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Jacqueline O’Donovan honoured with lifetime achievement award from the Worshipful Company of Carmen

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Jacqueline O’Donovan, managing director of O’Donovan Waste Disposal, has received the lifetime achievement award from the Worshipful Company of Carmen. This esteemed award was founded in 2011 to recognise and honour the outstanding service, dedication, diligence and leadership given to the transport industry in the UK by exceptional individuals over an extended period of two decades or more.

The Worshipful Company of Carmen is one of the 110 livery companies in the City of London and it dates back to 1517. Steeped in tradition, the Company represents a wide range of aspects within the transport and logistics encouraging achievement and the advancement of knowledge in the transport and logistics profession through awards, lectures and social activities. It’s benevolence and historic fellowship are renowned and respected and it continues to adapt and evolve to meet the challenges of today’s transport and logistics industry which contributes £127 billion to UK economy.


Ground-breaking new training course launched by Heat Pump Association

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The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, has welcomed the launch of a new training course that will overhaul the route to becoming a heat pump installer in the UK.

The Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan for a green industrial revolution, published in November 2020, outlined a target to install 600,000 heat pumps per year by 2028 as part of ambitions to create green jobs whilst making strides towards net zero by 2050.

The new training course, launched by the Heat Pump Association, aims to equip the heating industry with the additional skills needed to deliver on this target and deliver low carbon heat to hundreds of thousands of British homes.

Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said:

“The Government is absolutely committed to working with industry to drive down the costs of heat pumps over time so they are increasingly affordable for consumers.

“While heat pumps are fast becoming a natural option for households, we need to ensure we have enough skilled tradespeople to hit our target of 600,000 installations each year by 2028 – so the Heat Pump Association setting up this training scheme is absolutely critical in this endeavour.

“Today’s news is a great example of how government and industry can work together to accelerate progress and create the high-skilled jobs needed to make homes greener and more energy efficient.”

The new course will be available for bookings across 38 training centres spread across the UK, with the ability to train over 40,000 installers each year across the HPA membership alone at maximum capacity.

Phil Hurley, Chair of the Heat Pump Association, said:

“Today’s launch is a landmark achievement and the HPA is proud to have worked hard with others across industry to bring this new heat pump training pathway to life.

When we laid out our vision to government last year, we recognised our role in delivering training and skills, and we have successfully achieved this whilst working in constructive partnership with the Secretary of State and his team.

“The heat pump industry is now fully equipped to lead the way in transforming the way homes are heated to reduce carbon and lower energy bills.

“Importantly, we are also supporting plans to build back better through upskilling existing heating installers so that they are equipped with the tools and skills they need to allow consumers to access heat pumps as a solution to decarbonise their homes.”

Further details on how heating industry professions can find and book a course can be found below.

HPA Course Bookings

Courses are being offered by HPA Executive Members and must be booked directly with the course provider via the links below.

Grant UK |

NIBE Energy Systems |  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  | Register Your NIBE Pro Interest – NIBE

Panasonic |  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Samsung Electronics |  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Worcester BOSCH |

Courses will also be made available through other executive members of the HPA, which include:

BAXI Heating | Daikin | Vaillant

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SME Leaders title for Jacqueline O'Donovan

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Jacqueline O'Donovan, managing director of O'Donovan Waste Disposal, was named in the Growing Business Top 20 UK SME Leaders. Already known as a trailblazer within business and having previously been named as a ‘mover and shaker’ in her sector, Jacqueline heads up O'Donovan Waste, an award-winning business employing 185 staff and specialising in recycling construction and demolition waste. She was selected for her innovative leadership and resilience shown over the course of the pandemic, encouraging and inspiring both sector and business peers whilst collaborating on strategy and decision-making within her industry and beyond.


Lighthouse Security bolsters data destruction services with UNTHA collaboration

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A global specialist in protective security, surveillance, intelligence, cyber security, due diligence, training and dog handling, has further strengthened its portfolio of services in collaboration with UNTHA UK.

The business has bolstered the capabilities of its secure destruction division with the investment in a confidential waste shredder, certified to DIN-66399 standards.


Tidy Planet signs exclusive Italian partner to help reduce country’s food waste

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Macclesfield-headquartered Tidy Planet has expanded its operations into Italy, appointing environmental solutions firm Ecologia Soluzione Ambiente (ESA), as the exclusive Italian partner of its food waste composting technology.

The move aims to promote greater resource efficiency – through using food waste recycling solutions – across the Italian and Egyptian markets.

ESA – the 17 million-turnover company – has over 50 years’ experience within the environmental sector and several specialist divisions, including wastewater treatment, landfill remediation, waste collection systems and plants which demilitarise arms and explosives.


Cardboard box manufacturer invests in Riverside compactor

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Greyhound Box Ltd has invested in a waste compactor from Riverside Waste Machinery, as the packaging company prepares for 5% growth over the next 12 months.

Safely installed during UK lockdown, the RWM compactor – with 1100 litre bin lifter and a number of wheelie bins – has been a crucial next step in the firm’s plans for the future.


Tidy Planet signs exclusive distribution deal and brings new rotary boilers to UK

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0n8357Organic waste and Waste-to-Energy (WtE) solutions specialist Tidy Planet has signed a contract which makes the firm the UK’s sole distributor of Sugimat’s WtE boilers, for a further five years.

The extension of this industry partnership now also sees Tidy Planet able to offer the company’s latest combustion technology – the Horizon+ rotary boiler – to the UK waste and recycling market.


New MD appointment signifies growth plans for ESE World

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imgESE World Ltd – Europe's leading manufacturer of temporary storage systems for waste and recyclables – has appointed Peter Vernon as its new managing director, 28 years after he first worked for the business as a sales representative.

Having amassed over 30 years’ industry experience, Peter has held a number of senior sales and director roles within the waste and recycling sector. And fast forward to 2020, he is returning to the very same company – then known as Otto UK Ltd – he was a part of, in 1992.


Jacqueline O’Donovan invited to judge at the Growing Business Awards 2020

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Jacqueline O'Donovan, Managing Director of O’Donovan Waste Disposal, has been invited to join a prestigious line-up on the judging panel of the Growing Business Awards 2020. Jacqueline was chosen as the recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year at last year’s awards, as a prominent businesswoman in the waste, construction and logistics sectors.

Since 1998, the Growing Business Awards have been bringing together and honouring some of the UK’s most outstanding entrepreneurs and high-growth businesses. Consistent high-quality of nominees, numerous categories and a finely-honed judging process have ensured the Growing Business Awards have made a name for themselves as a leading judge of past, current and future entrepreneurial success.