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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

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ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL YEAR | TCS GEOTECHNICS

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ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL YEAR FOR TCS GEOTECHNICS

Well, here we are at the end of yet another year. 2018 has been a very successful year for everyone here at TCS Geotechnics, as we continue to provide excellent support, service and key geotechnical products into the construction industry. This year saw TCS hit the 10 year milestone of industry trading. This is something we are extremely proud of and is a great achievement, showing just how far we have come since the company was first formed and it also shows our determination & dedication as the number one market leading geotechnical supplier. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our customers and long may the relationships continue.

Our sales team has also seen a few changes. Our very own Jonny Wood has been promoted to Assistant Sales Manager. Well done Jonny!

Joanne Murray

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Jonny Wood

Dan Cox

Joanne Murray has now joined us and brings with her 15 years of industry experience from a major geotechnical manufacturer. Dan Cox has also joined us as a Sales Administrator. Dan is working towards his NVQ Level 2 in Business Administration and currently manages external logistics for TCS. Welcome Joanne and Dan.

WHAT 2018 BROUGHT TO TCS

We formed a brand new relationship with DuPont to sell solutions for weeds and root protection in the landscaping industry. DuPont manufacture a range of different products under the brand of Plantex. DuPont Plantex products are dedicated to prevent weed growth, suppress invasive plant species, such as Japanese Knotweed, and redirect tree roots from growing under pavements or man-made structures. Partnering with DuPont has enabled TCS Geotechnics to enter a specific section of the landscaping market, which is already proving to be a success.

Our partnership with Tensar is going from strength to strength, as we jointly support and promote Pavement Optimisation, using Tensar TriAx Geogrids. In a nutshell, Pavement Optimisation allows for asphalt reduction and aggregate reduction to lower initial costs and/or extend the life of your road, car park or other surfaced trafficked areas, over different design variations. Let us obtain a free project specific application suggestion for you to see what you can save on your project. Please contact us for more information.

Another successful partnership for TCS Geotechnics throughout 2018 has been with Terram Geosynthetics. Terram is a market leader in the design and manufacturer of innovative geosynthetics and there has been an historical relationship between the two companies since we placed our first order in 2010. Since then this partnership has developed year on year and 2018 saw TCS taking into stock many of Terram’s market leading products, such as Terram 1000 and Terram 2000 non-woven geotextiles. TCS are now excited to stock Bodpave 85! Terram Bodpave 85 grass pavers / paving grids are a strong interlocking 100% recycled cellular porous plastic paving grid system for grass reinforcement, ground stabilisation and gravel retention for regular trafficked surfaces. Bodpave 85 has added to the polymer paving range we can offer to our valued customers and it has proven to be a great success. We look forward to enhancing our relationship with Terram throughout 2019 and expanding upon our Terram stock offerings.

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR IN 2019

We are currently in the process of designing our 2019 Geotechnical brochure with the addition of new partnerships and products to make it as up to date as possible. Don’t forget to be on the lookout for when the new brochure will be available and make sure you get a copy.

We would like to thank all of our customers and suppliers for your continued support over the last year and hope you have a Merry Christmas and a fantastic new year.

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TCS INTERNAL FOOTBALL GAME | TCS GEOTECHNICS

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THE OFFICE Vs WAREHOUSE

Wednesday 5th December saw the inaugural TCS Sales Team take on the TCS Warehouse Side in a 7 v 7 Football match at Standish High School, Wigan.

The match was played in damp conditions and it took several minutes for either side to get use to the slick surface.

But, it was the sales team who certainly made the better start as Connor Parkinson intercepted a loose ball, took on 2 defenders to slot a lovely finish into the corner of the net. Momentum with the sales team saw them double their lead a few minutes later when Parkinson floated a perfectly placed corner into the path of Director Mark Maloney who timed his run perfectly to bury a finish past the hapless keeper…2-0!!

Memories of a 1980’s Wimbledon saw the sales team score again when Goalkeeper (& IT Guru) Matt Burgess played a long pass into the path of Product Manager Adam Brooksbank who strolled past a defender to coolly finish to make it 3-0.

The Warehouse team at this point started to rally and quickly reduced the lead to 3-2 with 2 quick fire goals. It was nearly parity when Burgess steamed out his goal to stop an attack but misjudged his position as the warehouse teams leading marksman (Ryan Burke) stepped around him. His efforts were thwarted by 2 goal line clearances from defender & Sales Manager Kieran Burke.

Mike Davies was keeping the opposition at bay with a solid defensive display and things got the better for the TCS Sales Team when a perfectly placed pass from Kieran Burke to Connor Parkinson, lead the latter to a shot on goal. The opposition keeper pulled off a superb save only for Jonny Wood to use superb instincts to finish and make the game 4-2.

Hard running on a large pitch from Dan Cox (Sales Administrator) Wood, Maloney, Brooksbank and Parkinson kept the pressure on the warehouse side but credit to the them, they somehow managed to claw it back with 2 quick fire goals. The second very much reminiscent of Jordan Pickford from the Merseyside derby as Burgess somehow managed to palm the ball from woodwork to opposition striker.

With 1 minute remaining, heartbreak for the Sales Team. A scramble in the penalty area saw a loose pass fall to warehouse operative Josh Caldwell who slammed it home with literally the last kick of the game.

All sets up nicely for a return fixture in the near future….hopefully with a different result!!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.