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BTS

Total Utility and Commercial Arboriculture Management

The BTS Group is a multi-skilled business that offers overhead line maintenance and arboriculture support to utility companies within the UK. It also provides commercial vegetation management and tree surgery, traffic management, scaffolding and high-quality occupational and land based training services.

The group consists of the BTS Utility Arboriculture and Electrical divisions, BTS Commercial, BTS Training, BTS Traffic and BTS Scaffolding.

The development of training, traffic management and scaffolding divisions has expanded the company’s commercial offerings and increases the operational and cost efficiency in which it works.

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About BTS Group

Based in Suffolk, UK, and with offices
across Bedford and Essex, we have a national reach.

BTS was founded in 1993 by Managing Director Halley McCallum. Our work is to provide vital support to utility companies within the UK. Central to that is the provision of engineering and vegetation management services to electricity distributor network operators (DNO).

For these DNOs, we repair, maintain and construct overhead lines, including working on the poles, lines and transformers associated with LV, 11kV, 33kV and 132kV systems. Our company is already responsible for protecting approximately 40,000 km of the UK’s electricity network. Read More

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Our Directors

Board and Senior Management Team

BTS leadership, financial management, and governance, is provided by its board which comprises exec and non-exec directors.

Operational management of the company is carried out by a committed and qualified senior management team.

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We Work For The Country’s Leading Names In Our

Sectors. Past and Present Clients Include:

UKPN
NPG
SSEPD
Balfour Beatty
Babcock
Carillion
Freedom
The Environment Agency
The Royal Horticultural Society
Canal and River
Interserve
SEH French Ltd
Volker Stevin Ltd
Kier MG
Hilton Hotels Group
Yara Chafer Ltd
John Henry Group
IBC
RG Carter
Bloor
ISG
Barnes
JF Homes
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CJ
Longcross
KIER

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Safety First

Safety management is vital to everything we do and so we manage it properly.

We work in dangerous industries. To reduce risk to an acceptable level, we impose appropriately high levels of controls on our operations.

It is widely accepted that providing staff with information, instruction and training are among the greatest measures for reducing risk. We therefore provide our people with all necessary information on risk and instruct them well.

While methods of work form the basis of instructions for safe working, training forms the foundation of safety as we need competent people if we’re to carry out our operations safely.

Our dedicated safety team ensure the safety of the entire workforce, making sure all equipment is free from defect and that the business follows legislation, while proactively monitoring practice through site visits and behavioural exchanges.

And while we have a safety team, the responsibility for working safely is shared by everyone who works for BTS.

If you have a concerns about safety, have seen us doing something that’s not safe or have questions about our safety policies or procedures, please contact us.

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BTS Know-How

We will carry out over 2000 planned shutdowns per year.

Every day we will have in excess of 250 fully qualified people working on the network.

We have hosted school open days to introduce young people to the wonderful world of arboriculture.

All BTS Staff, whether directly employed or sub-contracted, are first aid trained. This is because we believe that we should all be able to look after each other, both in and outside of work.

In the event of another Storm Emergency we can help restore power to customers by putting 240 fully qualified tree cutters to work within a few hours.

BTS takes the Safety of our employees very seriously and we have now passed 1,800 days without any employee or subcontractor missing a day off work through a work related injury.

To Those That Use Us, We’re The Vital Tool In The Kit

OHL Services

We keep electricity distribution networks running by putting the right people, with the right skills in the right place. Most importantly, we put them there at the right time.

We refurbish and install all systems between LV and 33kV.  By using our Hot Glove teams we can work live when needed, making shutdowns less likely.

Being tree specialists means that vegetation doesn’t get in our way. We can combine electrical and vegetation, either by ad hoc arrangements or via a synergy contract, enabling us to deliver a complete maintenance package in the most efficient way saving you money through fewer shutdowns and fewer visits to a site.

Arboriculture Services

We started out in the tree business. Founded in 1993, our company has grown to become one of the UK’s leading utility arboriculture businesses.

We use a variety of traditional and modern methods for keeping vegetation and trees under control and well within legislation driven standards. And we work on behalf of electricity distribution network operators, enabling them to provide a resilient and sustainable service to their customers.

Principal Contractor

For overhead line engineering, tree and vegetation management, BTS Group is the best choice for a principal contractor.

As a principal contractor we can be your most powerful partner.

We take on any problem associated with an overhead power line and we solve it, whether it’s related to vegetation, trees or line engineering.

As your partner, we can be relied on to get the job done. While keeping in mind OFGEM’s Broad Measures, we will seek to nurture and protect your reputation whenever and wherever we work with your customers.

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High Voltage Networks

Our HV line teams are purpose-built to meet the specialised needs of 11 kV and 33 kV systems.

Our people are experienced in all types of HV work, from BLX refurbishment through to building open wire systems. Being able to do our own HV jointing enables us to build diversions and establish new connections when required.

