We Want the Best for the North West

Corporate responsibility can be fun and engaging, as Business Development Manager Stuart Gilbert tells us in this article about a recent piece of volunteering Pentagull did at Blackpool beach.

“We want the best for the North West and are aiming high, but the issues we need to tackle can't be solved unless everyone does their bit.” That is the call to arms on the SEA LIFE Blackpool website who in conjunction with Love my Beach, the Marine Conservation Society, Blackpool Council, the Environment Agency, Keep Britain Tidy and United Utilities are joining forces to keep Blackpool's beach clean.

At Pentagull we decided this was a call to arms we wanted to answer as most of the team are sandgrownun‘s (Blackpool speak for being born in Blackpool) and have grown up enjoying the beach and it’s now a place that our children enjoy too.

Over recent years the beach has won several awards due to the hard work put in to realise a goal of making Blackpool’s beaches the best they can be, but that can’t be done without people giving a little something back.

So, on the last weekend in June we attended our first beach clean and we roped in the children for some additional labour. When we arrived on a sunny (yes, you read that right) Saturday morning we were greeted by quite a large group of volunteers that were amassing at the RNLI station on the sea front. We were given our gear and area to work in and we set out grabbers and clipboard in hand to collect and track what rubbish there was to be found.

After an hour or so we had surprisingly filled 2 bin liners with everything from cigarette butts to t-shirts and much more in between. We returned valiantly to our starting point to hand in our rubbish and litter picking equipment having had an enjoyable time not only doing our bit for the beach but reaffirming to our children a valuable lesson about littering and looking after the environment.

We are looking forward to the next one and I have my fingers crossed the weather is just as good for the next time!

Other news stories

ESB 21.07 Released
ESB 21.07 Released

Pentagull is pleased to announce the release of version 21.07 of the ESB platform. This release includes some great new features in addition to the usual incremental improvements.

We're going to the next LARAC event, are you?

We are excited to announce that we will be sponsoring the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC), event in Glasgow on 24th August 2021. The event we will be sponsoring will be held at the Grand Central Hotel and will look in depth at the key issues around running an efficient and effective local authority waste and recycling service.

Two booking systems live in one day!
Two booking systems live in one day!

We are extremely happy to announce that West London Waste Authority’s HWRC booking system and Findhorn Village Conservation Company’s motorhome booking system have both gone live and are now seamlessly taking bookings.

First Edinburgh libraries reopen with the help of Pentagull’s booking system
First Edinburgh libraries reopen with the help of Pentagull’s booking system

The City of Edinburgh Council opens the doors of its libraries today for the first time since the December 2020 lock down. The first 4 libraries will open today with the remainder opening at various times later this month. All visitors to the libraries are required to book a slot in advance via an online booking form provided by Pentagull. The booking form lets visitors choose a time that suits them with no risk of being turned away due to the libraries being too busy.

ESB 21.04 Released
ESB 21.04 Released

Pentagull is delighted to announce the release of version 21.04 of the ESB platform. This release includes a range of incremental improvements in the areas of system configuration. There are also a number of technology improvements including use of updated Jquery and Bootstrap libraries and some security hardening.

Pentagull becomes an accredited Real Living Wage employer
Pentagull becomes an accredited Real Living Wage employer

We are pleased to announce that Pentagull has become a real living wage employer, accredited by the Living Wage Foundation. Our Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Pentagull receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.50. This rate is significantly higher than the government minimum for over 25s, which currently stands at £8.72 per hour. This move will help solidify our long-term investment in our people.