Category Archives: January 2017

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Category : January 2017

Do you use your mobile phone whilst driving? In 2015, it was reported that 70% of the population do this. More worryingly, this continues to rise alongside these actions making it 6 times more likely for an accident to occur. The AA brought to our attention the changes to penalties which will be implemented from March this year.. 

Since 2003, it has been illegal to use a hand held mobile phone whilst driving or when stationary with the engine on. From March 2017, the Fixed Penalty Notice for using one whilst driving will increase to £200 and 6 points on your license. Doing this will lose your license if you’re less than 2 years from passing your test.If someone is noticed for bad driving or involved in a crash, the individual can be prosecuted, with fines being more severe along with an appearance in court.

How do you get caught? You would only need to be seen. Spreading the word via #NeverTextDrive, the police have been vigilant in having unmarked lorries on the road, who are able to observe more from being in a higher position.


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The Development Story

Category : January 2017

January 1st 1993 at IBM, James Hyslop, CEO of TRS Claims, held a new years resolution meeting with insurers, loss adjusters, suppliers, repair engineers and claim handlers to discuss a vision of insurance claims processing. The resolution looked at ‘working togetherness’ and connecting the supply chain. James will describe the idea being well received for a few moments before everyone fighting and disagreeing! However, years later the resolution was finally kept…  

cairInvesting in technology, James looked to design a system which would support various parts of the insurance claims industry to support clients and link them to numerous services. The key strength to the company was understanding the requirements of different parties at each stage of dealing with the claim, from initial report of the problem through to fulfillment. James was fortunate to have the guidance of Gi Fernando a technology investor based in the UK, who previously founded social media marketing company, Techlightenment, which was later acquired by Experian.

Cair was born. The concept of having a paperless office was unheard of, however James and his team acknowledged that Microsoft technology was affordable and the efficient basis for Cair. Since then, Cair has continued to develop it’s capabilities and streamline processes for the claims department. And Gi received an MBE for his contribution to the digital economy, some of his work including the Facebook App for marketing campaigns.

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Progress On Projects

Category : January 2017

Last year TRS reported the stories brought to us from Water Aid about the individuals whom have been positively impacted upon kind donations. Hearing from IMG_0043Isaac on the lack of safe toilets in his village and Carla and Ensart’s daily trips to collect clean water, donations reported that 1.9m people now have safe water, 3m people were reached with sanitation and 4.7m were reached with hygiene promotion.  

Specific projects had been set up by Water Aid to target issues with poverty, disease and hardship have been incredibly successful with Carla, who fell under the Project Pioneers, no longer having to make the long trips to find water which could in fact make her children ill. Deliver Life looked to address the hundreds of women who give birth in dangerous environments, putting the lives of both parent at child at risk. Infections are now less common with the installations of showers and toilets, lessening the need for antibiotics being prescribed at birth.

By 2030, WaterAid are working to ensure that everyone everywhere have the basic facility which most of us take for granted: taps and toilets. Looking at 13 year old Joweria from Bulangira, who’s life goal is to become an accountant. Unfortunately a huge obstacle stands in her way: dirty water. During the dry seasons, the only source of water available to the 4000 residents drys up, however, this is unsafe anyway. Joweria knows the water can cause her severe problems which can leave her too sick to attend school.

2017 looks to provide clean water is piped around Bulangira.

For more information on Water Aid, visit their site.

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Earn While You Learn

Category : January 2017

The 6th January marked the start of a new venture for TRS with a partnership with The Career and Enterprise Company in promoting opportunities for the future workforce. Having previously supported the development of young professionals, last week introduced some new faces to the expanding TRS team.

RGS1Previously having the success of working with local apprenticeship companies, TRS have recruited young professionals through 3aaa Worcester in customer services. Combining both experience within the insurance sector with innovate young minds has propelled TRS’s business which now boasts its highest Customer Satisfaction stores since the company started in 1987.

If you are an employer looking to recruit an apprentice or would like more information, please visit Get In Go Far.


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Career Initiative Starts

Category : January 2017

Working with local partners and supporting the future workforce, TRS have joined forces with The Careers & Enterprise Company, Worcestershire LEP and Worcestershire County Council. Last Friday marked the first session at RGS Worcester where the panel and host discussed their career paths and answered student’s questions.

RGSThe panel brought together an array of experiences and backgrounds to provide students with a more rounded argument to options and impartial advice. Representatives from Worcester Bosch,  University of Worcester, ISO Quality Services, Mazak and TRS’s own Apprentice of the Year shared stories of their chosen career path, skills that employers look for and the options available for young adults. RGS students relished the opportunity to test the panel and received top tips on Do’s and Dont’s in interviews and how to broaden their applications. Key suggestions were as follows:

  • Don’t be late!
  • Research the company prior to interview
  • Make your CV and Cover Letter relate to the job you are applying for
  • Employers find Aptitude and Attitude key and wouldn’t penalise for lack of experience or qualifications
  • Look at all career options such as work placements, apprenticeships, university

With the success of this first event and some student workshops on the horizon, this initiative is looking to branch out further and help more students.