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Making sense of the road ahead - Newsletter for WJ Linkline Group employees & customers AUTUMN 2011


WJ Linkline Group is proud to welcome its latest addition

Partners in paint

IN August 2011, WJ Roadmarkings signed a joint venture agreement with leading Belgian paint manufacturer All Chemie Belgium (ACB), creating ACBWJ Product Services. The purpose of this partnership is to produce high specification preformed thermoplastic for supply into Europe, as well as to give WJ's domestic customers access to a quality of paint that is unrivalled in the UK. For the last five years, Garry Duncan, director of Ambridge Thermoplastics, has been buliding relations between the two companies, with the ultimate goal of bringing premium quality road marking and industrial paints into the UK market as well as introducing thermoplastic products to Belgium and the rest of Europe. "The synergies between the two companies are excellent," said technology for the production of the preformed materials and the cutting design of the product. Gary believes that ACBWJ will be able to offer a premium preformed thermoplastic product unlike anything currently available on the market.

From left: Wayne Johnston, Jeffrey Jennen, Joris Spruyt, Paul Jennen

Garry. "Continental Europe is a major user of paints, whereas the UK isn't ­ mainly due to the weather conditions. This means European paint manufacturers tend to have far more expertise than UK companies and produce a better quality product. There is also massive demand for good quality thermoplastic materials throughout Europe. Ambridge continually receives requests to supply these into Europe and we strongly believe if we are serious about supplying materials into Europe the best way is to team up with a European partner." He continues: "ACB is a highly respected European company

which is ideally positioned in Belgium to help us service the very important European thermoplastic market. We have already had a stream of requests to supply preformed markings into Europe and over the past 18 months we have sent preformed sheets, rolls and symbols from the UK." The roadmarking paints from ACB have all passed the UK road trials and are proving to be a very successful alternative marking material in the UK. By the end of this year ACBWJ will have established a completely new manufacturing process in Belgium.This will use the latest

WJ Linkline Group companies

WJ Roadmarkings: the largest independent road marking contractor in the UK, with sites in Newcastle under Lyme, Taunton and Elland Ambridge Thermoplastics: a manufacturer of high quality road marking products Linkline Maintenance Services: a Milton Keynes based road marking service provider WJ Hydroblast: offering a revolutionary process for removing road markings quickly and efficiently

PAGE 2 Wayne's word: round up of the last quarter

PAGE 3 Sweeper Truckfest debut

PAGE 6 Supporting innovation goals

PAGE 8 Emma says "I dare"

New website proves a hit

THE redesign of the WJ Roadmarkings website ( is now complete, and the new, improved site offers visitors a number of useful features, including a secure client download area and a 3D tour of the company's vehicle manufacture operation. Several months of hard work by Craig Potts of WJ's Newcastle-under-Lyme depot and Simon Donnelly of e-kinetics uk have resulted in an easy-to-navigate site that allows visitors to put faces to names with the `meet the team' section, download back issues of the WJ newsletter and read about the latest company developments on the updated `news' section. completed vehicles at the Newcastle-underLyme depot. The site offers visitors the opportunity to link into websites for other depots under the WJ Roadmarkings umbrella: Linkline Maintenance Services, Ambridge Thermoplastics, Applied Media and WJ Hydroblast. And if traffic is anything to go by, the new site is proving a hit with users. "Since the changes have been in place hits to the website have increased greatly, which suggests that people are finding the website more visually engaging and the resources useful," said cowebsite developer Craig Potts.

The secure client download area is already proving to be of tremendous benefit to customers who wish to keep track of site progress. Besides showcasing the group's capabilities in temporary and permanent markings and marking removal, the site now has a `vehicle manufacture' section. Here, visitors can take a 3D `walk round' of vehicles under construction at the Elland depot and see

Round up of the last quarter...

