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TIMco's Partnership with Local Wildlife Organisation Creates a Buzz!

TIMco is partnering with local wildlife organisation ‘Bees In Our Community’ – a bee conservation organisation based in Northwich and operating throughout Cheshire.

Bees In Our Community was set up in 2016 as a not-for-profit social enterprise to offer a free ongoing 'loan' of beehives and honeybees to home owners, land owners and farmers with many hives being located close to TIMco’s Headquarters and Warehouse in Nantwich, Cheshire.

TIMco Introduces New First Aid Range

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been busy here at TIMco HQ expanding our SHIELD brand, with the official launch of our First Aid range and new SHIELD Protective Board – both of which will launch as part of our rapidly expanding SHIELD Site Protection range.

These new extensions reflect our commitment to safety in construction, as well as delivering on our strategy of becoming a ‘one stop shop’ for builders’ merchants.

Ten Minutes with TIMco's Sales Director - Simon Rance

Sales lie at the heart of just about every business, but at TIMco they believe it’s the service and support that is offered to clients that has been the core reasons that boosts customer retention levels, repeat purchases and the all-important, long-term customer engagement.

We caught up with Simon Rance, TIMco’s Sales Director, to find out how focussing on working with your customers is as important as the service you provide.

TIMco is opening doors with new additions to their VETO Security & Ironmongery Range

TIMco is extremely pleased to announce that we have become the exclusive UK supplier for the innovative and award winning Fantom Doorstop - the world’s first fully concealed, flush finish and trip-hazard-free door stop, like no other in the market!

Not only this, but we have also launched a new range of Quality Steel Hinges!

These two new additions will both sit under our Veto Security & Ironmongery range.

Unveiling New Ranges and Specialist Guides at the NMBS Show 2019

TIMco's Five Core Merchandising Principles

TIMco's Five Core Merchandising Principles, Inspire the Customer, Educate the Customer, First Impressions Count, Clear Navigation, Clear Pricing Structures

Reasons to Love Working at TIMco

It’s February, and love is well and truly in the air this month! We thought it was a rather fitting time to sit down with some of our employees and hear what they love about being a part of the TIMco family...

TIMco's Yearly Round Up 2018

With another successful year under our belts, we thought we’d take a look back at some of the exciting achievements and product launches we have to show from 2018…

The Gift of Multi-Fix.

With December now well and truly under way, the festive season is definitely in full swing. As the Christmas shopping for gifts begins, here at TIMco, we’ve also been looking at the types of products our customers have been putting on their wish lists. We’re pleased to announce that Christmas has come early for TIMco customers and end users as we’ve now developed a brand-new range of Multi-Fix 9 in 1 Adhesives and Sealants with a ground-breaking formula.

Success for TIMco at NBG Awards 2018

Success for TIMco at NBG Awards 2018 On the 13th November, we attended the National Buying Group (NBG) Awards evening. The awards were presented at a Gala Dinner held at the Cunard Building Liverpool at the close of the NBG’s Annual Conference for 2018. We couldn’t quite believe what the awards ceremony had in store for us...

Work Experience at TIMco: National Mentoring Day

Work Experience at TIMco: National Mentoring Day This Saturday, October 27th, is National Mentoring Day. To mark the occasion, we’ve been thinking about the fantastic past and present individuals who have undertaken work experience with us and all that they bring to our business.

Construction Round Up

It’s been a busy few months for all of us at TIMco, and it seems that the rest of construction industry has also been moving at the same speed, with national days, news of increased business output and announcements of strategy changes for the Builders Merchant Federation. It’s been an equally busy period for the sector as it has for us, so we thought we would take a look at all that is happening in the industry right now.

Professional Darts Player Nathan Aspinall Sits Down With TIMco

Professional Darts Player Nathan Aspinall Sits Down With TIMco On Monday 17th September, Professional darts player, Nathan Aspinall, paid a visit to the our offices where he presented a signed shirt and gave our team an insight into his professional darts skills first-hand. Nathan wanted to say thank you to us for the sponsorship he received that helped him compete at the highest level throughout the year and also for our ongoing support.We have proudly sponsored Nathan for the past year, having been first introduced by his manager and promoter, Martin Foul [...]

Is the Future Female for the Construction Industry?

With the skills shortage a pressing industry issue, many construction professionals are exploring how encouraging women, a demographic who currently only occupy 14% of construction jobs, to join the sector could potentially tackle the skills issue. Although there are various reports and statistics, all research finds that there are significantly less women working in construction than there are men, despite trade jobs being a brilliant career path for all, regardless of gender. The good news is [...]

