Cleaning consultant and equipment supplier, Denis Rawlins, has bolstered its team with the appointment of a new sales manager, Luke Bresnihan.

Luke joins the team, bringing with him over six years’ industry experience having worked for Industrial Cleaning Equipment Limited formerly.


AND PUTS BRAKE ON COSTS Drain lining technology from Lanes Group plc is being used to rehabilitate highway drains while helping hard- pressed maintenance budgets stretch further.

Highway chiefs are switching from excavating and replacing defective drains to lining them because the no-dig approach is proving safer and less costly.

Effective maintenance of roadside drainage is a key priority for highway authorities to reduce the risk of flash flooding which can contribute to accidents and traffic disruption.

Working with one highway authority in South West England, Lanes Group’s sewer rehabilitation and lining division has, to date, completed schemes to line defective drains at four different locations.

Partnership working, with Lanes teams scoping high-risk sections of roads to allow the highway authority to make informed choices on maintenance approaches, has been key to the project’s success.

Melvyn Newman, the local authority’s site manager for highway maintenance, said: “Lining surface


water drains is proving to be a very useful approach to highway maintenance. It’s especially helpful where drains are co-located with other services, such as gas and water mains and fibre-optic cabling.

“In these cases, excavation is more complicated to plan and carry out, adding to the costs and the time taken to tackle potentially-serious localised flooding problems. Where these issues arise, lining highway drains is proving to be significantly less expensive than excavation and can be carried out in days, rather than several weeks.

“Lining is also less disruptive for road users and safer, because often it needs less traffic management or none at all, and our maintenance teams do not have to work close to busy roads.”

Lanes has combined lining with the use of advanced remote access cutting technology to remove tree roots which had infested the drains, preventing the free-flow of water.

Pipes lined have ranged in diameter from 225mm to 450mm. The longest liner installed so far has been 160 metres.

His role includes identifying potential key clients, building relationships with them, and closing new business opportunities across the East Midlands, East of England and counties bordering North London.

He will take commercial responsibility for managing Denis Rawlins’ corporate accounts to maximise profit, retain customers and grow market share within the UK cleaning and hygiene market.

Commenting on his new role, Luke said: “I am delighted to be joining the team at Denis Rawlins. I am incredibly impressed with the business’ ethos of ‘investing smarter for a better clean’, something I am passionate about myself, and I want to be part of their future growth ambitions. Denis Rawlins has an excellent reputation in the industry for being at the forefront of innovation and I’m very much looking forward to adding value and playing my part in driving business progression.”

James White, Managing Director at Denis Rawlins, added: “We are thrilled to have Luke on board. He shares our core values and is already making a significant impact with our existing clients, as well as bringing new custom through our doors. I am confident that he will have a bright future at Denis Rawlins.”

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