We are pleased to announce the appointment of Linda Martin as the new Managing Director of Rope Assemblies. Linda previously worked as Operations Director at the company for a number of years and has been at Rope Assemblies for 11 years. The appointment follows the recent acquisition of the company by the Unusual group of companies following the decision by the previous owners to take early retirement.
Linda is looking forward to the role and developing Rope Assemblies into a valued part of the new group structure, including its supply chain and its customer base. Linda stated, “Having worked at Rope Assemblies over many years I have seen all of the changes in the industry and can see opportunities for our business model which focuses on shared values, product quality and the best duty of care in our sector. When you make a purchase from Rope Assemblies we know you can be assured of the best in the business for marquees, theatres, constriction, engineering and personal protection equipment. I look forward to working with you all in the coming years”.
Retford based Rope Assemblies has been bought by the Unusual group of companies following the decision by its owners to take early retirement. Rope Assemblies has been supplying bespoke wire and fibrerope assemblies, plus a wide range of lifting equipment, to its customer base worldwide since 1986 and this will continue to be the case.
Alan Jacobi, managing director at Unusual, explained: “We recognise Rope Assemblies as a good fit to our business, it is managed well and served by an experienced and long standing workforce. Our intention is to allow Rope Assemblies to continue doing what it has been doing extremely well for the last 30 years. We will bring the brand under the Unusual umbrella but everything else will remain the same. We intend using the acquisition as a way of improving our market offer to existing clients and to cultivate the wider industrial sector. Rope Assemblies has been a family business for over three decades – it is now joining the Unusual family and will continue to flourish.”
Siobhan Hitchen, managing director of Rope Assemblies added: “After working for the last 20 years with a fabulous team at Rope Assemblies Ltd I have decided to take the opportunity for an early retirement. The company, started by my parents Mary and Terry Hitchen in 1986, has grown from strength to strength and now, following the purchase by Alan Jacobi and his team at Unusual, has the opportunity to grow even further.”
Alan and Peta Jacobi will become directors of Rope Assemblies along with Unusual’s finance director, Brian Rose. They will sit alongside existing directors Linda Martin and Gillian Sales. Brian commented: “This is an exciting time for both Alan and myself. In all our decades working together, this is the first time we have amalgamated a truly complimentary business with our own. It adds a new dimension to our working relationship and provides us with more challenges, which we relish.”
Brian continued: “One of the first issues we addressed was to reassure Rope Assemblies’ staff that their jobs were secure and we met with every employee to tell them face to face that their job was protected.”
Siobhan concluded: “Terry and I could not think of anyone better to take on the mantle and we would like to thank all the staff, customers and suppliers who have helped in the advancements made by Rope Assemblies and we wish all the very best to both companies in this new venture.”
Rope Assemblies will be holding a charity fishing match on Saturday 16th September 2017 starting at 09:00. We suggest that you get there earlier to be in time for the fishing draw. We will have prizes for first, second and third place charity fishing event which is being held at Hallcroft Fishery & Caravan Park, Hallcroft Road, Retford, Notts, DN22 7RA. The fishing draw is at 09:00 and the raffle will be held at the end of the event. For more information please contact Linda or Sharron at Rope Assemblies on 01777 700714.
On site there is the Kingfisher Cafe & Bar which is licenced to serve alcoholic drinks. The Kingfisher serves full range of English cooked breakfasts, Tea, Coffee and Toast in the mornings before you start fishing. Hot snacks are available some lunch times and evening meals also for after fishing. The bar is licenced to serve alcoholic beverages during standard pub hours, and there is a Pool Table and Dart Board for entertainment.
As part of pour ongoing product development process we are pleased to make available the KONG Work Products Brochure which is available as a downloadable PDF. In order to facilitate the scaffolding operator in the choice of appropriate PPE for their activities, Kong offers an individual kit that meets the most common needs; the kit can be integrated for special needs. The assembly, disassembly and processing of scaffolds are operations performed by a team composed of people equipped with their own PPE and with team equipment. Each type of scaffolding has its own characteristics and problems of fall protections; the kit proposed by Kong allows safe operations on most common scaffolding on the market.
In case of falling outside of the scaffolding, it is important that the team members take action to remove the colleague from suspension, which, with loss of consciousness, can be fatal within minutes. The evacuation of an injured person must be planned and the team members must be trained to do it correctly and quickly. To carry out the evacuation is necessary to have the proper equipment. Kong offers a kit which is very easy to use and suggests that it is always present in every workplace. Rope Assemblies is the UK approved stockist for KONG work products.
