CBM Centenary

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Tim Garton, Director, Smith Bullough, was invited by the CBM trade association to visit JCB to hear a presentation by Chris Bell, General Manager Group Purchasing, that was followed by a tour of the Backhoe production and assembly line.

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In the evening there was a meal at the nearby Boar’s Head Hotel which was enjoyed by more than fifty people including past Presidents and former and current Members. The CBM board was represented by the President, David Eales, Geraldine Boulton, chief executive, and Kirsi Lintula.

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Smith Bullough at Torque Expo 2016

John Hilton and Tim Garton represented Smith Bullough at the Torque Expo Fastener Exhibition at Silverstone on the 11th and 12th of October.

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John and Tim were kept busy with visitors who represented a good cross-section of the British fastener distribution industry. Great interest was shown in our non-standard Metric range and the special bolting that is produced in our factory, alongside the new ranges of fasteners in stainless, non-ferrous and exotic materials made possible by our expansion in 2016.

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Many great contacts were made and we look forward to Torque Expo 2017!

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Smith Bullough at Torque Expo 2015

Two good days were spent at the Torque Expo Fastener Exhibition, which was held at Silverstone on the 13th and 14th of October 2015.


John Hilton and Tim Garton represented us at the exhibition. Many attendees from the fastener distribution industry showed interest in our range of manufacture, which includes non-standard and special metric fasteners, as well as the BSW, BSF, UNC and UNF imperial sizes for which we have been traditionally known. The distributors were pleased to learn of our policy of only supplying to the distribution trade.


The gala dinner was very well attended by more than 200 people, who were entertained by a magician and an after-dinner speaker.


A Ferrari racing car was available for some of the exhibitors and their guests to drive on part of the Grand Prix track. A very understanding instructor accompanied all the prospective ‘Lewis Hamiltons’. Tim was fortunate to have a drive on this iconic circuit and his memories from the instructor were to ‘keep the power on’ as he approached Stowe, at the end of the Hangar Straight at a speed well in excess of 100 MPH!


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Sky News Features Smith Bullough – David Cameron on UK Business Growth

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On the 10th February 2015, Smith Bullough were featured on Sky News as an example of a fast-growing firm, as PM David Cameron hailed business as the country’s “job engine”. Click the image above to watch the video on the Sky News website.

During a speech to the British Chambers of Commerce, Mr. Cameron outlined steps taken by the Government to support UK businesses and pledged to launch a financing scheme to help fast-growing businesses.

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Square head bolts for heritage restoration project

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Smith Bullough recently supplied some square head bolts with special head dimensions that were needed for renovation of the famous Grand Fountain in Paisley, Scotland.

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For this heritage restoration project, the replacement bolts had to match the original ones exactly.


The square head bolts were manufactured in our forging & machine shop.

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The fountain was originally installed in 1867 and is now restored to its former glory.

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Congratulations Bernard – 65 years old and 48 years in fasteners!

We would like to congratulate Bernard Walsh, of our Production department, who recently celebrated his 65th birthday.

Bernard started working at Bullough Fasteners in Atherton in 1966 and has remained in the industry all of his working life.

We are pleased to say that Bernard will continue to work for Smith Bullough on a part-time basis. Retaining experienced employees is very important to Smith Bullough.

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Bernard Walsh (pictured left of centre in red shirt) with colleagues
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Customer submission – a piece of Smith Bullough history from 1943

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One of our customers was recently undertaking some research when he came across the above newspaper article from May 21, 1943, reporting Sergeant Thomas Haig Smith, 26, missing from the RAF after an air operation.

The article also states that, before the war, Sergeant Thomas Smith was involved in the family business – Thomas Smith & Sons, which as you may know was merged with Bullough Fasteners in 1995 to become Smith Bullough.

Bullough Fasteners and Thomas Smith & Sons were both founded in the 1800s in Atherton and originally manufactured nails, before progressing into bolt manufacturing.

Today, Smith Bullough is still at the forefront of UK bolt manufacturing and is located in a purpose-built factory in Hindley Green, Wigan.

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