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Xeric unveil its new brand

The Xeric fleet with new branded livery.

The Xeric fleet with new branded livery.

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.

For more information about Xeric and their range of services and heat treatments, click here, or get in touch.

New Business Development Manager joins Gelder Group

Nino Vacca

Nino Vacca – Business Development Manager

Our Major Contracts and Facilities Maintenance & Building departments are delighted to announce the appointment of Nino Vacca as their new Business Development Manager.

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.

North Sea Observatory’s progress is seen by local residents

North Sea Observatory nearing completion.

The North Sea Observatory at Chapel St Leonards nearing completion.

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.

A local resident gets a sneak preview of the new iconic marine observatory!

A local resident gets a sneak preview of the new iconic marine observatory!

If you would like to know more about the Gelder Group’s involvement in this project, please get in touch.

Major Contracts ISO success

Handover of ISO certificates. Paul Jackson and Stacy Williams.

Handover of ISO certificates. Paul Jackson and Stacy Williams.

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.

Gelder Group takes on larger Sheffield office due to rapid growth

Pictured (Left to right): Chay Hamilton, Shane Ormiston, Daniel Thompson, Patrick Heraghty, Steve Gelder

Gelder Group has announced that it has acquired a larger office in Sheffield, having outgrown its previous premises in only 12 months.

Gelder Group, which delivers projects across a range of sectors including education, health, retail, insurance, leisure, heritage and residential, has acquired the 700 sq ft space on Magna 34 Business Park, Rotherham.

The business, which has its HQ in Lincolnshire, first opened a Sheffield office in January 2016 in Chapel Town, but quickly outgrew the space and within 3 months moved into a 260 sq ft office within the same building. The team has now relocated to a third office, which is almost triple the size of the previous one.

The new office, which can seat 30 will see the Sheffield-based Gelder Group team grow from 10 to 14 over the next year.

James Flintham, Commercial Manager at Gelder Group, said:

We’ve been steadily increasing our market share within the Yorkshire Region and made the decision to open a Sheffield office two years ago as we saw a gap in the market and wanted to be close to our clients in the area. We have grown faster than expected and are now making our third move to keep up with that growth and our ambitious plans for the future

This is an exciting time for Gelder Group and Yorkshire is a great place to do business. We are looking forward to working on more schemes in the area and being an active member of the business community. Our new office provides us with plenty of space to grow and it’s fantastic to be recruiting in the city.

I’d like to thank our passionate team here at Sheffield and our clients for their continued support.

Gelder Group, which has started recruiting for two quantity surveyors for the Sheffield office, has worked on a number of significant projects across the city, including the Lidl stores in Darnall and Southey Green, and the apartment complex Mandale House on Bailey Street.

Gelder Group is committed to supporting the local communities that it works with and has just committed to supporting the Penistone Church under 9 girls football team.

More apprentices to learn their trade at Gelder Group

Pictured: Left to right: Jack Jarvis, Dave Gladwin, Sandis Kupreicik, Steve Gelder, Michelle Guest and Nicola Hall

Pictured: Left to right: Jack Jarvis, Dave Gladwin, Sandis Kupreicik, Steve Gelder, Michelle Guest and Nicola Hall

The Group has appointed two new apprentices from Lincoln College’s Construction Careers College in Gainsborough – the college Gelder Group was a joint founder of and continues to be the main sponsor.

The college, which is the first of its kind in the UK, was set up in 2016 by Lincoln College, Gelder Group and a number of other construction specialists, to help students prepare for a career in construction.

Lincolnshire-based Gelder Group has trained 300 apprentices since its formation as a two-man building outfit in 1988, and 96% of those were offered full time employment at the firm at the end of their apprenticeship.

Jack Jarvis, 17, and Sandis Kupreicik, 23, who are studying bricklaying at the college, today visited the firm to sign a 2 year apprenticeship contract.

Steve Gelder, CEO of Gelder Group, said:

The first person ever employed by Gelder Group started life as an apprentice and now 29 years on he’s still with the firm, which is just one of many who have joined us following an apprenticeship.

There is a massive shortage of workers in the construction industry across the UK and our mission has always been to support the next generation and reduce that gap as much as possible.

