Ripple recently took part in the Pathfinder inaugural Project Management Simulator.
This is an excerpt from an article written by Dr Alan Slater of Pathfinder Associates:
“The Pathfinder Project Management Simulator saw the cold light of day for the first time last week when a team from Ripple in Oldham undertook the challenge to design and build a complex structure, which was a small part of a large investment programme to support communities in the Andes. During the exercise, they had to contend with various difficulties and set-backs. These included clients who didn’t know what they wanted and failed to provide a clear brief, and some very slippery and unreliable suppliers who created a range of issues, such as flaky lead times, questionable quality and deliveries with jumbled up products and part shipment. Oh no, that never happens in real life supply chains! In addition, the planning, certification and safety authorities were very demanding and nit picking.
Despite all these challenges, the Ripple team triumphed. The only time they wavered and strayed off track was at the start of the build phase, when, faced with an array of very tempting materials and sub assemblies, they dived into task mode, all grabbing pieces and frantically building away. One fair maid was heard to cry “This is not as easy as it looks…. We need a plan…. Nobody’s listening to me!” After a short detour into chaos, they recovered and went on to complete the project on time and in full and as a result of their success, the simulation indicated to them that they would be awarded a generous proportion of ongoing contracts.”
A big thank you to Alan for organising a very stimulating and worthwhile training day.
Ripple visited this year’s 100% Design Show at Olympia. The show has been exhibiting since 1995, with some calling it “The commercial cornerstone of the London Design Festival”
“Visiting the award winning show is a unique audience of architects, designers, specifiers, retailers and developers, as well as multinational companies looking to source directly for their latest projects.”
100% Design is the UK’s largest design trade show with this year’s theme being “Experience”, looking at the ways in which design guides, frames and improves the way we live, work and consume.
For our designers it was a chance to catch up with suppliers and network with other design professionals as well as an opportunity to see emerging design talent and established international brands. They also visited the London Design Fair at the Old Truman Brewery in Spitalfields.
Jess, our apprentice designer also found the experience very useful: “I thoroughly enjoyed my time in London, experiencing everything a design fair has to offer. I took plenty of photos, especially at Olympia as many of the designs impressed and inspired me. I then got the opportunity to use my research from the design fairs in a project I have been working on at college.”
One of our welders Alan Arthurs along with the rest of the “Arthurs Running Squad” recently took part in the Oldham Half Marathon. He was lucky enough to meet the Olympic Gold Medalist Nicola White whose team won their first ever gold in Rio in the Women’s Hockey Final by beating Netherlands, who were the defending champions.
Alan’s next race will be the “Santa Dash” in Saddleworth. He has completed many half and full marathons both in the UK and Europe including Geneva, Reykjavik and Freiberg.
Congratulations to our Employee of the Quarter Tony Williams !
Tony is part of our Warehouse & Logistics Team and has worked at Ripple for the past 10 years.
He enjoys travelling and recently embarked on his first Canaries cruise.
In his spare time he enjoys playing the computer game “Monster Busters” and is also known to do a spot of ghost hunting.
Tony’s manager Johnny Purkhardt commented “It is fully deserved, Tony is always 100% committed to everything he does and always strives to be the best at his job”
Our Design Manager Richard Bradburn successfully completed his first ever Triathlon at the weekend. He took part in the annual Sandman event in Anglesey.
His overall time was 1:59:03. The swim took 16:47 mins, cycle 58:21 mins and run 34:41 mins. He says he has now got the bug and is looking forward to the next challenge.
Well done Richard from everyone at Ripple on a brilliant achievement !
