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  • 14 February 2017

The latter half of 2016 was a busy time for our Health, Safety, Quality and Environmental team under the leadership of its Director, Sam Panter.


The Achilles auditing team carried out their annual audits for RISQS and Building Confidence, following the UVDB audit earlier in the year.  All were passed without incident and, for the first time, our on-site business received a 5 Star RISQS rating.

We also registered with Achilles FPAL towards the end of the year to further our progress in the oil and gas sectors and are currently weighing up the advantages of registering with ISNetworld to enable us to carry out works for new potential clients.

Lloyds Register Quality Assurance also visited late in 2016 to carry out the annual ISO 9001 and 14001 audits for our Quality Management systems.  Once again we are pleased that no issues were raised and we continue to be able to offer our clients the reassurance that our systems are independently audited and accredited.

Certifications were also renewed with CHAS and Safe Contractor, our 2 selected SSIP accreditation bodies.  We believe that these accreditations also give reassurance to clients of our robust Health and Safety management systems.

Whilst on the subject of health and safety, we are pleased to announce our third consecutive RoSPA Gold Award in 2016.  Julia Small, RoSPA's Head of Awards and Events, said, "To win an award at such a highly-regarded event as the RoSPA Awards is a great achievement for our winners.  It recognises their commitment to maintaining an excellent health and safety record and raises the bar for other organisations to aspire to.  We offer them our congratulations."

Long-standing clients continue to feature heavily in our on-site industrial painting order book with contracts being awarded from Amco Rail, Osborne, SSE, BPA, Rosshire Engineering, Dale Engineering and OPA.  Our decorators are being kept busy with works for Durham and Darlington Councils and long-term clients such as Tom Willoughby and Daubney.  Recent awards from Balfour Beatty for an onshore substation and Beneficial Contracts Ltd for a new care home are also welcome.  These orders supplement our long-term contracts with BAE Systems and Dow Corning and allow us to view 2017 with confidence.

Our 2 off-site facilities in Doncaster and Scunthorpe are both extremely busy with repeat business from existing clients and new business from new contacts.  Our decision to relocate the Scunthorpe factory has been proved correct by the significant increase in turnover we can now accommodate.  Briton Fabricators, SH Structures, PFP Services, CF Struthers and Britcon Engineering continue to put large orders our way and the number of clients is particularly encouraging.  We have further capital expenditure programmed during the current year to facilitate further growth in this segment of our business.

Finally, 2016 was a sad year for the Tighe Group with the deaths of Mr Jack Tighe and 2 stalwarts of the business over many years, George Dunne and Robert "Olly" Anderson.

We remember them and miss them.