Following a year of phenomenal growth, Network Plus successfully mobilised six new contracts with major utility organisations – all on the same day, 1st April. The mobilisations included two major new contracts with Cadent for reinstatement and Cadent Management Organisation (CMO). In parallel, a contract with Severn Trent for wastewater services was mobilised jointly with JV partners, Sapphire Utility Services. Two contracts with Affinity Water were launched for Universal Metering and Developer Services. Go Traffic Management, a sister business to Network Plus also mobilised a Traffic Management contract for Cadent.
As a result of the mobilisations, Network Plus has welcomed over 500 additional resources into the business. The sheer scale of inductions, TUPE transfer and supporting HR activities was phenomenal. At one stage, over 12 TUPE transfers were taking place in one day.
COVID-19 compliance was essential. On one mobilisation for Cadent’s CMO contract, a specially created ‘drive-in’ cinema style induction was created. All personnel were able to remain safely in their vehicle whilst tuning in to hear the latest updates, information and contract communications from a mixture of Cadent and Network Plus senior managers. On another mobilisation for Severn Trent, the motor track at Donnington Park was hired and used as a base to transfer hundreds of new operational vehicles.
The mobilisations have provided opportunities for Network Plus to invest in the latest plant and equipment. For example, new innovative kit has been deployed to enhance safety. New technology has been installed on backfill and reinstatement vehicles; wing mirrors on the inside of cabs provide drivers with digital displays. This means less damage on narrow roads and improved visibility for drivers. Impressive new Indespension trailers have been purchased and deployed across all new contracts. Again new safety features have been built in to protect the user and members of the public.
The IT team at Network Plus have been fundamental in supporting the six mobilisations. Joe Elding, Head of IT said “We’ve configured and deployed hundreds of new computers, laptops, phones and tablets. Our IT team have worked brilliantly to set up user names, access, email addresses and install necessary software”.