Quattro Plant

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Quattro Plant'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 Quattro Plant 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.quattroplant.co.uk

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Managing Director JohnMurphy
An engaged and highly trained workforce across
the UK helps keep Quattro Group on track
Quattro Plant, part of the Quattro Group, is one of the
leading plant hire organisations in the UK. Managing
Director John Murphy tells
The Parliamentary Review
that it supplies an unrivalled fleet of plant and equipment to
the rail, construction and transport markets. John explains that
the firm has a reputation for innovation, something which has
come about in no small part thanks to its relationship with
NetworkRail.
We enjoy close relationships with core organisations within a variety of exciting
sectors. Working on the front line, our nationwide teams continually deliver a safe
and efficient network for passengers across the UK.
In 2018, Quattro Group acquired AB2000, a Scottish plant hire firm. AB2000’s
Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness-based teams, depots and fleets supplemented
the existing organisation, and additional trading divisions were added – mobile
crane hire, Phoenix Weights, Phoenix Marine and quarrying.
Safety and reliability are cornerstones of our organisation. With 850 team members
based at 15 depots around the country, an in-house training provision was created
in order to guarantee that everyone received the same level of training and could
deliver to the same standard to customers.
Five Quattro Occupational Training Academies – or QOTA – deliver state-of-the-art
training to operators, while management staff receive classroom-based health and
safety modules.
FACTS ABOUT
QUATTRO PLANT
»Managing Director:
JohnMurphy
»Founded in 1989
»Based across the UK, with a
head office in London
»Services: Plant hire
»No. of employees: 850
Quattro Plant
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INFRASTRUCTURE & DEVELOPMENT
Anyone who has travelled on a train
regularly will appreciate that the
railways are getting busier. In order
to ensure that the network always
operates safely and reliably for millions
of passengers and freight vehicles, it
is vital that ongoing maintenance is
delivered on time.
As an organisation, the Quattro Group
is passionate about development, both
internally and within the industries
we serve. We appreciate that the
industries we work in never stand
still, so we think it is essential to
keep moving forwards, and continue
changing for the better.
30@30
In July 2019 we celebrated our 30th
year in business. We couldn’t let such
a milestone pass by unmarked and
wanted to honour our birthday with
a plan that showed our appreciation
of everyone who has helped the
organisation get this far.
We chose six topics to focus on, with
30 tasks to complete by July 3, 2020,
our 31st birthday. Each element is
designed to improve the way we
do business in some way, bringing
benefits to our staff, customers and
wider industries.
The 30@30 plan focuses on the
following:
»Environment and sustainability
»Charity
»Innovation
»Investing in people
»Safety
»Community.
The 30@30 initiatives explore different
elements of the business: sustainability
projects such as investment in a new
range of environmentally friendly
sweepers, while Investing in people
sees an expansion of the mental
health support services offering
within the group, with a Let’s Talk
poster campaign and the promotion
of the Quattro Group Mental Health
FirstAiders.
Sitting within the innovation sector is
one of our most ambitious projects,
the launch of a Knowledge Transfer
Partnership scheme with Exeter
University, which sees the team
working with experts to develop the
world’s first fully hybrid vehicle for use
on the railway.
Derailing development
However, there is one challenge
that threatens to derail our plans for
ongoing development. The current
five-year Network Rail funding period
has had a very slow start, with the
recently released Department for
Transport Rail Network Enhancement
Pipeline publication detailing very
few committed projects available
for England and Wales. Projects in
Scotland are more promising, although
there are concerns that work will not
start trickling down until 2021.
Unfortunately, despite this there are
still huge financial requirements that
suppliers must adhere to in order to
supply compliant machines to work on
the nation’s infrastructure. Suppliers
such as Quattro Plant hold a large
A varied fleet of tracked
machinery makes
Quattro Group one of
the largest providers of
vehicles to the UK rail
industry
Sitting within
the innovation
sector is one
of our most
ambitious
projects, the
launch of a
Knowledge
Transfer
Partnership
scheme with
Exeter
University
BEST PRACTICE SPONSOR 2020
19QUATTRO PLANT |
INFRASTRUCTURE & DEVELOPMENT
Anyone who has travelled on a train
regularly will appreciate that the
railways are getting busier. In order
to ensure that the network always
