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Environmental ISO14001 gained by Castlepoint Shopping Park

Bill Riddle Castlepoint Environment

Bournemouth’s Castlepoint Shopping Park has been accredited with ISO14001 that encourages better environmental management to reduce waste and energy use and improves efficiency to cut the cost of running a business.  Operations Manager Bill Riddle said that whilst many of the initiatives have been in place at the 41 acre park for years, including a major fight against landfill waste and maximising recycling projects, the accreditation demonstrates compliance and encourages more opportunities.

“The ISO14001 process is important to the continued improvement with a documented plan that ensures that we manage against environmental risk.  We have added 25 assorted bird boxes and insect homes around the site that are part of our current wildlife plan, that ties in with ISO 14001 and encourages ecological growth on our site.  It all makes Castlepoint a very pleasant place to shop.”

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Castlepoint Shopping Park starts water harvesting.

Castlepoint Water Harvest

Peter Matthews, the General Manager at Bournemouth’s Castlepoint Shopping Park, announced the start of the Park’s latest recycling initiative from the west roof of the main building.

“We can now harvest rain water to flush the public toilets with a 1200 litre tank that is tapped into one of the draining pipes,” said Peter.  “When the tank fills the excess water carries on into the drains.”

It’s another important milestone in Castlepoint’s long term plan to be Eco friendly and reduce operating costs.  For years the park has received accolades for its minimisation of landfill with the support of the retailers and the intelligent lighting installed to reduce the electricity required to illuminate the 41 acre site.

“We are now considering the best locations where we can efficiently collect more rainwater.  We could support our public loos on the east wing, pressure washers, and the landscaping,” said Peter Matthews.

He admits that its a great start but still a splash in the ocean.  CastlePoint uses around a 100 cubic litres of water per month.

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Castlepoint’s Jet Set Colin Gains Pride Award

Bill Riddle and Colin O’Shea with his Pride Award Certificate.

Colin O’Shea, one of the Public Safety Officers at Bournemouth’s Castlepoint Shopping Park has received recognition for keeping the peace within one of the retailers. As Colin patrolled the malls, a young child became uncontrollable in a tantrum so Colin decided to help the distraught mother recover the situation.  To the amazement of the retail workers, Colin sat on the shop floor with the toddler and used leaflets to show the child how make paper jets.

Bill Riddle, Operations Manager at Castlepoint says on hearing the story, the London based security firm Emprise, asked him to Present a Pride Award certificate on behalf of the retailers and Emprise.

“Colin’s initiative helped to restore the peaceful shopping environment that our customers enjoy.  His actions were appreciated by the mother and other customers so the Pride Award is well deserved,” said Bill Riddle.

Colin, who has worked at Castlepoint for 4 years, said: “Our role is to keep Castlepoint an enjoyable, safe and secure shopping environment.  The paper jets were not the most aerodynamic ever made but did keep the noise level down.”

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New Head of Employment Law at Steele Raymond

ONE of Dorset’s leading specialist employment lawyers has joined Bournemouth solicitors Steele Raymond to lead the employment team.

Amy Cousineau Massey has joined the top-tier dispute resolution team at Steele Raymond at its Bournemouth head office on Richmond Hill.

Amy is a specialist employment solicitor and joins an established and experienced team which advises a wide range of businesses, from start-ups to large established companies, and supports clients with a range of employment law requirements including discrimination and employment tribunal proceedings.

“Steele Raymond has an excellent reputation in employment law across the south coast and I’m excited to be joining the team. The growth of the firm in recent years has been exceptional and I’m really looking forward to playing a part in the vision and expansion going forward,” said Amy.

With a particular specialism in social media law, Amy brings a wealth of experience in newly emerging laws as the dynamics of running business in a digital world gathers pace.

Amy added: “Employees are the key asset of any business. The rapid pace of changes within employment law, coupled with the changing pace of communication in the workplace can be a challenge for business owners.”

“Employees are increasingly aware of their rights, so it is now more important than ever to manage human resources carefully and efficiently, particularly when it comes to social media.”

Peter Rolph, Managing Partner and head of the firm’s Dispute Resolution team at Steele Raymond, said: “Amy is a welcome and valuable addition to head up our employment law team and we are delighted to have her on board. We see employment law as a key area for growth and support for our commercial teams”

“Amy’s appointment will further strengthen our already strong team. Her experience in employment law will add a new range of services that we are able to offer our clients across the south coast.”

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