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BALI Principal Award Winners 2018!

John O’Conner are delighted to have received a major Principal Award 2018 for Grounds Maintenance – Limited Access, together with our Client Serco at their site The Emergency Planning College, The Hawkhills in York.

The awards were held in London on Friday 7th December at the Grosvenor House Hotel and were hosted by journalist and television presenter Dan Walker.

The Awards, which are run annually by the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI), pay tribute to landscape designers and specialist Landscape and Grounds Maintenance contractors who have demonstrated exceptionally high standards of professionalism and skill.

Managing Director,

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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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Young Enterprise Company Programme

I had a really enjoyable couple of days with teams from the Hertfordshire Young Enterprise this weekend. I had been asked to join the Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield District Council (WHDC) Cllr Lynne Sparks and Rachel Walsh also of WHDC to judge a mini competition linked to the youth company programme. Sixteen enterprising school student companies had been invited to come and set up trade stands to test their entrepreneurial and business skills.

The teams have been learning how to run real a real company that they have set up themselves, with help and advice from local business volunteers.

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