Football fever has hit Denholm Rees & O’Donnell’s Liverpool home, but its not England’s World Cup qualification or the dramas of the Premiership that are causing the excitement. The company recently started sponsoring local side Lydiate St Thomas FC Juniors and it’s their weekend exploits that sports fans at Denholm’s are now avidly following.
Playing in eye-catching orange with the Denholm’s name and logo on the front of the strip, the team has made an impressive start to the season. The boys are currently third in the league and won their most recent match in spectacular style, walking off the pitch 5-1 victors.
Heart of the community
Although Denholm’s now has the capability to deliver its quality products and expert services across the world, its heritage is deeply connected to this area. The company has been based on its original site among residential streets in Aintree for 82 years, and is very much a part of this neighbourhood.
“This part of the country is famous for its football clubs – and
the passion of its fans,” says Ian Johns, Manufacturing Director
at Denholm Rees & O’Donnell. “Grass-roots football has always been
at the heart of the local community and we are proud to be
associated with that."
“Lydiate St Thomas FC Juniors is a team of hard-working, talented
young players and we are delighted to be supporting them. We’ve
all been enjoying their recent successes and who knows, perhaps
among them are some of the stars of the future!”
The New Lydiate St Thomas Team Strip
Outfield (L) and GoalKeeper (R)
In line with growing economic confidence across the UK, Denholms are pleased to report another successful year for 2012-13. Both Denholm, Rees, O’Donnell Ltd and sister company C E Edwards Ltd in Stoke on Trent have had profitable trading years in line with expectations.
It is always good to see positive finances at the end of a year, the success is founded on consistent, positive action to ensure that the companies continue to deliver service at the highest level:
Throughout the year there has been a continuing programme of investment both in plant and machinery and on the company premises in Liverpool and Stoke. New machinery ensures that work can be done efficiently to the highest specification while changes to shop floor layout help to maximise effective workflow.
Consistent engagement with staff
The best equipment is meaningless without well qualified staff to operate it. Over the past year, there has been a real focus on maintaining the highest levels of skill across the workforce while commitment to an ongoing apprentice programme helps to ensure that skills are being developed in the younger members of the team ready to support and ultimately ‘pick up the reins‘ as older staff reach retirement.
Delivering the best service
Good working conditions and the latest machinery, coupled with well trained staff makes a powerful combination and this is the platform from which Denholm, Rees, O’Donnell and C E Edwards look forward to continuing success in the coming year.
Following the recent retirement of Denholm’s senior inspector Bill Peterson and another imminent retirement, there have been some significant changes in the Inspection & Quality department at Denholm, Rees, O’Donnell.
Change is always an opportunity for review and refinement and here is no exception. With new business creating a growing workload, it was clear that Inspection could have become a potential bottleneck. To address this, the department has been physically rearranged to create more space which has allowed the inspection team to be expanded to 3 fully trained and experienced inspectors plus an apprentice who is also learning the skills of quality management.
The new team is also a younger team – a great platform for solid reliable inspection over the coming years.
As part of our ongoing programme of investment and improvement, we are installing a new, enhanced telephone system at our Albany Road site in Liverpool.
Due to upgrades in the exchange provision, it has proved necessary to change the DDI Direct Dial numbers on our new system. Our main office telephone number has not changed and remains:
Main Office Number : 0151 525 1663
Here are the new direct dial numbers for key departments and personnel:
- Wendy Bailey – 0151 530 2081
- Terrie Harris – 0151 530 2082
- Nicola Mayo – 0151 530 2083
- Alan Hayes – 0151 530 2084
- Tony O’Donnell – 0151 530 2085
- Steve Roberts – 0151 530 2086
- Ian Johns – 0151 530 2095
- Tony Seddon – 0151 530 2087
- Barry Stewart – 0151 530 2088
- Ian Hennessey – 0151 530 2089
- Nick Hayes – 0151 530 2090
- Gary Dunbabin – 0151 530 2092
- Ian Leek – 0151 530 2093
- Steve Davies – 0151 530 2094
The new, expanded
production engineering office
Hard at work inside the new office
With Steve Davies joining our production engineering team as reported here, Denholm’s recognised that we also needed more space to house everyone!
