Midlands News and Events

  • Apollo Roofing Solutions invests in new technical facility

    by Apollo Roofing Solutions | Jan 07, 2019

     Apollo Roofing Solutions

    Apollo Chairman, Jon Saunders (front row left) pictured next to his mother Gill Saunders and Darrell Tibbins (6th from left), Technical Manager, Ian Cornelius (7th from left), Managing Director and Martin Penton (front row right), Innovation Director and Apollo colleagues celebrating the launch of new technical facility.

    Apollo Roofing Solutions, a UK manufacturer of adhesives, liquid coatings, sealants and primers for roofing system suppliers, has invested £540,000 in a new technical centre in response to growing business demands and its commitment to customer support. 

    Apollo Roofing Solutions is part of Apollo Chemicals Ltd, located on the Amington Industrial Estate in Tamworth. Apollo was established in 1972 and remains a family-run business employing 180 colleagues, the majority of which live locally.  

    Reflecting the business’ family values, the new technical centre has been named the ‘Robert Saunders Building’ in memory of Apollo founder and pioneer of polyurethane technology, and was officially opened by Robert’s wife Gill. All employees were present at the unveiling and enjoyed a celebratory lunch.

    Commenting on the investment, Apollo Chairman, Jon Saunders, said: “Technical expertise has always been our key asset and The Robert Saunders Building will enable us to offer unparalleled support for our customers in terms of product development, testing, demonstrations and training. During the last five years, we have seen tremendous business growth and almost doubled the number of employees as we’ve developed the Apollo brand. 

    “Unveiling the Robert Saunders Building is a tribute to the hard work of all our employees who continually strive to make our business a success. My father helped pioneer polyurethane technology, enabling Apollo to become the first UK manufacturer to develop solvent-free polyurethane adhesives, and his technical knowledge paved the way for today’s innovations. I’m sure he would be as proud of the business today as he was when he started it back in 1972 and I’m delighted that his legacy lives on as we launch our new technical centre in his name.”  

    Work began on the Robert Saunders Building back in March and features two product development and testing labs, two training and demonstration suites, offices for the Apollo technical team and additional meeting room facilities.

    Jon added: “We are looking forward to inviting customers to experience our new facility which further demonstrates our commitment to our ‘More than adhesives’ brand promise - market-specific products and services backed up with technical, compliance, logistics and sales and marketing support.”

  • 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.

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