Aptus In The Community

Looking after our workforce and customers is paramount. This extends to the environment and communities where we operate and that often means going above and beyond the work we are contracted to do to have a positive impact.

Our Commitment

Working with developers in the heart of busy neighbourhoods, whether on a new housing development or being involved in urban regeneration, we are committed to getting involved in activities where we can make a difference. This takes shape in a number of ways, from holding bake-off competitions and poker nights to raise funds for charity, to our donate-a-day scheme and initiatives like our school road safety campaign. You can read about some of our activities below.

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Poppy Appeal

Aptus employs a number of ex-servicemen and is a keen supporter of the Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal. Every year we get involved with fundraising to support the charity’s vital work. As well as donating through the purchase of poppies we have also decked out our fleet of more than 150 vehicles with giant poppies.

During the pandemic in November 2020, we entered a team into the RBL’s ‘My Poppy Run’. A team of six, including Managing Director Lisa Kerford, ran or walked 441.5 km in just three weeks, raising £2,660. The money raised goes directly to the Royal British Legion to fund their work supporting the serving members, veterans, and families of the Armed Forces community.

To mark the RBL’s Centenary Year in 2021, our CAD Manager completed a 50km sponsored bike ride around Oldham’s war memorials. Along with fellow cyclists, he helped to raise over £1,000 for the Poppy Appeal, which included sponsorship from colleagues and Aptus.

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Road Safety Campaign

Every year Aptus contacts schools to raise awareness of road safety among students and to donate hi-visibility tops to keep them safe. During the Covid-19 pandemic we turned our demonstration into a virtual presentation so we could continue to spread the message.

We launched our School Road Safety Campaign in 2014 after noticing the communities of Greater Manchester and Lancashire grow busier with traffic. Our campaign now reaches primary schools across the whole of the North and Midlands and we have delivered more than 4,000 hi-vis tops to schoolchildren, from nursery school age up to 11-year-olds.

The tops bear the slogan: ‘Bright Sparks Get Seen In The Dark’ which aims to encourage children to be smart and wear their hi-vis when walking to and from school to make them stand out. Our presentation alerts children to potential hazards to look out for when crossing the road, particularly around building sites and busy areas like shops and schools. We also remind them of the Green Cross Code which can help them to cross the road safely.

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School STEM Challenge

We sponsored Lever Park school in Bolton to enter Race For The Line, a national STEM based challenge which aims to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

The challenge requires students to design and build the fastest rocket-powered car possible, competing over a 25 metre track. The cars cover the distance in less than one second so times are recorded in milliseconds for pinpoint accuracy.

During the test stage we visited Lever Park to watch Years 7 and 8 launch their cars for the first time. We donated hi-vis jackets to the students and talked to them about our work installing multi utilities. We showed them technical equipment, including a CAT and Genny, which we use to detect hidden cables and pipes.

We are keen to encourage learning in science, technology engineering and maths and Race For The Line is one of the fun ways to engage young students in these subjects. In their first year of entry Lever Park achieved an impressive eight place overall; the following year they went on to compete in the national finals at Duxford Imperial War Museum.

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