Stonbury Annual Football 2016

From the perspective of winning team captain, Paul Dart. Game 1 – 29th September The eagerly anticipated Stonbury Annual (North vs South) Football match commenced this year, with the first leg kicking off in the North. Warm ups got underway and it was clear the South team had a larger squad, which did assist as the game went on, not to mention the younger and fresher legs! Game 1 was eagerly anticipated and fiercely fought as expected, once underway there was a few hefty tackles, bit of verbal sledging and the odd niggles between teams/players, which in truth made the game much more competitive and enjoyable for all. Both teams started brightly with good some composure and passing. Part of a winning strategy - Is it all in the warm ups? Check out those moves from team North! As the first half went on, the South team managed to get the upper hand and take a 1-0 lead thanks to Mr Frew (who graciously came out of retirement for this game… but has since then returned) in his own words, it was “game set and match”. Other chances came and went, with some good saves from Buddha in the North goal who kept it at 1-0 for a while, until the South team scored again. With the scores at 2-0, the North team battled back well and forced a few half chances and eventually pulled a goal back with a long ranged effort from Mr Harrison, the ball bouncing over the fingertips of Joe in goal and bouncing in for that winning goal... GAME ON….  the score remained 2-1 until half time, with a much needed drink and rest break.   Stay hydrated... After quick team talks and some re-shuffles, the second half got underway, fast and furious to gain the upper hand. Suitably so, as the South strike first for 3-1! As the game went on and legs began to tire, the South team pressed on bringing in their substitute players to the North teams’ disadvantage, who only had a squad of 12 for the night. The game went on and the North kept battling away and managed to pull one back 4-2. The South re-asserted the pressure and in the last 10 minutes created numerous chances, taking a further 2 to extend the lead – one a free kick from Jake Taylor and the last an individual goal from Callum McCormack, which could he, or should he have squared to James Stonor to take the glory...? Game 1 winners - South team Good game from both teams and enjoyed by all including the supporters, who I believe where both shocked and impressed by what they saw! Only half time as they say in a two-legged affair. Game 2 – 20th October After a month to recover and a little bit of gloating from the South, the second match was upon us and we played under the lights at the Cranfield United grounds. Due to the occasion and with pride at stake, a professional referee was called upon to officiate and keep us all in check (or at least attempt to), a huge thank you to Adam Crysell for taking part.   With a few injuries and unavailability’s, the South had a couple of enforced changes, but still had good numbers in the squad. The North team was at full strength and ready to claw back the deficit. Warms up done, banter had and teams all set and ready to play, the game got underway with the North team starting on the front foot, trying to get an early goal in the game. The play starts end to end with both teams giving it their all, making for a much more competitive game! Andy Kennedy, North team, runs through but is checked by myself (Paul Dart) giving a free kick away and a yellow card for my efforts. The first goal came and some goal it was, with a long-range effort sailing in from the underside of the bar, 1-0 to the South! Adam Crysell, keeping us in check! The lead didn’t last long as a kick from the South defense went straight to the North, making it an even 1-1. Chances came and went for both teams and challenges galore all over the park, both teams desperate to win. Another breakaway goal from the South took us to half time with the score 2-1. Breaks well earned and much needed. After bringing some fresh legs onto the pitch, the South strike again with another long ranged effort from Matt Waldock, 3-1. The North team battled away, forcing Lee Smith in the South goal into an unorthodox save from the corner, resulting in an amazing save and scores remained the same. As the game draws to an end, a breakaway chance came along and a tired last ditch tackle from Mr Johnstone, North team, slightly mistimed resulted in penalty, putting South team in the lead 4-1. In the last few minutes of the match, two mini Stonbury mascots were brought onto the pitch for a run around, bringing the Annual games to a civil end. Final score on the night 4-1 to the South and 10-3 over both matches. CHAMPIONS - SOUTH Happy faces all round Huge thanks to everyone involved in organising, playing and supporting.   

Stonbury nominated for IOS Supplier of the Year

We have recently been nominated by IOS for Supplier of the Year with Anglian Water. The nomination comes as a result of work on the IOS Upstands Sealing Programme and standalone schemes, such as Gazeley Water Tower. The comment from IOS within our nomination is as follows: "Stonbury have been framework contractors for over 15 years, during which they have continuously delivered a first-class service and remained responsive to Anglian Water’s needs. The work that Stonbury are involved in is often ODI critical work and centered around clean water assets. Stonbury have collaborated with our delivery teams to ensure that we achieve key project milestones, whilst balancing demands across the wider programme. Stonbury support IOS and Anglian Water as a key part of the Reservoir and Tower Cleaning and Remedial Works Programme. There is often a need to return these assets back to service urgently, Stonbury have always proved responsive - often working out of hours and weekends to ensure assets can be returned ASAP. Along with this reactive works, Stonbury have also been a key part of Hatch Upstand Programme - Once again ODI critical in its delivery. Stonbury have reactively deployed gangs across the Anglian region, worked accident and incident free, whilst working closely with IOS delivery teams to ensure works are properly planned and coordinated.  Lastly, Stonbury worked with IOS at Gazelely Water Tower to develop a new methodology for waterproofing above ground retaining structures. IOS and Stonbury carried out material trials and invested to develop a system that ensured we can remediate any future water towers."  We would like to thank IOS and Anglian Water for the recognition of our hard work and the continued collaboration between Stonbury, IOS and the Anglian Water delivery teams.

