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.”

     

 

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.”

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.”

team photo

We’re thrilled to congratulate one of our community beneficiaries on their recent hat-trick trophy win!

The Hearts 56 Walking Football team have won Walking Football Scotland’s Over 50s National League for the third consecutive year.

The reigning Scottish champions, sponsored by Saltire Roofing & Building, scooped the silverware at the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility, where they also picked up the annual Fair Play Award.

Finishing the season on 51 points, the Tynecastle side couldn’t wait to call the team at Saltire to tell us the good news.

Saltire Roofing & Building Managing Director Steven McIntosh said:

“We’re absolutely delighted to see the Hearts 56 team being crowned Scottish champions once again and we’re incredibly proud to play a part in their success by continuing to sponsor them. The Walking Football is a fantastic initiative in our local community and we hope to see even more people get involved in the year ahead.”

Walking Football is designed to help people keep or kick-start an active lifestyle regardless of their age, weight or health. As the name suggests, Walking Football is non-contact and only walking is allowed – no jogging, running or sprinting!

The game is played on a pitch 20/40 yards in length and 15/30 yards in width with the game restarted via a kick, roll or throw-in. By playing 1 hour a week for 3 months, it enables players to cover 30 miles and burn 4,200 calories!

To find out more about Hearts Walking Football, supported by Saltire Roofing and Building, visit https://www.heartsfc.co.uk/community/community-coaching-and-football-development/walking-football

cash for kids presents

Saltire Roofing & Building has donated a massive £1,000 worth of presents for local underprivileged children this Christmas.

It comes as Cash for Kids face a race against time complete this year’s Mission Christmas appeal.

The charity is working tirelessly to fulfil over 26,500 applications for gifts for children living in Edinburgh, the Lothians, Fife, Falkirk & the Scottish Borders, who will otherwise wake up to nothing on Christmas morning.

Managing Director Steven McIntosh visited Radio Borders Mission HQ in Tweedbank and Radio Forth Mission HQ at The Gyle Shopping Centre to see the operation in action and make a £500 donation to each campaign.

Handing over the cheques, which have already been spent on presents, Steven said:

“Mission Christmas is very close to all our hearts at Saltire Roofing & Building and we’re absolutely delighted to donate £500 worth of gifts to both the Radio Forth and Radio Borders campaigns and this year.

We hope these gifts will bring happiness to lots of children across Edinburgh, the Lothians, Fife, Falkirk & the Scottish Borders so that no child wakes up without a present on Christmas morning.”

Cash for Kids Regional Charity Manager for the East of Scotland, Emma Kemp said:

“Saltire Roofing & Building do a lot to help Cash for Kids with our campaigns throughout the year, and Stevie is always incredibly generous in his donation to Mission Christmas.

£1000 worth of gifts is amazing and will help us to ensure as many children as possible in Edinburgh, the Lothians, Fife, Falkirk & the Scottish Borders wake up to presents on Christmas morning.

Thank you so much to the team at Saltire Roofing & Building.”

               

cash for kids gold disk

It’s been a momentous month for Saltire Roofing & Building Managing Director Steven McIntosh. Not only has he celebrated his 50th birthday, but he’s also been presented with a very special gift from his friends at Radio Forth Cash for Kids in recognition of his ongoing charity work.

Earlier this week, Steven was awarded a personalised gold disc in honour of his long-term commitment to supporting children across Edinburgh, the Lothians, Fife and Falkirk.

Saltire Roofing & Building has sponsored Radio Forth’s “Cash for Kids in Action” since 2014. The daily on-air feature is vital in promoting the charity’s latest appeals in campaigns like “Coats for Kids”, “Mission Christmas” and many others.

Presenting the gold disc to Steven, Cash for Kids Regional Charity Manager Emma Kemp said:

“This personalised gold disc is a tribute to the commitment and support that Steven has shown to Cash for Kids. He’s been a champion of our charity since 2014, helping us to support the thousands of local children who need it most. We look forward to working with Saltire Roofing & Building on the exciting projects we have planned for the coming year, directly benefiting even more local children.”

Saltire Roofing & Building Managing Director Steven McIntosh said:

“We have a big focus on community benefits at Saltire Roofing & Building, and who better to benefit from our support than children who are in need and living right on our doorstep. Cash for Kids is a fantastic charity to work with and I’m truly honoured to receive this gold disc. I’m also delighted to be pledging even more support to Cash for Kids at both Radio Forth and Radio Borders in the year ahead.”

Adon sponsorship

At Saltire Roofing & Building, we’re heavily involved in community benefits. We sponsor and support a number of local charities and projects because we want to make a difference to people’s lives.

We recently received a very exciting update from Adon Davie, a budding superbike champion who we’ve been investing in for the last few years.

14 year old Adon travels the length and breadth of the UK in pursuit of his dream to one day become a World Champion. His racing career started at the age of 7 where he competed on his Mini Moto around the go-kart tracks of Scotland.

Showing natural talent and commitment to the sport from an early age, Saltire Roofing & Building recognized Adon’s potential and wanted to help him realise his dream, providing the team with a new, bigger Race Van. This allowed Adon to develop his skills further afield and take part in events in England and Wales where he was becoming a regular winner. As part of his natural progression at the age of 12, Adon made his ‘big bike’ debut taking 2nd place in his first ever race – even leading at one point!

