Team CTS used the ‘Green Travel Policy’ to attend the event as staff members shared a lift.
A massive well done to Lidl Northern Ireland, who came out on top as winners in our category, along with being shortlisted in the ‘Company of the year’ category.
CTS was delighted to be shortlisted in these prestigious awards, getting recognised for the good work being carried out by all the team. CTS will continue to be a sustainable business and play a role in helping the environment.
Being a sustainable business, CTS understands the responsibility as a corporation and the impact it has on the rest of society and the environment.
Well done to organisers for a very enjoyable and well-run event. Also, we wish AIB all the best as they launched their brand in Northern Ireland on the night of the awards.
Kirstie Dempster is a Computer Science student at Ulster University, Magee and is carrying out her placement year at CTS. Kirstie is working alongside our IT Systems manager, Joel and tells us about her CTS journey so far. Kirstie has been part of team CTS for over 4 months.
“Although, I haven’t been at CTS very long, I can honestly say I have enjoyed every minute of it. Everyone has been very welcoming and made me feel part of the team.
“I have gained the ability to produce concise yet thorough reports within IT and for other teams as needed and also improved my patience and ability to train the Operatives in both new and existing IT systems, Joel has been a massive help throughout all this training, teaching me at a good pace and allowing me to take extra time to understand certain things.
“As a student and not having any previous experience this job has been challenging and hard work, but it is very enjoyable.
“As every day is different and I am not stuck doing the same things every day, it has been an eye opener of what the I.T field is like and I am excited for the coming months to learn more.”
This annual event, by the Energy Saving Trust now in its 19th year looks to shine a spotlight on the importance of energy efficiency at home to reduce carbon emissions and make savings on energy bills.
CTS supports the campaign as our services include; Heating, Energy & Compliance. Senior Contracts Manager, Aidan Clarke states the following on energy efficiency;
“CTS ensures well-maintained boilers burn their fuel very efficiently, this is shown by having 100% oil and gas compliance throughout heating contracts”
Our first energy tip is putting your heating on a timer, so it goes on/off when you need it. You’ll reduce your carbon dioxide emissions. You could also save money on your heating bills by using your controls efficiently.
On Saturday 26th October, the CTS team attended Lisburn bowl for our ‘Bite and Bowl’ team building day. A great day was had by all.
We added some competition to the bowling by providing prizes. This required team CTS employees to communicate and work together.
CTS plumber, Paul Duff was the overall winner of the bowling. Ciaran Scullion presented Paul with the CTS Halloween Hamper. We also thank Ciaran who put alot of time and effort into organising the event.
We also had a prize for the person in last place. We think Managing Director Connaire, might need a timeout from the bowling as he achieved the lowest score on the day.
As some of our employees are office based and some are out on the road, team building day’s like this help CTS coworkers get to know each-other better and build stronger relationships.
October marks the 16th annual National Cyber security Awareness Month (NCSAM). Here at CTS, we understand the importance of Cyber security. This year’s message is to, Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT., reminding everyone of the role we all play in online safety and security at home and in the workplace.
CTS recently obtained a cyber security certificate which shows the business has achieved a robust level of security that provides safe transferal of data in and out of the company. The certificate also entails that CTS follow a certain standard ensuring data is protected – such as password policies, access rights to certain locations etc.
There is now an increased prominence on cyber security in organisations due to many crippling cyber attacks. Like many businesses, CTS rely on technology to be connected at all times and conduct work effectively. Therefore, it is vital for more businesses to follow in the footsteps of CTS and introduce a robust, high level of cyber security.
CTS IT systems manager, Joel Caldwell states the importance of Cyber Security;
“Cyber security is present in
everything we do these days, from sending an email to buying something online,
each with their own set of risks.
“In reality, security is only
ever a catch-up game between the creation of a new threat and the patching to
protect against it.
“If you are to take one thing forward regarding Cyber Security it is to check, check and check again. Watch for the unusual links on a web-pages, be wary of email links and if you aren’t sure if something is official, call the company and check if what was sent was genuine.”
To read more on National Cyber Security Awareness Month click here
On Thursday 10th October, members of the CTS team were delighted to attend the Action Mental Health annual big breakfast fundraiser in celebration of World Mental Health Day.
The team got a delicious breakfast along with a great talk by Aisling Press, who Spoke about Danske Bank’s partnership with Action Mental Health.
It was great to hear the great work Danske Bank do along with seeing so many other local businesses at the event showing their support. CTS is delighted to be a corporate sponsor for a charity that changes the lives of so many people.
Action Mental Health, Fundraising & Communications Manager, Jonathan Smyth explains the role businesses such as CTS play for the charity;
‘Action Mental Health rely on the support of businesses
and the local community to help provide our services across Northern Ireland.
‘So we are delighted to have the support of a company
like CTS who are firmly committed to promoting positive mental health, both in
the workplace and in the wider community.
