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Celebrating the fabulous Lorraine Lapping

- 19 Sep 2017

In 1977 when Lorraine Lapping first joined Grant’s, she didn’t imagine she would last very long. Her Mum worked in the packing department for Samuel Grant and Lorraine had just left school. With only a Saturday job to talk about, her Mum was keen to help her get into full time work, and saw an opening arise at Grant’s for an office junior. Lorraine went for the interview, more to please her Mum than anything else, and Douglas Smith offered her the job there and then.
In those days Grant’s was based at Garnet Road, the site which they left in 2015 to move into Orion Way. At the time, the site was under development, and Lorraine’s first winter with the company was spent cowering from the elements behind plastic sheeting whilst the site was extended. Lorraine was one of only five office staff.
With the company growing, Lorraine was soon promoted, firstly into a quoting role, and then into purchasing. She tried a stint at being on the road doing sales, but soon found that it wasn’t for her and returned to her customer service role on the phone.
Life moved on, and Lorraine’s pregnancy with twins saw a change in direction. Having to spend more time at home with children meant that Lorraine’s role turned part-time for a while – she would work in the morning until 1.30, and then come back late afternoon for an hour and a half to ensure everything was in order. She did these reduced hours until the children started school and then returned full time.
Lorraine remembers being surprised at the management style of David Grant when she first started: “It was rare in 1977 to be told to call a boss by his first name,” she recalls, “but that was how it was at Grant’s we were all on first name terms, meaning that the business was more like a family than a workplace.  We all were respected to do our own roles, something which has continued over the years.”
David’s little shadows on occasion were often seen running around the warehouse in short trousers, causing havoc, and the staff breathed a sigh of relief when they left. Fast forward 40 years, and now Andrew and Matthew Grant are running the business – so how does that feel?
“It’s sometimes a challenge to work for people that you remember as four-year-old tearaways” says Lorraine. “I still sometimes have to check myself – I talk to them as though they’re little boys and think ‘I shouldn’t have said that!’ It’s lovely when they bring in their own sons now, and you see the family cycle happening again.”
On Tuesday 12th September, Lorraine admits she started out slightly disappointed. Whereas her colleagues and friends had made the effort to celebrate the anniversary with cards, cake, a balloon and some prosecco, there was a lack of acknowledgement from the management. “I tried not to be disappointed,” says Lorraine, “there’s a lot going on and they are very busy”.
To treat her, her close friends had said they would take her out in the evening for cocktails to mark the occasion, by which time Lorraine had given up any hope of the Grants remembering her anniversary. It was only when they got to BBs in Leeds that she realised something wasn’t quite what it seemed. “The girls were looking around being a bit odd” she recalls. “Then they insisted we went to another area. It was only then that I realised everyone was there – all my colleagues, the Management, a couple of long-term customers and Sheelagh Grant. It was such a surreal moment!”
Lorraine was presented with a souvenir book of photos by Sheelagh to mark the occasion, signed by Matthew Grant with a personal message of thanks for such a momentous level of service to the company, along with confirmation of an additional week’s holiday for this year and some spending money. “It was absolutely wonderful” says Lorraine, “I have no idea how they all managed to keep it from me. I’m on cloud nine, absolutely thrilled to bits.”
So, what does Lorraine have to say to sum up the last 40 years?
“I’ve seen so much come and go – it’s wonderful what the company has achieved since I started working there, and it’s just going from strength to strength. There is such a culture of respect and trust, which is why I think people work here for so long. It’s obviously not the same company as it was 40 years ago – it’s changed, evolved and grown hugely, as well as there being so many more rules and regulations. Having seen Andrew and Matthew climbing all over the pallets when they were children, it’s a good thing they introduced Health and Safety! 
I’ve always been happy here – it seems like a long time, and many people might say I must be mad to have stayed in the same place for forty years, but I can honestly say I’ve always been happy – I’ve had a huge variety of jobs and have never wished for anything else.”
Cheers Lorraine, thank you for everything you continue to do for Grant’s, and for being such an important part of our extended family.
