Warrington students learn about careers & job opportunities at Horizon Platforms
by Lucy Normanton, HR Manager
Someone asked me recently why I decided to pursue a career in HR. The answer is easy: I thrive on finding the very best people for the job, nurturing them and providing opportunities for them to develop rewarding careers.
At Horizon Platforms, the choice of career options and opportunities to learn and develop often surprises people. Yes, we’re in the powered access industry, but that doesn’t mean we only recruit engineers and technicians – there’s a lot more to it than that.
At Horizon, our company ethos is to treat others as we wish to be treated; it’s the reason why we put such a premium on providing an excellent, straight-talking and supportive service to all our customers from start to finish. We think customer satisfaction is what you deserve.
We know our clients find us easy to do business with, value our flexible approach and the way we respond to their changing needs, and always go the extra mile to ensure they have the right tools for the job and the training they need to meet their own customers’ needs.
We also pride ourselves on our ability to listen – closely – and when you told us recently that you would like a single, named individual to speak to every time you deal with us, we responded by creating a brand new team of Relationship Support Managers (RSMs).
Our RSMs have already proved extremely popular. They are there to get to know your business, deal with all your hire and training needs as quickly and efficiently as possible, and take care of things on your behalf, so you don’t need to get involved in the detail. If your RSM promises to do something, you can be sure that they will deliver. Read more “Getting to know you, getting to know all about you”
On the 3rd September, I took the opportunity to attend a 2 day Product Training Course at Genie UK in Grantham. Also in attendance were 3 of my colleagues – Gary Whittaker, Ben Povey, and our new recruit to the Sales Team Toni Corcoran.
It was certainly an interesting couple of days, as I haven’t had much hands-on experience with Genie equipment in the past. It was useful to see how they differ from other manufacturers, and the vast range that Genie manufacture is incredible – anything from 15ft right up to 135ft!
Ben was very eager to operate the Z135 but unfortunately for him (not the rest of us!) there wasn’t one available – better luck next time Ben!
Needless to say, all 4 of us participated in a “sociable” drink after the first day. This was a great opportunity to bond with other team members who we wouldn’t necessarily see every day. In particular, it was great to welcome Toni to the team and get to know a little more about her.
So if you have a question on Genie equipment….go on, test me, and I will see if I can help you!
Horizon Director Rory Duggan was one of a group of 15 who recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
The mountain which stands at over 19000’ is Africa’s highest mountain and is in fact the worlds tallest free standing mountain.
The team of 15 guys came from the Powered Access industry and not just from around the UK, but also from Toronto and Florida. A team from Niftylift, Skyjack and Bronto joined Rory from Horizon Platforms, making it a combination of Rental companies and manufacturers.
“None of us had any real climbing experience” said Rory, “the challenge was thrown down last summer and before I knew it I had signed up and there was no turning back”.The climb which took seven days in total was arranged through KE Adventure Travel in Keswick.
“The adventure started before we even saw Kilimanjaro” said Rory, “as a result of a technical hitch at Heathrow Airport, eight of the team missed their connection to Amsterdam and were unable to catch the flight to Tanzania, meaning they had to fly to Kenya and were delayed by several hours”.
“It was a fantastic experience and an incredible feeling of achievement when we reached Uhuru Peak at the summit. The weather ranged from a sunny 28C on day one, to -15C and snow when we reached the top. The greatest challenge that we faced was acclimatizing to the altitude. The lack of oxygen was difficult to cope with and prevented two of the team from reaching the summit” Rory continued.
“As enjoyable as the trip was, it is unlikely that I will be attempting anything similar soon. The weeks of training, sleeping in tents and lack of any creature comforts are not my idea of a relaxing holiday. However if another challenge is put down I may be tempted to try something in the future”.We are certainly glad to have Joint Director Rory back in the office and commend Rory’s great achievement and hard work over the last few months in preparation for the climb.
As you may well know, Horizon Platforms are no stranger to getting involved in the community, and last week was certainly no exception. Horizon’s very own Finance Director, Lindsay Tarrant, went back to school to help A-level students at Heckmondwike Grammar School take part in their annual Challenge of Management Conference.
The aim of the three-day conference was to give Year 12 students an insight in to what life is like in business. The students are encouraged to develop the team building and decision making skills involved in all aspects of running a small business by taking part in a business game. At the same time, the students are presented with additional time-pressured activities, presentations and negotiations which keep the event competitive, yet enjoyable.
The team at Horizon Platforms were keen for Lindsay to take part in the programme to assist the students to develop their leadership ability and business skills, which are the qualities fundamental to Horizon’s own culture and the continued development of our local and national economy. Our strong belief is that the key to a successful business is employing and developing a motivated and well trained team.Lindsay, who took on the role of Financial Director within Horizon in 2011, commented:
“I thoroughly enjoy working in a business environment and encouraging people to reach their full potential. My own children have benefited from the excellent teaching and outlook at Heckmondwike Grammar School and I was delighted to be asked to help out by giving back to the students who are future business leaders”.
Lynne Morton, Conference Co-ordinator at Heckmondwike Grammar School, praised the involvement of the many advisers and companies who have freely given their time and experience to help students learn about management in a competitive world.