North West News and Events

  • First 50 roofers accredited through UK’s only roofing accreditation scheme, RoofCERT

    by | Sep 23, 2020

    Fifty roofers, from ten different roofing companies across the country, have become the first operatives to become officially ‘accredited’ by RoofCERT, the UK’s only accreditation scheme for roofing operatives.

    NFRC RoofCert Roofing Accreditation LogoRoofCERT is professionalising the roofing industry by helping roofing operatives demonstrate their competency and for roofing contractors to upskill their teams.

    To achieve accreditation, roofers must pass a rigorous knowledge test, undertake six health and safety awareness courses, and demonstrate their roofing competence via practical assessment.

    The operatives will need to renew their accreditation again in three years, to ensure they keep to up to date with changing standards and regulations.

    While there are many companies with operatives who are close to accreditation, the following companies were the first ten to get their operatives ‘over the line’:

    • Aldridge & Sons Roofing Limited
    • County Flat Roofing Limited
    • Everlast Group
    • Hadfield Roofing & Cladding Limited
    • Jarvis & Womack Limited
    • NRA Roofing and Flooring Specialists Limited
    • Rio Asphalt & Paving Company Limited
    • SPV Group
    • Sussex Asphalte Limited
    • Treforest Tiling Limited

    Commenting on the accreditations, Head of Qualifications and Standards at RoofCERT, Richard Miller said:

    These 50 roofers should be incredibly proud of themselves. They have demonstrated their technical knowledge, their understanding of six core areas of health and safety as well as their ability and competency in their particular disciplines. They are now proven to be masters of their craft, and this should stand them in good stead for their future career. I would like to thank all the companies who have supported RoofCERT by putting these operatives through the process.

    “The construction industry is only going in one direction, and that is towards a greater focus on competency and professionalism. We know that there are going to be new regulations around building safety and greater expectations around competency down the line, and these roofers are now future-proofed for the changes to come. 

    “There are almost 2000 funded places currently available for other operatives to do the same, and the​y should do so before the places go. We have made many changes to ensure we can still accredit roofers through the Covid-19 pandemic via methods such as e-learning awareness courses and online tests. We have seen a surge in demand for the scheme recently, and places are starting to go. So, if you are a roofing contractor thinking about putting your team through the process, or an operative who wants to prove their competency, I would urge you to join these first ten companies and 50 roofers and sign up now”

    County Flat Roofing operatives receive their RoofCERT accreditation certificates 
    County Flat Roofing operatives receive their RoofCERT accreditation certificates

    Hadfield​ Roofing​ and Cladding operatives receive their RoofCERT accreditation certificates

    Hadfield​ Roofing​ and Cladding operatives receive their RoofCERT accreditation certificates

     Jarvis​ and Womack operatives receive their RoofCERT accreditation certificates

    Jarvis​ and Womack operatives receive their RoofCERT accreditation certificates

     NRA operatives receive their RoofCERT accreditation certificates

    A NRA operative receives his RoofCERT accreditation certificate

    Treforest Tiling operatives receive their RoofCERT accreditation certificates

    A Treforest Tiling roofing operative receives his RoofCERT accreditation certificate
  • Incoming NFRC President to prioritise inclusion and collaboration in the roofing industry

    by | Aug 06, 2020

    Promoting inclusion and collaboration in the roofing industry will be the priority for the incoming President of NFRC, Kevin M Taylor FIoR.

    Kevin M Taylor FIoR of BRC Industrial Roofing Ltd was elected as the 55th President of the UK largest roofing trade association, NFRC, at their first-ever virtual AGM on Thursday 6th August 2020.

    Kevin M Taylor - NFRC President

    He takes over from Steve Revell, of Skyline Roofing Group, who will become the Immediate Past President, after serving his two-year term as President.

    Colin McCorquodale of Archibald McCorquodale & Son Ltd was also elected, and Mark Mitchell of Jarvis and Womack Ltd re-elected, as Vice Presidents.

