Caxtons GCSE environmental project

Let's be greener.
As a result of Caxtons' commitment to working with local work experience students, for which we have twice won an EBP Outstanding Employer Contribution award, Caxtons was approached by Northfleet School for Girls and asked to help with an environmental project.

The project, was run by a class of Year 11 students, and part of their GCSE studies. Caxtons' director David Gurton, and human resources manager Debbie Feast, met Debbie Manning, Nicole Goodger, and head teacher Julie Wilson - to formulate the project, and presented to the students explaining the background of Caxtons' business and what we hoped the project would achieve. Debbie said "We felt there was more we could do than just recycling paper and using low energy light bulbs! So


we asked the students to look at all aspects of running the business from energy efficiency of boilers and building insulation, through to recycling and consumables".

In addition to the academic work, the project gave students the opportunity to get a taste of the business world before they left school by attending business meetings and spending time in an office environment. At the end of the academic year, the students made a presentation of their key findings and recommendations to some of Caxtons' key staff.

David added "The project had a very real value for us. Not only did it help Caxtons to fulfill its statutory obligation to have regard to the impact of the company's operations on the community and the environment, but long-term it may cut costs by reducing energy bills, eliminate unnecessary journeys, reduce storage space and so on".

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Everything green

Businesses support Milestone Acadamy.

Businesses based at Crossways Business Park went head to head in a mega quiz attended by Mayor Avtar Sandhu on 3rd July. The event was organised by the Dartford Office of Top 50 National Law Firm Weightmans and Chartered Surveyors, Caxtons.

The event raised money for local charity, Milestone Academy, a school serving students with profound, severe and complex needs and strengthen relationships.

David Gurton, Director of Caxtons added: "Caxtons was delighted to be joint host and to sponsor the inaugural 'Crossways Cup'. As one of largest independent property practices in Kent and the South East, we were keen to be able to put something back into the community by raising much needed funds for Milestone Academy. Caxtons also manages Crossways Business Park and we believe that the new competition will help bring a sense of

community to businesses on the Park, an integral development within Kent Thameside which has been identified by the government as a key growth area for the Thames Gateway."

Mark Brenlund, Partner at Weightmans Dartford office said: "With so much business being based on relationships, this event was a creative and fun way for all businesses on the park to engage with each other at a local level. Weightmans takes its responsibility within the community seriously and we were pleased to align with the Mayor's remit for generating business for companies within the region. The fact that our chosen charity will benefit both from increased profile and finances is of equal importance and highlights Weightmans' approach to the Kent and South East region, being one of the areas in which it operates."

The event took place at Hilton Dartford Bridge Hotel.
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David Gurton

Key to a happy and loyal workforce....

At Caxtons we are committed to personal development and training, and believe it is key to a happy workforce and loyal staff.

Once in post, most staff stay with the company for many years, which benefits the company enormously. Developing skills and expanding the number of staff who obtain professional qualifications also provides an expertise hard to find in many companies and a reason for clients to return to Caxtons for a variety of reasons.

In addition to staff development, Caxtons participates in local work experience schemes and has, for the second year in succession, won an award for "Outstanding

Employer Contribution" to Work Experience, presented by Education Business Partnership, Kent.

Students were given the opportunity to experience many of the different jobs in the various departments within the company, and staff were happy to spend time with them. Without those staff Caxtons would not have won the Award.

Human Resources Manager, Debbie Feast, said "We have had really positive feedback from the students themselves. We even had one who didn't want to leave! Many were surprised that we take a positive interest in them, explain the different roles we perform and ask them to practice the skills they learn whilst they are with us. It was very satisfying to receive such a good response and it makes participation in the scheme really worthwhile."
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Debbie Feast