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Paula Rosa Manhattan is proud to be associated with the Bandekdee Orphanage, Northern Thailand

Bandekdee Orphanage is a project for ethnic minority orphans and poor children throughout the provinces in North of Thailand who are at risk of, or are victims of, drug issues, human trafficking and force labour.

All of the Paula Rosa Manhattan Thai office team have contributed to bringing food, toys and supplies for the 100+ children that this wonderful place provides a home and sanctuary to. We are very proud to be associated with such a great team and good people.

Bandekdee Orphanage took out inspiration from the Proverb 22:6; “Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it" (New Living Translation (© 2007).

With or without religious conviction, this Proverb relates to all children growing up and looking forward to a better and safer society.

Mr Manop Jaocharoen is the founder of the orphanage and attended an orphanage himself as a youngster. You can read more about his inspirational story here.

Paula Rosa Manhattan cares about the environment and the community in which it works. Read more about our corporate social responsibility here.

Please help us to promote this Christmas single to raise money for "Cures for the Big 4" research campaign

Small Change, Change Lives Christmas single.

Paula Rosa Manhattan is supporting a Christmas Single that has been recorded to raise money for research into “Cures for the Big 4” killers that affect so many of us – cancer, diabetes, heart and neuropsychiatric disease including Dementia and Alzheimer’s.

The single is dedicated to the memory of the song’s lyricist and co-writer, Jonny Walker, who lived locally and was a personal friend of our Concept Design Manager, Terry Woods. Jonny a talented musician and fun loving 21-year-old, whose battle with bowel cancer ended just a few weeks ago.  His premature death, which came before he was able to hear the completed recording, has been a powerful catalyst for all those involved in making the song a reality.

In a matter of weeks the single has been written, recorded, edited and mastered by people from a variety of backgrounds who have generously given of their time and talent. Amongst those performing are the Military Wives, Jonjo Kerr (X-factor 2011) and Vicky Louise (vocals), James Gambold (drums), Alex Hutchings (guitar), Rich O’Brien (bass), Matthew Elston (violin) and a chorus including Jonny’s parents.

Jonny’s voice can be heard in the final section of the song accompanied by his Dad Mac on guitar, taken from an early demo of his ideas.  Although he never heard the final version, it is destined to become his legacy, raising money for causes in which he also passionately believed and which affect us all, not least his own wider family and friends.

The Christmas single can be downloaded at: iTunes or Amazon

Please visit the following links to find out more about this great cause.
Friday Foundation
Official Facebook Page

Jonny’s friends and family wish to sell as many copies of this fantastic Christmas single as possible, so would appreciate everyone sharing this blog on their Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts. Thank you for your support.

Paula Rosa Manhattan supports Southwick Rangers Under 7 team

Proud sponsors of Southwark Rangers Under 7 team.

Paula Rosa Manhattan, as part of its continued social responsibility programme, has sponsored Southwick Rangers Under 7 football team’s football kit and water bottles.

Graham Measor, Design Team Leader, at Paula Rosa Manhattan manages the team which is too young to play in a league but plays against other teams on a friendly basis. Matches are played on a Sunday morning with home games being played at Southwick Recreation Ground. So far this season the team has played four matches all of which they have unfortunately lost.

The club has access to a club house which has been recently decorated. Southwick Rangers has opened a popular café in its club kitchen on training and match days which helps to boost funds.

The club welcomes children of all ages who want to play football and children as young as three years old have signed up.

Paula Rosa Manhattan supports Billingshurst Primary School’s Summer Fun Day

Paula Rosa Manhattan supported the Billingshurst Primary School 'Summer Fun Day' event which helped raise £9,366.

Paula Rosa Manhattan recently supported the Billingshurst Primary School 'Summer Fun Day' which was organised by the Billingshurst Primary School Community Association (BPSCA). This fun-packed event took place on 5th July 2014 and we helped to raise £9,366 to continue the development of the school’s outdoor activities programme.

The Summer Fun Day event is now in its fourth year and the money raised benefits every child in the school. The event includes country dancing, human bowling, smoothie bikes, a bungee run challenge, an impressive dance routine by the Billingshurst Dance troop and lots more.