    Commenting on his appointment as President of NFRC, Kevin M Taylor said:

    It is an honour to be elected as the President of NFRC and represent the industry I love. I look forward to working with NFRC's Management Board, Chief Executive and staff to further NFRC’s mission to promote roofing excellence, building on the firm foundations left by my predecessors. I have always said roofing is unique; it is both an art and a science, and therefore it is an industry full of opportunity.”

    He added

    I am passionate about professionalising our sector. However, professionalism is not just about technical standards and health and safety, but about culture too. A professional industry is an inclusive industry, that is fair and respects people of all backgrounds. I, therefore, plan to make Fairness, Inclusion and Respect a key priority in my time as President.”  

    He concluded

    The Covid crisis has shown what the construction industry can do when it comes together and collaborates. This is something I believe should continue, and I hope to work across the roofing sector with other trade associations, training groups and industry bodies we are stronger together.”


    Notes to editor

    About Kevin M Taylor FIoR

    Kevin has 44 years’ experience in the roof refurbishment industry. Starting as an Estimator at Four Seasons Roofing in London in 1976, 19 years later he become National Operations Director responsible for eleven profit centres and a £15 million turnover. Kevin joined BRC Roofing Ltd in 1994 and the company is now one of the highest profile roofing contractors in the UK with many awards and accreditations. In 1986 Kevin was the youngest person ever to be awarded a Fellowship of the Institute of Roofing (IoR). Kevin is past Regional Chairman of both the NFRC and the Institute of Roofing and has sat on the Midlands Regional Committee for 32 years. Having become a Director of NFRC’s Management Board in 2014, Kevin became Vice President of NFRC in 2016.

  • CONIAC Construction Fire Safety Group

    by | Jul 17, 2020

    CONIAC (Construction Industry Advisory Committee) is a community of representative organisations committed to reducing construction risks and improving worker protection.

    The NFRC technical team have taken an active role within CONIAC since it was re-constitutionalised back in December 2017 which includes NFRC SHE Officer Gary Walpole’s role as Chair of the MRW Construction Fire Safety Group.

    The Fire Safety Groups plan of work included identifying trusted guidance, to provide the construction industry with a clear consistent approach to the management of Construction Fire, throughout the design, planning, construction phase and the future management of the building. Not competing with existing guidance, the group identified knowledge and skills gaps to comply with existing trusted guidance and supplement where gaps exist.  The group have developed a responsibility and competence matrix which has been designed to help promote an understanding of how to make the right decisions when managing fire risks in construction. The matrix:

    • Outlines the roles and the responsibilities of each duty holder during the design, planning and construction phase;
    • It signposts the user to relevant legislation and guidance;
    • It offers guidance for duty holders, especially surrounding high risk projects;
    • It Identifies baseline competencies for each of the duty holders.

    The matrix doesn’t set out to define every situation where there might be a fire risk during construction, that’s just too complex.  What it does do, is set out to identify the issues we believe all the duty holders, from the client to worker, should be able to deal with.

    The matrix has been published and is available to download from The Construction Health and Safety Group (CHSG) website.

  • Chancellor gives lifeline to construction but focus should now turn to future investment says NFRC

    by | Jul 08, 2020
    HM Government Plan for Jobs


    Commenting on the Chancellor’s ‘Plan for Jobs’, NFRC Chief Executive James Talman commented saying:

    The Chancellor’s commitment to protect, support and create jobs is very welcome. His support package on job retention and apprenticeships will act as a lifeline for contractors and manufacturers across the roofing industry.”

    He added

    I applaud his recognition for the value of the UK construction industry, in particular, and he has demonstrated this in his support for the new Construction Talent Retention Scheme. We hope this important new scheme will mean specialist contractors including roofers will be retained in the sector should there be a significant downturn, and we avoid the deluge of lost skills seen in previous recessions

    We tentatively support the Green Homes Grant, but the devil will be in the detail. All those undertaking retrofit should be sufficiently trained and accredited to avoid the mistakes of previous schemes. The government should use existing programmes such as CompetentRoofer and RoofCERT to identify quality roofers for roof associated works. We do feel that an opportunity was missed to not include low carbon energy construction solutions such as solar, too

    He concluded:

    While the government can support job creation in the short-term, in the long-term, jobs ultimately come from private investment. The Chancellor should now turn to taking a longer-term view of how to give commercial clients the confidence to invest. One place to start would be to reform our archaic capital allowance system on buildings and structures

  • NFRC backs Trustmark campaign aimed at boosting construction industry recovery

    by | Jul 03, 2020

    NFRC has backed new guidance launched today, issued to homeowners for when they have tradespeople carry out work in and around their homes.

