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Dunlop Multi Skill 2017 Grand Final!

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 16:18:52 Europe/London

Dunlop Multi Skill 2017 Grand Final!



On Thursday 15th June, Eddie, Dan, and Rachel jaunted over to Building Adhesives Ltd in Trentham for the final of the Multi Skill 2017 Challenge. This was it, the culmination of six weeks of college visits, of students becoming college champions and vying for a position in the Grand Final. 

STS and NoMorePly were keen to engage in the Multi Skill challenge as we believe in the impact training can have on the industry. With there being such a skills shortage in the construction sector, it really is key that the future construction workers are inspired to stay within the industry and nurtured to grow and develop, and the Multi Skill Challenge is a great example of that. The Multi Skill Challenge is a great way to engage with the next generation of professionals and give back to them, not to mention encourage them for the future. We were overjoyed to be asked to be partners on this challenge and to work with such a great bunch of people at Dunlop.

Multi Skill Collage 1The day started with a welcome presentation from Debi and Gareth of Dunlop, and then the challenges began. The students were split into three groups and set off on their first challenge.

There were three disciplines in total - Carpentry, Painting & Decorating, and Tiling. Nicola Butcher, double award winning carpenter judged the carpentry challenge with a keen eye; Wayne De Wet, multiple award winning decorating consultant judged the painting and decorating challenge; Dave Rowley, lead judge for the national SkillBuild finals for wall and floor tiling and Training Manager at Dunlop was judging the tiling challenge. Three wonderful judges that are outstanding in their fields, and they were gracious enough to give up their time to attend, for which we were all grateful.


The carpentry challenge consisted of cutting a 90 degree external mitre, 90 degree internal scribe and then finish with a mitred return to the wall.
The painting and decorating challenge consisted of neatly filling in different sized holes with the appropriateMulti Skill Collage 2 material and correctly measuring and applying two drops of patterned wallpaper.
The tiling challenge consisted of correctly installing 12mm NoMorePly onto plasterboard, and then tiling a pattern onto the board including cutting the tiles to size. 


The day progressed and the challenges continued, the college champions expertly completing one challenge after another, whilst being expertly overseen by us, Dunlop and the judges. 

Lunch rolled around and the champions enjoyed it in the Stoke sunshine before heading back in for the third and final challenge of the day. 

The challenges were completed at around 15:00, and the judges went to tally the marks and confer on a winner. The college champions waited anxiously in the auditorium for the announcement. 

Multi Skill Collage 3Finally, after much waiting, the presentation started. Debi handed out certificates and goody bags to all of the college champions, but as always there can only be one winner.


After the votes had been counted and verified, the winner was announced as Jason Skitt of Walsall College! Jason collected his trophy and looked absolutely delighted doing so. 


We at STS and NoMorePly would like to congratulate Jason massively on his win, and thank everyone involved both on the day and throughout the heat stages. 

 

Here's to #MultiSkill2018!

Check out more pictures and videos on our Twitter and Dunlop's FacebookFor more information on our training, click here.

 Winner Picture

 



Comments | Posted in Features By Rachel Kelsey

Dunlop Multi Skill Challenge 2017 is here!

Friday, 21 April 2017 15:06:51 Europe/London

Dunlop Multi Skill Challenge 2017!

 

Dunlop  has kicked off its Multi-Skill Champion Competition to find the best multi-skill construction studentImage of the Dunlop Multi Skill Logo in the UK with a series of regional college heats. The competition is the only one of its kind in the UK to recognise students across the UK taking the City & Guilds Construction Skills (6219) qualification. 

This year, STS and NoMorePly are supporting the competition and will be attending 20 colleges across the country, alongside Gareth Birks - aka Dunlopman - as well as Dunlop's team of Product Support Technicians to provide free training and present a trophy to the individual nominated by the college to compete in the Grand Final. 


Image of Building Adhesives head office in StokeThe Grand Final will take place on 15th June at Dunlop's head office in Stoke. Judges at the Grand Final this year include Dave Rowley, lead judge for the national SkillBuild finals for wall and floor tiling and Training Manager at Dunlop, Wayne de Wet, professional decorator & renowned industry expert and.Nicola Butcher, aka “The Female Chippy”, a multi-award winning carpenter.


We're very excited to be supporting our friends at Dunlop this year and can't wait for it all to start on 26th April - it's going to be a great couple of months! The winners of each college heat will be posted on NoMorePly and Dunlop's Twitter accounts, so make sure you follow along for updates!

