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3 02, 2022

Fabricator / Welder Apprentice

2022-02-03T16:14:54+00:00February 3rd, 2022|Categories: Career|Tags: |

Company Overview

We design, manufacture and construct high quality steel structures including industrial buildings, aircraft hangars and their electro-mechanical doors, warehouses, grandstands, multi-storey buildings, car parks and bridges, as well as defence equipment, manual and electric roller shutter doors, windows and curtain walling.

Our Values

Our company values are central to how we work and everything we do:

Safety first

  • We prioritise safety over profit
  • All of our activities are carried out with safety in mind
  • Safety is the first consideration before work commences
  • We responsibly manage the impact that our business has on the environment

Transparency and openness

  • We believe in transparency, openness and honesty and the importance of sharing our plans and performance with our team
  • We understand the impact of our actions on the team and our external stakeholders
  • Integrity is at the heart of all we do

No blame culture … open to change

  • We seek solutions, not scapegoats
  • We use our continuous improvement culture to improve the way we do things every day
  • We learn from our mistakes and embrace change
  • When an error occurs, we identify the root cause and implement changes to prevent recurrence

One Team

  • Our people are our company, together we are one team
  • We treat our team members with mutual respect
  • We promote an inclusive […]
10 07, 2017

Eyes on the prize: Export award entries are open

2017-07-10T14:35:49+01:00July 10th, 2017|Categories: News|

Entries have opened for this year’s prestigious Dorset Business Awards after a launch event at the Italian Villa at Compton Acres in Poole.

We’re proud to be sponsoring the UK Exporter of the Year award, which is a new category added for 2017.

Our Sales Manager Mike Chappell attended the launch along other sponsors, guests and dignitaries. Mike is pictured with Ian Girling, who is Chief Executive of organisers Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI).

The UK Exporter of the Year Award aims to recognise businesses which have achieved the most sustainable levels of international growth through exporting.

As a four-times winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade and a previous Dorset Business Awards winner, we felt it was important to show our support.

We’re encouraging businesses to enter to win recognition for their own excellence plus help raise the profile of international trade at a pivotal time for our country.

Our Managing Director Simon Boyd says: “Exporting is in our blood – we work hard to maintain our position at the forefront of the UK steel construction industry but have always seen the export market as an important […]

30 06, 2017

REIDsteel backs Dorset Business Awards

2017-06-30T12:58:24+01:00June 30th, 2017|Categories: News|

We’re backing Dorset businesses with sponsorship of the county’s prestigious annual awards.

The Dorset Business Awards will be launched in early July before the honours are announced at a glittering ceremony in November.

We’re proud to sponsor one of the new categories for this year’s awards although we can’t say which one until the official launch day.

Organisers from Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) are aiming for one of the biggest and best awards so far.

There are so many exceptional companies deserving recognition for their achievements and there has never been a better time to celebrate their successes as we look to new horizons following Brexit.

We’re delighted to show our support for the Chamber and the county’s brilliant businesses through our sponsorship and involvement with the awards.

We’re looking forward to seeing some outstanding entries. As a four times winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise (International Trade) and the Exporter of the Year title at the 2006 Dorset Business Awards, we know the benefits which success can bring.

It drives business enquiries, enhances brand recognition, acts as a valuable recruitment and staff retention tool, generates great publicity, makes staff […]

20 06, 2017

Brexit to the letter

2017-06-20T09:04:53+01:00June 20th, 2017|Categories: News|

Brexit to the letterOur managing director Simon Boyd has personally written to every single MP in the UK to urge a clean break from the European Union.
As debate continues at the start of formal Brexit negotiations today, Simon has sent letters to all 650 MPs at Westminster – including the Prime Minister – urging them not to ‘snatch defeat from the jaws of victory’.

He warned that watered down Brexit plans would hit thousands of businesses – especially SMEs – and be a betrayal of the will of the people.
Mr Boyd writes in his letter: “We voted Out and that means Out please.

Out of the EU but not Out of Europe. Out of the damaging jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. Out of the single market that only works for the few.
“Out of the customs union that ties us to trading to a protectionist block.”

Simon’s letter comes after PM Theresa May vowed to keep pre-election plans to leave the single market and customs union to allow the UK to negotiate free trade partnerships around the world.

As a four-times winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise (International […]

15 05, 2017

Now is the time to invest in export

2017-05-15T14:39:11+01:00May 15th, 2017|Categories: News|

Press Release:

Simon Boyd, Managing Director of REIDsteel and Chairman of pro-Brexit Business for Britain South West, urged firms to prioritise investment following new growth figures and reports in the wake of the Bank of England’s interest rate decision.

He said: “With interest rates kept on hold and the continued weaker pound, now is the vital time for exporters to invest.

