News in brief (05/11/2018)

With news on: delivery chief for North London energy from waste plant; golfing support at UKCM; Investors in People at Coral Products; and Powerday installs Adtrak software for voices.

NLWA appoints new EfW delivery chief

North London Waste Authority (NLWA) has appointed David Cullen to be the Programme Director responsible for delivery of its new energy from waste facility planned for its Edmonton site.

David Cullen is to lead delivery of the new energy from waste plant in north London

Known as the “North London Heat and Power Project”, the authority explained the project as being of “national signficance” and will lead by Mr Cullen, a chartered engineer, who brings with him more than 35-years experience of infrastucture projects in the energy and defence sectors.

The facility is to provide a long-term sustainable solution for disposing of the waste of the two million residents living in the London boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest.

The plant is handle 700,000 tonnes of residual waste a year with a 70MW electricity output.  A Development Consent Order has been approved by Government and it is expected that the first preparatory work on site will begin in 2019 and the new plant will be in operation in the mid-2020s.

Coral Products (Mouldings) gains Investors in People status

Coral Products (Mouldings) Ltd has become the first company under the Coral Products PLC umbrella to achieve Investors in people status.

The company said that the award is the “is the result of years of hard work and a determination to drive change”.

Part of the Coral range – the company is now Investor in People accredited

‘Every employee at Coral Products (Mouldings) Ltd should be proud of this achievement,” said  Stephanie Ingham group HR manager.

She continued: “The transformation that I have witnessed over the past two years has been incredible and is something that will stay with me throughout my career. Driving cultural change is never an easy task and the IIP accreditation is a good demonstration of how far CPML have come in achieving this change.”

Ande Macpherson, Investors In People Specialist  commented: “It’s clear that the leaders at Coral Products (Mouldings) Ltd have taken a positive approach to how people are led, managed and developed over the past couple of years.”

UKCM backs junior golfer for success

Talented golfer Lily Robinson has gone from strength to strength after receiving a sponsorship deal from Winsford-based container repair and refurbishment company, UK Container Maintenance (UKCM).

Lily Robinson
Golfer Lily Robinson who is being supported by UKCM

The company noted that “Lily has enjoyed an excellent season recently playing at Burford Golf Club in the mixed junior open, where she won the scratch trophy with a gross score of 75.”

And, playing for the county first and second team at The Bucks County Ladies Golf Association (BGLCA), Lily is also a member of the Woburn Silver Scratch Team.

Founder and CEO of UKCM Emma Elston MBE said, “The opportunity to sponsor someone like Lily, who is doing remarkably well in women’s golf for her age group, has been fantastic. Hopefully the support we provide will help Lily to develop further, and we look forward to watching her continued success at upcoming tournaments.”

Lily commented, “I am really passionate and committed to playing golf and it is fantastic that UKCM has recognised that and put their faith in me, it is a great feeling.”

Adtrak helps add voice search for websites

Powerday is understood to have become one of the first businesses in the waste and recycling sector to incorporate voice search on its website, after “cutting-edge” work by digital marketing agency Adtrak.

John Cutts of Adtrak (right) discusses the opportunities of voice search at Powerday

London-based Powerday worked closely with Adtrak to modernise and enhance its online customer experience.

The agency implemented software which allows the customer to ask questions via the FAQs page, or use the search box option, all using voice recognition tools similar to Amazon Alexa and Google Home devices. Voice capability has also been introduced on the contact page, with the aim of reducing the time users spend manually typing out their contact details.

John Cutts, Senior Internet Marketing Consultant at Adtrak, headed up the voice trial for Powerday and is already seeing a number of users interact with it.

He said: “Most of the industry’s focus so far has been on ensuring voice searchers can access information directly from Google to solve a query. However, as the technology becomes advanced, and more people begin to rely on it, it’s essential that businesses are considering voice integration into website functionality.”


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