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Review of the year

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It’s safe to say that 2020 won’t go down as many people’s favourite year but this doesn’t mean that it was a year wasted.

Trident started off strong in January with a trip to the South Atlantic, working with the Ascension Island Government to create planned maintenance schedules for their whole infrastructure. Trident representatives from all corners of the UK spent a month out there together, conducting surveys and advising government offices on their next steps.

In February, we gained two new recruits – Ella Best in the Liverpool office and Tom Cansfield in Bristol. Just under the wire before the country retreated to their houses.

As offices closed, Trident regrouped and adapted . Fortunately for our industry, many locations were safe for our surveyors to work in, and so we continued to provide our services with a series of precautions in place to keep us, our clients and all our loved ones healthy and happy.

‘Furlough’ was a word rarely seen until this year, but we’re more than familiar with it now. Some of our staff volunteered to join the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, providing a helping hand to the business. One staff member went above and beyond for her community – read about Melissa’s sewing efforts for the NHS here.
Keeping in touch became a job all on its own, with our company becoming well acquainted with Microsoft Teams, often ending the week with Friday drinks, sharing jokes and proving that none of Trident would be any good in a pub quiz.

Although a lot of this year has been peppered with feelings of isolation and stagnation, we have thrived under pressure. Bristol gained another staff member, Matt Pilkington, and moved offices! There’s no stopping some people.

All that time spent locked down was put to good use, with Richard Crow and Christian Watkins gaining Fire Risk Assessor and Fire Manager certification, and Rich becoming a member of the APS and a fellow of RICS. Meanwhile, Jack Skinner received his HNC in Building Surveying, Colin Wilson was granted fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Phoebe Bousfield received her certificate in Professional Marketing, and Melissa received her Masters in Conservation of the Historic Environment as well as her Post Graduate Diploma in Conservation. Most recently, Glasgow’s Matthew Doran passed his APC to become a chartered building surveyor.

We hope to have an easier year in 2021, but we are grateful to have had you alongside tackling this one.

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