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.  

Guest speaker Ashling Press carrying out her talk
Guest speaker, Ashling Press carrying out her talk

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’.

Team CTS member at the Action Mental Health fundraising event
Team CTS members at the big breakfast event

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.

Lifeline Website

Action Mental Health Website

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 occupancy building.

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.

Stuart Gillespie training CTS apprentices and informing them with valuable knowledge.
CTS apprentices carrying out training activities.
CTS apprentice carrying out training activities.

Read more on the importance of Fire Door Safety click here.

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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.

Below is a timeline of our visits throughout Gas Safety Week.

On Monday, team CTS started off the week by attending Brandon Court & Parkgate House, which is schemes of our clients Habinteg Housing Association.

Team CTS attending a scheme of clients Habinteg Housing Association during gas safe week.

On Tuesday, team CTS attended 68 Lower Braniel Road, which is a scheme of our clients Connswater homes.

Team CTS attending a scheme of clients Connswater Homes during gas safe week.

On Wednesday, team CTS attended Caffrey Park, which is a scheme of our clients Clanmil.

Team CTS attending a scheme of clients Clanmil during gas safe week.

On Thursday, team CTS attended Rock Lodge & McManus Court, which is schemes of our clients Radius Housing & Alpha Housing.

Team CTS attending a scheme of clients Radius Housing during gas safe week.

On Friday, team CTS finished off the week by attending 104 Holywood Rd, which is a scheme of our clients Triangle Housing.

Team CTS attending a scheme of clients Triangle during gas safe week.

A great week providing important safety information to tenants during Gas Safety Week.  

Team CTS member Darren, pictured with a tenant during gas safety week.
Darren pictured with a tenant.

Gas Safe Register is the official register for legally qualified engineers.

CTS Safety

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)

Habinteg visit details

Tuesday 17th September – we will be attending 68 Lower Braniel Road (Connswater)

Connswater visit details

Wednesday 18th September – we will be attending Caffrey Park (Clanmil)

Clanmil visit details

Friday 20th September – we will be attending 104 Holywood Road (Triangle)

Triangle visit details

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: 

  • Know the symptoms of CO poisoning; headaches, nausea, breathlessness, collapse, dizziness and loss of consciousness.
  • If you smell gas or think there might be a gas leak, call the free 24-hour national gas emergency number immediately on 0800 111 999.
  • 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.

Gas Safe Register is the official register for legally qualified engineers.

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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.’

Ireland’s Plumbing & Heating Magazine is delighted to announce that CTS Connect Transform Sustain have been selected as a finalist in the category – Apprentice of the Year at Ireland’s Plumbing & Heating Awards 2019

This is a great achievement for finalist, David F Wilson who has been at CTS since September, 2018 as a level 2 apprentice. He is now going into level 3 this September. David is mentored by CTS head plumber, Colin Davidson and attends Belfast Met, Castlereagh.

There was incredibly strong competition across all categories this year which is a reflection of the excellence which exists throughout the industry. The independent panel of expert judges scrutinised every application and highlighted the extremely high calibre of this year’s entries.

Everyone is delighted for David and we look forward to attending the Gala Awards Ceremony which takes place on Friday 13th September, 2019 at the Citywest Hotel Saggart Co. Dublin. 

Click here for full list of finalists

c=CTS apprentice pictured beside CTS van
David F Wilson – CTS Apprentice

CTS achieve 100% compliance for Boiler Servicing for Housing Association clients; Connswater Homes, Habinteg, Clanmil, Triangle and Alpha housing.

CTS is committed and continues to work collaboratively with clients, both internally and externally in order to achieve more. The team is proud to play their part in keeping our clients customers safe in their homes.

Our Senior Contacts Manager Aidan Clarke is delighted with this achievement. He states, “I would like to congratulate the team on all the hard work of getting 100% compliance. The next step is to ensure that we stay at 100%”

Team CTS aim to continue establishing lasting relationships with customers by exceeding their expectations, and gaining their trust through exceptional performance by every member of our team.

CTS heating team members, Ellen, Lynn, Lauren, Laura, Sarah McShane and Sarah Clarke pictured with our 100% compliance boiler.

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On Thursday 27th June, CTS picked up highly commended ‘best green business’ at the Greater Newry Area Business Awards. Two members of the CTS team, Jolene and Gosia attended the event on behalf of CTS which took place at the Canal Court Hotel.

The Greater Newry Area Business awards recognise and reward excellence, right across many sectors of the local community throughout the Greater Newry Area.

CTS is a sustainable business which understands the responsibility they have as a corporation and the impact they make to the rest of society and the environment. CTS is delighted to be recognised for this. The CTS team will continue to go above and beyond when it comes to our local environment.

CTS team members Jolene and Gosia at the Greater Newry Area Business Awards.

CTS recently obtained a cyber security certificate which shows the business has achieved a robust level of security that provides safe transferral of data in and out of the company.

Technology has become an increasingly integral aspect for CTS. From email correspondence and financial transactions, to professional networking and collaborative work documents, CTS rely on technology to be connected at all times and conduct work effectively.

The growth of the digital economy brings with it a growing number of cyber criminals using increasingly diverse and sophisticated attacks against businesses. Therefore, it is vital for more businesses to follow in the footsteps of CTS and introduce a robust, high level of cyber security.

An external security scan was carried out which scans any known weaknesses.  The recently acquired certificate protects the information that leaves CTS and information which is accepted must be of a certain level of encryption that has the least amount of known weaknesses ensuring confidential data is safe.

The certificate also entails that CTS follow a certain standard ensuring data is protected – such as password policies, access rights to certain locations etc.

CTS IT Systems Manger Joel pictured holding the recently acquired Cyber security certificate alongside Serena and Garren.

CTS has been successfully appointed to Multiparty Minor Building Works Frameworks for Public Service Bodies across the Republic of Ireland.

The framework covers County Carlow, Cavan, Cork, Dublin, Galway, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Limerick, Louth, Meath, Monaghan, Tipperary, Waterford, Westmeath, Wexford and Wicklow.

CTS Projects will create new jobs as part of the new contract, which builds on the ambitions of the business to expand to cover every part of the island.

The Minor Building Works Frameworks relate to works associated with the entire building maintenance to residential property including extensions, demolition, mechanical and electrical works

Eamonn Ryan, Managing Director said ‘We are delighted to get on this framework which builds on what we have achieved over the last four years on the delivery to five councils and many private councils. It is a credit to the team and testament to our ambitious.

This announcement comes on the back of recent success for CTS in being appointed to Fusion21’s Reactive Repairs & Maintenance and Empty Buildings Frameworks, worth a combined £290m over a four-year period.

CTS Projects continues to seize and embrace opportunities by expanding their offering right across the island of Ireland.

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