Colchester Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2016


On the 21st November, the Colchester Sports Personality of the Year Awards took place at the Weston Homes Community Stadium in Colchester.  Once again we were pleased to sponsor the U18’s Male Sports Personality of the Year Award.

The winner of the category was fencer Myles Ashforth; Myles has achieved some great results this year, including winning the British U14 Epee Championship, the first time for 20 years that it has been won by anyone fencing for the Eastern Region. He was also 3rd in the British U14 Foil Championship.

Other notable performances include silver in the Essex County Senior Championships and bronze in the Leon Paul London U17 competition.

He is the only fencer to qualify for both epee and foil U15 England squads in 2016. Currently, he is ranked 4th in the epee and 5th in the foil in the England U15 rankings and will certainly be selected for both squads in 2017 (the third consecutive year he has achieved this).

Commendations also went to Joe MacGregor (Cricket) and George Dobson (Gymnastics/ Trampolining.

Alistair Wilson, Sales Director at Sportsafe UK and the Mayor of Colchester, Cllr Julie Young presented the award.

The evening celebrated the tremendous sporting achievement in Colchester and it was an honour to be associated with such dedicated athletes.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Warehouse Manager


With our recent growth to include a production department, the Warehouse Manager will eventually be required to oversee the warehouse, production, workshop and sewing room operations. This is a position in which the successful candidate will have room to grow and develop and not one that will stand still.

Your role will be to follow and improve warehouse processes, to ensure the department runs smoothly and meets company targets.   You will monitor and lead the warehouse staff, issue daily tasks and ensure they are completed in a timely manner to support all Service Managers and engineer teams. We supply parts and product to four main offices in the UK, Daventry, York, and Scotland. We need to identify cost saving in many of our stock lines. The need to run a clean safe and efficient warehouse has never been greater.

The Role

To fulfill this role you will be enthusiastic in approach and should demonstrate a high level of attention to detail. You will need to remain calm when the pressure mounts and act as a role model to fellow members of staff by supporting, guiding and training them, encouraging a strong work ethos in line with company culture.

You will take an interest in the total operation of the business, be a key member of the management team, aid continuous improvement in overall company performance, and in particular, will be targeted on company turnover, reduction in order packing process time through the warehouse to include improved stock management process, and internals work processing.


  • Maintenance of department health and safety records to include H&S department and premises check list, PAT testing records, updating COSHH records with new substance data sheets and ensure warehouse staff has appropriate training and certificates in place for carrying out warehouse tasks.
  • Complete training forms for any training carried out in warehouse ensuring training files are updated.
  • Undertake warehouse appraisals and performance reviews in line with company policy ensuring correct company processes followed for holidays, absence, development plans and disciplinary matters.
  • Ensure the returned parts/collected patterns areas are audited weekly and match collection book entries, liaising with service and engineers to solve any arising issues.
  • Ensure internal orders are raised within the same day of receiving the paperwork and required works are fully understood by the warehouse team to complete the work. Particular attention to be paid to the detail on internals orders matching with engineer report instructions, liaising with the service department or engineers to ensure correct.
  • Ensure warehouse staff follows internals work process, raising and logging the orders as per company process and track internal work as per warehouse tracker, reporting at management meetings.
  • Ensure warehouse staff offer excellent internal customer service including completing daily tasks as per company expectations.
  • Take full responsibility in relation to engineer areas in the warehouse, ensuring engineers leave warehouse and cage areas, outdoor cage, skip and parking areas secure and tidy.
  • Ensure incoming goods area is emptied daily and correctly matched up by the warehouse with customers’ orders for packing process and file incoming delivery notes by a supplier.
  • Follow progress on jobs where agreement has been given for specific dates and report back to Service Managers as necessary to ensure commitments made to customers are fulfilled.
  • Monitor and manage warehouse staff and to track work given to them, to lead a daily Align huddle with them to set the day’s work and expectations in line with service department requirements.
  • Update service, ops, managers, H&S meet minutes in a timely fashion.
  • Have responsibility for van check process, ensuring it is followed with engineers by all staff carrying out van checks and issues such as accident damage are raised with the relevant Service Manager immediately. Ensure van tidiness is of an acceptable standard before van checks are signed off. Ensure any van on site overnight is in camera area.
  • Track orders not packed at the end of each day to reduce the value of sales orders held back in the warehouse.
  • Ensure daily warehouse and external area checks are followed by the warehouse team to maintain a clean and safe working environment at all times.
  • To ensure all procedures in company handbook are adhered to by all staff
  • Maintain safe working environment both on site and at our premises
  • Ensure staff, customer, and personal safety at all times
  • To abide by company rules, Health and Safety and quality policies
  • To report any failures, property damage, incidents to the Senior Management Team
  • Carry out all reasonable tasks, requests or projects as requested