Thanks to having our own substantial fleet of fully-equipped vehicles with trained operators, we can erect poles and install plant, including automation equipment.

And, if trees do get in the way it’s not a problem. We are expert in utility arboriculture and can either clear and trim on an occasional basis or build a contract specific to your needs that includes both elements.

The result is reduced shutdown time and lower costs.

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Line Patrol

Walking the line is an important part of keeping any network running smoothly.

Predicting weaknesses and points of vulnerability can sometimes only be done by going to see the line in person, whether it be to look at the height of trees or to scout for engineering faults.

Our teams can record data using appropriate devices, whether they belong to our systems or those of our clients.

We can patrol any line up to 132 kV and can look for anything that affects its integrity, including vegetation or electrical and engineering considerations. This means we search out the vegetation for cutting while carrying out small maintenance tasks, such as danger plating
and pole numbering.

By working in this way, we can slash the cost of obtaining vital network data. And that’s a big saving to you.

Live & Hot Glove Working

When a job needs it, our expertise and training enables us to work live in safety.

We carry out long stick operations (sometimes called live line tapping); short stick (sometimes called hot stick) and hot glove working.

Our fleet of specialised vehicles includes a range of mobile platforms (MEWPs) and insulated aerial devices (IADs) that give us access wherever needed. If required we can work from the poles.

We only use the best, tested and approved equipment and the very best, tested and certified people.

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Faults & Standby

It can’t be helped: many faults occur outside normal office hours.

However, we’re always able to help by having teams on standby that are ready to act when events, such as storms, strike.

We build these response teams to match our client’s needs.

BTS Group has assisted in storms and other emergencies many times, and with great success.  In a recent event we were involved in the restoration of supply to over 10,000 customers within a short period.

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SAPs & Engineers

We couldn’t do our job without having the right people with the right skills and all necessary authorisation.

We manage outages using our own engineers and SAPs. They complete any planning, organising, carding and distribute any appropriate warnings associated with shutdowns.

By having our own engineers we can act swiftly, stick to schedules and ensure every job is completed properly and in complete safety.

Utility Arboriculture

Founded in 1993, our company has grown to become one of the UK’s leading utility arboriculture businesses.

BTS started out in the tree business. We now use a variety of traditional and modern methods for keeping vegetation and trees under control and well within legislation driven standards. Working on behalf of electricity distribution network operators, we enable them to provide a resilient and sustainable service to their customers.

Our commitment is total: to delivery; to your satisfaction and to safety.

Contact us for a chat. We’re equally happy to provide quotations, references and to tender for new contracts.

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Customer Advice

BTS works with electricity suppliers to improve the safety, quality and reliability of the network that supplies your electricity, now and in the future.

Sometimes that requires us to work on the poles and cables that supply the electricity. At times we cut trees that are growing near to the lines. We do this work to make sure your supply is kept in safe and reliable condition.

We appreciate that our work is likely to cause some inconvenience. We’re very sorry for that, and we will do all we can to keep disruption to a minimum.

If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Why Do We Switch Off Electricity Supplies?

To enable us to carry out our work safely it’s possible that we will need to switch off your electricity supply. We do this only when it’s not possible to cut trees that are growing in the power lines without switching off the power. And If we’re repairing or upgrading the powerlines then we need to switch the power off then as well.

How Long Will I Be Without Power?

We will always work hard to minimise the time you’re without power. If your power has to be disconnected we will give you warning well before it happens by putting a notice through your door.

This notice will let you know the day and time your power will go off, and when it will be put back on.

What can I do before the power cut?

• If you need electricity to power for any medical equipment, please contact us immediately

• Before a planned powercut begins, switch electric fires and cookers off to avoid accidents when the power is restored

• We recommend that you turn off and unplug any sensitive equipment that you can reach easily such as TVs, satellite receivers, machinery, computers and other office equipment

• About 12 hours before the supply is switched off, set your freezer to its coldest setting and avoid opening the door (put it back to a normal setting after the power cut)

• It’s a good idea to leave one light on to let you know when the power returns

• Charge your mobile phone, if you have one.

Remember a normal landline might not work during a powercut.

What should I do when my power returns?

• Remember to reset any time switches (cooker and boiler, for example.)

• Reset your freezer to a normal setting

Useful information

• In extreme weather conditions or if the ambient temperature is below zero degrees we may have to postpone this work

• Extra support might be available to you if you’re on a priority services register.

• You might be able to join this register if you’re chronically sick, elderly, or vulnerable in some other way.

Working for BTS Group

As a rapidly growing and dynamic business, opportunities to work with us do arise.

Why BTS? Having been accredited by Investors in People, we never stop looking for better ways of engaging with our workers. The result is we are an Employer of Choice.

At BTS we recognise that the key to our success is our people. As a growing, equal opportunities employer, we know that we need to attract, develop and retain excellent individuals.

