What a year 2018 has been for Darke & Taylor, as it not only celebrated its 60th anniversary but also pushed forward with many other notable developments and achievements. Here is a look back at some of them:
An impressive 15 new apprentices started work at the company in July, and they all benefited from Darke & Taylor’s new apprentice induction process. This year, four new apprentice schemes were set up including Fire & Security Level 3, Data Cabling Level 3, HR Partner Level 5 and Building Services Engineering Technician Level 4.
In addition, a further 14 new staff were employed across the business in a variety of roles, and 102 staff career development training courses were completed. A number of general health and safety courses were run throughout the year, including PASMA and IPAF courses, harness training, and first aid, and 180 staff attended one of four annual health and safety training days, covering working at heights, asbestos, manual handling, environmental and chop saw training.
The first round of Occupational Health check-ups was also completed with more booked in for early next year.
Two significant accreditations were achieved in 2018, namely the new ISO9001 accreditation and the NSI Gold accreditation. These certifications give further reassurance to Darke & Taylor’s customers that they are reputable, trusted, and meet all relevant industry standards, with a robust Quality Management System that is fit for purpose.
This year saw more awards success for the company with two Highly Commendeds at the ECA Awards, and for employees with Conor McCarthy finalist at the ECA/Edmundson Apprentice of the Year Awards and Matt Thomas winner of the Oxfordshire Apprenticeships Ambassador of the Year Award. We also were a key supplier of solar PV systems to Oxford University as part of their Carbon Reduction Programme which won the CIBSE Building Performance Champion Award.
Darke & Taylor again supported many charities throughout the year, raising approximately £20k for a variety of charities including Sobell House, Children in Need, the Electrical Industries Charity, MacMillan and Caudwell Children through a variety of initiatives, including raffles, dress down days, the Oxford Half Marathon, cake sales, and a charity ball.
The Mechanical department was launched in August and the team was successful in securing its first M&E project. New shareholder directors were appointed, namely Julian Butler, Mark Swadling, Keiron Richmond and Jon Beasant, while Simon Newton and Graham Winstone were appointed to the role of Joint Managing Director, with Paul McNaughton appointed as Chairman.
Darke & Taylor would like to wish all its staff, customers and suppliers a peaceful Christmas and a Happy New Year.