Navigating the Transition from Military to Civilian Life with Retain Limited

Transitioning from military to civilian life presents a unique set of challenges for armed forces personnel. The structured environment, camaraderie, and clear mission objectives characterising military life differ considerably from the civilian world.

Reintegrating into civilian society can be overwhelming. Veterans may tackle issues such as finding employment, adjusting to a less regimented lifestyle, coping with trauma or PTSD, navigating healthcare systems, and establishing new support networks. This transition period requires adaptation, resilience, and support to ensure a successful reintegration into civilian life.

Many of our employees have armed forces experience, including our founder and director, Jamie Gibbs, who proudly served with the Royal Marines. Retain Limited endeavours to provide employment opportunities to help and support military personnel to adjust to the lifestyle of a UK civilian once they have left service.

We also strive to help educate, train, and create bespoke career pathways tailored to suit individual skill sets to enable and encourage a successful and fulfilling life post-service. We take tremendous pride in helping and reassuring service leavers that there is a way forward in the civilian world.

Last year, we were delighted to attain the prestigious Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Award. This achievement strengthened our continuous commitment to support the armed forces community in a manner that aligns with the values of the Armed Forces Covenant.

Through a three-tier approach of bronze, silver and gold, the ERS scheme acknowledges employers’ different levels of commitment. It allows the Ministry of Defence to publicly thank and reward organisations for their support.

We announced the appointment of Jamie Cooper as our new Health and Safety Manager last month. Jamie wanted to be open and speak freely about his military career and transition experience after recently leaving the Royal Navy.

“In September 2014, I bid farewell to my role as a pool lifeguard and stepped through the gates of HMS Raleigh to embark on my journey in the Royal Navy. Here, I cultivated lifelong values of discipline, courage, commitment, respect, integrity, and loyalty.

Throughout my tenure, I had the privilege of learning and imparting essential military skills to new recruits as a weapon instructor, range conducting officer, and parade instructor. Leading security teams across various global assignments, I operated the Navy’s most powerful weaponry.

Guiding firefighting and damage control teams through diverse scenarios, I ensured departments were trained to exemplary standards in my final years of service. Gratitude is owed to my mentors, whose guidance was integral to my success.

I recently departed HMS Drake for the last time and retired my uniform and medals, having had the honour of serving and protecting our nation and monarchy. I traversed the globe over the years, encountering and assisting countless remarkable individuals. Now, I embark on a new journey within health and safety, embracing its challenges with enthusiasm and a can-do attitude.

Transitioning from military to civilian life isn’t easy, yet I’ve come to appreciate the invaluable skills I’ve acquired in service. While the adjustment may be gradual, I am fortunate to have support within my new workplace and at home. My family, friends and colleagues have been a massive help during my transition.

I extend my heartfelt thanks to Jamie Gibbs and everyone at Retain Limited for entrusting me with the opportunity to lead their organisation towards continued success in their esteemed health and safety policies and initiatives. I eagerly anticipate the future as we strive for growth and excellence together.”

Please click here for further insights into career opportunities at Retain Limited and information about our current vacancies in the construction and renewable energy sectors.

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Badminton Estate Roofing Case Study

A large warehouse a stone’s throw from the historic Badminton Estate, which is set within the beautiful South Gloucestershire countryside, has recently been transformed by Retain Limited.

Over the years, the property’s roofing system had deteriorated, leading to leaks, energy inefficiency, and increased maintenance costs. The organisation made a positive commercial decision to undertake a new roofing installation to address these issues and enhance the sustainability and appearance of the building.

The roofing project was installed in phases to minimise disruptions to the business within the commercial complex. Our professional roofing operatives ensured the installation followed strict safety regulations and quality standards.

Renewing the commercial complex’s roofing system not only addressed immediate issues but also prolonged the property’s lifespan thanks to its improved sustainability and energy efficiency.

Project Overview

Retain Roofing was commissioned to strip out 5000m2 of ACM cement sheets and 360LM of wired glass and steel structure. This was replaced with 180LM ridge purlins, and replaced all roof sheets with jorside panels with 20% roof lights.

Additional work included the fitting of metal guttering, insulating and lining, and fitting highline gutter to eaves to leave the property completely watertight and safe from the elements.

Our Services

  • Full design of new roof system
  • Project planning, including RAMS
  • Air testing
  • Disposal of old roofing system
  • Full roof replacement
  • Scaffolding and edge protection

Contact us today at 0800 027 2244 for further information on our high-quality industrial and commercial roofing solutions, customised to fit your exact requirements. Or fill out the form below, and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible.

