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Family fund raisers share charity aim

A Shropshire firm is certainly keeping it in the family when it comes to raising much-needed funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Tudor Griffiths Group, in Ellesmere, has once again signed up to support the World Coracle Championships which take place on the River Severn in Shrewsbury on Friday September 13.

And the four-strong team will be made up of Tudor himself, alongside his two sons Harry and Oliver, and TG Builders Merchants’ general manager Mark Evans.

Tudor said: “We are keen supporters of this event, and in the past two years we’ve already raised £5620 for the charity. This year we’re aiming for another £5000, and we’ve already had so many donations that we’re well on our way towards that target. We’re really hoping that our luck holds out on Friday 13th, and that we don’t spend too much time out of the coracle and in the river itself!”

The TG Group team signed up for the 2019 event immediately after last year’s championships, and Tudor said he was particularly looking forward to taking part with his sons in the team.

 “It’s always a really fun day, and at the same time, it gives everyone the chance to raise plenty of money for such a deserving cause. We’ve raised over £5,000 in the past two years, winning The Richard Bayliss Trophy in 2017 for being top fund raisers, and it’s already looking as though our supporters will be just as generous for the upcoming 2019 races.”

Kate Thomas from Macmillan said: “We’re extremely grateful to local companies like the Tudor Griffiths Group who always commit themselves whole-heartedly to the championships, and we’re looking forward to welcoming them to this year’s event on Friday.”

The World Coracle Championships has been running for over ten years and takes place at the Pengwern Boat Club on the River Severn in the Quarry area in Shrewsbury. It was the brain-child of Richard Bayliss who first persuaded a collection of Shrewsbury companies to paddle the unstable coracles across the river for charity in 2007.

Kate said: “Sadly, Richard himself died of cancer in 2015. The organisers vowed to carry on the championships in support of Macmillan and in memory of Richard, they present the Richard Bayliss Cup to the team who raise the most sponsorship for the event.”

Last year’s championships raised over £45,000 for Macmillan through race entrance fees, team fund raising efforts and other donations.

Those wishing to make a donation can visit TG Group’s JustGiving page; https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tg-group2


Top 50 listing for builders’ merchants

Staff from a Shropshire builders’ merchants are celebrating after the firm was named as one of the fastest growing businesses in the county.

TG Builders’ Merchants – which is part of the family-owned Tudor Griffiths Group – has been ranked in 24th place in the top 50 companies in the Shropshire Growth Report 2019.

Compiled by accountancy and business advisory firm, BDO, the report identifies companies who are operating most successfully in the area and who are thriving in their individual sectors.

TG Builders’ Merchants general manager, Mark Evans, said the recognition was great news for the business that was constantly striving to deliver the very best customer service and to expand its product range still further.

“We’re delighted to have been ranked in this prestigious survey, and it’s clear that our positive and dynamic approach to developing our business is paying great dividends.”

There are eight TG Builders’ Merchants branches altogether located in Bridgnorth, Chester, Ellesmere, Kidderminster, Nantwich, Northwich, Oswestry and Welshpool.

The company has seen a year of real growth in the past 12 months, and now employs 127 staff (which is up 15 from last year), and it has also invested in an additional five vehicles to take its total up to 26 in all.

And the success of the division hasn’t only been recognised in the Shropshire Growth Report – they were also shortlisted in the national Builders’ Merchants Awards for their customer service.

The Shropshire Growth Report 2019 shows that the top 50 fastest growing businesses come from a wide range of sectors, and BDO said such diversity lent strength to the local economy creating a promising picture for the future.

The advisers said that the variety of companies on the list showed that no single industry was in charge when it came to “spectacular growth success” in Shropshire, which was good news as a diverse business community helped to strengthen the local economy.

As well as TG Builders’ Merchants, TG Group also operates 12 ready-mixed concrete plants, two sand and gravel quarries, a sea-dredged sand operation, recycling services, and skip hire, and the company employs more than 250 people working across the English/Welsh border in Shropshire, Cheshire, Worcestershire, and mid and north Wales.

Pic: From left, Paul Stennings (branch manager Kidderminster), Kate Davies (business support manager), Matt Humphries (branch manager Bridgnorth), Matt Peate (branch manager Welshpool), Paul Morris (branch manager Oswestry), Jon Griffiths (branch manager Ellesmere), Adele Evans (branch manager Chester), Matt Purbrick (branch manager Nantwich), Phil Brown (branch manager Northwich), Ben Jones (TG Dream Kitchens and Bathrooms showroom manager), and Mark Evans (general manager) celebrate the success of the division

TG Concrete division expands into new areas

Tudor Griffiths Group has invested in two new concrete plants to extend its reach to customers even further afield.