Key Tasks

  • Hold the daily huddle with the warehouse to set priorities for the day, reporting daily on Service Department diary values.
  • Ensure highest levels of tidiness of indoor and outdoor areas ensuring a tidy, clean and safe working environment and secure outdoor area.
  • Efficiently manage goods inwards procedure, incoming and outgoing stock procedures and miscellaneous parts and fitness equipment and the fitness list is fully updated in the warehouse to ensure overall stock levels, stock values and equipment status are correct at all times.
  • Ensure weekly stock purchase request is made to the company Purchaser; liaise with Purchaser where suppliers need to be chased for deliveries.
  • Carry out Warehouse stock takes.
  • Follow weekly paperwork checks, zoning, de-zoning and returns processes relating to engineers’ work.
  • Carry out van checks for all company vehicles attending head office.
  • Ensure quality of packing and all internal works is of expected and acceptable standard to be within the annually set company returns percentage target.
  • Track daily and weekly value of goods packed by warehouse and ensure the tracker is updated following correct paperwork process.
  • Track orders not packed at the end of each day to reduce the value of sales orders held back in the warehouse to zero, ensure the tracker is updated.
  • Track internals completed and internals still to complete within the warehouse tracker.
  • To attend and feed into the weekly video managers meeting and bi-monthly H&S meeting.
  • Ensure the Midlands parts run is correct and complete before this leaves HO
  • Work together with and fully support Service Departments in reaching company goals and responding quickly to company, internal and external customer needs.

Key Skills, Characteristics, and Experience

Good communicator and able to follow process fully.  Recognise the importance of delivering projects on time.

Minimum Experience required

At least 3 years


  • Organised, operationally strong with a fundamental understanding and experience of running robust business processes
  • Bright, charismatic, inspirational character with the ability to gain credibility, internally and externally, quickly
  • Excellent communicator, able to articulate and deliver messages effectively with excellent presentation skills, with an open and direct style
  • Have the intellectual capacity to articulate the company’s strategy internally and to customers
  • Able to lead and adapt to change
  • Team player with strong determination to succeed




  • Remuneration package dependent on experience
  • Pension
  • Group Life Insurance

Attraction of the role

This role could be the ideal move for a manager with a demonstrable track record of growing, developing, aligning, managing and mentoring teams.

Interview Process

Formal interview with H&S Director and HR Director

To apply email for more information.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Marketing Executive

we-re-hiring-hand-writing-with-75553522Are you looking for your next career move?

Due to the continued sales growth and wider product offering, we require a proven Marketer to drive awareness and trade. This role is for a commercially focussed individual who has experience of creating sales opportunities, winning new customers and raising awareness of the wider Sportsafe offer.



The Role

Sportsafe UK has experienced consistent year on year growth of over 20% and is looking to not only continue this trend but develop the brand within the UK and expand the company to new international locations. As part of our desire to grow and innovate, we are looking for a new Marketing Executive to join the Sportsafe UK team. You will have the opportunity to choose marketing activities that you know will bring results in order to achieve our revenue and growth goals. The purpose of the role is to plan and implement marketing activities in order to meet company targets for retention growth and profitability.

