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Armed Forces

The Royal Engineers Ask Bow’s for Help

Sgt John Sparkham and Sgt Rob Evans both ex Nottingham residents recently contacted Thomas Bow City Asphalt seeking the hands-on experience of a professional Highways maintenance contractor as part of their Highways Engineering Degree with the 1st Royal School of Military Engineering, Chatham, Kent.

Sparkham with 12 years service and Evans with 15 years service are both currently completing the course on behalf of the military in order to increase the skills, knowledge and expertise of the armed forces when it comes to the construction of infrastructure.

Evans who has already completed one tour of Afghanistan from March to September 2009 is due to return to Afghanistan later this year with colleague Sparkham, as part of the military’s ongoing objectives to refurbish or replace existing roads and where necessary construct new highways in the country, in order to improve the movement of private, commercial and military personnel, goods and equipment.

The two Sergeants conducted significant research in a bid to identify companies who had relevant experience in the construction and refurbishment of Roads. Sparkham said “we spent ages searching through the internet trying to find companies who carried out both Civil Engineering and Surfacing, but most of the companies we spoke to only specialised in one field; a lot of the companies we spoke to only did Surfacing or in many cases just Driveways, but Thomas Bow City Asphalt did everything”. Evans said “when we contacted Thomas Bow City Asphalt everyone was really helpful from the word go”.

Both were attached to Thomas Bow City Asphalt for one week’s intensive training during January 2011, which involved them operating various plant and equipment used in the construction and surfacing of nation’s highways. They visited a number of different sites currently under construction by Thomas Bow City Asphalt including works for Derbyshire County Council, Lincolnshire County Council and Nottinghamshire County Council.

Sparkham and Evans are hoping to return to Thomas Bow City Asphalt during the summer in order to complete a final 5 week attachment within the Private sector as part of their ‘work experience’.

Everyone at Thomas Bow City Asphalt would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the excellent efforts of Sparkham and Evans along with that of all those involved within the British Armed Forces. Thank you and good luck to you all.

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Sale of Nottingham Rugby

Nottingham Rugby has shared many close ties with Notts County having shared the Meadow Lane grounds for some time.

Following lengthy talks with Ray Trew, owner and Chairman of Notts County Football Club, the Rugby clubs Chairman, Alistair Bow has completed the sale of Nottingham Rugby Club to Notts County for an undisclosed sum.


TBCA Help Raise £23,000 for Local Charity

The Lighthouse Club is known, recognised and regarded with respect and affection throughout every branch of the construction industry and not least by the team at Thomas Bow City Asphalt (TBCA), many of whom have played major roles over the years in the raising of much needed funds, and this year was no different.

Eddie Pollard, Site Manager (TBCA) and Chairman for the Nottingham branch of the Lighthouse Club hosted this years Christmas event, which despite a blanket of snow across the entire UK was a massive success, with more than 350 members and guests attending the function held at the popular Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nottingham’s City Centre.

Music was delivered by “Cachet”, and this year the addition of well known caricature artist George Williams, fresh from his appearance on The One Show, gave many of the braver guests the opportunity to have a memento of their day!

The Speaker was Welsh comedian and entertainer Mr Rod Woodward, who had previously appeared with and supported Patrick McGuiness and Russell Brand and won the 2008 BBC comedy competition “Funny Business”. An act not to be missed! All of this, and the services of the professional Master of Ceremonies Mr Geoffrey Harris, who ably orchestrated the day.

However, not to forget the business of the day, which was the raising funds for the benevolent fund. TBCA provided sponsorship covering the cost of printing and other set-up costs in addition to donating range of prizes for auction along with other local companies, which later that evening was ably led by Alistair Bow, Managing Director (TBCA) and Vice Chairman for the Nottingham Branch of the Lighthouse Club.

The auction commenced with the famous whisky draw, which bounced back and fourth several times, each time raising more and more money before it found itself back on its podium to await next years draw! As the bidding commenced for the auction, a frantic bidding war followed as members and guests bid for signed sports memorabilia, concert tickets and highly collectable die cast models!

Overall, we can announce that funds raised throughout the year have allowed the Nottingham Branch to donate the sum of £23,000 to the fund!


Thomas Bow City Asphalt Win New Tesco Store Contract

Working closely with Lincolnshire County Council and on behalf of the Santon Group, Thomas Bow City Asphalt (Principal Contractors) will be undertaking the Section 278 Highways Works for the new Tesco store in Bourne, Lincolnshire; work starts 13th December 2010.

Alistair Bow says “we’re all delighted to be working with the Santon Group and Tesco in the construction of their new store in Bourne, which represents both a major investment in the town by Tesco, and also a significant step forward for Thomas Bow City Asphalt in our strategic plan to venture further into the commercial sector”

Contract value £398,840


Hitting The Road in Style

The new Thomas Bow City Asphalt branding will be clearly visible very soon on the highways and byways around the country as we are about to take delivery of a fleet of 10 new vehicles.

The eight utility vans and two 7.5 tonne weight tippers are being brought in as part of a £340,000 modernisation programme, and will mainly replace older vehicles.

Another new addition to the fleet will be a new paver – which lays tarmac on the roads. This is currently on order, and when it arrives, will take the tally up to four.

