Supporting local charity…

NIS is proud to say that our staff have been busy raising money for our favourite local charity Derian House by once again hosting our festive bake and Christmas jumper day which raised £275.63 for the children’s hospice. When combined with the money we historically spent on corporate Christmas cards and gifts we are delighted to say that the total given to Derian House was £775.63!

Merry Christmas everyone and all the best for 2019!

Julie and Nicola (L to R) handing over the cheque to Derian House

Changes to the NIS Board of Directors

Following an exciting and transformational 12 months, it is with very mixed emotions that we must announce changes to the NIS Executive Team.

Gary Ward, our Operations Director, will be leaving us on the 10th October as he has made the very difficult decision to return to a Major Project environment. Whilst Gary has only been with us for a short period of time, he has had a significant and positive impact on the business, and we are extremely grateful for the contribution he has made.

However, we are delighted to announce that we will welcome Steve Rothwell into the Operations Director role. Steve has almost 30 years of experience working within engineering and manufacturing organisations, predominantly in procurement and commercial roles, and we are confident that his Leadership style, drive and industry experience will be a huge asset as we continue to develop and enhance the business.

Speaking about his departure Gary said “It’s been an incredible 12 months working with Gill, David and the team, and whilst it hasn’t been without its challenges, it has been rewarding to see the business respond to change and grow. It’s been a very difficult decision for me to make, but the time now feels right for me to hand over the reins to Steve for him to continue embedding excellence across the organisation”. Steve added “I’ve known and respected NIS for a long time so I’m really looking forward to embracing the challenges and opportunities that exist within the business. I’m excited to be joining as part of the executive team and being able to play a key part in continuing to drive the business plan.”

NIS Supports International Women in Engineering Day 2018

NIS were proud to support International Women in Engineering Day 2018 by organising a careers in engineering workshop for local high school students.

On Friday 22nd June over 20 students from St Michaels and Holy Cross took part in a workshop which focussed on careers in Engineering. The day involved a tour of the facilities, hands on team building exercises as well as interviews with our female members of staff and discussions on how their careers started and how they have got to where they are now.

When the day started the question was asked “Who is interested in a career in Engineering?”, the response was zero. We are happy to say that as the day came to a close the question was repeated and approximately 70% of the group said yes!

NIS is very proud of the work we do in STEM and work consistently with schools and on projects in Lancashire, Cumbria and Berkshire. Since starting our STEM programme we have won a number of awards including STEMNET “Most Dedicated Employer”, “Most Dedicated STEM Ambassador” and the UK Nuclear Skills “STEM Ambassador Award”.

Egremont U15s RU wins treble!

On the 7th of May NIS sponsored Egremont under 15s Rugby Union team won the Cumbria County Cup for the 3rd year running. Well done to all, it was a fantastic team effort and we wish you all the best for the next season.

NIS is a winner in the RoSPA Awards 2018

NIS have been successful in the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2018 and have achieved the President’s (12 consecutive Golds) award in the prestigious annual scheme run by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

We will be presented with the award during a ceremony at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel on Wednesday, July 4, 2018.

Through the RoSPA Awards scheme, which is open to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes from across the UK and overseas, judges consider entrants’ overarching occupational health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement. The awards are now in its 62nd year.

NIS welcomes the Mayor of Chorley

NIS were pleased to welcome The Mayor of Chorley Councillor Mark Perks to our facility on Tuesday 13th March 2018.

After recently meeting at a local high school STEM event Councillor Perks was invited to tour our Chorley facility and meet some of our Apprentices. We are very proud to currently have 11 Apprentices in a variety of roles including Project Controls, Mechanical Design, Welding, Administration and Fabrication.

Managing Director Gill Marsden was delighted to tell Councillor Perks about a number of projects NIS is working on including:

  • Manufacturing equipment to assist with the Fukushima disaster recovery
  • Supporting UK Defence companies working on projects to protect our nation
  • Collaborating on decommissioning frameworks
  • Working with our clients to providing security detection products across the globe

Left to right: Gill Marsden (Managing Director), The Mayor of Chorley Councillor Mark Perks, David Brown (Technical Director) and Richard Taffs (SHE Manager)

NIS Celebrates National Apprenticeship Week

NIS is celebrating National Apprenticeship Week 2018 with our apprentices both past and current.

We currently have 11 Apprentices, Graduates and Trainees at NIS in a variety of roles including: Project Controls, Mechanical Design, Welding, Administration and Fabrication.

We look forward to our Apprentices following in the footsteps of their colleagues and continuing their careers with NIS and are very proud of the fact that 22 of our past apprentices are still on the role call with the oldest having served his time in 1984!

In alphabetical order with year started: Andy A 2011, Jack A 2015, April B 2010, Alex B 2014, Jason B 1986, Craig B 1984, Mark C 2015, Morgan C 2017, Jack C 2010, Jack C 2011, Tom D 2010, Simon F 2011, Jake F 2009, George G 1984, Ben G2016, Zakir H 2014, Jim H 1997, Mark H 1984, Nick L 2016, Alex L 2009, Paul L 1986, Andrew L 2012, David M 2012, Jordan M 2013, Emily M 2014, Jon M 2003, John P 1987, Josh R 2013, Braddon S 2015, Danny S 1997, Sean T 2015, Jack W 2011, Tim W 1985, Robert W 2013, Matthew W 2014

Supporting local charity…

In keeping with the commitments made within the NIS Social Impact plan, once again we have donated the money historically spent on corporate Christmas cards and gifts for clients to our chosen worthwhile causes. Therefore £500 was given to Derian House along with £250 each for Young People and Child First West Berkshire and West Cumbria Hospice at Home, two of our other chosen charities which are local to NIS’ main business regions.

NIS will be continuing to support the charities that serve the company’s local communities and look forward to getting involved with more fundraising events in 2018.

NIS raises money for local homeless

The annual NIS Festive Bake Sale has this year raised £169.65 for homeless charities both in Chorley and Cumbria.

Members of staff from all departments baked a huge selection of items from mince pies to chicken pasties with the total being rounded up to £200 by NIS. Tinned goods and non-perishable items were also collected and donated to our local food bank.

World Quality Day

World quality day was on November 9 this year and NIS are proud to announce that they did……NOTHING!

Nothing different!

Now I can already hear all the “Are you serious”? “Why”? “Haven’t you missed the point”? “Why no special event”?

But no, we did nothing different for a reason. Quality is the way we do things round here. It starts with the MD Gill Marsden, the Directors David Brown, Gary Ward and Howard Entwistle who lead the business with our vision “To be excellent together” and, mission “Excellence in engineering and manufacturing – powered by pride”, totally integrated in everything we do, through our core values of “Respect, Protect, Commit, and Inspire”.

The leadership team have continual focus on quality starting from Learning from Experience and finishing from yes you guessed it Learning from Experience. It’s the most obvious place to start and finish, isn’t it?

Over the past four years the business has continually transformed with the assistance of the CNSIG team but we are still on our journey, we challenge ourselves and everything we do always looking for improvement. Everyone is empowered to challenge and make change, change is good, it delivers value. We challenged all areas of the business, it’s like pushing on an open door! it’s so refreshing!

So, as we roll past this year’s World Quality Day our challenge is to get to World quality day 2018 and still have the same drive and enthusiasm to be able to challenge the norm and do nothing except a nod and wink of acknowledgement that Quality is the way we do things round here, and continue to be excellent together.

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