Axiom adapts quickly to continue working effectively alongside COVID-19 restrictions

As the current global situation with COVID-19 continues to affect us all, we wanted to update you on how we are supporting our employees and our clients, partners and suppliers.

The health and wellbeing of everyone associated with Axiom is always our number one priority, and given the current circumstances this is even more important than ever.

In response to COVID-19, we are following government and public health guidelines to ensure that no-one is put at any unnecessary risk. As a result, we have taken the following steps:

For our staff:

  • Identified at-risk workers and have them working in isolated offices or from home.
  • Taken steps to ensure that all personnel who can work from home are doing so.
  • Fitted hand sanitisers at each entry point in our offices.
  • Implemented a daily programme of enhanced sanitisation in our work places.

For our clients, partners and suppliers:

  • All of our team are fully equipped to work effectively from remote locations, with communications and systems already in place to enable this.
  • We maintain the capability to safely support on-site inspection operations whilst ensuring, in conjunction with our clients, that social distancing practices are followed to protect all parties.
  • We’re doing everything we can to adapt to the fast-moving situation and meet the evolving challenges to ensure that we remain operational.

As a result of the above actions, Axiom continues to operate as normal.

How to get in touch

As always, we are available whenever you need us. As a reminder, here are our contact details along with direct lines to our Axiom Inspection and NDT team.

Main office locations

Head Office Stockton: +44 (0) 1642 732745

North West: +44 (0) 1928 511661 / +44 (0) 7720 695534

Scotland: +44 (0) 1324 439850 / +44 (0) 7720 695534

Email: info@ax-ea.co.uk

Inspection & NDT Team

Lee Baker, Inspection Operations Manager/NDT Technical Authority Ext: 311  lee.baker@ax-ea.co.uk

Graeme Myers, Inspection Technical Authority Ext: 307 graeme.myers@ax-ea.co.uk

Nicola Humble, Planner Ext: 321 nicola.humble@ax-ea.co.uk

Bryan Clamp, Estimator Ext: 315 bryan.clamp@ax-ea.co.uk

Our message to you

As you are aware, the situation is rapidly changing on a daily basis and we will continue to monitor this closely. These are uncertain times for us all. It is an ever-changing and unprecedented situation, but we retain significant liquid assets, are agile and have the necessary systems and processes in place to work our way through this challenging time.

We fully appreciate that our clients’ day-to-day operations and forward planning for 2020 will be impacted by the situation in which we find ourselves. Circumstances may lead to increased demand on ageing assets, for instance social distancing necessitating re-evaluation of inspection strategies, or a general need to further extend operational life.

Rest assured, Axiom, as a trusted partner to our clients, is ensuring that our expertise remains available to work with you to address any of these emergent challenges, and we are here to support you.

You can follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter for the latest information on what we are doing at Axiom as the situation evolves.

Dancing her way to the top!

Life couldn’t be better for one Hartlepool youngster who is aiming high to fulfil her dreams in dancing with some help from award-winning engineering specialists, Axiom Engineering.

Eleven-year-old Ava Gordon has been dancing since the age of two when she began to learn steps at the Val Armstrong School of Performing Arts. As her skill and confidence grew, Ava began to compete in her age categories in different genres of dance including acro, ballet, tap and modern.

After winning numerous championship titles both as a solo artist at the Theatre Dance council Championships and also as part of a team at the British Troupe Championships, Ava’s most recent achievement came last year in Portugal. She was a gold medal winner in acro dance at the 2019 Dance World Cup in Braga, where at 10 years old represented Team England in the age category 10-14.

This year’s Dance World Cup (DWC) will be held in the Cinecitta World Theme Park in Rome which begins on June 26th until 4th July 2020. Ava will be competing in the 10-14 acro section as a soloist along with contemporary modern, a duet, trio and several troupes.

Her enthusiasm, energy and achievements at such a tender age attracted Axiom to provide support with Ava’s up and coming dance adventure. With such fierce dedication and drive to succeed, Axiom recognised how much this meant to the youngster.

Adam Potter, Axiom Managing Director said, “It is so refreshing to see young people in the area with so much talent and are driven to work hard to succeed. Ava has already demonstrated how hard she has worked to achieve so much at such a young age. We are delighted to provide financial support with this year’s Dance World Championships and wish her the very best of luck – we know she will do us proud”.

For more information about the DWC, please visit: https://dwcworld.com/

Axiom opens its doors with a further new office in the North West of England

Hot on the heels of the launch of a new office in the Central Belt of Scotland, the promise of an additional office in the North West has now been realised.

Axiom Engineering Associates’ localisation strategy to establish regional presences in key Chemical and Process sector hubs has led to the opening of another new office at one of the UK’s leading independently-owned business and technical parks.

