West Yorkshire Steel Co

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by West Yorkshire Steel Co'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 West Yorkshire Steel Co 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, MP
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles, MP

www.westyorkssteel.com

THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
40 | WEST YORKSHIRE STEEL
Director Rob Ellis
A bandsaw cutting steel
to requested sizes
West Yorkshire Steel are specialist steel stockholders
and suppliers, providing much needed high-quality
steel grades for a dizzying number of purposes. It
was founded in 1975, when it became apparent that Britain
was in need of some very particular steel types, yet not only
were the grades in short supply, but so was the knowledge
needed to get the right steel for the job . Director Rob Ellis tells
TheParliamentary Review
more.
The fascinating thing about steel is how each grade has its own characteristics
that makes it uniquely positioned to do the job; oil and gas drilling require high
quality, certified steel grades that can withstand impact from heavy rocks as well
as corrosive marine environments. Pharmaceutical uses need stainless varieties
that promote hygiene and transport and aeronautical firms need certified
grades produced to within very tight tolerances – no matter what the usage,
our knowledge of specialist steel grades means we understand exactly what the
customer requires.
The right tool for the job
People often only think of steel in large construction projects, but we supply just
as much to toolmakers and precision engineering. Special steel components are at
the heart of most metal products; everything from cars to home appliances, which
themselves are estimated to be about 70 per cent steel. Stainless varieties raised
hospital hygiene and allowed the invention of the surgical scalpel and even the
internet realm of binary 1s and 0s is built on a huge steel network infrastructure.
FACTS ABOUT
WEST YORKSHIRE STEEL
»Director: Rob Ellis
»Founded in 1975
»Based in Wetherby, Leeds
»Services: Specialist steel
stockholders and suppliers
delivering nationwide
»No. of employees: 14
West Yorkshire Steel
41WEST YORKSHIRE STEEL |
CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING
The vast array of steel specifications
reflects the fact that each one has its
own unique characteristics, defined by
its chemical composition, mechanical
properties and hardening capabilities.
Adjusting elements such as carbon,
nickel and molybdenum or altering the
temperatures during heat treatment
can make a final steel that’s hard or
tough, corrosion resistant or able to
withstand high temperatures.
We take pride in providing the highest
levels of knowledge and service, being
able to identify the right grade for your
particular needs, whether you’re creating
high speed drills or high speedcars.
Customers of all sizes
We’ve been providing steel to toolmakers
and engineers for over 40 years, so
have a good knowledge of what
manufacturers and engineers require.
One thing that surprises many is the
range of customers we have. As well as
major engineering and manufacturing
plants, there are universities that need a
range of grades for different educational
uses. We even supply to artists, for
everything from large scale installations
to the statues adorning town and city
centres. We have one-person engineers
and even specialist restorers using our
steel to repair and revive things like
classic cars and steam locomotives.
Although each customer has different
requirements, different uses and
different setup, the one constant
we have to deliver to everyone is the
quality and service that makes West
Yorkshire Steel what it is.
Transparency and sharing
knowledge
We fully understand that while we find
steel fascinating, not everyone has the
time to become an expert.
The World Steel Association states there
are approximately 3,500 steel grades,
but we think once you include physical,
chemical and environmental factors,
this estimate is quite conservative.
As part of our commitment to customer
service, our website has over 200 data
sheets and a glossary available, to help
people make the right decision.
Practical, straightforward information
means we can be completely
transparent about our processes and
customers can be confident in buying
the right material, without simply having
to take anybody else’s word for it.
High tensile steel bars
We take pride
in providing
the highest
levels of
knowledge
and service,
being able to
identify the
right grade for
your particular
needs
BEST PRACTICE REPRESENTATIVE 2019
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
40 | WEST YORKSHIRE STEEL
Director Rob Ellis
A bandsaw cutting steel
to requested sizes
West Yorkshire Steel are specialist steel stockholders
and suppliers, providing much needed high-quality
steel grades for a dizzying number of purposes. It
was founded in 1975, when it became apparent that Britain
was in need of some very particular steel types, yet not only
were the grades in short supply, but so was the knowledge
needed to get the right steel for the job . Director Rob Ellis tells
TheParliamentary Review
more.
The fascinating thing about steel is how each grade has its own characteristics
that makes it uniquely positioned to do the job; oil and gas drilling require high
quality, certified steel grades that can withstand impact from heavy rocks as well
as corrosive marine environments. Pharmaceutical uses need stainless varieties
that promote hygiene and transport and aeronautical firms need certified
grades produced to within very tight tolerances – no matter what the usage,
