1st Contracts Casino Night

A great night was had by all at our 1st Contracts Casino night on Saturday.

It was a pleasure to be able to reward our team and supply partners for their hard work over the last 18 months getting through the pandemic together and good to see so many familiar faces having fun.

We had a couple of casino tables on the go with the highest number of chips winning prizes, a photo booth and a magician doing the rounds, as well as the customary DJ for a good old dance to end the night.

It was a nice touch from the team to thank Leon and Richard with some gifts and bunches of flowers for Becky and Mel.  

1st prize of £250.00 travel voucher was won by Melanie Yeomans who very kindly donated her prize to be auctioned off for charity raising £200 for Springhill Hospice, with Dave from DAC landscapes having the highest bid.

The 2nd prize of £150.00 travel voucher was won by Hannah from DAC landscapes.

3rd prize of a bottle of champagne was won by Andy Atherton from Atherton drainage.

A special mention to Stacey Buckley for the hard work she put in to make sure everything ran smoothly and thanks to the Wine Press at Littleborough who hosted the event brilliantly.  

We can’t wait for our next event!

We will let the pictures do the rest of the talking.

Amelia Mae Foundation – Coast to Coast Bike Ride

Richard and Leon completed their 147-mile adventure from Blackpool to Scarborough in the day on Saturday 3rd of July. With all types of weather thrown in the mix, it was a long day taking 11hrs 40 mins in total with 9hrs 50 mins of continuous pedaling.

They had support from Jason in the van providing food, water, and dry clothing in between the heavy downpours as well as few shouts of encouragement from the roadside.

Between the group that completed the ride, they have raised almost seven thousand pounds at the time of posting this. Raising funds and awareness to support the amazing Amelia Mae Foundation.

The charity does great work to support children and families affected by Neuroblastoma and more information about the fantastic work they do can be found at https://www.ameliamaefoundation.co.uk/home

To donate to congratulate the lads for their efforts https://gofund.me/a5149586

The event was organised by Martin Atkinson and our friends at Fortress Energy, with an old Rugby friend in Trevor Goodwin being influential in getting the guys involved.

All in all, it was a challenging day that Leon, Richard, and Jason thoroughly enjoyed and were proud to be a part of. Hopefully we will be involved in more events in the future.

Two nervous men
Great kit !
5am start
Roughly two hours from the end
At the finish line


Well done to Stacey

A well-deserved set of keys for our Operations Manager Stacey!!

Stacey joined our business as a Contract Support Administrator a little under 3 years ago, she has always shown great drive and passion in order to move up within the business.

She is a highly valued member of the team, her commitment through the first lockdown where many were furloughed was nothing short of fantastic where she dealt with all clients and co-ordinated our Field Engineers to ensure all jobs were attended.

We are very proud to reward Stacey with a new car and we hope she enjoys it!

Well Done Stacey!!

Christmas comes early!

Christmas has come early for our Office Manager Hayley!

Hayley has been with us since Day one and has been nothing short of amazing throughout and especially during this year where her commitment has been fantastic.

We are proud and delighted to reward Hayley for her hard work, efforts, and loyalty over the last 7 years with the keys to her new car, and hopefully, she enjoys it as much as we have enjoyed getting it to her.

Well Done Hayley, you thoroughly deserve this.

Welcome Ian

Ian Rhodes – Contracts Manager

Ian joined the company in October 2020 bringing a wealth of experience and skills to the maintenance and small works estimating department. Ian has worked in the position of reactive maintenance QS since 1998 with Garside and Laycock, which then migrated into SPIE in 2012 and then TRIOS in 2020. Ian’s experience working with a company that grew to be part of a large corporate business will stand him in good stead to collaborate with the team to propose new ways and ideas.

Leaders Podcast

Leon our director was recently invited to take part in a Leaders Council podcast, please see below press release.

Leon Ashworth from 1st Contracts appears in Leaders Council podcast alongside Sir Andrew Strauss.

The podcast was conducted by The Leaders Council of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

The Leaders Council of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is currently in the process of talking to leadership figures from across the nation in an attempt to understand this universal trait and what it means in Britain and Northern Ireland today.

Leon Ashworth from 1st Contracts was invited onto an episode of the podcast, which also included an interview with Sir Andrew Strauss. Host Matthew O’Neill asked both guests a series of questions about leadership and the role it has played in their careers to date.

Matthew O’Neill commented, ‘Hosting a show like this, where you speak to genuine leaders who have been there and done it, either on a national stage or within a crucial industry sector, is an absolute honour.’

Lord Blunkett, chairman of The Leaders Council of Great Britain and Northern Ireland said, ‘I think the most informative element of each episode is the first part, where Matthew O’Neill is able to sit down with someone who really gets how their industry works and knows how to make their organisation tick. Someone who’s there day in day out working hard and inspiring others. That’s what leadership is all about.’

You can listen to the podcast in full here: https://youtu.be/WJq59IvLUuw

Congratulations to Brook and Danny!

At 1st Contracts we are focused on our people and would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Brook and her fiancé Danny on their pregnancy. The first ever 1st contracts baby being due on Christmas eve!

Brook is a highly valued and devoted member of the team who always gives 100%, she is always bright, bubbly and always manages to make us laugh even in the most stressful of situations, usually with a terrible impression of one of the engineers followed by a fit of the giggles!

Brook is part of the operations team dealing with a high volume of jobs and managing the engineers. She is in frequent contact with the management team to ensure thoroughness. She takes this all in her stride probably as at home she has her own farm and helps run her grans farm.

As she is dealing with cows, sheep, goats and horses while hay bailing on a regular basis, it makes a P1 roof leak in Timbuktu on a Friday afternoon a walk in the park.

We would like to wish Brook all the very best for the rest of her pregnancy and we are all looking forward to meeting the next member of the 1st Contracts family.