We’ve expanded our Wetherby store

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Since our first physical store opened back in October we’ve had plenty of you come to visit. Our Wetherby branch offering has made it even more convenient for people to find the metal materials they’re looking for, and we love hearing all the positive feedback from both the trade and the public.

Making sure we have a vast range of materials in stock to suit any project, no matter the size and scale, is something we take seriously. To make life even easier for our customers to find what they need, we’ve expanded and grown the range of products available in store.

We’re happy to announce we’ve added big brands like Faithfull tools and Dewalt drill bits to our store. While also expanding on best-selling ranges: Weldability, GYS, Snickers and Dickies workwear.

You can still visit us six days a week in store at: Armitage Works, Sandbeck Industrial Estate, Sandbeck Way, Wetherby, LS22 7DN. Take a sneak peak below at the shop floor hosting our new product ranges, along with some of the custom built stands made especially for the store.

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We’re gearing up for our first Soapbox Derby

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Ever since Charlie Chaplin graced cinema screens in ‘Kid Auto Races at Venice’ in 1914, the Soapbox Derby has been part of American culture. The first official race on record ran in 1934 in Dayton, Ohio. It was originally a competition where young boys built makeshift buggies from scratch to see which could cross the finish line in the fastest time. It played on a fascination with flashy cars and ultra-fast speed records, even if some were fuelled by gravity!

At its peak in the 1960s there were upward of 20,000 kids in 250 clubs across America taking part. It wasn’t long before the phenomenon took the world by storm. The Akron All American Soap Box Derby plays host to more than 550 youngsters each year from all over the US as well as Canada, Germany, Japan and New Zealand.

In the UK the Red Bull Soapbox Race takes the crown, with more than 100 races around the world since the very first was held in Brussels back in 2000. Homemade Soapboxes range from gorgeous classic car replicas to Red Bull cans, burritos and Pac-Man themed contraptions. As well as being wildly competitive it’s also hugely entertaining. Take a look at our video of the best Soapbox crashes over the years:

Here at Metals4U we’re all huge fans of the Soapbox Derby, and the way customers use our products to create the fantastic vehicles taking part. We’re getting creative and making our very own cart to be entered in the Humber Bridge Soapbox Derby on Saturday the 25th June. Keep your eyes on our blog to track our progress and be sure to come out and see us put the pedal to the metal on the day!

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Stephen Bunting competition day

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Our competition winners join Stephen for a tournament to remember.

It’s not every day you get to play darts against a former world champion, but for five lucky Stephen Bunting fans we made it happen! On the 28th February we welcomed Stephen and our lucky competition winners at the Wetherby Metals 4 U branch to throw some darts and have some fun!

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After a spot of lunch and a meet and greet with the man himself, Ryan Matthews, Adam Naylor and his son Tai, Gary Williams and his son Lewis, got to ask Stephen any burning questions they had before putting him through his paces with an exciting afternoon of darts.

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First up was Ryan Matthews, who started off slow but brought it back hitting an impressive 180! Next up it was Adam Naylor, it was a close call but the MC’s word was final with Stephen announced as the winner. Closely followed by Lewis Williams, definitely a champion in the making with a sneaky 180 straight in. Stephen was hanging his head in shame after a 2-0 defeat, well done Lewis!

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Next we had Tai Naylor who got us all biting our nails holding Stephen to the closest match yet. Finally Gary Williams wrapped up the competition, but unfortunately didn’t have the same luck as 9 year old Lewis and walked away with a loss after hitting 141 vs Stephen’s 180.

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With some group photos taken, Stephen signed some dart boards for our youngest winners and gave out some booby prizes too! Definietly an afternoon to remember, many thanks to all involved for making it so enjoyable!

To see more photos from the day take a look at our Facebook album here – http://on.fb.me/1T2lmtD

Look out for our next Metals 4 U competition on our Twitter and Facebook pages. 

Have you heard that bird is the word? Win a chance to play darts against Stephen Bunting!

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The World Darts Championship is over and we couldn’t be prouder of Stephen ‘The Bullet’ Bunting. He played a great first round with a 3-0 win over German player Jyhan Artut. And although he was knocked out in the second round, his opponent- the very experienced Raymond Van Barneveld reportedly said “he hit so many 180’s, I think I’m the lucky one tonight!”

