Monday, 29 February 2016

HAYS PLC Press Release: BATH BUSINESSMAN BOUNCES BACK FROM INJURY TO RAISE £10,000 FOR ROYAL UNITED HOSPITALS TRUST


Dave Broadway, Managing Director of Bath-based CFH Docmail is aiming to raise £10,000 for the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Trust by running the Bath Half Marathon just one year after a cycle accident resulted in a broken hip and major surgery. 

The funds will be donated to the Forever Friends Appeal, the fundraising charity for the Royal United Hospitals, which will support the building of the Royal United Hospital’s new cancer care centre.

In February 2015 Dave was racing in a charity cycling event at the Olympic Velodrome in London, organised by recruiters Hays, when he crashed his bike, breaking his hip and requiring an operation to hold his hip together with a plate and four screws.

Just after one year from his accident Dave will take on the 13.2 miles of the Bath Half Marathon on 13 March to give back to the NHS. To boost his fundraising efforts Hays, the leading recruiting experts, have donated £1,000 to the appeal.

Simon Winfield, Managing Director at Hays in the West & Wales said: “Dave’s determination to bounce back from injury to complete this challenge is inspiring. After Dave’s contribution to our own charity fundraising appeal we’re delighted to be able to support his fundraising for this very important cause.”

To support Dave’s fundraising visit www.justgiving.com/Dave-Broadway


Hybrid mail company rated the fastest growing firm in its industry

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Pictured: From left, David Broadway, Karen Broadway, Phil Thompson, Abi Coates and Joseph Broadway CFH Docmail, St Peter’s Park, Wells Road, Radstock.

A company which delivers mail using bicycles around Bristol and Bath has been listed as the top performer in its field. CFH Docmail, based in Radstock, Somerset, was the fastest growing hybrid mail company in the list compiled by trade publication Print Week.

The firm recorded year-on-year sales growth of 37.25 per cent, net profit increased by 163 per cent and staff numbers were up 18 per cent.

Managing director Dave Broadway said: “It’s very gratifying to be recognised by our industry and to be able to bench mark our achievements.

“In the last 12 months we have seen steady growth from our core market sectors but were also able to use our strong financial position to save jobs at Scottish print company BSS which we acquired out of administration.

‘We expect to turnover £45 million in 2015/2016 which is up from £41 million in the previous financial year.”

Hybrid mail means using a combination of electronic and physical delivery, sending documents in digital format and then printing them closer to their destination.

Family business CFH also runs the Velopost cycle mail delivery service in Bristol and Bath and has heavily investment in maknig its HQ environmentally sustainable.

Dave said the company planned to continue investing in the business.

“In 2016 we plan to invest over £1 million in IT servers and systems as well as increasing the Velopost electric vehicle fleet with the new Nissan e-NV200 electric van for postal collections in and around Bristol and Bath,” he said.

“We will shortly be adding a Nissan Leaf to our Edinburgh site for postal collections.

“The increase in demand for our services will inevitably see the need for recruitment which is good news for the local economy.”


Published in South West Business. Read the article here:

Thursday, 11 February 2016

‘Love Your Environment’ - Velopost sends Valentine’s message to Bristol businesses


Velopost, Bristol’s fossil fuel free bicycle delivery service are marking Valentine’s Day by delivering a live tree to the sustainability managers of Bristol businesses to encourage them to take further measures to protect their environment. Each recipient will receive a flowering cherry or silver birch (both indigenous to the UK) as well as top tips for easy measures that they can take to reduce their carbon footprint. Each tree will be hand delivered by Velopost’s team of cycle couriers.

Phil Smisson from Velopost says “Bristol leads the field in terms of environmental conservation but we should not rest on our laurels. As we conclude our year as The Green Capital we are keen to encourage businesses to continue to raise the bar. The saplings that we deliver are symbolic of the part that the planting of even the smallest seeds can play in the future of our planet.

“Our service is also representative of how a small change can have a major impact on the environment. By exclusively using bicycles and electric vehicles to deliver mail we save 28g of CO2 per letter. This also provides good value for our customers. Delivering in the most environmentally friendly way is also the most economical.  Velopost delivers for less than the cost of a second class stamp and we pick up from your building too.”