 

Comments | Posted By Rachel Kelsey

Product Launch - April 2017

Friday, 7 April 2017 15:13:32 Europe/London

New Product Launches!

 

Here at STS, we're always developing new ways of doing things to bring you new and innovative products.This month sees the launch of two new products which are an improvement on some old ones. 

 

MegaTank Kit

Our new MegaTank Kit is unlike anything currently on the market. Our revolutionary BlueTank membrane is a one-coat tanking membrane which dries in approximately two hours. This dramatically decreases installation time as there is no waiting period between coats. Mega Tank Kit

The Tanking Primer contains quartz particles for improved adhesion, and is ready to receive the BlueTank membrane when touch dry.
The kit comes with a roll of waterproof tape with a split back for sealing the edges of the tray and bedding into corners. 

MegaTank is an 8m2 kit and is available from 18th April.

 

 

Torx Screws

Torx Screws were developed as we have listened to feedback about our NoMorePly screws, and how they need improving. 

Torx ScrewsThe Torx screws are easier to use because they stay on the drill better and stay locked in until the screw is fully driven in.  This makes it a better way of getting the screw absolutely flush with the board with no raised head.  Each box comes with a Torx drill bit so no tradesperson has to worry about not having a Torx bit currently.  

The Torx Screws ara available in boxes of 50s and 200s, in both 25mm and 38mm and are available to purchase now

 


 

Comments | Posted By Rachel Kelsey

NMBS Exhibition Roundup

Thursday, 6 April 2017 16:26:24 Europe/London

NMBS Exhibition 2017 Roundup



On 5th April 2017, a team of Navy-and-White-clad people armed with boxes of lindt chocolate and two rubber ducks descended on the NMBS CollageRICOH Arena in Coventry for the NMBS Exhibition. At 8:45am, the doors opened and the day began, with merchant members flooding the hall in no time at all. 
There were some really awesome stands at the exhibition - Ox had sand sculptures, Hitatchi were playing some great music all day and Dickies workwear had living mannequins (which were only moderately terrifying).


Our stand was consistently busy all day, with visitors from customers new and old. It was great to catch up with some of our current customers, putting a face to a name was a good experience for those who don't get to get out of the office much.
Vanessa spent some of the day chasing people around with chocolate in an effort to get them to speak to her, so she had the most conversations of any of our reps at the stand. 

NMBS Collage 2

 

Our new MegaTank tanking kit and Torx Screws went down a treat, with orders received for both. More on those in a separate blog to come. 

We're really grateful to everyone who came to see us on our stand, you all helped to make a good day great. 

Roll on next year when we get to do it all again!

 

 

 

 

Comments | Posted By Rachel Kelsey

Stockist Spotlight - Millcot Tools

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 16:02:55 Europe/London

Stockist Spotlight - Millcot Tools

 
Millcot Tools have been a stockist of our goods for at least 15 years, if not longer. Will Murphy and his team of six are very knowledgeable and friendly, so it's not surprising that Millcot have developed a reputation for great customer service. 

A collage of images for Millcot tools


Founded in 1976, Millcot Tools started out selling second hand tools from a small unit in the centre of Chelmsford. Over the years, they have grown and expanded and in 2010 they moved to their current unit in Danbury where they supply tools, consumables and equipment to both trade and retail. Safe to say they've come a long way since the 70s!


Millcot work with a wide range of suppliers to bring an extensive range of stock to their customers, which can either be collected at their trade counter or dispatched overnight for next day delivery. They have their own vans that they use for local deliveries, or a courier service for more far-flung places. 


Millcot regularly hold trade days and demonstration mornings, with reps from all sorts of suppliers showing off their goods. Keep an eye on their Twitter to find out when the next one is! 


If you want to find out more about who Millcot Tools are and what they do, head over to their new website.








Comments | Posted in Stockist Spotlights By Rachel Kelsey

Click & Collect is moving!

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 13:44:59 Europe/London

Click & Collect is moving!


From 10th April 2017, our click & collect facility will be be operating from our new warehouse in Pudsey.

The move to our new warehouse has been long anticipated and greatly welcomed. The premises is much bigger than our old warehouse premises, which also means we can dispatch all our goods from under one roof. 

The address is as follows: 

Astonish HouseAstonish House
Grangefield Industrial Estate
Richardshaw Road
Pudsey
Leeds
LS28 6QZ

Collection times will be from 7am until 5pm, Monday to Friday.

 

Why not place your orders online? Place your orders online the night before and they'll be ready for you in the morning! Log in to your account to have a look today!

