30th May 2019

BoA Pancake Race 2019 winner Steve Vick International shows us around

Back in February, the annual BoA Pancake Race took place, and this time we not only offered the coveted Frying Pan Trophy to the winner, but also the chance to have a feature written about their local business or organisation.

Filmed by BBC Points West and broadcast live on BBC Wiltshire Radio, it was a close run thing, with 40 year old Gary MacAlister from Steve Vick International beating the hotly tipped Cake Architect to the post, due to what Gary believes was his expert pancake flipping mid race! (Note the need to practice next year competitors!)

Gary told the BBC, (clearly with no irony), that: “It was a dream come true to win this amazing event!”

To fulfil our part of the bargain, recently we went along to the firm, to hand them the newly engraved trophy and find out more about their fast growing company.

Having relocated from Bath 5 years ago, the 30 strong company have quickly expanded to a team of over 70 and have just acquired further buildings to continue this expansion.

So what is it that they do?

Steve Vick International are major suppliers to the gas distribution networks and deliver cost-saving solutions for damaged, redundant or outdated underground pipework.

During the 1980’s Steve Vick International pioneered a gas mains replacement technique called Live Mains Insertion which involves inserting PE pipe into an old low pressure cast iron main and uses a special gland box.  One of the main benefits of Live Mains Insertion is that customers’ gas supplies are uninterrupted throughout the insertion process.

In addition to Live Mains Insertion, Steve Vick International offer a range of resin foam sealant products for flowstopping and gas service renewal as well as a wide range of pipe handlers, pipe cutters, pipe crackers and pipe coil trailers.

Many of the signature technologies developed by Steve Vick International have been found to be transferrable.  This has allowed Steve Vick International to grow and develop not only in the gas distribution sector but within the energy sector, water industry and contract services.

With our town recently declaring a Climate Emergency, we asked what the company was doing to reduce their carbon footprint. Gary explained that as a company, they look to reduce wastage, recycle and save energy throughout the building and within their business practices, wherever possible, use video conferencing to reduce travel. All lights are LED and on timers to reduce energy consumption. They have also installed high quality filters and extractors to ensure the safety of workers as well as prevent any detrimental effects on the environment.

With many of their products made on site, their carbon footprint has also been positively impacted.  Recently the company have been awarded the ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Accreditation which offers assurance to their clients and the general public that they are fully compliant and operating responsibly.
It’s great to see an engineering company like Steve Vick International thriving in Bradford on Avon.  A number of their workforce live in Bradford on Avon and surrounding villages and the company are keen to support and be involved with the local community.

Thank you to Gary and the team for taking part in our race and showing us around!

Get training if you fancy competing next year and having your organisation or business featured here!

Photos Lydia Booth Photography