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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

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

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

Is Staff Training a Carrot or a Stick?

Wednesday, 9 November 2016 14:39:37 Europe/London

Is Staff Training a Carrot or a Stick?

 Image of a man running towards a carrot with a stick behind him

 

It cannot be denied that staff training is beneficial to sales. A team that has a well-rounded knowledge of the products you sell and any objections they might face is going to be better at selling these products than a team that has never been trained. 

However, staff training is not always the most exciting topic to bring up with your sales staff. Often, they see it as being sat in a room, being talked at by a salesperson for hours, when your staff has something more important to do. This negativity then stops your staff from engaging properly with the training and the whole session is a waste of time.

So how do you have a training session that is a carrot and not a stick? We believe the answer lies in the attitude surrounding the training. If you can create a mentality that staff training is about being empowered to develop your skills and not about being punished for not performing well, then half the battle is won. Once you have created the air of positivity, the culture starts to change. 

Before you even start with the training, you should assess your audience - their prior knowledge of the product, their age, their backgrounds etc. This will help you prepare relevant content at the right level for your audience and stop disengagement. 

Another way to have a great training session is to make it interactive - to create an engaging training session is to get the staff members involved with the products they are learning about. Having some interactive demonstrations can go a long way towards getting your staff to connect with the trainer, and can help a lot with understanding. There are many different learning styles, and studies have shown that some people learn by hearing, some people learn by doing. If you can incorporate as many of the different learning styles into your training, it will be a benefit to everyone.

You should implement breaks in your sessions, especially if they are all day sessions. Most studies tend to say that the average attention span in a lecture is 10 minutes, but lectures are often over an hour long, so breaks can really help your group to regain their focus and keep them happy. It also gives them an opportunity to take in what they've just heard. 

Finally, you should always ask for feedback on your sessions. Feedback is a great way to measure how well people have engaged with your session, how well they have taken in the information you have presented them and what they liked most and least about your session. Feedback can either be presented as a survey before the participants leave or as a follow up email. You should be open to criticism and use what you learn to improve your sessions. 

We at STS have great belief in positive and productive training sessions that can be used to help staff reach their highest potential. As Richard Branson says " Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don't want to." If you look after your staff, they in turn will look after your customers. 

 

Comments | Posted By Rachel Kelsey

The Y3P Challenge

Wednesday, 28 September 2016 10:49:50 Europe/London

STS, Dunlop and Ardex conquer the mountains

On Saturday 24th September at 7:50am, in the depths The team before the walk
of the Yorkshire Dales, a small congregation of people met, with one goal in mind - to scale the three peaks. 

Joanne from STS joined GarethJohn and Steve from Dunlop and Lee from Ardex in the shadow of the three peaks. Lunches were packed, thick socks were on and the walk began.

The day started well, with our intrepid explorers scaling the first peak together, but the group split up from thereon out.

Joanne and JohnDespite the split, the teams cracked on, with the challenge being completed by the end of the day. Gareth conquered all three peaks in nine hours, which is a great achievement. 

Joanne said it was one of the toughest things she's ever done and hopes that the next activity involves sitting down! 

Here's to the next adventure!

 

 

  

Image Credit: Gareth Birks & Joanne Hodgkins

Comments | Posted By Rachel Kelsey

Flooring Show 2016

Thursday, 22 September 2016 16:36:55 Europe/London

STS attends the Flooring and Tiling Show


NoMorePly StandEvery year, Harrogate International Centre plays host to The Flooring Show, which is hailed as the industry's flagship event and continues to be one of the biggest and best loved in the industry. 

This year, the Flooring Show's 54th year,was the first time that the Tiling and Flooring shows were co-locacted in Harrogate's International Centre.

The show aims to bring together all areas of the industry, and exhibitors and visitors alike get together for three days of exhibits, displays and demonstrations under one roof. With no other B2B show in this sector in the UK, the show hopes to build a unique platform for manufacturers and distributors to show current products and to launch new and exciting designs.

Joe and Charlie manning the standSTS attended the show on 19th and 20th September, on one of the biggest stands right next to the demo area of the Tiling Show.

This meant we had a prime spot to watch the demos over the couple of days, including demos from  N&C,   BAL and Instarmac.

We were also conducting hands-on demos on our own stand, including scoring and  snapping the 6mm N
oMorePly, applying MegaStrength to  the board and drilling the boards to some mocked-up flooring.

Some of our customers visited the stand over the two days (including Craig Sellars, who I pinched this picture from) and we saw some of our friends from other companies, such as Dunlop Adhesives, Genesis and Tilemaster. 

Overall the show was a success and we had a lot of fun. Here's to the next one!

 

Comments | Posted By Rachel Kelsey
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