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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]

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]

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 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 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.  

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 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.  

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 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.

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 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]

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 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.

 

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