Coronavirus – Service levels and our response *UPDATED*

Further to our previous update, we can confirm that WES has begun a phased and managed return to optimum capacity.

We have fully reviewed our facilities and working practices in line with the working guidelines published by the government and can confirm we are “Covid-secure” in this respect.

The following provides a summary of the current service levels across our activities/departments:

Head office

Working effectively with employees distributed between home & office working allowing good social distancing practice to prevail.  All desk-based employees observe strict new guidelines including a one-way system around the office, personal WES made hand sanitiser, regular surface disinfection, etc. Contact with individuals can be made as normal via the usual telephone and email routes. All home-based employees have video conferencing facilities via “Microsoft teams”.

Sales & Proposals

Operating as normal albeit home working.

Engineering & contracts

Operating as normal – partly home, partly office working.

Workshop & manufacture

Workshop activities have returned with about 50% of the previous resource level to allow safe distancing. Further increases in resources over the next few weeks are likely to be with varying shift working patterns to maintain working space.

Site activities

Working back near full capacity with strict working guidelines with each employee carrying a minimum coronavirus safety kit.

The company will continue to monitor the situation as circumstances evolve.  Further information will be provided & the Company is greatly appreciative of your understanding during this unprecedented period.

 

 

It’s All Hands to the Pump During Covid19

 

During these challenging times, WES Ltd, has been doing its bit to help support local charities by manufacturing and delivering hand sanitiser to them. The first batch was delivered to Basingstoke Voluntary Action this week and has been well received by the staff there.

Focused on developing and supporting the voluntary sector in and around the borough of Basingstoke and Deane, Basingstoke Voluntary Action will be using the hand sanitiser in its vital work to help support vulnerable residents across the district.   

Producing hand sanitiser to help support local charities was the brainchild of WES’ managing director, Kevin Wheeler. Despite WES still continuing to provide industries across the country with essential dosing equipment at this timeKevin rolled up his sleevesand devised a plan to adapt existing skills and equipment to manufacture and bottle hand sanitiser. He comments: “During this time, it is important that we all do what we can to help fight this disease. The hand sanitiser idea came about because chemical handling and metering accurate quantities is what we do and so it seemed obvious to use the skills we have across departments to produce something we were unable to purchase. Initially, it was intended for our own key worker employees, but we quickly realised that we could share it out to other deserving causes. It has been well received by the team at Basingstoke Voluntary Action and we are aiming to deliver more in the coming weeks” 

Coronavirus – Service levels and our response

During this unprecedented period, the company is committed to providing an optimum level of service whilst complying with public health guidelines and ensuring the welfare of our employees.

The following provides a summary of the current service levels across our activities/departments:

Head office

Open and manned by a skeleton team – desk-based employees digitally connected to the IT and telephone systems and working from home. Contact with individuals can be made as normal via the usual telephone and email routes. All home-based employees have video conferencing facilities via “Microsoft teams”.

Sales & Proposals

Operating as normal albeit home working.

Engineering & contracts

Operating as normal – partly home, partly office working.

Workshop & manufacture

Workshop activities were suspended on Tuesday 24th March until 4th May. A skeleton crew remains for deliveries and urgent essential activities. This will be reviewed week commencing 4th May.

Site activities

Operating with a reduced team prioritising “essential” work. This is under constant review as we react to changing customer needs and site access restrictions.

The company will continue to monitor the situation as circumstances evolve.  Further information will be provided & the Company is greatly appreciative of your understanding during this unprecedented period.

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! 

 

Scouts

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.”