Client Newsletter April 2014

Client Newsletter April 2014
Newsletter Date:
25th April 2014
Inside This Issue
1. Message from MD
2. Latest News
3. Employee Profile
4. New Membership
5. Global HSE
Sowga featured amongst The ‘Best of The
Best’ in Global HSE Magazine
This month we have been featured alongside the B&ES’s ‘Best of
the Best’ editorial in the industry leading Global HSE Magazine
(see attached)
As a highly regarded member of the B&ES (formally HVCA) we
were invited to have an interview with the editor of the magazine
and subsequent editorial published in the April edition.
Global HSE Magazine is the voice of corporate responsibility for
organisations and business in every sector worldwide. Every
month the magazine promotes outstanding individuals &
organisations that cover a variety of different industries.
Message from the Managing Director
“Sowga featured
amongst the best of the
There are those who advocate, and those who do. There is a
huge difference between using a soapbox and actually getting
your hands dirty. I've spent many years and hours and hours of
my time doing what I do, and aiming to lead my team by
I have always maintained the same set of principles. These are
also our company principles and every member of the Sowga
team is guided by these.
The Customer is King – Focus on the customer and work
backwards from there.
Exceed expectations – Deliver what is expected plus a little
something extra.
Insist on the highest standards – Good isn’t good enough,
always strive for excellence.
Take ownership of your work – Act on behalf of the
company, never say ‘that’s not my responsibility’
We are able to measure the success of these principles through
the feedback and recognition that we consistently receive from
our customers and industry peers.
Dave Howard, MD
“New contracts
awarded to Sowga”
Latest News
New contracts awarded to Sowga!
We are delighted to have been awarded the M&E and public
health maintenance contracts at the following properties over the
last few weeks.
On behalf of Standard Life Investments
Berkshire House, High Holborn, London
2 Longwalk Rd, Stockley Park, Uxbridge
1 Dorset Street, Southampton
Royal Court, Winchester
On behalf of Native Land
118 Southwark Street, London
On behalf of Helix Property Advisors
Northcliffe House, Derby
DMGI Media, Blundells Corner, Hull
Telegraph House, Grimsby
We would like to thank the following people in relation to these
Andy Morgan - Aecom
Barry Ellis - Hilson Moran
Ross Moore - Hilson Moran
David Carlsson-Evans – SJ Higgins Property Consultants
Tom Higgins – SJ Higgins Property Consultants
Lee Price – Helix Property Advisors
Sowga go west!
A couple of weeks ago we announced that we have secured an
office premises on the outskirts of Bristol city centre and are
planning on assembling a team there in the very near future.
Alongside our goal for new opportunities we believe that by taking
this step we will be able to further develop relationships with our
existing clients.
We will keep you up to date on our progress in this area.
Employee Profile: Alex Merrison
Alex is one of our apprentices, currently training in electrical
installation and building controls engineering through the TREND
Controls Attitude Scheme.
The Attitude Apprenticeship course is a level 3 diploma in
Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) which
compromises Trend product training, technical training in BEMS
&: Electrics followed by work based learning & on the job
Alex is an enthusiastic member of the team with bags of
potential and approaches his work professionally.
He has already proven himself able to work on his own initiative
and is able to confidently communicate with clients, always
providing a high level of customer service.
Upon completion of his apprenticeship Alex will join our team of
BMS and Controls Engineers in developing bespoke solutions to
meet our customer’s needs.
We are recruiting!
Due to ongoing expansion and growth we are currently in the
process of interviewing candidates from the following disciplines;
Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
Building Services Engineering
M&E Multi-Skilled
Look out for new recruits appearing in future newsletters.
Sowga achieve membership to the
British Fire Consortium
We are delighted to have been awarded membership
to the British Fire Consortium.
The primary aims of the BFC are to maintain high quality
technical standards of its members.
All members supply quality products and highly
professional servicing for many aspects of fire
prevention and fire protection. Products and servicing
will include extinguishers, signage, alarms, sprinklers, dry
risers, emergency lighting and risk assessment together
with many additional fire safety products.
