Tea Break with the Team – Meet Kenny

Meet the Kelling Team

Next up in our tea break with the team series, we caught up with Kenny, our Depot Manager based in Huntingdon. Kenny ensures the smooth running of all aspects of the depot, looking after staff and their wellbeing.

Tell us about your goals when you joined here

To provide as high quality and efficient workmanship as I possibly could, with the aim of being recognised as a hardworking, responsible, and loyal individual by the company.

You’ve had quite a varied career before joining us, could you tell us a bit about your background before your career at Welfare Hire Nationwide

I was self-employed for 16 years and this is my first full time “on the books job” since making the decision to be employed. I ran a pub and internet café for seven years and before that my background was IT, running my own business for nine years.

What training and development have you had?

I have done a 3yr apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering and after a few years I decided I wanted a new career, so I did another apprenticeship in I.T. Computing & Networks.

What do you like about what we do?

I love our brand and product; we are always a cut above the rest and introducing great new ideas. Welfare Hire Nationwide is a great team to belong to.

How would you describe working here?

I enjoy having the day-to-day challenges and I feel lucky to have such great support from the company in all areas.

How do you like to spend your spare time?

I enjoy travelling. Whether it is to other countries or just within the UK, there is so much to see. But when the weather is nice and sunny you can’t beat a coastal ride on the motorbike.

Tell us something we wouldn’t know about you

When I was about 27 years old I had the chance to tender and win the job of wiring 215 data points in the House of Lords. It was amazing being in and out of all the small places where Guy Fawkes would have been.

Welfare Hire Leadership: The Key to Positive ESG Is Measurement

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) ratings are increasingly essential for businesses. Not only do they help evaluate and quantify efforts to become more sustainable, they are also an important signal for investors – and a strong predictor of operational performance.

However, measuring ESG can be challenging. Because businesses need data on the environmental impact of their entire value chain – including everything from the materials they use to the welfare equipment they procure. 

In this article, we explore the challenge of measuring ESG for construction firms – and how Welfare Hire’s eco-calculator is designed to help.

Three reasons to measure environmental impact

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1. To validate your sustainability strategy

As Antony Brophy, Director of Business Development, Cobuilder, recently told ConstructionNews, a lack of data makes it near-impossible to be confident that our efforts to reduce carbon emissions are working¹. Consistent measurement is therefore vital to assess the impact any sustainability initiative you launch has. 

You may believe a new mobile welfare unit or lighting tower is helping curb emissions, but without real data – it’s all just guess work.

2. To enable targeted solutions

Once you have data on the emissions and environmental impact of your equipment and materials, you can make better informed decisions about how to improve things. You can target the most harmful – or easiest to improve – areas of your business first, and see exactly how much these changes impact your overall ESG rating.

This is particularly important as construction firms are often plagued by hidden emissions (often known as “embodied carbon”)², meaning decision makers often overlook big sustainability wins.

3. To track your business’s progress

Net-zero carbon and other sustainability goals are not short-term challenges – they are long-term projects that will require ongoing maintenance and monitoring. Data is crucial in this regard, as it enables your business to track and adjust its efforts over time.

When, for example, you switch suppliers and introduce a new model of mobile welfare unit, you would always assess the financial implications of the decision. And exactly the same protocols should be in place to assess the effect a decision will have on your business’s ESG rating.

Why are ESG ratings difficult to measure?

ESG is difficult to measure in part because there is no single accepted way of doing it. There are a range of ESG frameworks³, and each will produce a different rating depending on the particulars of your company’s activities. 

Without a set of standardised criteria, many fear that ESG scores are unreliable indicators of a business’s true environmental impact. But for construction businesses, this is not the biggest concern.

The biggest concern is that the average construction firm’s supply chain is large and complex, meaning assessing the overall impact of your activities is challenging – especially when suppliers are unable to provide you with their own ESG data.