To meet this need we have significantly extended the Production Engineering Office at our Liverpool site.
The larger facility will house extra staff necessary to maintain production of detailed quality and specification reports needed by customers for the specialist work handled by Denholms and also our sister operation C E Edwards in Stoke.
If you have any questions about the expansion, or wish to discuss anything else with us, please get in touch.
Denholm’s are pleased to announce that Steve Davies has joined our Production Engineering Team.
Although based primarily at our Liverpool site in Aintree, Steve will have responsibility for Production Engineering both at Liverpool and at our Stoke site.
As operations become more integrated, our aim is to reinforce production engineering and planning across the whole company to ensure that we maintain and enhance service levels to our customers as our workload grows.
We have always prided ourselves on great working relationships between everyone at Denholm Rees O’Donnell and this is perfectly demonstrated by the picture on the left and the recent retirement of Norman Hay after 49 years.
Norman started work on the site in 1963 with Aintree company Burn Engineering Ltd. The company closed In 1988, and Denholms offered jobs to Burn employees, so beginning Norman Hay’s long relationship with Denholm Rees O’Donnell.
When the time came to think about retirement it was his colleagues in his own production cell who organised to mark the occasion.
Cell Leader Joe Paton (seen above with Norman during the presentation) arranged a collection with which they bought a commemorative gold watch which was presented to Norman by all members of his cell-team.
We all wish Norman a long and happy retirement.
Denholm Rees O’Donnell is a business with a family tradition stretching back over 80 years.
We are pleased to announce the arrival of the next generation as Rebecca O’Donnell, granddaughter of founding member Charles O’Donnell, joins DRO as a Director and Board Member.
Already a successful businesswoman in her own right having built and run her own business for over 15 years, Rebecca brings a wealth of experience to the company.
“As a business focussed on delivering the best in engineering excellence, it is important that the DRO board includes a high level of technical knowledge and capability. This said, we find that the wider perspective of having a non-engineer in the board can bring experience and skills to the company that give us the edge and make Denholm, Rees, O’Donnell the success we have today.”
Alan Hayes – Managing Director
Last Autumn we announced that Denholms were contemplating a move to new premises.
Inevitably, an important element of this move was to sell the current site on Albany Road – a task not helped by the current economic climate. A lack of meaningful offers for the site coupled with continuing growth of business at Denholms has meant the Denholms mangement team has had to do what they do best – move with the times and turn setbacks into opportunities. Making a decision to stay put has opened up other avenues to take the business forward.
Denholms Finance Director, Steve Roberts says:
It is frustrating that the general economic climate means
such slow progress on our plans to move but one thing we
do know is that we can't stand still. We are seeing strong
business growth and now that we have taken the decision
to put the move on hold, this frees up money for other
projects. As a priority we are looking to refurbish our
Albany Road premises and replace some of our older machines
with more of the state-of-the-art tools which enable us to
maintain and develop our position as leading sub-contract
We hope to have more news on this very soon.
Maintaining a skilled and dedicated workforce is vital to the success of Denholm Rees O’Donnell and, following the decline the training of engineers across the UK in the 1980s and 90s, the company took the decision that developing the next generation of engineers from within was the only way to ensure needs could be met.
This decision has proved its value many times over. Denholms typically have between 5 and 7 apprentices at any one time with 1 or 2 being taken on each year, and 1 or 2 skilled engineers graduating from the programme.
Continuing success has been demonstrated recently with 2 apprentices; Colin Coventry and Chris Richards graduating from their apprenticeships with flying colours – and both moving into full-time positions on the Denholms’ shop floor. Colin is responsible for production on a vertical machine centre while Chris works with a CNC lathe.
Denholm’s MD, Alan Hayes:
We appreciate their efforts and wish them every success in
their careers with Denholms