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Jephsons has a long and proud tradition of supporting its local business community. When local business forum, MakeIT 2020, which is part of business and community group Mansfield & Ashfield 2020, decided to put on an “Access to Free Money” event to explain the financial support options available to business owners in the area, Jephsons was only too happy to step in and offer sponsorship.

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Over 60 delegates attended the well-received event, many of them giving really positive feedback about the help and advice they had received; the hosts are already planning to run similar events in future.

Speaking after the event, Mansfield & Ashfield 2020 Operations Manager, Caroline Cox said; “The MakeIT 2020 group is driven by the passion and desire to help our business community thrive and take opportunities. Ian Jephson of Jephsons Shopfitters plays an integral role within the group that helps research the current needs of the business community. Sponsorship is vital to help 2020 host valuable events and make our events happen! We thank Jephsons for sponsoring an event that, judging by the turn out, there is clearly need for!’ 

Parker PR has used Mensa Printers for several years as it's preferred printer of choice; the decision for that being the attention to detail, care and high quality of the printing and binding that it supplies. We have recommended them to very many businesses and organisations, as well as using them on our own clients' projects. So it is really lovely to be working with them to help grow the business over the next two years. 

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We will be putting in place a strategic plan to grow profits and increase the customer base and Mensa Printers, a family owned company that was launched by Geoffrey Dawn, father of George Dawn the current MD, in 1956, as it prepares to move into a new phase of growth.  

These are challenging but exciting times in the print industry, with those making optimum use of new technology and experience leading the field - we are really looking forward to helping Mensa Printers increase its position and grow its market share. 

A ten-night refresher of a KFC restaurant in Exeter by Jephsons has seen it left sporting the brand-new distinctive exterior look that presents a completely new image from the traditional red-fronted style customers have become used to seeing.

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The Jephsons team worked overnight from 11pm till 9am the next day so that the customer, KFC Estates, could remain trading throughout the refresher that included a refit of the front of house, toilets, kitchen and the outside.

The new Timco panelling is being applied to the front of restaurants. Exete is only the second one that Jephsons has done, with the Timco replacing the old aluminium panelling so well known by customers.

Operations Director for Jephsons, Nigel Schofield, says the new look is transforming the image of the food retailing brand. “KFC is the UK’s best known retailer of take-away chicken and its branding is very well recognised. However, like all good branding, it is important to refresh the style every now and then while retaining customer loyalty. The new wood panelling look is very effective and will make the KFC restaurants stand out on the High Street. We are delighted to be playing our part in keeping KFC in its market leading position by working with the company and its franchisees to make sure they stay open and look great when customers walk through the doors. The fact that we handed over yet another restaurant with no snags is just one indication of how hard we work to make sure that happens.” 

Following the completion of a NVQ Level II in Gas Membrane Installation, Sally Cave, a 28-year-old Project Manager at Doncaster Membrane Installation Ltd (DMI), has become the first qualified female gas membrane installer and Training Assessor in the UK; and has received high praise from three leading trade organisations in the process.

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Sally’s achievement is even more remarkable given the way men dominate the construction industry. According to UCATT, the trade union for the construction industry, women make up only 11 per cent of the construction workforce and just 1 per cent of workers on site. The Office for National Statistics says that the number of women working as roofers, bricklayers and glaziers is so low that it is unmeasurable.

Sally, who lives in Sheffield, has worked at the family owned business since 2013 and began studying for her qualification in 2014. It now means she can oversee the fitting of membranes on construction sites where there is deemed to be a risk of gas ingress from
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Achieving the NVQ is just one step along the career development path that Sally has set out for herself, as she explains; “When I started work here in 2013, I was doing one day a week on admin tasks helping out my dad who started the company in 1993, when I was only four. I quickly realised that I could hardly tell the lads what to do unless I fully understood all the processes involved, so I enrolled to study through the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) approved British Geomembrane Association (BGA) course. It meant being out on site a lot, which I found I loved doing; even though I never really envisaged myself being out managing projects. Yes, this is a very male dominated industry, but I get total respect from everyone in the team because they know I can do exactly what they can irrespective of my gender,” said Sally.

Sally was presented with her NVQ Level II certificate by Martin Cockcroft, the new Chair of the BGA. “Sally has clearly shown that there are no barriers of personal development in our industry with the right training, support and motivation. On behalf of the BGA I would like to congratulate Sally on her achievement,” said Martin.

