Benchmark specialise in the design, manufacture & installation of fine quality solid wood furniture & fittings to the top end of the customer market. 90% of all products made from the workshops in Kintbury, Berkshire are delivered by our own transport.
With our connections to the Transport Manager company we have been able to offer when necessary additional deliveries that have been carried out to the utmost professionalism with a polite, punctual & reliable service that’s fits with our business needs. I have no hesitation what’s so ever in recommending the Transport Manager Company to any business or individual who requires honest, reliable service at all levels of distribution.
In June and July 2007, following torrential rainfall, buildings throughout Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and other areas of the UK, were flooded.
Continuity is one of the leading independent disaster recovery companies, and we struggled to cope with the demand for our services at this time, even having to say ‘No’ to some new instructions so that we could continue to maintain our service levels to our existing clients.
Paul contacted me in his capacity as ‘The Transport Manager’ at that time to offer assistance with any transport related matters.
I have known Paul Jacobs for over 18 years. With over 20 years’ worth of management experience, managing clients, employees and projects at the sharp end, I asked Paul if he could help us during this extremely busy period with project management: we were involved in numerous incidents across the UK and our existing resources were very stretched.
Paul agreed to work with us and I was confident that he was capable of managing one of our larger and more high profile projects, that being St John the Baptist Church in Burford, Oxon.
St John the Baptist Church (known colloquially as ‘Burford Church’) is a 12th Century building which was flooded to a depth of about 450mm throughout. The project involved the removal of all moveable contents, cleaning, decontamination and sanitisation of all affected parts of the Church’ superstructure, and the restoration of all damaged contents. Simultaneously, the building had to be dried: with over 100,000 visitors a year and now closed, reopening of the Church as quickly as possible was the objective.
Managing a team of up to 12 people, Paul was responsible for the successful completion of the project in less than two weeks. Drying of the building, utilising large industrial fans and no dehumidification equipment (such machines are best not used in historic buildings of this nature) continued for a further three weeks, but the Church was opened on 14th August 2007 – exactly three weeks from the date of our first site visit. By any standards this was a tremendous achievement and I am grateful to Paul for having managed the project so successfully.
We worked in this case in conjunction with a firm of architects appointed by the PCC, Acanthus Clews, and their comments are visible in the testimonials section of Continuity’s website at www.bcnltd.com/testimonials .
I would have no hesitation in approaching Paul for further project management assistance in any such future crisis situation and would happily recommend him to any company for his management skills, his hard-working approach, his honesty and reliability.
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