The Original TIMbag Just Got Better

The resealable and durable TIMbag has been ticking all the right boxes, especially for those who work on site. But, here at TIMco, we believe that there’s always room for improvement, so we went back to the drawing board and considered all the people who use the TIMbag and what they may need from the product. We came up with a new, fresh, innovative look that would better address these needs. So here it is, the original TIMbag that just got better.As well as it’s new image, the revamped TIMbag c [...]

TIMco’s New Quality Control Facilities: What They Mean for Products & Customers

The quality of our products and services is of upmost importance to us here at TIMco. Over the past 40 years, we have been building a reputation of providing the highest quality products at good value prices for our independent customers across the UK and Europe.

In order to help facilitate effective quality controls, we have implemented local quality control checks in the Far East by opening an office in Taiwan. This office will guarantee that the quality of our products is checked and moni [...]

TIMco’s new adhesive range is set to stick around...

TIMco’s new adhesive range is set to stick around...

Our entire adhesives range is premium grade, high strength and includes bond accelerators in the formulas for faster-than-ever bonding, ideal when you’re working within a time-frame or when a firm hold is required to progress to the next phase of a job.

Our multi-purpose adhesive was initially developed for the carpet and flooring industry to effectively bond PU and foam-backed carpets, carpet tiles and underlay to concrete, screed, timber and metal. However, the multi-purpose adhesive, whic [...]

Newcomers to the TAURUS Range This Summer

Newcomers to the TAURUS Range This Summer

Here at TIMco we’ve been hard at work on our 2018 catalogue which now has over 6,500 products. The catalogue features our Taurus Gate and Hardware Range, designed and manufactured to follow our high standards and you can of course expect to find included, TIMco’s quality fixings and fasteners. We always want to ensure our customers and end-users receive a product that’s high-quality throughout.

W [...]

TIMco’s new Building Chemicals range will leave its mark...

TIMco’s new Building Chemicals range will leave its mark...

We’ve been working hard to develop a new range of products that will make the lives of your customers and end users that bit easier. We are now delighted to announce that we have developed a range of building chemicals which feature in our biggest ever catalogue to further our offering and become a ‘one stop shop’ for our customers. You can expect everything from chain lubricants to anti-seize and wood filler to fast-drying primers in the range.

Versatility

We designed these products [...]

TIMco named supplier of the year at the Fortis Awards

TIMco named supplier of the year at the Fortis Awards On the 21st May, we attended The Fortis Building and Timber Conference which incorporates their Supplier of the Year Awards and recognises the achievements by their supply chain. This years' event was held at the Hilton Metropole, Birmingham with the awards being presented by TV's Hugh Dennis.The awards evening which was the centre-point of a two-day conference held by Fortis, one of the UK largest networks of independent builders’ merchants, provided an Informative range of presentations, inclu [...]

Unveiling New Ranges and Biggest Ever Catalogue at the NMBS Show

Unveiling New Ranges and Biggest Ever Catalogue at the NMBS Show

Here at TIMco we have some exciting news in the pipeline as we prepare to launch our latest and biggest catalogue to date as well as unveiling brand new ranges at the NMBS show at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on the 11th April.

The catalogue will feature 6,500 product lines including plenty of new ranges from screw caps and covers to aerosols, wood glues and wood fillers. This exceptional catalogue will also include the extension of existing ranges including the addition of wagon ropes and bric [...]

Deck the lawns with...............

Deck the lawns with...............

Spring has officially sprung and with the Easter break just around the corner, it also means it’s the prime time for decking installations too. ‘Decking season’ normally falls at this time of the year when the daylight draws out longer into the evening and home owners want their gardens prepped for summer.

Common issues when installing decking panels with poor quality decking screws include screw heads snapping off, screws ‘camming out’ and wood splitting which can be hazardous to users and [...]

The Importance of Apprenticeships in the Construction Sector

The Importance of Apprenticeships in the Construction Sector Following ‘National Apprenticeship Week’ which took place this month, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to discuss the important roles that apprenticeships play within the construction sector.With university being the usual avenue to choose after 6th form or college, the value of an apprenticeship goes unnoticed and as a result, there’s not enough young people learning on the job and building valuable labour-based skills - creating a skills gap within the sector. As well as this, vo [...]

Addax: The Range with Impact

Addax: The Range with Impact

We’ve all been there, using drill bits and cutters that just aren’t up to the job at hand. That’s why we’ve spent several years developing our Addax range, to produce a high quality power tool accessories range that is designed with professional users in mind.

The products in this range were developed over many years, as a result of extensive research to create and achieve products which can withstand heavy duty jobs with difficult materials such as reinforced concrete, stainless steel or po [...]