​In 1977 when Lorraine Lapping first joined Grant’s, she didn’t imagine she would last very long. Her Mum worked in the packing department for Samuel Grant and Lorraine had just left school. With only a Saturday job to talk about, her Mum was keen to help her get into full time work, and saw an opening arise at Grant’s for an office junior. Lorraine went for the interview, more to please her Mum than anything else, and Douglas Smith offered her the job there and then.
In those days Grant’s was based at Garnet Road, the site which they left in 2015 to move into Orion Way. At the time, the site was under development, and Lorraine’s first winter with the company was spent cowering from the elements behind plastic sheeting whilst the site was extended. Lorraine was one of only five office staff.
With the company growing, Lorraine was soon promoted, firstly into a quoting role, and then into purchasing. She tried a stint at being on the road doing sales, but soon found that it wasn’t for her and returned to her customer service role on the phone.
Life moved on, and Lorraine’s pregnancy with twins saw a change in direction. Having to spend more time at home with children meant that Lorraine’s role turned part-time for a while – she would work in the morning until 1.30, and then come back late afternoon for an hour and a half to ensure everything was in order. She did these reduced hours until the children started school and then returned full time.
Lorraine remembers being surprised at the management style of David Grant when she first started: “It was rare in 1977 to be told to call a boss by his first name,” she recalls, “but that was how it was at Grant’s we were all on first name terms, meaning that the business was more like a family than a workplace.  We all were respected to do our own roles, something which has continued over the years.”
David’s little shadows on occasion were often seen running around the warehouse in short trousers, causing havoc, and the staff breathed a sigh of relief when they left. Fast forward 40 years, and now Andrew and Matthew Grant are running the business – so how does that feel?
“It’s sometimes a challenge to work for people that you remember as four-year-old tearaways” says Lorraine. “I still sometimes have to check myself – I talk to them as though they’re little boys and think ‘I shouldn’t have said that!’ It’s lovely when they bring in their own sons now, and you see the family cycle happening again.”
On Tuesday 12th September, Lorraine admits she started out slightly disappointed. Whereas her colleagues and friends had made the effort to celebrate the anniversary with cards, cake, a balloon and some prosecco, there was a lack of acknowledgement from the management. “I tried not to be disappointed,” says Lorraine, “there’s a lot going on and they are very busy”.
To treat her, her close friends had said they would take her out in the evening for cocktails to mark the occasion, by which time Lorraine had given up any hope of the Grants remembering her anniversary. It was only when they got to BBs in Leeds that she realised something wasn’t quite what it seemed. “The girls were looking around being a bit odd” she recalls. “Then they insisted we went to another area. It was only then that I realised everyone was there – all my colleagues, the Management, a couple of long-term customers and Sheelagh Grant. It was such a surreal moment!”
Lorraine was presented with a souvenir book of photos by Sheelagh to mark the occasion, signed by Matthew Grant with a personal message of thanks for such a momentous level of service to the company, along with confirmation of an additional week’s holiday for this year and some spending money. “It was absolutely wonderful” says Lorraine, “I have no idea how they all managed to keep it from me. I’m on cloud nine, absolutely thrilled to bits.”
So, what does Lorraine have to say to sum up the last 40 years?
“I’ve seen so much come and go – it’s wonderful what the company has achieved since I started working there, and it’s just going from strength to strength. There is such a culture of respect and trust, which is why I think people work here for so long. It’s obviously not the same company as it was 40 years ago – it’s changed, evolved and grown hugely, as well as there being so many more rules and regulations. Having seen Andrew and Matthew climbing all over the pallets when they were children, it’s a good thing they introduced Health and Safety! 
I’ve always been happy here – it seems like a long time, and many people might say I must be mad to have stayed in the same place for forty years, but I can honestly say I’ve always been happy – I’ve had a huge variety of jobs and have never wished for anything else.”
Cheers Lorraine, thank you for everything you continue to do for Grant’s, and for being such an important part of our extended family.


