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Alpha Apprentices Begin 2018 Soapbox Project

07 February 2018

Soapbox Update

Alpha Manufacturing Apprentices met this week to brainstorm initial ideas for their 2018 Soapbox race car.

Another Busy Year of Fundraising Draws to a Close

21 December 2017

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Throughout 2017, Bri-Stor Group employees have undertaken a series of challenges, events and activities in support of charity partner Help for Heroes and we’re delighted to have raised a final total of £9,864.03.

Christmas Jumper Day 2017

15 December 2017

Xmas Jumper Day 2017

It’s that time of year again as Christmas cheer spreads around the Bri-Stor Group factories and offices as we held our annual Christmas jumper day in support of charity partner Help for Heroes. 

Apprentices Sky High for Help for Heroes

16 August 2017

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Bri-Stor Group apprentices Gemma Smith and Jack Derbyshire spent their Tuesday afternoon with their heads in the clouds as they took a prize helicopter trip to Northampton.

Bri Stor Group CUBE Event

04 August 2017

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Our 2017 Help for Heroes fundraising activities continue as Bri-Stor Group employees take on a series of The CUBE inspired challenges.

Bri-Stor Group Complete National 3 Peaks

17 July 2017

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A slightly exhausted team returned to the Alpha manufacturing offices this Monday morning after completing the arduous National 3 Peaks challenge over the weekend.

Bri-Stor Group Take a Leap for Help for Heroes

12 July 2017

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On the 8th of July 6 brave Bri-Stor Group employees travelled to Langar Airfield, Nottingham to take part in a Skydive event in aid of Help for Heroes.

Bri-Stor Group on Target for Help for Heroes

06 June 2017

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As part of our 2017 fundraising efforts in support of our charity partner Help for Heroes, a group of Bri-Stor Group employees spent their Saturday morning clay pigeon shooting at White Pump Farm in Aston.

Second Stone Soapbox Derby a Success for Alpha

30 May 2017

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The second Stone Soapbox Derby was held this weekend in front of a packed Stone high-street and for the second year running Alpha Manufacturing Apprentices entered a racer they had designed and built.

Bri Stor Group Employees Take a Leap of Faith for Help for Heroes

28 April 2017

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As part of 2017's fundraising efforts for Bri Stor Group's charity partner- Help for Heroes, a group of 8 employees will be taking part in a sponsored skydive.

Bri-Stor Group Team to Take on the National 3 Peaks Challenge in Support of Help for Heroes.

24 April 2017


A group of 18 employees are aiming to complete the famous National 3 Peaks Challenge in order to raise awareness and support for Bri-Stor Group’s Charity partner Help for Heroes.  

Alpha’s Help for Heroes Fundraising 2017

10 March 2017

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The Bri-Stor Group will continue their fundraising efforts during 2017 with another busy calendar of events and activities planned throughout the year.

Awards Presentation Marks the End of a Great Year of Fundraising.

16 December 2016

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This week the Bri-Stor Group wrapped up their 2016 fund raising calendar with an awards presentation for those involved in various events throughout the year. 

Bri-Stor Group’s Elite Champion of Champions Competition Begins

16 September 2016

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The Bri-Stor Group will this week commence the Elite Champion of Champions competition in aid of their charity of the year – Help for Heroes.

Bri-Stor Group Completes the 3 Peaks Challenge

05 September 2016

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As part of the Bri-Stor group's support for Help for Heroes during 2016, a 19 strong team of employees set off to Yorkshire to tackle the 3 peaks challenge.

Bri-Stor Group Team to Tackle Yorkshire 3 Peaks in Aid of Help for Heroes.

15 August 2016

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A team of Bri-Stor Group employees will be attempting the Yorkshire 3 peaks challenge this September to raise awareness and donations for Help for Heroes.

Elite Champion of Champions

26 July 2016


The Elite Champion of Champions event will be a two week long series of sporting challenges beginning mid August to raise awareness and donations for Help For Heroes.

Help for Heroes 2016 - The Half Way Point

15 July 2016



At the beginning of 2016 the Bri-Stor Group announced that our charity partner for the coming 12 months would be Help for Heroes, a cause that Group Director Martin Smith feels particularly passionate about.

"We chose Help for Heroes as our charity for 2016 because we think they are a worthy cause who are doing brilliant work for those who need and deserve the best care, and need it right now"

At the time we also announced a busy schedule of events for the year, with the aim of raising as much awareness and donations as possible.

As we pass the half way point of the year, we thought now would be a good time to take a look at how it’s gone so far and to remind everyone of our plans.

Progress to Date

The total raised from Bri-Stor Group events currently stands at £15,174, coming from a mixture of customers, suppliers, employees and friends & family. 

Help for Heroes 2016 So Far So Good

We’re absolutely delighted with the generous contributions made by all so far and the total at this point has exceeded our expectations, so thanks again to everyone who has supported us so far!

A Re-Cap on the Year so Far

Our 2016 fund raising activities kicked off with a “Bake for Heroes” event in the Bri-Stor Group offices which saw employees bring in a selection of delicious home-made treats for sale throughout the day.

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Our next event involved two teams of apprentices from the Bri Stor Group who designed, built and raced their own Soap Box car's. In June the “Bri-Stor Bullet’s” and the “Alpha Males” went head to head at the Stone Festival soap box derby, adding a competitive twist to the fundraising activities. The Alpha Males managed to finish second overall and both teams were able to raise plenty of donations whilst participating in a great local event.

