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Ripple Employee of the Quarter

Congratulations to our Employee of the Quarter Veronika Durcova !

Our Operations Director Matthew Wolfenden commented ‘’Veronika has been part of the Ripple team for 2 ½  years and has recently been promoted to Packaging Cell Leader. Veronika excels in all tasks presented to her, always showing great commitment and enthusiasm. Well done Veronika, it is well deserved’’

“Nika” was delighted when she heard of the result and said “I would like to thank all my colleagues for their votes. I very much appreciate this award, and thank you also to Ripple for giving me the chance to be a member of this great team.”

In her spare time Nika enjoys reading and listening to music.

 

 

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Project Management Simulator

 

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.

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100% Design

 

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.”

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Oldham Half Marathon

 

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.

 

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Ripple Employee of the Quarter

 

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”

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Mission accomplished !

 

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 !

 

 

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We’re Celebrating our 2016 Accreditation in INVESTORS IN PEOPLE

 

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

 

 

New recruits

Welcome to our new recruits

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

Name: Anna
Job title: Trainee Account Manager
I am from: Chester/ Oldham
My interests: Walking my pup, baking vegan treats and interior design

Boots

Boots Mini Club FSDU Roll Out

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.