Over recent weeks, we have been putting together a group who’ll work together to improve current safety measures as well as identify &solve any health and safety issues that may arise here at Sweetnam &Bradley. We have employees from several different areas of the company who all bring unique perspectives to the group. It’s all purely voluntary so we would like to thank all the volunteers.
On site safety of employees and visitors have always been (and will always be) of the upmost importance to us – so we decided to create this group to specifically help facilitate communication of Health & Safety issues and put in place improvements.
Here they are holding their first official meeting – so deep in conversation I’m not sure they realised I was taking the photo!
We’re confident that the group are going to work brilliantly together to ensure a continued safe environment for us all.
The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) is a voluntary accreditation scheme encompassing all aspects of safety, fuel efficiency, vehicle emissions and improved operations,which we have been members of since September 2014. FORS helps us measure and monitor performance and improve operations in order to demonstrate best practice.
Dedicated FORS Professional training equips our managers and drivers with the skills and knowledge to improve their work related road safety and to reduce the risk of collisions with other motor vehicles and, crucially,vulnerable road users.
Depending on the module, training is either classroom based or online and this month we are proud to say that our driver Graham has successful passed all 3 modules that he took: - Pedestrian Safe, LoCity Driving &Smart Driving. Well done Graham!
Fresh out the oven! At 200c for 10 minutes....there’s no soggy bottoms on these powder coated shrouds!
After a busy year here at S&B, we wanted to show all the employees that we appreciate their hard work - so lunch was on us! We had lovely Tapas at the local pub here in Malmesbury and as you can see from this picture, we all had a thoroughly good time! Here’s to a happy and productive 2020!’
Since Richard Wiltshire (Financial Director) retired at the end of October, the accounting responsibilities have been taken on by the newest member to the team, our Finance Manager Sally Jackson. Sally has fitted into the S&B team effortlessly and brought with her a wealth of knowledge and experience which we fully intend to put to good use!
After 40 years working at Sweetnam & Bradley Ltd., Richard Wiltshire (Financial Director) retired on the 31st October this year. He started his career with Sweetnam & Bradley in 1979 and in 1989, was part of a management buyout team.
Richard has always been a much loved part of Sweetnam & Bradley and when we learned that he had decided to retire it was hard to imagine the place without him. Hardly a day went by that Richard wasn’t making jokes about one thing or another – often having to explain the funniness of them to us!
One of the things Richard was known for here was his love of music - there was always something playing in his office! We were often intrigued by what he listened to – personally I liked the one which I’m pretty sure was a Bullfrog croaking!
To mark his retirement, we presented Richard with a personalised laser etched stainless steel record, which we designed and manufactured in-house – a one of a kind gift for a one of a kind man!
We’re all going to miss Richard immensely - he was brilliant to work with, learn from and was always willing to help you with anything. Everyone here at Sweetnam & Bradley wishes him the very best for his retirement – we all know he deserves it!
We’d like to take this opportunity to welcome Ben Wilcox to Sweetnam & Bradley Limited as our new Apprentice. Ben has had previous welding experience at a local company and is looking to build upon his skills for the future. It is so important for us to invest in the next generation of skilled sheet metal workers and we will be working alongside Wiltshire College and Avon Vale Training to ensure Ben gets the best possible practical and academic training possible.
Megasteel Ltd, the UK's largest prestressing steel stockholder and distributor, has bought Malmesbury-based sheet metal manufacturer Sweetnam & Bradley Ltd.
Sweetnam & Bradley produces, assembles and finishes sheet metal. Founded in 1958, they have a long and prestigious history in the sub-contract sheet metalwork field. They pride themselves in their ability to offer a complete 'one-stop shop' for metal components and assemblies and are sheet metal work specialists.
Nigel Roberts, of Megasteel, said “We have bought Sweetnam and Bradley because it’s a great company with great people working in it. I want to keep it that way and to grow the business in the future. Nigel Johnson and Christian Olejnik are not going anywhere - they have built a brilliant business that they love and are proud of. They will remain in their current roles in the company and I am really excited about the potential. I do believe that there is a ‘little bit of magic’ and a lot of that has to do with the people who work for Sweetnam and Bradley.”
The acquisition marks a step into production for Megasteel and it will be an exciting phase in the history of our company.
For more information about Sweetnam and Bradley please see their website http://www.sweetnam-bradley.com/
Additional Pemserter 4 series
3 Amada HFE M2 5012 CNC Benders
Vixen VM42 'Jetair' Grit and Bead Blaster
Welding accredited to BS4872-1:1982
ISO 9001:2015 Accreditation
Proudly working with London Underground's Bakerloo line refurbishment: 'S&B awarded metal work contracts for Bakerloo Life Extension Project for T9 – T36. These contracts will run through to 2018.'
Haas VF-4 Vertical Machining Centre commissioned January 2015
Amada HFE 1003 3i 7 Axis Press Brake Machine commissioned October 2014
FORS (Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme) Bronze Accreditation September 2014
2kW Fibre Optic Laser Cutting System commissioned (Mazak Optiplex 3015)
Renovation of existing spray shop to provide 'clean room' environment. New Tremco flooring systems laid in Powder and Solvent areas.
Dedicated CNC milling section added with additional CNC mill commissioned
Nigel Johnson and Christian Olejnik conduct a management buyout. Michael Hannon retires from the company
Achieved BS EN ISO 9001:2008 certification
Old office block completely refurbished and a further 3,500 sq. ft extension added
6,000 sq. ft extension is added to the premises. Achieved BS5750 Part 2 (Now BS EN ISO 9001:2015) certification
We become computerised in both production and administration. Our first CNC punching machine (a Pega 344) is purchased from Amada
We become the first company to occupy purpose built premises on the old station site, next to the engine shed, which is the one building remaining from the old days of the railway.
Sweetnam & Bradley start their Precision Sheet Metalwork business
Arthur Bradley and James Sweetnam form a partnership "Sweetnam & Bradley" working on electrical assemblies at their first official premises at Bristol Road Malmesbury. Both came from an electronics background with Arthur Bradley working for the BBC where he was involved with radio and the early days of television.