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.
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.
For more information you can contact the team at Marmax:
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
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!
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.
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!
Spruce Up Framwellgate Moor & Fence House- 02 Feb 2017
A third County Durham community is set to benefit from a ‘Spruce Up.’
Durham County Council’s Operation Spruce Up has arrived in Framwellgate Moor in Durham, following successful stints at Spennymoor and Fencehouses.
Spruce Up takes one settlement at a time and combines the council activities of highways, street cleaning, regeneration, grounds maintenance and others for a thorough tidy up. The council joins forces with schools, businesses and community groups to give town and village centres across the county a 'deep clean.'
The work began at Framwellgate Moor on Monday 23 January and will take place on Front Street as well as the two shopping areas on Priory Road.
It will involve installation of new benches on Finchale Road, the sweeping and clearing of footpaths, the painting and cleaning of street lights and the removal of weeds and debris from paths and green spaces.
Channels will also be cleared, chewing gum removed from footpaths, bollard and fencing painted and gullies cleared.
The council is also teaming up with Framwellgate Moor Primary School to deliver assemblies, which will seek to educate children on the importance of keeping their communities looking shipshape. In addition, a poster competition will be held for pupils with the winning entry being displayed around school and locally. The children will also be helping with planting.
Spruce Up will see one location chosen each month, with one town or village centre from each of the council’s 14 Area Action Partnerships to get the treatment before December 2017.
It launched at Spennymoor in November before moving onto Fencehouses last month.
Spruce Up Fencehouses saw three planters, donated by Tanfield Lea based Marmax Recycled Plastic Products Ltd, planted by children from the village’s Woodlea Primary School and 1st Bournmoor Scouts.
Kate Stewart, Marketing Executive for Marmax Products Ltd, said: “It was great to donate the planters to the local Scout group, especially coming from a County Durham business to such a deserving County Durham community group.
“We hope it provides a real feature to the area and enjoyment to the group and residents of Fencehouses for many years to come”
Oliver Sherratt, the council’s head of direct services, said: “The reaction we’ve had from both Spennymoor and Fencehouses has been excellent and people are telling us Spruce Up is really making a difference to where they live.
“We’re looking forward to getting stuck in at Framwellgate Moor and it’ll be great to have local children on board once again.
“We’re confident Spruce Up will prove just as popular there.”
ON THE WAY TO GREEN GLORY- 12 Sep 2016
Marmax Products has won a Green World Environment Award in the international campaign to find the world's greenest countries, companies and communities.
They competed against more than 500 other nominations in the Green World Awards for Environmental Best Practice, and they will be presented with their trophy and certificate at a glittering presentation in Bucheon, South Korea on October 28.
As a result of this Green World Award success, they have been invited to have their winning paper published in The Green Book, the leading international work of reference on environmental best practice, so that others around the world can follow their example and learn from their achievement.
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.
They are supported by the Environment Agency, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Chartered Institution for Wastes Management and other independent bodies.
MARMAX ON THE WAY TO GREEN GLORY- 22 Aug 2016
Marmax products based in Stanley, County Durham, has won a Green Apple Environment Award in the international campaign to find the greenest companies, councils and communities.
They competed against more than 500 other nominations in the Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice, and they will be presented with their trophy and certificate at a glittering presentation ceremony in the Houses of Parliament, London on November 11.
As a result of this Green Apple Award success, they have been invited to have their winning paper published in The Green Book, the leading international work of reference on environmental best practice, so that others around the world can follow their example and learn from their achievement.
They could also progress to represent their country in the Green World Awards, and the European Business Awards for the Environment.
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.
The Green Apple Awards are supported by the Environment Agency, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Chartered Institution for Wastes Management and other independent bodies.
If you know a company, council or community that deserves recognition for its environmental efforts, you can nominate them for a Green Apple Award by telephoning 01604.810507.
Green World ambassadors Status 3rd Year Running- 11 Aug 2016
MARMAX PRODUCTS, based in STANLEY, COUNTY DURHAM, have been honoured as International Green World Ambassadors at a special ceremony on Monday August 8, 2016 at The Crystal, London Docklands – regarded as the most sustainable events venue in the UK.
This recognition comes as a result of the environmental success of their SPECIAL EDUCATION NEEDS RANGE Project which won a Green Apple Environment Award, presented at Westminster Palace in November last year.