SEN Recycled Plastic Pirate Ship – Product Focus

- 12 Sep 2017

Going back to school can be daunting for some children. Whether it’s struggling with the homework or struggling to make friends, Marmax understands that for some, being back to school is not plain sailing. 



Understanding this is what helped to inspire the creation of our SEN range. Our SEN Recycled Plastic Pirate Ship is one of our favourite pieces from the range. As with all of our products, this ship is made from 100% HDPE recycled plastic, making it maintenance-free as well as not rotting, corroding or splintering. This, combined with the anti-slip coating, makes the Pirate Ship perfect for the playground come rain or shine.


Our SEN furniture range is award-winning and encourages children and adults of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to play, laugh and learn together. The Pirate Ship comes with a mast, sail, exterior graphics and even has a moveable ship’s wheel, so children can experience what it’s like to be at the ship’s helm. By encouraging interactive play and group social activities, the SEN Recycled Plastic Pirate Ship helps children to develop their social skills in a calm and playful environment.  


If your playground is lacking in wheelchair accessible play equipment, why not explore our SEN range? From ships to shops, there’s something for every playground.


Contact us today to find out more.

sales@marmaxproducts.co.uk 


On The Way To Green Glory…

- 11 Aug 2017

Marmax Recycled Products are extremely proud to announce that we have won a Green Apple Environment Award in the international campaign to find the greenest companies, councils and communities.
We competed against more than 500 other nominations in the Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice, and will find out whether our Buddy Bench will take home the bronze, silver or gold award at a presentation ceremony in the Houses of Parliament, London on November 6th.
The Green Apple Awards began in 1994 and have become established as the country’s major recognition for environmental endeavour among companies, councils, communities and countries. The awards are organised by The Green Organisation – an international, independent, non-political, non-profit environment group dedicated to recognising, rewarding and promoting environmental best practice around the world. 
Supported by the Environment Agency, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Chartered Institution for Waste Management, and other independent bodies, this award means a lot to Marmax and we’re proud to have our work recognised by such a well-renowned organisation. 
The whole Marmax team are grateful for this award and are keeping our fingers crossed for the ceremony!

​Marmax Recycled Products are extremely proud to announce that we have won a Green Apple Environment Award in the international campaign to find the greenest companies, councils and communities.

We competed against more than 500 other nominations in the Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice, and will find out whether our Buddy Bench will take home the bronze, silver or gold award at a presentation ceremony in the Houses of Parliament, London on November 6th.

The Green Apple Awards began in 1994 and have become established as the country’s major recognition for environmental endeavour among companies, councils, communities and countries. The awards are organised by The Green Organisation – an international, independent, non-political, non-profit environment group dedicated to recognising, rewarding and promoting environmental best practice around the world. 

Supported by the Environment Agency, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Chartered Institution for Waste Management, and other independent bodies, this award means a lot to Marmax and we’re proud to have our work recognised by such a well-renowned organisation. 

The whole Marmax team are grateful for this award and we are keeping our fingers crossed for the ceremony!


Product Focus – Bistro Planter

- 01 Aug 2017

Product Focus – Bistro Planter
With the sunshine finally starting to appear here in the UK, it’s time to turn your attention to your garden. Having attended the Spring Harrogate Flower Show, Marmax Recycled Products know how to spruce up your garden!
The Bistro Planter is the perfect addition to any outdoor area. Tall enough to act as space dividers, yet understated enough to not dominate the space, the Bistro Planter is perfect for pubs, restaurants and even outdoor office spaces. Fill with hedging (available both pre-filled or empty) to create a sharp and stylish planter, or arrange wildflowers to create a bright and welcoming display.
Made from 100% HDPE recycled plastic, the Bistro Planter doesn’t rot, corrode or splinter, is maintenance-free and the colour doesn’t fade in the sun. This material is ideal for outdoor use, as it allows the planter to be left outside all-year-round, regardless of weather, and maintains its appearance perfectly.
For a limited time only, get 10% off the Bistro Planter by entering the code ‘BISTRO10’ at checkout!
http://www.marmax-products.uk/Bistro-Cafe-Divider-Planter?search=bistr
With the sunshine finally starting to appear here in the UK, it’s time to turn your attention to your garden. Having attended the Spring Harrogate Flower Show, Marmax Recycled Products know how to spruce up your garden!


The Bistro Planter is the perfect addition to any outdoor area. Tall enough to act as space dividers, yet understated enough to not dominate the space, the Bistro Planter is perfect for pubs, restaurants and even outdoor office spaces. Fill with hedging (available both pre-filled or empty) to create a sharp and stylish planter, or arrange wildflowers to create a bright and welcoming display.


Made from 100% HDPE recycled plastic, the Bistro Planter doesn’t rot, corrode or splinter, is maintenance-free and the colour doesn’t fade in the sun. This material is ideal for outdoor use, as it allows the planter to be left outside all-year-round, regardless of weather, and maintains its appearance perfectly.


For a limited time only, get 10% off the Bistro Planter by entering the code ‘BISTRO10’ at checkout!


http://www.marmax-products.uk/Bistro-Cafe-Divider-Planter?search=bistr


Marmax Product Focus: Recycled Plastic Traditional Three Seat

- 21 Jul 2017

It may be one of our oldest favourites, but here at Marmax we’re proud of one of our most popular seating products – so much so that we’ve been introducing new colour options to keep things fresh!

Available in a range of colours including brown or green for a classic look in the garden, or in rainbow as an exciting primary school option, the Recycled Plastic Traditional Three Seat is customisable to suit any location.

Because of this, the bench is also popular as a memorial product – where adding a commemorative plaque turns the seat into a lasting tribute to a loved one.

Made from sturdy, 100% recycled plastic, the seat is weatherproof, splinter-proof, maintenance-free and will hold its colour in spite of the summer sun.

You can find more information on the Traditional Three Seat on the link below, or by contacting Marmax on 01207 283442.


http://www.marmax-products.uk/Furniture/Black-Grey-%20New-2016/Recycled-Plastic-Traditional-Three-Seat


Marmax’s Community Efforts Recognised

- 17 Jul 2017

On Friday the 14th of July, some of the Marmax team headed to Wynyard Hall in the Tees Valley to attend the North-East Employee of the Year Awards 2017. The awards began with a lovely drinks reception followed by a dinner and the awards ceremony itself. Rubbing shoulders with other passionate North-East businesses and celebrating the talent and wealth of employees across the region made for an amazing night.

