Our ladies at Trent Refractories are superstars and we wouldn’t be who we are today without their perseverance and conscientious attitudes. Thank you ladies. The theme for International Women's Day 2018 was chosen as - 'Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives'.
While the first observance of a Women's Day was held on February 28, 1909 in New York, March 8 was suggested by the 1910 International Socialist Woman's Conference to become an "International Woman's Day." After women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia in 1917, March 8 became a national holiday there. The day was then predominantly celebrated by the socialist movement and communist countries until it was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations.
124 manufacturing trainees are being recruited by British Steel in Scunthorpe. 60 of the appointments have already been made – half of who started work in December 2017 and half have joined in January 2018. The company is now looking to find an additional 64 manufacturing trainees who’ll also be trained to perform roles including crane driving, fork lift truck driving and machine operations.
British Steel deputy CEO Paul Martin said: “We’re delighted to continue recruiting, underlining our commitment to investing in our people, our products and our future. These are excellent jobs, offering successful applicants first-class training and career prospects along with a good wage.
“Earlier this year we started recruiting this site’s first manufacturing trainees in a decade and they’re already making a significant contribution to our business. I’d like to welcome our new employees to the business and look forward to more people joining us in the coming weeks and months.”
The new trainees will be based in manufacturing areas across our Scunthorpe site and be directly involved in producing the company’s annual 2.8 million tonne steel output. News Item Source pesmedia.com.
We are hiring a Production Operative, 37.5 hrs a week, £8.75 per hour. We are looking for a flexible, willing and agile individual who possesses common sense, is a good listener and a quick learner. A forklift license desirable but not essential. Please send your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trent Refractories are a UK based manufacturer and supplier of bespoke refractory solutions, supplying the UK market and beyond. Our reputation for competitively priced high quality products is known throughout the industry, and our ability to offer quick turn around times that can be tailored to our customers demands sets us apart from the rest.
We would like to take this opportunity to say a thank you to everyone involved with our company including customers, staff, suppliers and partners for your support during the year. We are looking forward to 2018 and working with all of you again next year. Season’s greetings from all of us and we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
We have had an excellent year over the last 12 months and are pleased to be moving into the next year with a strong order book. We have significant expansion plans and projects planned for 2018 and more news will be made available in this area over the first months of the year.
We have just completed the manufacture of a number of Electric Arc Furnace Roofs in the last week we are really proud to announce that we are sending out our furthest reaching EAF roof ever. Having worked with the company over the last few months, we have helped them refine the design of their existing roof to alleviate water leak problems on the furnace and ultimately make them more efficient.
We are really excited to hear of the results and feedback in the coming weeks. Back in the early 1990’s Trent pioneered the use of a chrome based material in the refractory industry for making precast EAF Roofs and Deltas, we continue to use and develop this technology today. The precast EAF Roofs and deltas replaced older Electric Arc Furnace Roof technology where they built out of silica and then High Alumina bricks. It was found to be a better performer and also improved risks associated with the brick roofs cracking and falling into the furnace, which was quite a common occurrence.
Trent Refractories has been in attendance at the Institute of Refractory Engineers Silver Linings Conference being held at the Tankersley Manor conference centre near Barnsley in the UK. This is the tenth annual training conference day organised by the IRE, this year will focus on the design of monolithic linings.
The conference is aimed at people who work with monolithic refractories but need to enhance their knowledge of lining design. The conference also aims to provide an introduction into issues concerning the engineering design of a monolithic lining including, Designing and selection of anchors, anchor installation and spacing, fibre reinforcement, design around nozzles, flanges and connections, formwork and vibration, thermal expansion, dry out and warm up.
For more than fifty years the Institute of Refractories Engineers has served as a forum for professionals in the refractories, raw materials, manufacturing, installation and user industries. Based in the UK, the Institute of Refractories Engineers (I.R.E.) is the only organisation specifically dedicated to fostering the science, technology and skills of refractories engineering and to serving the needs of refractories engineers worldwide.
We are really pleased to have had our graduate placement with us over the summer helping us across the whole company. Undergraduate James Bromley recently went back to University to continue with his Material Science degree at Sheffield. We have thoroughly enjoyed having him over summer and I'm sure we won't have seen the last of him.
The Materials Science and Engineering is a core degree and is accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3). Trent Refractories see great value in a degree of this nature. James will be studying a three-year BEng and may complete a four-year MEng degree. The degree is giving a solid grounding in the science of materials and will be of great benefit to James applying his knowledge to materials and engineering problems in the real world. He is looking forward to learning and putting into practice his skills to tailor the structure, composition and processing of materials to meet challenging design requirements.
As part of our online channel development we provide regular updates on our main website, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. We have recently created our new YouTube channel and uploaded a mini Trent Refractories presentation. The short clip is a starting point for more video material to be added in the coming months and years. Please subscribe to our new YouTube channel to receive the latest video updates from Trent Refractories and the UK refractory industry.