We held our annual staff event in Retford with a Hog Roast Meal event on Wednesday 19th July 2017. The event was well attended and the catering was provided once again by the “Two Counties Hog Roast” company who are a leading professional hog roast provider in the Nottingham and Leicester areas of England.
The food was delicious and well presented, the service excellent and all in all it was great value for money. We would not hesitate to use them again, and have no problem with recommending them to others. The location was Retford Rugby Club which provided the setting for all of our staff members, their families and also others that were in attendance. We would like to thank you all for coming to this event and supporting Rope Assemblies during the year.
Rope Assemblies have been a longstanding distributor of Kong products an equipment for well over 20 years. This is especially the case for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) used for a variety of applications, not just restricted to climbing and mountain rescue, but also commonly used also to protect people involved in work at height.
Kong is a company organized with a system of quality management certificate ISO 9001 with the following scopes, design, manufacture and sales of connectors and equipment for mountaineering, rescue, work at height, industry and boating design and provision of training services for education and training in particular, though not exclusively, in the field of safety in the workplace. Please click on link to take you to our new area with KONG PDF downloads.
The PPE Directive 89/686/EEC covers the manufacture and marketing of personal protective equipment. It defines legal obligations to ensure that PPE on the European market provides the highest level of protection against hazards. The CE marking affixed to PPE provides evidence of this protection. Rope Assemblies PPE Wire Strops have been certified again as part of our annual audit and certification process for the standard BS EN 795:2012 – PPE against falls from height – anchor devices: requirements and testing.
Personal protective equipment (PPE) are products that the user can wear or hold, in order to be protected against hazards either at home, at work or whilst engaging in leisure activities. Statistics on fatal and major work accidents underline the importance of protection and prevention, for which personal protective equipment plays an important role.
Rope Assemblies are pleased to announce the launch of our latest product, “the Tensometer”. This new product is a Straightpoint COLT lightweight tensionmeter for fast and accurate measurement of wire rope tensions up to 11,000lbf/5000 kgf and up to 1”/25mm diameter. Manufactured using an integral, high accuracy, Bluetooth module the COLT transmits load data wirelessly to any smart device running our Android or iOS app. As the library of wire rope diameters and constructions is increased each app user will benefit when they update and receive any new data.
A built in smart device holder allows the COLT to be used as a traditional tension meter with on board display or the smartphone maybe handheld or mounted elsewhere. Supplied in a purpose made carry case the COLT is portable and utilises standard alkaline batteries making this perfect for on-site cable tension measurement across the world.
Over the last few months we have invested in a new downloadable PDF document to present our Marquee product range which can be sourced from our dedicated downloads page www.ropeassemblies.co.uk/downloads. Rope Assemblies specialises in the supply of rigging equipment to the Theatre, Entertainment and Marquee Industries worldwide. From small theatres to arenas and large outdoor events. We can supply black rigging from our £500,000 stock to meet tight schedules and delivery can be made direct to the venue if required.
Call or email our knowledgeable sales team to discuss your requirements. The Marquee PDF download offers detailed information regarding Wire Rope, Manufactured Assemblies, Fittings, Slings & Webbing, Fibre & Cord, Tools & Mechanicals and Accessories. We hope you enjoy the download as much as we did when we created it.
We are really proud of all of our staff and we are pleased to present a family personality when it comes to showing an interest in the team. We have seen Lynne Testo recently celebrate her 30th Birthday. Lynne likes to spend time with her family during the week and has a speedboat hobby for the weekend so she can be found on the River Trent during the Summer months. Lynne also likes to like to spend a lot of time on the Cath Kidston website shopping for herself in her free time.
Rope Assemblies have also recently invested in a Warehouse Apprentice called Dan Newcombe who is at our location each week whilst working in partnership with North Notts College. Dan is 16 years old and lives in Retford with a busy active life including interests in social media, football and rugby. He is looking forward to getting his driving licence at the age of 17 and then also getting his fork truck licence with Rope Assemblies. Dan will be working full time in his time whilst undertaking his 12-month apprenticeship.
We are really proud to have had two staff members celebrate long term anniversaries at Rope Assemblies have worked for us for just over a combined 30 years. This month sees the 10 year anniversary at Rope Assemblies for Joanne Hopkinson and an impressive 20 year anniversary for Louise Clark.
Joanne Hopkinson celebrates 10 years with us working in sales and enjoys her family living in Retford and also has a fondness for selling items on eBay. Louise Clark celebrates 20 years of service at Rope Assemblies and now occupies the role of our Works Manager. Louise likes going to the gym, long walks at the weekend and also has a fondness for The Body Coach Joe Wicks who is a renowned fitness guru.
