Supporting GSW 2017

  • By TOM TAYLOR
  • 19 Sep, 2017

Gas Safety Week 2017

The 2017 seventh annual Gas Safety Week will see organisations from across the UK working together, to raise awareness of the dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances, which can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

Drakes is proud to continue our annual support for this event and be one of the 7,700+ companies promoting the importance of safe gas work and installations across the UK. Proud of our corporate social responsibility we actively support our customers, both trade and retail, providing only fully certified and safe appliances and links to both regulated tradesmen and ongoing training courses.

Find out more about Gas Safety Week 2017 here:  https://www.gassaferegister.co.uk/gassafetyweek/

Drakes News

By TOM TAYLOR 22 Sep, 2017

This week Drakes' Chairman, David Aisher, flew down to Polypipe’s now famous regatta and joined over 50 yachts for races around Port Solent.

Along with the Chairman, Drakes brought many a salty sea dog with a crew consisting of customers and staff alike - all enjoying a free day of sailing and fundraising thanks to their favourite independent plumbers' merchant.  

Although at the helm of a different boat than he was used to, David fought the changeable conditions and led Drakes to an overall 11th place finish with a 4th place class finish.

After racing, the team joined a prize-giving event back on shore and a prize of another free day's sailing was raffled by Drakes; raising over £2,000 for Help the Heroes.  

If you're interested in taking part in these regular events held or attended by Drakes then speak to your local branch team. 

We're here to support tradespeople both on and off the job and if you're interested in something we can help with then let us know!

By TOM TAYLOR 19 Sep, 2017
The 2017 seventh annual Gas Safety Week will see organisations from across the UK working together, to raise awareness of the dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances, which can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

Drakes is proud to continue our annual support for this event and be one of the 7,700+ companies promoting the importance of safe gas work and installations across the UK. Proud of our corporate social responsibility we actively support our customers, both trade and retail, providing only fully certified and safe appliances and links to both regulated tradesmen and ongoing training courses.

Find out more about Gas Safety Week 2017 here:  https://www.gassaferegister.co.uk/gassafetyweek/
By TOM TAYLOR 15 Sep, 2017
Congratulations again to John Faulkner of A J Contracts who won this year's Tournament at the Drakes Golf Day 2017!

John was presented his trophy by Drakes Whitstable Branch Manager Phil Joiner. The Whitstable team were pleased to see one of their own local customers win this coveted award.

By TOM TAYLOR 12 Sep, 2017
It's not every day we're asked to attend a local feature such as this but the team from Drakes Ashford were pleased to help when a new heating system and bathroom items were required.

Originally built for Lord Holland in an area frequented by English monarchs, Kingsgate castle is now transformed into multiple flats and apartments and it was one of these lucky residents that received the latest in plumbing, heating and bathrooms for their home thanks to Drakes.

Branch Manager Matt Webb said "Here at Drakes Ashford we're known for our prices and our service so it's no surprise that when people want the best they give us a call. Any products, any location - Drakes can do the deal and deliver the goods."

Interested in a quote for your next plumbing or bathroom job? Contact your local branch here .
By TOM TAYLOR 29 Aug, 2017

We are running a simple promotion for anyone interested in purchasing a new bathroom suite!

Choose from a wide range of Heritage WCs, cisterns, seats, levers, basins & pedestals, washstands or vanity units and receive your choice of basin taps absolutely FREE!

Plus! If you add any bath and bath panel to your order then you can also choose any matching bath taps for FREE!

All you have to do is purchase a 4-piece Heritage set and then decide which taps you want as your free gift from Drakes.

For more details just visit our Promo Terms page, speak to your local branch team or call our Sales Support line on 01892 559940.

By TOM TAYLOR 03 Aug, 2017
Not content with touring the globe and enjoying a semi-retirement, John Ward has decided to return to the fore and assist the team at Tunbridge Wells for another term.

Continuing his years of experience, John will be back at the trade counter serving the plumbers and tradespeople of Tunbridge Wells and will also be in our expanding Sales Support team assisting with larger quotes, development work and regional customer projects.

Drakes welcomes John back to the team and invites all customers, old and new, to visit Drakes Tunbridge Wells for great Drakes Deals and exceptional service.
By TOM TAYLOR 28 Jul, 2017

It was another glorious day at Hever Golf Club in Edenbridge, Kent, as we took over for our 16th Annual Drakes Golf Day.

The Championship 18 hole Course has been showcased on Sky Sports and has played host to prestigious events including The Kent Amateur Championships, Euro Pro Tour and the Kent PGA Championships. This week it was treated to the South Easts finest in plumbing and heating as we welcomed our customers for a day of golf, fine dining and charity raffles.

The backdrop of beautiful surroundings makes playing this course a real pleasure and our 4-ball stableford format allowed for some competitive and impressive golf. 


Not only here for our customers, Drakes also arranged the whole day to support company charity Hospice in the Weald. This is a local charity providing care and support for terminally ill patients and their families. Thanks to the contributions of customers and suppliers our Golf Day raised over £2,500 for this worthy cause.


Charity wasn't the only winner though as we congratulate the best golfers of the day:

Overall winner
John Faulkner (Drakes Whitstable customer)

Team
Robert Earl (Drakes Sevenoaks customer)
John Faulkner (Drakes Whitstable customer)
Kevin Carrie (Supplier Polypipe)

Longest drive:
John Faulkner (Drakes Whitstable customer)

Nearest the pin :
Michael MacArthur (Drakes Tunbridge wells customer)


Have a look through some photos from the day and if you are interested in attending future customer days or Drakes events then speak to your local branch team and register your interest today.

By TOM TAYLOR 30 Jun, 2017

Drakes Sevenoaks recently had the pleasure of serving one Mrs Gahan, a customer recommended to use Drakes by one of our long serving account customers John Glover. 

Mrs Gahan was so pleased with her new bathroom and the exceptional service that she received from our Showroom Consultant Claire that she arranged for roses to be delivered to show her appreciation.

Another example of top-level customer service and products from Drakes, your local independent plumbers' merchant for all!

By TOM TAYLOR 30 Jun, 2017

Whilst entertaining key customers with a spot of sailing, company Chairman David Aisher’s grand day out was interrupted by a splash.

Gliding by a man in a small dinghy David’s suspicions were raised and he kept his eye on the small craft. Looking back, David watched the man overbalance his dinghy, flip it over and fall in to the icy water .

Orders were called and the Drakes vessel was swiftly turned around by it’s crew of plumbers and the floundering man was hauled aboard and his dinghy righted. A lucky escape as he wasn’t wearing his lifejacket and there was no kill-cord on the outboard engine.

Dripping onto the deck as he was taken back to harbour, the man was reminded of safe sailing practices as well as what David and
our key-customer’s drinks of choice would be from the nearby pub.

By TOM TAYLOR 20 Jun, 2017
Join us at Drakes East Grinstead on Thursday 22nd June and Drakes Gillingham on Friday 23rd June.

Come and meet Tom Chambers from EPH Controls at our East Grinstead and Gillingham branches as he demonstrates the new R-Series of programmers whilst you enjoy a free breakfast and hot drink!

With 5-year warranty and frost protection as standard, EPH's R-series of programmers are the ideal fit and forget solution - especially with their industry standard backplate for installer convenience!

The new EPH controls R-Series range is now available from all Drakes branches and we're celebrating by inviting you to come and discover all the benefits from EPH themselves.

Join us at Drakes East Grinstead on Thursday 22nd June and Drakes Gillingham on Friday 23rd June.
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