The BFC promote best practice within the fire protection
and fire prevention industry through representation with
official UK and European bodies together with other
relevant industry agencies, institutions and associations.
The BFC provide technical advice and approved
training for members and hold regular meetings,
enabling the opportunities for members to exchange
ideas, discuss issues and trends facing our industry
Our membership listing can be found here.
For further information regarding any of the content
contained within this newsletter please contact:
[email protected]
Michael Willoughby speaks to
Aaron Giudice of fully-integrated
building services company, Sowga
about achieving excellence and
asks… why the interesting name?
owga’s name comes from all the
different processes it was set
up to serve, namely steam, oil,
water, gas and compressed air.
The firm has been involved in multifarious
aspects of mechanical services since that
day in 1977. From the prefabrication
of pipework and packaged units to the
installation of complete boiler houses,
compressor houses and pumping stations.
But it has kept up with the times and,
with the addition of emerging practices,
is now a fully-integrated building services
engineering company specialising in
building services maintenance, building
management systems, controls, energy
management, M&E and HVAC systems,
access control and fire systems.
Its main markets lie within the
commercial property, luxury residential,
leisure, health care and education sectors.
In the commercial property sector, it works
on long-term contracts for clients such
as Standard Life, Jones Lang La Salle, MJ
Mapp, Hilson Moran, GBR Phoenix Beard
and SJ Higgins.
Those of particular note include One
Hyde Park and pub chain, JD Wetherspoon.
And Sowga recently completed the
£600,000 cooling tower replacement at 1
Westferry Circus, Canary Wharf.
Aaron Giudice, Business Development
Manager, puts the firm’s success down
to three watch words: maintenance,
development and growth.
And the greatest of these is
maintenance: “Our main aim will always
be to look after our current clientele
before we think about what other goals we
have,” he says. “Maintaining our existing
client relationships is the most important
element of our business and provides the
foundation for further
development and growth.”
The goal of the
company is to maintain
a high level of service
from the top to the bottom - from senior
management, through office teams, to
engineers in the field. The company ethos
is to “exceed expectations.”
“Our standards of excellence are
underpinned by the fact that we strive
for quality in all that we do, from the
services that we deliver to the people we
employ, right down to the way we address
discrepancies or concerns,” says Giudice.
The firm is fully committed to health
and safety, calling upon the expertise of
compliance firm, Citation to implement
their management system and policy. They
also rely on them to give the firm support
and updates of legislation.
As a result, Sowga has achieved Safe
Contractor accreditation, Contractor Plus
and has enrolled in the ROSPA accredited
Human Focus health and safety training
It holds the following memberships and
accreditations; Safe Contractor, Contractor
Plus, B&ES, NICEIC, ECA, GasSafe, MCS,
FGAS, Citation Approved Health and Safety
Systems, Environments agency upper tier
waste carrier license.
Compliance excellence continues down
through suppliers and subcontractors the
firm uses. All have to complete a supplier
questionnaire so we can verify their
company details, insurances, accreditations,
health and safety, policies and ISO
standards. The minimum qualifications/
accreditations it requires in employing
them are Safe Contractor (preferred),
Contractor Plus, Construction Line, CHAS.
Giudice says the firm values its
relationship with The Building and
Engineering Services Association (B&ES) as
“the most important trade association in
our industry.”
Of particular note, he adds, are
“preferential rates in a number
of areas such as company
insurance policies to SFG20
subscriptions, as well as access
to a wealth of industry support
and information covering legal,
technical and health and safety
As to what makes the
firm different, Giudice says:
“Our aim is to always exceed
expectations and we have a
track record that proves it.
“We are committed to looking after
our clients properly and building better
partnerships, delivering what our
customers want. Plus a little something
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and Leisure Properties
Specialising in building services maintenance,
building controls, energy management, M&E
and HVAC systems
“Our mission is to help our clients run more efficient and
sustainable businesses by looking after building services,
managing their energy needs and ensuring comfort for the
people they are responsible for.”
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