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RISQS Approved

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As part of our continued supply into the Railway Industry, in June 2019 the Fortel Group was audited by the Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme (RSSB RISQS).  The scheme is industry owned and governed and enables suppliers like the Fortel Group to prove that we’re capable providers of services into a heavily regulated industry.  The great news is that we passed the audit with flying colours (again!), with no non-conformances or observations reported.  We continue to keep Health, Safety and compliance at the top of our agenda.

Home Secretary and West Midlands Mayor visit Fortel Group

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Home Secretary, West Midlands Mayor and dignitaries visit development site of Fortel Groups’ new, state of the art offices and training academy.

Amidst the most busy of political weeks, Fortel were delighted to host Home Secretary, Priti Patel, and Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, at the Darlaston Enterprise Zone to showcase the group’s new HQ and Training Academy under construction.

Along with other guests and dignitaries, the Home Secretary was accompanied around the site by Fortel Directors and delegates from the West Midlands Training Academy. Discussing local employment issues, the new Fortel facilities are a key enabler for our plans to provide inclusive opportunities for upskilling, training and placing people into work from the local community and beyond.

The new HQ will enable Fortel Group to expand its operations  across hundreds of major infrastructure projects in the UK, but more critically doing so through addressing skills shortages and ensuring opportunities are socially all-encompassing.

Working in conjunction with The Skills Centre and West Midlands Combined Authority with the support of Walsall Council,  Fortel has started to deliver training.  The academy vision is to reduce youth unemployment, upskilling candidates through the provision of classroom and on-site practical learning and ultimately placing them into employment in the construction and other aligned industrial sectors.

CEO's meeting with UK Home Secretary, WM Mayor and Local MP

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Our CEO Sat Nijjer was privileged to join local businesses and community colleagues of Walsall for stimulating debate over dinner on Friday night at Walsall College. 

Issues such as Brexit/ Immigration were the topics conversed at length with our tables dinner guests - Rt Hon Eddie Hughes MP, WM Mayor Andy Street and Home Secretary, Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP!

Fortel EDI Case Study

Fortel's commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) has been recognised in a video produced by HS2 highlighting our partnership with Balfour Beatty and our own success in EDI.

Walsall Works Partner Awards

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We are delighted to announce that Fortel has been awarded as a Bronze Partner with Walsall Works.

By winning an award, Fortel have demonstrated a commitment to delivering additional social value for the people, businesses and communities of Walsall.

As a Bronze Partners, Fortel have earned their status by focusing their recruitment on local people, whether this is by taking on a Walsall Works Apprentice and investing in a young person’s career, using our free job brokerage or demonstrating partnership through strategic boards. For more information please click on the link below.

https://walsallworks.com/partner-awards/

Fortel wins Scale Up Business award

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Fortel has won the Scale Up Business category of the 2018 awards of MSDUK, the UK's leading non-profit organisation for inclusive procurement. The award, sponsored by Coca Cola, recognises significant growth over the past two years and was presented at the MSDUK conference in Birmingham on September 26. 

Fortel's CEO Sat Nijjer welcomed the award, saying: "We work everyday in collaboration with our industry clients, competitors and colleagues to ensure we strive for quality and innovation in supporting UK construction. Engaging with and creating opportunities for our minority communities is just part of our DNA and we are honoured to have been recognised by the judging panel and MSDUK, who work tirelessly to raise awareness for BAME businesses in UK plc."

Fortel's support for youth pays off with Indian race car win

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Fortel's ongoing youth support programme in the UK and India has helped a Fortel-sponsored racing car take first prize for speed at India’s leading student motor racing event.

The car, designed and built by Camber Racing of Chennai's SRM University, won the acceleration event at SUPRA SAEINDIA, an annual event that gives engineering students the chance to create a Formula category car to defined safety and performance specifications. The car placed first out of 122 teams from India’s top universities.

