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Building firm wins top award and other successes

Supplier of the Year

Nottingham based DL Rhodes & Son is celebrating after the firm beat off fierce competition from both national and international competitors to be awarded Biffa’s 2015 Supplier of the Year.

Biffa’s Recognition of Excellence Awards culminated in a glittering awards ceremony, held at the Hilton Hotel, Northampton, and after a rigorous judging process, the £900m turnover firm chose DL Rhodes & Son as its Supplier of the Year.

Nigel Rhodes, Managing Director at DL Rhodes & Son and Richard Hancock, Director at the building firm, were invited to collect the national award, which recognises the supplier that has demonstrated excellence and has directly supported Biffa’s strategic business plans.

Nigel Rhodes said: “This is a massive achievement for DL Rhodes & Son, for us to be recognised by such a prestigious firm like Biffa and to be selected as its number one supplier in 2015, it really is testament to the high standards and fantastic levels of commitment from our team.

“A lot of the work that DL Rhodes & Son complete is done around the clock to ensure that Biffa do not suffer any downtime and we pride ourselves on always turning projects around on time and within budget. This is reward for all of our hard work.”

The construction specialist has put infrastructure into Biffa’s latest technology, back in March, DL Rhodes landed a £1.5m contract to redevelop a Biffa waste recycling facility in Barking, Essex and throughout the year has performed better than any of Biffa’s 3,000 suppliers.

Before DL Rhodes & Son was announced as the winner the host said: “Without this supplier providing the very high levels of service, exceeding our expectations and delivering a high quality, low risk solution we would not have seen the improvements that we have in a number of key locations around the business, nor the improvements in customer service, site performance and employee engagement.”

Mr Rhodes added: “It is obviously always nice to be recognised but when you’re a supplier there isn’t much higher praise than being recognised by people within the industry and people who you are supplying to.

“This means that Biffa is happy with our work and we are delighted to have offered a fantastic service, this doesn’t mean we will now take our eyes off the ball, we want to win the award again.”

UK Career Development award for Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University’s Qualification in Career Guidance (QCG) team has scooped the ‘Best Practice in the use of Technology Career Development’ Award, sponsored by Prospects, at the UK Careers Development Institute Awards in Cardiff.

The Award recognises the team’s innovative use of technology to support student careers advisers on the university’s Postgraduate Diploma in Career Guidance.

The UK Careers Development Institute Awards celebrate the achievements of the career development sector and reflect the role employers play in delivering high quality and innovative career development services.

Jo Mcfadden, Senior Lecturer in Sociology in Nottingham Trent University’s School of Social Sciences, said: “The success of this project is reflected in both high levels of student achievement and feedback as well as external interest in the methods we employ.

“Our postgraduate, qualifying diploma is jointly awarded by the Career Development Institute - the sector’s professional body - and we are highly delighted to have won this award.

“The methods we employ enable students to develop their theoretical knowledge and career development skills. Carefully staged activities facilitate progressively ambitious learning and a key feature allows students, even if they are studying remotely, to learn from each other and their tutors, in a safe and supportive environment. These approaches are also being piloted to help undergraduate students develop employability skills.”

Jan Ellis, Chief Executive, Career Development Institute, added: “Our Awards identify and promote excellence in career development and Nottingham Trent University’s Qualification in Career Guidance (QCG) team has performed extremely well to be presented with our Best Practice in the Use of Technology in Career Development Award. The Awards celebrate achievement in the career development sector and help to raise the profile of our work.”