As we approach the end of 2018, we are taking this opportunity to take at look at the breadth and scale of work we do now. Its remarkable how much we have grown in the last 12 months, and the level of work we do at Grit Blasting UK.
Our work in surface preparation and paint spraying continues at pace. We have always offered a UK-wide service using our mobile blasting/surface preparation team, but the importance of having local blasting and preparation premises grows each year.
During 2018 we acquired the reputable Tony Cowles Shot Blasting business based in Hampshire. We will now incorporate that work into the Grit Blasting UK group, enabling us to reach out to new clients and contractors in and around Andover, Salisbury, Taunton, Winchester, Yeovil and surrounding areas. Our Wiltshire based premises in Devizes continues to serve the county's needs and ensures our capacity for both smaller and larger surface preparation, blasting and paint spraying work remains high for our clients and contractors who rely on our work.
From agricultural equipment to garden furniture, JCB's to grain stores, Warehouse frontages and concrete flooring to steel bridges and Wind turbines, Grit Blasting UK provides a national service in large and smaller scale surface preparation.
We also continue to invest in our fleet of vehicles and equipment which keeps us at the forefront of our industry. Investment in high quality equipment and skilled teams ensures we maintain our reputation. We also took the fun opportunity to sponsor Tor Trucks this year in their annual FIA Tor Trucks European Racing Championship, making sure Grit Blasting UK gets in on the European scene!
Partnerships are key
Partnerships are important for our work, and we continue to develop our relationships with suppliers and partners. Promain Paints and Grit Blasting UK are working on jointly marketing our paint and surface preparation services, enabling us to offer seamless and more effective marketing. And we are testing our social media marketing over the coming months to engage further with our existing and new clients. Check out our new facebook page!
Having skilled and experienced people who really know surface preparation is key. We are delighted to have a great team, and as we grow, we are looking for new people to help grow our business too. We have a set up a new recruitment page on Indeed.
So, with so much going on we are delighted to keep our valued clients, contractors and partners informed of our progress. Check back here regularly to see the latest news and updates.
June 2018 - Grit Blasting UK Expansion.
UK's leading Grit blasting organisation has recently expanded, with the acquisition of the highly reputable Tony Cowles Shot Blasting company from Andover.
Grit Blasting UK, owned by Kierien Barnes from Trowbridge in Wiltshire continues to grow its surface preparation and paint spraying business. Last year the company moved to larger premises in Devizes with outdoor blasting facilities. Now, they have acquired a local blast specialist service at Andover.
Tony Cowles Blasting specializes in metal surface finishing and restoration, undertaking highly valued work at its premises between Andover and Salisbury. Tony Cowles Blasting has grown its customer base over many years specializing in cleaning classic cars, agricultural and plant machinery, commercial vehicles and military vehicles.
Kierien explains "We are delighted to have acquired Tony's specialist blasting business for the Grit Blasting Group. We don't intend changing Tony's customer service approach, or the way we do things - they will remain the same. The acquisition gives us the opportunity to broaden our footprint outside of Hampshire and to take on more specialist work from outside of the local county. We very much welcome Tony Cowles Shot Blasting to the Grit Blasting Group."
Many companies and renovation experts rely on Grit blasting UK as a contractor or sub-contractor because of their reliability and experience. From garden furniture to massive steel bridges or wind turbines to 5000 square feet warehouses, Grit blasting UK boasts an impressive client list for its blasting and cleaning services, whatever the size of project.
July 2017 - Investment in new technology for Gritblasting UK's floor preparation work.
One of the UK's leading Grit blasting companies has invested in the latest technology from the United States.
Grit blasting UK, owned by Kierien Barnes from Trowbridge in Wiltshire continues to grow its surface preparation and paint spraying business. Earlier this year the company moved to larger premises in Devizes with outdoor blasting facilities. Now, they have purchased the latest in mobile diamond grinding technology for use in indoor blasting.
Purchased from SPE International in Washington DC USA, the Predator 2400 is the "new boy" in Grit blasting UK's armoury of diamond floor grinders and polishers. Designed to tackle any size of job imaginable, this tool makes light work of the projects that Kierien's company are now handling. The Predator 2400 excels at removing stubborn coatings including sealers and adhesives as well as polishing concrete.
