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]
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]
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]
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]
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!
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!
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]
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]
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]
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]