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The Newsletter for Whittle Programmed Painting Issue 2 Autumn/Winter 2012

Welcome to the second issue of “Covered”.

New Accreditations

Despite the poor weather in 2012 (which was definitely not ideal for painting!), it has been very encouraging to see that the Whittle business has continued to grow. We have added numerous new programmes in 2012 and have also established many new relationships. It is pleasing to note that growth on programmes has come from clients recognising the significant Stephen Hankinson benefits that programmes bring and those benefits are again featured Group Chief Executive inside.You will have seen in the first issue of “Covered” that as a business we take our environmental responsibilities very seriously. In this issue you will read that our Nottingham office has set a new Group record for recycling cans and that we worked jointly with one of our major clients, Birkenhead School on a key environmental research initiative utilising students from across Europe.

Since the last issue of “Covered” we have secured the Constructionline and SAFEContractor accreditations and become a member of the British Decorators Association.

STUDENTS GREEN GOALS EMBRACED BY HANKINSON PAINTING GROUP keen to develop new ideas and innovations to combat these issues further. Under this latest environmental initiative, the students worked closely with Hankinson as well as partners and suppliers, including Dulux, who shared their wider concerns with the Group concerning product waste. Presenting their findings to Group Chief Executive, Stephen Hankinson and his team, recommendations varied from the sole use of metal containers rather than plastic with metal proving easier to recycle, partnering with specialist cleaning firms that are able to clean the containers leaving zero residue and ready for re-use, whilst other ideas focused on storage and recycling. The Students with the Hankinson Team

A group of international students, who took part in a ground breaking research project at the Head Office of Hankinson Painting Group in Birkenhead, to tackle the issue of waste will see a series of their recommendations incorporated into the Company’s Corporate Strategy. The group of four, Maria Razquin, 17 from Spain, Aaron Laidig, 18 of Germany and Francis Good and Tom Atherton, both 16 and from Wirral (attending Birkenhead School) spent two weeks as part of their Economic syllabus researching, discussing and developing innovative ways to reduce waste. The initiative was organised by Birkenhead School.

Amy Rosser, Group Health, Safety & Environmental Co-ordinator who co-ordinated the project on behalf of Hankinson commented how they are planning to use the student’s ideas as part of their own green initiative “We were impressed by the group’s presentation and will be taking their advice in a number of areas”. John Clark, Headmaster of Birkenhead School said “We believe our European Research Project is unique in offering students the opportunity to learn how to live and work together, undertaking genuine scientific and economic research.” Stephen Hankinson, added “We were delighted to work with Birkenhead School on this important initiative that gives students a real taste of the world of business.”

The issue of waste is an important one for Hankinson who estimate some 8,000 litres of waste paint and 15,000 containers need to be disposed of annually and they are A member of The Hankinson Painting Group

Investors in People Good Practice Award – Health and Wellbeing Hankinson Painting Group have become the first Painting Contractor to be recognised with a Health and Wellbeing Award from Investors In People. The Award covers five core areas: planning, supportive management, supportive culture, work life balance and evaluation. The Company has a long standing commitment and embedded in the ethos of it is to ensure our staff and Stephen Hankinson, Group Chief Executive contractors develop healthy lifestyles and make the with Investors in People Assessor, John Spitz most of opportunities available. In his report Auditor John Spitz commented “It was clear that Hankinson Painting Group employed like-minded people who gave equal weight to providing a good, professional service for the customers and to enjoying a fulfilling life outside the work environment. Staff commented that they looked forward to coming to work. They felt they were doing a worthwhile job and making a contribution for the benefit of the business and its long term viability”. Group Chief Executive Stephen said “Health and wellbeing is at the top of our priorities. At Hankinson Painting Group we believe that by getting this right, it contributes directly to the performances of our people”. He added “To have our efforts recognised with this award is significant and a reflection of the hard work that goes in”.

Case Study Castle Brewery, Newark, Nottinghamshire External surfaces and interior communal spaces Five year maintenance programme On Albert Street in Newark, Nottinghamshire, the building of Castle Brewery, founded in 1870, was the registered office of James Hole & Company Limited. The James Hole Brewery grew to roughly 250 public houses until its closure in the early 1980s. Since the development of the Brewery into residential apartments, the Castle Brewery Management Company (CMBCL) and FHP Property Consultants in association with Fisher Hargreaves Proctor property managers have sought an innovative way in which to maintain the splendour and magnificence of this former brewing site. In 2011 CMBCL and FHP Property Consultants entered into a five year maintenance painting contract with Whittle Programmed Painting to repaint both the external surfaces and interior communal spaces. Difficult access requirements meant large facades of the building were scaffolded, including all bell and clock towers. 80 ft. MEWPS were utilised in areas that could be reached without scaffolding. The work took eight weeks to complete with consideration given to causing tenants minimum disruption.

The Key Benefits of Programmed Painting  Your premises remain looking fresh so no worries about when they’ll get their next full repaint.  Stakeholders have a positive experience of your organisation.  Surfaces remain protected so you are not simply building up future cost.  You know your financial commitments exactly for each year of the programme so you can plan your finances with confidence for future years.  The initial cost of repaint is spread over the life of the programme so your budget can still cover your maintenance needs.