“The Bank of England has taken a more upbeat global outlook, based on better investment incentives and more competitive export opportunities.

“With growth in 2018 and 2019 forecast to be stronger than expected, businesses and especially exporters can use the time during Brexit negotiations by investing wisely and making sure they are ready to hit the ground running when we eventually leave the EU.”

Mr Boyd’s comments come before Labour and Conservative party manifestos are published this week.

He said: “Politicians of all colours must back exporters in their election campaigns and make sure support is available to help businesses drive investment, create jobs, boost growth and secure Great Britain’s place on the world stage post Brexit.”

The latest regional Purchasing Managers’ Index report from Lloyds’ Bank showed growth at its fastest […]

30 03, 2017

Article 50 paves way for positive future

2017-03-30T11:09:09+01:00March 30th, 2017|Categories: News|

Press Release:

Multi-award winning REIDsteel has welcomed the historic moment as a once in a lifetime opportunity for the UK to confidently shape an even greater place in the world.

The 130-strong company, which has served the UK and international markets since 1919, says Article 50 also heralds the re-emergence of British Standards as the finest worldwide.

Family-owned REIDsteel, which is based in Christchurch, Dorset, is a four times winner of the Queen’s Award’s for Enterprise (International Trade).

It has the capability to design, manufacture, ship and erect entire steel buildings including their cladding and or glazing requirements anywhere in Great Britain and the world – from factory buildings in Mauritius and bridges in Africa to aircraft hangars and industrial buildings in the UK.

Boris Johnson visited REIDsteel on the Vote Leave battle bus late May 2016 during the EU Referendum campaign.

Managing Director Simon Boyd, who was regional Chairman of Business for Britain South West during the EU Referendum campaign, said: “This is a pivotal moment for Great Britain to take control of its own destiny.

“It is an exciting opportunity to build a global Britain and develop new trade alliances with friends […]

10 03, 2017

Simon Says.. Spring Budget

2017-03-10T10:37:15+00:00March 10th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorised|

Simon Boyd, Managing Director of Christchurch-based REIDsteel which works throughout the UK and exports worldwide , said: “It was a positive Budget as we look ahead to negotiations for Brexit.

“I am fully supportive of the Government and the work it has to do, and this Budget will help prepare the grounds for a strong economy during this time.

“From a business point of view there was good news with the reduction in Corporation Tax to 17%. The support for social care is welcome although a fundamental reform of the whole system is needed in the long term.

“The rise in the National Living Wage is also welcome because we believe in a decent wage for the UK workforce.

“Low productivity is a perennial issue and some companies prefer to employ cheap labour rather than invest in new technology, which is one of the measures required to help productivity levels rise.

“Funding for infrastructure improvements must always be a priority. I will be writing to East Dorset District Council and Christchurch Borough Council with an offer to meet to brainstorm ideas to win a slice of the £690m prize money available […]

9 03, 2017

REIDsteel Strengthens School Ties

2017-03-22T11:17:12+00:00March 9th, 2017|Categories: News|

Pupils and staff from Twynham School and The Grange School visited REIDsteel.

Students swapped the classroom for our workshops on a special visit to our headquarters with Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) and our local MP Chris Chope. The 17-strong party from the Twynham and the Grange schools – both local to our premises in Christchurch, Dorset – were joined by our Managing Director Simon Boyd, Chairman Tim Reid and DCCI chief executive Ian Girling as well as Portfolio Holder for Economy at Christchurch Borough Council Vicki Hallam.

We were delighted to welcome the pupils and their head teachers for a visit after we sponsored both schools to become members of DCCI’s trailblazing Young Chamber Programme to link business and education.

The pupils and staff heard more about our wide-ranging work as a structural steel company with the ability to design and construct entire buildings around the world – from cathedrals in Central America and bridges in Africa to football stadiums and industrial units in the UK.

Our QHSE Manager Mark Bradbury and Works Manager John White led the tour, which included a presentation […]

21 12, 2016

Dodowa, Hospital No.1 – Site Progress Dec 2016

2017-01-06T14:31:47+00:00December 21st, 2016|Categories: Reidsteel|

Dodowa, Hospital No.1

The new Shai Osudoku District hospital in Dodowa is flourishing!

According to the new hospital management system, there have been almost 19000 visits, with over 1800 of those being admitted, while the maternity department has seen over 160 births.

The walkways across the site have progressed well and are now waiting delivery of the roof sheets for completion, while the emergency generators and associated fuel tank have been installed.

Terrezzo work surfaces and counters continue to be constructed within the residences and nursing stations, creating a superior finish to the kitchen areas of the residence and ward areas.

External landscaping works have progressed well with grassed and planted areas across the majority of the site, as well as the commencement of maintenance.