Our recent engagement survey delivered exceptional results: 99% of our staff agree that they are determined to give their best effort at work each day.

Please explore our careers section to see what it’s like being part of the BTS team.

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Why BTS Group?

As a rapidly growing and dynamic business, opportunities to work with us do arise.

Why BTS? Having been accredited by Investors in People, we never stop looking for better ways of engaging with our workers. The result is we are an Employer of Choice.

At BTS we recognise that the key to our success is our people. As a growing, equal opportunities employer, we know that we need to attract, develop and retain excellent individuals.

Our recent engagement survey delivered exceptional results: 99% of our staff agree that they are determined to give their best effort at work each day.

Please explore our careers section to see what it’s like being part of the BTS team.


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Career Pathway

To start your career in arboriculture, anything from tree surgery to maintaining vegetation around the electrical network, there are specific qualifications you will need.

Our arboriculture career pathway will provide the basic course information needed to progress into different commercial and utility roles in the arboriculture industry.

Surveyor:

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UA1 – Basic Electrical Knowledge Training

UA2.1 – Tree Identification

UA5 – Surveyor Practices and Principles

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Ground worker (non-chainsaw):

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UA1 – Basic Electrical Knowledge Training

Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross Cut

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Tree cutting (Ground) under supervision:

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UA1 – Basic Electrical Knowledge Training

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Felling and Processing Trees under 380mm

Tree cutting (Ground):

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UA1 – Basic Electrical Knowledge Training

UA2.1 – Tree Identification

UA2.2 – Ground Prune and Fell

Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross Cut

Felling and Processing Trees under 380mm

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Tree cutting (Climber):

Emergency First Aid at Work

UA1 – Basic Electrical Knowledge Training

UA2.1 – Tree Identification

UA2.2 – Ground Prune and Fell

UA2.3 Aerial Prune Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross Cut

Felling and Processing Trees under 380mm

Tree Climbing and Rescue Operations

Aerial Cutting of Trees using Free-Fall Techniques

Aerial Tree Pruning Integrated Assessment (ITA)

Dismantling/Aerial Rigging Operations

Tree cutting (MEWP):

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UA1 – Basic Electrical Knowledge Training

UA2.1 – Tree Identification

UA2.2 – Ground Prune and Fell

Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross Cut

Felling and Processing Trees under 380mm

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IPAF Mobile Elevated Working Platform (MEWP)

Machine Operator:

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UA1 – Basic Electrical Knowledge Training

Appropriate competency for operation of specialist equipment (Tractor, Mulcher, Hedge Flail, Tree Shears)

Commercial Arboriculture Career Path

Our arboriculture career pathway will provide the basic course information needed to progress into different commercial and utility roles in the arboriculture industry.

Commercial Arboriculture Career Path Surveyor:

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UA2.1 – Tree Identification

UA5 – Site Survey

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Ground worker:

Emergency First Aid at Work

Safe use of a Wood chipper

Tree cutting (Ground):

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Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross Cut

Felling and Processing Trees under 380mm

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Tree cutting (Climber):

Emergency First Aid

Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross Cut

Felling and Processing Trees under 380mm

Tree Climbing and Rescue Operations

Aerial Cutting of Trees using Free-Fall Techniques

Aerial Tree Pruning Integrated Assessment (ITA)

Dismantling/Aerial Rigging Operations

Tree cutting (MEWP):

Emergency First Aid

Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross Cut

Felling and Processing Trees under 380mm

Use of a Chainsaw from a Mobile Elevated Working Platform

IPAF Mobile Elevated Working Platform (MEWP)

Machine Operator:

Emergency First Aid at Work

Appropriate competency for operation of specialist equipment (Tractor, Mulcher, Hedge Flail, Tree Shears)

Vacancies at BTS

Reactive Field Manager

We are seeking an experienced and customer driven Reactive Field Manager to join our vegetation division in the West Midlands.

Contract Manager

BTS is seeking an experienced Contract Manager to lead one of our major contracts.

Surveyor – Essex

New opportunity for a Surveyor to join our tree division in the Colchester area.

Utility Arboriculture opportunities 

BTS is recruiting experienced and driven team leaders, arborists and groundsmen to join our tree cutting division.

Utility Arborists urgently required – West Midlands

Surveyors

Exciting new job opportunities have arisen for experienced and driven individuals to join our tree division.

Surveyors urgently required – West Midlands 

 

 

Administrator 

We are seeking a proactive and experienced administrator to join our vegetation division in Telford.


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Scaffolding Opportunities – various levels across Suffolk and Essex

For scaffolding job opportunities across various locations, please send a cv and cover letter to gemma.sadler@btsgroupuk.com.

Alternatively, call Gemma on 01449 724484 for an informal chat.

