Chris Mintern looks forward to his year as President of the West Midland branch of the ICME. 05-04-10

Vanguard’s joint MD Chris Mintern, the incoming President of the ICME West Midlands Branch, followed on from Dean Millington. Chris was presented with his chain of office on Monday 5-04-10. Chris had particularly welcome support from Wife Lynne and daughter Hayley. Chris thanked Dean for his years extremely hard work and was sure that he could rely on the branch council and the members for their continued support throughout next year.

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Vanguard re-starts the Night Shift 22-03-2010

Between 2002 and 2008 sales had grown by 30% year on year. October 2008 began at a similar pace but fell away so rapidly that by the 4th week the company was working just a 4 day week. Despite all shop floor, staff and Directors adopting 4 day working arrangements the falling sales forced Vanguard to close its night shift in January 2009 with the loss of some 40 jobs.

The demand for product stabilised around May 2009 and began to slowly recover in October of that year. Five day operations began in November and were maintained into January 2010 when further improvements in demand started to be seen in the schedules. During February and March demand accelerated and night shift operations restarted on 22nd March. We are pleased to report that all recruits have come from those employees we had to let go in 2009

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Local Parliamentary Candidate visits Vanguard 12-03-2010

Margot James, Conservative Party candidate for Stourbridge and the Party Vice Chairman, visited Vanguard in February as part of her campaign. She was interested to hear the views of the management on what support had been provided by Government and what the Government could do to help in the future success of the Company. Following the discussions Margot toured the foundry work shops. Photo shows Margot with John Willets and Chris Mintern.

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Foundry karting challenge does not go to plan. 10-12-10

A challenge was laid down by the management to establish the best karting team in the foundry (this being on the strict understanding that the management team, Vanguard ‘A’ won). Seven teams entered the two hour endurance race and it soon became apparent that three teams were in very close contention, these being ‘The knock out lads’, ‘The pudding boys’ and ‘Vanguard A’. The second staff team ‘Norfolk and chance’ steadily dropped down the leader board with ‘Team Viagra’ not giving the upstanding performance initially expected.

Team Norfolk and chance (foreground) watch the action and wonder what on earth they can do to move up the leader board. At the end of the two hour race the top three teams were only separated by two laps with the Pudding boys getting the chequered flag, the Knock out Lads second and Vanguard A, a miserable third.

The winning team, Dan Jones, Barry Brittle, Jason Bedworth, Andy Clayton and mascot Leah Clayton.

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