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A Huge Thank You to Our SUPER-6

A Huge Thank You to Our SUPER-6

The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us many things. One of the key lessons learned is that heroes come in all shapes and sizes…and a huge array of job roles.

Amongst those on the frontline of keeping the country moving – in more ways than one – during the pandemic has been our team of HGV Drivers. Dedicated and committed to getting the job done, regardless of the challenges involved, our team of Paul Oxborrow, Peter Bolshaw, Wesley Smith, Mark Robinson, Paul Brown and Ken Woods are now affectionately known as the SUPER-6 here at AIS Vanguard, thanks to their central role in delivering projects during lockdown.

Not only was this team key to our ability to deliver time-critical, complex and diverse projects across the country during lockdown, they were also involved in mobilising the Nightingale Field Hospitals. We were part of the integrated team that transformed events spaces into hospitals within days across the UK, and our SUPER-6 team of drivers were at the sharp end of that challenge, with responsibility for delivering the right assets to the right place, aligned to a time-sensitive programme.

It’s impossible to overstate how proud the company is of the way in which the whole AIS Vanguard team has stepped up and approached the crisis with a can-do attitude so that we could continue to keep our promises to our customers.

Our HGV drivers have taken a no-nonsense approach to getting the job done, day-in-day-out, week after week during lockdown. They have worked far away from home, and often over weekends where necessary, to get the job done safely and on time. They’ve consistently gone the extra mile, not just for the Nightingale Hospital projects, but for every job that needed our involvement. Thanks to our SUPER-6, production equipment has been moved from A to B to keep supply chains running, contributing to the whole national effort; from hospitals to supermarket shelves.

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The success of AIS Vanguard has always been built on teamwork; amongst the interdisciplinary team we employ and across the collaborative partnerships with clients. It’s been inspiring to see just how embedded that culture, driving our team to give their all to support our customers and our colleagues during the challenging times of COVID-19.

It’s clear that the ‘new normal’ will continue to require an agile approach and can-do mindset and our SUPER-6 have proved that they have those attributes in spades. On behalf of our colleagues, our leadership team and our clients, we want to say thank you to all six of them, we are very proud of what you’ve achieved.

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The Top Five Reasons Why Customers Choose AIS Vanguard

The Top Five Reasons Why Customers Choose AIS Vanguard

Whether a project is single machine move or a factory relocation complete with CDM, they are all unique and all have a degree of risk.   The planning, preparation and implementation required to make them safe and successful takes time and resources.  It requires specialist plant and equipment, attention to detail and years of experience in a highly skilled team to make a difficult task look simple.   It’s not core business to most companies and is why they come to us.

Outsourcing complex, safety-critical and logistically challenging industrial services projects makes sound commercial and operational sense, but making that decision is only the first step. More challenging is deciding which industrial services specialist to work with to minimise risk, costs and disruption. These are just a few of the reasons why our customers choose to come to AIS Vanguard.

 

  1. We work with you, not just for you

Our approach to every project is to begin with the principle that you know your business and your commercial and operational priorities better than we do. That’s why collaboration with your team is so important.  We work with you to understand the critical parameters we need to consider so that we can offer you realistic deadlines and accurate costs, working around your operational needs and addressing any challenges during the planning phase. We work with you throughout the project, adjusting the programme to any unexpected changes and keeping you up to date with clear and regular communication.

2. We make it easier for you to keep everything under control

Every project has assigned management & supervision proportionate to the works. A project lead in place, to understand and interpret the brief and deliver the planning, documentation, mobilisation and efficient execution on site.  This means that you know you’re in safe hands from the outset and that you have a single point of contact if you need to get in touch or have any questions. Our project managers and supervisors are experienced industrial services experts and will be proactive in communicating with you throughout the project, from contract award to final invoice. 

3. We offer interdisciplinary expertise within a joined-up team

At AIS Vanguard, we have our own fleet of vehicles transport and specialist lifting equipment and employ our own multi-disciplined team. That means we can always ensure you have the skills and assets needed to carry out your project, no matter how niche or complex. Working in this way not only underpins quality and safety but also prevents delays because we don’t have to rely on third parties.

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4. We can be where you need us, when you need us

Whether you need to move assets around a single site or redeploy them in another location, our national network of branches means that we can be on hand locally, wherever your assets are and wherever you need them to get to. Our resources are available when they’re needed so we can always use the most appropriate equipment and team for the job and work within your timescales.

5. You can rely on the highest standards of health & safety due diligence

We have clear Quality and HSE processes and procedures in place across everything we do and we’re committed to ensuring they are upheld on every project. Planning for every project includes a bespoke risk assessment and all our managers, supervisors and foreman hold a safety qualification.

Our teams hold all the necessary certifications and training for the tasks they are assigned and for the equipment they are using, to give you complete confidence that every operation will be a safe environment for your team and ours.

These are just five of the reasons that our customers come to AIS Vanguard for a can-do approach to getting the job done efficiently, safely and on time. We pride ourselves not just on being experts in our field, but on being a team that’s easy to work with and reliable at every touch point. When our customers need us, we’re there for them, and that’s what brings them back to us time and again.

