2020
December 4, 2020

SR Timber welcomes TTF and TRADA merger news

SR Timber has welcomed the news that the Timber Trade Federation (TTF) and TRADA are set to merge. We believe the merger will help to keep driving up standards, continue to push forward on key issues such as sustainability and give a stronger voice to the UK timber industry. Our Trading Director Shaun Revill said...
September 14, 2020

SR Timber backs industry campaign to reduce CO2 in construction

SR Timber has welcomed the launch of ‘Wood CO2ts less’ – a new campaign by the UK timber industry to encourage the use of wood as a way to reduce CO2 emissions and fight climate change – and we give the initiative our full support. The campaign aims to increase awareness of timber’s environmental credentials...
September 14, 2020

SR Timber boosts customer support with new appointment

SR Timber has made a key appointment to bolster our team and provide another layer of knowledgeable support and experience for our merchant and contracting customers. Rachael Williams joins us in the role of Business Support and brings 25 years’ experience of working for merchants, as well as in the wider construction industry. Her appointment...
March 30, 2020

SR Timber Update on COVID-19

Dear Valued Customer, Firstly, I wanted to thank you for your continuing support. Secondly, I wanted to share with you a recent decision, that hasn’t been taking lightly. It has been decided that we temporarily cease trading at midday on Monday 30th March 2020 for an initial period of four weeks. This decision was taken...
March 24, 2020

SRT Covid-19 News Update

Dear Valued Customer, Firstly, I wanted to thank you for your continuing support during this challenging time. Following the UK Prime Minister’s announcement last night, I’d like to update you on what we’re doing to support you and our people. Under Government existing guidelines, we’re currently categorised as a provider of essential goods and will...
2019
November 29, 2019

BS5534 is still a game-changer for the roofing industry

The introduction of BS5534 was a real game-changer for the roofing industry when it came into force. SR Timber’s Trading Director Shaun Revill looks at the impact it has had on timber roofing batten. When it was launched, British Standard BS5534 (which as revised in 2018 to be BS 5534:2014 + A2:2018) – which set...
November 14, 2019

A guide to what makes batten compliant

SR Timber’s Trading Director Shaun Revill talks about the certification that the company has in place to ensure that the timber it supplies to merchants meets all national and international recommendations and standards for quality and compliance – meaning that merchants and their customers have complete peace of mind when they purchase graded roofing battens....
September 23, 2019

SR Timber team conquers Ben Nevis – along with SAS TV star

A team from SR Timber has scaled the UK’s tallest mountain as part of our fundraising activities for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) – and the achievement was made extra special when they saw one of the stars of TV show ‘SAS: Who Dares Wins’ along the way. Trading Managers Mark Parkes and Richard Stone,...
September 2, 2019

Behind the scenes at the British Heart Foundation is an eye-opener

As a company that has chosen the British Heart Foundation (BHF) as its charity partner, we have been amazed at just how keen it has been to forge a strong relationship with us – primarily through understanding. What we mean by that is its willingness to come to us, talk to us and educate us...
July 12, 2019

SR Timber’s ‘keep calm and carry on’ approach drives growth and jobs

SR Timber says that its ‘keep calm and carry on’ approach to the first half of 2019 has enabled it to see a growth in sales – and the creation of new jobs. The North Nottinghamshire-based company, which is a leading importer of specialised timber products and the UK’s largest importer of roofing batten –...
July 3, 2019

Speed of batten delivery key for contractors

The speed at which suppliers can get graded timber batten to site appears to be overtaking cost as the primary concern for roofing contractors. That’s the surprising finding of a recent promotional campaign run by SR Timber, a North Nottinghamshire-based company that is a leading importer of specialised timber products and the UK’s largest importer...
June 4, 2019

