Kellaway supports Southmead Rugby Club

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Joining forces with other Bristol businesses they have helped complete changing rooms which were left unfinished. After going bankrupt in January, Southmead Rugby Club, located next to the Greenway Centre on Doncaster Road received funding from the Rugby Football Union to help it to continue. However, the funding problems left two of the four changing rooms and Kitchen facilities at the club incomplete.

Kellaway have provided timber, paint, plasterboard and sanitaryware to help with the renovation plus the Kellaway Bathrooms showroom have donated and installed a branded new kitchen. Operations & Commercial Director, Sean Morgan explains why they have supported the club; “we work on lots of community support projects and try to reach as many worthy causes around Bristol and the South West as possible. In the case of Southmead Rugby Club it is an excellent club and plays a key role in the youth community in Southmead. We are delighted to support the club and the great work they are doing to help the local community. We wish them all the best for the new season and hope the improved facilities benefit all of local community.”

Trevor Sealey, aged 50 from Filton, is club chairman. He said: “We are delighted with the efforts of everyone who has helped with the improvements in the facilities at the club. It has been a very difficult couple of years for the club however, with the help of the RFU and local business, we are able to say we have some excellent facilities and a bright future for all of the community to use. Kellaway Building Supplies have been very supportive with both materials and their time and expertise to help us achieve something that we have needed for quite a while.”

Gary Hall wins Gold at British Judo Championships

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Kellaway Group Finance Administrator, Gary Hall finishes 2015 as British Judo Champion following a gruelling test at The National Championships in Sheffield on the 12th & 13th December. He dominated the under 90kg competition to retain his British title winning all six of his fights on the final day of competition.

Following his bronze medal at The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, he has his sights firmly set on success at The 2016 Olympics in Rio. Kellaway are delighted to back him by supporting his training and travel expenses, as well as offering flexible working to ensure he keeps to his extensive training schedule.

Gary noted, “2015 has been another positive year for me as I keep edging my way up the world rankling list and winning a gold medal at The British Championships is a great way to finish the year. I am extremely grateful to Kellaway Building Supplies for their continued support, enabling me to continue to chase my dream and qualify for Rio 2016 Olympic Games!”

Kellaway building supplies aquires WTBS

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Kellaway Building Supplies has bought Bridgwater based company Western Timber and Building Supplies Ltd in an acquisition that sees the companies branch network increase to 13 locations across Bristol and the South West.

The acquisition includes the Jennings Roofing Supplies and Jennings Plumbing Supplies brands. Rich and Dan Jennings, who set the business up in 2005, will join the Kellaway management team and be part of the plan to develop the merchant business in the Somerset area.

This purchase is the latest in a series of new sites and acquisitions, which has seen the business grow from its original Bristol site in 1982 to a strong, regional, independent company supplying trade and DIY; with a goal of being the “Merchant of Choice” through a focus on staff development and delivering exceptional customer service.

Managing Director, Julian Milligan stated “I am delighted to be welcoming all of the WTBS team into the Kellaway Group. WTBS is a well-established and successful business and we look forward to improving the offering to the customer base and further expanding our business in Somerset. Developing the branch network enables us to better meet our customers’ needs, wherever in the region their work takes them and we aim to utilize the skills the WTBS business has in Plumbing and Roofing to broaden our product offering.”

Dan and Rich Jennings added “We are very excited about joining the Kellaway Group and see an extremely bright future for the Bridgwater branches. We felt that as the business continued to grow and create more opportunities it made commercial sense to be part of a larger organisation that gave security and career development for the staff, and will generate more benefits for the customer.”

Kellaway suppors N-gage initiative

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For the second year, Kellaway’s Bristol branches have been supporting apprenticeship schemes run by N-gaged. Kellaway have generously donated materials to the worthy scheme as well as presenting the Prince’s Trust awards to the successful young apprentices.

The scheme is designed to give young adults the opportunity to learn the necessary skills to pursue a successful career in building and construction. The scheme consists of competence and knowledge based elements, functional skills, health & safety and employee rights & responsibilities. Training is very much on-site with some classroom delivery.

N-Gaged Training & Princes Trust have completed another ‘Get on with Construction’ course.  The aim of this course is to encourage young people to work in the construction industry, progressing into either an apprenticeship, job or even further education.  The course provided them the opportunity of achieving a BTEC certificate, their Health & Safety Awareness award and their CSCS card.  There were seventeen young people enrolled, covering basics in carpentry, bricklaying & paving.

“Kellaway Building Supplies once again helped and supported the course, providing materials needed for the learning activities. The course was a great success with a 95% achievement rate, well done to everyone! N-Gaged would like to say a big thank you to all the staff at Kellaway for their continued support and a special thanks to Alex Priddle who kindly attended the presentation event at the end of the course,” stated Michele Ford, N-Gaged Director of Training & Operations.

Kellaway’s marketing manager Alex Priddle, was on-hand to present the Prince’s Trust awards to the young apprentices who succeeded on the course and said “We are delighted to support N-Gaged ‘Get on with Construction’ courses as they deliver valuable training for apprentices providing them with skills & expertise to find regular work within the construction industry. The scarcity of skilled labourers in the UK construction market has been well documented in recent years and continues to be a key factor in the UK housing shortage. The ‘Get on with Construction’ assists with reversing this trend and serves to increase the supply of a skilled workforce for the local construction industry.”

If you are interested in an apprenticeship scheme contact N-Gaged Training on:mail@n-gagedtraining.co.uk or call 0117 9710883.

Horfield undergoes branch refresh

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The Horfield branch was the first that the builders’ merchant opened in 1982 and has been the flagship store for Kellaway ever since. It has undergone several refits over the years and the latest has brought it well and truly up to date.

Managing director Julian Milligan notes, “We are always conscious of our customers so are continually making improvement based on their feedback and improving the experience that we offer to them. We will be planning a programme of continuous improvement across the whole branch network and we felt it only right to start where it all began,”

Kellaway has improved signage, implemented new displays and a new landscaping area. Many navigational enhancements and increased stock holding now ensures a smoother experience for the DIY customer as well as trade clients. The plumbing department has benefitted from an upgrade along with the recruitment of a new specialist who brings a wealth of plumbing knowledge to the experienced team.

“Kellaway Building Supplies prides itself on being the merchant of choice for customers, so we’re pleased to see that our customers are happy with the new branch layout and find it even easier to shop with us,” says Mark Brown, Horfield branch manager.

As well as a new branch design, Kellaway has a number of great, new trusted suppliers that include Dulux & Crown paints, Dickies workwear, Makita tools & many more. “We have worked very hard to develop the branch to appeal to both our Trade and DIY customers and the feedback so far has been very positive,” reports Mark.

The company recently invited some of its loyal customers to celebrate the refit and join them for a series of events including a Doors & Ironmongery Fayre, Decorating Show, Plumbing Trade Day and Tools & Clothing Party. Each event offered free party food, supplier demonstrations, prize giveaways & goodies and some great flash discounts.

Since Horfield first opened its doors 34 years ago, Kellaway Building Supplies has come a long way. The Bristol based company now boasts 11 branches following the recent acquisition of WTBS (Western Timber Building Supplies) in Bridgwater, as well as 130 employees and are looking forward to serving their customers for the next 34 years and more.