TG Concrete already has concrete plants covering the majority of Shropshire, Cheshire, and North and Mid Wales.

And now, the division has acquired a plant from Hanson at Cemmaes Road, near Machynlleth, and the company is also building a brand-new plant in Bridgnorth.

TG Concrete General Manager, Dave Morris, said the investment in new plants had been made to keep up with increased customer demand and to reach new customers in a wider geographical area.

“We’re very pleased to be taking on the Cemmaes Road plant which was built in 1966 and which has been closed for some time. It’s in an excellent position midway between two of our other plants at Aberystwyth and Newtown, so it will help to boost our presence in Mid Wales.”

The second plant is under construction right next door to the TG Builders’ Merchants branch at Chartwell Park, in Bridgnorth.

“Our aim is to have the Bridgnorth plant up and running later this summer, and work is progressing very well on site,” said Dave.

The new plant acquisitions are part of an ongoing expansion of the TG Concrete division, which has included the appointment of a new director to the board of the TG Concrete Bridgnorth site.

Tim Hall has spent his entire career in the aggregates industry. He was previously CEO of Breedon South, director of Tarmac Limited’s Western Area, managing director of Tarmac Western Limited, and he spent 27 years with Nash Rocks. He is also a non-executive director of SigmaRoc.

 The Bridgnorth plant will be capable of producing 70 cubic metres per hour, and will have four aggregate bins and three 80-tonne storage silos so that we can produce a number of classes of ready-mix concrete, as well as our newly-launched TG Cemfloor liquid floor screed. It will also have a pan mixer to accommodate collect customers.

“To be able to design and build the plant from scratch means we have been able to create facilities that suit our requirements perfectly. We’ve paid special attention to the environmental impact of the site too, making special arrangements to harvest water so that it’s an entirely recycled water plant.”



Run raises vital charity cash

Staff from TG Builders Merchants have beaten their ambitious fundraising target thanks to generous donations.

The ten employees took part in the Shrewsbury 10k run to raise funds for Severn Hospice, and they’ve now presented the charity with £1800.

Managing director Tudor Griffiths said: “We’re immensely proud of our colleagues from our builders’ merchants branches in Oswestry, Ellesmere and Nantwich who joined the run, and their hard work and commitment has really paid off.

“We’re particularly grateful to everyone who has been so generous with their donations and thanks to their backing, our colleagues have raised far more than they were aiming for.”

The team presented a cheque to Karen Swindells, a fundraiser at Severn Hospice, who said: “It’s great to see the team from TG Builders’ Merchants take on the Shrewsbury 10k to help support our hospice.

“Their amazing effort means we can be there in the future to help local people and their families when they need it most.”

Mr Griffiths said: “The whole challenge has been a great experience for everyone involved, and it was an opportunity to create a real element of healthy competition between the branches.”

Severn Hospice gives specialist care and support free of charge to families across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, and mid Wales, who are living with an incurable illness.

Since 1989, they have supported more than 34,000 people and their loved ones during their time of greatest need. They now help more than 2,000 local people every year.

Pic:  At the cheque presentation are, top row from left, John Wickwar, Jake Evans, Dan Evans, and Karen Swindells (Severn Hospice). Front, from left, Doug Jones and Connor Williams.

Outdoor learning is a success

Primary school children from all over Shropshire have been making the most of a unique learning opportunity thanks to a partnership project.

Tudor Griffiths Group, in Ellesmere, has joined forces with Shropshire Wildlife Trust to offer a range of outdoor sessions for the youngsters at their headquarters in Wood Lane.

Managing director of TG Group, Tudor Griffiths, said the outdoor lessons were extremely popular and gave the pupils chance to experience learning in an unusual and interesting setting.

“It’s always wonderful to see the children in their hard hats and hi-vis jackets on site, and as well as a guided trailer ride tour of our working quarry, they visit the purpose-built geology field station to learn about the formation of rocks and fossils. They also get to see where sand and gravel is removed from the ground and how it is processed.

“And they get an opportunity to visit our landfill site and recycling facility too so that the children can discover the story of what happens to rubbish and compare the process with how nature recycles.

“We believe that the great work Shropshire Wildlife Trust does helping youngsters to understand the environmental impact of today’s society and how to minimise the damage caused is an invaluable lesson that will prepare them for the future.”

Ellie Larkham, for Shropshire Wildlife Trust, said: “Our aim with this partnership is to deliver inspiring, practical, outdoor sessions in wild places that will inspire the children, and the visits to Tudor Griffiths Group have been particularly successful.

“We’re extremely grateful to TG Group for their commitment to this project, and their support is very much appreciated.

“The company runs a busy working quarry and it’s very generous of them to allow our groups onto the site to help make rocks fun, and to give the children the chance to follow the journey our rubbish takes after we put it out for the recycling lorry.”