As well as enjoying the glitz and glam of the event, Marmax Recycled Products are happy to announce that we were awarded runner-up in the ‘Making A Difference In The Community’ award, for which we are hugely grateful. Having an organisation recognise the work we continue to do in our local community and throughout the North East, is something we’re extremely proud of.

Winning ‘Runner Up’ in this award was the highlight of an all-round amazing evening. Marmax would like to say a huge thank you to both the North-East Employee of the Year awards for hosting the evening, and to our loyal and continually growing customer base for giving us this platform that allows us to give back to our community. We are proud of our work to date and will continue to make caring for our community a priority as the company continues to grow. 


LOVE Northumberland…A Night To Remember

- 14 Jul 2017

On the 5th of July, we put on our dancing shoes and headed to Alnwick Gardens. Set alongside Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, the gardens were a sight to behold. With Summer just around the corner, Alnwick Gardens is bursting with life. From the rainbow of colours in the Rose Garden to the leaping water at the Cascade Waterfall, the grounds were the perfect venue for the LOVE Northumberland Awards.

The LOVE Northumberland campaign is a movement that aims to promote the work of the council and its partners in preserving and improving the environment in the county, celebrating community spirit and promoting county pride. As Marmax loves to find any opportunity to get involved with the community, as well as our continued involvement in creating a more sustainable future, Marmax knew they wanted to support this campaign that focuses on keeping the county clean and green.

The evening saw a number of awards being presented, from Outstanding Individual (someone whose efforts towards their local environment make them stand out from the crowd), to Best School Recycling Projects. People of all ages from all around the county were brought together to celebrate those who go the extra mile in protecting this wonderful part of the world. Marmax were proud to be able to present the Best School Recycling School Waste Award to the Grace Darling Campus, who were very deserving winners.
Marmax is a company that really focuses on the environmental impact its products have, choosing to make all of our products out of 100% UK recycled plastic. Getting to see the time and effort people across the area are dedicating to protecting the environment was truly remarkable. All in all, it was an amazing night.


From Bottles to Benches...

- 20 Jun 2017

Marmax Recycled Products recently attended the Glendale Children's Countryside Day. The event is aimed at teaching school children about all aspects of rural life, from sheep shearing to making girdle scones, the children were able to get stuck in and enjoy a great day, regardless of the rain.

One of the most exciting aspects of the day was the announcement of the winner of the 'Design a Bin Wagon Side' competition. Students were asked to draw a picture of the type of plastic bottle that could be recycled into one of Marmax's picnic benches. All 40 schools attending the show were invited to take part in the competition, and 14 Northumberland schools submitted up to 3 pictures each.

The competition was tough with over 36 different picture entries in total.  However, the designs had to be big and bold in design (completed on A4 landscape paper), and something that would stand out well when enlarged for the vehicle panel. 

The design also had to show the correct Northumberland recycling message - to encourage people to recycle all plastic bottles, no matter what size, shape or colour! 

Although the decision was tough, the winner of the competition - Olivia from The Grove School, was definitely deserving with her bright and characterful drawings of household bottles dreaming of being recycled!

A fantastic day all round.

 


Terrific Scientific's Rainforest Legacy: Terrific Tropical Trees

- 16 Jun 2017

United Bank of Carbon is delighted to launch Terrific Tropical Trees, whereby a tree is being planted in one of four new African forests for every school that completes the BBC's Terrific Scientific "Trees" Experiment.


United Bank of Carbon (UBoC) is a registered charity run from the University of Leeds that helps forge partnerships between businesses and international conservation initiatives.


Terrific Scientific is BBC Learning’s science project for 2017, with the Trees experiment taking place throughout May. In this, children from the UK’s 25,000 plus primary schools will learn why trees are important for our climate and then survey the trees that grow at their school, taking measurements and identifying the species from leaf charts supplied by The Woodland Trust. They’ll also count their trees, so they can work out how much carbon is stored at their school, and then upload the result to the BBC's Terrific Scientific map. Finally, they'll send their data to the Leeds Ecosystem, Atmosphere and Forest (LEAF) Centre at the University of Leeds for further processing.  - and by doing this they'll automatically adopt at least one Terrific Tropical Tree.


Terrific Tropical Trees was created to teach children about the value of tropical trees, and to show that steps can be taken to combat climate change. The trees in Kenya form part of Bettys and Taylors of Harrogate's Trees for Life project and will support local tea growers and schools. The trees in Tanzania are being sponsored by Samuel Grant Packaging as part of a University of York forest restoration experiment in partnership with Reforest Africa and Flamingo Land. The Ugandan trees are being planted by the Amuria Schools Tree Planting Project, and the Madagascan trees by women and children in the Education, Développement, Environnement Naturel project ‘Installing Forest Ownership Spirit in Our Community’ - with both being managed by the International Tree Foundation and sponsored by private donation.


