Raymond Brown are delighted to welcome Don Coates to the business as Chief Executive Officer

Raymond Brown are delighted to announce Don Coates as the group’s new Chief Executive Officer.

The appointment is a key part of Raymond Brown’s future growth strategy, which will see Don steering the business through its growth and expansion plans.

Don commented: “Raymond Brown is a well-respected business and I am excited to be joining at a key time in the Group’s development when there are many great prospects.  I will ensure that we remain committed to our employees, customers, local communities, health and safety and improving the environment, which underpins our core values.  I look forward to supporting the senior team in leading the group through this next phase.”

Don has 30 years’ experience in manufacturing, working across a variety of sectors, and has led several businesses as CEO in both private and public company environments, including 17 years with DS Smith Plc, where his responsibilities included running the UK’s largest waste paper recycler.

Don will be working closely with Chief Operating Officer, Steve Clasby, Chief Financial Officer, Wayne Roberts, and the management team.

Steve Clasby commented: “On behalf of the Raymond Brown team, I would like to welcome Don, who we are thrilled to have on board.  I very much look forward to working with Don to make the most of the opportunities ahead as we continue our success into the future.”

Disposing of your Batteries Safely and Responsibly

Each year we throw away over 600 million batteries, but did you know that batteries are a significant risk to our health and the environment.

  • Many batteries contain harmful chemicals (particularly heavy metals such as lead, mercury, or cadmium) which can escape into and poison our environment and watercourses.
  • Car batteries contain acids which can cause burns and harm wildlife.
  • Lithium rechargeable batteries contain flammable materials under pressure which can cause fires when the battery becomes damaged. This is a significant risk on waste sites where the battery can become damaged during processing.

Please ensure that you and your family dispose of batteries safely;

  • No batteries should be put into skips, recycling bins or household waste.
  • Most large supermarkets and garages have designated collection points for batteries where you can take old batteries
  • Council household recycling centres may also have collection points for all types of batteries.
  • Some garages will recycle your car battery for you

Not only is recycling your batteries safer, it is also making a difference to the environment.

Raymond Brown Investment in Skips

Raymond Brown Waste Solutions has recently invested in a number of brand new skips as well as refurbishing our existing skips to meet recent business demand across Hampshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire.

The skips will be branded at our Nursling Recycling Facility, with the Chilton Skips travelling to Oxfordshire and the Brown Skips remaining within the Hampshire market.

This investment will enable us to meet the increased demand for our skips from domestic, construction, commercial and industrial markets.

Raymond Brown Take New Signwritten Lorry to Smannell and Enham CE Primary School

Raymond Brown took their new sign written grab lorry to Smannell and Enham Primary School, accompanied by Sean Warren (Business Development Manager), Alix Kerr (Assistant Transport Co-ordinator) and Martin Brown (Driver). The children from Smannell and Enham school had taken part in Raymond Brown’s lorry competition to design posters around recycling and the winning children were given certificates, goody bags and book vouchers for their efforts in taking part and were also able to sit in the lorry cab.

The children learnt about the importance of recycling and how Raymond Brown are addressing the issue through educating children through their links with local schools.

All of the children from Smannell and Enham School were very excited to see the new lorry and promised the driver they would wave at him if they spot the lorry on the roads.

Raymond Brown’s Fourth Lorry branded at Cart Marking Ceremony in London

One of Raymond Brown’s newest Grab Lorries was branded yesterday at the traditional Cart Marking Ceremony in the City of London.  The lorry, which was designed by Foxhills Junior School in Southampton was driven by Mark Attwood and is the fourth Raymond Brown lorry to have been branded in the annual ceremony.

This year the Carmen will celebrated their 501st anniversary and the annual Cart Marking Ceremony took place in Guildhall Yard commencing at 10.35am on Wednesday 18th July 2018. Vehicles were marked between the Master Carmen, Patrick Marsland-Roberts TD, The Rt.Hon The Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Charles Bowman and the Master Glover, Alvin Seth-Smith.

The ancient tradition of cart marking dates back to the 16th century when all carts operating in the City of London were required to pay five shillings for the right to ply for hire in the City and have their axles branded – an early form of vehicle licensing.

brownSkips.com attends Thruxton Truxx Factor 2018

Driver, Mark Gale attended the Truxx Factor Truck Show on 7 and 8 July 2018.

The Truxx Factor Truck Show is an established family friendly weekend festival which takes place at Thruxton Motorsport Centre.

Mark represents the company at the show each year and took his Roman Way Primary School lorry with him, one of the newest and most colourful lorries in the fleet.

Raymond Brown Donate Toys to Wellow Village Hall Baby and Toddler Group

Raymond Brown visited Wellow Village Hall Baby and Toddler Group and donated a  Little Tikes Activity Gym and petrol pump as part of the companies Community Matters Initiative.

The group is run on a voluntary basis and is a great opportunity for parents and toddlers to meet and socialise on a regular basis.

Julie Jager who runs the Tots Group commented “ Thank you so much to Raymond Brown for donating the toys, they are wonderful and will make a big difference to the children. It was so very kind of you, we can’t thank you enough”.

brownSkips.com attends South Coast Smile Wheels Show

Driver, Mark Gale attended the 2018 South Coast Smile Wheels Show on 23 and 24 June this year.

The show takes place at at Highbridge Farm in Otterbourne and is a large family event with a range of cars, bikes, trucks and stalls. The show fundraises money for the children at Southampton General Hospital and the neonatal unit at Princess Anne by raising gifts and money.

Mark, who frequently attends wheel shows, took the Roman Way Primary School lorry with him this year which is one of the newest and most colourful lorries in the fleet.

Raymond Brown gain FORS Reaccreditation

Raymond Brown are delighted to have been reassessed and reaccredited with the Bronze Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS).

The FORS scheme has been set up to raise the level of quality within fleet operations across the UK and in 2017 Raymond Brown announced that the business had met the FORS bronze level requirements.

FORS reassessments take place each year and comprise of an external audit of the business processes to ensure that the company maintains the high standard of work related road risk management.

Transport Manager, Simon Webb commented: “The Raymond Brown fleet comprises of over 60 vehicles and this reaccreditation emphasises our commitment to fleet safety and environmental efficiency as well as demonstrating that we meet a recognised industry standard.”

New Weekend Working Crew Appointed for A303 MRF

The A303 Materials Recovery Facility have appointed a weekend working crew, which has extended the operating hours on a Saturday and Sunday, therefore increasing the capacity to recycle more and the ability to carry out essential maintenance works to the facility.

As the business goes into its busy period, it has become necessary to appoint a Weekend Supervisor and Weekend Plant Operator, enabling the plant to run from 06:00am to 18:00pm on both a Saturday and Sunday, rather than the current hours of 06:00am to 14:00pm.  Processing operations take place within the building and have no traffic/sound/visual impacts.