Restoring and beautifying London's most prestigious homes with love for almost 100 years.

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Bastows attain Investors in People Health & Wellbeing Award

Bastows are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the prestigious Investors in People Health & Wellbeing Award in recognition of our in-house health and wellbeing promotion programme.

We are especially proud of this achievement as the programme was wholly designed and developed by Bastows employees with advice and support from our external consultant, Stephen McGrane.

Our programme is focussed on responsibility, enablement, empowerment, information and prevention to tackle issues around ill-health before they impact on individuals and our Family. Our proactive and open approach has helped us create a programme that goes beyond compliance and is rooted in trust, care and understanding.

We are amongst the first companies in the South East of England to be awarded this standard, and with only three Councils being awarded nationally, it’s easy to see how fantastic it is for us to gain recognition under this scheme.

We have been delighted with the level of engagement, involvement and support for the programme from the Family. Without honest feedback and the great ideas shared, we could not have met the high standards Investors in People look for.

Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to attain this award; to Frank Bastow for his determination to lead the way, to Stephen for his expertise and guidance, and to our assessor, Jim Illingworth of IBP, for his help and support.

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Families Matter!


Site Manager Seamus Ireland emails us to say:

“Whilst working at Abbey House in NW8 one morning, Bastows’ father and son team Ioan and Cozmin Caniparu noticed something strange - DUCKS nesting on the roof next door!

Now, next door happens to be the historic Abbey Road Studios, where the Beatles famously recorded (and crossed the road!) and which is still the most prestigious recording studio in the World.

To Cozmin and Ioan’s amazement there were seven or eight ducklings huddled together on the hopper head and rainwater pipes. With the sun beaming down on them and with no water to drink or cool them down we decided to inform the studios about the situation. They were fantastic and, being as concerned as we were, they got in touch with the brilliant people at the RSPCA, who came and rescued the ducklings and their mother... all together now, ahhhh...!

But there’s more! As the morning went on the guys kept hearing this faint chirping coming from the same roof. When we investigated we found a duckling has fallen into the pipework and was stuck in the U-bend... so off we go again into the studios to explain and get permission to access the roof which we did safely.

The guys got to work undoing the brackets of the pipework so they could free the downpipes and turn the pipe upside down for the duckling to fall out into a safe pair of hands. The duckling emerged slowly but was full of life.

We are classed as big tough builders (but we have soft hearts) and so we called the RSPCA again who came out without a moment's hesitation and arranged for the lonely duckling to be reunited with its family.

All families care and all families matter... and it was great to be part of the Bastows, RSPCA and Abbey Road Family coming to the rescue!"