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Southend-On-Sea Project Update

We are pleased to report that another Retain Limited industrial roofing project started recently in the coastal resort of Southend-on-Sea. A well-known manufacturing facility in the city will soon benefit from a new roofing system expertly installed by our professional operatives.

The primary objective of this project is to enhance the structural integrity and weather resistance of the large building, which is almost 14,000m2 in size. This involves stripping the existing roofing system and subsequently installing new components, including bar, bracket, insulation, top sheet, and associated flashings and sealants.

Discover exceptional industrial and commercial roofing, as well as commercial solar PV and scaffolding services, provided by the award-winning Retain Limited team. Connect with us and learn more about our high-quality industrial and commercial solutions that are tailored to meet your exact needs.

Don’t hesitate to contact us at 0800 027 2244 or fill out the contact form below. We’ll promptly reach out to discuss your project requirements.

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Exciting Academic Journey Ahead

We are pleased to announce that our trainee quantity surveyors, Trent Kennedy and Jordan Lawrence, have embarked on a two-year distance learning program in MSc Quantity Surveying (RICS Accredited) with Northumbria University.

Their academic adventure kicks off with a deep dive into the first module, exploring construction and sustainable technologies. This not only equips them with essential knowledge of modern construction practices but also highlights the importance of sustainability in shaping the industry’s future.

In addition to mastering the finer details of construction and sustainable technologies, Trent and Jordan will immerse themselves in law and surveying practice. This comprehensive approach ensures they develop a well-rounded skill set that aligns with the highest industry standards that we adhere to.

As they embark on this educational journey, we would like to wish Trent and Jordan every success in their studies. Your commitment to continuous learning and professional development is an inspiration to us all at Retain Limited! Here’s to a rewarding and knowledge-filled two years ahead. Good luck, guys.

If you would like to learn more about Retain Careers, please click here to view our latest vacancies or contact us on 0800 027 2244.

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London Project Update

Good progress is being made at our latest project in London. Work commenced just before Christmas, and our professional team of operatives has been very busy since our return to the construction site.

In conjunction with our cutting-edge roofing system with panels supplied by Kingspan Insulated Panels UK & Ireland, we’re elevating our project by integrating a comprehensive commercial solar energy system onto the new roof, featuring an impressive solar PV array that exceeds 400 kWp.

This advancement signifies that the building will soon be empowered to generate its own environmentally friendly energy, leading to substantial reductions in electricity bills for our client.

An important aspect to highlight is our seamless integration of all three of our services – Retain Roofing, Retain Energy, and Retain Access – ensuring safe access to the roof space.

This comprehensive approach reflects our commitment to providing an all-encompassing and seamless strategy for improving project management and communication.

For unparalleled expertise in industrial and commercial roofing, commercial solar PV solutions, and scaffolding services, the Retain Limited team stands as your trusted partner. Connect with us today to explore top-tier solutions that redefine excellence!

Feel free to give us a call at 0800 027 2244 or simply complete the contact form below, and we’ll promptly get in touch to discuss your project requirements.

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An Introduction to the Retain Limited Group of Companies

For those who do not know what we do at Retain Limited, let us take this opportunity to introduce Retain Limited – your trusted partner for construction and renewable energy projects.

Retain Limited is one of the most established and well-respected three-in-one industrial and commercial specialist contractors in the UK today. Not only do we handle large-scale industrial and commercial roofing and cladding projects, but we also supply robust scaffolding systems to access projects.

Our commitment to sustainable and innovative solutions extends beyond our roofing projects. In addition to our expertise in roofing installations, we take pride in our capability to design and implement cutting-edge commercial solar energy solutions. Harnessing the power of the sun, our dedicated team of experts is well-versed in creating bespoke solar solutions tailored to meet the unique needs of your business.

Retain Roofing, Retain Access, and Retain Energy are three companies that operate under the Retain Limited umbrella. They all offer a consistently high level of service regardless of which company you engage.

Our award-winning services across Roofing, Access and Energy mean clients can work with one contractor, offering professionalism, knowledge and experience. This three-in-one approach makes it easier for you, the client, to engage our services. It allows for better, more cohesive planning across the project as a whole, where we can dovetail seamlessly with any other on-site contractors.

Retain’s service offering is designed to exceed industry standards and is unmatched in our sectors. Should you require further information or wish to arrange a site visit, please do not hesitate to contact our friendly team on 0800 027 2244 or email us here.

We pride ourselves on the quality of our work at Retain, and it’s why we’re proud to have our name on every part of the business. We look forward to the possibility of collaborating with you and contributing to the success of your projects in 2024 and beyond.

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Happy New Year!

We trust the holiday season showered you with joy and fulfilled all your wishes. As we step into a brand new year, Retain Limited is excited to extend a warm welcome back. Our knowledgeable team is invigorated and fully prepared to dive into your industrial and commercial projects with newfound enthusiasm.

