Hydrotec Water Treatment Specialists

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Hydrotec Water Treatment Specialists'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 Hydrotec Water Treatment Specialists 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.hydrotec.co.uk

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Opening up the recruitment
process
Recruitment is also key: in order to
fill gaps, most construction repair
companies attract painters from the
auto industry, training them and
introducing them to the industry.
Since The Construction Industry Training
Board introduced new Construction
Skills Certification Scheme cards and
NVQs to match, this has completely
dried up possibilities of introducing
new talent to our industry. Many of the
NVQs are not relevant to modern repair
processes. We support training, but
non-applicable or dated training is not
only costly but also non-productive and
comes across as a “money grab”, rather
than a growth and support mechanism.
We are told the same issue applies with
many other more-traditional trades.
We are pleased to say we are working
closely with CSCS to get NVQs from the
auto industry recognised to make the
transferral of skills and laboureasier.
The establishment of the IRF
We recognise that training and
compliance are essential, but we also
recognise that education is crucial to
both clients and contractors. At this
moment in time, we feel that there is
a need to open up the facts to clients
and main contractors in particular. For
this reason, we have become founding
members of the Insitu RepairFederation.
The IRF considers compliance at all
stages of a repair, including record
keeping, products and processes. The
body does this by knowledge sharing
where applicable, offering information
and choice. The benefits are massive
for all, not to mention guidance on
dispute resolutions. Once you establish
exactly what materials are being used
in the construction process, we believe
that there should be a recognised
repair system for every piece of material
used, should damage occur. This
way, you would eradicate poor and
sometimes dangeroussolutions.
Damage sustained with cladding during
the build is now generally recognised
financially and should be discussed in
full with all involved. The IRF encourages
all parties to sign up to a code of
practice with regard to the repair of
anything on a constructionsite.
Our partners see this as a forward-
thinking, much-needed system of
compliance and openness within
the construction industry, helping
to set the most practical, and cost-
effective,solutions.
The IRF
considers
compliance at
all stages of a
repair,
including
record
keeping,
products and
processes
Our range of acousticoat,
a sound dampening
paint
43HYDROTEC WATER TREATMENT SPECIALISTS |
CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING
Managing Directors
MayuriLakhani and Adrian Aylett
Bespoke water softener
for an international bank
in Canary Wharf
Hydrotec has been offering German-manufactured solutions
to water treatment problems in the UK since 1992. It
has close ties with Hydrotec GmbH, who manufacture
products specifically for the UK and Irish group of companies.
Managing Directors Mayuri Lakhani and Adrian Aylett tell
TheParliamentary Review
more about the organisation’s work
and how it has successfully acted as a facilitator between the
German manufacturing and the UK domestic market.
Hydrotec originally started in the UK with the HydroMAG range of electromagnetic
water conditioning products for scale control, and to this day we remain market leaders
for this technology. Gradually, we increased our product range to include advanced
physical water conditioners, base exchange water softeners, particle filtration,
reverse osmosis systems, chlorine dioxide generators, ultraviolet disinfection systems,
side stream filtration and many more water treatmentsolutions.
Hydrotec GmbH are well renowned for high-quality German precision engineered
products and our strong relationship with them has facilitated a synergy with our
knowledge and approach, to permit us to offer tailored solutions, specific to our
customers’ needs.
Our ethos
Honesty, quality and professionalism are what we strive to achieve each day in
every aspect of our service. We strongly believe in providing real solutions for our
clients as opposed to simply generating sales. We offer free water sampling to
FACTS ABOUT
HYDROTEC WATER TREATMENT
SPECIALISTS
»Managing Directors: Mayuri
Lakhani and Adrian Aylett
»Established in 1992
»Based in High Wycombe
»Services: Manufacture, design
and supply of water treatment
solutions, aftercare equipment
services
»No. of employees: 45
»All equipment is produced by
Hydrotec GmbH in Germany
»The group includes
Hydrotec (UK) Limited,
Hydrotec Contracts Limited,
Hydrotec Overseas Limited
– parent company Hydrotec
International Water Treatment
Limited
Hydrotec Water
Treatment Specialists
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ensure that the products required are
fit for purpose, and if there is in fact
a requirement for watertreatment.
There may be occasions where water
treatment has been specified for a
building, but because of the quality of
the water, treatment is not necessary.
In these circumstances we are honest
and advise the client, thereby saving
