Master Abrasives - New Staff Appointments

New applications engineering team!

The team will be managed by Ian Meredith, Applications Engineering Manager, who has vast experience in a range of applications as a qualified apprentice-trained engineer and many years’ experience in the bearing, diamond dressing tool and abrasive industries. 

Martin Stevens will be joining the team as Applications Engineer for both abrasives and grinding machines. Martin is also an apprentice-trained qualified engineer with over 30 years’ experience in industry and recent technical training on grinding machines, making him a key part of the team’s customer-facing support. 

Kelly Warrington, Sales Co-ordinator, will provide vital assistance from the office as part of this team. Kelly has been with us for 2 years and has been working closely with Ian in providing customer quotes and information on our precision product range.

New addition to the sales team!

We're pleased to welcome Dave Beeby as a new member of the Master sales team!

Dave will be taking over the Midlands area from Martin Stevens in his role as Technical Sales Representative. He has a background and valuable experience in the abrasive industry so will be a great asset to our national sales team!

Admin & customer service department!

We're pleased to announce that Jade Cotton has joined our customer service team, moving from her previous role here in administration. Jade is now being trained on products and processes for her new position as Sales Co-ordinator and looks forward to dealing with our customers and their enquiries.

We're also happy to advise that Connor Massie has been appointed to take up Jade's previous role as Office Administrator. Connor has been working in our production and stores departments so has a good knowledge of our system and will be a great addition to our administration team.

Congratulations to you both, we wish you the best in your new roles!

Export & marketing department!

In the next few weeks, Noora will be working alongside our Marketing Manager, Abigail Charlton. Abigail has decided to move on from the company and will pass her marketing responsibilities to Noora and MD Paul Batson when she leaves on 14th November. Although leaving the company, Abigail will be working as our marketing consultant and will continue to support our marketing activities.

Congratulations to Noora on her new role and we wish you both the best for the future


Considerate Constructors Scheme crowns Most Considerate Companies and Suppliers at 2017 National Awards

The Considerate Constructors Scheme - the national scheme established by the construction industry to improve its image - has honoured the Most Considerate Companies and Suppliers at this year’s National Awards.

Four companies were presented with the coveted top award of ‘Most Considerate Company 2017’, they are: CR Civil Engineering Ltd (annual turnover: £10m and over); Elev8 Interiors Ltd (annual turnover: £3.5m to <£10m); Clearly Renovations Ltd (annual turnover: £250k to <£3.5m) and Sheene Contract Solutions (annual turnover: Under £250k). 

 TCi (GB) Ltd triumphed as the ‘Most Considerate Supplier 2017’, making them the second registered supplier to win this prestigious title since Supplier Registration was introduced in 2014. 

The award ceremonies took place on 2 and 3 November at the Four Seasons Hotel in London.

The Considerate Constructors Scheme’s National Awards are one of the most respected accolades in UK construction. By registering with the Scheme, companies and suppliers demonstrate a strong commitment to improving the image of the industry.  

The awards recognise the highest performing companies and suppliers which have demonstrated excellence in relation to the community, the environment and their workforce.

In total 22 Gold, 37 Silver and 55 Bronze Awards were presented to registered companies, while 3 Gold and 5Silver Awards were presented to registered suppliers. Of the Gold Award winners, 10 shortlisted companies received the ‘Most Considerate Company Runner-up’ title and two suppliers received ‘Most Considerate Supplier Runner-up’. 

 CR Civil Engineering Ltd is based in Leicestershire and works throughout the UK carrying out a range of construction services including highways, rail and flood defence projects. This highly considerate team was clearly focused on minimising community disturbance and carried out many goodwill and charitable acts in the neighbourhood.

 Elev8 Interiors Ltd is a family-owned business in West Ealing, specialising in building refurbishments, high end residential, commercial work and construction management consultancy services. Elev8’s relentless commitment to pushing the bar in considerate construction has resulted in a number of Scheme National Company Awards, since they first registered with the Scheme seven years ago.