Working at TIMco: Not Just an Employee, a Member of a Family

Working at TIMco: Not Just an Employee, a Member of a Family

Following Employee Appreciation Day, we’ve been thinking about our fantastic TIMco employees and all that they bring to the business. With employees being the backbone of any business, we thought we’d take a look at some initiatives we have in place to help with motivation and speak to our employees to see what they think.

As a family business TIMco has always worked to ensure that employees both feel like an extension to the family and that they each feel valued for the contributions they m [...]

New Marketing facilities

New Marketing facilities Recently, we’ve made investments in our warehousing, sales departments, customer services facilities and it only seemed fitting that our Marketing department was next. We’re excited to announce that we now have a brand-new Marketing Suite located on the bottom floor of TIMco HQ.The new suite provides us with a creative space to get together as a team and brainstorm to come up with branding ideas for new products and ways in which to tell you all about them.Within our marketing department, we hav [...]

How our newly extended range SHIELDS your work areas like never before…

It’s easy for spills to occur in the workplace and at home, especially where improvements and renovations take place. When there are objects to carefully manoeuvre around and surfaces are at risk of spills from paint, it’s almost impossible to avoid mishaps without putting protective measures in place.

That’s why we’ve made it our mission in 2018 to further extend our product offering in our SHIELD range, to not only provide protection for objects and surfaces but to include aids that make t [...]

2017: The Year That Was............

With another successful year under our belts, we thought we’d share how we’re working to be the supplier that supports independents. Take a look back at what improvements we’ve made…The start of 2017 saw us begin the new year by working on our End User Catalogue. Following record breaking sales in 2016, we felt it was important to improve the end users access to our products as well as to aid distributers with marketing and POS.The new catalogue detailed the full range of TIMco products with adv [...]

Steeling Ourselves For Growth In 2018

Despite the Brexit wranglings and perceived threats to the UK’s economy, we’re pleased to see how the fixings and fastening market has proved to be resilient during 2017. With stability in the marketplace, we’ve taken the opportunity to invest in our systems, processes and people as we feel that 2018 may be a more challenging year, particularly considering the pressures on the price of steel.

Analysts predict that the growth in the global demand for steel is expected to slow to 1.6 percent n [...]

TAURUS – Taking The Bull By The Horns

TAURUS – Taking The Bull By The Horns

As part of our drive to further extend the range and reach of our products, we've decided to 'Take the bull by the horns' and enter the gate and fencing hardware market with the launch of our highly anticipated TAURUS collection – a range of over 600 gate and fence hardware products.

The light gate hardware is designed with domestic gates and sheds in mind which includes latches, bolts, hasps and staples, gate springs and locks. We took the geographic locations of our customers into account [...]

TIMco' Scores A Hat-Trick At The NBG Awards

The NBG Show and Conference promised to be bigger and better than ever… After an exciting two days of networking with over 150 other suppliers at the exhibition and showcasing our latest products, we could not believe what the gala dinner and awards ceremony had in store for us.

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the coveted title of ‘Brand of the Year’ for the first time due to our work in extending our product ranges and reach. The award was voted for by the whole of th [...]

The Knock On Affects Of A Natural Disaster

The Knock On Affects Of A Natural Disaster

You may have read our recent blog on how we teamed up with Ironmongery Direct to deliver woodscrews, bolts and other fasteners and fixings to hurricane stricken Barbuda, in a bid to help those living on the island to begin the process of rebuilding their lives and livelihoods.

Unfortunately, Irma hasn’t been the only natural disaster to strike this year, with a 6.1 magnitude earthquake and tsunami devastating Japan in March, further earthquakes hitting Mexico, hurricanes destroying parts of [...]

How to get into construction

How to get into construction

With University applications on the decline due to the fees and debt associated with higher education, more and more school leavers are looking to vocational jobs that will earn them a wage after their studies have finished. So, as it is UK construction week we thought we’d outline how more people can join the rewarding industry and help make their d [...]

TIMco and Ironmongery Direct reach out to the Island of Barbuda

TIMco and Ironmongery Direct reach out to the Island of Barbuda

For the first time in 300 years there is no one living on the island of Barbuda. This is because of the mass destruction due to Hurricane Irma – the strongest Atlantic hurricane in history. Philmore Mullin, Director of Barbuda’s National Office of Disaster Services, told Time magazine that it was the worst he’d ever seen in his 25 years of disaster management. 1,800 [...]

TIMco is growing and so are our levels of service…

TIMco is growing and so are our levels of service… Since the opening of our brand-new warehouse, we have been busy creating our new product catalogue which has more than 6,000 products, our largest offering to date. With the expansion of our facilities and products, we have also made the exciting decision to extend our teams across many departments to help meet the demand of our products and to ensure our customers get the support they require.We have created new Regional Sales Support Managers within our merchandising team who will provide supp [...]