Trent Refractories are a UK based manufacturer and supplier of bespoke refractory solutions, supplying the UK market and beyond. Our reputation for competitively priced high quality products is known throughout the industry, and our ability to offer quick turn-around times that can be tailored to our customers’ demands sets us apart from the rest. Trent Refractories was founded in 1989 and has a strong British industrial heritage. Two generations on, the company is still owned and managed by the same family who have been joined over the years by a knowledgeable and experienced team. Quality is our hallmark and with full traceability of our products, you can be confident in the visibility of your supply chain.
During August 2017 one of our summer placements went along with company representatives to one of our UK based customers. Undergraduate James Bromley was given a close up tour of the furnace plant to see our products in action. The images offer an insight into where our Electric Arc Furnace Delta Roofs are installed and the type of environment that they operate in. James is doing a degree in Metallurgy and was very impressed by the actual industrial process and the application of our products. Metallurgy is the study of metals and this is a perfect experience for our summer placement at Trent Refractories.
Trent has a long and notable history in supplying precast refractory shapes specifically with EAF Roof Delta’s so much so that we supply the entire UK market. Our team has worked with us for many years and understands the demands placed on our products from hands on practical experience. At Trent we can cast anything from just a few kilos all the way up to 20 tonnes.
Thursday 20th July 2017 was the date for our annual event at Doncaster Racecourse where we had staff, customers and suppliers in attendance for the race card held in the evening. Trent Refractories sponsored the EBF Maiden Fillies Stakes race held at 18:10 over seven furlongs for 2 years old’s. The winner was Laurens from France with Exhort in second and Sultanaa in third.
A great day was held will all attendees enjoying the evening out. The event was well attended and Trent Refractories would like to thank everyone for the experience and the evening. Doncaster Racecourse is one of the country's premier horse racing venues and home to some of the most prestigious events in the horse racing calendar.
Welcome to our team, Caroline England. Our new Administrator, she joined us on Monday 26th June 2017. We are looking forward to working with Caroline in the coming months and wish her all the best in this new role at Trent Refractories.
At Trent Refractories we are proud to be investing in our youth and the next generation. We feel that it is vital that UK industries like ours attract the best people available in the coming years. Our commitment to the UK and global trade is as strong as ever with more developments planned during the rest of the year.
Trent Refractories Managing Director Katy Moss was in the privileged position this year to be part of the judging panel. Judging the First Woman of Engineering and Manufacturing award along with Amanda Hook-Brown Corporate Operations Strategy Manager at BMW and Jenifer Baxter Head of Energy and Environment for the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. The winner in this category was Caroline Hargrove, McLaren Applied Technologies.
The above picture shows the judges table with from left to right, Katy Moss, Managing Director Trent Refractories, Dale Murray Entrepreneur and Investor, Anabel Fielding Group COO, Quintessentially, Amy Carroll Events Director for Caspian Media, Susan Jowett Chief Executive Officer, The Spencer Academies Trust, Sarah Maskell MBE wing commander, diversity & inclusion, RAF, Lucy Porter Comedian, Marina Bacchiani Vice President - Global Issuing - Mastercard, Stephanie Oueda Cruz.
We are hiring! We are looking for an Admin Assistant to work in our lovely office. Initially on a casual basis but with a view to it turning into something more permanent in the future.
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If you can turn your hand to anything and are a quick learner then this may well be the job for you! Hours negotiable, job type is contract based with a salary of £8.45 per/hour.
We caught up with Katy Moss from Trent Refractories on winning an Amazon Growing Business Award in 2016.
What does it mean to you as a company to have won the Triumph over Adversity award?
It was really humbling to receive the award. When you read about the calibre of applicants who are in your category it makes you stop and take stock of what you are doing. I think for the business it is a great thing as it raises the profile of the business and makes your competitors heads turn. My hope is that it has put my business back on the map.
How has winning your award impacted Trent Refractories?
Winning the award, I believe has changed the perception about the company from the outside world. When we receive enquiries, people comment about it and say they get a warm feeling about doing business with us. I believe it does set us apart from our competitors.
What would you say to similar companies who are deciding whether to enter this year?
If people are considering entering then they should make the time and do it, even to be nominated is a wonderful experience in itself. The awards night is a great opportunity to network and to bring your team together. How many opportunities like this do you get in your life to do something great?
Our MD Katy Moss has been called upon to judge the First Woman of Engineering and Manufacturing Award this year. After winning the award herself last year, Katy has been inspired by the women she has met through the events that have followed and was honoured to be able to judge this category. The judging took place at in the lovely offices of BNP Paribas in London, follow http://firstwomen.co.uk/awards/ to find out who won on 29th June.
Since its launch in 2005 the First Women Awards have grown in influence and impact, leading the way in recognising and celebrating the many achievements of exceptional women.
Recipients of these awards are women from various sectors, from public service to business owners, who have achieved their success against all odds. These female trailblazers have broken glass ceilings, they work hard to remove barriers for other women and they are disrupting established industry norms through innovation.