our knowledge of specialist steel grades means we understand exactly what the
customer requires.
The right tool for the job
People often only think of steel in large construction projects, but we supply just
as much to toolmakers and precision engineering. Special steel components are at
the heart of most metal products; everything from cars to home appliances, which
themselves are estimated to be about 70 per cent steel. Stainless varieties raised
hospital hygiene and allowed the invention of the surgical scalpel and even the
internet realm of binary 1s and 0s is built on a huge steel network infrastructure.
FACTS ABOUT
WEST YORKSHIRE STEEL
»Director: Rob Ellis
»Founded in 1975
»Based in Wetherby, Leeds
»Services: Specialist steel
stockholders and suppliers
delivering nationwide
»No. of employees: 14
West Yorkshire Steel
41WEST YORKSHIRE STEEL |
CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING
The vast array of steel specifications
reflects the fact that each one has its
own unique characteristics, defined by
its chemical composition, mechanical
properties and hardening capabilities.
Adjusting elements such as carbon,
nickel and molybdenum or altering the
temperatures during heat treatment
can make a final steel that’s hard or
tough, corrosion resistant or able to
withstand high temperatures.
We take pride in providing the highest
levels of knowledge and service, being
able to identify the right grade for your
particular needs, whether you’re creating
high speed drills or high speedcars.
Customers of all sizes
We’ve been providing steel to toolmakers
and engineers for over 40 years, so
have a good knowledge of what
manufacturers and engineers require.
One thing that surprises many is the
range of customers we have. As well as
major engineering and manufacturing
plants, there are universities that need a
range of grades for different educational
uses. We even supply to artists, for
everything from large scale installations
to the statues adorning town and city
centres. We have one-person engineers
and even specialist restorers using our
steel to repair and revive things like
classic cars and steam locomotives.
Although each customer has different
requirements, different uses and
different setup, the one constant
we have to deliver to everyone is the
quality and service that makes West
Yorkshire Steel what it is.
Transparency and sharing
knowledge
We fully understand that while we find
steel fascinating, not everyone has the
time to become an expert.
The World Steel Association states there
are approximately 3,500 steel grades,
but we think once you include physical,
chemical and environmental factors,
this estimate is quite conservative.
As part of our commitment to customer
service, our website has over 200 data
sheets and a glossary available, to help
people make the right decision.
Practical, straightforward information
means we can be completely
transparent about our processes and
customers can be confident in buying
the right material, without simply having
to take anybody else’s word for it.
High tensile steel bars
We take pride
in providing
the highest
levels of
knowledge
and service,
being able to
identify the
right grade for
your particular
needs
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
42 | WEST YORKSHIRE STEEL
Review of
Parliament
How long will the prime
minister’s tenure last?
A matter of time
As regular readers will know, the final
pages of
The Parliamentary Review
look back on the most significant
parliamentary incidents of the past year.
Consider our frustration, therefore,
at the fact that our early September
publication date coincides with what is
likely to be one of the most momentous
weeks in parliament’s history.
By the time you read this, you will either
be in the midst of the mayhem or you’ll
be reflecting on it from a safe distance.
At the time of writing, Boris Johnson
has been prime minister just shy of a
month. But it’s not until September
that his premiership truly begins. And,
if certain pundits are to be believed, this
may also be the month when it ends.
A confidence motion is expected to be
tabled by the leader of the opposition
shortly after parliament returns on
September 3, with a small handful of
Conservative MPs said to be seriously
considering voting against their own
government; such is their desperation
to thwart MrJohnson’s promise to take
Britain out of the EU “come what may”.
If the government to lose the vote, we
will all be dusting off our copies of the
Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011.
The Act, which was passed by the
Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition
government, aimed to transfer the
power to control the electoral timetable
from the prime minister to parliament
by requiring the former to have the
agreement of two-thirds of the house
in order to call an election.
Crucially, the Act also allows the prime
minister a stay of execution in the event
of a lost confidence vote. Rather than
having to call an election immediately
upon defeat, as was the case prior to
2011, there is now a 14-day period
during which he or an alternate leader
has a chance to secure a majority of
support in the Commons.
Normally, this would be incidental. At
present, with the clock ticking towards
October 31, the date on which it is
legally mandated for Britain to leave
the European Union, 14 days could
make all the difference.
Once the two weeks are up, if no new
government has been formed, an
election must be called and the power
for choosing the date rests entirely with
the prime minister.
Rather than limiting MrJohnson, this
Act, at this particular moment in time,
has provided him with an unexpected
source of strength. Even if he is
