By Roger Murrow
ING2, the Edwalton-based business support and networking group, recently enjoyed a talk by Martin Carnaffin from Nottinghamshire County Council.
Martin, a contracts manager with the authority’s Environment & Highways department, outlined how the council has invested in some of the latest equipment and services in order to improve the road network throughout the county.
The transport infrastructure is vital for any region and Nottinghamshire is more dependent than many on its roads and highways.
To this end, the county council has invested in a range of services and equipment to provide speedy, efficient and cost effective repairs and maintenance.
As businesses are very dependent on the transport infrastructure to be able to service the requirements of customers, this investment proved to be of interest to Edwalton-based business support and networking group, ING2.
Award-winning photographer and Elle Je studio owner Lesley Saunders explained: “I have clients who use my studio facilities coming from as far afield as London.
“Being based in a small village (Whatton in the Vale) means that the maintenance of the local roads is vitally important to my business.”
Andy Warren, of Nottingham courier company A2 Anywhere, said: “As a director of a transport company, of course the road network is vital to my business.
“My drivers have to be able to get deliveries to where and when they are needed. Repairs and traffic management systems affect my bottom line, and the businesses of my customers.”
With the importance of the road network to local businesses being highlighted, the ING2group -which meets fortnightly at Edwalton Golf Course – was delighted to welcome Martin Carnaffin from Nottinghamshire County Council.
Contracts manager Martin outlined to the group how roads and highways are maintained, quickly and cost effectively.
Martin explained how the county council has developed techniques which enable potholes to be filled in less than 10 minutes, without the need for road closures, or traffic management systems.
He also commented on how the county council not only aims to ensure that roads are repaired and maintained quickly, with as little inconvenience to users and residents as possible.
Motoring law specialist Maria Moore, from Maria Moore, Motoring Law, said: “The county council, as Martin explained, is trying to ensure that Notts has an effective and well maintained road and transport infrastructure.
“It appears to be using some of the latest techniques and equipment to ensure that Notts is a great place for business.”
ING2 meets fortnightly on a Thursday morning at Edwalton Golf Course, with open networking from 7am until 7:30am, formal meeting until 8.30am encompassing presentations and discussions, and breakfast from 8.30am.
All businesses are welcome to attend as guests, and to apply for membership.
For further information please contact Roger Murrow, chairman ING2,on 07817 540832 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.