Hi-Line are a large independent firm of arborists, who have been expanding since 1998 and currently employ about 150 staff. Based near Exeter, they cover the South West providing tree cutting and related services to a wide range of Commercial, Domestic and Utility clients. It's evident from Hugh Griffiths' (Owner and Managing Director since Hi-Line's inception) happy work force that his philosophy of "happy, well motivated and caring staff ultimately results in a high quality service for our clients," is working.
Hi-Line have major contracts with Western Power Distribution, The National Trust, Devon County Council and many other commercial and public sector organisations. These, as well as the services they provide private individuals, all promote Hugh's "family-run" business values.
Hi-Line also provide a Nationwide tree cutting service, covering England, Wales and Scotland. They manage 40 strategically located firms of tree surgeons, which are all carefully selected to ensure a high quality service is maintained.
The company's "can-do" attitude is like my own, with the challenges I face with the lack of training freedom in the UK I have with my main event, Sport Pistol. Hi-Line promote the importance of safety and high professionalism, which are two other values that are very dear to me. I'm very proud to be sponsored by Hi-Line, who are helping me fuel my "Road to Rio."
RUAG Ammotec UK employ 9 people and are based across the border in Cornwall. They distribute solely to the retail trade, with a client base of 300+. I use both RWS .177 air pellets and .22 Cartridges for my competition pistols.
As well as their core product base of Rottweil, RWS and Norma, RUAG UK also distributes a number of other prestigious brands, including Perazzi – manufacturer of the World’s Number 1 Shotgun.
Phil Unwin first contacted me after seeing an article in the Western Morning News, when I broke the long standing Air Pistol Qualification and Final British Record. From that moment in 2008, I have been very appreciative of them supporting me with this important part of my equipment. Two individual “jet setting” days in the past four years, saw me visit the RWS factory in Nuremburg, GER. This to see Christian Thomas to get my Pistols batch tested. What eye-opening days. Brilliant!
RWS batch testing is now available at the Tunnel Target Sports Center………………………………
When competitions are won and lost by a millimetres that’s why I choose the quality and reliability of RWS.
Richard Clist and his Team at the Tunnel Target Sports Center, bring our sport alive! The fun atmosphere created encourages anyone of any age, gender and physical ability to have a go not only at the Olympic events, but use a wide variety of other guns that are still present in the UK. They like to encourage and nurture not only from the grassroots, but to elite level as well.
The Tunnel’s facilities were key to my London Olympic preparations. It was one of only three venues that I could train with my .22 Sport Pistol in Britain. I was always received with a warm welcome and the Team were very accommodating with my needs. My coach would meet me for 3-4day long training camps and Richard would help liaise with great local accommodation. He now has available the “Pods” on the Tunnel site, which I’m very much looking forward to staying in!
Located near Charmouth (about one hours drive from my home), I continue to train there in my “Road to Rio,” of which their support I’m very appreciative of. www.thetunnel.co.uk
I’m organising an Olympic Legacy project, designed to inspire the next generation into all sports that involve shooting. Richard, whose idea this was originally, is very kindly sponsoring the project with the full use of the Tunnel’s facilities for the weekend 16-17Feb 2013. This will be the first location of four around the South West for Shooting4England.
Moonstone Solutions is an independant software development and consultancy company. We provide a wide variety of computing services, ranging from bespoke development, to off-the shelf solutions.
We are able to deliver systems right from initial concepts, to final implementation. Our systems have a proven track record for long term reliability.
Air-Targets.com are a UK company based in the Cotswolds, who design and manufacture a range of rotating target systems for Air Pistol/Rifle shooting. One of their target markets, (pardon the pun!) are Pony Club Tetrathlon competitions/training. This of course was where I first started my shooting sporting journey. Tetrathlons comprise of pistol shooting, running, swimming, and horse riding. Tetrathlons are also the starting point for many of the top GB Modern Pentathletes, which is the direction that I went. Pentathlon needs only the addition of Fencing to the Tetrathlon disciplines to make the Olympic sport.
Air-Targets.com are a friendly, efficient and approachable company. Having used their targetry unknowingly throughout my Tetrathlon career, I approached them at the 2013 British Shooting Show where they were exhibiting. I waited in the queue of enthusiastic customers to talk to Paul. Since our meeting, not only have I been using the target system for my own training, but also to inspire the next generation through coaching end exhibitions.
I’ve found the Air-targets.com system invaluable through it’s portability and easy construction. To transport it I simply load it into my Helpful Holiday’s VW Golf car, along with all my other kit.
Not only do I use the targets for young interested athletes, but also for ‘Company Team Building Days.’ Business professionals have found and continue to find, the activity “fun and different”. Due to the Air-Target.com set up being so portable and reliable, I’ve been able to take the fun, inclusive sport of pistol shooting to the people. Anyone can truly have-a-go, which has made these days so fun for all. And the different pre-programmed timing settings make the activity very entertaining!
A family-run business on the banks of the Teign, the Fingle Bridge Inn has a homely atmosphere with cosy log fires in winter and river terraces to enjoy in good weather. A variety of food is always available, with bar snacks, cream teas and daily specials. The emphasis is on quality produce, ample portions and enjoyable surroundings. Fingle Bridge is a wonderful start or finish to a walk along the Teign Gorge. The ample parking and large function room, (which can seat 120), makes it an ideal venue for business meetings, parties, and weddings, where the photo opportunities are endless.
I first met the team from Hawksmoor Investment at West Country Landrover Experience, where they came for a Team Building day. Having a go themselves at Pistol Shooting under my direction, I could see their enthusiasm and competitive spirit!
Hawksmoor are a privately owned investment business, with two offices in the UK-Exeter and Ipswich. This was instantly something I had in common with the Hawksmoor team, as two of my training bases are in Ipswich (where my coach lives) and home, near Exeter!
The Hawksmoor team are a professional, fun group of people who are approachable, committed to delivering a high quality service and I'm very appreciative of their support in my sporting journey.