Midlands News and Events


  • J Wright Roofing supports local students to become roofers

    by | Nov 15, 2019

    Jason Wright, owner of J Wright Roofing Ltd based in Nottingham has been working with The Bulwell Academy since 2008 to encourage students to take up a career in roofing.

    The process begins with Jason giving an initial presentation to Year 9 students about a career in constructions, including the benefits and earning potential. Jason currently has an ex-pupil working as an apprentice to provide additional inspiration at presentations.


    J Wright Roofing Ltd then attends the school 2.5 days per week to help to deliver the construction course for year 10 and 11 students, providing all the materials. The school governors funded the outside building area with a canopy, allowing students to work outside on rigs with pitched roofs.


    The BTEC Diploma covers brickwork, joinery and roofing. It also encourages the young people to use their mathematical and English skills. By the end of Year 11, J Wright Roofing Ltd selects four candidates to undertake an apprenticeship with the company.

    In the 11 years of working with the school, the company had 44 apprentices, with a success rate of over 96%. Jason is currently working with CITB to have the model replicated across the country.

  • The Midlands Region raises funds for St Richard's Hospice

    by | Nov 15, 2019


    Regional Manager Melvyn Evans and previous Regional Chairman Melvyn Rowberry presented a cheque to St Richard's Hospice, with the funds raised from the Chairman's auction at the AGM held at Wolverhampton Racecourse. The successful bidder, current Chairman Jason Wright was also in attendance at the cheque presentation.

  • Midlands AGM - And the Winners are...

    by Midlands | May 29, 2019

    Midlands AGM H D Sharman

    Clive Draper, H D Sharman Ltd, being presented with the raffle prize of a day at the races kindly donated by Wolverhampton Racecourse by Race Host, Roger Hart.

    Midlands AGM J Wright Roofing

    Jason & Jane Wright, J Wright Roofing Ltd, with Roger Hart, winners of the Chairman's Charity Auction in aid of St Richard's Hospice Worcester. A 'Morning on the Gallops' at Jackdaws Castle, home of Jonjo O'Neill Racing, kindly donated by the events Race Host, Roger Hart.

  • Midland's AGM 2019 - Have you claimed your free ticket?

    by Midlands AGM | May 03, 2019

    Calling all NFRC Midlands Trade Members!

    Have you claimed your FREE ticket to the NFRC Midlands AGM?

    Normal price is £70 + VAT, but each Midlands Trade Member Company gets 1 free ticket*

    On Tuesday 21st May, Wolverhampton Racecourse will be hosting this year’s Midlands Regional AGM. The event gives members an excellent opportunity to find out the latest information from NFRC and Industry, as well as to network with peers and suppliers.  

    A packed agenda is set for this year and will provide opportunities for members to learn about the RoofCERT accreditation programme and to find out about technical information from NFRC. Then catch up with friends and colleagues over a hearty three-course meal and an afternoon of racing.

    What’s more this year there will be the Chairman’s Charity Auction – in aid of St Richard’s Hospice. Bid for your chance to win a ‘Morning on the Gallops’ at Jackdaws Castle, home of Jonjo O’Neill Racing, this opportunity has been kindly donated by the event’s Race Hose, Roger Hart.

    Full event details, including this year’s sponsorship options and booking form, click here.

    *Terms & Conditions apply, please click the above link for full details.


  • Midlands Region AGM - Booking Now Open

    by NFRC Midlands | Apr 01, 2019
    Midlands Region - Annual General Meeting
    Tuesday 21st May 2019
    Details for this year's Annual General Meeting taking place on Tuesday 21st May at Wolverhampton Race Course can now be viewed.

    The event will include a networking session, NFRC Information and Technical Area, presentation of the NFRC Safety in Roofing Awards, 3-course lunch and race meeting. 

    New for 2019 from Melvyn Rowberry, The Chairman's Charity Auction - in aid of St Richard's Hospice, Worcester.

    Bid for your chance to win a 'Morning on the Gallops' at Jackdaws Castle, home of Jonjo O'Neill Racing, this opportunity has been kindly donated by our Race Host, Roger Hart.

    For the full details of the event, including booking and sponsorship information, click the link below to view and download.
  • Save the Date for Midlands AGM 2019

    by Midlands Region | Dec 11, 2018

    Save the Date Midlands

  • NFRC Members Accreditation Workship Invitation - Midland's Region

    by Laura | Oct 19, 2018



    We all want roofing to be a trade that attracts the best talent and gives everyone in it the right skills and a recognised career path to make it a lifelong profession. 

