InFORMed - November 2022
One of the greatest assets of any business is its workforce, and at Kingsmoor I am very proud to say that this statement could not be truer!
Although my job can be tough and a little bit stressful sometimes, I always enjoy going to work and spending time with my collogues.
Their positive attitudes and dedication to our business create a fantastic work atmosphere. So, my thanks to you all for making our business great!
This year we celebrated Phil Richard’s 30-year work anniversary. Phil has played a pivotal role over the last 30 years in helping Kingsmoor grow and develop into the business we are today; his thermoforming, engineering skills and all-round knowledge are such valuable assets to our team and business, and we look forward to working with him for many more years!
In addition to trail cycling and his VW campervan, Phil is also a very keen fisherman, so it was a great pleasure to present him with a new beach rod and reel as a thank you for his long service and dedication to Kingsmoor.
Thanks Phil for your hard work and support over the last 30 years, and good luck fishing with the new kit!
Renovations are underway to our staff facilities, which will see upgrades to our changing rooms, toilets, and canteen.
In addition, we have also started work on creating an outside rest area, where colleagues can relax and take their well-earned breaks alfresco.
We have also invested in an outdoor all-weather table tennis table, should our team members feel like having a more active break.
Just around the corner from Kingsmoor’s factory and offices is twosixfit Gym. The owner Dan Howley (pic right) has worked at Kingsmoor in the past, but his true passion, training and skills were always health and fitness. In supporting local businesses and helping our team to stay fit and healthy both physically and mentally, Kingsmoor is pleased to be able to support our employees with the cost of their membership at Dan’s gym.
Our solar energy project, which will get underway early next year, will see approximately 50% of our annual energy consumption come from the sun. It is a very exciting investment for Kingsmoor, not just because it helps us produce clean and renewable energy, but it will also help mitigate some of the massive energy increases we are seeing today, and which show little sign of easing in the foreseeable future (the aerial pic is what our site will look like).
After unprecedented raw material price increases on flake and polymer this year, we are starting to see prices soften, which is very welcome news!
However, given there have also been massive increases in just about everything else over the last year, especially energy, we are not yet seeing all of this reduction come through on our raw material prices.
Kingsmoor continues to work with its raw material suppliers to make sure we are getting the best deals possible in the current climate and we appreciate the recent help with this, from key suppliers.
We are very mindful that these are challenging times for individuals as well as businesses: at Kingsmoor, we are committed to doing whatever we can to support our extremely valued employees through the cost of living crisis.
Cirrus has now launched into the FTG market and has proved a real success in reducing gauge and carbon footprint for those using it. A whole new range of Cirrus style packs will be ready for launch early in the New Year, and they will be showcased at the Packaging Innovations show at the NEC Birmingham in February 2023.
The Cirrus brand also runs in tandem with our solar energy project and material choices that we now have available, such as 100% RPET and POP (Preventative Ocean Plastics), which offer our customers more environmentally friendly options that are manufactured using a lower carbon production process.
Kingsmoor is pleased to announce that we have added POP (Prevented Ocean Plastics) to our portfolio of materials - www.preventedoceanplastic.com.
The Prevented Ocean Plastics program is a global recycling initiative which helps tens of thousands of people around the world to earn their living, clean their coastlines and prevent ocean plastics.
Packaging Innovations - NEC 2023
We are really pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting at the Packaging Innovations Show on 15 & 16 February 2023 at the NEC Birmingham.
Please come and see us at stand F88 where we will be showcasing new materials and new product development with a focus on environmental responsibility.
Employee of the Month
Darren Harding (pic-centre) was our July Employee of the Month. Darren is our Production Supervisor and is a great motivator and people manager. During what has been an incredibly busy summer, Darren has been an amazing support to Kingsmoor. His wide range of skills really come into their own when we have planning challenges around holidays and absences and his dedication and willingness to help are always very much appreciated.
Sue Hickman (pic-left) was our August Employee of the Month. Sue is our QA assistant and has worked at Kingsmoor once before, and it was great when she decided to join us again. Sue also has a number of very valuable skills and over the summer months, her support and training with our young summer holiday workers was fantastic!
Tendai Gonde (pic-right) was our September Employee of the Month. Tendai is our Quality Assurance Technician and brings a wealth of knowledge to our team at Kingsmoor. Tendai played a pivotal role in our recent BRC audit and helping us achieve our ongoing AA standard. He was also a great help and support to our young summer workers.
Recognition of Service Award to the Community
Kingsmoor has been proud to support staff members over the past 20 years with on-call firefighting duties at Somerton Fire Station, and so it was a great honour for our company to receive a Recognition of Service Award to the Community from Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue Service.
Well done to Paul Goodland, our Warehouse Supervisor, for his dedication to our local fire service and community.
The school summer holidays can feel like a long time, and so to stop our teenage kids from getting a bit restless, this year a call was sent out to all teenagers of KPL employees with an offer of holiday work. There were obviously strict instructions to all our kids not to tell any home secrets!
I am pleased to say that it was a great success and it was a pleasure to meet such a lovely bunch of young people.
A big thank you to all our young helpers; Elsa Burt, Tavonga Gonde, Mika Govier, Alyssa Harding, Eden Brownlie, Theo Bailey and Oliver Hill.
We look forward to seeing you all again over the next school holiday.
The wedding bells have been busy ringing at KPL this year, and many congratulations from everyone at KPL go to:
- Leon Phipps and Sonia who married on 2nd July
- Lee Brierley-Stamp and Alice who married on 24th August
- Mike Tuttiett and Ann who married on 22nd October
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