As a result of that success, they are having their winning paper published in The Green Book, the world’s only annual work of reference on environmental best practice that is distributed to environment professionals, universities and libraries around the world by The Green Organisation.
The award judges commented: “This range of products for outdoor play at special educational needs schools had a range of criteria to fulfil before being deemed fit for purpose. By being made from 100% recycled HDPE, mostly from milk bottles, it ticks the eco-schools and sustainable schools boxes, but by being cleverly designed to be safe yet entertaining it ticks the all-important “happy kids” box too.”
The winning paper now goes forward for further judging and entry into The Green World Awards for the Environment; the campaign to find the “greenest” organisation in the world.
This presentation takes place in Seoul, South Korea in October.
Love Northumberland Awards 2016- 02 Aug 2016
Marmax Products were delighted to participate in the Love Northumberland Awards again for the 4th year running and provide prizes to the two winning schools.
The Love Northumberland Awards are designed to reward the achievements in school recycling and waste minimisation. Nominations were invited from Northumberland schools for projects that reinforce the Northumberland County Council recycling and waste reduction messages which benefit the wider environment and local community. Two schools were awarded for their hard work.
The runners up of the campaign were Grange View C of E First School and this is what they did to achieve this award:
· The School council team have been encouraging recycling throughout the school by educating children and staff to use the correct bins in each classroom.
· The children learnt about recycling in assembly from the council and were then inspired to go home and tell their families about it.
· Recycling at home tally charts and information were sent home to encourage families to count what they recycled over a week – The families recycled 301 plastic bottles, 392 food and drinks cans and 670 bits of paper and cardboard.
· They discovered that as a school, from the plastic bottles they recycled in one week, they saved enough energy to power a lightbulb for 180 hours or a television from 135 hours.
The overall winners of the campaign were Newsham Primary School. Northumberland County Council thought their project was very deserving of first place for the following reasons:
· Newsham Primary School has a Junior Leadership Team (JLT) with a representative from every Year 2 – 6 class 2 – 6 class in school.
· Recycling in the school was a very popular suggestion as an area for improvement and something that the JLT were very passionate about.
· The JLT went on to set up a very effective recycling in school programme.
· As part of the education aspect of their scheme, the JLT came up with posters and leaflets to give out to each class so it was clear what could and couldn’t be recycled.
· They are currently creating some Early Years materials so they can reinforce their message with the youngest children.
· Recently, Newsham Primary School also took part in the launch of the Love Northumberland, Hate Litter Campaign. Members of the local Co-Operative, a local Councillor and the JLT went into Newsham and tided up a messy area of the community – an area which members of the Residents Association had previously raised concerns about.
· Newsham Priamry intends to make litter reduction a huge part of their scheme going forward. They are going to have a big launch in school and plan to set up a mentoring scheme to engage and educate as many people in the community as possible.
· The success of recycling in school, has led to other initiatives being developed to tackle other areas of waste. The school now have compost bins and fruit and vegetable waste is now being recycled to help them grow their own fruit and vegetables to be used in school. As well as this, they have held several clothing drives in an effort to get the school community to recycle unwanted clothing items.
· The JLT’s recycling system has worked so well that they now have plans to implement it in other schools in Blyth in the future.
David Gregory, Teacher at Newsham Pimary School said, “It is our goal to educate and inspire others about the need to take pride in where we live and keep our town and county tidy”
Grange View C of E First School received a Junior Picnic Bench in Rainbow for their school and Newsham Primary School received a Buddy Bench in Rainbow for their school, both courtesy of Marmax Products.
5% of sales of Poppy Bench donated back to Royal British Legion- 28 Jul 2016
Marmax Products continue to donate 5% of every sale of their Poppy Picnic Bench to the Royal British Legion.
The new Poppy bench has been inspired by the poppy shape itself. The Poppy Picnic Bench has a red circular top and red seating with a black frame. The Poppy bench can seat up to 8 adults at any one time.
Jackie Robshaw, Branch Manager for Marmax Products said, “We are proud to be supporting the Royal British Legion with their Poppy Appeal this year. We will be donating 5% of every sale of the New Poppy Bench back to the Royal British Legion to ensure they can continue to carry out the great work that they do”.
