Focusing on expansion and development - Project SPUD
- 17 Aug 2016
Unitspark started in 1987 and has been operational under its current owners for 20 years. Unitspark operate as a specialist engineering firm, producing and installing bespoke solutions to the water industry.
The company has grown from humble beginnings to a £2m plus turnover company. With the skills of their highly trained workforce, they offer unique solutions to engineering problems. Not only are they a specialist in the water industry, Unitspark also operates many other fields including construction and manufacturing for local industries.
Their excellent fleet of 8 vehicles consists of 4 Ford Transit panel vans, 2 Ford Transit flatbeds ( 3.5t and 4.6t),
1 Iveco Eurocargo flatbed (7.5t), and 1 Ford Fiesta van. All of their flatbeds are fitted with hiab cranes so that they can carry out their own installations. Additionally all their vehicles are fitted with TomTom satellite navigation.
Operating in Herts, Bucks, Essex, Kent, London and the M4 corridor Unitspark manufacture bespoke metal work. They then deliver to sites for their own site teams to install. All of their transportation is carrying their own manufactured goods, equipment and labour from their workshops to sites.
They currently have their own highly trained workforce, and only use subcontractors for specialist services such as crane hire, scaffolding, electrical engineers and hydraulic engineers.
Unitspark are members of Achilles and SafeContractor and the FORS scheme. They have been Bronze members of FORS since September 2014, and are currently putting the final touches to their application for Silver accreditation.
FORS Bronze has allowed the company to develop and display their commitment to legal compliance and Health and Safety whereas Silver and Gold go above and beyond. Silver is where you really start monitoring your performance as an operator and start to make those changes to the company where your vehicles are safer, your drivers are safer and you start to alter the impacts the company has on the industry, the community and the environment.
The membership also helps assure both their customers and the public that they are operating safely, legally, and doing everything that they practicably can to improve their transport systems. It also helps them to tender for works where Health and Safety is a number one priority.
As a company, they manage their internal systems frequently and constantly look for ways to evolve and improve the service they provide. As a FORS operator, it is their responsibility to ensure their systems are kept up to date with current standards, and that their drivers are fully aware of how they can operate in order to maximise the safety of their vehicle and the safety of others.
Unitspark places Health and Safety as its number one priority, and their unblemished record is a reflection of this. They operate in confined spaces and high risk locations, and ensure that all equipment and PPE meets the requirements of the work. Furthermore they ensure all employees are fully trained to the Health and Safety requirements of the environment and jobs.
Unitspark is proud to acknowledge its achievement score of 96% with Achilles as part of their audit of Health and Safety, quality and environmental competencies. The company have become involved in “The Observatory” project by “SPUD”, engineering a movable base for the sculptural installation that becomes an intervention, a space, a platform, a shelter, and a look-out for a series of artist's residencies to take place.
Unitspark has developed from a very small set up with a couple of employees to a well organised, effcient business employing over 30 employees. With their ambition focused on expansion and development into other key industries they are a business that is going places.