Suppliers must provide accurate data

Many construction suppliers are not forthcoming with information about their products’ ESG credentials – meaning contractors will struggle to gain full visibility of their environmental impact. They will give you the full spec on their mobile welfare units, but cannot help you when it comes to determining how their products will impact your sustainability efforts.

This is exactly why Welfare Hire created our Eco Calculator – a simple tool to provide full transparency to our partners and help them understand how each of our market-leading products will change their site’s overall emissions. 

It is based on rigorous research where we took over 500,000 hire days’ worth of live site data on our products and compared it with the market standard. This enabled us to quantify the relative savings and environmental impact our product suite offers. 

You can try it for yourself today

1.https://www.constructionnews.co.uk/tech/why-data-is-vital-for-the-industry-to-achieve-net-zero-13-07-2022/
2.https://www.c40knowledgehub.org/s/article/Why-cities-need-to-address-the-construction-sectors-hidden-emissions?language=en_US
3.https://www.rio.ai/blog/esg-frameworks-explained-the-top-choices-why-they-matter
4.https://www.spglobal.com/marketintelligence/en/news-insights/latest-news-headlines/lack-of-standardized-esg-data-may-hide-material-risks-oecd-says-60541261

Regional Sales Manager – South

South

 Type: Permanent, Full-time

 Working hours:  Mon – Fri, 8am – 5pm.

Job Function: Deliver growth targets, maximise sales revenue and opportunities with accounts and prospects in your region. Supporting with developing key strategic accounts at site and project level in your territory. Working closely with existing Senior Sales Team helping to steer the sales focus and support company strategic objectives.

Reporting to: Senior Sales Team

Liaising with: Senior Sales Team, Hire/Service Support Controllers, Business Intelligence Analyst, Accounts Dept.

The ideal candidate will have previous experience in a similar role coupled with excellent communication and organisational skills. The individual will have a proven track record in Sales and New Business Development, within either the welfare or affiliated sectors with the ability to build credible, lasting relationships to ensure long-term strategic growth.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop new business and existing customers in line with budget requirements and the strategic plan
  • Comply with approved sales process when qualifying prospects, nurturing leads, and identifying opportunities to produce budgeted order conversion ratio
  • Prepare and deliver customer regional sales plans to maximise profitable revenue growth and compliment company objectives whilst managing customer expectations
  • Comply with company guidelines regarding the maintenance and updating of customer contact databases (CRM)
  • Promote the Kelling Group brand and core values to maintain market leading image
  • Develop strong network of contacts within key accounts and project teams
  • Any other tasks commensurate with this post

Requirements:

  • 3 years+ field-based sales and new business development experience required; industry or affiliated industry experience
  • Strong sales capabilities and a proven track record in new business development
  • Highly organised self-starter with strong work ethic and drive to manage your territory
  • Results-orientated with the ability to work to targets and deadlines
  • Strong communication skills; both verbal and written
  • A professional and polite approach to Customer Service, ensuring accuracy of information and ensuring that all parties are effectively communicated with
  • Excellent self-organisation and attention to detail, to ensure accurate enquiry logging
  • Ability to work closely with colleagues at all levels and build rapport with internal and external customers
  • Ability to sell premium propositions, demonstrate effective negotiation skills to ensure business is won on viable commercial terms
  • Ability to prepare a proposal or service level agreement in line with commercial objectives
  • Presents yourself and company vehicle in an acceptable and tidy manner
  • Good IT literacy for production of presentation, sales analysis and management reports

For more information on this position, please apply today with your latest CV hr@kellinggroup.com

*The Company reserves the right to amend your job description in the line with the changing demands of the business.

*Candidates must be eligible to live and work in the UK.

Regional Sales Manager – Scotland

Scotland

 Type: Permanent, Full-time

 Working hours:  Mon – Fri, 8am – 5pm.

Job Function: Deliver growth targets, maximise sales revenue and opportunities with accounts and prospects in your region. Supporting with developing key strategic accounts at site and project level in your territory. Working closely with existing Senior Sales Team helping to steer the sales focus and support company strategic objectives.

