With the success of last year’s Pedal To Paris fundraising event, which was organised and supported by The Royal British Legion, members of Auctus Management Group Ltd and its subsidiary businesses; RSS Infrastructure Ltd and INFRA Skills Ltd will yet again assemble a small team to take on the intense 460km challenge for the second year in a row.

The Royal British Legion is a charity which provides support for members of the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force, veterans and their families. Being an avid supporter of the Royal British Legion; the company raises money for this worthy cause whenever it can, with all donations going towards supporting those in need within the Armed Forces community.

As proud members of the Armed Forces Silver Covenant Award, all companies are fully commitment to the Armed Forces and supporting the soldiers who currently serve, or have served their country. RSS Infrastructure Ltd are also an official Gold Sponsor of the Force Atlantic team, the team will be the first all Army rowing team to take on the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, a 3,000 mile rowing challenge across the Atlantic, in December.

This year’s team consists of Richard Toy; CEO of Auctus Management Group Ltd and Sean Harrison; Managing Director, Brian Hopkinson; Rail Manager alongside new riders Simon Capper; Fleet Manager and John McDonough; Fleet Co-ordinator for RSS Infrastructure Ltd.

Richard Toy added: “We are truly honoured to participate in Pedal To Paris again, with the success of last year’s team and fundraising efforts, we can’t wait to resume our training and get back on the saddle again. This year we have two veterans who work for RSS Infrastructure Ltd; Brian Hopkinson and John McDonough on the team. The two workers have an extraordinary work ethic, so we are delighted to not only participate in a charity event that is ran and supported by the Armed Forces, but to have two members of the team who have benefited from their tireless work.

As members of the Armed Forces Silver Covenant Award, and Gold Sponsors for the Force Atlantic rowing team, we aim to be on the frontline when it comes to supporting the Armed Forces on a personal and business level. We are immensely proud of our partnership with the British Armed Forces and strongly believe that anyone signing to the Covenant will help businesses to deliver more creative and innovative solutions”.



The team have all set themselves a goal to raise a minimum of £900 each for the charity in sponsorship money, as they look to surpass the £9,000+ raised last year.

Each rider has set up a JustGiving page which is linked to the Auctus Management Group ‘Team Page’, for more information or to donate money to our riders, please follow the link: https://www.justgiving.com/teams/pedal-to-paris-19

The charity bike race’s itinerary is as follows:

Day 1: London to Dover (136km): Leave the capital, starting at Eltham Palace and heading south out of London through Kent, arriving in Dover in time to board the ferry to Calais.

Day 2: Calais to Abbeville (135km): Ride through the French countryside, from Samer onto Abbeville.

Day 3: Abbeville to Beauvais (104km): Leave Abbeville, heading into the Somme and Oise regions of Picardy before arriving in Beauvais.

Day 4: Beauvais to Paris (100.8km): The final day leaving from Beauvais through Menucourt, and end on closed roads through the Champs Elysee and finish at the Arc de Triomphe.

For more information about the event, click the link to The Royal British Legion’s official ‘Pedal To Paris’ page:
https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/things-to-do/events/pedal-to-paris

Specialist infrastructure services provider, Auctus Management Group Ltd (AMG), and its subsidiary businesses INFRA Skills Ltd and RSS Infrastructure Ltd (RSSI), has announced that following a period of significant growth as a result of winning ‘SME of the Year’ and ‘Professional Services’ at the Network Rail Partnership Awards and Birmingham Post Business Awards, in conjunction with significant contract wins and investment in new services, has led to the organisation relocating to new 10,000 SQ ft premises in the heart of the West Midlands at:

Tech Block,
Gee Business Centre,
Holborn Hill,
Aston,
Birmingham,
B7 5JR


The decision to remain in the area centres around the organisation’s commitment to the government’s strategy for the Midlands to become a “growth engine” by investing in key transport projects, such as HS2 and Midland Metro, as well as and up-skilling the local population. However, these ambitions for the region are hampered by the infrastructures sector skills shortage, an aging workforce, a lack of diversity and resources being underutilised. This reinforces the fact that if the Midlands is to continue to be a serious competitor to the other UK’s ‘powerhouses,’ and meet productivity and efficiency targets, then businesses in the region need to develop new innovative ways of thinking that can ensure regional projects are delivered on time and to budget.