Dr Cat Scott, Environmental Scientist and LEAF Coordinator said, “Today’s children are going to be the people in 20 or 30 years’ time making the big decisions about how society deals with the ongoing threat of climate change – we think it’s important that they grow up with an appreciation of the way that different parts of our environment are interconnected.”


Tom Bliss, UBoC'S Business Development Coordinator said, "Learning about climate change can be quite worrying, so we wanted to deliver a positive result that the children could feel part of. We chose to plant in Africa because tropical trees regulate the climate much better than UK trees, and investing there will also help hard-pressed local communities with jobs, food and other benefits from the trees. This is also a perfect example how businesses, academics and forest projects can work together for the public good - which is what UBoC is all about."


Samuel Grant Packaging are committed to reducing the impact that packaging has on the environment. They help their clients to reduce packaging consumption and waste and advise how all parts of the packaging process can be recycled and reused. Samuel Grant Packaging’s award-winning sister company, Marmax Recycled Products, reuse milk bottles to create high quality, durable, maintenance-free outdoor furniture and play equipment. They're sponsoring 4,000 Terrific Tropical Trees in Tanzania, as an extension to the Udzungwa Forest Project.


Andrew Grant, Samuel Grant Packaging's Managing Director, said, “Samuel Grant Packaging are delighted to support this project. It’s really important to us to give back to the environment, and it’s great to be able to further cement our partnership with UBOC and our local university.” 


Bettys & Taylors have been planting trees around the world through their Trees for Life campaign since 1990. Currently working near Mount Kenya, a vital tea growing area for the family business, they're helping farmers and schools to plant one million trees which will provide food, shade and shelter and improve the sustainability of farms. The additional 5,000 Terrific Tropical trees, often planted with Kenyan schools in partnership with the Kenyan Tea Development Agency, will help students to understand the importance of conservation and provide shade for the children to play and learn outdoors.


Simon Hotchkin, Head of Sustainable Development at Betty's and Taylors, said,We are delighted to be involved in the Terrific Tropical Trees legacy project. From the tree planting work we have done with schools both here in the UK and abroad we’ve seen how much they can help school children to benefit from and appreciate their outside environment. We hope that pupils taking part in the project will enjoy learning about how trees are making a difference to their peers in countries far from their own.”  

United Bank of Carbon is delighted to launch Terrific Tropical Trees, whereby a tree is being planted in one of four new African forests for every school that completes the BBC's Terrific Scientific "Trees" Experiment.

 

United Bank of Carbon (UBoC) is a registered charity run from the University of Leeds that helps forge partnerships between businesses and international conservation initiatives.

 

Terrific Scientific is BBC Learning’s science project for 2017, with the Trees experiment taking place throughout May. In this, children from the UK’s 25,000 plus primary schools will learn why trees are important for our climate and then survey the trees that grow at their school, taking measurements and identifying the species from leaf charts supplied by The Woodland Trust. They’ll also count their trees, so they can work out how much carbon is stored at their school, and then upload the result to the BBC's Terrific Scientific map. Finally, they'll send their data to the Leeds Ecosystem, Atmosphere and Forest (LEAF) Centre at the University of Leeds for further processing.  - and by doing this they'll automatically adopt at least one Terrific Tropical Tree.

 

Terrific Tropical Trees was created to teach children about the value of tropical trees, and to show that steps can be taken to combat climate change. The trees in Kenya form part of Bettys and Taylors of Harrogate's Trees for Life project and will support local tea growers and schools. The trees in Tanzania are being sponsored by Samuel Grant Packaging as part of a University of York forest restoration experiment in partnership with Reforest Africa and Flamingo Land. The Ugandan trees are being planted by the Amuria Schools Tree Planting Project, and the Madagascan trees by women and children in the Education, Développement, Environnement Naturel project ‘Installing Forest Ownership Spirit in Our Community’ - with both being managed by the International Tree Foundation and sponsored by private donation.

 

Dr Cat Scott, Environmental Scientist and LEAF Coordinator said, “Today’s children are going to be the people in 20 or 30 years’ time making the big decisions about how society deals with the ongoing threat of climate change – we think it’s important that they grow up with an appreciation of the way that different parts of our environment are interconnected.”

 

Tom Bliss, UBoC'S Business Development Coordinator said, "Learning about climate change can be quite worrying, so we wanted to deliver a positive result that the children could feel part of. We chose to plant in Africa because tropical trees regulate the climate much better than UK trees, and investing there will also help hard-pressed local communities with jobs, food and other benefits from the trees. This is also a perfect example how businesses, academics and forest projects can work together for the public good - which is what UBoC is all about."