New Driver Bits that are Creating a Real Impact

New Driver Bits that are Creating a Real Impact

After an increased demand from our customers to supply a more diverse range of impact driver bits and associated products as well as products capable to support increasingly powerful tools, we’re delighted to announce the launch of our new high quality Addax X6 range.

To ensure a high quality product for our customers we have created a new generation of impact drivers with the use of the latest metallurgy research, designed to cope with high impact driving applications. The Addax X6 products [...]

TIMco Launches Biggest Ever Catalogue

TIMco Launches Biggest Ever Catalogue

At TIMco we’ve been busy creating our biggest ever summer catalogue that now features over 6,000 lines. Our marketing team carried out extensive research working with our builder’s merchants to find out what ranges their customers wanted to see next at their local suppliers as well as their thoughts on packaging and product information. We’re pleased to say we’ve listened and provided more products, product information and a range of packaging options.

The product catalogue is now available [...]

We’ve got it covered with our extended Shield Range

We’ve got it covered with our extended Shield Range

Building sites and home improvements can be dusty and dirty work where, if you’re not careful, damage can occur to expensive surfaces, furniture or key features in the home.

So, to help protect against unwanted damage through trips, spills or splashes the team at TIMco has been working to extend the range of Shield products offered to customers. Our new range now includes protective films, [...]

Collated Screws – Latest Popular Product at TIMco

Collated Screws – Latest Popular Product at TIMco

Have you been struggling to find a collated screw that is compatible with your screw gun? We may have the solution.

Recently tradesmen have taken to social media to comment on collated screws and ask for advice on which are the best to use. Our collated screws have received praise on social media for their ease of use.

Not only is the quality brilliant, we are proud to say our collated screws are compatible with all leading power tool brands you may choose to use. We have six different type [...]

TIMco's Pedal Power Raises Over £4,500 For Charity

TIMco's Pedal Power Raises Over £4,500 For Charity

A group of employees from TIMco, have raised more than £4,500 for Claire House Children’s Hospice by completing a 50-mile Chester bike ride.

The team, made up of more than twenty employees as well as friends and family, met early on the morning of Sunday 2nd July at Chester’s Countess of Chester Hospital to head off on a gruelling 50-mile ride through the leafy lanes of the Cheshire countryside.

Simon Midwood, Managing Director of TIMco comments: “It was a fantastic and well organised event [...]

Strong Sales for TIMco Recognised By The London Stock Exchange

Strong Sales for TIMco Recognised By The London Stock Exchange

TIMco, one of the UK’s largest independent wholesale suppliers of screws, fixings and power tools accessories, has been recognised in the London Stock Exchanges’ ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain 2017’ report. The report highlights the importance of fast-growing business to the future UK economy and showcases the potential for innovation, growth and job creation for all mentioned.

The recognition comes on the back of a record year for the business that saw an increase in turnover of more th [...]

What our New Warehouse Means for Our Customers

What our New Warehouse Means for Our Customers

We are constantly looking to improve our support for independents and to make our processes as efficient as possible and that’s why we decided to expand our current warehouse facilities to hold 40% more products than was possible previously. Here we tell you some more about why…

The new warehousing is more than 16m in height and features a Very Narrow Aisles (VNA) racking system to most effectively utilise the available space. To minimise any disruption to our customers we will phase this ne [...]

Troy Means Business

Troy Means Business The TIMco team will be at the Troy Means Business (TMB) event on April 27th at the iconic Silverstone Grand Prix circuit in Northamptonshire to showcase the latest products and services offered to its growing customer base.This year’s event is looking to be bigger and better than ever before with over 150 trade stands packed into the two halls. Last year hundreds of independents visited the exhibition and Troy commented that ‘a record amount of business was done on the day’.Simon Rance, our sale [...]

The Marvel of Merchandising

The Marvel of Merchandising

We operate in a hugely competitive marketplace where product innovations and packaging improvements hit the shelves on a daily basis. When coupled with a growth in on-line buying and consumers desire to make quick and seamless purchases, it’s never been more important for us to maximise on our merchandising opportunities to capture the attention of our customers.

Recent research suggests that customers are inefficient shoppers and on average spend only 20-30 percent of their time actually ac [...]

What you can expect from TIMco at this year’s NMBS show

The NMBS show is fast approaching with the event taking place on the 5th April, over 260 exhibitors are busy preparing their stalls, products and catalogues. At TIMco HQ, we’re looking forward to being able to share our upcoming plans for 2017 with customers and trade experts. Come visit us on stands 265, 266 and 269 to find out more about what you can expect from TIMco in the next 12 months.

