For more than 30 years, our watchwords have been ‘safety’ and ‘sustainability’ – and it looks like our pioneering attitude is finally being appreciated.
Our place as forerunners in the world of sustainable development was further cemented when Jonathan Bartley, co-leader of the Green Party, paid us a visit to learn about how we’ve made our business friendlier for our staff and the environment.
What he found on his visit (which was broadcast via Facebook Live) was a handful of happy workers working in a self-sustaining, environmentally conscious factory.
Less work, higher productivity
Simple pragmatism led us to enact a shorter working week 30 years ago. On a Friday afternoon every payday, we noticed that our employees enjoyed a drink with their wages, then would return to operate equipment in evenings while under the influence.
Needless to say, this was a bigger health and safety hazard than even the 1970s would allow, so we decided to give our employees the afternoon off every Friday.Read More
After President Trump’s controversial exit from the Paris accord, it was heartening to see how quickly business leaders from around the world voiced their concerns and disapproval.
Industry may not have always had the cleanest environmental record, but the recent outrage is a clear sign that change is already well under way.
As is certainly the case at Ormiston Wire, where a comprehensive environmental policy has long been at the heart of our business.
In light of the current political climate, it’s more important than ever to reaffirm and share our commitment to sustainable development.Read More
Over the past 50 years, the strength of industry has unquestionably weakened.
Where factories once stood side by side, now only a few remain. Where everyone in a household had some stake in the local steel mill or manufacturing plant, now most people earn their daily crust from office or retail jobs.
Which is why it’s important to always have a stake in the past, a person who can still recall the golden age when manufacturing industries were at their peak.
Our oldest and most long-standing
We’re lucky enough to have someone in the Ormiston Wire family who’s lived through these glory days. Mickey Gervaux began working with us when he was just 14, and has lived through five decades of industry changes, experiencing the prosperous times and the turbulent ones.
Now aged 67, Mickey is the perfect analogy for Ormiston Wire’s working practices – steady, reliable and always there for you, no matter the health of the manufacturing industries in Britain.
During the time that Mickey’s spent with us, we’ve maintained a successful company that’s elevated in reputation as time has gone by. And as we move into 2017, we’ll remain in rude health for a long time to come.
Our armed forces are an indispensable part of British society. But when they return home, care and support for our ex-servicemen and women is almost critically underfunded.
Up to 9,000 army veterans are thought to be homeless, while many others struggle to find a new job that’s sympathetic to the skills they’ve accrued in the military.
While these are big issues at any time of the year, they fall into sharp focus on November 13th – Remembrance Sunday.Read More
As we move into an arguably more ethical age, understanding where your products come from has become central to the consumer experience. It’s why the advert for your breakfast bar boasts that it’s all-natural, and why the guy in the indie coffee shop you visit tells you about the beans he sourced from Central Africa.
Underneath this need for greater transparency in the sourcing of produce lies a broader understanding of the world around us, knowledge that every consumer should take at least a little more responsibility for the items they buy.Read More