Bridge over troubled waters

A crumbling rail bridge located in a town’s ‘best kept secret’ area can now continue to safely carry passengers to their destination. 

It’s an area renowned for its natural beauty – but for the very same reason expert engineers worked in challenging conditions to support the failing Victorian rail underbridge over Greatham Beck, on the outskirts of Hartlepool in the Tees Valley. 

A range of specialist organisations – including Seymour Civil Engineering and AmcoGiffen – came together to complete the project despite being its difficult tidal location and abundant wildlife including kingfisher, woodpeckers and owls. 

Chris Byrne, Contracts Manager for Seymour Civil Engineering, said: “The project has run for 12 weeks and was taken on in collaboration with our sister company AmcoGiffen, which had been contracted by its client Network Rail, to strengthen the Greatham Beck rail bridge. 

“The whole area is teeming with wildlife so we also worked with the Environment Agency to ensure its protection. 

“But despite dealing with the very intricate challenges we faced with tides and wildlife, we finished the project on time and to budget.” 

The underbridge is located between Billingham railway station and Seaton Carew railway station, but no travel was affected during the work, which included installing a steel ‘liner’ under the bridge, masonry repairs and repairing fractures.  

Nick Hill, Senior Project Manager at AmcoGiffen, explained more about the work required to support the structure. 

He said: “The arch structure had deteriorated to such an extent that it was necessary to carry out major works.   

“For this kind of structure it’s normal to line the arch with corrugated steel structure to effectively make the brick arch redundant. As the brick arch deteriorates over the years the steel liner will take more and more of the load. 

“The main challenge was working in an environmentally sensitive area requiring various consents, tidal fluctuations and water management. 

“The tidal conditions were challenging due to the large differences in level from low to high tide. At times of very high tide the water was able to flow over our dam, but the water drained back out when the tide receded allowing us to continue working.” 

An engineering team of around 20 worked on the project which took 12 weeks to complete, starting in mid July and completing at the end of October. 

Nick added: “The project was a very successful example of how teams wanting to work together and communicate well can deliver a high quality project to budget and programme.” 

For more information about Seymour Civil Engineering and its work visit http://www.seymourcec.co.uk

Landmark 40th year for civil engineering company as it scoops national title

It’s a 40th birthday to remember for a civil engineering firm rounding off its year of celebrations with a clutch of awards – including a national title.  

Seymour Civil Engineering was awarded the Health, Safety and Wellbeing award at the National Constructing Excellence Awards at an esteemed event in London.  

The award is hot on the heels of the North East Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) Awards in Newcastle, where Seymour picked up the Health and Safety Company of the Year and Training Company of the Year 2018 for the third year running.  

Kevin Byrne, Managing Director at Seymour, said that it was the perfect end to an outstanding 40th year.  

He said: “We have always had a strong focus on health and safety and training – and these awards show our continued commitment to these key workplace issues.  

“The awards are also testament to our wonderful, dedicated staff whose work is helping to delivering high quality workmanship to projects of both regional and national significance.”  

He added: “We’ve had a fantastic 40th year and are looking forward to what 2019 brings, with plenty more exciting projects to deliver.”  

The judges paid credit to how Seymour has set up a series of health and wellbeing campaigns, covering subjects including the dangers of silica, healthy eating and mental health awareness as well as the development of a positive health, safety and wellbeing culture that had been created throughout the company.  

It’s been a busy year for Seymour which has been involved in a number of flagship projects, including the installation of the highway drainage and kerb drainage works on behalf of Sisk on the Silverlink project – the gigantic £75m upgrade of the junction in North Tyneside.  

It also carried out the civil and infrastructure work for the £18m ‘Remaking Beamish’ project – the biggest in the County Durham living museum’s history.  

Seymour qualified for the national Constructing Excellence Award after it won two titles in the regional heats. It was also finalist within the National Awards for the Civil Engineering Project of the Year for the Hartlepool Town Wall in partnership with Hartlepool Borough Council.  

