11 06, 2024

REIDsteel forges the next generation

2024-06-11T11:25:07+01:00June 11th, 2024|Categories: News|Tags: |

Global structural steel firm REIDsteel is giving local students an insight into the world of work.

The Christchurch-based firm has welcomed the latest two work experience placements from the town’s Twynham School to its offices and manufacturing facility in Reid Street.

Year 10 pupils Milo and Tyler, gained valuable hands-on experience during a structured programme in the company’s design and production departments.

Donna Campo, Operations Director at REIDsteel, said: “We aim to give work experience students a meaningful and practical experience, which provides them with an insight into our company and opportunities within our industry.

“We believe it is important to support our local community and schools, whilst also building relationships to encourage the next generation to think of the diverse and rewarding careers on offer with REIDsteel

“It was a pleasure to host Milo and Tyler, who were a credit to themselves and their school.”

Tyler was based in production, where he spent time in the pre-fabrication, sheet metal, glazing and fabrication workshops. Tyler also worked in the yard and had a chance to try his hand at welding.

He said: “I know what a variety of jobs options there […]

7 06, 2024

Beacon lights up D-Day commemorations

2024-06-07T12:05:30+01:00June 7th, 2024|Categories: News|Tags: |

A beacon designed, made and erected by REIDsteel burned brightly at the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

A beacon designed, made and erected by REIDsteel burned brightly at the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

It was the centrepiece of an event in our hometown of Christchurch in Dorset to honour and remember the troops who took part in the landings on June 6, 1944. It was a privilege to play our part in the commemorations.

The event also included live music, local food and a ‘history hub’ curated by local historians, organisations and charities, a royal proclamation read by the town crier and a torchlight vigil after the lighting of the beacon.

School pupils, scouts and many of our employees who live in the Christchurch area attended the event, which was organised by Christchurch Town Council.

They included our managing director Simon Boyd, who captured these images.

Dorset was instrumental in supporting the D-Day landings, with thousands of troops leaving […]

29 05, 2024

REIDsteel gains Cyber Essentials status

2024-05-29T17:08:18+01:00May 29th, 2024|Categories: News|Tags: |

REIDsteel has achieved Cyber Essentials certification for its robust IT processes and safeguarding of sensitive data.

Cyber Essentials is a government backed and industry supported scheme to help businesses and organisations put best practice cybersecurity measures in place.

According to latest figures published in April by the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology, just three per cent of business and charities report adhering to Cyber Essentials.

Nick Wright, REIDsteel Head of IT, said: “Applying for Cyber Essentials certification was an ideal opportunity to have a fresh look at our security processes and security settings.

“I am very pleased that, with a very few minor modifications in process, we were able to achieve the certification.  Our aim will be continued improvements throughout the year with the aim of achieving the Cyber Essentials Plus next year.”

Cyber Essentials certification demonstrates our commitment to IT excellence for our customers, staff, suppliers and business associates.

It will also open up the path to new business and contracts which involve handling sensitive information or the provision of certain products and services.

Emily Cowls, from our business development team and deals […]

10 05, 2024

Join us at the Jobs Foundation

2024-05-10T14:49:32+01:00May 10th, 2024|Categories: News|Tags: |

REIDsteel was one of the first members of the Jobs Foundation when it launched last year.

Our Managing Director Simon Boyd is one of its trustees while our Quality, Health, Safety and Environment Manager Jo White featured on the foundation’s website and in its launch video.

The independent charity champions business as a force for good in society. It seeks to highlight the vital contribution that business makes in terms of creating jobs, providing training and funding public services and, in turn, ensure that Britain has a policy environment which allows business to thrive, so they can be an even more effective tool in alleviating poverty and boosting economic growth.

Key to its success will be developing its Business Council – a coalition of business leaders who share its ambitions for promoting the good that business does.

It already has nearly 300 members spanning global corporates to local SMEs, with the ambition being to build this to more than a thousand members by the end of the year, representing all nations and regions of the country, large and small […]

15 04, 2024

Agents fly in for global gathering

2024-04-15T16:13:08+01:00April 15th, 2024|Categories: News|Tags: |

Agents jetted in from around the world for a special summit held by REIDsteel in Dorset.

We welcomed representatives to our Agents Day conference at the Captain’s Club Hotel in Christchurch.

The event included an overview of our business and successes in the design, manufacture and supply of structures in 140 countries worldwide as well as our exciting plans for the future growth of the business.

Presentations covered such subject matter as our capabilities, design expertise, wide range of structures, case studies, finance, compliance and the great support we offer our agents.

There were presentations, a panel discussion, an open forum for feedback and a Q&A session as well as welcome drinks, refreshments and an informal evening dinner at the Boathouse Restaurant at Christchurch Quay.

