Saltire Roofing & Building has kicked off this year’s Cash for Kids Mission Christmas appeal with a £2,000 donation, as the charity faces the unprecedented challenge of delivering presents to thousands of local children during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A team of charity workers and volunteers are working tirelessly behind the scenes to launch this year’s appeal in a bid to ensure every child wakes up to a gift on Christmas morning.

At the Cash for Kids Mission Christmas HQ in Edinburgh’s Gyle Shopping Centre,  a raft of new measures are in place, including innovative fogging machines and a larger site, aimed at creating Covid-secure conditions and helping as many young people as possible.

Last year more than £1.1 million worth of toys were handed out, helping 27,112 children across Edinburgh, the Lothians, Fife, Falkirk & the Scottish Borders.

This year, a reduced number of donation points will be available at leading retailers.

Anyone who wants to help but is unable to visit a physical drop-off point can donate via the Radio Forth or Radio Borders Cash for Kids websites.

Saltire Roofing & Building initially donated £500 to the Radio Forth appeal, and £500 to Radio Borders. But when we heard how much the Mission Christmas campaign was struggling, we doubled our donations to £1,000 for each area.

Saltire Roofing & Building Managing Director, Steven McIntosh said:

“Saltire Roofing & Building proudly supports Cash for Kids Mission Christmas every year, and we’re first to donate to the appeal this year because we know how much it matters. COVID-19 has impacted on all our lives and delivering this year’s Mission Christmas will prove a significant challenge. Thousands of local children will still be wishing to wake up to a present from Santa, and we cannot let them down. If you can make a donation, please do so now, and together we can bring some happiness to the children who need it most this Christmas.”

Cash for Kids Regional Charity Manager, Emma Kemp said:

“This year has been overwhelmingly challenging for Cash for Kids as we try to continue helping families throughout the region, while ensuring that our team members and volunteers remain safe. But, despite the obstacles, we’ve been absolutely determined to continue with Mission Christmas. The impact Coronavirus has had on vulnerable families has been profound, so our 2020 appeal is arguably more important than ever before. It’s been amazing seeing everyone pull together and come up with innovative solutions to ensure that – once again – every child in Edinburgh, the Lothians, Fife, Falkirk & the Scottish Borders wakes up to a present on Christmas Day. We’d urge everyone to do their bit, either through gift drop-offs or cash donations, and let’s end 2020 on a positive note.”

Saltire Roofing & Building is excited to announce that superstar cycling legend Sir Chris Hoy will help close this year’s Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival.

The six-times Olympic gold medallist will be appearing online in the Saltire Roofing & Building Family Series to discuss his new book, Be Amazing! An Inspiring Guide to Being Your Own Champion, on Sunday 4th October at 11am.

The book shares some of the athlete’s own experiences in a bid to motivate youngsters and show that, with the right mindset, anything is possible.

All Saltire Roofing & Building Family Series events are FREE and are taking place every Sunday at 11am until the 4th of October.

Join us online at bordersbookfestival.org

Saltire Roofing & Building Managing Director, Steven McIntosh said:

“We’re absolutely delighted to have such an exciting close to the Saltire Roofing & Building Family Series. We chose to sponsor this event because as a company, we like to give back to local communities and support local children.

Sir Chris Hoy is a national hero and a fantastic inspiration to young people. I can’t wait to find out more about his new book and I hope that his story can encourage children to believe in themselves and go for their dreams.”

We know that sport can play an important role in a child’s development, which is why Saltire Roofing & Building now subsidise Junior Memberships at Lauder Golf Club.

We will pay the membership fee for any Junior, up to the age of 12, who joins the club with a parent.

Saltire Roofing & Building Managing Director Steven McIntosh said:

“Golf is a sport that I enjoy myself and also with my family.

My daughter Skye is a Junior member at Lauder Golf Club and has had some fantastic opportunities, including playing with Gregor Townsend during his charity challenge to raise money for the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation.