At the national award ceremony on Friday, November 16, Seymour went up against eight other finalists in its winning category, including Wilmott Dixon, Speller Metcalfe and NGBail. 

Heroic Hartlepool rugby team do sponsors Seymour proud

Heroic Hartlepool finished in an excellent third place on their second entry into the Bangkok International Rugby Sevens.

The united side, made up of players from four Hartlepool & District clubs, produced a superb effort in stifling heat in the Thai capital. Beating Spanish side, Wiss, 21-12 in the Bowl final to decide the third and fourth positions.

Hartlepool enjoyed a stunning opening day by winning all three games in Group B.

The squad, sponsored by Seymour Civil Engineering, Hart Biologicals and J&B Recycling scored 10 tries, all converted by Ryan Foreman, in victories over Almaty, from Kazakhstan, (21-7), Central Queensland Dingoes (28-14) and Thailand team All for One (21-7).

In Sunday’s International semi-final, the Michael Ainslie-coached team were pitched with Confrerie Occitan in a mouth-watering England v France confrontation.

Les Bleus made the brighter start, scoring two converted first-half tries.

Hartlepool hit back after the break when Foreman chipped ahead for skipper Brad Green to touch down wide out, but they could not find any more scores and went down 14-5, their first defeat of the 2018 competition.

That took them into the Bowl final, where, Wiss, sevens and beach rugby specialists awaited them.

Were Hartlepool disappointed to miss out on a main final showdown with the Pacific Barbarians? Of course, but despondent they were not as they produced a come-from-behind victory over their Spanish opponents, who were old friends from the 2017 tournament.

Friendship went out of the window from the first whistle as Wiss ran in a converted try in the opening minute to go 7-0 up.

Hartlepool attacked at all times but in trying to force things too much, they allowed Wiss the opportunity to counter-attack and only great covering work by Green prevented a possible 14-0 lead to open up.

But some powerful driving play by Aidan Jackson-Smith saw him knock Wiss players out off the way as though were skittles to feed Taz Pelser who scoreed the equalizing try with Foreman converting.

A massive take by Sean McCallum at the start of the second half led to a brilliant Hartlepool try with Peter Youll and Green handling before finding Callum Whitehead whose rampaging run took him all the way to the try-line. Foreman added the extra points and United’s lead was 14-7.

Hartlepool threatened a third try from the re-start, only for Wiss to intercept and run the full length of the Pattana field to score.

Thankfully, McCallum’s back-tracking meant the Spanish touched down wide out and the missed conversion meant Hartlepool kept their noses in front at 14-12.

The next score was going to be decisive and it was Hartlepool who got it, with the team attacking both sides of the posts before Foreman and Pelser combined for the marauding Maddison to charge over. Foreman’s conversion made it 21-12 and there was no way back for Wiss.

Team manager John Bickerstaff declared: “This was a fantastic effort from the entire squad throughout the whole tournament.

“To be returning home with the Bowl is a testament to the work put in and the rugby produced in incredibly hot conditions.

“The players deserve tremendous credit, but our thanks go to the sponsors who made it possible and it was great for Alby Pattison, who as tournament sponsor with Hart Biologicals, saw his team play with such passion and pride.”

Green was joined in the winning squad by Horden & Peterlee comrade McCallum, while West supplied Jackson-Smith, Maddison and Youll, with Shane Jeffrey from Boys Brigade Old Boys and Foreman, Aaron Jeffrey, Patrick O’Callaghan, Pelser and Whitehead from Rovers.

Hartlepool companies come together to support Bangkok Rugby Sevens

Courtesy of Michael Gant

 

Hartlepool’s United rugby team are ready to fly the flag again at a major overseas sporting spectacular – thanks to heavyweight businesses packing a sponsorship punch.

Hart Biologicals, J&B Recycling and Seymour Civil Engineering have scrummed down to back Hartlepool’s second crack at the Bangkok International Rugby Sevens.

The squad, made up of 11 players from four Hartlepool & District clubs, will compete in the International part of the event this weekend in the Thai capital.

Last year’s debut produced instant silverware with Hartlepool winning the Shield section after beating Lao Nagas 19-15.

