Our Culture comes from a shared set of ideas, beliefs and values as to what is important to us as a company, and what drives value for our customers. For us, making our customers’ business better – every day, is our aim.
Wincanton believe that positive engagement with the community not only enables us to add value locally but is hugely rewarding for the site team and ultimately supports our objective to become the local employer of choice.
Across our existing operations we engage with local communities through a variety of activities that are driven by the site teams. These activities include fund raising for local charities chosen by colleagues, close links with local schools, annual fun days and colleague managed sports and social clubs that are geared towards integration with the local community. Our marketing team had a rewarding day landscaping the sensory garden at Springboard a local pre-school providing care for children under 5 with disabilities and special educational needs.
SUPPORTING LOCAL COMMUNITIES
We raised more than £65,000 for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Transaid, following the Big Event 2016, our colleagues cycled 999 miles between Land’s End and John O’Groats.
We wanted to do something really special to celebrate Wincanton’s 90th anniversary. Taking on the legendary Land’s End to John O’Groats challenge ticked all the boxes because it’s about fitness, it’s about fun and it’s about raising money for two great charities close to our hearts.
Raising over £65,000 for these charities is a fantastic result.
BIG EVENT 2016
USING OUR LOGISTICS
EXPERIENCE TO CHANGE LIVES
Our corporate charity is Transaid, an international charity that aims to reduce poverty and improve lives across Africa and the developing world, through creating better transport and infrastructural links. Recent projects include creating driver training centres in Zambia and Tanzania to help raise standards and combat road deaths and supporting the establishment of healthcare infrastructure in rural parts of Madagascar.
My 29-year career at Wincanton has seen me progress from Stock Operative all the way to my current position as a General Manager. Since joining I've had the opportunity to expand my knowledge and get involved in many things including Health and Safety, Quality, Project Management and Continuous Improvement. My career at Wincanton has included many challenging and rewarding experiences. The successful handling of the disaster recovery at Feltham after the site roof caved was particularly testing but extremely rewarding problem to solve. By working as part of team we were able to ensure all our people were safe, store service was maintained and our relationship with the customer was strengthened.
Senior Systems Support and Project Coordinator
I started Wincanton over four years ago as a ESS Systems Administrator within Support Functions at our Head Office in Chippenham. I am now ESS Senior Systems Support and Project Coordinator where I am focused on the next step of my career - moving into our IT department. I recently completed our Get Ahead programme which is definitely my best achievement so far. I was picked from over 120 applicants and the knowledge I have gained will help me get to the next step in my career.
Head of Development
I’ve been with Wincanton for seven years, starting as a Solution Designer in Business Development on a year’s placement as part of my undergraduate degree. After graduating I re-joined in the same role at our Head Office in Chippenham, moving to Head of Grocery Development and now Head of Development for one of our key customers. When you've been heavily involved in the design of distribution facilities it's so rewarding to see them constructed and become operational. I have been fortunate enough to have been involved with the redevelopment or build of around 1 million ft² of warehouse space since joining.