SR Timber Arena featured on SPORTbible

One of the most popular websites in the UK has thrown the spotlight on the non-league football club that SR Timber sponsors. Under the headline ‘Non-League Side Teversal FC Have A Tesco Trolley Park For A Stand’, a tongue-in-cheek article on SPORTbible has pictures of two reclaimed trolley shelters that had been rescued from the...
May 31, 2019

Why SR Timber is supporting the British Heart Foundation

We’ve kicked off a summer of fundraising activities to raise much-needed money for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) – which will see the SR Timber team pushing themselves to climb mountains, run a marathon and, the hardest challenge of all, tuck into a hog roast. OK, so the hog roast isn’t exactly challenging, but it...
May 20, 2019

SR Timber supports skills with £6,000 materials donation to construction college

In a bid to support the next generation of construction workers and roofing contractors, SR Timber has donated a range of timber products totalling more than £6,000 in value to its local college. SR Timber has made the donation to Vision West Nottinghamshire College’s Construction Centre in Kirkby-in-Ashfield and nearly 200 students will benefit as...
March 1, 2019

SR Timber boss tells MP about impact of Brexit on importing

SR Timber Trading Director Shaun Revill joined business leaders to tell prominent Conservative Nicky Morgan MP about the stark realities that businesses are facing as the uncertainty around Brexit continues. The group – which included the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), a high street bank and leading business figures – spoke to Mrs Morgan at...
February 1, 2019

SR Timber adds Parkes to its ranks

SR Timber has appointed Mark Parkes as Trading Manager as the company gears up for continued growth in 2019. Mark joins the company – which is a leading importer of timber products and the UK’s largest importer of roofing batten, including its flagship Premium Gold – after serving in the Parachute Regiment for 14 years....
January 1, 2019

SR Timber’s first community event raises £1,230 for the British Heart Foundation

A community charity event that was the brainchild of SR Timber has raised £1,230 for the British Heart Foundation (BHF). The Family Fun Day event came about after we looked at ways to support both our chosen charity and the local community in North Nottinghamshire. We teamed up with Teversal FC, the grassroots football club...
2018
September 18, 2018

SR Timber kicks off charity fundraising

Hot on the heels of announcing SR Timber’s partnership with the British Heart Foundation, we can now unveil details of the first event that we’re involved with to help to raise funds for the charity that is close to all our hearts
July 20, 2018

SR Timber partners with the British Heart Foundation

We are proud to announce that SR Timber is partnering with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to raise much-needed funds for the charity, which is the biggest independent funder of cardiovascular research in the UK.
February 28, 2018

SR Timber launches Service Charter

SR Timber has launched a new Service Charter in what Trading Director Shaun Revill describes as a “coming of age” for the business, which has grown to become a leading importer of timber products and the UK’s largest importer of roofing batten.
January 8, 2018

Say hello to Debbie

SR Timber has appointed Debbie Symonds to support our growth plans for 2018. She joins as an Administrator for the machined panels side of our business: which are used in the manufacture of bespoke wooden kitchen and furniture products. This division is growing rapidly since its launch at the start of 2017. Debbie’s appointment will...
2017
October 24, 2017

SR Timber issues warning on cheap imports of roofing batten

Never has the old adage “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is” been more applicable to timber roofing batten. It’s no coincidence that since the UK voted for Brexit last year – when the value of the pound took a nosedive and the cost of some imported materials from abroad went up...
October 11, 2017

10. Memories of the Pavestone Rally

It’s back to work for Shaun, Jason and Steve after taking part in the Pavestone Rally, which saw the trio driving a road-legal car that cost less than £500 through ten European countries in four days to raise as much money as possible for charity. The trio share their favourite memories of the rally. Shaun:...
October 11, 2017

09. Car 22, where are you?

The rules of the Pavestone Rally are simple. Entrants have to travel in an old banger from Dover to Monte Carlo in four days, covering ten European countries to raise as much money as possible for charity. To make it easier, the organisers have given each car a pack containing maps and information on the...
October 11, 2017

