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Discover the latest company and industry-wide news with our informative posts

Everyone here at John O’Conner is proud to welcome you to our brand new blog! Here you’ll find a whole host of information about our company and our experienced team.

We will be updating our blog regularly, so make sure to check back here often so you can keep up to date with all the exciting developments here at John O’Conner.

BALI 2018 Success!

We’ve been announced as a BALI National Landscape Award Winner 2018!

This has been awarded for our contract at The Emergency Planning College, The Hawkhills in York where our team has demonstrated exemplary standards of professional excellence.

Now wait until December 7th to find out if The Hawkhills will be awarded the ‘Principal Award’ in its category.

 

A superb team effort by everyone involved.

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Regional Highly Commended Winner!

Steve Latus, Ian Pitkin (Centre Left), Neil Cain (Centre Right), Commander Allan Youp

 

We’re proud to have been announced a Regional Highly Commended Winner for Large Employer of the Year (sponsored by The Royal Navy) at this weeks National Apprenticeship Awards 2018!

This Award demonstrates our commitment and investment we place into our Apprenticeship programme and into each of our Apprentices.

Matt O’Conner comments: “We are absolutely thrilled to receive the South East Regional Highly Commended Winner Award. With our new group of apprentices for 2018 having recently joined us,

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How Has the UK Heatwave Affected Our Landscape?

This summer’s heatwave has been the go-to topic of conversation since June. With temperatures regularly hitting above 30℃, large swathes of the country have gone from green to yellow – with plant life and grassy parklands desperate for even the smallest amount of rainfall.

While the heatwave might be tough for us to cope with, spare a thought for our environment. From water reserves to greenery, the constant dry heat has had an enormous impact on our landscape, so let’s take a look at the severity of the heatwave in this article.

The UK’s hottest summer in 42 years

The record-breaking temperatures saw the Met Office issue a heatwave alert in July,

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April 2017 News

April 2017  seasonal employment opportunities: Experienced grounds maintenance operatives sought for the summer season (April to October) UK-wide. If you would like to submit an application for employment please download an application form and email your completed form to recruitment@johnoconner.co.uk

Levy lift off: John O’Conner has been quick off the ground with its use of the Levy. At an Apprenticeship event hosted by Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Herts Growth Hub and the Beds and Herts Provider Network, Managing Director Matt O’Conner pledged to use the levy to take on new apprentices and to improve the skill sets of existing workers.

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March 2017 News

New Contract Wins: We are delighted to announce the following contract wins:

Hampshire County Council Schools Leicester County Council Schools Cunninghame Housing Association Loreburn Housing Association Perth & Kinross Council Highland and Islands Enterprise

John O’Conner Apprentice visits No 10: We are really pleased for Emma Charlton one of our 2016 Apprentices who visited No 10 Downing Street. Emma started her Apprenticeship with John O’Conner in November 2016 and works on our East Hertfordshire contract. Her future plans include working on National Trust Sites and/or high end Horticulture!

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February 2017 News

John O’Conner are really pleased to finalise orders on our new fleet of Fiat Ducatos. These new Euro-6 compliant vehicles will enable John O’Conner to reduce our fleet related carbon emissions.

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January 2017 News

 John O’Conner are now a Centrica Top 100 Employer for Apprentices and are the Winner of the Large Employer of the Year for the East of England John O’Conner have acquired Golder Grounds Maintenance. This is a strategic acquisition to offer services in the North of England and Scotland. John O’Conner  have been selected as a Finalist in the Hertfordshire biz4Biz Awards 2017 programme for Best Apprenticeship Programme.

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National Apprenticeship Awards

Welwyn-based Grounds Maintenance company John O’Conner has been selected as a national finalist in the National Apprenticeship Awards Large Employer of the Year category. This follows on from their recent regional award as  Large Employer of the Year for the East of England.  John O’Conner continues to invest in apprenticeships.  In 2016, the company increased the pay rates of their apprentices. Their apprentices also benefit from additional training such as Royal Horticultural Society-hosted master-classes where they receive privileged insight into centuries-old traditional practices combined with modern-day techniques from experienced Park Rangers (former 1950’s apprentices themselves). We are a nation of gardeners.

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