Utility Arborists

Oxford area

An exciting new job opportunity has arisen for an experienced and driven individual to join our tree cutting division.
Working in the Oxford area, you will be part of a team responsible for vegetation clearance on the overhead electrical network.
Practical experience of overhead line vegetation clearance work is essential and we are keen to hear from individuals with UA tickets up to 2.3 as well as NPTC CS 38 qualification.

This is a physically demanding role working full time Monday to Friday, 45 hours per week.

A full driving licence is essential.

We offer a competitive salary package along with a comprehensive benefits package including; pension, life assurance, 23 days holiday, employee assistance program and profit share scheme.

Essential Criteria:

• UA 1, UA 2.1, UA 2.2 & UA 2,3
• S: 30, 31, 38 & 39
• Full UK driving license

Desired Criteria

• NRSWA Certifcation
• CS 40 & 41
• Manual Handling and First Aid certificates

To apply, please send a cv and cover letter to gemma.sadler@btsgroupuk.com .

Benefits & Rewards

We value the contribution our people make to our success and in return offer a competitive benefits package including:

• Competitive salary
• Company pension scheme
• Death in Service scheme/ Life assurance (four times annual salary)
• Generous holiday entitlement plus your birthday
• Company Profit share scheme
• Accident Reduction Scheme
• Referral Scheme – financial reward of £750 (Refer a friend/relative to work for BTS)

92% of surveyed BTS employees are inspired to meet their goals at work.

Development & Career Progression

94% of BTS employees surveyed agree that they understand how their work helps the company to achieve its goals.

Staff development is another key focus for the company. As BTS continues to grow development opportunities often arise and we take great pleasure in driving this development internally whenever possible.
We actively encourage people in their personal development and enjoy watching them grow in their career and within the company.
We know we employ some fantastic people who have experienced very real career progressions with us.
Along with day-to-day mentoring and coaching our structured efforts to drive employee development and career progression is facilitated through various channels:

Training

Six monthly performance development reviews (appraisals):
We offer all employees the opportunity to participate in six monthly performance development reviews, in which we set clear objectives and measure progress against achievements. We also consider their future and career progression.

Individual coaching and mentoring:
Our managers place great emphasis on ensuring teams have adequate skills to perform in their roles, and ensure there is ample guidance and support available to them, either through a co-worker or assigned mentor.

Health & Wellbeing

A survey shows that on average, BTS employees are 31% happier than employees at other utility/construction companies

At BTS we take the health and wellbeing of our employees seriously. By understanding the issues that can occur in the workplace we can support our employees and promote a healthy culture and working environment for all.
Health and wellbeing in the workplace remains a key focus for both our Human Resources and Safety agendas, and is reflected in what we do:

Excellent Safety Records:
With over 200 direct employees and the same number of subcontractors we are proud to have achieved 1000 days without losing a single man-day of work through injury. This is clear evidence of our excellent safety record. It’s achieved by staff and company working together to identify and manage the risks we each face on a daily basis.

Occupational Health provision:
Having partnered with an external occupational health provider we can provide on-hand professional support and guidance on all health and wellbeing matters in the workplace to all employees.

Health Surveillance:
BTS carries out proactive surveillance of the health and wellbeing of all our staff to ensure and certify their fitness to work. With this health intervention process in place we are can actively prevent, address and monitor any employee health and wellbeing matters

Management training:
BTS encourages the development and training of managers in aspects of health and wellbeing in order for them to better support and manage their teams. Training includes, but is not limited to: mental health awareness, behavioural safety training, drugs and alcohol awareness. Our ethos of continuous development supports our drive to ensure the health and wellbeing of our team.

Workplace pledges:
BTS is committed to and will continue to sign up to the Government’s Public Health Responsibility Deal. We are mindful that public health is everyone’s concern and responsibility. We, therefore, aim to influence and support in tackling these challenges by supporting the Government initiative.


Inclusion & Engagement

We operate within an inclusive, supportive and empowering business environment. We encourage people to make decisions and take the next step in their career when the right opportunities become available. And our drive to encourage people to develop and grow with the business, supporting our continuous development, is grounded by our equal opportunities ethos and is reflected in the ‘Training and Development’ we provide.

BTS recognises the importance of a diverse workforce and the competitive advantage it gives us. We are proud of our committed employees who strive to do their best each day and ensure one another are supported in doing their work. Our recent staff survey and business success is evidence of this:

• 99% of employees are determined to give their best efforts at work each day
92% of employees are inspired to meet their goals at work
94% of employees have a good working relationship with their colleagues
91% of employees believe that their colleagues keep going when the going gets tough

Overall BTS employees are 31% happier than our competitors’ employees! Engaging with all our direct and sub-contract staff is important. We recognise the value of working together as a team to ensure we understand our employee’s opinions and understand what helps them in their jobs.

