Earlier in April, some of our staff endured a full working day round the office, wearing a set of “deelieboppers”, and as a consequence we raised £116 for the long established UK charity- COMIC RELIEF. Luckily we have no photographs of this event to share with you!
Top Left: Seb Mallet, Top Right: Guy Powell,
Some of our staff have definitely got a Spring in their step this month!
The newly formed "John Hogg Harriers" are taking part in a charity half marathon (13.1 miles) in Wilmslow near Manchester, to raise funds for The Christie, the world famous hospital specialising in Cancer treatment and research.
Here's a link to the team fundraising page: http://www.justgiving.com/johnhoggharriers
We will end the year on a light note as here are the results of John Hogg staff's attempts to grow Moustaches for the Movember charity. An excellent effort all round .. We are always delighted with flourishing growth at JHTS!
Andy and Mark with their "118" specials, photographed at our facility in India.
Nigel who was much too busy sending out product samples to really focus on his Mo..
Mike (with his usual 'tache) and Shaun with a sexy grey combo.
And MD Robert Webb with a distiguished military style effort.
Well done chaps!
JHTS wishes all customers and suppliers Seasons Greetings, and our Best Wishes to all for a peaceful and successful 2013.
It's been a busy few months at John Hogg and we have some catch up with our news.
Pictured are some of our new joiners;
A recent arrival to our technical team is pictured on the left: Dave Leonard, who is just about to complete a Ph.D in detection of explosives in containers, a project of obvious relevance in todays world, while seated on the right is Sebastian Mallet, an experienced Chemical Sales Manager, taking up responsibility for Dye Sales into France and other French speaking markets, and the Middle East. Bon Chance et Bienvenue!
Welcome and good luck to all!
During November, JHTS was very pleased to be invited to join our long standing partner, Serem, for their 25 year anniversary dinner. Serem represent Lubrizol, Neste Oil and John Hogg Technical Solutions in the Turkish market. Pictured left to right are Robert Martin (JHTS Sales Manager), Ebru and Haluk Sanver of Serem, and Mary Bezer (Director at JHTS)
Here's wishing Serem (and JHTS) another successful 25 years in this challenging market!
And finally, MOVEMBER;
As you may know, there is a charity event in the UK to raise funds for research into male cancers (testicular and prostate)
John Hogg Technical Solutions publishes our revised and updated Code of Ethics.
MESSAGE FROM THE MANAGING DIRECTOR
" At John Hogg Technical Solutions we are committed to running our business both legally and ethically. Our Code of Ethics outlines the behaviours that JHTS upholds as a company, to ensure that the highest standards of honesty and integrity are maintained. We are proud of the way we do business and try to ensure that integrity underpins everything we do.
You can read our full Anti-Bribery and Corruption policy 'here'
Sharing Best Practice Presentation
JHTS, winners of Chemicals NW International Trade award, were invited to give a presentation of Exporting Best Practice at an event at The Heath, Runcorn.
Rachael Bywater, Sales Manager at JHTS pictured above, gave a short talk outlining the JHTS approach to building relationships with overseas representatives and customers, with emphasis on meeting all customer needs through both product development, and logistic improvements, which has led to our success in export growth over the past 20 years.
John Hogg Presents Marking Solutions at Fuel Quality Conference.
JHTS wins Chemicals North West Trade Award.
The UK Bribery Act (2010) has been in force since mid 2011, and JHTS would like to inform our customers and suppliers of our policy regarding this legislation.
The UK's FCO website explains the reasoning behind this legislation as follows: “Bribery has no place in British business, at home or abroad. This new robust law reflects the UK’s role in the fight against bribery and paves the way for competitive but fair practice. Over time it will have a positive impact on the prospects of UK businesses through enhanced reputation for ethical standards, reduced costs and an international level-playing field”.
It is JHTS policy to conduct all of our business in an honest and ethical manner.
JHTS has traded worldwide for many years, and we appreciate that the practice of giving business gifts varies between countries and regions--what may be considered normal and acceptable in one region may not be in another.
We shall continue to gift our customers and other contacts with small (and we hope attractive and useful) promotional items such as pens, calendars etc, without any restrictions, and without keeping a register of such gifts, since the value of these items is insignificant in business terms.
Our own staff are permitted to accept only small gifts of a value less than £30 ($45) and as usual this last Christmas, all the bottles of wine and similar goods, which had generously been given to us by our suppliers, were pooled into a raffle and the prizes distributed by luck throughout the whole of the company team.
