South West News and Events

  • RoofCERT Accreditation Workshops - NFRC South West Members Invitation

    by RoofCERT | Sep 14, 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 20th September

    Aztec Hotel & Spa

    Aztec West Almondsbury

    Bristol BS32 4TS

    To RSVP please email: 

    Learn more about RoofCERT

  • Heavy metal act SMD appearing at the O2

    by Laura | Jul 25, 2018

     SMD O2 steel work

    The Dorset company shaping Britain’s skyline is working on one of the country’s most iconic structures – the O2 in London.

    Poole-based metal decking and roofing specialist SMD Ltd – who completed the original conversion of the Millennium Dome to the O2 back in 2006 – is now midway through a second extensive project at the entertainment complex on the Greenwich peninsular.

    SMD is part of a major construction programme to complete the ring of retail outlets and entertainment venues surrounding the well-known arena. 

    For Project Mint – so called because of the scheme’s likeness to a Polo Mint – SMD worked with client Bourne Steel of Poole throughout the contract installing 11,400 sq m of decking and 27,000 shear studs.

    SMD operations manager Richard Brokenshire said:  “For this demanding contract we had to overcome a number of challenging obstacles during design and site installation, which our site teams and management overcame.

    “The quality of our work and adherence to strict safety protocols was such that Bourne Steel gave us a 98 per cent customer satisfaction score and presented us with an award for safety on site.”

    SMD is currently working on a further linked phase of the development, Project Loop with McLaren Construction Group, supplying and installing 7,700 sq m of decking and 25,700 shear studs.

    SMD construction Manager Phil Carr added: “It has been a logistically challenging project. We have had to keep noise levels down and factor in time away from site when concerts or sporting events are taking place.”

    The multi-million-pound projects, due to be completed later this year, are set to transform the O2 Arena’s environs into a top-end retail village underneath the vast fabric-covered structure.

    Originally opened on January 1 2000, the landmark Millennium Dome – 52m high, 365m in diameter and supported by 100m steel masts – housed a year-long exhibition showcasing Great Britain.

    Considered a white elephant for a considerable time after the exhibition closed, the venue was then taken over by Anschutz Entertainment Group and reopened in 2007 as a 20,000 capacity venue with naming rights sold to O2 plc.

    Since then it has blossomed into one of the capital’s leading leisure complexes, hosting acts such as Led Zeppelin, Prince and the Spice Girls, the ATP World Tour tennis finals, world championship boxing and events for the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

    SMD, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2017, is no stranger to iconic buildings having worked on The Shard and the Olympic Park in London, Wimbledon Centre Court, Manchester’s Etihad Stadium and Heathrow Airport.

    The company, one of only a handful of British firms to design, manufacture and install its own steel decking systems, employs more than 100 staff across the UK, India and Dubai.

  • South West Social

    by South West Region | Jul 18, 2018

    SW Dinner Dance 

    Members can now book to attend the annual South West Regional dinner & dance taking place at The Imperial Hotel in Torquay, Devon on Friday 5th October. 

    Tickets cost £55 + VAT, members are reminded that don't delay in booking your place​ as places are limited​.

    Following on from the regional AGM which took place ​in March, this black-tie event will be raising money for Epilepsy Research UK. 

    For more information, booking and details on how you can support the chosen charity, click and download the file below:

  • South West AGM 2018 - Booking Open

    by NFRC South West | Dec 11, 2017
  • South West Technical & Networking Event - Booking Now Open

    by Laura | Nov 03, 2017


    It's time to book your place at the annual South West Region technical seminar and networking event on the 17th November at Cardiff Arms Park.

    This popular event not only provides regional members with the very latest information but also the chance to watch a thrilling rugby match.

    Tickets are now available to book and a number of sponsorship opportunities are also available. To find out more and to book your tickets contact Regional Manager, Mark Spragg

S​outh West Regional Events