 

Comments | Posted By Rachel Kelsey

STS at the NMBS Exhibition 2017

Monday, 20 March 2017 14:39:05 Europe/London

STS at the 2017 NMBS Exhibition
STS will be attending the NMBS Exhibition at the Ricoh arena in Coventry on 5th April. Come see us on Stand 75!

The NMBS Exhibition is one of the biggest and best events on any merchant's calendar, and is always hugely attended by both merchants and A collage of the NMBS Exhibition and the NMBS Logosuppliers alike. The exhibition is one of a kind, where the emphasis is placed on trading with the attending merchants, who will be able to take advantage of on-the-day exclusive deals and additional rebates. Additionally, the chance for the merchant members to meet and interact with the suppliers is a very valuable experience and one that should make the trip to Coventry well worth the effort. 

Last year's exhibition was the most attended in its near fifty year history, with 906 merchant visitors and in excess of 250 NMBS suppliers appearing at the show. This year looks to be even better than that, with approximately 1200 merchant visitors registered to attend.

This year, STS will be attending the show, exhibiting on Stand 75. Our On-The-Spot Buy will be our MegaTank Tanking Kit, which is an easy to use 8m² system. It can be painted or tiled over and can be used in any wet area to completely waterproof your room.
STS will also be offering a 12.5% rebate on any orders placed on the stand, which is not to be sniffed at! 

STS is best known for NoMorePly, the fastest growing brand of fibre cement board in the UK. We manufacture and distribute a range of boarding and wetroom systems, plus tiling supplies including trims and tools. All our products are tried and tested to consistently outperform alternatives and all systems come woth lifetime guarantees for the user's complete peace of mind. 

Make sure you come see us at Stand 75 on 5th April to take advantage of our offers!

 

Comments | Posted By Rachel Kelsey

Stockist Spotlight - Wide Range Tiles

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 13:42:14 Europe/London

Stockist Spotlight - Wide Range Tiles


Wide Range Tiles have been an excellent stockist of our goods for over 12 years, and their friendly staff are always a delight to speak to. Pete Hill heads up a dynamic and proactive team who are always happy to help in any way they can.

Image of Wide Range Tiles StorefrontWide Range Tiles have been trading on Stourbridge High Street since 1981 and in the last few years have opened online stores on eBay and Amazon.

Wide Range deal with a large amount of tile suppliers including Porcelanosa, British Ceramic Tile, RAK Ceramics and Johnsons Tiles and can source and distribute a huge amount of ranges at discount prices from these and many other suppliers.

They are able to distribute their good across the country, serving areas from London to Scotland, as well as having a showroom for you to drop into locally. 

Check out their website today.

Comments | Posted in Stockist Spotlights By Rachel Kelsey

Cevisama 2017

Friday, 24 February 2017 16:33:15 Europe/London

Cevisama 2017


Last week, Eddie and Reuben jetted off to Valencia in Spain for the annual Cevisama Expo. Cevisama is an annual event where tile manufacturers and sanitary ware manuacturers from around the world gather to display their wares to architects and specifiers. There was lots to see and do over the four days, and even Villareal CF football team visited one of the stands on Tuesday 21st. 

There werre a lot cool things around the show, and a lot of evidently emerging trends, a couple of which we'll feature in separate Image of large format wooden tiles and a grey feature wallblogs, but we'll round up the main trends here. 

One of the main emerging trends was the "going large" trend - there were enormous slabs of marble-effect porcelain and sheets of wood-effect tiles that were over two metres long. The tiles were roughly 12mm thick, so they look like they would have been a four person install. 

A continuing trend is grey tiles, which were once again a prominent feature throughout the show, used in a lot of feature walls and bathroom mockups, continuing the sleek and designer look of the bathrooms. 

Mosaics were less prominent at this year's show, with almost no stands that we saw displaying any mosaics other than border strips, and the border strips that were there were being done with a band of textured tiles the same colour as the plain tiles. 

Image of some wood effect tiling and a cool outdoor tiling areaAnother trend that seems to be falling out is the wood-effect tiles, as these seem to be getting squeezed out by the textured tiles. There were stil wood-effect tiles around, but they certainly weren't as prominent.  

Stay tuned for a couple more blog posts on the big trends of the year!

 

 

Comments | Posted By Rachel Kelsey

NoMorePly Versus Plywood

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 07:18:29 Europe/London

Check out our latest video, demonstrating the strength of 6mm NoMorePly® compared to the strength of 6mm plywood.

Enjoy!

 

 
Comments | Posted By Josh Stutterheim
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