Reporting to: Senior Sales Team

Liaising with: Senior Sales Team, Hire/Service Support Controllers, Business Intelligence Analyst, Accounts Dept.

The ideal candidate will have previous experience in a similar role coupled with excellent communication and organisational skills. The individual will have a proven track record in Sales and New Business Development, within either the welfare or affiliated sectors with the ability to build credible, lasting relationships to ensure long-term strategic growth.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop new business and existing customers in line with budget requirements and the strategic plan
  • Comply with approved sales process when qualifying prospects, nurturing leads, and identifying opportunities to produce budgeted order conversion ratio
  • Prepare and deliver customer regional sales plans to maximise profitable revenue growth and compliment company objectives whilst managing customer expectations
  • Comply with company guidelines regarding the maintenance and updating of customer contact databases (CRM)
  • Promote the Kelling Group brand and core values to maintain market leading image
  • Develop strong network of contacts within key accounts and project teams
  • Any other tasks commensurate with this post

Requirements:

  • 3 years+ field-based sales and new business development experience required; industry or affiliated industry experience
  • Strong sales capabilities and a proven track record in new business development
  • Highly organised self-starter with strong work ethic and drive to manage your territory
  • Results-orientated with the ability to work to targets and deadlines
  • Strong communication skills; both verbal and written
  • A professional and polite approach to Customer Service, ensuring accuracy of information and ensuring that all parties are effectively communicated with
  • Excellent self-organisation and attention to detail, to ensure accurate enquiry logging
  • Ability to work closely with colleagues at all levels and build rapport with internal and external customers
  • Ability to sell premium propositions, demonstrate effective negotiation skills to ensure business is won on viable commercial terms
  • Ability to prepare a proposal or service level agreement in line with commercial objectives
  • Presents yourself and company vehicle in an acceptable and tidy manner
  • Good IT literacy for production of presentation, sales analysis and management reports

For more information on this position, please apply today with your latest CV hr@kellinggroup.com

*The Company reserves the right to amend your job description in the line with the changing demands of the business.

*Candidates must be eligible to live and work in the UK.

Tea Break with the Team

Meet the Kelling Team

For the next in our ‘Tea Break with The Team’ series, we catch up with our dynamic Regional Sales Manager Tom. At the forefront of managing our growing client base in the North, Tom is passionate about showcasing our products and championing the benefits of ECO welfare hire…

Tell us a little bit about your role Tom

I started with the company just over 2 two years ago as Sales & Marketing Manager. This role gave me the opportunity to really get under the skin of the whole organisation and immerse myself fully in the product range. I was exposed to a wide range of responsibilities from marketing and events to business development and bid writing.

Earlier this year, I hit a new career milestone when I was appointed Regional Sales Manager for the North. I am embracing this challenge fully and look forward to meeting clients old and new over the coming months.

What did you do before you joined the Welfare Hire team?

My background is super-varied in terms of sectors, but all centred around sales, marketing and client development.

After gaining a 1st Class Degree in Business Management at Manchester Metropolitan University, I was lucky enough to embark on a sandwich placement working across retail, pharmaceutical and hospitality, as both a Commercial Analyst and Marketing Assistant.

How would you describe working here?

It’s a fast paced, highly innovative and super-supportive culture. I have learned so much about the industry and feel extremely proud to work for such an inspirational brand.

What do you like about what we do?

Welfare Hire is at the forefront of driving innovation within the sector and invest heavily in product development and our fleet in general. It’s a privilege to work for such a forward-thinking company and I enjoy getting out into the field, meeting customers face-to-face and helping them achieve their welfare, sustainability and wellbeing goals.

What’s the best part of working here?

100% the team! We’ve got an amazing team; from service to sales and everything in between, everyone supports each other and are all focussed on the same goal. 

How do you like to spend your spare time?

I am sport mad, so anything with a ball or a bat! I’m a huge Leeds United fan, play tennis for my local club and have just taken up Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu which is every bit as painful as it sounds!

