The Great North Run 2017 & The Prince’s Trust

Where/ When: Newcastle to South Shields – 10th September 2017

A point-to-point race from Newcastle to South Shields, the Great North Run 2017 will have participants including All Steels Trading’s very own Adam Barton & Lee White travel through Gateshead and South Tyneside as they approach the finish line. Adam & Lee will both be running the race in support of The Prince’s Trust youth charity. Along the way they will cross the iconic Tyne Bridge to the roar of the amassing crowd as they further their journey to the beautiful coast of South Tyneside!

The Great North Run is of course the world’s most popular half marathon, welcoming 57,000 runners from over 130 different countries. It has been running for 36 years since it was founded in 1981 by former British Olympian and 10,000 metre bronze medallist, Brendan Foster, and continues to grow as one of the biggest internationally involved events.

Adam & Lee are collectively hoping to raise in excess of the necessary £700 charity run entry pledge for The Prince’s Trust. All Steels Trading is proud to be a Patron of this incredibly worthwhile youth charity and as part of our patronage commitment members of the All Steels Trading Team will also work directly with disadvantaged young people on voluntary programmes to further support The Prince’s Trust.

We will certainly aim to keep you posted on how Adam’s & Lee’s training regimes for the big race ahead progress etc but in the interim any sponsorship donation you can possibly give no matter how small will be so very much appreciated by Adam & Lee plus of course The Prince’s Trust.

You can easily make a safe donation via Adam’s & Lee’s respective JustGiving charity web pages:
https://www.justgiving.com/Lee-White16
http://www.justgiving.com/Adam-Barton5

Many thanks in anticipation of your kind support.

Join All Steels Trading at MADE IN STEEL 2017!

Join All Steels Trading at MADE IN STEEL 2017!The Show Is Still On!

There’s only one day left but you’re still warmly invited to join our All Steels Trading exhibition team at the Made in Steel Conference & Exhibition 2017!

Held every other year, the Made in Steel Conference & Exhibition is Southern Europe’s premiere tradeshow for the steel industry. The event brings together key international steel industry players, from producers to users, to take stock of where the steel industry sector is heading. The 2015 edition of this international trade fair saw 13,000 visitors coming from some 60+ foreign countries.

You will find All Steels Trading exhibiting in Hall 24 Stand S11 at Made in Steel 2017 until the end of this week.

See you tomorrow!

 

 

Join All Steels Trading at MADE IN STEEL 2017!

All Steels Trading’s Golf Day 2017

All Steels Trading would like to thank everyone who attended our recent golf day/dinner at Rudding Park Golf Club & Hotel in Harrogate and helped to make the day/evening go with a truly fantastic swing!

It’s fair to say that the emphasis for the biennial All Steels Trading invitation golf day/dinner will always be on having fun but coupled of course with a slight edge of healthy competition! All teams/players were equally blessed with glorious sunshine during their round of golf but the accompanying afternoon wind made for difficult conditions on Rudding Park’s Hawtree Course for all of the golfers.

Despite all of the challenges presented some pretty impressive golfing action was most definitely seen and that included some very promising shots made by participating members of All Steels Trading’s sales office. It’s good to know that their numerous professional golf lessons taken in preparation for the 2017 AST golfing event were not all in vain!

After the final putt was taken it was already time for the players to head straight over to Rudding Park Hotel post a quick change of attire for the evening dinner. The much anticipated prize giving ceremony certainly rounded off the golf day/dinner very nicely leaving our guests and All Steels Trading’s colleagues all looking forward to the next classic AST golf day/dinner!