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Next up was a superb solo effort from Group Director Martin Smith as he undertook an epic 6 day, 400 mile bike ride across France at the end of June. Travelling from just east of Chalon, and finishing to the west of Tours, the journey took Martin through the punishing landscapes of Central France amidst some gruelling weather conditions.

In case you missed it, Martin documented the whole journey on a daily video diary which you can see here: Martin's Video Diary 

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The latest event was a very topical one as Bri-Stor Group employees took part in a Euro championships fantasy football league with entry fees being donated to Help for Heroes. 

Upcoming Events

Next up on the Bri-Stor Group event calendar is BBQ for Heroes scheduled for 19th-22nd July with burgers being cooked by group directors and donations taken on the day.

Another football related event scheduled for August will see Bri-Stor Group employees don bubble suits and attempt to play a charity match, with entry fees again being donated to Help for Heroes.    

Later on in August we have an Olympics style event planned in which participants will take on seven testing challenges: cycling, running, dead lift, a football penalty shootout, darts, a driving simulator hot lap and a steady hand competition.  

During September a team of Bri-Stor Group employees will be undertaking the Yorkshire three peaks challenge climbing Wernside, Ingleborough and Pen Y Ghent mountains.

The final event of the year will be a Christmas stocking appeal starting in November where gifts and donations will be collected in the run up to Christmas.

Our Aim for the Rest of the Year:

With plenty of events still to come before the end of the year we’re confident of continuing the good work so far and generating plenty more for Help for Heroes. Make sure to keep an eye on our website and social media for more information on how you can help or just to stay up to date with our progress.

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Day 6 - Spirits are High as 400 Miles Completed

24 June 2016

Despite the aches and pains, spirits are extremely strong in the bid to raise money for Help for Heroes.

The final stage of the journey has been extremely tough, not only does it feel like Martins frame has been put through its paces but the teams' bikes have also taken a battering.

Day 6 saw the team ride along some of the notorious EuroVelo 6, a 3500km route from the French Atlantic to the Black Sea, covering 10 countries in between, in favour of a cycle tourists’ dream journey.

Gravel surfaces proved as punishing for the riders as it was for the bikes! Next time (if there was ever to be one) the team could do with a hybrid bike to ease the discomfort their muscles have withstood.

400 miles has most definitely been a challenging affair but with everyone’s generous donations it has been worthwhile to raise money for such a worthy cause.

A massive thank you to everyone who has donated and supported Martin for this event! 

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Day 5 – Be Careful What you Wish For!

23 June 2016

As the saying goes; “Be careful what you wish for” and I think Martin and the team are certainly regretting a few wishes.

Having cycled through heavy rain, freezing temperatures and high winds, all the while wishing for better weather……boy did day 5 deliver!

The French summer hit them with a vengeance with scorching temperatures of 33°C putting their fitness levels and determination to the test!

The team are well ahead of schedule and despite some navigation problems they still managed an incredible 73 miles.

The team are already feeling overwhelmed by people’s generosity, but please keep donating to this fantastic challenge.

To everyone who has donated so far, thank you!! Your generous donations have taken us to just over £13,000 for Help for Heroes. To show your support please donate.

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Day 4 – France on two wheels – Now well ahead of schedule

22 June 2016

No rest for the wicked but at least a day of cycling over flat land finally.

With the wind also on their side for a change, day 3 was a good day for the team who had been feeling a little under the weather.

Now for a well deserved beer at the end of the day after completing a further 67 miles.

Today’s route saw the team cycle through narrow winding streets from Nevers, central France, travelling North up Briare, the eastern edge of the Loire valley.

As quoted by John F Kennedy “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike” so enjoy the last few days Martin and Co. - you’re doing fantastically.

Your daily updates are certainly becoming a talking point back at the office!

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Day 3 - We're Over the Half Way Mark

21 June 2016

Day 3 brought us to the middle of nowhere but the team feel accomplished after completing another 77 miles today.

Fortunately the weather was on their side but after a long and tiresome day, with lots of climbing and back breaking injuries (nothing a good night sleep and some TLC won’t sort out), they were more than happy to peel off the lycra and into something a lot more comfortable to relax for the night.

Please keep on showing your support

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Day 2: 141 Miles Closer to the 400 Mile Total

20 June 2016

Day 2 – Over 1000 Metres of Hill Climbing

Today saw the team ride 69 miles through central France to Digoin. Weather was not on their side again which made for a difficult journey, especially having to endure 1000 metres of hill climbs.

Not to dampen spirits though, the team are in for a treat as they have the honour of a live interview with French footballer Patrick Viera tomorrow.

Everyone at The Bri-Stor Group are looking forward to the next blog from Martin. 

A huge well done to everyone out there who is taking part in this challenge, we are ALL supporting and following you through this epic journey. To everyone who has donated so far, thank you!!

Your generous donations have taken us to just over £13,000 for Help for Heroes. To show your support please donate

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Day 1 - And they're off!

19 June 2016

Day 1 – 72 Miles Accomplished

Not the ideal weather conditions to begin this huge challenge, meaning that Martin and the team had to take an alternate route as a result of water logged roads.

This was not enough to deter them though, day 1 complete, 72 miles down and 1000's of calories burnt. Day 1's ride tipped the donations grand total over the £13,000 mark. And in other news - unbelievably, Formula 1 legend Alan Prost is going to be joining the team this week for 30 miles in support of this event!

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