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Hi-Way Services Familiarisation Day

Our office team get first-hand experience of road marking

Towards the end of last month, the office team were taken to the site of the Captain Digby in Broadstairs, Kent for a familiarisation day to learn about the road marking materials that are used by the company on a daily basis.

The office team are often asked about what products best suit different surfaces. Without previous experience many of the questions that arise can be challenging! The idea for a “Familiarisation Day” came from the belief that there is no better way to gain knowledge than through experiencing things first hand. The objective was to familiarise the whole team with what goes on beyond the office walls.

The Thorley Taverns kindly offered us multiple locations in which to host the day but there was location which was perfect for our intentions, and that was the Captain Digby. The Captain Digby was the right location due to a range of different [read on]

Wheels & Fins Soap Box Race

Last Sunday (10th September) we were at the Wheels and Fins Festival where we participated in their corporate soapbox race with our very own Ollie Evans behind the wheel. For those who have never heard of soapbox racing, it is where you use a lot of creativity and a little building experience to create a non-motorized vehicle with only brute strength and gravity from a long downhill track for momentum.   This unique, non-motorized racing event challenges both experienced racers and amateurs alike to design and build outrageous soapbox dream machines and compete against the clock in a downhill race.

For those not familiar with ‘Wheels and Fins Festival’, it is a three-day action sports and music festival overlooking the ocean at Joss Bay, Broadstairs, Kent. Events include; the UK Mini Ramp Champs, The UK BMX Flatland Champs, Surf & Sup events, Soapbox Racing, Outdoor Main Stage, Live Music Venues, DJ’s, and of course, Craft Beer & Cider.

Ollie Evans approached us a while back mentioning he was going to enter the soap box race to help raise awareness for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. We wanted to help him in any way we could and did so by entering him in the competition and getting his soap box wrapped in white along with logos. None of us had ever participated in a soap box race and to make things worse it was also the first time the soap box had been ridden, so no one quite knew what to expect.

After a full day of racing and despite the front wheel flying off during the obstacle course (pictured below) Ollie managed to place 2nd overall, a great result and all in all, a fantastic day. Hopefully, thanks to Ollies work, there are now a lot more people aware of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

 

Staff Familiarisation Day Coming Soon

Over the coming weeks our admin staff will be heading out on to site to try their hand at installing car park markings for a local business. With the guidance from our operatives they will be installing parking bays, directional arrows and letters in both thermoplastic and paint.

The office based staff are always being asked technical questions and what better way to be able to answer than with knowledge from personal experience.

The hope is, that in the near future the team will be able to get behind the wheel of the multi-mark machine and install road markings on the larger motorway works. Keep an eye open for information and images of how the day went and whether the office team have found a new calling as road marking operatives.

Catch Up With Hayden

A few years back we noticed that orders were coming in for 1 or 2 studs by the same person so decided to enquire as to why the orders were so small and what they were being ordered for, it turned out to be a vibrant 9 year old boy called Hayden (pictured above). From as young as 3 Hayden had a passion for all things to do with road markings from basic reflective studs to cats eyes to how the white lines are laid. We were fascinated to know what he was doing with his orders and were amazed with what we saw.

Hayden had built a miniature motorway around his garden using our pothole repair kits and studs.

Knowing this we decided to invite Hayden and his family down the Lydden Hill Race Circuit to watch the machinery spray the markings as well as letting him ride in the cab around the track. 4 years on we wanted to catch up with Hayden and see what he’s been up to.

They have recently moved to the country side where Hayden now has a big garden in which to create road and motorway [read on]

LineLazer ES 1000

Since 2015 we have been upgrading our fleet and machinery, not only for standardisation and appearance but for a more environmentally friendly foot print.

Our latest purchase is the LineLazer ES 1000, a first of its kind, fully electric airless line striper. This is our most eco-friendly piece of equipment to date due to it being powered by a long lasting 100 AH AGM battery, meaning No engine noise, No exhaust fumes and No engine vibrations!