As the final touches are added to exhibitor stand, the buzz of excitement within the industry only i [...]

A Trip Full Of Far Eastern Promise

A Trip Full Of Far Eastern Promise

As the wholesale supplier that supports independent specialists, it’s critical that our products, packaging and performance set the standards in the fixing, fastening and power tool accessory marketplace in order to offer our customers a competitive advantage.

This is no easy feat with new innovations and products reaching the market on a daily basis. So, in order to help ensure we are able to offer our customers both the latest products, but also the very best, we’ve developed excellent wor [...]

A Look at the year ahead

2017 is set to be an exciting year here at TIMco with new products released and the launch of a new catalogue brimming with over 5,500 products. As there’s so much to choose from we thought we would go through some of our newest products now available from TIMco.

The TIMco Veto range consists of carefully selected security solutions such as padlocks and key cabinets to cover every day domestic and industrial solutions. The newest additions to the Veto range are ratchet straps and tie downs. [...]

A Yearly Round Up

It has been such a huge year for us here at TIMco, trying to round it all up is proving difficult but it also makes us hugely proud of how much we have accomplished amongst the team this year.

2016 saw us launch our first ever conference. The idea was a simple one, to bring a selection of our independent customers together to share best practice and outline the latest developments and opportunities in the industry. The conference was extremely successful with 150 attendees joining us over tw [...]

Brand New Catalogue For 2017!!

Brand New Catalogue For 2017!!

We’ve been working extremely hard on our new catalogue and we’re pleased to announce our biggest and most comprehensive catalogue to date is now ready. With more than 208 pages and over 5,500 products.

Our new catalogue includes a number of new and exciting products including the Japanese Auger, part of our Addax range, with spurred cutting edge for a fast and even cut and a burr-free lead screw to ensure it is quick, on-target and starts without build up. Made from S55C carbon steel, known [...]

Importance of Future Proofing

Future proofing is essential for any company to ensure their investments remain healthy and that they remain ahead of the curve. All too often companies can end up investing in updating both their hardwares and softwares, only for that technology to be surpassed a short time later, or worse, no longer supported.

With so much political and economic uncertainty, particularly after the US election result, companies have to be ready for anything. So how do we ensure we are proactive and that we [...]

Planning For Success

There’s a well-known phrase in the army that states that; “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. This is also certainly true in business but as part of the planning process we would also suggest that if your staff are not effectively trained on the products that they are selling then companies can’t expect to sell them effectively.

The issue of not having effectively trained staff can have a negative impact on merchants looking to sell specialist products to their trade customers. In a sur [...]

Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3

Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3

The process is undertaken in our own dedicated salt spray chamber in accordance with British standards where a salt water solution is atomized by means of spray nozzle using pressurised air. This produces a corrosive environment of dense salt water in the chamber, so that test samples exposed to this environment are subjected to severely corrosive conditions.

The product is exposed to the conditions 24/7 for a period of time until there is an appearance of corrosion, in particular red rust. [...]

Giving You The Edge

Whether working on a construction site or just dabbling in a little DIY, one of the things you must have by your side is a trusty utility knife.

Part of the essentials within the tool box, the utility knife sits alongside the duct tape, the screwdriver and the trusty hammer as some of the most important tools. There are however several different types of utility knives including the retractable knife, the fixed blade knife and the snap-off.

Retractable knives tend to be heavier, carry more [...]

The Benefits Of Stainless Steel

For some tradesmen or amateur DIYers, selecting the right tool for the job can be a challenge in itself. Questions such as does that fastener have enough strength to hold firm, is this the right type of fixing for the job or even is there an easier way to do this? These are all questions asked over the counter in many builders’ merchants across the UK, but one question that should also be asked is what’s the best material to use for the application?

Each material or coating comes with its ow [...]

Business After Brexit

There’s no doubt that Britain’s decision to leave the EU was one of the biggest in recent political history and one that’s likely to continue to dominate both business and politics for many years to come.

It is however important to differentiate between Brexit’s long-run impact, and the short term consequences of the vote itself and then any fallout from the negotiations, when they actually begin.

Whether you feel that Brexit will hit or help the economy over the next 10 or 20 years, Theres [...]

The TIMco Promise - To You...............

TIMco has always been about family, since Tim Midwood founded the company back in 1972 to his son Simon now leading the way in 2016. At TIMco this family ethos not only extends to our customers and employees but importantly provides the backbone as to how we act and behave as a company.