As part of supporting a number of good causes Rope Assemblies has held a Red Nose Day event at our manufacturing facility to raise money for this respected charity. Noah (Joanne Hopkinson’s son) is handing a cake, made by Lynne Testo, to one of our long serving team members Lynda. Red Nose Day is a UK-wide fundraising event organised by Comic Relief every two years. On Red Nose Day, everyone is encouraged to cast inhibitions aside, put on a Red Nose and fundraise – celebrities included!
It culminates in a night of cutting edge comedy and moving documentary films on BBC One. Red Nose Day unites the entire nation in trying to make a difference to the lives of thousands of people across Africa and the UK who are facing terrible injustice or living in desperate poverty.
We’re back! LEEA Roadshows are FREE events for all. They provide a unique opportunity to receive latest news and build close relationships with lifting industry professionals. We welcome you to join us! On Tuesday 21st March, LEEA will be hosting the first Roadshow of 2017! The Roadshow will be held at Tankersley Manor, Near Sheffield.
We would like to welcome you to join us, this is a free event for all members and non-members. The day is short and informal, the event will take the form of a table top exhibition where LEEA member companies will showcase their latest products and services, industry relevant presentation and great opportunities to network. Agenda 10:00 – Doors open, 11:00 – Presentations, 12:30 – Q&A session, 13:00 – Buffet lunch & networking.
Siobhan Hitchen, Managing Director of Rope Assemblies Limited has been appointed to the LEEA board along with four other members of the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association. This position and organisation is one which we are proud to be associated with and look forward to acting on behalf and working with LEEA during 2017
The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) is established across the globe as the leading representative body for all those involved in the lifting industry worldwide. LEEA are the respected and authoritative representative body for our Members who work in every aspect of the industry, from design, manufacture, refurbishment and repair, through to the hire, maintenance and use of lifting equipment.
We have recently been awarded a new patent which has been granted to Rope Assemblies for the invention of a rope ladder as disclosed in a filing application allowing for a replacement rung solution. The grant has been awarded for the evolution of a rope ladder system and we are pleased to be recognised for innovation with this commercial product. The product allows for replacement rungs to be inserted if thy become damaged, allowing for longevity of the actual product as a whole.
Traditionally, rope ladders consist of ridged rungs spaced apart along and tied to a pair of ropes. While this construction provides a very secure rope ladder, if a rung became damaged, it is very difficult to replace. Our new rope ladder allows for the replacement of individual rungs which may be readily replaced without affecting the rest of the ladder. A complete overview of the product and its benefits can be found at the Patent Office website using the reference number GB2493407. You can also contact us for more information relating to this product and how it can save you time and money in the longer term.
We have recently updated our ISO9001 Quality Management System to the latest standard which is something we are proud of undertaking. Rope Assemblies operate a best in class approach to all areas of the business and quality management is no exception. We are now accredited to the new standard which is ISO9001:2015. We use the standard to demonstrate our ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements.
All ISO standards are reviewed every five years to establish if a revision is required to keep it current and relevant for the marketplace. ISO 9001:2015 is designed to respond to the latest trends and be compatible with other management systems such as ISO 14001. The new version follows a new, higher level structure to make it easier to use in conjunction with other management system standards, with increased importance given to risk.
We would like to take this opportunity to say a thank you to all of our staff, stakeholders, suppliers, partners and customers for your support during 2016. We are looking forward to 2017 and working with all of you next year. Season’s greetings from all of us and we wish you a happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
Our year has seen growth across all areas with new staff, products and customers being developed and supported. We completed our BSI Audit in January and sponsored a local charity in February. In March one of our long standing staff members attained a distinction in her diploma. April saw us attend an LEEA roadshow, with our new website being launched in June. One of our products won an award in July and we celebrated our 30th year in business in the same month. August saw us launch our safe use documents library followed by “How To” video guides in September. Towards the end of the year we attended a number of trade shows including the Showman’s show and the LiftEx show in Aberdeen.
The 12th edition of the event will take place at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) on 23rd & 24th November 2016. Known as the Energy Capital of Europe, and with over forty years of experience in oil and gas operations, Aberdeen is established as one of the most influential, innovative and proactive energy cities in the world. LiftEx has become the go-to event for the lifting industry, comprising of the Exhibition, Industry Conference and Innovation Fast Pitch over the 2 days. The show attracts over 1,500 dedicated industry professionals and end users from a wide range of vertical markets, including oil & gas, energy, road & maritime transport, construction, utilities and manufacturing.