The town’s entry into the Bangkok Sevens was the inspiration of the founder and managing director of Hart Biologicals, Alby Pattison MBE, whose internationally-renowned company are the principal sponsors of the entire tournament which is played on Saturday and Sunday.

Alby was at the Historic Quay earlier this month for the presentation of the 2018 strips to Hartlepool manager, John Bickerstaff, and coach, Michael Ainslie, along with Mark Penny, from J&B Recycling, and Kevin Byrne, from Seymour Civil Engineering.

“It is fantastic that Hartlepool is competing at such a high-profile tournament again,” said Bickerstaff.

“But we’re only able to compete on the international stage thanks to the support of Hart Biologicals, J&B Recycling and Seymour Civil Engineering.

“They have made the vision become a reality and we’re looking forward to going even better than we did in 2017.

“We’ve kept a core of players from last year and believe we have a well-balanced squad who can challenge this time.”

The Bangkok International Rugby Sevens is an amazing two-days of rugby and sporting fellowship.

Founded in 1995, the event features an international section, plus female, junior male, junior female and social divisions.

“There is something for everyone,” said Bickerstaff. “There are teams from Thailand, Kazakhstan, Spain and Laos in the international section.”

Horden & Peterlee’s Brad Green will skipper the team and he will be joined by club-mate, Sean McCallum, plus West Hartlepool players Aidan Jackson-Smith, Lee Maddison and Peter Youll, Shane Jeffrey from Boys Brigade Old Boys and Ryan Foreman, Aaron Jeffrey, Patrick O’Callaghan, Taz Pelser and Callum Whitehead from Hartlepool Rovers.

As well as the names of their sponsors on the colourful jerseys, there will also be the logo of Prostate Cancer UK. Bickerstaff explained that the squad were unanimous in wanting to raise money for the charity.

“The players felt strongly about supporting Prostate Cancer UK,” said John.

“Prostate Cancer UK are putting millions into research and promoting awareness and we felt in Movember, the month when so many people grow moustaches to raise money, that we can do our bit in Thailand.”

Meet the apprentices! A chat with Seymour Civil Engineering’s new faces

Apprenticeships are key to developing our future workforce. That’s the message from the Government which at the beginning of October invested an extra £90m into backing businesses to take on apprentices.
 
Here we chat to two brand new apprentices at Seymour Civil Engineering, about their experiences. 
 
Taking on apprentices can help drive forward businesses, says Andrea Cartwright, Training Manager at Seymour Civil Engineering.
 
She believes that apprentices finish their qualification work ready and gain real, on-the-job insight into their chosen field of study.
 
This is particularly relevant, says Andrea, given the skills shortage in the construction sector across the country.
 
Seymour has recently taken on two apprentices, and here we chat to them about their experiences so far.
 
Name: Nicole Gray
Age: 16
From: Manor Academy, Hartlepool
Role: Business Administration Apprentice
Qualification: Level 2 Business Administration, Hartlepool College of Further Education
 
“I’ve been looking for an apprenticeship since the beginning of Year 11 because I was really interested in going down that route instead of going to college full time.
 
I’ve started in the accounts department and it’s been eye-opening to see the process in a business the size of Seymour. There’s a lot to it, a lot more than I expected.
 
The role involves rotations around the different departments so I get a taste of every area, how the areas all fit together and a chance to see what area I like the most and may want to work in specifically.
 
In the second year I get the chance to decide where I want to stay.
 
I think this way of doing it is important because you get to understand the company and the different aspects of what each department does.
 
I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do after school, and if I’d gone to college full time I would have ended up picking a subject because I liked it, not necessarily because there would be a career for me within it.
 
The apprenticeship gives you the work experience whilst gaining the qualification. It gives you the chance to get stuck in to the proper world of working and develop your communications and people skills.
 
The team that I’ve been working with has been great. They go through everything in lots of detail so I fully understand it.
 
I think it’s great to be able to go to college and to meet new people but I really like working full time and keeping busy. I’m in college on a Tuesday from 9am to 5pm.
 
