BFPA 2024 Yearbook & Members' Directory 2024

50 pandemic market intelligence, has allowed the business to sculpt key benefits to various workforce motivators. One example of how the company (which offers a generous annual leave package) has evolved its employee benefits is via the introduction of a ‘holiday buy back’ scheme. Other popular staff benefits include an award winning private medical package and always taking time off to celebrate your birthday. Company ethos Unlike some multi-national companies, who are too often a contributing factor to the skills drain for SMEs, Rotec Hydraulics provides a ‘family business’ feel, alongside a friendly and flexible environment. Where possible, we consider and approve requests for flexible working arrangements. We have a number of office personnel who have successfully adopted a hybrid working pattern or some that work non-traditional shift hours to help with childcare or caring commitments. Working with our innovative partners Rotec has had a long history of strong links with innovative partners, perhaps the greatest example is that of Parker Hannifin – the global fluid power heavyweight. Our partnerships with companies such as Parker and other key drivers for market development of new products has positioned our business as being able to offer a diverse range of services and products, alongside the ability to deliver cutting-edge technological advances. Our partnerships with such companies can also spur the interest of young people who might be looking to pursue a career in the fluid power sector. Rotec has held Parker Hannifin Hydraulic Technology Centre status for a number of years, in addition to being a Parker Certified Accumulator Centre. Most recently, Rotec has been named as a Parker Mobile Electrification Centre. As a valued Parker partner, we have the ability to access quality products, a detailed technical specifications database, unique software tools and expert support. Our new Electrification Centre status means we are able to engineer and commission optimal hybrid-electric systems solutions, fully tailored to our customers needs and help accelerate the decarbonisation of their mobile fleets and other assets. Supporting the community Rotec Hydraulics has a long history of supporting community projects, sporting teams and charitable organisations, with particularly strong links with Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity – The Grand Appeal and local hospice – St Margaret’s Hospice Care. Not only is it our pleasure to support such worthy causes, but sponsoring local projects and charities, of which a significant proportion of our workforce have a connection to, also helps to instil pride for the business across the workforce. Preparing for the future Rotec Hydraulics prides itself on being a forward-thinking company. Investing in R&D projects and incorporating the use of latest technologies to increase the quality and efficiency of projects. Recent examples include the use of 3D laser scanning to accurately measure replacement pipework without the need for downtime, and the installation of a remote monitoring system on board a vessel. Net-zero journey Another topic that is, rightly, close to young people’s hearts is that of the environmental responsibility. I believe companies that adopt a credible sustainability strategy would be of greater interest to prospective graduates and trainees. Latest advances in technology have aided Rotec Hydraulics’ progress to achieving net zero. Last year, the organisation gained ISO 14001 certification – an internationally recognised standard that relates to a stringent and specific set of requirements all linked to systems of environmental management. Everyone’s talking about the need to reduce their carbon footprint, and it is rapidly becoming increasingly important to our customers. As such, product lifecycle, energy reduction and lessening carbon emissions have become key aims as part of the company’s business plan. Rotec Hydraulics has proven its commitment to becoming more sustainable is more than just words by reporting a 21% reduction in CO2e emissions during 2022, compared with the previous year. To achieve this, we have implemented changes such as going paperless where possible, installing LED lighting, investing in an EV vehicle and by sourcing biofuels instead of oil to reduce fossil fuel consumption on-site. Further, we have reduced our gas usage and sourced alternative heating suppliers, reducing our carbon footprint affects to 0 kgs CO2e. But the biggest independently recorded reduction is that of our business, car and van miles – which has had a significant impact on our carbon footprint and is helping us to achieve our Net Zero ambition. Rotec Hydraulics’ next steps include investing in renewable technologies, such as solar PV and battery storage, creating staff awareness sessions and employee incentives for green travel/zero carbon miles, in addition to procuring a 100% renewable energy provider. Moving forward With strategic realignment of our recruitment and retention strategy, alongside maintaining our strong company ethos, we predict a bright future for Rotec. Despite the volatility of the global market in recent years, we have stood strong. Our 2024/25 order book and pipeline view remain healthy, enabling us to invest with confidence in significant business and employment improvements including employee training, infrastructure and equipment. Whilst challenges remain, we do have confidence that Rotec’s reputation as a reputable, respected and quality provider will ensure a prosperous future and continued growth.