In fact, he hit 15 180’s and topped the leader board with the most amount of maximums. It was only some huge checkouts from Van Barneveld that outshined his fantastic performance. He’s come away positive after an amazing experience, ready for the year ahead.

We thought we would kick off the New Year in style, and launch a competition for some lucky Stephen Bunting fans to come down to Metals4U Wetherby and play darts against the man himself. It will all happen on Thursday 28th January at midday.

All you have to do is copy family guy Stephen’s lead and shoot a short video of you doing the ‘Surfin’ Bird’ dance. Tweet it to us @Metals4U or post it on our Facebook page and we will pick our five favourite entries to win – competition ends 12pm Thursday 21st January & winners announced Friday 22nd January.

Check out Peter… I mean Stephen’s video below:

T&C’s * All winners must be available on 28/01/2016 and be able to provide their own transport to Metals4U located in Wetherby *  Subject to conditions, the competitions winners are entitled to a plus 1 guest * All competition rules and regulations are at the discretion of Metals4U and are subject to change at any time *

Go for gold Stephen!

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There’s excitement in the air here at Metals4U! The William Hill World Darts Championship is finally here and everyone’s rooting for our new sponsorship Stephen Bunting in his upcoming match. The nail biting darts competition will start on the 17th December, with the winner being announced 3rd January. The action starts at Alexandra Palace, London and will be airing on the Sky Sports Darts channel.

It seems we’re not the only ones backing Stephen to top the charts in the competition this year. St. Helen’s legend, comedian Johnny Vegas was on hand to give him a pep talk to show his support and we couldn’t agree more:

“If I see you a year from now and you’re not holding a trophy, we’re going to fall out. None of that ‘oh it wasn’t my day’- make it your day. I know what you’re capable of.”

Give the full speech a watch here.

We’re very proud to sponsor up and coming player Stephen Bunting and will be supporting him all the way to the final. A huge good luck from all here at Metals4U!

Watch our interview with Stephen below:

To mark the occasion we’re also launching a competition where one lucky fan will be walking away with a waterproof Dickies Parka coat. Perfect for the winter months ahead.

All you have to do to win is retweet this post and follow @Metals4U and @SBunting180. You’ve got to be in it to win it, remember the competition closes 21stDecember.

Competition winner will be chosen at Metals4U’s discretion.

 

We’ve hit the bull’s eye with our new partnership.

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Here at Metals4U, apart from metal of course, there’s nothing we love more than a day at the darts. So when we were looking for someone to sponsor it was clear to us who to target! We’re very happy to announce our new partnership with up and coming darts player Stephen Bunting.

A family guy from Liverpool, this English darts player is one to watch. He’s quickly grown into a tour favourite and is described by some as a rising star. Nick named ‘The Bullet’ he always hits his target and has the trophies to prove it!

Winner of the British Teenage Open and the World Youth Masters at the age of just 15, he’s now competing in tournaments worldwide against some of the best in the business. Most recently he’s added World Masters Winner 2012, England Open Winner 2013, Mariflex Open Winner 2013 and UK Open Qualifier Winner 2014 to his extensive list of achievements in the darts world.

We couldn’t wait to get him in the Metals4U store and give him a taste of who we are and what we stand for. A great day for all involved. We also had a special surprise for Stephen, we introduced him to his Metals4U doppelganger Shane! Take a look at the photo we snapped of the two stood side by side!

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He’s very well respected in the world of darts and by those here at Metal’s4U. Many have tipped him to win the World Championship in the next few years and we’re proud to say we will be there to support him all the way!

Metals4U helps to get a rare classic back to the races

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We love to hear about your restoration projects and seeing how our metal helps to make them a reality. The enthusiasts among you will know that restoring a classic car takes a lot of time, effort and TLC. But with the right parts you can get off to a great start.

Metals4U customer Bill Cowling set out earlier this year to modify and repair a Ginetta G18B Historic Formula Ford. Only seven were ever made and just three survive in current day, making this restoration project truly unique.

