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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.
Earlier this year Axminster Tools & Machinery completed a deal giving the company exclusive rights to sell Leigh products throughout the UK and Ireland.
The North Shields store is really starting to take shape. Last week merchandising began in earnest with stock being delivered from the main warehouse in Axminster and the store is right on target to open on Monday 9th March.
The retail team from HQ in Devon, including Retail Development Director Darran McLeod, Skill Centre Manager Berni Callery and Merchandiser Rob LeBlanc, are spending a lot of time at the new store ensuring that it will be set up in and replicate the same style and branding as the other Axminster stores.
Makita UK is celebrating 100 years of global business and marking this milestone with a portfolio of 100 different cordless power tools that all use the same 18V Lithium-Ion battery. This means that if a Makita power tool owner has only one 18V Makita Lithium-Ion battery he or she could still power 100 different products with that single battery! Makita confidently believe this to be the largest inventory of power tools ever manufactured by one company that fits one single battery format.
Since 2005, when Makita became the pioneering tool manufacturer to launch Lithium-Ion powered cordless tools, the company’s market share has risen consistently to become one of Britain’s foremost professional power tool manufacturers. The Makita 18V Lithium-Ion platform has featured increasing torque outputs from tools continually reducing in overall weight and size with consistently longer battery life and the fastest charge time of any power tool battery in its class. Tools in the range are powered by 2.0Ah, 3.0Ah, 4.0Ah and now 5.0Ah variants. The latest development in this rich saga is the twin-18V concept where two 18V Lithium-Ion batteries are employed to power one tool and deliver a mighty 36V of power.
Last December we announced plans to open a new store in North Shields, a few miles from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, one of the UK’s major cities. Work is now progressing rapidly and the store is on target to open on Monday 9th March, with launch events taking place on both Friday 13th and Saturday 14th the same week. More details about this will follow in a later blog.
Due to the cold weather, there have been a few issues laying the flooring (mainly the latex glue not setting), but this has been overcome by bringing in additional heaters.
Have you heard? Our biggest ever machinery auction is now on!
Click here to see the machines and place your bids!
There are over 40 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, trade, industrial woodworker or into metalworking and engineering.
There are drills, mills, saws, lathes, extractors, sanders and many more machines... see the individual auction listings for description of item, condition and what is included.
The full spectrum of modelling from traditional model engineering, steam locomotives and traction engines to modern gadgets and boys toys such a remote controlled trucks, boats, planes, helicopters and robots will be on show.
If you are planning a visit, be sure to drop by our stand (24-29) for a chat. We will be displaying machines from our Model Engineer, Engineer and CNC Technology Series. Our team of experts will include Skill Centre engineering course tutor Bob Rolph, CNC engineer Mark Vincent and engineering enthusiast Tom Galvin. Between them they have a wealth of knowledge about these machines plus Mark will be demonstrating how to make a component on both the CNC iKX3 mill and iKC4 lathe. You will also be able to pick up a voucher which can be used at any of our stores giving you 10% off the most expensive item you purchase in store.
Christmas was certainly made for Paul Witcombe when he heard he had become the lucky winner of our Facebook 'Win a Workshop' competition.
Paul's prize included an Axminster Hobby Series bandsaw, woodturning lathe, pillar drill, compressor, woodturning tool set, pair of ring centres, airbrush kit and airbrush paint set; all were featured in our Christmas video 'Make Christmas' and collectively are worth over £800.
Paul actually commented on Facebook (9th Dec) saying "Wow, would love to see this lot under my Christmas tree ho ho ho!" and, to his amazement (no doubt), his wish was granted.
With Christmas now over and the new year beginning, Paul is looking forward to setting up his workshop with all his new tools and machines.
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