Return to Waste Water and Sewerage Refurbishment Works

After numerous years focusing on clean water, we are pleased to announce our services to the waste and sewerage side of the water industry Our primary aim is to target the refurbishment of concrete and steel tanks, utilising a number of specialist repair materials and linings offered by manufacturers within our existing supply chain. Our secondary target is to work collaboratively with waste water framework contractors to deliver refurbishment schemes. Historically Stonbury have vast experience in this sector of the market, having previously carried out linings to a large number of digesters, PST’s flumes and associated structures. To support the initiative, dedicated vehicles and plant will be branded separately, to ensure no cross contamination between the clean and waste water sides of the business, this includes all operatives PPE and personal tools. Vans will be liveried in Blue for waste and remain White for our clean water operations. To discuss your wastewater and sewage refurbishment needs, please contact us for further details.

50 is the Magic Number

AMP6 has warmed up nicely, with Stonbury involved in a wide variety of programmes and schemes across the UK As a result, we have been pleased to welcome an additional 50 members of staff since the beginning of the year. This wonderful influx of talent has presented the challenge of ensuring that we consistently maintain the high levels of service that our clients expect. Enter new staff member number 50 - Loraine Thomas, our new full time HR Manager. Loraine will be heavily involved with personal development, right from the outset. Already we have a new video-based programme in production, which will embed the core values that underline from the services that we offer. (Photo: Our growing Orange team!) 

New Appointment - Neal Judd

Neal Judd joined Stonbury as Finance Director on 1st September 2016 where he will be working closely with CEO, James Stonor Alongside the usual responsibilities of the Company FD, Neal will also be responsible for strategic development, with a strong focus on the ongoing growth of the business. Neal’s background Neal gained his extensive experience with Arthur Andersen and Baker Tilly, before founding his own successful Corporate Finance Advisory Firm over 12 years ago. Judd Corporate Finance offered strategic advice to companies and business owners, that wanted to take their company to the next level; be it acquiring another business, fundraising via Private Equity houses, or executing a management buy-out. Neal is a fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI). Neal has been a Chair of Governor’s at a local state school, is a keen golfer and likes watching most sports, supporting West Bromwich Albion and Northampton Saints.

The Value of Collaborative Working

As a major part of a number of our negotiated framework extensions for AMP6, we are tasked by our clients to embrace the concept of collaborative working The ethos behind the initiative is to provide better and more efficient project deliveries, beneficial to all parties. The ultimate aim is to create a closer working relationship with not only the client, but also between different framework contractors working for the same client. To operate a framework successfully, mutual trust and co-operation has always been essential. True collaborative working now requires the working relationship to be more transparent than ever before. Monitoring the value that collaborative working is delivering, we have been set by our clients various efficiency targets between 10% to 20% savings by 2020 based on AMP5 tendered rates. Eighteen months into AMP6 we would consider that we are approximately 50% of the way towards these goals. This portion has been surprisingly easy to achieve through various planned initiatives such as:  Batching of schemes such as reservoir membrane replacement. This allows us to take control of the programme, ensuring the same labour teams can be utilised. This has meant each similar project is delivered consecutively and quicker through task familiarity. This method provides programme savings and also allows reservoir assets to be out of service for much shorter durations.  Live working for reservoir membrane replacement. Stonbury has worked hard to provide a robust method of working over live reservoir assets for membrane replacement. This method allows us to carry out such work in the summer months, when traditionally assets are not taken out of service. Working in good weather reduces the risk of delay and provides the benefit of longer working hours. The increased efficiency is passed back to the client. Changes in working methods. Innovative ways of delivering work differently and more efficiently is in some respects one of the biggest challenges, but one we are completely committed to. We are working closely with material manufacturers, emphasising the importance of reducing cure times for over-coating and of applied material. The cure time for return to service with associated programme savings is an example of this. The real challenge now is to get from 50% to 100% and beyond the clients expectations of efficiency from collaborative working. Communication for better collaborative working is critically essential. Some clients hold detailed progress meetings or forums between all framework contractors, others do not. For some clients that do hold communication exercises, information sharing between contractors is still extremely limited. Unless all parties are willing to share their best practices then the true value of collaborative working will never be realised. Similarly, some clients encourage co-operation between high level framework partners and the lower tier framework contractors. However contract restrictions are imposed on getting 3 separate ‘subcontract quotes’ from both framework and non-framework companies. In reality these restrictions limit the possibility of discussing best value, as work is often awarded based on cheapest price. Collaborative working is not just about efficiency, health and safety also plays an integral part of the concept. Some clients engage all framework partners in H&S forums to discuss best practice, highlighting common issues for lessons learnt to all. Whilst other clients provide no interface between interested parties, making collaborative working challenging.  As a point, we are not aware if the UK water companies are working collaboratively. Collaborative initiatives between water companies encourages the sharing of best practices and the lessons learnt, which in time will contribute to a better industry standard of working. In summary, Stonbury has seen a huge benefit already from collaborative working, but realise that the journey has only just started. The true value of collaboration is, however, still a long but exciting road ahead.  Stonbury collaborating with material manufacturers