ABS Celebrate Their 30th Anniversary!
So, ABS turns 30 years old today!
Don’t worry I won’t bang on about what an amazing journey it has been – although it has!
Or wax lyrical about what an achievement it is to not only survive in this competitive industry but thrive and continue to grow – even though this is also true.
No, I just wanted to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to those who have helped in our journey and to mention some of the exciting plans for the future.
So firstly, I would like to thank all the wonderful staff, both past and present, for all their efforts over the years. There has always been a friendly, family feel to ABS and it shows in the fact that many staff have been with us for a very long time. Thank you all.
Our Service Providers, especially BHP (Originally Clough & Co who have been with us from day one), Natwest Business Banking (also from day one) and finally, JM Glendinning Insurance Brokers. Also, a special mention must go to Bill. Bill came and watered and cared for our office plants for the first 25 years in business until he retired. In fact, this thank you is to anyone who has been a part of our journey and helped along the way.
Finally, I would like to thank our customers because without them there is no ABS. From those who have been with us from the start, to the newest customer, you are all important to us. Even the small number who have not been happy with ABS, we have welcomed your feedback to keep getting better. So, a genuine thank you to you all.
So, what does the future hold?
Well for the last five years we have strived to be different from our competitors, not just for being different for different’s sake, but because there are things that we knew we could do better which had a positive impact on our employees, our customers, and the wider community.
Firstly, we started the ABS Foundation, to date we have donated over £25,000 to amazing causes both home and abroad. We intend to continue this great work and to keep looking for worthwhile projects which we can support, either financially or through volunteering. You can see the amazing work we have done to-date by clicking here.
Secondly, we are looking at all areas of our business for ways to become more sustainable, this is not just jumping on the bandwagon but a serious drive to improve everything we can from reducing business mileage, to recycling in all areas of our business, to pushing all our suppliers to look at their packaging and waste. We are also working towards the U.N. Global Compact Signatory status for sustainability to ensure we are accountable.
We are also looking at our employees work/life balance, so today we will be announcing a trial where every member of staff will get to finish work at 2.00 on a Friday once a month (essentially this an extra four days paid holiday per year). If this is successful, we would look to roll this out further in the future. This is not about Directors on a golf course, it’s about staff having more family time or just more me time while the kids are at school!
I hope this does show that we are different and we are not just looking at the bottom line. Don’t get me wrong, we want to be profitable and grow, but we also want to harness that profit to give back to our staff, our customers, and the community we serve.
Finally, please don’t worry, we will still be doing what we do best which is providing managed print & IT services to all our customers and any new customers who want to work with us, this is after all our bread and butter, it’s what we do best, and it’s what we love.
Here’s to the next 30 years!!