A taste of life in Work

A taste of life in Work

At Nationwide Lifts & Escalators  we feel it is vital now more than ever to get relevant work experience  the climate for jobs is ever changing and being ahead of the game with some industry knowledge behind you and a taste of life in work is vital to progression in a very competitive marketplace.

This week we opened the door  to some fresh young talent in Niall who has joined us on a Industry placement from Sunderland College, its the first time we have taken on a student placement and what a breath of fresh air in the office, we are learning as much from him as hopefully he is learning from us, its been a week of going over our marketing strategies and sharpening up the look of our Socials and more.

Lets get to know him a little better.

What made you choose the course you are currently doing?

I chose Business Studies because of my interest in the subject generated in school where I was first introduced to the aspects of life in a business. During that time, I learned the importance of all the departments involved in the running of a business and how universal the skills that you learn can be. It was because of this that made me want to further my knowledge in the subject and pursue the subject at College.

How important do you think it is to get out and get work experience?

I think work experience is vital in preparation for starting working life. It enables you to enhance and learn new skills as well as make contacts in different industries. Taking part in work experience also gives you the opportunity to explore different options in order to get a clearer vision on where it is you want to go next and know the steps you need to take to get there and to get a taste of life in work.

How has Covid-19 affected your College Life?

With the current measures in place we must wear masks whilst in the corridors and sanitise our hands when we pass the stations around College. The biggest changes are having lessons cut short by about 10 minutes so that lecturers can sanitise desks, laptops and computers as well as adapting to remote learning. It is also prohibited to mix with other students from other classes to eliminate the chances of passing Covid-19 between classes. All these measures are in place to continue regular learning and reduce absences or quarantines of classes.

What are you hoping to get out of the placement?

I am hoping to expand my knowledge of marketing and develop my skills related to that area. I also hope that during my placement it will prepare me for what I choose to do after College. I am confident that my time at Nationwide Lifts will provide me with valuable experience that I will be able to carry with me onto my next step.

What are you looking to do after College?

I am still considering where to go and what to do once I leave College whether that is further education or entering the workplace. However, I am sure by completing my work placement it will help me come to a decision.

 

Nationwide Lifts & Escalators  specialise  in all types of Lift Maintenance, Lift Repairs, Lift Upgrades, Lift Modernisation and New Lifts throughout the UK. With offices located across the United Kingdom, we are able to provide a fully comprehensive package to all our clients.

 

 

First Hand View

First hand view

This week we won the maintenance contracts for a major hotel chain throughout the UK. Due to this we have had a first-hand view at the effect the pandemic and the restrictions that accompany daily life have had on the hospitality industry.

Properties have been repurposed to help with better handling those who need treatment and others have been outfitted with measures related to both hygiene and the way a business operates to better reduce the spread of Covid-19 whilst aspects of pre lockdown life can still be pursued.

Once the going got tough the Government opened new temporary hospitals, like the Nightingale Hospitals, as well as repurposing leisure buildings in order to cope with the increasing number of patients. The task of constructing and repurposing buildings was enormous and had to be conducted under strict hygiene standards as well as ever increasing time constraints due to the rising demand for additional hospitals and test centres.

As the possibility of a second wave looms and local and national restrictions intensify the true toll on the hospitality industry is only just being revealed. By the end of the year the chief executive of UK Hospitality has said ‘the anticipated number of additional redundancies by the end of the year was 560,000’. This is now estimated to be much higher due to local restrictions. Therefore, Nationwide Lifts & Escalators Ltd is on standby to help affected industries in all lift related areas such as lift maintenance, lift repairs and lift modernisation with a first hand view

When travelling in a lift remember to practice social distancing as much as possible and try to avoid crowding in the lifts. Also avoid touching the buttons with your hands themselves. Spreading will also be reduced by regular cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces.

At Nationwide Lifts & Escalators Ltd we do not see ourselves as the normal run of the mill lift contractor.  Through our dedicated customer care, we see ourselves as your partner throughout the entire lifespan of your lift equipment. We are in this together, every step of the way.

 

 

A great excuse to open conversations

A great excuse to open conversations

The clocks going back is a great excuse to open conversations around wellbeing and mental health. Use this opportunity to talk to your teams about their mental health challenges  during the winter months – even if they’ve coped well with the challenges of home working and limited human contact so far, they may notice a marked difference as we approach winter

In the early hours of Sunday 25 October at 2am, the UK will revert to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) by going back one hour, marking the official end of British Summer Time. And a new era of post-pandemic partial lockdown in Greenwich Mean Time begins.

For most this change may seem insignificant but for some , this has a big impact on their productivity and energy levels  – upsetting someone’s routine by just an hour can affect their circadian rhythm significantly with the clocks going back .

“Circadian rhythms are physical, mental, and behavioural changes that follow a daily cycle. They respond primarily to light and darkness in an organism’s environment. Sleeping at night and being awake during the day is an example of a light-related circadian rhythm.”

