Saltire Roofing & Building has given a cash injection to a community food bank, serving as a lifeline to families struggling during lockdown.

The Wester Hailes Eats Together project was set up in response to Covid-19 to try to tackle the inequalities highlighted by the pandemic.

The group has been cooking hot takeaway meals and making up Recipe Bags to cook at home, which are offered free of charge to families who would otherwise go without.

Saltire Roofing & Building heard about the initiative through Radio Forth Cash For Kids and immediately stepped in to offer a £300 donation.

Managing Director Steven McIntosh said:

“We’re really pleased to be making this donation to the Wester Hailes Eats Together project because we like to give back to local communities. Times are tough right now and we know that many local families will be struggling. When Cash for Kids told us about this fantastic community initiative, we wanted to do our bit, to ensure they can continue providing food for these families, who might otherwise go without.”

Stacey Wilson at Wester Hailes Eats Together said:

“Wester Hailes Eats Together are absolutely delighted with this £300 donation. This will be used to make up Recipe Bags for our most vulnerable children and families to create a tasty meal at home. These will be distributed at our World Disco Soup Event at The Murrayburn and Hailesland Community Garden.”

This week, our team have been put through their paces on an Emergency First Aid At Work course.

10 of our operatives have completed the training course, carried out by Health & Safety Consultants EcoSafety Ltd.

This ensures our employees have the essential basic skills to administer first aid at work, including resuscitation and treatment of minor injuries including burns or a bleeding wound.

The operatives who took part in the training will all receive an SQA accredited first aid certificate, which will be valid for 3 years.

Saltire Roofing & Building Operations Manager Alan Davie, who took part in the training, said:

“At Saltire Roofing & Building, the health & safety of our workforce, customers and members of the public is absolutely paramount.

It is therefore very important for us to regularly refresh our knowledge of all health and safety aspects, including First Aid.

I’m really pleased with everyone’s efforts to complete this week’s training, which was of course fully risk assessed and carried out in a Covid-safe environment.”

We’re incredibly proud to announce that two key members of our team are now certified Green Champions!

Office Manager Cath Mason and Operations Manager Alan Davie have completed the training programme set by Zero Waste Scotland to ensure that Saltire Roofing & Building is as Green as it can be.

We have also made our Resource Efficiency Pledge – a Scottish government-backed scheme to help companies use their resources as efficiently as possible.

Saltire Roofing & Building Managing Director, Steven McIntosh said:

“I’d like to congratulate both Cath and Alan on completing their training and gaining their Green Champion certificates from Zero Waste Scotland.

As a team we’re fully committed to cutting our carbon footprint and our Resource Efficiency Pledge is a further demonstration of that commitment.

For many years, we’ve heavily invested in robust measures to minimise the impact our operations may have on the environment, but we don’t just want to ‘do our bit’.

Our vision is for Saltire to become an industry leader in helping to create a sustainable future that will safeguard the environment for generations to come.

Environmental Management is an area we’ll continue to invest in and our new Green Champions will take the lead in ensuring we not only meet, but exceed our targets.”

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As we look back on what’s been a very challenging year, it’s incredibly uplifting to hear how Saltire Roofing & Building has continued to make a difference to local communities.

Throughout each year, we support a number of local charities, events and projects because we like to give something back.

One of these initiatives, which we’ve sponsored for a number of years now, is the Hearts Walking Football Club for the over 50s.

This group, which meets every Tuesday on the community pitch at Tynecastle, gives over 50s the chance to continue or kick-start a healthy and active lifestyle, whilst offering all the social benefits of a club, with a hot drink, soup & a roll after each game.

The club now has a regular attendance of around 50 players every week.

This week, Community Head at Heart of Midlothian FC, Alan “Chalky” White, sent us a video message to say:

“Saltire’s support helps us attract lots of 50-plus footballers down to Tynecastle once a week to take part in Walking Football on the back pitch at Tynecastle and over the years of their support it’s been a massive success. 50 guys take part every single week. It’s great to see them out playing football, it’s given them that lust for life again but in addition to that, it’s allowing people to socialise, get off the sofa, be active and after the game each week, they come in and they get their soup and their roll in the changing rooms. So they’re making new friends and they’re getting out and about in their community again. Saltire play a massive part in that, because if it wasn’t for their support, we wouldn’t run that on a weekly basis.”

Saltire Roofing & Building Managing Director, Steven McIntosh, said:

“We’re delighted to hear that so many people are benefiting from this fantastic local club. It’s also a good reminder of why it’s so important for companies like ours to give back to the communities we live and work in, and the difference that can make to local people. We’re very proud to support the Hearts Walking Football Club and we look forward to extending that support into 2021.”

HWF Thank You

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.”

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.