WELCOME to our third issue of Chapter 5, the WJ Linkline Group newsletter. We are continuing to receive some excellent feedback and stories - I am sure you will agree with me by the time you have read this edition from cover to cover! Please remember this is a company forum for sharing your news, ideas, views and suggestions. The newsletter production team would love to hear from you at [email protected] It is increasingly apparent that health and safety in the workplace has never been more important in our industry. We are seeing more and more major contractors working towards `zero accidents' and `zero harm'. It was pleasing to see our Specialist

For those who aren't familiar with the group structure, there are four companies within the WJ Linkline Group: WJ Roadmarkings (Newcastle under Lyme and Elland), WJ Roadmarkings South West (Taunton), Linkline Maintenance Services (Milton Keynes) and Ambridge Thermoplastics (Milton Keynes).

Markings Division putting down the `Target Zero every day' logo for Amey at the gates of their depots. The WJ Linkline Group fully embraces this ethos and has pledged to achieve zero injuries and zero time lost. To do this it is going to require a huge commitment from everybody to be safe by choice every day. My commitment to you is to provide you with the necessary training, safe and suitable equipment and safe work areas. We will be running health and safety training courses to achieve our goal of "Zero Harm, Zero Injuries". As part of this process you will be seeing a lot more of Craig, George and their safety team. On another note, I was pleased to see the weather was dry early summer and that

production was high, but a disappointing wet end to our summer could make way for a long winter. Workloads over the summer months have been extremely high and I would like to thank everyone for their efforts in getting the job done. Moving forward there appears to be a reasonable volume of work, well into next year. So far this year we have increased our fleet by eight vehicles and another six are due in to us before the end of the year, along with another four which are being refurbished. This will put us in very good stead going into 2012.It also confirms our commitment to all our stakeholders to have the safest and most up-todate fleet in the industry. Let's all pull together and finish the last quarter of 2011 on a high.

WJ Roadmarkings Limited 7 Brock Way, Knutton, Newcastle under Lyme Staffordshire, ST5 6AZ Tel: +44(0)1782 381 780 Fax: +44(0)1782 613 543

WJ Roadmarkings Ltd Unit 2, Ainley's Industrial Estate Ainley Bottom, Elland West Yorkshire, HX5 9JP Tel: +44(0) 1422 370659 Fax: +44 (0) 1422 376825

WJ Roadmarkings South West LLP Ash House, Cook Way, Bindon Road,Taunton, Somerset, TA2 6BJ Tel: 01823 289950 Fax: 01823 331859

Linkline Maintenance Services Ltd Brook Fram, Drayton Road, Newton Longville, Milton Keynes, MK17 0BH Tel: +44(0)1908 649 110 Fax: +44(0)8701 400 039

Ambridge Thermoplastics Ltd Brook Fram, Drayton Road, Newton Longville, Milton Keynes, MK17 0BH Tel: +44(0)1908 649 110 Fax: +44(0)8701 400 039 ACB All Chemie Belgium n.v., Industriezone Lummen - Gestel Europaweg 14, B-3560 Lummen, Belgium Tel: +32 (0) 11 43 42 26 Fax +32 (0) 11 43 42 62

Double capacity sweeper makes Truckfest debut

AFTER a lot of hard graft over the last three years, screed truck operative Rob Molloy has achieved his NVQ Level 2 certificate in pavement markings. He is pictured here receiving the manual from his line manager Joe Davies and assessor Kevin Gannon.

WAYNE Murray, the operative of WJ's new double capacity sweeper, took the vehicle to Truckfest Peterborough this year for the first time along with the first Hydroblaster to be built at the stoke depot. He said the truck generated lots of interest owing to its size and its ability to clear 6km of ribline in one sweep rather than the usual 3km. Wayne's furry friend also attracted his share of attention!

CONGRATULATIONS to Scott Andrews on achieving his NVQ Level 2 in temporary road markings. Scott is pictured here receiving his certificate from operations director Martin Webb and assessor Kevin Gannon.

