Category: Corporate news

£16 million funding announced for businesses preparing for 'No Deal Brexit'

The government has announced new grant funding worth £16m towards helping businesses train staff in making customs declarations and to help businesses that support others to trade goods to invest in IT

Businesses can get funding for the following: 
•    training that helps your business to complete customs declarations and processes 
•    IT improvements to help your business complete customs declarations more efficiently
You can use the funding to reimburse what your business has spent on relevant IT improvements and training since 31 July 2019, as well as in the future. 

The funding is open to businesses that are established in or have a branch in the UK when the grant is paid to you, and for those that have not previously failed to meet tax obligations. 

To apply for the grants, your business must either complete customs declarations for yourself or someone else (or intend to in the future) and you must import from or export to the EU.

Funded training must give you or your employees the skills to:
•    complete customs declarations 
•    carry out customs processes – this can include relevant training in safety and security 
•    help other businesses with import and export processes
The grant will give you up to 100% of the cost of training for your employees, up to a limit of £2,250 for each course. It will also cover the cost of training you run internally, up to a limit of £250 for each employee on the course.

The grant funding can also be applied to international trade qualifications run by the Institute of Export. It’s simple to apply for the Grant;

  1. Find a course or qualification that you think works for you
  2. Register for an account with PwC and apply for a grant here
  3. Receive a grant offer letter
  4. Book & pay for the training course or qualification
  5. Submit claim form through your PwC account with proof of payment
  6. Your funds will be paid within 30 days of your claim

To find out more information, click here

Or contact Sarah Revell, Communications Manager at Troy UK for further information

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An Audience with Brad Sugars

Troy / THS is delighted to bring you a valuable business insight opportunity…. an audience with Brad Sugars, Founder of Action Coach 

The globally acclaimed #1 Business Coach will be sharing his expertise on ‘Pulling Profits’, on the evening prior to TMB – an absolute must for any business looking to be inspired, motivated and ready for growth.



Registration for the event is at 5.30pm on 18th March
at the Brooklands Suite, Whittlebury Hall
Mr Brad Sugars speaking from 6pm – 8pm
Dinner to follow at 8-8.30pm

Why Brad Sugars?….

The management team recently took a trip to Las Vegas America gaining immense value from taking part in a week long training conference run by Action Coach. There they heard Brad Sugars speaking on business strategy, ownership and management providing realistic and tangible tips and strategy to implement in our business. Since the trip, employees have felt this training filter through the business and the value Brad provided has already been put into daily practice. With on going support, literature, videos and our local Action Coach representative, the proposition is designed to encourage constant engagement and provide value for the life time of your business.

Troy Academy with Action Coach
Last year we embarked on a joint venture with Action Coach unveiling the new Troy Training Academy. Our Training Academy can support members to grow their business through knowledge and training as well as keep them up-to-date with the necessary industry standard training, required by law, ISO accreditation and for best practice.  All our members are busy running their business and focusing on front line duties, the academy is developed with this in mind and all the courses can be delivered remotely and via webinar links as well as on site should the need arise.

In a competitive market place, quality and customer service need to be your unique selling features and our training courses can help you to deliver this with courses focusing on; Sales and Marketing, Finance and Planning, Team Work and Employee Engagement. 

Registration for this ‘must attend’ event will be on Wednesday 18th March, 5.30pm at The Brooklands Suite, Whittlebury Hall, with Mr Sugars speaking 6pm-8pm.  Dinner will follow shortly afterwards, 8-8.30pm at The Grand Prix Suite, Whittlebury Hall.  To attend and book your team’s place at the pre-show event or for further enquiries, contact in the first instance.  Miss it, Miss Out!

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Are you ready for Black Friday?

‘Black Friday’, the last Friday in November, has become a well-known retail event in the UK over the last few years, with more and more traders jumping on board to entice customers into both their online and physical stores.


If done well, this promotion can boost your business in a variety of ways…


Advertising your ‘Black Friday’ deals in advance can build anticipation and allow time to generate valuable word of mouth momentum.  Also, strategically discounting choice products can increase footfall and online presence tremendously and boost the prospect of secondary sales by raising awareness of other ranges that are stocked.  Longer term, you can gain a reputation for your ‘Black Friday’ deals by demonstrating that smaller, independent businesses can compete with larger chains – you’d be surprised at how people remember a great deal!


