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]
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 mind has been invaluable. Her willingness to put in extra time and effort has demonstrated her commitment and made her a dependable part of the team. In addition to her incredible competence and skills, she has been a friend to all with her thoughtfulness and encouragement.
We wish her our best wishes as she takes a long and much deserved holiday.
We are pleased to announce Grant Walton to the Hi-Way Services team on the 3rd April where he has taken on the accounts. He has come highly recommended and we’re excited to see him grow within the company.
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 work at Somerford Equipment’s workshop in Sandbach for a week in February, during this time Michael was put on various lines of the manufacturing process and gained valuable knowledge and experience. We’d like to thank Somerford Equipment for accommodating Michael into their business for the week.
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 products and methods that would be used on a daily basis. The turnout was a huge success and encouraged us to head back out for another familiarization day over the next coming weeks on pothole fixing and pre-formed lining.
Our goal is to have an understanding on the coverage of materials with a hands-on experience with pothole fixing and laying pre-formed thermoplastic line markings. Having this will give us the confidence to provide better customer service by allowing us to recommend products specific to our customers needs.
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 retailers across the country. In early February 2018, Hi-Ways extended their current fleet with two new vehicles from Somerford Equipment.
Whatever the road marking challenge Hi-Way Services has the solution and to help them with that solution Hi-Way have been buying Somerford vehicles for many years. “This will be the 16th and 17th vehicle we have brought in from Somerford Equipment and every single one has provided us with exceptional reliability and performance,” stated Hi-Ways’ contract manager Danny O'Reilly. “We have built up a reputation over the years for delivering an outstanding and on schedule service. Our customers rely and trust us to complete projects on time and Somerford vehicles have helped us to build [read on]
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 opportunity to meet the team, Dave Bigg and Christine Eason who welcomed us with tea and biscuits.
Dave showed us around the yard where we learned about one of two ‘Road Stud Fixing’ lorries. Dave and Andy explained how efficient and productive the machines are in comparison to older style machinery, installing up to 350 cats eyes per night.
Marnie Said, “We hear about the work it does all the time but have never seen it in action, it is impressive how it drills the hole and hoovers the road at the same time!”
I had no expectations when visiting the Sussex depot, although a smaller depot than Kent, it was equally as impressive. Contracts Manager Dave Bigg runs a very organised division of the business.