An illustration of this is how at the recent TIMco conference Simon spoke of the ‘TIMco promise’ - a simple proposition; to provide our customers with the tools that they need to sell more and provide better [...]

TIMco's store locator!

TIMco's store locator!

At TIMco we are always looking at ways in which we can support our independent customers whether by providing quality and trusted products or simply supporting their businesses with new initiatives or access to training and advice.

We believe this approach will not only help build links and relationships between ourselves and our customers but provide quick and easy access to products for end user customers.

This approach is not just a marketing strapline but is embedded into the culture of [...]

‘How to…’

Did you know that ‘How to’ is the most popular search term on the internet? With Google you can now find ‘how to…’ do almost anything through an array of YouTube videos, WikiHow guides or websites let alone blogs or comment boards.

Although the second most popular search term on the whole internet is actually ‘how to make pancakes’, DIY is also right up there in searched terms with a number of DIY dads apparently at home with all the right tools but just a lack of knowledge as to how best to [...]

The Business Of Brexit

The Business Of Brexit

Britain’s decision to leave the EU may have taken the markets by surprise but it’s now a reality that is likely to have a significant impact in the way we work, rest and play here in the UK. But what are the immediate ramifications and what are the likely impacts on the fixings and fastener industry?

The first noticeable impact has to be the value of the Pound (GBP). Immediately following the Brexit vote the GBP to US Dollar (USD) exchange rate plunged to the lowest levels since 1985. This i [...]

Stronger Together

Stronger Together

The business world keeps spinning with new innovations, opportunities and competitors. That’s why last week we decided to launch the very first TIMco conference. The idea is a simple one, to bring a selection of our customers together to share best practice and where possible share with them developments and opportunities in the industry.

The conference took place over two days at our head office in Cheshire and included a full itinerary of guest speakers, a walkabout of our new facilities a [...]

Keeping it in the Family!

Keeping it in the Family!

As a family run firm we look to ensure that family values are embedded in our every day practices. The reason being is that we believe a company with strong family values creates a better working environment but also a set of distinct advantages in a very competitive world.

By creating a great place to work, that’s underpinned with good values, also helps us both attract and retain staff. By retaining employees we believe that this in turn brings greater stability and continuity to the organ [...]

Creating The Right Atmosphere For China's G-20 Summit

As the world prepares for the forthcoming eleventh G-20 summit meeting in Hangzhou, China, what can we expect to see and will there be any impact on our Addax Range of power tool accessories as the government forces the closure of key factories in order to clean up their act in time for the VIP arrivals?

Hangzhou, a centuries-old city with a population of nearly 8.9 million, is the capital and largest city of Zhejiang Province. Located nearly 800 miles from Beijing, the historic and beautifu [...]

Why Merchandising Matters

Why Merchandising Matters

Whether we are shopping for a new suit or the tools of our trade, and if we realise it or not, we are continually surrounded by visual influences that have the potential to affect our buying decisions and the brands we choose.

Merchandising is big business. It is the way products are presented to us to attract potential buyers via techniques such as shelf location, displays, signage and promotional activity. Done well, merchandising is a clever blend of science and art; understanding the rig [...]

The TIMco Team Tours Taiwan

The TIMco Team Tours Taiwan

Working across a global manufacturing and supply base undoubtedly has its challenges. However, with a view that “a process shared, is a problem halved” TIMco’s management team sent its UK Quality Control (QC) team to Taiwan to further their understanding of the manufacturing process in order to bring further improvements to the company’s quality controls. Here’s an insight into their recent trip.

The team flew to Kaohsiung to observe the screw making process and see first hand how the produc [...]

TIMco On TV…

A few weeks ago, DIY SOS hit our television screens with their most ambitious project yet. Nick Knowles and the team decided to knock down a whole street in Manchester and turn empty houses into homes for veterans.

As the project started it became clear that due to the scale of the job more volunteers and supplies were required, and it was then the team approached TIMco and asked if we could support in any way. We were honoured to get involved and become the project’s fastener and fixer supp [...]

How To.... Fix To Drywall or Plasterboard

It’s the handyman’s dread, being asked to hang something substantial from a drywall or plasterboard. If using a simple screw and raw-plug the plasterboard offers minimal strength to hang anything, even the smallest of picture frames.

This is where a metal cavity anchor can come in to play. The easy to use product adds strength to fixings and fastenings and allows a greater range of items to be hung from a drywall.

Metal cavity anchors come in a variety of shapes and sizes, with those of a l [...]

