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STS receive ISO 9001 accreditation!

Wednesday, 5 July 2017 09:57:19 Europe/London

ISO QSL certified

 

STS have received the ISO 9001:2015 accreditation! 

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Comments | Posted By Rachel Kelsey

Dunlop Multi Skill Challenge 2017 is here!

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

Dunlop Multi Skill

 

STS and NoMorePly to support Dunlop on the Multi Skill Challenge 2017!

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Comments | Posted By Rachel Kelsey

Product Launch - April 2017

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

MegaTank Kit 

Read about our new product launches in April. 

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Comments | Posted By Rachel Kelsey

NMBS Exhibition Roundup

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

NMBS Exhibition 

A roundup of the NMBS Exhibition 2017

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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
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