End users of Lifting Equipment in the following industries: Oil & Gas Exploration, Producer, Refiner, Ports/Maritime/Shipping, Shipbuilding, Power Generation, Offshore, Metal Production, Civil & Heavy Engineering, Construction, Automotive, Rail Maintenance and Utilities, Manufacturing, Logistics, Material Handling as well as all industries that use heavy lifting equipment or accessories. We look forward to seeing you.
The Showman’s Show is the UK’s original and most comprehensive exhibition of products, services and entertainment for the outdoor and special event world. At the excellent setting of Newbury Showground, Chieveley, Berkshire, UK, the Show is action packed with exhibitors and spectators alike with a wide range of interests for the events sector. Rope Assemblies attended the show which was held on 18th & 19th October 2016 in Newbury.
To visit the show by road: via the M4 from South Wales or London, or the A34 from Oxford or Newbury. There is ample free on-site parking. By rail: to Newbury. A courtesy bus will operate between Newbury Station and the Showground every 30min from 8.30am on the 19th & 20th of October. The last bus will leave the showground at 6pm on Wednesday the 19th and 5.30pm on Thursday 20th. By air, Heathrow is under 45 minutes drive west bound along the M4. Bristol via the M4 east bound. Southampton airport via M3 and A34. We look forward to seeing you.
A series of videos have been created to promote safe usage of some our rope assembly products. There are four videos available at the launch of this initiative covering short “how to” presentations on How to Battery Operated Tongs, How to Sailor Tongs, How to Wedge Socket and Lighting Ladders. The new video guides page link can be found here.
In each video we cover the basics in less than a minute allowing for you to quickly use this as an aid to the usage of each item. We have also posted these new videos on our YouTube channel. We are looking to create more videos over the coming months so please bookmark the “How To” video page and come back to us. Please view each video and feedback with any suggestions.
We are pleased to announce that we have created a new area on the website for the promotion of a wide range of Safe Use Documents. Some of the safe documents usage information has been reproduced with the kind permission of LEEA and carry instructions for the usage of most of our product categories. The Safe Use Documents link can be found here.
Safe use documents are available to download as PDF’s covering the following product areas, Bar Clamp, Beam Clamps, Chain Lever Hoists, Eyebolts, Eyenuts, Fibre Rope Slings, Hand Chain Blocks, Kadar Clamp, Lifting Appliances, Lighting Ladder, Long Link Chain, Maillons, Roundslings, Safety Bonds, Sailors Tongs, Shackles, Slinging Practice, Soft Steel, Turnbuckles, Type 50 Reutlinger, Webbing Slings, Wedge Sockets, Wire Rope, Wire Rope Frog, Wire Rope Grips & Wire Rope Slings.
During July 2016, Rope Assemblies is celebrating its 30th birthday as a leading provider of Wire Rope, Manufactured Assemblies, Fittings, Fibre Cords, Mechanical tools and Accessories to the UK and Export market sectors. We have been designing, manufacturing and supplying products to the Theatre, Entertainment, Construction, Engineering, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Petrochemical industries for three decades. Many of our projects have been undertaken as partners with over 10,000 satisfied customers being serviced with the latest products available.
We look forward to the next few years and beyond working with our staff, suppliers and customers in a wide variety of support roles. We value our heritage as a leader in the Rope Assembly and Rigging industry sector and will continue to support you offering the highest standards available in the market place. To celebrate our 30th anniversary in business, we are holding an open door policy for the remainder of 2016. If you are a supplier, customer or potential partner, we would welcome you to contact us and visit our modern manufacturing facility in Retford close to the A1 in Nottinghamshire. We look forward to seeing you.
The ABTT Theatre Show, first staged in 1978, offers an exhibition, forums, workshops and product demonstrations with an opportunity for Discussion, Discovery and Development. Rope Assemblies was entered for our Tiger Lifting Chain Block system for the “Engineering Product of the Year” category which we attained a “Highly Commended” award. We are proud to be part of the organisation and its events around the UK.
Unlike other exhibitions, the purpose is to raise money to fund the work of the registered charity, The Association of British Theatre Technicians. The ABTT is the membership organisation upholding standards in technical excellence and safety for theatre and live performance. It seeks to continuously advance technical expertise in theatre and live performance and work with its membership to develop and promote best practice in all relevant crafts and disciplines. Exhibitors are effectively investing in their own industry. It works for those who are building or equipping a venue, it works for those who put on shows, it works for suppliers promoting their products and it works for students looking for a career in the industry.