TIMco Awarded Supplier Of The Year 2015

The National Buying Group (NBG) has awarded TIMco the title of ‘Supplier of the Year’ in the Painting, Decorating, Ironmongery, Hardware, Electricals & Fixings Category at this year’s prestigious awards ceremony. This is the second consecutive year that TIMco has won the award* and the fourth time since TIMco started supplying the buying group in 2011.

The national awards are designed to recognise excellence in the given category as well as the support and service the supplier offers to NBG’ [...]

How To..... Get The Floor Perfectly Level / Get The Most Out Of Interlocking Wedges...

How To.....  Get The Floor Perfectly Level / Get The Most Out Of Interlocking Wedges...

Getting the floor exactly level has now got that bit easier thanks to the development of clever, strong and easy to use interlocking wedges.

Working in pairs, interlocking wedges offer joiners and professional contractors a simple and convenient way to accurately achieve the correct level of timber battens. The first wedge is simply placed under the batten that needs to be raised while a second is then inserted so that the two angled surfaces are flush.

To raise the batten to a level positi [...]

TIMco Are Recruiting For A Packaging Assistant

After a very busy summer, we’re delighted to announce we are on the look out for another hard working individual to join the TIMco team at our head office in Nantwich, Cheshire. If you’re looking for a new challenge and want to join a successful team, please email Lisa.Bentham@timco.co.uk with a copy of a recent CV and cover letter.

Job Title: Packaging Assistant

Job Type: Permanent

Holiday Entitlement: 21 days per annum plus 8 statutory Bank Holidays

Working Pattern: 8:30-5:00 Mon-Fri – [...]

Is DIY In Decline?

Others believe it is because 20–30 somethings nowadays lack ‘traditional’ skills with only 5% of 18-24’s attempting to unblock a sink and only 8% understanding how to re-wire a plug.

That said, the DIY sector is still worth a healthy £7.3 billion per year. So with ‘DIY Dads’ dwindling, why is the builders merchants industry still booming?

Since the DIY programmes drifted away from our television screens it seems consumer’s habits have shifted from do-it-yourself to do-it-for-me. Which in tu [...]

Staying Ahead.....

Staying ahead of consumer needs and wants is imperative in this industry. Ensuring we have the latest and innovative products is something we strive for, which means our product development team often spends weeks overseas seeking out new ideas to stay ahead of the latest trends.

One of our latest ranges included our new door accessory range, which contains; tubular latches, adjustable roller catchers and spring doorstops. Creating this range was part of our strategy to develop a one-stop sh [...]

Did The Election Really Matter?

Did The Election Really Matter?

With the election well and truly behind us, will the new government have influence on the fixing and fastener marketplace or are we operating in a global market outside of their sphere of influence?

There are few people out there who can claim to have outwitted the pollsters and to have predicted a conservative majority in the recent General Election. The question however has to be what impact does this really have on our industry?

The reality is that some of the issues that have the bigges [...]

We’re recruiting! Internal Account Manager

As we continue to develop the strength and depth of our product portfolio, we’re looking for additional employees to support this growth and join our account management teams. We’re on the look out for two ambitious, hard working and organised individuals to join TIMco’s head office in Nantwich. So if you think you’ve got what it takes to help support our growing business, meet and exceed our customers demands and provide excellent service, please get in touch.

To apply for the following rol [...]

We’re recruiting! Customer Service Administrator

As we continue to develop the strength and depth of our product portfolio, we’re looking for additional employees to support this growth and join our account management teams. We’re on the look out for two ambitious, hard working and organised individuals to join TIMco’s head office in Nantwich. So if you think you’ve got what it takes to help support our growing business, meet and exceed our customers demands and provide excellent service, please get in touch.

To apply for the following rol [...]

Trade Show Tours

Trade Show Tours

The past few months have been extremely busy for the TIMco team. We’ve recently returned from a whole host of trade shows including; The Hardware Show in Dublin, The Fastener Fair in Germany, the NMBS Exhibition in Coventry and The Troy Show in Silverstone.

All of the trade shows were a great success and it was a pleasure to meet so many of our customers and talk through our latest products as well as our merchandising solutions we’re able to offer.

During each trade show we showcased a few [...]

Are costs going to take a pounding?

When Scotland voted to stay with the United Kingdom last September, the result not only bolstered a sense of national unity but also gave an additional boost to the national currency with the pound soaring to its highest levels since 2008.

The powerful pound was a outcome of the UK’s own unexpectedly robust economic recovery which at the time was performing as the fastest growing nation in the G7, outpacing even the US.

The strong pound in 2014 gave consumers a boost and offered importers a [...]

TIMco Targets Agricultural Sector

TIMco Targets Agricultural Sector

As the summer approaches and farmers take the opportunity to make the necessary repairs or building work on their farms, TIMco has launched a range of reliable fixing and fastening products to help farm suppliers meet the needs of the agricultural sector.