The team at Ripple Group are delighted to have been awarded Investors in People (Version 6) SILVER
Managing Director David Wolfenden commented: “Following on from past accolades including 4 x Best Companies Awards, Sunday Times Top 100 Employer and Investors in People status since December 2000, this is another tremendous leap forward; it really sets us apart and is a true validation of the fantastic culture that we have throughout Ripple Group”
Version 6 of the IIP standard is new and far more demanding than the old standard, involving in depth analysis and to quantify the scale of this achievement Ripple Group is now in a category that places it in the top 5% of Investors in People companies
Name: Adnan Hussain
Job title: Technical Designer
I am from: Manchester
My interests: Drawing, jui-jitsu, tennis, judo, knitting
Name: Jessica Allison
Job title: Apprentice Designer
I am from: Stalybridge
My interests: I like reading, socialising, walking my dogs. In my spare time I do oil/ acrylic paintings and spend a lot of time in Manchester
Name: Lincoln Smith
Job title: Apprentice Cabinet Maker
I am from: Lees, Oldham
My interests: IT and cooking
Job title: Trainee Account Manager
I am from: Chester/ Oldham
My interests: Walking my pup, baking vegan treats and interior design
Towards the end of 2015 we worked with Boots Mini Club Children’s clothing brand to develop a new flexible free-standing display unit to replace a unit which had been out in stores for some time and needed refreshing. The design challenge here was to design a unit which fell within a strict 3D footprint but also optimised the number of product facings to achieve maximum display possibilities. Taking the design challenge from a “blank canvas” we first worked up some concept options before honing in on the preferred one – this went through several iterations of size, product facings and colour finishes before going to prototype and receiving final approval to roll out across 40 key stores in January 2016.
The Retail Design Expo held at Olympia on 9th & 10th March was billed by the event organisers as “the must-attend event for retailers, designers, marketers, visual merchandisers, architects and shopfitters” and I have to say that I intend to agree with them. Historically the show was targeted solely at retail business technology and held little of interest to us fluffy interior design types, but in 2014 the show was opened up to incorporate retail design and digital signage, and with it a bunch of pioneering and optimistic exhibitors from these fields. Since 2015 the show has doubled in size and this year the design and digital signage sectors (which launched this year) occupied their own floor under the impressive ornate steel canopy of Kensington OIympia.
Cursing myself for having missed some of the keynote speakers – particularly since the write ups and testimonials from visitors commented on the wealth of insight shared (mental note for next year!) it was still a valuable day shared with colleagues from across our business; Rob (Project & Logistics Manager), Richard (Design Manager) and Anna (Account Manager). I can’t help feeling that this show will soon surpass Euroshop as the most relevant, accessible and time-efficient show for our sector – and with it occurring on annual basis it’s going to be occupying a regular slot in the diaries of the retail design sector’s movers, shakers and influencers – as well as giving us all a chance to keep on top of the latest innovations and catch up with our friends and peers across the sector.
Particular highlights for me included learning about Renolit Armorouren on Stand G24 – a really robust PVC film capable of being thermoformed or flat laminated to provide superior impact protection but also versatility in use and application – as well as achieving a fabulous finish, also speaking to the clever guys at Advance LED Lighting Solutions (Stand H61) about their great plug & play retrofit LED solution for grocery chiller systems. Additionally, CDUK (Stand E30) who are the UK distributors of Corian solid surface materials were showing a really neat surface-embedded wireless smartphone charging solution – I couldn’t help thinking that marrying this type of technology with surface materials may also potentially provide some really exciting flexible digital display opportunities in the future….
It was also a really good opportunity to introduce our most recent Account Management recruit, Anna, to some of the great innovations in our sector, regular supply partners (and potentially new!) and catch up with some of our clients who were also taking advantage of having a broad cross section of the retail design industry all under one roof for a couple of days!
Next year the show has been moved to the slightly later slot of 8/9th May – save the date!
AkzoNobel continue their drive to create ultimate in-store experiences for consumers and have taken the concept a step further by creating an inspirational centre for their trade customers at the UK head office. The team at Ripple were delighted to have been selected to work with V2 Studios to create the Dulux Trade Experience Centre.
Ripple worked with the project team, provided the technical design, manufactured and installed all the interior elements
Through the design, colours, materials and technologies the centre is a truly leading edge environment, and it visually immerses and takes you on an inspirational journey through beautiful living spaces with educational zones and meeting spaces.