I hope that by subsidising Junior memberships at Lauder, it’ll encourage more families to get involved and more children across the Borders will be able to access and enjoy playing golf.”

     

 

Our team is very happy to have helped an Edinburgh-based charity get back up and running in their hour of need.

Rowan Alba contacted Saltire Roofing & Building after discovering the water had been shut off at its Fountainbridge Head Office.

The charity, which helps tackle homelessness, was unable to reopen without running water so our team acted quickly to send a plumber, who turned the water supply back on and tested the system free of charge.

Saltire Roofing & Building Operations Manager Alan Davie said:

“As a company, we have put systems and processes in place to allow our operatives to carry out works whilst minimising the risk of spreading COVID19.

We also recognise the hardship charities are facing during this pandemic, so we waived all costs associated with the works carried out, much to the satisfaction of the customer, who was good enough to take the time out to write a really nice letter to show their appreciation.”

Saltire Roofing & Building is delighted to be announced as the proud new sponsor of the Borders Book Festival Family Series.

Match funding from the Culture & Business Fund Scotland has enabled us to cement a partnership to support this much-loved community event for at least the next 3 years.

The Book Festival, which was due to take place in Melrose at the beginning of June, was forced to cancel its famous gathering of readers and renowned authors in Harmony Garden due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

But thanks to the support of sponsors like Saltire Roofing and Building, it will instead be enjoyed online throughout the summer by thousands of readers of all ages.

Each Sunday, over twelve consecutive weeks in July, August & September, a collection of sparkling events for children and adults will be streamed on bordersbookfestival.org with a live, interactive Q&A with authors like James Naughtie, Neil Oliver and Sebastian Barry.

The new digital programme, which is entirely free, will kick off on Sunday 12th July with the Saltire Roofing & Building Family Series – an experience specifically created for children to enjoy with their parents, grandparents and carers.

Saltire Roofing & Building Managing Director Steven McIntosh said:

“I live in the Borders and I know just how important the Book Festival is to the community here so I’m delighted to be able to support the event during these difficult times. I’m also very grateful to the Culture & Business Fund Scotland for awarding us the match funding to help cement our sponsorship for at least the next 3 years. At Saltire Roofing & Building, we like to give back to local communities and we support many local charities and projects, particularly those aimed at helping children. Sponsoring the “Family Series” fits perfectly with our core values as a company and we hope it will be enjoyed by families across the Borders and beyond this summer.”

 Book Festival Director Paula Oglivie said:

“Saltire Roofing & Building Ltd don’t just support structures.  This family run company, which has completed a number of major roofing projects across the Scottish Borders, is also dedicated to improving the lives of young people in the region. Their patronage of local charity Cash for Kids is well known, but they also subsidise Lauder’s junior golf club memberships and are quietly working on a strategy to support after school clubs in our most disadvantaged areas. That commitment is clearly cemented in all that they do, as despite the dramatic impact of COVID 19 on all our industries, they’ve stuck by us, and we are delighted to welcome them as new sponsors to the book festival.”

Saltire Roofing & Building is expanding its trusted multi-trade business in the Scottish Borders to meet increasing demand.

Over the last year, our team has completed a number of major projects for Scottish Borders Council including;

  • A new roof at Eyemouth Community Centre
  • A new roof and flat roof at Cockburnspath Primary School
  • A new roof at Morebattle Primary School
  • A new roof and lead work at Coldstream Workshops
  • New roofs at Duns Workshops
  • Essential maintenance on Melrose High Street

With many more projects in the pipeline, including another new roof at Greenlaw Primary school, management is now scoping out premises for a yard to permanently base a team in the Borders.

Saltire Roofing & Building Managing Director Steven McIntosh said:

“Our expansion plans are very much driven by an increasing demand for our service in the Borders area. I think the work we’ve carried out here has cemented our solid reputation that Saltire Roofing & Building is the team you can trust to deliver high quality. At the moment, our plans are at an early stage as we’re still in the process of finding suitable premises for a yard, but our hope is to have our new Borders base up and running in the very near future.”

