Monthly Archives: September 2012

Win a Mitsubishi Pick-up!

Posted by Blog Team | Posted in Competitons | Posted on 24-09-2012

We’ve teamed up with BSW Timber to offer you the chance to win a Mitsubishi L200 Double Cab Trojan Pick-Up worth £17,995! To be in with a chance of winning all you have to do is spend over £50 on easi-timber products at one of our 300 branches nationwide running the new promotion.

The promotion is open to all Jewson customers from 1st September – 30th November 2012. Plus, at the end of each month all entries received during that month will be eligible for the monthly prize draw – prizes include an Ipad, Samsung Galaxy phone and Kindle Touch.

Watch our film for a closer look at what you could win!

Part 10 – Stripping To The Shell – Written by Gary King

Posted by Blog Team | Posted in The Self Build Journey | Posted on 14-09-2012

As I mentioned in my previous post we’re in and we’ve started work. What I didn’t mention before that as soon as we started ripping everything out we had to make our first major decision. To strip or not to strip? That is the question.

Because the house has been empty for such a long time with al fresco ventilation and an assortment of holes in the roof it had become very damp. Wall paper hung (the wrong way), black mould gathered around crumbling plaster and ceilings sagged in the most precarious manner.

After much deliberation and sucking of teeth we decided we would take everything back to bare walls and joists. 100 year old plaster has been hacked away, door frames have been ripped out and window sills removed.

It took about a week and the result has been a combination of dizzy excitement combined with unfathomable alarm. How much plasterboard needs to go back on? What about the insulation? Is it normal to be able to see the inside of the apex of your roof from your hallway?

These and many more questions will be answered in the upcoming weeks of the project. Watch this space. All will be revealed. Or covered up as the case may be!


Football Fever at Barnardo’s

Posted by Blog Team | Posted in Community | Posted on 14-09-2012

On Thursday 30th August, Barnardo’s hosted its annual 7-a-side football tournament for their charity partners. Here at Jewson, we jumped at the chance to enter a team and were joined by 17 other companies who did likewise.

Our congratulations go to Heatrae Sadia, who were crowned the overall winners, after a nail-biting penalty shoot out against the Jewson team.

Special mentions were given to James Taylor from Jewson who was awarded Player of the Tournament as well as Kuldeep Kandola from Jewson and Ricky Uppal from Baxi who were joint Top Goal Scorers. Well done guys!

It was a fantastic event enjoyed by all the budding footballers who took part and more importantly we helped to raise £3,800 for the charity.

Come & See – Mansfield Trade Day

Posted by Blog Team | Posted in Events | Posted on 13-09-2012

Visit Jewson Mansfield Branch (Great Central Road) on 18th September and grab a bargain at our Trade Day. If you are a local trade professional then you won’t want to miss out on the great deals including building sand, wallboard, engineering bricks and concrete block paving to name just a few. These deals only run until the 29th September so be sure to stock up quick!

Whilst at branch you can also enter our competition to win a Mitsubishi L200 Pick-Up – this is currently up for grabs to Jewson customers who spend £50 on products in the easi-timber range.

So join us for breakfast at Jewson Mansfield on 18th September – talk to our suppliers who will be on hand to help and stock up on all your building materials!

Jewson & Grono blossom at Southport Flower Show

Posted by Blog Team | Posted in Events | Posted on 13-09-2012

Jewson Southport teamed up with Grono Lawns and Marshalls to help create a “Cool Britannia” garden at the Southport Flower Show in August 2012.

Grono armed with their ice-cream bike and artificial grass attracted hundreds of visitors to the stand during the successful four day event.

Claire Skidmore from Muddy Boots in Southport was behind the design of the garden, she worked with the product material donated by Jewson and Grono Lawns and her efforts were rewarded with a Gold Medal Award by show organisers.

Claire also received a Large Gold Award; Best in Class and Runner up in Show for her other garden “The Greening” – a phenomenal achievement.

You can find the full range of Grono products on display at many Jewson branches including Jewson Southport with special discount prices in place until the end of September.

Green Deal training courses offer installers the chance to get ahead – by The Eco Experts

Posted by Blog Team | Posted in Events | Posted on 12-09-2012

This week we invited the Eco Experts to write an article about the Green Deal.

The first Green Deal support sessions have started in Birmingham for those interested in becoming accredited installers.

The initiative has been called ‘a new market framework’ by Minister for Energy and Climate Change Greg Barker, because instead of being subsidised by government the Green Deal is designed for the market. It is businesses that will promote and provide Green Deal services, and although big companies such as Carillion and Sainsbury’s will be Green Deal Providers, the government’s plan is for SME’s and local installers across the UK to benefit too. Birmingham will be the first city in the UK to launch the government’s flagship retrofit initiative known as the Green Deal, predicted to be worth £14 billion nationwide.

Research by renewables company The Eco Experts indicates although a lot of marketing is required the UK is ready for a major retrofit initiative. Of those asked, 77% had not heard of the Green Deal, but 62% would upgrade their homes if there was no upfront cost. The Green Deal, remember, offers up to £10,000 of home improvements at no upfront cost, to be paid back over 20 years in small instalments attached to the energy bill, not to the bill payer. If you move house you leave the repayment plan behind, as well as the increased comfort and reduced bills the Green Deal brought about.

92% of people are worried about the rising cost of energy in the UK. This is what potentially makes the Green Deal huge. People don’t like the way their bills are looking, they are prepared to do something about it, and now they have the opportunity to do so. It is conceivable that councils will push the Green Deal and so will the big companies who sign up to be Green Deal Providers. Raising awareness across the country could stimulate real demand and real bankable business for installers.


One of the factors making the Green Deal a tricky piece of legislation is training. One of the priorities has been to ensure installer excellence. To give customers confidence in the Green Deal the accreditation has to be regulated, and standards for technical competency need to be in place. In this case the standard to attain is PAS 2030. There has been a long delay while training institutions have waited for instruction from the government but training requirements have now been – finally – finalised.

Greenworks will be hosting training courses and business support sessions at their training academy in Birmingham throughout September. The Greenworks training courses will be among the first in the UK and will be in high demand from those wanting to be among the first wave of Green Deal installers. Their courses cover:

– PAS 2030 – which specifies how to install, manage and provide energy efficiency measures, and how to deliver customer service before, during and after the work being completed.
– QMS – Quality Management Systems, from application through assessments and surveillance audits to maintaining a Green Deal installer certificate.
– How the Green Deal integrates with CPS (Competent Persons Scheme) and MCS (Microgeneration Certifiate Schemes).

A Birmingham debut

London will not be the first city to benefit from the Green Deal. Dave Allport, the Project Manager of Birmingham Energy Savers, the city’s Green Deal program, explains he is, “trying to get Birmingham to be centre of a supply chain that creates jobs for people in Birmingham.”

The Green Deal will be launched in October 2012 and gradually increase in scale over the coming years. It’s hoped that £14 bn of retrofit work will be carried out during the course of its lifetime. Greg Barker is calling it “the biggest housing retrofit scheme since the Second World War”.