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DEBACH OBTAINS BRC ACCREDITATION

Debach is proud to announce that we have obtained AA certification with the British Retail Consortium for their Global Standard for Storage and Distribution.

A Grade BRC

AA Grade BRC

BRC Global Standards’ guarantee the standardisation of quality, safety and operational criteria and ensure that manufacturers fulfil their legal obligations and provide protection for the end consumer. BRC Global Standards are now often a fundamental requirement of leading retailers, manufacturers and food service organisations.

The certification is reviewed regularly ensuring that standards are met at all times and complements our current service to the retail industry.

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Lisa competes at Essex Masters

On Tuesday 9th April our Finance Manager, Lisa Brereton took part in the Essex Masters 2019 Clay Shooting competition

along with over 10,000 others, including some of the top shooters from around the world.

The competition was at Hempworth Hall in Essex.

Lisa Brereton

Lisa Brereton

 

Lisa scored an impressive 121/200, well done Lisa!

 

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Suffolk Show 2019 Preparation

It’s a bitter-sweet moment preparing for your last show, Suffolk Show director Bee Kemball has admitted.

Bee Suffolk Show

Bee Suffolk Show

Bee, who this year celebrates the final year of her three-year stint at the helm of the county’s biggest and most prestigious annual showcase, was at its home, Trinity Park, for the annual general meeting of the Suffolk Agricultural Association, the farm charity which lies behind the event.

Bee’s two shows to date have been blessed with near-perfect show weather, which has helped to ensure a very healthy turnout, although it was her drive and her organisational skills that were heavily praised this week.

Bee Kemball, Suffolk Agricultural Association show director, with, from left, Bill Kemball, president elect; Stephen Miles, new president; Simon Tucker, new treasurer; and Bruce Kerr, deputy show director

Bee Kemball, Suffolk Agricultural Association show director, with, from left, Bill Kemball, president elect; Stephen Miles, new president; Simon Tucker, new treasurer; and Bruce Kerr, deputy show director

“She has had two amazing shows. This system we have of changing our show directors every three years must be right, but she keeps coming up with new ideas,” said SAA chair David Nunn, as he thanked the logistics boss for her “tremendous” efforts.

Andrew Fairs, her deputy last year, said: “Every single year, Bee has driven, driven, driven,” as he was thanked in turn for his efforts.

The SAA’s 188th AGM, on Monday, February 25, saw farmer Bruce Kerr installed as Bee’s deputy – effectively his apprenticeship before his own three-year term as show director. He will begin preparations for next year’s event on Friday, May 31, the day after this year’s show ends.

“You are still passionately involved and wanting everything to go right, but also sad it’s the last one, but ready to hand over to your successor,” said Bee. The third year was very much a ‘joint experience’ with her successor, she added.

Bee Kemball

Bee Kemball

Stephen Miles, a show stalwart involved for many years in running the show’s hugely popular flower and garden area, was voted in as president, taking over the reins from Baroness Hazel Byford.

His father took the role in 1994, he recalled, and as far as he himself was concerned, it was a great honour.

“I have got to know a huge amount of people, made a huge amount of friends, and my father before me,” he said. As a trustee of the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI), he would continue to highlight the plight of farming families in need, including in Suffolk, one of the top four counties in the country in terms of demand, he said. He is joined by Bill Kemball, Bee’s father, who becomes president-elect for the 2019 show.

Bill said he was “very proud”, “honoured” and “flattered” to have been chosen, and especially in following in his own father’s footsteps (president in 1993) in taking up the role. Bill started stewarding in 1959, around the time the SAA adopted its permanent home in Ipswich.

“During that time I have had a lot of fun,” he said. “I have got to know a lot of people I would not have otherwise met,” he said.

He added: “Jane and I are particularly proud to the extent of my family’s involvement with the Suffolk Show, and I’m particularly proud of my daughter, Bee.”

Bee Kemball, show director, speaks during the Suffolk Agricultural Association's AGM.

Bee Kemball, show director, speaks during the Suffolk Agricultural Association’s AGM.

Bee thanked the SAA for its kind words. “It’s huge team effort,” she said. The 2018 show had welcomed 90k visitors, and although the weather predictions weren’t great, it had basked in good weather last year. She thanked her father for putting together a ‘looking back’ area of vintage farm machinery to help show-goers understand how the industry had evolved.

Among the records set last year were ones for the amount of trade stands and sponsorship, she said.

She had also been keen to ensure there were plenty of free activities and displays for showgoers to enjoy. “I do believe very passionately that that’s what gets our visitors back to our show,” she said.

Preparations were already well advanced for this year’s show on May 29 and 30, with 95% of trade stands already sold. Catering stands were already sold out, as were the agricultural machinery stands.

Among the attractions this year would be a high viewing platform, and an “amazing” agricultural exhibition by farmer Brian Barker, who is putting together the story of oilseed production.

There was a “very exciting” increase in younger membership, but more work needed to be done to engage with members, she said. Behind the scenes, works had been carried out on irrigation at the showground, and other improvements, including to roadways.

The SAA said goodbye to Loudon Greenlees, its longstanding treasurer of 10 years, who has stepped down, but will continue to volunteer as a steward.

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Christmas Jumper 2018

Well done to all Debach Staff that joined in on Christmas Jumper Day 2018 and for those that donated to Save the Children – Thank you. We raised an amazing £436.

Save the Children

Save the Children

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New Trucks

Last week we took delivery of two new Volvo FH Trucks to further expand our fleet.

New Trucks

New Trucks

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New Trailer

On Friday we took delivery of our new 44ft Trailer

Ransomes Trailer

Ransomes Trailer

This Trailer will be used for our Ransomes Contract.

New Trailer

New Trailer

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100 DAYS TILL THE SUFFOLK SHOW

This year is Bee Kemball’s third and final year as Suffolk Show Director!

Suffolk Show 2019

Suffolk Show 2019

Last week marked 100 days until the Suffolk show which Bee has said she is “thrilled” at the line-up and that excitement is already building as organisers prepare to welcome visitors.

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FORS Accreditation

Debach is happy to announce that we have gained bronze FORS accreditation.

FORS logo

FORS logo

Five key benefits of FORS accreditation

1. STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD

2. IMPROVE YOUR ROAD SAFETY RECORD

 3. REDUCE FUEL CONSUMPTION; INCREASE EFFICIENCY

 4. ENSURE COMPLIANCE

5. GREATER INDUSTRY ‘KNOW HOW’ AND NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES

Debach

Debach

The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) is a voluntary accreditation scheme for fleet operators which aims to raise the level of quality within fleet operations, and to demonstrate which operators are achieving exemplary levels of best practice in safety, efficiency, and environmental protection.

Becoming a FORS member can bring you the peace of mind that your company is managing its work related road risk (WRRR) – and demonstrates to your customers and supply chain your commitment to exceeding the industry standard.

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Mary Branson’s New Dawn Sculpture

Recently our MD Bee Kemball was kindly invited to lunch at the House of Lords with Baroness Byford. Within the Palace of Westminster Bee took this photo of Mary Branson’s New Dawn Sculpture.

New Dawn

New Dawn

New Dawn is a dynamic glass, metal, and light sculpture and marks 150 years since the philosopher John Stuart Mill presented to Parliament a petition calling for votes for women. This became a turning point for the women’s suffrage movement.

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Happy New Year!!

 Happy New Year from all at Debach Enterprises 

2019

2019

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