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.
Isleworth based Ormiston Wire, a leading wire specialist and braid manufacturer and supplier, has been awarded the Hounslow Business Award for Best Green Business.
The award recognises Ormiston Wire’s ongoing commitment to environmental policy and sustainability procedures. Ormiston Wire, a sixth generation family owned business which has been operating for over 220 years, is one of the industryís leading supporters of environmental sustainability. The wire manufacturer has previously been commended with the Queen’s Award for its achievements in sustainable development.Read More
Thursday 20 October 2011; Mary Macleod Conservative MP for Brentford and Iselworth mentions Ormiston Wire in response to a statement from the Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change Charles Hendry.
The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change (Charles Hendry) There are a number of Government policies that support small and medium-sized enterprises. The green deal, for example, will be available to SMEs when it is launched next year. It will enable them to improve the energy efficiency of their properties, thereby reducing carbon emissions and energy costs. The green deal will also drive demand for energy efficiency products and services, from which SMEs will be able to benefit.
Mary Macleod Ormiston Wire in Isleworth has previously won the Queen’s award for sustainable development, and has a wealth of experience in wind turbines, solar panels and energy-efficient lighting. Will the Government ensure that SMEs such as Ormiston Wire are represented in the discussions on the green deal, to ensure that SMEs are given real support for any energy-efficient schemes?
Charles Hendry I am delighted to hear from my hon. Friend of the steps that Ormiston Wire has taken; they are typical of the measures that many companies have taken. The green deal is a way of encouraging SMEs to put in place energy efficiency measures, and I am glad to see that they are taking advantage of that. The feed-in tariff regime will also encourage them to look at microgeneration.Read More