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M&M Timber Invests in Young Apprentice

Worcestershire timber merchant, M&M Timber is investing in the industry’s future with the appointment of a new apprentice, as part of the Nova Training Vocational Skills apprenticeship scheme. 19 year old Connor Payton from Bewdley is delighted to be joining one oConnor_Payton_1f the UK’s leading timber manufacturers after studying a BTEC Level 3 in Public Services at Worcester Sixth Form College.
Connor joins the company on an 18-month apprenticeship scheme as Sales Assistant where he will progress his customer service skills, timber merchanting understanding and develop fundamental business acumen.
As part of Nova Training, the apprenticeship looks to advance key vocational skills and leads to a MVQ Level 2 certification in sales which addresses a broad range of skill areas to succeed in business. This includes selling, face to face, by phone and at events, processing of sales orders, lead generation and sales data analysis to identify trends, opportunities and to run reports.
During its 25 years in business, Nova has operated many youth and adult training programmes and delivered employer led programmes and qualifications such as NVQ's and Apprenticeships. Jeff James, Nova Training, commented; “Our vision at Nova is to place apprentices, who are eager to learn and develop, at the heart of activity to enhance their skills set, employability and confidence in their chosen profession area. The huge benefit of an apprenticeship such as this is that it provides the individual with important workplace experience and enables them to work with colleagues to see the business operate in a ‘real environment’ – there really is no better way to learn than on the job!”
Fraser Hall, M&M Timber concludes; “As a business we’re thrilled to welcome Connor to our team and thoroughly support his apprenticeship. We feel this is an excellent opportunity for Connor to gain vital sales knowledge, bringing theory and practice together. The timber sector is a dynamic industry to be part of and we’re confident Connor will be a valuable asset to our team as he develops his sales career.”

'Bright Innovation' - M&M Timber partners with lighting specialist to develop bespoke Radiata Sleepers and Bollards

Northamptonshire outdoor and garden lighting specialists, Lumena Lights, have teamed up with leading Worcestershire timber manufacturer, M&M Timber to develop ‘Bright Innovation’ in a range of solid timber path lights. Bespoke and exclusive, this stylish range of Radiata Pine Sleeper or Bollards can transform any outdoor space to provide practical and aesthetically pleasing illumination.  
The product innovation delivers a fashionable and unique path lighting manufactured using solid Radiata Pine South African timbers – sourced from M&M Timber. Unlike most domestic softwoods which display significant cracks or splitting as the timbers season, Radiata Pine timbers are renowned for their low split properties and no feathering making them extremely durable. The stylish natural Pine bollards are fully sanded to give a smooth top-quality finish and pressure treated with Tanalith E wood preservative in accordance with BS8417. The sleepers or bollards have a 15-year warranty as standard, are very robust and look fantastic in any natural outdoor environment.

Solid brass or stainless-steel lights are inserted into machined cavities in the timber to create an elegant path light that will stand and shine the test of time. 12v and 240v options are available and all are LED compatible to ensure high efficiency, low maintenance cost and prolonged longevity. The Radiata Pine Sleepers and Bollards come in two heights, designed for 300mm – 400mm secure in-ground mounting.

Lumena Lights is a supplier and stockist of high quality, energy efficient outdoor lighting including floodlights, bollard lights, path lights, outdoor wall lighting, lamp posts and many more. All products are carefully selected and independently tried and tested to ensure only a very high standard is delivered to customers. The business has one of the largest ranges of illuminated bollards in the UK and its large Daventry showroom is open Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm.
Fraser Hall, Sales Director at M&M Timber said; “The development of the Radiata Pine Timber Lights has been an exciting project to work on with Lumena Lights. Using the very best quality pine, which is chemically treated and kiln dried, and then paired with LED lighting and finished with charming features, this new range of pine bollard lights is durable, characterful and in-sync with the natural environment.”

