June 2022


Swindon mayor, Abdul Amin, performed the official opening of the new base of the town’s only fork lift training centre in Kembrey Park.

He even took part in a flip-flop throwing contest as the opening took place on National Flip Flop Day. But note, centre manager David Gearon made it clear the flip flops were for fun only – and not suitable footwear in the workplace!

We had a lovely event and felt thrilled that Swindon’s mayor and his wife found time in their busy schedule to open our doors. He entered into the spirit of the event and proved a pretty good shot when it came to throwing flip flops!’ David said.

Swindon Mayor Opens Forklift Centre
Swindon Mayor Opens Forklift Centre

A growing concern

Key Performance Training has seen growth in demand for its forklift training services. That growth meant that its previous premises no longer fitted their purpose.

The family business is the only lift truck training centre in Swindon. They provide forklift training to men and women looking for work or who want to expand their skill set. Further, the company offers training in first aid, health and safety and courses for fire marshals and wardens.

David said: ‘The new site gives us so much more scope to expand and work with more people. It’s already proving its worth. We’re able to offer more courses for individuals and for other companies in and around the town.’


The company has RTITB (Road Transport Industry Training Board) approval as a training centre. As such it can help businesses in the area maintain necessary licences, knowledge and skills for their continued development and success.

The company has now added an extra truck, the Pivot Steer (or Bendi as it’s sometimes known) to complement training with their existing counterbalance and reach trucks. It was this truck which provided the ‘hook’ for the flip flop throwing contest on opening day.

‘The winner of the flip flop throwing contest was Howard Feather of Be More Effective. He won an Amazon Echo, a bottle of Prosecco and a box of chocolates. Afer the event all the flip flops got donated to Refuge.’

What’s more, the company has plans to offer other services in the future. These will include finance options, to make its training courses even more accessible.

For more information visit https://keyperformancetraining.co.uk

Swindon Mayor Opens Forklift Centre - Mayor Abdul throwing flip flops
Swindon Mayor Opens Forklift Centre – The mayor with flip flops

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