Ensor Staff ‘Dig In’ on Channel 5’s Construction Squad: Operation Homefront

Military charities are particularly close to the heart of Ensor’s Managing Director, Philip Brooke. With a son in the Royal Navy and two nephews in the Parachute Regiment, Philip feels strongly about supporting those serving or who have previously served our country.
Dig In are a charity that involve military, ex-military and their families in a practical way by offering free community gardening projects to allow people with shared experiences to come together and support each other.
Channel 5 decided to commission their building challenges programme, Construction Squad: Operation Homefront to help Dig In and their members to construct a Therapy Garden for veterans and their families…but they needed to enlist expert help. And that’s where Ensor came in.
Channel 5 approached Ensor to find a roofing solution for the wet weather they were experiencing…and were blown away by the results. They needed a product that would be weatherproof, waterproof, long-lasting and easy to use and our very own Frank Turner was called upon to explain how revolutionary new product, Firestone Rubber Cover™, meets the brief.
Firestone Rubber Cover™, only recently used a residential product, is one of Ensor’s core products (along with natural roofing slates and channel drainage systems). Fast forward to thirty minutes into the episode and watch Frank, in his first starring TV role, explain just how this revolutionary new product works:
As you can see from the clip, Firestone Rubber Cover™ can be rolled out like a carpet (no blow torches necessary) and has a minimum life expectancy of a staggering fifteen years. For more information please call Ensor on 01254 52244.
Dig In North West welcomes anyone from the military community to join them for gardening, a chat and a brew and hold sessions for:
• Veterans of any age or from any service
• Reservists between tours
• Those still serving but who are wounded, injured or sick
• Partners and parents
• The whole family by offering fun days for the children
To find out more about the charity or to get involved, just visit their website http://www.diginnorthwest.org/

Great Opportunities for Self Employed Sales Agents

We have some exciting opportunities for experienced self employed sales agents in all areas of the UK.

As one of the UK’s leading importers and specialist suppliers of Roofing and Drainage Products, we are looking for experience self-employed sales agents who have the ability to accelerate sales of our core products and become influential in the growth of our business.

The circles you are already likely to be moving within are:

  • Merchants/re-sellers
  • Contractors/installers
  • Designers/Architects

We provide a fantastic portfolio together with sales office support, as well as full product training.

If interested in discussing further, please contact Managing Director Philip Brooke by telephoning the office 01254 52244 or by email at philip@ensorbuilding.com

Technical Literature Undergoes a Face-Lift


Our service includes FREE technical guidance & support, including site visits where necessary and in order reinforce the technical aspect of our specialist product range we have recently appraised and revamped current literature. The first of our new look technical manuals has just rolled off the press and is available to customers in both printed & electronic formats.


Our new RubberCover Technical Manual will be followed in the coming weeks by others which feature our specialist product ranges including:

  • Commercial Single-Ply Roofing Membranes
  • Natural Roofing Slates
  • Channel Drainage Systems

All these separate pieces of literature will then slot into a customised ring binder for safe storage and easy reference.
Residential Flat Roof EPDM Membrane Technical Manual
Technical Manual – EPDM Membrane for Residential Flat Roofs (PDF)


Click above to view an electronic version of our new RubberCover technical manual

New and Improved Steel Manhole Cover Range

We stock a comprehensive range of steel manhole covers including recessed block paver covers with integral keys. New products in the pipeline include a shallow (46mm deep) block paver cover with integral keys. To make way for new stock we’ve come up with some great end of line offers whilst stocks last.

Click here for details of special offer and to view our galvanised steel cover brochure.


To make way for new stock the following items have been reduced* to clear:






125500 600 x 450mm x 80mm Deep Block Paver Manhole Cover & Frame


Pallet lots of 24

129650 600 x 600mm x 80mm Deep Block Paver Manhole Cover & Frame


Pallet lots of 24

125501 600 x 450mm x 100mm Deep Block Paver Manhole Cover & Frame


Pallet lots of 24

129651 600 x 600mm x 100mm Deep Block Paver Manhole Cover & Frame


Pallet lots of 24

125508 600 x 450mm FACTA C Block Paver Manhole Cover & Frame


Any quantity with other goods

129660 750 x 600mm x 100mm Deep Block Paver Manhole Cover & Frame


Any quantity with other goods

129695 750 x 750mm x 100mm Deep Block Paver Manhole Cover & Frame


Any quantity with other goods

129906 750 x 750mm FACTA B Block Paver Manhole Cover & Frame


Any quantity with other goods

129907 1200 x 600mm FACTA B Block Paver Manhole Cover & Frame


Any quantity with other goods

129908 750 x 750mm FACTA B Block Paver Manhole Cover & Frame


Any quantity with other goods

124690 600 x 450mm 10 Tonne Double Seal 4 Screws Solid Top Manhole & Frame


Any quantity with other goods

125205 750 x 750mm 10 Tonne Single Seal Solid Top Manhole Cover & Frame


Any quantity with other goods

125410 900 x 900mm 10 Tonne Single Seal Solid Top Manhole Cover & Frame


Any quantity with other goods

125675 900 x 600mm Stainless Steel Edge Single Seal Rubber Seal 4 Screws Manhole Cover & Frame


