Jewson pledges £100K for community regeneration projects

Published:  19 February, 2015

Builders’ merchant, Jewson, is asking tradespeople up and down the country to put forward local community projects that are in need of a transformation.

As part of its Building Better Communities project, Jewson is offering communities across the country the chance to win a share of a £100,000 prize which can be spent on anything from a new roof for their village hall, to a much needed coat of paint for a long-forgotten public space.

Jewson will be giving away a top prize of £50,000 to help pay for both materials and labour, plus other prizes of between £1,000 and £5,000 to cover the cost of building materials.

As part of the launch of Jewson Building Better Communities, Jewson commissioned a survey to highlight the importance of community in the UK and gain a better understanding of what makes a great place to live.

The results revealed that 70% of UK residents feel there is average to little or no community spirit where they live, and that one in five respondents (20%) think having an annual street party or festival would be the best way to improve a community, closely followed by a well-equipped community centre at 14%.

David Fenton, marketing director at Jewson, said: “With only a third of Brits reporting to live somewhere with good community spirit, it’s clear that measures can be taken to improve communal areas and activities around the UK.

“Our research also shows that while seven in 10 Brits would like to do more for their local areas, nearly 10% cite a lack of budget as a reason not to do so. That’s why we’re asking the public to nominate local causes close to their hearts so we can help them achieve the community they dream of. The competition is open for entry from any member of the public, but we’d especially like tradespeople to get involved by putting their local projects forward, as we know that community development is integral to the building industry.”

A number of suppliers have committed to supporting Building Better Communities, including British Gypsum, Marshalls, Mastercrete, Norbord, SAM and Velux Windows.

The competition will close for entries on 12 April 2015. For more information, terms and conditions, or to nominate a community project for a £50,000 Jewson transformation, visit facebook.com/JewsonUK or www.buildingbettercommunities.co.uk.

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