C S I Solutions Southern

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by C S I Solutions Southern'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 C S I Solutions Southern 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.csisouth.uk

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Our installation services allow
us to cater for all of our clients’
needs
We carry out a variety of dilapidation
work across the UK and Europe
CSI Solutions Southern offer a variety of maintenance
and installation services to commercial properties across
the UK and Europe. Originally part of Cheshire Storage
Interior Solutions, they have since become independent. They
have recently expanded their provision to include storage
facilities and refurbishments for colleges, having recently worked
with Bradfield College. Director Colin Greenfield discusses their
steady expansion and their worries surrounding Brexit.
Before our company became independent, we had been working with Cheshire
Storage Interior Solutions for over eight years. Initially, we were approached to
complete a project in Budapest on their behalf, and following this, we established
a close working relationship. Cheshire Storage Interior Solutions were operating
across Europe, mainly focusing on commercial dilapidation repair. As more
and more clients approached us directly, rather than through Cheshire Storage
Solutions, we made the decision to separate our firm and theirs, becoming CSI
Solutions Southern. This allowed us to engage with clients directly and forge our
own independent identity. While we still perform some projects together, we are
now entirely separate commercial entities.
We undertake new installations, offer storage facilities and carry out maintenance
work for all trades and sectors. Within this, we provide a complete package: we
refurbish and maintain heating and electrical systems and contribute to reversing
dilapidation. The high standard of our work in these fields often means that we are
kept on by clients to help to construct preventative plans for the future.
FACTS ABOUT
CSI SOLUTIONS SOUTHERN
»Director: Colin Greenfield
»Established in 2016
»Based in Swallowfield
»Services: Installation and
maintenance works covering
all trades
»No. of employees: 8 full-time
with up to 30 subcontractors
CSI Solutions Southern
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BEST PRACTICE REPRESENTATIVE 2019
We undertake jobs of all sizes and
varieties and no job is considered too
big or too small. We pride ourselves
on our professional standards and
we always endeavour to provide
a friendly approach to satisfy our
customers’ needs. We work across
Europe and the UK, focusing on
commercialproperties.
Expanding our provision to
meet demand
Recently, colleges have contacted
us to request our services and this
is a new field that we are targeting
for expansion. Over the summer we
undertook a complete refurbishment
of Palmer House in Bradfield College.
We were able to carry out this project
to a high standard on a tight time
schedule. Our success in this venture
has meant Bradfield have inquired as
to our availability for future works and
we are looking forward to completing
additional refurbishments in the
summer of 2019. We anticipate that
this will become a significant part of
our business in the years to come.
We have also expanded into storage.
When we refurbish commercial
office space, we collect the furniture
and store it. Clients then have
the option to continue with this
arrangement, paying us a fee to use
our storagefacilities.
We have always employed staff with
varied skillsets and specialities and this
allows us to offer a one-stop solution
to clients. Across the company,
we have employees with specific
areas of expertise, whether this be
electrical or more general restorative
work. To help support this existing
knowledge, we provide training when
required and we are accredited with
the Contractors Health and Safety
Scheme, recognising our health and
safety compliance. Across all trades
and disciplines, we ensure that all
of our employees have the relevant We have recently
expanded into storage
to support our
maintenance operation
We undertake
jobs of all sizes
and varieties and
no job is
considered too
big or too small
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qualifications and accreditations. This
includes our permanent employees and
our subcontractors, many of whom we
have worked with for 13 or 14 years.
We are looking to carry out more
works in the dilapidation market,
expanding our existing provision. This
will involve structural surveys and the
production of reports for tenants when
they are ready to hand back their
properties to landlords. Our success
in this field is partly down to our offer
of a competitive quote to carry out
repair works, which can often be quite
labour intensive. We also get involved
in the negotiation stage in order to
try to save our clients money. Beyond
this, we are involved throughout the
process and are often kept on to
develop and repair the new premises
that they are moving into. Our quotes
are calculated in reference to other
companies and this ensures that we
remain cost-effective and attractive in
the market place.
Maintaining compliance and
receiving timely payment
One of the main issues we face
when working as a subcontractor is
receiving timely payment from the
main organisation. This is a perennial
problem for smaller companies who
almost always have to fight to be
paid on time for what they deserve.
Thisproblem is exacerbated when
carrying out extra work on top of
the original proposition. Our 14-
day payment plans help to alleviate
some of this pressure but payment
for additional work is still difficult
and requires us to fight for what we
areowed.
Constantly changing health and safety
requirements also present a challenge
as we must ensure that we are
compliant with the latest legislation.
This involves continual training
for all of our staff, a cost that can
never be recouped. Thiscoversboth
our full-time employees and our
subcontractors. We perform all of this
in-house and invite our own specialised
health and safetyinstructor.
The uncertainty that surrounds
Brexit is also a worry for us. This is
especially pronounced for our foreign
employees as we, and they, simply
do not know what the eventual
repercussions of the UK’s exit from
the EU will be. Not only would a
restrictive agreement force us to
recruit replacements, it would also
directly impact the frequency of our
work in Europe. We have recently
been asked to quote for a project
for Jaguar in Slovakia and without
our foreign workers, we would never
have been able to consider this as we
would not have been able to remain
competitive and cost-effective.
The future looks promising and we are
regularly receiving new opportunities
and inquiries that lead to exciting
projects. We are expanding slowly
and hope to maintain this level of
growth going forward. Previously, we
have received all new custom from
recommendations and word of mouth
and so we are now looking to advertise
and increase our public exposure. As
we look to expand on our growth, we
are targeting increasing awareness of
our high standard of service.
Our success in
this field is
partly down to
our offer of a
competitive
quote to carry
out repair
works
By involving ourselves in
the negotiation stage,
we can keep saving our
clients money

