PETERBOROUGH’S COLOPLAST TO CREATE 150 JOBS
Peterborough-based medical devices company Coloplast (www.coloplast.com) is to create at least 150 new jobs over the next few years – and recruitment for the first 50 has already started.
The news came during a visit to the Peterborough offices by Lars Rasmussen, chief executive of Coloplast’s Danish parent company, and Kristian Villumsen, the company’s executive vice president for chronic care.
They told UK staff that the company’s board of directors had approved the ambitious plans for the UK drawn up by general manager Sue Kernahan and her team in Peterborough. They said that the company would back the plan with the major investment needed.
Sue Kernahan said: “We have a clear vision and strategy for where we want Coloplast to be by 2020 – a bigger and better number one in our industry, the first choice for customers and consumers and a great place to work for our staff.
“The investment and plans which the board has now approved give us another boost on our journey ‘from good to great’. They will give us the opportunity to create substantially more revenue and profit while focusing on our commitment to make life easier for people with intimate healthcare needs. We will only succeed by putting the users of our products and services at the centre of everything we do.”
Lars Rasmussen said: “We have congratulated Sue and the UK management team on an excellent business plan and we are excited by what can be achieved here in the UK. We are now looking forward to seeing the plan put into operation.”
Coloplast has already begun the process of recruiting 50 new people in roles that include sales, marketing, nursing, operations, customer care, delivery, finance and IT. Many of the new posts are in Coloplast’s chronic care division which provides stoma care and continence care medical devices. The company plans to double its chronic care business by 2020.
Most of the new jobs will be based in the Peterborough offices which, together with the nearby warehouse and despatch centre, currently house around 300 of Coloplast’s 350 UK staff. Details of the vacancies are being advertised on a special recruitment website at www.jobsatcoloplast.com.
Sue Kernahan said: “Getting the right people is critical to the success of our plans. I am extremely proud of the team we have in place already – people with a real commitment and passion to make a difference to the lives of our users who depend upon us in so many ways. Now we need to expand the team with people who share that commitment and passion.
“We are able to offer them tremendous job satisfaction at what has been externally assessed to be a great place to work. Earlier this year we were ranked at number 39 in The Sunday Times ‘top 100’ league table of best companies to work for – the fourth year running that we have been named in this list and our highest score ever.”
• If you are interested in joining a company that is recognised in the Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work For, has won awards for people development, cares for its customers and genuinely recognises and rewards success, visit www.jobsatcoloplast.com.
NASTY SUMMER NIFFS OR FLASH FLOODS MEAN IT IS TIME TO CLEAN OUT THE DRAINS
As hot and humid weather and heavy thundery downpours hit the local area, the sweet perfume from gardens in bloom may be replaced by a nasty niff and uncharacteristic flooding may occur. These are sure signs it is time to check your drains.
The warm wet weather that followed the recent heat wave may be good for the garden. Below ground, though, the roots that support the new growth can play havoc with drains and sewers, penetrating pipes and causing blockages. And it’s set to continue for a little while yet.
As a householder, if the blockage is within the boundary of your property, you are responsible for clearing it. If it is beneath the street outside, it is probably the responsibility of the water company.
Locating the blockage can itself be difficult though. The best and most certain way is to put a CCTV camera into the drainage system to see what is actually down there – and where it is. A reputable drain clearance company will give you a detailed report.
There are a number of drain clearing products sold in supermarkets and DIY stores. Some will clear the initial problem – but few will stop it coming back.
Rather than using a chemical-based product, take a tip from the professionals and consider using biology to shift the blockage. The UK’s largest emergency plumbing and drain clearance business Drain Doctor Plumbing, for example, uses an enzyme cleaner which digests organic wastes in drains, breaking down fat and grease build ups which lead to odours and blockages. The company recommends using the product on a regular basis to keep drains free-flowing and clean-smelling.
Robin Banks of Drain Doctor says: “Using enzymes rather than chemicals is much better for the environment – and, in the long run, much more effective at keeping drains clear.”
Even enzymes, though, won’t get rid of roots which can grow across pipes and then catch debris coming down the drain until it builds up to create a really effective blockage. If that happens you will need a specialist with the right equipment to remove the roots and repair the drain.
Prevention is, of course, better than cure and Drain Doctor has a number of tips to avoid summer drainage and plumbing problems.
Install a strainer in plug holes to catch hair and other objects that could block drains.
Don’t pour fat and grease from cooking down the drain – allow it to cool and put it in the bin.
Don’t dispose of old oil, paint or other substances down the drain.
Have an established plumber inspect drains for leaks, damage and corrosion and get problems sorted out while they are small, rather than waiting for a disaster! By using a CCTV camera in the pipes, plumbers can inspect and pinpoint exactly where drains are cracked, damaged or penetrated by roots. Ask the plumber to give a diagnosis of the work needed and provide a written estimate up front. The ones who don’t probably have something to hide such as VAT costs or other ‘extras’.
If you do have a drainage problem and simple DIY techniques don’t solve it, call in the professionals – but make sure they are professionals. Drainage is becoming increasingly technical and you should always seek a qualified drainage technician such as Drain Doctor Plumbing. Call them 24 hours a day on 0800 3357 999.
LITRE METER LAUNCHES SECOND OIL AND GAS SAFETY SURVEY
UK flowmeter specialist Litre Meter (www.litremeter.com) has launched the second in a series of oil and gas industry safety surveys that will be introduced throughout 2014.
The survey (http://tiny.cc/ped) is designed to enable manufacturers and resellers to test assertions about functionality and construction and quality of manufacture.
The new survey concentrates on the Pressure Equipment Directive (PED) and one lucky respondent will win a Kindle for taking part.
The purpose of PED is to harmonise national laws regarding the design, manufacture, testing and conformity assessment of pressure equipment and assemblies of pressure equipment. This includes pressurised storage containers, heat exchangers, steam generators, boilers, industrial piping, safety devices and pressure accessories. Such pressure equipment is widely used in the process industries including oil & gas, chemical, pharmaceutical, plastics and rubber and the food and beverage industries – all of which are key markets for Litre Meter.
All relevant equipment, plant and systems in the European Economic Area must comply with the PED. It requires the level of hazard of pressure equipment to be assessed and classified into 1 of 5 categories labelled SEP (sound engineering practice) then categories I-IV. The higher the level of hazard, the more extensive the level of quality assurance required during the design, manufacture and testing of the equipment.
Litre Meter CEO Charles Wemyss said: “There has been increased focus on safety issues in the offshore sector over recent years. We want to make sure that our manufacturing focus is on safety in relation to both the environment and industry trends.
“Issues surrounding the environment and hydrocarbon releases, asset aging and life extension drive the focus on safety. We want to be able to help in the process of recognising hazards and reducing risk as well as help engineers take ownership of risk and asset integrity through proving assertions about the functionality and construction of instruments.
“Asset integrity management ensures that the people, systems, processes and resources that deliver integrity are in place, in use and will perform on demand over the asset’s lifecycle.
“Being able to prove assertions about the manufacture and functionality of equipment are vital in this process.”
Earlier this year Litre Meter conducted a survey of the use of Safety Integrity Levels (SIL) in the specification of instrumention in the oil and gas sector. The results of that survey are published at http://tiny.cc/sil-result.
To take the PED survey visit http://tiny.cc/ped and spend just a few minutes answering the questions.