08. Introducing…the Bat-ten Mobile

Part of the fun of the Pavestone Rally is buying a banger for £500 or less and then giving it a makeover ahead of driving it through ten European countries in four days. It’s a tall order to buy a road-legal car for that sort of money, but the guys from SR Timber have played...
October 11, 2017

07. The route of the Pavestone Rally

The Pavestone Rally challenges entrants to buy a road-legal car for under £500 that they then drive through ten European countries in four days – in doing so, raising as much money as possible for two charities. Day 1 It starts on Thursday 7th September, and all the entrants have to meet in the car...
October 11, 2017

06. Our Pavestone Pack has arrived

Our Pavestone Rally Pack has arrived – which is packed full of the things our three intrepid drivers will need for the trip across Europe raising money for charity. At first glance, the box is a treasure trove of goodies, such as T-shirts, travel mugs, beanie hats, pens, notepads and pin badges from each of...
October 11, 2017

05. Roger Daltrey’s good luck message to SR Timber

The Who frontman Roger Daltrey CBE has sent a good luck message to a team from SR Timber as they embark on a charity fundraising car rally to Monte Carlo. Shaun Revill, Jason Lumley and Steve Hill are taking part in the Pavestone Rally this September to raise as much money as possible for two...
October 11, 2017

04. Pavestone petrolhead profiles

SR Timber’s Trading Director Shaun Revill, Business Development Manager – Group, Jason Lumley and Operations Manager Steve Hill are taking part in this year’s Pavestone Rally. Ahead of the rally, we thought it’d be good fun to see how much of a petrolhead each of them is. What was your first car and how much...
October 11, 2017

03. A rallying call for two good causes

A team from SR Timber is taking part in this year’s Pavestone Rally  to raise as much money as possible for two very worthy causes. The two charities are the Teenage Cancer Trust and the Rainy Day Trust, and we thought it would be good to throw the spotlight on both of them. Teenage Cancer...
October 10, 2017

02. What’s the Pavestone Rally all about?

SR Timber has entered a team for the Pavestone Rally  – so what is it and what’s it all about? The rally is being organised by the team at Pavestone, and this year they are hoping to raise £100,000 – which is almost double the £60,000 raised by last year’s rally. The challenge is simple....
October 10, 2017

01. Monte Carlo or bust for SR Timber car rally trio

SR Timber has entered a team for a charity car rally to Monte Carlo this September in a bid to smash its own fundraising record. Our Trading Director Shaun Revill, Business Development Manager- Group, Jason Lumley and Operations Manager Steve Hill will take part in the Pavestone Rally, which will take them through ten European...
September 28, 2017

SR Timber completes charity car rally

A team from SR Timber has raised more than £3,450 for charity after completing a car rally that took them through ten European countries in four days, ending in Monte Carlo. That figure is set to rise as money continues to pour in for the team of three, who entered their converted Bat-ten Mobile in...
July 11, 2017

15. Mount Kilimanjaro: Done!

So after 6 days of constant trekking through dozens of natural habitats, 5 different ecosystems and an almost 6000m ascent, it brings me great pleasure to announce that Rich & Jason SUCCESSFULLY SUMMITED MOUNT KILIMANJARO! All their hard work paid off! Following Rich & Jason from start to finish and seeing the progress they’ve made...
July 11, 2017

14. Challenge Kilimanjaro

The time has come. 7 months of training, preparation, sacrifice, excitement, anticipation and blog writing come to a head this weekend. Everything that can be done is done (hopefully!). It’s time for Rich & Jason to grab the challenge of a lifetime by the scruff of the neck and go all in to take on...
July 11, 2017

13. The final countdown

As the very well-known song by ‘Europe’ goes: We’re leaving together, But it’s still farewell To earth, who can tell? I guess there is no one to blame We’re leaving ground. Will things ever be the same again…? IT’S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN (Air guitar) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN! …and these wonderfully anthemic lyrics certainly do resonate...
July 11, 2017

