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Five top tips for buying from a builder's merchant

Tuesday, 20 August 2019 Blog

New to James Burrell? In this blog post we are going to share a few tips which will hopefully get you going when you visit one of our branches, putting you in good stead for getting your project off to a good start. Do your research Whether you're starting a brand new project, or you're re-ordering

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Say hello to Jordan, Branch Sales at York

Thursday, 15 August 2019 Blog

As we continue to help you to get to know the faces behind the James Burrell team, we would like to introduce Jordan Boyce who works as part of our Branch Sales team at our York branch. Have a read and check out what life is like at James Burrell for Jordan. What does your day involve? After my

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Our continued sponsorship of Ossett RUFC

Thursday, 15 August 2019 Blog

We are delighted to announce our continued sponsorship of Ossett RUFC. After 6 consecutive years working alongside the club, it is great to be able to continue our relationship and support one of the local clubs within our areas. Since beginning our journey with the club 6 years ago, it has been

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Come and join us as we celebrate one year of our Morpeth branch

Wednesday, 14 August 2019 Blog

Can you believe it, because we certainly can't... It's been almost one whole year since we officially opened up our Morpeth branch with a day full of suppliers, giveways, exhibitions and more. In August 2018, the finishing touches were being put in place in preparation for our official open day

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Celebrating 21 years of service

Wednesday, 07 August 2019 Blog

We would like to take this opportunity to celebrate one of our longest serving members of staff, Paul Butler, who is our Health and Safety and Transport Manager. Find out a little bit more about how life with James Burrell has changed for Paul since starting back in 1998! Paul Butler joined James

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Marketing Tips for Tradespeople

Wednesday, 31 July 2019 Blog

The idea of marketing for tradespeople can seem daunting however it is important that you use it to your advantage to gain business. Social media is a great platform to connect with current customers and to target potential ones, it is also free to use so you've got nothing to lose especially when

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Rotherham Rewards is here

Tuesday, 30 July 2019 Blog

Do you want to be part of a scheme that allows you to save on materials to get your next job done? Then you're in the right place. To celebrate the opening of our brand new 10th branch in Rotherham and to introduce the branch facilities to the local trade community, we are introducing an exclusive

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The low down on our Makita Summer Offer tools

Thursday, 25 July 2019 Blog

Are you looking to invest in some new tools but don't know which ones to choose? We've gathered some insider information on all of our Makita tools which feature in our brand new Summer Offer magazine. Meaning you can find everything you need in one place and hopefully help you make that all

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Summer events coming to a branch near you

Thursday, 18 July 2019 Blog

Check out our full event list for the summer and find out if there is anything going on in a branch near you!

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Say hello to Nichola, our Senior Management Accountant FMAAT

Thursday, 11 July 2019 Blog

We'd like you to meet our Senior Management Accountant, Nichola, who has recently achieved Fellow status with AAT. Have a read below and find out a little bit more about her journey with the company. What does your day involve? My morning routine starts by checking the bank account and updating the

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On site life hacks

Wednesday, 10 July 2019 Blog

Ever been on site and the equipment just isn't cutting it? Can't quite get into a tight gap or you've hit your fingers with the hammer one too many time? Well we've got you covered. We've collected some of the industry's best on site life hacks, to hopefully make your job from beginning to end even

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Children North East Sand Castle Challenge 2019

Wednesday, 10 July 2019 Blog

Last Friday, 6th July, we kept up our annual tradition and took part in Children North East's Annual Sand Castle Challenge and what a day it was. The Sand Castle challenge is run by a local North East Charity, Children North East, and it gathers local schools together to take part and compete in

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Our annual golf day at Brancepeth Castle Golf Club

Wednesday, 03 July 2019 Blog

Friday 28th July saw our seasoned golfers take the stage at our annual golf day for 2018 and they couldn't blame the weather for any bad play! We were met with blazing sunshine which saw a day full of good golf between our James Burrell team members and many of our customers. We have to thank our