To combat these challenges, RSSI Ltd has for the last 5 years been focusing on being at the forefront of technological innovations that deliver increase levels of safety, efficiency and productivity. This core principle have been the cornerstone of the business since 2012, when the company became a subsidiary of Auctus Management Group Limited, and led to the strategic development of a comprehensive service portfolio that includes; Overhead Line Electrification, Vegetation Management, Road Rail Access Points and Level Crossings, Civils/Construction solutions, Safety Critical Resource Services, Magnetic Safety Barrier Fencing, Protocol Points Boards, Signalling Services as well as being the UK’s sole provider of Track Warning Systems.



The Group also consists of INFRA Skills Ltd, whose aim is to deliver a range of services covering safety, people solutions, training and community engagement throughout the sector. To this end, the company has focused on creating a course catalogue that includes; CITB, Rail Apprenticeships, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Training, Highfield qualifications up to level 5, Mental Health Training, NPTC (Rail Specific), Health and Safety, National Skills Academy (Network Rail approved) competency training and assessments, for which the company has achieved a Gold Standard.

Commenting about the move, Richard Toy, CEO of Auctus Management Group Ltd said “This move represents an exciting new development for AMG. This announcement follows a series of business highlights which include; the acquisition of Carillion Welding and saving 65 jobs, delivering the UK’s first Level 3 Trailblazer Apprenticeship Scheme, in conjunction with Colas Rail, as well as being appointed a Midland Metro Alliance partner.

We have now reached a milestone of over 100 employees and our success is testament to our commitment to investing in local talent, new state-of-the-art technology and providing our customers with one complete solution. These new offices will provide us with the space we need to accommodate our growing team of experts to better support our clients as we move to develop new partnerships within the next control period.”

Rail Safety Solutions (RSS) Ltd has been awarded the SME of the Year award in the 2018 Rail Partnership Awards. The award is part of a partnership between Network Rail and Rail Media recognising the outstanding work organisations are doing to deliver a better railway.
As part of the award submission process, the company provided evidence that demonstrated how it is driving excellence and innovation in several award category areas such as safety, sustainability and community engagement as well as detailing successful partnerships.
The company has for the last 6 years been focusing on being at the forefront of technological innovations that deliver increased levels of safety and productivity. These core principles have been the cornerstone of the business and resulted in a series of initiatives that include the Semi-Automatic Track Warning System, Rostering and Fatigue Monitoring and Safe Driver Control Methods.
The SATWS system, used by principle contractors and Network Rail High Output, increases safety by removing the risk of human error from the announcement of trains. This is instead performed by a treadle unaffected by human constraints such as fatigue, loss of concentration, adverse weather and sighting issues. Using SATWS guarantees the warning of an approaching train whereas the recent increase in line blockage irregularities has the potential for trains to enter the worksite unannounced.
The company’s fatigue monitoring commences during the rostering process where the in-house CRM is used to calculate the travel time to and from site, shift duration and work type. This ensures each rostered team member is matched geographically to the location of the works and has the right skillset for the task required. Any concerns with travel exceedance or shift duration are automatically flagged ensuring that workers cannot be rostered to shifts or projects unless adequate measures, such as local accommodation, are put in place to ensure that ‘Everyone [returns] home safe, everyday”.
RSS led the way by being the first company in the rail sector to utilise a specialist Driver Awareness Warning System (DAWS) for the transportation of its workforce to site. All fleet vehicles also have as standard a vehicle tracking system (VTS), dash-cam’s and hi-visibility seatbelt covers.
The company is well-known within the industry for pioneering new methods of safety and enhancing productivity and efficiency through technology. This continued commitment to innovation resulted in RSS being one of the first rail companies in the UK to develop a mobile application that allows both drivers and workers to submit Close Calls and raise any safety concerns, which are actively managed by the company’s compliance team. The application allows workers to submit vehicle inspection reports directly to the Fleet department ensuring vehicles are kept in a roadworthy and safe state. Furthermore, the application allows for the submission of site inspections and end of shift reports, which provides extensive insight and means that the company can actively engage with its workforce to ensure projects are completed on time.
The Group’s training division, Auctus Training Solutions Ltd (ATS), has invested significant resources in developing a cross-platform Mobile Assessment Application, designed for assessing the competency levels of its workforce using its bespoke bronze, silver and gold question sets. The use of this assessment tool means clients can be rest assured that personnel have been trained to the highest possible level and remain compliant with latest industry standards. The applications intuitive design allows the training divisions assessors to conduct assessments anywhere within the UK, even in remote areas where a 3G or 4G connection is not available. To enhance traceability the application includes the ability to capture e-signatures as well as including advanced reporting techniques that details both a geographic and time stamp of when/where the form was completed. The app also has additional functionality that allows users to hand-draw answers to questions, add notes to part of an image or draw a diagram in answer to a question.
The organisation has been driving community engagement and creating a sustainable workforce through its bespoke rail course delivered in partnership with local agencies, colleges, charities and government departments, such as The Black Country Impact project, Job Centre Plus, Youth Promise Plus, Probation Services, Evolve, BMET College, High Speed Rail College, Birmingham City Council, Talent Match, Enable, YMCA and St Basils. As part of this partnership, ATS is supporting black minority ethnic groups, women, ex-offenders, ex-armed forces, young people, those with disabilities and individuals struggling to find employment by reducing the number of barriers facing them whilst trying to gain employment.
ATS worked in collaboration with Colas Rail to design and deliver the UK’s first level 3 Rail Apprenticeship Standard. It focuses on creating a program that provides learners with a route into the rail sector and that hones their scientific, technical, engineering, mathematical and design skillsets.
Commenting about the awards, Richard Toy, CEO of Rail Safety Solutions Limited, said
“The Rail Partnership awards are a great way to drive innovation and recognise the important contributions that company’s have made to improving safety, community engagement and sustainability. The ground-breaking initiatives that RSS has produced will help to improve productivity whilst reducing the skills shortage and age-gap, improve diversity and ensure that we deliver a safer working environment.’
Entries were judged through a two-stage process where in the first instance, they were short-listed by a team of specialists from Network Rail. A final judging panel that included senior representatives from the rail industry then selected the winning entries.
RSS who work with a number of rail clients and are also an alliance partner for the Midland Metro Alliance were very grateful to win this award, recognising our growing success within the rail industry.