Here are the 2017 AST golfing prize results:

Team Winner
First Place – Andrew Killingbeck, Adam Glenn, Neil Doherty & Richard Hewitt
Second Place – Matt Ford, Mark Aldridge & Dave Pottinger
Third Place – Laurence McDougall, Steve Unwin, Andy Peaty & John Panton

All Steels Trading’s Golf Day 2017


Individual Winner – Men
First Place – John Thompson – 46 points
Second Place – Matt Ford – 39 points
Third Place – Richard Hewitt – 38 points

Individual Winner – Women
First Place – Suzanne Burton – 36 points
Second Place – Jules Thompson – 34 points
Third Place – Julia Hesketh – 23 points

Longest Drive Winner – Men
Colin Anderson
Longest Drive Winner – Women
Julia Hesketh
Nearest The Pin Winner
Laurence McDougall

 

 

A special thanks goes to All Steels Trading guest Neil Turner who kindly gifted “The Turner Trophy” during the prize giving ceremony in nostalgic celebration of achieving his own spectacular hole in one at the 2015 AST golf day.

The Turner Trophy Winner (Chipping Competition Winner)
Tom McDougall – who actually chipped in the hole!

All Steels Trading’s Golf Day 2017

Proud to be a Patron of The Prince’s Trust

Proud to be a Patron of The Prince’s Trust

All Steels Trading is very pleased to announce that we have become a Patron of The Prince’s Trust.

Youth charity The Prince’s Trust helps disadvantaged young people to get their lives on track. It supports 11 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion. Many of the young people helped by The Trust are in or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness or mental health problems, or have been in trouble with the law.

The Trust’s programmes give vulnerable young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping develop self-esteem and skills for work. Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training. The Prince of Wales’s charity has helped 825,000 young people since 1976 and supports over 100 more each day.

Independent research has found that The Prince’s Trust has in fact returned £1.4 billion in value to society through its work with disadvantaged young people over the last 10 years alone. The calculation takes into account the return on investment of getting young people off benefits, reducing offending and re-offending, and helping young people to achieve at school.

Laurence McDougall, MD of All Steels Trading, comments: “We are proud to be a Patron of this incredibly worthwhile charity. The help The Prince’s Trust provides includes training, personal development, business start-up support, mentoring and advice. It is ingenious in the way that it has changed young people’s lives, not through condescension and free hand-outs, but by giving them the means to help themselves. As part of our partnership commitment members of the All Steels Trading Team will take part in various fundraising events and work directly with young people on voluntary programmes to further support The Prince’s Trust”.

Further details about The Prince’s Trust can be found HERE

AST Achieves ISO 9001:2015 Certification

AST Achieves ISO 9001:2015 Certification

AST is delighted to announce that we have achieved the latest ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems Standard. You can download a copy of AST’s BSI ISO 9001:2015 Quality Certificate HERE

Following meticulous examination of our procedures and performance relating to leadership, risk management, and satisfying customer requirements, this prestigious BSI certification is a true testament to AST’s dedication to routinely providing the highest levels of quality management and customer satisfaction.

Our company first achieved ISO 9001 BSI accredited certification back in 2009 under the previous ISO 9001:2008 quality standard. ISO 9001:2015 is the newest update to the quality management system standard, which provides an integrated approach to quality management and continual improvement, helping businesses to monitor and manage quality across all operations, as well as achieving consistent performance and service. There have been radical changes made since the last revision, and ISO 9001:2015 ensures that the latest quality standard continues to maintain its relevance in today’s marketplace.

At AST, we will always place quality at the very heart of our business so that we will naturally continue to achieve outstanding levels of performance and service.

AST to sponsor SMRUFC’s 1st XVs!

Here are a few key facts for your interest about SMRUFC:

Sheffield Medicals RUFC is a thriving rugby club founded by students at Sheffield University in 1964. They field three competitive teams every weekend and they are looking to expand further next year, with the aim of establishing a 4th XV.

The 1st XV currently play in Yorkshire 2 and are current National Medical Schools Champions.

Training: Monday optional fitness, Tuesday squad training, Friday team run through. Matches are played on a Saturday afternoon at the University playing fields. The club also play in the national medics cup competition (NAMS), intra-mural touch rugby and 7s competitions.

We will aim to keep you posted on SMRUFC 1st XVs rugby team’s success next season. However, full up to date past match reports etc can be found HERE


AST to sponsor SMRUFC’s 1st XVs!

