During their recent annual vacation in the UK, Russell and Beryl Gibbens of Supaturf South Africa took time out to have a guided tour around the world class sports university at Loughborough, Leicestershire, with the Chief Groundsman.
Base of the English Cricket Board, home to world class athletic and gym facilities par excellence, Loughborough University is the UK’s leading sports university. Russell Gibbens, Managing Director of Supaturf South Africa, said “We were highly impressed with the facilities at the university and at the sheer level of investment into increasing sports performance and standards.” Loughborough University uses Supaturf line marking machines and liquids, including top-of-the-range Excel line marking machines.
The Supaturf UK factory and manufacturing base in Coalville was recently awarded ISO 9001 (Quality Management) and ISO 14001 (Environmental Management) certification. Andy Gurney, Supaturf UK Production and Site Manager, said “We are delighted to have gained these standards which reflect our commitment to product quality systems and to managing the impact of our operations on the environment.” Supaturf UK has seen a noticeable increase in worldwide sales of its linemarking machines and liquids during 2014, particularly in Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.
A smiling Conor Welsh of Vitax proudly holds the cup won by the Sandringham Royal Warrant Holders Association Team this year in their annual match between the Sandringham Royal Warrant Holders XI and Sandringham Cricket Club, played in the grounds of Sandringham. Conor, who plays his cricket in Lancashire, bowled exceptionally well taking 2 wickets for 18 overs, helping the Royal Warrant Holders to secure their 12th victory in this annual contest. Sandringham CC have won 14 times.
Standing next to Conor is ECB accredited umpire Colin Wetherley-Mein, Retail Sales Manager of Vitax, who umpired the match. “The clubhouse, pitch and surroundings were magnificent, the refreshments and catering throughout the day were first-class, and the weather was wall-to-wall sunshine.” Neil Williams, Captain of the Royal Warrant Holders XI commented after the match “It was great to have Conor and Colin here today in what was a close match.”
Vitax has recently achieved full certification for ISO 9001:2008 (Quality Systems Standard) and ISO 14001:2004 (Environmental Management Systems) at its Coalville manufacturing site. The certifications follow a rigorous assessment of the site operations and are the result of two years of continuous planning, resourcing and investment into our internal quality and environmental management systems.
“I am delighted that we have gained this recognition which underlines both our commitment to consistent product quality management and focus, and also to the responsible management of the effects of our operations on the environment” (Paul Gooding, Chairman)
We are on course to achieve full certification for ISO 14001:2004 at our Skelmersdale site by Autumn 2014.
Following an extensive audit by BSI during June, Vitax Limited recently successfully completed the Stage One assessment of its certification for its Coalville site. This puts the site on track to complete the Stage Two audit in August 2014. Andy Gurney, Coalville Production Manager, announced “I am delighted with the progress made to date in ensuring that our environmental management system meets the requirements of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001”.
BSI also visited the Vitax Skelmersdale manufacturing site in June to carry out its Stage One ISO 14001 assessment. Following this visit, the site (which already has ISO 9001 certification) successfully completed the Stage One requirement and is ready to proceed to Stage Two assessment in September 2014.
Harvey Bird, Quality Manager at Vitax Skelmersdale, recognised the huge effort made by employees to date in achieving Stage One: “This shows Vitax’s commitment to actively managing its operation to reduce its impact upon the environment and to maintain and investigate continuous improvements to our environmental management system”.
Supaturf’s Daniel Wilkinson (Commercial Director) and Greg Holden (Export Manager) recently visited the Middle East, the first call being to Qatar where they met Aspire Logistics, the Qatari Government’s agency responsible for all sports facilities.
The meeting took place in Doha Sports City, and included a tour of the 40,000 seater Khalifa International Stadium, which will be the venue for the World Cup in 2022. The Sports City is home to the Aspire Academy Stadium, which has indoor athletic tracks, football pitches, basketball courts and five-a-side courts, together with an Olympic sized swimming pool. The Academy is the base for the Qatar Football Association and the National team.
Wayne Holmes, Head of Turf Management at Aspire is very happy with the machines and paint sent to him by Supaturf, and will be requesting their products when discussing future requirements with Nakheel Landscapes.
Daniel and Greg went on to meet Aspire’s distributors Nakheel Landscapes. They have a large requirement for machinery, fertilisers and growing media as they are responsible for the upkeep of municipal areas. Nakheel were particularly interested in Vitax’s Grower range due to the volume of landscaping and maintenance work they undertake, which Vitax will be quoting for in the coming year.
They also met Hydroturf International, who supply golf courses and sports grounds with a wide range of products from desalination equipment to fertilisers and machinery, and who were also interested in Supaturf paints and machinery. Andy Mellon of Hydroturf is a former chairman of BIGGA, so he is very familiar with Supaturf products.
This was a very successful trip, and one which will see good results in terms of new business for the company.
We were delighted to see our Supaturf Arrow and Stadia Red and Blue paints taking a key part in the first episode of BBC1’s Question of Sport Super Saturday show preview. The first show will air on BBC1 on Saturday 21st June and starts at 6.50pm.
A clip showing the Arrow has also been seen on a show preview last night during the world Cup programs.
A Question of Sport: Super Saturday is a brand new, family entertainment show coming to BBC One to coincide with the World Cup evening matches.
Hosted by comedian Jason Manford, Super Saturday is packed full of fun, surprises, stunts and must-see challenges. A Question Of Sport regulars Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell will be joined by celebrity guests as they go head to head to see who will be crowned winners.
Vitax were delighted to be invited to take part in the GIMA Charity Golf Day held on 4th June at the Telford Hotel & Golf Resort. Our team members were Paul Gooding (Chairman), Carl Welsh (Production Director), Greg Holden (Export Manager) and Dave Gibbons (Showpla).
All 24 teams completed the course despite the rain which hammered down all day and made golfing conditions hard going, and were rewarded by a relaxing dinner and evening of entertainment and fundraising for two great charities. This year’s charities were Greenfingers and Thrive, and the entertainment was provided by Duncan McKenzie, ex Nottingham Forest, Leeds and Everton footballer.
Vitax didn’t win, coming somewhere in the middle, but at least we didn’t get the booby prize!
Vitax Amenity has become an Education Supporter with the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA).
Mike King, UK Sales Manager for Vitax Amenity said that BIGGA plays a leading role in the ongoing education and development of greenkeepers and turf managers.
“We are delighted to continue to contribute to BIGGA’s Learning and Education Fund. Turf care is a complex business that is constantly evolving and BIGGA’s education programme provides the ideal method for turf professionals to keep their skills right up to date.
“In particular, we are pleased to support the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme which is designed to help members maintain their professional knowledge and competence and provide those who participate with the potential for career progression.
“ Vitax Amenity is dedicated to the turf management industry and this involvement with BIGGA provides an ideal way for us to show our ongoing support for the people who work in the industry.”
Leicestershire-based Vitax would like to congratulate Leicester City Football Club on their brilliant promotion to the Premier League http://www.lcfc.com/ It’s great to hear the wonderful news, another win for Leicestershire to add to Sam Bailey winning the X Factor!
Nigel Pearson has urged his team to go on and claim the Sky Bet Championship title after securing promotion to the Premier League thanks to results on Saturday afternoon.
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