‘The team at CTS are great to work with and they are all making a tremendous difference by both raising funds and breaking down the enduring stigmas that still surround mental health. We are very grateful and lucky to have them as one of our corporate partners’.
If you or someone you know needs help, you can telephone Lifeline free at any time. Lifeline is a crisis response helpline available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to people in Northern Ireland. It offers immediate help over the telephone if you, or someone you know, is in distress or despair.
Telephone: 0808 808 8000
For more information check out the websites below.
Team CTS supports Fire Door Safety Week and ensures team members are fully trained with the appropriate skill set for fitting fire doors.
A fire door is an engineered safety device that is a crucial
part of the passive fire protection of every commercial, public and multiple
In everyday use, the simple purpose of a fire door is just as any other door. However, since the break-out of a fire is never predictable, a fire door, unlike any other door must perform to its prime purpose which is to delay the spread of fire and smoke; protecting lives and property.
When a fire happens, it is the compartmentalisation of fire
through the correct specification and installation of well-maintained fire
doors that buy us time, creating safe refuge and a protected route for the
emergency services to come to our aid.
Fire Door Safety Week was launched in 2013 in response to a legacy of fire door neglect. It is a ‘mass market’ awareness campaign to increase public understanding of the role that fire doors play in protecting life and property. CTS is happy to help spread awareness for this campaign.
CTS Compliance manger, Mark Holmes states ‘CTS Project’s dedicated team of Fire Door Installers ensure we provide a service that our customers can rely on.
‘Our dedicated team take pride in ensuring they are up to date with all legal and industry standards and have recently completed another training day with our supplier.
‘CTS Projects continue to be at the forefront for Fire Door Safety installation with our dedicated Team.’
Below is photos from a recent CTS Fire door training day which was instructed by team CTS member, Stuart Gillespie. CTS apprentices; Shannon O’Doherty, Kai Ross and Elliott Crawford all completed the training.
Read more on the importance of Fire Door Safety click here.
CTS Projects pledged its support for Gas Safety Week by teaming up with clients, to raise awareness of the dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances, which can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
The ninth annual Gas Safety Week sees organisations from across the UK working together to raise awareness of the dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances, which can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
CTS Projects has pledged its support for Gas Safety Week (16th – 22nd September 2019), and will be attending client property schemes to raise awareness about the importance of gas safety.
Monday 16th September – we will be attending Brandon Court and Parkgate House (Habinteg)
Tuesday 17th September – we will be attending 68 Lower Braniel Road (Connswater)
Wednesday 18th September – we will be attending Caffrey Park (Clanmil)
Friday 20th September – we will be attending 104 Holywood Road (Triangle)
This year, Gas Safety Week is addressing a whole range of gas safety matters with a focus on addressing the needs of the most vulnerable – from advice about how to keep vulnerable loved ones gas safe, to raising awareness of using a registered engineer who is legally qualified, to ensure consumers don’t become vulnerable to illegal gas work though lack of awareness.
Jonathan Samuel, chief executive for Gas Safe Register, said: “It’s great to see so many people supporting Gas Safety Week this year to help spread important and, in some cases, lifesaving advice about gas safety. It’s so vital that we help people to know not to cut corners with gas and always ask a suitably qualified Gas Safe registered engineer to work on gas appliances at their home to stay gas safe.”
To keep you and your family safe, follow Gas Safe Register’s top tips:
the symptoms of CO poisoning; headaches, nausea, breathlessness, collapse,
dizziness and loss of consciousness.
you smell gas or think there might be a gas leak, call the free 24-hour
national gas emergency number immediately on 0800 111
Never attempt to work on a gas appliance yourself, always seek the help of a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer who can work on your gas cooker, boiler or fire in a safe way.
Don’t cut corners – only employ a suitably qualified Gas Safe registered engineer when having gas work carried out in your home.
Always ask to see your engineer’s Gas Safe ID card. Make sure you check the back of the card, which will state which gas appliances they are qualified to work on.
Here at CTS we are always striving for excellence and aiming to exceed expectations. We want to share a good news story that has occurred from work carried out by the CTS team.
On Friday(30th August), members of the team visited Mrs Teggart (pictured above) who is a tenant of our clients, Habinteg Housing Association. She was the winner of a random draw which took place with all feedback from tenants.
Mrs Teggart was delighted with some of the recent work carried out by the CTS team as she quotes ‘I Just wanted to commend the workers who attended our property.
‘The plumbers who replaced the valve on the hot water cylinder did an excellent job and were determined to get the problem sorted on the day no matter what.
‘We have never had such good water pressure and it is such a treat to be able to bath, shower and wash dishes without having to wait ages for the water.
‘Likewise, with the bedroom window catch, it is lovely not to have all the noise from the street keeping us awake.
‘I really cannot recommend these particular workmen enough.’