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New Velux bundles, the best things come in 3's

Wednesday, 26 June 2019 Blog

You thought their last offer was big, but VELUX have just launched their biggest rewards offer to date... You can now purchase VELUX multi roof window product bundles, meaning 1 purchase of 3 roof windows, flashings and installation kits! It's as easy as 1,2,3... 1 order code 2 days delivery 3

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Top tips to stay safe in the sun on site

Wednesday, 26 June 2019 Blog

The British summer is almost finally upon us, if the weather forecast is anything to go by, and whilst we certainly aren't complaining, we need to be mindful of the dangers of working in the sun all day. Here are some top tips to keep you safe this summer. Sun lotion Whilst we may be stating the

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The official opening of our Rotherham branch

Monday, 24 June 2019 Blog

We were delighted to welcome the local mayor, Cllr Jenny Andrews, and the Mayoress, Jeanette Mallinder, to an official ribbon cutting ceremony at our brand new Rotherham branch. The official opening of our 10th branch follows a wave of investment, with 250k pumped into the existing Ossett branch to

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The voting has opened... Who deserves your vote?

Monday, 24 June 2019 Blog

To celebrate the opening of our tenth branch in Rotherham, we have decided to do a community initiative where one charity, local cause or community project could win a £250 donation of building materials to help support them with their projects. We were blown away by the number of nominations we

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Celebrating 23 years of service

Wednesday, 19 June 2019 Blog

One of the things we're very proud of is the longevity of our staff. We would like to take this opportunity to celebrate one of our longest serving members of staff, Alyson Hunter, who is our HR Manager. Find out a bit more about how life with James Burrell has changed for Alyson since starting

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City of Newcastle Golf Club

Wednesday, 19 June 2019 Blog

We know how to appreciate a good bit of design and would you take a look at the brand new refurbishment of City of Newcastle Golf Club which has recently been completed by Kennek Construction. We were delighted to be a part of the job by supplying the materials to Kennek Construction to enable them

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The benefits of artificial grass

Wednesday, 05 June 2019 Blog

Have you been thinking about installing one of the latest trends in landscaping, but not sure if it will be worth it? Have a look below at some of the benefits of artificial grass and see if it'll change your mind... Low maintenance The most obvious benefit of artificial grass is that it needs

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Celebrating 35 years of service

Tuesday, 04 June 2019 Blog

Here at James Burrell Builders Merchant, we believe that our greatest asset is our staff. This is reflected in our investment in training, career progression and staff well-being. We believe this is why approximately 30% of our workforce have been with the company for 10 years or more. Retaining

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What to get for the man who has everything

Wednesday, 29 May 2019 Blog

It's almost that time of the year again when we flap about what to get the man who has everything, the man who insists he doesn't need anything, but would have enough to complain about given the chance. Here at James Burrell we feel your pain and we'd like to try and make it just a little bit

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Boost your rewards and spend with big name brands

Tuesday, 21 May 2019 Blog

VELUX have extended their much sought after rewards scheme, now not ending until the end of June which gives you even longer to collect as many rewards as you can to turn them into vouchers for top brands. You can claim your VELUX rewards every time you purchase a VELUX roof window, flat roof

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Flexseal: How we're working closely with James Burrell to support the civils & drainage market

Tuesday, 21 May 2019 Blog

This month, we'd like to introduce Flexseal as our guest blogger, spilling all the information on how we are working very closely to support the civils and drainage market. Here at Flexseal we're delighted to begin a new trading relationship with James Burrell and the CBA Group. A review into James

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Exclusive Rotherham open day deals

Tuesday, 21 May 2019 Blog

We have some exclusive deals especially for our Rotherham customers at our Rotherham open day, next Wednesday, 29th May from 7am. Pop down to our branch on Wortley Road where you'll find a massive range of savings from cement to saws and wood to insulation. Plus, thanks to our suppliers who will be

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Local sporting hero officially opens our renovated Blyth branch

