RML Expands Timber Frame Capacity with Acquisition

RML Expands Timber Frame Capacity with Acquisition

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RML Expands Timber Frame Capacity with Acquisition

Robinson Manufacturing (RML) is delighted to have completed the acquisition of the fixtures and assets of Castleoak Timber Frame yesterday, after the business appointed administrators last week.

The new facilities, in Ebbw Vale, provide RML with substantial additional Timber Frame manufacturing capacity, and we plan to start production almost immediately.

We also welcome a few new colleagues to the team who were made redundant in the Castleoak liquidation. They will join us based out of our Abercarn branch and working between the two.

RML’s CEO Simon Kidney, explained the rationale behind the expansion: “The location and infrastructure in the Ebbw Vale plant is well suited to help us meet the increased demand we have been experiencing across our existing network of seven factories. Timber frame is featuring heavily in the plans of most major national and regional housebuilders moving forward, and the acquisition of additional capacity further strengthens our business for the future.”

To discuss any timber frame requirement, please contact our team on 01933 279597 or by email.

Visit from the Chancellor of the Exchequer

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Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak Visits Robinson Manufacturing

We were delighted to host a visit from Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak to our RML West Midlands factory yesterday afternoon (7th July).

The visit coincided with the anniversary of the Chancellor’s announcement of a range of schemes to protect, support and create jobs across the UK and help people gain the skills they need to get into work through scheme such as the Kickstart programme.

Robinson Manufacturing (RML) took on board the Kickstart scheme hoping to identify some potential talent who may stay with the business as it continued to grow, as well as giving us a platform to raise the profile of careers in the construction supply chain.

After a private meeting with CEO Simon Kidney, the Chancellor was given a tour of our West Midlands factory by Head of Production Jamie Wilkins and Sarah Horden, Head of Design.

He also wanted to meet some of the young people who have been on the Kickstart programme at RML and chatted with three who have moved from the programme into full-time work with the company:

  • Josh Richards, who works in Timber Frame Production is 24 and was doing agency work when he decided to apply for the Kickstart programme. Agency work is notoriously insecure financially; with no certainty of income from one hour to the next, and Josh has a little boy, turning 2 this year, to provide for. Josh enjoyed the programme, picked up the skills needed to do well in the business quickly and gets on well within the team.
  • Hayley Owen, also 24, lost her job in retail to the pandemic last year, and was looking for a job, any job, to stay in employment. The Kickstart programme gave her the chance to try something completely different from retail. Hayley has loved every minute of her placement and has particularly enjoyed the teamwork and support from her new colleagues in RML’s Estimating and Design office. Learning administration skills has certainly been a change from retail, and she is looking forward  to training as a joist designer.
  • Beth Charmling graduated from university last year at 21 into the midst of the pandemic and applied unsuccessfully for hundreds of jobs before going on to Universal Credit. It was the DWP that suggested she try the Kickstart programme and she was quickly successful in getting placed at RML. She has very much enjoyed learning the ropes in the Customer Experience team, and is grateful for the opportunity to learn great communication skills in a friendly and supportive environment.

RML’s CEO Simon Kidney explained how the scheme has worked for the business: “We’ve been really pleased with the scheme and large number of the first cohort of Kickstarters have already accepted permanent full-time jobs with us. Some of the youngsters really are exceptional and we are looking forward to taking on another large group of young people through the programme very soon.”

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, commented:

“This time last year we faced a potential tidal wave of job losses with the UK on the brink of a financial crisis like no other in history. But we made a Plan for Jobs, we stuck to that plan and it’s working – supporting more than 14.5 million jobs to date and helping people in Wolverhampton, the West Midlands and across the UK gain the skills they need to get back into work.”

SME Focus Interview

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Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak Visits Robinson Manufacturing

We were delighted to host a visit from Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak to our RML West Midlands factory yesterday afternoon (7th July).

The visit coincided with the anniversary of the Chancellor’s announcement of a range of schemes to protect, support and create jobs across the UK and help people gain the skills they need to get into work through scheme such as the Kickstart programme.

Robinson Manufacturing (RML) took on board the Kickstart scheme hoping to identify some potential talent who may stay with the business as it continued to grow, as well as giving us a platform to raise the profile of careers in the construction supply chain.

After a private meeting with CEO Simon Kidney, the Chancellor was given a tour of our West Midlands factory by Head of Production Jamie Wilkins and Sarah Horden, Head of Design.