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This article was sponsored by C S I Solutions Southern. 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 The Rt Hon Theresa May MP.

The Rt Hon Theresa May MP's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By The Rt Hon Theresa May MP

This foreword from the then Prime Minister appeared in the 2018/19 Parliamentary Review.

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review. For Her Majesty’s Government, our task in the year ahead is clear: to achieve the best Brexit deal for Britain and to carry on our work to build a more prosperous and united country – one that truly works for everyone. 

The right Brexit deal will not be sufficient on its own to secure a more prosperous future for Britain. We also need to ensure that our economy is ready for what tomorrow will bring. Our Modern Industrial Strategy is our plan to do that. It means Government stepping up to secure the foundations of our productivity: providing an education system that delivers the skills our economy needs, improving school standards and transforming technical education; delivering infrastructure for growth; ensuring people have the homes they need in the places they want to live. It is all about taking action for the long-term that will pay dividends in the future.

But it also goes beyond that. Government, the private sector and academia working together as strategic partners achieve far more than we could separately. That is why we have set an ambitious goal of lifting UK public and private research and development investment to 2.4 per cent of GDP by 2027. It is why we are developing four Grand Challenges, the big drivers of social and economic change in the world today: harnessing artificial intelligence and the data revolution; leading in changes to the future of mobility; meeting the challenges of our ageing society; and driving ahead the revolution in clean growth. By focusing our efforts on making the most of these areas of enormous potential, we can develop new exports, grow new industries and create more good jobs in every part of our country.

Years of hard work and sacrifice from the British people have got our deficit down by over three quarters. We are building on this success by taking a balanced approach to public spending. We are continuing to deal with our debts, so that our economy can remain strong and we can protect people’s jobs, and at the same time we are investing in vital public services, like our NHS. We have set out plans to increase NHS funding annually by an average by 3.4 percent in real terms: that is £394 million a week more. In return, the NHS will produce a ten-year plan, led by doctors and nurses, to eliminate waste and improve patient care.

I believe that Britain can look to the future with confidence. We are leaving the EU and setting a new course for prosperity as a global trading nation. We have a Modern Industrial Strategy that is strengthening the foundations of our economy and helping us to seize the opportunities of the future. We are investing in the public services we all rely on and helping them to grow and improve. Building on our country’s great strengths – our world-class universities and researchers, our excellent services sector, our cutting edge manufacturers, our vibrant creative industries, our dedicated public servants – we can look towards a new decade that is ripe with possibility. The government I lead is doing all it can to make that brighter future a reality for everyone in our country. 

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review 
The Rt Hon Theresa May MP
Prime Minister