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New face as business continues to grow

Staff at a Bridgnorth builders’ merchants have welcomed a new face at the helm.

Dave Poole has been appointed as branch manager at TG Builders’ Merchants at Chartwell Park and he will now lead the team of 20 on the growing site.

“I’m delighted to have been given the opportunity to take charge of the newest branch of TG Builders’ Merchants which is going from strength to strength,” said Dave.

“As well as the builders’ merchants trading space, we also have two brand new showrooms – one for kitchens and bathrooms, and one for doors and flooring, as well as the new TG Concrete plant that’s also just opened right next door.

“It’s a modern and busy branch here in Bridgnorth, and I’m looking forward to getting to know the existing customers and to meeting new ones too.”

Dave was educated at Thomas Telford School and completed his apprenticeship with the Ministry of Defence building tracked vehicles.

He has worked for several sales merchants supplying the construction sector right across the region before joining TG Group, and will now play a key role in building on the strong start the Bridgnorth branch has made.

Away from work, Dave plays hockey for Market Drayton and is the first team goalkeeper this season. He also enjoys running in 10k events, and completed ten last year alone, as well as completing the London Marathon in 2018.

TG Builders’ Merchants general manager Mark Evans said Dave’s appointment was an important step for the branch.

“We’re very pleased to see Dave at the helm in Bridgnorth, and we’re keen to have his input on the way forward to increase our presence and profile in the town among both domestic and trade customers in the local area.”

TG Builders’ Merchants are a family-owned builders’ services and materials specialist and they already operate seven builders’ merchants branches including a branch at Wolverley, just 12 miles away from Bridgnorth.

 

Photo: Mark Evans, TG Builders Merchants General Manager, with Dave Poole

Doors open at Bridgnorth showroom

A Shropshire builders’ merchants is strengthening its already strong presence in Bridgnorth with the opening of not one, but two brand new showrooms.

Just weeks ago, Tudor Griffiths Group opened the doors to its new TG Dream Kitchens & Bathrooms showroom at their premises in Chartwell Park on Stourbridge Road.

And now, customers are will be even more spoilt for choice, with the unveiling of a brand-new showroom for Doors, Windows and Floors on the same site.

TG Doors Consultant, Martin Steele, said customers had already been making the most of the new display areas, where there are over 50 internal and external doors on show.

“We’ve been pleasantly surprised with the number of people who have already visited, and they have been very impressed with the choice of products we have on offer, as well as the open, welcoming environment in the showroom itself.

“We have all kinds of doors including composite, PVC, and timber, and all types of finishes, such as natural oak, walnut, fully-finished, and white primed to name just a few.

“There are over 20 styles of door handles and ironmongery on display too, as well as Easi-frame systems that work as room dividers in folding and sliding styles.”

And it’s not just doors for the home that TG Doors supply – customers can also check out a wide range of garage doors too.

“Customers have been particularly pleased to see our new free service using the latest computer aided design software in action, which helps them to see a clear picture of how their chosen door or window will look on site before they make a purchase,” said Martin.

And when it comes to windows, the new showroom doesn’t disappoint either, with a whole host of PVC and timber styles to choose from.

“We have a large stock of roof window products too, and with over 20 years’ experience in the joinery field, we can make sure our customers decide on the best product for them.”

There are over 50 types of flooring in stock at Tudor Griffiths too – whether you’re looking for laminate, vinyl, engineered, or solid wood floors, you’ll be amazed at how many options you have.

“We offer up to 25-year warranty on all our flooring too, so you can rest assured you’re buying the very best quality products that will stand up well to the stresses and strains of everyday family life,” said Martin.

The new doors showroom follows hot on the heels of the new TG Dream Kitchens and Bathrooms showroom.

There are six full-sized kitchen displays and ten full-sized bathroom displays over two floors, all designed to give customers the opportunity to see the products and accessories in a relaxed and realistic setting.

General Manager Mark Evans said: “Both the new showrooms are creating a real buzz with our customers. The feedback is that we are really giving our customers an experience that sets us apart from other suppliers, and it’s proving to be a great success.”

Grand launch event in Bridgnorth

Don’t miss out – it’s our grand launch event in Bridgnorth this week!