Velopost’s Top Tips for Loving Your Environment:

  1. Find out about the environment and what it does for you.
  2. Reduce what you use and what you buy.
  3. Reuse everything you can rather than throwing it away.
  4. Recycle – don’t throw away.
  5. Lend and give away.
  6. Become active – join green clubs in your community.
  7. Spend more time outside.
  8. Walk or cycle.
  9. Adopt a green mind set in everything you do.

For more information or to book a collection call Jeremy Field or Caroline Candy on 01761 416311, www.velopost.co.uk

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Overmatter: marathon challenge


Overmatter is in awe of anyone who can run for a bus, never mind for many miles.

As such, a special hat-tip is in order for CFH Docmail managing director Dave Broadway, who has battled back from a serious injury and is now set to take part in the Bath half marathon in March.

The super-fit Broadway has been a keen runner for years, but had to put aside his running shoes after breaking his hip in 2015 – he broke the head of his femur after crashing during another favoured activity, cycling, while taking part in a pursuit race at the London Velodrome.

While the details of the break are too icky to go into here, suffice to say it put a serious crimp in Broadway’s usual exercise regime, and the road to recovery has been long and tough.

His progression over the course of 12 months from walking, to walking without crutches, to gym work to bring back the functionality in his leg has now culminated in the completion of a 10-mile road run. A-mazing! He’s now hoping to complete the Bath Half in a sub-two hours and 30 minutes time.

Dave will be running in aid of local cancer charity the Forever Friends appeal and aims to raise £10,000 – an impressive target for someone who, in his own words, “still struggles to put his socks on”.

To donate please click here.


Published in www.printweek.com Read the article here:

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

CFH Docmail chief on the road to recovery

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Dave Broadway, managing director of hybrid mail company CFH Docmail and fossil fuel-free bicycle letter delivery service Velopost, has recovered from an injury that threatened to end his running career in time to participate in the Bath Half Marathon to raise money for charity.

The 57-year-old, who, until last year, routinely ran 30 miles a week, suffered a broken hip during freak accident after completing a cycle challenge.

Last February, Broadway was taking part in the Hays Recruitment cycle pursuit race at the London Velodrome and, upon finishing, freewheeled over the line, which in turn caused the bike to stop, front tyre to explode and throw him to the ground at 26mph.

Upon arriving at hospital, he was diagnosed with broken femur, which resulted in the insertion of a dynamic hip screw, employing four screws and a metal plate to hold the joint.

However, after a long and gruelling rehabilitation period, Broadway is ready to return to the track and will take part in the Bath Half Marathon in March to help raise funds for The Forever Friends Appeal and the RUH Cancer Care Campaign.

“I think it’s likely that every family in Britain has been touched by Cancer to a greater or lesser degree; last year was particularly bad for myself and the team at CFH, as we lost a number of good friends, colleagues and ex-colleagues,” says Broadway.

“This year, we are once again the key sponsor for The Forever Friends Appeal’s ‘Ted’s Team’ at the Bath Half Marathon through our Velopost division.

“This is our third time at being the main sponsor, and to date we have reached almost £17,000 of donations.

“So, as we approach this year’s Bath Half Marathon, I really want to put something back into the NHS—both in gratitude for fixing me, but also in memory and tribute to the good friends that I have lost this year.”


Published in printmonthly.com Read the article here:

Mailing specialist calls on Charities to learn from GPs and Councils as fundraisers go back to the drawing board


Managing Director Dave Broadway of printing and mail specialist CFH Docmail Ltd has challenged charities to look outside their sector to find the best practices that will help the industry put its fundraising back on track and begin to restore the faith of UK donors. His call comes as The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee’s recently published review concluded that ‘the reputation of charities has been damaged, including those that behaved properly.’

Dave Broadway says ‘Heads of Fundraising are probably facing one of their most difficult years to date. Cuts in Government funding and the disappearance of telephone agencies and other third party organisations means that they will need to find creative ways to bridge the gap.

‘One of the biggest barriers to solving the problem is their lack of ‘in house’ expertise to help them work through their existing responsibilities in terms of direct mail and data protection legislation as well as acting fast to avoid the time bomb of affirmative consent.