    Too often roofing is seen by the outside world as a place for cowboys. In fact, a recent survey carried out by Which? Magazine found that roofers were the least trusted of all the building trades, compared to electricians who come top in the league of trust. 

    That’s because despite the good work you deliver day in and day out, there are unskilled and inexperienced people that can simply set themselves up in business, affecting everyone else’s reputation in the process.                                                                                                                                                                                                      

    RoofCERT – the roofer’s accreditation scheme

    This is why the NFRC has partnered with the CITB in a four-year programme to develop RoofCERT, an industry-recognised ​accreditation standard for a roofing installer.

    RoofCERT will focus on and capture:

    • Existing vocational qualifications
    • The value of existing expertise
    • Upskilling the workforce
    • Attracting new talent
    • Improving the image of the industry

    The initial objective is to accredit an ​initial 5,000 roofing installers by the end of the programme in 2021.​


    Be part of the pilot programme

    RoofCERT is a collaborative programme delivered by the industry for the industry, involving employers across the supply chain, trade associations, training groups and other training providers.

    Most importantly we want our members to champion it, so hearing your views and experience is vital for its success. This is why we’re holding a series of events across the regions that give you the chance to find out about RoofCERT and its activities, and to get directly involved.

    Event details:


    Thursday 8th November 2018

    Dovecliff Hall Hotel

    Dovecliff Road Stretton

    Burton upon Trent


    DE13 0DJ


    To RSVP please email: traceygutteridge@roofcert.co.uk

  • Midlands AGM 2018 - Photos

    by Laura | Jun 19, 2018

    Simon Mapletoft (1)

    Simon Mapletoft, Presenter of At the Races

    Jonathan Wiltshire (Center) with colleagues from Sky Garden

    Raffle prize winner Jonathan Wiltshire, Sky Garden

    Midlands AGM 2018

    MIDS AGM 18

  • Midlands AGM 2018

    by NFRC Midlands | Feb 16, 2018


    Booking has now opened for this year's Midlands Region AGM, which will be taking place on Wednesday 6th June at Wolverhampton Racecourse. 

    Tickets cost £65+VAT and includes breakfast and a 3-course lunch in the stunning Horizons Restaurant which overlooks the racecourse. 

    Sponsorship ​packages are also available and start from £250.  

    For more information, including how to book, Midlands AGM Information and Booking Form.

  • Ken Smith 1918-2017

    by NFRC | Dec 11, 2017


    Obituary - Ken Smith 1918 - 2017
    Chairman of E H Smith (Builders Merchants), NFRC Midlands Region Member

    We are deeply saddened at the passing of Ken Smith, former President and longstanding loyal member and supporter of the NFRC. Until his passing, he was still actively involved in the NFRC Midlands Region Committee. Ken was passionate about standards and training in our industry as well as supporting innovation. Apart from his service as a Board member, Ken served on all our principal committees. His service was recognised through Honorary Life Membership and a Pin of Honour. Our thoughts go out to his family, and to everyone at EH Smith. 

  • Midlands Regional 2018 AGM

    by NFRC Midlands | Dec 11, 2017


    Following our most enjoyable and successful Race Day at Wolverhampton this year. The Midlands Committee have decided to return once again to Wolverhampton.

    Mark it in your Diary: Wednesday 6th June 2018. 

    The day includes Breakfast Starter, the AGM, a Restaurant Served Lunch, and a full programme of Racing.

    The usual Sponsorship Deals will be available Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze and once again the chance to Sponsor a Race.

    Full Details with Costings will be available Shortly. 

     For Further Information Contact

    Melvyn Evans – NFRC Regional Manager – Midlands

    Tel. 01949 875152     email - midlands@nfrc.co.uk

  • Heritage Skills Festival Lincoln Cathedral

    by NFRC Midlands | Jun 28, 2017


    On Friday 23rd to Saturday 24th June 2017, Lincoln Cathedral hosted, for the first time, a Heritage Skills Festival in conjunction with the City of London Livery Companies.

    The event was to celebrate traditional crafts and skills essential to the preservation of the Cathedral and other ancient buildings as well as keeping heritage and skills alive. With see and have a go demonstrations taking place inside and outside of the impressive Cathedral.

    In all twenty-six City of London Livery Companies took part in the weekend event, which included the Worshipful Company of Tylers & Bricklayers, who were represented by J Wright Roofing Ltd, and supported by the NFRC Midlands Region.

    Head to the NFRC Facebook page to see more images from the event.

Midlands Regional Events