Based in a central location in Runcorn, The Heath Business and Technical Park is the ideal platform for Axiom to develop and deploy its integrity management strategies to support their clients in the North West.

The facility boasts a central location in Runcorn with excellent accessibility via road, air and rail networks, “state of the art” facilities along with a variety of amenities supporting the needs of the innovative community. The new open-plan office will support the next phase of Axiom’s growth in the North West which includes the creation of a dynamic and experienced workforce to enhance Axiom’s existing capabilities.

Kevin Murray, Axiom’s Regional Manager for North West England and Scotland said: “Following the comments made at the end of 2019, we have been able to move quickly to secure a new office in the North West. This will enable us to deliver an efficient and responsive service much sought after by clients who require our support in safely operating and extending the life of their ageing assets.

This is an exciting opportunity for the business. Our clients in the North West are keen to embrace the Axiom ethos and track record of excellence. It is our people that make the difference and with plans to recruit further expertise and knowledge this will support the growth of our integrity management services in the area.”

The award-winning company which specialises in the provision of UKAS accredited inspection services, backed up by a mechanical and materials asset integrity section, is expected to grow strongly this year.

This move is in response to client demand and part of the overall strategy of the business. With the continued building of long-term partnerships and strategic alliances, Axiom’s growth is testament to its capability to deliver effective lifecycle integrity management systems to its clients.

It’s National Apprenticeship Week, 3rd – 5th February 2020

This week’s spotlight on the benefits of the apprenticeship scheme highlights the importance of the apprenticeship scheme to both employers and apprentices.

Stockton-on-Tees based, Axiom Engineering Associates are amongst those employers who are strong advocates of this initiative with their regular intake of apprentices since 2014 to support their expanding business.

This year’s theme behind the 13th Annual National Apprenticeship week is “Look Beyond” which aims to celebrate diversity and the added value that apprenticeships bring to employers, apprentices and the community.

At Axiom, we are celebrating the talent of the three existing apprentices who began their journey with the business almost 2 years ago. NDT apprenticeship technicians, Matthew Black, Daniel Connor and Jamie Frew are now on the final year of their journey as apprentices and will soon be joining the ranks as fully-fledged NDT Technicians.

The programme has involved two parts both theoretical and practical training. Theoretical support has been delivered by Skills Training who have regularly guided and led the apprentices through the NDT learning process. The programme has included NVQ Level 2 in Business Improvement Technique, Industrial Environmental Awareness and NVQ Level 3 in Non-Destructive Testing, culminating in achieving CSWIP 3.0 qualifications in Visual Welding Inspection. Progression to PCN Level 2 in Ultrasonic Testing and Eddy Current Testing will now form the next stage of their professional development.

Classroom-learning has been supported by on-site practical work led by Axiom NDT Technicians and Inspectors with exposure to a range of chemical site assets including piping systems, storage tanks and pressure vessels. Involvement in a range of work has provided the apprentices with experience in shut down situations, working extended hours and on location across the UK.

Development of personal skills has also been an aim of the process to enable apprentices to demonstrate behaviours aligned with the Axiom Mission Statement and Values. Harnessed with knowledge and experience gained from the apprenticeship programme, all three apprentices have increased in confidence and have been keen to take on additional responsibility above and beyond apprentice-level. Performing consistently well throughout the programme, they are expected to complete their three-year apprenticeship successfully.

Managing Director, Adam Potter said,” At Axiom, we’re great believers in investment in our young people. There is so much talent out there and the apprenticeship initiative is the ideal method to attract and develop fresh talent into our businesses. We want to grow our businesses in the Tees Valley and what better way by investing in home-grown talent from our local communities.”

He added, “We need to look beyond traditional routes into employment and encourage more businesses to adopt this scheme to reduce the skills gap but also to provide opportunities for fulfilling, future career in engineering. At Axiom, this also supports our success planning strategy to ensure we can continue to deliver the engineering services to meet the expectations of our clients in years to come.”

Previous successful Axiom apprenticeships include Daniel Burridge and Adam Foxton who are currently working on their second year of the Non-Destructive Testing FdSc and next year, will move onto the Non-Destructive Testing BSc (Hons).

Axiom has begun its next phase of expansion after opening a new office in Grangemouth in October 2019 with a further office planned in February 2020 in Runcorn. It is expected that further apprentices will be employed under The National Apprenticeship Scheme at a later date.

For more information about the National Apprenticeship scheme at: https://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/#

Axiom kickstarts 2020 with its annual charitable donations

Axiom Engineering Associates began the new year with completion of their charity poll across the Tees Valley region.