Auctus Management Group Limited, one of the UK’s leading providers of infrastructure services, has been awarded a significant amount of venture capital from Barclays Bank to boost the company’s growth strategy as it enters new markets within the Rail, Light Rail and Construction/Civils sectors.

The Group is well known within the industry for being at the forefront of technological innovations as well as developing bespoke solutions for clients that deliver increased levels of safety and productivity. These core principles have been the cornerstone of the Group since 2012, where the organisation grew organically through Auctus Training Solutions Limited and concluded that year with the acquisition of Rail Safety Solutions (RSS) Limited.

Oliver Dallaway, Relationship Manager at Barclays said: “Auctus Management Group has seen significant growth since their inception in 2012 and I’m pleased we are supporting them with the next phase of the strategic growth plan.”

RSS has already made substantial investment in procuring a diverse range of talented personnel across the sectors to ensure that it can continue to provide ground-breaking solutions. Through the support of Barclays, the company will be able to strengthen its current portfolio of services that include; Overhead Line Electrification, Vegetation Management, Road Rail Access Points and Level Crossings, Civils/Construction solutions, Safety Critical Resource Services, Magnetic Safety Barrier Fencing, Magnetic Points Boards, Signalling Services as well as being the UK’s sole provider of Track Warning Systems.

Auctus Training Solutions vision is to be the industries preferred training provider. The additional funding will allow the company to build upon its current catalogue of NSAR (Rail Specific), Health and Safety and Construction courses and focus on providing learner development both in the workplace and within the company’s dedicated training facility.

Through a combination of delivering training, that exceeds the industry standards, and providing technological and people solutions to clients who require skilled, reliable and transient workforces, resulting in an unrivalled reputation for quality and safety and led to the Group becoming a Midland Metro Alliance partner where it has been an integral part of both the design and development of the tram infrastructure.

Commenting on the funding, CEO Richard Toy said: “Over the next five years, the UK and infrastructure sectors will be facing challenges that have not been seen before. With Brexit and major projects, such as HS2, combined with a skills shortage, an aging workforce, a lack of diversity and resources being underutilised means that companies that continue to remain stagnant will hamper the industry’s ability to meet the UK’s productivity targets. This commitment from Barclays means that Auctus Management Group will be able to achieve significant industry growth needed to ensure that projects are delivered on schedule as well as driving the innovation needed to ensure that the sector is able to cope with the increased demand on the infrastructure.”

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We are proud to present our newest feature, the ‘Rail Safety Standard’, but unlike most company magazines/newsletters, this comes with a unique and interactive twist.
 
The majority of our articles will feature interactive elements, so if you click any underlined title/hashtag or any button then you will be linked to other interactive content.
 
Auctus Management Group Ltd (AMG), the parent company for Auctus Training Solutions Ltd (ATS), Auctus Workforce Solutions Ltd (AWS) and Rail Safety Solutions Ltd (RSS) have a lot of exciting projects and partnerships that we want to celebrate, we value all communication regarding any aspects of the ‘rail’ and ‘safety’ industry and aim to be the ‘solution’ to your project needs.
 