I expected the college side to be really difficult. Now after three weeks, I think I’d built it up to be harder than it is. I now have a practical understanding of what is being talked about.
 
Apprenticeships are a good option for people who aren’t sure what they want to do long term. You get paid while you’re doing it as well.
 
Business admin covers a lot of different aspects and having experience in all these areas will help me in the future.
 
I feel it’s going to open a lot of doors for me.”
Name: Callum Downing
Age: 18
From: Northfield School and Sports College, Billingham
Role: Heavy Vehicle Fitter
Qualification: Level 3 Heavy Vehicle Repair and Maintenance, Hartlepool College of Further Education
 
“I’ve always been interested in cars and mechanics and for the past two years I’ve been doing Motor Vehicle Level 1 and 2 at Stockton Riverside College.
 
I wanted to build on what I’d already learnt which is why I was interested in moving on to do the Level 3 through an apprenticeship.
 
The apprenticeship is giving me the experience of working in a garage environment whilst learning at college.
 
The team around me have been showing me how to do different roles. I like learning about mechanics on the bigger plant equipment they have at Seymour.
 
I’ve started off working in one of the vehicle maintenance yards in Hartlepool, where plant equipment and vans come in and out every day and further into the apprenticeship I will get the opportunity to work from sites too.
 
I spend one full day in college a week. On a Wednesday I’m in from 9am until 8pm which gives me plenty of time to get everything done that I need.
 
My apprenticeship means I’m either at college or at work, always learning and getting used to the working environment.
 
You learn a lot more when you get to stuck in to it practically.
 
Taking the theory and putting it in to practice helps it sink it and helps you understand it a lot more.”
 
Apprenticeship Facts

 

  • On October 1 the Government announced a package of reforms to ensure the Apprenticeship Levy provides people with the skills they need to succeed.
  • The changes are aimed at providing flexibility for businesses so they can take full advantage of the benefits of employing apprentices, and to help as many people as possible find the right training to equip them for the new economy.
  • An extra £90 million of Government funding will enable employers to invest a quarter of their apprenticeship funds on people working for businesses in their supply chain – boosting the number able to benefit from high-quality apprenticeship training.
  • A further £5 million was announced for the Institute for Apprenticeships to introduce new standards and updating existing ones so that more courses can be offered – meaning more choice for those considering their training options.

 

 

Construction firms join forces to bring history to life in Sunderland

A team of specialist construction companies are making history by conquering the delicate job of restoring a 600-year-old castle ruin.

 

Seymour Civil Engineering has been brought in by principal contractor William Birch to help carry out the painstaking work of transforming Hylton Castle in Sunderland into a visitor and learning centre.

 

The £4.5 million project is a partnership between local community group, Castle in the Community and Sunderland City Council and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The site is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and the castle itself is a Grade I Listed Building in the guardianship of English Heritage. The project will rejuvenate the site for locals and visitors alike. Once open, it will be managed with and for young people and offer training and internship opportunities.

 

Andy Mountford, Site Manager at Seymour Civil Engineering said: “Hylton Castle is a magnificent building and we’re really proud to be working alongside William Birch to bring it back to life as both an historic attraction and a hub for the community.

 

“Due to the nature of the project, the work has been far from run of the mill, largely because of the archaeological significance of the site and the effect this has had on our work programme as we carry out all the groundworks.

 

“Working closely with a team of archaeologists has certainly brought with it a fair few challenges, as you don’t know what you’re going to uncover as you go.

 

“However, this has made working on the project really exciting and the team on site has adapted incredibly well to the situation, showing lots of ingenuity and professionalism when overcoming changes in circumstance and planning for what comes next.”

 

Brought in as the civil engineering contractor for the project, Seymour Civil Engineering has completed the groundworks for the restoration, laying the surface trenches in the grounds of the castle for the electricity, water and the ground source heat pumps for the castle’s geothermal energy, as well as the car park and footpaths.

