MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Cheesmur were proud attendees at the West Sussex County Council Annual Awards. Having successfully completed a 12 month rolling program to deliver RFID to 27 libraries, Cheesmur were recognised along with the WSCC delivery team and received the prestigious "Making a Difference" award. The citation stated that "no only did the project achieve its goals within budget and timeframe, it also reopened each library on time with a very positive customer response".
RFID stands for radio frequency identification - or in layman's terms, providing self service facilities throughout the region's libraries!
LABC SOUTH EAST AWARDS
For the fifth year running a Cheesmur project was selected as a finalist at the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Awards and the Cheesmur team and their guests attended the awards dinner at the Grand Hotel in Brighton. A good time was had by all and we look forward to continued recognition and success in these prestigious awards for many years to come
"THE CHIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGING"
Site manager Grant Standing was delighted to be asked to judge the wind chime competition held at Rose Green School in Bognor Regis. The children had to make wind chimes at home with their parents from recycled materials and Grant was asked to choose the winning wind chime for each class.
In the photo with Grant are the winners in the school garden where their chimes have been hung in the trees.
Grant is at the school carrying out refurbishment, remodelling and replacement roof covering works in readiness for the start of the autumn term.
Grant heard chimes of a different kind in July when he was married at St Mary's Parish Church in Worthing.
Congratulations to him and Amy!
LEWES ROTARY CLUB ANNUAL SKITTLES TOURNAMENT
Once again Cheesmur were proud to sponsor this excellent event to raise funds for Lewes Rotary Club.
118 teams took part throughout the week long tournament and the "Cheesmur Chuckers" managed to qualify for the finals on Saturday evening, where they achieved a very creditable 5th place.
We look forward to sponsoring and taking part again next year, but there is no truth in the rumours that we may even take it seriously next time!
NEW CHEESMUR FLEET GETS THE GREEN LIGHT
As part of our on-going commitment to reducing our environmental impact, Cheesmur are delighted to announce the arrival of our new vehicle fleet. As part of our continued efforts to make sustainable improvements in all aspects of the business, these vehicles will deliver significant improvements in terms of fuel efficiency and reduced emissions.
“DO SOMETHING FUNNY FOR MONEY”
Following a ‘throw away’ comment dare from his follow directors, Steve Hayman decided to take up the challenge and, on a recent holiday in Vermont, went skiing in nothing but a mankini and a smile in aid of Comic Relief. It’s best not to ask how the subject of a mankini came up during a discussion about ski-ing!
Offering friends and colleagues the choice between either making a donation and viewing the photos and video ……….or making a donation to NOT see the video ………….. Steve raised an incredible £600.
Whilst we are unsure as to his visa status for his next trip abroad, we take our hats off to Steve for rising to the challenge …………… and hope that he will NEVER do it again!
ANOTHER CHALLENGE .......... DELIVERED EARLY
As a result of further strong progress and consolidation of the company’s position during 2012, Cheesmur has returned the balance sheet to the black more than a year ahead of schedule, despite the backdrop of the most challenging economic conditions for many years.
2012 was the fourth year of trading following the transfer of ownership to the current directors, who inherited a balance sheet deficit and agreed a five year plan with our bank. Over the last four years, turnover has consistently grown and the company has been consistently profitable.
Cheesmur has continued to improve and develop its’ team and as a consequence, continues to enhance its reputation within the market place. This is reflected in a consistent and improving enquiry level, which has resulted in costing projects with a total value of over 40% above the previous year together with an improved success rate of winning jobs.
Steve and Terry wish to record their thanks to customers, suppliers, sub-contractors and employees for their continued efforts and support during the year.
CHEESMUR RE-APPOINTED TO ESCC REACTIVE BUILDING MAINTENANCE CONTRACT
Following the successful delivery of this service since 2004, Cheesmur has once again been appointed to deliver East Sussex County Council (ESCC) reactive building maintenance works to the west of the region.
Well done to Nick, Kirsty and their team who will no doubt continue to provide their usual high level of service for the next 3 years.
CHEESMUR DIRECTOR IN THE HOUSE
On 23rd January 2013, Cheesmur director Steve Hayman was honoured to be one of the key speakers at the launch of the TrAC apprenticeship initiative (Training and Apprenticeships in Construction), held at the House of Commons.
TrAC is an employer led initiative to deliver a shared apprenticeship scheme across the eastern region, from East Anglia to East Sussex. It has been established with the specific aim of helping construction industry employers who aren't able to provide the 2-3 years employment typically required to help an apprentice finish their training.
Through his involvement with the Build East Sussex initiative, Steve was one of the key contractors driving the development of this 'not for profit' social enterprise and is the current TrAC chairman.
CHEESMUR APPOINTED TO IESE SUSSEX CLUSTER FRAMEWORK
Following the successful delivery of over £6m of projects throughout the initial IESE Sussex Cluster Contractors Framework, Cheesmur is delighted to announce its appointment to the next four year framework. To be formally launched on 1st March 2013 at County Hall, Lewes as one of the Tier 3 contractors, Cheesmur will play a key role in the successful delivery of projects for an initial 27 local authority and public sector clients.
Well done to the Cheesy Cheesmur Taches who raised over £1,000 for Movember.
During November each year, Movember is
responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in the UK and around the world, with the aim of raising vital funds and awareness of men’s health issues, particularily prostate and testicular cancer.
Many thanks to all our friends and colleagues for their generous support.
For safety reasons Nick and Steve Hayman's efforts couldn't be shown.
LONDON TO BRIGHTON OFF-ROAD CHARITY BIKE RIDE
Supported by Terry & Steve the “ The Cheesmur Chafers” took part in the London to Brighton off road sponsored ride and raised £1,500 for the British Heart Foundation.
Well done to Kirsty Green, Nick Hallewell, Jamie Myles and Jamie’s friend Mark Ridley-Smith who began cycling together on the Cuckoo Trail just after Christmas 2011 with the idea of losing a few pounds and getting fit.
After a few months Kirsty had the bright idea of riding the South Downs Way, so the team decided to raise money and opted for the British Heart Foundation fund raising event.
Despite all the hard training (and not inconsiderable chafing!) they have assured us that they’d love to do it again in 2013!
CHEESMUR IN MANAGEMENT BUY-OUT
The Sussex based construction company responsible for building Brighton’s high profile Black Lion Street development has undergone a management buy-out.
New directors, Terry Nitman and Steve Hayman, have taken over the reins of Cheesmur, which currently employs more than 30 people and has a projected annual turnover of over £6 million.
Like all other firms in the sector, Cheesmur has found trading difficult in the last six months but has restructured to maintain the long term profitability and future of the company.
“Our order book is very strong and our bank recognised this when we discussed the options for taking over. Steve and I have taken full control of the business and while the next 12 months will be challenging, we are confident that we can meet all our commitments and are looking forward to delivering all the projects we are engaged on.”
Cheesmur works extensively in the public sector with local authorities, schools and housing associations. In addition to the Black Lion Street development, that includes the new Jamie Oliver restaurant, the business is also carrying out the refurbishment of the Western Bandstand on Brighton seafront.
“Our many contacts and working partners across the industry are delighted that we have completed the buy-out. These relationships are critically important for us and we will be doing all we can to reciprocate the support these individuals and businesses are giving us.”
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