 
 All Steels Trading is delighted to announce that we will be acting as the principal sponsor for the forthcoming 2017/18 season/Sheffield University Medics Rugby (SMRUFC) 1st XVs team.
We’re sure that you will agree that our company logo looks absolutely fabulous on the 1st XVs team’s 2017/18 designed match playing rugby shirts!

 

Here are a few key facts for your interest about SMRUFC:

Sheffield Medicals RUFC is a thriving rugby club founded by students at Sheffield University in 1964. They field three competitive teams every weekend and they are looking to expand further next year, with the aim of establishing a 4th XV.

The 1st XV currently play in Yorkshire 2 and are current National Medical Schools Champions.
Training: Monday optional fitness, Tuesday squad training, Friday team run through. Matches are played on a Saturday afternoon at the University playing fields. The club also play in the national medics cup competition (NAMS), intra-mural touch rugby and 7s competitions.
We will aim to keep you posted on SMRUFC 1st XVs rugby team’s success next season. However, full up to date past match reports etc can be found HERE

AST to sponsor SMRUFC’s 1st XVs!

Made in Steel 2017

Made in Steel 2017 Fieramilano Rho, Milan-Italy 17-19 May 2017

We are delighted to announce that AST will be exhibiting at Made in Steel 2017.
This renowned international exhibition/conference successfully brings together all levels of the steel industry: from producers of steel material to international steel traders such as AST to the very wide range of steel users, in the most diverse economic sectors.

We are very much looking forward to meeting you in AST’s exhibition booth: S11-Pavilion 24 at Made in Steel 2017!

Oxfam Trailwalker UK – 23 & 24 July 2016

Oxfam Trailwalker UKDeciding to participate in an event described as “the ultimate physical and mental challenge” was, well, slightly outside my comfort zone to say the least!

The Oxfam Trailwalker involves a team of 4 people walking 100km in less than 30 hours. The route starts just north of Portsmouth, snakes across the South Downs and finishes in Brighton. It has 6,600 feet of ascent which includes three very memorable hills! There are plenty of challenge events out there that you can do on your own but Trailwalker is not one of them. The whole point is to get the whole team round. We certainly discovered en route who was strong uphill, who was good at navigation, what motivated each of us and where our individual weak points were (my right knee!).  However, I am really proud to say that The All Steels Trading team hobbled in together completing the brutal continuous trek in 28 hours and 43 minutes. There’s no doubt that we couldn’t have finished without each other’s support. What great team camaraderie and unswerving stamina displayed – hooray!!!

Oxfam Trailwalker UK

 

  

We crossed that finish line feeling exhausted but triumphant, and of course very grateful that we lead lives where a long trek like this can be treated as a challenge, rather than a necessity. At All Steels Trading we are still celebrating and recovering from our efforts! However, we wish to say thanks so much for all the support and generous sponsorship given by our business friends because together we raised in excess of £3000 for Oxfam and the Gurkha Welfare Trust. For me, the Trailwalker Challenge had a bit of everything, ups and downs of all kinds. From an overall positive angle I will never forget it but I will also never, ever, do the Oxfam Trailwalker UK again!

Laurence McDougall
(MD All Steels Trading Ltd)

Countdown to WAMPEX 2016!

Countdown to WAMPEX 2016!Only six days to go now before All Steels Trading will be exhibiting alongside our sister manufacturing grinding media business at WAMPEX, Accra 2016!

WAMPEX is the most prominent forum in West Africa for the international mining and power industries. For 22 years, it has attracted exhibitors from across the world to Ghana. It's fair to say here then that WAMPEX is a vital appointment in the biennial calendar for senior mining and power professionals, government representatives and stakeholders!

The WAMPEX exhibition allows delegates to keep abreast of the latest industry developments, discuss key challenges and understand future opportunities. It also provides an ideal meeting opportunity point with mining and power suppliers who are exhibiting at WAMPEX i.e. such as All Steels Trading! We look forward to seeing you shortly now in our exhibition booth LG5 at WAMPEX!

Further details about WAMPEX 2016 can be found here: http://www.wampexghana.com/

Fellow Steel Aficionados Welcome!

