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2017, our busiest start to a year – thanks to our valued employees…

Posted on May 12th, 2017 in Blog, General, Jobs, Our Team
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The first few months of 2017 have been the busiest we’ve ever experienced at Spectrum Service solutions; we’ve renewed lots of contracts and won some exceptional new work to add to our growing portfolio.  What’s even better is that many of these new contracts have been won in competitive tenders; recently we’ve brought you news of contract wins at Barony UniversalWyman-Gordon and Scottish Ambulance Service, and we have a few more to announce in the coming days and weeks.

Of course, our valued long-established clients have also been keeping us busy, whilst the events division has already seen two cup semi-finals at Hampden Park and the first event for Kiltwalk 2017.  All of this has meant we’ve fallen behind with our Employee of the Month announcements.

The growth of Spectrum Service Solutions wouldn’t be possible without the dedication and hard work put in by each and every employee, so whilst we may not have announced the winners recently, we have still selected them as usual, and we will continue to celebrate their efforts in this manner in the future.  So, to bring the record up-to-date, we have pleasure announcing three winners at once.

Graham Allan

EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH – JANUARY 2017

Graham PicGraham is a true Spectrum success story and we are delighted he was the first Employee of the Month in 2017.

Graham joined the company in May 2014 after attending a joint workshop hosted by Spectrum Service Solutions and Jobs & Business Glasgow which aimed to get unemployed candidates back into work. During this training session we covered information about the Industry, practical task training and provided advice on how to interview and gain employment.

Fortunately, we managed to offer employment to all the attendees; each were offered work at the Commonwealth Games which, for many, led to sustainable long-term employment. We are also proud to say that many of them are still working with Spectrum today.

With his polite and professional approach, Graham stood out immediately.  His attitude was not only confined to fellow employees, but also with our customers.  This, coupled with his work ethic and eye for detail has made it easy to invest in upskilling him; three years on, he is now our Site Manager for Hampden Park Events as well as Supervisor for many other events and specialist cleans.  Graham also provides cover for many skilled roles within the business and it’s not uncommon for our customers to specifically request he stays on their site permanently – a testament to his excellent attitude.

A big thank you and congratulations go to Graham for being the first Employee of the Month for 2017.

Angela Hopkinson

EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH – FEBRUARY 2017

Angela PicOur second Employee of the Month for 2017 went to Angela Hopkinson. Angela has been working with Spectrum since August 2014; Like Graham, she initially worked at Hampden Park during the Commonwealth Games and since then we were able to offer her long-term employment at one of the large call centre sites where we deliver facilities management services.  Angela’s growth has reflected the customer site where she works; as the business has grown, Angela has progressed and is now Supervisor on site and successfully leads a team of like-minded hard working individuals.

Our client, Siobhan Curley, Facilities Co-ordinator, was kind enough to write a few words about the work Angela does on their site, “Angela is a fantastic help, not only with her job role within Ascensos, but also always goes that extra mile to help the business out in many ways. She is a conscientious, meticulous and loyal worker and she has set the benchmark for cleaning standards and truly represents the values of Spectrum Service Solutions.”

Well done Angela for being named the second Employee of the Month for 2017, your hard work is much appreciated.

Carol Cramb

EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH – MARCH 2017

carol PicThe March Employee of the Month award went to Carol Cramb.   Carol is a perfect example of how we develop talent at Spectrum; we always aim to develop and upskill our employees meaning we have greater opportunities to promote from within. Carol joined the business just under one year ago and due to her hard work, growth and previous experience, she is now beginning her new role as Area Manager (East).

Carol began working for Spectrum in a large call centre that we service in Edinburgh and at an early stage it was clear she was not only an exemplary employee, but also a very hard working and capable leader. Over time, Carol became stand-in Supervisor looking after a team of six, she mentored and developed them into a strong team to ensure we are delivering the flexibility required by the customer to the highest possible standard.

This year Carol has been involved in many projects such as the mobilisation of the Scottish Ambulance Stations in Lothian and the two new Citibase sites we have recently been awarded in Edinburgh City and The Gyle. Carol is a hands-on manager, she enjoys working alongside her teams to support and develop them.

Congratulations Carol, we look forward to your valuable contribution to the company in the future, and to watching you develop your new role.

Employee of the Month September

Posted on November 21st, 2016 in Jobs, Our Team
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Alison McDonald is our employee of the month for September.

Ally joined our company in September 2014 as a part time cleaning operative. From day one she has always been a very personable and positive character, she is a joy to work with.

In May this year the Supervisor role became vacant at her place of work and more than one member of our management team had Alison in mind for it. The client, Bridge of Weir Leather, is a company local to ours who are also a member of Renfrew Chamber of Commerce and we have worked with them for some time now.

Her knowledge and attention to detail were ideal qualities for the position and we knew she had a great relationship with her colleagues. We have worked closely with Alison this year in developing her in her new supervisory role and she has recently undergone a First Aid training course.

We have had some excellent customer feedback about her and we are delighted with Alison and her team’s progress so she is definitely a worthy winner for September.

February Employee of the Month

Posted on March 16th, 2016 in Blog, General, Jobs, Our Team
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Margaret Urquhart, Mags, is our employee of the month for February.

Mags joined us in August 2014 following a training programme hosted by ourselves and Jobs & Business Glasgow to get unemployed people back to work.