As part of the initiative, Shropshire Wildlife Trust also offers outdoor sessions in Charles Darwin’s childhood garden in Shrewsbury, where they bring the ideas of evolution and inheritance to life.

To mark the launch of these new sessions, Shropshire Wildlife Trust are offering a reduced price of £150 (usually £250) for the first 20 classes to book a full day Secrets of Waste or Rocks visit to Wood Lane.

Jack takes up charity rally challenge

Staff from a Shropshire firm have given up their free time to help a colleague prepare for a mammoth charity rally challenge.

Jack Thomas is a member of the building maintenance team at Tudor Griffiths Group, in Ellesmere, and he will be taking part in the Banger Bust Up Rally in aid of Cancer Research UK in July.

The challenge will involve Jack driving a pink Nissan Micra from Oswestry to Croatia over five days, from July 10 to 15, stopping at different checkpoints along the way and completing tasks to win points.

“I’m really looking forward to taking part in the rally, and I’m so grateful to everyone who has sponsored me so far. It’s all for a great cause, and I can’t thank all my sponsors enough for their generous donations,” said Jack.

And his eye-catching vehicle is sure to be a talking point throughout the rally, thanks to his colleagues from the Tudor Griffiths spray painting team.

“They gave up their spare time to spray the car for me which was so kind of them, and thanks to the incredible colour it will be really difficult to miss as the rally stretches across Europe!”

TG Group Managing Director, Tudor Griffiths, said: “Jack has set himself a particularly tough challenge, and we’re very proud of his dedication and commitment to such an important cause.

“It has been great to see his colleagues helping to prepare the vehicle in their spare time, and the teamwork has definitely paid off to create a showstopper of a car that will certainly get noticed along the route.”

To back Jack’s challenge visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jack-thomas13

Pic: Ready for the rally challenge are, from left, Dale Morgan, Jack Thomas, TG Group Managing Director Tudor Griffiths, and Dave Roberts

Staff take on charity challenge

Staff from a Shropshire builders’ merchants division are putting their best feet forward to raise vital cash for charity.

The ten employees from Tudor Griffiths Group will be joining competitors in the Shrewsbury 10k run on Sunday, March 17th, to raise funds for Severn Hospice.

Managing director Tudor Griffiths said: “The staff taking part are from our builders’ merchants branches in Oswestry, Ellesmere, and Nantwich, and there is already a real element of healthy competition between the teams.

“We’re delighted that so many of our staff have pledged to support such a fantastic cause, and we’re hoping everyone will be generous with their donations so that we can help Severn Hospice by raising as much as possible.”

Taking part are: John Wickwar, Doug Jones, Dan Evans, Callum Smith, Paul Morris (all from the Oswestry branch); Chris Whittall, Les Bourne, Andy Gee and Rich Stennings (all from the Nantwich team); and Bronwen Morris (from the Ellesmere branch).

Tudor said: “Our team will be easy to spot on the day as they will all be wearing TG Group branded t-shirts, so it would be great if spectators could cheer them on as they make their way around the course.”

The 10k course takes place on closed roads and with a grand start and finish in the High Street, as well as taking in residential areas, major river crossings, and the quarry park.

To back the team from TG Group, visit their Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tg-group1

Pic: Ready for the Shrewsbury 10K challenge are, from left Doug Jones, Paul Morris, Dan Evans, John Wickwar, Connor Williams, Les Bourne, Andy Gee, Chris Whittall and Rich Stennings from the Tudor Griffiths builders’ merchants division

New machine improves efficiency

Waste processing experts at a Shropshire firm have taken delivery of new machinery that will improve the efficiency of their operation.

The team at TG Enviro, in Ellesmere, needed a versatile machine to handle the diverse range of waste they process on site, and so have purchased the new Fuchs MHL331 F from Blue Central Group.

TG Group transport manager, Jamie Jones, said the new machine was the perfect solution to deal with the many varied duties the team needed to complete.

“We needed machinery that could used to process commercial, wood and domestic waste, as well as loading wagons with Biomass wood-chip, and the Fuchs model is perfect for us.

“It allows us to use one machine for lots of different applications around the site, making our operation much more efficient, and it is also extremely precise in its handling and is very comfortable to work in.”

Chris Matthews, head of Fuchs sales at Blue Central, said the MHL331 F series offered flexibility matched with the required speed of cycles necessary in recycling. He said the machine offered a 10.7 metre reach with powerful and quick hydraulics with class-leading fuel efficiency.

“We also supplied TG Enviro with a full waste pack specification, meaning the MHL331 F can work in enclosed dusty environments with ease, thanks to its reversing fans, dust suppression and air intake pre-filters.”

