configuration with lifting and steering second axle.
The new-model DAF CF and XF rigid and tractor line-up boasts 7% lower fuel consumption thanks to innovations to the PACCAR MX-11 and MX-13 engines, a new ZF TraXon gearbox, new high-efficiency rear axles with faster gear ratios, advanced powertrain software and new cab aerodynamic aids.
Further new developments include an enhanced MX Engine Brake and a new compact Exhaust After-treatment System (EAS) – all combining to reduce kerb-weight by a significant 130kg on the FTG 6×2 tractor model. The EAS is 40% smaller allowing extra chassis space to accommodate ancillary blowing and or tipping equipment. Maximum service intervals are also increased to 200,000km.
For the driver, new trim, a new dashboard layout and new temperature / climate controls further enhance already high levels of comfort, while an Exclusive Line specification provides the ultimate in luxury.
The new DAF models received their global launch at the CV Show in April, unveiled by DAF Trucks President, Preston Feight. Full details of the new models can be found in DAF Trucks’ accompanying Tip-ex ’17 press information.