The highlights of our year 2018
The last 12 months have flown by and on reflection this year has been very busy and productive for us all. With our biggest achievement in winning a prestigious award for our energy saving SmartAIR® System.
We wanted to share with you the highlights of our amazing year:
At R&B we believe that training is paramount to success and development of our employees. We reguarly visit sites that require noise assessments, therefore we wanted to expland on our knowledge in this area and decided that we would put resources into training. W503 is a recognised noise assessment course and Nick, our Electrical Design Project Engineer, was the appointed member of staff to undertake this training in Portsmouth. Noise risks in the workplace should be carefully managed to ensure that employees are protected from this specific risk in the workplace.
R&B Industrial were shortlisted as a finalist for the CIBSE Energy Efficient Product or Innovation of the Year Award for our patended SmartAIR® System.
The CIBSE building performance awards have been running for over a decade. As an organisation they award people, products and projects that demonstrate engineering excellence in the build environment that achieve efficient technology to reduce the amount of energy required to products and services.
The awards were held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London. Suited and booted with a prosecco in hand we sat down to dinner with the other finalists to all share in celebrating our achievement.
At the start of the year many of us around the country were greeted with polar like scenery. Isolated and snowed in, the majority of the UK enjoyed a snow day with loved ones. Our vans stayed parked up at the industrial park which meant no site visits for our lads that day and a very cold walk for our employees to work that morning!
From a small independant company in the early 80s, R&B has gone from strength to strength growing in numbers and establishing a positive reputation in the engineering industry and this year we celebrated 35 years, marking a significant milestone for us as a company.
For the third year running we exhibited at the BOHS Exhibition, along with some other well known names in the industry.
As a collective we contributed in furthering the knowledge of all the attendees on all aspects of dust and fume extraction. We particuarly focused on the use of ATEX certification and ways in which companies can reduce their Carbon footprint in the coming years. This was delivered by our specialist team members, Dr Roger Watson and Mr Clive Bates.
April also marked a successful month in terms of awards. We were shortlisted and won the SHAPA 2018 Innovation award for our energy efficient SmartAIR® system.
Our SmartAIR® system delivers incredible cost savings along with market leading energy efficiency. The event was held on board the SS Great Britain in Bristol. We were over-whelmed and honoured to be given this award and it recognises all the hard work that the team have put in to developing the system.
Saw some of our team undertaking the P601 LEV course. This course trains delegates to undertake Thorough Examination and Tests (TET) on basic testing of LEV systems. This was held in our upstairs meeting room. A good pass rate all round well done guys!!
Congratulations to Gareth and Vicky on their wedding in June!
We also retained our Safe Contractor status! This means as a company R&B are now approved and recognised as in health and safety assesssment schemes for contractors who want to demonstrate that they are taking responsibility for their legal health and safety requirements.
In July Clive went up North to Lichfield to give a speech at the SHAPA solids handling event about our SmartAIR® system
The world cup final of 2018 meant Nicky, who doesnt even like football, won the sweep stake for France!
This saw our first reseller sale of our energy saving SmartAIR® system. This small diagram giving a brief explanation how it works. For more info please visit our SmartAIR® page.
We also employed two work experience students over the summer period. One of which still works for us part time as our stores and warehouse controller whilst still undertaking her college course in mechanics.
Celebrated the companies founders Roy and Beryls Diamond Wedding Anniversary! 60 years wow! September also saw the start of two new employees. Graham, who will be assisting with air monitoring and DSEAR assessments and Sophie who has joined our admin team. Welcome aboard the team guys!
For the first time we attended the W Exhibition in Birmingham. We were delighted that Francesco from our partner company GEF in Italy was able to come over and spend a few days with us. It was a very productive and successful Exhibition where the company were recognised for our achievement in our energy saving system and were shortlisted as a finalist for the Elements of Innovation award 2018. We also had some fantastic news that Roger and his wife had a lovely little boy, Peter. Congratulations!
Although the winter doom and gloom was upon us, we still welcome rainbows from the office any day of the year!
Had a Fabulous time at our works christmas meal. A good time to celebrate with the team and let out hair down after a busy year all round!