We are looking for a new precast operative to join our busy team at our plant in Scunthorpe. Our values underpin everything we do. We are a family run business and our 26 year history is important to us and our customers. We are honest, friendly and approachable and treat people how we like to be treated ourselves. We are agile, flexible and efficient and offer a reliable service. We take pride in what we do, how we act and who we are. The industry leading quality of our product is our hallmark.
The successful applicant will need to be an adaptable team player, show care and attention to detail, be flexible, hands on, reliable and personable. This role involves physical work so having a good level of fitness would be advantageous.
The role involves casting concrete pieces into moulds and can range from 5kg all the way up to 12 tonnes. You will be required to operate machinery including driving of a fork lift truck. Full training will be given.
Desirables include, Good working knowledge of health and safety at work, fork lift truck license, use of MS office and similar experience in casting of concrete products
As part of visualising our products and services and also our company as a whole we are pleased to present our new gallery website page that can be accessed via the header navigation menu. We will be adding content to the page as an ongoing process and some of these images will also be found in our brochure and also on our social media channels.
We hope that you enjoy our images and also get an insight into our company. We have many years of heritage that we would like to share with you and look forward to producing more images over the coming months and years as we grow into the UK’s best in class Refractory company.
Our Managing Director was proudly speaking at the #firstwomensummit 2017 yesterday in London. Here she is with Amy Carroll. Improve your bottom line and make better business decisions by learning how to create a more gender diverse environment in your company.
The First Women Summit brings men and women together to explore the key issues facing women in business and the professions and will ensure you learn how to use gender diversity to deliver business benefits; from better decision making to better bottom lines. Network with 300 business leaders and entrepreneurs, share their experiences and gain valuable insight into the challenges and benefits of achieving gender diversity and how you can attract and retain the best talent for your business needs, breakdown barriers you are currently facing and improve your business performance.
We have recently produced our latest brochure which outlines our products, services and industry sectors in which we operate. Our “Fluid Thinking, Solid Results” approach sets us apart from the rest of our industry. Trent Refractories was founded in 1989 and has a strong British industrial heritage. Two generations on, the company is still owned and managed by the same family who have been joined over the years by a knowledgeable and experienced team. Quality is our hallmark and with full traceability of our products, you can be confident in the visibility of your supply chain.
Trent Refractories is a UK based manufacturer and supplier of bespoke refractory solutions, supplying the UK market and beyond. Our reputation for competitively priced high quality products is known throughout the industry, and our ability to offer quick turn-around times that can be tailored to our customers’ demands sets us apart from the rest.
This is taken from a recent article in the online magazine Real Business, "Katy Moss had a huge challenge to contend with in 2011 - keep her father's business afloat after he passed away. Here she tells her story of overcoming adversity."
When Katy Moss had to step in to keep her father’s refractory business afloat after he died, she ultimately managed to make a success of it despite her adverse circumstances. Her story of overcoming adversity is truly inspiring. Trent Refractories is one of the few remaining refractory producers in the UK. It blends and mixes its own materials on-site, which are then sold in bags. "Trent Refractories was started by my late father, he had spent his life’s work up until that point in steelmaking, specialising in metallurgy and refractories," said Moss," she said. "In the early 1980s he sold his previous company to Steetley, which later became part of Lafarge. Having spent a few years doing other things, he was naturally drawn back to what he did best - so decided to start a new company."
Recently, Moss won the Amazon Growing Business Award for overcoming adversity and it couldn’t be more deserved. When her father passed away, she stepped up to steer the business in very testing emotional and financial times. "Prior to my late father passing I worked happily in school business management. He was trying to sell the business prior to his death. When he passed, I was left as executor with my mother and was advised to go into the company to understand it and facilitate a sale," she explained.
Putting her new job on hold, going in to a company where staff were unsettled, and trying to understand an industry she knew little about was tough. As no sale seemed forthcoming, and Moss started spending more and more time at the company. "In July 2013, I decided to quit my other job all together and make a real go of the company, I went on courses about our customers processes and really took a greater interest in everything we did, asking lots of questions.&uot; In September of that year, Moss’ mother called her with breathing difficulties. She rushed round, but her mother collapsed and couldn’t be resuscitated.
"I think I went numb inside and couldn’t consider grieving. People deal with grief differently, I throw myself at things. Desperately wanting to ensure that everyone’s futures were safe I set about focusing on the targets we had just set and being more determined to make it work." Even when she fell pregnant, Moss worked all the way through. After giving birth to her daughter, she was back in work three weeks later as her sales manager left.
Despite these extremely trying conditions, Moss has been successful in overcoming adversity and made it work. She said: "The market in which we operate is shrinking, prices were going up, credit control was poor, our customers (predominantly steel works) would not accept any increases, margins were sliding, there was only one way this was going. I had to have some very difficult discussions with people going against what people said could be done and I managed to get us back on track.
