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GRAF receives ISO 50001 certification

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on July 26, 2019.

GRAF has achieved another milestone as its energy management system is certified in accordance with DIN ISO 50001. The certificate is valid for three years and is subject to an annual review. For over 50 years GRAF has been manufacturing solutions for rainwater harvesting, storage and infiltration. GRAF products save up to 160 million litres […]

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GRAF acquires production companies in Australia

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on July 26, 2019.

GRAF has had a representation in Australasia ever since it acquired its Australian subsidiary over seven years ago. The European market leader in rainwater harvesting is now acknowledging the positive developments made during this time by investing in its own on-site production facility. “We are looking forward to a highly positive market development in Australia […]

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Water specialist GRAF UK branches into Ireland

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on July 26, 2019.

After experiencing considerable growth, water management specialist Graf UK has expanded its operations to Ireland – and is now providing its full range of market-leading stormwater management, rainwater harvesting and wastewater treatment solutions to projects across the country. As part of the launch, Graf UK has opened a dedicated Irish headquarters in Dublin, backed by […]

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GRAF UK celebrates awards season achievements

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on July 26, 2019.

With the 2016 industry awards season in full swing, it’s been a busy time for us here at Graf UK. One of the highlights for us was being shortlisted in the Build It Awards’ “Best Plumbing or Drainage Product” category for our integrated Platin / Minimax Pro rainwater harvesting system. The Graf UK team attended […]

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New Premises for GRAF UK as business expands

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on July 26, 2019.

In line with rapid company growth and further plans for expansion, leading European water management specialist GRAF UK has upsized its UK headquarters in Oxfordshire. The company’s relocation to its new, 10,000 sq ft premises on Beaumont Road in Banbury reflects a need to accommodate its ever-expanding team of experts – from sales and marketing, […]

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Waterwise efficiency award for GRAF UK

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on July 26, 2019.

We’re proud to announce that GRAF UK has been named a winner in the first ever Waterwise UK Water Efficiency Product Awards, with our market-leading Platin rainwater harvesting package. As the leading authority on water efficiency in the UK and Europe, Waterwise has launched the dedicated product awards in 2017 to complement its biannual, industry-renowned […]

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GRAF saves electricity for 90 households

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on July 26, 2019.

Graf has been developing solutions for the sustainable use of water resources for more than 50 years. Thanks to state-of-the-art production facilities, the plastic products are produced in an energy-efficient way, using high-quality recycled raw materials. Now the company has retrofitted the lighting using LED technology at the Teningen site. By these measures, 62 per […]

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GRAF establishes a sales office in China

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on July 26, 2019.

In recent years, GRAF has continuously expanded its activities in the Asia region. The large area of Asia is one of the most rapidly growing regions, with a sustained demand for products that help utilise wastewater, infiltration and rainwater. In order to enlarge the market presence of GRAF and to further expand its leading position […]

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GRAF to invest over €30m in a new location

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on July 26, 2019.

Specialist for eco-friendly products to build factory in Herbolzheim, Baden-Württemberg Otto Graf GmbH of Teningen is evolving worldwide into one of the leading manufacturers of rainwater management and wastewater treatment solutions. And in doing so, this family enterprise is continuing to invest in the region. Investments exceeding €30m will give rise in Herbolzheim to the […]

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All back together again…

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on July 26, 2019.

Since April this year we’ve been operating on two different sites within Banbury, with our new head office being located on Beaumont Road and our yard remaining on Thorpe Way Industrial Estate. It worked very well in the end, once we set up our systems and processes in such a way that ensured both places […]

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Graf exceeds sales of €100 million for the first time

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on July 26, 2019.

In the 2017 financial year, the Graf Group from Teningen, southern Germany exceeded net sales of €100 million for the first time. The news was announced by the family-run business at a press conference held at the company’s headquarters in Teningen. Over the last ten years, sales and the number of employees has doubled thanks […]

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Water specialist eyes further UK growth with 30%

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on July 26, 2019.

GRAF UK – one of Europe’s leading water management specialists – has increased its workforce by a third, in a bid to further expand its nationwide reach. The recruitment drive is the latest in a series of major developments for GRAF UK, which upsized its Oxfordshire headquarters in 2017 to accommodate rising demand for its […]

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2020 General Binding Rules: Are you compliant with the latest septic tank regulations?

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on July 26, 2019.

If you own, live in, or are building a property off the mains sewage network it’s important you’re aware of changing legislation around septic tanks. In a bid to tackle water pollution, the Environment Agency has set out General Binding Rules, which mean you have until 1 January 2020 to replace or upgrade your system. […]

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Rainwater harvesting on a budget!

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on July 25, 2019.

