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If you are a supplier to the power generation industry in the UK, are you prepared for a possible sudden demand for raw materials in the light of National Grid seeking additional electricity supplies for this coming winter?

National Grid, which runs the power supply network for the UK has expressed concern that with several power stations closed or facing closure for various reasons, power generation capacity may be much tighter than expected for the end of 2014 and the start of 2015.

This year four nuclear power units have been shut down for safety reasons following routine inspections and with fires at coal-fired units at Ferrybridge and Ironbridge further reducing capacity, National Grid is now talking to power generators about bringing capacity back on-line sooner than expected. The UK was expected to experience a power squeeze in 2015/16 but this has now been brought forward to 2014/15.

This has led some in the supply chain to the power generation industry to ask whether outages will be brought forward and if this will bring about a sudden demand for raw materials?

“Due to the power squeeze on the UK’s power generation being brought forward a whole year following the unexpected problems with several plants, we may see pressure being applied to bring some plants on-line sooner than anticipated. This may lead to a sudden high demand for raw materials for fasteners, bars and plates which could in turn lead to shortages in supply, if you are a manufacturing supplier to power generators you would be well advised to speak to your suppliers now to make sure you are not caught out.  We are already seeing an increase in enquiries for our Alloy T41 and are booking orders against our next delivery in early November 2014,” says Mark Burton, Managing Director of Broder Metals Group.

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Rotherham residents and businesses are being invited to attend and get involved with a special Macmillan Coffee Morning and vintage market with a twist taking place on Saturday 27th of September at Wynsor World of Shoes car park on Woodhouse Green in Thurcroft.

There will be 20 stalls displaying local arts and crafts as well as displays from local businesses including Fresh ‘n’ Chic Boutique, Thurcroft Emporium and Lorec Electricals.  There will be a BBQ provided by the Steakhouse, a large bouncy castle provided by Wilk’s Entertainment, Face Painters, Mascot Appearance’s,                                                                                               Raffle/Tombola, Competitions and coffee and cakes! The event runs from 11am till 4pm.

Event organiser, Dawn Brown from Fresh ‘n’ Chic Boutique says the event has two main aims: “This is a family day out for all whilst raising money for the nurses that hold the hands of patients and touch the hearts of their families.

“We want lots of people to get involved spread the word and let everyone know about our event! The Macmillan Nurses need your support in whatever way you can offer, whether that be a small donation, request a stall, help out on the day - anything you can do will be much appreciated,” says Dawn.

Any volunteers, businesses or stall holders wanting to get involved should call Dawn on 07809 895 359 or email her on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 


The Trustees of Paces Sheffield, the specialist education charity in High Green, Sheffield wish to announce that on 31 August 2014 Mr. Norman Perrin is retiring as its Chief Executive.

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Seventeen years ago, Norman co-founded Paces. Since then, he has committed and dedicated himself to promoting the education and upbringing of children and young people with motor dysfunctions, helping them on the journey to independent adulthood. He has a particular interest in supporting children and young people with Cerebral Palsy by the promotion and provision of facilities for Conductive Education.

The proudest moment in Norman's career came when he was awarded the status of an Honorary Conductor of the International Petö Institute at the 8th World Congress of Conductive Education in Munich last October.

Speaking of Norman's retirement John Biggin, Chair of the Trustees of Paces Sheffield said:

"Norman's leadership of Paces Sheffield has brought many successes, not least of which was just last year when Paces School was recognised as "Outstanding" in all aspects of its assessment by the Ofsted inspectors.

"His experience and knowledge has been invaluable in our mission to make Paces Sheffield a world-class institution for the practice of, training in and research into Conductive Education that supports children and adults
with Cerebral Palsy, as well as their families,"

Paces' Trustees are very pleased to announce that with effect from 1 September 2014 Mr Gavin Teasdale BA FCMA will become the new Chief Executive of Paces Sheffield.

"Gavin is a highly experienced Senior Executive with both General and Financial Management skills; his experience in Higher Education will be particularly valuable to Paces Sheffield. Gavin has already stated that he intends his new role as Chief Executive to be focused on the growth and development of the full range of our services that support the children, young people and of course the families of those we help from childhood through to independent adulthood," said John Biggin,.

International metals stockist, Broder Metals Group has strengthened its Specials Processing Department by welcoming back two former employees, who have substantial experience between them of sourcing materials for customers wanting nickel alloy and stainless material in accordance with standard and customer specific technical specifications.

Muriel Slater and Lee Perry spent nine and three years respectively with Broder Metals Group before leaving to spend time with other metal industry related companies. They will head up the sales side of the Specials Processing Department which sources and supplies material that may require testing or conversion, or, if required, full component manufacture and supply.
Mark Burton is Managing Director of Broder Metals Group and says that the return of Muriel and Lee is timed perfectly to coincide with new developments at the company.

"Muriel and Lee have substantial experience and industry knowledge that will be invaluable in the continuing progression of Broder Metals Group as a leading expert in the field of sourcing and supplying technically correct metals and alloys to the oil & gas, petro-chemical, marine, valve, power generation, and specialist automotive industries. It's great to be able to welcome them back into the team," says Mark.

Broder Metals Group is a leading supplier of nickel alloys, high tensile stainless steel, duplex, super duplex, flanges and fittings to fastener and valve manufacturers. Broder Metals Group employs 22 people at its head office in Ecclesfield, Sheffield from where it despatches orders to customers located in 42 different countries.


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