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Highways maintenance company JPCS receives UK Excellence Award

10 Nov 11 A company that maintains the highways and byways of Great Britain has become the first in its sector to receive a UK Excellence Award from the British Quality Foundation for its products and services.

Cheshire-based JPCS was established in 1993 by managing director Peter Shone and has grown into a £10 million turnover business working with clients such as Balfour Beatty, W S Atkins, the Highways Agency, Carillion, Eurovia and local authorities.

The company maintains highways across the UK and has a growing reputation for the robustness of its service, its use of environmentally friendly products from recycled sources and its product innovation.

The British Quality Foundation is an independent, not for profit, organisation that helps companies improve performance, learn from best practice and achieve sustainable excellence.

It launched the UK Excellence Awards in 1994 to recognise organisations that have excelled against a framework of assessments.

Since the Awards were first held seventeen years ago, hundreds of organisations have competed for recognition but only 45 have entered its hallowed ranks.

JPCS will now take its place alongside household names like Siemens and Virgin Trains.

“The fact that so few Awards are handed out each year makes this especially satisfying,” says JPCS managing director Peter Shone.

“It really is a feather in our cap as the EFQM Excellence Model is recognised internationally as a rigorous test of a company’s capability.  Quite simply, this is one of the highest accolades any organisation can achieve.

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“People don’t really give much thought to how much wear and tear our highways receive.

“The fact is, companies like JPCS are out there day in day out maintaining, resurfacing and patching holes to ensure the UK’s travel infrastructure keeps functioning.

“You could say we help maintain the arteries through which the country’s lifeblood flows.

“We are especially proud that our creative and pragmatic approach to solving challenging problems has been recognised.

“Two years ago, for instance, we knew that local authorities were under pressure to reduce spend on highways maintenance so we launched Rejuvopatch, a totally unique pothole patching material which provides a really effective solution but cuts the costs associated with more traditional methods.

“Then last year we launched, Safethaw, a unique de-icing system for pavements and footpaths.

“So not only are we maintaining the arteries through which the country’s lifeblood flows, we’re also looking after tax payers’ money and stopping people from slipping on ice!”

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