Any quantity with other goods

129323 900 x 600mm 10 Tonne Double Seal 4 Screws Recessed Tray Manhole Cover & Frame


Any quantity with other goods

128741 450 x 450mm Square to Round Double Seal 4 Screws Recessed Tray Manhole Cover & Frame


Any quantity with other goods

*Whilst stocks last

Manhole Covers Brochure

Manhole Covers Brochure (PDF)

Click the above image to view an electronic version of our Galvanised Steel Manhole Cover Brochure

Ensor Supports SSAFA

WAGON SSAFAAs you can see from this picture, Ensor is so proud its on-going support of SSAFA, we are even displaying their logo on our trucks!

Like Blackpool Tower and of course our very own Ensor, SSAFA is another long-standing British institution founded in the 1880s. Standing for the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Families Association, SSAFA is over 125 years old and is supported by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II who not only opened its new headquarters in London but is also one of its patrons.

SSAFA is the oldest military charity and yet its aims and objectives, as defined by the Royal Charter, remain the same to this day: ‘To help and assist the serving members of our Armed Forces, the veteran and the families of both in their hour of greatest need.’

Impressed by the hard work and dedication of the charity, Ensor generously sponsored an SSAFA concert, held at Blackburn Cathedral, earlier this year. The concert featured the prestigious SSAFA Lancashire RAF Dishforth Military Wives’ Choir and The Band of the Kings’ Division and Ensor paid for the buffet for the attending delegates.

The evening was a resounding success, so much so that our Managing Director, Philip Brooke has been invited to their AGM next April as a guest speaker. There will be more on this shortly…

The Lancashire Branch of SSAFA is based at Fulwood Barracks near Preston where teams of trained volunteers offer help and advice to serving personnel and veterans and their families. The charity’s promise is to provide life-long support to anyone who is currently serving or has ever served in the Royal Navy, the British Army or the Royal Air Force and in 2012 it supported a staggering 40,645 veterans and their families.

Ensor is honoured to be associated with Britain’s most trusted charity* whose 7500 volunteers support 50,000 people, ranging from D-Day veterans to 3,812 young soldiers and their families in their 20s and 30s who have been wounded in more recent conflicts.

To find out more about the invaluable work of this worthwhile charity, please visit: http://www.ssafa.org.uk/about-us/media-publications/news-views/summer-2013/

*Charity Brand Index 2012 Third Sector research.

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Firestone RubberCover™ Installation Training

Residential Flat Roof EPDM Membrane Technical ManualFirestone RubberCover™, the technically superior roofing system that will put your business ahead of the competition, is now being brought right to your door by Ensor. Whilst traditionally by-passed by the builders’ merchant trade, RubberCover™ is specifically aimed at the residential flat roofing market in which builders’ merchants play an important role in terms of the supply chain.

In order to take full advantage of this amazing EPDM single ply roofing membrane, we are offering a one day only installation training course which will provide:

  • A Firestone RubberCover™ Installer Certificate
  • A 20 year material warranty
  • 2 RubberCover™ vinyls for each company vehicle
  • One to one training with our specialist, Frank Turner, an experienced, time served flat roofing contractor
  • A tool kit voucher worth £50
  • Refreshments on all courses attended at our Blackburn depot

Gone are the days of bitumen, blow torches and gas bottles and hours spent melting layer upon layer of roofing. Firestone RubberCover™ not only reduces potential health and safety hazards by minimising the amount of equipment used, it is also quick and easy to use…once Ensor gives you the know-how.

Courses start at 9am on a day of your choice and will finish at approximately 2.30pm, with the opportunity to ask questions from our technical staff.

For more information or to register on the course, contact our dedicated product division headed up by Joanne Morrison on 01254 52244, mobile 07845 269912, fax 01254 682371 or email joanne@ensorbuilding.com. Alternatively you can watch this installation video that will demonstrate the speed and ease at which this exciting and innovative product can be installed.

We look forward to your call.

Caterpillar Gutter Guard

Ensor Building Products are delighted to announce the launch of an exciting new product: the Caterpillar Gutter Guard. Clogged up drains will be a thing of the past with this innovative yet simple design that can adapt to fit the shape of any gutter.

