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Gripple responds to continued growth and product diversification

Sheffield’s Gripple, the globally successful and multi award-winning manufacturer of the unique wire joiner, has maintained its

phenomenal growth and diversified its product range to the point that the company has created not only a third specialist division but also an additional position within its marketing process section. Gripple’s newly-appointed marketing manager, Matthew Hutchinson has embarked on optimising the wide-ranging marketing activities of the company’s time-honoured product managers and support teams.

As a team they are promoting a core product range of 2,000 items and helping to develop more innovative products within the long-established agricultural and industrial divisions and now the company’s latest embryonic division – Gripple Seismic – the growth of which Matthew is also tasked with by utilising the breadth of matchless resources within the Gripple ‘family’.

There is enormous potential for Gripple Seismic where earthquakes, wind and vibration are prevalent and can be

Matthew Hutchinson

damaging and often catastrophic. The company’s extensive choice of bracing systems react well to unwanted forces to keep building services stable and people safe. Forty-five-year-old Matthew brings to Gripple a wealth of proficiency in product marketing gained over

20 years, latterly as commercial sector director with a leading manufacturer within the construction industry where he managed teams and mentored individuals. He is also a chartered mechanical engineer which means he is not fazed by technical issues. Gripple’s marketing and business development director, Andy Davies commented: “Matthew adds new blood and resource to the marketing team, enabling us to develop even more products. He is already playing a significant part in managing projects in order to promote the development of our product portfolios with the invaluable assistance of the product managers and their support team. Matthew is an important new ‘cog’ in a highly efficient machine!”

Steve Lynas joins as Group HR Director

Environmental Scientifics Group (ESG), the UK’s leading provider of testing, inspection and compliance services is pleased to announce that it has appointed Steve Lynas as Group HR Director. Alex Sleeth, CEO says “we are delighted to welcome Steve to this new role. He is an experienced Director with a proven track record in leading HR functions within a number of market sectors, including the food and drinks

Steve Lynas

industry. He also has an impressive reputation for his

leadership and

mentoring styles. At ESG, he will

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be responsible for both the HR & Payroll functions, ensuring that the HR Strategy is fully aligned with our business, as we continue to grow and develop our brand.” Steve adds “ESG is a much respected organisation with a strong customer service ethos and I am looking forward to working with the executive team. My initial focus will be to review our HR Strategy and then deliver this across the business. We have a strong reputation within the industry and our employees’ knowledge, experience and skills are significant contributory factors. Therefore, one of my key aims will be to strengthen them even further, in order that we continue to be well positioned to meet our customers growing and changing needs.” ESG has an employee base exceeding 1600 and over 30 UKAS accredited laboratories.

Riello UPS receives Award

Riello UPS (RPS S.p.A), has received the prestigious EMEA Competitive Strategy Innovation Award from Frost and Sullivan.

The award was given at business research and consulting firm, Frost and Sullivans’ Best Practice Awards which took place at Jumeirah Carlton Tower in Knightsbridge, London.

The criteria for the award saw Frost and Sullivan benchmark Riello UPS’ performance against key competitors in the areas of strategy, market position, and competitive intelligence. The company demonstrated commendable growth in its sector with its diverse range of products, as well as corporate management strategy, and investment in a range of solutions to attract eco-friendly European customers.

On the award win, Frost and Sullivan reported: “Riello UPS is a company that has displayed strength through its product line and service segment, as well as its corporate management, by adopting strategic initiatives to attain consistent growth in the mature uninterruptible power supplies market.

“The company’s commendable customer feedback, in addition to its vision for growth, has truly set them apart from competitors. It is therefore a worthy recipient of the 2011 Frost & Sullivan Competitive Strategy Innovation Award.” The Frost and Sullivan Best Practice awards recognise exemplary

achievements in a multitude of industries and identifies companies, products, processes and executives that have achieved world-class performances. Tel: 0800 269 394 Email:

Building & Facilities Management – November 2011


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