operates safely and reliably for millions
of passengers and freight vehicles, it
is vital that ongoing maintenance is
delivered on time.
As an organisation, the Quattro Group
is passionate about development, both
internally and within the industries
we serve. We appreciate that the
industries we work in never stand
still, so we think it is essential to
keep moving forwards, and continue
changing for the better.
30@30
In July 2019 we celebrated our 30th
year in business. We couldn’t let such
a milestone pass by unmarked and
wanted to honour our birthday with
a plan that showed our appreciation
of everyone who has helped the
organisation get this far.
We chose six topics to focus on, with
30 tasks to complete by July 3, 2020,
our 31st birthday. Each element is
designed to improve the way we
do business in some way, bringing
benefits to our staff, customers and
wider industries.
The 30@30 plan focuses on the
following:
»Environment and sustainability
»Charity
»Innovation
»Investing in people
»Safety
»Community.
The 30@30 initiatives explore different
elements of the business: sustainability
projects such as investment in a new
range of environmentally friendly
sweepers, while Investing in people
sees an expansion of the mental
health support services offering
within the group, with a Let’s Talk
poster campaign and the promotion
of the Quattro Group Mental Health
FirstAiders.
Sitting within the innovation sector is
one of our most ambitious projects,
the launch of a Knowledge Transfer
Partnership scheme with Exeter
University, which sees the team
working with experts to develop the
world’s first fully hybrid vehicle for use
on the railway.
Derailing development
However, there is one challenge
that threatens to derail our plans for
ongoing development. The current
five-year Network Rail funding period
has had a very slow start, with the
recently released Department for
Transport Rail Network Enhancement
Pipeline publication detailing very
few committed projects available
for England and Wales. Projects in
Scotland are more promising, although
there are concerns that work will not
start trickling down until 2021.
Unfortunately, despite this there are
still huge financial requirements that
suppliers must adhere to in order to
supply compliant machines to work on
the nation’s infrastructure. Suppliers
such as Quattro Plant hold a large
A varied fleet of tracked
machinery makes
Quattro Group one of
the largest providers of
vehicles to the UK rail
industry
Sitting within
the innovation
sector is one
of our most
ambitious
projects, the
launch of a
Knowledge
Transfer
Partnership
scheme with
Exeter
University
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kit supply, over 350 core machines,
and must ensure that compliant
kit is always available to service
requiredworks.
Before it can clock up its first
working hour, each machine has
to be converted to work on the UK
rail network, at a conversion cost of
around £250,000. Some of these
machines may only work one shift a
week. Despite this, every machine has
to undergo a complete overhaul of
the specifically tailored rail elements
every seven years, at a cost of around
£100,000 each time.
Despite a lack of planned works in the
pipeline, this annual rolling overhaul
maintenance cost of around £4 million
must be found in order to ensure
that Quattro Group’s key machines
are available to service the needs of
thenetwork.
Being held at a red signal
As a business committed to continual
innovation and internal development,
being stuck at a red signal is
frustrating. We will continue to push
forwards with plans to deliver exciting
projects that benefit our hardworking
staff and valued customers, and
our machines will continue to be
overhauled to the very highest
specifications, making sure they are
in prime working condition. However,
until Network Rail’s signal turns green,
there is very little room for progression
as a plant organisation.
We initiated a lobbying of Parliament
in England, Scotland and Wales to
make the Rail Transport Committee
understand this issue that On Track
Plant operators are facing and consider
an overhaul. However, this issue will
not go away until at least 2021. By
this stage, there is a very real danger
that we, and our peers, may have
lost talent to other sectors, and sister
organisations who simply cannot
afford to continue will be lost from the
industry forever.
We see our future as one of
innovation and hope to continue to
provide a steady flow of work for
our employees. We are working to
innovate more and are looking at
both the engineering and design sides
of our industry. The opening of our
research development centre near
Newton Abbot and close to Exeter
University promises us a future that
lives up to our past.
We see our
future as one
of innovation
and hope to
continue to
provide a
steady flow of
work for our
employees
Innovative and cutting-
edge systems are
designed to promote
safe working practices
in this safety-critical
industry

www.quattroplant.co.uk

This article was sponsored by Quattro Plant. 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