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Southern has been shortlisted for a number of awards at this year’s Community Rail awards, recognising a range of community and passenger improvement programmes.

The awards, organised by the Association of Community Rail Partnership Awards, provide an opportunity to recognise the unsung heroes and heroines of the community rail world, recognising hard work and dedication.

Southern has been shortlisted as finalists in the following categories:

Community Art Schemes – Renewable and Small Projects – Purley station subway art mural, which saw Southern work with a local school to produce a stunning piece of art to brighten up the subway. The work was the suggestion of one of the local team and the children used the local town and its location as the inspiration for the mural.

Most Enhanced Station Building – Development of Hassocks station. Over recent years Hassocks station has been transformed, with a brand new building, which is both modern and blended into the local area, and made accessible, with new lifts. Alongside this the station’s partnership has provided beautiful flowers and the new cycle hub includes a community-run bike hire shop.

Passengers Matter – This Is Me campaign, brought together feedback from passengers with access needs to create posters, leaflets and videos. For staff this has become part of the training and team brief process. The material was also used to promote the assistance services Southern offer to passengers. The campaign has been extremely well received, with our assistance feedback improving to an even higher standard.

Southern is also shortlisted with the Sussex Community Rail Partnership (SCRP) for two projects: the National Citizenship Project art mural at London Road (Brighton) and Chatsmore art project. The SCRP works closely with Southern across the south of the network and has a further four shortlistings with other partners too.

Winners of the awards will be announced on 1st October.

Sussex based VG Scienta Apprentice Amy West wins the prestigious GTA England Engineering and Construction Apprentice of the Year Award 2014.


Amy West with her award

Amy West, an Engineering Apprentice employed by Hastings based VG Scienta Limited, was presented with her award by Nick Boles MP, Minister of State for Skills and Equalities. The presentation ceremony took place in the Houses of Parliament, as part of the Group Training Associations (GTA) annual conference and 50th anniversary celebratory event.

Amy was nominated for this award by SIGTA, VG Scienta’s Sussex based Apprenticeship partner and was one of many hundreds of apprentices from across England competing for the coveted prize.

During the award ceremony, Amy was joined by three other talented finalists, each recognised for their contribution to their employers, their training associations and to the wider Apprenticeship scheme.

Amy West, who lives in Battle, East Sussex, started her Apprenticeship Scheme with VG Scienta Ltd in 2012 opting for a more practical career path rather than the more traditional university based academic route.   The apprenticeship scheme encourages a hands-on approach to learning, coupled with BTEC qualifications in relevant fields and has proved extremely successful in developing talented and skilful individuals, ready, and qualified for the work environment.

As part of VG Scienta’s apprenticeship process, Amy spent time in each department gaining an understanding of high tech manufacturing processes and best practice product design. During her training within the sales and marketing department, Amy displayed a natural aptitude for graphic design, which coupled with her developing engineering skills helped create a product offering and brand new company profile which has been adopted across the entire Scienta group of companies in the UK, Sweden and US.

As part of Amy’s award she will also be travelling to Austria with other finalists to visit a state of the art manufacturing facility.

Posted by: In: Manufacturing 27 May 2014 Comments: 0 Tags: , ,

Jubilant staff at Marshall-Tufflex are celebrating after the cable and energy management specialist scored a hat-trick at the inaugural Electrical Wholesaler Awards 2014.

The British manufacturer beat stiff competition to walk away with top spot in all three of the categories it was entered in – Best Supplier Customer marshall-tufflex-logoService; Best Overall Supplier and Best New Product for its Voltis ECO voltage optimisation system.

“It was a fantastic surprise, we barely had time to sit down between each award being announced!” said Marshall-Tufflex CEO Paul Hetherington. “We are obviously delighted at winning, especially so given that these awards were voted for by our customers.

It’s a huge accolade and one that is very special. Thank you.” The awards recognise the achievements of electrical wholesalers and manufacturers. They were presented at a gala dinner at the Tower Hotel, London, on May 20.

Mr Hetherington attended together with Jeremy Dodge, Head of Marketing and Technical Services, and Ronnie Ford, Marketing Section Leader.

The triumphant team returned to their base in Hastings, East Sussex, with the three glass trophies which will take pride of place in the company’s reception.

“The trophies are a very visible sign of all the hard work that everyone in the business has put in to make Marshall-Tufflex the success that it is,” said Mr Hetherington. “Each represents a tremendous team effort from all employees and is a testament to their hard work. Well done!”