I asked students at the Construction Careers College to submit their CVs for this opportunity and it was Jack and Sandis that stood out due to their passion for the industry and eagerness to learn from our team. I’m looking forward to welcoming more apprentices over the coming years and to working with Jack and Sandis, I hope they enjoy their time with us.

Jack and Sandis’ appointments come just three months after the construction firm announced it will double its apprenticeship intake over the next three years.

The two students will spend four days a week onsite with the Gelder Group team and one day studying at college.

Mark Locking, Lincoln College Group managing director for education and training, said:

We are absolutely delighted that Gelder Group is taking on two of our Construction Career College students as apprentices.

Steve Gelder, who started out as a Lincoln College Apprentice, has been the driving force behind our Construction Career College, the first of its kind in the UK. His firm, along with many other local employers, have helped us to create employer-led training that produces highly skilled young people to support the local economy.

We’re really proud of Jack and Sandis and the fact they have secured apprenticeships with such a great local employer and we wish them all the best.

We are currently recruiting for next year’s intake at the Construction Career College. We would urge young people in the Gainsborough area, who are interested in a career in construction, where you can earn up to a £1,000 a week, to apply.

If you are interested to know more about apprenticeships with Gelder Group, please get in touch, or visit our Apprenticeships page.

Gelder Group builds new flagship store for Lidl

Lidl Gainsborough

The new flagship Lidl store in Gainsborough.

The new flagship Lidl store was officially opened last month by Chairman of West Lindsey District Council, Councillor Angela Lawrence and the Lidl’s Head of Property, Graham Burr. The £3.2m build took 10 months to complete and has replaced the ageing store which was also in Gainsborough. The new store has created 40 new job opportunities and is double the size of the old store.

On the build Kevin Manterfield (Gelder Group Major Contracts Director) commented:

This store is modern, well equipped and built to a very high specification, we were delighted to show Lidl what we could produced when given the opportunity and I know we will hope to work with them on other projects.

The opening of the new store was heralded by a town cryer who welcomed the first 50 customers through the door.

For more information about our large-scale construction projects, visit our Major Contracts page, or get in touch.

Facilities Maintenance & Building division launch new structure

FMB New Structure

(Left to Right) Shane Ormiston, Kate Brown, Joe Allmond, James Flintham

2017 has been a hugely successful year for the Facilities Maintenance & Building division with sales of over £13m and a forward order book of £4m with new and existing clients. The department’s expansion also included a new office suite in Sheffield, which, in January will see the office moving to larger premises. The swift and rapid success of the department is further testament to the dedicated and skilled team that has been developed by Dave Gladwin, Construction Director. On the expansion Dave Gladwin commented:

Our department has been able to adapt to the workload and my role has changed significantly with all day-to-day work now being handled by James Flintham, who has been instrumental in the success of the department. I am now fully able to focus my efforts on securing new work and developing client relationships.

The new structure of the department has seen the promotion of four key staff:

  • Shane Ormiston, Senior Quantity Surveyor – Responsible for the team of Quantity Surveyors in Lincoln and Sheffield.
  • Kate Brown, Office Manager – Leading the way to a new streamlined system that will focus on providing excellent customer service to clients and a more efficient system for staff.
  • Joe Almond, Senior Contracts Manager  – Who has overall responsibility for delivering projects to clients.
  • James Flintham, Commercial Manager – Dealing with all day-to-day running of the branches in Lincoln and Sheffield.

The new structure was rolled out in late November and has been well received by staff and clients.

Gelder Group recognised amongst Lincoln businesses for its contribution to education

EBP Award

Steve Gelder being presented with the EBP Award.

The EBP (Education Business Partnership) recently recognised businesses from across Lincolnshire for their exceptional work with schools and young people at its annual Investors in Education Awards, held at Belton Woods Hotel in Grantham on 28th November.

Each year The EBP invites schools to nominate organisations to receive an Investors in Education award. Gelder Group was one of the employers that stood out and went the extra mile to help the young people it worked with.