WJ saves time and money on M25 contract

THE advantages to clients of using WJ to carry out both the temporary and permanent elements of a job were demonstrated recently on the M25 J2730 for SBBJV and Chevron Traffic Management. WJ Roadmarkings won the contracts to apply both the temporary and permanent markings, and with just one company on-site, the job ran very smoothly, according to Andy Whitehead, the contracts manager for Chevron Traffic Management. "With one point of contact for us on the site it makes the whole process so much quicker. Good communication is essential when working to deadlines on opening up the motorway. Having WJ on site to install both the temporary and the permanent markings was great as we all worked well together as a team," he said. Over a three week period WJ applied over 20,000 temporary roadstuds, 24,300 linear metres of temporary spray and hydro removed 2,378 m2. On the Permanents they applied over 6000 3M 290 stick-on studs,200 milled 301 studs as well as laying over 10,000 linear metres of Weatherline and 30,000 linear metres of ribline. Martin Webb, Operations Director of WJ Roadmarkings said "Congratulations go to everyone involved, this saved the client a massive nine days on their programme and Once again proves WJ has the capability to deliver both the temporary's and the permanents on major schemes" As a result of this performance WJ Roadmarkings has now secured the temporary's and the permanent markings on sections 4B & 4C and 1Z

IT whizz gains networking qualification

WJ backs a winner

WJ has become the proud sponsor of one of Staffordshire's top junior football teams, Newcastle Town under-11s. The team has won the North Staffordshire Junior Youth League for the last four years and has plenty of silverware, but was in need of a sponsor for its away kit. WJ was only too happy to stump up the sponsorship for the local lads, particularly as transport manager Scott Logan coaches the squad, and his son plays for the side.

THANKS to support and investment from WJ, Craig Potts has completed the Cisco Academy modules 1-4, and is currently studying for a final exam which will give him the CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) certificate. For the uninitiated, CCNA is a computer network industry recognised standard and means Craig is qualified in building and administrating networks and using and operating servers. Craig is WJ's resident IT guru (what he doesn't know about computers isn't worth knowing). With the knowledge gained from this qualification and general interest in all things tech Craig is able to assist company secretary Nigel Bayley in the day to day maintenance of desktop PCs, suggest and install hardware and software and help in the diagnosis of network problems.

Elland expansion continues

WJ Roadmarkings' Yorkshire depot continues to expand, with two new additions to the team. April saw a new screed operative, Chris Whittaker, joining the Elland team. After leaving school Chris Chris Whittaker trained as a mechanic but after seeing several of his mates earning good money in the white lining game and working their way up to running their own wagons, he changed career and became a screed operative. That was five and a half years ago and Chris has never looked back. Colin Blanchard The other new recruit to join the gang is Colin Blanchard, who brings with him a wealth of experience from 12 years as a white liner, with the last eight years as a charge hand. Colin actually lives in Elland so won't have any excuse for being late to work! Colin is looking forward to running his own lorry at Elland and to being part of the team who have seen excellent growth over the last year at the depot. 28 people now work at the Yorkshire depot - the site's highest ever head count. Eight crews operate out of the Elland office: six screed crews, one anti-skid crew and one machine crew.

Linkline sponsors lucky strips

WJ Linkline Group is sponsoring under-18s Notts Youth Football League club Bulwell Rangers. The sponsorship has enabled the club to buy a much-needed new kit for its players. Chris Talbott, a contracts manager at Linkline Maintenance Services, has helped train the squad for the last few years, and was

recently made club manager. "I used to play a bit of footie in my heyday, but as my knees aren't up to it these days, nowadays I leave it to my sons, both of whom play for Bulwell Rangers," he said. The new strips have turned out to be a lucky charm so far - the team won their first match of the season 1-0.