Kierien explains "We are seeing more and more floor preparation projects in our contracted work, and with "out of town" warehouses and factory space becoming more popular, Gritblasting UK is taking on contacts for clients with much larger floor areas in need of preparation for example."
It is not just the technology that is important. Grit blasting have been experts in their field for over 20 years, starting initially in Wiltshire and now undertaking major work across the United Kingdom. Investing in technology is just one of the many requirements of the modern-day grit blaster, along with a deep understanding of the science behind the materials and the paint applications as well and the safety needs of the work and the after-care of the materials.
Larger construction and engineering companies now rely on Grit blasting UK as a preferred sub-contractor because of their reliability and experience. From massive steel bridges to wind turbines to 5000 square feet warehouses, Grit blasting UK boasts an impressive client list.
May 2017 - Eton College Flooring Preparation Project.
The work of a sub-contractor is a varied and interesting one. In May 2017, Gritblasting Uk undertook a contract for Eton College. Steeped in history and dating from 1440, this Windsor based institution had the floor of one of its larger rooms renovated by our team.
Using the latest new electric diamond floor grinder we removed the existing coatings from 330 square metres of concrete flooring, ensuring a perfectly prepared surface for new coatings to be applied.
Working in an architecturally historic building is not without its challenges but with careful preparation, experience and the right equipment we were able to provide our contractors with the flooring outcome they wanted.
Using our knowledge and experience along with our range of diamond floor grinders, GritblastingUK can grind concrete flooring. This can provide the perfect preparation prior to the application of epoxy coatings and flooring paints. By removing rubber deposits, adhesives, bitumen coatings and impacted dirt from factory and warehouse floors, we leave a prepared surface ready for recoating.
If you would like a copy of our case study on Eton College, it can be downloaded here.
April 2017 - Gritblastinguk.co.uk expands into new Wiltshire premises.
The increase in blasting work for Gritblastinguk.co.uk over the last few months has meant a move to new larger premises for Wiltshire's premier Grit Blasting company.
In April, Business owner Kierien Barnes and his team moved into a new site at Market Lavington near Devizes, which has both external and internal blasting facilities.
Over the past year Gritblastinguk.co.uk, who provide surface preparation and spray coating services has undertaken a number of high-profile blasting projects, not just in Wiltshire but across the UK. These include a wind turbine, steel bridges, warehouse frontage blasting and even military equipment.
Gritblastinguk.co.uk has seen a 20% increase in turnover this financial year just ended. Kierien Barnes, proprietor explains the success. "The past year has been very good for us. We are securing more contracted national blasting and spraying business as a trusted expert. Word of mouth recommendations and website marketing have been contributors to success with our quality and reputation. We have also invested in new technology to keep up with changing client needs. From diamond floor grinders to mobile blasting facilities and now new premises, we are fit to take on any type of work, from small domestic jobs to large construction and engineering contracts for national contractors".
Gritblastinguk.co.uk is proud of its new premises near Devizes, and is looking to engage local companies such as restorers, engineering firms and metal work companies to offer a local and efficient blasting and/or spraying facility as an extension to their current portfolio of blasting business. Gritblastinguk.co.uk delivers and collects as part of its service countrywide.
Gritblastinguk.co.uk new premises can be found at:
Mount Pleasant Yard
May 2016 - Grit Blasting UK completes ground breaking work on Wind Turbine.
This month has seen Grit Blasting break new ground with the completion of a surface preparation project on a local wind turbine. With good calm weather, the project was completed within a few days. Removing the industrial paint from the base of the turbine went well, then necessary engineering work by contractors was needed on the base before Grit Blasting completed the spraying. The photos below show the fabulous results which both Grit Blasting UK and the client were very pleased with.
Grit Blasting owner Kierien Barnes reported "These types of projects are ideal for our company, where we can use our skills to great advantage for the client. As with many outdoor jobs, the weather window plays an important part in the process, but with low winds and fine weather we were able to execute the job on time and on budget."
Take a look at the latest work by Grit Blasting UK:
[Wind Turbine - Before Blasting] [Wind Turbine - During Blasting] [Wind Turbine - After Blasting / Recoating]