The Own Grown Challenge has been hugely successful, and is on track to achieve its target of 1,066 pledges to help a young person into work, by December if not sooner.


Own Grown are having an awards ceremony at SCCH

To celebrate this, and to recognise the achievements of individual firms and young people, the Own Grown Partners are holding an Awards and Celebration event at  Sussex Coast College, Station Plaza, at 6.30pm on 14th November.

This free event includes a drink, canapés, speakers including East Sussex’s Member of the Youth Parliament Solomon Curtis, as well as networking opportunities, with publicity in the Observer newspapers.

If you would like to go to the event you can register for it here.

The Own Grown Awards are in eight categories. This is your chance to blow your own trumpet as a business and an employer, or as an organisation working with young people. You can enter one or more categories. The will also be an overall winner chosen from the eight category winners – sponsored by Sussex Coast College Hastings. And the best business will receive a special award in the Hastings Youth Awards (24th November).

Send your entry to owngrown@hastings.gov.uk by Friday 1st November

All entrants, businesses and the people they have supported are welcome at the free  event, the 1066 Own Grown Awards, on 14 November at 6.30pm at Sussex Coast  College, Station Plaza site. Shortlisted nominees for each category will know in advance and the winner will be announced on the night at this high profile celebratory evening.

For winners, alongside the award itself and framed award certificate, Own Grown wil supply a logo in electronic form for your use too. Professional pictures will be taken on the  night and publicised. Your company will also be ‘up in lights’ on the 1066 Own Grown website. This offers great free publicity for  your business in return for your efforts in support of the 1066 Own Grown initiative.

If you haven’t already registered a pledge to help a young person towards employment, you can still do so on www.owngrown.org.uk or you can pledge by email: owngrown@hastings.gov.uk or by phone 01424 451795.

Posted by: In: Manufacturing, News 11 Jul 2013 Comments: 0 Tags: , ,

The annual Insider Made In The South East awards is still open for nominations from manufacturers in the South East.

made in southeast manufacturing awards

Nominations are open for manufacturers until the end of July

Nominations for manufacturers close on 31 July 2013 so if you would like to enter please do so by this date.

Here is the overview of the awards that can be won:

Manufacturing Company (Turnover below £10m)

This award is for the manufacturing company based in the South East, with a latest reported turnover of less than £10m that has demonstrated the excellence and growing sales of its products and the innovation of its processes (Voting period 1 August 2012 to 31 July 2013).

Manufacturing Company (Turnover between £10m and £25m)

This award is for the manufacturing company based in the South East, with a latest reported turnover of between £10m and £25m, that has demonstrated the excellence and growing sales of its products and the innovation of its processes (Voting period 1 August 2012 to 31 July 2013).

Manufacturing Company (Turnover above £25m)

This award is for the manufacturing company based in the South East, with a latest reported turnover of above £25m, that has demonstrated the excellence and growing sales of its products and the innovation of its processes (Voting period 1 August 2012 to 31 July 2013).

Export Award

This award is for the manufacturing company based in the South East deemed to be the most prolific exporter, in terms of both international presence and overseas sales (Voting period 1 August 2012 to 31 July 2013).

Technology Award

This award is for the company deemed to have had the biggest impact in the areas of electronics, software, computer hardware and/or telecommunications (Voting period 1 August 2012 to 31 July 2013).

Food & Drink Award

For the food or drink company in the South East that the judges deem has had the biggest impact during the period August 2012 and July 2013.

Digital Award

This award is for the South East company, with a latest reported turnover of less than £25m, which operates in, or for, the manufacturing industry, which has demonstrated continued innovation in its products and services (Voting period 1 August 2012 to 31 July 2013).

Apprenticeship Scheme

This award is for the best manufacturing apprenticeship or other training scheme in the South East. The category is open to all manufacturing businesses, colleges or other institutions in the region that have devised or are running an apprenticeship scheme, either alone or in partnership (Voting period 1 August 2012 to 31 July 2013).


This award is for the aerospace and defence company which is deemed to have had the biggest impact on the region either in terms of employment, growth or exports (Voting period 1 August 2012 to 31 July 2013)

The awards will be held at G Live, London Road, Guildford, GU1 2AA on Thursday 10th October, 2013.

To get tickets to the award ceremony and dinner or to nominate a local manufacturing business please visit their site here