 

Inside the castle, Seymour has facilitated the installation of ground beams, and will cast the concrete floors for all three levels, as well as the roof and a mezzanine floor.

 

The main contractor for the project, William Birch, is a building and restoration company based in York, specialising in heritage projects.

 

Simon Hills, William Birch’s Site Manager for the project said: “Transforming the 14th century Castle to a living, working building that benefits the local community and visitors has so far been an invigorating experience. The interest from the local community has been incredible and we have been proud to show many of them the project as it develops. They have waited a long time to see the castle come back to life and we are looking forward to unveiling the completed project in 2019”

 

“Working on buildings that are as nationally significant as Hylton Castle brings an abundance of challenges, challenges that the project team have had to really pull together to overcome.

 

“Seymour has had a tall order with this project, as it has been predominately the groundworks which has been affected by the need for close archaeological monitoring.

 

“The team are real specialists at what they do and they’re great engineers who are brilliant at their job and have acted really professionally throughout the bumps and halts of the project.”

 

Andy added: “Working with William Birch has been a real pleasure, and the two teams have gelled incredibly well. Working hand-in-hand on a difficult job like this is of the upmost importance and having an effective working partnership means we’ve been able to sit down and quickly find solutions to any changes that come about.”

 

As one of the North East’s leading civil engineering contractors, Seymour Civil Engineering is no stranger to projects of this nature.

 

In partnership with Hartlepool Borough Council, Seymour Civil Engineering worked on the strengthening of the historic, 14th century Hartlepool Headland Town Wall. The firm worked closely with archaeologists to excavate original wall cladding, and developed the craftsmanship to ensure the new wall carefully matched to the original.

‘We must encourage the North East’s next generation of women to become engineers’

North East civil engineering firm, Seymour Civil Engineering, is calling upon women in the region to help close the ever-growing skills shortage within the region’s engineering sector.

 

With women only making up 11% of engineers in the UK and reports from the not-for-profit organisation Engineering UK showing that the engineering industry currently has an annual shortfall of at least 20,000, Seymour Civil Engineering is eager to encourage more women to consider a career in engineering.

 

Andrea Cartwright, Head of Training at Seymour Civil Engineering, said: “When it comes to the skills shortage within engineering, a lot of attention is focused on educating school leavers about the opportunities available within the sector. Yet we have a huge number of women in the region who are being overlooked as a potential answer to the skills crisis.

 

“The industries main concentration needs to be breaking down the stereotype of an engineer, changing the perception that a job in engineering means putting on PPE, heading out on a construction site and getting your hands dirty.

 

“There are so many opportunities within the sector that people just aren’t aware of, largely because the multi disciplines of engineering aren’t well promoted. Many women have no idea how and where their skills may fit, and are unaware of the training support available to get them in to a career in engineering.”

 

Seymour is currently financially supporting 13% of its workforce within further or higher education, and has strong relationships with a number of colleges and universities across the North East.

 

Melanie Kent, a Quantity Surveyor from Seymour Civil Engineering who is currently studying for a degree in Quantity Surveying at Northumbria University, feels that more must be done to educate women on the opportunities available to them within the sector.

 

She said: “I would love to see an increase of women in the sector, but a huge challenge for the industry is trying to break the stereo type, alter perception and increase confidence of working within a male dominated environment. I spend a lot of my time working on sites across the North East and attitudes toward women onsite today have completely changed from 10 years ago.

 

“As an industry we’ve worked hard to change how engineering sees women, now it’s time to change how women see engineering, by exposing them to the opportunities and informing them about the training available to get them there.

 

“Getting a degree was a lifelong goal but due to a range of circumstances it was something I had always had to defer. Starting a university course as a 26-year-old single mum, working full time, was a daunting prospect but thanks to the financial and professional support Seymour provided, I am in a position to thrive within my career.”

 

In its 40th anniversary year Seymour’s commitment to training and development has been formally recognised within the region. The company took home the Investment in Training award at the Hartlepool Business Awards and was given Highly Commended in the People and Development award at the Constructing Excellence Awards.

