Merseyside based equipment and tool
hire company scoops National Award
SPEEDY Asset Services Ltd wins Most
Considerate Supplier Runner Up at Considerate Constructors Scheme 2017 National
Awards. The Considerate Constructors Scheme; the national scheme established by
the construction industry to improve its image; has recognised the highest
performing Companies and Suppliers at this year's National Awards.
The Considerate Constructors Scheme's National Awards are 1 of the most
respected accolades in UK construction. By registering with the Scheme,
companies and suppliers demonstrate a strong commitment to improving the image
of the industry.
Speedy Asset Services Ltd, whose Head Office is based in Merseyside, was awarded
Most Considerate Supplier Runner Up, at both of the prestigious awards ceremonies, on 2
November and 3 November 2017, held at the Four Seasons Hotel London, at Park Lane, London.
All registered eligible suppliers and companies had their considerate
performance assessed against the Scheme's Code of Considerate Practice, from 1
August 2016 to 31 July 2017, as part of the awards process.
The awards recognise the highest performing suppliers and companies who have
demonstrated excellence in relation to the community, the environment and their
Speedy Asset Services Ltd is a principal facilities and asset provider to the
construction industry, offering plant and equipment hire and maintenance, as
well as professional training and a range of support services.
Registered with the Scheme for just 16 months, this company is already making a
huge impact as a considerate company, achieving all round excellent scores after
acting upon the Scheme's Code of Considerate Practice, as well as Monitor advice
In total, 22 Gold, 37 Silver and 55 Bronze awards were presented to Registered
Companies, while 3 Gold, 5 Silver and 1 Bronze were awarded to registered
suppliers. Of the Gold Award winners, 10 shortlisted companies received the:-
'Most Considerate Company Runner Up' award and 2 suppliers received:-
Considerate Supplier Runner Up' awards.
Considerate Constructors Scheme Executive Chairman Isabel Martinson said:-
"Each year the Scheme is amazed by the increasingly innovative and ingenious
ways that companies and suppliers devise to elevate their levels of
consideration to the community, workforce and environment.
On behalf of the Scheme, I would like to offer huge congratulations to all of
this year's award winners who have worked extremely hard to raise standards of
consideration, both within their own organisations and for the good of the
entire industry. We look forward to continuing to work with the industry to
raise standards in considerate construction to an even higher level."
More landlords may be required to
WIRRAL Council is set to take action
against rogue landlords through extending a licensing scheme which forces them
to improve their properties; or face seeing them being taken off the market.
Selective Licensing, which requires landlords to agree to a range of conditions
around the standards of their accommodation, is being extended through some of
Wirral's more deprived communities, after helping to drive up the quality of
rented accommodation in parts of Birkenhead.
The proposal on the table, which the Council's Cabinet will be asked to send
through to public consultation at its next meeting, on 27 November 2017, is to extend
the scheme to cover 4 more parts of East Wirral, areas where there is a higher
than average number of private rented housing available and a high turnover of
The 4 new areas proposed are:- Hamilton Square, Seacombe St Pauls, Birkenhead
and Birkenhead Central. These would join Egerton North, Birkenhead South, Seacombe Library and Egremont Promenade
South as Selective Licensing areas.
Cllr George Davies, Wirral Council Cabinet member for Housing and Community
Safety, said:- "Wirral residents demand; and deserve; to live in good
quality, safe and attractive housing. The availability of private rented
accommodation has more than doubled in Wirral in the last 10 years and while we
know that many of these properties are of an excellent standard, managed by
responsible landlords, there are others that aren't up to scratch.
We will not tolerate Wirral residents being forced to live in poor conditions by
irresponsible landlords. This licensing scheme is a good way for us to tackle
this issue and, where a landlord does not live up to their responsibilities to
their tenants, we will not hesitate to take action against them.
Our Selective Licensing scheme supports improvement in the quality of housing in
the areas of Birkenhead and Wallasey where it is applied. It has brought many
social and health benefits along with it and people from across the political
spectrum have rightly highlighted its success and championed it for their own
area, calling for its expansion.
This is where the Council needs to step in and use all the powers that we have
to drive up the standards of this housing on behalf of tenants and this is what
we are aiming to do by extending the Selective Licensing scheme."
A number of landlords living in the 4 existing areas, who have either failed to
obtain licenses for their properties or fallen foul of the conditions they
agreed to, have already been prosecuted by the Council, which demonstrates the
commitment the local authority has to the scheme and its objectives.