With a total donation of £1000 available, recipients of the Axiom December Newsletter were asked to vote for one of four charities chosen by Axiom staff, to receive a proportion of the amount donated.

With a closing date in early January and the votes counted, the following awards were made to Prostate Cancer UK £571, Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice £266, Daisy Chain £95 and Guide Dogs for the Blind Association £68.

An additional sum of £50 was also donated to Parkinson’s UK, the charity selected by this year’s winner, Michelle Dixon of the Axiom Winter Image competition held at Guisborough Photo Group.

Managing Director Adam Potter said, “Our thanks go to everyone who participated in the voting. The number of charities doing phenomenal work continues to grow and it is difficult to single any one charity out who are more deserving than others. So, at Axiom we do try to support as many as we can as any contribution no matter how small, can make a difference to the lives of those affected.”

For more information, please visit each individual website at:

https://prostatecanceruk.org/

http://www.guidedogs.org.uk/

https://www.daisychainproject.co.uk/

https://www.zoes-place.org.uk/middlesbrough/

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

Axiom Engineering Associates would like to take this opportunity to thank all of their staff and clients for their support during 2019.

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

This year’s winter image of Roseberry Topping (left) was kindly provided by Michelle Dixon, winner of Axiom’s E-Card competition at Guisborough Photo Group.

Axiom are main sponsors at this year’s asset management event

Award-winning asset integrity specialists, Axiom Engineering Associates are proud to announce that they will be main sponsors at a forthcoming asset management and maintenance event in the North East region.

Bringing together owners and operators from the process sector, The “Best Practice in Industrial Asset Management” Conference hosted by the North East based industry cluster organisation, NEPIC will take place again at Hardwick Hall, Sedgefield on 20th November. Each year, Axiom have supported this important initiative and have exhibited to showcase their offerings and how they can be translated into making significant improvements in asset management.

Axiom will reinforce their commitment to this key topic as main sponsors at this year’s event. Delegates will have the opportunity to meet the team and discuss specific issues during the day at the Axiom exhibition stand. This will also include learning about how Axiom’s integrated services can support the visibility, reporting and critical maintenance of client assets. They will also be able to hear first-hand from Axiom’s Managing Director, Adam Potter as he presents his thoughts in the morning session.

Adam Potter will lead this year’s speakers as he shares his expertise on a data driven approach to Asset Management decision making. In his session, Adam will examine Axiom’s wealth of information from their extensive database to determine how asset life and inspection decisions can be improved based on data rather than just on schedule internal and previous inspections.

Adam Potter said, “The North East is a vital part of the UK’s manufacturing economy. NEPIC have been instrumental in supporting the process sector and we are proud to support this ever-popular event.”

Axiom has experienced continued steady growth over the last 16 years as specialists in the delivery of UKAS accredited inspection services supported by mechanical and materials asset integrated services. Increased localised demand has led to the recent opening of a new office in Scotland, with a further UK office planned for 2020. At Axiom, we are committed to our Mission to the delivery of engineering excellence for the benefit of all our stakeholders and clients.

Official opening ceremony held for Axiom’s new Scotland office

Asset integrity specialists, Axiom Engineering Associates were delighted to welcome guests at a ceremony to mark the official opening of their latest office in Scotland on 23rd October 2019.

The new office at Earls Court, Grangemouth is situated within the heart of a buoyant local Process sector providing localisation to serve Axiom’s increasing client base across the Central Belt of Scotland.

This planned expansion coincides with the appointment of Regional Manager, Kevin Murray, who joined the business in June to focus on business development and delivery in Scotland.

Axiom directors, Adam Potter and Rob Johnson were joined by guests from a range of industry backgrounds on the day of the official launch. Falkirk Council officials from the Growth and Investment Unit were joined by the Council’s Leader of Administration, Councillor Cecil Meiklejohn who declared the office officially open. Representation from Axiom’s Scottish-based clients were also present. Presentations delivered by both Axiom and Falkirk Council were then followed by a productive networking lunch at the new premises.

Kevin Murray said, “I am very proud to be part of the official opening of Axiom’s new office in Grangemouth. This has been a great milestone for the business and to share this with key stakeholders from industry and the local economy is very satisfying, making for an enjoyable day. With these premises now open, I look forward to hosting more local clients and partners to discuss collaboration to ensure that we can continue to make a positive difference to the local Process sector through our new regional offering.

We have listened to our clients in taking the decision to make this move and will continue to be a responsive, client-focused organisation set up to fully meet evolving needs of the sector. At such a time of great investment in the local infrastructure in and around Grangemouth and Falkirk, there is no better time or place for us to be making this move. It is great to be open for business in Scotland and as well as being part of an exciting time for Grangemouth, we are also ideally located for the further development of our business nationally, across multiple industry sectors.”