"Despite losing turnover because the UK steel market just aren’t making the volumes they were, we are ok." For Moss, the most challenging thing about taking on the company has been the resistance to change, and trying to make people feel unthreatened by now ways of doing things. Her ovation was one of the most rousing to be given at the 2016 Amazon Growing Business Awards, when she was also joined on stage by joint-winner Jeff Paterson, co-founder of Fourex. Like Paterson’s battle with cancer, Moss has shown incredible resilience in overcoming adversity and re-built a business through grit and determination.
She has also had to overcome her own insecurities to achieve success. The most helpful piece of advice she received, from her late mother, was to be confident in her abilities and not put herself down. "Never give up, if you want something make it happen, sometimes people say no because they either don’t know or can’t be bothered to find out, but generally there is always a way. Be determined and find it!"
Scunthorpe MP Nic Dakin visited Trent refractories and has stated on record "a highlight of December was an excellent visit to award winning local company Trent Refractories. I learnt that refractories make huge concrete structures necessary for furnaces and foundries. This local company has a proud record of quality and consistency. Looking round and seeing the work that was going on I could see why."
Earlier this month, in Parliament Nic Dakin drew the Education Secretary's attention to the even bigger discrepancy in funding between 16-19 year olds and pre-16 as I led a debate in Parliament on this issue last week. "It surely can't be right that so much less is given to educating a 16-18 year old than a 15 or 19 year old!” Nic was quoted as saying and he added further "It was good to catch up with the excellent work that North Lindsey College is doing in spite of this funding challenge. In particular they are continuing to do some excellent work with British Steel on their apprenticeship scheme."
On Steel, Nic Dakin joined a steel round table with fellow MPs, trade unions and employers to sing a familiar song, things are better than they were a year ago but we still need action by Government on energy costs, procurement, business rates and research & development as well as further vigilance on Chinese dumping. The Steel All Party Group is going to publish its steel strategy in the next week which we hope will inform the Government's Industrial Strategy. They have identified seven areas of reform that they are hoping the Government will address.
We would like to take this opportunity to say a thank you to all of our staff, stakeholders, suppliers, partners and customers for your support during 2016. We are looking forward to 2017 and working with all of you next year. Season’s greetings from all of us and we wish you a happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
To All Customers and Suppliers
Please note that we will be closed for our Christmas break from 3pm on Friday 23rd December and re-open on Tuesday 3rd January 2017. If you require any assistance during this period, please call myself on 07764184547 or Tony Clarkson on 07764227151. May I take this opportunity to personally thank you all for your valued custom and support over the past year and wish you all a Wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year. From all at Trent Refractories.
We have had an exciting year all round with several awards being won for the company and its combined team efforts. We have also travelled across the globe with initiatives to generate new business and relationships with customers and suppliers alike. We are proud to be Made In Britain and long may it continue.
We are pleased to announce that Trent Refractories has won first place at the Amazon Growth Business Awards, “The Triumph Over Adversity Award” category, which was held on 30th November 2016 at The Brewery in London. The evening was well attended and the competition was also of a very high standard.
Created by Real Business, sponsored by Amazon and supported by the CBI, The Amazon Growing Business Awards are the UK’s most established and respected recognition of SME and entrepreneurial success.
In attendance was our Managing Director, Katy Moss who also collected the award which can be seen in the news item image above. A great evening was had by all in attendance and we are very proud to have participated and also to have won such a prestigious award.
Held on 30th November 2016 at The Brewery, London, inspirational British companies feature in Amazon Growing Business Awards shortlist. Triumph over adversity, exporting triumph and rural success will be just some of the themes celebrated at the 2016 Amazon Growing Business Awards. Created by Real Business, sponsored by Amazon and supported by the CBI, The Amazon Growing Business Awards are the UK’s most established and respected recognition of SME and entrepreneurial success.
Since their launch in 1999, the Amazon Growing Business Awards have celebrated exceptional businesses and outstanding entrepreneurs. Previous winners include Innocent Drinks, Betfair, Lovefilm and Fever-Tree, while VIP guests to have graced the ceremony include Bill Gates, Gordon Brown and Stelios Haji-Ioannou. Trent refractories are up for "The Triumph Over Adversity Award" which is alaso contested by Fatburn Extreme, Fourex , Nutbourne, Pladis (formerly United Biscuits) and Vital Certificates.
Living Wage Week takes place each year during the first week of November. This year Living Wage Week runs from Sunday 30th October to Saturday 5th November. The new independently-calculated UK and London Living Wage rates are announced every year on the Monday. The UK rate is announced simultaneously in cities around the country whilst the London rate is announced by the Mayor of London. Trent Refractories is proud to be part of this initiative.
Celebrating You! 120,000 workers given a pay rise, nearly 3,000 accredited employers and the real Living Wage rates! The week is a UK-wide celebration of the Living Wage movement. It is a great opportunity to raise awareness of the need for a real Living Wage that meets the cost of living and celebrate responsible employers that commit to ensuring their staff earn a wage they can live on. The week sees employers all across the country celebrating their role in the movement publicly. The Foundation holds events, organises media activities and shares new research about the impact of low pay.
