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BJB on the right ‘IPAF’ with training milestone

BJB Lift Trucks Ltd is celebrating the successful delivery of its 100th International Powered Access Federation course, a remarkable achievement considering it is just 12 months since the IPAF accreditation was attained.  

BJB on the right ‘IPAF’ with training milestone

The training team, headed by training and marketing manager Nikki Hale, has seen significant growth in both enquiry and course delivery following the 2015 investment in new premises.  

“IPAF candidate numbers have exceeded all expectation with more than 350 completing internationally recognised training covering boom, scissor and harness courses, the majority completed here in Grimsby at our centre,” she said. 

To support this increased business, additional instructors have joined BJB’s team alongside a £50,000  investment in new plant and equipment.  The expansive South Humberside Industrial Estate base also offers sufficient capacity to conduct simultaneous training across a variety of equipment and awarding bodies, a huge advantage for the company and its customers, particularly when challenged to meet complicated training requirements within limited time frames.  

Candidates recently visited from Jordans Dorset Ryvita ahead of its new plant opening on the site formally occupied by British Sugar at Bardney.

“As part of securing the new business we were asked to train a large number of candidates on a variety of equipment over a five day period and we successfully accommodated everyone,” Nikki enthused.

BJB is also playing a key role in training the Energy Estuary’s emerging workforce.  Both existing employees and new recruits in offshore wind energy have taken advantage of the facilities and training. “We are working directly with several key players in the renewables sector and we are constantly evolving to support their training requirements,” director Philip Flowers said. “This is a particularly exciting time for us.”

This summer saw the 10th anniversary of Phil, and fellow director Peter Harvey’s ownership of BJB. Both have been instrumental in driving sustained growth regionally, and increasingly, nationally.  “Our continued success is a direct reflection of the effort and enthusiasm from the team here,” Peter said. “Our absolute priority is to ensure we provide our customers across the country with the highest standard of service and support, and we deliver that service thanks to the passion of our people.”

Another indicator of BJB’s increasing success is the recent awarding of national preferred materials handling equipment provider status with modular accommodation specialist Elliott Group UK Ltd.  The company has more than 30 depots across the UK with BJB now responsible for the supply and maintenance of a variety of new equipment, from the goliath Kalmar range of trucks, to medium and smaller sized equipment.

BJB’s Ian Roden said: “The Elliott Group business has increased our UK exposure substantially and as a consequence of the excellent service provided by BJB, and indeed positive customer feedback, our national customer base continues to show significant growth.  

“Our £90,000 investment in additional engineering equipment and vans complements our ability to support our customers promptly and efficiently, wherever they may be in the UK.”

The company also recognises the importance of investing in its people. Four apprentices are part of the team with Tim Flowers and Sam Harvey in engineering and Beth Cope together with Lucy Harrison undertaking Kaplan AAT qualifications.

“We are always keen to strengthen the team across all areas of the business,” added Peter.

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