Fortel's sponsorship of the team is part of an ongoing series of initiatives to provide opportunities and support for young people. Recent activities include:

Sponsoring a cycling team in the London to Paris cycle Challenge in aid of Papyrus, the charity that helps prevent suicide among young people

A sponsorship to provide kit and equipment for the PS Olympic Under 7's football team in Dudley

A charity bike ride from Birmingham to Bath in aid of The Railway Children, a charity that improves the lives of street children across the UK, India and Africa before they become ingrained in street life.

Collaborative Start to the Year

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Three of the industry's largest labour suppliers continue to set an example of collaboration in order to support their clients in delivering the country's key infrastructure and framework projects. A spokesman for the collaborative partners said Fortel, Danny Sullivans and VGC have worked in collaboration in the past and will continue to work together in the future to offer solutions that provide the best supply chain value.

Local apprentice partnership

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To drive our apprenticeship programme in our local community, we are collaborating with Walsall College in a partnership designed to provide young people with a head start in our dynamic and rapidly growing business. During 2018, we will offer all apprenticeships through the college.

 

 

Supply chain school

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Fortel has a fundamental commitment to sustainability and in 2017 we achieved partnership status with the Supply Chain Sustainability School, a construction industry collaboration between more than 60 major clients, contractors and Tier 1 suppliers to build supply chain skills. 

The school addresses the complete range of environmental and social sustainability challenges facing our industry, as well as providing guidance and resources to help eliminate modern slavery. Our specific initiatives in this area include investment in fuel-efficient vehicles to reduce our carbon footprint and a major commitment to funding 100 apprentices, all of whom will be inducted fully into our values, at the heart of which is Sustainability.

 

 

 

Fortel achievements cap another successful year

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Fortel is seeing out the end of 2017 with a range of awards and accreditations that underline another year of growth and strong financial performance.

First, the company is one of 100 businesses to achieve certification by the UK’s only Ethnic Minority Business (EMB) accreditation programme. Run by MSDUK, the country’s leading organisation driving diversity in procurement, the programme offers opportunities to create more inclusive business relationships and access to international affiliates in the USA, Australia, Canada, China and South Africa.

The company has also been honoured as a Walsall Works Bronze Partner under Walsall Council’s award-winning initiative to recognise the contribution and investment employers make to their local workforce. The council intends the Partner Awards as a quality mark for community engagement and a gateway to silver and gold awards for wider activities covered by the scheme.

Finally, Fortel has signed up as a Disability Confident Employer under the UK government scheme to give employers the skills and resources they need to recruit, retain and develop disabled employees.

Fortel’s Managing Director, Sat Nijjer, welcomed the awards and accreditations as evidence of Fortel’s sustained commitment to social responsibility and professionalism. He said: ‘As we continue to grow in terms of both turnover and staff numbers, we consistently invest in providing a fair, inclusive and ethical business in which our team members can develop their skills and grow their careers. Alongside our strong financial performance, we believe this is a key to our future growth and success.’

 

 

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New West Midland Mayor visits Fortel

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The newly elected Mayor of West Midlands, Andy Street, visited Fortel on the campaign trail in the run up to the May 4 election. During his visit he met Fortel Chairman, Shinda Nijjer for a presentation of our capabilities and a discussion of his development plans to improve infrastructure in the region. Fortel also supported his campaign during April’s Vaisakhi parades in the area. Shinda Nijjer said: ‘Andy Street’s infrastructure proposals offer us significant potential opportunities, and we look forward to working with him on bringing the public and private sectors together for the benefit of the West Midlands.’ 

Fortel-sponsored team in London to Paris cycle challenge

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Fortel-sponsored team in London to Paris cycle challenge

Fortel has announced that it will be the main sponsor of a team taking on the iconic London to Paris Cycle Challenge to raise money in aid of Papyrus - the charity that helps preventsuicide among young people. 

The cyclists came together as Team Atlantis in loving memory of their very dear late friends Robert Daniel Smith and Jatinder Singh Chatha (Jet), and will make the 220-mile bike ride from London’s Marble Arch to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on Saturday, May 27, 2017. 

The event, known as ‘Arch to Arc’,is unaided and self-organised, with the team funding all of their own transport and accommodation so all money raised can go directly to Papryus.  

