Sandbach-based health and safety consultancy, Rhino Safety Limited, has celebrated its first anniversary with an unusual legacy.
To mark a successful 12 months since the business started, Directors of Rhino Safety, husband and wife team Simon and Cate Walter have sponsored their iconic company namesake at Knowsley Safari and enjoyed an action-packed encounter with the Park’s newest addition to the crash, baby white rhino, Nomvula.
Director Simon Walter explains: “It’s been a great first year for us and it gives me great pride to see our business going from strength to strength. Rather than a champagne celebration, we decided to do something a little bit different whilst giving something back by contributing to the protection of the endangered rhinos in Zimbabwe and contributing to the conservation project at Knowsley Safari.”
Knowsley is one of the top white rhino breeding groups in Europe and works closely with Save the Rhino.
Bridget Murray of Knowsley commented: “We are delighted that Rhino Safety have chosen to support this incredible species. Rhinos have suffered hugely in the wild, seeing their numbers decimated by poachers throughout their range in Africa. There are only around 20,000 white rhinos left in the wild, meaning breeding and conservation projects are critical to ensure their survival.”
The gesture also reflects the work Rhino Safety has been doing with third sector businesses recently. As well as continuing to support their existing customers, Rhino Safety have vastly expanded their client base forming partnerships with several charitable organisations including Autism Networks, Community Recycle Cycles, the Lighthouse Centre and Crewe Samaritans.
Dianne Parrish, Business Connector at Cheshire Connect, an organisation which matches the skills and expertise of local businesses and professionals, with the needs of the voluntary and community sector said: “I remember meeting Simon and Cate from Rhino Safety at a South Cheshire Chamber event at the end of 2015; I explained how the Cheshire Connect skill share introduction process works and Simon immediately offered to visit a local charity and check-out their existing Health & Safety and Fire regulation documents for compliance and updates and/or if the organisation is newly formed and they don’t have the necessary documentation, he’ll create one! But the big surprise was his offer to do this ‘not’ just for one charity but one per month!”
The first anniversary is a great milestone for Rhino Safety, who were awarded Startup Business of the Year at the South Cheshire Chamber Business Awards in 2015. The company is responding to the growing needs of its clients by applying for OHSAS 18001 and ISO 9001 certification in the very near future.
Director Cate Walter adds: “We are continually improving and expanding our services to ensure our clients benefit from the latest knowledge and expertise in the health and safety sector. Working with Cheshire Connect has allowed us to really engage with a number of charities locally to help them create or develop their Health and Safety policies and procedures. We have loved every minute of our first year and look forward to many more successful years to come.”