Our Work in the Community

Actively Involved in Local Charity

We believe in “doing our bit” and have provided support to a number of local and national charities and worthy causes over the years including: Macmillan Cancer Support, Comic Relief, The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice Trust, and the Rotary Club of Alsager.

Helen, one of our directors (featured top left above), has participated in a number of Race for Life events locally and has completed two half-marathons in aid of the Shine Bright Foundation. This local, Cheshire-based charity was founded to raise funding to aid the research into Triple Negative Breast Cancer, promote early diagnosis by raising awareness of symptoms, and to provide support to individuals directly affected by the illness. 

Contributing to Local Education

Hydraulics Online has provided work experience placements to local schools and has donated equipment and resources to support specific projects from time-to-time.  For the last four years, Hydraulics Online has also donated significant company time to enable Helen to fulfil her duties as a governor at a local primary school.  

Earlier this year, following our award wins at our local Chamber of Commerce awards, Mark and Helen were invited to be interviewed by pupils at Seabridge Primary School as part of their school radio project.  The pupils asked probing questions about setting up a business and showed a great deal of enthusiasm and potential as budding entrepreneurs of the future.

Inspired by this, we are now planning to talk to other schools about the opportunities to work with them to enable budding entrepreneurs create links with the local business community.

Hydraulcs Online visists Seabrisge Radio

Inspiring the Next Generation of Business Leaders

Helen has also presented to students of Manchester Metropolitan University’s Business School; sharing details of our global marketing strategy and experience trading at home in the UK and overseas – providing the students with a real business development case study.

Following this, two of the MMU students undertook work experience with Hydraulics Online as part of the university’s business outreach programme.  One student later returned to assist with a key marketing programme and further extend his experience prior to seeking full time employment elsewhere. 

Inspiring Other Local Businesses

Helen Tonks Speaker at the FSB Export Event

As Hydraulics Online gains increasing external recognition, so Helen finds herself invited to speak at local and regional events.

She was asked to share the Hydraulics Online ‘story’ at the 2018 International Festival of Business in Liverpool as the Federation of Small Businesses’ North West Business Exporter of the Year. Being told that delegates found Helen’s presentation “inspirational” has filled the whole team with further vigour to support other businesses in making the leap to be successful international traders. Read more here >

Helen is speaking at a local International Trade Forum next month to share our exporting journey and insights with others.  These events are not only fantastic for providing us with the opportunity to reflect, but they also strengthen our links with the local business community and provide us with new opportunities to learn and grow ourselves.  Over the last twelve months, we have found that inspiration is, more often than not, a two-way process.

Testimonial: Rayne Precision Engineering

I have passed your cards onto a couple of our maintenance contractors and have given you a high recommendation to them both, so hopefully they too will be using in the future. Thanks for helping to get our repair solved so promptly.

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Testimonial: Engineering Solutions

The valve arrived about 9:00am this morning. The service from you and Steve has been first class, so thank you very much. I shall certainly use your services again and recommend you to others. Thanks again and best regards.

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Testimonial: Philippines

We would like to confirm receipt of your shipment for our initial order: PO# 07623. It was a pleasure having started working with you and we hope this is just the start of a good business relationship between our companies. Again, thank you very much and we look forward for more future business opportunities with you.

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Testimonial: The Netherlands

Thank you for your service with selecting the proper pump. Pumps have arrived this morning and they completely conform with the old pumps.

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Testimonial: Abernethy Trust

Please pass on my thanks to Steven for great customer service and his product knowledge; our gang mowers are back up and working.

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Testimonial: Virginia

Please thank your team very much in helping me solve a pump issue. I needed a pump that was manufactured by a company no longer in business, and Steven was able to locate a duplicate that was manufactured by Parker.

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Testimonial: Gwynedd

Thank you, Joanna. Mark’s quote was from a technical discussion which answered many questions that I have been trying to get without success from other suppliers. Please thank Mark for his time and expertise; it was so refreshing to have a knowledgeable person rather than a sales assistant.

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Hi Mark, Thanks for sorting this out for me so quickly. Absolutely brilliant service… In this day and age it is so rare to come across a company with customer service to this level. Much appreciated.

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Testimonial – Perth

Can you let the boys know that they are providing us with great service, parts and information in all our locations. Your service is prompt and reliable; you’re our “go to” guys when it comes to hydraulics.

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We did it again! Hydraulics Online is delighted to announce that we have been recognised as the North West Business Exporter […]

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