Enjoy outdoor living all year round with the new Range of Gazebos from Forest Garden and M&M Timber

Forest Garden, the UK’s leading manufacturer and distributor of timber sheds, summerhouses, fence panels and garden structures has launched its brand-new Round Timber Gazebo Collection. Manufactured at its Worcestershire Sawmill division – M&M Timber, these premium gazebos offer covered solutions for gardens, outdoor landscaping and design projects that will stand the test of time and weather.

Gazebos are among the most attractive structures you can add to your outdoor living space, they not only create a beautiful focal point, but can also allow you to extend the summer season and enjoy the great outdoors all year round.

The exclusive new round timber range was launched at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show and is available through Forest Garden and M&M Timber.  The new collection includes the Hexagonal Garden Gazebo range which is available in four sizes, from the compact and elegant 3m to the spacious 4.7m, a Premium Oval Gazebo available in two sizes, 5.1m and 6m and a Square 3.5m Garden gazebo which provides the perfect setting for a hot tub or spa.

The smaller models offer a sanctuary, an ideal shady spot during long hot days, or even a shelter during the odd summer shower.  The larger models provide plenty of room for al-fresco dining and make the ultimate venue for entertaining.  The premium gazebos also offer an alternative outdoor covered space whether it is at a school, park, forest, countryside centre or sports club. 

Alongside the different styles, there are 3 options for the roof - Traditional Timber, New England Cedar or Country Thatch.   Each gazebo includes optional accessories including bench seats, tables, cushions and curtains.

All the gazebos are handmade from kiln dried, pressure treated, round timber and have an attractive smooth sanded finish. All gazebos are delivered and installed on site by a team of qualified professional fitters. Normally no planning permission is required, just a suitable base prior to installation.

Fraser Hall, Sales Director said; “We have designed a fantastic new collection of gazebos introducing new elements to the structures from the cross beam fittings to the hard wearing accessories.  The Gazebos are hand built using high quality Radiata pine timber which deliver a durable robust long life solution for outdoor buildings.  The kiln dried timbers are pressure treated with Tanalith E wood preservative to stand the test of all weather conditions.  With no planning permission required the gazebos offer fantastic additional covered area.”

New Product:  M&M Timber adds DuraSleeper and DuraEdge Timber to RangeMM_Timber_-_DuraSleeper_1

Product innovation is at the core of the M&M Timber business; the Worcestershire-based manufacturer of quality long-life timber products for agricultural, equestrian, landscaping, construction, and amenity sectors. Exploring new products to satisfy growing customer demand is what the business thrives on and now the team is delighted to announce two new additions - DuraSleeper and DuraEdge. 

Manufactured using Radiata Pine, which is kiln dried then pressure treated with Tanalith E wood preservative, DuraSleeper_-_MM_Timberthe DuraSleeper range can be used in a variety of configurations to create edging and wall features. The sleepers are available in two finishes, rough sawn and planed, and can come in a selection of lengths. Bespoke timbers can also be manufactured for bulk orders to meet the requirement of specific projects.  For landscaping or construction projects that include corners in the design, the new DuraEdge presents the ideal solution. It comes with the same specification as the sleeper range and can work in partnership with M&M Timber’s Unilog Pro landscaping timbers.
Timbers are kiln dried and pressure treated with Tanalith E, a copper-based wood preservative with high-performance credentials from Lonza Wood Protection. The preservative incorporates BARamine supported absorption into the timbers as well as helping the protection against certain copper tolerant brown rots which can attack timber.  At the start of the year, M&M Timber gained the Wood Protection Association (WPA) accreditation for the quality of its treated wood for the 5th consecutive year.

Fraser Hall, Sales Director at M&M Timber said; “As a business, we are continually DuraEdge_-_MM_Timberdeveloping our timber range to offer customers new exciting ideas and solutions. Product innovation and quality are our primary objectives and we’re confident the new DuraSleeper and DuraEdge delivers on both. Both ranges complement our existing timber portfolio perfectly.  Preparation of the timbers is paramount with the kiln drying process ensuring full sapwood penetration.  We have already seen excellent traction with our landscaping and play customer base.”
To further endorse M&M Timber as a leading supplier of treated timber the business was awarded the Wood Protection Association ‘Treated Wood Trader of the Year’ for 2017.


