Crown Highways | 2019: A year of contracts, community and collaboration
The end of the year is always a great time for reflection. As the new year draws in, individuals and companies alike are celebrating progression, and re-setting their goals and aspirations for the coming 12 months.
Here, as we close in on Christmas, Crown Highways cast an eye back over the year and celebrate the positives of their 2019 calendar.
January 2019 saw Crown Highways awarded 2 lots on the Highways England Area 10 CWF contract worth a total of upwards of £2m annum to the business. In February, ISO 44001:2017 Collaborative Business Relationships was achieved – a tick in the box for collaborative working within a supply chain.
In March, Crown Highways then achieved a Gold in the internationally-renowned RoSPA Health and Safety Awards, the longest-running industry awards scheme in the UK.
MD Mike Dale told us:
“We were very pleased to be awarded the RoSPA Gold award, it is a testament to the improvements we have made to our health & safety practices throughout the Crown Highways business. In 2018 we were awarded a Silver award so we can show a marked improvement over the last 12 months.”
Just getting started…
As Q2 began, Crown Highways were exhibiting at Traffex 2019. The exhibition provided an opportunity for Crown to lay the foundations on some promising relationships, as well as catch up with existing clients at the show.
The company also achieved FORS Bronze in Q2 2019. The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) is a voluntary accreditation scheme encompassing all aspects of safety, fuel efficiency, vehicle emissions and improved operations.
FORS helps fleet operators to measure and monitor performance and alter their operations in order to demonstrate best practice. It is open to operators of vans, lorries, mini-buses, coaches and other vehicles, and to the organisations that award contracts to those operators.
May 2019 saw collaboration come back to the fore as the Strategic Road Network alliances of Areas 3 and 9 were presented with BSI 44001:2017 at BSI HQ in Milton Keynes. Crown Highways were there proudly alongside their SRN partners.
In Summer, Crown Highways transformed the street at NAL HQ. The street is a live demonstration area and provides a real-life testing environment for roadside and highways products.
With their expertise in civil engineering, Crown delivered all civils works on the project.
Another highlight of Summer was the Kier area 9 safety week. Crown Highways were there and highlighting the importance and correct use of PPE as their personal safety focus.
Moving towards the end of 2019, in October, Crown Highways became members of CECA Midlands, adding CECA to a list of professional bodies they are affiliated to. Others include the HEA, ECA and RoSPA. By joining CECA, Crown Highways are underlining their commitment to developing and improving infrastructure across the midlands.
A further string to Crown Highways bow was added when the company became a Lantra and City & Guilds approved training centre for the Highways England Common Induction Training Course (HCI) and 18th Edition wiring regulations.
This approval means Crown Highways- a staple of Highways England sites across the country – can now deliver in-house training to new and existing recruits.
This will speed up the process of qualification and maximises the efficiency of getting new starters up to scratch on Highways England protocol, as employees can be active on HE sites quicker than if third party training needed to be arranged.
Secondly, Crown Highways newly approved status means they can provide training to other companies and individuals needing to complete the HCI to access Highways England sites and 18th Edition wiring regulations (2382-18).
Finishing in style
Late 2019 has seen a number of community and charitable initiatives from Crown Highways.
Firstly, Crown took 1st place and bragging rights in the annual HTM golf day, raising money for the Birmingham Mind charity.
Chasetown FC also received a piece of Crown’s community spirit, as the company continued their support of the local football club by providing new dugouts at the club’s home ground.
Additionally, four of the Crown Highways team raised over £1,500 for charity in November by sprouting their top lip hair for Movember, the men’s health charity.
December has seen no slowing of the Crown efforts, as the company lent a hand in putting up the local town Christmas tree in Burntwood and Crown Highways finished the year strongly being presented the Supply Chain award by the Institute of Collaborative Working (ICW) at the House of Lords in recognition for the SRN Alliances in Area 3 and Area 9.
Mike Dale, Crown MD spoke to us with a reflective eye on the year:
“As 2019 draws to a close we’ve had a fantastic year, and it’s nice to look back over the last 12 months and have highlights that range from community projects to contract awards.
“Our team have been outstanding this year, and we look forward to a successful 2020.”