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A PERSONAL TOUCH IN GEOSYNTHETICS | TCS GEOTECHNICS

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JOANNE MURRAY
SALES & MARKETING CO-ORDINATOR

GEOSYNTHETICS- A PERSONAL TOUCH

Now four months into my new role at TCS Geotechnics and starting a new year, I have been reflecting on how I got to where I am now. To join a company straight from school, when you don’t really know which direction you want your career to take, then to end up staying for 15 years, speaks volumes about that positive experience. Finding your feet and taking your place in an industry you originally knew nothing about was an achievement in itself. Additionally, learning about geotechnics and geosynthetic products has been very interesting and satisfying, particularly as many of these products work in clever and innovative ways giving effective and sustainable results.

To learn on a job and grow and develop as a person within a company is very special. Having the support of geotechnical and civil engineers and other related professionals, plus regular training all the way through my career has been very important to me. Tensar® was my one constant throughout all of my major life events including marriage, buying my first house, two children and university.

A WHOLE NEW ANGLE

When the time came to spread my wings and gain new experience elsewhere the thought of leaving one company after 15 years and going to another was a scary one. However, the beauty of moving to an existing geotechnical distributor of Tensar products, was the familiarity with those products. The opportunity to continue to contribute to the growth and sale of those innovative products and systems but from a different angle. However, the welcome challenge is that I am now dealing with a different set of customers; the merchant network and also a wider new range of geotechnical and geosynthetic products. In addition to Tensar Geogrids, there are new products for me to learn about such as geocellular confinement systems (Techcell),  woven geotextiles, invasive weed barriers (Plantex) and gabions to name a few.

The support from suppliers to stock their market leading products such as Tensar TriAx geogrids, Terram Bodpave, Dupont Plantex and Formpave Aquaflow, shows how dedicated we are to supplying only the best products to our customers.

Selling geotechnical and geosynthetic products to the market via the merchant network is an interesting business model built on excellent levels of service and customer relations. Our approach allows us to build trusting relationships with our merchant customers, which is a very important core value to TCS and something that was born out of Mark and Phil’s original experience when working in the merchant sector before they set up TCS 10 years ago.

FAMILY FEEL

Following my former Tensar Director, Ian Fraser, to TCS helped me to feel very much at home straight away.  From the word go, I settled into TCS as they have a close family-like feel. How many companies can you say the owners/directors work in the same office, joining in with the laughs but, more importantly, the day to day running of the business?  Discussions about our business strategy and product ranges take place in an open and inclusive way creating a professional and team-driven environment, reflecting the type of company that TCS is and one that is a pleasure to be involved in.

I am also proud to say that I work for a company that actively supports an apprenticeship scheme helping young school leavers learn on the job and through college placements, to be the future of TCS. I was once that school leaver and the start to my career at a successful company was an extremely important step for me.

JOANNE MURRAY

10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY | TCS GEOTECHNICS

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10 YEARS OLD

We are closely finding ourselves leaving the year of 2018 and heading into a new decade of business for TCS Geotechnics. 2018 marked the tenth year since the start of this ever expanding company, a milestone of achievement from where TCS Geotechnics originally started from.

The vision of the company is still exactly the same today as it was when the business set out 10 years ago. Building long standing relationships with our customers and suppliers and providing great service. We often say we want to be easy to deal with, it’s a simple ethos but, not as simple to deliver. Hopefully this concept has help us create a positive reputation with our customers and suppliers alike.

HOW TCS WAS FORMED

TCS Geotechnics was founded in September 2008, initially with two employees Mark Maloney and Philip Cox. Between them they have over 50 years working in the construction material industry. The story of TCS began in an small office on Bridgeman Terrace in Wigan. Over the last 10 years the business has grown significantly which now finds us owning our current head office and warehouse facility on Martland Park in Wigan and also a satellite office in Finchhampstead, Berkshire . This investment has been a customer service driven, our ever increasing stock range has enabled us to offer next day delivery nationally on a wide range of Geosynthetic products.  The business now employ’s in excess of 30 staff who continue to deliver the simple ethos of being easy to deal with which we believe is the key ingredient to the ongoing success of the business.

TIMELINE

Below is a timeline of important events for TCS Geotechincs over the last 10 years.

