The GGR Group is Europe’s leading supplier of vacuum handling equipment, compact pick and carry cranes, UNIC mini spider cranes and restricted access lifting machinery for sale and hire, along with a variety of complementary products and services. Established in 1995, we are a family-run business that has grown from a £5,000 initial investment into a £24 million success with over 100 employees based across three depots in Manchester, Thame and Glasgow.
GGR Group consists of three brands – GGR Group, UNIC Cranes Europe and GGR Glass. Our mini cranes and cutting edge lifting equipment have proven invaluable for vast range of industries including glazing, construction, utilities, defence, waterways and rail infrastructure and more. GGR came across FORS as a contractual condition in the construction sector. We realised it would benefit us by granting access to contracts and to enable growth in our transport solution to support our customers in the requirements of the construction industry. June 2013 we passed our bronze assessment first time round, this process was positive which confirmed that we were doing things right.
In 2017 our Gold status has been maintained for our 3rd year. We have now been able to reflect on our increasing knowledge and data assisting in driving our company forward in this demanding industry.
“Bronze, Silver, Gold GGR is improving Safety and helping others to experience and complete FORS ”
On looking back over 2016 we have again drawn on the guidance and information gained from the FORS workshops / Practitioners programme. Reviewing and auditing our systems in meeting the new version 4 FORS standards, this followed a structured program with promoting FORS to our other depots and our customers via our PR & Marketing department which includes monthly news bulletins and dedicated website content. Our FORS journey started in 2013 and progressed through the years looking at a range of management systems to safety improvements. During 2016 GGR invested in a dedicated area with workstations to give employees access to the internet for training and e-Learning modules.
With our investments in targeted areas which included driver training, front / rear cameras and side scan systems, we progressed to the next level. In 2016 GGR started an implementation programme to upgrade its fleet vehicles, from the forward recording cameras to full vehicle 360 recording camera systems. This senior management decision is intended to focus on improving driver behaviour, reducing accidents, protecting the public and our insurance premiums.
Investment in new larger vehicles this year has provided additional incentives to reduce the number of journeys required to support our customers, helping to meet our targets. Although we have reduced miles run in 2016 we still noted a negative impact on the MPG. This negative impact is due to using larger vehicles to reduce the number of journeys required as opposed to using smaller vehicles, which in some cases may return a better MPG.
When our fleet data was analysed this year, figures showed a return of 11.56mpg from 12.29mpg, initially indicating a negative turn. However by using larger vehicles and consolidating loads we have reduced the additional delivery’s which we would have been required to support our customers. Reducing our vehicle mileage by 4.37% this creates a positive reduction in the road risk. The number of vehicles movements also reducing our PCNs by 11.11%
“Commitment” Determination is often the first step to gain excellence
From the start of our journey with FORS 2013 we have increased our vehicle fleet by 42.86%. Through Investment in equipment and training we have been able to show definite improvements in safety and awareness of drivers and vulnerable road users.
Adrian Richards GGR Transport Manager (wearing the yellow high-vis) states “Working with FORS I have been able to participate in sharing and supporting best practices in awareness of changes within the transport industry. GGR have invested in a 44 ton machine carrier reducing the smaller vehicle movements. Through progression and maintaining Bronze, Silver, and Gold status, GGR is improving Safety and helping others to experience and complete FORS. Across our senior management team the Standard has always been seen as evidence of quality as well as a means of securing competitive advantage.
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