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We are proud to support National Pothole Day

There are currently 31,000 potholes awaiting repair across nearly 12,000 miles of Britain’s roads and it is estimated they cause as many as one in 10 mechanical failures costing motorists an estimated £730 million every year.

At Instarmac we are proud to support National Pothole Day, organised and run by the website Street Repairs.

The campaign day first ran last year and has garnered support from politicians and industry experts such as the RAC.

Founder Colin Mahoney said:” “The reaction to the first National Pothole Day was overwhelming. Reports of potholes increased dramatically with over 88 per cent of reports now relating directly to potholes and increasing the awareness nationally of the seriousness of the problems and potential dangers relating to the disrepair of our roads”.

Potholes are caused by water expanding as it freezes before melting.  With temperatures expected to plummet bringing freezing conditions across the Britain the problem is only going to get worse.

It is more important than ever to ensure that the materials used to repair our damaged roads are in fact proven and durable and the only real way of eliminating repeat visits and repair failures is to use materials and systems that are HAPAS approved.

Ultracrete has been investing in such solutions for over 35 years. Our cold lay asphalt products are HAPAS approved and ensure a quality, durable repair, eliminating return visits, traffic management and lane rental charges.

Authorities currently paid out £3.2 million in compensation claims the last 12 months due to poor roads, an annual increase of more than 50 per cent.

The Autumn statement saw Chancellor George Osborne announce a £250million pothole fund as part of a package of measures to improve the country’s transport network.

Colin Mahoney of Street Repairs said “I can honestly say that public sentiment is still very high in relation to this major ongoing issue and things are set to get worse.

“Once again we hope the general public will showcase what their roads and communities are really like. We would like as many people as possible to join our pothole campaign on social media and by using our free system to highlight local issues quickly and easily”.

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Instarmac’s ongoing community support reaches new heights

British manufacturer, Instarmac Group plc has once again shown support to charities and good causes alongside their nominated charity, the Gentleman’s Night Out by donating over £7000 in 2015 alone.

Instarmac, a company whose company motto is ‘Work Hard, Have Fun, Make a Difference’ supported several local and national causes in 2015, including the well known Red Nose Day, BBC programme DIY SOS and popular Macmillan’s Coffee Morning.  Local beneficiaries were Queen Alexandra College in association with Blind Dave, the Red Boots Childrens Charity and Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Birmingham Children’s Hospital is over 150 years old and has over 270,600 patient visits per year.  The opening of their new cancer ward is imminent and last year Instarmac made a generous contribution towards the cost of new internal furnishings.  A very large cuddly toy dog was also presented to the ward, which will be raffled by the nurses raising further funds to support the new ward.

In the Autumn a group of Instarmac production employees organised a charity football match.  The event was held in aid of the company’s nominated charity the Gentleman’s Night Out.  Based in Birmingham this organisation distributes and funds within the West Midland’s region, Instarmac has supported them for 10 years by regular initiatives such as Dress Down Day contributions.  A very competitive football game saw the Warehouse Lions defeat the Production Pythons and over £900 raised from the match and raffle ticket sales.