Top Tips:


  • Be realistic about price, if it is ageing stock that will carry on sitting there taking up space, this might be the right time to drop the price and clear the products.
  • Reward your loyal customers. Black Friday deals are for all customers, but is there a way you can look back and see if a customer shopped with you in the last year and give them a little something special? 
  • Plan your offers in advance, but be prepared to make a change if something else looks a more popular deal.
  • Give plenty of notice and market your deals through all channels: online, e-bulletin, in-store
  • Train your staff to talk about the deals and build awareness well in advance.
  • Drip feed details of the offers to encourage your customers to keep checking in
  • Use a range of offers: ‘Get 40% off’, ‘Buy-1-get-1-free’ & ‘Free product with every purchase’
  • Position offers in proximity to ranges that you’d like to push (both online & in-store)
  • Offer flexible returns
  • Extend your deals until the following Monday

Finally Black Friday and the frenzy around it is not for everyone, and understanding the long-lasting impact of Black Friday is important to make a decision on if it is for you and your business. By participating in Black Friday your customers might hold off buying from your business as they wait for your substantial discounts which could harm cash flow, you could even stand out by refusing to get involved in Black Friday. 


Remember, you don’t need to offer a flat discount on all your stock, a few key products can make a huge difference to your sales. If you feel uncomfortable about the mass consumerism linked to Black Friday, you could consider associating your brand with a good cause and give a portion of the discount to charity.


If you would like further advice on how best to promote your Black Friday discounted products ready for 29th November ’19, please contact Sarah Revell, Proposition Development & Communication Planning Manager on 01392 576423 or email

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Bell Tools (Bedminster) Back Bisley

Bell Tools, Bedminster, is now a proud stockist of Bisley Workwear, one of Troy’s newest suppliers of quality PPE & workwear.  Working with Wendy Perkins, Troy’s PPE Specialist, they have installed an impressive, prime positioned, in-store BISLEY display – complete with mannequin – to showcase the new brand. 
The Troy member has gone ‘all-out’ and erected a brand-new sign at the front of the store, which will sit alongside a striking 1m x 3m ‘BISLEY WORKWEAR SOLD HERE’ banner to be emblazoned on the railings at the front of the building.
And the peddling doesn’t stop there. The staff have even been kitted out in the new Bisley attire too, to provide a further push and ensure their customers can’t fail to notice the new merchandise.  They plan to further expand their uniform soon, to include short sleeved shirts & shorts AND their customers were so impressed, they even made sales during the set-up of the stand, which is testament to their positive and committed advertising approach.
Bell Tools provide an excellent example of a business embracing in-store marketing to the full, and Troy is on hand to offer advice and assistance to members that need a fresh approach to their shop advertising and displays.

For further details or support with your own ranging, please contact Wendy Perkins, Category Manager PPE, on 07393 798 472 or email

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British Safety Industry Federation - Why should your business join?

As members of The British Safety Industry Federation, Troy UK sees first hand the value membership brings. By choosing to become a member of the BSIF we are recognising that health and safety is of paramount importance and want to encourage all members seeking a competitive advantage in the PPE market place to consider BSIF membership;

  • Give buyers and end users confidence in your supply chain diligence when it comes to PPE.
  • keep up to date with how to remain compliant in a changing regulatory environment.
  • Provide yourself peace of mind in an ever increasingly litigious world
  • Indicate your credibility in the PPE marketplace
  • Compete confidently as an independent distributor at a national distributor level through displaying your BSIF Safe Supplier Shield.

All Troy UK members considering selling PPE should reflect on the importance of BSIF membership for the following reasons…


Win more business
End users and businesses seeking tender fulfilment often use British Safety Industry Federation website to research and source an accredited supply chain as they know those listed are trustworthy and compliant suppliers, alleviating the need to trawl for compliant suppliers.


De-risking your business, become part of BSIF 

Particularly with overseas suppliers, you may be victim to a golden sample at first, or indeed your overseas supplier could cheapen the product to improve their margins over time. To police this is a very important job and could be time consuming and expensive to your business. Becoming a member of BSIF will take care of this for you.


Get the internal business systems in place to remain compliant when selling PPE by default through membership to the BSIF.
New legislation came about in 2016 evolving from a loose directive, outlining that responsibility lies with all ECONOMIC OPERATORS to comply with PPE supply chain standards.  The new terminology ‘ALL ECONOMIC OPERATORS’ now places responsibility for compliance throughout the entire supply chain manufacturer, wholesaler to distributor. To keep you compliant and your business away from risk, BSIF membership will provide spot checks of products and on site checks.

