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October 2017 – Rope Assemblies Welcome Linda Martin As Managing Director
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”.
September 2017 – Rope Assemblies Joins the Unusual Family
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.”
September 2017 – Charity Fishing Match On 16th September 2017 At Hallcroft Fishery Retford
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.
August 2017 KONG Work Products Brochure Now Available
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.
July 2017 Annual Hog Roast Day At Rope Assemblies
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.
June 2017 Approved UK Suppliers Of All KONG Equipment
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.
May 2017 BS 795 Certification For Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Wire Strops
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.
May 2017 New Product Launched – Introducing The Tensometer (Tension Meter)
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.
April 2017 New Marquee PDF Download Available For The Spring/Summer Seasons
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.
April 2017 New Apprentice & 30th Birthday Celebrations At Rope Assemblies
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.
April 2017 10 & 20 Year Anniversaries for Our Valued Staff at Rope Assemblies
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.
March 2017 Rope Assemblies Supporting Red Nose Day
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.