Customers can now receive expert advice on kitchens and bathrooms thanks to the expansion of our Bridgnorth branch.

Tudor Griffiths Group runs a growing builders’ merchants on a six-acre site at Chartwell Park, and we have now created a brand-new open plan showroom creating two additional jobs. The TG Dreams Kitchens and Bathrooms showroom covers 300 sq m over two floors, and has six full-sized kitchen displays and ten full-sized bathroom displays inside.

And now an official opening is planned for this Saturday (January 18, 2020) to give customers the opportunity to take a closer look at what the showroom has to offer.

The open day will run from 10am to 2pm, and TV chef Peter Sidwell will be on hand to present cookery demonstrations alongside wine tasting sessions with Mark Carter from Tanners in Bridgnorth.

Ben Jones, TG Kitchens and Bathrooms manager, said: “This development follows hot on the heels of brand-new showrooms at our Oswestry and Northwich builders’ merchants, and given their success, we’re anticipating the Bridgnorth showroom will be just as popular.

“In fact, the Oswestry showroom was the winner of the 2019 Kitchens and Bathrooms Showroom of the year category in the national Builders’ Merchants Awards so we’re definitely setting the very highest of standards. We’ve also introduced a new free service using the latest computer aided design software to help both retail and trade customers plan their kitchen, which helps them to explore the opportunities before deciding on a purchase.

“Bridgnorth is the latest of our bespoke kitchens and bathrooms showrooms to open, and we’re looking forward to the official opening day where we’re hoping to welcome customers from all over the local area.”

Peter Sidwell is a chef, baker, author and cookery school owner. He has launched a TV app – Simply Good Food TV – which has over 225,000 viewers and a social media reach of half a million. His first TV series, Lakes on a Plate, was shown on Channel 4, and he has also appeared as a judge in the double series Britain’s Best Bakery on ITV1.

Pic: From left, Ben Jones (group showrooms manager), Sarah Derricutt (sales and design consultant) and Debbie Hilton (Bridgnorth showroom manager)

National title for kitchens and bathrooms showroom

Staff from a Shropshire firm have been named winners of a prestigious national award after an incredible year.

The team from Tudor Griffiths Group have scooped the Kitchen and Bathroom Showroom of the Year title in this year’s Builders’ Merchants Awards – and colleague Paul Morris narrowly missed out on the Branch Manager of the Year award after being shortlisted in the final three.

TG Builders’ Merchants general manager, Mark Evans, said the team were delighted with their success and that recognition in such a high-profile competition was a huge achievement.

“Just to be shortlisted in two categories was great news for our team, but to actually walk away with the best kitchens and bathrooms showroom award itself was incredible.

“The awards ceremony was held at the London Hilton on Park Lane, and we were announced as winners in front of over 750 industry colleagues. The night was a fantastic experience and it’s a brilliant way to celebrate an extremely successful year.”

TG Group’s Dream Kitchens and Bathrooms showroom, in Oswestry, has seen its staff double in the last 12 months and so far this year, sales are already 20% up on the same time last year. It has 20 full-sized kitchen and bathroom displays inside the 220 sq m store that has been created following a restructure of the existing buildings in the builders’ merchants branch.

Paul, who is the manager at TG Builders’ Merchants in Oswestry, was shortlisted after leading his team to an increase in annual turnover of over 40% in under two years thanks to the outstanding customer service they provide.

The awards were organised by Builders’ Merchants News in partnership with the Builders’ Merchants Federation.

Pic: Celebrating their win are, from left, Paul Morris (Oswestry branch manager), Kate Davies (business support manager), Mark Evans (general manager), Ben Jones (kitchen and bathroom manager), and Mike Smout (operations manager)

Golden Trowel award for Shropshire project

Concrete specialists from a Shropshire company are celebrating after winning a prestigious UK industry award.

The team from TG Concrete – part of the Tudor Griffiths Group in Ellesmere – have received a coveted Golden Trowel trophy for their work on the innovative polished coloured concrete floor at Hencote Vineyard Estate near Shrewsbury.

TG Concrete general manager, Dave Morris, said the award was wonderful recognition for the project which had created a stunning floor at the centrepiece of the county’s latest visitor attraction.

