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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 Wilton 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.

 

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 impress us year in, year out with their superb work. That charity is Kent Cancer Trust. The relentless research they do into kinder and more targeted treatments, combined with the specialist works they do providing pain relief to those suffering with the illness, makes them an obvious choice to support.

Thank you Stuart Minty for taking the time to come down to the office so that we could have a good catch up, see what the charities plans are for the upcoming year and give the opportunity to present the cheque

I personally had the chance to sit down and chat with Stuart Minty, where we spoke about when the charity started in 2004, and how they fund local projects for Kent hospitals and Kent University. Stuart spoke kindly on how grateful he was [read on]

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 Robert all the best and success in the future. He is still in touch with Hi-Way Services through golf and friendships, so we will update you on Roberts future from time to time.

Thank you for a successful 2 ½ years.

Taking over from Robert will be myself, Lidia O’Reilly.

After leaving school with 9 GCSE’s I took a keen interest in graphic design. I studied graphic design at Canterbury College where I gained a BTEC Extended Diploma. I then continued my studies in graphic design at Anglia Ruskin University, I worked in a local pub and I finished at Anglia Ruskin in 2017 gaining a BA in Graphic Design. I’ve since moved home and have eventually become the second victim to the family business…

I hope to continue the [read on]

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 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!

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 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.

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 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]

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

Another HGV Pass

It is no secret now that we are entering all our operatives in for their HGV Cat C license, this allows a successful candidate to drive a rigid vehicle (up to 32 tonnes). Since starting this scheme towards the end of 2015 a total of 8

The Pink Ribbon Walk

On Saturday 1st July, Lisa, head of credit control, participated in the Pink Ribbon Walk for breast cancer. For those of you not familiar with 'The London at Night Pink Ribbon walk' it is an urban walk showcasing many of the

The New Screed Vehicle Is Here

Here at Hi-Way Services we have been investing into our screed truck fleet since 2015. The aim was to lower carbon emissions, improve appearance, create a safer more user friendly truck for the operatives, increase volume of works and reduce

Open Week at Northforeland Golf Club

Another year, another Open Week at Northforeland Golf Club. For the past 21 years in the month of June Northforeland have hosted their open week which is usually a week packed full of good golf and even better weather, a certain

HGV Cat C News

It is now common knowledge that we are putting all operatives through their HGV Cat C license over the next

We Need You!

Hi-Way Services is recruiting at its Canterbury depot for our TM division. We are looking for 2 new operatives to join the team, TM qualifications and tickets are preferred but are not a necessity. If you would like to apply please email

ORAS – Operative Refreshers Assessment Scheme

As of 2014 any road marking or road studding operative holding NVQ Level 2 are required to undertake the Operative Refreshers Assessment Scheme (ORAS) course every 4 years. This course was established by the Road Safety Markings Association

Webshop Easter Giveway

Like Chocolate? There's still time to get your entry into our Easter draw. Three lucky winners will each receive a fantastic Thorntons chocolate hamper delivered just in time for Easter....Simply place an order on our webshop and your name

Join Our Team

Hi-Way Services is recruiting at its Canterbury depot, looking to take on at least 2 road marking apprentices. No experience required, full clean driving license is required. If you would like to apply please email your interest to

March Strikes Again

The trend has continued and as expected March has once more been extremely busy due to a combination of small and large jobs from 50 bay car parks to Highway England works. It is continuous day and night throughout the month. A few examples