As part of the BSIF membership and it’s registered Safety Supplier Scheme you will get
1. To affiliate to the BSIF accreditation shield.

2. Receive an annual spot test of products

3. A BSIF Representative completing a regulatory obligations check sheet on site (usually 1.5 hours signed off by both parties)

4. Members can proudly display their Shield Logo indicating Supplier Credibility, providing another necessary tool for a smaller independent distributors to complete at a national / big business level.

5. The opportunity to put your customer facing staff on a Safe Supplier Accreditation Course which is an Ofqual level 2 publicly recognised course.  Free for the first ten Troy members!

6. Send a clear message to your customers / end users that you take safety in supply chain seriously and are a reputable sustainable partner.   

So how can I get involved?

Competitive fee structures with discounts for Troy Members

Speak with Wendy Perkins or Sarah Revell at Troy UK to discover the value you can add to your business with a BSIF membership.

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Chicago Pneumatic - Helps Father and Son Steam Ahead!

Restoration of an AVELING & PORTER ‘C’ TYPE STEAM ROLLER 8 TONS, BUILT 1923, WORKS NO.10677, REG PD 6410

The Aveling & Porter ‘C’ Type Steam Roller was new to Frank Harris Brothers of Guildford. Built in 1923 this 8-ton beauty with Works No; 10677 Registration NO: PD 6410 was put into service. After some 30 plus years it was then in 1958 saved for preservation. Derek Petty of Berkhamsted purchased it many years later and continued to rally it until 1974.

In 1975 it was then acquired by Dave Harrower, who had previously restored a 1908 William Foster Steam Engine that had belonged to his father who owned a petrol garage. The garage had struggled to sell petrol at the time until Dave’s father placed the Steam engine on the forecourt and sure enough customer pulled in to see it.  Many years later when the garage closed Dave asked his father if he could have the engine and was told ‘if you can move it you can have it’ and to this day Dave still has the engine that is now a 2018 project for refurb.

The Aveling & Porter was in a poor state due to heavy rust and corrosion to each tender side and boiler tank and many other parts. It was stripped down completely for restoration to begin.

It was 1984 when restoration began, and this was carried out by Dave and his son Paul Harrower (who was raised on such projects from a young age) many years on the restoration ensued on the project. This was no mean feat as they literally built an entire workshop to house the project. This itself was not without its problems as in the roof of the workshop was blown away into a neighbouring field during the severe storm of 1987.Dave and Paul were not deterred, and they pushed on and scoured the country for various old lathes and milling machines suitable for the project.

They had to make many of the BSW bolts themselves as these bolts simply are no longer available. They made bearings and bought a huge squeeze riveting machine to set the required hot rivets. Many engineering practices from the past were bought back into use as this was the only way to authentically complete such a restoration. Then in September 2015 the restored Aveling & Porter had its first steaming!

Chicago Pneumatic became aware of this amazing father and son restoration project by a chance meeting with Paul Harrower and immediately wanted to help them in some way and donated several Ex Demo tools to for ongoing maintenance and indeed for the 2018 future restoration of the William Foster Steam Engine, and a 1957 Fordson Major tractor project. Paul has already started using the tools like the CP7125 Needle scaler to clean the firebox in preparation for the PD6410 going into winter hibernation under lock and key before 2018 Steam Rally’s begin.

The CP9120CR Grinder proved useful on the early stages of work on a boiler plate whilst the CP9790 Drill was used to put two pilot holes in each side on the engine mounting plate for low loader and then the CP7748 ½” Impact Wrench proved ideal for bolts on the mounting plate. The CP7732 Ultra Compact ½” Impact Wrench has also been used to remove the chassis bolts on the Fordson Major.   

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Children In Need 2017

To raise money for Children In Need this year staff took part in our ‘Pyjama Day’

We are spending the day in PJ’s and enjoying a few treats along the way, including cakes, chocolate and snacks.

The total amount raised was £88.50.

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Click Here To Check Out The Website Dedicated To TMB

The brand new TMB site is now live!

NEW for 2018 will be the ‘TMB Website’ where once registered to attend you will be able to log-in

and see all the information you will need relating to the event, news, additional features and view your booking details. 

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Climbing The FastGrowth 75 Ladder

Recognising the South West’s top developing businesses, FG75 is an initiative that’s coordinated by The Western Morning News and provides a snapshot of the region’s economy.  We are delighted to have moved up the Fast Growth 75 list, from 60th in 2017 to 47th in 2018, and being among both globally recognised and more locally known companies of such a high calibre is a real triumph – that said of course our aim is to further improve our position again this year.