Why Eco Welfare Units Are Essential To Help Construction Hit Net Zero

As scientists warn that the climate crisis is accelerating, businesses are under ever greater pressure to ensure they hit net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. And few industries face as big a challenge as construction.

The industry produces roughly 11% of global carbon emissions¹, ranking as the sixth highest carbon emitting industry in the UK². But most businesses’ value-chain involves a complex range of carbon-emitting processes. 

From the manufacturer and transport of construction materials to the specialist equipment used onsite, decarbonising construction requires careful attention at every level of the supply chain.

Yet too many firms overlook the role equipment like welfare units and lighting towers should play in their decarbonising strategy.

The risk of overlooking vehicles

The construction industry’s decarbonising efforts have received ample funding and support from the UK government. But the government’s initial carbon budget didn’t feature considerations for construction equipment until 2035³

This is a problem for three clear reasons:

1. Primary emissions

The daily use of construction vehicles and specialist equipment involves emitting a great deal of carbon. For example: running a standard static unit for 40 hours per week can produce around 215kg of CO2.

Across even a relatively small fleet this adds up very quickly. Factor in lighting towers, vehicle mounted access platforms and other specialist equipment – and you start to see really significant emissions.

2. Secondary emissions

Not only do these vehicles and equipment produce carbon themselves – they also require maintenance and servicing. And that means further carbon is emitted getting to and from the site to refill water tanks or service faulty machinery.

While some emissions of this kind may be inevitable, much is not. For example: most mobile welfare units used today feature outdated water tanks which necessitate more frequent refills. Simply reducing the frequency of these refills would slash transport emissions onsite.

3. Strategic oversight

Finally, overlooking factors such as onsite vehicles and specialist equipment may lead to a lack of commitment. A focus on larger factors like building materials and innovative methodologies is justified. But it is also important to take smaller factors into account. 

As most experts agree, a truly effective net-zero strategy must encompass every aspect of the entire value-chain and building lifecycle. Actively neglecting mobile welfare units is symptomatic of a failure to do this.

Eco welfare units are an easy win

Reaching net-zero is a serious challenge for all businesses in the construction industry. It will require enormous innovation and strategic ingenuity. But eco-friendly welfare units and other specialist equipment already exist – and are relatively easy to introduce to your project.

This makes the transition an easy win for companies struggling to formulate an effective strategy – and a great way to ensure you are doing something impactful today.  

For more opportunities to partner together, check out our other company, Access Hire Nationwide, the UK’s leading hirer of vehicle mounted access platforms. Kelling Group is a leading provider of specialist access, welfare and lighting equipment hire and services to key infrastructure and construction sectors.

1.https://www.raeng.org.uk/news/news-releases/2021/september/construction-sector-must-move-further-and-faster-t
2.https://www.ukconstructionmedia.co.uk/features/challenging-the-industry-to-meet-net-zero/
3.https://thecea.org.uk/what-the-net-zero-strategy-means-for-construction/

Towing Driver – Monmouth

Job Function: To provide timeous professional loading/delivery/collection of hire equipment to/from site.

Reporting to: Depot Manager.

Liaising with: Customers, Depot Staff and Hire Desk administrators.

The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of driving experience in a similar environment, always driving responsibly and safely within the law.

Responsibilities:

  • Deliver/collect equipment to site and complete handover process with customer.
  • Conduct thorough inspections of units for any damages/shortages on collection and ensure they are noted correctly on the tablet, pictures are taken and signed for wherever possible by the customer.
  • Carry out daily vehicle checks and reporting any defects. Including correct manufacturers service intervals are adhered to.
  • Ensure digital tachographs are used and downloaded in line with current legislation.
  • Ensure that the company’s health and safety policy and procedures are adhered to in relation to all operations.
  • Follow company’s Employee handbook policies and procedures.
  • Any other duties requested by your Manager.

