Vax enters 45 employees in Great Birmingham Run

The UK’s number one* floorcare brand Vax is pledging to raise £4,500 for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital by entering a team of 45 runners in this year’s Great Birmingham Run on 20th October.

Located close to Vax’s head offices in central Birmingham, the Children’s Hospital was chosen as the company’s charity of the year for 2013 as a cause that’s close to the hearts of many of its employees who live and work in the city. Each Vax runner has committed to raise at least £100 each for the hospital via a donation page on the ‘Just Giving’ website and charity collection buckets.

Headed up by Vax’s MD David Winterbottom, staff from all areas of the business are taking part in teams from Customer Care, Sales, Marketing, Finance, HR, IT and Systems, New Product Development, Supply Chain, Quality, After Sales and Reception. The event has generated some friendly rivalry between the departments, as employees compete to see who can raise the most money or post the fastest finish time.

Vax MD, David Winterbottom commented: “This is a fantastic event and I’m really thrilled that so many Vax employees are taking part, to help raise money for such a worthwhile cause as the Birmingham Children’s Hospital.”

Now in its third year, the Great Birmingham Run is the biggest half marathon in the Midlands. The course takes in some of the city's most iconic sights including the Bullring, the Cadbury's factory in Bourneville and Edgbaston cricket ground. Hoping to make a big splash in the race, the entrants from Vax will be dressed in running vests especially designed for the event by their creative team.

You can support them by donating at: www.justgiving.com/VaxBirminghamRun.

For more information about Vax visit http://www.vax.co.uk or call the UK-based Vax Customer Careline on 0844 412 8455.

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Notes for Editors

*Vax holds the largest share of GB floorcare market with 27% of total unit sales in the past twelve months (Jul12-Jun13).

About Vax:

Established in 1977, Vax is the UK’s number one best selling floorcare brand. Vax is the only UK brand that caters for all your home’s floorcare needs, with a uniquely wide product range that offers everything from vacuum cleaners and steam cleaners to carpet washers, multifunction cleaners and cleaning solutions. Vax is now the fastest growing floorcare business in Europe, growing more than ten-fold over the last decade. With head offices in Birmingham, the company has doubled the size of its UK team in the last two years and is currently recruiting 100 new product designers and engineers to support the next phase of growth. Its floorcare products are distributed worldwide with a growing international footprint that extends across Europe, North America, the Middle East and Australia. Vax UK is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hong Kong based TechTronic Industries Co.Ltd. (TTi) TTi is a market and innovation leader in power equipment products, floor care appliances, laser and electronic products. The Group recorded sales of US$3.8 billion in 2012.

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