Thursday, 20 September 2018

Apprentices - investing in futures

Myself and my business/life partner made another decision this year, one that I think a lot of small and larger businesses need to start doing more of.......we took on another apprentice.

These training schemes are not pushed enough these days in schools across the
country and I feel it such a real shame.

Small and large companies, sole traders and tradesman have so much to gain and benefit from having these young people in their businesses. Learning on the job and getting experience in the work environment, it has a place, and there are some valuable lessons to be learned. People skills especially, are unfortunatley lacking and becoming a real problem today.
Technology is constantly moving forward and the desperate need to push all of us to be more efficient and less manual, the hierarchy that we all should have a degree or extensive higher education, but I wonder, is technology going to become a bit of an enemy in the future?

There are so many kids in schools needing something else.....they may not be academic, but be amazing with their hands or in other ways...this way apprenticeships give opportunity to our youth, another direction or option for a career path,  some may not be able to do what seems to be expected of they get forced these days into using a pc, tablet, phone or other techno device and a degree is classed and preached to them from a young age as the best thing to have. I believe this is not the case for everyone.

I wanted to shout about this scheme as it's not shouted about enough.…for us having one young lady already blossom in our business through this scheme one who didn't like school that much was quiet, did what she was asked, to the best of her ability...we are so grateful as business owners that an apprenticeship scheme has allowed her to be able to come into our business, learn with us and allow me especially to teach someone else how to progress and grow with our business to a point now where she is a confident young lady with a really strong position in our company and with a bright future ahead of her.

So good the experience has been we decided it was the only option for us as our business expands to bring in another young member on the scheme to our team, to teach them the old school method of engineering in our newest sector of our business to allow another person's future to have possibilities.

If you feel this is something that may be of value to another business owner, friend or child about to leave school and may benefit from please share it.... tell them about apprenticeships contact your local colleges and training organisations.......6th form is not the only further education option after school leavers age, look up the apprenticeship options, we could do with so many more of these on the job educated younger generation with manual qualifications being in work as well as those college and university educated by the book. Its about time our generation go back a few years and get this new one away from the gadgets and phones their heads are in all the time,  I think if not there will be a real lack of tradesman in the future.... WHEN not IF this happens it will be a major problem and will take years to rectify.
Apprentice number 2 came into our company 1st sept 2018 and it's one of the best feelings ever to be able to invest in someone else's future.

Gemma & Nick Mills
Directors of Big ltd
#training #investinfutures #apprentices

Friday, 20 July 2018

Booler4x4 steps it up a gear

So nick this last two months has pushed our 4x4 section to the max, new unit and workshop and another few restorations to his portfolio means that it’s now a serious part of the Bigboolies group. Take a look at some of the work he’s done recently and if you know of anyone that would benefit from his services please give us a call!!! 

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Graphics and protection for rallysport

So not the usual regular vans for business we get through the doors at our boolies moto art section, this time a lovely example of a Mk 2 escort rally prepared vehicle. This customer wanted his car fitted with 3m clear protection, and a few extra graphics on for good measure. Graphics replicated in the legendary Ari vatanens RS1800 colour scheme. Looks fantastic now it’s finished and protected. We will also soon have Manuel Reuters RS500 touring car returning to the workshop soon for new livery supplied and this space.!!!

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

The embroidery suite expands its horizons

Since we moved into the unit in showfield lane in 2012 with our two brother Pr650 machines, things have changed massively for us in this area, bigger orders now flowing in, meant we needed faster turnaround and over the last 6 years has seen the addition of another 6 industrial machines enabling us to speed our turnaround up and also allow us to push our embroidery sector further. Custom items being our speciality. Small business owners now happy in the knowledge they don’t have to order 100s in a min order run and can get themselves some nice custom made company uniform for their own businesses at prices that are affordable. To bigger orders of 100s even 1000s of garments in any one order. Here’s some of the most recent embroidery work we’ve done of late for our customers. 

Saturday, 10 March 2018

The birth of a landy.....and Booler4x4

We posted on one of our last posts in 2013 images of the Land Rover bobtail a personal project that nick decided to undertake. A grubby Moss ridden dirty rat infested bag of s**t excuse my language but dear god when I saw that roll up at home I thought steptoe and sons had landed in the yard!!!! 🙈 true and inevitable nick mills style the years that followed and the man hours it demanded a true beauty has risen from the hedge back. Now fully restored and modified our Land Rover bobtail is a fraction of its former self  having extensive work completed all by his fair hands. I’m sure you will agree serious talent he has and huge vision to restore and enhance something to this level....but this my friends is only the beginning!,  what happened next was the birth of another area to our business which makes use of these talents he has, 1. to pay the bills and keep the wolves from the door and 2. enhance the magic of boolies even more @booler4x4 is born in February 2017. 

Small steps to big changes

Rather than Mrs b try to go through five years of news and updates in several blogs, as to what happened and when, some of it is here in our old posts but a lot of has been posted to our Facebook page /bigboolies here or there you can scroll through to your hearts content and get the feed and info of how things developed for us as a company from day 1 in March 2008 to the present day. The move to the unit, the bringing in of man power in the form of nick my husband and soon to be renamed mr boolies!, the jobs we’ve done,  the customer responses and reviews we’ve had, the boolies vans, (and there has been many,lol) the charity events we have done, the expansion of departments to our business, the strong team we have now behind us in Rachel and Caitlin, and the plans that we have made for the future.its all there in an online picture diary for all to see. It still amazes me to this very day how something that was just a light bulb moment ‘I’m going to start a tshirt printing business’ has now become so much more.....a thriving well known, Yorkshire based business called ltd 

Friday, 9 March 2018

It’s been a while..... BUT..... what a while it’s been!!

So it is now March 2018, we have been in a business building time wharp,  and missed 5 years of blogging news!, Oops, but what a five years it’s been. It’s seen the staff count rise to four in total, nick the hubby full time with the company after the move to the unit in showfield was a make or break move, it certainly, after looking back at the first post on this blog was soooooo the right thing to do!
Over the next few blog posts I’m going to bring you bang up to date with what’s happened, what’s new and what’s going to happening in the coming months @bigboolies group