Requirements:

  • Experience in a similar role.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • 2 years driving experience on a UK driving licence.
  • Must have experience in towing and a digital tachograph card.
  • Be always polite and well-mannered.

For more information on this position, please apply today with your latest CV hr@kellinggroup.com

*The Company reserves the right to amend your job description in the line with the changing demands of the business.

*Candidates must be eligible to live and work in the UK.

Valeter – Monmouth

Job Function: To ensure all company products are cleaned, valeted and prepared to a consistently high standard.

Reporting to: Depot Manager.

Liaising with: Yard Foreman and Yard Operatives.

The ideal candidate will have good interpersonal skills and a good understanding of the importance of excellent service.

Responsibilities:

  • To clean the exterior on all company products.
  • To empty and clean waste tanks on welfare units/vans.
  • To clean and valet the interior of welfare units/vans.
  • Ensure all ancillary products are within the welfare units.
  • Ensure relevant certificates and marketing information is both in date and clearly displayed within welfare units.
  • Ensure that the company’s health and safety policy and procedures are adhered to in relation to all depot operations.
  • Follow company’s Employee handbook and policies and procedures.
  • Any other duties requested by your Manager.

Requirements:

  • Experience as a Valeter.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Excellent time keeping.
  • Ability to work alone or as a team.

For more information on this position, please apply today with your latest CV hr@kellinggroup.com

*The Company reserves the right to amend your job description in the line with the changing demands of the business.

*Candidates must be eligible to live and work in the UK.

How Rising Fuel Prices Could Prompt a Revolution in Construction Vehicles

With inflation reaching over 9% in the UK, the Bank of England has issued an apocalyptic warning about rising fuel costs¹

This could spell disaster for many construction businesses – especially those that rely on mobile welfare units, Vehicle Mounted Access platforms and a range of other motorised equipment.

But what if skyrocketing fuel prices became the catalyst for much-needed change in the industry? And what if the apparent crisis actually led businesses to a more cost-effective approach to fuel?

In this article, we explore these very possibilities, demonstrating how innovative ECO products can slash sites’ reliance on fuel. 

But first, let’s see how bad things really are when it comes to fuel costs.

 

How bad is the fuel crisis?

We began sounding the alarm on rising fuel prices in March of this year. New legislation on red diesel was threatening to double many contractors’ fuel costs, and we’ve since seen a rising wave of fuel theft².

But this has proven to be the tip of the iceberg. From supply chain shocks caused by Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine to the ongoing “cost of living crisis”, upwards pressure on most forms of fuel have been pervasive and intense.  

Petrol and diesel prices both hit new record highs in March – and then once again in May. Petrol was £0.34 more than the previous high of March, and Diesel was £0.39 more³

There is, of course, growing pressure on the government to provide relief for businesses and individuals suffering under the weight of inflation. But the reality is fuel prices are, in the words of a journalist, the “prisoner of geopolitics”. And experts expect the current situation to continue indefinitely.

We need long-term solutions

Many industry leaders have frantically lobbied for government support, or tried to access cheaper fuel sources. But these are already being revealed to be band-aid solutions.

Instead, businesses must seek long-term solutions – the most obvious of which would be to replace their existing vehicles with units that require radically less fuel.

Welfare Hire’s ECOXLi unit is a perfect example of how this can be done. Its hybrid system utilises next generation Lithium cell batteries and full solar technology enabling long-life silent running. And its Biofuel generator is used exclusively for recharge requirements, ensuring your fuel needs are minimised.

On top of that, the welfare unit features a user-friendly Smart Telemetry system that enables you to track and optimise your power usage, ultimately helping further minimise the need for fuel and carbon.

Kelling Group Welfare Hire Units

Welfare Hire can help you through

At Welfare Hire, we have developed our entire range of mobile welfare units, lighting units and welfare vans around these very issues. We help businesses not only reduce their reliance on fuel, but improve their onsite wellbeing, their environmental impact and their bottom line. 