Taught by Rebecca Speirs and Helen Love, our Regional Operations Managers, it covered industry regulations; Control of Substances Hazardous to Health, Health and Safety, Risk Assessments, Colour Coding, hands on cleaning. We also looked at more general skills like Customer Service, how to get back to work and the interview process.

Mags was one of the participants and she stood out from day one. She has excelled with Spectrum ever since.

During the Commonwealth Games she worked at major venues including Hampden, Ibrox and Celtic.

From the start we recognised her abilities and she quickly worked her way up to Team Leader.

Margaret went on to gain a permanent, full time position with us in one of the Glasgow schools we clean in. In more recent months she has then gained a further promotion to Team Leader. She looks after a team of four on a daily basis to maintain our continually high standards.

She has an excellent eye for detail and a wonderful personality which motivates everyone around her. She is a true asset.  Following some additional excellent feedback from our client at the school where she works we are happy to recognise her as our Employee of the Month for February.

Variety is the spice of life…

Posted on February 6th, 2015 in Jobs
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Those of you who follow our blog will know we work in a wide variety of buildings throughout Scotland.  As you would expect, every building is different, but we don’t just mean in an architectural sense; each of them has it’s own character which is formed by the people who use it, and by the purpose for which it is used.

It’s fascinating to go from building to building and experience the diversity of uses, but also subtle differences in the way that the workforces interact and communicate.  Some are ‘Google like’, with lots of space devoted to chilling out and relaxation, others are extremely utilitarian; but strangely, all of them appear to be very productive.

You perhaps don’t get the same opportunity as Spectrum staff do to experience a variety of workplaces, so we thought it would be good to feature some of the buildings in which we work in some of our future blog posts.

In the interests of security and privacy, we can’t talk about them all, but we can give you an insight into many of them; today we’re starting with Hillington Park Innovation Centre.

Hillington Park Innovation Centre

Established in 2000, Hillington Park Innovation Centre is celebrating it’s 15th anniversary this year, though looking at the building it’s hard to believe it’s been part of the Hillington landscape for so long.

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It is perhaps one of the UK’s best examples of a business incubation facility, in fact it was first in the UK to attain the industries highest accreditation from UKBI for best practice.

It is a bright and spacious building that always greets you with an air of friendliness. Perhaps it’s to do with the occupants; all of them in the early stages of business development, each of them supporting one another as they grow.  The atmosphere in the building is certainly positive, and infectious.

Almost 200 companies have been located in the building during the last 14 years; 145 of which have outgrown the support that can be offered by the centre and have ‘graduated’ to new locations.

Businesses enjoy state-of-the-art facilities and a high level of on-the-spot support from the expert Innovations Centres Scotland team.  Moreover, the networking opportunities and the chance to work alongside like minded individuals encourages growth and innovation.

Spectrum Service Solutions is delighted to be part of such a great success story.  It’s a pleasure to see so many thriving businesses under one roof.

We like to think we play our part; as you might expect, it is an extremely busy building. It is therefore essential that the building is kept clean at all times, and that it is perfectly presented for every employee, and for each and every visitor – of which there are many.

If you are interested in the services offered by Innovation Centres Scotland Ltd, and the support they can offer to assist you in growing your business, you should contact Graeme Currie on 07714 411835 or email GCurrie@lesl.org

If you would like more information on Spectrum Service Solutions and how we can support your business there are a number of ways you can contact us. You can get in touch through our website, via email, or by calling us on: 0141 887 5000. In addition you can also contact us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn where our staff will be happy to help you

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We Cleaned Up Robbie’s Act

Posted on July 1st, 2013 in Blog, Events, Jobs
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The answer to this week’s burning question is – No Robbie Williams didn’t get to meet us!

Last week we were back at Scotland’s National Stadium. Following on from ‘The Boss‘ last week, we had the ‘King of Pop’ and self proclaimed cheeky chappy, Robbie Williams and his support act, Olly Murs,

Both nights were a sell out and over 100,000 fans let Robbie entertain them in his own special way – he certainly does know how to woo a crowd. Whilst the crowds on both nights left happy, they also left a mess and Spectrum once again cleaned it up. Now we can truly say we cleaned up Robbie’s act!

When a concert of this size runs on consecutive nights it does provide an additional challenge; we have to wait until the stadium has cleared then we have to make it perfect for the next show – can you imagine how many plastic cups are left behind?

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There are some benefits to this type of work; we get to see the phenomenal effort by literally hundreds of roadies that goes into every performance – the show would certainly not go on without them and we like to think we play our own part in making the event a success.

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Our team have to work quickly and efficiently in conjunction with all of the other specialist suppliers to ensure the stadium is clean and safe for the next concert.

Another perk of the job is that we get to see behind the scenes of many brilliant acts around the country. From football matches including the UEFA Cup Final and the 2012 Olympic Games, as well as music concerts such as Take That, U2 and Pink to name but a few.

The ultimate perk would have been getting to meet Robbie himself. unfortunately on this occasion it didn’t happen but, he didn’t get to meet us either!

To give you an idea of how massive the crowd was and the scale of our clean up job – take a look at this video below.

We do love these stadium gigs and we’d love to hear about your favourite stadium concert, who was it and which stadium? – Please let us know in the comment box below or share it with us on the Facebook page.