COVID 19 (Coronavirus) Update – Customers and Suppliers

Raymond Brown Waste Solutions Ltd and the Collard Group is issuing this statement to customers, sub-contractors and the general supply chain.  As the situation continues to evolve Collard Group is putting measures in place to prioritise the Health, Safety and Wellbeing of its employees, customers and supply chain.

For clarity Collard Group is open for business, and as much as practically possible it remains business as usual.  We do not anticipate a significant disruption to our business.  However, Collard Group has put in place planned contingency measures to ensure it can continue to supply the goods and services to its customers and remain as resilient as possible.

These measures include contingency for communications, IT, offices & general workspaces and essential supplies.  If the situation arises whereby further segregation and or isolation is required, we have planned communication diverts, logistic solutions and sufficient capacity of essential supplies to deal with any reasonable forecast scenario.

In addition to the above the Collard Group is facilitating the following:

  • Restricting the number of people meeting within an enclosed space at any one time, and maximise the distance between any individuals.
  • Avoid face to face visits with customers
  • Avoid face to face visits with suppliers and subcontractors
  • Use online, telephone and video conferencing where possible
  • Follow all hygiene advice, and good practice (hand washing, respiratory cleanliness, cleaning workstations, vehicle and machine cabs)
  • Wherever possible not to change workstations, or use others equipment
  • Paperless tickets to be provided wherever possible

The Collard Group remains open for business and access to all sites for tipping of waste, collection of materials and aggregates is fully operational.  The concrete business is operational and able to deliver as normal, as is the demolition and contracting business. There is still the option to order your skips through the website.

RBWS now part of the Collard Group

Raymond Brown Reaccredited with FORS Bronze

Raymond Brown are proud to have successfully met the assessment criteria to be reaccredited with the Bronze Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS).

The FORS Bronze accreditation confirms that an operator employs good practice and complies with the requirements laid out by the FORS Standard.  This includes demonstrating dedication to driver and vehicle safety, combined with improving operating practices through effective monitoring of fuel and tyre usage.

Heather McLintock, Health, Safety and Audit Manager commented: “We are extremely proud to have received our Bronze FORS Accreditation for the third consecutive year.  We are continually improving our vehicles and processes as we work to maintain the highest level of safety for our drivers and road users and improve fuel efficiency.” 

Raymond Brown handed RoSPA President’s (10 consecutive Golds) Award for health and safety practices

Raymond Brown has been handed a prestigious award in recognition of its practices and achievements in helping our staff and subcontractors get home safely at the end of the working day.

Raymond Brown has achieved a President’s (10 consecutive Golds) in the internationally-renowned RoSPA Health and Safety Awards, the longest-running industry awards scheme in the UK.

The RoSPA Awards scheme, which receives entries from organisations around the world, recognises achievement in health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of qualifications, awards and events, said: “The RoSPA Awards have become the key fixture in the health and safety calendar with new sponsors and new awards this year including the Leisure Safety Awards, the Safe@Work Safe@Home Award and the Inspiration Awards. Highly-respected, with almost 2,000 entrants every year, RoSPA award winners benefit from the wide-ranging rewards of improved sector reputation.”

The majority of awards are non-competitive and mark achievement at merit, bronze, silver and gold levels. Gold medals, president’s awards, orders of distinction and the Patron’s Award are presented to organisations sustaining the high standards of the gold level over consecutive years.

Raymond Brown Waste Solutions join Hampshire Chamber of Commerce

Raymond Brown Waste Solutions have joined Hampshire Chamber of Commerce as Premier Members. The Chamber is a not for profit organisation and is led and owned by a number of local businesses in Hampshire. By offering over 100 training and networking events every year, it makes Hampshire the place to do business.

Iain Mclean, Commercial Manager of Raymond Brown Waste Solutions commented “We are so excited to have joined Hampshire Chamber of Commerce. We have already made use of the networking events and we look forward to working with more local business who are also members and see this as a great opportunity to raise our profile.”

COMPTON AND BEEDON SCHOOLS DESIGN POSTERS FOR NEW CHILTONSKIPS.COM LORRIES, part of the Raymond Brown Group, invited both Compton and Beedon Primary Schools to take part in a lorry design competition for two of its newest lorries.

The children from across both schools were invited to take part in the competition by designing posters for the lorries based around the themes of recycling and sustainability.  A number of posters were submitted and the Raymond Brown directors then selected winning designs for each lorry based on their brightly coloured key messages.

On 12 March, the lorries were driven to the schools for an unveiling with the students and their parents and the winners presented with a Raymond Brown goody bag, certificate and a £10 book voucher by Councillor Jeanette Clifford, Executive Member, Transport and Countryside, West Berkshire Council and Jim Skinner from Raymond Brown.  The students were also given the opportunity to sit in their lorry and have their photos taken in it and ask the drivers questions.

Almost all of the Raymond Brown fleet of lorries have been designed by different local schools and both Beedon and Compton Primary Schools were suggested by one of the drivers’ sons, whose artwork now features proudly on the door of his father’s vehicle.

The new Volvo FL250 lorries are the latest in their kind and feature new Multilift Futura Skip Loaders, they will be used to deliver and collect skips across Oxfordshire and West Berkshire.

Alison McDonald, Director of Primaries, commented: “We were very pleased to be part of this project.  It tied in really well with our school environmental week and the children enjoyed researching ideas for their designs.  The children were thrilled to see their designs on the lorries.  Thank you to Raymond Brown for inviting us to decorate their new cabs.”