At Welfare Hire, we have developed our entire range of mobile welfare units, lighting units aIf you’d like to learn more about our range, get in contact today.

1.https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/petrol-prices-rise-again-bank-23977518
2.https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/cars/1609196/Red-diesel-ban-house-price-increase
3.https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/news/93906/uk-petrol-and-diesel-prices-both-fuels-reach-new-record-high
4.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-61490614

How Innovative Mobile Welfare Units Can Improve On-Site Air Quality

Did you know that air pollution is currently considered the single biggest threat to public health in the UK?

Clean Air Day is all about bringing attention to this issue, and inspiring individuals, businesses and communities to take meaningful action. But what has air pollution got to do with construction businesses? And what can they do to help the cause?

In this article, we explain how construction businesses contribute to air pollution – and explore how upgrading to more fuel-efficient welfare units can radically reduce the emissions your site produces.

How harmful is air pollution?

We all understand that air quality matters. But in developed countries, we often assume that air pollution is primarily a concern for other, less developed countries.

Statistically speaking, this is true: 95% of deaths related to pollution occur in medium and low income countries¹. Yet analysis of the long-term impact of air quality shows that it is still a serious concern in countries like the UK.

Up to 36,000 UK deaths each year are attributed to long-term exposure, and evidence suggests poor air quality contributes to everything from heart disease to lung cancer². Economists estimate that in London alone, air pollution costs the healthcare system nearly £4 billion each year³.

How responsible is construction?

As the world’s largest industry, construction tends to be implicated in most environmental issues – and air pollution is no different.

Construction sites produce approximately 7.5% of damaging nitrogen oxide emissions; 8% of large particle emissions (PM10); and 14.5% of emissions of the most dangerous fine particles (PM2.5).

In total, researchers estimate that construction is responsible for 23% of all air pollution. This has wide ranging implications:

1. Workers’ health

Research suggests that each year, more than 230 construction workers die from cancer caused by exposure to diesel fumes.

2. Local air quality

When emissions are not properly mitigated against, the areas surrounding a construction site tend to have far lower air quality – often impacting the health of residents.

3. Environmental harm

Construction projects tend to have particularly high carbon emissions. This means construction is currently stated to contribute 40% of the UK’s total climate change impact.

How construction can clean up its act

What Is striking about the figures stated above is where these emissions come from. Just 1% is accounted for by dust from demolition sites; instead, the vast majority of these emissions are the product of the various equipment, vehicles and generators a construction site requires.

Increasingly, construction sites are learning to mitigate their environmental impact – not just reducing their air pollution, but reducing emissions in general to tackle climate targets. And a key way they are doing this is using more innovative energy sources for onsite equipment like mobile welfare units.

Eco-friendly welfare units such as the ECOXLi run on hybrid power systems that dramatically reduce their need for fuel – and therefore the emissions they produce. Using a next generation Lithium battery and full solar technology, they minimise the need for generator power whilst enabling long-life silent running.

The result? A cleaner, more hospitable site that helps tackle air pollution and forge a path for more sustainable approaches to construction.

1.https://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/pollution#:~:text=Air%20pollution%20is%20the%20leading,%2D%20and%20middle%2D%20income%20countries.
2.https://www.gov.uk/government/news/public-health-england-publishes-air-pollution-evidence-review#:~:text=Air%20pollution%20is%20the%20biggest,attributed%20to%20long%2Dterm%20exposure.
3. https://www.londoncouncils.gov.uk/node/33227
4.https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2017/apr/20/air-pollution-construction-industry-cities-diesel-emissions-london#:~:text=According%20to%20the%20most%20detailed,5).
5.http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrpdf/rr800.pdf
6.https://urbanhealth.org.uk/insights/opinion/why-its-vital-for-the-construction-sector-to-be-engaged-in-improving-air-quality 7.https://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/energy-news/reduce-construction-industrys-carbon-footprint/108643/ 8.https://www.conserve-energy-future.com/how-reduce-air-pollution-construction-site.php