Monthly Archives: June 2012

Part 7 – Laura wants to get the important bits done – Written by Laura Warren

Posted by Blog Team | Posted in The Self Build Journey | Posted on 29-06-2012

So far all we’ve done is a spot of wallpaper stripping, knocking some cupboards out, clearing up all the mess and rubbish on the floors and getting rid of a fridge that I’m sure was a health hazard.

Good news is some workmen turned up today and really started to rip stuff out! They attacked the ceiling in the downstairs bathroom / kitchen, the plaster on the walls and ripped out the unusable bath and toilet and chucked them in the skip. So the inside of the house now looks and feels like it is beginning its transformation. Although, to be honest, it’s still hard to imagine the final vision. It’s such a long way off and there’s still so much to do!


We popped over to the Nottingham Colwick Jewson showroom and had a look at some of the kitchens and bathrooms in the flesh. I’ve been pouring over the catalogues but it’s more helpful to see stuff up close.

We met Glen Corden, who is going to measure up the kitchen and assist in planning it. He was very helpful, gave me lots of ideas and I feel more confident now as I have him to speak to about the design (and not just Gary!) I’m getting mostly excited about storage cupboards and which work surface to have.

I’ve also been marvelling at how much money you can spend on showers, taps and enclosures and wishing that we had unlimited funds for stunning suites and fittings. But we haven’t. So it has to be a compromise of price and a good looking finish. I think this is achievable with what I’ve seen.

I’m also having considerations of if we do rent the rent house in the future we need to choose a style that appeals to many people that will also be durable. And the cleaning implications of certain items, for example mosaic as opposed to bigger tiles. This does not occur to my other half in the slightest.

So now I’m really looking forward to meeting Glen at the house next week and designing the kitchen. Gary is focussed on rotten joists and rising damp – I’m more focussed on whether we get a Belfast sink or not.


A BCE Award for Greenworks

Posted by Blog Team | Posted in Events, Sustainability | Posted on 28-06-2012

We’re delighted that our Greenworks Training Academy has been awarded a Major Commendation by The Business Commitment to the Environment (BCE) Environmental Leadership Awards 2012.

This award has particular significance for us as it’s recognition of all our efforts at the academy to help construction professionals get to grips with the green building agenda and obtain the skills they need to put it into practice

Greenworks only opened in February 2011 but has already grown to become an established training centre for our customers and construction professionals.

Commenting on our win Richard Busby, BCE Awards Judge, said:
“Engaging with customers through the Greenworks Academy isn’t just good business sense – these customers are going to go out and install kit that will deliver real environment improvements.”

For more information on our Academy click here.

Transforming your outside space

Posted by Blog Team | Posted in Products & Services | Posted on 22-06-2012

With the summer now upon us, it’s the perfect time for homeowners to make the most out of their outside space. Whether you’re a trade professional looking to talk to customers about landscaping projects or if you’re tackling your project yourself – check out our helpful new Landscaping website (

The website offers the best choice of paving products to suit any purpose, any property and any budget. Among them, we’ve got a range of decorative paving slabs, garden edging stones and garden aggregates to add those all-important finishing touches.

If you’re looking for an easy way of sprucing up an outdoor area – then replacing tired wooden fencing is a good place to start. Traditional and feather edge fencing is available in a range of heights and we can offer them with complementary gates. We’ve also got an Elite range of premium quality fence panels selected from specially selected FSC softwoods.

Also, make the most of any outdoor space with our vast selection of summer houses, garden sheds and children’s playhouses.

There are some great ways you can update an outdoor area – but to make sure you get it right, use the best products and complete on budget – visit our new website!

Part 6 – Gary is paired with a branch – Written by Lee Broomhall

Posted by Blog Team | Posted in The Self Build Journey | Posted on 15-06-2012

Welcome to part 6 of Gary’s Self Build journey with Jewson. To start at the beginning read the first blog post.

Once I had discussed the key information about Gary’s project over the phone, I made contact with the nearest Jewson branch to the project. In this case it was Nottingham Colwick where I spoke to Sarah Miles the branch manager. Nottingham is one of many branches that are perfectly suited to support every stage of a self build project as it has a dedicated kitchen and bathroom showroom and landscaping centre in addition to a Tool Hire service and full range of chain of custody certified timber.

Once I gave Sarah more information about Gary’s project and the support he required, Sarah arranged to visit Gary on site. Upon Sarah’s visit it became very clear that the kitchen and bathroom parts of the project were particularly important to Gary and his family. This led Sarah to arrange for Gary and Laura to visit the branch to design and discuss further with the Showroom Supervisor. Once Sarah learnt a bit more about the project she was able to create a dedicated competitive term of prices specifically tailored for Gary’s project.


Cleaning up after the floods

Posted by Blog Team | Posted in Community | Posted on 14-06-2012

We’ve teamed up with UK Flood Barriers to help distribute more than £5000 worth of sanitiser to help with the flood clean up effort in Wales.

Dozens of homes and businesses have been affected by the flooding near our Aberystwyth branch, which happened following more than a month’s rainfall in the space of just 24 hours last weekend.

Approximately 200 units of specialist post-flood disinfectant have been donated for the sanitisation of brickwork, plaster, floorboards, fixtures and fittings in properties affected by the flood water.

To find out more about the product visit

Look out for our new Health and Safety Awareness Leaflet

Posted by Blog Team | Posted in Products & Services | Posted on 13-06-2012

We’ve just launched a new Health & Safety Awareness leaflet with all the latest products, tools and equipment as well as advice to help keep you safe on site!

Can you believe that nearly one in five construction sites failed safety checks? Well, according to the Health & Safety Executive it’s true. So there couldn’t be a better time to pick up our new leaflet offering advice on issues like working at height, dust control or even dealing with asbestos.

It covers products from basic essentials you should always have in your toolkit such as a dust mask, goggles, ear protection and gloves to offers on safety boots; first aid kits; waterproof jackets and trousers; ladders and harness kits as well as respirators and disposable coveralls.

The leaflet’s available in all our Tool Hire branches and in a number of our other branches so ask our staff about it next time you pay us a visit!

CIH Conference and Housing Exhibition 2012

Posted by Blog Team | Posted in Events | Posted on 12-06-2012

Are you planning a visit to the annual CIH Conference and Housing Exhibition?

If you are, make sure you stop by to visit us on stand E53. Our Public Sector team has experience in developing partnerships with social housing focused customers and will be offering advice on a wide range of tailored solutions including dedicated order points, customer branch implants and outsourced stores.

The show runs from the 12th – 14th June in Manchester – for more info click here.

Working together with Isos Housing

Posted by Blog Team | Posted in Expertise | Posted on 06-06-2012

We’re delighted to be working with Isos Housing as their supplier for all planned, responsive and void maintenance works. Our Sunderland, North Shield, Hexham and Morpeth branches will play a key role in servicing the contract.

Isos Housing is responsible for the day-to-day management of almost 12,000 homes across the Northern England. They face the daily challenges of maintaining a high level of housing stock spread across a vast geographical area, which is where we come in!

“We appointed Jewson due to the team’s collaborative, transparent and best value approach,” commented Angela Johnson, Group Procurement Manager. “It was clear from the beginning of the tender process that both sides shared the same vision for a long term commitment that would push the boundaries of traditional ways of working and instead develop new ways of working together to provide best value. In addition, we felt that Jewson offered real added value with the pledge to sponsor community and residential events as well as incorporate local employment wherever possible.”