Seymour Civil Engineering and Barnes Construction cheers to Skelton pub completion

Seymour Civil Engineering and Barnes Construction have celebrated their respective 40th anniversaries with the completion of a ground-breaking £2m public house development in Skelton.

 

The Longacre is the latest pub development from Marston’s PLC, located at the newly-developed Skelton Park on Pheasant Fields Lane.

 

As one of only three construction companies on the Marston’s PLC framework, The Longacre is the 38th public house that Ipswich based construction company Barnes Construction has worked on in partnership with the national pub chain.

 

Brought in as the civil engineering contractor for the project, Seymour Civil Engineering completed the earthworks for the development, as well as laying the foundations, installing the drainage system, creating a gabion wall around the site perimeter to manage soil erosion and laying the kerbs, paving, new entrance and 50 space car park.

 

Sarah Jopling, Site Manager at Seymour Civil Engineering, said: “This project in partnership with Barnes Construction has been a real triumph. It was completed on time and on budget and to see the pub finished and open to the public is something both the teams from Seymour and Barnes are very proud of.

 

“This is a special year for both companies as we’re both celebrating our 40th anniversary. To be able to work alongside Barnes, a company that is so well respected in the industry and has been growing from strength to strength for 40 years’, is an honour.”

 

David Faichney, Senior Contracts Manager at Barnes Constructions Ltd, said: “This is the first time we have partnered with Seymour Civil Engineering and the company’s professionalism has ensured the project has been a real success.

 

“We have built up a fantastic relationship with the team we’ve worked alongside on site. We have bounced off each other perfectly, and their commitment to quality, health and safety onsite, and completing work on time has been very impressive and has made them a real pleasure to work with over the past seven months.”

 

The £2m invested by Marston’s PLC, has brought a family-friendly pub to the East Cleveland shopping park, as well as bringing over 45 new jobs to the area.

 

As one of the North East’s leading civil engineering contractors, Seymour Civil Engineering is no stranger to the East Cleveland area. Last year the firm partnered with Skelton Villages Civic Pride, Redcar & Cleveland Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund on a scheme to regenerate Skelton town centre.

 

Jordan Quincey, the Project Manager for the Marston’s Longacre pub development, said: “It’s fantastic to see the Longacre ready to open, and we’re exciting for next week when the doors officially open to the people of Skelton.

 

“Marston’s looks for sites with large infrastructure and the site at Skelton fitted the bill perfectly. Alongside the Skelton Park shopping complex, Asda supermarket, and the new Aldi store that is under construction, we felt there was a real opportunity for a family-friendly pub.”

 

Seymour Civil Engineering is also involved in the construction of the new Aldi supermarket on the same site, which is due to open in November 2018.

Laying the foundation for 40 successful years in business

The engineering and construction industries are no doubt one of the most challenging and economically volatile sectors in the UK. Whether that’s in plugging the skills-gap, forward-planning in-line of government measures or guaranteeing regular work and future contacts. 

 This year, industry stalwart Seymour Civil Engineering celebrates its 40th anniversary and its journey from a local provider to a national award-winning contractor. To find out what has led to the company’s milestone achievement, Managing Director Kevin Byrne outlines the growth of the organisation and its legacy. 

 I am incredibly proud of the business’ evolution and its achievements since its humble beginnings back in 1978. I could never have imagined back when I joined the business, the projects, contracts, opportunities and dedicated internal team that we have created. 

 As a company, there are a number of values that we stick by and the first has to be our people. Our clients, suppliers and industry partners come into contact with our teams daily and therefore employee happiness and well-being at work is a top priority, as well as their continual development and growth within the business. 

 We firmly believe in home grown talent and currently we’re supporting 13% of our workforce through higher education, we have a thriving trainee and apprenticeship scheme which supports young engineers in to the industry, and the CPD and upskilling of all employees is considered a priority not a luxury. 

 However, our people would have nothing to do if it wasn’t for our second value, making sure we’re in demand by being the contractor of choice. We have team members dedicated to ensuring we are versatile and fitting to what our clients are looking for. The phrase ‘don’t put your eggs in one basket’ may sound cliché but it’s vital as a contractor to make sure we are continually developing, adding to our services (if it’s a viable and in demand business option), adjusting to market fluctuations and being open to taking on a multitude of projects. 