It’s all part of the plan to keep the business moving forward… as is the fact that all vehicles are now based at Oxton, because we took over part of Moorfield Farm at the end of August to create a new yard, garages and workshops.

Situated where it is, in the centre of the county, it is an ideal base to support the company’s growth, not only in Nottinghamshire but also in surrounding counties – especially Lincolnshire, Derbyshire and Yorkshire.


Combining Operations to Become a Major Force

Thomas Bow and City Asphalt today announced that they are officially joining forces to create one of Nottinghamshire’s major civil engineering and highway contractors.

The two companies have been working together as an integrated unit since 2005 and the decision has been taken to combine their operations and re-brand as Thomas Bow City Asphalt.

Thomas Bow actually dates back to 1867 but was dormant from 1990 until 2002, when Alistair Bow re-launched the business previously run by his father and uncle.

He explained: “Thomas Bow has come a long way since it was re-launched from my garage and although we bought up City Asphalt in 2005 and have since added ID Construction and Ashbow Estates to the group, they continued to operate as separate companies.

“Both Thomas Bow and City Asphalt are very strong brands in their own rights. Consequently, having taken the decision to have one logo that covers both, we opted for Thomas Bow City Asphalt as our trading name.”

In joining forces, the building and civil engineering contractors have become a major player in the highways maintenance arena and Managing Director Bow, who is also Chairman of Nottingham Rugby, believes it will give the company a lot more ‘clout’ within the industry.

He added: “As independent businesses in their specialist fields they were comparatively small but when you bring all our companies together, we have an operation turning over £14million a year.

“I believe the re-brand sets us up for an exciting future and although you can never afford to be complacent, I’m very happy with where we are at the moment. The last 12 months have been extremely good for us – despite the tough economic climate – and I expect that to continue for the foreseeable future.”

Winning major framework contracts with Nottingham City, Nottinghamshire County Council, Kirklees Council and City of Wakefield Metropolitan District Council have been key to the TBCA expansion over the past 12 months or so.

It is also now the preferred contractor for the likes of Humberside Airport, Taylor Wimpeys, and Bellway Homes.

Added Bow: “Although much of our business is based within Nottinghamshire, we are finding increasingly that we stretching into other areas. Our new icon is very distinctive and in time, I’m optimistic that it will become instantly recognisable at sites up and down the country.”

As part of the re-brand, the Thomas Bow City Asphalt website has been re-designed, and the company is also set to launch a new bi-annual newsletter for staff, potential and existing clients, to further highlight their good work.


Nottingham City Homes Contract

Thomas Bow City Asphalt has just won the contract to provide environmental improvement works for Nottingham City Homes – a not-for-profit organisation owned by Nottingham City Council and responsible for day-to-day management of 30,000 homes across the city, including more than 1,000 leasehold properties.

As sole contractors for the 12-month project, which is worth more than £500,000, we will be providing environmental paving, car parks, hard standings and SUDS. This complements the building of the first new council houses in Nottingham for more than 20 years.

Managing Director Alistair Bow said: “This contract is just the latest example of how our diligent pursuit of tenders is paying off, thanks to the hard work and dedication of our staff.”

New Sponsorship for Robin Hood Colts

Thomas Bow City Asphalt recently agreed to sponsor the Robin Hood Colts under 9’s Football team, which commenced with the purchase of new Nike Kit for the team including rain jackets.

Based at Sherwood Fields, Nottingham, the Robin Hood Colts are an FA Charter Standard club, which includes teams ranging from under 8’s through to seniors.

Sales & Marketing Manager, Karl Smith says “when we were approached by the Colts for sponsorship it was clear from the start that they were in desperate need of new kits, so with the help of their Manager we were delighted to able to source and supply a complete set of Nike Football kits for the team”.

More recently, Thomas Bow City Asphalt had the pleasure of re-surfacing the Colts car park for the benefit of the managers, trainers, parents, players and not forgetting their loyal supporters who offer encouragement to the boys from the wings.

Alistair Bow named Nottingham Rugby Chairman

Alistair Bow (Managing Director) has taken up the position of Chairman of Nottingham Rugby Limited. Alistair has been a director since January 2008 working alongside Chairman Geoff Huckstep who retired at Christmas. Alistair said: “This appointment is an honour, and I look forward to continuing the good work that Geoff has achieved over the last two years. We have much to deal with over the coming weeks, including arranging a ground for next season and seeking investment to guarantee the long-term future of Nottingham Rugby. On behalf of the club I wish Geoff and his family all the best for the future.”

Snow Plough

Ready For a Cold Winter

Thomas Bow City Asphalt has taken delivery of a new Mazda BT-50 4×4 Double Cab PickUp which will operate in the Highway Maintenance Division. During the winter periods the vehicle is fitted with a SnowEx Vee Pro 6000 Spreader for Winter Maintenance contracts; the remainder of the year it will be used for traffic management on the Framework Contract for Derbyshire County Council.

Mick Matthews (Maintenance Manager) said: “Winter Maintenance operations are an important aspect of our business and our customers expect the highest standards. This new vehicle will assist greatly with the new gritting contracts covering 20 sites in Northamptonshire.”