We will be using this new machine on works which are not suitable for thermoplastic such as; warehouses, factories, multi-storey car parks and garages. 

The loss of the petrol-powered engine has many advantages:

No engine noise – this allows us to continue with works at any time of the day without the disruptive engine noise.

No engine vibrations – this means less imperfections visually with the lines as well as reducing fatigue in the operator.

No engine fumes – this enables us to work indoors without disrupting our [read on]

Another HGV Pass

It is no secret now that we are entering all our operatives in for their HGV Cat C license, this allows a successful candidate to drive a rigid vehicle (up to 32 tonnes). Since starting this scheme towards the end of 2015 a total of 8 candidates have been entered and successfully passed the licensing course. Our latest operative to complete the course was Craig Sexton, who done exceptionally well receiving very few minors during his test!

The Pink Ribbon Walk

On Saturday 1st July, Lisa, head of credit control, participated in the Pink Ribbon Walk for breast cancer. For those of you not familiar with ‘The London at Night Pink Ribbon walk’ it is an urban walk showcasing many of the magnificent historic and contemporary highlights the capital has to offer. Hundreds of people take on a 5, 10 or 20-mile Pink Ribbon walks across the capital.

Along with 8 of her closest friends and family, known as ‘Team Believe’ they set off at 8pm on their 10mile walk and completed the walk in a fantastic 3 hours 30 minutes raising well over £1000 for their chosen charity, exact amount to be confirmed.

We asked Lisa why she decided to do this walk. “the reason for entering is down to my sister-in-law, she set up ‘team believe’. She is an amazingly strong and inspirational person. Each year we get out and participate in a charity, whether it be a walk a run, it’s all for a great cause”. 

The New Screed Vehicle Is Here


Here at Hi-Way Services we have been investing into our screed truck fleet since 2015. The aim was to lower carbon emissions, improve appearance, create a safer more user friendly truck for the operatives, increase volume of works and reduce reactive maintenance and breakdowns. We called on Somerford Equipment, the UK’s leading Road Marking vehicle manufacturers and they did not fail to deliver. The new vehicles are equipped with PTO as oppose to the traditional noisy donkey engine, twin 60 gallon diesel fired pre-heaters, Doosan compressor with a built in generator, 360 degree recording cameras, VT Turn Safe Alarm for Cyclists and the ability to carry 4 ton of material and tools and on top of this and many other additions, they look great! Since 2015 we have taken delivery of 5 (the fifth being pictured), our 6th truck is due for July 2017

 

Why DAF?

More Power. DAF have worked extremely hard on the torque of the 6.7 Litre Paccar px engine resulting in an increase [read on]

Open Week at Northforeland Golf Club

 

Another year, another Open Week at Northforeland Golf Club. For the past 21 years in the month of June Northforeland have hosted their open week which is usually a week packed full of good golf and even better weather, a certain player even losing his shoes due to the heat (pictured below)

Hi-Way Services sponsored and hosted the fifth day of the week, Wednesday 21st with Team Medley being the format of choice for the event. This turned out to be one of the best days of the week in regard to the weather with the sun firmly beating down all day with the added bonus of the course being in immaculate condition – a massive well done must go to the green keeping staff for the tremendous effort and success in getting the course in such amazing condition.

With the good weather came great scoring with very low scores being posted from most of the field, none however, could get close enough to the eventual winners who posted an unbelievable score of 17 under [read on]

HGV Cat C News

                       

It is now common knowledge that we are putting all operatives through their HGV Cat C license over the next few years with the aim by 2020 for every operative to hold a HGV license. With each month passing we become one small step closer to this aim. So far this year another 2 operatives have passed their tests with Ricky (right) passing around the new year and our most recent pass being Steve (left) last month. That brings the total number of passes up to 7 with Craig due to take his test in July.