Our employee engagement is facilitated not only through our team’s day-to-day involvement with one another, but also through ‘Employee Voice’. BTS’s ‘Employee Voice’ facilitates structured efforts to ensure our employees are not just heard but listened to. Our structured efforts include:

• Managing Director ‘town hall’ type open forums/discussions
• Annual Employee Voice survey
• Employee Voice working group: collaborating across all business locations, making employee opinions heard

At BTS our employee’s opinions count!

Tree surgery and vegetation management

We’re a leader in our field and have become so by being expert at what we do.

That means we’re capable of providing highly experienced, qualified and compliant teams of arboricultural professionals able to complete any aspect of commercial vegetation management and tree surgery.

bts is experienced in working with public and private sector clients, fulfilling the commercial tree surgery and vegetation management needs of domestic customers, housing associations, building developers, government agencies and other public sector bodies.

And, whether it is a one-off or an on-going maintenance contract, we are committed to getting the job done. The variety of tree and vegetation management services we offer includes:

– Tree surgery and vegetation management
– Vegetation clearance
– Domestic tree surgery and estate management
– Vegetation management plans
– Tree risk assessments and surveys
– Risk management

bts has dedicated teams capable of providing support regarding applicable legislation and codes of practice which need to be considered when proposing arboricultural work or developing management plans.

bts’s work can enhance the appearance of trees to improve the urban and rural landscape

We can provide guidance on all aspects of arboriculture work to offer customers an understanding of their options and obligations while maximising the value and benefits of their trees.

The application of bts’s core values and the proven ability to listen to and understand clients’ needs enables us to inspire confidence in our customers by delivering projects that consistently exceed their expectations

Fast response times and rapid resolution of vegetation management issues using our extensive teams of highly skilled arborists and specialised equipment.


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Site clearance

bts is the partner of choice for tree and vegetation clearance solutions on any scale project.
Our expertise enables us to understand the needs of private and public sector businesses and provide the most effective support for any job or on-going contract.

– Site clearance for development works

– Stump removal

– Tree surgery and pruning

– Precision felling and dismantling

– Our skilled, experienced and passionate teams are able to deliver arboricultural work to the highest safety and quality standards within the      industry

– Fast response times and rapid resolution of vegetation management issues

– Responsible for compliant projects with accompanying risk assessments and method statements, working within recognised statutory              regulations.

 

bts uses appropriately trained and qualified arborists and specialised equipment for each job, meaning work is completed in the safest and most efficient way possible.

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Tree surgery and vegetation management

Our skilled teams deliver tree surgery and vegetation management at any scale to internationally recognised safety and quality standards. We provide a total service to manage everything, from initial study through to post-development maintenance.

Our work enhances the appearance of urban and rural landscape and guidance is given on all aspects of arboriculture work to offer customers an understanding of their options and obligations, while maximising the value and benefits of their trees and vegetation.

– Estate management

– Precision felling and dismantling

– Scheduled pruning and tree management

– Tree surgery and vegetation management

– Hedge maintenance

– Risk management

– Stump removal

– Visual tree assessments and surveys

– Site clearance for development projects

– Tree works applications

bts’s expert arborists and specialised equipment means we have fast response times and rapid resolutions to vegetation management issues.

We provide compliant projects with accompanying risk assessments and methods statements to recognised statutory regulations.

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Domestic tree surgery and vegetation management

bts listens to your requirements and provides expert guidance and recommendations on arborictultural work for all of our customers.

We provide you with the best options to maximise the value and benefits of your trees.

Our skilled, experienced and passionate teams deliver tree surgery and vegetation management to the highest safety and quality standards. And will take care of the tidying up too.

– Precision felling and dismantling

– Tree pruning

– Tree surgery

– Stump removal

– Hedge maintenance

– Risk management

– Veteran tree management

– Tree works applications

– Visual tree assessments and surveys

 

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BTS Arb Shop

We sell equipment to both the professional user and private customers at our trade counter.

We supply anything from professional chainsaws, arborist equipment, and climbing gear through to secateurs and anything in between that’s useful to those involved in tree surgery, forestry, arboriculture, vegetation management, landscaping and gardening.

Our showroom boasts one of the best ranges of equipment in East Anglia and a wide variety of stock is available online.

Come in and see us or call the showroom for expert advice from experienced staff.

Shop online at www.thearbshop.com

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bts wins gold award in safetyCopy ua mewp

bts continues to prove that safety is at the heart of everything it does, with the company being successful in achieving a RoSPA Gold for the second time.

The prestigious annual award scheme, run by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), demonstrates bts’s commitment to maintaining an excellent health and safety record.

To gain the award, judges consider entrant’s occupational health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

bts Managing Director, Hal McCallum, said “This has been achieved through focused hard work and by each employee having a meticulous approach to safety.”

