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Offsite Solutions, the UK’s leading bathroom pod manufacturer, has won the Manufacturer of the Year Award at the Made in the South West Awards.

These annual awards showcase manufacturing excellence across the South West and celebrate the commitment of the region’s businesses to achieving world-class quality and performance. Companies are represented from a diverse range of industries, from aerospace and building products to food and drink brands, and the winners go forward to the national Made in the UK Awards.

New survey from Festool shows awareness of benefits of dust extraction @Festool_GB

According to the latest survey of UK tradespeople conducted by Festool, a leading supplier of power tools and accessories, 49% of respondents believe the main benefit of using dust extraction is healthy lungs.

To highlight World COPD Day, which takes place on November 15, Festool commissioned the survey to find out how people in the trade felt about the benefits of dust extraction.

GEZE UK Gets Top Marks for Education @GEZE_UK

When it comes to the supply of door and window systems for education, GEZE UK gets top marks, as a new Project Portfolio outlines.

The brochure illustrates how various automatic and manual door control solutions and window technology systems have been applied in a range of schools, colleges and universities to meet specific purposes and the needs of staff and students.

It highlights how GEZE’s extensive product range is backed up by in-depth technical support to ensure the right solution is identified for various developments, their environments and projected uses.


THE team behind the transformational Vijay Patel Building at De Montfort University, which inspires some of the UK’s most talented art and design graduates, have scooped a prestigious award.

Nottingham and London-based CPMG Architects were the appointed architects on the project which was awarded the Large Non-Residential Scheme of the Year at the ProCon Awards in Leicester.

The complex project created one building for all art & design subjects by completely refurbishing a 1960’s tower block and constructing a new build wing. The project created spaces to encourage artistic collaboration between students including studios, workshops and break-out spaces.

NM Group takes BIM to next level with virtual platform roll-out @NMConstruction

NM Group is set to introduce a virtual collaboration space, as part of its next phase of BIM development in their journey towards full lifecycle asset data management and big data.

The engineering and construction company has invested in cloud-based Viewpoint for Projects to give its project teams and clients instant, secure access to a complete, up-to-date picture of every contract.

Gary Ross, Head of BIM at NM Group, said: “This substantial investment in project collaboration technology will significantly enhance our company-wide BIM capability. The roll-out will help us make data work smarter to improve all aspects of project delivery for our clients – enhancing processes and efficiency.”

SureClad® Style is Here to Stay at Stansted

Handling 24.3 million passengers in 2016 alone, Stansted Airport serves more than 170 destinations. Located just 30 minutes from London by train, the airport has become a popular departure point for both tourist and business travellers, leading to high demand for quality hotel accommodation close to the terminal that combines comfortable guest rooms, with stylish bars and restaurants and flexible meeting and conferencing facilities.

Covers employee completes Great South Run in memory of friend @coverstimber

Kevin Kelsey, who works at Covers Timber & Builders Merchants’ Chichester depot, completed the Great South Run in Southsea on Sunday 22nd October and raised £195 for Brain Tumour Research.

The event saw Kevin run 10 miles through Old Portsmouth, the Historic Dockyard and past the Royal Navy’s current naval ships, before finishing back at the starting point of Clarence Esplanade.

McLaren Packaging invests £3 million in construction of luxury packaging facility in Stirling @McLPackaging

Port Glasgow-based premium drinks industry supplier McLaren Packaging has invested £3 million in the construction of a new facility in Stirling for subsidiary Blue Box Design, the specialist designer and manufacturer of bespoke presentation boxes for the UK food, drink and luxury sectors.

Works started earlier this month at the new 20,000 sq ft manufacturing, design and testing centre on a greenfield site at Broadleys Business Park and is scheduled for completion in April 2018.

The investment, which has received Regional Selective Assistance through Scottish Enterprise, will create an additional 18 jobs over a four-year period, comprising a combination of shop floor operators and office-based staff. The site and building have been ‘future-proofed’ to enable the subsequent extension into two additional modules; doubling, then tripling the initial floorspace.

Covers supports homeless bus refurb @coverstimber

The Portsmouth depot of Covers Timber & Builders Merchant was delighted to donate supplies to Highbury College students to help them build bunks for The Rucksack Project’s bus renovation.

The Stagecoach bus is being transformed into a homeless shelter and will offer kitchen and toilet facilities on the ground floor and 12 beds on the upper deck. Once complete, the refurbished bus will be showcased to the public on Sunday 26th November between 12pm and 2pm at Fratton Park. It will then be donated to Portsmouth charity, St Agatha’s which supports the city’s homeless.

GRAHAM Construction named as building industry’s top contractor @BIMGraham

National contractor GRAHAM Construction has been named Major Contractor of the Year at the annual Building Awards, surpassing some of the industry’s biggest names to win one of the evening’s most prestigious prizes.

GRAHAM Construction is part of the GRAHAM Group, one of the UK and Ireland’s leading construction, asset management and project investment businesses. In the financial year ending April 2017, the company increased its turnover to £565 million, attained its highest ranking to date in The Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250 (number 16th) and achieved the coveted Investors in People Platinum standard.

Silica dust and its effect on the construction workforce @DustCheckLtd

Many workers in the construction workforce are at continuous risk of a respiratory illness causes by exposure to a harmful dust known as silica.

Exposure to silica dust can lead to a condition called silicosis, which if gone untreated, could lead to fatigue, loss of appetite, pains in the chest and in some severe cases, death.  In this article, dust control experts, Dustcheck, discuss the signs of silicosis and how you can protect your workforce against the threat.

Work Problems: What if it took one week for your inbox to refresh? @drmartens @onthetoolstv

New survey reveals the difficulty industry workers face when simply replacing their boots

New research commissioned by Dr. Martens, in collaboration with On The Tools, has revealed the stress that UK trade workers face when breaking in new work boots; a fundamental piece of kit for the industrial workforce. According to the study, 63% claim it can take up to one week for work boots to be properly broken in and ready to use, resulting in extremely painful and potentially dangerous consequences.

Worryingly, the research also discovered long breaking in periods impacted how often workers replaced their boots, with over 40% admitting they were put off from buying new boots due to the initial discomfort.