A & D Environmental Services was formed in February 2008 by co-Directors Dean Holmes and Tony Simpson with one simple vision – to be the best quality thermal insulation and asbestos removal company in North Wales.
2018 is the company’s 10 Year anniversary and there is much to celebrate. Being experts in their specialised field of activity has afforded the company a strong and steady period of growth with a strong client base and an excellent reputation for high quality, safety and reliability.
A&D’s specialist services cover Asbestos removal, Thermal Insulation and Sheet Metal Working for a range of private and public-sector clients including local authority frameworks, NHS service frameworks and large supply chains for Tier 1 & 2 contractors such as Dawnus, Read Construction, Wynne Construction and MPH Construction. This diverse range of clients has put A&D in a strong market position and allowed the company to grow, now employing over 30 members of staff from their base in Flint.
Andy Kaine, the company’s Operations Manager, joined the business in 2011 with the aim of developing new policies and processes to support the business’ objectives, alongside pursuing new revenue streams and manage resource provision within the busy team.
“A&D Environmental Services’ overall goal was to improve systems, increase profit margins and become more efficient through better management.”
“Nigel Parry (Compliance Manager) had received information about the Construction Futures Wales Leadership & Management programme and felt it would be a good opportunity for us to upskill our Contracts Management team.”
“Four of us have now completed or are in the process of completing the course – myself and Lee Holmes finished it last year 2017; Kevin Williams received his certificates in March 2018 and Daniel Beattie commenced his course in June 2018 and will complete it later this year.”
Following successful completion of the programme and achieving an impressive Level 7 Award, Andy discussed the opportunities the programme presented with the Directors. The team decided that the benefits to the company and the individual were extensive, deciding to make it company policy to ensure the whole management team were given the same opportunity.
“I have to admit, I started the course reluctantly at first as it felt like another box-ticking exercise for me at this stage in my career. That changed immediately after the first workshop session.”
“I was completely blown away with the fundamental importance of Leadership as a stand-alone skill and its necessity within a business; let alone what a difference it could make to A&D. From that point on, I was hooked!”
“I found the speakers very inspirational and the content so relevant, Leadership is such a big subject I think I drove everyone in the office mad talking about it after each session. The Financial workshop was probably the biggest challenge for me personally as it was a lot to understand in a short space of time.”
“The final piece of coursework – the Strategic Growth plan – was a huge opportunity to put what we had learnt into practice. I chose to focus on our objectives for increasing profit margins through, introducing an adaptive leadership style, generating a clear vision and strong culture, leading to better working practices and efficiency savings across our operations.”
“I put my plan to the Directors and we agreed to action it, using the tools I had acquired from the course. We identified our current position and where we wanted to be in 3 years’ time, looking at our strengths and weaknesses.”
“The Director’s vision for A&D was strong and we pushed this through the company, reinforcing the culture. The staff pulled together, working towards the vision and management plans were put in place giving staff their own areas of responsibility. My focus was our IT systems and Compliance, streamlining our document storage structure to make the process quicker and more efficient, utilising our existing hardware and software. We re-designed the work-flow process to create a better way of working.
“The new system enables us to quickly gather and process information to satisfy legal requirements and report in to our monthly management meetings, implementing clear and beneficial KPIs.”
A&D recently undertook their compulsory audit for their HSE licence renewal and were delighted to receive extremely high praise from the Inspectors following the visit.
“We received the maximum 3 years ‘no conditions’ licence recommendation, which is the very best you can get. The Inspector commended our working practices and stated in the report that we were the best example of a competent company that he had come across. He also stated that we had ‘leapt forward in terms of management controls and Health and Safety culture and that the new ideas, systems and continuous improvement culture I had introduced had made a significant impact within the company.”
“The support CFW have provided has been invaluable. The provision of the courses has been the catalyst for the change we have undergone. CFW have also offered us support through a series of management meetings and these are giving us an insight how to make our operations leaner and further monitor our performance “
Looking towards their future, A&D Environmental intend to roll out their new systems across a shared platform and are currently undertaking some R&D to scope out the work. The focus for the next year will be on improving communication and consultation across the company, bringing the team closer together and strengthening the organisation’s culture.
A&D Environmental Services are now looking to expand into the Mid-Wales region to have a stronger, more central presence, enabling more clients to utilise their specialist services for projects and improvements.