Speedy has scooped a double whammy at this year’s prestigious HAE EHA Awards, held recently at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

The UK’s largest equipment rental and services company fought off stiff competition to pick up top awards in the Healthy and Safety category and for Workshop Manager the Year.

This is not the first time Speedy has won a double accolade at the industry’s leading hire awards and it firmly believes that this success is down to its commitment to continually improve standards, making safety at the heart of everything it does and its working approach to ‘keeping things simple’.

Graham Neave, safety and health director, comments: “Safety is paramount for staff and customers of Speedy and our ‘keep it safe’ mentality and approach to work is at the core of our business and our operations.  We always strive to raise the bar and look at practical and innovative solutions to improve our targets.” 

Judges were also impressed with the company’s health and safety achievements and accreditations, and its year-on-year improvements to reduce accidents.  Graham adds: “Our Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) team is made up of 15 individuals with in excess of 200 years of experience. Collectively, they are responsible for measuring, monitoring and managing our performance as well as instilling health and safety excellence into the fabric of the Group.  For us health and safety is no longer just a policy, it’s a state of mind and we’re of course delighted to have been given such a prestigious award.”

And it’s this very state of mind and commitment to improve every aspect of the business and his team’s performance that workshop manager, Gary Joseph, has been awarded and recognised for Workshop Manager the Year.

Working at the Erith-based ‘super’ workshop, Gary’s role within Speedy sees him undertake fresh challenges every day, but he has just the right combination of practical attributes - to get the job done - combined with an inspirational personality to lead and motivate.

Responsible for 92 employees, servicing 50 depots, managing the logistics of a fleet of nine vehicles and servicing 5,000 items of equipment every month, Gary takes this all in his stride with a positive mental attitude.  Having worked his way up the ranks of Speedy and undertaken numerous internal training courses, he is a fine example of an employee who has achieved excellence. 

Steve Palmer, UK workshops director, comments: “Gary thrives on a challenge and is always looking at better, more efficient ways of operating, which give our internal customers increased levels of service and ultimately provide them with the products they require to the standards they expect.”

Concluding, Gary says: “Speedy provides industry-leading career development and fantastic opportunities for those who are committed to customer excellence.  I’m thrilled to have won and would like to thank my team who have helped and supported me over the years, as I couldn’t have done it without them.”

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