    The ‘Work Safe. Safe Work’ campaign has been developed by TrustMark with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

    The booklet, which can be downloaded or given to the homeowner before the visit to the property, gives practical advice to homeowners about what Covid-safety measures should be discussed and carried out before, during and after work is done in and around their home.

    It also sets out the need for conversations to be had with the tradesperson and sets out what types of tasks are the responsibility of the homeowner, such as disinfecting door handles before and after the tradesperson comes into the home. It also sets out what responsibilities lie with the tradesperson, such as providing their own PPE. It provides simple and clear information on tasks that should be completed and a list of helpful questions to ask.

    Commenting on the launch of the campaign, NFRC Chief Executive, James Talman commented:

    We are pleased to support Trustmark’s ‘Work Safe. Safe Work’ campaign backed by the CLC. As the lockdown measures are eased, it is important that homeowners and landlords are reassured that professional contractors can carry out repairs, maintenance and improvements safely in this ‘new normal’. This campaign will help to put the public's mind at ease by providing clear and easy-to-digest guidance.”

    He added:

    "NFRC and CompetentRoofer contractors operate to a safe working checklist in the domestic sector and are pleased to have this reinforced by this umbrella campaign for all trades.”

    He concluded:

    At present, most roofers are still busy finishing off jobs from before the lockdown, but future workloads are very much on their minds. I urge all homeowners who are considering having work done on their roof, or even extending into their loft for more living space, not to be put off, but to be reassured that NFRC members and CompetentRoofer contractors are working safely according to Covid-19 safe guidelines.

  • NFRC relaunches charity with an ambitious new vision

    by | Jul 02, 2020

    NFRC has relaunched its charitable arm as the NFRC Charitable Trust, with a broader remit and three new trustees.

    The NFRC Charitable Trust, established in 1974 will focus on the following areas:

    • Hardship 
    • Training and upskilling 
    • Volunteering 
    • The environment 

    The Trust aspires to support the roofing sector through helping new entrants, assisting those who have fallen on hard times, as well as a new emphasis on mitigating the industry’s impact on the environment. 

    Part of the initial focus of the Trust will be on supporting the families of NFRC Trade Members and their employees’ families who have suffered a bereavement due to Covid-19. 

    To encourage volunteering, NFRC will now offer a day of paid leave for all of its staff to volunteer for an approved charitable project. NFRC hopes this will set an example to the industry to do the same.

    The Trust will be announcing more details on further plans later this year based on these four themes. In the meantime, the Trust is encouraging members of the roofing community to get in contact with any ideas or offers of support.

    Commenting on the relaunch of the Trust, Chair of Trustees, Peter Rogerson OBE, commented:

    For over 40 years the NFRC Charitable Trust has offered a helping hand to support the roofing community but in many ways it is needed now more than ever”.

    The impact of Covid-19 has been unprecedented and its effects will continue to be felt for years to come. We know that tragically we have lost members of our industry due to this virus, and we want to support those they have left behind”.

    He went on to say:

    Looking ahead, now we have our new trustees in place and a new vision for the future, we’ll be cracking on with planning exciting initiatives to support the industry, as we emerge from this crisis, which we will be announcing later in the year”.

    If you have any ideas of how the Trust can best support the industry or would like to get involved, please sign up on our website.

  • Prime Minister lays the foundations for recovery, but more substance needed to finish the job, says NFRC

    by | Jun 30, 2020

    Commenting on the Prime Minister’s Build, Build, Build’ speech, NFRC Chief Executive, James Talman, said:

    The Prime Minister’s vision to build back better, faster and greener, will be welcomed across the construction industry. Roofers have been calling for certainty over future work and support to retain apprentices and jobs, and this announcement will help to provide that.”