 

Samuel Grant Packaging are committed to reducing the impact that packaging has on the environment. They help their clients to reduce packaging consumption and waste and advise how all parts of the packaging process can be recycled and reused. Samuel Grant Packaging’s award-winning sister company, Marmax Recycled Products, reuse milk bottles to create high quality, durable, maintenance-free outdoor furniture and play equipment. They're sponsoring 4,000 Terrific Tropical Trees in Tanzania, as an extension to the Udzungwa Forest Project.

 

Andrew Grant, Samuel Grant Packaging's Managing Director, said, “Samuel Grant Packaging are delighted to support this project. It’s really important to us to give back to the environment, and it’s great to be able to further cement our partnership with UBOC and our local university.” 

 

Bettys & Taylors have been planting trees around the world through their Trees for Life campaign since 1990. Currently working near Mount Kenya, a vital tea growing area for the family business, they're helping farmers and schools to plant one million trees which will provide food, shade and shelter and improve the sustainability of farms. The additional 5,000 Terrific Tropical trees, often planted with Kenyan schools in partnership with the Kenyan Tea Development Agency, will help students to understand the importance of conservation and provide shade for the children to play and learn outdoors.

 

Simon Hotchkin, Head of Sustainable Development at Betty's and Taylors, said,We are delighted to be involved in the Terrific Tropical Trees legacy project. From the tree planting work we have done with schools both here in the UK and abroad we’ve seen how much they can help school children to benefit from and appreciate their outside environment. We hope that pupils taking part in the project will enjoy learning about how trees are making a difference to their peers in countries far from their own.” 


Marmax Product Focus - Recycled Plastic Potting Table

- 09 Jun 2017

Now that the summer months are rolling in, why not make the most of them with our Recycled Plastic Potting Table? The potting table is the perfect height to allow little ones to get stuck into learning the basics of gardening and growing their own produce.


Our potting table is a tangible learning tool to introduce topics such as healthy eating, and, as it’s made from 100% recycled plastic – sustainability. Whether it’s growing their own lunches, or planting some bright flowering plants, the potting table is the ideal addition to any community centre, playground, or even your own garden.


Made from 100% recycled HDPE plastic, this potting table is maintenance-free, does not rot, corrode or splinter and the colours do not fade in the sun. As the plastic is a sturdy material, it can endure heavy-usage from children of all ages.

To find out more about this product, follow the link to view the table, or contact us on 01207 283 442 to find out more.

Green World Awards - The Award Is In!

- 19 May 2017

In 2016, Marmax Recycled Products were awarded by The Green Organisation the Green World Global Bronze Award for New and Recycled Products!


This is an amazing achievement and we’re so proud to have our work recognised by such a renowned organisation. Unfortunately, as the awards ceremony was held in South Korea, we were unable to attend the event in person. However, we were kindly sent our award and it now has pride of place in the office.


From Buddy Benches to Dog Agility Equipment, we continue to strive to make innovative, practical and stylish furniture that benefits both the consumer and the environment by saving millions of plastic bottles from landfill.

From Buddy Benches to Dog Agility Equipment, we continue to strive to make innovative, practical and stylish furniture that benefits both the consumer and the environment by saving millions of plastic bottles from landfill.


This Is Why We Do It.

- 15 May 2017

Here at Marmax, we’re always innovating new ways to develop and use recycled plastic in order to create furniture and equipment for all weathers and industries.

Our partnership with charities focussed on the betterment of the environment through recycling, such as Recoup.org, enables the team to further develop and spread the message of sustainable furniture.

                There are many new emerging issues of environment, such as the ocean waste crisis, and it is issues like this that make the products at Marmax so worthy of consideration.

When The Western Garbage Patch was discovered in 1985 -1988, the true damage that plastic in our oceans causes was brought to the world’s attention. This Garbage Patch, reckoned to be almost the size of a continent, is full of small pieces of plastic, which in turn gets eaten by the wildlife.

Over the past 70 years, the planet has become accustomed to single use plastic, and we are using over 350 million tonnes of plastic every year.

This is a hugely impactful environmental issue. Therefore, the relevance of saving over 245 million plastic bottles from landfill, as Marmax has done, has never been greater.

Alongside the Great Pacific Garbage patch, the fact is that around 50% of all plastic is used once and then thrown away.

Marmax wants this to change, and to improve and save costs for educational, animal and social facilities along the way.

Our aim is to recycle and deliver top quality, long-lasting and fully sustainable equipment. We continue to need that plastic, and so does our environment.


Marmax Product Focus The Buddy Bench

- 10 May 2017

Marmax Recycled Products prides themselves on their ability to focus their energies on new and emerging social issues. The innovation team at the company spend time ensuring their product is not only durable, safe and sustainable, but is also a benefit to the community.

