F Brazil Reinforcements

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by F Brazil Reinforcements'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 F Brazil Reinforcements 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


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Typical prefabricated cage
Prefabricated cage
Brazil Reinforcements is a supplier of prefabricated reinforced
steel based in Canvey Island, Essex. Founded in 2007, it
is now considered and recognised as one of the leading
suppliers of both cut and bent and prefabricated pile cages in the
UK. What sets the organisation apart is its passion for excellence
and enthusiasm towards its work. Managing Director Frank Brazil
explains that steel is his passion and as a result he and the team
will give every client and project their utmost effort.
Reinforced steel or rebar is used primarily to strengthen concrete. It is typically
manipulated at a factory into shapes and sizes as required by the design engineer.
“Pre-fabricated pile cages” are welded structures of rebar used to create piles in
ground engineering.
We are a family-owned business based in Essex with over 100,000 square feet
of 24-hour production space. Our passion and enthusiasm for the delivery of a
first-class service to our customers is what drives us on each day. Our customers
are the larger construction and civil engineering firms. Every project and site brings
challenges and demands but meeting that challenge is something we thrive on.
Family-owned business
I have a lifetime of experience in the steel industry, but I still have a huge drive which
enables me to push the company forward every day. I have a lifetime in the steel
industry, it surrounded me every day. My father established a cut and bent company
in Ireland in the 1960s in which my family still work today and reinforced steel
has been central to my life for as long as I can recall. I have a distinct vision for the
»Managing Director:
Frank Brazil
»Founded in 2007
»Based in Canvey Island
»No. of employees: 110
»Services: Supply of reinforced
steel to the construction
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business, which consists of constant
improvement, both in our service and
in our products. I founded the company
just as the recession started in 2007,
which was difficult initially as a result
of the inhospitable environment for
new businesses. We were able to
remain afloat and many of the lessons
I learnt during that period inform the
way I do thingstoday.
The fact that we are a family-owned
and run company has been a crucial
factor in our growth. Our customers
like the fact that the directors and I are
always accessible and willing to make
site visits. We are utterly committed to
our clients, and this truly sets us apart.
Quality and consistency
There are two strands to our
production. Firstly, we supply cut &
bent rebar to the construction industry.
Secondly we supply prefabricated
pile cages to ground engineering
contractors. Both strands run parallel
but are treated as unique businesses.
We have achieved accreditation to
9001, 14001, 18001 and 6001 via
the CARES UK scheme. We are proud
of these accreditations and also of
the high standards that we have.
FBrazilReinforcements has established
a track record of reliability within
the industry. We work on contracts
with varying degrees of complexity
and difficulty, and to ensure the
best-quality service is provided, we
have developed an integrated team
approach that puts our customers at
the centre.
Producing a high-quality product,
delivered on time and at the right
price, has made us market leaders;
however, our additional work, such
as maintaining strong stakeholder
relationships, has really set us apart
from the crowd. These relationships
are imperative for the smooth day-
to-day operation of our business.
We are in constant discussions
with banks, haulage partners, local
councils and material suppliers,
because we realise how important
each stakeholder is to our growth
and sustainability. In particular, we
have managed to develop a strong
relationship with HSBC, who are
looking to offer support to British
We recognise the role that various
stakeholders play in our day-to-day
operations. Maintaining successful
relationships with our supply chain
is crucial to our growth, while raw
material suppliers provide key support
to our business. The cumulative
experience of operatives, our sales
team, office staff and directors is
crucial to our success and growth.
I am always trying to instil my vision
and ethos into our staff. It means
the business remains agile, alert and
responsive. We have had a low staff
turnover, which suggests they are
motivated and fulfilled in their work.
We believe that continuous investment
in the most modern reinforced
steel machinery is crucial to our
Cut and bent rebar
The fact that
we are a
and run
company has
been a crucial
factor in our
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long-term aims. Our investment is
reviewed annually and is strategically
directed in line with market needs
and growth areas. To succeed in
our industry, we need to be flexible
and maintain fast turnaround times.
Clients’ requirements change during
projects and it is crucial that we are
able to adjust to this. Our range of
reinforcement machinery allows us
to meet our customers’ requirements
without compromising our promise
and commitment in terms of flexibility
in all contracts.
We purchased a new two-acre facility
in 2016, which allows us to double
our existing capacity and improve our
flexible and “no-problem” approach.
The new site is located 200 metres
from our existing site and has allowed
us to better serve a larger range of
customers. In 2017, we implemented
a fully integrated production
software, which traces material
from the very start of the process
to the end user. This is the most
advanced rebar software available
worldwide. Each of our machines
and users have a ‘touch pad’ and
every activity is tracked, recorded
and monitored. This software allows
for full traceability of material; with
the touch of a button we can inform
our customer at what stage the
production of any good is.
Health and safety is embedded as a
core element of what we do and how
we do it. The directors take the lead in
demanding and delivering an excellent
health and safety standard. Employees
are encouraged to work together
to eliminate the risk of harm from
all activities. All staff are informed,
involved and engaged in best practices.
We feel that effective engagement
gives an opportunity to innovate for
more sustainable health and safety
outcomes and to achieve our vision.
The demand for reinforced steel
remains as strong as ever. There are
a number of large capital projects in
the construction industry pipeline;
however, the uncertainty over Brexit
is a cause for concern, with increased
risks associated with labour, foreign
exchange and imported raw material.
Despite the potential change, we
know that the construction industry
is strong, and we will respond to the
market’s needs. We will seize every
opportunity that arises and continue to
complete work to the high standards
we have upheld in the past. If we are
able to maintain our quality service
we will remain at the forefront of our
market and continue to be successful
regardless of the effects of Brexit.
We believe that
investment in
the most
reinforced steel
machinery is
crucial to our
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on the road
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This article was sponsored by F Brazil Reinforcements. 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