All internal stairways, passages and gymnasiums were decorated and with the annual maintenance service now scheduled each and every year, CMBCL and FHP Property Consultants are confident in the ability of Whittle to maintain the surfaces to a high standard. The specification adopted by Whittle involved the use of premium grade products from the Dulux Weathershield range including Weathershield Gloss, Metalshield finish and Sikkens Novatech woodstains. Areas of timber cladding bleached and weathered were stripped using Owatrol pre-deck and Net-trol and refreshed back to their original condition.

 Very little management time required once the programme is set up freeing you to focus on your core business.


 We guarantee the paint film applied in year one, so if it peels off during the contract, it’s our problem not yours.

"A lot of work had to be undertaken in cramped conditions. Whittle Programmed Painting demonstrated complete site safety and used highly skilled tradesmen throughout the project. We were delighted with the results and look forward to an on-going relationship." Rachel Serio - Surveyor, FHP Property Consultants

Hankinson Painting Group New Look Website Hankinson have launched a new website to reflect the growth of the Group. The Hankinson Group without question has the most diverse range of skills and services and can deal with projects from whatever industry or sector. Hopefully the new website will demonstrate this capability and will be of benefit to all Companies. It can be found at The individual Companies continue to have their own websites and these can be accessed either through the Group site or via their own addresses:-

Hankinson Painting Contractors

Whittle Programmed Painting

EP Painting Limited

#Jewel in the Crown A Whittle’s contract undertaken in June by Dave Eakins and Andy Gentle of the North West Team and managed by Keith Dowling has received praise for the excellent standard of work from the client.

Whittle Welcome New Programmes Whittle is delighted to have added programmes for the following customers in 2012.  Lode Heath School  Newfield Special School  London Golf Club  Queens Elizabeth's Girls School  Stainburn School & Science College  Watford Grammar School for Boys

The painting works were undertaken at the Lord Street store of Boodles in Liverpool. Chairman of Boodles Nick Wainwright commented “A top job! both myself and my team are all delighted”. Boodles first opened its doors in 1798 as a small jewellery shop in the City of Liverpool. In 1910, the Wainwright family acquired the business and moved to Lord Street where it remains today. Six generations on, Boodles is known World-Wide and remains a family-owned Company who produce high end quality jewellery (

 Cumberland Lodge  Newfield Special School  St Catherines School  Priory School  Amcor Flexibles UK Ltd  Brownedge St. Marys RC High School  Walford & North Shropshire College  Ward End Primary School  Bordseley Green Primary School  The Minster Centre  Westhoughton High School

Welcome to the Family!

Help Prevent a Scare Be Allergy Aware. Hankinson Painting Group are delighted to be supporting Project Monkey Moo. It was founded by Lucinda Olliver in 2012 following the experiences of raising her daughter Jemima with anaphylactic food allergies. It aims to raise allergy awareness, provide support and guidance to both families and organisations, with a clear objective of helping make “living” with allergies that little bit easier….

Environmental Update

For information visit or call them for a chat on Freephone 0800 689 0101

See you at the Stand Following on from the success of the 2011 event, Whittle is again exhibiting at the Annual National Association of School Business Management conference on the 21st and 22nd November at Barcelo Hinckley Island Hotel, Hinckley. Andrew Simpson and Stuart Ridsdale will be representing Whittle and you can find us at Stand 12 in the London Suite. Whittle are also delighted to announce we will be an Official Sponsor of the Construction Building Services Category at the ISBA (Independent School’s Bursars Association) Annual Conference and Exhibition in Torquay on 8th and 9th May 2013. We would be delighted to welcome you to our stand at both events.

A Profile of Andy Barorth What’s your current role with Whittle and what does it involve? My role is West Region Operations Manager which involves actively contributing to the growth and development of the business including the regions, staff and client base.

How long have you been with Whittle and what did you do before? I have been with the Company over 25 years commencing as a Trainee Surveyor for W Bond (Birmingham) Limited the Whittle owned business in Birmingham at that time.

#Can Recycling Record Smashed! Many congratulations go to Nottingham Office who have established a new Group record of 83% of all cans used being recycled. This is through the Dulux Decorator Centres Can Recycling Scheme. No material whatsoever goes to landfill from the Scheme and therefore waste is minimised and the environment protected. This was recently recognised when we were awarded a certificate from Dulux Decorator Centres and the Environment Agency.

Social Networking Remember you can keep up to date with all current news and events at Whittle Programmed Painting through our Social Media Network.

Follow Whittle on: whittle-programmed-painting

What’s the most enjoyable part of your job? I have always enjoyed winning new clients and the satisfaction that comes through building long-term business relationships with my customers.

What’s your greatest achievement with Whittle to date?

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Being part of the Management Team who successfully introduced Maintenance Painting Programmes to the UK market and the significant growth it delivered the business over the following years.

What do you do in your spare time? Family, Hobbies, Interests? My knees don’t allow me to play football anymore but I enjoy swimming to keep fit! I enjoy watching all forms of motorsport, reading and walking to relax but I am at my happiest spending time with my young family. whittle-programmed-painting

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Covered autumn winter 2012