‘Direct mail still commands the lion’s share of all advertising spend by charities (61% of £394 million at the last count).  Only a small proportion of it is sent using hybrid mail which would not only save a fortune on print and post (a standard letter can be printed, enclosed and mailed for less than a second class stamp) but all the protocols are in place to ensure that the data is totally secure and that the processes are in place for the correct permissions to be sought, including affirmative consent.

‘Charities need to take the lead from City Councils and GP surgeries across the country who have faced similar crisis’ in terms of watching their budgets evaporate while needing to maintain the same level of written communication. By migrating to hybrid mail batches of letters can now be sent by the push of a button rather than taking up days of staff time.  In the process they have not only saved time and money but have also been able to provide a timely response which creates a better patient / client experience.

‘Hybrid mail is also accessible for every size of charity as the entry level is one letter. It allows for the testing of different creative treatments and provides the perfect mechanic for keeping precious donors up to date with your work. It is the most cost effective method of delivery which means you know you are spending money wisely and has a lower carbon footprint than conventional mail.’

Businessman fights back from crash injuries to run in Bath Half for Forever Friends


Dave Broadway (57) is Managing Director of hybrid mail company CFH Docmail Ltd and Bath based fossil fuel free bicycle letter delivery service Velopost.  A serious runner since 2001, until last year he routinely ran 30 miles a week. In 2015 a broken hip threatened to end his running career but after an incredible fight back, in March 2016 he returns to the track to raise funds for The Forever Friends Appeal and the RUH Cancer Care Campaign to help provide the best care for Bath cancer patients and their families. 

https://www.justgiving.com/Dave-Broadway

 In February 2014, Dave was invited by Hays Recruitment to take part in a cycle pursuit race at the London Velodrome.  After a successful practise run as Dave crossed the finishing line the automatic reaction to freewheel kicked in, the bike stopped and the front tyre exploded, throwing Dave to the ground at 26 miles per hour.

He was taken to hospital in East London where it was established that the head of his femur was broken resulting in the insertion of a dynamic hip screw which employs four screws and a metal plate to hold the joint (which is notoriously difficult to heal) together.

Home after three days Dave immediately started the walking which would be the first stage to recovery and within three weeks was able to walk three miles without a walking stick or crutches. Once he had built up to four or five miles, he began to add gym work and stretching to increase the movement and functionality of his leg.

The speed with which functionality had been lost was surprising but the nerve damage meant it was essential to get everything working as quickly as possible. Cycling and rowing were then added to the non-impact mix to help build muscle.

In August the surgeon at The Royal United Hospital (RUH) in Bath who had been overseeing the recovery process agreed that running on grass could be introduced. This proved to be the hardest part of all despite Dave’s extensive running history, in fact more challenging than when he first taken up running 17 years earlier. Dave says ‘My legs just wouldn’t move, some of my mobility has gone for good, I still struggle to put my socks on.’

However gradually things improved and Dave began road running, building from a four mile run, to a 10 mile outing last weekend.

12 months on Dave is preparing to take part in the Bath Half Marathon and whilst his time may not match his personal best of 1.53 or even his 2014 time of 1:58, all the signs are that he will finish in under 2.30.

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Dave will be running for The Forever Friends Appeal, a Bath based official charity for the RUH which CFH have supported for a number of years. Dave will be joined in running the half marathon by his wife, daughter and other members of CFH staff and he is hoping to raise £10,000 for the charity.

Dave says  ‘I think it’s likely that every family in Britain has been touched by Cancer to a greater or lesser degree. Last year was particularly bad for myself  and the team at CFH, as we lost a number of good friends, colleagues and ex-colleagues.

This year, we are once again the key sponsor for The Forever Friends Appeal’s “Ted’s Team” at the Bath Half Marathon through our Velopost division. This is our third time at being the main sponsor, and to date we have reached almost £17,000 of donations.

So as we approach this year’s Bath Half Marathon, I really want to put something back into the NHS – both in gratitude for fixing me, but also in memory and tribute to the good friends that I have lost this year.’