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Sarah Beale, CEO at CITB, commented: “It’s great that Sally has become the first woman to complete this qualification, and we want many more people from all backgrounds to follow her. CITB encourages diversity in the industry – no matter who you are or where you come from, construction has opportunities for all. Congratulations again to Sally, I wish her the very best for her future career.”

DMI is affiliated to Build UK, which has also praised Sally for her achievement.

“It is always a great pleasure to see someone achieve professional standards and qualifications in their chosen occupation and huge congratulations to Sally as the first woman to gain this specialist qualification. We are an industry of opportunity and as Sally has demonstrated it is an industry that is #notjustforboys.” said Suzannah Nichol MBE, Chief Executive of Build UK, the trade organisation that provides a strong collective voice for the construction industry by bringing together clients, main contractors and trade associations representing over 11,500 specialist contractors.

The NVQ course covered a wide range of subjects including Health and Safety, Personal Protective Equipment, ventilation, gas dilution and installation as well as all the regulations surrounding installations.

“Gaining the qualification is important for my long-term plans,” says Sally “I really enjoy the training side of things and hope to develop a training school that becomes a beacon of excellence for the industry. DMI already runs upskilling courses for general construction workers that want to be able to lay membranes and move on to become qualified technicians. Unfortunately, we are still seeing unqualified people laying membranes - which is a really dangerous practice as inadequately laid membranes can be killers.”


Notes to Editors:

According to the BGA, the trade association that represents specialist installers, the gas membrane protection industry has approximately 200 specialist companies operating in the UK, including DMI which is a member of the BGA. The sector in which DMI operates came into being in the late 1980’s. Alongside qualified and approved companies like DMI, there is a very large unregulated market in self-installation or installation by “ground-workers” which is potentially ten times larger than the qualified one. There is also a volume of unregulated self-installation with poor quality materials and techniques being used on installations.

Gas membranes become a requirement where a new building is being erected on land that may have been contaminated at one point or is over disused mine works, leading to a risk of gas ingress into the building as happened on a housing estate in Gorebridge, Scotland. 64 council houses had to be demolished and rebuilt due to Carbon Dioxide (CO2) from old coal mines was found to be leaking into the houses; six people were hospitalised with suspected CO2 poisoning.

Certain construction projects require everyone on site to be qualified installers before they can even touch a membrane. Site Project Managers and third party verifiers are tasked with making sure everyone on site is qualified under the Construction Design and Management regulations 2015.

About CITB:
CITB is the Industrial Training Board (ITB) for the construction industry in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales). CITB ensures employers can access the high quality training their workforce needs and supports industry to attract new recruits into successful careers in construction.
Using its evidence base on skills requirements, CITB works with employers to develop standards and qualifications for the skills industry needs now, and in the future. CITB is improving its employer funding to invest in the most needed skills and by making it easier for companies of all sizes to claim grants and support.

Sheffield’s design and manufacturer of bespoke corporate uniforms, Style Uniforms, has stepped in to make a massive difference to many of the city’s homeless people this Christmas, with a donation of nearly 100 all-weather jackets to be distributed by the charity, Homeless & Rootless at Christmas (HARC).

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Damian Dugdale and Peter Morris from Style Uniforms hand over boxes of jackets to Julie Roberts from HARC

HARC runs a drop-in service each year; this year it is based at the Cathedral Archer Project on Campo Lane in the centre of Sheffield. It provides, food, clothing and a range of health services as well as entertainment. HARC will be open from the morning of 24th December until lunchtime on the 1st January, 2017. While all the other support services for the homeless in Sheffield close on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, HARC is the only one of its kind that stays open, thanks to the generosity of the volunteers that run the service.

Julie Roberts is a Trustee of HARC and welcomed the support from Style Uniforms.

“This is an amazingly generous donation from Style Uniforms that will make a massive difference to the people we support who may be sleeping rough this winter – it could mean the difference between life and death for some of them and we can’t thank Style enough for the wonderful generosity,” said Julie Roberts.

Style Uniforms Director, Damian Dugdale, says the company is more than happy to be able to help the less fortunate at this time of year. “We are a Sheffield based company and believe we have a corporate social responsibility to uphold in our own city. If we can help in any way, we will. HARC does a terrific job in looking after the homeless at one of the most challenging times of the year and we are proud to be associated with its work,” said Damian Dugdale.

Style Uniforms is based on the Manor Business Park, Sheffield from where it provides services to clients in the healthcare, hospitality, leisure and retail sectors all over the UK