Made from a continuous polypropylene brush with a stainless steel wire core, the Caterpillar Gutter Guard is not only quick and easy to install but is also virtually indestructible. Based on the Hedgehog Gutter Brush design but at a fraction of the cost, the Caterpillar Gutter Guard comes with a ten year guarantee that will keep your drains free from gutter clutter for several years to come.

Requiring no special installation, the Caterpillar Gutter Guard can be easily placed into your gutter from a ladder with no separate corner pieces required. Once in place this product requires no maintenance and will allow rainfall to fall freely without the obstruction of leaves and twigs.

The Caterpillar Gutter Guard is available in standard black 4m x 100mm lengths. White and brown are also available, complementing 90% of the UK’s gutter colour requirements.

By installing the Caterpillar Gutter Guard from Ensor today you can save yourself unnecessary stress, time, money by avoiding the irreversible damage to your drains caused by gutter debris.

To speak to one of our helpful, friendly staff about our special introductory offer please ring 01254 52244 or visit our website www.ensorbuilding.com.


Ensor shows their support for SSAFA

Staff from Ensor Building Products were proud to present a cheque for £250 to Lancastrian Kingsman Anthony Cooper, 1st Battalion Duke of Lancashire Regiment, and Malcolm Smith MBE, chairman of SSAFA Lancashire.

Kingsman Anthony Cooper, 24, from Euxton, had been out on patrol with Anzio Company from the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment in Helmand Province when a makeshift bomb exploded. He lost both his legs from the knee down, his right eye, two fingers, and also suffered brain damage.

The SSAFA is the oldest military charity, established in 1885. Its aims and objectives, laid down by Royal Charter and with HM Queen Elizabeth II as patron, are “To help and assist the Serving members of our Armed Forces, the Veteran and the families of both in their hour of greatest need”.

The donation was made following an appeal from Mr Smith to sponsor the upcoming Military Wives Choir Event at Blackburn Cathedral on Saturday 28 September.

Philip Brooke, managing director of Ensor Building Products, said: “We were delighted to have been given the opportunity to help such a worthy cause which culminated in a visit from Kingsman Anthony Cooper.”

Further information on SSAFA is available online at www.ssafa.org.uk.


The Year You Were Born – 1983


January 22nd – Björn Borg retires from tennis after winning 5 consecutive Wimbledon championships.

January 31st – Seatbelt use for drivers and front seat passengers becomes mandatory in the United Kingdom.

February 28th – The final episode of M*A*S*H is aired and the record of most watched episode is broken.

May 11th – Aberdeen FC beat Real Madrid 2-1 (after extra time) to win the European Cup Winner’s Cup in 1983 and become the only third Scottish side to win a European trophy.

September 24th – The Red Hot Chilli Peppers launch their first, self-titled, album.

September 25th – Maze Prison escape: 38 Irish republican prisoners, armed with six handguns, hijack a prison meals lorry and smash their way out of HMP Maze, in the largest prison escape since World War II and in British history.

October 2nd – Neil Kinnock is elected leader of the British Labour Party..

November 13th – The first United States cruise missiles arrive at Greenham Common Airbase in England amid the protests from peace campaigners.

November 26th – Brink’s-MAT robbery: In London, 6,800 gold bars worth nearly £26 million are taken from the Brink’s-MAT vaule at Heathrow Airport. Only a fraction of the gold is ever recovered, and only 2 men are convicted of the crime.

Date Unknown – Mcdonald’s introduces the McNugget.


February 11th – Radael Van der Vaart, Dutch footballer.

April 1st – Franck Ribery, French footballer.

April 15th – Matt Cardle, English singer-songwriter and guitarist.

April 23rd – Taio Cruz, British singer-songwriter, record producer, occasional rapper, and entrepreneur.

May 13th – Natalie Cassidy, British actress.

May 30th – Jennifer Ellison, British actress.

June 8th – Kim Clijsters, Belgian tennis player.

June 30th – Cheryl Cole, British singer and TV personality.

August 19th – Reeva Steenkamp, South African Model (Died 2013).

September 14th – Amy Winehouse, British singer (Died 2011).


January 2nd – Dick Emery, British comedian.

January 28th – Billy Fury, British musician.

February 4th – Karen Carpenter, American singer and drummer.

February 25th – Tennessee Williams, American playwright.

April 30th – Muddy Waters, American musician.

May 31st – Jack Dempsey, American heavyweight champion boxer.

July 29th – David Niven,  English actor.


Celebrity Double Competition #15

Congratulations to Richard Davies of Areco who suggested “Mirage” from the Incredible Movies for Toni Todd. Judge the resemblance yourself below

This month’s Celebrity Double competition features Warehouse Operative, Mick Jepson.

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