Fortel’s chief executive, Sat Nijjer, who will be taking part in the ride along with his colleagues, offered his full support to the cause and the whole team. He said: ‘Suicide is the biggest cause of death of young men between the ages of 20 and 30, and it’s a particular concern in the construction industry. As part of our own response to this key topic we’re proud to support Papyrus via Team Atlantis and hope that our friends, families and partner businesses will help us raise a substantial amount.’ 

If you feel you can support the team, to donate:

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text PAPY96 to 70070, for example PAPY96 £10.

Abseiling Accountant

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We’re delighted to announce that our team member Susan Ledsam-Smith has raised £780 for Global’s Make Some Noise by abseiling Birmingham’s Fort Dunlop building. For more information on Global’s Make Some Noise please click on the link below 

http://www.makesomenoise.com/

 

Susan completed the challenge in bright sunshine on Saturday, August 8, after initially hesitating when she realised she’d underestimated her fear of getting over the ledge and edge at that height.

 

After the very supportive Make Some Noise crew coaxed her slowly over the ledge she successfully abseiled the 82ft drop – to an applause of a crowd of spectators who’d been told about her fear.

 

Fortel’s staff praised Susan on rising to this exceptional challenge to raise funds for a very worthwhile cause.

Fortel announces major fleet investment programme.

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Fortel has launched a five-year, fleet wide vehicle upgrade programme. The major investment in new, more fuel-efficient vehicles will significantly reduce the company’s carbon footprint. By improving our facilities for transporting our teams to site, it will also make sure they are fresh and fully briefed when they arrive for work.

 

Ian Smith, Fortel’s Head of Finance, explained that the fleet renewal was a structured investment in continued success. He said: ‘Our business has delivered sustainable growth based on first class client service with the unique feature of transporting pre-briefed teams of workers to site. This fleet renewal is a major programme focused on two key objectives: first, reducing our carbon footprint by using newer, more fuel efficient vehicles and, second, enhancing our facilities for transporting and briefing teams to build on the professionalism and productivity that have always set us apart.'  

Fortel recognised for best practice.

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A high profile Fortel project has been highlighted by the Concrete Society as an example of best practice concreting in very hostile ground. 

The north London project at Deephams Sewage Treatment works in Edmonton used ground-granulated blast-furnace slag (GGBS), poured and finished by the Fortel team as part of AMK's £177m rebuild of Deephams, one of London's largest facilities of its kind. 

The project was written up in the February 2016 edition of Concrete, the journal of the Concrete Society, where the solution was noted for its durability in difficult ground as well as its cost effectiveness.

Fortel's Director, Andy Berry, advised that the company's ability to work effectively with the full range of materials and technologies was a vital part of its service to clients. He said: 'We are called upon to work in a broad range of environments, where we bring specialist skills to bear to meet many different kinds of challenges. It's very heartening that the Concrete Society has recognised our work with GGBS on this technically demanding project.'

Fortel director appointed vice chair of skills task force.

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Fortel's director of FM, Amar Sandhawalia, has been appointed vice chair of the Walsall Employment and Skills Group, Walsall Economic Board's task force responsible for ensuring people in the borough have the skills and training needed for economic growth. Fortel's chief executive, Sat Nijjer, welcomed the appointment, saying: 'The Board's work has helped Walsall become one of the five fastest growing economies in the UK, and Amar's passion will help Walsall deliver the skills our community needs to seize opportunities in a growing range of business sectors.'

Fortel Team completes Charity Bike Ride

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We are proud to share the news that the charitable event we organized has been successful. On the day 22 riders took part in a 100mile bike ride challenge from Birmingham to Bath and raised over £7,000 in support of: The Railway Children, St Giles Hospice and The Homeless in India.

On 5th September, as planned, all arrived at The Bullring at 5:45am and after a health & safety briefing the groups departed The Bullring between 6am and 630am to start the event using the pre planned route through busy towns, peaceful villages, high altitude hills and beautiful country sides.

