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1 12, 2017

REIDsteel rebuilds hurricane-hit Caribbean

December 1st, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |

We’re aiming to play a major role in the reconstruction of hurricane hit communities in the Caribbean with our disaster-resistant buildings.

We have designed, manufactured and supplied hundreds of buildings in the Caribbean and Central America over the past century, including churches, granaries, schools, industrial units, aircraft hangars and bridges.

Our Sales Manager Mike Chappell has recently returned from a fact-finding trip to the British Virgin Islands and Antigua where he saw the devastation first hand. Mike met business and community leaders as well as government ministers.

His visit came after virtually all of REIDsteel’s structures – including warehouses, supermarkets and banks – survived hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which hit at speeds of more than 200 mph. Only one of our many buildings had suffered minor structural damage as a consequence of the hurricanes.

We’ve has been called in because of our expertise and strong relationships built with communities and businesses over many years.

One of the first projects will be to rebuild a school funded by a wealthy local benefactor in Tortola, which is the largest […]

28 11, 2017

Congratulations to UK Exporter of the Year AGI Ltd!

November 28th, 2017|Categories: News, Uncategorised|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Well done to Aeronautical & General Instruments Limited (AGI) of Poole for winning the UK Exporter of the Year title at the Dorset Business Awards.

Our Managing Director Simon Boyd presented the award at a gala dinner and ceremony at the Bournemouth International Centre.

More than 700 guests watched as Simon announced AGI as the winners live on stage. They narrowly beat fellow finalists Actisense and Trimetals to the title.

The UK Exporter of the Year Award was new for this year’s Dorset Business Awards. As a successful exporter to more than 140 countries over nearly a century, we felt it was important to recognise and encourage other Dorset firms involved in international trade.

AGI were worthy winners and we hope more businesses will be inspired to expand their horizons and look to the many exciting trade opportunities in growing economies across the world.

Our Managing Director Simon is pictured (left) with Sarah Short and Geof Eeles of AGI with their award at the ceremony.

Other winners on the night were:

Business Leader of the Year: Warren Munson, Inspire […]

22 11, 2017

More hard work needed after Budget

November 22nd, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

Business rates, VAT thresholds and investment in 5G mobile networks, full fibre broadband and artificial intelligence were among the  measures in today’s Budget.

It also included a pledge of £3bn to prepare for Brexit and growth figures for economic growth and productivity downgraded.

Our managing director Simon Reid said: “It was disappointing but not surprising to see productivity growth and business investment figures revised down.

“Measures in the Budget to encourage investment, training and new technology may go some way to address this, yet the only real solution remains with a clean Brexit from the EU and the freedom that offers our businesses free from the constraints of EU regulations and directives.

“The Chancellor promised to set aside £3bn to prepare for our departure although he must ensure that there is enough for a ‘no deal’ scenario in our future trading arrangements.

“He declared it a Budget to make Britain fit for the future but more hard work needs to be done over the coming months to make sure we are ready for Brexit, and on our own terms if need be.”

17 11, 2017

Chancellor urged to be positive in Budget

November 17th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Our managing director Simon Boyd has urged Chancellor Philip Hammond to take a positive approach to businesses and Brexit in his Budget next week.

The Chancellor will reveal his plans for the year ahead next Wednesday, November 22, before the House of Commons.

Simon said: “The Chancellor is drinking in the last chance saloon. This is the final full Budget before Brexit and comes as negotiations with the EU reach crunch point.

‘Spreadsheet Phil’ must get his numbers right to ensure that we have an economy fit for Brexit whatever the outcome, and that includes setting aside more funding for a ‘no deal’ scenario.

“It means greater support for businesses, including measures to boost investment and productivity, so they are ready to fully grasp the great opportunities on offer once we are out of the EU.