“We joined forces with Concrete Polishing, from Oswestry, for the Hencote project, and we 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.

“We’re delighted that the judges in this year’s Golden Trowel Awards chose us as the winners in the Polished and Power Floated Flooring category – it’s a real honour to have been recognised for such an ambitious and exciting project.”

The concrete placing was carried out by Richard Hares Groundworks for AC Jackson who were the main build contractors.

To create the mirror finish, Martin Clarke (from Concrete Polishing) 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 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.

The Golden Trowel Awards were launched 13 years ago and the competition has gone from strength to strength as the use of decorative concrete for both domestic and commercial projects has increased.

Pic: The award-winning floor at Hencote Vineyard Estate completed by TG Concrete

Paul joins a growing team

Concrete specialists at a Shropshire firm have welcomed a new sales executive to their team who has over 25 years’ industry experience.

Paul Redmond is the latest new face to join the ever-growing team at Tudor Griffiths Group, in Ellesmere, and his appointment is as a direct result of an expansion programme for the concrete division.

TG Concrete General Manager, Dave Morris, said the additional appointment followed hot on the heels of a major investment in two new concrete plants to extend the firm’s reach even further afield.

“We already have concrete plants covering the majority of Shropshire, Cheshire, and North and Mid Wales. And now, we have acquired a plant from Hanson at Cemmaes Road, near Machynlleth, and we’re also building a brand-new plant in Bridgnorth.

“The investment in new plants has been made to keep up with increased customer demand and to reach new customers in a wider geographical area. As part of this expansion, we’re very pleased to welcome Paul to TG Concrete who will be directly responsible for reaching new customers far and wide, and in particular, he will be working hard to bring in business for our two new plants.”

Paul began his career in the construction industry in the mid-1980s, and has worked for many major names including ARC Premix, Hanson, Synthetic Industries, and Propex, during his 25 years in the world of ready-mixed and fibre concrete.

“I’m delighted to have joined TG Concrete at such an exciting time, with so many ambitious plans for expansion, and I can’t wait to meet customers both old and new, and to get out on the road to bring in new business.”

The Cemmaes Road plant is positioned midway between two other TG Group plants at Aberystwyth and Newtown, and will help to boost the company’s presence in Mid Wales.

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

“To be able to design and build the plant from scratch means we have been able to create facilities that suit our requirements perfectly,” said Dave. “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.”

Pic: TG Concrete General Manager Dave Morris (left) welcomes Paul Redmond to the team

Awards shortlisting for TG Builders’ Merchants

Staff from a Shropshire firm are celebrating after being shortlisted for two prestigious national industry awards.

The team from Tudor Griffiths Group, in Ellesmere, are finalists in two categories of this year’s Builders’ Merchants Awards – Kitchen and Bathroom Showroom of the Year, and Branch Manager of the Year.

TG Builders’ Merchants general manager, Mark Evans, said the team were delighted to be shortlisted in such a high-profile competition.

“To be selected in two categories is a real achievement, and it’s a direct result of the excellent customer service our staff deliver. We’re really looking forward to the ceremony on November 22 where we’ll hear whether we’ve been chosen as the winners.”

Paul Morris, who is the manager at TG Builders’ Merchants in Oswestry, has been shortlisted, alongside the team from TG Group’s Dream Kitchens and Bathrooms showroom, which is also in Oswestry.

Paul began his career with the Group with a Saturday job in 1999 and worked during the holidays throughout his college years. After college he joined the team in a full-time position, and has worked his way up to his current role as manager of the Oswestry branch. Here he has led the team to an increase in annual turnover of over 40% in under two years thanks to the outstanding customer service they provide.

At Oswestry, Paul has also overseen an increase in staff from 24 to 32, and the business boost generated has seen the company invest in two additional HGVs and a transit van. He was instrumental in creating a purpose-built staff training room too.

Dream Kitchens and Bathrooms showroom has doubled its staff in the last 12 months, and so far this year, sales are already 20% up on the same time last year.

Customers can now explore 20 full-sized kitchen and bathroom displays inside the 220 sq m store that has been created following a restructure of the existing buildings in the builders’ merchants branch.