Friday, 10 May 2019 Blog

We recently welcomed the captain of Blyth Spartans A.F.C, Robbie Dale, and Vice-Chairman, Kevin Scott to officially open our recently renovated Blyth branch. We have recently completed a major £250k renovation of the branch, allowing us to provide a wider product range, stock specialist products,

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Rotherham is officially open for business

Wednesday, 08 May 2019 Blog

We are delighted to say our brand new 10th branch in Rotherham is officially open for business. Our brand new South Yorkshire branch features facilities including; a 264sqm office and trade counter area, supplier displays, a warehouse and on-site vehicles. Our Rotherham branch stocks an extensive

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Knauf Insulation CPD

Tuesday, 30 April 2019 Blog

We're pleased to announce after the success of our last CPD with Ancon, next in the line up is... Knauf Insulation. We would like to invite you to the seminar which will be taking place at 9am on Thursday 23rd May at Durham County Cricket Club. Fire regulations have never been more in the spotlight

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Our donation to Haskel School Gateshead

Thursday, 25 April 2019 Blog

Our team at Gateshead have been delighted to be able to support Haskel School in Gateshead by recently making a donation of materials in order to assist them in creating a horticultural plot for the pupils. Haskel Special School provides specialist education for children between 5 and 19 years with

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Sustainability in the construction industry and why it matters to you

Wednesday, 24 April 2019 Blog

In an ideal world, sustainable construction would be able to meet the standards of the continuously growing economy, but we need to start working quicker to try and reduce the rate we're going. The construction sector hasn't always been a sector renowned for its forward thinking initiatives when it

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Say hello to Doug, our Head of Finance

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 Blog

We'd like you to find out a little bit more about the faces behind James Burrell. This time, we'd like to introduce you to Doug Reid, our Head of Finance. What does your day involve? I am a member of our senior management lead team and head up our finance, admin and HR functions. One of the most

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Roll up, roll up, Blyth open day 8th May

Tuesday, 16 April 2019 Blog

Our recently renovated Blyth branch is ready to be unveilled. Fancy coming down to see it on a day where there will be free food, prizes, giveaways, supplier demonstrations? Then get yourself down on Wednesday 8th May for all of that and much, much more.

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£250 building materials donation

Tuesday, 09 April 2019 Blog

To celebrate the launch of our Blyth branch renovation, we wanted to give away a £250 donation of building materials to a cause within the local community, whether that be a local charity, a school, a community project, or a friend who could benefit greatly from this donation. After working our way

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What should you look for when buying a nail gun?

Wednesday, 03 April 2019 Blog

When it comes to effective ways of connecting wood together, nail guns are one of the most useful tools around. Widely seen on most construction sites and home build projects, they make it simple to fix what you need in place. If you haven't already got one in your toolbox, it really is worth

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Ancon CPD, do you want to be a part of it?

Friday, 29 March 2019 Blog

We'd like to announce our next CPD in collaboration with Ancon... Support and Restraint of Masonry Cladding on Framed Buildings. Within this CPD approved seminar you will gain an understanding of: Specifying wall ties and restraint fixings to EC6, PD6697, Approved Document E, EN845-1 and the

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Celebrating 21 years with James Burrell

Wednesday, 20 March 2019 Blog

Longevity of staff is a rarity within business these days, workers switch from job to job looking for different opportunites. We're extremely proud here at James Burrell that appoximately 30% of our workforce have been with the company for 10 years or more, progressing through different roles and

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Supporting the 4th Morpeth Scouts

Monday, 18 March 2019 Blog

The team at our Morpeth branch continue to support the local community by recently donating timber to the 4th Morpeth Scouts. The materials were used for the group to make bird boxes to put out in the community providing safe and warm bases for the local wildlife to flourish. Ellen Glynn, Scout

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Meet our new Rotherham team

Friday, 15 March 2019 Blog

We are set to open our 10th branch located in Rotherham in Spring 2019 and would like to introduce the team that will be based in the new South Yorkshire branch. Jamie Fox, Tony Swallow, Mark Proctor and Jack Griffiths have many years of industry experience in South Yorkshire. Securing a team with