It is our experience that many people think rainwater harvesting systems are more expensive than they actually are. Basic Garden only systems with above ground tanks, automatic submersible pumps and rainwater filters can cost under £500, and full Domestic systems with underground tanks and automatic mains water backup systems start from around £1000 for a […]

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How do you motivate your players?

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on February 25, 2019.

If you are a Manchester United fan, I’m sure you’re starting to enjoy watching football again. A change of leadership has given the team a new look and they’re starting to play free-flowing, attacking football, which arguably hasn’t been seen at Old Trafford since Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down. Which is great if you are […]

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The secret to achieving your goals

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on February 11, 2019.

We all have goals. We all have hopes and dreams that some day we want to become a reality. No matter how farfetched they may be. You might want to become the top salesman in your branch, you may want to one day own a lovely villa in a quiet little village, in Spain, with […]

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What would you use harvested rainwater for?

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on February 4, 2019.

This may seem like an obvious question to have answered before installing a rainwater harvesting system to your home, or a new development of homes, depending on your situation, however there’s more to this than you may think. Involved in the answer to this question are several things. We’ve split them into three areas; budget, non-potable water […]

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Do you love Mary Poppins

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on January 28, 2019.

On this day 3 years ago, I wrote the following morning email – as part of my daily email series – to all staff in our Company… From: Matthew Rolph To: All Graf UK staff Date: 28/01/2015 Subject: Today: What’s our message? Morning, Regular communication with our customers is vital. We know who our market […]

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Sprint today!

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on January 21, 2019.

Thomas Edison once wrote, “My success is due more to my ability to work continuously on one thing without stopping, than to any other single quality.” How about you? When you are working on an important project, a big quote or presentation, or your #1 priority for the day, do you stay focused until you […]

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Joining the 5am club.

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on January 14, 2019.

I read a fantastic book over Christmas. In fact, I would go so far as to say it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read, and definitely makes it into my top 5 of all time. THE 5AM CLUB by Robin Sharma, carries the strap-line; Own Your Morning, Elevate Your Life, and it’s all […]

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Change is inevitable, except from vending machines

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on January 1, 2019.

The new year, as always, is a great trigger for change. Whether it’s new diets, new exercise regimes, new time-keeping strategies, new hobbies, new wardrobes, or new habits, it’s a time of year when change is accepted. For some, new year changes are relished. Normally because they’re self-imposed changes. They are changes that you actually […]

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Lessons learnt at a Banbury United football match

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on December 17, 2018.

I weighed the idea of even going to watch the game for quite some time. We had a colleague over from Graf Iberica in Girona, our Spanish sister Company, so I wanted to look after him at least a little bit and I wasn’t convinced that the delights of Banbury United football club would quite […]

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An Office Full of Superheroes

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on December 10, 2018.

On Wednesday 14th November our team of superheroes decided to dress up as characters from the movies to raise money for JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Ltd). It was World Diabetes Day 2018 and the JDRF, a charity close to a few hearts within our team, called for all #type1superheroes to come out in force […]

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If God would have thought of 5 & 2…

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on December 3, 2018.

Normally we’d have waited until the final working day of the year for our stock take, but I’ve got something special planned for our team on Friday 21st December so we needed to get the stock take done early. And although it’s not everyone’s cup of tea to get up early and into the office […]

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The key to having a plan, is in the planning.

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on November 26, 2018.

The act of planning is more important than having the plan itself. Planning prepares you for different outcomes. It makes you think about the future. Planning requires you to think and then decide how to act. Planning helps you to make the most of time. And we’re all up against time. At this time of […]

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It’s all about Harrogate (for some reason?!)

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on November 5, 2018.

On Thursday 1st & Friday 2nd November, we had a team of 3 installers working on a site called Dacre Banks in Harrogate. They installed a 134m3 stormwater attenuation tank using our EcoBloc inspect flex system. From Friday 1st to Sunday 4th November, our colleagues Cheryl, Flavia & Michael were all on our stand at […]

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Catching worms

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on October 29, 2018.

It’s undeniable that much of life is a competition. As per Charles Darwin’s evolutionary theory, “survival of the fittest” is a phrase that describes the mechanism of natural selection, mostly pertaining to animals in the wild but I would argue that it also relates to us humans just as accurately. We’re all competing at something […]

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Want to join my book club?

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on October 15, 2018.

Do you spend a lot of time in your car? Do you have a long commute, or do you travel for work occasionally? Several years ago, I used to have a 45-50 minute journey to and from the office every day. Back then, on a regular occurrence, it used to frustrate me. It was never […]

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Girl Power

Girl Power

Posted by Callum Vallance-Poole, on October 8, 2018.

Apparently, women are taking over the world – have you noticed? I recently read a blog post identifying 10 reasons why women are set to take over the world. It was fascinating! Of course, like all good blog posts (with the possible exception of this one!) it was full of scientific facts and evidence as […]

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