Established for more than 12 years, Clearly Renovations has specialised in high-end residential refurbishments, renovations and alterations in London and the southern counties. Clearly Renovations was highly commended for its innovative approach to branding, using its ‘Clearly’ slogan for a range of meaningful campaigns and initiatives.

Based in Canterbury, Kent, Sheene Contract Solutions works typically with large retail outlets and uses specialist teams including fitters, welders, carpenters and electricians to install specialist catering equipment. This company was praised for its unique operative feedback questionnaire which ensured complete client satisfaction. 

 TCi (GB) Ltd, whose head office is based in Bideford, Devon, was highly praised by the Scheme for its innovative collaboration with a local furniture manufacturer to produce cardboard workstations as part of an integrated waste management initiative.

 Considerate Constructors Scheme Executive Chairman Isabel Martinson said: Considerate Constructors Scheme Executive Chairman Isabel Martinson said: “Each year, the Scheme is amazed by the increasingly innovative and ingenious ways that companies and suppliers devise to elevate their levels of consideration to the community, workforce and environment.  

“On behalf of the Scheme, I would like to offer huge congratulations to all of this year’s award winners who have worked extremely hard to raise standards of consideration, both within their own organisations and for the good of the entire industry. 

“We look forward to continuing to work with the industry to raise standards in considerate construction to an even higher level.”


Leading workwear brand Scruffs has scooped two prestigious industry awards for the second year running.

Scruffs, which is owned by Birchwood Price Tools, took gold in both categories that it was nominated for at the annual On The Tools Awards, retaining the titles of Workwear Brand of the Year and Boot Brand of the Year.

On The Tools is the UK’s biggest construction-based online community with 1.9 million followers, 70 per cent of which are tradespeople.

Talking about the double win, Birchwood Price Tools Managing Director Matt Hunt said: “I’m very proud of the Scruffs Team and everybody across BPT; we’re having a fantastic year.

“It’s a great achievement to be voted for by tradespeople as the best brand in both categories for the second year running, and is a testament to the durability and quality of the Scruffs brand!”

The two categories were voted for by On The Tools’ core following of tradespeople, culminating in an awards ceremony that took place at Edgbaston Cricket Ground, in Birmingham, and was attended by some of the biggest names in the construction industry.

Hitachi Koki Announces Brand Name Change to “HiKOKI”

-The re-branding reflects the Company’s commitment to further expansion as a global brand-

Hitachi Koki Co., Ltd., a leading manufacturer of power tools and life-science equipment, announced today that the company will change its corporate name to Koki Holdings Co., Ltd., effective June 1, 2018, and will rebrand its full line of power tools known as HITACHI and/or Hitachi Koki under the new HiKOKI[1] (pronounced “hai-koh-key”) name, effective October 1, 2018. The name changes are in line with the company’s ambitious international growth strategy, aimed at ensuring sustainable growth while expanding business in the nearly 100 countries in Hitachi Koki’s global network.

Hitachi Koki’s world-class advanced technologies have produced reliable and innovative products throughout its celebrated 70-year history, which serve as the basis for its new partnership with KKR, one of the world’s pre-eminent private equity groups. Through the new partnership, Koki Holdings is streamlining operations and accelerating investment in organic development and acquisitions to enhance its global businesses as a worldwide leading manufacturer.

Simultaneous to the rebranding efforts, the company is establishing a subsidiary as its European headquarters called Koki Holdings Europe GmbH in the suburbs of Dusseldorf, Germany to reflect the strategic importance of the European market. The subsidiary will commence operations in November 2017, and will serve to carry out the parent company’s activities in Europe, with the aim to be closer to our customers to facilitate faster decision making in managing their needs.