The Bath Half is a fantastic personal challenge whilst raising funds for a cause close to your heart. The Forever Friends Appeal is encouraging people to join CFH Docmail and Velopost and sign up to run in Ted’s Team. You can run as a group from work by creating a Corporate Team competing in Big Ted’s Corporate Challenge. Silver Bond places for The Forever Friends Appeal are still available now and can be purchased for just a £35 initial donation, with a pledge to raise a further minimum sponsorship of £175 for The Forever Friends Appeal.

Corporate Officer for the Appeal, Louisa Smyllie, comments:  “We can’t thank the team enough for their continued and creative support of the Appeal. And now, with New Year’s resolutions in the air we hope others will be inspired to join the Velopost team in the Bath Half this March and support their local hospital.”

For more information, please visit www.foreverfriendsappeal.co.uk or call the events team on 01225 825823.  If you would like to join Ted’s Team but have another department in the hospital that you would like to support, please also contact the events team for more information.

Creative Electoral Service Officers migrate to Hybrid Mail to meet individual Electoral Registration challenge


Leading mailing specialist CFH Docmail Ltd has reported a major increase in business from electoral departments as Councils migrate from traditional methods of producing and mailing post to using a hybrid system to cope with the demands of delivering the requirements of Individual Electoral Registration (IER).

Dave Broadway MD of CFH Docmail Ltd says: 'When IER was introduced it not only resulted in additional bulk mailings but was also the catalyst for an influx of a torrent of individual requests which could be anything from hundreds to thousands a week. Some initial transitional funding from the Government has hardly touched the sides. Electoral departments have been spending days of staff time printing, folding and stuffing letters and forms. We work with over 60 Councils producing their bulk mailings but the new pressures of IER together with the need to deliver rolling post efficiently has seen a rise in use of Docmail of 40%.

'Docmail allows you to send letters and documents directly from your computer or device. Users can upload the document and address list to the website, or download a free print driver to print and post individual documents directly from their own computer software, or fully integrate the software into Docmail with the web service API. Vitally the letters are mailed the next day as no IT programming is required compared with other systems that take a week.'

Vicky Breading is Electoral Services Manager for Cambridge City Council. She says: 'Due to the increase in the number of letters that we are now required to send we have recently started to use Docmail to print, enclose and post our daily mail and it has revolutionised how we operate as a department.

'We send out a huge amount of post, on average over 1,500 items a week. Previously we had to print, stuff and frank every item. What would have taken one of our officers two days every week can be achieved with the push of a button. So we not only save time - 100 working days a year, Docmail also saves us money as it costs less than the price of a second class stamp to print and post every letter.'

Dave Broadway continues: 'As Councils experience yet another round of cuts it’s vital that they look for new ways to maximise the efficiency of their time and reduce costs. Election teams have been expected to absorb the IER process into the day to day running of the department and yet it brings the additional complication of an A3 form which most Councils can’t produce in house, an increase in the number of postal reminders that need to be sent together with the usual deadline driven pressures which come with all election work.

'It’s great to be able to deliver a service which can lighten the load of election teams, allow them to clear post on a daily basis and offer the very best communication service to residents whilst making the very best use of tax payers’ money.'

Monday, 1 February 2016

CFH Docmail is top of the class in Print Week sales growth performance table


The publication this week of the Print Week ‘Top 500’ table which reviews the performance of all companies involved in print in the UK has confirmed that CFH Docmail was the fastest growing hybrid mail company with year-on-year sales growth of 37.25%. Net profit increased by 163% and staff numbers were up 18%.

Managing Director Dave Broadway comments ‘It’s very gratifying to be recognised by our industry and to be able to bench mark our achievements. In the last twelve months we have seen steady growth from our core market sectors but were also able to use our strong financial position to save jobs at Scottish print company BSS which we acquired out of administration.

‘We expect to turnover £45 million in 2015/2016 which is up from £41 million in the previous financial year. 

‘In 2016 we plan to invest over £1 million in IT servers and systems as well as increasing the Velopost electric vehicle fleet with the new Nissan e-NV200 electric van for postal collections in and around Bristol and Bath. We will shortly be adding a Nissan Leaf to our Edinburgh site for postal collections.

‘The increase in demand for our services will inevitably see the need for recruitment which is good news for the local economy.’