  • Overseeing implementation of the Marketing strategy – including campaigns, events, digital marketing, and PR.
  • Working closely with the company’s Sales team; enabling them to meet their commercial objectives by providing them with appropriate tools, materials, and presentations.
  • Work closely with senior management team to define marketing materials and programs.
  • Promote products and services through digital and written media
  • Developing and delivering digital marketing and communications strategies for the organisation.
  • Undertake continuous analysis of competitive environment and consumer trends.
  • Responsible for editorial direction, content, design, production and distribution of all marketing material, including but not limited to brochureware, website content, social media and news releases.
  • Responsible for developing and implementing an internal trade plan.
  • Plan and manage marketing resources according to agreed budgets.
  • Help make sure that the firm’s values, mission, and vision are relevant, communicated and practiced throughout the organisation

Key Skills, Characteristics, and Experience

  • Experience successfully building and running an enterprise focussed marketing operation within either the Sports Installation or Service markets.
  • The experience of working with and developing key alliance partners.
  • Must have a proven track record in having achieved quarterly and annual revenue and cost targets over several years.
  • Commercially astute with a strong understanding of sales processes.
  • Experience in using a CRM system is essential.
  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to inspire.


  • Organised, operationally strong with a fundamental understanding and experience of running robust business processes
  • Bright, charismatic, inspirational character with the ability to gain credibility, internally and externally, quickly
  • Excellent communicator, able to articulate and deliver messages effectively with excellent presentation skills, with an open and direct style
  • Have the intellectual capacity to articulate the company’s strategy internally and to customers
  • Able to lead and adapt to change
  • Team player with strong determination to succeed
  • Excellent negotiation skills
  • Hands on can do decisive attitude
  • Enthusiastic
  • Challenging, ambitious
  • Autonomous

Job Type:

  • Permanent

Job Location:

  • Colchester

Required education:

  • Diploma

Required experience:

  • Experience of KPI / commercial record ideally within an SME: 1 year
  • Marketing: 3 years
  • Competency in creating detailed strategy and plans and budgets: 1 year
  • Excellent copywriting ability proven experience of producing creative digital and written content: 1 year

Please send your CV to or call 0333 300 0032 for more information

Brexit and Booming

brexitIn June 2016 the country voted and democracy prevailed; we voted to leave the EU and the country started to deal with the shock waves.  Three months have now passed and Brexit is still a popular news item and talking point but what has happened during that time at Sportsafe is quite extraordinary.

As a British business the owners of Sportsafe UK voted to remain; the export side of the business had been in operation since the previous autumn and was doing well, Sportsafe had seen a 2000 customer growth in its core sports equipment inspection and maintenance business, two new divisions had been launched Outdoor Spaces and Branded Teamwear, new premises opened in York creating their fifth office in the UK with further expansion on the horizon into Germany.

Unsure how the vote would go Sportsafe UK Senior Management created a contingency plan for the business which included a British supply chain directive, new products and services and new markets of delivery.

Brexit hasn’t impacted Sportsafe UK and in fact at Sportsafe business is booming:

  • The purchase of SJD Installations and the expansion of our internal installations division culminating in five sports hall installations in the quarter.
  • Design, manufacture and installation of a trampoline park in Hull with Jump Street, Chelmsford confirmed for autumn 2016.
  • Creation of the first Ninja Warrior Course for Colchester – opening this year.
  • Over 2 million pounds of orders in three months –more than double the same period in 2015.
  • 22 new staff for the company across the five offices.
  • One additional fire service contract to inspect and maintain all the station’s fitness equipment
  • Four council contracts won for the inspection and maintenance of their school sports equipment – that’s 766 schools.

So what is next for Sportsafe – if you spoke to the team they would say “a bigger car park”!

Jonathan Neill, Managing Director added “Being honest I truly believed that the vote would have been to remain in the EU but all credit to my senior team, who researched, planned and implemented our Brexit contingency plan. We have seen phenomenal growth during quarter three and having set ourselves high turnover targets for 2016 based on the export side of the business, we are still going to reach these due to how the team has adapted to a change in direction.  With over 90 staff, across five offices stretching from Fort William to Caerphilly it can be very difficult to implement big product and service delivery decisions but the team grabbed it with both hands.”