“We have delivered award-winning innovation in manufacturing with solid business performance for over 70 years, and now is the time for us to focus on expansion as a truly global company while remaining rooted to our Japanese tradition,” said Osami Maehara, President, Hitachi Koki. “We have fully committed to accelerate growth alongside a dynamic new partner in KKR as we pursue our goal to become a global leader in power tools and life-science instruments. We have set an aggressive sales target of US$2.7 billion in fiscal year 2020. We are confident we can take our business to the next level with the support of all our employees and partners worldwide, and the revamping of the brand name is the first step to making this possible. We look forward to continuing to build a brand that exceeds the expectations of discerning customers around the world.”



UK’s most considerate construction companies and suppliers to be honoured at National Awards

Considerate Constructors Scheme’s soon to reveal winners at prestigious ceremony

 The Considerate Constructors Scheme - the national scheme established by the construction industry to improve its image - is getting ready to reveal the UK’s highest performing registered companies and suppliers of 2017.

The Scheme will be hosting the much-anticipated 2017 National Awards on 2 and 3November at the renowned Four Seasons Hotel in London.

All registered companies and suppliers had their considerate performance assessed against the Scheme’s Code of Considerate Practice between 1 August 2016 and 31 July 2017, as part of the awards selection process.

This year’s ceremonies mark the second year suppliers have been eligible to win National Awards, after Supplier Registration was introduced by the Scheme in 2014. 

Steve Radley, Policy Director of CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) and Clare Watson, Chair of the NFB (National Federation of Builders) will be announcing whether each winning company has received a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award for their achievements. Runners-up for the coveted ‘Most Considerate Company’ and ‘Most Considerate Supplier’ Awards will also be announced.

Considerate Constructors Scheme Executive Chairman Isabel Martinson said: “The Scheme is very excited to be hosting its Company and Supplier Awards 2017 in recognition of the persistent and increasingly innovative efforts being made by registered companies to improve their image as well as the image and reputation of our industry.

“From all of the registered companies and suppliers eligible, 115 companies and nine suppliers will be crowned as award-winners for their outstanding commitment to the Scheme and respectful consideration towards the public, their workforce and the environment.

“With many more companies and suppliers registering with the Scheme and raising the bar of considerate construction, competition is extremely fierce. As always, the Scheme is delighted to recognise those who have pushed their performance to the highest levels.

“We hope their achievements will serve as an inspiration and motivation for other companies across our industry, as well as encouraging increased collaboration and truly considerate working practices throughout the sector.”

First interactive map of construction in UK and Ireland launched by Considerate Constructors Scheme

Considerate Constructors Scheme launches pioneering to offer a single point of reference for construction activity across the UK and Ireland.

This easy to use portal provides, for the first time, anyone – whether a member of the Public, future employees, or someone already within the industry – a unique opportunity to see what is happening in the construction industry.

The Map shows thousands of ‘map pins’ – currently over 12,900 – which provide visitors with the ability to:

·        Identify location, project name, client name and site contact details of all Scheme-Registered Sites, Ultra Sites, Companies and Suppliers.

·        View details of Scheme Partners, Scheme Supporters, Professional Partners, Events and National Award winners.

·        Search for Universities and other educational institutions offering construction-related courses.

Visitors to can search by postcode or by keyword.  When the results are presented, they can simply click on pins to find out more about that project or organisation, and also see what is happening near to where they live and work.

In time, the Map will be developed to show industry training locations and industry activities – such as Open Doors and CITB events – as well as the opportunity to be able to interact with those listed and to get updates and feedback on construction activity in the UK and Ireland. is also planned to be used by the construction industry to display jobs and apprenticeship opportunities, provide contact and website details on a particular project and promote success through Considerate Constructors Scheme National Award logos and Scheme star ratings. In addition, there will also be the opportunity for sites and companies to update their details directly to give up to date information about what they are doing.

