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30th Anniversary Celebrations

A great time was had by all when the Kingcombe Team came together on the weekend to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the company. A family BBQ was held on the Saturday afternoon at Cann Farm, John and Theresa Colton’s home, accompanied by a water slide, paddling pools, football goals and the biggest bubble maker known to man! In the evening over 90 of our clients, suppliers and staff sat down to a four course meal, including a duck breast starter and a crayfish and water buffalo main course. Washed down with some great wine, followed up by fabulous music and entertainment courtesy of the band Area 52, it proved to be a barnstormer of an evening and an appropriate way for us to thanks to those present for all their support over those 30 years.

 However, that thanks spreads beyond the sore heads, hoarse voices and weary limbs of the revellers on that evening. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to all of our clients who have placed their faith in Kingcombe over the years, many of whom have become firm friends in the process. We also need to remember our suppliers, be they a one man band or a large national company. Our supply chain is critical to the success of our performance on site, without their diligence and reliable service it would be impossible to achieve the quality goals that we set ourselves. The Kingcombe Team is a very broad kirk, and we welcome this opportunity to extend our thanks to all those who have helped us to achieve this notable milestone.

Whilst it is tempting at a moment like this to dwell on the achievements of the past, I am excited to say that the heady mix of youth and maturity, male and female, innovation and experience, that now makes up the Kingcombe Team, prepares us so well for the challenges that lie ahead. Coming straight off the back of being involved in the building of water features on no less than four – yes, four – Gold Medal winning gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show last month (http://kingcombe.com/2017/05/chelsea-flower-show-success/), our 30th Celebration was not so much a recognition of our achievements in the past, more a statement of intent for what we hope to achieve in the future.

Here’s to the next 30 years!

Milestones

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.

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Modern weed cutting using a weed boat as opposed to the traditional weed cut (above)

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!)