The event was a great success and an excellent way for us to update our agents and for them to meet each other.

There were plenty of positive interactions and suggestions during the day, which everyone enjoyed, followed by the evening meal.

The day was hosted by Tim Outteridge, with all members of the sales team presenting different aspects of […]

15 04, 2024

Fantastic opportunities to join our brilliant team

2024-04-15T11:00:38+01:00April 15th, 2024|Categories: News|Tags: , |

We have a number of opportunities to join our brilliant team at REIDsteel.  They cover a range of positions:

  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Cladding Draughtsperson
  • Estimating Bid Manager
  • Glazing Sales Estimator
  • Accounts Payable Assistant
  • Steel Erectors

We can offer a competitive remuneration package, opportunities for growth and development, and a supportive team environment.

The friendly and professional workforce at our multi-award-winning business design, manufacture and erect award-winning structures worldwide. 

We have a ‘one team’ ethos where every person is valued and encouraged to fulfil their potential. Our company is led by a progressive and diverse senior team.

We are a Dorset Chamber platinum business partner, a member of the Jobs Foundation and a member and strong voice within the British Constructional Steelwork Association (BCSA). We were the first steelwork contractor to sign the UK Steel Charter.

Our recent award successes have included Global Business of the Year at the 2023 Dorset Business Awards and the prestigious Structural Steel Design Awards for a super-hangar at Biggin Hill Airport. We also have four Queen’s Awards for international trade.

Email for the job […]

10 04, 2024

On the ball with AFC Bournemouth

2024-04-11T10:57:04+01:00April 10th, 2024|Categories: News|Tags: , |

AFC Bournemouth were pleased to deliver a unique Premier League Kicks session with REIDsteel in Christchurch.

French midfielder Romain Faivre, picture far right in the photograph, and assistant first team coach Steve Fletcher took part in the session and spent time with youngsters participating.

Our operations director Donna Campo and buyer Naomi Bodman watched the action unfold at Mudeford Wood Community Centre.

The Premier League Kicks project with AFC Bournemouth offers free football and additional opportunities to more than 1,000 young people locally every year.

Donna told afcbTV: “It’s really important for us to give back.

“We’ve been at our home in Christchurch for over 50 years and, although we export all around the world, our base is still really important to us.

“We have employees that live locally and others that have grown up here so it’s really important that we do something in this area. We’re really proud to play our part in the success of the sessions.”

Naomi added: “It’s really great that we are able to put these sessions on specifically in the Christchurch area, and provide that […]

13 03, 2024

Join us at careers and apprenticeship fair

2024-03-13T12:54:33+00:00March 13th, 2024|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Visit our stand at the Careers and Apprenticeship Show at Bournemouth International Centre on Thursday March 14. Our friendly team will be on hand be able to tell you about the exciting jobs and career opportunities on offer across a wide range of departments at REIDsteel - including trainee, apprentice and graduate roles in design, fabrication, project management, construction and more.

Visit our stand at the Careers and Apprenticeship Show at Bournemouth International Centre on Thursday March 14.

Our friendly team will be on hand be able to tell you about the exciting jobs and career opportunities on offer across a wide range of departments at REIDsteel – including trainee, apprentice and graduate roles in design, fabrication, project management, construction and more.

We will be among nearly 100 employers at the CAS 2024 event, which is set to attract more than 3,000 young people and 1,600 adults, parents, teachers, carers and guardians.

The day runs from 9am to 3pm before the evening session start at 4pm and runs until 7pm.

We’re looking forward to a great day telling young people about the […]

13 03, 2024

Simon has the answers on Any Questions

2024-04-11T10:57:18+01:00March 13th, 2024|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Our managing director Simon Boyd was on the panel for the latest broadcast of  the BBC’s Any Questions programme on Radio 4.

He joined  Financial Secretary to the Treasury Nigel Huddleston MP, the Shadow Minister for Industry and Decarbonisation Sarah Jones MP and the Financial Times columnist and economist Soumaya Keynes for the political show.

They took questions on subjects including the Budget, International Women’s Day, Gaza and the general election during the live broadcast from the Mowlem Theatre in Swanage, hosted by BBC political correspondent Alex Forsyth.

It was Simon’s second time on the show after an appearance in 2017.

Alex Forsyth is pictured seated with, from left, Nigel Huddleston, Sarah Jones, Simon Boyd and Soumaya Keynes.


7 03, 2024

We are hiring!

2024-03-07T11:02:45+00:00March 7th, 2024|Categories: News|

Hiring now – We have exciting opportunities in our team with vacancies in a variety of roles within our multi-award-winning business.

You will join our friendly and professional workforce in the design, manufacture and construction of award-winning structures worldwide. 