Adam Potter, Axiom’s Managing Director added, “There are so many people we would like to thank that have been so important in our continued success. We have come a long way since we started back in 2003 and would like to extend my sincerest thanks to all of the Axiom staff who have worked extremely hard to get us where we are today. Our clients have become our advocates and we would like to thank them for their ongoing trust in Axiom.  Finally, I’d like to thank all of our guests who were able to share this significant day with Axiom.

We have grown to more than 50 employees and continue to be ambitious. Opening a Scotland office underlines our commitment in providing localised support to our Scotland-based clients and potential job creation in the area. We are confident that as we continue to grow, investment in our systems and people will ensure that we continue to deliver integrity excellence”.

Falkirk Council leader, Councillor Meiklejohn concluded, “We are delighted that Axiom Engineering have chosen to locate their Scottish Regional office in Grangemouth which will create 8 high-value jobs in the 1st year. The Petrochemical industry is of national significance and Falkirk Council through the Growth Deal are focussing on developing the infrastructure to sustain future growth. This new investment sends out an extremely positive message about the attractiveness of the Falkirk area as a location to visit, live and work.”

Axiom has experienced continued steady growth over the last 16 years, operating globally from their Head Office in the Tees Valley with a further UK office planned for 2020.

Axiom expand with a new office in Grangemouth

Axiom Engineering Associates Ltd is delighted to announce the launch of their new Scotland office.

This planned expansion is in response to increasing demand for Axiom’s services in the region. The new office is easily accessible via the M9 and situated closely to the towns of Falkirk and Grangemouth, and situated to serve clients across the Central Belt of Scotland.

This move by Axiom coincides with the appointment of Regional Manager, Kevin Murray, who joined the business in June to focus on business development and delivery in the region.

Kevin Murray said, “I am very proud to be announcing the opening of Axiom’s new office in Grangemouth. Although we are not new to the Scottish market, having developed strong relationships with clients and partners in the region in recent years, establishing a fully-localised offering is a key milestone in ensuring our continued growth. With the level of investment taking place in the Grangemouth area both now and in the coming years, this is a great time for us to make this move.

I fully believe that Axiom’s service offering can play a key part in ensuring that operators continue to maximise returns, further driving the ongoing prosperity of a buoyant local Process sector. The office is also ideally located to allow us to further develop our business nationally, across multiple industry sectors. The opportunity to help the business realise this potential is very exciting, and a key driver behind my move to Axiom.”

Rob Johnson, Director added, “Axiom continue to be ambitious after much success. Although we continue to grow organically, we recognise the potential across key regions and need to position ourselves to ensure we can deliver what we promise. This new office is the perfect springboard for Axiom to work more closely with clients in the region whilst also enabling new clients to take advantage of our new localised presence.”

Further expansion plans are in their early stages however it is envisaged that further announcements will be made by the company shortly.

Axiom take up the ultimate 10 Mile endurance challenge

Axiom Engineering Associates are proud to give their support to an employee who has dared to take on a charity race, with a difference.

 

Axiom Inspector, Steve Potter has been training daily for the last six months in order to take part in a charity race which historically has been regarded as “The Ultimate 10 Mile Endurance Race”.

 

Founded by WO1 JJ Wilson, The PARAS’10 race was hosted by The Parachute Regiment in Aldershot from 1982-93. After the Paras left Aldershot, the event was shelved until it was later revived in 2008 by Major Sam McGrath in Catterick, North Yorkshire.

 

Steve has never taken part in the race before and was keen to build up his fitness steadily before reaching his goal of running 10 miles, carrying a 35lb pack on his back. A rigorous training regime meant that Steve was committed to a strict diet and training regularly over various terrains in the Tees Valley area including the Eston Hills and Carlton Bank. No day was exempt as he kept up with his training schedule even on Christmas Day morning!

 

Steve will be taking part in the Catterick race which this year takes place on Saturday 7th September with all profits generated by the event donated to the charity, SUPPORT OUR PARAS. This charity delivers valuable support to the Parachute Regiment via welfare of serving soldiers and their families.

 

Steve said, “I am really looking forward to being part of this amazing race. It is a very demanding course both physically and mentally so I have prepared as much as I can so that I can finish the course in a credible time – I also don’t want to let down all those who have very kindly sponsored me. Thank you to everyone including Axiom Engineering who have agreed donations in support of this charity. We’re looking forward to a fantastic day with plenty of supporters turning out to encourage competitors to the finish line.”

 

With more than 650 runners taking part, it is sure to be an exciting finale to an incredible day!

 

For more information, please visit: https://paras10.com/catterick.php