BP Mitchell

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by BP Mitchell's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from BP Mitchell is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

www.bpmitchell.co.uk

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of 70percent, of which we are
immensely proud. We enjoy working
with our staff and helping them to
progress their careers in the industry.
We have found that the general public
are interested in archaeology; we have
been on Digging for Britain twice, and
we are frequently asked to feature in
other programmes.
Archaeology for the future
We are in a period of rapid growth,
and as the third fastest-growing
archaeology company in the UK, we
feel that this can be sustained and
bettered. As a commercial archaeology
company, we receive no grants
whatsoever, and are entirely self-
sufficient. However, we are reliant
on a dynamic economy in order to
continue to progress. Construction is
the largest employer of archaeologists
throughout the country, and if people
do not buy houses, the sector could
close very quickly. There is currently
a nervousness in people throughout
the industry, and there could be a
noticeable downturn if this continues.
We have also found that there is an
insufficient understanding of the delays
that can take place in the building
industry. Indeed, we are working on
projects that were tendered 20 years
ago and are being built today. Appeals
can also slow down the process.
We are concerned with the number of
university graduates coming into the
workplace who are underprepared. As
a business, we are required to spend
an undue amount of time nurturing
people in the workplace and have no
support to do so. Our company and
our industry need people who are able
to self-motivate and drive their own
career path.
We are confident that the future of
archaeology and of our practice can
live up to its past. We believe that
our continued resilience in the face of
financial and industry uncertainty has
proven our strength thus far and look
forward to continuing to invest in our
practice and in our staff.
We hope that the economic and
political climate accommodates for
our continued growth and that the
challenges we have addressed can be
appropriately overcome in due course.
We are in a
period of
rapid growth
and as the
third fastest
growing
archaeological
company in
the UK, we
feel this can
be sustained
and bettered
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revealed in 200 years
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Founder Brendan Mitchell
New Scanias join the
BP Mitchell fleet
With a track record of 30 years in haulage, waste and
construction, Founder and Director Brendan Mitchell
tells
The Parliamentary Review
that BP Mitchell has
established itself as a vital operator within the building and
construction industry in Hertfordshire and the wider northern
Home Counties. He remains ever-present at the heart of the
business as the company looks ahead to the next phase of
itsgrowth.
BP Mitchell, or Mitchell’s, as the company is colloquially known within the industry,
began life as a one-man, one-lorry operation in 1990, when I spotted a 1979
Scammell Routeman for sale. This enabled me to begin contracting as a sole trader.
The company has steadily grown into a successful medium-sized business, with a
workforce today of over 140 people and a fleet of more than 90 vehicles operating
to a sophisticated, GPS-based logistics operation.
A combination of hard graft and the desire to always strive to do everything better
have been the driving principles upon which the business was founded, expanded
and will continue to be cultivated in the future. We are always looking to invest in
our infrastructure in order to grow, improve and widen our capacity and service
offer. While muck-away, haulage and recycling have always been at the heart of
the business, the production of building products and the assembly of a substantial
fleet of haulage vehicles has enabled us to flourish in a competitive market and
withstand occasionally challenging marketcircumstances.
FACTS ABOUT
BP MITCHELL
»Founder: Brendan Mitchell
»Established in 1990
»Headquarters in Welwyn
Garden City, Hertfordshire
»Services: Haulage, demolition,
waste management, site
clearance, ready-mix concrete,
concrete pumping, plant hire,
MOT, supply of building and
aggregate material
»No. of employees: Over140
BP Mitchell
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Whatever – Whenever
The company’s motto “Whatever –
Whenever” encapsulates our can-do
ethos, which has formed the bedrock
of our business practice. Like all
businesses, we are beholden to market
forces and we always have to be
reactive to our customers’ needs and
deliver when called upon. In the past,
when Mitchell’s was a small business,
we were nimble and adept in a way
that only small businesses can be,
but we also missed out on some big
contracts by virtue of our limitations
in terms of machinery, haulage and
infrastructure capacity.
The business has expanded so that we
can win more of the big contracts that
we were previously restricted from,
but we have retained the nucleus of
the management team throughout
our expansion, and in turn preserved
the entrepreneurial, fleet-of-foot
approach that served us so well in the
company’sinfancy.
Changing times
The resource sector is constantly in a
state of change, and so it’s no surprise
that Mitchell’s is too. The market
demands ever-greater efficiency,
coupled with an ever-greater focus
on environmental sustainability. These
two objectives tend to be mutually
compatible and so Mitchell’s is always
looking to embrace change and look
at how new green technology can
improve our operation.
The business has invested substantially
in the past few years by achieving ISO
accreditation and redeveloping our
largest site as part of a new planning
application at Welwyn Garden City,
including a new warehouse, batching
plant, drying slab and biomass in order
to set us up for the next phase of
ourgrowth.
Looking ahead
As a business, Mitchell’s is already the
largest recycled aggregate company in
Hertfordshire, recycling close to 200,000
tonnes last year. We are fortunate to be
based in an area of southeast England
that has been identified as one of the
largest growth areas in the country,
with many hundreds of thousands
of new homes, jobs and associated
infrastructure required.
The BP Mitchell fleet at
their Welwyn Garden
City depot
Like all
businesses, we
are beholden
to market
forces and we
always have to
be reactive to
our customers’
needs and
deliver when
called upon
BEST PRACTICE SPONSOR 2020
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
42 | BP MITCHELL
Whatever – Whenever
The company’s motto “Whatever –
Whenever” encapsulates our can-do
ethos, which has formed the bedrock
of our business practice. Like all
businesses, we are beholden to market
forces and we always have to be
reactive to our customers’ needs and
deliver when called upon. In the past,
when Mitchell’s was a small business,
we were nimble and adept in a way
that only small businesses can be,
but we also missed out on some big
contracts by virtue of our limitations
in terms of machinery, haulage and
infrastructure capacity.
The business has expanded so that we
can win more of the big contracts that
we were previously restricted from,
but we have retained the nucleus of
the management team throughout
our expansion, and in turn preserved
the entrepreneurial, fleet-of-foot
approach that served us so well in the
company’sinfancy.
Changing times
The resource sector is constantly in a
state of change, and so it’s no surprise
that Mitchell’s is too. The market
demands ever-greater efficiency,
coupled with an ever-greater focus
on environmental sustainability. These
two objectives tend to be mutually
compatible and so Mitchell’s is always
looking to embrace change and look
at how new green technology can
improve our operation.
The business has invested substantially
in the past few years by achieving ISO
accreditation and redeveloping our
largest site as part of a new planning
application at Welwyn Garden City,
including a new warehouse, batching
plant, drying slab and biomass in order
to set us up for the next phase of
ourgrowth.
Looking ahead
As a business, Mitchell’s is already the
largest recycled aggregate company in
Hertfordshire, recycling close to 200,000
tonnes last year. We are fortunate to be
based in an area of southeast England
that has been identified as one of the
largest growth areas in the country,
with many hundreds of thousands
of new homes, jobs and associated
infrastructure required.
The BP Mitchell fleet at
their Welwyn Garden
City depot
Like all
businesses, we
are beholden
to market
forces and we
always have to
be reactive to
our customers’
needs and
deliver when
called upon
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With the Oxford-Cambridge growth
area being required to deliver a million
new homes and the northern Home
Counties needing to build hundreds
of thousands more, we are well
positioned to play our part in helping
the government to achieve its growth
aspirations by supporting the industry
to facilitate widespread development
in a highly sustainableway.
At present, the only impediment to us
recycling, developing and producing
more building materials is the physical
capacity of our existing sites and our
ability to source new sites to expand
our operations.
The government has supported our
business and enabled it to flourish, in
part because key pieces of legislation
and policy introduced over the last
30 years have indirectly facilitated our
growth. The Landfill Directive and the
drive to secure greater use of recycled
aggregate in government procurement
contracts are two factors that have
really helped to underpin our business.
We remain greatly appreciative of the
government’s support for the recycled
aggregate sector.
Further support is needed in areas
such as town planning to enable
us to achieve even greater levels of
recycling. Greater emphasis is also
needed to underline the critical
importance and value of road-based
resource haulage in sustainably
meeting the country’s growth needs,
including the recognition of the
need for new facilities to be located
around major transport infrastructure,
potentially within the countryside and
the Green Belt. We want to deliver
more, but we need the government
to facilitate our new infrastructure in
order for us to contribute to society’s
newinfrastructure.
I am immensely proud of our
reputation, which we have earned over
the past 30 years, and I am eternally
grateful for the faith provided in us by
our loyal customers. We have a great
business and I am lucky to work with
a fantastic team of people. But as has
been the case for the past 30 years,
I am not a man to rest on my laurels.
We want to keep striving to be bigger
and better.
Further support
is needed in
areas such as
town planning
to enable us to
achieve even
greater levels of
recycling
Recycled aggregate
remains the core business
The 1979 Scammell
Routeman