According to judges’ comments:

Gelder Group received the award for their fantastic support in making sure students gained knowledge of the construction trade at Lincoln Construction Week – a three-day interactive event held in October, organised by the Lincoln Group Training Association and supported by The EBP.

CEO of Gelder Group, Steve Gelder, said:

It’s well known fact that there is a huge skills shortage in the construction industry and at Gelder Group we are committed to increasing the number of people within the industry and to training the next generation.

We are honoured to have received this award acknowledging our contribution to education in the region and look forward to continuing our work in 2018 with young people who have an interest in construction.

Steve Gelder was presented with a trophy and certificate at the awards by The EBP’s chief executive, Elaine Lilley, and James Pinchbeck, marketing partner at Streets Chartered Accountants.

Elaine Lilley, chief executive at the EBP, said:

Our work would not be possible without the support of the local business community. We thank all of the organisations who have supported The EBP this year and are pleased to celebrate those that have been recognised as making a significant difference to schools, young people and the community.

Gelder Group is a multi-award-winning construction company based in Lincoln which works across a range of sectors including education, health, retail, insurance, leisure, commercial and residential building projects. The firm, which employs 300 staff and is a founding member of the Gainsborough Career College, has trained 300 apprentices since its formation as a two-man building outfit in 1988, 37 of those in the last three years alone.

If you would like more information about our work with schools and young people, please get in touch.

Gelder Group helps to deliver donated goods to military charity

Hull 4 Heroes

Chris Kent (Branch Manager), Mrs Hewett and John Rowley (Insurance Surveyor) loading donations for Hull 4 Heroes.

As part of its work with insurance claims, Gelder Group volunteered to assist a home owner who wanted to donate goods to the charity Hull 4 Heroes.

When Mr and Mrs Hewett were unfortunate enough to have a leaking water pipe below the floor of their home, Gelder Group, which has a highly experienced insurance, repair and renovation division, were appointed to handle the couple’s insurance claim.

The firm replaced the flooring and redecorated and re-installed the kitchen units at the home in Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire.

During the restorative works, Mr and Mrs Hewett decided to purchase a number of new items for their home and decided to donate the items they no longer needed, including a fridge freezer, microwave, television, curtains and blinds, to Hull 4 Heroes.

Hull 4 Heroes provides housing and lifelong support to military veterans who find themselves struggling after serving in the British Armed Forces. That help can come in the form of finding suitable accommodation and furnishings for a homeless veteran or a renovation to an existing property which isn’t fit for purpose. The charity will use Mr and Mrs Hewett’s donated goods for future Hull 4 Heroes projects.

The 154-strong insurance team at Gelder Group, which handles around 6,000 insurance claims a year, thought this was a fantastic idea and volunteered to assist Mr and Mrs Hewett with the transportation of the items to the Hull 4 Heroes storage unit.

Chris Kent, branch manager of the insurance department at Gelder Group, said:

When we heard that Mr and Mrs Hewett wanted to donate their goods to Hull 4 Heroes we thought it was such a lovely idea, especially as the couple already had a lot on their plate with the leak in their home, so we were keen to get involved and transport the items for them.

We’re proud to have successfully restored Mr and Mrs Hewett’s home to its former glory and to have been able to support them with the transportation of goods to this very worthy and important cause.

Mrs Smith, a neighbour of Mr and Mrs Hewett, also got involved and donated an oven, outdoor furniture and physio equipment, which Gelder Group also transported to the storage unit on her behalf.

Mrs Smith, said:

We were very grateful to Steve Gelder and his staff at Gelder Group for enabling us to donate our goods to charity. It has been a difficult time for Mr and Mrs Hewett due to Mr Hewett’s disabilities and we were pleased that good could result from the situation.

On the donation, Paul Matson from Hull 4 Heroes, commented:

We can’t do any of the good work we do without the amazing support of the lovely volunteers and the fantastic businesses we’ve been lucky enough to be introduced to.

We as a team can’t thank you all enough for the goods kindly donated and then transporting them to us, the items will go into future Hull 4 Heroes projects helping veterans in need. We are ‘looking after our own’ thank you for helping us help them.

If you would like more information about our Insurance, Repair and Renovation devision, or our charitable work, please feel free to get in touch.

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