them money. Integrity and customer
satisfaction are key. This has led to
us becoming the trusted advisers
for high-quality engineered water
treatmentsolutions.
We pride ourselves on being leaders
in technical excellence; we are
constantly investing to stay at the
forefront of accreditation of our units.
We comply with British and European
standards as well as accreditation
of our products with WRAS. Very
recently, we have managed to obtain
WRAS approval for all our softeners.
This is something that the market
has been crying out for and we are
very proud to be the first to obtain
thisaccreditation.
In-house expertise
We are incredibly proud of our loyal
team, who work relentlessly to make
our clients’ lives easier. Since 2010
our team has grown from 20 to 45
people. Despite the rise in numbers,
there is a family feel in the business,
with everyone striving to support each
other, ensuring that all our customers’
needs are met in a professional
and efficient manner. We feel very
privileged and proud to have such a
focused, caring and achieving team.
We have built a structure in our group
that means there are specialists available
in every area. Our specifications team
assist consultants in the design of
buildings. Our commercial sales team
visit contractors to ensure their needs
are met and internal sales team deal
with all customers enquiries, quotations
and general client management.
Our in-house technical engineers
analyse water samples in our own
laboratory, provide free CAD and
BIM modelling and give assistance
Pure water production
plant – Falkland Islands
infrastructure project
We strongly
believe in
providing real
solutions for
our clients as
opposed to
simply
generating
sales
45HYDROTEC WATER TREATMENT SPECIALISTS |
CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING
with tailored designs. Our specialist
service engineers visit sites to provide
aftercare service, at times that are
convenient for our customers. We
are very fortunate to be able to
benefit from the close ties with our
production plant in Germany, and
our technical design teams regularly
and jointly visit clients in the UK to
assist in designs and solutions. Our
technical and specification teams also
offer CIBSE-accredited continuous
professional development.
We are incredibly proud to have our
equipment in buildings all over the
world. It is difficult to walk anywhere
in London without seeing a building
with our equipment installed in it.
Our equipment is used to combat
Legionnaires’ disease in hospitals and
care homes, hotels, banks, stadiums,
homes, leisure centres and many more
buildings. We have worked closely
with government bodies to supply
equipment at the highest standards. We
recently shipped tailored equipment to
the Falkland Islands that was designed
by our factory, especially to meet our
clients’ exacting requirements. In the
Middle East we have equipment in
many hotels and stadiums, and our
equipment is now very popular in
hotels in the Seychellestoo.
Adjusting to increased
uncertainty
The referendum in 2016 has brought
many challenges to Hydrotec. We
found that the construction industry
was hit badly due to the uncertainty
in the markets, causing a significant
slowdown in business. We’d call up
companies to find projects being put
on hold. The next week these same
projects would be active again, and the
following week they would be back on
hold. Our products are manufactured
in Germany and distributed
internationally so currency volatility
has also posed many difficulties with
costsincreasing.
Rather than viewing Brexit as a
challenge or threat, we decided to look
at it as an opportunity. Our mission
statement is: “For a company to
survive it must cope with the future,
for a company to prosper it must
create the future.” The challenges
imposed by Brexit have encouraged us
to create a better future.
We decided to diversify our risks. Firstly,
we started Hydrotec Contracts Limited,
our maintenance arm. This company
is seeing rapid growth; our contracts
team has now tripled since 2015. We
also started exporting and thus created
Hydrotec Overseas Limited, which
concentrates primarily on the Middle
East and Ireland. We have also managed
to sell units in Europe, India, Africa,
Mongolia and many other countries.
Whether Brexit occurs or not, we
are focused on increasing the global
presence of our group of companies
and ensuring our reputation for
excellence persists worldwide. Hydrotec
GmbH are constantly developing new
technologies that we will be introducing
in the market. We are in the privileged
position of having more work than
we can cope with. With our incredibly
loyal team, we know that growth and
success is the only way forward. We
are looking forward to even more
exciting times ahead for the whole
group. Who knows, the time may
come when our products say: “Born in
Germany, manufactured in the UK.”
We pride
ourselves on
being leaders
in technical
excellence; we
are constantly
investing to
stay at the
forefront of
accreditation
of our units
Research, design and
manufacturing – Selb,
Germany
BEST PRACTICE REPRESENTATIVE 2019
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Highlighting best practice
44 | HYDROTEC WATER TREATMENT SPECIALISTS
ensure that the products required are
fit for purpose, and if there is in fact
