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Hadley Welcomes Ultra's Slashing

When Hadley Group acquired EWS Manufacturing they set out to improve facilities services by turning to their own (wholly owned subsidiary) facilities management company, Ultra Facilities Services. The turnaround of services will now deliver a 25 per cent cost saving over a 12-month period, it is claimed.

Hadley Group acquired EWS (Manufacturing) Ltd in July 2018, a specialist manufacturer of cold rolled steel products and window and door steel reinforcement. One of Hadley's first steps was to bring the company’s facility services standards in line with its own.

Ultra Facilities Services was invited to review the facilities services on site with a specific brief to provide the same or similar existing services at a more competitive price. The appointment has seen the business make considerable savings in different areas:

  • A 15 per cent cost reduction in cleaning services thanks to a change in staffing levels, shift patterns and the cost of materials. This was also helped by an investment in more efficient cleaning equipment.

  • A 20 per cent reduction in the cost of consumables. Ultra had previously negotiated with a local supplier for products such as soap, toilet paper and black bags for the parent company. Moving EWS onto those same contract terms was a relatively easy process.

  • A 50 per cent annual saving in excess of £10,000 for the collection of general waste thanks to a reduction in the number and frequency of collections as well as in the unit price of collecting each waste skip.

  • Prior to Hadley Group’s acquisition of EWS, there was no manned security on site and cameras were monitored remotely with out of hours site visits conducted by a local security firm. A simple switch to Hadley Group resources meant security monitoring was moved to Hadley Group’s existing 24/7 operation in Smethwick and site visits are now carried out using existing resources. This has resulted in direct savings of 25 per cent on service delivery.

  • Other areas of considerable cost savings were in hazardous and confidential waste. Hazardous waste was previously stored and collected in 1100 litre euro skips which were located in the centre of the factory. A move to oil drums, where a large number of 205 litre drums are now spread out throughout the site, has led to a more efficient approach to the way that these are stationed. The cost of removing confidential waste was also reduced by 40 per cent as the number of consoles and collection frequency was reviewed.

  • Finally, the Ultra help desk facility has been extended to the company at no additional cost. This allows any employee within the company to log a request for ad hoc tasks to be carried out, meaning that premises can be maintained and facility services can be managed at all times.

Steve Bayley, Business Development Manager at EWS, said: “As Ultra Facilities Services is a wholly owned Hadley Group enterprise company, we were keen to get them on board. They carried out a thorough review of our existing facilities management practices looking at cleaning, consumables, general waste, grounds maintenance and security. Since switching, our costs have reduced significantly resulting in a total saving of just over 25 per cent over a full 12-month period.”

Picture: EWS Manufacturing in Wolverhampton.

Article written by Brian Shillibeer

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