 From flood alleviation, to urban regeneration, historic restoration and transport infrastructure, Seymour Civil Engineering has done it all, working on large scale projects such as ‘Remaking Beamish’ at Beamish Open Air Museum in County Durham, providing the civil and infrastructure work for the £18million expansion, and the A19/A1058 improvement scheme in North Tyneside, undertaking the highway drainage and combined kerb drainage as part of the £75m junction upgrade. 

 Take the industry 4.0 and digital revolution, we’re now using digital to our advantage to improve in-house and on-site operations and improve clients and industry partners experience when working with us. Most recently we’ve developed from scratch an online portal to manage employee training and project staffing which can be easily accessed from a phone or tablets. 40 years ago, there was no internet, so it is important to constantly embrace new technologies.   

 Repeat business and partnerships are crucial to us and therefore our work must have a proven high quality. In the last 12 months alone we’ve been awarded the Investment in Training Award at the Hartlepool Business Awards, and at the Constructing Excellence Awards, alongside receiving highly commended in the People Development category, we won the Health, Safety and Well-being Award. 

 Internal processes are also streamlined, our clients have single points of contact and as a self-delivering company, we ensure there is a short chain of command to the top. If there is a problem, it’s dealt with efficiently, confidently and whilst communicating with all parties involved. We want Seymour to be a brand of quality that clients are confident to work with again and again. 

 Last but never least is giving back. As a company, how can we expect to be successful if we don’t help those around us? As I mentioned earlier home-grown talent is very important to us so we support local educational schemes, appoint STEM ambassadors, regularly engage with schools and colleges, and attend industry taster events to educate young people on the benefits of a career in engineering. This year we were awarded the ICE’s Mike Gardiner Cup for commitment to the institute’s education programme, working to inspire the engineers of the future. 

 As exciting as the next few months will be for the Seymour, celebrating this incredible business milestone, my blueprint remains the same. Standing still is not an option for us and even though it is unlikely that I will still be with the company 40 years from now, everything I do is to ensure that Seymour is in it for the long game.

Seymour hits the back of the net with two-year Pools sponsorship deal

 

HARTLEPOOL-based Seymour Civil Engineering has agreed a two-year extension to its partnership with Hartlepool United.

The civil engineering firm, which is this year celebrating its 40th anniversary, is extending its long standing corporate backing of the club, which includes the sponsorship of H’Angus, as well as hospitality and match sponsorship.

Kevin Byrne, Managing Director of Seymour Civil Engineering, said: “Hartlepool United is a vitally important part of Hartlepool and as a local company whose roots have been very much embedded in the town for the past 40 years, we are passionate about supporting organisations, like Pools, that mean a great deal to the people of Hartlepool.

“Last year when the club was faced with financial uncertainty it was incredible to see how the community pulled together to help save the club. This show of love and determination from the fans, which includes many Seymour employees, really spurred us to look at how the company could continue supporting Pools going forward.

“We look forward to building an even stronger relationship with Pools and watching the club get back on top.”

Announcing the deal, Pools Chief Executive Mark Maguire was keen to thank the company for its continued support.

He said: “During what was obviously a really difficult year last year Seymour Civil Engineering, and in particular Kevin Byrne and Lisa Gooding, showed a level of support beyond what could have been expected.

“Not only were they sponsors but also suppliers and the company’s willingness to stick with the Club when they could easily have justified doing the opposite says a huge amount about their support for Pools.

“In addition to the incredible support of the fans, it was the support of companies like Seymour which meant that the Club continued, and for that we will be forever grateful.

“We look forward to rewarding them over the coming seasons.”

Seymour Civil Engineering is one of the North East’s leading civil engineering companies. Most recently the company won two awards and two highly commended from the Constructing Excellence North East (CENE) body, for its sea defence work on Hartlepool Headland’s town wall.