M&M Timber win 'Treated Wood Trader of the Year' at WPA Awards

On Wednesday 5 April M&M Timber won the 'Treated Wood Trader of the Year' award at the WPA (Wood Protection Associations) Awards held in Derby.  The award was received by Fraser Hall, Sales Director for M&M Timber.

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The WPA is a technical and advisory organisation dedicated to the use of wood protection technology to improve the performance and value of wood as a sustainable construction material. Their aim is to guide specifiers and designers to make the right choices for wood on resistance to decay, insects and fire. Their annual awards ceremony is a real highlight in the timber sector calendar, with many companies battling it out to claim the top spots!  Commenting on the success of M&M Timber in the 2017 Awards WPA Director Steve Young said:” M&M Timber were early adopters of the WPA Benchmark quality scheme for treated wood as well as incising technology. They are highly regarded for their treatment capabilities by the independent experts used by WPA to carry out quality audits but M&M’s novel approach to segmenting the market for treated wood also caught the judges eye.”

Based near Clows Top, Worcestershire, M&M Timber is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of machine rounded timber products and are highly regarded by landscaping professionals right across the country. In winning the award the business was recognised for its innovation in product development and forward-thinking investment for both the future sustainability of the M&M Timber business and the wider treated wood industry. With its new management team, led by the CEO of owners Forest Garden, M&M Timber has re-shaped its business strategy to diversify into new markets, whilst ensuring not to lose sight of its traditional agricultural fencing business.
Product innovation is a major part of the business, with recent product extensions including the new SolarGuard range of posts and strainers to meet fencing requirements within the renewable energy sector. The landscaping sector is another growth area for M&M Timber and following customer insight, the business is launching its brand new DuraSleeper and DuraEdge products this April.  The range of sleepers are manufactured using Radiata Pine which is kiln dried and pressure treated with Tanalith E wood preservative for durability and long service life.
The investment and security brought to the business by their owners Forest Garden also enables M&M Timber to be part of the whole process from planting saplings at the businesses forests in Scotland & Wales, right through to providing merchandising support for end products ready to be sold to consumers.
Fraser Hall, Sales Director at M&M Timber collected the award; “It is a huge honour to win the WPA Treated Wood Trader of the Year Award and the M&M Timber team are all absolutely thrilled. A key strength of our business is our people; we employ 60 personnel who in total have given 500 years of service to the business. This award is a testament to the continued investment into M&M by the Forest Garden Group and recognises our commitment to drive innovation into all sectors of the timber industry. We cannot wait to share the good news with all of our customers and would like to thank them for their business and support throughout the years. With a new range of products about to be launched, 2017 is shaping up to be an exciting year.”

WPA Awards - 2017 Finalists 

M&M Timber is delighted to be finalists for the WPA (Wood Protection Association) Awards for Wood Protection Excellence being held on Wednesday 5 April at the Marriot Breadsall Priory Hotel, Derby.  

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  • Preservative Treated Wood Project of the Year
  • Trader of the Year Single-site

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New Factory Outlet at M&M Timber:  Open for Business 

Leading timber manufacturer, M&M Timber, has opened the doors to its new factory outlet. Officially launched at the weekend – the outlet will be open for business every Saturday from 9am until 12noon and Monday to Friday 9.00am to 4.00pm at its saw mill site at Clows Top near Kidderminster.