The awards ceremony will be held at the London Hilton on Park Lane, when the winners will be announced in front of over 750 industry colleagues. They have been organised by Builders’ Merchants News in partnership with the Builders’ Merchants Federation.

Pic: Back row, from left, Ben Jones and Ross Walmsley. Front row, from left, Carolyn Whittall, Jo Wale and Amanda Smith from the Dream Kitchen and Bathrooms showroom

New trucks dwarf existing fleet

A Shropshire company has taken delivery of three new vehicles that dwarf those in its existing fleet.

Tudor Griffiths Group, which is based in Ellesmere, is one of the UK’s leading independent businesses in the supply of construction materials and building supplies, ready-mixed concrete, waste management and recycling. It has a fleet of over 260 vehicles, ranging from a vintage Commer van that dates back to 1955, to the very latest arrivals.

TG Group Fleet Manager Jamie Jones said the new Volvo trucks were welcome additions to the Group’s fleet.

“We have taken delivery of a new Volvo EC380EL excavator and two Volvo A45G articulated haulers that will make a real difference to our operations on site at head office. Our Wood Lane quarry is the largest sand and gravel quarry in the local area, and it enables us to sustain supplies of aggregates to our concrete plants in Wales and the surrounding border counties including Shropshire, Cheshire and Worcestershire.

“As well as a commitment to supplying the very highest quality sands, gravels and aggregates, we also pride ourselves in operating our quarries in an environmentally responsible and sustainable way. The new vehicles, through their very latest technology and fuel efficiency, will help us to ensure we operate a fleet that minimises the impact we have on the environment wherever we can.”

Volvo says the excavator has been built to work on tough job sites including quarries and mass excavation operations. It can also operate in Volvo’s unique ECO mode which improves fuel efficiency without any loss of performance in most operating conditions.

The A45G trucks are bigger, more durable and superior versions of the previous articulated hauler model. They are designed for heavy hauling in severe off-road operations, and they allow operators to move more tonnes per hour with an increased six-tonne payload.

Pic: TG Group Fleet Manager Jamie Jones with the new vehicles and the vintage Commer van at Wood Lane

Kitchen and bathroom specialists in Bridgnorth

Customers in the Bridgnorth area can now receive expert advice on kitchens and bathrooms thanks to the expansion of a local business.

Tudor Griffiths Group runs a growing builders’ merchants on a six-acre site at Chartwell Park, and the company has now created a brand-new open plan showroom creating two additional jobs.

The TG Dreams Kitchens and Bathrooms showroom covers 300 sq m over two floors, and has six full-sized kitchen displays and ten full-sized bathroom displays inside.

Ben Jones, TG Kitchens and Bathrooms manager, said: “This development follows hot on the heels of brand-new showrooms at our Oswestry and Northwich builders’ merchants, and given their success, we’re anticipating the Bridgnorth showroom will be just as popular. We’ve taken a similar approach with this latest showroom to give customers the opportunity to see some of our products and accessories in a more relaxed and realistic setting.

“We’ve also introduced a new free service using the latest computer aided design software to help both retail and trade customers plan their kitchen, which helps them to explore the opportunities before deciding on a purchase.”

Ben said the generous display area would give customers plenty of space to explore the ranges of traditional and modern styles, and to imagine more easily what they would look like in their own home.

As well as the stand alone displays, the Bridgnorth team is looking forward to welcoming chefs who will host public cooking demonstrations using the fully-working kitchen with its integrated AEG appliances.

“We’re also offering wall coverings, tiles and flooring, with a huge choice on display, and the showroom is already creating a great deal of interest as it stands out from our competitors.  thanks to the extensive choice on offer.

“As well as an impressive showroom, customers will also benefit from the advice and support of our two experienced local staff, Debbie Hilton and Sarah Derricutt, who will make sure there is always a warm welcome.

“Bridgnorth is the latest of our bespoke kitchens and bathrooms showrooms to open, and we’re looking forward to rolling out similar plans at more of our builders’ merchants branches across the region.”

 

Pic:     From left, Ben Jones (group showrooms manager), Sarah Derricutt (sales and design consultant) and Debbie Hilton (Bridgnorth showroom manager)

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

 

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