The riders encountered some drizzle in the first hour but the weather was generally kind on the long British summer day.

The first group arrived at the final destination The Roman Bath at 1530 and the last group arrived at 1630. 21 cyclists managed to complete the challenge in 10hours having endured a first puncture after four miles, followed by five more, a broken pedal during the course of the day. The only potentially serious incident occurred, 2miles before finish line, involved one of our team members being hit by a car while he was standing on a pavement for a drink break, causing a minor injury from which he has now recovered.

Our chairman & other Board member were waiting on the finish line to congratulate all participants and present medals. 

To celebrate the day sharing experiences over a well deserved meal!

Fortel expands professional division

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Fortel has relaunched its white collar recruitment division to capitalise on its rising profile in this fast-growing market. The new division, Fortel Professional, will run a major new business campaign alongside continuing supply of senior professional staff to clients such as Morgan Sindall. Chief Executive Sat Nijjer is bullish about prospects: 'Growth in supplying professionals is a key part of our business strategy. Relaunching our operation is a great way of refocusing on this important sector and offering additional services to our blue-chip client list.'

Deloitte identify Fortel in UK Futures

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UK Futures is Deloitte's strategic campaign to help address the ongoing challenges facing the UK economy through a strategic discussion on the role for business in wealth creation. The Deloitte UK Futures 1000 have made an outstanding contribution to the prosperity of the UK - accouting for 7.8% of GDP, adding 170000 jobs across all regions of the UK and growing on average by 55% over the last 3 years. Deloitte has identified the 1000 best performing businesses through the recession and we are delighted that Fortel is one of those businesses and that we can help provide key insights which will influence the future development of our economy.

New FD 'gives structure to growth'

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Fortel has appointed Ian Smith as its new Finance Director, bringing 20 years experience to this key role. His previous experience included three years at the UK's largest flooring contractor and 10 years in the financial services sector. Fortel chief executive Sat Nijjer, welcomed the appointment. He said: 'We need a senior financial professional to help structure our continued rapid growth. We are delighted to have persuaded Ian to join us - he brings massive experience and some important new thinking, and we'll give him full support in taking our financial management to a new level.'

Sat Nijjer joins Walsall Economic Board

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Fortel chief executive, Sat Nijjer, is to help support the economic development of Walsall Borough by accepting an invitation to join the Walsall Economic Board. The board, part of the borough's formal partnership arrangements, is the forum for private sector debate on issues facing the borough and provides leadership in areas such as economic development and employability.

Fortel founder leads CSR programme

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Since 2009 when he took on the role of chairman, Fortel's founder, Shinda Nijjer, has been splitting his time between overseeing the company's growth and organising a Corporate Social Responsibility programme. Focused on community health and development in the UK and India, these initiatives have made a big difference to many people's lives. Despite his attempts to keep a low personal profile and allow his results to speak for themselves, Shinda's work has been acknowledged by HRH The Prince of Wales and His Holiness The Dalai Lama.

New hybrid vendor outsourcing solution

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Fortel's tradition of innovation in labour supply continues with the launch of the company's hybrid vendor outsourcing model. Fortel's new model combines the best of existing managed and neutral vendor and is based on a collaborative approach that brings together a number of suppliers. These partners organise and manage as a 'desk', drawing on complementary skills. Fortel's chief executive, Sat Nijjer, said: 'Our hybrid vendor approach brings a range of suppliers together to identify exactly the right people that meet a client's needs. It offers clients access to a wider pool of talent and more precisely chosen teams, while minimising demands on their own in-house procurement staff. We have already rolled this model out for major clients, and expect it to become a mainstream outsourcing process in the future.'

Fortel take on National 3 Peaks Challenge - 24th May 2014

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On the 24th May 2014, Team Atlantis; a self-organised local team will conquer and summit the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales in the ultimate 24 hour team challenge all in aid of Birmingham Children's Hospital.

