In June we were assessed by ‘Verify' on behalf of the Achilles Utilities Vendor Data Base (UVDB) over a two day period, one in the office and one on site. The UVDB is used by utility clients to identify good quality suppliers and we are assessed annually to determine how we compare with other suppliers on the database.

The results of this latest assessment are shown in the table below and clearly demonstrate that our commitment to continuous improvement is resulting in consistent and significantly high standards. As you'll see, Fastflow's results (in bold type) are considerably higher that industry averages in all categories; a testament to the hard work and ongoing quest for excellence.

> Read more: Business Standards News - UVDB

The British Standards Institute (BSI) have undertaken a rigorous evaluation of Fastflow Group’s Environmental Management System (EMS) and confirmed that it fully meets the International EMS Standard (ISO 14001:2004).

BSI recognises that Fastflow’s environmental performance meets the demanding needs of the Standard, environmental legislation and delivers the objectives of our environmental policy, including the reduction of our carbon footprint, effective waste management and the prevention of pollution.

> Read more: BSI Assessment: Fastflow’s Environmental Performance Endorsed

Site Trials for Northumbria Water

Following the successful cleaning of 1.06km of 36” steel bitumen lined mains for Northumbrian Water Ltd’s (NWL) Trunk Mains Cleaning Trials in Morpeth in September / October 2007, Fastflow were requested to clean a further 3.63km.

> Read more: Trunk Mains Cleaning

Fastflow’s innovative and award-winning trunk mains cleaning system is to start cleaning the strategic trunk main pipeline running from Gosforth in Newcastle to Warkworth on the Northumberland coast on behalf of Northumbrian Water. The pipeline runs for a total distance of approximately 84km (52 miles) supplying Tyneside, Blyth and Morpeth.

> Read more: Trunk Mains Cleaning Contract Commences

Fastflow were delighted to receive the United Kingdom Society for Trenchless Technology (UKSTT) Award for Innovation for the development of a new Trunk Mains Cleaning System.

The award was presented at the UKSTT Awards Dinner on Friday 25th April 2008 at the Holiday Inn in Birmingham.

> Read more: Fastflow Wins Award for Trunk Mains Cleaning System

This is the fourth charity challenge being undertaken by employees of all ages from Fastflow Pipeline Services, Northumbrian Water, Faithful and Gould, as well as some of their friends and family. Our journey will begin on July 12th and end the following day.

The challenge comprises a 138 mile cycle ride from Whitehaven in Cumbria across the Pennies to Sunderland on the Sustrans Coast to Coast route. Our challenge is to do it in one and half days the majority of crossings take three to four days.
Our nominated charity is Cancer Research UK, so please dig deep and sponsor us on-line @

> Read more: Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge

As part of our continuous improvement and compliance with national and international business standards, Fastflow have successfully obtained the following accreditations: -

  • Water Industry Registration Scheme (WIRS) Accreditation (Partial) January 2007
  • Gas Industry Registration Scheme (GIRS) Accreditation (Partial) April 2007

We expect to obtain National Electricity Registration Scheme (NERS) Accreditation (Partial) and then full accreditation of all three by the end of 2007.

> Read more: Award of WIRS and GIRS Accreditation

Following the recent successful on-site assessment, Lloyds Register have confirmed that the Fastflow Group has been awarded full Gas Industry Registration Scheme (GIRS) Accreditation.

This validates our gas pipeline capabilities and enables us to install gas mains and services on behalf of developers.

We expect to obtain Water Industry Registration Scheme (WIRS) full accreditation by the end of 2007 followed by National Electricity Registrations Scheme (NERS).

> Read more: Award of Full GIRS Accreditation