Wheels & Fins Soap Box Race

Last Sunday (10th September) we were at the Wheels and Fins Festival where we participated in their corporate soapbox race with our very own Ollie Evans behind the wheel. For those who have never heard of soapbox racing, it is where

Staff Familiarisation Day Coming Soon

Over the coming weeks our admin staff will be heading out on to site to try their hand at installing car park markings for a local business. With the guidance from our operatives they will be installing parking bays, directional arrows and

Catch Up With Hayden

A few years back we noticed that orders were coming in for 1 or 2 studs by the same person so decided to enquire as to why the orders were so small and what they were being ordered for, it turned out to be a vibrant 9 year old boy called

LineLazer ES 1000

Since 2015 we have been upgrading our fleet and machinery, not only for standardisation and appearance but for a more environmentally friendly foot print. Our latest purchase is the LineLazer ES 1000, a first of its kind, fully electric

Another HGV Pass

It is no secret now that we are entering all our operatives in for their HGV Cat C license, this allows a successful candidate to drive a rigid vehicle (up to 32 tonnes). Since starting this scheme towards the end of 2015 a total of 8

The Pink Ribbon Walk

On Saturday 1st July, Lisa, head of credit control, participated in the Pink Ribbon Walk for breast cancer. For those of you not familiar with 'The London at Night Pink Ribbon walk' it is an urban walk showcasing many of the

The New Screed Vehicle Is Here

Here at Hi-Way Services we have been investing into our screed truck fleet since 2015. The aim was to lower carbon emissions, improve appearance, create a safer more user friendly truck for the operatives, increase volume of works and reduce

Open Week at Northforeland Golf Club

Another year, another Open Week at Northforeland Golf Club. For the past 21 years in the month of June Northforeland have hosted their open week which is usually a week packed full of good golf and even better weather, a certain

HGV Cat C News

It is now common knowledge that we are putting all operatives through their HGV Cat C license over the next

We Need You!

Hi-Way Services is recruiting at its Canterbury depot for our TM division. We are looking for 2 new operatives to join the team, TM qualifications and tickets are preferred but are not a necessity. If you would like to apply please email

ORAS – Operative Refreshers Assessment Scheme

As of 2014 any road marking or road studding operative holding NVQ Level 2 are required to undertake the Operative Refreshers Assessment Scheme (ORAS) course every 4 years. This course was established by the Road Safety Markings Association

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A Good Deed

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Kent Cancer Trust

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New Years Day Swim 2017

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Christmas Closing Date

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'Brighton' Up Your Highways

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Another HGV Pass

It is now common knowledge that we are putting all operatives through their HGV Cat C license over the next few years with the aim by 2020 for every operative to hold a HGV license. We are now one small step closer to this aim with Leon

The New Sweeper Has Arrived

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I'm A Dryathlete

Since the beginning of September our Senior Contracts Manager, Warren Morgan decided that he would attempt to raise money for a good cause. His aim was to raise £150 for Cancer research UK - the method being a month free of

M20 Chaos

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Challenge Tour - Cordon Open

Last week a member of the team was lucky enough to experience what it was like to be a caddy on a professional platform. Robert Blanchard whose role is Sales & Marketing was invited by Max Orrin to caddy on the Challenge Tour. Having

HGV Cat C License

As many of you already know, a few of our operatives have taken part in a HGV Cat C Licensing Course. Formerly known as Class 2, this allows a successful candidate to drive a rigid vehicle - this is where the trailer and cab are

Thanet Athletics At Royal Harbour Academy

At the beginning of last month we were approached by Royal Harbour Academy and their Head of Sports Mickey Capeling as to whether we would consider sponsoring the Thanet Athletics School Championship which was being hosted on their state of

Delivery Of New Screed Truck

Since 2015 we have been investing into our screed vehicle fleet, the reasons for the upgrades was not only for appearance but for a more environmentally friendly vehicle along with better equipment to reduce maintenance and breakdowns. The

Lighthouse Club

Here at Hi-Way Services Ltd we are all for helping organisations who have a positive impact, so when Lighthouse safety came to us asking whether we could make a donation to Lighthouse club a charity they were going to help we didn't