It doesn’t seem fifteen months since we moved into our “new” purpose built offices in Kingston Park, it was a significant move for the Vogal Group which I am delighted to say has been of great benefit to the company with the increased work load and clients that we have aspired to.
To support the increase in works, we have employed a further Contract Manager Kevin Eastwood and we welcome him to the business, Kevin brings a wealth of mechanical and electrical knowledge and experience and we wish him success for the future with Vogal.
A number of blue chip companies have been added to our client portfolio to support our existing long standing number.
Varied installation works, pipe fitting and welding, have commenced on a water treatment site which potentially could led to repeat works nationwide.
Our regular maintenance programme has commenced in East Anglia which involves high risk activities, plasma cutting and welding etc. in Cat 3 confined spaces. This is the tenth year we have undertaken these works on this site and the successful completion in previous years has led to us working both mechanically and electrically on two of the same clients other sites in tandem.
Another major M&E installation has commenced which includes the installation of new machinery and the associated services. This has stemmed from the high class installation works we have previously undertaken for this client. In fact with the influx of new and repeat works, we are in the process of employing more tradespersons. Anyone interested in joining the Vogal Group should contact Karen Lloyd in the first instance. We are in the process of training our “own” mechanical and electrical apprentices for the future but we have a need for experienced tradespersons now. The current intake of ECITB supported trainees are approaching their six month in engineering training and are progressing very well. The aim is to fill the skills gap which is very apparent nationwide.
On the subject of training, our own dedicated approved training centre in Ailsworth is also flourishing mirroring the main Groups lead by attracting new and repeat business. The influx in new works and employees may introduce “new” and different risks to the company, but I am pleased to say that our health and safety record remains second to none.
On the sporting front, Vogal employees have been performing well this year, Dave Stubbs of Vogal Project Management Services has been selected to shoot for the 50 calibre rifle shooting British team in America and Frank Bird the cleaner/ Formula Renault Tech 1 driver “dusted” through the field to claim his highest finish thus far with a very creditable 8th in Monza, and Steve Brattan has won the last 3 finals at the last 3 meetings in his pursuit to claim the championship once again in the 2ltr hot rods so well done to all.