a requirement for watertreatment.
There may be occasions where water
treatment has been specified for a
building, but because of the quality of
the water, treatment is not necessary.
In these circumstances we are honest
and advise the client, thereby saving
them money. Integrity and customer
satisfaction are key. This has led to
us becoming the trusted advisers
for high-quality engineered water
treatmentsolutions.
We pride ourselves on being leaders
in technical excellence; we are
constantly investing to stay at the
forefront of accreditation of our units.
We comply with British and European
standards as well as accreditation
of our products with WRAS. Very
recently, we have managed to obtain
WRAS approval for all our softeners.
This is something that the market
has been crying out for and we are
very proud to be the first to obtain
thisaccreditation.
In-house expertise
We are incredibly proud of our loyal
team, who work relentlessly to make
our clients’ lives easier. Since 2010
our team has grown from 20 to 45
people. Despite the rise in numbers,
there is a family feel in the business,
with everyone striving to support each
other, ensuring that all our customers’
needs are met in a professional
and efficient manner. We feel very
privileged and proud to have such a
focused, caring and achieving team.
We have built a structure in our group
that means there are specialists available
in every area. Our specifications team
assist consultants in the design of
buildings. Our commercial sales team
visit contractors to ensure their needs
are met and internal sales team deal
with all customers enquiries, quotations
and general client management.
Our in-house technical engineers
analyse water samples in our own
laboratory, provide free CAD and
BIM modelling and give assistance
Pure water production
plant – Falkland Islands
infrastructure project
We strongly
believe in
providing real
solutions for
our clients as
opposed to
simply
generating
sales
45HYDROTEC WATER TREATMENT SPECIALISTS |
CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING
with tailored designs. Our specialist
service engineers visit sites to provide
aftercare service, at times that are
convenient for our customers. We
are very fortunate to be able to
benefit from the close ties with our
production plant in Germany, and
our technical design teams regularly
and jointly visit clients in the UK to
assist in designs and solutions. Our
technical and specification teams also
offer CIBSE-accredited continuous
professional development.
We are incredibly proud to have our
equipment in buildings all over the
world. It is difficult to walk anywhere
in London without seeing a building
with our equipment installed in it.
Our equipment is used to combat
Legionnaires’ disease in hospitals and
care homes, hotels, banks, stadiums,
homes, leisure centres and many more
buildings. We have worked closely
with government bodies to supply
equipment at the highest standards. We
recently shipped tailored equipment to
the Falkland Islands that was designed
by our factory, especially to meet our
clients’ exacting requirements. In the
Middle East we have equipment in
many hotels and stadiums, and our
equipment is now very popular in
hotels in the Seychellestoo.
Adjusting to increased
uncertainty
The referendum in 2016 has brought
many challenges to Hydrotec. We
found that the construction industry
was hit badly due to the uncertainty
in the markets, causing a significant
slowdown in business. We’d call up
companies to find projects being put
on hold. The next week these same
projects would be active again, and the
following week they would be back on
hold. Our products are manufactured
in Germany and distributed
internationally so currency volatility
has also posed many difficulties with
costsincreasing.
Rather than viewing Brexit as a
challenge or threat, we decided to look
at it as an opportunity. Our mission
statement is: “For a company to
survive it must cope with the future,
for a company to prosper it must
create the future.” The challenges
imposed by Brexit have encouraged us
to create a better future.
We decided to diversify our risks. Firstly,
we started Hydrotec Contracts Limited,
our maintenance arm. This company
is seeing rapid growth; our contracts
team has now tripled since 2015. We
also started exporting and thus created
Hydrotec Overseas Limited, which
concentrates primarily on the Middle
East and Ireland. We have also managed
to sell units in Europe, India, Africa,
Mongolia and many other countries.
Whether Brexit occurs or not, we
are focused on increasing the global
presence of our group of companies
and ensuring our reputation for
excellence persists worldwide. Hydrotec
GmbH are constantly developing new
technologies that we will be introducing
in the market. We are in the privileged
position of having more work than
we can cope with. With our incredibly
loyal team, we know that growth and
success is the only way forward. We
are looking forward to even more
exciting times ahead for the whole
group. Who knows, the time may
come when our products say: “Born in
Germany, manufactured in the UK.”
We pride
ourselves on
being leaders
in technical
excellence; we
are constantly
investing to
stay at the
forefront of
accreditation
of our units
Research, design and
manufacturing – Selb,
Germany