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We reveal our strong results with £64m turnover

Thursday, 14 March 2019 Blog

We have just released our set of results for the year to October 2018. This strong financial performance has led to a growth in both turnover and profitability with turnover now exceeding £64m. On top of this, strong cash generation has enabled the business to further invest in its future. A new

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Women in the Construction Industry

Friday, 08 March 2019 Blog

To celebrate International Women's Day today, we looked into the roles and attitudes towards women within the business and we wanted to hear their thoughts. We asked the companies HR manager if she has seen any changes in attitudes towards women in the industry since she started working here in

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James Burrell proves their commitment to industry standards

Tuesday, 05 March 2019 Blog

We have proved our committment to exceeding the industry standard, by achieving bronze accreditation in the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS). FORS is a voluntary scheme which aims to raise the level of quality, safety and environmental protection within fleet operations. We currently have a

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Say hello to, Jack.

Friday, 22 February 2019 Blog

We'd like to introduce you to Jack Stokoe, part of the Branch Sales Team at our Newcastle branch. It just so happens that Jack has also just been nominated for a BMJ Industry Award for Indpendent Rising Star 2019. Find out a little bit more about Jack's time working with James Burrell and some

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An exciting new future for UK Cities

Monday, 18 February 2019 Blog

We're back with the next installment of our guest supplier bloggers, this time a feature piece from Kajol, part of the marketing team at Blue Diamond. UK regional cities are reporting record levels of construction activity as the outlook on the city development seems increasingly optimistic. Latest

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Tips to keep your van and its contents secure

Thursday, 07 February 2019 Blog

As a tradesman, your tools are your livelihood, therefore there's nothing worse than some inconsiderate fool breaking into your van and helping themselves to equipment that doesn't belong to them. Many of us have been there and if you haven't, then you're one of the lucky ones. We all know that

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Roll out the red carpet... we've been nominated for two BMJ Industry Awards 2019

Tuesday, 05 February 2019 Company News

We are proud to announce we have been featured not once, but twice in the BMJ Industry Awards 2019 line up and now we need you! Click the link below to vote for us! http://bit.ly/2t2jU2l The first of our nominations is for Independent Merchant of the Year sponsored by Brett Martin and we would like

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We love to hear our suppliers are doing well

Monday, 21 January 2019 Company News

It's always good to hear that our suppliers are doing well, especially going as far as to win awards for their achievements in the industry. OX were recently presented with an 'On The Tools' award for the best Hand Tool Brand of the yeat, voted by you, the trade. A representative from OX said, 'We

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Supporting the Morpeth Group Riding for the Disabled Association

Thursday, 17 January 2019 Charity Projects

Our team at our recently opened Morpeth Branch were delighted to be able to further support the local community by donating materials to help the Morpeth Group, Riding for the Disabled Association build new stables. The Morpeth Group RDA are a not-for-profit registered charity, who are dedicated to

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Celebrating 30 years of service

Wednesday, 09 January 2019 Company News

Staff are the cornerstone of every business. Without a strong workforce, businesses wouldn't be able to function effectively and be as successful as they are. We'd like to introduce one of our longest serving members of staff to you, celebrating 30 years of service with James Burrell today.

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5 top construction trends for 2019

Tuesday, 08 January 2019 Blog

In the last year alone, construction technology has increased by 30%, in one year that's a massive increase and an on the rise trend which will continue to increase year on year. Over the next decade we're set to see some big differences in some of the traditional construction methods we once used

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What a year

Monday, 17 December 2018 Company News

We've definitley had a very busy 2018. With the opening of a brand new branch in Morpeth, the renovation of one of our exisitng branches in Ossett and numerous events at all of our branches throughout the year, it's been none stop. We hope that you've enjoyed it just as much as we have and here's

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Did you guess the answers right?