    He added:

    “The Prime Minister’s rhetoric must be now followed up with delivery. We have been calling for the school Condition Improvement Fund to be released, and after months of delay, are delighted that this has now happened. That being said, we are still hearing of Local Authorities delaying projects, and this is having a real impact on roofing contractors. Project Speed should apply to all public sector work, not just high-profile infrastructure schemes.

    He concluded:

    What is needed now is not just fast-tracking of current projects and funding, but incentivising future investment. Speed is one thing, but we also need substance. The government should now look to tax incentives to encourage investment.”

  • Awards Lunch Rescheduled to October 2nd 2020

    by | Mar 19, 2020

    In response to the rapidly changing impact of Coronavirus, and in anticipation of expected Government announcements in respect of large events; NFRC are postponing the Awards Lunch to Friday 2 October. The venue remains the same, and any tickets already purchased will remain valid for the new date.

    NFRC roofing awards postponed 2 Oct 

    Shortlisted Companies

    We will be announcing the shortlisted companies for each of the categories over the coming months. Keep an eye on social media and follow the hashtags #RA2020 and #RoofingAwards2020.

    Do you know a Local Hero?
    The Local Hero Award, which is sponsored by SIG Roofing, is your chance to nominate a roofer for the good things they do, either at work or in their own time. Nominate a Local Hero now!
    Recognise the hard work of your young roofers
    This year, the UK Roofing Awards again includes the Young Roofer of the Year category, sponsored by BMI. If you know a young roofer that shows passion and commitment to their chosen trade, then what better way to recognise their efforts, than nominating them for an Award at the industry’s annual celebration? We’ll be announcing how to nominate someone soon.
  • NFRC publishes the latest edition of the ‘Blue Book’

    by | Feb 04, 2020

    The Fifth Edition of Profiled sheet roofing and cladding – The NFRC guide to design and best practice, otherwise known as the ‘Blue Book’, has been updated with the latest technical information and industry guidance.

    The Blue Book provides readers with both an accessible and practical guide to the application, design and installation of profiled sheeting for roofs and wall cladding. Broken down into standard industry sub-categories, each section reviewed by industry experts, provides the most up-to-date advice that reflects existing standards and regulations.

    Aimed at designers, estimators and installers, this latest edition includes 52 detailed drawings plus working calculations and has been revised by the NFRC’s technical team, with the help of contributing members of the NFRC Sheeting & Cladding Technical Committee and other stakeholders.

    Bob Richardson, NFRC Head of Technical, said: “This comprehensive guide reflects the mission of the NFRC, which is to provide standards and guidance to our members that raises confidence among businesses and householders, and promotes roofing and cladding as a skilled sector within the wider construction industry. The result of the NFRC working with members of its Sheeting & Cladding and Health & Safety Technical Committees, and other experts, is a book that continues to be the standard reference point for the industry.”

    This edition is available as a fully interactive PDF, with links and bookmarks between sections for easier navigation, which means that it can be downloaded as a complete book.

    The new design and functionality would not have been possible without the support of EJOT UK, which as NFRC Industry Technical Partner has sponsored the Fifth Edition for the benefit of NFRC members and the wider industry.

    Robert Hardstaff, EJOT UK Managing Director said: “EJOT UK shares the NFRC’s philosophy of quality and excellence within the construction industry. We are therefore delighted that as NFRC Industry Technical Partner, our sponsorship will help to support this industry-wide platform for best practice.”


  • The NFRC launches new strategy

    by | Jan 09, 2020

    The National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) has published its new strategy and policy document The Way Ahead, which has been developed alongside a review of its existing membership benefits and follows a period of change as the Federation seeks to become the voice of the sector.

    The UK’s largest trade federation continues its focus on providing value to its members and ensuring that benefits and services are relevant. However, it also recognises that playing a more active role in engaging with clients and the wider industry, will not only help to raise the profile of roofing, but help to promote the excellence of its members.

