Hamworthy Heating appoints new marketing manager

Hamworthy Heating appoints new marketing manager Julie Shaw

Hamworthy Heating in Poole is attracting new talent to the area by appointing Hampshire-based Julie Shaw as marketing manager.

Having previously worked for Thomas Cook, Barclaycard and Mencap, Julie brings with her 20 years of marketing experience to the position.

One of the key objectives of her role is to deliver a new customer facing website to the building services engineers, consultants and contractors up and down the country that use Hamworthy Heating.

Commenting on her new position, Julie says: “I was attracted to the role as it encompasses a wide range of different areas and projects, including the digital communications element. It’s also a really interesting and diverse sector to work in. Hamworthy Heating helps both public and private sector businesses to lower their energy costs and improve their carbon footprint, including cathedrals, football clubs, hotels, schools and hospitals.”

Using her previous experience within national companies who rely on this tool, Julie has also been tasked with project managing the development of a new staff intranet to act as a central hub of communication for the 100-strong workforce.

Julie adds: “The team here at Hamworthy Heating are very engaging to work with and I am looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead.”

Andy Moore, managing director at Hamworthy Heating, comments: “We are delighted to welcome a person of Julie’s considerable experience to the team and are looking forward to working with her to the benefit of our staff and clients alike.”

Hamworthy Heating on ‘Pondwatch’

Liz Williams Becky Guy Bob Walsh David Price and Samantha Boshier from Hamworthy Heating at Hatch Pond

Despite Hatch Pond flooding its offices in 2011, Fleetsbridge-based Hamworthy Heating has cast aside any bad feelings to take on a guardian role by operating a ‘pondwatch’ for the nature reserve.

As a part of its corporate social responsibility activities, the company has teamed up with Poole Borough Council to help with basic maintenance such as litter picking.

Staff from the leading commercial boiler manufacturer will take on the responsibility of watering an oak tree that was planted by children from Canford Heath Middle School last winter to mark the Queen’s Jubilee. The tree has suffered in the hot weather and Hamworthy Heating is hoping that with regular drinks it will be revived and go on to flourish in its new home.

Bob Walsh, technical director and head of the corporate social responsibility committee at Hamworthy Heating, explained: “One of the objectives of our CSR plan is to give back to the area that we work in, therefore supporting Hatch Pond which is located right next to our offices was high on our list of priorities. Even though it caused us a bit of trouble a couple of years ago when it burst its bank, flooding the car park up to our knees!

“Most of our staff like taking their lunch at the pond to enjoy the views and the diverse wildlife, which is surprising in such an urban area, so we are happy to donate our time to give it a little TLC.”

Councillor Xena Dion, cabinet portfolio holder for a prosperous and sustainable poole, Borough of Poole, said: “We were very pleased to hear that the CSR committee at Hamworthy Heating wanted to offer their support and find out ways in which they could help to care for Hatch Pond. Our team at Borough of Poole’s Environmental and Consumer Protection Services work hard to protect and enhance Poole’s many open spaces for people and wildlife so we are always grateful for the help of the public and local businesses.

“This is a good opportunity to raise awareness that every individual can make a difference by helping to look after the areas that they work and live in.”

The nature reserve is home to a vast array of wildlife, including Mute Swan, Great Crested Grebe and the usually elusive, booming Bittern. Plans are in the pipeline for the Hamworthy Heating staff to meet with the natural habitats supervisor, Terry Elborn, who will identify the native species to develop the team’s knowledge of the beauty spot on their doorstep.

The Great Hamworthy Heating Bake Off!

Judging is underway for the Great Hamworthy Heating Bake-off with Samantha Boshier and Bob Walsh

The (oven) gloves were off on Wednesday August 28, as 23 members of staff competed for the title of ‘Best Baker’ in the inaugural Great Hamworthy Heating Bake Off.

With vouchers up for grabs donated by the five company directors, the cakes were judged in individual categories of brownies and biscuits, novelty cakes, cupcakes, large cakes and pies. The overall winner across all categories was awarded with a Hamworthy Heating branded apron and the honour of being the company’s first top baker.