This year’s Amazon Growing Business Awards, hosted by Real Business and supported by the CBI will see Trent refractories nominated as a finalists for The Triumph Over Adversity Award! The quantity of high calibre nominations that they have received is phenomenal! We attended a judging day which took place on Monday 17th October 2016 at Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
The judges of this category have been sent copies of all submissions and we will await the outcome at the next phase which is in the form of an awards dinner will take place on 30th November, 2016 at The Brewery, London. We look forward to attending the awards ceremony and would love for you to join us and hope we all use the evening to celebrate with colleagues, suppliers, customers, friends and family.
Trent Refractories attended The Institute of Refractories Engineers annual Conference and Training Day 2016 at Tankersley Manor, Church Lane, Tankersley, Barnsley in South Yorkshire. The Institute is a non-profit making body and the entire income and property of the Institute is applied towards the promotion of its objectives.
The Institute of Refractories Engineers Conference and Training Day 2016 included a full session Heat Flow and Thermal Expansion Refractory materials are used to provide containment for high temperature processes. An understanding of how heat flows through a refractory lining and the thermal expansion of the refractory lining is critical to safe and effective design and operation of process plant. This course will provide a working knowledge of the calculation of thermal gradients and thermal expansion a allowances and is aimed at personnel who design linings and select and specify materials of construction.
We were delighted to attend a Living Wage event on 7th October at Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road, London. The event was titled “The Living Wage in SMEs: Opportunities, Challenges and Future Practice” and we discussed the findings of new research into the experience of Living Wage adoption in small and medium-sized businesses with practitioners, industry bodies, civil society representatives, academics and policy makers.
By paying the real Living Wage employers are voluntarily taking a stand to ensure their employees can earn a wage which is enough to live on. That basic fairness is at the heart of what our campaign is trying to achieve and why great businesses and organisations choose to go further than the government minimum. Trent Refractories places the Living Wage scheme as part of its ethos and vison for the future to ensure a fair society for all.
Trent Refractories attended the 7th International Symposium on Refractories (ISR 2016), organized by The Chinese Society for Metals, the Chinese Ceramic Society and Sinosteel Luoyang Institute of Refractories Research Co., Ltd. will be held in Xi’an, China on Sept. 20-22, 2016.
International Symposium on Refractories (ISR) is a serial international conference and has been held six times successfully: the 1st (ISR 1988) in Hangzhou, the 2nd (ISR 1992) in Beijing, the 3rd (ISR 1998) in Beijing, the 4th (ISR 2003) in Dalian, the 5th (ISR 2007) in Beijing and the 6th (ISR 2012) in Zhengzhou.
ISR 2016 will provide a good opportunity for researchers, manufacturers, suppliers and users around the world to review the progress and achievements made in recent years, to assess new developments in refractories research, production and application and to promote further international exchanges and cooperation. The theme of ISR2016 is "more advanced refractories, greener high temperature industries". We sincerely invite you to contribute and participate in this great event!
Trent Refractories are a UK based manufacturer and supplier of bespoke refractory solutions, supplying the UK market and beyond. Our reputation for competitively priced high quality products is known throughout the industry, and our ability to offer quick turn-around times that can be tailored to our customers’ demands sets us apart from the rest.
Yesterday, Katy Moss had been in London starting work with the First Women in their Working Party held at the Haymarket Hotel. They had been discussing /debating issues surrounding women in business such as – how to encourage women into STEM roles, how to get men involved in the diversity debate, innovative employment strategies that support diversity and creating the female leaders of tomorrow.
Before winning the Engineering and Manufacturing award, Katy Moss began her career finance aged 16 as a management trainee at HSBC Bank. At 21 years old, she undertook an accounting course at a night school and obtained a job as a Finance officer at the institution after she qualified. Before she knew it she was a lead school business manager responsible for 11 schools, tasked with assisting in procurement and helping schools share best practices.
Sadly, around the time of getting that the role her late father became very ill and died in shortly after in April 2011. While he was alive, he had tried to negotiate a sale of the business so as not to leave Moss and her mother burdened after he passed. As the executors of his estate, Moss and her mother were advised to go into the business to understand it, and then dispose of it. The period that followed was very difficult, Moss says.
She explains: “A sale was not forthcoming and what could a 28-year-old girl add to the business that others couldn’t. Most of the staff had known me from being a child so it must have been hard to accept and listen to me. All I knew was that we all wanted the company to succeed and that this common goal was what needed to be the main focus as anything else was just a distraction from moving on.
The business lost a few people along the way but it was then able to move in the right direction. After a couple of years, Moss moved on from her role at the school, it was a pivotal point for in her career.
"Going from banking and business management of a school was a shock but actually the skills I had acquired there were very transferrable,” Moss says. “What I lacked was knowledge about our specialist industry – the engineering of the products and then physically making them."
Disaster struck again when Moss’s mother suddenly passed away. Amongst it all Moss and her husband built their home and had a baby 18 months ago.
