Business Studies Students Visit Tobermore Concrete 2019


Lower Sixth students attended their annual visit to Tobermore Concrete on 1st October 2019. The visit commenced with a health & safety talk where the students were warned about the potential risks and hazards around the plant and then provided with their high-vis jackets and personal audio devices.



Pupils had the opportunity to view the recent development of Tobermore’s new multimillion pound HESS plant and had the opportunity to see the implementation of computer assisted manufacturing to a wide range of processes. Throughout the tour, students witnessed countless cost saving initiatives from the use of renewable energy to their commitment to recycling. The plant recycles all water used in their manufacturing process and any waste products are also recycled into their eco-products. All new initiatives not only allow the business to minimise costs but allows them to make products with excellent carbon footprint ratings. The tour finished with a walk around their paving centre to see the merchandising of products and the impact of their new branding.

Finally, the students attended a very detailed presentation in relation to all the functional areas in the business. The presentation was ideally tailored to incorporate most aspects of the AS syllabus, allowing the students to relate theory in the classroom to a real life enterprising business. The finance talk was presented by Tobermore’s Assistant Accountant, Mr Matthew Donnelly, a former Rainey Business Studies Student! The presentation also gave an insight into Tobermore’s growth in the mainland UK market with the benefits and challenges this presents. The Human Resource Department discussed how the growth of social media has had a big impact on their methods of recruitment. The Marketing department presentation ended with Daniel Barfoot winning a signed Ulster rugby ball, after hearing about the benefits of this sponsorship and Tobermore’s recent re-branding.

Thank you so much to Tobermore for again providing a most informative, interesting and enjoyable visit!