The deal comes at an exciting time for Blue Central, as TG Enviro’s purchase was the first Fuchs machine sold since Blue Fuchs was integrated into Blue Group’s regional businesses.

General manage at Blue Centre, Aidan McGeary, said: “It’s great for Blue Central to have sold their first Fuchs machine since the merger to an advanced company like Tudor Griffiths Group. Working with Jamie and his team has been a pleasure. I am glad we have supplied a machine that is perfectly suited to the company’s requirements.”

TG Enviro is committed to delivering the very best results from all the waste that is processed on all the Tudor Griffiths Group’s sites.

As part of the company’s commitment to increasing the amount of recycling of incoming waste at their Wood Lane site in Ellesmere, they have now built a £4.5 million Biomass plant and drying facility where the new machinery will be used.

Pic: TG Group managing director Tudor Griffiths and Aidan McGeary, managing director of Blue Group with the new machinery

Apprentices on course for competition success

Two apprentices from a Shropshire firm are through to the second round of a tough national competition that could see them crowned as the best in the country.

Jack Purkiss and Ben Valentine are members of the TG Electrical Services team, which is part of Tudor Griffiths Group.

They have now reached the second round of the apprentice of the year challenge run by the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NICEIC) and the ELECSA.

Chris Lloyd from TG Electrical Services said their progress meant the two apprentices were in the top 20 per cent of over 650 applicants who initially applied.

“The Electrical Apprentice of the Year competition is a great opportunity for students to prove their knowledge and abilities, and to win some prizes too.

“The first stage was an online exam of 40 questions relating to electrical installations, and now, thanks to their performance in that round, both Jack and Ben will go to the second stage which is a written 90-minute exam that will be held at several locations across the UK.

“The top eight performing students will then go through to the grand final in June which will involve several practical tests and tasks under the watchful eye of industry experts.

“We couldn’t be prouder of both of our TG Electrical apprentices, and we’re hoping their hard work and dedication will get them through to the final eight.”

Jack joined TG Electrical straight from school in August 2016, and Ben joined the team in August last year after completing his first year in full-time college.

They are both working towards their Level 3 electrotechnical qualification through JTL, who are the work-based learning providers who work in partnership with TG Group.

Operating from Oswestry, TG Electrical Services has a team of ten experienced and multi-skilled engineers and apprentices, covering a large part of Shropshire, Cheshire, and mid and north Wales.

They are fully accredited by the NICEIC and able to offer a full range of electrical services from small domestic jobs to large-scale commercial and industrial, as well as inspection and testing.

Pic: TG Electrical apprentices Jack Purkiss (left) and Ben Valentine who are both through to the second stage of a national competition

Vineyard toasts concrete success

Concrete specialists from a Shropshire company have played a key role in helping to create the county’s latest visitor attraction.

The team from Tudor Griffiths Group, in Ellesmere, have been working with the owners of Hencote Vineyard Estate, near Shrewsbury, to deliver a multi-million pound project that will bring a new winery, restaurant and shop.

TG Concrete general manager, Dave Morris, said the project was one of the first commercial installations of the company’s innovative polished coloured concrete in the local area.

“We joined forces with Concrete Polishing, from Oswestry, for the project at Hencote, and we’ve used the product on the 450 sq m floor of the new restaurant. Thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows around the room, it’s a spectacular setting to show off the mirrored finish and the real wow factor that the polished concrete delivers.”

To create the mirror finish, the TG Concrete team poured the pewter-coloured concrete and then Martin Clark from Concrete Polshing mechanically refined the surface once it was set through grinding, polishing and chemical treatments.

The mix was made up of a golden shingle aggregate combined with sand from the Tudor Griffiths Group’s own quarry, and the coloured concrete finish was pewter.

The process involved heavily grinding the concrete to expose the aggregate, and using varying sizes of diamond tools – similar to sanding wood – to achieve a flatter surface and to create a Husqvarna Hiperfloor premium finish.

“The result is a low maintenance and dust free floor, and because the process will have increased the surface strength by up to 400%, it will be extremely robust giving greater longevity,” said Martin.

“The process also helps to reduce the environmental impact of laying a floor, as it reduces the amount of added material needed, as well as reducing the likelihood of any future replacements or refurbishments being required.”

TG Concrete is renowned for its innovative approach, and the company has developed a wide range of products and processes including coloured concrete, AgriCrete specifically for agricultural clients, and TG Cemfloor – a quick-dry liquid self-levelling screed for floors.

As well as the new restaurant and winery, Hencote Vineyard is creating new luxury lodges on its 60-acre hilltop site, a large terrace that overlooks the 17-acre vineyard, and a wine bar for wine tasting experiences and private events.

Pic: The polished coloured concrete floor at Hencote Vineyard Estate

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