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Retirement of Janet Armstrong Retirement of Janet Armstrong
Ulti-Mate II Woodscrews Ulti-Mate II Woodscrews
TimberScrews TimberScrews
Product Update Product Update
Pink Day 2011 Pink Day 2011
IMPORTANT INFORMATION IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Website Improvements, Bugs & Fixes Website Improvements, Bugs & Fixes
Stock claim is the basis for sales success Stock claim is the basis for sales success
Pink Day at Perry's Pink Day at Perry's
Wear it Pink Day ...in the press Wear it Pink Day ...in the press
Ironmonger's success hinges on 'hard work' Ironmonger's success hinges on 'hard work'
Website open for business Website open for business
Long service is par for the course Long service is par for the course
Metal bashing past helps growing firm Metal bashing past helps growing firm
Extended Range of Chain Products Extended Range of Chain Products
The A.Perry Product Guide 2010 Edition is here! The A.Perry Product Guide 2010 Edition is here!



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Retirement of Janet Armstrong
19 December 2014
This Festive season will see the retirement of Janet Armstrong from the Sales Team at A. Perry. Not only will this be a loss for A. Perry but also for the hardware and fixings industry as a whole as Janet has clocked up over 40 years experience.

Janet’s working life in the Threaded Bar trade started back in 1973 when she joined Glyn Robinson Studding. Over the years she has seen many changes within the trade, the most significant being the increased competition in the market and the introduction of imported goods from the Far East. “In the good old days we used to tell customers how much they had to pay and when they could have the goods, it’s a far different story these days!” Janet recalls.

In April 2006, Janet started working at A. Perry as a result of the acquisition of Glynn Robinson from the administrators of The Eliza Tinsley Group of Companies. “Looking back this was a massive shock at the time, but I wish I had started at Perry’s sooner! Threaded bar itself has not changed, but I have really enjoyed seeing the development of manufacturing methods and the opportunities that technology and computers can bring.

I would like to say a really big thank you to all the thousands of customers I have spoken to over the years, I cannot believe where the years have gone….”

Whilst it will undoubtedly be a difficult job to fill Janet’s shoes, Perry’s will advise all customers when a new member of the sales team has been appointed.

Everyone at Perry’s wishes Janet a long, happy and well earned retirement.
 

 

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Ulti-Mate II Woodscrews
18 February 2014

The Ulti-Mate II Wood Screw is a high performance genuine Phillips product. With state of the art Pozisquare recess and optimised for Power Drills, the Ulti-Mate II has a quick start point, slotted shank, self countersinking ribs and other features. In addition to a full range of sizes available, we also offer a Starter Pack, a fully stocked Attaché Case and coming soon...a Countertop Display. IF you're still unsure, you can add a Free Sample Pack to your online order, simply search for 6001-SAMPLE.

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TimberScrews
04 September 2012

Our new TimberScrew has proved very popular since it's release 6 weeks ago. If you haven't tried them yet, why not?! You can order them by the box so you don't have to commit to large quantites to receive our great prices...Click Here to find out more...

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Product Update
08 November 2011

08/11/2011: The No.459 Welded Eyebolts (Hot Spelter Galvanised) have been re-numbered to be included with the Zinc Plated product in line with the rest of our range. The new product number is No.452.

08/11/2011: The No.1409 Tent Pegs have been merged into the No.414 Rabbit Netting Pegs as these are very similar products. The item description now reads No.414 Rabbit Netting/Tent Pegs.

03/11/2011: The No.2832 Grade A2/304 Studding Connectors are now No.2781/S and the No.2842 Grade A4/316 Studding Connectors are now No.2871/T. This change has brought these connectors into line with the numbering of all our other fixings and fasteners.

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Pink Day 2011
13 December 2011
All the staff in fancy dress We recently held our Annual Pink Day in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness here at A.Perry and everyone pitched in and a fun day was had by all. Local girl and former Eastenders actress, Josie Lawrence, came in to lend a hand and judge the marvelous array of fancy dress costumes worn by the staff for the day. The day was a culmination of many fundraising efforts by the staff and a sum of £2800 was raised for the cause.
 
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION
11 July 2013

We are having a new computer system installed to improve our service to you...we are still open for business as usual, however all orders received after 12pm today (11/07/2013) will be despatched w/c 15/07/2013. We appreciate your understanding in this matter and thank all our customers for your continued business!

