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Another Year, Another BALI Award!

We are delighted that John O’Conner has been announced as a National Winner for Grounds Maintenance (Limited Public Access) from the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) National Landscape Awards 2021, for a prestigious company on a business park located in Stoke Poges.

The Principal Award winner will be announced on Friday 3rd December 2021, with the awards ceremony returning to London’s JW Marriott Grosvenor House to celebrate its 45th anniversary.

In response to our recent award, Contract Manager for the site, Arron Smith, comments: “The changes we have made to the site since starting the contract back in 2019 makes me very proud of the team we have.

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Pest Control Division Expansion!

For the last 18 months, regardless of the COVID Pandemic, the John O’Conner Pest Control division has been expanding!

In July 2020, we welcomed our second pest control technician, with a further two starting in November 2020 and a fourth starting in May 2021. In addition, this year we recruited our first apprentice who works on North Hertfordshire and Pest Control Contract as Business Administrator.

To facilitate this expansion, we’ve invested in a fleet of new vehicles. The vans are custom-fitted to allow our new technicians to carry the necessary equipment they need, such as racking, warning signs and ventilation for storing pesticides,

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30 Year Long Service Award!

A massive congratulation to Ian on receiving his Long Service Award.

“Absolute pleasure to Present Ian Pitkin Contracts Director with his 30 Long Service Award. Congratulations Ian!” – Matt O’Conner 

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John O’Conner Principal Winners at BALI Awards 2020!

John O’Conner are delighted to have received a major Principal Award 2020 for Employer Excellence at this year BALI Awards! This is the third time John O’Conner have been successful in this category having previously been won the award in 2008 and 2013.

The Employer Excellence is awarded in recognition to the contribution being made to the landscape industry by BALI members that achieve excellence through staff development and exemplary business practices.

This award was made possible through the dedication of our employees who have adapted throughout 2020 to ensure we continued to deliver the highest quality to our customers.

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Excellent news just in from BALI Awards 2020!

BALI National Landscape Awards

National Winner Employer Excellence Award 2020

John O’Conner (Grounds Maintenance) Ltd celebrates double win at 2020 BALI National Awards!

We are delighted that John O’Conner has received the prestigious Employer Excellence Award from the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) National Landscape Awards 2020.

The Principal Award winner will be announced on Friday 4th December 2020, which for the first time in its 44-year history, will be held virtually via a special online broadcast.

John O’Conner (GM) Ltd was established in 1969 by John O’Conner himself. John always believed and recognised that the growth and success of the Company has only been possible through the hard work of each employee.

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New Company Acquisition

We are delighted to announce that on Wednesday 8th April 2020, John O’Conner (Grounds Maintenance) Ltd purchased 100% of the shares of Westlea Landscaping Limited.

Westlea is a trusted regional grounds maintenance service provider with a thirty years of track record for delivering exceptional customer service from its base in the Swindon area.

Like JOC, Westlea it has built its reputation on delivering quality while looking after the people it employs. We believe that culturally and commercially Westlea will find a good home with John O’Conner. The acquisition will help strengthen the companies offering in the Wiltshire and South West region and operationally it will be very much business as usual for both companies.

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Sad News

It is with great sadness we announce that John O’Conner passed away on 24th March 2020.

John was admitted to the Lister Hospital on 12th March and diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus. Due to underlying health issues he was moved to the Intensive Care Unit but died following a short battle with the illness.

John started the business in 1969 and steered it through its first 50 years, his strong principles and values remain the bedrock of the company today. He showed great passion, not only for his business, but the industry as a whole. He was a former Chairman of the British Association of Landscape Industries,

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In Bloom Awards!

Big wins for JOC Teams.

Congratulations to our teams at Alexandra Palace for winning THREE GOLD AWARDS at this years London in Bloom Awards. These were awarded for Large Park (above 25 acres), Large Conservation Area and Heritage Park/Garden.

In addition, our team on Isle of Wight were awarded a SILVER GILT for Ventnor Park and The Cascades at the South and South East in Bloom.

These awards evidence the hard work and dedication our teams put in at Client sites.

Well done to everyone involved.

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Hampshire Investors in Young People Award

JOC are supporting Hampshire Futures

Our Contract Manager, Alan Stevens and his team have been working in partnership with Hampshire County Council to provide work experience for one of their interns. The intern, Ben, started his work experience in November 2018 and will complete his placement next month. He spends two days per week, Thursday and Friday, with Alan and his team.

So far during his placement scheme, Ben has mainly been working with our sports marking operative, Alan Reeves, teaching him how to correctly mark football, rugby and rounders pitches, athletics tracks and training grids. In addition, they attend and complete pitch renovations,

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