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The South West Model & Hobby Show held at the Bath & West Showground is just around the corner. This show is the largest model and hobby show in the south of the UK and plays host to outdoor flying, indoor flying, radio control trucks, boats, tanks and cars. Visitors will also find static displays of model boats, cars and trains, plus railway layouts and model engineering displays. Indeed, absolutely everything for all model makers and hobby folk.
Anyone planning to visit this show should definitely pay a visit to our stand (R27) for a chat; we will be focusing on Skill Centre courses and the tools used on those courses. Three of our Skill Centre tutors will be on the stand, exhibiting their particular craft and full of enthusiasm to discuss their specialist subjects.
After yesterday’s marathon four-hour judging session, the judging panel for this year’s Express & Echo Business Awards have today announced their shortlist and Axminster Tools & Machinery has been selected in all three of the categories the company entered. The categories are Best Apprentice Employer, Excellence in Customer Service and Family Business of the Year. This is the first time that AT&M has entered these awards.
The competition is now in its fifth year and this year received 133 entries (across 14 different categories) from companies and entrepreneurs based in Exeter and the surrounding area.
AT&M will now have to wait until Friday 17 April when the winners of all 14 categories will be revealed at the Awards Dinner being held at the Sandy Park Conference Centre, Exeter.
Have you heard? Our Hobby and Trade Series machinery auction starts at 8pm on Sunday 15 March!
Click here to see the machines and place your bids!
There are over 20 lots with no reserve prices, 99p start bids and free delivery!* What could be better? There's something for everyone, whether you're a hobby or trade woodworker.
Axminster's nationally and internationally recognised woodturners, Colwin Way and Jason Breach, will be demonstrating at the Basingstoke store later this month on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 March.
Both craftsmen, who tutor at the Axminster Skill Centre, will be demonstrating a mixture of tools and techniques designed to inspire turners, at all skill levels, looking to take their turning a step further. Whether you are new to the craft or with several years of experience, Colwin and Jason will be turning work of varying degrees of difficulty and re-creating some of their trademark turned pieces, which means there should be something for all to appreciate and aspire to.
There are now literally only a few days to go to the opening of Axminster's seventh store on Monday 9th March.
It's quite a hive of activity at North Shields. Skill Centre Manager Berni Callery and Merchandiser Rob LeBlanc few up from the south west to Newcastle a couple of days ago to oversee and help add the finishing touches to the store.
The team are also getting ready for the two launch days on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th March which will celebrate the official opening of the store. A visit to the store on one, if not both, of these two days should not be missed. There will be a host of special offers plus 10% off anything in the store that is not already on offer. Plus, free goody bags will be given out to the first 200 customers on each day.
For those interested in woodturning, engineering, pyrography, sharpening or getting to grips with various workshop machines, Axminster staff from Sittingbourne, Basingstoke and Axminster will be demonstrating these skills and giving tips and advice. There may even be the opportunity for visitors to try out some of these disciplines themselves. And for anyone thinking about taking up a new hobby, this would be a good place to start.
It’s now less than a week to go to the opening of the North Shields store. There are still pricing and graphics to sort out and set up and all those last minute finishing touches to apply, but the store is coming together well thanks to the dedicated teamwork of all those involved.
Although the store will be opening on Monday 9th March, events to mark the launch of the store will actually be taking place on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th March. This will give the team some breathing space and time to sort out any little gremlins and glitches.
The countdown to opening on Monday 9th March has started in earnest and the store is really beginning to look like an Axminster store. Last week good progress was made with 85% of the bays now full of stock. The team also started to assemble some of the machines for display under the guidance of Craig Steele, manager of the Axminster store.
Sixteen employees have recently completed a twelve-month training programme to gain an NVQ in Business Improvement Techniques or Lean Processing as it is referred to in the industry.
After the success of the first Aspire learning and development programme in 2013, Axminster Tools & Machinery has selected a new team of individuals, who are ready to develop their skills and become valuable assets to the company. The Aspire programme will see the team tasked with a variety of challenges, the first of which is to organise a charity cycling event to raise money for Hospiscare to support the building and ongoing maintenance of the charity’s new day centre in Honiton.
The event will take place on Sunday 31st May in Axminster and the team are already well underway with the planning and preparation stages of the project, which they have named Ax-pedition. Participants in the event will have a choice of three routes, depending on their stamina and ability level. All routes will start and finish at Axminster Town Football Club and take riders across parts of Devon, Dorset and Somerset.
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