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Highway Traffic Management returned to the NEC to exhibit at Highways UK.

Last week HTM returned to the NEC to exhibit at Highways UK, with their stand featuring an interactive writing wall which asked visitors to share their aspirations and hopes for the industry and an exciting “spin to win” wheel of prizes.

The wall saw plenty of action over the two-day event, with themes of inclusion, more female representation, sustainability and safety seeming to be popular topics amongst attendees.

“It’s reassuring to see that across the industry, we all have similar ambitions in terms of how we can keep improving and progressing, whether it is regarding diversity and inclusion, women in industry, sustainable solutions or further progress in regards to safety,” commented Marcus Casey, Business Director for HTM.

“It’s also been encouraging that as a business we have already highlighted many of these topics on our agenda, with various projects and initiatives underway to try and work towards better inclusion, representation, and sustainability, with our Disability Confident Committed membership, our Target 40 initiative to encourage more women into the industry or our PAS2060 accreditation.

“There is more work to do, but we are already working on these and have started by looking at creating change within our own business first and foremost.”

Mental health was another subject written on the wall a number of times. Health, Safety & environment Manager, Matt Higgs said: “HTM’s mental health campaign, ‘Talk More’ was launched in 2017, but mental health and wellbeing is still an area where most businesses could provide more focus. As with many of the themes emerging from our stand wall, efforts towards improving mental health and wellbeing within the industry need to be ongoing and require continuous work in order to make real change.”

This year the company were involved with the Highways UK Schools Trail, engaging with school students from around Birmingham to learn more about the industry, to showcase the sector to young people and help them to identify career opportunities within the industry.

HTM talked to students about their role within the industry, how the business interacts with other services and why safety is so important within the traffic management sector. Students had the chance to climb aboard an IPV during a night shift, using VR headsets to see what it can be like working as a Traffic Management Operative, as well as have a go on the HTM wheel to see if they could win and extra prizes on top of their HTM gift bags.

Other visitors to the stand across the event included some of our clients and suppliers, KIER, HRS Ltd and Re-flow, all discussing their own perspectives of what they’d like to see happen in the industry in the near future, with themes of health and safety and technology seeming to be at the top of the agenda for most.

HTM were again showing their support for local homeless charity SIFA Fireside, who were also one of the show’s charity partners for 2022. Visitors had the chance to spin the HTM wheel to win a variety of prizes, with two of those prizes resulting in donations to SIFA Fireside.

“Our prize wheel has been a huge success at the show and we’re pleased to have raised a grand total of £174 for SIFA Fireside, which can be put towards good use to help SIFA Fireside clients.” commented SIFA Fireside Employability Patron, Greg Baldwin.

Melissa Roche, Head of Fundraising, Volunteering and Communications for SIFA Fireside commented: “It was exciting to be chosen as the Official Charity Partner of Highways UK 2022 and great to have this continued support from HTM! They have supported SIFA Fireside in a variety of ways this past year, from helping to launch our Building Employability project, to volunteering in our kitchens on a number of occasions. Thanks again for your fantastic fundraising efforts!

HTM have confirmed they will be returning to the event for 2023.

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