Benchpress Autumn 2019

Hello again, it was the spring edition of Benchpress when I started with;
Brexit – what Brexit? Well, we are still waiting and although I said the
uncertainty was starting to have an effect on our business I am pleased to say
that the last 6 months h

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Benchpress Autumn 2019

Hello again, it was the spring edition of Benchpress when I started with;
Brexit – what Brexit? Well, we are still waiting and although I said the
uncertainty was starting to have an effect on our business I am pleased to say
that the last 6 months h

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Benchpress Spring 2019

Brexit – what Brexit?

By the time you are reading this edition it may have happened... but I doubt it. Unfortunately the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Brexit is starting to effect our business, and the wide construction industry, with some of our

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Benchpress Winter 2018

Well, that’s another year gone!
So, we now have Christmas to
look forward to before we launch
ourselves into another promising
year for Benchmark with plenty
of orders in place on some really
interesting projects. I thought we
would go for a more

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Benchpress Autumn 2018

I hope that you all have enjoyed the exceptional summer and now it's already time for the autumn edition of Benchpress. I am not sure where the last three months, or indeed the year, have gone but as you will all know we have been keeping ourselves

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Benchpress Summer 2018

I am sharing my front page this time with Bob’s article about our latest amazing piece of work
at the Palace of Westminster because although I offered to incorporate it within my section Bob
suggested that I stick to things I actually understand! Goo

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Benchpress Spring 2018

By the time you are reading this edition of Benchpress the clocks will have gone forward an hour and spring will, hopefully, be well and truly underway with the snow and ice a distant memory. Those freezing conditions really don't help us scaffolders

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Benchpress Winter 2017

Well I expect you may be wondering why we have a photo of a Scotsman in traditional on the front page. No, it's not me, it's John Rooney who has been a driver with us at the Hanwell branch for many years, decades in fact, but he recently reached his

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Benchpress Autumn 2017

Welcome back to the autumn edition of Benchpress and the news that Team Benchmark all
survived the London to Brighton charity bike ride! We exceeded our fundraising target, set
initially at £5k, by more than double as we banked just under £12,000 (in

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Benchpress Summer 2017

It’s a bit of a mixed bag of news and updates in this edition; the first of our brand new lorries is featured
here and the second one will be on the road by the time you are reading this. Next, the two six leggers
(apparently that is what you call th

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Benchpress Spring 2017

Well, it's only been three months since Christmas Benchpress and, as promised, here is the next edition of our quarterly newsletter. I also promised photos of our two new HGV's but they will be at the body shop a week or two longer having hiab crane

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Benchpress Winter 2016

With Christmas almost upon us we have again cut it fine with the printing this
year, but assuming this is with you in time; Happy Christmas! It is in fact a year
since the last edition and it is not my intention to make this newsletter an annual
even

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Benchpress Winter 2015

Hello everyone and, if the printing went to plan and the postal service did not
let us down, you should be reading this just before Christmas. We have just
had a great record breaking year with another million pounds invested in new
materials and rep

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Benchpress Summer 2015

Hello everyone and I hope that you are all enjoying the summer so far. The theme of this first article is safety. Now I know you will
think that safety cannot be a theme; it is just something that we do and, that most of the time, we are good at. It

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Benchpress Winter 2014

Happy New Year to you all and welcome back after a well earned Christmas break. On the 9th January Benchmark Scaffolding celebrated it's 20th birthday, having undertaken well over £200,000,000 worth of work for most of the major players in construct

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Benchpress Autumn 2014

Many of you will know Lee Gallagher, shown here
being welcomed back to work by Peter Booth,
having just been re-inducted prior to taking on his
next role as site manager at our new project for Sisk
at St John’s Hill, Clapham. Lee has been off work
f

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Benchpress Summer 2014

It has been a whole year since I last wrote to you all through Benchpress and, for those of you who have missed our quarterly newsletter I confirm that we intend to revert to the previous three monthly editions going forward. For those of you who do

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Benchpress Summer 2013

Summer is here at last and with the
better weather comes positive news
regarding our recent success in
securing new work. Since the New
Year we have managed to win more,
month on month, than we are charging.
This means that our pipeline, or
balance o

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Benchpress Winter 2012

Happy New Year to you all as I welcome you back to work after the well-deserved
Christmas break. I am pleased to confirm that the Company we founded 18 years ago is
now under new ownership following 18 months of association with RCapital.
On the 11th

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Benchpress Summer 2012

Well, that all depends upon who you want to work for and how much work you want to do. Long gone are the days when
contractors used to send out tenders on a scatter gun approach to any and everyone and just select the lowest price from those
who retu