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Celebrating 30 years of service from Steve Steele

Celebrating 30 years of service from Steve Steele

Wigan branch manager Steve Steele celebrates 30 years of service with AIS Vanguard this week. Steve is a hugely valued member of the company, known by his colleagues for his integrity and trusting management style as well as his unrivalled budget control skills.

Steve joined the original Ainscough family back in 1990 and his loyalty has seen him grow and adapt with the company through 30 years of progress. The thriving Wigan branch, full of team spirit, is testament to his effort and experience.

Matt Ainscough, group CEO of Ainscough Industrial Services, commends Steve’s huge achievement: ‘On behalf of everyone at AIS, I’d like to congratulate my longstanding colleague and valued team member Mr Steve Steele on 30 years’ service with the company.

‘When Steve joined us the ‘World Wide Web’ was little more than an idea, the first Gulf War was just beginning, and most importantly the Happy Mondays were twisting people’s melons at the top of the charts.

‘A lot has changed since then, and I’ve had the pleasure of working with Steve in one form or another for about 25 of those years. Throughout it all, he’s been a loyal and hardworking person who has played a great part in making our business the success it is today.

‘Thanks very much, Steve!’

Steve’s invaluable contribution has also been recognised by his team at the Wigan branch. Jason Shacklady, AIS Vanguard operations manager, says: ‘Over the years, Steve has shown fantastic loyalty both to the company and to his team at the Wigan branch. As one of the few remaining cornerstones of the ‘Ainscough’ family, he’s been through all of the highs and lows, and his loyalty, dedication and integrity has never wavered.


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‘Steve shows complete trust and confidence in his staff, allowing them the autonomy to get on with what they do best. This approach has been key to the success of the branch and allowed it to prosper over the years. The rewards are there for all to see in the strong team bond that we all share.

‘Without doubt though, Steve’s most shining – if sometimes not his most endearing – quality, is cost control! To work with Steve is to witness his ‘Ninja-like’ cost saving abilities. His trademark budget management might be a source of fun to the team but is also a real skill, and crucial to ensuring the branch remains successful.

‘We’ve had lots of laughter and tears over the years. Congratulations Steve, here’s to another 30 years… ok perhaps not!’

Steve’s contribution to AIS Vanguard is hugely appreciated by the company, with countless colleagues passing on their own congratulations and hopes for an even longer working relationship. Group CEO Matt Ainscough jokes, ‘You get a carriage clock at 50 years, Steve, so keep going!’

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Preparing the Workplace for Socially-Distanced Operational Efficiency

For all businesses, the COVID-19 pandemic has been a commercial curved ball that has required some major re-thinking of operational norms. In the manufacturing and logistics sectors, many companies have had to adjust quickly with measures such as PPE, daily health checks, split shifts and changes to capacity. As we look ahead to an easing of the lockdown restrictions, it’s clear that we will not be going back to business-as-usual, so the question now is how do we prepare for the new normal on the factory floor?

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Planning for Recovery in the Manufacturing Sector

As some of the countries affected by the COVID-19 pandemic begin to ease their economies out of lockdown conditions and talk turns to exit strategies, manufacturers also need to plan how to transition from shut-down to operational status

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AIS Vanguard Delivers BOC Oxygen to Fight Against COVID-19

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As you’ll undoubtedly be aware, the COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to sweep the globe and it is vitally important that everyone, businesses and individuals all do their bit to fight against the virus.

London’s ExCel centre is just one of the various venues scoped out by the NHS to transform into a hospital to help treat the sick. ExCel London will become NHS Nightingale Hospital with 4,000 beds all equipped with ventilators and oxygen which AIS Vanguard delivered on behalf of BOC. This movement has been done to relieve the already pressured hospitals across the UK as the NHS prepares for the ‘tsunami’ of the pandemic.

The movement of equipment is a standard service from AIS Vanguard, however, given the current climate, we feel it is our duty to step up and help in any way we can. This includes going out of our usual remit, where necessary. The movement of liquid oxygen and ventilators for BOC ensures each bed has the resources required to fight against the virus.

Alongside ExCel, the NEC located in Birmingham and the Manchester Arena have also been scoped to become hospitals to help fight against the virus and AIS Vanguard are ready to continue the fight and help where necessary to ensure our hospitals and treatment facilities have everything required from BOC to effectively treat patients.

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Continuing to Help

It is important that everyone in the UK does their part to help stop the spread and flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic. AIS Vanguard are here to help and to serve to ensure treatment is delivered to those who need it.

Our wholly-owned fleet means we’re available and happy to help support businesses in any way we can during the #COVID19 emergency, find out how AIS Vanguard can help your business throughout this unprecedented time.


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AIS Vanguard Production Support For COVID-19

Production Support for COVID-19

As you are undoubtedly aware, the COVID-19 pandemic is currently sweeping the globe. Our clients deserve to know what we have done, what we are currently doing and how we can continue to help all industries with production support for COVID-19.

Our multi-site, nationwide service ensures that we have the flexibility and resources to reallocate staff across the UK, should the need arise. Due to our continued investments in technology, equipment, storage facilities and employees, it enables us to continue supporting new and existing clients during high-demands from the current UK market needs.

