Merry Christmas from Danaher & Walsh

The directors, management and staff of the Danaher & Walsh team would like to wish a merry Christmas and happy New Year to all of our clients, suppliers, subcontractors, associates and friends.

Thank you for your fantastic support in 2020.

We wish you and your families a happy, peaceful and safe festive period.

2020 has been specifically memorable for one reason - which we promise not to mention in this brief review of our year.

We began the year brightly, having recently opened our Eastern Region Office in Thetford, Norfolk, and successfully upgraded our health & safety management system to the newer ISO 45001 standard.

The early part of the year saw the welcome news that our Managing Director Dan Danaher had managed to raise over £5,000 for charity Hope Against Cancer by participating in a 340 miles cycle ride across Britain (ouch).  

Absolutely nothing notable happened in late March. Nothing at all. Oh, hang on...there was something. Yes, that's it: Danaher & Walsh achieved yet another RoSPA Gold Award for health & safety performance!

Likewise, April was completely ordinary, except for D&W achieving Cyber Essentials certification, which guarantees a recognised standard of IT security. 

The summer saw our HR team's Miriam and our Purchasing team's Sarah achieve success in their part-time studies. Miriam achieved Level 5 diplomas in both Human Resources Management and Leadership & Management, while Sarah completed the second year of her HND Civil Engineering, achieving a Distinction grade across all modules.

Our annual CEMARS audit revealed a reduction of our carbon emissions by 173 tonnes year-on-year. Ongoing carbon reduction measures include a move towards hybrid and electric vehicles, as well as full replacement of the heating and ventilation system at our head office with a new energy efficient system.

Our specialist pipeline repair and rehabilitation division, Danaher & Walsh APS, overcame significant logistical challenges to deliver a £500k rising main rehabilitation project on the Channel Island of Jersey.

Later in the year, APS added to their already significant capabilities with the commissioning of a mainline cutter van, based around the powerful IMS Turbo cutting robot. The unit can undertake high-precision cutting operations in pipes up to 800mm diameter.

In September, Danaher & Walsh signed the Utility Strike Avoidance Group Charter, signalling a firm commitment to proactively mitigating the risk of utility strikes.

Danaher & Walsh's Paul Bonnett was named a finalist in the Non-Executive Director of the Year category of the Institute of Directors Midlands Awards 2020. Paul has worked with Danaher & Walsh since 2007 and joined the board of directors in 2017.

Danaher & Walsh was named in London Stock Exchange's 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain report. The report is an annual celebration of some of the fastest-growing and most dynamic SMEs in the UK.

For the second year running, Danaher & Walsh achieved perfect scores in its Achilles management systems audit.

In December, D&W launched a mental health awareness campaign for the festive period. The campaign serves as a reminder that, whilst the festive period is a time of joy, Christmas can be a difficult period for many people for a variety of reasons.

Going into 2021, we have a number of exciting new projects starting. We look forward to sharing details of these with you in the new year.