Due to new anti-bullying initiatives introduced by the government, Marmax pioneered a new type of bench with a dual purpose: to be a 100% recycled and recyclable piece of sturdy equipment, and also to promote inclusivity in schools and common areas.

The gentle curve of the buddy bench, as well as the option to be delivered in multi-colour, ensures that children and toddlers are attracted to the concept of socialising with each other on a safe and splinter-free outdoor bench.

As well as the multi-colour, the buddy bench comes in a simple brown, which is ideal in an SEN environment, providing enrichment to those who require quiet and calm surroundings.

This multi-use and inclusive piece of outdoor furniture comes with a 20 year guarantee and has been met with hugely positive reviews by both the educational and leisure facilities that have incorporated it into their setting.

http://www.marmax-products.uk/Junior-Buddy-Bench?search=buddy%20

For more information you can contact the team at Marmax:

01207 283442


Olympic Picnic Bench - Product Focus

- 02 May 2017

Marmax Recycled Products are proud to introduce the Olympic Picnic Bench, one of our best selling pieces of outdoor furniture.

Made using 100% recycled plastic, this hard-wearing, weatherproof and splinter-proof bench can seat up to eight people, and allows for minimal upkeep.

Having been designed, created and distributed with quality and sustainability in mind, these pieces of furniture are ideal for outdoor use, and come in a range of different colours.

Whether for a beer garden or for a new outdoor area for children, the bench can act as a peaceful retreat or as an adult accompaniment to some of the Marmax play areas that are on offer.

You can see the Olympic Picnic Bench by following the below link, so discuss it further by contacting our sales team at Marmax on: 01207 283442

http://www.marmax-products.uk/Olympic-Recycled-Plastic-Picnic-Bench



Marmax Recycled Products - Made In Britain.

- 26 Apr 2017

Marmax Recycled Products is focussed on providing strong, durable and sustainable equipment, which is made from recycled plastic.

So far, we've saved over 245 million plastic milk bottles from landfill since first opening its doors; and our success and sustainability continues to grow.

Amongst the many products on offer, Marmax have created some wonderful Dog Agility equipment for the purposes of training pets, especially those in a rescue environment.

We attend shows and exhibitions in order to showcase these specific pieces, and we are very pleased to be displaying our most recent innovation with the Association of Dog and Cat Homes Show, as well as attending shows to help them offer sustainable options for attendees, such as the Harrogate Flower show at the end of April.

Alongside the incredible equipment for animals, Marmax is proud to also produce sustainable furniture and equipment for a range of other sectors, predominantly outdoor areas and educational facilities. Using UK-based suppliers and adding to the UK effort to lower landfill and waste, Marmax is dedicated and proud to be a British company with green values.

As Made in Britain members, we also continually strive to support British Schools, businesses and Charities and to design, build and distribute our furniture, which is 100% recycled and recyclable, throughout the UK and beyond.

Our MD, Jackie Robshaw, says of Made in Britain:

“We are proud to be members of the Made in Britain campaign.  We value, and are very proud of our heritage and are keen to promote our quality, sustainable products through this great organisation.”

Please contact the team at Marmax with any queries or questions, the team will be happy to offer advice.



A Successful Show at PUB17

- 06 Mar 2017

Marmax attended the PUB17 show on 7th and 8th February which was a great success.

Marmax Products 100% recycled plastic outdoor furniture was not only on display at our fabulous stand, but was also in the ‘pub garden’ which had been created and was used by lots of guests who attended the show. We also had a lot of interest on the stand for our furniture and also our new range of Bistro planters.

We had a competition running over the course of the show which was to win one of our recycled plastic heavy duty picnic benches. Sean Donkin from The Inn Collection Group in Alnwick was the lucky winner. Congratulations to you and we all hope you enjoy your new product.

There was a great variety of stands over the 2 days which offered lots of free samples like gin, beer, soft drinks, food and even hangover cures!

 

We were inspired by the talks which took place in the Pub Theatre; in particular the talk by Amy Lamè from London’s Night Czar.

 

Marmax had a great 2 days at the show and met some really interesting people.

 

Please visit our website to view our vast product range. www.marmax-products.uk

Marmax attended the PUB17 show on 7th and 8th February which was a great success.

Marmax Products 100% recycled plastic outdoor furniture was not only on display at our fabulous stand, but was also in the ‘pub garden’ which had been created and was used by lots of guests who attended the show. We also had a lot of interest on the stand for our furniture and also our new range of Bistro planters.

We had a competition running over the course of the show which was to win one of our recycled plastic heavy duty picnic benches. Sean Donkin from The Inn Collection Group in Alnwick was

the lucky winner. Congratulations to you and we all hope you enjoy your new product.

There was a great variety of stands over the 2 days which offered lots of free samples like gin, beer, soft drinks, food and even hangover cures!

