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Allan Webb Celebrates its 30+ Year Members


Next year Allan Webb Ltd will be turning 60! To kick-start the celebrations a little early, we wanted to take a moment to show appreciation to the longest serving members of our team. Lorraine Griffin recently celebrated her 30th anniversary with us, bringing the exclusive membership of 30+ year employees to eight. Current members also include: Steve Rigsby, Martin Lewis, Gareth Jones, Sian Boakes, Iain Laws, Sally Laws and Tim Herbert.

Ranging from Naval Parts Cataloguers and Illustrators, to our Quality department, the team have been ever present in shaping Allan Webb throughout their tenure.

“As we continue to progress and diversify, being able to draw upon decades’ worth of experience has been vital in ensuring that our performance remains consistently high in quality” said Steve Rigsby, Managing Director of Allan Webb. “Whilst we are always looking to bring in new talent and foster innovation, it is important that the company’s ethos and values remain true”.

Having been at Allan Webb almost 40 years himself, Steve invited the team to the boardroom to reminisce over refreshments and a slice of cake.

We look forward to many future celebrations as more employees reach this significant milestone.

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Allan Webb Ltd and BMT secure Handbook Management Contract


Allan Webb Limited and BMT are pleased to announce the successful retention of the Handbook Management Contract (HMC) with the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD). The contract will be delivered over 5 years with an option to extend by a further 1 year.

Allan Webb will be providing documentation for a range of naval vessels, from submarines and destroyers to survey ships. They will be supported by BMT, a leading subject matter expert in naval engineering, naval architecture and technical documentation.

The Handbook Management Contract involves the maintenance, revision and amendment of over 6,500 publications that support the upkeep of all in service Royal Navy Warships, Royal Fleet Auxiliaries, support craft, shore stations, dockyards and munition depots.

“Establishing close bonds with DE&S through collaboration and teamwork has been a fundamental aspect of our operations through the years”, commented Steve Rigsby, Managing Director of Allan Webb Limited. “We are delighted that the retention of this contract will allow us to continue this facet of our long standing support of the Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary in providing these essential services. Our teams working on the contract in Barrow-in-Furness and Stonehouse undertake exemplary work due to their expert knowledge of marine engineering and the needs of the end user. This depth of knowledge and experience has enabled us to establish a successful apprenticeship scheme, developing young engineers to help support the contract and the rest of the business.”

Simon Willmore, Head of Technical Information and Documentation Services at BMT, said: “It’s a very proud moment for the experienced teams here at Bath and Weymouth to be tasked again by the Royal Navy to support their digital data documentation needs. The work we will be undertaking will underpin the entire life-cycle of the Royal Navy’s technical documentation, and will see essential day-to-day support being delivered to end users who need it the most through an online, easy to access portal. The work that we are doing will directly support UK Government’s ongoing digital data transformation and will help provide a national secure facility for assembling, hosting, and maintaining military technical documentation on national infrastructure assets to a very high standard.”

The dedicated HMC teams in Barrow-in-Furness, Stonehouse, Bath and Weymouth provide the ongoing management and maintenance of a centralised digital library of technical documentation. These databases are standalone applications that work together to provide the Navy with a joined up configuration controlled technical publications solution.

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Apprenticeship Success at Allan Webb Ltd


At Allan Webb Ltd (AWL) we take great pride in developing young talent through our numerous apprenticeship schemes established in 2016. We would like to pass on our congratulations to Liam Whalley who has successfully completed his scheme this summer.

Liam joined our Barrow Office in April 2017 to complete a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering Support qualification. A previous student of Mechanical Engineering and IT, Liam sought an opportunity to gain some experience working with technical documentation and decided AWL’s apprenticeship offered a perfect balance of hands on work within a business environment whilst gaining further qualifications.

When asked to comment on his favourite aspects of working at Allan Webb, Liam responded: “I arrived at Allan Webb with no experience but have enjoyed the challenging aspect of working here. I also enjoy and appreciate all the help from the highly qualified and experienced authors that are available here, they’re always happy to help out.”

Throughout the duration of his course Liam has thrived in delivering the multitude of tasks that have been passed on to him, working alongside our fully trained experts, who have enabled him to develop skills that will greatly enhance his career progression.

Currently AWL has two apprentices still completing their courses with us and we are looking to employ additional members across a number of disciplines throughout 2019. Liam’s advice: ‘To anyone considering an apprenticeship scheme at Allan Webb, I would 100% recommend it, take every opportunity that will become available to you’.

We are delighted that Liam has opted to remain at AWL with a view to undertake future qualifications in Technical Writing in order to further his career here.

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Armed Forces Day 2019


Following staff attendance at various local events and the national event celebrating Armed Forces Day this Saturday 29th June, Allan Webb would like to send a message of appreciation to all current and ex-armed forces personnel.

We are fortunate enough to have a number of ex-forces personnel in our team from across all services providing valuable expertise with their unique skills and experience gained serving our country. We are proud to be a Bronze Award holder of the Armed Forces Covenant and strive to support the Armed Forces in all elements of our business.

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Future Surface Fleet Addresses the ongoing challenge of Obsolescence.



We’re delighted to have had the opportunity to present with Dr Matt Darkin, the DE&S Marine Electrical – Systems Project Team Leader & Obsolescence Lead for Ships OC, at the Defence Leaders Future Surface Fleet 2019 Pre-Conference Focus Day in Portsmouth.

Dr Matt Darkin delivered a presentation on Power Generation technology for the future surface combatant and Mark Copp, Technical Director for Allan Webb Ltd, joined him to discuss the challenges of being both pro-active and reactive with electrical obsolescence with regards to a recent successfully completed joint project.

Obsolescence in long life projects and equipment is inevitable and electrical items, with shorter lifespans often carry particularly high risk. Unforeseen obsolescence issues can happen quickly, often having significant impacts including loss of equipment capability and significant increase in through life support costs. Pro-active obsolescence management, including monitoring and resolution of obsolescence risk to high risk parts, is essential to effectively supporting equipments. Tailoring an obsolescence management strategy to proactively monitor high risk parts and adopt a reactive strategy where appropriate allows for maximum availability and optimum cost.

The Future Surface Fleet annual conference is established as a premier international maritime forum bringing together senior government officials, military and industry to understand the latest maritime developments around the world. Future Surface Fleet has established a deserved reputation for high quality presentations and productive networking allowing industry and officials to engage, share knowledge and raise mutual awareness.

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