Following an extensive audit by BSI during June, Vitax Limited recently successfully completed the Stage One assessment of its accreditation 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.
Read more at http://www.lcfc.com/index.aspx#67TKCjQtKst3gbyA.99
Our new Technology for Turf catalogue has been published, aimed at helping turf professionals achieve optimum results from products in our Amenity range.
We are dedicated to helping turf professionals achieve outstanding results in terms of turf health and aesthetics and our product portfolio includes a comprehensive range of turf fertilisers, biostimulants and water management products, together with carefully selected weed and disease control.
If you would like a copy of our new Amenity catalogue, please just use the “Contact Us” page, or send an email to email@example.com
The 3 day Totally DIY show has taken place again this year at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, where over 100 suppliers and manufacturers had stands for trade customers to see our product range.
Leading the display is our Nippon range of pest control and rodenticides, including the Pest Smoke smoke-generator which eradicates a wide range of insects in just two hours, and the Nippon Tip Trap, a humane mouse catcher. Also on the stand were the new Biodegradables range which includes Grow Pots and Tubes, Mulch Mats and Cabbage Collars.
And of course Slug Gone took centre stage once again, being a very popular product in hardware and DIY outlets.
Vitax had another successful day at the Garden Press Event at the Barbican Exhibition Hall this week. Fortunately the weather and the trains were good to us, so a large number of garden writers were able to attend the show. This is the only Gardening & Home event dedicated exclusively for the Press and Media. One of over a hundred companies exhibiting, this event was the ideal place to bring our product range to the attention of the media.
Slug Gone took centre stage again. Many of the writers had been given free samples last year, and came back to tell us how pleased they were with its effectiveness.
We also featured our new biodegradable pots & mats range, which includes Cabbage Collars, Mulch Mats, Ring Culture Pots, Grow Pots and Grow Tubes. These effective and easy to use products help protect and encourage the growth of seedlings and young plants. This range has been designed with environmentally conscious gardeners in mind as the products are fully biodegradable, and can be used alongside our range of Vitapot planting pots and pellets.
Vitax also made a donation to Greenfingers charity, which is supported by the gardening industry. With the continuous backing of retailers and manufacturers, the charity has created 42 gardens in children’s hospices across the UK.
Vitax had a busy day at The Garden Centre Group trade show yesterday. Our stand was staffed by Colin Wetherley-Mein (Sales Manager) and Ralph Fitter (National Accounts Manager) and featured many products including the extremely popular Slug Gone.
It was a chilly start to the day in the capacious animal sheds at the Malvern show ground. Heavy rain and local flooding caused transport problems for many of the visitors. But the show ended on a high note as many people arrived in the afternoon and the heating finally came on!