"It has been and continues to be a near vertical learning curve, hearing about products which are named such rude things too," She says. "What has been great are the people along the way who have taken time out of their days to show me their processes, where our products go, why they are critical, what makes them great."Read the Article
FIVE years on from inheriting the managing director's chair of the family business in tragic circumstances, Katy Moss is celebrating being named First Woman of Engineering and Manufacturing. The Trent Refractories boss won through in the most hotly contested category at the First Women Awards, and was crowned at the Lancaster Hotel in London.
Backed by the CBI, it underlined an emotional journey that began with the death of her father as negotiations to sell the 27-year-old northern Lincolnshire business she was not even then part of were underway.
The loss of Robert 'Bob' Crossland led to a kitchen table re-think, and with interest rates at a record low, a decision was made between mother and daughter to forge on, rather than bank any accepted offer. "My mother was left behind and she felt it was easier for what she wanted to achieve for the business to keep going rather than putting any sale proceeds in the bank," she said. "I committed to running the business and we decided not to sell."
So began a "near vertical learning curve" recognised this summer. Mrs Moss, with a young daughter, rose to the challenge, keeping a steady workforce of 14 at the Queensway Industrial Estate base in the shadows of Scunthorpe's iconic steel works. Without any knowledge of the refractory products or running a manufacturing company, she set herself the mandate to secure the jobs of her employees and run the company on behalf of the family. Describing the "tireless work to provide a stable future," she said: "It was a tough time for our family and I had a near vertical learning curve whilst also juggling my other career initially, being only 29 at the time it was difficult bringing people on board."
Mrs Moss was working a day a week for HSBC on the management trainee scheme, and having upskilled following the birth of her daughter, she had just been promoted to business manager for an 11 school academy based at Retford, on the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire border, when her dad was cruelly taken. "When he died, me coming in was just supposed to be a temporary thing," Mrs Moss said. "I was there to understand the sale, so I put my job on hold to try and gain enough information."
The rest is history, leading to the win, all the more poignant, as it came as National Women in Engineering Day was celebrated. "It was a wow moment. Just to be nominated and shortlisted was an amazing experience but it has made me reflect on the last five years and I feel proud and honoured, it is nice to be recognised by others, and it was also nice to be able to have my 12 year old daughter at the event as I hope seeing and meeting such strong inspirational women gives her drive and belief in herself to forge her own future."
Mrs Moss now plans to try and grow the business further in a challenging market. From Menesha Way, Trent supplies the major players in the steel industry in the Sheffield, Rotherham and Scunthorpe area – where the business has been based since it began in 1989 – with heat resistant materials to line furnaces. Out of 134 similar companies, less than a handful have female managing directors, with far less of those actually producing refractory materials like the £ turnover business.
Katy believes a fresh approach has enabled the company to move forward. "I try to engage with people on all levels and make them feel part of the bigger picture, helping them realise they can affect the outcome of everything they do. Integrity, honesty and openness are important to me," said the Yorkshire and Humber Living Wage Award winner of 2015.
She is also proud of the British made products, believing it gives the edge when it comes to quality. Of the recent EU Referendum decision, she said: “I think we need to accept the result and get to work on securing our future as an independent country, focusing on the right negotiations that are going to help us be competitive and fuel our exports.
"Britain has a history steeped in steel-making and can produce exceptional products which cannot be rivaled anywhere in terms of quality. We have done an excellent job with locally produced food and British meat but we need to try and think about everything we buy and make ethical and considered decisions that secure the future of our country."
She pipped leading figures from National Grid, Schneider Electric and the Royal Academy of Engineering to the title. Hosted by Canadian comedian Katherine Ryan, the 2016 First Women Awards produced another stellar crop of inspirational winners, now in its 12th year.
Previous recipients have included Dame Mary Perkins, founder of Specsavers, Thea Green, founder of Nails Inc, and corporate leaders such as BP’s Angela Strank. Trent was this year on the podium with First Capital, Golin, Kiddylicious and Dell.
Welcome to Mick Carr our new Operations Manager who started on the 15th August 2016.
BMW Group recently sponsored the First Women Awards ‘Engineering & Manufacturing’ category, which saw a shortlist of six nominees reduced to just one winner, Katy Moss, Managing Director of Trent Refractories. The awards have celebrated the achievements of women in business since 2005.
To celebrate Katy’s success, BMW Group was pleased to provide Katy with the use of a BMW i8 for a long weekend. The car was handed over to a delighted Katy at Stratstone Doncaster. The stunning new BMW i8 is the most progressive sports car ever built. It takes the vision of a modern, sustainable and efficient sports car and makes it a living reality.
Thanks to ultra-lightweight materials, aerodynamic optimisation and a comprehensive package of BMW EfficientDynamics technologies, the BMW i8 achieves astonishing figures for consumption and emissions whilst the unmistakable design includes spectacular features such as the dihedral doors that swing dramatically upwards when opened.
We hope that Katy enjoyed the many benefits this truly revolutionary vehicle has to offer.
