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Sarah Menhenitt introduces Xero accountancy system

Back in September last year we introduced you to Sarah Menhenitt who after a long stint as one of our Key Account Managers was moving into the accounts team after success in her AAT Level 3 studies.

Sarah is now heading up our accounting function with the support of our business accountants, The Peloton, in Penryn. One of the first projects that Sarah has championed is the adoption of the Xero cloud based, paperless accountancy system.

This simple automated accounting software brings another level of efficiency to our procedures, linking to our Alpha Tracker surveying system Xero brings us automated invoice generation, eliminating double handling of data and invoicing errors, saving Allium and our clients from dealing with time consuming accounting queries.

It’s all hosted online, so Sarah can log on anytime from anywhere to review our financial information. With all the time she’s saved we can’t wait to see what she introduces next!

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Control of Lead at Work Regulations 2002

Did you know that The Control of Lead at Work Regulations 2002 (CLAW) place a duty on employers to prevent, or where this is not reasonably practicable, to control employee exposure to lead?

The basis of this, similar to the CAR 2012 requires a survey to establish the presence of lead prior to undertaking refurbishment projects.

Allium have recently been supporting more knowledgeable Main Contractors with lead sampling and surveys alongside asbestos surveys on projects where old paintwork is present and will be disturbed during building works.

Our trained staff and strict decontamination and hygiene procedures allow us to address the risks to our own staff and building occupants when sampling for lead on projects.

Young children are particularly vulnerable to the toxic effects of lead and can suffer profound and permanent adverse health effects, particularly affecting the development of the brain and nervous system. Lead also causes long-term harm in adults, including increased risk of high blood pressure and kidney damage.

Lead paint was not banned in the UK until 1992, so buildings built prior to the ban which are undergoing refurbishment should have paint testing undertaken.

We can assist you with sampling and surveying for lead and advise on and arrange safe removal of lead from your premises.

For more details contact Jason Hocking, Technical Manager to review your requirements.

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West Cornwall Hospital- ADT Fire and Security

Allium were recently commissioned by ADT Fire and Security to carry out a refurbishment asbestos survey at West Cornwall Hospital in Penzance.

West Cornwall Hospital facilitates 80 beds and is a busy acute diagnostic and treatment centre. It provides in-patient and day care treatments and surgery.

Allium were asked to conduct the survey to the hospital to aid the installation of a new fire alarm system to blocks 003,01, 002, 001a , 004 and 005.

Large amounts of planning by our Project Managers was required prior to the commencement of works as the site is a fully operational and working hospital.

Our lead surveyor on the project liaised with the warden on site and together they produced a program so that we could access the wards and theatres whilst un-occupied. As soon as we had completed the survey in a particular room patients were able to re-access and gain the treatment required.

Before Allium could mobilise on site all surveyors who were going to be working on site had to undergo an induction. Our surveyors had to watch a short video and complete a test. This induction was vital in the planning of the project as without this we wouldn’t have been able to even gain access to the site.

Allium worked very closely with ADT to ensure the programming of the job ran like clockwork. Allium had to begin in the blocks requested by ADT so that as soon as we had completed our surveys ADT’s contractors could quickly come in straight after us to begin their works.

Allium are proud to have worked with ADT on the project as they are the UK’s leading integrated alarm and security systems provider for homes and businesses.

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Young People Cornwall project

We were recently asked to support Kier Construction with a building refurbishment project in aid of Young People Cornwall.

In common with many of Kier’s supply chain we undertook our work, comprising in our case of a refurbishment asbestos survey to “The House” free of charge.

Run by qualified youth workers five days a week, “The House” is a hub for youth work in St Austell. There’s Young People Cornwall-led activities every day and a host of other sessions run by specific groups too. It’s free to join and open to all.

Whether it’s music, filmmaking, volunteering or just talking, the team at “The House” helps young people explore their interests, discover new passions and achieve new heights.

With a range of certificates and accreditations on offer, it’s more than just a safe, supportive place to hang out for young people – it could change their lives.

We are delighted to have been able to assist Kier with the refurbishment project to aid this extremely important charity organisation who aim to inspire young people to reach higher, get active in the community and get excited about shaping their own future, to readdress public perceptions of youth in St Austell and build a positive image of just what these young people are capable of.

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Christmas Celebrations

Following our Annual Review and Training day on Friday 15th we were delighted to retire to the China Fleet Club in Saltash for our Staff and Partners Christmas Party, there was a great turnout with only a few who couldn’t attend.

The festivities were a great way to unwind after what seems like a very long year indeed; the food was excellent and as the majority stayed over at the venue the drink was soon flowing.

All of us at Allium would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Thanks again for all your support this year.