Ideal’s 2018 Summary
2018 has been a huge year for us at Ideal. We have a lot to talk about with new contracts being won as well as new and old leaving and joining the company! All in all, we can say this year has been successful in terms of friends and business and we hope to continue that growth to the next year. However, our most important mention this year is an economical and electronic switch to ZetaSafe.
ZetaSafe is an electronic auditing software which our clients and employees can use in order to access data recorded by our operatives. This paper free system has saved on half of the paper we use and that is just in the beta stages of the applications release. As we move forward; we hope to cut that down further as well as give more clients access to dashboards and weekly reports received through emails. We understand that the release hasn’t been perfect however we are pushing forward, and our team is working hard daily to complete and produce the reports.
Promotions and Newbies
In terms of internal proceedings there have been a few new faces join and others have gone up in the ranks. We would like to officially congratulate our two new directors; Gary Benning and Gavin Ingle whose hard work and determination for the company has seen them get where they deserve to be. Also, two of the original family members; Chris and Adam Dring were promoted. Chris has become the National Operations Manager and Adam is our new East Midlands Regional Manager. Congratulations to you both. There have also been new faces who have joined the company this year. They include:
- Jim Burford – West Midlands Regional Manager
- Peter McCambridge – Business Development Executive
- Amy Gossling – Sales Admin/Blogger
- Nicola Shaw – Purchase Ledger
- Kevin Perkins – Branch Manager (Designate)
- Sarah Coates – Telesales Leeds
We are always happy to see new faces join the company but sad when they leave, especially after working for Ideal for such a long time. At the end of last year Stephen Leahy left the company after over 45 years’ service. He will be missed by all at Ideal however has visited time to time during this last year to help and provide support when needed. Another retiree is Jane Oldroyd, in the Sales department for over 20 years. She was a friend of everyone and was very good at her job.
This year Ideal teamed up with two major contracts in the West Midlands region. Birmingham City Council (BCC) and Pioneer group. These have allowed us to grow our team in those areas and provide the service that we see fit at our high standards.
Ashley’s joined up with Ideal midway through the year and have been working round the clock to help as well as work effectively with Ideal to complete the new tasks that we are both taking on together. All the staff transferred over and their office staff now work hand in hand with ours efficiently organising the teams which do the cleans.
A major change for Ideal this year has been our new website! We now have unlimited access which we have not had previously allowing us to keep it updated and ever changing. The new site has kept the same colour scheme however has changed by condensing the previous information to more select readable sections. Also, the new blogs mean we can interact with the public daily. However, as well as us interacting with the public it has become clearer how to communicate with us.
For a bit of fun; the Ideal family also went to an escape room. For those who don’t know, you have 1 hour to solve as many puzzles as it takes to escape the room. Out of the three teams that went two escapes and then there was a punishment for the captain of the losing team. (Pictures below)
Babies and Marriage
A massive congratulations to Chantel Fox who gave birth in December to a little girl called Phoebe, we at Ideal want to send you all our love and best wishes as we hope you have a wonderful few months away from work and spending time with your bundle of joy. A second congratulations to Nicola who gave birth to Jessica, another little girl who has made a few visits to our head office to see the staff. Finally, a huge congratulations to one of our Supervisors in Nottingham, Andrew. He got married last month and hopefully will be for many happy years.