Trent Refractories were out in full force yesterday at Doncaster Race course sponsoring the 19:05, Trent Furnace Novice Stakes 6f, which was won by "Blue Point" ridden by James McDonald. A big thanks to all involved and it was a great day out for everyone.
Trent Refractories look to attend an event like this once a year to promote our business across a local sporting arena. Doncaster Race Course is an excellent choice of stadia allowing for the best corporate hospitality and entertainment for all who attended. The event was supported by our customers, suppliers and our staff and we would like to thank you all for supporting us at this event.
As part of our ongoing development strategy for marketing our unique message to a global audience we have created a single A4 flyer for you to download. The flyer provides a general overview of the three main areas of commercial manufacturing, supply and fulfilment, being a wide range of Precast Shapes, Blended Monolithics and Refractory Bricks.
Trent Refractories are a UK based manufacturer and supplier of bespoke refractory solutions, supplying the UK market and beyond. Our reputation for competitively priced high quality products is known throughout the industry, and our ability to offer quick turn-around times that can be tailored to our customers’ demands sets us apart from the rest.
We are proud to announce that our Managing Director Katy Moss has won the First Women of Engineering & Manufacturing award for 2016. Katy won from a group of six other finalists in industry across the UK. Congratulations go to Katy, the other finalists and the event organisers for arrangement a fantastic evening at the Lancaster Hotel in London.
The First Women Awards is the UK’s leading awards programme for senior-level business women and professionals. Since conception in 2005, the awards have grown in influence and impact and enjoy the support of many of the UK’s leading firms, industry bodies and inspirational business leaders. Hosted by Clare Balding in 2015, the First Women Awards produced another stellar crop of leading ladies, including those heading up transformational change at companies such as EY, Quintessentially Events, Unilever and Pai Skincare.
Trent Refractories is pleased to announce that it is a member of the "Made In Britain Campaign". The Made in Britain Campaign is a business and consumer campaign promoting British manufacturing in the UK and abroad. Trent Refractories are proud to be a member of the Made in Britain campaign to support the UK economy.
Over 90% of our products are made in the UK and this is something we intend to continue with in future years. Without doubt our quality levels are maintained with UK based production.
We are keen to develop new products and services with our UK based partners and supply chain. We believe that our quality systems are second to none and we continue to improve our processes as an ongoing cycle. In parallel with our focus on UK manufacturing and production we are pleased to announce that a significant amount of exports occur rising from 10% to in excess of 35% today.
Over recent months Trent Refractories have been working on a new part of its Internet strategy with the development of a new mobile ready website. 2016 is forecasted to be a year of growth for Trent Refractories with several investments across online media covering website development and social media activities. In June 2016 we have just launched our next phase website which offers an insight into all aspects of the company and its bespoke refractory operations.
Trent Refractories is investing in a growth plan for 2016 and beyond with a significant online investment for marketing and customer support. Our new website represents the start of a series of online developments which will cover all activities within the company across all of our locations, website development, social media, mobile and video production for our YouTube channel. Trent Refractories are a UK based manufacturer and supplier of bespoke refractory solutions, supplying the UK market and beyond. Our reputation for competitively priced high quality products is known throughout the industry, and our ability to offer quick turn-around times that can be tailored to our customers’ demands sets us apart from the rest.
We are excited to announce that Trent Refractories are seeking to appoint a new member to our team. We are a small to medium sized company who manufacture bagged materials and precast refractory products in-house at our site in Scunthorpe.
We are a family run business and our 27 year history is important to us and our customers. We are honest, friendly and approachable and treat people how we like to be treated ourselves. Our aim is to be a leader in the refractory industry, providing an extensive product range and responsive service to our customers, primarily in the steel and foundry industries. The position we have to offer is:
Full time (salary negotiable dependent on experience) + benefits. We are looking for the right person to undertake a new role as Operations Manager. The candidate will undertake improvements in processes and help take the company forward. The ideal candidate will be innovative, self-motivated, practical and have already demonstrated strong management skills. They will be a positive, motivating, engaging and inspiring influence to their team. Ideally this post would suit someone from a similar background in manufacturing and engineering. Duties will include Managing Production and workforce, Meeting KPI’s and reporting, Facility Maintenance & Health and Safety. As the Operations Manager you will be part of the Senior Management Team and you will report to the General Manager.
Katy Moss, our Managing Director has been shortlisted as a finalist for the First Women Awards in the Engineering and Manufacturing category. The award has been sponsored by BMW.
The awards take place on the 22nd June 2016 at the Lancaster Hotel in London. Katy is up against some amazing women in their field.
Katy is very excited and said "I am incredibly humbled to have even been nominated let alone shortlisted with candidates of such a high caliber, I intend to enjoy the experience and see what the night will bring".
The finalists are...
As a commitment to provide excellent service and support for our customers we are excited to have created a new position in the company.
From today Rebecca joins the team to compliment our existing sales proposition and forge relationships with our customers.
Having a background in customer service and finance from one of the worlds largest organisations we know that she has a lot to offer.
