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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


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

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