12. Kilimanjaro: The different moods of Mount Kilimanjaro

As the world’s largest free standing mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro is a massive geographical structure, so big in fact, that it essentially creates its own weather – and who’s going to argue? Due to its proximity to the equator, Kilimanjaro does not experience wide temperature changes from season to season, instead, the temperatures on the mountain...
July 11, 2017

11. Kilimanjaro: The Hygiene Factor

Rich & Jason are in the privileged position of knowing each other (as well as colleagues go) – otherwise the combination of a shower-less week with limited hygiene, hot days, cold nights and confined floor space can create one awkward cocktail. Kilimanjaro is a nucleus of potential hygiene hazards and although they can’t always be...
July 11, 2017

10.Exclusive: Kilimanjaro challengers’ colleagues give insight on preparation!

Whether you like it or not, unless you have a ludicrous amount of money, you spend the majority of your life at work, right? Whether THEY like it or not, generally your colleagues get good insight into your daily life; lifestyle, hobbies, habits, likes, dislikes, traits etc. You’ve read a lot about Rich & Jason...
July 11, 2017

09. The weird & wonderful wildlife on Mount Kilimanjaro

Jason’s greatest fear is encountering man eating mammals on the expedition – so let’s take a closer look at the immense wildlife population on Mount Kilimanjaro and the forests that cover the lower slopes. There are around 140 species of mammals on the mountain, including 7 primates, 25 carnivores (sorry Jason), 25 antelopes and 24...
July 11, 2017

08. Kilimanjaro countdown: 12 weeks!

It’s been nearly 6 months since Rich and Jason took on the Kilimanjaro challenge and began planning how to tackle the beast. Although that seems like a distant memory now, there are only 3 months to go until they’re standing looking up, open mouthed and sweaty in the blazing African heat. Is it approaching too...
July 11, 2017

07. The right guys for the Rongai Route?

There are seven established routes up Kilimanjaro (Rongai, Machame, Marangu, Lemosho, Umbwe – and the two I can actually pronounce – Northern Circuit and Western Breach) all of which present their own individual challenges, suiting climbers of different ilk. Marangu is seen as the natural route of choice for inexperienced climbers as it’s perceived the...
July 11, 2017

06. What do the guys need to pack?

When you’re climbing such a beast as Mount Kilimanjaro, what is the last thing you need? Each to their own, but I’d personally say, additional weight – and taking into account all the equipment required, there could be up to an extra 15kg on Rich & Jason’s backs! Hence Rich’s upper body gym work and...
July 11, 2017

05. Why the British Heart Foundation?

On Twitter and in each of our first 4 blogs, we have been quite light hearted (excuse the pun) about our Kilimanjaro challenge, but on a more serious note, we’ve emphasised that the funds we raise for The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is central to Jason’s and Richard’s entire Kilimanjaro challenge. From the blood, sweat...
July 11, 2017

04. Kilimanjaro 2016: Training & Preparation Update

It’s been 3 months since Richard & Jason first set foot on their long road of training and preparation for the even bigger challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for charity. It’s been a stimulating journey so far – with ups and downs, triumphs and setbacks, salads and Easter Eggs. But with only just over 4...
July 11, 2017

03.The facts about Mount Kilimanjaro

So everyone knows that Mount Kilimanjaro, first conquered by Hans Meyer in 1889, is a really, really big mountain in Africa, and it takes a few days to climb. But taking a second to appreciate the beast shows how colossal it actually is and a task that should be respected and never underestimated… there’s a...
July 11, 2017

02. Mount Snow-DONE…ish!

After an initial month’s training (including a minor blip from Jason where his efforts didn’t seem to be paying off), eyes were back on the prize and Richard decided to take Jason on a nice little warm up jaunt… up the UK’s second largest peak, Mount Snowdon… in the winter conditions… A weekend (or several)...
July 11, 2017

01. Preparations underway… excited yet apprehensive!

To celebrate SR Timber’s 10th birthday, on the 21st August 2016 two of our Business Development Managers will begin the daunting challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro – all 5,895 metres, or 19, 340 feet of it. I know what you’re thinking; it sounds more like a punishment than a celebration right? You’d think so, but...
July 6, 2017

Can you Stump SR Timber at RCI Show?

