Toppesfield is sponsoring this year’s Chelmsford Marathon.

Runners from across the country will be heading to Chelmsford on Sunday 21st October to take part in the fifth year of this major sporting event, which raises thousands of pounds for The J’s Hospice charity.

The 26.2 mile single lap course of road running and tarmac paths starts in Chelmsford before heading out to nearby villages and then returning to the city to cross the finishing line. Since it began in 2014, 4,583 people have signed up to run 120,075 miles – which is the equivalent of running around the UK about 10 times!

Last year 875 runners registered – with one travelling from Mexico City to take part – and the event raised around £60,000 for The J’s Hospice which supports young adults with life-limiting conditions across Essex.

Lucy Burgess, The J’s Events Fundraiser, explained: “The Chelmsford Marathon is a really popular event that appeals to elite athletes as well as those new to distance running. The feedback we get from the runners each year is fantastic: they love the course, the friendly atmosphere and the enthusiastic marshals cheering them on!

“The money raised helps to pay for the enhanced care that our young adults and their families really rely on including tailored specialist nursing and respite in the comfort of their own homes as well as advice, end of life care and bereavement support. We are very grateful to the runners who collect sponsor money for The J’s Hospice and to our friends at Toppesfield for their generous support.”

Matthew Pryor, Managing Director of Toppesfield and a keen supporter of The J’s Hospice said: “We are delighted to sponsor such a fantastic event in the running calendar, one supporting a cause that touches the lives of so many.”

Seven of the Toppesfield team will be running the marathon in October, including Matthew himself.

Registration for The J’s Hospice 2018 Chelmsford Marathon is open now at  www.havenshospices.org.uk/chelmsfordmarathon

Toppesfield is the latest organisation to support the Worshipful Company of Paviors’ charitable and educational efforts by becoming its Gold sponsor for 2018.

A City of London Livery company dating back to 1276, the Paviors aim to promote the craft of paving through its outreach programmes and fellowship.

Last year the Paviors raised over £110k, the vast majority of which was used to support a number of construction charities and trusts that help to provide young people with training and qualifications and enable them to work on construction sites, as well as assistance in placing these individuals into employment. This included the London Construction Academy and the Construction Youth Trust.

Individuals supported are often located in ‘hard to reach areas’ of London, many have faced huge challenges in their lives and need extra support in kick-starting their careers.

The Paviors also helps to provide the future leaders of engineering and technical design, from all kinds of academic backgrounds, with scholarships and support through their studies.

Matthew Pryor, Managing Director of Toppesfield said “Toppesfield’s support will help to ensure that the Worshipful Company of Paviors is able to continue its invaluable work within the construction industry.

Toppesfield is a company with people at its core and we strive to offer opportunity and training for those starting out in the industry and invest in the continuous development of all of our team members. Our values as a business closely match those of the Paviors’ and we are thrilled to be able to play our part in filling the construction industry skills gap.”

Toppesfield has appointed a new director to lead and manage operations for its East region. Nigel Green, who has managed this area since joining the company twelve months ago, has already made a significant contribution to Toppesfield’s growth and success.

With almost twenty years’ experience in highways contracting, Nigel will enable the continued successful delivery of Toppesfield’s operations in its East region. Driving the safety, operational and commercial performance of the business will ensure that the ongoing sustainable growth enjoyed by Toppesfield in recent years continues.

“The opportunity to be part of such a dynamic and exciting business over the previous year, successfully delivering high profile works for our growing number of clients, has been one that I’ve relished and I look forward to helping Toppesfield achieve further success in the years ahead” said Regional Director Nigel Green.

As part of the Highways England Collaborative Delivery Framework we recently completed resurfacing works on the A14 near Bury St Edmunds in collaboration with Osborne.

The innovative use of 15,000t of low temperature asphalt allowed the carriageway to be planed and relaid to a depth of 150mm within a restricted overnight working window, before opening to traffic each morning. Additionally, over 50,000m2 of geotextile was installed, in conjunction with the use of polymer modified binders, to provide a sustainable pavement solution to this heavily trafficked section of the A14.

Craig Germeney, Highways Director at Toppesfield, commented “When working closely with our clients, we are able to use innovation to improve delivery whilst minimising disruption. Despite some challenging weather conditions during the project we have delivered another defect and incident free scheme. Great work by all involved”.