During this time, we are proud to continue our 24/7 service and be on-hand when we are needed the most. Extreme measures have been put in place to make sure that our staff and clients are safe during all operations, including high levels of cleanliness and minimal close contact with colleagues, suppliers and clients.

We are very fortunate to have in-house skilled employees and do not rely on external contractors or companies to carry out our work. By having this in place, it enables us to fulfil fast moving projects without being disrupted from temporary closures by third party support.

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Whether it’s the movement of machinery, stock or medical equipment, AIS Vanguard is here to help – as you will have heard many times now, we are all in this together.

How we can Support:

  • Production Line Relocations, Installations, Connections & Maintenance
  • Equipment & Machinery Recommissioning
  • Equipment & Machinery Moving
  • Equipment & Machinery Installations
  • Transport & Storage Services
  • Inventory Management


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Help in the Production of Ventilators

As the UK responds to the Covid-19 virus, one of the key challenges will be managing supply chains to ensure enough resilience to cope with fluctuations in demand and operational limitations such as restricted imports and a reduced workforce.

AIS are poised with various contingency strategies for reconfiguring production facilities to maximise output for priority items and utilising vacant or decanted space to optimise storage, enabling just-in-time despatch and response to spikes in order volumes.

We have a nationwide coverage across the UK with a wealth of experience and industry knowledge across our teams along with a comprehensive fleet of equipment. Our extensive engineering expertise and high quality and safety standards deliver value and quality to a wide breadth of industry sectors including but not limited to Aerospace, Automotive, Food & Beverage, Pharmaceutical, Petrochemical and Heavy Industry.

AIS Vanguard has been built based on our reputation on reliability, quality and safety within the industrial market, and as such we are recognised as one of the UK’s leading experts for machinery relocation and removals.

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How we can Support:

  • Production Line Relocations, Installations, Connections & Maintenance
  • Equipment & Machinery Recommissioning
  • Equipment & Machinery Moving
  • Equipment & Machinery Installations
  • Transport & Storage Services
  • Inventory Management


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COVID-19 Support for Manufacturing Supply Chain from AIS Vanguard

As you are undoubtedly aware, the COVID-19 pandemic is currently sweeping the globe. Our clients deserve to know what we have done, what we are currently doing and how we can continue to help all industries during this time.

Whether it’s the movement of machinery, stock or medical equipment, AIS Vanguard is here to help. We are maintaining a 24/7 service during this challenging period, which means we’re on hand when you need us most.

Measures are in place to make sure that our staff and clients are safe during all operations, including high levels of cleanliness and minimal close contact with colleagues, suppliers and clients.

Our skilled in-house team provides reliable support for business-critical projects because our services do not depend on third party contractors or companies. This means our customers’ projects are never disrupted due to supply chain issues.

Our multi-site, nationwide service ensures that we have the flexibility and resources to re-allocate staff across the UK, so we can support you where you need us most. Our continued investment in technology, equipment, storage facilities and employees mean we’re ready to meet high levels of demand throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

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AIS Vanguard has been built based on our reputation on reliability, quality and safety within the industrial market, and as such we are recognised as one of the UKs leading experts for machinery relocation and removals.

How we can Support:

  • Production Line Relocations, Installations, Connections & Maintenance
  • Equipment & Machinery Recommissioning
  • Equipment & Machinery Moving
  • Equipment & Machinery Installations
  • Transport & Storage Services
  • Inventory Management


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COVID-19 and AIS Vanguard’s Support

There is no mistaking, we’re in a period of real uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But, collectively, we’ll rise to the challenge and emerge from it smarter and more thoughtful as an entire retail-focused community.

The team want to express their thanks and appreciation for the retailer, brand and supply partners across the globe. Those on the front line who are delivering incredible service meeting the demands of worried customers. To employees in grocery and retail stores who are on the front line serving the public; and those working in logistics departments who are running at full capacity to help keep shelves stocked, we thank you.

Support During COVID-19

Here at AIS Vanguard we continue to support our retail, supply and branded clients to ensure we get the packs to shelf as fast as possible.

Our multi-site, national locations ensure we have the flexibility and resources to reallocate staff should the need arise. Continued investment in technology, systems and our people enable us to operate as normal. Our team also have the necessary equipment and support to work from home or remotely from site. This will not compromise levels of service. We also have the technology in place to replace in-person meetings with video conferencing, thereby preventing any unnecessary travel.

All site operations will continue so long as our clients allow activity. Please be assured we are fully co-operative with government guidelines on handwashing, safe distance and will adhere to any site rules adopted to deal with the risk.

The health and safety of our team, clients, supply chain and other stakeholders – including their families and friends – remains our number one priority. Together with delivering the very best service to our clients on or off-site.

Implementing Further Measures

As the situation surrounding COVID-19 evolves, we are continuing to monitor the latest advice from Government and are implementing multiple preventative measures.

We must come together to support one another during this time and if you have any questions or requirements for any of the services attached, please do not hesitate to contact us AIS Vanguard.

We are all in this together.