Speedy goes back to Wigan roots for 40th birthday celebration @wearespeedy

Leading tools, equipment and plant hire company, Speedy, has celebrated its 40th anniversary in business at its original Wigan depot.

What began as a small store in Wigan has now grown into a multi-million pound, national business.

The company first opened its doors in 1977 in the town and has since grown to become one of the UK’s largest hire providers with a network of over 200 depots across the UK and Ireland.

To mark the milestone, Speedy held a celebration event on Tuesday 12th September with the Mayor and Mayoress of Wigan in attendance along with Speedy’s Chief Executive Russell Down, who unveiled a commemorative plaque. 

Coo-Vars New & Improved Solar Reflective Aluminium Paint @CooVarPaints


The Solar Reflective Aluminium paint available in Coo-Var’s Specialist Paints range is a bituminous based aluminium paint that gives a highly reflective metallic finish. It is designed to reflect and dissipate heat and sunlight on roofs resulting in a reduction of heat build-up. You can apply direct to roofs including flat roofs. Available in 5 litres and 25 litres, it is suitable for felt, asphalt, wood, brick & concrete. Ideal for large commercial contract work as well as for residential property.

Reynaers’ ‘visually arresting’ campaign nominated in G Awards @Reynaers

Reynaers has been shortlisted for the prestigious glass and glazing industry accolade in recognition of the success of its Any Space Transformed campaign.

Judges at the G Awards have shortlisted the leading aluminium systems company in the ‘Promotional Campaign of the Year – Trade’ category. This is the fifth year in a row that Reynaers has been a finalist in what are coined ‘the industry’s Oscars’.

Any Space Transformed is a visually-led and tongue-in-cheek campaign developed by Reynaers’ UK design, PR and social media agency, Mobas. It highlights the transformative effect of aluminium glazing systems, demonstrating how Reynaers offers a solution for any design and performance requirement.


A 70-year-old man with an extremely rare form of muscular dystrophy has described how he discovered a ‘life-changing’ method of moving between the floors of his home after installing a Stiltz HomeLift.

Christopher Knowles, 70, from Cambridge, suffers from Inclusion Body Myositis (IBM) – a slowly progressive muscle-wasting disease that mostly affects the arms and legs.
Symptoms of IBM initially include the progressive weakening of the wrist and finger muscles, the front thigh muscles and the muscles that lift the front of the foot. This meant that Mr. Knowles was finding the stairs in his two-bedroomed Victorian terrace home extremely difficult to manage.

Smartphone door lock opens new opportunities for trades @IronmngryDirect


A smartphone-operated door lock which is proving a hit at IronmongeryDirect, the UK’s largest supplier of ironmongery to the trade, has just been shortlisted in the 2017 House Beautiful Awards for Best Smart Tech product.

Yale Conexis® L1 Multipoint SmartLock puts users fully in control of their door, allowing them to configure, control and unlock their front door all from their smartphone. Thanks to its Bluetooth app technology, the user can simply twist their phone 90° in front of the handle to unlock. Key cards and key fobs are also available as an alternative way to open the lock.

ISG wins £25 million schools programme with Manchester City Council @ISGplc

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Education Basic Needs programme will deliver new build and refurbished learning facilities across the city

ISG has secured a £25 million programme of works with Manchester City Council to deliver new and refurbished primary school facilities across the city.

Awarded through the North West Construction Hub Medium Value Framework in 2016, the appointment has already seen ISG deliver two schools in the first phase, with a further seven schools in the second phase.

Checkatrade set to sponsor the new series of The Walking Dead @Checkatrade


The UK’s leading online resource for trusted tradespeople, Checkatrade have secured sponsorship for the new series of the multi-award-winning drama The Walking Dead. The popular show returns for its eighth season with 16 brand-new episodes beginning on 22 October in the USA and a day later in the UK. Airing on FOX in the UK, this series begins the 100th episode of the show which has been a hit with audiences all over the world since it first hit screens in 2010.

Checkatrade’s television sponsorship does not end there though. They have also recently become sponsors of ITV’s addictive gameshow Tipping Point: Lucky Stars. Hosted by Ben Shephard, the new series began on 3 September and will run for eight weeks seeing a host of celebrities taking on the Tipping Point machine. Airing every Sunday, the series has seen Spice Girls star Melanie C, The X-Factor judge Louis Walsh and Strictly Come Dancing professional Anton Du Beke take part.



Ibstock, the UK’s largest brick maker, is playing its part in ensuring construction students are equipped with the materials needed to hone their skills, by donating 12,000 of its bricks as part of an ongoing partnership between the brick manufacturer and the Construction Skills Village.

The donation was spilt across Construction Skills Village facilities in Barnsley, Doncaster and Scarborough, where it will be used to help students develop their brickwork skills on a safe learning site.

Keyline Motherwell raises £570 during inaugural charity football match @KeylineBM

Keyline Motherwell Charity Cup teams

The Motherwell branch of Keyline raised a fantastic £570 for Prostate Cancer UK during its inaugural Keyline Motherwell Charity Cup which took place at Dalziel Park on Sunday 13th August.

A team of staff and customers from the Motherwell branch took on a side representing City Plumbing Wishaw, and dominated the game winning the football match 13-6.