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Ryan-Jayberg reduces carbon footprint with office relocation

London-based contractor Ryan-Jayberg has left its Wimbledon head office and relocated to newly refurbished offices in Raynes Park.

The new HQ at Coombe Hill House, SW20, offers the opportunity to reduce energy and carbon footprint, as well as marking a new chapter for the firm, according to managing director Nick Jamieson.

He said: “Due to our expansion plans and restructure of the business, it was essential to find a new head office that suited our vision of the future. We are passionate about the environment and so I am really proud of what we’ve achieved with our move. It allows us the flexibility to expand and to upskill our staff due to the new training facilities available – and it’s a great working environment.”

Mr Jamieson said Ryan-Jayberg’s ongoing focus is both to reduce its carbon footprint and to improve operational efficiencies: “The new offices have certainly made a great start on this goal.”

The transition has been driven by Ryan-Jayberg’s attainment of its trio of management systems: ISO9001, ISO14001 & OHSAS18001. Mr Jamieson noted that this in turn had been driven by Ryan-Jayberg’s close relationship with its client Sainsbury’s and its need for the supply chain to operate under the ISO14001 Environmental Management System.

He said, “Sainsbury’s challenged its supply chain to achieve ISO14001, which Ryan-Jayberg embraced and viewed as a positive catalyst. The decision was then made to go two better and achieve ISO9001 and OHSAS18001, as this would not only confirm the level of our intent and commitment to working with Sainsbury’s, but would reiterate that Ryan-Jayberg is a quality-driven organisation.

“We focus on understanding and limiting our environmental impact and on working responsibly hand-in-hand, therefore ensuring all staff go home safe every night.”

The company said it has been able to downsize its floorspace and introduce a range of efficiencies in the move, including the closure of its former under-office warehouse, a 33 per cent reduction in heating, cooling and lighting energy and the institution of virtual meetings with remote workers and regional offices.

Mr Jamieson said that additional investment had been kept to a minimum in the move: “We achieved [the fit-out] with a 75 per cent recycling of the suite’s existing infrastructure, and we brought the project in below the target costs. Not only do we now have a dedicated service call centre, which can be cooled and heated in isolation, but the training room and boardroom can be hired out as revenue streams. The new offices can accommodate double the number of heads than the old offices could. We’ve achieved a considerable carbon footprint reduction at a fraction of the cost of renovating our old offices.”

He added that his late father Fred, who founded Ryan-Jayberg, would have been very proud of what the business had achieved in the past five years: “He would have loved the new offices and its futureproofing of the business to take it into the next 20 years”.

Ryan-Jayberg sponsors the Retail Project of the Year in the 2014 Cooling Industry Awards.

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