www.hydrotec.co.uk

This article was sponsored by Hydrotec Water Treatment Specialists. 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 Michael Gove.

Rt Hon Michael Gove's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Michael Gove

This year's Parliamentary Review comes at a momentous time for parliament, as we collectively determine the destiny of the United Kingdom. 

On October 31, the UK will leave the European Union. The successful implementation of this process is this government's number-one priority.

Three years after a historic referendum vote, we will deliver on the decisive mandate from the British people. Trust in our democracy depends on it. Until that final hour, we will work determinedly and diligently to negotiate a deal, one that abolishes the backstop and upholds the warm and close relationship we share with our friends, allies and neighbours in the EU. But in the event that the EU refuses to meet us at the table, we must be prepared to leave without a deal.

As the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, it is my job to lead on this government's approach, should that scenario happen. Preparing for Brexit is my department's driving mission. But while I am leading this turbocharged effort, the whole of government is committed to this endeavour.

Ministers across Whitehall are working together to ensure that every possibility is considered, every plan is scrutinised and every provision is made. A daily drumbeat of meetings means that we are holding departments accountable, so that preparations are completed on time.

The chancellor has confirmed that all necessary funding will be made available. And we have mobilised thecivil service, assigning 15,000 of our most talented civil servants to manage our exit from the EU.

We will make sure that on November 1, there is as little disruption to national life as possible. Our trade relationships will continue to thrive, thanks to agreements with countries around the world worth £70 billion. Our country will remain secure, thanks to nearly 1,000 new officers posted at our borders. And the 3.2 million EU nationals now living and working among us can remain confident, with absolute certainty, of their right to remain in the UK.

Above all, our goal is to be transparent. Soon, we will launch a public information campaign so that citizens, communities and businesses are ready and reassured about what will happen in the event of “no deal”.

In my first few weeks in this role, I have travelled to ports and tarmacs, borders and bridges, all across the UK –from the seaside of Dover to the rolling green hills of County Armagh. I have heard from business owners and border officials, farmers and hauliers. They are ready to put an end to uncertainty. And they are ready to embrace the opportunities ahead.

Our departure from the EU will be a once in a lifetime chance to chart a new course for the United Kingdom. Preparing for that new course will be a herculean effort. But this country has made astounding efforts before. We can do it again.
Rt Hon Michael Gove
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster