Some of our Start Software "VIPs" (clients and partners) sent WhatsApp messages to Zac this week to congratulate him on passing his software development apprenticeship.  You might even recognise a famous face or two yourself! Zac and the VIP WhatsApp messages Zac showed special determination and perseverance throughout the process and we're very, very  proud of him.  Say well done next time you're speaking to Zac on our Support line! 

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Want to know more about asbestos software Alpha Tracker? Alpha Tracker is the most used asbestos software in the UK, Australia & New Zealand with more than 60m items of asbestos data stored.

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Learn about site plan "hotspots" in our Alpha Tracker webinar on Tuesday! It's free to join and only 20 minutes long

Would you like to know more about site plan hotspots in Alpha Tracker and how they can save your survey admin teams lots of time?

Join our free webinar on Tuesday 26 September at 12:30!

The next webinar is on Tuesday at 12:30

Watch all of the previous Alpha Tracker Tips & Tricks webinars here:

PS We'll also be previewing some of the upcoming features in Alpha Tracker Release 40

More Premium Support contracts are now available. Would you like a quote?

We've increased the size of our Customer Team to make more Premium Support contracts available.

We're growing again! 

All Alpha Tracker consultancies benefit from our legendary 24x7 personal support.  Our Premium Support customers also benefit from:
  • regular Account Management meetings by Zoom/Teams or in person
  • free-of-charge changes to most templates and reports
  • access to our Beta programme to see new software releases before other customers
  • and more!
If you're interested in upgrading your support package, get in touch (UK or Aus/NZ) and we'll give you a quote.  We only have a limited number of Premium Support contracts so don't delay!

Would you like to see RAAC as a service in Alpha Tracker? Get in touch if you do

RAAC continues to make the headlines every day, and some Alpha Tracker clients are investigating to see if RAAC surveys would be a profitable additional to their portfolio of services.

Today's headline on the BBC News website

Would you like to see RAAC as a service in Alpha Tracker?  We would add features to our Alpha Tracker Mobile app (Android/iOS) to collect data on site, and then automate the reporting like we have recently done with Water Hygiene.  Get in touch with Robin if this is of interest.

The Mavis & Ray portrait continues its road trip! It's been collected from UKATA and is now at Alpha Tracker HQ

Director Robin visited the Contamination Expo at the NEC yesterday to collect the wonderful portrait of asbestos campaigners Mavis & Ray Nye and to bring the painting back to Alpha Tracker HQ in Telford for viewing.

Robin is a Trustee of the Mavis Nye Foundation (MNF) and formally received the painting from asbestos campaigner and European Asbestos Forum founder Dr Yvonne Waterman.  The team at UKATA have been looking after the portrait at their HQ for a couple of weeks and so it was convenient to collect it from their stand at the NEC.

Yvonne with Liam Pembleton (UKATA) and Robin Bennett (MNF/Alpha Tracker)

It was a stressful move! Carrying the portrait through the NEC and then giving it to Dan to bring back in his car was not easy and Robin was mightily glad to see it in the Alpha Tracker reception area in one piece!

Liam and the UKATA team packing it up

Dan's boot - safe for now!

Robin's relieved face...

Proudly on show at Alpha Tracker HQ

Alpha Tracker gets a mention in the House of Commons as part of a proposal for a UK National Asbestos Register

Under the Ten Minute Rule in Parliament, yesterday, Andrew Percy MP introduced a bill to propose a UK National Asbestos Register and asbestos software Alpha Tracker got a mention.  

Our "Damage: The Poor Condition of Asbestos in our Schools, Hospitals & Houses" report has been instrumental in providing evidence to MPs including Jane Hunt to enable the preparation of the bill.  This is all very rewarding and a really good step along the road.  

We are very, very grateful to all of the people who have moved the asbestos agenda along so much over the last 12 months, not least Andrew Paten (co-founder of UKNAR) and Charles Pickles (Airtight on Asbestos).  

Click the YouTube link below to watch

World Champions!!! What a great day and such a good cause - thanks for all your sponsorship (and apologies for the click-bait headline)

We didn't win (obviously!) but we did get to grab the Coracle World Championship trophy for a sneaky photo, at least!

Dan & Zac

It's fair to say that our attempt to win the Coracle World Championship didn't exactly go to plan.  Our "Little C" team made up of captain Zac, Tom, Jack & Dan fell at the first hurdle.  Zac was nobbled by another competitor and ended up in the Severn (captured by the BBC TV camera crew and broadcast later on Midlands Today - fame at last, Zac!).

Oh well - the main aim was fundraising for MacMillan Cancer Support and we smashed our target, so thank you to everyone who clicked the link and added their support.  There's still time left if you want to add something to our total.  Thanks in advance!

Tom making waves

What an excellent event - we'll be back next year for sure

Watch the BBC Midlands Today report here:

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