T20 Cup Triumph for North Down in Robinson Services Cup and Cregagh Pick Up Robinson Services Trophy

North Down have won the Robinson Services T20 Cup sponsored by one of the country’s biggest employers, Robinson Services, they defeated Waringstown at Comber at the weekend by 7 wickets.
And in the league Cregagh Cricket Club picked up the Robinson Services Trophy after defeating Muckamore to win the trophy with a better net run rate.
Robinson Services are one of Northern Ireland’s largest Support Services providers with its Head office in Antrim and sponsors the Northern Cricket Union’s Premier and Senior Leagues in a sponsorship deal as well as sponsoring awards to players who score a century, take six wickets or perform a hat trick.
David Robinson Managing Director, Robinson Services who handed over the trophies commented: “We would like to congratulate all the teams at North Down and Cregagh on their success in this unusual season. Their  performances on the cricket field have been exceptional and they are very worthy winners. We  are very much looking forward to seeing if they both can repeat this success next year but as we know everyone wants to beat the champions so they will once again need to bring their ‘A’ game to retain the trophies.
A word of thanks also to everyone at the NCU and president Richard Johnson for working with us throughout this sponsorship year and we look forward to  continuing to work with them in the future “.

Now We Know How Sinead Navigates Robinson Services Through The Stormy Seas of The Support Services Sector

At Robinson Services  we employ people from many diverse backgrounds and their hobbies can be just as diverse. So when we sat down with Sinead Sharpe, Human Resources Director for a coffee and chat we found out about Sinead’s role as Navigator with the RNLI Lifeboat Crew operating out of Red Bay in Cushendall. Here’s what we found out and to be honest we were seriously impressed !
When did I join?
I joined the Redbay Lifeboat Crew just over 2 years ago.  My husband has been a member of the crew for about ten years and it was something I was always interested in doing – the time just seemed right.
Why did I join?
I like a challenge, especially if it involves learning new things.  I was impressed with the commitment and selflessness that other crew members seemed to have and it appeared to be a very different and worthwhile thing to do in my spare time.  It was a good opportunity to get to know new people, make new friends and give something back to the local community.  It’s also physically demanding at times, so it’s a good way to maintain a decent fitness level.
What is my current role?
At the moment, the station has two different types of search and rescue boat – I have roles, or training plans, as we call them, on both boats.  Our Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) is smaller and holds a crew of 4.  Our All-weather Lifeboat (ALB) holds crew of 6.  I have just completed my ILB crew assessments and completed an ALB Navigator assessment, or passout, at the start of 2019.
What does a Navigator do?
There are 3 ships’ officers roles on the ALB – the Coxwain; the Mechanic and the Navigator.  The Navigator has to make sure that the boat is travelling safely from launch; in other words, you need to plan ahead to avoid any hazards; you need to know what the weather and tide are doing and, considering all of these and more, you need to confirm the directions that the boat needs to take to get to its destination safely.  You are also responsible for planning and communicating search patterns and regularly estimating and recording where the boat is using both computer equipment and nautical paper charts.  Charts become hugely important if the equipment fails!  You need to know the boat’s position at all times – not as easy as it sounds when you’re in rough weather, in the middle of the sea or in thick fog with no visible landmarks.  Simply writing on a chart becomes the hardest thing when you’re strapped tight into your seat and the boat is slamming through waves.
What do you find most difficult?
The training takes a lot of commitment and a lot of my spare time is spent on the boat, or studying for my next assessment.  At a personal level, any missing person search is incredibly tough.  Especially when you’re responsible for calculating the search area.  You can’t afford to make any mistakes.
How has your volunteer role helped you in your leadership role with Robinson Services?
Volunteering has taught me a lot!  I’m much better at dealing with pressure situations; I can quickly assess information and make decisions on the spot with a lot more confidence.  I’ve learned to trust and rely on others to do their roles.  Communication is always key.  And I appreciate the importance of team work at a whole different level; especially the need to have a shared, focussed goal.  It brings out the best in everyone around you, not to mention in yourself as a leader.


Time to Celebrate Again As Robinson Services Pick Up Another Award at The BICs Annual Awards

There was plenty to celebrate for Robinson Services at the recent British Institute of Cleaning Science Annual Awards, held for the second year running at Whittlebury Hall in the in the beautiful county of Northamptonshire.

The Awards were preceded by the annual BICSc showcase exhibition, which incorporated talks by industry experts and the latest industry innovations.

At the Gala Ball & Dinner that evening, Robinson Services were awarded the prestigious John Edwards Award; presented each year to the UK Company identified as an Outstanding Corporate Member.  The accolade was made in recognition of the wide commitment Robinson Services makes to the cleaning industry; from promoting careers and career progression to excellent training standards.