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21 07, 2016

Dodowa, Hospital No.1 – Site Progress

2017-01-06T14:31:47+00:00July 21st, 2016|Categories: Reidsteel|

dodowa-hospitals-december-2015-newsletterSignificant progress continues to be made at the Dodowa District Hospital site with all internal and external works drawing to a close.

Rapid progress has also been made on the additional housing units and mothers’ hostel.

Equipment installation is ongoing across the various wards, with mains power now connected to the site.

Reidsteel are proud to have been involved with the supply of all of the buildings for the “Built To Care Ghana” project and continue to support the efforts of the NMS Infrastructure.

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29 09, 2014

Southampton Container Port Visit

2017-01-06T14:31:48+00:00September 29th, 2014|Categories: Reidsteel|Tags: , |

Employees of REIDsteel recently visited Southampton docks for a tour of the container terminal hosted by DP World, who run the container port operations with its partner Associated British Ports (ABP) – They saw the continuing development of facilities at Southampton, including the new recently completed No 5 Berth, which can take the very largest container vessels in service anywhere in the world.

Between 70% and 80% of REIDsteel structures are exported through ports in the UK, such as Southampton.

The visitors from REIDsteel are all involved in the export of REIDsteel structures: despatch and shipping manager Ana Monti and despatch administrator Catherine Carey, who make the arrangements for export shipments and prepare export documentation; Ali Titcombe and Tim Cook from the commercial team; yard foreman Ian Hibbard, crane drivers Steve Marshall and Steve Frampton, who lead the loading of materials into the shipping containers at our factory in Christchurch; Luke Armes who travels to supervise off site loading activities.

REIDsteel’s shipping agents, Meachers Global Logistics were represented by Rob Lewis, Director for Freight Forwarding.

The group received a briefing on the activities of the port by DP World Southampton’s Commercial Manager […]

22 07, 2014

Main Contractors getting too busy to co-ordinate all the trades?

2017-01-06T14:31:48+00:00July 22nd, 2014|Categories: Reidsteel|Tags: |

Many are reporting that  the construction industry is beginning to show signs of growth with more projects moving through planning and onto UK construction sites.

bbc.co.uk    constructionenquirer.com

The downturn had caused a reduction in managerial construction staff with main contractors stream-lining the number of directly employed quantity surveyors, estimators, project and contracts managers to ensure they stayed afloat in the recent tough times.

Inevitably, with experienced  staff retiring and others looking outside of the construction industry to find stable employment, the industry as a whole will struggle to meet the demands of rising workloads.

This is increasingly leading to quantity surveyors and projects managers overseeing a number of projects at once, making it even more important that they choose sub-contractors who can provide not only quality on site but also in their management and off site work.

At Reidsteel our clients have seen the benefits of working with us and have entrusted us with the design, supply and erection of steelwork and cladding and glazing time after time.

All projects undertaken by Reidsteel have a team of no fewer than 10 staff managing the project from […]

14 07, 2014

CE Marking and the Construction Industry – It’s the LAW

2017-01-06T14:31:48+00:00July 14th, 2014|Categories: Reidsteel|Tags: , |

What does it mean? 

The CE mark originally stood for ‘Communauté Européenne’ which is French for ‘European Community’ and gives you the confidence that the product complies with the relevant manufacturing standard for that product.

Seen it before?

We all take for granted, the CE marking symbol on our electrical goods around our home, the kettle in our kitchen, the TV in our lounge. We can still remember Trading Standards appearing on consumer programmes warning us to check for the CE mark on the toys we bought for our children.

 

 

Trading Standards now have a new regulation to enforce, the Construction Product Regulation (CPR).

What does the CPR say?

It states that if a construction product is covered by a harmonised standard (hEN) or European Technical Assessment (ETA) and forms part of a permanent structure within the European Union then that product MUST be CE marked.

It is not voluntary but a legal requirement throughout the construction supply chain.

Failure to comply could result in suspension notices, prohibition notices, fines or even imprisonment.

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28 05, 2014

A Visit from Nigeria

2017-01-06T14:31:48+00:00May 28th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

nigeriavisit-newsREIDsteel were pleased to host a tour of our five acre site for the Director of Bridge Design of the Federal Ministry of Works, Mr. Aniete O. Effiony.

He was accompanied by our the Managing Director, Mr. Charles Orie of our Nigerian partners, Johnsons Construction Co. We welcomed the group with Mr. Graham Crouch, consultant at Crouch Waterfall and Partners.

For yet another wonderful talk about the unique steel design engineering we complete at REIDsteel, we thank our staff; Tim Cook, Commercial Manager; John Harrison, Structural Engineer; Roger Bennett, Design Engineer and Andy Davies, Production Manager.

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