We are pleased to announce that Kingcombe Aquacare has joined the Stonbury (Holdings) Ltd, group of companies based near Bedford.
All at Kingcombe are excited by the news and look forward to exploring the possibilities that this new opportunity gives us. For our customers it remains business as usual. We will carry on with our work as before and you will deal with the same members of staff, but confident in the knowledge that we now have Stonbury’s expertise and backing to draw on as well.
To find out more about Stonbury please visit their website.
They always say it is easier to do repeat business rather than find new customers. This is of course very true for our maintenance teams where we revisit familiar properties to work on the ponds and lakes, year after year, getting them ready as they come alive again in the spring. But the last couple of weeks has seen us secure two pieces of engineering work for previous Clients. One is for the Corporation of London, working at the Barbican Centre. We will be replacing some steel pipework in a lake we cleaned out and restored about 12 years ago. The challenge is that we are working in a totally built environment, surrounded by residential flats, two schools and the Barbican Centre. So our working methods and times have to be modified to suit our environment. It is also a challenge because of the number of people who want to stop and chat, they are genuinely interested in what we do and want to find out more. Whilst it is only five minutes out of their day, when you have been asked for the thirtieth time “So what are you doing then mate?” it starts to eat into the time available to do the job. But still we are from the West Country where the opportunity for a yarn over the fence is never deliberately turned down!
The second job is in complete contrast. We will be cleaning out a lake for a private Client near Swindon. This was the place that John and Chris first met when they did the same work together in 1988. We know the date because it is cast into the concrete bridge that they made to go over the cascade. Here we will be working in a very rural environment, with only dog walkers and ramblers to see our progress.
Both jobs present different challenges and contribute to the variety of work we enjoy completing from mechanical engineering to heavy plant and excavation.
We are now beginning to look ahead to May 2017, when Kingcombe will be celebrating 30 years of continuous service to the environment. How to celebrate?
There have been some notable milestones along that road.
It seems a lifetime ago that we took on our first Youth Training Scheme employee. It was such a huge decision at the time to take on the responsibility of actually employing someone. Now we are fortunate to employ over 40 members of staff, all specialists in their own right, some of whom have been with the company for over 25 years. It means that we can rely upon their experience and their own personal integrity to get the job done, with the care and attention to detail which has become the recognised standard for all of our clients.
This has been recognised by various important milestone events, not least our recognition in 2000 as Investors in People, and our subsequent accreditation with ISO 9001, 14001 and OHSAS 18001, as well as CE accreditation for our fabrication shop.
The range of work that we now undertake has also grown way beyond our original expectations. Not only do we still use our core skills to build and restore lakes, repair river banks, install flood alleviation schemes, and maintain business parks. We also apply those same skills to creating natural swimming ponds, building ponds on roofs, installing green energy water turbines and constructing water play parks. Whilst water continues to form the spine of the business, it is surprising how many different workstreams have grown from that one theme over the last 30 years.
Probably the biggest influence on the way the business has developed has been the growth of the internet and IT generally. In 1987 we were right at the beginning of this business revolution, investing – would you believe – over £1,500 on our first mobile phone, and creating one of the earliest websites in our or any industry. We have continued to remain at the cutting edge to this day, combining traditional values with modern technology to provide our clients with the best possible service that we can.
So the question remains, how do we celebrate our pending 30 year milestone? 10 years ago we partied hard, dined on water cress soup, water buffalo casserole and Mississipi mud pie, and danced into the early hours in our wellies.
Any ideas on how we should celebrate 30 years? Answers on a postcard please (electronic of course!)
We are pleased to say that we will be attending a few selected trade shows this year. One of these is the Farm Business and Innovation show. If you are going to the show please make a point of stopping at stand 610 to say hello.