WES Ltd appoints new Sales and Marketing Director

WES is delighted to announce the appointment of Graham Ward as Sales and Marketing Director. Graham’s extensive experience includes a number of senior roles working for various SMEs and large organisations in the water, power generation, petrochemical, marine and food & beverage industries.

As a qualified marine engineer, Graham has established his career in Sales and Business Development both in UK and overseas markets, with a strong emphasis on water and gas treatment, as well as fluid handling. With his vast experience and knowledge, Graham is key to the ongoing success WES has seen over the last four years

WES has achieved a fourth consecutive year of growth. In line with its formal business plan, the company’s continued success into 2020 will span several key areas of the business such as its Chemical Dosing Systems and Projects; Chemical Dosing Products; Servicing and Installation; and Equipment Hire. Now with a focus on the next AMP period, there is a real opportunity to increase our customer base nationally to provide chemical dosing systems to a growing number of clients and projects. 

Graham says: “WES is in a fantastic position to witness another year of strong growth which will include raising awareness of WES’s planned preventative maintenance proposition. I am delighted to be part of the team to help make this a reality. What I love about WES is that the business is laser-focussed on long-term growth yet focuses on what they excel at – the manufacture, rental and maintenance of highquality chemical dosing systems.” 

Kevin Wheeler, Managing Director says: Graham has the right skills and experience to deliver further growth as we gear up to support customers in AMP7 and maximise opportunities throughout industry. We’re delighted to have him on board! 

 

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WES creates a great chemical reaction from the Scouts

The Scout Association (Scouts) is a fantastic organisation providing young people with a huge range of interesting opportunities and experiences. The children, from Beavers through to Explorers, get to see and do things far beyond what the school curriculum offers or even everyday life.

This was certainly the case last month, when 18 excited children from the Basingstoke Air Scout Cubs visited WES’s headquarters where they were given a hands-on and immersive experience into the world of chemical dosing.

Scout leader and WES employee Anna Hansen’s involvement in the Cub Scouts is well known and respected by the team at WES and a few weeks ago, she went to WES engineer Nick Ridgway, to ask if she could borrow some tools for a Scouts’ DIY evening.

This sparked an idea. What if they could bring the children to the workshop? After a discussion with managing director, Kevin Wheeler, the idea quickly evolved.Scouts

Nick says: “We have a fantastic facility here and it was a great opportunity to bring the Scouts in for a visit. The idea was to provide a practical, relatable experience and to illustrate how vital chemical dosing is to our lives.”

Creating awareness of how both the environment and our health are impacted daily by preventing serious illnesses with chemical dosing, was an important part of the evening. “We started off by discussing the diseases you could get from drinking unclean water including typhoid, gastroenteritis and cholera and how sodium hypochlorite kills germs preventing illness and death. We then went on to explain about chemical dosing and how much, or indeed how little you need, to clean the water.”

“What was great about the whole evening”, says Anna, “is that the team made the whole chemical dosing experience completely interactive. We discussed everything from how water gets into our houses to how much chlorine is needed to clean the water we drink. The kids were fascinated to know that just an inch in the distance between Basingstoke to Reading is required to kill the germs in the water and that too much chlorine could also kill.”

Anna adds: “The kids were enthralled. It was fun to see their reaction to the pretend sewage water concocted using tea and puddle water which had a nice scum on top. Children are drawn to dirt and grime and it can bring science to life. Meanwhile, fake sea water was concocted as a discussion point when discussing the marine tank in reception. This also grabbed their attention as they could easily interpret the impact unclean water has on fish and water life and the need for correct dosing.”

Nick goes on to say: “We also did a demonstration of a dosing system using 2 pumps – one for water and one for squash. With the press of a button we had the correct dosage of squash to water. The children loved this.”

Other team members including projects support engineer Simon, and apprentice workshop technician Shannon, demonstrated assembly using three elbows and three pipes, then let the Cubs have a go themselves at making something to take home. Sponsors Georg Fischer Piping Systems kindly supplied the elbow pipes and B & D Plastics all the brushes for gluing.

Finally, the evening was wrapped up with a Q & A and the children were bursting with dozens of fantastic questions which just goes to show how enthusiastic they were about the whole experience.

Kevin Wheeler concludes: “It was so refreshing to see this through the eyes of the children, and I have to say a huge thanks to everyone involved to make it such a fun STEM learning experience.”

Another successful Achilles audit for WES

In mid-November, WES underwent a formal Achilles Utilities Vendor Database (UvDB) assessment. 