Ginetta G18B Historic Formula Ford

A car with providence, the HFF was driven by a very young Adrian Raynard (above). Raynard went on to become one of the most influential race car designers, manufacturing cars that won races around the world. The G18 HFF is said to have influenced Adrian’s first chassis design and is also mentioned in his autobiography, where he crashes it (again) at Brands Hatch.

Bill is fully restoring the race car, returning it to its former glory, and plans to enter it into historical racing as soon as possible.

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Bill started by stripping his HFF down to the frame work. He used the tubes purchased from Metals4U to repair bracing struts at the rear of the car, and replace the copper alloy coolant pipes that run from front to back. Smaller alloy tubing will also be used in constructing struts for the radiator.

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Currently down to the chassis, he’ll be crack testing before constructing new bracings and brazing them in. Then working alongside his ‘chassis man’, an ex world champion side-car designer, some new designs will be drawn up to bring it to life.

Bill hopes to get his HFF completed by March 2016 and into the world of historical racing. He’ll be attending international events such as Spa, Monza, Pau and Zanyoort. We certainly can’t wait to see how this true classic will look crossing the finish line. Watch this space!

If you’d like to tell us about how you’re using our metal products, please get in touch and we may feature your project on this blog using projects@metals4u.co.uk

Metals4u expand beyond online by opening its first branch in Wetherby

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We are the UK’s market leader in the online supply of metals, tools and engineering goods, and have chosen Wetherby as the location for our first physical store.

Known as the trade’s go-to supplier of metals, mild steel, Stainless steel, aluminium, Brass, and bronze products, we stock 15,000 lines – including workwear, clothing and tooling supplies – with a wide range of these now available in branch for customers to drop in and collect.

In addition to being the only stockist of welding consumables and accessories in the local area, our branch holds products from leading brands Weldability, GYS and Esab, as well as workwear from Dickies and Snickers. In branch, many products are displayed on custom built stands that use Metals4u products to demonstrate their versatility.

Our MD and owner Paul Mcfadyen, explains the decision to open a bricks and mortar branch: “When Metals4u was established in 2002, we were the first supplier in the UK offering customers the opportunity to buy metal online. We wanted to build on this and make it more convenient than ever for the local trade, and public, to find the metal materials they need for projects of any size and scale.”

Our Metals4u branch can be found at Armitage Works, Sandbeck Industrial Estate, Sandbeck Way, Wetherby, LS22 7DN and is open six days a week.

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And the winner is…

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Congratulations go to Peter Kealey who is the winner of our latest Tube Clamps competition. You can see his winning design below:

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Peter’s innovative idea for how to use the ever versatile tube clamp impressed both ourselves and our special celebrity guest judge Max McMurdo. It was by no-means an easy decision as we received some fantastic entries, the highlights are included in our previous post. However Peter’s design for a ladder base stabiliser really caught our eye.

As a prize, Peter now wins all the materials he needs to build his design, courtesy of Metals4U.

Congratulations Peter!

Our tube clamp competition reaches its judging stage – here are some of the best designs

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A few weeks ago we launched a competition where you could win the metal materials you need to build one of your very own creations. We’ve received a variety of inventive project submissions, and now we have the difficult task of selecting a winner!

The competition was open to everyone and anyone. It had just one condition: that the designs you sent us showed how you planned to use tube clamps, along with some approximate measurements so we could understand the size and scale of your project.

We’ve enjoyed looking through the entries as they’ve come in, and we’ve been impressed with not just the ideas but the level of detail some of them have included.

Here we’ve listed some of the designs that are in with a chance of winning. This is Jilly Hatton’s impressive design for a modular climbing frame:

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Mike Wood has come up with a wheelchair design that’s easy to manufacture, and which could be used in third world countries:

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Peter Kealey has put health and safety at the heart of his design, choosing to develop and build a ladder base stabiliser:

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Paul Davis has shown how he plans to use tube clamps to build this bench for his salon:

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Rusty Murphy has sent us this neat design of a floating bathroom cabinet:

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While Jen Smith has also submitted a precise design of a child’s climbing play frame:

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Thanks to everyone who has entered the competition. As much as we like them all, there can be only one winner – and we now need to decide who that is.

We’ll be announcing the lucky winner early next month, who will get the metal materials they need to make their idea a reality – and we’ll also make it available as a package for other customers at Metals4U to order!