Monday, 17 December 2018 Blog

We're coming to the end of the final month for our Trade Offer Magazine, so we thought we would share with you the answers to our brain teasers from page 6. Did you manage to get all the answers right? Have a look below and let us know over on our Facebook page.

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Must have tools every tradesperson needs

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

If you believe the old saying 'there's a tool for every job', you could end up carrying around a tool box weighing the equivalent of the house you're about to build. The tool box is like the crown jewels of every tradesperson. Filled with every tool they need, or sometimes think they need, to get

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Work experience at our Blyth branch

Tuesday, 04 December 2018 Company News

We had a helping hand last week from Liam who was carrying out his work experience in our Blyth branch. Throughout his week of working in branch he was able to see and understand all aspects of day to day life working in a Builders Merchant. We caught up with him to find out what he thought about

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Our donation to 7th Darlington Sea Scouts

Tuesday, 20 November 2018 Charity Projects

We were delighted once again to be able to give something back to our local community and to make a difference to, in this case, the 7th Darlington Sea Scouts. Their cabin which is used for the beavers and cubs was in need of a huge overhaul, with rotten wood appearing, it was time for a change and

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Morpeth's latest community project, Centenary Festival of Remembrance

Monday, 05 November 2018 Charity Projects

Our Morpeth branch has fully immersed itself within the local community, taking opportunities to develop events and activities and give something back to the area in which they serve. The latest community project the branch was delighted to be a part of was the Festival of Remembrance held in

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Let's talk about our Blyth branch

Friday, 02 November 2018 Company News

Our Blyth branch is currently under renovation! We are revamping our Yard and Warehouse and expanding our Trade Counter Area. The renovation will allow us to offer you a wider product range, stock specialist products such as roofing and have better branch facilities. Our improvements will cause

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Staff Spotlight, say hello to Dave

Tuesday, 30 October 2018 Company News

Meet Dave, one of the branch sales team at our Bishop Auckland branch. Dave has worked for the company for 5 years now and his day involves a variety of different tasks! What does your day involve? I am on the go from 07:30, usually starting with dealing with the mad morning rush on the counter and

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Staff Spotlight, say hello to George

Monday, 29 October 2018 Company News

Meet George, James Burrell's Commercial Manager based at our Gateshead branch. George has worked for the company for 13 years now and his day involves a variety of different tasks! What does your day involve? I manage the pricing system, monitor sales and improve margin performance. I am tasked

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Five top tips for buying from a builder's merchant

Monday, 22 October 2018 Blog

At James Burrell we value the knowledge and friendliness of the staff at every one of our branches and over a series of blogs we're going to be sharing some of their top tips for getting your next project off to a great start. This week we're looking at the best points to consider before going to a

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Sponsorship of York RUFC

Friday, 19 October 2018 Company News

We are thrilled to be able to announce our new partnership with York RUFC by sponsoring them for the season ahead. It's a great opportunity to be able to support a local team within the area of one of our branches. Speaking about their new sponsorship with James Burrell, Mark from the club said "

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BREAKING NEWS. We're expanding. Next stop, Rotherham

Wednesday, 17 October 2018 Company News

We are pleased to announce the development of our new £2m branch in Yorkshire, set to open in Rotherham early next year. The new site will be the tenth for our family-owned company and is expected to open in spring 2019. The announcement follows a wave of investment in 2018, with £250k pumped into

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Helping with the construction of Morpeth's Pegswood Community Garden

Tuesday, 16 October 2018 Charity Projects

We were delighted to be able to donate materials to help with the construction of the newest eye catching feature in Morpeth, the Pegswood Community Garden. Centred in the heart of the village, the garden has been designed to reflect the area's heritage, coal mining and brickworks. We were able to

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Mental health in the construction industry

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Although physical health and safety is already taken very seriously in the construction sector, mental health in construction workers is often overlooked... Unfortunately, it has recently come to light in studies that the number of reported mental health issues in construction workers is extremely

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James Burrell's continued sponsorship of Ossett RUFC