We are passionate about supporting local business and work with the local community to train and develop as many West Midland based residents as possible, and bring them into local projects, most notably the Midland Metro expansion. AMG is an official buy generic cialis cheapest Midland Metro Alliance partner alongside; Barhale, Bouygues, Colas, Colas Rail, Egis, Thomas Vale, Tony Gee and the West Midlands Combined Authority.
 
Remember, most of the articles in this issue have lots of interactive elements, so click through to our Twitter posts and talk to us about any queries that you have about what we do, and what we can provide your company. Thank you and enjoy this issue.


Sean Harrison
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This first issue focuses on our most recent projects, most notably featuring the Automatic Track Warning System (ATWS) that our progressive customers utilise when a line block is not a viable option. Alongside ATWS, we will introduce our other safety systems utilised throughout various projects also, all of which can transform a project into a safer and more cost effective work environment. For more information about the ATWS system, we are proud to unveil a Rail Safety Standard exclusive, an animation showcasing how the system works, and the benefits it offers.

Rail Safety Solutions (RSS) Limited, a subsidiary of Auctus Management Group Limited, are proud to announce that they have successfully completed drainage repair works as part of the ‘North / South Reduction Journey Time’ project for Colas Rail in Pulford.
 
RSS personnel began work on the 27th February and identified that due to excessive amounts of vegetation, as well as the poor condition of the current trench, water was flowing from the catch pits into the existing cheap cialis uk online ditch resulting in extensive flood damage that was affecting the ‘Trackside Neighbours’ field.
 
Due to the location of the works, it was necessary for RSS operatives to meticulously remove by hand the vegetation that was blocking the drainage duct and install a concrete sheet over the existing brickwork and drainage. The extensive deterioration of the existing ditch meant that operatives were required to excavate a V-ditch to manage the flow of water from the head-wall to the brook as well as install a concrete canvas.
 
To stem the stream of water from entering and damaging the nearby field, the area around the brickwork was filled with clean ballast which acted as a French drain. This, in turn, allowed the water from the field culvert to flow directly into the V-ditch. This innovative solution removed the need for a chamber/access, as the majority of water would flow over the canvas and any that is not collected would be redirected by the drainage below.
 
Ultimately, this method helped to reduce resource costs and ensured that the project was completed by the 10th March.
 

Auctus Management Group Limited are proud to announce that they have been awarded Talent Match’s ‘Employer of the Year’ at their Celebration Event. The event celebrated the achievements of participants and the success of the Birmingham and Solihull Talent Match Programme.
 
Talent Match is a 5-year investment programme that has been setup to aid long-term unemployed young adults (18-24) across Birmingham & Solihull. The programme is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the local partnership is led by BVSC with Solihull SUSTAiN.
 
‘Employer of the Year’ was awarded to the Group after their continued success in helping to assist Talent Match Birmingham and Solihull in meeting their long-term objective to support 1000 young adults and ensure that at least 50% secure paid work experience for at least 6 months. Furthermore, the programme has made additional commitments to ensure 70% of participants gain improvements in skills, confidence, and self-perception because of involvement in paid work experience & complementary volunteering placements with local charities.
 
As an NSAR accredited rail training provider, ATS have created a bespoke course specifically tailored for young people who have been unemployed for 12 months or longer. The course provides learners with the necessary skills and knowledge to gain their Personal Track Safety with Track Induction competency as well as Small Tools, Fire Awareness and Asbestos Removal and Industry Common Induction certificates. These key competencies offer the learners an excellent buy cialis europe foundation on which to build their career and ultimately position them as ideal candidates for perspective employers and enable them to become the next generation of industry leaders.
 
During the awards ceremony, ATS’s Administrator, Matthew Thompson, was presented with the prestigious accolade of ‘Employee of the Year.’ Matthew received this award after his tireless effort in helping to ensure that all operatives that work on-site have met the strict rules and regulations that govern the rail sector and ensure that the Group maintains its commitment to Network Rail’s mandate of ‘Everyone Home Safe Everyday’.
 
RSS, one of the UK’s leading providers of specialist railway services, have successfully placed numerous Talent Match participants into team’s who have been operating at different sites within the UK. The Track Operatives are receiving excellent feedback from clients and are quickly becoming known within the industry for their commitment to adhering to safe working practices as well as their positive attitude towards ensuring that the project is completed accurately and on time.
 
With extensive rail investment projects on the horizon, such as HS2 and Midland Metro expansion, and an industry facing significant skills-gaps and aging workforce, it is initiatives like the Talent Match programme that will ultimately help to reduce the number of unemployed people within the UK and provide the sector with the substantial boost that it so urgently needs.
 
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