New product development laboratory supports innovation goals

WJ LINKLINE Group is cementing its position at the forefront of road marking material innovation with the creation of a new laboratory on its Milton Keynes site. The facility is equipped with the latest experimental laboratory equipment and will be dedicated to new product development and quality testing. The laboratory was designed by leading materials scientist Ian Durant, who joined Ambridge Thermoplastics as technical manager in August 2010, and will be heading up the new facility, developing new products and providing technical support to the wider group. Ian brings 25 years' experience in defence, construction and the coatings industry to the WJ Linkline Group. He started his career at GEC (General Electric Company), in the polymer science and development department, where he successfully developed an adhesive for use in cryogenic applications. Ian then spent 12 years at Marley Roof Tiles as a technical manager, developing new materials and coatings systems, including a high strength polymer modified cement slate tile manufactured using a UK patented curing process. Ian moved to Fleet Line Markers, a manufacturer of sport and recreational coatings, as head of coating technology. There he designed a new laboratory, improved and developed new products and was responsible for quality assurance and control. After three years Ian joined Prismo as R&D manager, where he developed a range of products including thermoplastic roadmarkings, MMA, hot applied and cold applied epoxy surfacing, bitumen adhesive, crack sealants and asphaltic bridge joints. He is the inventor of the world's first colour retro-reflective friction surfacing, winning in 2004 the Intertraffic Innovation Award, Highways Magazine Innovation Award and Prince Michael Safety Award. Ian has a degree in Polymer Science and Technology and is a Fellow of the IOM, (Institute of Materials) and an associate member of OCCA (Oil and Colour Chemist Association). He is also named inventor of three world-wide patents for the development, design and manufacture of a colour retro-reflective device. Ian sits on the technical committee of the RSMA (Road Safety Markings Association) and RSTA (Road Surface and Treatments Association), bringing his wealth of knowledge and expertise to the industry.

WJ gets safety message across at Amey

EVERY time Amey's crews leave their depots, logos painted by WJ Linkline remind them to avoid accidents and behave safely. Target Zero Every Day is Amey's health and safety campaign that aims to promote and achieve a `zero harm' culture for its employees. To ensure the campaign is frontof-mind with employees at all times, the infrastructure support services provider asked WJ Linkline to mark the yards of four of its Hertfordshire depots with the Target Zero logo. WJ Linkline's Specialist Marking Division, lead by Douglas Ewing, painted the logos using acrylic paint from our Belgian paint partner ACB. Using stencils they were able to reproduce the bespoke logo designed by Amey's CEO. They were finally coated with clear MMA (Methyl Methacrylate Acryline) to make them more hardwearing. MMA is far more durable than thermoplastic as well as being easier and safer to use.

It's magic all round

OMG and MMA are not phrases usually associated with road markings but with Hertfordshire Highways' redevelopment of Hemel Hempstead's `magic roundabout' being followed on twitter, both may become more popular. This high profile resurfacing job was undertaken by Hertfordshire County Council, Amey LaFarge and Mouchel, and, due to difficult traffic management considerations, was two years in consultation. The highly political nature of this Scheme prompted Herts Highways to keep people updated on the project's progress via twitter and to specify Stirling Lloyd's Safetrack LM Retromax MMA cold plastic to prolong the life of the markings. "Safetrack LM Retromax is a high performance, cold applied road marking system," explains Stephen Taylor of Stirling Lloyd. "Based upon advanced MMA resins, Safetrack LM provides significantly greater resistance to wear, colour stability and bond strength than traditional thermoplastics. It is formulated to enable skilled thermoplastic operatives to feel at ease with a cold application technique." As Amey's line marking contractor, WJ Linkline Group was charged with applying the cold plastic. The Plough roundabout consists of six orbital mini roundabouts with traffic flowing in both directions to them. The resurfacing was carried out over 15 nights with the need for temporary lines installed every night and five visits for the permanents through seven traffic management changes. Due to the labour intensive nature of the material, application of MMA took longer than traditional screed, but the results are highly impressive and in the long term, it should save Hertfordshire Highways having to close the roundabout every six months for lining maintenance work. Amey LaFarge and Mouchel are certainly pleased that they took the decision to use MMA on this job. Mouchel's Mark Saunders said: "Because it is a very heavily used roundabout, it requires very frequent refreshing, which is expensive and time consuming to complete, so we were keen to trial MMA. Initial comments have been very positive and if the MMA delivers on its promise of five times the lifespan of normal thermoplastic, we will have one very happy client."

