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.”

Toppesfield has recently moved into a new office.
The leading surfacing company has changed the base for its operations in the midlands, from Birmingham to a new, larger, site in Derby- better suited to the company’s rapid growth in the region.
An expansion in operations has seen Toppesfield employ two more asphalt crews, a new operations manager, contracts manager and sales manager in the midlands.
With further growth plans including strengthening the sales team, the new premises are an ideal size. The location, that gives better reach into the area, will also enable Toppesfield to continue enhancing its relationships with clients and key suppliers.
Matthew Pryor, Managing Director, said “The new office is in a fantastic and easily accessible location which is much better suited as a hub for all of our operations in the midlands as well as being a good springboard for our sales push northwards, including Scotland.
It provides more space, much needed for our rapidly expanding team and the bustling business and retail district is easily accessible for both staff and clients.”

As Toppesfield continues to grow, we continue to invest in the latest technology to
ensure we meet our customer’s demands.

The recent investment in four new Vogele pavers ensures we continue to self-deliver a safe and efficient surfacing solution nationally, across all sectors- highways, leisure, commercial, rail, defence and aviation.

Toppesfield has appointed a new director to lead and manage its operations for the London region.
Bringing a wealth of experience gained over 30 years working in both the public and private sector, Paul Padfield has managed all aspects of highway maintenance and surfacing works. This is alongside him holding full responsibility for numerous London Borough surfacing, lining and anti-skid contracts.

Paul has managed high profile private works including major resurfacing projects at Dover Docks and the Blackwall Tunnel along with numerous spot tender Transport for London schemes.

Based out of the company’s city office, Paul joins Toppesfield to assist in extending its operational-reach into London and the South East. He will drive the growth of new contracts in these areas as well as overseeing the safety, operational and commercial performance of this region.

Toppesfield has undertaken additional measures to ensure that its staff stay healthy and safe during the summer.

Warm weather can cause dehydration, overheating and general discomfort, especially to operational personnel working with hot materials outdoors in heavy PPE.

The company has provided these employees with high-vis trousers, made from thinner material and high-vis, long sleeved, polo shirts that provide SPF 50 protection.

Light weight trousers keep each operative cooler, while the protective shirts mean they only have to wear one layer on the torso.

The tops are an anti-moisture fabric- the garment does not absorb sweat and, so, does not become heavy.

The new PPE is cooler and protective against damaging levels of UVA, which reduces the risk of overheating and dehydration. In turn, these features create higher levels of comfort in the heat, that leads to increased operational productivity.

A quick response from Toppesfield meant the prompt reopening of a busy dual carriageway after vital maintenance works.

Two concrete bays on the east-bound carriage of the A14 had expanded in the recent hot weather resulting in a failure which left the road unsafe for Highways England customers.

Despite it being fathers day, our can-do ethos and flexible approach ensured Toppesfield were able to respond within two hours. Toppesfield are experienced and ready for events like these as part of their 24-hour emergency response across a number of Highways England contracts.

A slick response, and use of warm asphalt to reduce cooling time, meant the road was safe again in time for Monday morning rush hour.

Two teams of Toppesfield employees recently went head to head against each other, and 160 other individuals, in the points-based obstacle challenge ‘It’s a knockout’.

Based on the hit television programme, teams of ten competed in a series of games to be crowned ‘It’s a knockout’ champion.

‘Toppesfield Smarties’ took internal victory over the ‘Topps and Robbers’.

Not only did Toppesfield partake, the surfacing company sponsored the event that raised money for St Elizabeth Hospice.

Director, David Last, said “We were pleased to sponsor this fun day that raises funds towards a cause close to the hearts of many people including, of course, our great team. We look forward to sponsoring ‘It’s a knockout’ again next year.”

The day at Bourne Vale club in Ipswich included a barbeque, music, tombola, raffle and outdoor bar. Early indications show that around £8,000 was raised on behalf of St Elizabeth Hospice- an organisation that improves life for people living with a progressive illness across East Suffolk and Waveney.

 

 

Last night Toppesfield carried out emergency works on the M25 for Connect Plus, following an HGV diesel spill.

From receiving the call just after midnight Toppesfield were mobilised within the hour and able to deliver and complete the emergency works within 5 hours; a testament to our responsive and can do approach.

The team removed and replaced 50 metres of lane 1 between Junction 3 Swanley and Junction 2 Dartford on the M25.

The lane was reopened before 6am to allow safe access to the road for the public ahead of the peak traveling time.

 

 

 

We are currently recruiting for the following roles. If you would like further details, or wish to apply, please email careers@toppesfield.com with a covering letter and your CV.

Operations:
Operations Manager – Claydon (Ipswich)
Quantity Surveyor – Claydon
Trainee Quantity Surveyor – Claydon
Contracts Manager – East of England
Contracts Manager – Home Counties/South Coast
Contracts Manager – Midlands
Supervisors – East Anglia
Supervisors – South East
Supervisors – Midlands
Asphalt Operatives – East of England, South East, Midlands and Yorkshire (multiple vacancies)
Machine Laying Crew – East of England, South East, Midlands and Yorkshire (multiple vacancies)

Entry Level Positions:
Sales Assistant – London