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Website Improvements, Bugs & Fixes
24 August 2010

This article is a list of the latest improvements, bugs and fixes for the website: -
 

  1. Favourites Page: This page now splits the items in lots of 25. This prevents an error when adding a large number of items to the basket from this page. (4 October 2010)
  2. Item History Page: We have now added an option to the search menu to allow the user to view all the products that have previously been purchased. From the list you can select any product to be added into your basket and you can see (outlined in red) any quantity of a product that is already in your basket. It is hoped that this facility will be an aide to making ordering our products even quicker and more comprehensive than just adding items to your favourites and then choosing from there. (16 September 2010)  
  3. Payments on Line: The problem in paying a lump sum off your account has now been fixed. (23 Aug 2010)
  4. Website Data Upload: The website has to close to login users each night at around 5pm to enable us to do some data maintenance and updates. The website is down for approximately 30-40 minutes depending upon the speed of the internet at the time. If you find that you cannot login in around this time of day then please try again a little later. We apologise if this causes you any inconvenience.
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Stock claim is the basis for sales success
30 September 2010
Claiming that it is ‘always in stock’ is easy to say but not so easy to achieve. Yet with 5,000 different products on the shelves at its West Midlands factory, A Perry & Co. (Hinges) has, in its 80-year history, never failed to fulfil that proud boast.

Yes, it may seem over the top but that’s the essence of the business’, said Ian Dunnaker, a director of the company.

While not all the products are allied to the fencing industry, A Perry has developed a formidable alliance with fencing as one of the foremost suppliers of products.

‘Over the years the range has grown considerably,’ said Mr. Dunnaker, ‘and our catalogue has expanded each year with new products being added all the time. Today something like a quarter of our products are allied to fencing, if not more.’

The range includes products and accessories for chainlink fencing and netting, wire rope, panel fencing products, barbed wire support and strainers, fencing tools plus fencing post support systems.

‘We are always looking at how we can improve the range and finding out just what the industry wants. Discussions are on-going about products and we are continually listening to what contractors want and how we can source it or provide a solution,’ he said.

A Perry can trace its roots back to 1925 and has continued as a family firm. It was in 1955 that it transferred to the Doulton Road site in Cradley Heath where it has remained developing the site into a purpose built factory, warehouse and offices spanning more than 50,000 sq feet.

Four years ago the company acquired the stock and machinery from the administrators of Eliza Tinsley, as well as employing a number of staff, to launch their Threaded Bar range of products.

‘That gave us the ability to produce and supply a wide range of threaded bar and related products. Unlike others in the industry we have not been afraid to maintained a manufacturing operation, indeed we have expanded our capability. That means we can handle the bespoke requirements of the industry, while also supplying the more standard’ said Ian Dunnaker.

While market conditions have changed, A Perry has steadfastly stood by its family heritage and its determination to focus on its core customer base.

‘We have concentrated on what we know and listening to the market has helped us to increase our market share and protect our position as the largest supplier and manufacturer of such products to the fencing industry.

‘Stock is essential and in dealing with the trade through merchants we have become aware of the need to be a one-stop shop, as well as being able to deliver quality products on time.

'Our reputation has been built on our past and so will our future.' 

 

Click here to read the original article as published in the Fencing News October 2010 Issue
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Pink Day at Perry's
29 October 2010
All the staff in fancy dress Here at A.Perry we held our Annual Pink Day in support of Breast Cancer Awareness on 22nd October 2010. In true tradition the staff paid a 'fee' to get dressed up in some weird and wonderful outfits, all based on the colour pink (pictured right) and a fun day was enjoyed by everyone. Each department organised their own costumes, many being hand-made specially for the occasion, and prizes were awarded for the Best Department, Best Individual and Best Director.

We have exceeded our hopes and expectations and raised a grand total of £2480.21 from this year's event which included the proceeds from a raffle that has been very generously supported, both in terms of donated prizes and ticket sales, from sources within the company and from outside the company by friends, customers and suppliers alike.

Guy Perry (Director) and Val Charnock (Pink Day Organiser) making the first draw. All the staff would like to thank those individuals and companies who generously donated prizes for the draw that took place today (29th October 2010, National Pink Day) at our offices. Prize winners will be notified by their ticket seller or by telephone from the office.

Please see below a full list of all the prize winners and, once again, a big thank you to all of the people who brought a ticket for helping to make the event such a success.
 
