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All Roads Lead to Royal Harbour

   

 

One of the joys of running a successful business is being able to give something back to the local community. We owe so much of our success to our relationships with the businesses around us, and the majority of our employees are locally schooled and trained.

To this end we sponsored Littlehampton Youth FC last season, and have co-sponsored the Thanet Athletics event for a number of years. Our latest attempt to give back to the local area is our relationship with The Royal Harbour Academy in Ramsgate, helping to inspire the next generation of road workers.

The prospect of delivering a talk at Royal Harbour was first raised by Micky Capeling, the school’s head of Year 11 and P.E., as part of a wider effort to get local businessmen and personalities involved with the school. The idea was to show kids at Royal Harbour examples of local people from different backgrounds who went on to have success in different fields.

Our Managing Director Andy was more [read on]

A Website For Sore Eyes

 

 

We’re always striving to innovate at Hi-Way Services, as our new trucks and training course demonstrate. But while our physical premises and practices have been given an upgrade, our digital presence has been missing out. For all of these fantastic blog posts, we felt that a fresh lick of paint might improve our website, and make it more of a pleasure to use.

That’s why we’re pleased to announce our brand-new website redesign! Working with local web developers Angle Studios and the team at Gooey Digital, we’re giving the current site a complete overhaul. The aim is to make key resources easier to find, improve the shopping experience, and make sure the site works well and looks great across a range of devices.

We’re holding onto our iconic black, white and yellow branding, but giving it a bit more of a 21st century spin. It’s out with the black and yellow checkerboard buttons, and in with clean and simple blocks of colour. The [read on]

Our Workforce Get Stuck Into New Training Scheme

Road maintenance takes collaboration and teamwork, and we employ people in a variety of roles here at Hi-Way Services. However, there can be no doubt that some of the most enjoyable - and most highly qualified - positions we offer are to machine operatives. The more technical nature of the job makes it appealing to many people, and an ideal pathway to progress from a manual role.

Machine operatives would normally have to go through a broad apprenticeship in something like screed road markings, preparing them for a wide range of positions and responsibilities. However, a course like this doesn’t necessarily hone in on machine use, nor does it inform the person taking it about the specific quirks and attributes of the machines they’re likely to be using.

As a result, we decided to develop our own introductory machine training course in house. The syllabus was constructed by two of our contract managers, alongside one of our machine charge hands. A notice was put up to [read on]

Big News in Littlehampton!

 

 

 Our Littlehampton depot means a lot to us. As well as being our first point of expansion outside Kent - marking its 10th anniversary this year - Littlehampton is our main outpost in Sussex, operating alongside our site in Bexhill. As such, it’s pivotal to many of our most valued contracts, including East Sussex County Council and Brighton & Hove City Council. 

As its importance grew, however, we knew it was in need of renovation. The former brick factory and attached buildings were beginning to look their age, and didn’t reflect the image we wanted to put across. The warehouse building also featured asbestos cladding, which required careful management to prevent it becoming a health & safety issue.

As such, we’re pleased to reveal our newly refurbished Littlehampton depot! The old cladding has been removed by specialist contractors, and replaced with approved 40mm cladding insulation. This not only retains more heat - making it [read on]

Kent Cancer Trust 2019

Earlier this month, Stuart Minty (middle of photo) fund raiser for KCT had come down to Hi Way Services where Danny and Lidia presented him a £1000 cheque for the trust which help fund equipment and research for the hospitals and universities.

It’s always a pleasure having Stuart at the office to hear about the latest projects and what they have achieved throughout the year. KCT are always looking for new projects that they can support with one of their recent projects are from three scholars at the University of Kent. Their research projects are on ovarian, breast and lung cancer. You can read more of this on the Kent Cancer Trust website on their latest project news.

We are honoured to continue our support with KCT and see the progress of the work that comes from the funding. Thank you Stuart for taking the time to come down and we look forward to seeing you next time!  

Christmas Closing Times

It’s that time of year again! Every year it seems to sneak up on us sooner than the year before

From us all here at Hi-Way Services we would like to take the time to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Just to let you know our offices will closed from 5pm on Friday 21st December 2018 until 9am on Wednesday 2nd January 2019.