Two leaders build new contracting company

Two leading Suffolk based companies have come together to form a new contracting business.

tbf Contracting is formed from the merger of OBO Scaffolding (OBO Scaffolding Limited) and TMS (Traffic Management Solutions Limited).resized company release

OBO and TMS already work together within the bts Group, the UK’s largest independent firm of utility tree surgeons. The merge, and formation of a new company, will increase the firms’ operational efficiency and ability to serve both their private and public sector clients.

tbf contracting and bts Group Managing Director, Hal McCallum, said “Creating tbf gives us flexibility to respond to our customer’s needs and the best opportunity to respond to a rapidly increasing demand for our services across the UK.”

“With a commitment to causing zero harm, bts Group is a leader in the development of safety standards in arboriculture. “We will take the same ‘no-compromise’ approach to safety in the potentially high-risk areas of traffic management and scaffolding” said Hal McCallum.

With new, larger offices and improved facilities on sites at Boss Hall industrial estate in Ipswich and the Lion Barn in Needham Market, the companies will work in association with bts Group and will continue to provide the same high-quality services under a new name.

OBO, a leading provider of scaffolding within the East of England, was founded in 1976. TMS has been a leading UK specialist of traffic management since 2001. OBO joined the bts Group in 2013, and TMS in 2014.

1,500 safe days at bts

Good health and safety practices at the bts Group has seen the company pass 1500 days resized safetywithout losing a single day of work through injury.

This has been achieved through focused hard work and by each employee having a meticulous approach to safety.
“While we have a dedicated safety team, the responsibility for working safely is shared by everyone who works for bts” said Managing Director Hal McCallum. “We look forward to continuing our commitment to safety excellence”, he added.
The company’s approach is to learn what it can, where it can. Whenever there’s an incident, of any kind, bts’s safety team investigates thoroughly, identify the underlying causes, and uses the knowledge to reduce the likelihood of a similar incident reoccurring. The company’s safety team works hard to keep the company compliant with health and safety regulations.
A lost time injury is an injury sustained in the workplace, resulting in the individual having time off. Under health and safety regulations, lost time injury only needs to be reported when a worker has been unable to work for more than seven days, as a result of an injury.
The milestone was reached by staff at bts being aware of the hazards within their work sites and
by managing and reducing the risks they face.

Barnards Volkswagen, Stowmarket

Project: Vegetation management and clearance
Client: Marriott Motor Group

Issue
Leaves and sap falling from overhanging trees were causing mess on sale cars below and was
becoming difficult to maintain at BarnardAmended chipping websites Volkswagen showroom in Stowmarket. Staff sought a long term solution for keeping the area clean.

Resolution
After surveying the car parks, bts decided a majority of the problem trees would need to be cut back. Other trees needed removal in order to keep the site tidy and facilitate the construction of a new fence.

Process
Using top handled saws, climbing kits, rods, ground saws, a 23 metre tracked MEWP and a chipper, two bts arborists completed the project at Volkswagen within the scheduled two days.

A partial crown reduction was carried out on a Field Maple in the car park to reduce overhanging branches above the display vehicles.

A willow was dismantled and felled using the MEWP, with the stump cut as close to ground level as possible. Another willow had its upper crown partially reduced.

Remaining trees, including a mature Holm Oak, were cut at the base to prevent regrowth and allow ivy to die back naturally while retaining wildlife habitat.

Benefits
Vegetation maintenance and clearance has improved the appearance of the showroom. There is less upkeep of show cars because of the reduction in falling leaves and sap, and clearance will allow for the installation of a new fence.

Fungus of the month

Birch polypore (Piptoporous betulinus)photo

This is a common annual bracket up to 30 centimetres across. It is white, cream or grey in colour, although becomes tawny brown with age. The fungus is found on the trunks and branches of Birch trees throughout the year.

A young Birch polypore is roughly spherical and pale. It expands to a horseshoe or kidney shaped bracket which can remain on the tree for a year or more. By which time it is usually blackened.

Most significantly, it causes brown cubic rot which produces a brittle fracture at point of decay, and usually results in the death of the tree.

Birch polypore was found in the possession of Ötzi the Iceman, Europe’s oldest natural human mummy dating from 5,300 years ago, discovered by German tourists in the Alps In 1991.

It is thought that it was for medicinal use, as it is known to have antibacterial properties, or to sharpen blades and tools.

Look out for Birch polypore on winter woodland walks.

Peter Brais, bts Commercial Manager

Level 3 Award in Emergency Tree work Operations

bts Training site, Dales Farm, Wantisden

Amended winchingA need for training
Due to the nature of work, organisations working with the environment and trees often needs to clear trees that have been damaged due to weather or other environmental reasons.
This can be a hazardous job for teams of operational staff. One client requested training that specialised in taking down these types of trees to improve their skills in doing so safely.