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Benchpress Spring 2012

Since I last wrote to you all in the Autumn edition of Benchpress we
have concluded our significant involvement in helping to deliver the
Olympics later this year. We can all be proud of the part we have
played in laying on the “greatest show on eart

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Benchpress Winter 2011

This unique Grade 1 listed building, situated in the historical and academic centre of Oxford, is currently undergoing major conservation restoration and modernisation programme. Funded amongst other by the Heritage Lottery fund and the Clore Duffie

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Benchpress Autumn 2011

Welcome to a slightly late and slightly thin Autumn edition of Benchpress, but things have been a little hectic
recently. However, as suggested in the last edition, we are now back to business as usual following the
change in ownership and a few twea

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Benchpress Summer 2011

By now most of you will already have read the letter that I sent to you on 22nd
July 2011 explaining the recent changes relating to our Company. On 21st July
2011 RCapital committed to a significant cash investment in Benchmark
Scaffolding Ltd and, i

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Benchpress Spring 2011

Many of you will already be familiar with our new innovation of ‘text alerts’ which is our new system for alerting our site teams of
adverse weather conditions and relevant safety information.
Currently these alerts are sent out when appropriate to a

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Benchpress Winter 2010

Welcome to the winter edition of Benchpress and
Happy Christmas to you all.
Firstly, I would like to thank everyone for continuing to work hard to help the Company back to sustainable profitable
growth after what has been a very difficult period for

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Benchpress Autumn 2010

12 months ago on 1st September 2009
Benchmark Hoists was formed as a division
of Benchmark Scaffolding!
So what have we done in that time? Not a lot
some might say!!!
We have, however, been quite successful, in
what can only be considered difficult m

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Benchpress Summer 2010

Benchmark Scaffolding have completed a pop up pavilion on the car park roof at the Westfield Stratford Site. The structure
which overlooks the Olympic sites is to serve as a pop up evening Dining Venue.
The structure which was conceived by award winn

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Benchpress Spring 2010

On 1st March 1995, Benchmark Scaffolding Ltd was born.
We were conceived on 9th January, when the Certificate of Incorporation was issued by
Companies House, and 7 weeks afterwards, we were up and running and star

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Benchpress Winter 2009

Welcome to this Christmas Edition of Benchpress as we all look forward to a well earned rest after what has been an extremely
challenging year. There is no denying that 2009 has been a very difficult period for the company, both in terms of turnover

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Benchpress Autumn 2009

You know, I’ve been re‐reading some of the past issues of our newsletter and I’ve been very
impressed with some of the articles extolling the excellent virtues of our company, reinforcing
the “can do” culture, and highlighting the quality of our work

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Benchpress Spring 2009

Since I last wrote the front page of Benchpress, in the
September edition, it is now clear that the widely
predicted recession has well and truly bitten. You
will also be aware, by virtue of the fact that you are
reading this letter, that you are sti

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Benchpress January 2009

OK so those of you
who are astute will have realised that this
issue should have been out before Christmas and therefore
would have opened with a different salutation but what’s
past is past and can’t be changed – unless you’re Ebenezer
Scrooge anywa

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Benchpress September 2008

Welcome to the September edition of Benchpress and
thanks to all of you who have made a contribution to this
and previous editions of our quarterly company newsletter.
As we say goodbye to the ‘glorious summer’ our thoughts
turn to the tough times th

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Benchpress June 2008

Twelve months on and the Northern Region has relocated to new offices adjacent the existing premises in Barnsley.
Actually we’ve re-united the existing plot as when Benchmark bought the property from ECL back in 1999 we negotiated
with them for their

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Benchpress March 2008

Or rather you do, well some of it, if you see what I mean.
For those of you who have not already heard we have been “the subject of a burglary” as the police put it,
but they are also “very sorry to hear of it”, which of course helps to soften the bl

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Bencpress December 2007

In January I contacted
the CITB, to arrange the
scaffolder training for the
whole year, only to be informed that
all their training centres in England were fully
booked for all of 2007.
We do have a training provider in Wakefield which is handy for t

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Benchpress September 2007

On 31st December 1994 I was made redundant by Formscaff
UK as they had decided to exit “the suicidal London market”
and return to their industrial roots in the North of England.
On January 9th 1995 a new company was
incorporated under the name of

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Benchpress May 2007

Paul Taylor
Managing Director—Northern Region
As a kid, like many others, I spent some time delivering
newspapers. The memory of trudging around the streets of
Sheffield with an enormous bag (no, not that sort of bag!) in
either the freezing cold,

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