SR Timber is throwing down the gauntlet to visitors attending this year’s RCI Show in November in a challenge to highlight that there isn’t a single thing that we don’t know about timber roofing battens. Our team will be on stand C11 and we’re inviting visitors of the show at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry to try...
May 8, 2017

SR Timber announces UK Roofing Awards sponsorship

SR Timber is thrilled to announce that it has become a sponsor of the upcoming UK Roofing Awards, which are hosted by the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC). The awards, which were established in 2005, have become an industry-leading event, celebrating and rewarding outstanding standards of workmanship, innovation and safety across the built environment....
May 5, 2017

SR Timber duo’s Kilimanjaro climb raises £5,000 for heart charity

Two wood-be mountaineers who raised more than £5,000 after scaling Africa’s highest peak have handed over the cash to a charity that is close to their hearts. Richard Stone and Jason Lumley raised the money for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) after making it to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. The duo spent seven months...
March 17, 2017

Project using SR Timber’s cedar shingles set for an award

An amazing project that features SR Timber’s stunning cedar shingles has been put forward for a prestigious roofing industry award. The owner of the Stable Complex in Hertfordshire specifically chose our western red cedar shingles as a fundamental part of the design after travelling through America and being spellbound by the natural aesthetics of shingles...
March 7, 2017

SR Timber expands with new panel range

SR Timber has announced the creation of a new arm of our business with the launch a range of timber products. We are introducing a new collection of timber panel products under the new SR Timber Panels brand, and we will initially focus on three core products: softwood and hardwood panels, worktops, and tongue-and-groove matchboards....
February 15, 2017

SR Timber reassures industry over stock availability

As the availability of some roofing materials continues to affect parts of the house-building industry, SR Timber has moved to reassure the market that the supply of its flagship Premium Gold roofing batten remains unaffected. We have had meetings with our entire supply chain to confirm our ability to continue to supply materials at current...
February 6, 2017

SR Timber moves to new HQ

SR Timber has moved into new, larger premises in North Nottinghamshire as part of ambitious growth plans. We had previously shared offices with a sister company in Derby, but the move to our own premises in Huthwaite (just off Junction 28 of the M1) heralds the next phase of our remarkable growth. Trading Director Shaun...
2016
December 19, 2016

Why Timber roofing batten and Marmite are in the same boat

What have timber roofing batten and Marmite got in common? Until recently, nothing. However, now, they are both in the same boat – figuratively speaking. A couple of months ago, Marmite was proclaimed as the first casualty of Brexit after the media went into meltdown over a war of words that broke out between Marmite’s...
November 17, 2016

SR Timber to bid a fond farewell to our Derby HQ

Everyone at SR Timber is preparing to say a fond farewell to our head office in Derby – ahead of our move to larger premises at the end of November. We’ve outgrown our current home, and the new offices will give us the room we need to continue on our quest to become the UK’s...
July 1, 2016

Good advice is Golden

SR Timber take their responsibility to support the industry very seriously and are one company you can rely on for support whenever you need them. A roof is really only as strong as the supporting structure underneath – that support also needs to be a permanent presence – it’s not a part time job! It’s...
May 14, 2016

Penn Adventurer Takes Climbing Hobby to Potentially Dizzying New Heights

Frost bite, fatigue and altitude sickness are among potential hazards Richard Stone from Penn will face when he attempts to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. The Business Development Manager is taking part in a seven-day trek to the peak of the world’s highest freestanding mountain with work colleague Jason Lumley. The pair, who work...
May 10, 2016

Dad’s Life-Changing Mountain Trek Set to Earn Thousands of Pounds for Popular Charity

Preparing to climb the world’s highest free-standing mountain has proved a life-altering experience for Jason Lumley. The dad-of-one from Watkins Lane, Sturton le Steeple near Gainsborough is in training for an expedition to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Once a self-confessed fitness-phobic, Jason, a Business Development Manager for timber specialists SR Timber, is in the...
May 9, 2016

Happy 10th Birthday SR Timber!