For the 3rd year running, we passed with an exceptionally high score – 99% for activity in our main facility in Basingstoke, and 100% on the customer worksite that was selected for audit. 

Kevin Wheeler, WES MD, commented on the certification: “Our consistently high score over multiple years demonstrates that WES takes all health and safety, environmental, quality and corporate social responsibility matters seriously – and that we manage them well. Achievement of such a high score is only possible thanks to the diligence and hard work of all of our staff.

We won’t however, rest on our laurels. We certainly don’t consider ourselves perfect; we will continue to set a vision for WES that exceeds our present business performance – and then keep driving to attain that vision.” 

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Lewis Tett completes his 3-year WES apprenticeship

Lewis Tett WES apprenticeshipA huge congratulations to WES apprentice, Lewis Tett, who was presented with his Level 3 NVQ certificate after completing his final module. Lewis, aged 21, started his apprenticeship at another company, but sadly, that company went into administration. In July 2016, WES offered Lewis the opportunity to continue his training through Southampton Engineering Training Association (SETA) and a position as a trainee mechanical engineer.

During his first year, Lewis was required to go to college one day a week as well as carry out his work in the WES workshop. As he progressed, Lewis was involved in every aspect of the WES production and manufacturing process.  Over the three years, he has gained an enormous amount of experience from working with such a fantastic and skilled team.

The apprentice scheme through SETA, provided Lewis with regular progress reports, documenting not just the tools he used on a daily basis, but also the materials and the approach Lewis has taken at every stage of his apprenticeship. The college teaching staff clearly hold Lewis in high regard as an example of how an apprentice has made the most of the course to broaden the skills that will stay with him for the rest of his career.

Martin Woodroffe, Workshop Manager, enthuses: “Lewis has been involved with the manufacture of all WES products at some point, working on some of the larger lathes and mills. He is so well thought of not only by the team here but the assessors that came in to oversee his progress. Lewis showed a lot of promise from early on and received amazing feedback. We wish him the best of luck in the next stage of his career development.”

Lewis’s qualification means that he has the opportunity go on to the next level which will involve a 2-year course at Southampton University,  leading to an HNC.

Lewis says: “I was so pleased to be presented with my certificate by Martin and the team and it was a really nice touch to give me a gift of a Dremel tool. It’s a great keepsake to commemorate my last three years.”

With two more apprentices finalising their workplace assessments next year,  Ali Wheeler, HR Manager says: “In today’s tight labour market the apprenticeship programme is a really good way of bringing fresh talent into the business and we have been delighted with the results.”

Lewis adds of his time at WES: “This has been such an immersive experience and WES has been so supportive at every stage. Learning on the job is a great opportunity to add value to a business whilst it invests in your career. I couldn’t recommend this approach enough to anyone who is currently considering it. Talk to SETA, to discuss the opportunities out there.”

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The latest portable chemical dosing convenience is cube-shaped

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Continuous product improvement has led to the launch of DosingCube E, the latest iteration of our distinctive and highly flexible portable dosing system.

These compact, fully enclosed, bunded units have already proved themselves in hundreds of situations and now offer even better performance. Designed primarily for rapid plug-and-play deployment in emergencies, or for planned temporary use, they can be quickly installed to dose chemicals from IBCs and other existing storage vessels. They will also serve as an interchangeable modular solution for permanent dosing set-ups.

Easy to carry and attach, DosingCube E is protected by an IP54-rated polyethylene enclosure which is weatherproof, chemical-resistant and secure. It features a clear inspection window, as well as a secondary spray shield to safeguard the operator when opening the unit.

At its heart is a high-quality digital dosing pump, whose user interface enables simple on-screen selection of dosing rates. A choice of manual or automatic operating modes is possible, with direct input of pulse or 4-20 mA flow proportional control signals. A pre-wired signal junction box is provided to receive signals for automatic flow control and external level sensors. The unit can be optionally configured to include a controller/timer, allowing chemical dosing to be started and stopped at pre-set times.

There are four standard DosingCube E models, with maximum dosing rates between 5.0 and 120.0 litres per hour and turndown ratios of 500:1 or 300:1. While providing standardisation for maximum system compatibility, we can also readily create bespoke DosingCube E configurations to solve specific problems for customers.

In addition to the more technical customisations and options, units can be supplied with enclosures in a range of chemical-specific colours. The choices are green, grey, yellow and violet, in addition to standard blue. We can also apply corporate branding to them.

Made its debut at CHEMUK 2019, the DosingCube E is available to buy now or via our extensive dosing system hire fleet.