Prize Winners in our Pink Day Raffle are: -
Prize Ticket No. Winner
£100 Cash 1983 Gail Oakes
2 Premier Enclosure Tickets for Worcester Racecourse 2011 886 Susan Hall
Entry for 4 Persons at The West Midlands Safari Park 1766 Kate Mason
2 Panto Tickets for Aladdin at The Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton 1838 Jean Willetts
2 Tickets for Chess at Birmingham Hippodrome 292 Chris Chalk
2 Adult Tickets for the Severn Valley Railway 1467 T. Armstrong
£40 Voucher at Shenapur Indian Cuisine 466 Guy Perry
Meal for 2 at The Swallows Nest, Romsley 1489 T. Daiwood
Meal for 2 at The Fox, Stourton 963 Robert
£20 Voucher for The Swan, Fairfield 590 Helen Charnock
A round of Golf for 2 persons at Dudley Golf Club 707 Jo Norbett
Mens or Ladies Cut & Blow at Illusions Hair Salon, Cradley Heath 560 Helen Gray
Nail Manicure at Scratch Nails & Beauty in Wollaston 405 Lisa McBride
£10 Marks & Spencer Voucher 1721 Nick Blackham
Leather Cube Stool donated by Regis Upholstery 1883 Martin Pilgrim
Original Film Posters from The Showcase Cinema 1764 Tony Mason
Hennessy Cognac & Tumblers 243 Katie Dunnaker
Bottle of Black Label Whisky 689 Cheryl Burgess
Bottle of Chivas Regal Whisky 40 Matt Williams
Bottle of High Commissioner Whisky 225 Rachel (Cafe)
Bottle of Teachers Whisky 845 Jean Faulkner
Bottle of Famous Grouse Whisky 1991 Steven Walker
Bottle of Bells Whisky 1703 Judith Mills
Bottle of Brandy 1504 Rob Barker
Bottle of Gin 321 Phil Jones
Bottle of Croft Original Sherry 93 Andy Durham
Bottle of Rosemount Chardenay Wine 1242 Vicky
Bottle of Rosemount Shiraz Wine 89 Colin Clews
Tin of Quality Street Chocolates 85 Andy Holloway
Tin of Quality Street Chocolates 653 D. Fellows
Tin of Roses Chocolates 1600 Val Charnock
Box of Thorton's Chocolates 1328 Steven Perry
Box of After Eight Mint Chocolates 1625 Alan Dunnaker
Box of Malteser Chocolates 1920 Margaret Mills
Tin of Assorted Biscuits 1391 Melvin Ball
2 Slice Toaster 1582 Donna Bibbey
4 Piece Bathroom Accessory Set 1549 Andy Hart
Candle Set 1844 Louise Heathcock
Umbrella 1421 Rob Woodward
Box of 3 Golf Balls 1657 Gavin Wood
Cup 1464 Nigel Jones
Men's Body Spray & Shower Gel 1082 Patrick Bookey
Pink Screwdriver Set 1555 Pat Tyson
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Wear it Pink Day ...in the press
12 November 2010
All the staff in fancy dress Staff from a family run Black Country company were tickled pink when they raised more than £2,000 for charity. A Perry Hinges, based on Doulton Road, Cradley Heath, held their own Wear it Pink day in aid of the Breast Cancer Campaign. The company’s intial target was £2,000 but they eventually reached £2,480 thanks to a series of fundraising activities.

As well as donations for wearing pink clothes, they organised a monster raffle with donations ranging from days out at the West Midlands Safari Park and Worcester race course, meals and tickets for the theatre and £100.

Operations director Guy Perry said : “We have been supporting this special day for several years and our aim is always to beat the previous year’s total.
“Many of our customers have supported us in this venture as well as our staff who certainly entered into the spirit.

“Some of the costumes they wore were quite unique and hilarious.”
 
Click here to read the original article as published in the Halesowen Chronicle dated 12 November 2010
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Ironmonger's success hinges on 'hard work'
07 December 2007
An 80 year old Black country ironmongers business has proved traditional is best by becoming the biggest supplier of hinges in the country.

Cradley Heath based A. Perry & Co. (Hinges) Ltd., started out as a family business in the early 1920s when Arthur Perry asked his son Ernie to help him make a selection of hinges and gutter brackets.

The business started at a workshop at their home in Lawrence Lane in Old Hill before they found a bigger premises.

In 1953 it opened at its current base in Doulton Road, Cradley Heath. Ernie, now aged 92, still visits the business every day as he has done for 80 years. Grandson of the founder, Guy Perry, 43, the operations director said the secret of the firm’s success was a quality product and hard work.

He said today “It is, you could say, a basic product but you always have to use these in industry. Some of our products have been used at stables belonging to the Royal Family. We had a dip a few years ago and we went down to 37 staff but since then we’ve doubled to about 80 people.

“We have put ourselves out there. We offer good service, a good quality product and apply sheet hard work. We now expect to expand by another 40 per cent in the next few years and will take on 10 new staff” he added.

The firm has also bought a business which made threaded bars, which is a type of screw, by purchasing all the machinery and stocks from the administrators of Eliza Tinsley, which was based next door to its site, in April 2006. The firm now offers a “bespoke service” offering any thread, and length or material and no minimum order size.