24th  September 2008

TCS Geotechnics (formally Technical Civils Solutions) was officially open on Bridgeman Terrace, Wigan by Phil Cox & Mark Maloney

DECEMBER 2008

Technical Civils Solutions left Bridgeman Terrace to set up at Bradley Hall Industrial Estate, Standish

MARCH 2009

Technical Civils sister company Versa Street Furniture was launched

DECEMBER 2009

Technical Civils Solutions outgrows Bradley Hall Industrial Estate and sets up at Martland Park Industrial Estate, Wigan

SEPTEMBER 2010

Adam Brooksbank, our current TCS Product Manager joined the business

FEBRUARY 2011

Technical Civils Solutions first website was launched

JUNE 2011

Kieran Burke, our current TCS Sales Manager joined the business

JUNE 2014

Ian Fraser, our current TCS Technical Director joined the business

JULY 2014

TCS joins with Tensar to become an official distributor of Tensar TriAx.

AUGUST 2014

The Southern TCS office, situated in Finchampstead is opened and occupied by Ian Fraser.

JANUARY 2015

The company has a complete marketing re-brand of graphics, website and company trading name which is now TCS Geotechnics

JANUARY 2015

A membership to join the IGS UK as UK Chapter Sponsor is accepted.

MARCH 2015

TCS become an official distributor of the Formpave Aquaflow products.

AUGUST 2015

The expansion of the premises began and TCS bought the building next door to the current unit.

DEC 2017

TCS gets onboard with Dupont and become an official distributor of Plantex weed and root control products.

NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIPS WEEK

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Apprenticeships Work’

In line with so many others this week, TCS Geotechnics want to thank our current and past crop of apprentices who have added so much value to our business. TCS has invested in the National Apprenticeship programme for over 4 years with a high degree of talent now fully employed by the business. The pathway to a great career is clear from the first day and we look forward to our current apprentices being part of our team for many years to come!!!

#NAW2018

 


Our apprentices from left to right:
Lauren Brown – NVQ Level 2 Business Administration – Apprentice Procurement
Connor Parkinson – NVQ Level 2 & 3 Business Administration – TCS Sales Executive
Megan McLoughlin – NVQ Level 2 Business Administration – Versa Head of Procurement
Rebecca Hull – NVQ Level 2 Business Administration, AAT Level 2 & 3  – Purchase Ledger / Finance Assistant TCS & Versa

NEW APPRENTICE

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TCS WELCOME A NEW APPRENTICE

New apprentice, Megan Hall has her picture take at TCS Geotechnics

MEGAN HALL | BUSINESS ADMIN LEVEL 2

TCS would like to introduce the newest member of the team, Megan Hall.

Megan joined the business on June 19th 2017 and takes up the position of Sales Administrator. Alongside this, Megan will also be working towards her Level 2 NVQ in Business Admin. This emphasises the continuing commitment TCS has investing in the apprenticeship programme and developing key skills from a young age.

Megan has jumped straight into her role with her aspirations in sight for her progression within TCS.

I am sure everyone will all join me in wishing Megan the very best of luck

Kieran BurkeSales Manager

APPRENTICESHIP SCHEME

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TCS BUSINESS ADMIN APPRENTICESHIP SCHEME

When we decided to set up our apprenticeship scheme over 3 years ago we didn’t realise the calibre of young people just leaving school.

Rebecca at a computer

Rebecca

Rebecca joined us in October 2013 as an apprentice accounts administrator. Within weeks her potential for bookkeeping and numeracy shone. After finishing her level 2 apprenticeship she has now gone on and completed her AAT level 2 and is currently working towards her AAT level 3. Rebecca can be a fully qualified Financial accountant within the next 4 years. This highlights the pathway that apprenticeships can lead to gaining valuable experience in the workplace and without the added debt of University fees.

Connor at a computer

Connor

Connor joined the sales team in July 2015 in a sales support role with tasks such as lead generation and keeping the CRM systems up to date. After a short period of time Connor became proficient in product knowledge and sales techniques and is now an integral part of the sales team.

Meganat at a computer

Megan

Megan joined the team in February 2015. Working closely as an administrator for both the sales and accounts department her skills were stronger within the sales role. Within a matter of weeks Megan took over the responsibility of managing the online transport portal and a few month later showing excellent negotiating skills she moved into procurement where she now holds a valid position within the department.