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Tippers and EH Smith join forces to help the East Midlands homeless


West Midlands-based builders merchants Tippers and EH Smith have joined four other construction industry firms in committing to a new scheme to help get homeless people off the streets and into employment and secure accommodation. EH Smith, Tippers,


concrete supplier BS Eaton, civil engineering firms Friel Construction and M Lambe Construction, and specialist commercial glaziers Nash Glass have donated a collective £30,000 to the initiative at Tabor House, an accommodation project based in Digbeth. The initiative aims to provide ways out


of rough sleeping for individuals through a strength-based mentoring programme to secure employment and permanent accommodation.


Each firm has donated £5,000, which will cover the running costs of one bed at Tabor House for a year, including 24-hour


accommodation for someone referred off the streets, daily meals and essential supplies. In addition, there will be a one-to- one mentoring programme to help them secure employment, as well as housing & benefits support.


Tabor House, which is run by iShelter in partnership with Father Hudson’s Care, has transformed its open-plan living area into perspex ‘pods’ in line with Covid- 19 guidance and can now house up to eight guests at any one time. Since opening in 2017, the Digbeth-based facility has welcomed 70 guests and seen more than 35 move into both


Duravit designer gets lunar loo award


When the world seems like it is going mad, maybe it’s time to sart thinking about going to outer space. Or, more accurately, going IN outer space. Franziska Wülker, development engineer at the designer bathroom manufacturer Duravit has won third prize in a NASA competition to design a loo that can work in a weightless environment and on the moon. The space agency received 20,000


PDM Buildbase sponsors West of Scotland Football League


PDM Buildbase has confirmed its sponsorship of the West of Scotland Football League, which sits at Tier 6 and 7 within the Scottish FA Pyramid. The PDM Buildbase sponsorship will allow the League to develop and become even more relevant within the Scottish game.


Eddie Hernon, Managing Director at PDM Buildbase said: “We wanted to be involved with the West of Scotland Football League from the beginning. It’s an exciting development within Scottish football and we’re delighted we have taken the opportunity to commit to the League in its very early stages. Football is such an important part of life in Scotland and this sponsorship is a way that we can invest back into our local community.” Dave McKenna, Chairman of the PDM Buildbase West of Scotland Football League said:“Football is a hugely important part of life within Scotland. We look forward to all of this and more as our new league finally kicks off.”


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entries so the fact that Wülker came third is a tremendous achievement. The Duravit space toilet is comfortable for both male and female astronauts to use – thanks to its optimised sitting geometry. Suction is used to reliably remove all excretions from the user’s body. Due to the absence of gravity, excretions are fed into a centrifuge, where they are accelerated and deposited in a tank via a screw conveyor.


Thompson & Parkes wins Midlands award


Thompson & Parkes, with branches in Worcestershire and Shropshire, has been named Best Builders Merchant & DIY Supplier in the Midlands in this year’s SME News Magazine’s 2020 UK Enterprise Awards. The SME UK Enterprise Awards recognise SMEs of all sizes across the UK who are committed to bettering business in their industries through a range of initiatives, from nourishing internal cultures to promoting employee satisfaction, offering next-level customer service, or through an enduring dedication to delivering innovative products.


Company Director Jean Morris says: “We are absolutely thrilled and delighted to be named Best Builders Merchant & DIY Supplier in the Midlands. This year has been challenging for everyone, and it is thanks to our amazing staff and their commitment in rising to this new challenge that we have been able to continue to trade and support so many other local businesses, and local people throughout. “Their dedication is the reason why we have won this award.”


employment and permanent accommodation.


Sharon Fear, project manager for Tabor House, said: “The support we’ve had from these six firms covers the cost of one bed for a year, which is so crucial, especially given the financial pressures that our charity is under. Whilst it’s difficult for everyone, there’s a stark reality facing our homeless community, so our Sponsor-A-Bed initiative gives firms an opportunity to contribute in a tangible way.” iShelter is also preparing to open Caretaker’s House, which will be a move-on facility for guests. In the short-term, it will allow people referred to the service to move safely from the street into a private room for two weeks before joining Tabor House.


Palladium helps reindeer maker


Devon-based builders merchant Palladium Building Suppplies has helped out a local man who kept himself busy during lockdown by making wooden reindeer baskets. 82 year-old Brian wanted to keep himself busy during lockdown so started making Reindeer Baskets and selling them with all proceeds going to Cancer Research and St. Lukes Hospice. Aided in part by his daughter Caroline, Brian has been able to make one reindeer an hour with timber mouldings and glue donated by Palladium Building Supplies in Kingsbridge. They have proved to be so popular that Brian and Caroline have a backlog of over 240 reindeers to be made before Christmas with Caroline having to take time off work just to fulfil the outstanding orders.


www.buildersmerchantsjournal.net November 2020


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