As the UK'S largest plant, Smurfit Kappa Yate spearheaded the company's European Directive to establish a corporate colour scheme for both internal walkways & machine areas, and consolidate the emphasis on continued Health & Safety, ensuring that employees and visitors alike are aware of their surroundings.
The task of implementing the flooring directive was given to Kettles Ltd, and under tight timeframes and without disruption to productivity this has now been successfully achieved – once again teamwork has triumphed!
J. K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series of books, was born in Yate and lived her early childhood in Chipping Sodbury and later at the nearby village of Winterbourne.
A real "Road to Nowhere!"
The common has a stretch of unused dual carriageway (51°31′56″N 2°26′02″W51.532282°N 2.433879°W), known as the "Road to Nowhere", which has been used for filming in TV programmes such as Casualty] This was part a scheme to create a bypass from Rodford Way in South Yate to Nibley.
The scheme was only partially completed in 1974, the year when Yate became a part of Avon. Completion of the road would have entailed building a bridge over the railway, but finance for this was never made available.