After much tasting and deliberating, the directors picked the five hottest bakers; director Bob Walsh for his fleet boiler cake, Zoe Stephens in the service department for her ice cream cupcakes, Lucasz Kaminiecki in the factory for his apple crumble pie and Peter Heyward’s daughter Amy also representing the factory for her biscuits. A deliciously fluffy lemon drizzle cake not only won Yvette Smith from despatch the best large cake but also best overall baker.

After the prize giving, the cakes were available for employees to buy. The company matched the total raised by staff pound for pound and donated the £242.00 proceeds to its charity of the year, Forest Holme Hospice.

The remaining cakes were sold at the Forest Holme Hospice cake stand at Poole Hospital on Thursday 29 & Friday 30 August, manned by Hamworthy Heating marketing executive Sam Boshier and directors’ secretary Alison Morris, as well as Forest Holme volunteers. The cake sale raised a further £280.00 for the hospice, which is dedicated to caring for patients with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.

Bob Walsh, technical director of Hamworthy Heating, said: “We want to thank everyone for participating in the inaugural Great Hamworthy Heating Bake Off. We were overwhelmed by the quality and quantity of the cakes and it was tough sampling them all but we do believe that the best bakers won in the end. The biggest winner though is Forest Holme Hospice whose patients will see the real benefit of our staff’s culinary skills.”

Events and corporate fundraiser at Forest Holme Hospice, Hannah Parsons, added: “A big thank you to everyone at Hamworthy Heating for taking the time to help with our cake stand and for raising these much needed funds for the hospice.”

Hamworthy Heating undergoes mini makeover

Hamworthy Heating undergoes mini makeover

In response to staff feedback Fleetsbridge-based Hamworthy Heating has treated its head office to a mini makeover to help improve staff wellbeing this autumn.

New signage in the current branding has been installed on the side of the building, which overlooks Waterloo Road and the front of the building facing Hatch Pond Nature Reserve, to raise awareness of the company within the community and increase visibility of its factory and offices on the Fleets Corner site.

The leading commercial boiler manufacturer has renovated the toilet facilities; updating the interior design and introducing the latest energy efficient hand-driers. To support staff that currently cycle to work and encourage more employees to do so the company has also installed new showers.

After listening to staff feedback, the old blinds have been removed and all of the windows replaced with modern tinted glass, which allows in light but shields the staff from any glare.

Bob Walsh, technical director of Hamworthy Heating, said: “When the company carried out a staff survey at the beginning of the year it became apparent that staff wellbeing could benefit from investing in a few touches to the offices. The toilet facilities in particular were in dire need of a spruce up as they hadn’t been updated since the 70’s!

“With the introduction of the new showers, we hope more employees will take up cycling to and from work. Not only can regular cycling improve your fitness but it also does wonders to reduce stress.

“It is well documented that healthy employees are more productive and have a higher morale. We are also very aware that a healthy workplace will reduce the strain on fellow employees of unnecessary sickness leave.”

Hamworthy Heating scores a strike for charity

Staff from Hamworthy Heating took part in a bowling competition to raise money for Forest Holme Hospice

Fleetsbridge-based Hamworthy Heating has scored a strike for its charity of the year by contributing towards raising more than £600 for Forest Holme Hospice.

Two teams from the leading commercial boiler manufacturer competed in the charity’s inaugural corporate bowling competition at Bowlplex in Tower Park, Poole earlier this month.

Becky Guy, service team leader at Hamworthy Heating, said: “We were delighted to take part in Forest Holme Hospice’s first ever bowling competition. Raising money and knocking down pins is right up our alley! Even though we didn’t win we had a great time, and it was also a good opportunity for team building in a relaxed and fun environment.”

All proceeds went to Poole’s Forest Holme Hospice, which is dedicated to caring for patients with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.  Following its success, the charity has plans to make the bowling competition an annual event.

Hannah Parsons, Events & Corporate Fundraiser at Forest Holme Hospice said, “Thank you so much to Hamworthy Heating for taking part, the event was great fun with an element of healthy competition and saw many teams vowing to return and win the coveted title. We were thrilled with the amount of money raised and can’t wait to do it again.”