Over recent months Rope Assemblies have been working on a new part of its Internet strategy with the development of a new mobile ready website. 2016 is forecasted to be a year of growth for Rope Assemblies with several investments across online media covering website development and social media activities. In Summer 2016 we have just launched our next phase website which offers an insight into all aspects of the company and its industry leading products and services.
Rope Assemblies Ltd, a main supplier of Bespoke Wire Rope Assemblies, Fibre Rope Assemblies, Fittings and Fixings have been supplying Stage and Rigging Equipment, PPE and Climbing Equipment, Lifting Equipment, Marquee Wires, Architectural and Bracing Wires, Lashings, Door Wires (including Garage Door Wires and Lorry Door Wires), Balustrade Wires and many other products since 1986.
Rope Assemblies Ltd are delighted to announce the launch of our new interactive website which is full of useful information, technical data and guides on how to use the products safely. It includes photos of us all, a video of how we work and an enquiry cart to request a quote
To launch the site we are offering a 5% discount on the next order placed by all customers, existing and new, before 31st July 2016, you must quote the reference number RAL1142 to receive this offer. The offer is limited to one order per customer.
Ann McCorkell our Technical Manager has recently attended the first LEEA Roadshow which was held in Durham during March 2016. LEEA member companies were also showcasing their latest products and services including Rope Assemblies. These events are free to attend, open to both LEEA members and non-members and all employees are made to feel welcome. The event took place in the form of two main presentations.
The two topical presentations at the event, delivered by LEEA were Proficiency Testing – presented by Craig Morelli, Senior Training Officer and Crane Accidents – presented by Geoff Holden, Chief Executive of LEEA. Craig Morelli demonstrated how proficiency testing is organised, the equipment included, the outcomes achieved and highlights the benefits this program has for LEEA members. Geoff Holden presented an article on real life crane accidents. Exploring accidents by crane type, including overhead travelling cranes, material handling cranes and lifting gantries, before outlining common accidents and sharing a series of case studies. See how poor slinging, load stability, poor choice or availability of lifting accessories, space issues, long loads, and offset centres of gravity have all had a devastating impact on lifting applications in recent years. Each presentation will also include a question and answer session
Ann McCorkell has recently been promoted to Technical Manager following her attendance on the Lifting Machines Manual Course at LEEA’s training centre in Huntingdon where she achieved a distinction for her Diploma.
We are proud to announce that we will be sponsoring Weston Park Hospital at an event on 18th March 2016 at the Ye Old Bell with the Cantamus Girls Choir performing during the evening. The event address is Ye Olde Bell Hotel & Restaurant, Barnby Moor, Retford, Nottinghamshire, DN22 8QS. The Cantamus Girls Choir and Training Choir consists of girls between the ages of 9 and 19 who come together for the sheer joy of singing and to be part of the Cantamus family. The emblem of the choir is the butterfly which evokes the transformation of girls from children to strong and beautiful young women who soar in confidence and talent. In 2013 Cantamus celebrated 45 years as one of the foremost choirs in the UK. From its humble beginnings as a group of 18 girls who were the private pupils of founder Pamela Cook, Cantamus now has over 400 past members, many of whom pursue careers in music.
Rope Assemblies is pleased to announce that we have passed our ISO9001 quality system audit. We have held our ISO 9001 2008 accreditation since February 2008 being proud of the association and benefits that it has delivered to our company. We have a continues review system in place to ensure that new products, services and procedures are encompassed within our quality system. The new version will follow a new, higher level structure to make it easier to use in conjunction with other management system standards, with increased importance given to risk.
The ISO9001 Quality Management System standard represents the world’s leading accreditation process for companies serious about quality control. Our historical accreditation standard was to the 2008 approval timeline which has now been revamped in line with recent changes. The future of ISO 9001:2015 will be to respond to the latest trends and be compatible with other management systems such as ISO 14001.
We are pleased to announce that Rope Assemblies is in attendance at LiftEx which will take place on the 11th & 12th November 2015 at the brand new purpose-built Liverpool Exhibition Centre. Now in its 11th year, LiftEx has grown to become the UK’s leading exhibition for the lifting industry, returning to its successful stand-alone format over 2 full days. We will be located at Stand number 5 so will look forward to seeing you all at the event.
The LiftEx Industry Conference will take place for the first time alongside the exhibition for on Day 2. This high level conference will feature a series of short presentations delivered by leading figures from the lifting equipment industry. Content will be non-commercial and targeted at C-level executives and material handling managers who work in every aspect of the industry, from design, manufacture, refurbishment and repair, through to the hire, maintenance and use of lifting equipment.