Final orders for delivery before Christmas are Wednesday 19th December. Orders placed after 2pm will be received but not processed/dispatched until Wednesday 2nd January 2019.

Once again, we would like to thank our customers for all the continued support over the past year and look forward to doing it all over again in 2019!

CANCER PLAYS DIRTY BUT SO DO WE!

              

 

This summer Lidia O'Reilly (left photo) took part in the Race for Life 5k Pretty Muddy alongside her sister Anna O’Reilly with the goal of raising £300.

Race for Life is organised by Cancer Research to help raise money and bring awareness for up to 200 types of cancers. Pretty muddy is an obstacle course in which any woman of any ability can climb, crawl and charge through. The longer the distance, the more mud you run through. The event is carried throughout the day with food and music for our supporters. This was also the first year Maidstone held the race for children and the outcome was amazing, it's great to see so many taking part. 

We asked Lidia why she decided to run, "The race for life is something I've always wanted to do. Cancer has affected so many people including family and friends. It's a fantastic charity and helps bring so many people together. I'm definitely running again next year in [read on]

Littlehampton Youth FC

 

Hi Way Services Ltd are please to announce we have sponsored Littlehampton Youth, a team local to our Sussex Depot. The team has a close connection with the company as Contracts Manager Dave Bigg's son plays for the team.

The Youth FC was formed in 2003. It's a friendly club that takes on players of all abilities. The coaches are all voluntary, running their retrospective teams showing their love and commitment to the sport. Jordan Farnden (head coach) is one volunteer at the club. Jordan joined in June 2014, he was offered the position as head coach midway into that football season and later became manager in June 2017. Besides coaching at Littlehampton Youth FC, he also coaches for Chelsea Foundation and in Portsmouth for the local community. Jorden is also a sports technician at Greatham Primary School. 

The future is bright as they have just been promoted to the A division for the first time, they're the first Littlehampton Youth team to be promoted to this [read on]

Thanet Athletics

Wednesday 4th July I made my way to the Marlowe Academy where they hold the annual athletics event for the schools in Thanet. For those unfamiliar, the schools in Thanet come together to compete in several track and field events in hopes that they win the Thanet cup.

 The athletics is kindly sponsored by Miles & Bars and Hi Way Services.

Micky, one of many coaches who helps organise the event speaks highly about how the sponsorships have helped. Micky said, “Before the sponsors, the event was held at Ursuline College, with few staff looking after the whole event which became very difficult. Now we have a bigger field and track, professional coaches to help run and organise the day and professional catering who provide us with several delicious food options, and drinks throughout the evening. This allows teachers to sit with their students and socialize with other schools and parents. It’s such a fantastic atmosphere that brings a festival [read on]

Familiarization in Pothole Filling Day 1

We had an idea to take it upon ourselves to go out and learn about pothole filling. Questions on potholes had become more frequent and we noticed we were unable to answer all their queries.  We agreed this would be one of many familiarization days as we needed to start with the basics.

We had a 1 square meter wooden frame made with a 2-inch depth. We laid it down, not realising just how big it was. We spoke about how to find the measurements and the process to filing potholes. To start with we wanted to work out ¼ of a square meter which came to 0.50 x 0.50. We continued to use this method to work out the rest of the 1 square meter and played around with the measurements.

 

      

 

 We then moved the frame downstairs where we first worked with sand. Only filling ¼ of the square meter. At this point, we were shown the technique and putting our measurements to the test. I was shocked on how much product would be used for [read on]

A Website For Sore Eyes

We're always striving to innovate at Hi-Way Services, as our new trucks and training course demonstrate. But while our physical premises and practices have been given an upgrade, our digital presence has been missing out.

Our Workforce Get Stuck Into New Training Scheme

Road maintenance takes collaboration and teamwork, and we employ people in a variety of roles here at Hi-Way Services. However, there can be no doubt that some of the most enjoyable - and most highly qualified - positions we offer are to

Big News in Littlehampton!

