Christmas & New Year

Christmas and New Year Opening

Robinson Manufacturing will close for the Christmas and New Year break at 12pm on Thursday 23rd December and returning on Tuesday 4th January 2022 (5th January in Scotland).

We’d like to wish you and your teams, as well as your families, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

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Herefordshire Timber Frame Project

Herefordshire Timber Frame Development

In the first project undertaken for Mynyddbach Developments, Robinson Manufacturing (RML) is supplying timber frame with factory fitted insulation, metal web joist floor cassettes and prefabricated roof trusses for six new detached dwellings in Much Dewchurch, Hereford.

While the product is provided on a supply only package, RML is working closely with the carpentry company installing the kit on site, who is also a subcontractor to us on other future projects.

The development consists of three, four and six bedroomed homes, in the small village which is six miles south of Hereford.

Based in South Wales, Mynyddbach Developments specialises in small developments of high quality homes in carefully selected locations.

If you have a development project you’d like to talk to our timber frame team about, email or call us on 01933 279597.

For more information, call us on 01933 279597 or click below to request a quote any timber engineered products today.

Operations Manager Roxanne Newton Profile

Operations Manager Roxanne Newton Profile

Since being promoted to Operations Manager earlier this year, Roxanne Newton has taken on significantly more responsibility across the business, including team management – a new type of challenge.

However, valuable ongoing mentorship from members of the SLT has helped her to develop professionally and personally in order to thrive in this new role. She has found it rewarding to be entrusted with more responsibility in order to assist with driving the business forward.

The biggest challenge for Roxanne has been learning how to cope with the pressures of managing a team of people alongside managing her own workload. To start with, she found it difficult to combine the level of input required to manage a team with completing her own tasks in line with her own personal targets, and business need. However, she has settled into her role quickly and learnt what how best to manage her own working day and support the needs of others.

Prioritising effectively, managing her own time better and continuing to set herself targets was a great start. Roxanne has also become more comfortable with delegating, leaning on colleagues for support where required. She found that it also helped to have the drive and flexibility to be able to work outside of standard working hours, alongside coming to terms with understanding that sometimes it is not possible to ‘get everything done’ and that this is OK.

Roxanne has been with the business for a long time and knows where to go to access the knowledge and experience her new role requires; her colleagues have been happy to share tips. Learning how to manage stress effectively has helped her to guide her colleagues to do the same. She has learnt that communication is of the upmost importance and has learnt how to lead a team of people, and she has become more confident as a leader and as a person.

Roxanne is proud to have been entrusted to develop professionally within a company which she enjoys working for and has always given her the opportunity to develop her career. “I love the variety of my new role, where I can use the knowledge I have built over the past years across multiple different business areas to achieve results,” she explained. “I actually enjoy the pressure of being busy and find achieving result very rewarding. Working on longer term, more goal orientated projects have tested my ability and given me a challenge.”

General Manager Matt Korny, commented: “Roxanne was chosen due to her many years of experience with RML, and her ability to think logically about processes, challenges and solutions. RML is an ever changing environment, that needs constant attention and pro-active thinking, and Roxanne stands out as an individual who is well suited and extremely capable to this role.”

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Cranfield Doctorate 3 Months In

Cranfield Doctorate 3 Months In

Three months in and I committed to my team an update of the usefulness of my doctorial research to the business, and my head hurts.

I’ve just completed the second week of lectures at Cranfield, ranging from Ethics to Quants, Critical Reading to Critical Analysis. The primary learning is that everything is critical!

Getting the task done

When you commit to any kind of continued development your mind certainly does question your sanity (I appreciate these are inexplicably, and biologically, linked!). How do you commit a further 15-20 hours per week on top of normal CEO activities, family time, rest time, exercise and life? The key is to make sure they are linked, but also to decompartmentalise the tasks in hand.

The Greeks have two words for time, Chronos, meaning chronological or sequential, and Kairos, time for action, getting a task completed. One is quantitative, one is qualitative, which for any research study is quite apt! So actually it is about getting the task done, rather than the time it takes. A quick example is that it might take someone one hour to run a 5k or it might take 20 minutes. The task completed is the same. Clever Greeks. (next month’s blog will contain a deconstructed analysis of Oedipus).

