All posts by Stuart Wallis

#LLTTM – Max White – two year anniversary

Message from Simon Cowdrey, Chairman: “Tomorrow represents the 2nd anniversary since Max White, my Managing Director and friend passed away. Max and I worked together for nearly 17 years, during that time he was not only pivotal in establishing 1st Step but also instrumental in building the strong foundations to where the business is today….

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1st Step Bristol at the Car Wash for Live Life to the Max!

The Boys from Bristol have been out today visiting our clients, starting with Interserve’s Bristol office.  But they were not being salesy!  Oh no… Andy Brooks (Operations Director), Ralph Preston (Regional Director) and Matthew Williams (Branch Manager) all visited Interserve – dressed in their big baby nappies – and washed their cars in aid of Cancer…

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EAT rules that holiday pay should include entirely voluntary overtime


  In a landmark ruling by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT), employers have been told that they must now include entirely voluntary overtime in holiday pay.  In considering Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council v Willetts and others EAT/0334/16 the EAT has essentially said that, whilst each case is determined on its own merits, if entirely voluntary overtime (i.e. overtime that…

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Available Training Dates Available for August & September 2017

Upcoming Open Training Dates, in-house courses available upon request (T&C’s Apply) Monday 31st to Friday 4th August 2017 – South Bristol CITB 5Day Site Manager Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) – £395 + VAT Per Delegate  Thursday 24h August – South Bristol One Day Emergency First Aid At Work – £85 + VAT Per Delegate Friday…

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Welcome to 1st Step!


We are delighted to welcome three new employees to 1st Step Solutions at the beginning of July, with more to follow over the coming weeks and months. Nicole Hodgson – M&E Trades Senior Consultant   Nicole has joined us with a wealth of recruitment experience and is keen to get going as quickly as possible….

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1st Step meeting Construction Students at LSEC Bromley Campus

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In a busy morning at London South East College’s Bromley Campus, we were asked to speak to the Construction Students about working in the Construction Industry. Stuart Wallis, our E&IR Manager, was invited to address the trainees engaged in bricklaying, plumbing, carpentry and the built environment.  Giving feedback on his experience in construction, and explaining…

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1st Step – investing in our future and our people


As a growing business, 1st Step Solutions understands its commitment and obligations to invest in newcomers to our industry, as well as providing ongoing development opportunities for existing members of staff, and throughout June we have been delivering new opportunities for both. Investing in People Whilst it is always important to bring in new talent…

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Guy Smithson promoted to Eastern Regional Manager

Guy Smithson

Following a reorganisation of our Eastern region, we are pleased to announce that Guy Smithson has been promoted to the role of Regional Manager. Reporting to Andy Brooks, Operations Director he will be responsible for overseeing all business undertaken by our Newark and Wickford offices. Andy said “Guy has a wealth of experience in the…

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Matthew Williams promoted to Branch Manager

Matthew Williams

We are delighted to announce that Matthew Williams has been promoted to Branch Manager (South West Region) of our Bristol Office. Matthew has been a key part of the growth, success and development of the South West Region, and as the business has grown, it has become clear that he is a major part of…

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