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TPA Portable Roadways were presented with their BS 8901 certificate by SGS United Kingdom Ltd, at Wimbledon’s All England Lawn Tennis Club, in their famous ‘Centre Court’, one of their longstanding clients.

Tom Henderson, TPA’s Support Services Manager, says: “If you are responsible for staging an event, you should minimise your environmental and social impact by ensuring your roadway supplier is certified to BS 8901 – as we are. Not all suppliers are alike!”

Based in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, TPA provides portable roadways, pedestrian walkways, bridges, barriers, fencing and car park hard standing for event organisers nationwide. TPA products improve site access, safety and security at the Leeds and Reading Festivals, Royal Ascot, Wimbledon, The Open Championship, and hundreds of other events. Around 25 million event-goers use TPA roadways each year.

BS 8901 is designed to help event organisers, venues, suppliers and trade associations to recognise their impact on the economy, society and environment. It shares many of the management principles of standards such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, including a plan-do-check-act cycle of continual improvement.

BS 8901 aims to maximise positive impacts, minimise negative impacts and foster balanced, enduring growth.

Applying for and retaining BS 8901 involves an optional pre-certification assessment; the assessment itself and annual surveillance visits carried out by a third-party assessor such as SGS.

Tom Henderson of TPA says: “We chose SGS to assess us for BS 8901 because they have been supporting us in improving our performance since 2009. SGS’ assessors in particular are thorough and add value to our organisation.”

Ana Inacio, Energy and Environmental Consultant and Auditor for BS 8901 from SGS, presented the certificate to TPA. “They have some of the best staff engagement practices I have ever seen. I was delighted to see how sustainability can make a difference in peoples lives”, says Ana.

TPA’s BS 8901-related sustainability initiatives include, amongst others:

Using stored rainwater to clean equipment; replacing a third of its vehicle fleet with new low-emission vehicles compliant with Euro 5 standards and using pressurised air from vehicle air-braking systems during installations, rather than running separate generators, reducing noise and emissions.

Promoting apprenticeships programmes for local community; actively engaging staff in problem identification and resolution and supporting local community events.

SGS United Kingdom Ltd
SGS House
217-221 London Road
GU15 3EY

t: 01276 697999
f: 01276 697696


The SGS Group is the global leader and innovator in inspection, verification, testing and certification services. Founded in 1878, SGS is recognised as the global benchmark in quality and integrity. With 67,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,250 offices and laboratories around the world.