As the nights draw in and the run up to Christmas gets into full swing, the team have been working hard on various things here at Smith of Derby to ensure everything is ready for a successful 2019!
The start of November was a particularly busy period as the team worked on many projects across the UK ahead of remembrance Sunday services. Of course this year was a special year as it was the 100th anniversary of World War One, meaning there was even more projects than normal taking place.
Several of the team attended the annual Celestial Ball which was held at Derby Museum and Art gallery in Derby city centre. The event, which raises money to help secure the future of Derby Museums for everyone, was a complete success. The black-tie dinner was a sell out and the charity auction, conducted by TV personality and auctioneer Charles Hansen, was a fantastic as all items were sold.
A major part of the preparation going into 2019 is some new health and safety procedures coming into practice. We have recently appointed a new health and safety manager, Ashley Buckler, who has brought some fantastic new ideas into the business. These include health and safety audits conducted by various individuals across Smith of Derby and making sure all areas are safe including on site audits across the UK.
Finally planning for the 2019 training week is in full swing as the team work hard to ensure all areas are covered. The training week, which is an essential part of the New Year at Smith of Derby, will be for all clockmakers across the business and take place in our dedicated training centre at our Alfreton Road works.