Platinum Sponsors for South London Jobs Fair

The South London Jobs Fair is almost upon us and as Platinum Sponsors for the 3rd year running we will be there to speak to jobseekers and showcase the roles we have to offer at Chequers.

The event, at Fairfield Halls in Croydon, is the biggest jobs fair south of the river,  92% of jobseekers came away from last year’s event feeling that it helped them in their search for employment.

Our Recruitment Officer Arshia Khan, and Business Administration Apprentice, Joe Eastway will be on the frontline, manning our stand throughout the day offering friendly advice on apprenticeships and employment.

We have roles ranging from a School Cleaning Operative, to a Construction Operative, to a Business Administration Apprentice.

There will be some great opportunities for employment, it runs from 10am-3pm, so feel free to come down to Fairfield Halls and say hello to Chequers!


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Kayode and Alan Scoop Top Prize

May was a great month for Chequers staff! We are delighted to announce we have 2 Employees of the Month this time round, with Alan Ennis and Kayode Ogundipe collecting the awards.

Kayode is one of our cleaning operatives and has been covering the Site Supervisor position at Elmbridge Civic Centre for the last 5 weeks. He has shown great initiative during his time in this role, and has contributed to a great service, with minimal issues arising.

Kayode is a real team player, he has always put himself forward to cover other members of staff in the Elmbridge area, such as the Claygate Centre. Chequers are extremely proud of his efforts, he is a real asset to the Commercial Division.

Alan Ennis (pictured with Operations Director James Kelly) is a supervisor for the Grounds Maintenance team based at ‘The Farm’, our office in Orpington, Kent. He is a very hard worker, a real example for his team to follow. He’s always working from the crack of dawn, and he’s usually the last to leave.

His whole team look up to him, and he works round the clock to make sure everything runs smoothly within our Grounds Maintenance Division.

We are always delighted when our staff go above and beyond our expectations, and even more so when we have trouble choosing a winner between them.

Keep doing what you’re doing guys!Kayode2Alan Ennis3

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Japanese Knotweed Springs up across London

Have you noticed this springing up on your property?

This is Japanese Knotweed, it’s been quoted by the UK environment agency as the UK’s most aggressive and destructive invasive plant.

It has also featured heavily on national news and while some of the concerns have been blown out of proportion, discovering it on or near your property can potentially wipe tens of thousands off the value of your home and if allowed to grow unchecked could damage the foundations.

Dan Burkin, one of our Contracts Managers said, “The problem with Japanese Knotweed is that it can lie dormant in the ground for 20 years, so it can seem like it springs up from out of nowhere”

However there is hope! It can be managed quite easily if it’s dealt with as soon as it’s identified to reduce the chance of it spreading and becoming a real menace. The grounds maintenance operatives from Chequers have a specialist Japanese Knotweed Eradication Team who treat outbreaks of the fast-growing weed.

We eradicate the plant for our housing association clients, but also offer our services privately to those who need it, on an hourly rate. If you see Japanese Knotweed growing on your property you should cordon the area off and call us.

In the meantime, keep your eyes open and leave the rest to Chequers. Japanese Knotweed InfestationJapanese Knotweed stemJapanese Knotweed

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