Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Bath Chronicle Business Awards 2014: Winners revealed.

Bath Chronicle Business Awards 2014: Winners revealed

Bath business leader Colin Skellett is the winner of the Bath Chronicle Business Awards Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Mr Skellett, who is the boss at city firm Wessex Water, is a prominent business figure not just in Bath but across the region in his role as chairman of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership. 

He was instrumental in the establishment of Bath Tourism Plus and the city centre management body Future Bath Plus. In 2012 he was given an OBE for his service to business and charity. 

Other winners from tonight’s awards ceremony, held at Bath Racecourse, include BMT Hi-Q Sigma, which was named Business of the Year and Brett Raynes from Cloud Direct, who picked up Business Person of the Year Award. 

More than 300 members of Bath’s business community celebrated the 2014 the Bath Chronicle Business Awards, which was also raising money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. 

The winners included;

Best Employee
Becky Johnson - Fabulous

Environmental Business of the Year
CFH Docmail Ltd

Contribution to the Community
Bath Rugby Foundation

Innovative Start Up Business

Training and Development Award
Nine Feet Tall

Customer Service Award
David Maxwell Hairdressing

Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Andrew Lennox - Koh Thai Tapas

Retailer of the Year
TR Hayes

Leisure and Tourism Award
No 1 Royal Crescent

Business Person of the Year
Brett Raynes - Cloud Direct

Best Business Website
Total Guide To Ltd

Lifetime Achievement Award
Colin Skellett - Wessex Water

Business of the Year
BMT Hi-Q Sigma

Read the article here: SouthWestBusiness 

For further information, contact:
Dave Broadway, CFH Docmail Ltd, Tel: 01761 416311

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Delivering Energy Savings

Part of Velopost's Bristol delivery team

PRINT and mailing specialists, CFH Docmail, recently announced energy savings of 20% at its main facilities in Radstock, Somerset, and is now busy rolling-out the most energy efficient postal service in the UK. Through Velopost – a local bicycle mail collection and delivery service – CFH Docmail has achieved the UK’s first carbon-neutral postal service, operating in three cities currently, with further expansion planned. 

The journey to energy-saving has been a long one, but one that the company, and Managing Director, Dave Broadway, is thoroughly committed to, and passionate about. With a several awards under its belt in recognition of its environmental achievements, Broadway is keen to pass on what the company has learned, and help other businesses become more energy-efficient and less wasteful.

The start of the journey for CFH Docmail was a two-year research partnership with the University of West of England (UWE), CFH Docmail has carefully considered all of its options in reducing waste, cutting energy use, and reducing its overall environmental impact. Conscious of its use of energy-hungry printing and processing machinery, and vast use of paper, Dave Broadway, is committed to achieving yet more energy savings – as much as a third - and is working on the expansion of its near zero-carbon postal delivery service.

As the UK’s third largest end-to-end postal delivery provider, operating from a 110,000 sq ft. plant in Radstock, determining the best ways to cut waste, and reduce energy use was a huge task. The firm has implemented a number of measures, with more investment planned, which, to date, has led to over 23% reduction in energy use and a significant reduction in waste.

Dave Broadway explains:

“When working with the UWE, we covered every small detail of our operation, looking for ways to make it more energy efficient, and to reduce our waste, and overall impact. It’s important not to overlook the small things or those basic routine, daily tasks or processes – the smallest changes can still have a big impact.

“Some of the changes we have made are very obvious – such as our switch to using electric vehicles to deliver mail to the local postal depots, switching to LED lighting, and buying our electricity from a sustainable source.

“And the less obvious and localised changes have also had a similar impact – for example, we’ve replaced the inefficient air compressors required by our printing press machines, installed a gas optimisation controller and energy measuring equipment, and implemented a staff ‘cycle to work’ scheme. The savings we have made in the last few years have been extremely encouraging, and we are continuing to identify more ways to make our business and operation as sustainable as possible.”

Perhaps where CFH Docmail has made its biggest strides in environmental terms is with its Velopost service. Currently operating in Bristol, Bath and Edinburgh, this service uses a team of cyclists to collect and deliver mail locally, with the added assistance of the electric vehicles to transport the mail to local hubs. Velopost has proved a very popular and successful service, delivering over 20,000 pieces of mail every month for local residents and businesses, saving them around 40% on the price of a second class stamp.

Dave Broadway adds:

“Operating in a sustainable, energy efficient way is important for us as a business, and we recognise that it is becoming increasingly important for our customers and clients. They benefit from our environmental credentials each time they use our Docmail or Velopost service, so they are saving more than just time and money – they are reducing their own impact on the environment too.

“Achieving such high standards and maximising efficiencies in this regard continues to be a personal commitment of mine, but it is equally important for the whole business. We of course see savings in our energy bills, but the creation of our door-to-door delivery service makes us inherently more efficient than our competitors, including Royal Mail. The fact that we can do it in an almost carbon-free way is real bonus, and something that is unique to CFH.”

Friday, 4 July 2014

CFH Docmail win Environmental Business Award at Bristol Post Business Awards

Managing Director Dave Broadway holds up the Award

CFH Docmail beat tough competition to collect the Environmental Business Award at the Bristol Post Business Awards.

The company picked up the award for its fossil fuel free postal service, Velopost, plus research work with the University of West England to reduce energy waste.

Velopost is a carbon free postal service which helps businesses and organizations in Bristol reduce their carbon footprint as well as save up to 40% on their postage costs.

CFH Docmail has been working with researchers at the University of West England to reduce energy waste throughout the company.

As a result of that research CFH has reduced its power consumption by over 20%, and installed Solar PEV roofs on two of the main roof spaces at the main site in 2014.

In addition to direct action CFH also plant trees in the UK to offset Carbon Dioxide generated by production of Docmail, making Docmail completely carbon neutral.

The Toptree initiative, in conjunction with the Woodland Trust, is responsible for planting more than 100,000 trees in the UK.

In March 2014 CFH launched “Urban Green” - an initiative intended to green the cities in which Velopost operates by tree planting in urban areas.

Urban Green tree planting has several benefits, including cleaning the air in city centres and helping to reduce flooding.

Dave Broadway, Managing Director of CFH Docmail, dedicated the award last night to the staff at CFH Docmail and Velopost:

“To be recognized for your environmental quality as a business is a proud achievement - particularly in a leading green city like Bristol where this is a lot of tough competition.”

“I would like to thank all of my staff at Docmail and plus everyone involved with the research. Without their dedication and hard work this award win wouldn’t have been possible”

Notes to Editors:
CFH Docmail released its research paper with the University of West England to the print community to help other businesses adopt similar environmental ‘good practice’.
For press information about the research paper or for interviews with Dave Broadway about Docmail and Velopost please contact Tom Dukeson or Linda Cohen from Lily Pad PR
Tel: 0844 3511484