IMAG0013It's certainly been an extremely busy past two days for the All Steels Trading team exhibiting at Tube & Wire 2016.  With three more hectic days of the trade fair still left to go perhaps the team will sensibly opt for an early night tonight rather than heading out into the bright lights of the Altstadt (Düsseldorf)!

So far it's been really great for AST colleagues to catch up at the trade fair with so many old familiar AST business acquaintances but equally exciting to get the opportunity to network here with so many other previously unknown fellow steel aficionados!  So if you're planning to visit Tube & Wire in the next couple of days please do drop by the AST exhibition booth; we're conveniently located in Hall 04/H21 and where the drinks are on us!

Come and see us this week in Düsseldorf!

Once again, All Steels Trading is delighted to be exhibiting at Tube & Wire. tube 2016

We have changed location this year and you will be able to easily find us located in Hall 04/H21. And what’s more, we’ll be offering cups of Yorkshire Tea to all visitors to our stand. So when you’re in need of a good old fashioned British brew, call in to see us! Our friendly, expert staff will be on hand to assist you with any commercial or technical enquiries you may have. We hope to see you there shortly now!

Przedstawiamy Wam nasza nowa dwujezyczna Asystentke w dziale sprzedazy!

We are very pleased to introduce our new colleague Sandra Malecka to you all!

Sandra will be joining the All Steels Trading Team very shortly now and we have every confidence that she will prove herself to be a very valuable member of our international sales force. Sandra comes to All Steels Trading after gaining a few years of relevant work experience including a wealth of knowledge in sales, business management, administration and customer relations.

Sandra is a York St John University alumna and her BA (Hons) degree was attained in International Business Management. There can also be no doubt that Sandra will also be called upon to utilise her native linguistic skills on a regular basis in collaborating effectively with our growing expanse of Polish customers.

At All Steels Trading Sandra’s general responsibilities will include dealing with domestic/international and especially Polish emails and telephone calls, seeking price and availability on new enquiries, progressing existing orders plus controlling and dispatching all documentation legally required e.g. test certificates, CE required documents etc for full traceability of all our products from the mill to our customers.

This additional new appointment marks yet another developmental step for AST, in our quest to be a renowned leading international steel trader of a wide range of both long and flat rolled products.

We are really happy to have Sandra in our team as our additional Bi-lingual Sales Admin Assistant.

LSEG's 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain 2016

Cover visuals.inddAll Steels Trading (under the umbrella of Thompson McDougall Steel Holdings Limited) is delighted to be included in the London Stock Exchange Group's 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain 2016 report.

The report is a celebration of the UK’s fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium size businesses. Writing in the publication, The Rt. Hon. George Osborne MP said, ‘UK high-growth businesses are leading the charge in rebuilding our economy. These companies are the backbone of the British economy. They create high-quality, well paid jobs, innovate and drive economic growth. This government fully understands the need to support ambitious entrepreneurs and ensure they can access the finance they need to grow.’

The London Stock Exchange Group worked with the research company, DueDil, to identify the 2016 list of the 1000 companies. Companies had to meet certain criteria: be UK-registered and active; have revenues between £6 million and £250 million, based on latest Companies House filings and have a minimum of three years in operation.

LSEG Trophy 3

 

Having identified a long list of eligible companies, DueDil then separated the companies into their Standard Classification (SIC) grouping and computed the average compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in percentage (based on turnover growth) for each SIC sector over a four-year period and within each SIC sector, then ranked the companies by their individual CAGR percentage. Finally, DueDil then identified the companies that had most outperformed their sector averages. A downloadable PDF of the publication itself can be found online at www.1000companies.com.

As a company All Steels Trading certainly strives to innovate and adapt to changing conditions in the market, so it’s an honour for our company to be recognised as an inspirational British competitor.

Tube & Wire 2016 Düsseldorf

tube 2016Tube & Wire in Düsseldorf is the world leading trade fair for the wire and cable industry. Every two years, it is a staple of the event calendar, for anyone who has something to say especially in the steel industry sector!  So why not join the best at Tube & Wire 4-8 April 2016?