One of the Year Four students said: “I felt a little nervous at seeing my work for the first time but I was pleased with how bright and colourful it was. I will be looking out for the lorries on the road.”


Raymond Brown visit after school club ‘The Roost’ at Nightingale Primary School.

Raymond Brown visited pupils from the after school club, The Roost, ran by Integr8 sports, to teach pupils about the importance of recycling and how Raymond Brown staff stay safe when on sites.

The children had the opportunity to try on PPE (personal protective clothing), including safety glasses, hi-vis  clothing and hard hats, whilst Raymond Brown staff explained the importance of being seen on site and how the PPE protects them.

Equipped with some mixed waste, Communications and Marketing Manager, Kerry Hayman, challenged pupils to segregate the rubbish into recyclable waste and non-recyclable waste.  Kerry then explained how non-recyclable waste is incinerated, generating electricity and then how the ash is recycled into an aggregate, which is used to build sub-bases of roads.

Pupils were then put into teams and given a workbook to complete, which included exercises such as a word search and challenging questions about where household rubbish goes.  All children received prizes for their positive suggestions and answers.

Lynda Hardiman-Pearce at Intergr8 Sports commented, “We are always looking for new challenges for our pupils at The Roost.  It was great to hear Raymond Brown employees talk about the importance of recycling and how they keep themselves safe on their sites.  The gifts were a real hit, especially the hard-hat pencil sharpeners!”

2018 Core Value Awards for Four Employees

Two years ago we introduced three core values to the business: Passion, Responsibility and Engagement.  As part of the Employee Satisfaction Surveys, we again asked employees to nominate their colleagues under each of the core value categories.

As a result of these nominations, four individuals were selected for exemplifying our core values within the workplace and acknowledged on 24 November at the Staff Christmas party with an award and gift voucher.

Passion – Simon Pinto, Binnegar Quarry Manager

Simon has been with the business for 11 years, having started as a plant operator.  He has worked his way up through the company and most recently, stepped up whilst Felicity Breuning is on maternity leave.  In this time, he has overseen the relocation and installation of the new wash plant on site.

Simon’s colleagues have praised his managerial skills and described him as being very professional in the way he communicates with both staff, subcontractors, customers and the local community and that he has a lot of respect from the site team.

Responsibility – Annmarie Read, Senior Site Technician

Annmarie has been with the business for two and half years, having supported the sites and grown her team in this time.  Annmarie has been described by her colleagues as a hard worker and passionate about about making sure the company works to very high standards.

Engagement – Wayne Read, Fortis IBA A303 Processing Facility Assistant Site Manager

Wayne has worked with the business for seven years and was this year promoted from Plant Fitter to Assistant Site Manager for Fortis.  Wayne has been described as always looking for ways to improve both operations and the business.

Overall – Vanessa Smith, Shift Manager at the A303 Materials Recovery Facility

Vanessa stood out across all areas with a remarkable number of nominations.  She was also nominated last year and was the winner of the Responsibility Award.

Vanessa has been described as being very helpful and wanting to progress and develop site staff whilst putting safety first.  Employees have said that it is a privilege to work with her and that she is:

“A very experienced manager with great people skills, very health and safety conscious and always looking for ways to improve.”

“She is always very helpful to everyone, takes care of details and always gets the job done in the best possible way.”

Trommel Screen Upgrades at A303 Materials Recovery Facility

The trommel screens in the main materials recovery building at the A303 have recently been replaced with a larger size mesh, resulting in around a third less material being delivered to the picking line. The increase in screen size has brought about the following benefits:

The 25mm to 60mm material, which previously went onto the Picking Line now falls through the trommel to be processed by the Proflow screener. This results in the workers on the picking line being able to focus on picking the large size material accurately, increasing throughput along the line significantly.

A reduction in labour costs for the business, by reducing the headcount on the picking line by two workers per shift, gives a saving of at least 240 man hours per week.

An improvement in the quality of the RDF/landfill material will be achieved, with a corresponding reduction in weight and disposal costs, because the small items missed by the workers, that previously went for disposal, are now being removed before they reach the picking line.

Safety Training Day for Raymond Brown Group’s 17 Safety Representatives

17 Safety Representatives from across the Raymond Brown Group took part in a Safety Training Day earlier this month at the A303 Enviropark.

The Safety Representatives were appointed this year from across each of the group businesses and their role is to raise awareness in health and safety and to help improve safety culture across the sites.

The training day was run by Heather McLintock, Health, Safety & Audit Manager, and its aim was to help recognise and control hazards within all aspects of the workplace environment as well as giving the representatives the opportunity to engage with each other and share feedback.

The course covered responsibility, workplace equipment, site set ups, signage, near misses, incidents and injury types.

The group were also given exercises on site which were focused around hazards and they were joined for lunch by Don Coates, Chief Executive Officer and Steve Clasby, Chief Operating Officer.

The feedback received after the event was extremely positive, with representatives stating that it was both enjoyable and a good opportunity to meet other staff and managers and understand safety across the business, not just in their own working environment.

Heather McLintock commented: “The safety reps are all volunteers and their role is much appreciated and vital to continue to promote safety within our sites.  The day was a good opportunity for them to meet each other and discuss safety issues and solutions that may be similar throughout the group.”