    The strategy has the following eight key focus areas:

    1. Policy & Advocacy. Developing macro-policies, such as transparent and fair payment, which affect roofing and the wider construction industry.
    2. Health, Safety and Environment. Working with partners to create safety guidance, support mental health awareness and play greater part in reducing the environmental impact of roofing.
    3. Standards. Create best-practice installation guidance that meet the needs of an ever-changing market and improve competency in roofing through CompetentRoofer and RoofCERT schemes, as well as continuing its tri-annual inspection of members.
    4. Membership Retention. The establishment of a commercial subsidiary to invest in technical and membership resources, promote the NFRC and engage in external activities, so that membership subscriptions remain affordable.
    5. Social Responsibility. Assisting members that have fallen on hard times and encouraging people from disadvantaged backgrounds to enter the industry will be the focus of the NFRC’s educational and charity fund.
    6. Careers. Promote roofing as a career to new talent through RoofCERT, the UK’s only accreditation scheme for individual roofers.
    7. Innovation. Be at the forefront of innovation, with a focus how it can improve health, safety, efficiency and quality.
    8. International links. Play an active role in the IFD and develop collaborative agreements with individual national associations that provide opportunities for members to offer products and services abroad.
    Download The Way Ahead
  • General Election 2019 Statement

    by | Dec 13, 2019

    The National Federation of Roofing Contractors, the UK’s largest roofing trade body, congratulates the new government and looks forward to it fulfilling its commitment to investing in construction, which has been neglected for too long. We hope that a majority government will help to put an end to the political uncertainty that has stalled investment decisions, and it is now essential that the UK puts construction at the forefront of any new trade deals, in order to encourage the much-needed finance of new projects. 

    With increasing public scrutiny of the quality and safety of buildings, now is the time for government to also back the industry’s drive to improve competency, which includes the development of the RoofCERT accreditation scheme, by stipulating that only qualified specialist installers are used on all government and public construction projects. 

    We also urge that it ends cash retentions by 2023, following the Construction Leadership Council’s endorsement of the industry’s Zero Retentions Roadmap, which will be critical to creating a more sustainable business model for the whole construction supply chain.

    The NFRC’s commitment to improving standards and pay conditions within the roofing industry are among the key issues contained within eight key focus areas of its new strategy and policy document ‘The Way Ahead’, with others including innovation, sustainability and attracting new talent.
  • Young people flock to first ever NFRC Roofing Hub

    by | Dec 03, 2019


    School children attending the SkillBuild final get involved in a range of activities at the NFRC Roofing Hub, designed to attract the next generation of roofers.

    The first ever NFRC Roofing Hub at the SkillBuild finals, which took place at the Birmingham NEC on 21-23 November, attracted 300 young people who took part in took part activities, ranging from ‘have-a-go’ challenges, through to virtual reality tours and clay carving. 

    Developed by the NFRC and partners as a culmination of its roofing roadshow at colleges, which coincided with the SkillBuild regional heats, the Roofing Hub was partly as a response to the lack roofing information at last year’s Construction Hub.

    With the support of BMI, CUPA PIZARRAS, Hambleside Danelaw, Marley, SPV Group and Wienerberger, who supplied materials and attended the Roofing Hub throughout the event, the NFRC therefore decided to take up the reigns to promote roofing. 

    Simon Dixon, NFRC’s Training Officer, said: “We took the line that if no one else will shout about it, then we will have to and so working with our partners in industry we created a space where young people could learn about roofing and get involved in practical challenges.”

    And that is exactly what the young visitors did, taking part in five practical roofing tasks, including fixing slates and tiles to training rigs. Pupils also got the chance to do clay carving as well as go on a virtual reality tour of a building site. Visitors also had the opportunity to enter a prize draw for Amazon vouchers and an Echo Dock.

    Analytics from the National Finals tells us that the largest percentage of visitors are 14-15-year olds, which is the perfect age to promote roofing as a lifelong career. That was clearly the case at the NFRC Roofing Hub, where the majority of visitors were 14 years old, with a great mix of both boys and girls asking about careers in construction.