You will find All Steels Trading exhibiting at Tube & Wire 2016 in Düsseldorf in Hall 04/H21.  We are looking forward to seeing you there too!

Trailwalker 2016!

Organised in partnership with Oxfam, Trailwalker UK is the ultimate in long distance treks: 100km of undulating hills through the South Downs culminating at Brighton Racecourse. The challenging Trailwalker 2016 event will be managed by Gurkhas and Gurkha teams will lead the charge, but lots of other competitors including team “All Steels Trading” will be taking part in July in Trailwalker 2016!

The All Steels Trading four man team including myself will be hiking continuously day and night for up to 30 hours (hopefully we can do it in about 24 hours) in order to raise money for Oxfam and the Gurkha Welfare Trust, which was founded in 1969, when it was realised that thousands of ex-Gurkha servicemen and their widows were living in destitution in the hill villages of Nepal. We ideally wish to raise a minimum of £3k for Oxfam and the Gurkha Welfare Trust hopefully by securing a lot of donations from our business friends & family via our All Steels Trading JustGiving page (see the direct link to our JustGiving page below).

All Steels Trading JustGiving Trailwalker 2016

Any monetary donation however large or small will be very welcome and will also make a lot of difference to the All Steels Trading’s team spirit whilst taking part in the gruelling Trailwalker challenge itself, which I am sure you will appreciate is simply being carried out here in support of two very worthy charities.

Cheers Laurence

Celebrating AST's Export & Import Training Successes!

We are delighted to announce that AST’s International Business Development Executives have each successfully achieved accredited training certifications in Incoterms®, Understanding Exporting, Export Documentation, Methods of Payment, Documentary Letters of Credit and Import Procedures.  (The term, Incoterms®, is a recognised and established abbreviation for International Commercial Terms.  International Commercial Terms (Incoterms®), are of course published by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and are widely used in international commercial transactions.)

Hence, it’s fair to say that AST's International Business Development Executives are now far more familiar with all relevant procedures connected to successfully exporting and importing including the key use of Incoterms® and just how they:

  1. Provide a common set of rules to clarify responsibilities of sellers (exporters) and buyers (importers) for the delivery of goods under domestic and international sales contracts.
  2. Apportion transportation costs and responsibilities associated with the delivery of goods between buyers and sellers and reflect modern-day transportation practices.
  3. Reduce the possibility for cross-cultural misunderstandings, contractual ambiguity and disagreements.
Well done to our International Business Development colleagues who keenly and very successfully participated in this latest AST continuing professional development training course opportunity!

Ten Goal Epic Ends in a Draw!

All Steels Trading’s very own Jon Jacobs and Lee White once again joined ranks with fellow office and works employees in sister business Tomrods for a friendly game of six a side football after hours on Friday 14th August 2015.

As per tradition retired Tomrods Commercial Director Keith McKee’s renowned and unbiased football refereeing skills were called upon as the Reds and Blues battled it out on the pitch each hoping to secure a clear match victory.

Despite an impressive flying start from the Blues who at one point quite early on in the game led 3-0 up they ultimately conceded five goals, which were each creatively delivered into the net by the Reds' forwards. So at the final whistle the overall score was a frustrating 5-5 draw for all concerned only made less bitter by the rewarding taste of the ‘take it on the house barbecue grilled food and cold drinks bar!’

You have to admit that the newly purchased opposing house team kits did look pretty impressive despite the fact that on the day all the Blues’ matching shorts had accidentally been left out of their team kit bag!

The Blues

The Reds

The running match goal scores/strikers list:

1-0 Blues – Craig Monk

2-0 Blues – Igors Alabjevs

3-0 Blues – Tim Whiting

3-1 Blues – George Thompson (penalty)

4-1 Blues – Kevin Shaw (penalty)

Half Time

5-1 Blues – Craig Monk

5-2 Blues – Neil Latcham

5-3 Blues – Max Russell

5-4 Blues – George Thompson

5-5 (last brilliant kick of the game) – George Thompson

No firm date has been set yet for the next AST/Tomrods Reds versus Blues game but you can bet it won’t be too long before we all get to see those sporting outfits being so handsomely modelled for the second time around etc.