Danielle Neighbour, Community Fundraising Manager from the Royal British Legion said,” We are so thankful to Marmax Products for supporting the Royal British Legion during the Poppy Appeal. All the money raised from sales of their Poppy Benches will help us to provide vital care to the British Armed Forces, past and present, and their loved ones.”
The Poppy Picnic Bench is available to purchase now for £549 from www.marmaxproducts.co.uk or by calling the team on 01207 283442.
The New Poppy Picnic Bench is made from 100% UK recycled plastic , which means it won’t rust, rot, corrode or splinter and requires no maintenance this ensuring it will retain its appearance for years to come.
Each Poppy Picnic Bench saves 3,432 2 pint plastic milk cartons from going to landfill.
The original Poppy Bench was donated to Royal British Legion so they could select a charity in which they would like to donate it to. The Poppy bench was donated to Cullercoates Primary School in Tynemouth, which has provided the children with an outdoor seating area for eating thier lunch to story time.
Marmax Products Ltd supports a number of charities including the Dog Trust, MacMillan Cancer Support, Cash For Kids, and this year in addition have decided to support the Royal British Legion.
Dog Agility Fun at Blue Cross Tiverton- 08 Jun 2016
A ‘Dog Agility A-Frame’ designed and manufactured by Marmax Products has been donated to Blue Cross Tiverton so they can provide enrichment to the dogs in their care whilst they wait for their forever homes.
The team from Blue Cross, Tiverton attended the ADCH (Association of Dog and Cats Homes) in Birmingham and entered a competition which Marmax Products were hosting. Blue Cross, Tiverton, was drawn as the overall winner.
The Dog Agility A-Frame is made from 100% UK recycled plastic (HDPE) which was once milk containers. It is maintenance free and will not rot corrode or splinter so is perfect for paws large and small.
Hannah Miell, Animal Welfare Supervisor at Blue Cross Tiverton said, “The A frame has meant we now have a great opportunity to practice even more much needed enrichment and fun with the dogs in our care. The dogs can benefit from learning new skills and building their confidence whilst enjoying themselves which in turn can help them find their forever home even quicker.
Being a charity, donations and generous offers, such as this, mean we can now make use of a valuable resource we wouldn’t otherwise have been able to have access to. This is not just a gift to the dogs here at the centre but it is also a gift to the team, as we care for the dogs so deeply, anything to improve their welfare makes us very happy!”
Jackie Robshaw, General Manager at Marmax Products said, “We are delighted that the Blue Cross will now be able to provide enrichment for the dogs with our Dog Agility A-Frame. The Dog Agility equipment is a new product range for Marmax Products and we are looking to increase the range again this year, but we can only do this with the help and advice received from those who work within the animal welfare sector. The range was developed from an initial customer and enquiry and it has grown from there.
As a business we support many charities throughout the year and the feedback we are receiving with regards the dog agility equipment has been overwhelming”.
Marmax Products have supplied Dog Agility equipment to the Dogs Trust, Battersea Dogs home, Border Collie Trust and the RSPCA to name just a few and will continue to work with these animal welfare charities to increase the selection of products in the Dog Agility range.
Over the last 8 years Marmax Products have saved 550million milk containers from going to landfill through manufacturing their products.
Tanfield Lea manufacturer Marmax creates jobs- 15 Apr 2016
Recycling rewards for pupils- 15 Dec 2015
Marmax Products Are Triple Award Winners- 26 Nov 2015
Marmax Products and their Special Educational Needs Range has been recognised in a number of local and national awards:
Products & Recycled Products National Bronze Award Winner – Green Apple Awards 2015
Greener Business Award - Durham Environmental Award 2015
Champion Business Award – Chronicle Champions 2015
Jackie Robshaw, General Manager at Marmax Products said, “We are delighted that all the hard work has paid off. The products and the team deserve the recognition and we are thrilled that our new SEN Range has made an impact on not just the local community but on a national level”.
Marmax Products also reached finalist status in the following awards ceremony’s:
Innovation Award - Made in the North East Awards 2015
Best Recycled Product of the Year – Plastic Industry Awards 2015
Champion Greener Business Award – Chronicle Champions 2015
Marmax Products has also been awarded Green World Ambassador status for 2016.