Paula Rosa Manhattan’s Corporate Social Responsibility Programme

Paula Rosa Manhattan takes Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) seriously and works with several local community groups including the 8th Worthing Sea Scout Group, Adur Outdoor Activities Centre and The IET Formula Goblin Project.

Our CSR commitment also includes reducing our impact on the environment and we have been awarded several 'green' accreditations including FSC®, PEFC and ISO 14001. You can read more about these and our sustainability strategy, Planet2050®, on our Going Green page.

If you have any questions, please contact your sales manager.

Iain Flitcroft, MD, Paula Rosa Manhattan receives his golden watch

Iain Flitcroft, MD, Paula Rosa Manhattan receives his golden watch after 25 years service

Iain Flitcroft, MD, Paula Rosa Manhattan, recently received his golden watch for 25 years of continuous service. We know – he doesn’t look old enough …

Here is a brief summary of Iain’s career

In 1989 Iain Flitcroft relocated to the south coast and joined Manhattan as an Assistant Cost Accountant on 3rd January 1989. Throughout his early years with the company Iain worked as Operations Manager and later Systems Manager.

A succession management buyout in 2000 saw Iain become Managing Director. Iain has been instrumental in bringing about change within the business in his time with the company, overseeing major growth in both turnover and profit, plus helping the business win many of the accreditations and endorsements it enjoys to this day.

After 25 years Iain is still enthusiastic and fully engaged with the business. The largest investment in machinery, in the Company’s history, is currently underway. This major project is being overseen by Iain who is extremely excited about the future with a ‘state of the art’ factory.

The business was owned by Smiths Plc from the 1950s to 1982. Smiths was founded by Samuel Smith, (born 1827), in 1873. His shop was opened in Newington Causeway, London, where he made and sold watches, clocks and precision instruments. Smiths Group has reinvented itself many times in its 140-year history, from its origins in clocks and watches, through the significant growth in the automotive and aerospace sectors during the 20th century, to its current portfolio of assets which tap into high-tech markets with strong underlying growth characteristics. Today Smiths Group is a global business, employing 23,000 people in more than 50 countries.

The management team thought it would be fitting to present Iain with a gold watch to mark his 25 years with Dennis & Robinson. Naturally, the best watch to mark this auspicious occasion would be a Smiths watch. We managed to locate a specialist and obtained a watch from around the time of Iain’s birth. The management team thank Iain for leading the business over the years. Without Iain the business would be a very different place in terms of the organisation and the people.

Iain Flitcroft – 25 years service

  • Cost Accountant 1989-1990
  • Systems Manager 1990-1995
  • Operations Manager 1995-1996
  • Operations Director 1996-1998
  • Director & General Manager 1998-2000
  • Led Management Buy-out November 2000
  • Granted Royal Warrant January 2001
  • Majority owner, Managing Director 2000-2008
  • Executive Chairman 2008-2012
  • UK Managing Director 2013 – present

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Paula Rosa Manhattan supports the World Scout Jamboree 2015

Paula Rosa Manhattan supports the Japan 2015 Scout Jamboree

Hannah Mitchell is a member of 8th Worthing Sea Scout Group and has been successful in being selected from hundreds of Scouts to represent Worthing in the West Sussex contingent for the World Scout Jamboree 2015, to be held in Japan.

Paula Rosa Manhattan has donated £500 towards the £3,000 that Hannah Mitchell needs to raise towards costs. The money raised will also help those less fortunate people from third world countries who long to attend but cannot raise the full amount themselves. Without this help they would be unable to attend.

The World Scout Jamboree is a gathering of around 30,000 Scouts from almost every country in the world who, for ten days live together, experience each others’ cultures, take part in exciting activities and have an amazing adventure of a lifetime.

The participants are currently preparing for the jamboree, so that when they return home, they will have developed skills and knowledge to act as ambassadors, keen to positively affect their local communities and demonstrate commitment to Scouting.

Click here to see the promotional video and learn more about this exciting event.

Paula Rosa Manhattan supports many community initiatives and charity events as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility strategy. You can read more about these events by looking back through our blog stories. You can read more about how we manufacture contract kitchens with minimum impact on the environment by clicking here. Contact your sales manager now for further information.