Looking forward – Sportsafe is very excited about expanding and developing the new divisions. Our Installations Team has continued to win high profile projects across prestigious Universities and Premiership Football Clubs. Sportsafe has won additional contracts to build further Trampoline Parks and Ninja Warrior courses across the UK.

Our Outdoor Spaces division is having a record year and continues to deliver innovative and creative play solutions, whilst our Branded Teamwear division is winning new customers on a daily basis.

Sportsafe UK has the capability, experience, and skill to deliver small and large scale projects alike across a wide spectrum of sports, ask and you’ll be surprised! We have launched three new websites in this quarter, to showcase our wider range of products and services.

What a quarter it has been, Sportsafe UK has seen no impact of Brexit and looks forward with confidence into the year ahead.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Workshop Operative

Workshop Operative required in a busy workshop. We specialise in service, maintenance, repair and installation of sports equipment. Workshop experience essential. Counterbalance forklift licence desirable and full driving licence needed. Good IT and communication skills and attention to detail needed for this busy, hands-on role.

Duties include;

  • Ensure workshop is clean and tidy at all times and the outside of the workshop to the warehouse is presentable
  • Ensure all orders are carried out within the 7-day rule
  • Ensure all orders are logged within the Warehouse Performance Diary daily
  • Ensure KPIs on Align are marked correctly and on time
  • Ensure the Service Manager is kept up to date on progress of works and that any unforeseen circumstances are highlighted asap.
  • Ensure checks are made for the Midlands run and that everything that is required for that particular week is carried out in time and on the van run.
  • Keep goods returned from Midlands office logged
  • Keep a good working relationship with other warehouse staff members
  • Ask if you require extra training or staff members to complete works
  • Ensure you check the Office Internals tray at least twice a day
  • By 16.30 each Tuesday pass all details and costs of internals through to the Service Manager for his weekly conference call
  • Ensure that you read all Additional Comments on all Internals. If you are unsure of what is required speak directly to the engineer.

Job Type: Full-time

Required education: Secondary education

Required experience:

  • Workshop: 1 year
  • Warehouse: 1 year

Required licence or certification: Full Driving Licence

Location: Colchester, Essex

To apply send your CV to or complete the form below.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Installations Manager

we-re-hiring-hand-writing-with-75553522Sportsafe UK is a nationwide company that carries out service, maintenance, and installation of sports equipment. We currently have an exciting opportunity for forward thinking a dynamic type of person to help continue the expansion of the business.


The Role

Sportsafe UK has continued to see year on year growth of 20% and is looking to not only continue this trend but develop the brand within the UK and expand the company to new international location.

The role of Installation manager involves running multiple teams of installation engineers who carry out works all over the UK.


  • Manage multiple Installation teams on the road
  • Carry out site surveys for installation projects
  • From your own site visit notes put jobs into production
  • Create schedules for parts to be picked for live order projects
  • Ensure H & S is kept to high standard
  • Ensure engineers have correct tools for the jobs
  • Ensure installation teams carry out van checks, tool checks, and tower checks
  • Create RAMS for approval by customers/main contractors
  • Ensure engineers are correctly trained in the work that they carry out
  • Ensure out time delivery of live order projects in line with customer needs
  • Check stock levels and issue instructions to purchasing dept.
  • Liaise with customers and agree on dates for jobs to be carried out
  • Plan program of works for engineers, ensuring economic use of resources
  • Liaise with production manager for on time delivery’s on production schedule
  • Visit completed jobs and check standard’s of work and customers happy
  • Check time sheets of engineers and report to HR
  • Attend weekly meetings and update order checklists regularly
  • Use Align cloud-based system for communication throughout company
  •  Weekly reports to Director of Installations detailing progress reports

Minimum Experience required

  • Minimum 5 years experience on installation of products
  • 1 Years experience management of teams/people

Key Skills, Characteristics, and Experience

  • Good communicator
  • Excellent computer skills


  • Colchester, Essex


  • Remuneration package dependent on experience
  • Pension
  • Group Life Insurance

Please send your CV to or call 0333 300 0032 for more information.