These positions are:

  • Project manager
  • Estimating bid manager
  • Steel erector
  • Steel detailer
  • CNC operator

The estimating bid manager role involves preparing sales estimates, proposals and bids for design and build and pre-design projects. You will:

  • Work collaboratively with the wider team to generate competitive bids
  • Work closely with customers, business development and project managers to see bids through to fruition

Previous experience of estimating in steel and/or cladding sectors is essential. Applications would also be welcomed from graduates with a relevant design, technical or QS degree, looking to begin a […]

29 01, 2024

Calls for action as steelwork sector launches industry ‘manifesto’

2024-01-29T09:27:26+00:00January 29th, 2024|Categories: News|

REIDsteel managing director Simon Boyd has called for greater financial backing for the structural steel sector at a manifesto launch at Parliament.

Simon demanded government deal with the difficulties businesses face in seeking access to finance at the British Constructional Steelwork Association (BCSA) event in London.

The BCSA, which is the trade body for UK and Irish steelwork contractors and its wider supply chain, held the summit at the House of Lords to set out five key measures vital to sustain and promote its members and the industry.

The UK constructional steelwork sector is worth approximately £1.6 billion per year and employs around 60,000 people.

Simon was among the speakers urging politicians to take action.

He said: “The focus of government over financial institutions and big businesses needs to be adjusted to see the potential for UK plc through the many SMEs who provide most of the employment in this country.

“We need government to facilitate access to finance so that we can vastly improve our productivity and the pay packet of our people.

“This could be done by government making regulatory changes to the banking world or by giving the […]

9 01, 2024

REIDsteel named among top companies

2024-01-09T11:38:19+00:00January 9th, 2024|Categories: News|Tags: |

John Reid & Sons (Strucsteel) Ltd has been recognised as one the top performing businesses in the South.

John Reid & Sons (Strucsteel) Ltd has been recognised as one the top performing businesses in the South of England.

We’ve been named in the prestigious Solent 250 listing of privately-owned, independent businesses with the highest turnover in the region.

The Business Magazine has complied the annual table with sponsorship from HSBC UK, CMA Recruitment Group, property experts Vail Williams, law firm BDB Pitmans, Evelyn Partners and the University of Southampton Business School.

Our inclusion once again is testament to talents and commitment of all at REIDsteel who work so hard under our ‘one team’ ethos to make the business the success it is.

Merlin Entertainments topped the Solent 250 this year followed by Utilita, Hendy Group, Lush Cosmetics and Arqiva.

Cumulatively, the companies in the Solent 250 have an annual turnover of £21.2 billion. Together they employ 130,000 people.

The […]

15 12, 2023

Simon back on board

2024-01-09T11:31:48+00:00December 15th, 2023|Categories: News|Tags: |

Dorset Chamber chief executive Ian Girling welcomes REIDsteel managing director Simon Boyd

REIDsteel managing director Simon Boyd has been re-elected as a non-executive director of Dorset Chamber.

Simon was voted back onto the board at the chamber’s 2023 annual meeting.

Simon, pictured with Dorset Chamber chief executive Ian Girling, first joined the board in March 2019 and acts on a voluntary basis as a non-executive director alongside his role as REIDsteel managing director and his many other commitments.

REIDsteel is also a Platinum Business Partner of the chamber, which is Dorset’s leading business support organisation and the county’s voice of business.

REIDsteel has the community at its heart and is proud to support its local chamber and help it drive forward the economy. The chamber’s mission statement is ‘enabling better lives through business’ – a value also reflected in our membership of the Jobs Foundation and its ethos that ‘business is a force for good’.

Dorset is one of the leading chambers in the south west of England and the only one in the county accredited to the British Chambers of Commerce.

It has led […]

13 12, 2023

Achieving Gold Standard

2023-12-13T09:42:28+00:00December 13th, 2023|Categories: News|Tags: , |

We're proud to have gained a gold award in the British Constructional Steelwork Association's (BCSA) Steel Construction Sustainability Charter.

We’re proud to have gained a gold award in the British Constructional Steelwork Association’s (BCSA) Steel Construction Sustainability Charter.

The charter is about advancing steel as a sustainable form of construction, regarding social progress, environmental responsibility and carbon reduction.

Gaining the new gold accreditation involved a great deal of work, including the creation of new policies, record-keeping of carbon data and consideration of our overall environmental performance.

We also looked at future milestones to work towards for electricity, water, waste and travel.

Being aware of, and finding ways of reducing, our carbon footprint is not only good for the environment but will also become an important part of some client requirements when bidding for jobs.

Plans for our new cutting-edge manufacturing facility, staff welfare centre and offices at our headquarters in Christchurch, Dorset, also have sustainability built into them to help hit our net zero targets.

The manufacturing facility will feature rooftop solar PV panels which will be able to generate enough electricity at peak times to power the […]

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