So why does this matter?

The first part of the Cranfield DBA is to get the research question nailed (academic term) and also get started on some journal reading. It’s been a while since I read any academic papers (I completed my MBA in 2005) so it’s been fun getting my head back into them.

The DBA is unique in the way that you need to prove a contribution to knowledge (very PhD) but you also need to provide a professional angle. How is this useful? A good deal of academic papers are borne from PhD research so you have to be very careful not to shrug your shoulders a lot and say, yeah, and? Something I have battled over the first few months.

It’s all about the evidence

Everything in doctorate research space is about evidence. Demonstrate to me. This doesn’t come at too much of a price because it has been integral to our RML business strategy from day 1. Evidence based growth. What is also good fun is using the academic side to keep challenging the status quo in the business world. I often challenge my team around the ‘science’, a term that was greeted with absolute confusion when I first landed at Meadow Close. What does the science tell us, how do we use that as a base for consistent growth?

The ethics of number crunching

I’ve enjoyed the diversity of the second week. A session on research ethics lands well for comparison to the ‘outside world’. How we act, how we behave. We live in a world now where not enough people challenge the ethics of number crunching. It was Cohen who said something like, ‘if you torture the data long enough if will tell you what you want to hear’. How apt is that in both the current global challenges but also in our own sales, production and efficiency metrics?

Quantity or quality?

Critical thinking lectures provided a good opportunity to revisit Bloom’s Taxonomy, something I’d put down for a few years. Coupled with Nilson’s (2014) of process proficiency, practice and persistence, providing two great models for generating some exercise for the grey matter.

I must confess to be less enthused with more quantitative methods and statistical analysis. Understanding and critiquing numbers at a basic level I find quite fun. Z scales and algebra are things I steered clear of at school! But both sessions lead me to thinking that despite my initial thoughts that this research would be wholly qualitative, there is certainly some room for quants, so I have dusted down my plan to learn how to understand empirical frequency slides!

The hypothesis

I have landed on this, ‘To what extent is there a relationship between entry strategy, the reluctant entrepreneur and missed exit opportunities, in the UK Timber Engineering Sector’. With care to not be too biased before I start, I have hypothesised that there is a relationship between negative entry strategies and passive exits, with positive entry strategies and proactive exits.

Next steps

I’m excited to continue to research and start asking these questions of our timber friends. But before that it is another year of becoming learned on those three areas across the globe, entry, reluctancy and exits.

I’ve committed to delivering my next blog when my 10,000-word deliverable 2 is submitted in June. Essentially a decent literary review. I’ll speak to you all then, in the interim have a lovely festive break, remember the data torture quote and enjoy the Sophocles!

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Future Homes Standard

Future Homes Standard

Whilst a lot of details are yet to be clarified, it does look like the Future Homes Standard will incorporate carbon emission reductions, more stringent air-tightness requirements, and the Fabric Energy Efficiency Standard will be retained leading to lower u-values.  These are all areas that Robinson Manufacturing (RML) can assist with in a simple way – in fact we are already offering solutions that comply.

Timber frame is a naturally well insulated building material, meaning that you can hit lower u-values with thinner overall wall thicknesses when compared to other methods of construction.  This will help achieve lower u-values required by new Part L and help with the reduced carbon emission target. 

In addition, timber frames have an inner vapour control layer, that acts like a big air seal, meaning that air-tightness requirements are straight forward to achieve in timber frame.  Furthermore, as the requirements tighten further towards 2025, with timber frame there is minimal change in the wall build-up meaning that builds are consistent without significant loss of floor area, or bigger footprints.

RML have a range of offsite options including closed panels to help you achieve the upcoming Part L changes as we move towards the Future Homes Standard, and our expert team would be happy to discuss in more detail.  Get in touch to discuss how we can help your next project.

For more information, call us on 01933 279597 or click below to request a quote any timber engineered products today.