“One of the simplest yet most effective things the Chancellor could do at the despatch box is strike a positive tone to reflect our optimism in a post-Brexit Britain and show negotiators in Brussels that we are embracing the future with confidence with […]

9 11, 2017

Countdown begins for Dorset Business Awards

November 9th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Our commercial director Tim Cook met finalists in the REIDsteel sponsored UK Exporter of the Year category at a special curtain-raiser for the Dorset Business Awards.

Tim was among the guests when organisers Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) held a Meet the Finalists drinks reception at the Italian Villa at Compton Acres.

Poole-based firms Actisense – Active Research Limited and Aeronautical & General Instruments Limited are on the shortlist along with Trimetals Ltd of Blandford for the Exporter of the Year title.

They were among the 36 business nominated in 12 categories for honours in this year’s competition.

More 100 people attended the drinks reception at the Italian Villa when it was revealed that DCCI had a record 164 entries for awards this year.

We’re looking forward to announcing the winner at the gala awards night at the BIC on November 23.

Many thanks for DCCI for use of the picture showing Tim (far right) with some of the finalists.

Don’t forget tickets for the night are still available from DCCI on 01202 714800.

You can also visit the Dorset Business […]

25 10, 2017

Engineering the future

October 25th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

We met potential engineers of future when we attended the University of Southampton’s careers fair.

Our Director Tim Reid and Senior Structural Engineer John Harrison manned a stand and talked to students about graduate opportunities with REIDsteel.

We were among 105 exhibitors at the All Sectors Fair at the university, which has a highly regarded engineering faculty with a reputation for producing excellent graduates.

John (pictured) said: “We were very impressed by the students, who were bright and enthusiastic.

“Their quality shone through and there was a huge demand for summer internships.

“We were inspired by the event and we are attending more career fairs to explain the opportunities for career progression at REIDsteel.

“As well as attracting some of the brightest graduates, the fairs also help us raise our profile within the engineering community too.”

Our stand included a rolling video, displays and information about REIDsteel. It was our first careers fair. We’re now due to attend a second event at the University of Portsmouth.

Half of our engineering recruits are graduates. Employing them at an early stage of their career means we can train them to the […]

17 10, 2017

And the award nominees are…

October 17th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

Congratulations to all of the finalists in this year’s Dorset Business Awards – especially the three nominees for the UK Exporter of the Year title.

Poole-based firms Actisense – Active Research Limited and Aeronautical & General Instruments Limited are on the shortlist along with Trimetals Ltd of Blandford.

As headline sponsor of this newly created category for 2017, it was tough to pick the trio and all are richly deserving of their success in making the shortlist.

Our Managing Director Simon Boyd, who visited the nominees to assist in judging, said: “Well done to everyone at Actisense, Aeronautical & General Instruments and Trimetals on reaching the shortlist.

“It is recognition of the tremendous work their people are doing every day to help their firms grow through overseas trade.

“Exports are incredibly important to the UK economy. The UK’s huge trading deficits can only be addressed through the ingenuity, drive and determination of exporters who can turn this trading deficit into a surplus.

“We wish the UK Exporter of Year finalists, and all of the other categories, the best of luck and look […]

25 09, 2017

Flying high at MRO Europe

September 25th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

We’re exhibiting at one of the aviation industry’s premier trade shows in early October, MRO Europe .

The event is being held at the ExCel centre in London for the aerospace maintenance industry.

We have nearly a century of experience designing and building  aircraft hangars and their doors – right back to our first constructions for the famous pilot Louis Bleriot in the 1920s.

French aviator Bleriot was the first person to fly across the Channel and pioneered early aircraft construction.

Today we retain our position at the forefront of the airfield industry with hangars of all sizes for aircraft ranging from the Airbus A380 to private jets.

Our project engineer Toby Hill-Cousins said: “Although we design and build many different types of steel structures these days, aviation is in our DNA since our very first hangars for Louis Bleriot.

“We have led the way with new technologies and practices, including our own patented methods, as the aviation industry has evolved over the years.

“Aircraft are getting larger and have increasingly complex maintenance needs, while many hangars these days incorporate doors, cranes, offices and […]