Our Littlehampton depot means a lot to us. As well as being our first point of expansion outside Kent - marking its 10th anniversary this year - Littlehampton is our main outpost in Sussex, operating alongside our site in

Kent Cancer Trust 2019

Earlier this month, Stuart Minty (middle of photo) fund raiser for KCT had come down to Hi Way Services where Danny and Lidia presented him a £1000 cheque for the trust which help fund equipment and research for the hospitals and

Christmas Closing Times

It's that time of year again! Every year it seems to sneak up on us sooner than the year before From us all here at Hi-Way Services we would like to take the time to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy

CANCER PLAYS DIRTY BUT SO DO WE!

This summer Lidia O'Reilly (left photo) took part in the Race for Life 5k Pretty Muddy alongside her sister Anna O'Reilly with the goal of raising £300. Race for Life

Littlehampton Youth FC

Hi Way Services Ltd are please to announce we have sponsored Littlehampton Youth, a team local to our Sussex Depot. The team has a close connection with the company as Contracts Manager Dave Bigg's son plays for the team. The Youth FC

Thanet Athletics

Wednesday 4th July I made my way to the Marlowe Academy where they hold the annual athletics event for the schools in Thanet. For those unfamiliar, the schools in Thanet come together to compete in several track and field events in

Familiarization in Pothole Filling Day 1

We had an idea to take it upon ourselves to go out and learn about pothole filling. Questions on potholes had become more frequent and we noticed we were unable to answer all their queries. We agreed this would be one of many

A Well Deserved Holiday

It is with mixed emotions that we announce the retirement of Sheila Barrett our accountant. She has provided us with 3 years of outstanding services. Sheila's attention to detail, while keeping the broader picture in

Michael's Week with Somerford Equipment

Back in December we took on a new HGV technician (Michael Neat left in photo) to service and repair our ever growing fleet of trucks, to improve Michael's knowledge of the road marking equipment built by Somerford Equipment we sent Michael to

Up Coming Familiarization Day

Last year, the office staff took part in a familiarization day installing road markings such as parking bays, directional arrows and letters. They applied thermoplastic and paint to different surface types to familiarize themselves with the

Two New Vehicles

Hi-Way Services has over 30 years' experience in providing specialist road marking services, providing a range of road marking services to County Councils, large civil engineering companies, household name developers and

Familiarization Day

A trip to West Sussex Depot quickly turned into a familiarization day to the business. Andy already having plans to travel to Sussex depot, invited Marnie and I to the yard, as neither of us have visited it. This was a great

Kent Cancer Trust

Every year at Hi-way Services we look to support a handful of charities that we truly believe make a difference in their field. For the past 5 years one charity has stood head and shoulders above the rest and continue to

Robert Blanchard

After 2 ½ years Robert Blanchard has left the business, whilst at Hi-Way Services Ltd he gained an interest in Quantity Surveying and he has pursued his interest with a new career in this field. We wish

New Work Vehicles

As mentioned earlier this year, we have upgraded our contract managers vehicles from diesel powered VWs to state of the art hybrid BMW 330e. We revealed in the last write up just how much more efficient the BMW is with the miles per gallon

Another HGV Pass

It is now common knowledge that we have been enrolling all operatives on to a Cat C HGV license training course. This is soon to become a compulsory qualification to enable a user to drive a rigid vehicle up to 32 tonnes. So far 10

First Week Back

The festivities are over for another year along with the first week back at work. I would like to start by saying on behalf of all the Hi-Way team, we hope you had a very Merry Christmas and an enjoyable New Year. For us we are

Christmas Closing News

Its that time of year again! Every year it seems to sneak up on us sooner than the year before. From us all here at Hi-Way Services we would like to take the time to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

John Couchman

It is with deep regret that we impart some very sad news. The first book keeper employed by Hi-Way Services, John Couchman has sadly passed away. He was a valued member of the Hi-Way Services team in 1990-93. John was a retired bank manager

More HGV News

It has been a few months since we last mentioned which operatives were being entered in to our HGV Cat C Enrolment programme. For those of you who are new customers of Hi-Way Services or haven't updated yourself on our latest news in a

Another Familiarisation Day

A few months back we decided to host a familiarisation day for our office staff so that they could get a greater understanding for what happens outside of the office walls and learn exactly how road markings are installed on different surface

Lining At Barretts Canterbury

Here at Hi-Way Services we always have an ethos of no job is too large or too small. Although the majority of our works are large schemes on term maintenance contracts we also do lots of smaller private works. When our neighbours Barretts

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

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