    A total of 300 students from 100 schools visited the NFRC Roofing Hub, with teachers and Roof Training Groups enquiring about using the specially created ‘Career in Roofing’ flyer at their schools and training centres.

     Bob Richardson, NFRC Head of Technical, said:

    “The fact that 82% of young visitors completed all five tasks is testament to how well-engaged they were with the NFRC Roofing Hub and goes to show that there is a real appetite young people for getting involved in practical careers like roofing. The event also showed the passion and commitment that the NFRC and its partners have for attracting the next generation of talent.”

     Stuart Black, Sales Manager at CUPA PIZARRAS said:

    “It was an absolute pleasure for CUPA PIZARRAS support the NFRC Roof Hub and Skillbuild. The three days really gave me a great feeling for the future of UK Industry and especially the future of the Roofing sector. I was massively impressed by the attendees both from the wider roofing industry and the visiting children, who showed real interest and excitement in roofing as a career.”

     Kate Whatley, Commercial Director at SPV Group, said 

    “It was a fantastic event and the NFRC and its partners should be incredibly proud. It brought the industry together fantastically and I am confident we inspired a lot of new possible entrants to the industry.”

  • Langley launches first Roofing Trailblazer course

    by | Dec 03, 2019


    On Thursday 20 November, Langley Waterproofing, which was awarded CITB Approved Training Organisation (ATO) status in September, launched the Waterproof Membrane Installer course at the Technical Engineering and Construction Centre (TECC) in Leyton.

    Over 18-24 months, apprentices will learn how to interpret drawings, measure and calculate materials and how to install vapour control layers for RBM, Liquid and Single Ply roofing systems.

    The NFRC has supported the development of this new training standard for apprentices entering the flat roofing industry, and fully supports the commitment shown by Langley. Apprentices that complete the Waterproof Membrane Installer course will leave college with a more rounded knowledge which will benefit those employers who have invested in apprenticeships.

  • 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.

  • Get business advice at the North West's largest expo

    by | Nov 15, 2019

    The North West Expo is one of the largest SME Business Events within the region and attracts each year on average 130 exhibitors and over 1,500 visitors.

    Packed full of business advice and insights for entrepreneurs, start-ups and SME’s the North West Expo is all about bringing companies and communities together to learn and grow their business.

    Register for free
  • New Headline Sponsor: Radmat Building Products

    by | Oct 17, 2019

     Radmat Building Products

    Radmat Building Products are delighted to become Headline Sponsors of the Roofing Awards, an event that provides our industry with the opportunity to recognise best practice and excellence in all forms of roofing.

    Since the Grenfell Tragedy and subsequent Hackitt report most sectors of the roofing market have and will be impacted by a number of factors, the changes in Building Regulations, far greater scrutiny by building control officers of proposed systems and the demand of insurers and clients to demonstrate compliance for each system through documentation and testing.  Never before has our industry for both suppliers and installers seen a faster changing market. 

    Radmat Building Products welcome this long overdue review and reform. Increasing standards and awareness of the performance of materials herald a new chapter in the industry and the reverberations will be felt for many years to come and those companies not looking to innovate and adapt will struggle to compete.

    The Roofing Awards provide us with the opportunity to celebrate and welcome innovation, and never has the flat roof been asked to work so hard or meet so many design challenges.  Not only do all roofing systems have to meet the minimum legal requirements of the Building Regulations they are required to do so whilst providing ever greater thermal efficiency without impacting on other construction elements such as door thresholds and upstand heights.

    The past decade has also seen increasing demand for all types of roofs to be used in the fight against our reliance on traditional forms of energy generation by utilizing the vast unencumbered space on the rooftops of the UK and either retrofit or incorporate into new developments photovoltaic panels. And with the cost reducing and performance increasing these will become commonplace on all schemes in the future.