The factory outlet is now open to trade and the public, selling a wide range of end of line fencing posts, railings, fencing panels, trellis, bulk firewood, sheds and other timber materials for landscaping, gardening and field work. Products will change every wemm-logo-OUTLET-rgbek, as well as exclusive deals and promotions – including the current offer on tote bags of firewood for just £25 each (ex VAT) and wood shaving bales, ideal for horse and livestock bedding at just £5.80 per bale (ex VAT).
As the UK’s leading manufacturer of machine rounded timber products and the supplier of choice to the agricultural, utility, commercial, landscaping and play market sectors, M&M Timber provides excellence on all levels. Its high-quality products, extensive range and exceptional customer service makes it the number one timber company to deal with.
Fraser Hall, Sales Director at M&M Timber commented; “The team at M&M Timber are excited to open the doors to our new factory outlet and we look forward to doing business with local customers throughout the spring months. Whether you are in search of fencing posts, fencing panels or even a new shed our factory outlet will deliver great savings.  Our range of stock rotates weekly so there is always a fantastic selection of factory seconds plus regular stocks of firewood and wood shavings. We will have a large display area – so we welcome visitors to drop by and take a browse.”
M&M Timber manufacture and finish its products at its Worcestershire sawmill and source sustainable raw materials and modern preservatives therefore, keeping its environmental footprint at a minimum. The business has also gained the Wood Protection Association (WPA) accreditation for five consecutive years.

Prestige Fencing Range Gallops Ahead of Competition for Equestrian Sector 

Prestige Scallop Post and Rail Fencing from M&M Timber combines durability, high performing specification and superior aesthetics to deliver a popular application for landscaping, boundary and equestrian fencing. It's widely specified for stabling enclosures, paddocks, racing yards, ménages and in sporting venues.
Accredited by the Wood Protection Association (WPA), M&M Timber is sector leading, providing robust timbers that deliver for fencing projects every time. 

Strong and elegant, with chamfered tops, the Prestige scalloped post and half round rail are highly recommended by professionals for its ease of installation and versatility. The specially selected kiln dried redwood timbers are selected for ultimate quality and pressure treated to preserve against insects and fungal decay ensuring this timber performs for the long-term. The range includes a choice of standard or premium weight rails and two, three or four rail scalloped post options. The four-rail option is often used for equestrian stud farms to eliminate the risk of young foals escaping and at zoos and country parks to contain smaller animals. Its smooth surface reduces any contact risk of harm to both public and livestock.
Its defining features include:

  • Chamfered tops: adds elegance to appearance
  • Pressure treated: prolongs timber life
  • Specifically design scallop to house rail and hide fixings
  • Uniform Diameter
  • Cylindrically straight: no bent or twisted posts
  • No taper posts: ensure no water pocket
  • No quibble 15-year warranty: ensures peace of mind

From their 25 acre site at Clows Top, near Kidderminster, M&M Timber is now the UK’s leading manufacturer of machine rounded timber products and the supplier of choice to the equestrian, agricultural, utility, commercial, landscaping, land owner and play market sectors.
When it comes to pressure treatment and preservation, M&M Timber holds a unique position in the industry. For the fifth consecutive year the business has achieved the WPA Benchmark of quality for treated wood. Independent verification of the quality and performance of treated products is the only way to preserve confidence in wood as the best material for fencing and outdoor landscaping.
M&M Timber was first awarded the WPA Benchmark Certificate for 15 years desired service life but has recently raised the bar to achieve certification of products treated to deliver a 30 years desired service life. Verification of this kind is still very rare for the industry – signifying M&M Timber’s exclusive position and ongoing commitment to quality.
Fraser Hall, M&M Timber commented; The Prestige Fencing by M&M Timber is a 100% British grown and manufactured product – something we’re extremely proud of. It's quality, robustness and versatility are all boosted by the WPA accreditation. From paddock fencing, farm entrances to racing yards, the premium scalloped Prestige fencing is the expert timber for equestrian needs.”
In addition to Prestige Fencing, the M&M Timber collection includes Agricised long life posts and AgriPost machine rounded stakes and strainers.