He also wanted to meet some of the young people who have been on the Kickstart programme at RML and chatted with three who have moved from the programme into full-time work with the company:

  • Josh Richards, who works in Timber Frame Production is 24 and was doing agency work when he decided to apply for the Kickstart programme. Agency work is notoriously insecure financially; with no certainty of income from one hour to the next, and Josh has a little boy, turning 2 this year, to provide for. Josh enjoyed the programme, picked up the skills needed to do well in the business quickly and gets on well within the team.
  • Hayley Owen, also 24, lost her job in retail to the pandemic last year, and was looking for a job, any job, to stay in employment. The Kickstart programme gave her the chance to try something completely different from retail. Hayley has loved every minute of her placement and has particularly enjoyed the teamwork and support from her new colleagues in RML’s Estimating and Design office. Learning administration skills has certainly been a change from retail, and she is looking forward  to training as a joist designer.
  • Beth Charmling graduated from university last year at 21 into the midst of the pandemic and applied unsuccessfully for hundreds of jobs before going on to Universal Credit. It was the DWP that suggested she try the Kickstart programme and she was quickly successful in getting placed at RML. She has very much enjoyed learning the ropes in the Customer Experience team, and is grateful for the opportunity to learn great communication skills in a friendly and supportive environment.

RML’s CEO Simon Kidney explained how the scheme has worked for the business: “We’ve been really pleased with the scheme and large number of the first cohort of Kickstarters have already accepted permanent full-time jobs with us. Some of the youngsters really are exceptional and we are looking forward to taking on another large group of young people through the programme very soon.”

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, commented:

“This time last year we faced a potential tidal wave of job losses with the UK on the brink of a financial crisis like no other in history. But we made a Plan for Jobs, we stuck to that plan and it’s working – supporting more than 14.5 million jobs to date and helping people in Wolverhampton, the West Midlands and across the UK gain the skills they need to get back into work.”

SME Leaders 20

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SME Leaders 20

RML is delighted to have been included in the SME Leaders 20, a leader board of excellence run in association with Azets, the UK’s largest regional SME accounting and business advisory firm.

The leader board was created to identify and celebrate the achievements of individual and business leadership teams before, during and as we come out of these difficult times.

We would like to thanks Azets and Growing Business Intelligence for recognising leadership at RML and share congratulations to everyone joins us on the leaderboard.

The Yard @ Pringle Farm achieves Visit England 5* Rating

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The Yard @ Pringle Farm achieves Visit England 5* Rating

Visit England 5* ratingAs well as 4* + Gold Awards for all other self catering barns.

We are delighted to announce that that the showstopping Cheltenham barn at RML’s sister company  The Yard @ Pringle Farm has been awarded a prestigious Visit England 5* rating!

We always knew the Cheltenham was rather special, so it’s great to have been recognised as reaching the highest possible rating – defined as:

Five Star
Exceptional with a degree of luxury – At least 2 of the following items (tumble dryer, telephone, stereo, DVD)

4* Plus Gold Award

As well as the Visit England 5* rating for our Cheltenham suite, our other barns have all been awarded a 4* plus Gold Award rating, recognising the consistent quality those who stay with us can expect to experience.

The 4* award represents an “Excellent level of quality and comfort”, and the gold awards have been given to the properties with high overall scores and solid scores in the sectional consistency areas, to include public areas, bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen and cleanliness.

IOSH Managing Safely® Training Commences

IOSH Managing Safely® Training Commences

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IOSH ‘Managing Safely®’ Training Commences

 

As we continue maintaining high levels of health and safety standards, RML is now commencing IOSH Managing Safely® training within the business as more employees return to the office. The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is a chartered body and leading membership organisation for safety and health professionals, in which RML have been approved as an official training provider.

This accreditation is a globally-recognised, respected and certificated source of high quality health and safety training for the business. We chose to specifically implement the ‘Managing Safely’ course, which educates managers and supervisors in the core principles of health and safety. This is then able to be cascaded to employees across all seven sites of the business and create a consistent message about our safety standards.

A key part of Head of HSEQ Matt Davies’ strategy for the business, this course aims to educate employees around the motivation behind our safety procedures through group training and case studies. This ensures we take our health and safety mission further than just legal compliance, as employees are able to identify possible risks and raise them proactively.

There has been no time wasted in starting these training courses whilst our production levels have been able to increase. Production Supervisors and Office Managers have attended the 3-day course, in which they can learn about health and safety principles, followed by a closed book exam to ensure they have fully understood the teachings.

We have also seen the benefits of instilling more responsibility in our Managers and Supervisors, as they have taken the time to study outside of work and been able to apply these learnings to risk assessments across different sites. This provides them with an industry recognised qualification for 3 years and shorter refresher courses are accessible once this expires.

This course will continue to be rolled out to all of our leaders in the business and we look forward to seeing the positive impacts this has on our employees and how they prioritise safety precautions.