Safety first for Suprafilt
Suprafilt has been recognised as using best practice when it comes to health and safety.
Aeration specialist Suprafilt, based at Whitewell Bottom have received the OHSAS 18001 accreditation – which acknowledges that the company adopts a ‘best practice’ approach for occupational health and safety management.
Hannah Nolan, Operations Manager at Suprafilt, which is an industry leader in its sector, said health and safety is of paramount importance to Suprafilt – and it is engrained in the workforce culture.
Due to the nature of the business – which designs, manufacturers and installs the steelwork and aeration components for waste water treatment plants and sewage works - it is of paramount importance to protect the welfare of staff.
Hannah said: “Our aim was to ensure that right through Suprafilt health and safety was at the forefront of everyone’s minds in everything that they do.
“We want to actively seek to reduce our number of accidents and near misses and have a culture where staff are a part of the health and safety system.
A team effort at Suprafilt
One of the leading aeration specialists in the world welcomed their key supplier and clients to their new workshop for an open day.
Around 60 people from as far away as New York made their way to Suprafilt in Whitewell Bottom to celebrate their twentieth anniversary and their recent expansion into larger premises.
Suprafilt, who are also finalists in four categories in this year’s BIBAs, gave people a tour of the Burnley Road East manufacturing facility before speeches by directors Jonathan Lord and Graeme Fielden.
In his speech Contracts Director Jonathan, said: “It has been a 20-year journey. We have moved 4 locations, been with almost every bank in Rochdale, had 5 different accountants, worked with over 730 suppliers, and supplied goods to over 200 customers in over 70 countries.
“The company has grown significantly which is in recognition to our staff over the last 20 years. The contracts have got bigger in value and complexity.
“Our staff have risen to this challenge by developing their skills and knowledge and their hard work is appreciated.”
BIBAs are within reach for Suprafilt
Suprafilt is delighted to get through to the final stage of the prestigious BIBA awards for ‘exporter of the year’, ‘manufacturer of the year’, ‘construction business of the year’ and ‘business of the year’.
The aeration specialists, who are leaders in their field, are successfully through to the final stage of the rigorous competition.
Judges for each category will visit their Whitewell Bottom factory in Rossendale to speak to key members of the team and have a tour of the premises. The visits will take place in June and July.
Suprafilt specialises in the design, installation and commissioning of both fixed and lift-out fine-bubble diffused aeration systems for municipal and industrial sewage treatment plants.
BIBA fever at Suprafilt!
Aeration expert Suprafilt has been shortlisted for four prestigious industry awards.
Suprafilt, based in Whitewell Bottom, Rossendale, has been told by the organisers that it will go through to the interview stage of the BIBAs. The awards, run by the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, is Lancashire's largest and longest running business awards programme and this year celebrates it’s 10th year.
They have been shortlisted for four categories – Manufacturer of the Year, Exporter of the Year, Construction Business of the Year and Business of the Year.
If successful in the interview stage, Suprafilt will be visited by the judges.
Suprafilt praised for its links with education
Suprafilt is celebrating after being shortlisted for an industry award.
The aeration specialist, based at Whitewell Bottom in Rossendale, was named as runner up in the Made in the North West ‘Education in Business Award’ category for their collaborative £2.2million research project with the University of Sheffield.
They were beaten by the Strive project, run by the Virtual Engineering Centre in Liverpool.
Suprafilt Director Graeme Fielden said: “We are thrilled to be a finalist for the Made In the North West Awards.
“Being praised for our hard work and success in our field is a reward for the work we have put in. It acknowledges the investment – both financially and in our team.
“We would like to thank the judges and the organisers for the recognition.”
Automotive giant Jaguar Land Rover has won the prestigious Manufacturing Company of the Year Award at Insider's Made in the North West Awards.
Miri Thomas, editorial director at Insider, described the standard of entries as "fantastic, a real showcase in innovation, ambition and vision".
She said: "You are pioneers. You’re driving forward development, creating jobs and boosting the economy."
Suprafilt welcome a new face to the team
After moving to premises three times the size of their last location, Suprafilt is now growing its team.
Its skilled workforce boasts a wealth of niche industry knowledge and have welcomed Sarah Seddon to the team to support the existing sales and health and safety teams.
Sarah, who used to work in a call centre at Trafford Park, wanted a change in career.
The 23-year-old, who has a degree in Psychology, saw the role advertised online and applied for the job at Suprafilt. a company which believes in letting people grow into their roles and find their own specialism within the sector.
Sarah helps with sales enquiries, purchase orders and health and safety risk assessment audits.
Install date: September 2015
Contract value: £58,000
The background: For more than 150 years Simpsons Malt has been providing malt for the brewing, distilling and food industries. The company is the second largest malt maker in Europe. Their Berwick-upon-Tweed Maltings employs around 120 people and produces 236,000 tonnes of malt annually.
Though it comes at the end of the process, the waste water treatment plant on the site drives the entire production facility. When it’s running at its optimum the effluent plant is more than capable of delivering enough capacity for the whole plant. However, when it’s not, it reduces production capability.
Suprafilt expands into new facility
Suprafilt has relocated to a facility that’s more than three times larger than its former base.
We have moved to the 42,000 sq ft Sagar Holme Mills on Burnley Road in Rossendale, a move which will allow the business to create four new jobs — taking employee numbers up from 20 to 24 — and work on larger scale projects.
Suprafilt enjoyed its best ever year in 2015 securing a £2m project for Thames Water at Deephams and a £2.3m project for Yorkshire Water at Hull.
Operations DirectorJonathan Lord said: “This move is a significant milestone in the history of the business. It underlines the progress we have made in recent years.
“We are on course for record turnover and investing in this new facility will mean we are well placed to continue to grow.
“The mill is ideal — it requires some work to transform it to meet our specific needs — but it is an ideal location for the business.
“It gives us the capacity to take on the new staff we now need and gives us the opportunity to work on much larger projects. There’s an internal crane system which is ideal for our requirements and will allow us to work more efficiently.
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