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 rocketing from 40-50mpg all the way to a staggering 134.5mpg. This stat combined along side the difference in CO2 emissions with the BMW emitting 80g/km less than the VWs, we are a small step to becoming a greener company. As you can see from the ear to ear grin from our contracts managers, they are certainly very happy at contributing to a greener Hi-Way Services!
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 operatives have been enrolled and successfully obtained their license. Chris Benson from the Littlehampton depot, being the latest to do so. Congratulations go to him.
Jack Mitchell, who is based at our main depot in Canterbury is currently waiting to do his theory test, which is booked for the beginning of next month, we wish him the best of luck.
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 continuing the year where we left off in 2017 in regard to fleet improvement. Within the next couple of weeks, we will be taking delivery of a brand new Multi-mark and feeder lorry, which due to high demand from clients this cannot come soon enough. This will take our machine fleet to 1 Winter Grun buggy and 3 Multi-mark Machines. Photos and information on the lorry will follow in the coming weeks.
Also in our bid to become a greener more efficient company the Contract Managers have swapped out the diesel VW’s of 4 years for environmentally friendly, more efficient BMW hybrids. Some of the benefits of this swap is the eye watering difference in miles per gallon with the VW’s accomplishing roughly 40-50mpg compared to the BMW’s [read on]
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! Just to let you know our offices will closed from 5pm on Friday 22nd December 2017 until 9am on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.
Final orders for delivery before Christmas is Tuesday 19th December. Orders placed after this time will be received but not processed/dispatched untill Tuesday 2nd January 2018
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 2018!
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 when he started working with us bringing many traditional values to the company, many of which remain a part of Hi-Way services today. The company was a partnership back then and Johns level headed attitude helped us through some tough times. Our sincerest condolences go out to Johns family and friends and he will forever be a fond memory in our hearts.
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 while, a HGV Cat C license allows a successful candidate to drive a rigid vehicle – this is where the trailer and cab are permanently fixed together up to 32 tonnes. So far, we have had a total of 8 operatives pass with flying colours, Craig Sexton being our latest pass back in August of this year, so a well done is in order. We currently have 3 more operatives enrolled on the course of which 2 operatives are at theory level, Jack Mitchell at our Canterbury Depot and Chris Benson down in our Littlehampton depot. Johnny fellows (pictured), also of the Littlehampton depot has his practical exam next week, so we wish him all the very best of luck and look forward to adding him to our ever-growing list of passes!
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 types. The day was a huge hit with lots of secret competition between everyone wanting to create the best arrow or straightest parking bay line. The day was such a success that we have had some of our biggest clientele call to ask whether we would be willing to host a product familiarisation day for their employees. This was a no brainer for us being that we now have the opportunity to increase our clients knowledge on what we do and what road marking involves. We will be hosting our first day early next year after the Christmas break where we will be heading to our clients facilities. This is something we are extremely looking forward to with the hope that we can organise more and more of these days throughout the new year.
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]
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.
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.