Monday, 08 October 2018 Company News

We would like to announce our continued sponsorship of Ossett RUFC for a fifth consecutive year. It is a privilege to be able to sponsor a team in one of our local areas and help to develop the community. Tom Sprott from Ossett RUFC said "Ossett RUFC would like to thank James Burrells for their

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Look as good on the outside as it does on the inside

Friday, 05 October 2018 Product News

Curved glass - the stylish flat roof addition to the VELUX flat roof range More and more homeowners are choosing to extend their home to create extra living space for the whole family to enjoy. With always improving flat roof materials, flat roofs are becoming a more popular solution, allowing

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Morpeth Town A.F.C Sponsorship

Thursday, 27 September 2018 Company News

We are delighted to announce the company's sponsorship of Morpeth Town A.F.C. With the recent opening of our ninth branch in Morpeth, it's great to be able to give something back to the local community and to contribute to the further development of a local team. Morpeth Town A.F.C are currently

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Morpeth is officially open for business

Monday, 10 September 2018 Company News

Following a one million pound investment, we have officially started trading to our Northumberland customers. To celebrate opening our ninth branch in Morpeth, on Wednesday 5th September we hosted an opening day for all local tradespeople. Our site which is located on Coopies Lane Industrial Estate

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James Burrell support BBC DIY SOS Big Build

Thursday, 06 September 2018 Charity Projects

James Burrell were honoured to support the BBC DIY SOS Big Build that took place in North Shields back in August after an appeal for help from local tradespeople and suppliers, by Nick Knowles and his team. Evelyn Matthews has a rare genetic condition called Charge Syndrome therefore an extension

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Sponsorship of Whickham Fellside Youth Football Club Under 8s Green Team

Monday, 20 August 2018 Company News

We are delighted to continue our sponsorship of Whickham Fellside YFC under 8s Green Team for the 2018/19 Season. After a yearlong sponsorship of the team in the preceding season, we have decided to fully support the team going forward as they prepare to begin their new race for the title in the 18

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Helping our customers improve their skill set

Thursday, 12 July 2018 Special Offers

Cromar Pro GRP visited our Sunderland branch to help some of our customers become qualified Cromar GRP approved installers. Pro GRP is Cromar's top of the line glass fibre flat roofing system and it has quickly become an extremely popular flat roof covering and the perfect all weather protection.

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Heading to the beach to support Children North East

Monday, 09 July 2018 Charity Projects

We were priveleged to be able to support Children North East's annual Sandcastle Challenge alongside East Rainton Primary School. On 6th July we packed our slightly smaller hard hats, spades and buckets and headed down to South Shields beach for a day of constructing sandcastles. We were delighted

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STOP PRESS... James Burrell Announce New Branch

Wednesday, 04 July 2018 Company News

James Burrell announce the intention to open a new Branch in Morpeth during 2018. We are pleased to announce that we have completed the purchase of a property in Morpeth. More detail will be announced shortly so watch this space. This will be our ninth Branch and will allow us to service the

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Ossett branch £200,000 renovation completed

Monday, 02 July 2018 Company News

We have just celebrated the completion of a major £200,000 renovation in our Ossett branch - offering an even better service for our Yorkshire customers. The branch which opened in 2017 serves Ossett and the local area including Horbury, Dewsbury, Wakefield, Tingley and Batley. We offer a full

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Hot competition at our Annual Golf Tournament

Monday, 28 May 2018 Company News

Friday 25th May marked our 2018 Annual Golf Day in the beautiful settings of Ramside Hall. A massive thank you is in order for all of our sponsors and customers who both attended the day and helped behind the scenes to make the day as great of a success as it was and most importantly, to raise

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James Burrell take centre stage at the Morpeth Fair 2018

Monday, 14 May 2018 Company News

James Burrell are proud to announce that we are the headline sponsors for the Morpeth Fair Day 2018. Following a £1million+ investment, July 2018 will see the opening of a new branch in Morpeth. The site which is located at Coopies Lane Industrial Estate, will offer a full range of high quality

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