Paula Rosa Manhattan at the Chamber Business Showcase

Paula Rosa Manhattan at the Chamber Business Showcase 2014

Paula Rosa Manhattan exhibited at the second Worthing and Adur Chamber Business Showcase on Thurs 20th March 2014, which took place at the Town Hall in Worthing.

The event attracted many established businesses in Worthing and Adur including B & W Loudspeakers, Ricardo’s, ETI Limited and Southern Water – it was an excellent opportunity to meet, network and share experiences plus also promote Paula Rosa Manhattan and its success over the past few years which includes the installation of contract kitchens in the Olympics Village.

Jaime Wood helped to set up the stand and to promote the new recruitment drive leaflets which form part of Paula Rosa Manhattan’s growth and continuous improvement strategy. Many people were interested including the Mayor of Worthing who took an application form!

If you would like to find out more information about Paula Rosa Manhattan, please contact the sales manager for your region or call 01903 524300. If you are interested in working at Paula Rosa Manhattan, please keep an eye on the employment section of our website.

Paula Rosa Manhattan donates a brand new kitchen to Adur Outdoor Activities Centre (AOAC)

Left: Ellie Kenrick, AOAC Centre Administrator Right: Rosie Upperton, AOAC enjoying a cuppa in AOAC's new Paula Rosa Manhattan painted effect shaker style kitchen kitchen.

Paula Rosa Manhattan has recently donated and fitted a brand new kitchen for Adur Outdoor Activities Centre (AOAC) which is a registered charity. AOAC is an activity centre that is open to members of the public, schools, youth groups and other organisations.

AOAC’s club house was built in 1973 and this is the first time it has benefited from having a proper kitchen. The new kitchen will mostly be used for staff who heat their lunches in the microwave. Ellie Kenrick, AOAC Centre Aministrator said: “It is great to have a nice clean work surface and large fridge freezer which we didn’t have before.”

AOAC’s core activities are:

AOAC has recently introduced a monthly membership scheme for its ten metre high indoor climbing wall which enables members to use the wall as often as they like. AOAC also has a residential facility, with a kitchen and living space which is rented out during the evenings to various fitness classes such as yoga, zumba, street dance for kids and legs bums and tums classes.

The kitchen, appliances and worktop have been supplied and fitted to the highest quality in accordance with Paula Rosa Manhattan’s impressive range of accreditations.

New low energy lighting at Paula Rosa Manhattan

Low level lighting Paula Rosa Manhattan.

Paula Rosa Manhattan has recently installed low energy lighting throughout its factory in Lancing as part of its Planet2050® sustainability strategy.

It has replaced 152 lights, reducing factory lighting costs by 66% per annum, saving £22,000 per year. This latest project is a good example of shared value because it improves Paula Rosa Manhattan’s bottom line as well meeting its commitment towards protecting the environment. The energy saving is 75% as the new bulbs operate at 100W compared to 400W for the old ones.

The quality of the lighting in the factory is very important to Paula Rosa Manhattan as it is used for the whole manufacturing process from receipt of raw materials through to final quality inspection. For example, the high specification gloss painted kitchen doors must be visually checked when booked into stock to identify any supplier issues. During the manufacturing process, glued edging, drilled holes etc. need to be continually monitored. After assembly of the units the final products must be inspected closely as they will be placed under great scrutiny in the new homes that they are delivered to.

Max Caunhye, Head of Finance commented: “After deciding to go ahead with LED lighting, I invited two companies for further discussion. The refreshing aspect from Vision Accendo was that they evaluated my workings and worked together with me to find the most cost effective manner of financing. I needed the financing set up in a manner to suit our needs, they accommodated this easily. This enabled all costs to be transparent to the management team in an easy to understand manner”.

Stuart Newble, Operations Manager added: “ The installation went ahead very smoothly with little interruption from the team to our manufacturing processes. The new lighting is fantastic, it’s good to see the lights automatically switch off when not required thus producing further savings, previously not obtained.”

Find out more about Planet2050® and our commitment to the environment.