M&M Timber Awarded WPA Benchmark Quality Accolade  

M&M Timber has successfully retained, for a fifth consecutive year, the Wood Protection Association (WPA) Benchmark of quality for treated wood. The WPA Benchmark is a quality assurance scheme providing independent verification that treated wood has been impregnated correctly in accordance with the requirements of BS8417 – the British Standard for preservative impregnated wood.
Under the WPA Benchmark QAS firms with products Certificated as ‘fit for purpose’ by the WPA are required to have their treatment plant and treatment process validated by an annual audit. M&M Timber was first awarded the WPA Benchmark Certificate for 15 years desired service life pine products in 2011 and has subsequently added 15 years incised spruce products to the scope of its WPA Certificate. In its most recent annual audit M&M has raised the quality bar even further to achieve certification of products treated to deliver a 30 years desired service life in BS8417.
Commenting on this achievement WPA director Steve Young said; “. M&M Timber has always had a reputation for quality and as an early adopter of the WPA Benchmark scheme recognised the benefit that expert third-party verification of quality can bring in building buyer confidence in the ability of treated wood to perform. To have 30 year desired service life fencing products certificated by the WPA Benchmark scheme is still very rare and M&M Timbers’ achievement is a clear sign of their ongoing commitment to quality and meeting customer needs. Manufacturers such as M&M Timber are leading the way in the industry by demonstrating that independent verification of the quality and performance of treated products is the only way to preserve confidence in wood as the best material for fencing and outdoor landscaping.”
Fraser Hall, Sales Director at M&M Timber, commented; “It is excellent that M&M Timber has yet again successfully secured the WPA Benchmark for the Tanalith E wood preservation used on timbers manufactured at our site in Clows Top, Worcestershire. The WPA is working hard to get more timber treaters accredited to ensure that wood preservative treatments are being used effectively.  As a recently appointed member of the WPA board of directors I look forward to promoting the benefits of the WPA Benchmark quality scheme within the timber industry to make WPA Benchmark Certificated products the natural first choice for buyers seeking long term performance from treated wood.”

M&M Timber Supply Wood for New Playscape Creation  

M&M Timber is delighted to have supplied materials for a design-led recreational project constructed by Warwick Landscaping Ltd.

Warwick Landscaping Ltd is a team of specialist landscape contractors with over 25 years’ experience creating and developing all aspects of commercial and domestic landscaping. The business has developed an exceptional portfolio working with public and private clienWarwick_Landscaping_0ts across London and the South East of England – and with their latest project they sourced top quality materials from leading timber merchant, M&M Timber.

Warwick Landscaping was commissioned, in conjunction with JP Design, to create, coordinate and oversee the construction of a new interactive educational play area at Sherwood Park School in Surrey. The development included decking, play features and equipment, safety surfacing and planting to create a bespoke ‘Discovery Forest’ which would cater for severely handicapped children.
Warwick Landscaping selected Unilog Pro Timber from Worcestershire based M&M Timber to construct retaining walls, post and rope handrails and a feature log spiral.

Guy Humphryes from Warwick Landscaping Ltd said; “To progress the project for our client we needed to source good quality, durable timber products – and so selected to work with M&M Timber. We have been extremely impressed with their reliable and efficient delivery of products enabling us to carry out the project to timescale and to a very high specification. Our client and all visitors to the development are delighted by the creation and the children at the school are benefitting hugely.”


M&M Timber Towers at New Heights - New performing structure set to be big attraction at West Midland Safari Park - 18th October 2016

MM_Timber_West_Midlands_Safari_Park__14There will be no ‘sleeping lions’ at the West Midland Safari Park now that its sea lions will be jumping at great height! Children, parents and visitors will be amazed as they watch sea lions entertain the crowds from a new tower overlooking the sea lion enclosure – and its thanks to M&M Timber that the construction has been possible.