Specialist solution
bts Training is accredited to deliver courses in Emergency Tree Work Operations.
The Emergency Tree Work Operations course was put together when it was identified that most individuals needing to work on windblown or uprooted trees only had basic cutting and felling qualifications, and were without a medium tree qualification that is needed to undertake a windblown tree course.
There was a need for training on how to work safely around damaged trees with only basic tree qualifications.
The course covers undertaking emergency tree work operations, including working on trees
damaged by tree failure, vehicular accident or weather-related emergency, in both rural and
urban areas. bts Training recommends this as the ideal solution to those who may need to deal with
uprooted or damaged trees as part of their work duties.

ProcessAmended Andy
The course duration is dependent on how experienced the delegates are and how frequently they use a chainsaw. The standard time is three days, plus a one day assessment.
Over the three days attendees are shown and will practice securing a root plate, use of a winch, and carrying out assisted felling operations.
Safe working procedures and risk assessments, emergency procedures, the importance of communication within a team, current health and safety legislation, and creating safe working areas is taught alongside the practical training.

Skills, knowledge and competent
By the end of their time with bts Training, delegates have the skills, knowledge and competency to deal with individual uprooted trees, giving them the confidence and techniques to carry out such tasks while at work.
They will be able to promote health and safety and industry good practice, carry out emergency tree work operations and understand relevant health and safety legislation and industry good practice.

Fungus of the month

Cushion Fungus (Phellinus pomaceus)DSCF1374

This type of wood decay fungi is particularly associated with large pruning wounds on Cherry (Prunus) species and commonly affects the main stem and branches.

It can cause extensive and rapid decay producing a crumbly white-rot, resulting in brittle fracture of the affected branches.

If the tree has exhibited recent branch loss and poses a risk to people that are likely to come into contact with the tree, it is recommended that it is removed.

Peter Brais, bts Commercial Manager.

bts Group awarded framework agreement with new client

DNO Western Power Distribution awards tree management framework agreement to BTS Group

bts Group, a leading provider of utility arboriculture in the UK has been awarded a vegetation management framework agreement by electricity distributor, Western Power Distribution.

WPD press releasebts will be required to clear and maintain trees and vegetation where they grow close to the overhead power line network. This prevents trees from becoming the cause of power cuts and ensures the continuing safety of the public.

The new framework agreement will run for just over four years with an option to extend for a further five, with services being provided in parts of the West Midlands, around Stoke-on-Trent and Telford.

bts Managing Director Halley McCallum said “We’re excited to be working with Western Power Distribution, a new client for us and a company that’s respected through the industry for quality of delivery and good standards in customer service.

“The award of a contract is recognition of our commitment to safety, customer service and the quality of our operations.”

bts works across the majority of England and has operations in Scotland. Headquartered in Needham Market, Suffolk, BTS is the country’s largest independent supplier of arboriculture services.

Western Power Distribution owns the electricity lines and cables across the Midlands, South Wales, and the South West, that deliver electricity to homes and businesses throughout those regions.

bts clears trees for new fitness centre

bts has provided tree services to facilitate the construction of a new fitness development centre.

In the midst of World Cup fever, the bts Commercial team worked with Bury St Edmunds rugby union club, carrying out tree works where required on-site.

Bury Rugby Club tree works Most recently, the company has removed some large poplars  behind the clubhouse to make room for a fitness development  centre that will provide facilities for the club’s hundreds of  players.

Tree work was completed in time for the season, now well  underway. The first game at Bury Rugby Club was attended by  hundreds.

Jane Spetch, Club Manager, said “We found the team at bts to be informed, professional and safe in their work  practices”.

The new centre is expected to be completed by Christmas.

bts office staff site visits

bts office staff have been visiting utility arboriculture sites to increase their knowledge of what happens in the field.

IMG_2157Based at the headquarters in Needham Market, the project coordinators deal with the administration behind the company’s tree cutting operations.  As the link between internal administration and the field, they pass work to the cutting teams electronically via tablet computers.

Head of vegetation UKPN, Menco Veenstra, arranged the visits so that each project coordinator had a better understanding of what happens on site, and how activities on the field affects what they do at their desks.

Mandy Butcher and Bethany Bugg were first to leave the warmth of the office. They visited a local shutdown where bts was undertaking tree work around the overhead powerline while the network was switched off.

Once on site, they were equipped with high-visibility jackets and appropriate safety wear. The ladies were briefed, signed onto a risk assessment and shown around.

Bethany said “It was very interesting to see how the work we hand out in the office is being put into practice in the field”.

bts WINS 12 YEAR CONTRACT TO CUT TREES

DNO UK Power Networks awards tree management contract to bts Group

BTS GROUP WINS NEW CONTRACTbts Group, a leading provider of utility arboriculture in the UK has been awarded a vegetation management contract by electricity distributor, UK Power Networks.

