HTM | Looking back on 2019: Investment and Relocation amongst significant milestones this year
As 2019 draws to a close, Highway Traffic Management are moving into 2020 having shown significant progress and growth over the last 12 months.
HTM is a leading provider of traffic management across the UK, with a client list ranging from local authorities and PFI partners to infrastructure companies and others in need of high-quality traffic management.
There have been improvements and advancements across the business throughout 2019, with just some of the benefits including an increase in efficiency, new job roles created, a more environmentally friendly approach and a bigger vehicle fleet to name just a few.
Here, we look into the details of what’s been a significant 2019.
Restructures and Growing Team
2019 has seen restructuring, reshaping and an increase in size of the HTM team. Across the course of the year, the company has appointed two new Directors, two new Site Supervisors, a Quality and Compliance Manager as well as a Vehicle Compliance technician.
Additionally, significant promotions within the existing structure have taken place and the overall operational workforce has increased by 5% as well.
Purchase of Property and Relocation
This year has seen the end of an era for HTM as their home of 25 years has been vacated. A rented property, the company has now Relocated the entire business into a depot already owned by HTM just a stone’s throw down the road, keeping their ideally placed location at Spaghetti Junction.
The company has also purchased new property on the same road as their current location, with plans to develop a state of the art environmentally friendly depot on the site.
Vehicle investment and improvement
2019’s expansion includes the order and addition of 4 more Low Level TM Vehicles to the HTM fleet. This will take their total number of vehicles to 50 The 4 new vehicles will be the 5th generation/design of HTM LLTMVs.
The company has also purchased a fully electric supervisory vehicle locally on sites across Birmingham, and after the success, HTM now plans to have all supervisory vehicles powered via electricity within 3 years as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to environmental factors regarding carbon emissions.
Throughout this year, HTM has made a couple of very significant changes regarding their day to day systems.
Firstly, the company has successfully integrated workforce tool Re-flow to the business. Re-flow is a workforce tool aimed at businesses which have staff working outside of the office on location. Management teams can set up jobs and tasks and assign them to individuals, or groups of field workers. The information is then accessed by the employee in the field on an app, simply using their smart phone or a tablet.
Secondly, HTM has developed a new partnership with Clover HR to manage and improve their HR capabilities. The link up is designed to make HTM the employer of choice for TM Operatives in the Midlands area and to support this, brand new HR software has been developed and is prepared for implementation in early 2020.
Business and Operational Factors
2019 has seen an increase in turnover for the company, as well as a successful transition to the prestigious ISO45001 certification for safety protocols.
Showcasing this operational excellence in safety, HTM has completed over 2,250 hours of staff training throughout 2019 and taken action on 296 safety observations.
The ongoing investment and dedication to top class training has paid dividends, with the company having no RIDDOR incidents throughout the entire year.
Greg Baldwin, HTM Business Director told us:
“2019 has seen significant changes and investment in the business and as we head into 2020, we’re excited to work hard to build upon the promising foundations we’ve laid down.
“The way the company is now set up, we have more potential for growth, a larger workforce and increased capability. It’s an exciting time.”