Two Gelder Group employees, an apprentice and his mentor, strapped on their hiking boots to climb the highest mountain in England as part of the Insurance Apprentice Academy; an event that brings together apprentices and their mentors to get to know each other and share best practice.
The primary aim of the climb was to celebrate apprentices in various professions in the insurance industry.
Tom Potter, an apprentice surveyor from Lincoln College in Gelder Group’s insurance department, and his mentor, Joe Kendal, an insurance building surveyor and former apprentice at the company, participated in the four-hour, 978m hike up Scafell Pike in the Lake District to mark the end of the Academy.
Joe, who joined the Lincolnshire-based company in March 2014 as an apprentice before being appointed in his current role, volunteered to mentor Tom earlier this year.
There have been many different workshops as part of the Academy and the climb pulled everyone together to meet and accomplish the same goal. It was a great experience that allowed everyone to interact, share stories and network and I’m really pleased I had the opportunity to accomplish this feat with Tom.
Following Joe’s own pathway into employment with Gelder Group, Tom, who graduates from Lincoln College this month (May), said:
I’ve really enjoyed my apprenticeship at Gelder Group and it was great to top it off with the climb up Scafell Pike, it was a great challenge but great fun. I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to join the business and learn from such a skilled team, especially Joe who has given me lots of guidance and support.
Since its formation in 1988, Gelder Group has trained 300 apprentices, including 42 in the last three years, 96% of which have been offered full time employment with the company at the end of their apprenticeship. For more details about apprenticeships with Gelder Group, see our dedicated apprenticeships page.
Our staff support many charities and as a company (and as part of our Vision 2020) we want to be able to support them to pursue their charitable endeavours. So, when Gary Rousseau (Contracts Manager) requested to enter a team in the Charity Golf Day at his local club ‘Blankney‘, the company was delighted to be able to support him and the charity Prostate Cancer UK. The formidable team led by Gary also included Joe Kendal (Surveyor), Paul Staines (Contracts Manager) and Arran Fullwood (Finance Director). On the day Gary commented:
We didn’t perform as well as I hoped on the day with new players Joe and Arran in the ranks, but it was a great day and I was just happy that the company supported us to attend and we were able to raise money for a great charity.
The annual event organised by Nicholsons Accountants in aid of Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance is not only a worthwhile event to support but one that our team look forward to each year. The team this year consisted of Tom Potter (Apprentice Surveyor), Jo Miller (Claims Manager), Paul Staines (Contracts Manager) and Mathew Kane (IT Technician). While we didn’t manage to ‘place’ at the event the team had a fantastic evening and are looking forward to next year. Congratulations to all who took part in this worthwhile event.
Gelder Group have received planning for 16 new properties at Kirton-in-Lindsey, the result of three years hard work and tenacity, dealing with a plethora of public bodies.
The company now has a land bank of 47 plots as well as a further four sites at various stages within the planning system as it looks to rollout ‘Gelder Living’ and reintegrate itself within the private housing sector.
On the planning decision, which was awarded at appeal, CEO Steve Gelder comments:
Part of our 20 by 17 Vision was to become a developer of ‘high quality affordable homes’ and this hence has carried forward to Vision 2020 where we will be known for our ‘enterprising approach to new development opportunities’. So it was a good feeling to receive a positive inspectorate decision within hours of launching our Vision 2020.
The Group will now liaise with various statutory bodies, before hopefully being in a position to commence the development in the Autumn.
Following the success of Vision 2017, which saw the Gelder Group named as Lincolnshire’s ‘Fastest growing company’ the group’s senior management team were keen to create a new set of goals to take it through the next 3 years.
After 6 months of hard work, hundreds of staff hours, consultations at all levels of the company and away days, the Gelder Group is proud to launch Vision 2020.
The company retains its principle vision of addressing the skills shortage by ‘Inspiring a new generation in construction’. Vision 2020 aims to further strengthen the group’s already strong commitment to the community, its staff, investing heavily into smart technology and be enterprising in its approach to new development opportunities.
On the launch, CEO Steve Gelder commented:
It will be very difficult to eclipse our 20 by 17 Vision achievements but as I said in my introduction back in 2014, I do lead an amazing group of people. This compiled with our ‘Can-do’ attitude for which we are known and the next few years might just be our most exciting yet.
Visit our dedicated Vision 2020 page to view our video and find out more.
As part of our Vision 2017, Gelder Group had one goal, the “Redleg Challenge” which was to be set by our staff. After receiving dozens of great suggestions, the Senior Management Team picked a suggestion that really focused on the Gelder Group’s commitment to training and apprentices. The suggestion was “to empower our apprentices from around the company and also from the Construction Careers College to undertake a massive construction project to redesign and renovate River Cottage’s ground floor.”
We’ve been planning and designing the renovations for some time and on Monday 26th March 2018 the work commenced. The project will involve modernising the entire ground floor of River Cottage and will include creating an extra meeting room, a more functional kitchen and a break-out area for training and meeting attendees. This work will all be completed by our talented apprentices with supervision allowing them to hone their craft further and gather evidence and experience towards their apprenticeships.
If you’re interested to know more about this exciting project, please get in touch.
Xeric, part of the Gelder Group family of businesses, has unveiled its new brand identity which it will be proudly showcasing on its vehicles, trailers and workwear.
Xeric operates trailer mounted boilers that provide structural heat to dry domestic and commercial properties and eliminate pests.
The rebrand is part of the firm’s wider growth strategy and as well as the new identity, the company has invested in more vans, re-configured the trailers to improve efficiency and provided new workwear for its team.
Dave Stainton, Xeric manager, said:
Myself and the Xeric team are really pleased with our new branding; its modern, fresh and better reflects Xeric as a business.
We are proud of the services we offer and our professional approach and this investment into the Xeric brand and other elements of the business is not just about our corporate identity, but also our values and where the business is going.
Xeric is enjoying a period of development and expansion and our new brand will help us to continue on this upwards trajectory.
Nino has 17 years’ experience in the role and has previously worked with Hobson & Porter, A-Plant and Dixons Retail.
On the appointment Nino commented:
I was thrilled to accept the position at Gelder Group after meeting the teams, I’ve worked in the construction industry for over 5 years and knew the reputation the Group holds in the industry.
I’m looking forward to working with both departments on projects and after two short weeks we are already seeing the enquiries coming in to the business.
Outside of work Nino is a FA Level 2 Coach and coaches the under 21 development squad at Sleaford, as well as being a Level 4 referee on weekends.
A new iconic building on the seafront at Chapel St Leonards is almost ready to be handed over to our clients Lincolnshire County Council. The facility constructed by Gelder Group will have fantastic uninterrupted views of the dunes, beach and North Sea and is the UK’s only purpose designed marine observatory.
February will see it open to the public who will be able to enjoy the perfect vantage point for views of this spectacular part of the Lincolnshire coastline. On the project Major Contracts Director Kevin Manterfield commented:
This has been another very technical and challenging build so well done to the team. As you can see from the photo, the end result is spectacular.
If you would like to know more about the Gelder Group’s involvement in this project, please get in touch.
On February 2nd, the Gelder Group Major Contracts team were awarded certification for a successful transition to ISO 9001:2015 (Quality) and ISO 14001:2015 (Environmental) as well as maintaining governance to the OHSAS 18001:2007 (Health and Safety). There are currently 6,000,000 companies with certification to these standards but only 17% of these (as of 15th January 2018) have been certified to the new standards.
In addition to this great news, Major Contracts is the 1st to gain the ISO 14001:2015 accreditation within our auditing company, which is a great achievement. If you would like to know more about our professional certifications, please get in touch.