defeated in a confidence motion on
September 3, an election will not be
announced until October 17. At this
point, MrJohnson can announce that
the election will take place on October
31, or a date shortly thereafter, with
parliament closed in the interim,
In regards to our processes, we’ve also
repeatedly been awarded ISO:9001
2015 status, which represents our
commitment to quality and service to all.
We take this very seriously as part of
our offering to our customers, ensuring
they receive a top quality product and
can have confidence in their order
every single time.
Our history
Although the company began with
a small supply, cut by bandsaw in a
garage workshop, we’ve flourished
into a supplier of almost any type,
whether it’s stainless, engineering or
tool steel.
Our range covers flat and round bar,
plate or sheet and any number of
non-standard grades to meet specific
customer requirements.
One thing that became clear was that
some ‘niche’ or specialist steel grades
were just unknown in Britain, so the
expertise to their usage was lacking.
One constant over the years is our
ability to share our knowledge and
expertise to give the customer what’s
needed, which we believe has fuelled
our growth.
Seeing as we began just after the
creation of the metropolitan county
of West Yorkshire, we chose West
Yorkshire Steel as a name to represent
the incredible amount of history and
knowledge of steel in the area, but
also to show modern thinking, with an
eye on the future.
The future
Modern steel is constantly evolving,
and is just as much about laboratories
as it is about steel mills and forges.
While steel is thought of as large
industrial, the constant advancement
has created a very exciting future for it.
When you consider that steel is
100 per cent recyclable, allowing
old materials to be reused over and
over instead of being discarded,
steel becomes more appealing for
sustainability.
Coupled with advancements in
energy efficiency, process and cleaner
production methods, and steel’s
reliability as a material puts it front and
centre of how we live.
The future for us at West Yorkshire
Steel is just as long-lasting as the steel.
We’re committed to expanding our
knowledge and expertise in line with
all the advancements in the sector, and
continue to share our fascination with
others and make them as excited as
we are about steel.
Most of all, we’re committed to
keeping the same excellent service
that our customers expect and rely on.
We pride ourselves on being a local
employer, investing in our community
and the people, which has given a real
family feel to the business.
This means we don’t just see our staff
as part of the family, but also our
customers, who are always real people
to us and never just a sum at the
bottom on an invoice.
We’re
committed to
keeping the
same excellent
service that
our customers
expect and
rely on
Tool steel block
43REVIEW OF PARLIAMENT |
Review of
Parliament
How long will the prime
minister’s tenure last?
A matter of time
As regular readers will know, the final
pages of
The Parliamentary Review
look back on the most significant
parliamentary incidents of the past year.
Consider our frustration, therefore,
at the fact that our early September
publication date coincides with what is
likely to be one of the most momentous
weeks in parliament’s history.
By the time you read this, you will either
be in the midst of the mayhem or you’ll
be reflecting on it from a safe distance.
At the time of writing, Boris Johnson
has been prime minister just shy of a
month. But it’s not until September
that his premiership truly begins. And,
if certain pundits are to be believed, this
may also be the month when it ends.
A confidence motion is expected to be
tabled by the leader of the opposition
shortly after parliament returns on
September 3, with a small handful of
Conservative MPs said to be seriously
considering voting against their own
government; such is their desperation
to thwart MrJohnson’s promise to take
Britain out of the EU “come what may”.
If the government to lose the vote, we
will all be dusting off our copies of the
Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011.
The Act, which was passed by the
Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition
government, aimed to transfer the
power to control the electoral timetable
from the prime minister to parliament
by requiring the former to have the
agreement of two-thirds of the house
in order to call an election.
Crucially, the Act also allows the prime
minister a stay of execution in the event
of a lost confidence vote. Rather than
having to call an election immediately
upon defeat, as was the case prior to
2011, there is now a 14-day period
during which he or an alternate leader
has a chance to secure a majority of
support in the Commons.
Normally, this would be incidental. At
present, with the clock ticking towards
October 31, the date on which it is
legally mandated for Britain to leave
the European Union, 14 days could
make all the difference.
Once the two weeks are up, if no new
government has been formed, an
election must be called and the power
for choosing the date rests entirely with
the prime minister.
Rather than limiting MrJohnson, this
Act, at this particular moment in time,
has provided him with an unexpected
source of strength. Even if he is
defeated in a confidence motion on
September 3, an election will not be
announced until October 17. At this
point, MrJohnson can announce that
the election will take place on October
31, or a date shortly thereafter, with
parliament closed in the interim,

www.westyorkssteel.com

This article was sponsored by West Yorkshire Steel Co. 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