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This article was sponsored by BP Mitchell. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss.

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss

Even by the standards of the day –this has been one of the most exciting and unpredictable years in British politics.

The leadership election we’ve just seen marks a huge moment in our country’s history. This government is taking a decisive new direction, embracing the opportunities of Brexit and preparing our country to flourish outside the EU.

As international trade secretary, I’ll be driving forward work on the free trade agreements that are going to be a priority for the government. Free trade isn’t just an abstract concept bandied around by technocrats. It is crucial for a strong economy and for the ability of families to make ends meet. Free trade benefits people in every part of our country, as British firms export to new markets and people doing the weekly shop have access to a wider choice of goods at lower prices.

The essence of free trade is in the title: freedom. It’s about giving people the power to exchange their goods without heavy government taxation or interference. Commerce and free exchange are the engine room of prosperity and social mobility. I’m determined to tackle the forces who want to hold that back.

One of my priorities is agreeing an exciting new free trade deal with the US, building on the great relationship between our two countries and the Prime Minister and US President. But I’ll also be talking to other partners including New Zealand, Australia and fast-growing Asian markets.

And with the EU too, we want a friendly and constructive relationship, as constitutional equals, and as friends and partners in facing the challenges that lie ahead – a relationship based on a deep free trade agreement. Our country produces some of the world’s most successful exports, and the opportunity to bring these to the rest of the world should make us all excited about the future. It is this excitement, optimism and ambition which I believe will come to define this government.

For too long now, we have been told Britain isn’t big or important enough to survive outside the EU – that we have to accept a deal that reflects our reduced circumstances. I say that’s rubbish. With the right policies in place, we can be the most competitive, free-thinking, prosperous nation on Earth exporting to the world and leading in new developments like AI. To do that, we’ll give the brilliant next generation of entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed. Since 2015, there has been a staggering 85 per cent rise in the number of businesses set up by 18 to 24 year olds – twice the level set up by the same age group in France and Germany. We’ll help them flourish by championing enterprise, cutting taxes and making regulation flexible and responsive to their needs.

As we do that, we’ll level up and unite all parts of the UK with great transport links, fibre broadband in every home and proper school funding, so everyone shares in our country’s success.

2019 has been the year of brewing economic and political revolution. 2020 will be the year when a revitalised Conservative government turbo charges the economy, boosts prospects for people across the country, and catapults Britain back to the forefront of the world stage.



Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss
Secretary of State for International Development