At the start of the pandemic it took some time for people to adjust to a life of home working – but things were very different back then, with opportunities to enjoy warm weather and sunlight streaming through our windows. Whilst parts of the country aren’t in as strict lockdown, the 10pm curfew and continued restrictions to leisure activities such as Football and music concerts means that mood-boosting options are somewhat limited. Without these distractions, changes to light levels, and the natural routine and attitude it sets in motion, could cause harsher mental health challenges. One phone call to check in with your homeworking staff can make all the difference, and is a great excuse to open conversations, there is light at the end of the tunnel but we have a few darker months to get through together.

At Nationwide Lifts & Escalators Ltd. we don’t just see ourselves as the normal run of the mill lift contractor.
Through our dedicated customer care we see ourselves as your partner throughout the entire life span of your lift equipment.

We also offer traditional lift maintenance, repair works and modernisation to all types of passenger & goods lifts and access products nationwide. With our highly skilled in house engineers we can ensure that our traditional lift maintenance helps cut down on call-outs, down time and costs. We also have a first time fix policy for lift repairs where our aim is to ensure we find the cause of the breakdown and repair it first time with no repeat visits.

 

Charity begins at home

Charity begins at home

They say Charity begins at home and at Nationwide lifts we are very proud to support  such a local Sunderland based charity doing amazing work in the Community such as Veterans In Crisis

The Army recruitment is the highest it has been in recent years and talking to a local recruitment officer recently the Sunderland region is one of the highest recruiting areas in the Country and has been for a number of years , We have had some high profile deaths in recent years such as Private Nathan Cuthbertson Killed in action in Afghanistan, every one in the City feels it and the turn out for any events is always huge in the City so  charity begins at home is a very real thing ,  its great to be supporting such a rapidly expanding charity  making big waves and helping the most needy in the community get back on there feet .

Veterans in Crisis is a Community Interest Company.[1] It was established in 2018 by Ger Fowler, a veteran of the First Battalion, Light Infantry. His experiences in Northern Ireland left him with post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic back pain and depression. He became addicted to the drugs he was prescribed to help the pain.

‘A key driver of my recovery was a passion to help other veterans in my home city. I founded Veterans in Crisis (Sunderland) in January 2018 so that I could help veterans who suffer like I did.  My mission is simple: to help veterans to help veterans. I know how veterans feel and what they are going through, because I have been there myself.’

The veterans VIC supports must be from Sunderland. They may be homeless, unemployed, addicted to drugs or alcohol or have mental health needs; VIC’s role is to help them to stabilise their lives and we work with them to build a new future.

VICS has more than 300 members and is growing rapidly.

VICS has won four awards during this year:

  • Health Service Journal Military and Civilian Health Partnership Award
  • Sunderland Echo Special Community Award
  • Newcastle Evening Chronicle Armed Forces Champion Award
  • Springboard North East Supporting Partner of The Year
  • VCAS Open Arms Awards 2020: Influence and Collaboration Award (for Ger Fowler), Community Places and Spaces Award (for our headquarters, the ERV), Partnership Award and, for Gloria Middleton, Volunteer of the Year award

Contacts:

  • To speak to Ger Fowler, call 07850263421
  • For more information about the campaign, call John Sargent on 07974 070 471

Nationwide Lifts & Escalators are a privately owned company who have been established for many years. Our management team have over 50 years experience in the lift industry and with offices in the Midlands & North, we can offer nationwide coverage for all new lifts, service, repair or modernisation work. We have built up a reputation with clients as a reliable supplier who goes the extra mile.

We offer the complete range of passenger lifts, goods lifts, platform lifts and access products nationwide. We pride ourselves on supplying high quality solutions that are fully open protocol, giving our clients both peace of mind and flexibility in the future. Our range of lift products are fully bespoke and we can offer any size, load or interior / doors you require.

[1] A community interest company is a business with primary social objectives whose surpluses are principally reinvested for that purpose in the business or in the community, rather than being driven by the need to maximise profit for shareholders and owners.

 

Our Sunderland heritage

At Nationwide Lifts we are proud of our Sunderland heritage a hub of industry with great tradition and roots and bring that tradition to the way we work, Honesty, reliability and a lot of other ility’s

Sunderland is situated at the mouth of the River Wear and dates back to 1179, when a small fishing village was granted a charter. Over the centuries, Sunderland grew as a port, trading coal and salt and was once famously hailed as the “Largest Shipbuilding Town in the World”. Ships were built on the Wear from at least 1346 onwards and by the mid-eighteenth century Sunderland was one of the chief shipbuilding towns in the country. Now it relies on the car making industry and other business to support the town’s economy.