Bienvenido al nuevo Bilingüe Asistente Administrador!

We are very pleased to introduce our new colleague Sarah Pritchard to you all!

Sarah joined the All Steels Trading Team a short while ago now and as we anticipated she is already proving herself to be a very enthusiastic, hardworking, organised, outgoing and valuable team player. She comes to All Steels Trading after gaining a few years of relevant work experience including a wealth of knowledge in sales, administration, finance and international customer relations.

Sarah is a Leicester University alumna and her honours degree was attained in Spanish with French. As a student of foreign languages, Sarah spent an Erasmus year studying at both The Universidad de Granada in Spain and Université Bordeaux Montaigne in France. It is a well-known fact that individuals who experience cultural differences personally can come to truly understand where other cultures are coming from! There can also be no doubt that Sarah will be called upon to utilise her linguistic skills on a daily basis in collaborating effectively with our growing expanse of international customers.

At All Steels Trading Sarah’s general responsibilities will include dealing with European and especially Hispanic emails and telephone calls, seeking price and availability on new enquiries, progressing existing orders plus controlling and dispatching all documentation legally required e.g. test certificates, CE required documents etc for full traceability of all our products from the mill to our customers.

This additional new appointment marks yet another developmental step for AST, in our quest to be a leading international in addition to already being a leading domestic and European steel trader of a wide range of both long and flat rolled products.

We are really happy to have Sarah in our team as our Bi-lingual Sales Admin Assistant.

Bienvenido a bordo!

All Steels Trading's Trophy Day!

Rudding Park, Harrogate Friday 5th June 2015

There's apparently a tradition among golfers that is an "unofficial" rule i.e. if a golfer is lucky enough to strike a hole in one, he/she will celebrate properly after his/her round is over, by buying a round of drinks for everyone in the club, at the bar!  Fellow guests at All Steels Trading's inaugural golf day were understandably delighted that Neil Turner was only too thrilled to fulfil this obligation after scoring his first ever hole in one on the 8th hole of the championship par 72 Hawtree Course at Rudding Park, whilst participating in All Steels Trading’s golfing fixture. It’s fair to say that Neil’s wonderful achievement and sporting/alcoholic gesture also contributed to keeping the AST invitation day event going with a real swing during the evening celebratory dinner too!

There was also certainly some impressive golf on display from numerous other guests, which resulted in a pretty close competition overall but there could only be one triumphant winner for each of the following All Steels Trading golf competition categories!

The AST 2015 Trophy Winners!

Team Winners – left to right below: Jon Ratledge, Ray Moore, Laurence McDougall & Steve Unwin

Gents individual first prize winner – George Thompson

Ladies individual first prize winner – Julie Thompson

Gents longest drive winner – Neil Doherty

Ladies longest drive winner – Julie Thompson

Gents nearest the pin winner – Neil Turner of course!

We Steel Believe!

But Homeward Bound!

The title chosen for the 2015 Made in Steel exhibition and conference held in Milan was WE STEEL BELIEVE – a motto and play-on-words expressing the underlying spirit of an event whose sights were set on the future. It most definitely turned out to be a full immersion in the future, a smart sustainable future for the whole steel industry including All Steels Trading and our co-exhibitor sister manufacturing companies: Special Steel Sections and The Steel Ball Company!

What a fantastic, memorable and educational experience All Steels Trading’s team has gained by participating in such a highly innovative international trade fair. As we anticipated exhibiting at this critically acclaimed steel industry show meant being part of an exclusive and unique context of visibility as well as providing the perfect opportunity to develop qualified contacts and to find new worldwide outlets for our extensive range of steel products. No doubt we will return as an exhibitor in 2017 for the seventh edition of Made in Steel in Milan.

In the meantime our exhibition stand seen below is now neatly packed away and making its way safely back home to the UK but its next outing will be fairly soon i.e. in April 2016 when we will be exhibiting at Tube & Wire in Düsseldorf. We are already looking forward to the possibility of meeting you there but of course there’s always the possibility that we might get the chance to see you before then!