What an exciting morning for our marketing team, a trip down to Ashton Gate to attend the marketingSHOWCASE Bristol.
The room was filled with marketing professionals from all industries coming together to share expertise and advice as well as giving away some merchandise (a few particularly nice cupcakes were up for grabs). Many were in attendance offering services to help businesses expand their current marketing activities and improve on points they may currently be insufficient.
This was an amazing experience for our digital marketing apprentice Zoe who got to speak with industry professionals who gave her valuable guidance on ways to improve Bray & Slaughters own marketing as well as the future options available to a current marketing student.
Exciting times ahead as we explore our new connections.

Hunger hurts, it damages mental and physical health, it lowers performance in school and at work, and the strain it causes can tear families apart. Hunger contributes to many social ills, from domestic violence to drug use to theft.

It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, how old you are, what your background is or anything else – hunger doesn’t discriminate in anyway……….. enter stage left the Withywood Centre Carpenters Foodbank.

This community project has been serving local people for 10 years and is an essential part of the local area, relied upon by hundreds of Clients. During last month the food bank served over 623 people which is their highest in 10 years.

The organisation is reliant upon donations from members of the public, local churches, schools, supermarkets and local businesses.

This is a fantastic project, and it was great for two members of the B&S team, Helen and Zoe to volunteer yesterday. The team sorted out the Christmas room arranging an array of food into categories and sorting toys for babies and children and adult gifts for men and women.

You will see from these photos that the top shelf is completely empty, this is normally brimming which is another example of the effect the cost of living crisis is having on these critical community organisations.

There are many ways in which you can support the food bank, from volunteering to providing food/drink essentials.

Please visit the Withywood Centre Carpenters Foodbank Facebook page ( https://lnkd.in/eEKJ8qmD ) for ways in which you can support.

Helen said: “It was a pleasure to meet with Tracey, Mary, Debbie and the rest of her team and a real privilege to be able to support this community project and their dedicated support staff and volunteers”.

On a dull, wet, and windy Thursday we were pleased to welcome over 25 individuals to the Old Magistrates Court site in Bristol. The visitors included our Client the Creative Youth Network and future tenants. 

This was the perfect way for our on-site Trainee and Apprentice to demonstrate their knowledge of the project and to make use of their technical skills. 

Ben Deane – Trainee Site Manager and Zoe Koeberg – Digital Marketing Apprentice were among the B&S representatives on hand to tour the site and update the visitors on our planned work activities. Zoe was also the dedicated photographer for the day using the photographic skills she had previously learned at School.

The visit was a success and the group are looking forward to seeing the completion of the project and the transformation of this Grade 2 Listed facility in the heart of Bristol.  

We will be running a series of hard hat tours throughout the project and look forward to welcoming a number of local groups to a tour of the facility. 

Congratulations to Lee Wilson who celebrates 30 years service with B&S.

Lee joined the company in 1990 at the tender age of 23, progressing to supervising a team of plasterers which included several apprentices.  He enjoyed working with young people and in particular developing their knowledge of trade based skills and techniques, something which he still takes pride in today. 

The next chapter for Lee was appointment to Site Manager where he successfully delivered projects for some of our most prestigious and valued local Clients including the Tyntesfield Estate and the University of Bath. Lee takes a keen interest in continuing professional development and has added sector specific skills to his substantial based of vocational knowledge and experience. 

Today, Lee heads up our Customer Aftercare team an integral role to the business in ensuring that our Clients needs are met in the post construction stage of the project. 

Great to see the 1st stage of the construction process underway with the piling rig arriving on site at 601 Whitchurch Lane to improve the bearing capacity of the ground with vibro stone columns. 

Our specialist local piling sub-contractor Ge-Mech is proceeding well with this critical element of works which at times has had to be completed out of hours and at weekends to accommodate the activities of local businesses.

Upon completion a total of 309 stone piles will have been laid across the site and 340T of stone will have been re-used from the original site clearance to support the improvement of the ground conditions.

Next up foundations!