Murf turns Milton Keynes waste to resources

100% of the waste produced on-site at Linkline Maintenance Services and Ambridge Thermoplastics is now to be sorted for recycling potential. The two WJ Linkline Group businesses are now sending all their waste to a new recycling plant run by their waste disposal supplier Cawleys. The waste is taken to a state of the art Materials Recycling Facility (MRF or `murf'). This amazing bit of kit sorts the waste, recovering 60% of all material sent including cardboard, paper, wood, metals and plastics. "We see recycling as a very important part of our operations and are constantly trying to reduce our environmental impact," says Linkline MD Paul Aldridge. "Road marking materials are packaged in bags that melt down to form part of the line applied to the road. This reduces one the largest components of waste to very nearly zero. In addition, all our pallets are returned and repaired, so the volumes of waste we're now sending to landfill are far smaller than they used to be. However, our goal is to lead the industry in waste reduction and recycling and we recognise that there is still more that could be done in this respect. We will keep striving for greater efficiency."

Lorry-mounted extrusion rib line machine takes to the roads

THIS summer saw the arrival of WJ's first in house built, lorry-mounted extrusion rib line machine, whose design knocks spots off competitor machines, by delivering greater productivity, reduced fuel costs and all-weather capabilities. Most standard extrusion rib machines rely on moving the extrusion shoe and replacing with a rib box. This new machine is one step ahead with two systems - a rib box and extrusion shoe - on both the nearside and offside of the vehicle. This massively increases production as there is no downtime in removing the shoe and the box. WJ also fitted bigger 250CFM compressors to its truck mounted machine. This enables extra drying in poorer weather conditions, ensuring jobs are completed whatever the weather. Most standard lorry mounted machines use running. In addition, WJ has made alterations to the lorry's air system so that the extrusion equipment is run off the wagon's air system, making it quieter and more environmentallyfriendly. The machine was built in just over two months by Jimmy Smallwood and Terry Deacon, with the support of the garage lads at Elland. Martin Webb, operations director at Newcastle under Lyme, said: "I would like to thank Jimmy & Terry and the Elland lads who have worked flat out to get this machine built and finished in the space of two months. Yet again they've delivered and they've demonstrated that WJ is streets ahead of the competition when it comes to engineering design features that provide greater energy and fuel efficiency and reductions in CO2 emissions."

propane gas to heat the material whereas this machine uses a diesel burner, resulting in significant fuel cost savings. The machine was also built with energy efficiency in mind ­ unlike other trucks, when extrusion works are undertaken the compressor does not have to be

Word from the West Country

IT seems hard to believe that we are now almost in the final quarter of the year with spring and summer behind us. We certainly haven't enjoyed the spring and summer weather we all dreamt about during the nasty winter we came through, but nevertheless, everybody has been extremely busy with no slack periods, even double-shifting machinery to complete orders on time. We engaged some new staff in April and May and can now say how grateful we are to them for their commitment to learning the work asked of them, particularly so often under pressure. We congratulate Paul Hayman and Martin Mills on their recent NVQ Level 2 awards. WE welcome Richard Wyatt as our new commercial mechanic. Richard was one of our crew members. He is a fully qualified commercial mechanic and an experienced fitter so with his years of experience in roadmarking he will be an asset to us in the yard maintaining and repairing our fleet of vehicles. ALLEX Streeter, formerly of Atkins in Somerset, joined us in May to help us out with the surface dressing programmes until she started her university studies at Bath Spa. We could not have managed without her and we now wish her all the best with her teacher training. Fortunately for us, Kirstie Brown, a former colleague at Prismo, approached us for a job having been made redundant by Prismo, and she has now taken over from Allex. Kirstie knows all about roadmarking and our office procedures - no training required, so aren't we the lucky ones! She originally came from Stoke, where her dad still lives, but now lives in Wellington (near Taunton) with her fiancé and baby daughter, Imogen. Welcome Kirstie, we hope you'll be with us for many years. FINALLY, we bring magnificent machines to magnificent places in the South West and this is where ancient meets modern at Bath Cathedral.