The products are all aimed at the farming sector and include some of TIMco’s more popular products including nails, screws, bolts and other fixings. The products have all been designed to meet the challenging conditions found on farms, yet [...]

Introducing Our New Catalogue

Introducing Our New Catalogue

We’ve been working extremely hard on our new catalogue and we’re please to announce our biggest and most comprehensive catalogue to date is now ready. With more than 140 pages and 4,000 products.

Our new catalogue includes many new and exciting products including the C2 Exterior Multi-purpose screw, which has been plated with a multi-layer protection system that consists of an organic top coat barrier layer and zinc base layer has been added and can be found on page 13.

Our popular Multi-fi [...]

New Year, New Products and New Sizes

As fantastic as 2014 was for TIMco, 2015 is set to be even bigger and better. Over the next few months we will be introducing even more new products and innovations to our ever-growing range.

To start off, we have launched two of our most popular products in new sizes and in a variety of convenient and durable packaging.

The Solo Woodscrews are now available in eight new sizes (from 3.0 x 12 to 6.0 x 150) and presented in our practical tubs. Tub quantities vary from 250 to 1,250 and are ava [...]

We’re recruiting!

TIMco (T.I.Midwood & Co Ltd) is one of the UK’s leading importers and wholesale suppliers of screws, fastenings, fixings, nails and power tool accessories. During the last year, we built a new 21,000 sq foot warehouse, at an investment of £800k, which has created new jobs and improved stock levels and availability. 

We’re currently seeking creative and dynamic individuals to join our marketing team who have the passion and determination to succeed in a family business. 

Will supply meet the demand in 2015?

As we welcome in the New Year it seems that the days of the economic slowdown are well past us as the UK boasts its most positive outlook for nearly a decade, overtaking France to become the fifth largest economy in the world.  With the US also smashing forecasts, having grown at 5% over the last quarter, can the fixings and fasteners industry cope with this rapid growth?

There’s always pressure on suppliers to provide the products needed to support growth, however the pressure is compounded [...]

New metal work range brings it all together

Although TIMco has been providing fixings and fasteners to builders’ merchants and fixing and fastening specialists for more than forty years, it’s always nice to get requests or ideas from customers as to any new products and services they would like to receive from us.

The latest request was for TIMco to provide a quality range of builder’s metal work and so it is with some excitement that we’d like to introduce our new range to the market. The new range includes all the products normally [...]

A Window Of Opportunity

Fixing windows and doors can often be a tricky job as tradesmen rummage through various boxes and bags to find the right screws, nylon frame or hammer fixings required for the job. Missing any of the fixings can hold the job up or even compromise the quality of finish.

Selecting The Right Tool For The Job

It’s often said that ‘a bad workman blames his tools’, so at TIMco we are always looking to develop and ensure that quality fixings and tools are readily available - so that it’s always a job well done.

Control Your Stock – Don’t Let Your Stock Control You

Delivering great customer service is naturally one of the best ways for a business to stand out from the competition, yet maintaining excellent customer service can be challenging as it ranges from effectively managing customer orders right through to cleverly managing your stock.

Diamonds Are A Builder’s Best Friend…

The importance of choosing the right diamond blade.

Simply, a diamond blade is a cutting tool with exposed diamond particles captured in a metal matrix (or bond) with a small cutting edge. With a huge variety of diamond saw blades available, and with each blade designed for a specific application, the success of any diamond sawing operation very much depends on selecting the right blade for the job. It is key that the chosen blade i [...]

Jack Of All Trades, Now Master Of All As Well

Having supplied builder’s merchants across the country for more than 40 years, we’ve noticed phenomenal change in the products sold as well as an ever evolving pattern of industry trends.One of the current trends seems to be for products to provide improved functionality and application. Not only is the industry demanding more multifunctional tools, with interchangeable accessories, but multifunctional fasteners and fixings to offer end users an ‘all-round’ product that can handle and deliver a [...]

Scrutinising The Simple Screw

The trusty screw, a builder’s reliable friend that’s responsible for securing, fastening and generally holding the world together. But where did these magical little bits of metal first come from? Nobody knows for sure, but according to some they date back to Nebuchadrezzar II who reigned over the Neo-Babylonian Empire as far back as 605 BC!

Building A Reputation

Having worked with the building trade for more than 40 years, there’s one thing we know for sure and it’s that a reputation counts for everything. From the initial quote through to the finished work it’s all important and that’s why every screw, fixing or power tool accessory we provide has been stringently tested to ensure it meets the quality that our customers expect.
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