Leading timber manufacturer, M&M Timber located locally to the adventure park in the village of Clows Top near Kidderminster, has supplied the wood for the structure. It has provided its Playguard Radiata posts and Agripost rounds. All of the timbers were supplied straight cut, the machining for the drill holes was done on site by the safari park and then the installation was carried out by the safari parks maintenance team. Now that the structure is in place, visitors can enjoy sea lion shows throughout the day; at the very top of the structure there is a standing platform for one of the sea lion trainers to talk to the audience during the show and below that is a raised platform for the sea lions to jump off into the water.
For more than 30 years M&M Timber has supplied a wide range of timber products to the playground and leisure equipment industry throughout the UK, specifically for educational and play structures and other outdoor leisure applications.
The PlayGuard range has been developed using Radiata pine, which has low-split levels and presents endless opportunities in terms of innovative design, durability and ease of maintenance. PlayGuard timbers are kiln dried and pressure treated with celcure Tanalith E wood preservative to increase resilience and longevity. 

Max Horton, M&M Timber Sales Specialist said; “West Midland Safari Park contacted us initially as they nMM_Timber_West_Midlands_Safari_Park__10eeded to do repair works to the existing structure – and we were thrilled to be able to assist in developing the new tower. We responded proactively to the requests and were able to have timbers ready in 3 weeks from the date of order! The West Midland Safari Park is one of the greatest local attractions in our area and hundreds of visitors walk through the park every week enjoying the exotic sights and wildlife experience.
This has been a fantastic project to be part of – and we now hope many people will make the visit to the park to enjoy its mesmerising sea lion display.”  
West Midland Safari Park, commented; “We have been extremely impressed with the level of efficiency, professionalism and attention to detail that the M&M Timber team have paid to this project for us. They have worked closely with us to develop, design and select the very best timbers for the construction that considers both safety and durability. We’re delighted to officially open the new tower at our sea lion enclosure.”


M&M Timber Develops Exclusive SolarGuard Posts - 23rd August 2016

Leading timber products manufacturer, M&M Timber is offering long life fencing for solar farms with the introduction of their new SolarGuard posts. Following overwhelming demand from fencing contractors the new SolarGuard posts have been exclusively designed to cater for the growing need for quality, durable fencing for solar installations.      

Protect your investment: install secure fencing and avoid costly disruptions
There are now over 465 solar farms in Britain – with investment in renewable energy escalating over the last decade as farmers, landowners and entrepreneurs look to source a reliable income stream and Government seek to increase the UK’s renewable energy capacity. The installation of solar energy is a huge capital investment and costly to repair – so methods to protect, strengthen and secure solar farm perimeters is fundamentally important. Often spread over very large areas of open land and located miles from any public areas, installations can be vulnerable to theft and vandalism, as well as to damage caused by incursions of wildlife such as deer. Fencing using bespoke SolarGuard posts can help to deter trespassers and minimise the risk of damage. Solar cells are installed in interconnected arrays; if one is damaged or stolen it can affect the whole line, considerably reducing output and your bottom line.
M&M Timber has been a leading authority on fencing timbers for more than 30 years. They have invested heavily in specialised manufacturing and processing plants to ensure products reflect the latest in technological advances and remain at the forefront of an increasingly changing market.

Unique design for maximum security
The bespoke SolarGuard posts offer long life performance and are ideal for remote or extreme locations. Each post features a scientifically designed incising process for increased protection - a virtual 'zone of confidence' - at the critical area where the post is at most risk of decay. The incisions allow deeper penetration of the Tanalith E wood preservative to provide more effective and consistent defence. M&M Timber is able to offer a full 15 year warranty on SolarGuard posts - and for extreme locations a 30 year in-service lifetime warranty is available. With three times the life-span of conventional fencing timbers, the natural looking machined round SolarGuard posts offer real economy in terms of renewable fencing labour costs and materials.

Fraser Hall, Sales Director at M&M Timber commented; “When investment is made in solar energy, protecting and sustaining that investment is the number one priority. Our SolarGuard posts are a bespoke design to provide maximum protection. They are 4 way pointed for ultimate stability, each post is tagged for traceability and their bulky specification helps to deter theft. We pride ourselves on offering an efficient, reliable service – quotations can be turned around within 24 hours and we offer nationwide delivery straight to the site with mechanical off-load. We are confident that the SolarGuard posts offer everything in terms of longevity, durability and protection that will secure solar investment.”