 

We were inspired by the talks which took place in the Pub Theatre; in particular the talk by Amy LamèAnchor from London’s Night Czar.

 

Marmax had a great 2 days at the show and met some really interesting people.

 

Please visit our website to view our vast product range. www.marmax-products.uk

 


Telesales Coordinator Vacancy

- 03 Mar 2017

We are looking to recruit an experienced Tele Sales Coordinator to join our successful sales team based in Stanley. In this office based role you will be tasked with achieving sales targets through developing customer relationships and utilising excellent product knowledge and selling skills.  Working in a small team, selling both to existing markets such as schools and councils as well as identifying and developing new markets.  Key duties will include:

·         Maintaining and developing relationships with existing customers via telephone, email and mail-shots.

·         Developing new markets and business opportunities in line with Company products.

·         Cold calling potential new customers from databases.

·         Following up new leads from customer enquiries, converting incoming inquiries into confirmed orders

·         Upselling to maximize sales

·         Preparing and sending out quotations for customers.

·         Answer the telephone and divert incoming calls whenever necessary to the relevant person/department or take a message

·         Deal with customer complaints, investigating issues with relevant departments with aim of resolving promptly and escalating to manager when required.


This is a great opportunity to sell a fantastic range of products which are made from 100% recycled plastic and produced on site by us. The successful candidate will have experience of selling Business to Business over the phone and be able to generate their own customer leads.  Experience of selling technical bespoke products would also be advantageous. You will have previously worked successfully to call targets and sales targets, have a consultative sales approach and be a strong team player.


The successful candidate will receive a competitive salary, 25 days holiday, Contributory pension scheme, Medical Cash Plan, excellent bonus earning potential, training and development opportunities plus lots more.


To apply please send your CV and covering letter detailing your salary expectations to Natalief@samuelgrant.co.uk.  



Marmax and Dogs Trust work hand in hand

- 27 Feb 2017

At the biannual Dogs Trust rehoming Centre Staff Conference the room was buzzing with a great atmosphere, and teams from all 21 Dogs Trust centres attended with Marmax in tow.

One of the highlights of the event was the competition to help improve existing agility equipment, created using 100% recycled plastic material. This competition allowed the teams to be innovative and use their wealth of skill and experience and design their dream piece of agility equipment to feedback their knowledge to the team at Marmax, who in turn gladly develop these products for Dogs Trust.

After the dinner and addresses, the judges announced their winning product, which Marmax are all too pleased to help bring to life.

The winning team, from the Shoreham rehoming centre, created a product that supported sensory environmental enrichment for the dogs in their care, encouraging training to also be fun, and is currently being tested for real use.

As Marmax was present at the event, they were able to gain first hand insight into the importance of creating and developing equipment from those most passionate about the animals that use the products.

The teams from Dogs Trust were thrilled to be able to have this engagement and input into the care of the animals, and Marmax’s presence was very warmly welcomed! This partnership has grown and will continue to thrive in 2017, with every purchase of agility equipment bought by Dogs Trust rehoming centres, Marmax Products will donate 5% to Dogs Trust which will help them build a better future for over 15,000 dogs every year!


New Brochures for 2017!

- 16 Feb 2017

The New Year has brought new products to Marmax, and that means brand new brochures! Our 2017 Education and Brewery brochures are now available.

Marmax Recycled Products prides itself on making 100% UK Recycled plastic furniture and play equipment for education, as well as producing business and leisure equipment for all types of industry.

We’ve been awarded Champion Business 2015 and International Greener Business Award, leading to Green Ambassador Status in 2017. These accolades represent Marmax’s strive for a greener tomorrow, and showcases our product innovation whilst doing so.

So if you’re looking for anything, from SEN specialised play equipment, through to picnic benches for your beer garden, be sure to check out our 2017 brochures.


http://www.marmax-products.uk/2017_brewery/



Pub 17 - We're Coming for you!

- 02 Feb 2017

Marmax Recycled Plastic Products are attending one of the largest Pub shows of the year, PUB 17. Taking place on the 07th and 08th Feb, at Olympia London, we will be showcasing some of our fantastic products and will be available for enquiries.

As leading providers of recycled outdoor furniture, Marmax can boast a huge array of equipment for outdoor use for every element of the leisure industry.

With a staggering 20 year guarantee, and with furniture that is non-splinter, doesn’t fade and doesn’t rot, you can be sure you are getting the best quality in a full complement of products. This includes outdoor seating, waste areas and play equipment to name just a few.

The company has grown with the increased awareness of environmental issues and is proudly and firmly in the forefront of the drive to reduce landfill and make waste a resource rather than a problem.

Please visit us at Stand 175 for more information or to be in with a chance of winning one of our fantastic Heavy Duty Picnic Benches for your business!