Linkline takes delivery of low emission feeder truck

JUNE saw the arrival of Linkline's new low emission feeder truck for transporting and preheating road marking materials. The 26-tonne truck, which was built in-house by WJ Roadmarkings' Elland depot, meets the European standard for low emissions Euro 5, which means it can be used on TfL (Transport for London) contracts. "This represents a massive opportunity for Linkline Maintenance Services," said Linkline MD Paul Aldridge. "It is also in line with our corporate social responsibility policy to reduce the noise levels, air pollution emissions and fuel efficiency of our fleet." The Volvo FE 6x2 will be used by the Linkline team to service white lining machines carrying out surface dressing

work. It incorporates two 120-gallon preheaters for warming thermoplastic materials prior to them being transferred onto a self propelled road marking machine with different functions. The preheaters are hydraulically lifted and lowered to enable easy and safe transfer of materials, and all hydraulics are driven through PTO (Power Take Off). The benefit of PTO is that all the hydraulics can be run through the main vehicle engine rather than through a separate, additional engine. This makes the truck quieter and more environmentally friendly. The new truck is currently being used on the M25 contract for Aggregate Industries and Tarmac and is also completing the Hertfordshire Highways' surface dressing programme.

High sided vehicles meet safety regs

ALL future vehicles built by WJ Roadmarkings' Elland depot will meet the Work at Height Regulations. Whilst the regulations have been in place for several years, it is only recently that some sites have started insisting that road marking vehicles meet the requirements of the regulation. In response to these demands, WJ Roadmarkings has taken the decision to incorporate either higher sides or handrails into the design of its trucks, to eliminate the risk of workers falling off trucks. Construction of the first high-sided truck has just been completed and joins Elland's fleet of trucks.

WIN M&S vouchers in our search for a SAFED slogan

WJ needs a catchy slogan to encapsulate the benefits and purpose of the HGV/advanced driver training that we are putting all our operatives through. The slogan will be used on the side of vehicles. We're wracking our brains for ideas, and if you could wrack yours too, it would be much appreciated. Send your suggestions to [email protected] The best slogan wins £50 worth of M&S vouchers.

Weatherline is talk of Traffex

WEATHERLINE, WJ's new thermoplastic road marking product for improved wet night visibility, was talk of the show at this year's Traffex, after winning the Highways Magazine Roadmarking Product of the Year award. WJ Linkline Group had an imposing but welcoming stand at the road industry exhibition, which took place from 28-30 April. The booth was a hive of activity for the three-day duration of the event, with visitors showing particular interest in our high performance product Weatherline, which has increased retroreflectivity, luminance and skid resistance in wet conditions. "Traffex is always a great opportunity to make new contacts in the industry and meet up with our customers for a chat and a drink away from the normal working environment. It also gives them an opportunity to meet other members of the group and see what innovations we are working on to improve both the performance and safety of road marking as well as the application equipment," said Martin Webb, operations director of WJ Roadmarkings.

SAFED continues to drive great reductions

THE SAFED (Safe and Fuel Efficient Driving) course continues to be rolled out across the group with latest figures showing up to 9% less fuel is being used as a result. As part of its drive to become a safer, greener company, WJ Linkline Group is training all of its vehicle operating staff in SAFED, equipping them with the skills to drive more safely whilst reducing fuel consumption and wear and tear to vehicles. 43 vehicle operatives have now taken the SAFED course, which means the company is well on the way to cutting its fuel consumption by around 5%. Operations director Martin Webb says "SAFED is already showing some excellent results, so keep up the good driving."

Training seminar proves a hit

Health and safety dream team

WJ Linkline Group has a new health and safety dream team, following George Weatherson's promotion to site health and safety supervisor. George is now working closely with "Safety" Craig and he is well on his way to achieve a minimum of 100 site visits before the end of the year. As we go to print George has completed 71 site audits across all four of the depots carrying out site audits as well as near misses and accident investigation. Well done George, keep up the good work. Prior to taking up this new position, George worked as a temporary road marking operative for 11 years. "We are the perfect team," he says. "I've got years of practical experience that complement's Craig's SHE background."