Considerate Constructors Scheme Chief Executive Edward Hardy said: “Launching the very first interactive construction map is a massive achievement for both the industry and the wider Public. provides an easily usable resource to find out what’s going on and where right across the UK and Irish construction industries. Not only does it provide a single point of reference for the entire population, it gives those committed to improving the image and reputation of the construction industry an opportunity to showcase their projects and be able to demonstrate what they are doing as considerate constructors.

“At this stage, resources available within the Map provides a great starting point, which, over time will be expanded. The Scheme looks forward to continuing to spearhead the development of to grow its functionality and reach in becoming a central resource for everyone interested in construction activity in the UK and Ireland, and beyond.”

To access the Map, go to


Birchwood Price Tools is pleased to announce the arrival of Gary Hutchins as its new Sales Director.

Gary has joined BPT from Rexel, where he was Regional Director for electrical wholesalers WF Senate.

Gary brings with him over 20 years sales experience within a wholesaler and distribution background, having previously worked with many national corporate blue chip customers from the facilities management and end user sectors. In joining BPT, he intends to bring this knowledge to the supplier side in order to further strengthen BPT brands and products as ‘must stock’ items.

Gary says: “What excites me are the strong brands and the quality of the products BPT offer and the opportunity to take these brands into new distribution channels.”

Gary’s priorities are to understand customers’ needs, to ensure BPT is proposing solutions which will help them to grow their businesses, and to understand the potential opportunities for brands in new sectors. In addition, Gary will drive a programme of heavy investment to further strengthen BPT’s nationwide salesforce.

Gary lives in Swindon with wife Emma and their three children. Outside of work, he enjoys fitness and is currently training for the 2018 London Marathon. He will be running for the Jack Dowding Foundation, raising money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund.

Birchwood Price Tools, part of Travis Perkins plc, has more than 40 years experience of designing, developing and selling its own brands which serve the needs of tradespeople.

BPT is the owner of exclusive, market-leading brands which include: Scruffs Workwear & Safety Footwear, Defender Power & Lighting and Van Vault Secure Storage Solutions. Its brands are available in all the UK’s leading builders’ merchants, retailers, wholesalers and more than 8,000 independents. Its ranges are also available online.


Home security specialist, ERA has impressed judges of the IFSEC Security & Fire Excellence Awards with its new cloud-based alert and monitoring alarm system, HomeGuard, which has been shortlisted for the Intruder Alarm or Exterior Deterrent Product of the Year award.

Combining advanced security with smart living technology, the ERA HomeGuard works seamlessly with Lightwave smart heating and lighting products to deliver a fully integrated smart home solution. Controlled via a single smartphone app, the ERA HomeGuard not only brings all the benefits of home automation but also the reassurance that comes from having a stand-alone alert and monitoring system.

Commenting on the recent recognition HomeGuard has received, ERA’s marketing manager Tania Tams said, “With smart technology playing an increasingly important role in our everyday lives, it seems natural that home security should evolve and adapt over time. HomeGuard is a first of its kind product, combining security and access control with other areas of smart living in the home. We are thrilled to have been shortlisted for a Security & Fire Excellence Award and will be awaiting the final results later this year with bated breath!”

With product development at the heart of ERA’s ethos, the company has a number of smart product launches set for the near future. Tania continues, “This is a very exciting time for ERA. With our latest products being introduced over the coming months, HomeGuard will soon harmonise with other ERA smart devices, including Touchkey, an innovative keyless smart lock, as well as a smartphone-controlled doorbell device, DoorCam. This next step means that security will soon become second nature with ERA’s smart home range.”

ForgeFix ScrewsArt™ fundraising goes intergalactic 

Leading distributor of fixings, fasteners, power tool accessories and hardware, ForgeFix looks set to repeat its success in using an innovative form of art to raise money for charity.

Earlier this year, the business donated a 1.2m by 1m portrait of music icon David Bowie, which was created using 4000 of its ForgeFast elite performance woodscrews, for sale at a silent charity auction held at the NMBS Gala Dinner.