If Cabinet approves the business case and consultation plan, the next step is
for the Council to begin a 10 week consultation process to gather the views of
tenants, landlords and residents before making a final decision.
Freshfields Animal Rescue
IN the community spirit for which
Southport is renowned, Just Cats Veterinary Clinic on Duke Street, Southport,
are holding a Christmas Craft Fair to raise funds for Freshfields Animal Rescue.
The event is being organised by Rachel Backshall, whose father Simon Backshall
runs Just Cats. Rachel said:- ''Just Cats Veterinary Clinic in Southport
are proud and honoured to be hosting a Christmas Craft Fair this Winter, in
support of Freshfields Animal Rescue. Organised by Just Cats staff, family and
friends, the Christmas Craft Fair will feature local makers and their crafts,
showcasing Southport's fabulous local creativity and talents. Available to
purchase on the day will be soaps and stocking fillers, artisan crafts,
ceramics, cards, pet products and handmade wreaths, as well as local artwork and
Home baked sweet treats, chocolates and cakes will be sold in the 'Big
Christmas Bake Sale' on the day. All proceeds will go to the animals of
Freshfields Rescue. The event aims to bring the wider community together for a
festive celebration of skills, creativity and of course the incredible work that
Freshfields do for abused, abandoned and unwanted animals all year round.''
Debbie Hughes, PR Co-ordinator for Freshfields Animal Rescue, said:- "We
are delighted that our friends at Just Cats are supporting the animals in this
way. The clinic has been part of our extended Freshfields family for many years,
and we're very much looking forward to what we hope will be a successful day.
The animals and staff at Freshfields would not be able to carry out our work
without the participation of our generous local community. We're looking forward
to meeting you on the day."
The fair takes place in the Coach House Studio, just behind Just Cats, at:- 59 Duke
Street, Southport, PR8 5BT, on Sunday, 26 November 2017 and Sunday, 3 December
12pm to 4pm.
Award winning 'Refresh' project to
expand after show flat success
AN award winning up cycling project is
expanding in Wirral after the success of a pilot scheme. 'Refresh'
unwanted materials and furniture from Magenta Living's empty properties and
'Bulky Environmental Refuse Team' (BERT) service to prevent items going to
landfill, minimise waste and reduce fly tipping.
To kick start the project, a show flat has been fully furnished using up cycled
furniture to show what can be achieved with items that would otherwise have been
A well attended engagement workshop took place using an empty Magenta Living
flat in Seacombe. Volunteers were involved in creating:- mood boards, painting,
joinery and decorating unwanted furniture items used to furnish the flat and
bring it back to life, whilst learning new skills in the process.
The project is delivered in partnership by Magenta Living, Wirral Council and
Wirral Environmental Network (WEN) and aims to encourage Magenta Living tenants
and the wider community to volunteer and up cycle furniture by providing
residents with renovated and refreshed furniture for use in their homes.
Magenta Living has also used the service to furnish some of their properties to
provide much needed support for new tenants.
Due to the success of this project and the show flat, Magenta Living, Wirral
Council and WEN will be opening a new Refresh shop on Hoole Road, Woodchurch.
This will be used for training in up cycling with a space available to display
the up cycled furniture, ready for people from the community to use in their
The Mayor of Wirral, Cllr Ann McLachlan who officially opened the show flat
said:- "I was delighted and surprised to see the fantastic job which had
been made of the furniture, which fully kitted out the flat. It looked fantastic; the volunteers were so proud of their work and I have to say they were all
very skilled, with lots of flair and imagination; whether painting, recovering
or putting the whole scheme together.
Anybody would be proud to live in that flat with such great decor and furniture.
This is a great example of how different organisations working together, in this
case Magenta Living, WEN and the Council, can produce such positive outcomes."
John Mycock, Assistant Director of Housing Services at Magenta Living said:-
"Magenta Living residents have been involved in the Refresh project from the
start and it's great to see what they have achieved. By volunteering and
learning new skills this has encouraged them to improve their personal
well-being and discover talents that they probably didn't realise they had."
The Refresh project won a Level 4 'Thriving' award at the Royal
Horticultural Society, North West In Bloom:- 'It's Your Neighbourhood Awards
2017' for the fabulous floral displays the volunteers made out of various
For further information about the Refresh project, contact:- Maureen Davies,
Magenta Living's Environmental Services Manager, on:- 0808 100 9596.