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Waregrain Group Christmas jumper day

Added on 18/12/18

Waregrain Group held a Christmas jumper day on Thursday 13th December to raise funds in aid of the Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice.

It was great to see so many participants across the company having a little bit of fun for a very worthy cause!

Even Managing Director- Marc Oslar was a 'willing participant'.

For a selection of photos, please visit our facebook or Instagram page.

Waregrain Group Christmas break opening times

Added on 18/12/18

We would like to inform our customers and supply partners that we will be closing on Friday 21st December and will be reopening on Wednesday 2nd January for the Christmas break and also for a well earned staff battery recharge.

Opening times:

Friday 21st December: 08:00-17:00
Christmas Eve: Closed
Christmas Day: Closed
Boxing Day: Closed
Thursday 27th December: Closed
Friday 28th December: Closed
Monday 31st December: Closed
Tuesday 1st January: Closed
Wednesday 2nd January: 08:00-17:00

For any enquiries, please contact your local Waregrain Group branch or email us on

Merry Christmas from all of us at the Waregrain Group!

Waregrain Group present golf day proceeds to Duchess of Kent Hospice...

Added on 21/06/18

We would like to thank Fern Hayes (Community Fundraising Manager) from Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice for taking the time out to meet us during our visit today and accept the £750 Waregrain raised during our recent golf event.

Sue Ryder Care do some incredible work supporting people with life limiting conditions and their families within the Berkshire community.

We decided to raise money for this very worthy cause after speaking with our Reading Head Office team who felt this was a cause close to their hearts.

The Duchess of Kent Hospice were supportive and caring to Waregrain’s Laura Sheppard and her family when her father Trevor was sadly diagnosed with illness, a lovely man missed by his friends and family.

We would also like to thank our golf participants who kindly donated £10 to enter the nearest the pin competition and support us in raising funds.

Thank you Duchess of Kent Hospice for the amazing work you do...

Waregrain ‘tees off’ for fifth annual golf day…

Added on 11/06/18

Waregrain Group held this year’s golf event on Wednesday 6th June at the wonderful Players Club in Chipping Sodbury. The weather was truly on side with the sun shining brightly, ensuring the course was in perfect condition as golfers of all abilities participated in yet another successful event!

The individual trophy was contested right until the very end with a countback required to split Mark Andrews (Axalta) playing off 12 and Phil Ashpole (Autozone) playing off 24 who were both tied on 44 points with Mark just taking the winners trophy. Nigel Garrett (Upol) playing off 14 took third place with 39 points.

The team event was won by Team Rosso on 93 points with a team consisting of Nigel Garrett, Jason Morse (both Upol) Kevin Lloyd and Lee Patman (both BASF). Second place was Team Inferno on 91 points with a team consisting of Martin McCarthy, John Bowler (both Days Motor Group), Andy Green and Lee Woodward (both PPG) and finishing in third place was Team Andes on 88 points with a team consisting of Alex Green, Noel Jennings, Richard Howick and Frank Delaney (All Akzo Nobel).

The longest drive competition was won by Steve Digby (Perfect Paint) and the nearest the pin competition was won by Jason Morse (Upol). The nearest the pin competition had an entry fee donation in aid of the Duchess of Kent Hospice in Reading which also included entry into a prize draw with this being won by Mark Boret (Fleetline).

With the kind donations from participants, £750 was raised in aid of the Duchess of Kent Hospice which is a very worthy cause.

Waregrain Group would like to thank all of our partners who support the day and make it possible: ACIS, Akzo Nobel, Axalta, BASF, Farecla Products, Indasa Abrasives, Lechler Coatings, NIBS Group, Novol, Mirka, PPG and UPOL. We would also like to thank all of the staff at The Players Club who always support us fantastically during the event.

A selection of images can be found on our Waregrain Group Facebook page:

For enquiries on the 2019 event, please email

Maiden offshore voyage for ACIS thanks to TrustFord Channel Islands

Added on 25/04/18

Maiden offshore voyage for ACIS thanks to TrustFord Channel Islands

Deal extends UK-wide contract with world's largest Ford dealer group
ACIS has made its maiden offshore voyage with a deal to service the TrustFord Group’s Channel Island dealerships.

The new arrangement is an extension of the UK-wide contract ACIS has in place with TrustFord, the world's largest dedicated Ford dealer group.

TrustFord owns 65 UK-wide dealerships, with ACIS supplying 13 Ford-approved accident repair centres from Northern Ireland down to the Channel Islands.

Due to its compact road network, bumps and scrapes are an occupational hazard on the Channel Islands, which means that TrustFord repairs around 250 cars per month between its two bodyshops.

However, just-in-time delivery to the Channel Islands is not without its challenges as ACIS shareholder member Waregrain and TrustFord have to plan even further ahead to ensure stock integrity.

Frequently inclement weather can impact on bodyshop stock crossing the channel, which is where ASCRIBE, ACIS’s web-based stock ordering management system, comes into its own, as well as cutting average spend by 20 per cent through efficiency savings.

ACIS also has to ensure flammable and non-flammable materials are separated at the quayside for customs and safety purposes, another factor which can delay deliveries or potentially dent customer confidence, if not handled correctly.

It is thanks to ACIS’s new web portal, of which ASCRIBE is a fundamental part, that TrustFord can manage its paint and consumables both in and out, view its purchases by site and maintain employee training records, all at the click of a button.

The system recognises in advance when a technician needs re-accreditation, or when a piece of equipment needs re-calibration and prompts the bodyshop manager ahead of time.

Graham O’Neill, CEO of ACIS, said: “Working on small islands such as Jersey and Guernsey can provide a logistical challenge for bodyshops. Like everyone else, they need to manage their stock of paint and consumables without running out. Add into this the lead time of shipping to the islands and you potentially have a problem.

“It’s in a scenario like this where ASCRIBE really comes into its own. It is working fantastically well for us here and demonstrates the power and efficiency of the product.”

Richard Crawley, National Bodyshop Support Manager for TrustFord, said: “Working offshore from the UK mainland provides us with a unique challenge with regards to stock levels, and we’ve been impressed with how ASCRIBE has helped us overcome this.

“It’s an extension of what first attracted us to ACIS – an ability to reduce costs, improve efficiency and offer a better service to our customers.”

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