Thanks to the Race Van from Saltire, the team could now travel to full weekend events on famous tracks such as Brands Hatch and Silverstone, allowing Adon to race against the best in the country.

By the end of 2018, Adon had won 5 National Mini Moto Championships, came 4th in the European Mini Road Racing Championship, 2nd in the Scottish 125 Championship, 2nd in the Melville 125 Championship, 4th in the Knockhill 125 Championship and had ridden for Honda in the very first British Talent Cup.

Saltire Roofing & Building has supported Adon every step of the way, and this year we’ve gifted the team another new, even bigger Race Van, allowing Adon to compete for the first time at British Superbikes (BSB) in the Junior Supersport class where he’ll be riding a Kawasaki Ninja 400.  As one of the youngest in the class and having never ridden some of the tracks before, Adon started the season with a 3-year-plan with “year 3” being the push for the Championship. To everyone’s surprise (with the exception of Adon himself!) he has dominated all of the races he has entered and has already attracted the attentions of some the big teams in the paddock.

Speaking exclusively to Saltire Roofing & Building, Adon said:

I’ve had an incredible start to the race season this year with 10 wins out of 10 races. Although I was feeling very confident after our winter testing, I really didn’t think that we’d be sitting now with full points across all of the championships at British Superbikes, East Fortune, Knockhill and the Scottish Championships.

East Fortune was our first outing this year. We used the weekend to get ourselves ready for the BSB Junior Supersport races at Silverstone making sure the bike was running well and setup as best we could albeit on a different track. The weekend couldn’t have gone better. We left there with four wins and the bike was feeling very good giving me a lot of confidence ahead of Silverstone. Four wins has a way of motivating you to do a lot more!

Silverstone came up mid-month and we were feeling ready. I was confident, the bike felt good and conditions couldn’t have been better. I was feeling strong from the beginning and topped the practice sessions before qualifying in pole position for the races. Both races went really well and I took both wins with a bit of a gap to 2nd and 3rd. Our pace was really strong and I broke the lap record on the last lap of the 2nd race by 0.5s. I couldn’t have been happier that weekend with massive thanks going to the team and Saltire for all the support.

We then moved onto Knockhill and again we were focused on making sure the bike is ready ahead of the next Junior Supersport round at Donnington Park . It was a great weekend with 4 more wins making that 10 out of 10 for the start of the season. I couldn’t have hoped for any more.

We’re in a good place right now but haven’t lost sight of the fact that it is a long season and we will need to keep fighting for every Pole and every Win.

I honestly can’t thank Saltire enough for believing in me from an early age and providing the help and support over the last 7 years which has given me the opportunity to get me to this part of my journey to become a World Champion.”

             

thank you

This week, the team at Saltire Roofing & Building received two heartfelt “thank you” notes for our ongoing support of the Tour de Lauder.

Tour de Lauder raises money for the Steve Cully Tribute Fund. Steve, a Lauder resident and keen cyclist, died from a heart attack aged just 42. The fund was set up by Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland on his wife Rosie’s wishes, in memory of Steve.

Saltire Roofing & Building has been a proud partner and sponsor of the event for several years now and the team was delighted to receive “Thank You” cards from both the Cully family and the charity, Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland.

 

“Huge, huge thanks for your incredibly kind sponsorship of the TDL. Without the help and support of people like you, it wouldn’t be the success it is today. Next year Steven, I’m sure you will LOVE the training!!

Take care and huge thanks again. Rosie, Hannah & Josh.”

 

“Thank you for your support and sponsorship for the Tour de Lauder, it is very much appreciated.

Over the last 8 years, Tour de Lauder has raised £254,776.70 for the Steve Cully Memorial Fund.

Thanks again. Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland.”

 

Saltire Roofing & Building Managing Director, Steven McIntosh said:

“I’m from the Borders and know the Cully family well so it’s a cause very close to my own heart, and we as a team at Saltire Roofing & Building recognise the importance of giving back to our local communities. We’re proud to have been a big part of the Tour de Lauder event over the years, helping to raise so much money for such a fantastic cause. We look forward to being involved again next year.”

football team

Saltire Roofing & Building is excited to hear just how fantastically well the Hearts Walking Football Team is doing, thanks to our support.
This local group, which we sponsor, is about to begin its summer programme on the community pitch at Tynecastle and is going from strength to strength. The players have successfully defended last year’s League Cup win, coming out on top for a second year….AND….have just won the inaugural Glasgow Cup!

But let’s not forget the other important work of this group. Recently, the Hearts Walking Football team took part in a defibrillator training course. Since then, two of the participants have played a part in saving people’s lives and were recognised for their heroic actions at the City Chambers.

A spokesman for Hearts Walking Football said:

“Thank you to Saltire Roofing and Building for all your help. As you can see, it really has made a difference.”

Saltire Roofing and Building Managing Director, Steven McIntosh said:

“We’re delighted to hear how well the Hearts Walking Football group is doing, and we’re proud to sponsor the team. It’s important to me, and to the company, to make a difference in our local communities and I’m so pleased to see that this project is doing exactly that.”