Whether you have ongoing endeavours or exciting new projects on the horizon, rest assured that we are here to deliver top-notch services and unwavering professional support. Our dedication to excellence remains steadfast, and we are eager to collaborate with you to achieve your objectives successfully in the coming year.

We appreciate your continued trust in Retain Limited, and we’re geared up for a prosperous 2024 filled with shared accomplishments. If you have any enquiries or projects in mind, feel free to reach out to us:

📞 0800 027 2244
📧 info@retainlimited.com

Thank you for considering Retain Limited for all your industrial and commercial roofing, solar PV and scaffolding requirements. Here’s to a year of growth, success, and meaningful partnerships.

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Christmas Holiday Shutdown

As the holiday season fast approaches, we would like to express our sincere gratitude for your continued support and custom throughout the year. In the spirit of Christmas and to allow our dedicated team to enjoy a well-deserved break, we will close on Friday 15 December.

We will resume normal operations and be ready to assist you with all your industrial and commercial needs on Tuesday 2 January. During this shutdown, we will take the opportunity to spend time with our loved ones and recharge our batteries for the upcoming year.

We look forward to serving you with the same dedication and passion in 2024! Wishing you a joyful and peaceful holiday season – enjoy the most wonderful time of the year.

Best wishes from the Retain Limited team 🎄🎅🏼🥂

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2023 In Review – A Golden Year

As we reflect on the forthcoming conclusion of an incredibly busy and productive year, Retain Limited takes pride in looking back at the many achievements and milestones that have characterised our journey throughout 2023.

This year, from groundbreaking projects to innovative solutions, has epitomised our ongoing commitment to excellence and our relentless pursuit of delivering high-quality, three-in-one industrial and commercial services nationwide.

Amidst the UK’s economic challenges, we have embraced each opportunity for growth and adaptation across our three divisions of commercial and industrial roofing, commercial solar PV and scaffolding. Our unwavering dedication to going the extra mile for our clients has solidified our standing in the sectors we operate within and propelled us to new heights.

Away from the construction site, we have developed new initiatives and successfully achieved well-deserved recognition along the way. In March, we secured another NFRC Gold Award for our health and safety practices, our seventh consecutive year of achieving gold status. We continue to demonstrate a commitment to ensure the highest possible health and safety standards for our operatives.

In May, we announced that we had become a principal partner of 2022/23 Sky Bet League One champions Plymouth Argyle Football Club. A distinctive gold version of the Retain Limited logo is proudly displayed on the rear of the first team’s playing shorts, establishing a synergy between Argyle and ourselves.

We were privileged to achieve the prestigious Defence Relationship Management (DRM) Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Award in July. This accolade followed the ERS silver and bronze awards, both attained last year. This remarkable feat is mainly due to the hard work and dedication of James Styles MCMI, our Operations Manager, who proudly served in the Royal Marines.

In September, we were unveiled as a new Patron of the Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce. Patrons of the Chamber are some of the best-known and respected organisations in our local business community, and we feel honoured to play an active role in the region.

Last but not least, our Founder and Director, Jamie Gibbs, was recently presented with an award at The House of Lords while attending a Bootnecks in2 Business event. Jamie received an award for unselfishness by actively providing employment opportunities to help other former Royal Marines and ex-military personnel re-adjust to the lifestyle of a UK civilian.

Join us in 2024 as we embark on a journey that builds on the highlights of this bustling and fruitful year, celebrating the hard work and collaborative spirit that defines Retain Limited.

Contact the team on 0800 027 2244 or info@retainlimited.com to learn more about our award-winning services and solutions.

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Three-In-One Service Project To Start

Excitement is building as we gear up for our latest three-in-one project, which is scheduled to kick off this upcoming Monday (11th December). 

This sizeable industrial property in London is set to receive an early Christmas present with a cutting-edge roofing system. The new roof will offer increased efficiency and will be meticulously installed by our skilled operatives.

But that’s not all. In addition to the modern roofing system, we’re elevating the project by incorporating a substantial commercial solar PV system onto the new roof, boasting an impressive capacity of over 400 kWp. The building will soon generate its own green energy, and future electricity bills will be significantly lower.

Noteworthy is that we’ve seamlessly integrated all three of our services (Retain Roofing, Retain Access and Retain Energy), ensuring safe access and egress to the roof. This leads to an all-encompassing and seamless approach to improving project management throughout the course of the works.

For superior industrial and commercial roofing, commercial solar PV and scaffolding services, look no further than the Retain Limited team. Connect with us today on 0800 027 2244 or email us here!

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