We hope this briefly explains JHTS position in respect of this important aspect of business relationships, and we wish all our readers, customers and suppliers a Happy and Prosperous New Year for 2012.
It’s been a busy few months since our last news item so we have a varied update this time:
John Hogg Technical Solutions welcomes new Financial Director, Mrs Julia Wilson. Julia is a graduate of Bristol University and qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG. She has worked in a number of senior financial roles for a range of international manufacturing businesses, most recently as Finance Director of S&A Foods.
Mrs Julia Wilson
JHTS is very pleased to announce that our associate researcher, Victor Moll has successfully completed his Ph.D at the University of Loughborough, and he will be off to pastures new in December. Dr Moll will take up a research post, funded by British Aerospace and EU, at the Technical University in Athens, Greece. Good luck!! Or as we say στα ελληνικά: ΚΑΛΗ ΤΥΧΗ!!
Dr Victor Moll
As the major supplier of fiscal fuel marker dyes into the European Market, JHTS always expected that it would need to play a leading role in REACH registrations for the dyes and markers used in the E.U.
However, our recent experience in trying to initiate a consortium for the registration of the “Euromarker “ chemical, C.I. Solvent Yellow 124, also known as Sudan ® Marker 455, has been rather disappointing. Despite there being several other so-called “global leader” suppliers and importers into the European market, none of them has agreed to join in the consortium to progress the registration of the Marker in time for 2013 deadline.
And finally, Seasons’ Greetings to all readers.
The end of July marked another milestone for John Hogg, when JHTS Financial Director, Phil Slowe, retired after 30 years with the group. Phil joined the group in Feb 1981 as financial controller in the fuel distribution business, and subsequently was appointed as Director at JHTS and other group companies, including our Greek subsidiary.
The 6 or so months since our acquisition of the Dyes and Markers businesses from BASF SE, have been tremendously busy in all departments at JHTS, and we have neglected our news updates somewhat . Nevertheless, we have worked hard to maintain our usual top quality product and delivery services to all our customers during the brief integration period, which coincided with the exceptionally cold, and thus busy, winter months.
We will continue to supply all the current Sudan® and Kerotect® product ranges, as well as the Dyeguard® range of dyes and markers, into the foreseeable future, so you can be assured that it’s “business as usual”!!
In the UK, we have completed the expected switch-over to Low Sulphur Gas Oil markers in line with legislative requirements , without disruption to supplies or any compromise on product quality and performance.
In the strategically important area of covert Marker product development and research, we are pleased to announce that we were successful with our Technology Strategy Board grant bid for a second Knowledge Transfer Partnership , in the area of ultra sensitive detection techniques. Pictured are Victor Moll – we hope soon to be known as “Dr Vic” -- our new associate researcher, and electronics engineering graduate, Amer Muhiyye who strengthen our science team with their skills in chemical analysis, design, construction and repair of bespoke detection devices.
Victor & Amer
We also have 2 new faces in our sales team, Jane O’Connell and Wendy Wood. Jane has several years of sales and customer service experience in a broad range of industries and is a fluent German speaker, and she will take responsibility for Sudan® powder dye sales world wide. Wendy, who holds a degree in chemistry, joins us from a career in sales and technical support in fuel performance additives businesses, and will take responsibility for a diverse portfolio of products and customers - including the North American markets.
Jackie, Wendy & Jane
Customer service needs and legislative requirements for documentation continue to grow in the chemicals industries, and we have introduced additional support staff in response: Jackie Ashley joined our customer services team some months ago, and Nigel Slater will take responsibility for preparation of technical documentation, such as C of A and SDS, and assist with REACH SIEF and Consortium management .
Nigel & Darren
Driving and keeping costs down is also key to the success of any business in the current economic climate, and 2 experienced purchasers joined our team : Miri Lahi and Janet McDougall.
Paul & Janet
We’d also like to introduce 2 of our “back room” boys in blue -- Paul Nicholson and (for the Nominative Determinists amongst our readers)-- the very appropriately named Darren Dyer, who both joined our production department late in 2010, as part of the team making, blending, packing and dispatching our extensive product range from our Manchester base. Last but not least is Lewis Bedford who works hard to keep all our computer hardware and software running!!
Lewis & Miri
Welcome (albeit somewhat belatedly) to one and all!