As SR Timber celebrates 10 years as a leading manufacturer and supplier of specialist roofing battens, we look at what’s been key to its success. SR Timber, the brainchild of Trading Director, Shaun Revill, and SM Group Managing Director and Chairman, Adrian Smekss, has grown from small beginnings back in 2005 to a thriving business...
2015
September 29, 2015

Copper treated battens – the hidden truth

There are banks of information currently circulating within the industry regarding changes to BS 5534:2014 – and quite rightly too. One of the major updates refers to the increased number of fixings which now must be used to hold tiles securely in place; this has contributed to investigations and testing works carried out by S...
September 28, 2015

Top marks in quality and safety for SR Timber

SR Timber, one of the leading manufacturers of specialist timber construction products such as roofing battens and scaffolding boards, has successfully achieved the ‘Kitemark’ quality stamp from the British Standards Institution (BSI) on the production of its BS 2482 scaffold boards. The internationally recognised quality stamp propels SR Timber into an elite club of some...
August 14, 2015

Roofing Racers Tri-umph again!

Saturday 8th August saw over 13,000 elites and amateurs compete in the world’s largest and most famous triathlon – the London Triathlon. With competitors giving it their all and over 30,000 spectators, all eyes were on our much-loved Roofing Racers, as for the ninth year they once again put on the performance of a lifetime!...
July 17, 2015

Cedar Shingles – Making the Best Choice

There are many different types of Western Red Cedar shingles out there on the market, with varying degrees of quality. So how does the buyer and user know what to choose? This article will explain the differences and give some helpful advice in encouraging you to choose Cedar shingles. However, before we do, let’s take...
July 16, 2015

Don’t Judge a Batten by its Cover

What does it mean when a roofing batten is dyed a fancy colour? The simple answer to that question is: “Not very much”. A batten being a dyed a particular colour does not by itself mean anything – unless there is more information on the batten than merely a coloured surface. There has been a...
July 11, 2015

Scaffold Boards Uncovered

Isn’t it always the case that we only ever seem to pay attention to something when it goes wrong? The scaffolding industry is no different. Timber scaffold boards are always looked upon as being “OK” until they fail. As well as taking everyone by surprise, people then start looking for someone to blame! In the...
2014
2013
November 25, 2013

SR Timber Urges Caution with 100% Safety Claims for Battens

100% safety claims for roofing battens are lulling roofers into a false sense of security, warns SR Timber, one of the leading distributors of specialist roofing battens and the renowned ‘Premium Gold’ battens. As the industry has rightfully and successfully educated roofers into understanding that graded battens are much safer than ungraded battens and save...
August 19, 2013

Battens – Standards Made Easy

At the end of my first article about battens, I said that I would try to “de-mystify” the British Standards that batten producers should comply with, in order to produce high quality material such as SR Gold. In fact, there is really only one main Standard that relates directly to battens – and that is BS5534:2014. But...
July 26, 2013

The Journey of the Batten

Just exactly how does a timber roofing batten become a batten that is suitable to use on a roof? This introductory article is intended to illustrate the “journey” that begins with a tree and ends up with a product that is used all over the UK in its tens of thousands every month, and for...
July 5, 2013

SR Timber Gold Makes the Grade with NHBC Pride in the Job Awards

There is no better endorsement of product quality and performance than an industry accolade, and for SR Timber – one of the leading distributors of specialist roofing battens and the renowned ‘Premium Gold’ battens – the recent NHBC Pride in the Job awards for house building sites is testimony to the quality of its products....