The name Sunderland was used from the 17th century. The name probably derived from ‘land’ which was ‘sundered’ or separated from the monastery at Monkwearmouth. Gateshead: The Venerable Bede described the place in Saxon times as ‘Goat’s Head’

Home of the Mighty Sunderland AFC Saturday afternoons up here are taken very seriously

Sunderland’s alternative name of the Black Cats is one which is known up and down the country, but it has only been the club’s official nickname since 1997.

The legend of Joshua Dunn, who volunteered for Sunderland Loyal Volunteer force, fleeing from the ‘sound of a black cat’, led to one of the gun batteries on the river Wear (John Paul Jones Battery) become known as the Black Cat Battery.

That name then became associated with the newly-formed football club and upon adopting red-and-white stripes as their strip, the first Sunderland badge featured a black cat, along with a ship, a football and party of the city’s coat of arms.

We are proud of Our Sunderland heritage and roll out our tradition past to all our works

Nationwide Lifts & Escalators are a privately owned company who have been established for many years. Our management team have over 50 years experience in the lift industry and with offices in the Midlands & North, we can offer nationwide coverage for all new lifts, service, repair or modernisation work. We have built up a reputation with clients as a reliable supplier who goes the extra mile.

We offer the complete range of passenger lifts, goods lifts, platform lifts and access products nationwide. We pride ourselves on supplying high quality solutions that are fully open protocol, giving our clients both peace of mind and flexibility in the future. Our range of lift products are fully bespoke and we can offer any size, load or interior / doors you require.

We also offer the full turn key package for our clients for existing sites and new buildings. We offer the complete lift removal service, associated builders-work and electrical work, as well as the lift replacement. This allows us to be involved from early design phase right through to handover on site. By having one contractor on site, this cuts down on interfacing with other trades, improves communication and ultimately the level of service.

We base our service on  traditional lift maintenance just like Our Sunderland heritage , we offer repair works and modernisation to all types of passenger & goods lifts and access products nationwide. With our highly skilled in house engineers we can ensure that our traditional lift maintenance helps cut down on call-outs, down time and costs. We also have a first time fix policy for lift repairs where our aim is to ensure we find the cause of the breakdown and repair it first time with no repeat visits.

We also provide  modernisations nationwide whether it is a new lift interior you need, new doors or the bits you might not see (control systems, hydraulics, motors) – we have a solution for you. A lift modernisation can be a great way to enhance the look of your lift but also make it more reliable and more eco-efficient without the upheaval of a full replacement. We only use high quality open protocol parts and components for all lift repairs and lift modernisations.

 

 

 

The Benefits of a platform lift

The benefits of a Platform Lift

The benefits of a platform lift  speak for them selves ,For people with limited mobility, a single stair can become an obstacle that limits independence, but this does not have to be the case. If you are a wheelchair user exploring the benefit of a Platform lift  empower you to stay in your home, rest assured that there are solutions available to you.

The installation of a Platform lift can provide the means to access every level in a multiple-story home. As a result, you will enjoy a greater level of independence while living under your own roof. For single-level homes, where entry requires a step up from the garage or entryway, a vertical platform lift may be your best bet. The benefits of a Platform lift speak for them selves.

A unique mobility product, a platform lift, provides a safe, convenient way to access your home. Unlike a typical passenger lift pit depth requirement are minimal, so a unit can usually be installed more quickly than lift and installed virtually anywhere in the home space allowing. 

To meet your specific needs and preferences, appearance and functionality, platform lifts can be finished with virtually any colour you wish and can include solid, powder-coated steel or plexiglass. Unlike a passenger lift, constant pressure on the call button is required when calling the lift to the appropriate landing and when a passenger sends the lift to the desired level. Optional features may include an hands free phone, emergency platform lights and standby power in case of a power outage. The vertical platform lift can be a cost-effective solution to your accessibility needs.

All of our platform lifts and step lifts are open protocol which means that any company can service or repair our products in the future. We offer a large range of platform lifts and step lifts but also offer fully bespoke solutions from 250kg up to 1000kg.

Our platform lift range is fully compliant with European machine directive 2006/42/EC and is ideal where disabled access is required but space or budget restricts using a passenger lift. Our platform lift range offers our clients many features and benefits including:-

  • No lift shaft required (comes with own enclosure and structure)
  • No lift pit required (ramp or 50mm recess)
  • Reduced headroom space (within normal ceiling space)
  • Smaller footprint than passenger lift products
  • Quick Delivery (6 weeks)
  • Quick Installation (2 to 3 days)
  • Quiet and energy efficient
  • Runs on single phase power only
  • Single touch controls on landings (continuous pressure in cabin)
  • Various platform sizes available to suit all projects
  • European machine directive 2006/42/EC compliance

We offer a proven screw and nut drive system that is low energy and completely self-contained, meaning machine rooms or extra space is not required.

We have many years of experience of supplying this platform lift range and still have many of our installations in our service portfolio nationwide including Scotland, the North East, Yorkshire, the North West, the Midlands, the Home Counties, London and the South.