Crossrail apprentice awards

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Congratulations to all who won an award at the first Crossrail Apprentice Awards, held at The Houses of Parliament. Not only did 2 apprentices from C350 come first and second in their category, but recognition was also given to Morgan Sindalls Responsible Procurement Manager, and 3 of the Tier 2 Suppliers including Fortel. With everyone's continued effort and commitment, we are convinced that we shall be just as successful at next year's awards.

Fortel on UKTI trade mission to India

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The Rt. Hon. Eric Pickles MP, British Cabinet Minister for Communities and Local Government, will lead a UK business delegation to India from 2 to 7 June 2013. Fortel's Chairman is part of the delegation team aiming to communicate the best of Britain's offerings to India's leading politicians and company directors, and vice versa. The accompanying delegation will explore partnerships in the built environment, infrastructure, construction and water sectors. Ahead of his visit, Mr Pickles said: It is a privilege to lead a British business delegation to India. India is one of the biggest emerging markets in the world and we can be India's partner of choice. We both agree success will hinge on our ability to put in place the right infrastructure and we are well placed to help India with their plans. The companies I will be introducing represent the best of British. They not only have world class expertise in big construction projects and urban renewal, but they know how to bring economic growth to different parts of a country.

Staff recognised for long service

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Fortel greatly values the contribution of its staff and believes that it's important to formally recognisetheir achievements and commitment. The long service awards are just one of the ways that it does this. At a special event the staff were honouredand presented with a certificate and watch to mark their achievement. The awards are a great opportunity for the business to thank our long serving staff for their contribution to the business and wider construction industry. Our chairman said "Today we celebrate the commitment and dedication of our staff who have provided the industry and the business with many years of service. It has been a great pleasure working with everyone and we look forward to many more years of Fortel and its staff continuing to deliver our clients and the industry an excellent service"

UKTI

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Fortel committed to UK trade and investment; become members of British Business Club. British Business Club headed by it's president Sir John Armitt CBE creates an environment that supports and encourages business networking during the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics Games.

Fortel presented Making Safety Personal award by SKANSKA/Balfour Beatty

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Skanska/Balfour Beatty have presented Fortel an award to commemorate working 1.5 million man hours safely on their M25 junction 27-30 widening Project. The award was presented to Fortel by Mr James Richardson, Project Director. Fortel always aim to work with their clients closely to ensure HSQE is top of the agenda and this award is testament to the hardwork by the staff and management of Fortel. Well done all!

Assistance from leading American MBA College

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Fortel welcome Rollins College MBA Group. Rollins College located along the banks of Lake Virginia in the heart of Central Florida is ranked number one among 118 regional universities in the annual rankings of "America's Best Colleges," U.S. News & World Report. The MBA group is over for an exchange programme with Birmingham City Business School. While the group is on the exchange programme they will carry out "Efficiency Analysis of Fortel's Transportation Decisions". Fortel looks forward to the findings of the transport efficiency analysis. We are confident that the MBA team will assist in improving our transport efficiency and lowering our carbon footprint.

France Based Construction Group GSE.

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Fortel acheive PC on works at the £34 Million Warehouse Building in Rugeley for France Based Construction Group GSE.

Fortel presented H&S award by SKANSKA

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Skanska have presented Fortel an award to commemorate 500,000man hours RIDDOR free on their prestiguous Weymouth Project. The award was presented to Fortel personally by Mr Gregor Craig, Managing Director of Skanska Civil Engineering. Fortel always aim to work with their clients closely to ensure HSQE is top of the agenda and this award is testament to the hardwork by the staff and management of Fortel. Well done all!

Fortel open new office

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Fortel opens a new office in Bridgewater - June 2010

Tier 1 status agreed with Carillion's CMS Division

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Fortel have great pleasure in announcing their agreement with the Carillion Group to become part of the CMS Tier 1 supply chain for construction services across the entire group. Fortel aim to work closely with the team at CMS to ensure they provide an unsurpassed service to enable both parties to build a better future.

Fortel acheive PC on External RC yard works at a distribution centre for supermarket chain Morrisons

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The two-unit distribution centre at Sittingbourne in Kent, is one of the largest of its type in the UK, offering 85,000m2 of storage and warehousing.