The new contract requires bts to clear and maintain trees and vegetation wherever they grow close to the power network. This prevents trees from becoming a cause of power cuts and ensures the continuing safety of the public.

bts has been a contractor to UK Power Networks for more than 20 years. The new contract is for a term of up to 12 years.

Hal McCallum, bts Managing Director, said “We’re excited to be selected to continue to represent UK Power Networks in carrying out this important work. It’s great to see our commitment to safety, quality and customer service is recognised by the award of the new contract.”

bts, which works throughout the East, North East, Scotland and South of England, manages its operations from a headquarters in Needham Market, Suffolk.

UK Power Networks owns the electricity lines and cables across London, the South East and East of England that enable electricity to be supplied to homes and businesses throughout those regions.

In addition to vegetation works, bts maintains, repairs and constructs overhead network for UK Power Networks. Where possible, the tree, vegetation and overhead line work is carried out together to reduce disruption to customers.

bts HELPS LOCAL VILLAGE WELCOME OWLS

bts has installed owl boxes in a local village. 

BTS HELPS LOCAL VILLAGE WELCOME OWLSThe village committee at Otley in Suffolk raised money for two large boxes, which will encourage Barn Owls to the area.

bts Trainer, Graham Dawdry lives locally and offered his assistance. Using one of bts’s transit MEWPS, Graham and Utility Arborist, Tom Roberts, mounted the boxes to large veteran Oak Trees on the village’s playing field.

Each box has a clear flight route so owls can fly in without having to manoeuvre around branches. It is hoped that they will be used by a family of Barn Owls. The next stage of the committee’s project is to create hunting grounds on the playing fields by leaving areas uncut, encouraging owls to take up residence.

Tony Barrett, Otley Village Committee, said “The guys from bts did a fantastic, thoroughly professional job. We had miscalculated the difficulty of installing the boxes, and it would have been impossible without their help”.

bts GROUP WINS NEW CONTRACT

bts Group has been awarded new work across Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Hampshire by the electricity distributor, Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution (SSEPD).

Further to recent success working with SSEPD on a similar contract in Aberdeenshire, under the new contract bts will provide labour, tools and equipment in the Oxford, Reading, Petersfield, Aldershot and Slough regions to clear vegetation wherever it is in close proximity to overhead networks and services.

bts Operations Director, Darren Clark, said: “bts has further expanded into new distribution areas, and the latest work in the south compliments the other areas we operate in with SSEPD.”

Daren George, Tree Cutting Unit Manager at SSEPD said: “We’re committed to keeping the lights on for our customers, and an important part of this is ensuring that trees and vegetation are kept clear of our equipment where they may interfere and cause power cuts. Following on from our work with bts in Scotland, I’m pleased that we are continuing this partnership across our distribution area in central southern England.”

bts ADVISES GLOBAL VEHICLE PROVIDER

bts Fleet Operations Manager, Steve Hood, was recently invited by leading commercial vehicle provider, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, to support in developing market leading aftersales solutions for fleet customers.

BTS ADVISES GLOBAL VEHICLE PROVIDERSteve’s insight and expertise was used to directly advise Volkswagen’s Van Centre network on the wants and needs of modern day fleet departments and how they can offer a better service to companies like bts.

Steve holds over two decades of experience in managing fleets and commercial vehicles, and it was because of this knowledge that Volkswagen sought his and other local fleet manager’s advice to help it identify the needs of businesses with large fleet departments.

The recorded interview with Steve was used by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles to present to Heads of Business across the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Van Centre network as an example of what large fleet departments expect and require from companies like Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.

TOUCHED BY TABLET SUCCESS

bts surveyor, Emily Jane Stearn, is the company’s first employee to use a new tablet-based computer system to deliver a completed consent form.

Introduced in June, the new tablet technology is replacing paper forms that are used to record that consent is granted, and to give authority to access the property to carry out vegetation works as agreed on the form.

Emily is one of 14 surveyors at Bbts who have been given tablet computers to capture information in the field in an electronic form, rather than using the traditional paper based forms.

To mark the milestone, bts IT Programme Manager Jeff Hume presented Emily with a bottle of champagne.

About the project milestone, Jeff said “It has taken many weeks of effort from many people at bts to get the U-Consent electronic consenting forms up and running. The electronic consent form that Emily submitted was the first and thousands more that will be completed over the coming months and years”.

Recording the details electronically enables information to be sent immediately to the office administration systems. As well as being far more efficient, this reduces waste.

bts maintains trees in many parts of the country on behalf of electricity distribution companies, the environment agency and private landowners. Where trees grow close to electricity permission is sought from its owner to cut them clear of the line.

Communications Manager

Andrew Watts
Landline: 01449 720 330
Mobile: 07880 030 454

Email: andrew.watts@btsgroupuk.com

bts Group – Head Office

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Telephone: 01449 720330
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E-mail: enquiries@btsgroupuk.com

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Ketley Business Park
Telford
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Telephone: 01952 327450
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