 

Click here to read the original article as published in the Express & Star dated 6 December 2007
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Website open for business
17 July 2009
Welcome to our brand new website that has been specially designed to be more user friendly and informative than ever before.

There are two parts to the website. Firstly we have the 'open' side where we display all of our products and news items for anyone to see and read. Then we have the 'reserved' area that is a dedicated section for our customers to log in and check prices, place orders and buy on line, view their account status and balance and much more.

It is hoped that many of our customers will be able to take advantage of this area by requesting a login key from the Sales Office and help us to help serve them better.
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Long service is par for the course
23 October 2007
After 48 years with Cradley Heath hinge and hardware firm A. Perry, tool setter Barry Loughran has retired – but is going back to work at the firm part-time.

He is the latest in a proud tradition at the 80 year old ironmongery firm, which has seen seven employees with over 50 years service, and more than a dozen with over 40 years service in recent years.

After joining A. Perry at the age of 16, Barry is now retiring from full time employment but will continue with the company on a part-time basis.

He joined the company as a tool setter and, although he has helped out in other areas of the business, his principal job has remained the same.

Guy Perry, operations director at the firm, presenting Barry with a gift, said: “We have a long tradition of individuals and family members spending their entire working life working for A. Perry. Our chairman, Ernie Perry, has worked for the business for a remarkable 80 years and at 92 he still attends work every day to carry out useful tasks.

“Long service is unfortunately celebrated less these days particularly in this area where traditional manufacturing industries are now few and far between. Employees such as Barry have helped A. Perry survive periods of dramatic economic and environmental change and I extend a personal thank you to their unfailing support.”

Already a well-travelled man, Barry looks forward to more travelling and spending time with his family and five grandchildren.

A. Perry manufactures and supplies traditional hardware including, chain, hinges, door and window furniture, threaded bar and fencing hardware.

Founded over 80 years ago, in 1925, the business is now the largest independent manufacturer and supplier of ironmongery and threaded bar in the UK.

Based in Cradley Heath in the West Midlands, the business occupies over 50,000 sq ft of manufacturing and warehousing space with over 80 employees.

 

Click here to read the original article as published in the Business section of the Express & Star dated 22 October 2007.
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Metal bashing past helps growing firm
05 January 2008
Traditional Black Country metal-bashing skills are helping a Cradley Heath firm win business and expand its workforce.

In the past 18 months staff numbers have doubled to 80 at A. Perry & Co.

Specialists in manufacturing and supplying hardware and ironmongery products, A. Perry is enjoying year-on-year growth in what is a fiercely competitive market targeted by overseas businesses.

The company was started more than 80 years ago by Arthur Perry, manufacturing general ironwork and hinges. Today, five generations later, it is the largest independent manufacturer and supplier of hinges, hardware and ironmongery in the UK.

It has added to its successful track record by buying up the threaded bar business, machinery and stocks of the old Glynne Robinson business from the administrators of Eliza Tinsley in April 2006. This produces bars of threaded metal for fasteners such as bolts and screws.

Alan Dunnaker, threaded bar sales director at A. Perry said “Moving into the manufacture of threaded bar was a strategic move for A. Perry. Controlling our own manufacturing meant we could offer a “bespoke” service – any thread, any length, any material and also no minimum order size.

“Our position today is that we have retained and actually increased all the jobs that were previously at risk when Tinsleys went into administration, we’ve taken sales to record levels.”

 

Click here to read the original article as published in the Express & Star dated 4 January 2008
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Extended Range of Chain Products
11 December 2009
We have extended our current range of Chain with more sizes available now than ever before. We have also added a new selection of Chain, including Stainless Steel Chain and Decorative Chain such as Ball Chain, Chandelier Chain, Oval Chain and more. Click Here for further information.

If you are interested in a Chain Stand, these are now available for order. Please call our Sales Office on 01384 414001 for more information and prices.
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The A.Perry Product Guide 2010 Edition is here!
24 March 2010
Our new 2010 Product Guide is now available! The many new and exciting products that have been added to our range can be found inside and have come following customer requests and our own desire to increase the vast range of products that we have to offer. You can download a PDF copy of the Product Guide by clicking here.

One of the main areas of expansion has been the Chain section. Here we have added many new and varied types of chain along with a full range of fittings and accessories. We offer customers the opportunity to take the chain on a purpose-built stand for easy customer display as well as making the chain available on reels, hanks, boxed or loose lengths cut to your own specific length.

If you would like a copy of the 2010 Product Guide or any further information regarding Chain or any other of our new products then please contact the Sales Office by email at or by telephone on 01384 414001 and they will be happy to discuss your requirements.
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