The picture subsequently sold for £1000 with all proceeds being donated to CRASH - the construction industry charity which supports homeless and hospice charities with free advice, practical assistance and financial aid.

Now, the company aims to go one better with a new portrait of Carrie Fisher.

This time, the tribute to the recently deceased actress has been created using over 5000 ForgeFast screws. It features Carrie in perhaps the most famous role of her career - as the iconic Princess Leia from Star Wars.

The latest portrait is currently enjoying pride of place on the ForgeFix stand at the UK Construction Week (UKCW) exhibition 2017, which runs from October 10th to 12th. In the near future, the business will once again donate the portrait to NMBS so its sale can be used to raise funds for CRASH.

ForgeFix began creating the screw-based portraits of legends from the world of music, sport and film - which the business has dubbed ScrewsArt™ - as a unique and fun way of demonstrating the capabilities of its ForgeFast range.

ForgeFix has positioned its ForgeFast screws in a new and elite performance category due to their exceptional characteristics in a range of areas including corrosion resistance, fixing speed and ease, holding power, pull-out and more.

The Leia picture, and all of the ScrewsArt™ portraits, have been created with the help of existing and potential customers who attended the ForgeFast launch events last year and by visitors to ForgeFix's stand at various trade shows and exhibitions.

People have been offered the opportunity to insert screws into different templates to enable them to experience some of the benefits to ForgeFast first-hand.

Speaking of the Princess Leia ScrewsArt™ picture, Brian Trevaskiss, marketing manager at ForgeFix, said: "When the Bowie ScrewsArt™ picture was auctioned for charity earlier this year we were both surprised and delighted by the level of demand for the portrait and by the subsequent amount of money it helped to raise for CRASH.

"We decided to build on that achievement with our latest piece, depicting the much-loved Princess Leia. Given the popularity of Star Wars and the pending release of the latest film in the franchise, ‘The Last Jedi', we're hoping our newest creation will prove even more popular - and raise even more money." 

ForgeFix also created a second ScrewsArt™ picture for UKCW, which was of award-winning broadcaster, Steph McGovern.

The portrait was given to Steph as a gift whilst she was at the exhibition to present her regular and roving BBC One Breakfast slot.

She went on to praise the picture live on national TV. 

JCB Finance pledges its support to SMEs

JCB Finance is launching a campaign to provide additional support for SMEs in the industrial sector when taking out external funding.

The campaign comes after new research commissioned by JCB Finance revealed that more than a quarter of respondents who had bank loans or overdrafts did not believe they had the potential risks to personal assets explained to them when borrowing from the banks.

JCB Finance has therefore pledged to help SMEs access more secure funding to finance capital equipment without unnecessary security of personal assets, and is preparing to launch a number of exciting new services.

Paul Jennings, Managing Director of JCB Finance, commented: “We know from experience the importance of providing our customers with reassurance and understanding, and importantly tailoring our services to meet our customers’ needs.

“Unlike big banks, who have in some cases withdrawn funding from small businesses when they needed it most, JCB Finance has always gone out of its way to support customers with asset finance, using hire purchase and leasing to help small businesses secure the resources they needed while protecting their working capital.

“Such options give customers a regular and fixed payment schedule as a secure alternative to payment on demand loans, something which the research highlighted as a top priority, with 89% of those surveyed stating that managing working capital is important to their business.”

JCB Finance is therefore delighted to announce the forthcoming launch of its Online and Sign Online platforms. Scheduled to launch in October 2017, they will enable the convenient and secure signing of finance agreements, without the need for printing, scanning and emailing. It will also enable customers to access their agreement details, any related correspondence and plan their cash flow more easily.

Finally, the survey showed that 82% of customers who use JCB equipment would be happy to arrange finance with their dealer or salesperson. JCB Finance is therefore proud to offers its services nationwide via its trusted and accredited dealer network or through its personal field sales team, to help best meet the needs of individual customers.  



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