Katy Moss has been chosen as the winner of the Living Wage Leadership Award 2015 for the Yorkshire region. The Living Wage Foundation organise these awards to recognise the life changing impact individuals have made by leading the way on the Living Wage Campaign within communities. The awards are part of Living Wage Week 2015, a national celebration of responsible pay for everybody, running from 1st - 7th November.
Living Wage Foundation Acting Director, Sarah Vero, said:
"Congratulations to Trent Refractories Ltd on being named the Leadership Award winner for the Yorkshire and Humber region. The voices of people are at the heart of our organisation, and it is wonderful to have Trent Refractories Ltd leading the way in Yorkshire and Humber. We want to celebrate the individuals making a real difference to families and communities across the UK. Thank you very much for celebrating the Living Wage."
Katy Moss , Trent Refractories Ltd General Manager, said
"When I heard about this initiative I was totally behind it. I believe that people should be paid a fair wage for what they do, a wage that enables a reasonable standard of living. My hope is that by contributing in this way that it also takes the strain off the government having to subsidise hard working people with 'extra benefits' which are costly to administer.
We have become the first Refractory company in the UK to implement the scheme, and have used our Institute of Refractory Engineers magazine to promote the awareness, we have also made the national press, featuring in the top 10 Living Wage Employers for the Daily Mirror.
Trent Refractories Ltd is a manufacturing company based in Scunthorpe. A large part of the economy there is the Steel Industry which we supply into. To be able to implement this scheme in such a deprived area and in our industry is very important and I feel sends a strong message to other employers to follow suit both locally and nationally."
The Living Wage Foundation wants to celebrate the huge and diverse group of people who support the Living Wage Campaign. Thanks to the help of community members, employees, business leaders and many other supporters, the Living Wage Campaign now over 2000 accredited employers.
The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK. Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet. Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage enjoys cross party support.
One Leadership Award winner has been named in each region of the UK: Scotland; Wales; Northern Ireland; the East Midlands; the West Midlands; the East of England; Yorkshire and the Humber; North East England; North West England; South East England; South West England; and London. The awards judged by an independent panel of community leaders from Citizens UK, national community organising charity and home of the Living Wage campaign.
First of all we would like to give thanks to all the hard work John Oakley has done over the last 26 years as our Production Manager. John has decided to slow down and take more time out of the business to focus on relaxing. We are pleased to say that he will be remaining with the company as Product Development Manager going forward. That does however leave some shoes to fill.
We are excited to announce that Trent Refractories are seeking to appoint two new members to our team. We are a small to medium sized company who manufacture bagged materials and precast refractory products in-house at our site in Scunthorpe.
We are a family run business and our 26 year history is important to us and our customers. We are honest, friendly and approachable and treat people how we like to be treated ourselves. Our aim is to be a leader in the refractory industry, providing an extensive product range and responsive service to our customers, primarily in the steel and foundry industries. The positions we have to offer are:
Full time (salary negotiable dependent on experience) + benefits
We are looking for the right person to undertake a new role as Operations Manager. The candidate will undertake improvements in processes and help take the company forward.
The ideal candidate will be innovative, self-motivated, practical and have already demonstrated strong management skills. They will be a positive, motivating, engaging and inspiring influence to their team. Ideally this post would suit someone from a similar background in manufacturing and engineering.
Duties will include Managing Production and workforce, Meeting KPI’s and reporting, Facility Maintenance & Health and Safety. As the Operations Manager you will be part of the Senior Management Team and you will report to the General Manager.
Full Time (salary negotiable dependent on experience) + benefits
We are looking for a candidate to undertake the new role of Technical Sales Engineer to work closely with customers to provide solutions and support our existing functions. Part of the role will be to develop efficiencies for their processes to enable them to provide better value in use.
The ideal candidate will have a positive outlook and disposition, be centered around customers and be output driven. We are looking for someone charismatic, practical with innovative technical knowledge about our types of products. Ideally this post would suit someone who wants to demonstrate and develop his or her technical abilities and have some working knowledge from the industry.
As the Technical Sales Engineer you will work closely with and be line managed by our Technical Sales Manager. Initially this will be on a 12 month contract with a view to making this role a permanent position.
The closing date for these posts is Friday 6th November 2015.
The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Trent Refractories Ltd, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors and suppliers; receive in excess of the minimum hourly wage of £7.85 - significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.50. The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK..
Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet We have chosen to do this because we feel it is important to provide jobs which give a reasonable standard of living and positively contribute to the local economy.
Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage enjoys cross party support, with public backing from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.
Living Wage Foundation Director, Rhys Moore said: "We are delighted to welcome Trent Refractories Ltd to the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer.
The best employers are voluntarily signing up to pay the Living Wage now. The Living Wage is a robust calculation that reflects the real cost of living, rewarding a hard day’s work with a fair day’s pay.
"We have accredited over 1,000 leading employers, including Trent Refractories Ltd, ranging from independent printers, bookshops and breweries, to well-known companies such as Nationwide, Aviva and SSE. These businesses recognise that clinging to the national minimum wage is not good for business. Customers expect better than that."