David Robinson, Managing Director, Robinson Services commented:

“A huge congratulations to all the team at Robinson Services in receiving this award .This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the fantastic job our cleaning operatives do on a daily basis and to acknowledge and appreciate the cleaning industry as a whole. 

At Robinson Services  over the years we have always strived to ensure all our teams are trained to the highest possible standard. Our investment in training ensures we position the company to be considered for such accolades and this success is testimony to this.  Hard work and effort does bring rewards.”

Robinson Services Continue to Grow with The Opening of New Dublin Office

Robinson Services, one of Northern Ireland’s Fastest growing Support Service Provider with over 2,000 employees and founded by Jim Robinson in 1968, has opened an office in Dublin and will employ initially 100 people. The move is on the back of fast-growing sales in Northern Ireland across the 4 divisions of Cleaning, Security Hygiene and Laundry. The new recruits are part of a plan to hire 250 people in Dublin and the surrounding areas by 2020.

Managing Director David Robinson commented: “We are delighted to expand into this new market and plan to add up to 100 people to our team in Dublin over the next 12 months to support our continued growth, and 200 by 2020. The roles will predominantly be in the Cleaning , Hygiene and Security divisions and already the company has secured over 30 client contracts including Birds Eye and Tayto Park.

The combination of a talented senior management team, a motivated and highly trained workforce, made entry into the Dublin market a natural progression as we scale. We are looking forward to bringing further prestigious local clients on board by demonstrating that proven experience and expertise such as ours can be trusted to deliver in the support services sector.

We look forward to working with our new clients and I would like to thank them for entrusting Robinson Services with their cleaning, security, hygiene and consumable needs and assure them they will receive an extremely high standard of professional care.”

The new Robinson Service office is located at Blanchardstown Corporate Park, Dublin, D15 AKK1, Ireland.

For more information contact Jonathan McKinlay, Group Business Development Director at jonathanm@robinson-services.com

More Success for Robinson Services with ILM Certification As Managers Knock It For Six

Robinson Services was delighted to celebrate the achievement of six managers who were recently awarded  Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM ) qualifications in leadership & management. Hot on the heels of the start of the Robinson Services NCU Premier League Cricket sponsorship these talented individuals certainly knocked the ILM course for six !

The successful individuals were all awarded with their certificates following successful assessment in a number of management topics.  The qualification was delivered by training partners Training Solutions NI, with topics that were tailored to suit the unique demands of their roles.

Sinead Sharpe, HR Director, commented :
“Our business performance demands that our people managers continuously challenge themselves to grow and develop.  As part of our overall increased investment in training activities, Robinson Services was happy to invest in a globally-recognised qualification for our leaders.  There is no doubt that our people and clients will reap the benefits through enhanced customer service.  Huge congratulations again to those who completed their qualification – the hard work has paid off.”
Pictured left to right:– back row: Bobby Watt , Jacqueline Mitchel , Ryan Quigley , Ruairi McGuigan , front row : Pamela Fullerton , Kirsty Wilson


Expectations Are High as Northern Cricket Union Robinson Services Premier League New Season Commences

The country’s biggest cricket league sponsored by one of the country’s biggest employers. Robinson Services, one of Northern Ireland’s largest Support Services is underway and the competition is high to be crowned champions.
Robinson Services with its Head office in Antrim and other satellite offices in Belfast are now in year 2 of a 3 year sponsorship deal with the Northern Cricket Union’s Premier and Senior Leagues.  Robinson Service also sponsor the awards to players who score a century, take six wickets or perform a hat trick.
This season CIYMS will be hoping its new recruits will be a major boost as they try to retain the title they won last year.
David Robinson Managing Director, Robinson Services had this to say on the start of the season:
“Last year Nigel and all the team at CIYMS were very worthy winners in the first year of our 3 year agreement. We  are very much looking forward to seeing if they can repeat this success this year but as we know everyone wants to beat the champions so they will once again need to bring their ‘A’ game to retain the trophy. . A word of thanks also to everyone at the NCU and president Richard Johnson and we look forward to working with them over the next two years. Let the battle commence!
Richard Johnson  President, Northern Cricket Union commented further :
“Thank once again to Robinson Services for their fantastic support and David’s  love affair with cricket is well documented and clearly is reflected in his sponsorship deal for the Northern Cricket Union’s premier and senior leagues. We are delighted with this sponsorship and we look forward to seeing David hand the trophy over to our new worthy champions for this season at the end of the Summer.”