Stoke training snapshot:

March to August

36 staff completed the SAFED (Safe And Fuel Efficient Driving) course 24 staff completed the IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health) course 11 staff completed fork lift refresher courses 10 staff completed a first aid refresher course 8 staff completed a fire safety course 5 operatives received skid steer training 5 operatives received abrasive wheels training

NVQ achievements:

March to August

Elland depot: 2 no x Level 2 Pavement Markings (Machine) 1 no x Level 2 Pavement Markings (Hand) Stoke depot: 4 no x Level 2 Pavement Markings (Temp) 3 no x Level 2 Pavement Markings (Hand) 2 no x Level 3 Supervisors South West depot: 1 no x Level 2 Pavement Markings (Hand) 1 no x Level 2 Pavement Markings (Studs)

FOLLOWING the success of this year's Health & Safety Seminar at Linkline, it was decided to roll out the seminars to the rest of the group. So far this year one has been held at Stoke and one at Elland, more are booked for next year. The seminar was organised as a forum for updating staff on health and safety matters and general organisational issues. In the event, it achieved far more than this - stimulating discussions which have sparked new ideas for improving the efficiency and safety of day to day tasks. Topics covered included: A company overview: this updated employees on the business changes, our clients and their expectations. Accident and near miss case study: a review of accident statistics and reviewing accidents as case studies to identify the issues and prevent recurrence. Drugs and alcohol: an update on sampling methods and company policy. Zero incidents: explanation of WJ Roadmarkings' goals regarding accidents and incidents. Road marking materials: a presentation from the manufacturer about the material and its composition. The depot and fleet: an update on the fleet and the company's future plans as well as rules and requirements when working in the yard. Operations and the way forward: an open discussion on general operational matters and requirements with an overview from the operations director on the way forward for WJ Roadmarkings. Watch this space for the date of the 2012 training day.

Night at the races

ANDY Walker, Amanda Carbutt, Sue Palk and Kevin Gannon represented WJ Roadmarkings at a charity race night in Sheffield. The event was held in memory of Phil Rose, who worked for Sheffield County Council and was well known and liked by many of our team in Stoke. Sadly, Phil lost his battle with cancer last year. The race night was a fantastic night, with plenty of winners (and losers!), and most importantly, raised £4,400 for Macmillan Nurses.

One for the road!

Nominate a favourite charity

DO you have a charity that is dear to you or do you know of a deserving cause? Every year WJ will be raising money for a nominated charity put forward by our employees. This year's chosen cause was to raise money for an electric wheelchair for Emma Reay's father, Ian, who was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, and to help adapt the house for him coming out of hospital. Emma is the accounts administrator at the Stoke office so the Stoke Angels got their heads together and arranged a 60s & 70s disco and the annual charity cook day. Safety Craig also completed his annual Windermere swim, swimming a mile in open water, and all the proceeds from our `£1.00 a guess for getting his correct time' went into the pot. Well done Craig on your time of 39.41 minutes and to Kim Deacon who guessed closest. Lisa Webb confirmed that the final tally was just amazing and that we would like to thank everybody who participated one way or another to help raise a massive £2500. Sadly, Emma's father passed away on 11th August. Our thoughts are with Emma and her family at this difficult time.

GRANNY takes pole position in South West Grand Prix

Garry in the saddle

ON Sunday October 16th, Garry Duncan, director of Ambridge Thermoplastics, is embarking on a 10-day, 1500km off-road motor bike across South Africa's most challenging terrain. His aim, in taking part in `Enduro Africa', is to raise £10,000 for children in Africa through the charities UNICEF, Sentebale (founded by Prince Harry), The Nelson Mandela Children's Fund and Touch Africa. If you'd like to sponsor Garry please email him on [email protected]

Emma says `I dare'

Night walking for cancer

TERRY Trevelyan, operations manager of the South West office, is seen here on our new yellow spray machine seemingly having a race with a Taunton resident on her mobility scooter. Not only had he been whizzing down the road laying yellow lines, but for once he was keeping a member of the public highly amused when road marking - a rarity to be sure! IN May, Kevin Gannon took part in Manchester Shine for the second year running, completing a walking marathon at night and raising over £500 for Cancer Research UK.

EMMA Reay from the WJ office in Stoke was the deserved winner of the last issue's funny photo competition for following up on a dare from Gary Gough to show the company logo at her recent wedding to Alex. We're glad to see her victim was wearing more than just a logo under his kilt! Send us your comedy road marking related pics to [email protected] for the next issue. The best photo receives £50 of M&S vouchers.

WJ ROADMARKINGS LIMITED 7 Brock Way, Knutton, Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 6AZ. Telephone: +44(0)1782 381 780


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