We would like to issue a warning to all members of the public to be on their guard against bogus workmen who may be posing as staff from Saltire Roofing & Building Ltd.

It follows reports of cold callers, using our company name, to carry out work for cash.

These are NOT employees of Saltire Roofing & Building Ltd and any person who has recently fallen victim to this scam is advised to contact the police.

How can you tell if you’re dealing with Saltire Roofing & Building Ltd or a fraudster?

  • We do not cold call
  • We do not accept cash
  • We visit first then send a quote
  • Our operatives all have identity badges and uniforms with our logo
  • Our white vans and other work vehicles are branded with our company logo
  • All our vehicles are fitted with trackers and dash cams so we know where our operatives are at all times

We would urge anyone with information regarding these recent incidents to contact police.

Saltire Roofing & Building has hit its ultimate target of 100% customer satisfaction!

Our latest quality management report shows that in March, just before lockdown, every single one of the 68 customers we spoke to was entirely happy with our work.

The QMS International system has been carefully measuring satisfaction levels for our company over the last two and a half years, and the results are purely based on customer feedback.

During that time, 2,611 people have filled out a customer care card or taken part in our telephone survey and a very impressive average of 98.5% were totally satisfied.

Our team continuously strives to ensure all customers are completely content on every job, and in March that monumental 100% satisfaction target was achieved.

Since then, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, Saltire Roofing & Building has been operating with a skeleton staff to cover trade emergencies only, for our key clients.

Saltire Roofing & Building Managing Director Steven McIntosh said:

“If I could offer a customer satisfaction guarantee, this survey would be it, because the figures speak for themselves. We consistently hit high standards all year round but to smash that 100% customer satisfaction target is a fantastic feeling for all of us. We take great pride in our work and as we begin to emerge from lockdown, we’ll continue to embody our core values of being first for quality and customer care.”

 

As life in lockdown continues, the team at Saltire Roofing & Building have been lifted by the heartfelt thanks they’ve received for their efforts over the last few weeks.

Skeleton staff are continuing to provide an essential service to cover trade emergencies for key clients during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Those who’ve had work carried out have been getting in touch with messages of thanks.

One Edinburgh Council tenant said:

“Yesterday morning we had two of your employees, a plumber and a joiner, attend our home to install a new water tank.

I would like to thank these guys for doing a wonderful job in these difficult times we are having at present with Covid-19.

Their cheery attitude and their professionalism are to be commended and I would like to say a big thanks to them both.”

Saltire Roofing & Building Managing Director Steven McIntosh said:

“It’s very pleasing to hear such positive feedback during these challenging times.

Saltire Roofing & Building is only operating to cover trade emergencies for key clients at the moment, and the safety of our staff and customers remains our first priority.

We hope all our customers are staying safe and well and we’d like to thank you for your understanding.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to the NHS and to all key workers who are continuing to do a fantastic job in incredibly difficult circumstances.”

thank you card

School staff have praised Saltire Roofing & Building’s Managing Director for helping to inspire local youngsters during a recent event.

Steven McIntosh was invited to take part in “World of Work Week” at Castlebrae High School in Edinburgh.

Steven told pupils the story of his journey since leaving school.

He explained to the S3 children how he started out learning his trade as a roofer, working hard to begin his own business, which has grown into the successful multi-trades company he runs today.

The Thank You card from Castlebrae High School read:

“Thank you so much for your input with our S3’s last week for World of Work Week. It was great for our pupils to hear your story and they got a lot of information from your session. We are really keen to share and develop their knowledge and it’s only possible with support like yours. We really appreciate you giving up your time.”

Saltire Roofing & Building Managing Director Steven McIntosh said:

“I was very happy to go along to Castlebrae High School to deliver a talk to the pupils and I wish to thank the school for inviting me. If I managed to inspire at least one pupil to work hard to achieve their goals then it’s been a worthwhile experience. I strongly believe in supporting our local communities and as a company we try to do as much as we can to help kids get the best start in life.”