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.” 

Lewis Tett WES apprenticeship

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.”

chemical dosing

The latest portable chemical dosing convenience is cube-shaped

chemical dosing

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.


Focus training

WES helps Focus Training Group

Wayne Daysh, our Electrical Operations Supervisor, recently attended the Elex show and provided Focus Training with a WES Dosing system so that Bernard Collins could demonstrate electrical control systems to prospective new entrants to the industry. For this occasion WES adapted a Dosing Pump normally used for aggressive chemcials to deliver a set measure of orange squash. Wayne is currently working towards his Higher Professional Diploma with DCET (Focus Training) #training #chemicaldosing #future #progression

Chemical Dosing Systems

We see a 20% increase in revenue with ambitious growth strategy

Chemical Dosing Systems

Encouraged by another year of expansion and success, we have seen 20% growth in 2018  and are set to support the water industry deliver throughout the next AMP7,  as our business expands in both wastewater and drinking water.

We have achieved a third consecutive year of strong growth. In line with our formal business growth plan, we’ve expanded all four of our divisions in 2018: Chemical Dosing Systems and Projects; Chemical Dosing Products; Servicing and Installation; and Equipment Hire.

In particular, our chemical dosing equipment hire options have offered alternative solutions and an ethos that has had impressive growth throughout 2018. Hiring avoids the need for capital expenditure for utilities, on new dosing systems and instead reduces the cost to a relatively low monthly payment under their operating expenditure budget.

We see the growing chemical dosing system hire business as a good illustration of its commitment and ability to do whatever it takes to solve customers’ problems. Originally set up for flexibility to deal with plant shutdowns for planned maintenance, refurbishments, upgrades and other modifications, it answers many other short- and medium-term challenges. These include emergency situations, temporary increases in system demand, and testing of new treatment strategies.

As part of that long-term plan, we recently appointed Jamie Cole to the newly created role of Operations Director. He brought with him a wealth of relevant experience, gained in senior management positions within leading utility companies and major construction groups.

Last year, we expanded our main depot to create extra space for what is already the UK’s largest chemical dosing equipment hire fleet. Both the number and variety of mobile systems available increased, offering a choice of larger chemical storage tanks for applications.

While our hire equipment is intended for immediate mobilisation nationally, the focus for continuous expansion of other activities in 2018 has been our South and South East heartland. There are also plans to grow the business in East Anglia, the Midlands and Wales.

We were also awarded a Lot 2 Chemical Dosing Framework Agreement by Thames Water, in 2018. WES Sales and Marketing Director Dick Tett says: “We have worked with Thames Water over many years and have proved our willingness to innovate and collaborate.

“We also offer compliant products with strong after-sales support and fast response times. Looking at the industry more widely, we hope many others will seek our specialist support to maximise efficiencies in AMP7.”