A Golden Opportunity

Rising metal theft is not helping the image of scrap merchants.

Neil Roberts visits a family firm that is changing perceptions

The red-brick building on a quiet trading estate on the edge of Stevenage does not look like a stereotypical scrapyard. And that is no accident. As Alchemy Metals' operations director Karen Greasby explains, when the 40-year-old family firm moved into its new premises six months ago it wanted the site to reflect its image of "quality, integrity, traceability and security".

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Top Safety Accreditation for Alchemy Metals

Alchemy Metals is one of the latest successful companies to join a leading edge scheme, designed to help industry improve its safety record.

The Stevenage based firm recently received accreditation from SAFEcontractor, a programme that recognises very high standards of health and safety practice amongst UK contractors.

Specialising in the purchase of ethically sourced non ferrous scrap metal, the company's application for SAFEcontractor accreditation was driven by the need for a uniform standard across the business.

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