Tom White helps Fortem transform Cephas Court’s Community garden



Profit for purpose – Community investment

Waste management and keeping a low carbon footprint are key objectives for our business and it is great to have found a supply chain partner in Tom White to continue to deliver on this commitment in the Coventry and Warwickshire area.

From the helpful staff who organise and collect our skips to the recycling of the waste products we create the team at Tom White is second to none. We are proud to be working with them now and into the future to deliver a sustainable and environmentally considerate service.

Our Waste management support with Fortem

Fortem, a national repairs and maintenance contractor who works with housing associations and local authorities across the country, teamed up with Tom White on their community investment project in Coventry. Each year Fortem complete several projects that benefit communities throughout Coventry and Warwickshire.

As part of , Orbit asked if they could convert a large area of derelict land and make it into a green space for the enjoyment of the residents. In June 2022, they transformed the communal gardens at Cephas Court, a converted church and grounds in the centre of Coventry, housing Orbit residents and their families in self-contained flats.

Fortem delivers “People who care”, which aligns with Tom White’s strong values – People First and Profit for Purpose, whereby they channel profits into local communities across the spectrum to enable opportunities to grow. When Fortem asked Tom White to support the conversion of Cephas Court, there was no question of their involvement with a project that would benefit local Coventry residents. Tom White donated a builder’s skip with exchanges to remove inert waste, rubble, soil and other construction waste to make way for a pleasant recreational area for the community.

The materials from the site were sorted at Tom White’s facility in Coventry, just three miles from the project waste was diverted from landfill through suppliers only within the UK.

The transformation took a month to complete, with Fortem investing over 250 working hours into the project to ensure its success. They received skip hire, a mini digger, over twenty-five tons of topsoil, and a large amount of turf, donated from businesses to convert this unused area into a space residents and their children can enjoy.

Branch Support Manager for Fortem, Steve Rhodes, said:

“Fortem would like to thank Tom White for their help and support for the community project we carried out in Coventry in June 2022. Each year we complete a number of projects that benefit communities throughout Coventry and Warwickshire, but without the support of our supply chain partners, such as Tom White, we would not be able to do as many as we would like.

We were ever so grateful for Tom White’s support as we know they will be able to recycle the waste rubble we cleared, which is an important part of ensuring this project was environmentally beneficial across the board. We look forward to partnering with Tom White in the future as we know they are as dedicated as we are to making a positive and environmentally friendly impact on the communities we work in.”

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