    During this time the London Plan has helped drive the increased share of green roofs, either for environmental, aesthetic or amenity benefit.  Today over 40% of all UK green roofs are installed in London, with the City of London having 5.82m2 of green roof per person.  With the establishment of new Mayor Offices around the UK, all of which are looking at the achievements of the London Plan, we can expect increased demand for Green Roof’s across the length and breadth of the UK in the years to come.

    The latest need is for roofing systems to help manage the issues that climate change, increasing populations and hard landscaping have on rainwater management and subsequent flood risk.  Correctly designed and installed Blue Roof’s provide a sustainable drainage solution that significantly contributes to the management of rainwater, particularly in cities where land is at a premium.

    Radmat Building Products are at the forefront of all of these innovations in roofing, and during 2020 and beyond will be supplying many of these roofing systems on projects for household names such as Amazon, Facebook and Google.

    Radmat Building Products brands include:

    • ProTherm Quantum; the world’s thinnest certified inverted roof insulation
    • MedO; biodiverse, sedum and inverted roof solutions
    • Geocell; rooftop rainwater attenuation system
    • PermaQuik; hot melt monolithic waterproofing
    • EshaFlex; Reinforced Bitumen Membranes
    • ParaFlex FD; cold applied liquid waterproofing
    • EshaPlan; PVC single ply membrane

  • Get Brexit Ready with Greater Manchester Chamber

    by | Oct 15, 2019

    With less than a month remaining until the deadline for Brexit, companies in the North West should prepare for the possibility of a no-deal exit from the EU.

    Businesses who export or import goods or services need to understand the likely changes to how they trade following Brexit. ​The dedicated International Trade team at Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce understands the issues and will help guide businesses through the changes to exporting and importing that Brexit will bring.

    With funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Chamber's new digital hub provides information for importers and exporters across the North West.

    Using the site you can:

    • Some businesses have taken steps to prepare for a no-deal Brexit, but recent research indicates that 41% of respondents to our International Trade Survey have yet to carry out a Brexit Risk Assessment.
    • A no-deal is very likely to lead to more paperwork and costs for businesses. UK companies that send goods to EU customers or receive goods from EU suppliers will have to start doing customs declarations and EU importers may be required to pay import duty and taxes for UK products if trade takes place under WTO terms.

    For more information on Brexit, please visit, book on ​to its next free Brexit Event on the 25th October, and get in touch with our International Trade team via or 0161 393 4850/55/68 for advice and support.

  • Stockport & Tameside Construction Club

    by | Oct 08, 2019

    This event has been developed and will be led by private sector companies with support from Greater Manchester Chamber, Stockport and Tameside Councils to help businesses in the region benefit from construction opportunities in their area.

    By working with the public sector, the aim is to help businesses in all areas understand what opportunities are available and how the tendering process works. Each event will focus on the development and construction opportunities in both Boroughs and will feature presentations on specific projects.


    • Date: 12/11/2019
    • Time: 08:00 - 10:00
    • Borough: Tameside
    • Register: (0161 393 4343)
    • Registration deadline: 11/11/2019


    • Non-members: £30.00 exl. VAT
    • Members: £15.00 exl. VAT
  • Come to Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce Property Breakfast

    by | Oct 08, 2019

    The next Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce Property breakfast on 7 November is your chance is to gain an insight into commercial property investment market in the North West, with views from a panel of active investors. This event will also take place days after a potential Brexit so will include a piece from Greater Manchester Chamber around the economic impact of what has or hasn’t happened on 31 October.

    The morning seminar will be chaired by award-winning journalist Chris Maguire, founder of iMeg Partnership and the Executive Editor of BusinessCloud. Chris has hosted more than 400 events during his career and has a special interest in all things property. A former editor of North West Business Insider, he has a reputation for his painstaking level of preparation and sense of humour.

    Confirmed panellists include:

    • Tom McWilliams, Property Alliance Group
    • Karen Hirst, Maple Grove Developments
    • Kenny Orpin, CBRE
    • Dan Crossley, Avison Young


    • Date: 7/11/2019
    • Time: 08:00-10:30
    • Location: Elliot Suite, Greater Manchester Chamber, Elliot House, 151 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3WD
    • Register: (0161 393 4340)

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