Further benefits realised from the use of low temperature asphalt was the saving of over 48t of CO2 when compared to conventional asphalt. This, alongside the use of local resources, coupled with the latest and most efficient plant and equipment operated by Toppesfield helped to ensure that the works were undertaken in the most sustainable manner.

We are very sorry to see that Carillion has entered into liquidation, a company with which we have shared many successful projects and one that is filled with some great people.
Following the announcement we can confirm that this development will have no adverse impact on the Toppesfield business and, as we continue to search for great people to join our company, would welcome any Carillion employees who have been left in a difficult position to get in touch with our recruitment team: careers@toppesfield.com.

The new year brings new beginnings at Toppesfield with the arrival of six graduate trainees. The new recruits were welcomed as part of Toppesfield’s graduate training programme, developed to attract future industry leaders into our growing and dynamic business.

The brainchild of Managing Director, Matthew Pryor, each graduate has embarked on a bespoke sixteen-month programme which will give them experience in every department across Toppesfield, from spending time on site with our surfacing gangs to assisting our sales team and quantity surveyors. Directors and heads of departments have been assigned with the important role of mentoring the new members of our team, supporting and assisting the graduates to maximise their experience.

The graduate scheme also marks the inauguration of a new technical department in Toppesfield. Building on the recent partnership with leading infrastructure company, FM Conway, our graduates will be spending time with their technical team. Their brief, to gain a basic understanding of the manufacturing and development of bituminous materials as well as the advances and opportunities available in recycling. Lead by the Senior Management Team, they will help support our own in-house technical department, capable of providing our clients and operational teams with even greater technical support and more innovative solutions.
With a wide range of degrees, our hope and aim is that our graduates become full time employees at the end of the programme in April 2019, while in the meantime, gain invaluable work experience and bring intellect and ideas from other disciplines to an industry historically populated with employees following in their father’s footsteps.

Of course, training is not something newly offered at Toppesfield. A third of our commercial team is made up of trainee quantity surveyors that we have put through university courses and provide with work-based training. We also run a trainee supervisor programme and offer courses to support our staff across the entire business. Such investment in our people and their careers helps us to play our part in resolving the national construction skills shortage and also reflects why almost thirty percent of our workforce are aged below thirty.

If you are interested in our graduate programme, or joining the Toppesfield team, please get in touch: careers@toppesfield.com or www.toppesfield.com.

Happy New Year!

Following our efforts last month, we have raised £2970 for NSPCC!

By donating ten pounds to the children’s charity for each enquiry we received during December, we were able to make a difference to a very worthy cause.

Thank you for your support.

Toppesfield is giving £10 to the NSPCC for every enquiry we receive throughout the whole of December.

The NSPCC is the UK’s leading children’s charity, preventing abuse and helping those affected to recover.

Not matter how big or small the enquiry, call our sales team on 07773471159 to find out how we can add value to your project or email estimating@toppesfield.com.

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-we-do/

 

Toppesfield has introduced an Employee Assistance Programme, providing confidential care and support for all of its people.
Recognising that everyone has issues from time to time which can adversely impact an individual’s well-being, Toppesfield has introduced ‘Confidential Care’, offering all employees free access to an independent and completely confidential support, information and counselling service.
“No problem is too large or too small to benefit from chatting to someone who is trained to help. Our Employee Assistance Programme offers help to identify and resolve personal concerns. By helping employees to understand or overcome any issues through this type of short-term, results-oriented therapy programme, focused on clarifying the problem, implementing solutions and monitoring progress, means healthier
employees, both at home and at work,” says Chantelle Woodward, Human Resources Manager.

The UK’s largest independent surfacing company Toppesfield Ltd has sold a minority stake to FM Conway (a leading infrastructure services company based in Sevenoaks, Kent) which will add support to the ongoing growth of the business.

The leadership teams of both companies see this as an extremely strategic, exciting and dynamic allegiance for the future which will provide continued excellent service and products to all clients. Toppesfield will continue to be led by Matthew Pryor and his senior management team and will be free to maintain their strategy of purchasing from all the major suppliers, of which FM Conway will now be a major part. Furthermore this partnership supports the growth strategies of both the businesses.

Matthew Pryor, Managing Director of Toppesfield commented “I am excited to welcome FM Conway as a partner in our business, the discussions we have had to date show that we have similar client-focussed values within the businesses and I firmly believe that we will be offering our clients continued excellence.

We very much look forward to working with FM Conway on private industrial and major infrastructure projects as well as the strategic network.”