‘To be on the Fast Growth 75 list, companies need to have two key attributes:

  1. To have absolute focus on the needs of the end customer/consumer
  2. To be dynamic in key decision-making and implementation

The list is compiled based on the average sales growth across the last four years of publicly reported results.  It recognises those companies that have not stood still but have been driven to take on new opportunities to deliver real growth.’

Left: Paul Kilbride CEO of Troy UK with Ian Brokenshire, Senior Partner of KPMG in Plymouth

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Competitor Analysis Issue 1

Welcome to our inaugural competitor analysis, where you can find competitor updates and industry developments relevant to your business.

As this is issue 1 we welcome thoughts and feedback from members and hope to release these documents on a quarterly basis.

Competitor analysis

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Congratulations To Rothwells!

The Rochdale Business Awards is annual event – black tie awards evening and is attended by 300+


This is the fourth time Rothwells have entered the “Business of the year category 1-5M”– the 2ndtime they have been nominated – BUT the 1st time they have ever won !!


This year Rothwells also put forward an “employee of the year, Dale who actually started with them as an apprentice 2 years ago and has progressed year on year.


Huge congratulations to Chris and his team!


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Diversifying into PPE - are you maximising sales to the customers you already have?

We all know it’s difficult to get new business, but are you maximising sales to the customers you already have?

Diversifying into PPE could be the answer, and is an easy addition to product ranging, with profit margins of 25-45% being achievable. 

Increasing safety legislation means the PPE market sector is only growing, and Troy UK’s Business Development Team are on hand to support you in adopting or enhancing PPE offerings and liaising with suppliers in the field on your behalf.

Recently Simon James and Wendy Perkins supported Member DJ Evans to reconfigure their trade counter and source information to submit pricing proposals to customers….

“Now DJ Evans is a Troy UK member we have access to purchasing leading brands in the PPE and workwear arena. Troy UK have offered fantastic product support, specifically Simon James and Wendy Perkins, who as PPE BDM and Category Managers deliver a fast and knowledgeable service. Simon has been very effective in sourcing all relevant infomation needed to submit pricing proposals to our customers. This has enabled us to have access to a service that can quickly inform you of prices, MOQ’s and a local representative! This is a must for any busy Field Sales Representative.”
Lucia Harper
Business Development & Marketing Manager 
DJ Evans 

Not only does Troy UK have extensive industry knowledge in the Business Development Team, we also have a fantastic relationship with the British Safety Industry Federation allowing us to offer reduced prices for courses to members. Read more about the value BSIF membership and courses can bring your business here.  

“We believe that by using the benefits of BSIF members and the RSSS Shield to market our business, and by being ahead of the curve, we have attracted new and better business….as current members we fully recommend membership to all our fellow Troy members. Remember ‘Anyone can sell Safety, but you wouldn’t buy Safety from just anyone’ ” 

Grattan Boylan
Chairman, JBS Group 


If you would like support in selling PPE, speak to your Troy Business Development Manager today. 

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Dormer Pramet Cutting Days 2017

This year’s Cutting Days was the largest in the history of Dormer Pramet. 

Cutting Days is a trade fair organized by Dormer Pramet and takes place at the company’s indexable production unit in Šumperk, Czech Republic. 

Free to attend, this year’s event ran from 4 – 12 September for customers and students from local schools and technical universities. 

The number of people who attended Cutting Days 2017 exceeded 2,000 – with 714 international visitors, 770 from the Czech Republic and 520 students. 

This year’s event can be considered as being truly global with a total of 23 groups from abroad visiting Šumperk. Also, the number of visitors from the Czech Republic (770) was almost double compared to the last Cutting Days in 2014.

The agenda included an introduction of our brand new research, development and training facility – the Experience Center – and a product exhibition featuring more than 1,000 indexable and round tools. 

In addition, there was a presentation of 16 specially invited partners, production tours and a visit to the nearby Dlouhé Strán? hydro power plant, where there was a focus on presenting our success stories from various industry segments.

Take a virtual tour of Cutting Days 2017 and view around the different areas. Click here to begin!

To watch the video visit             

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Fake CE logos – is your PPE is correctly CE certified? How do you know?

The British safety industry federation has reported an area of risk around fake CE logos; Chinese Export logos masquerading as ‘conformite europeene’. 

What is CE certification?

To be sold in the European Union, a product must have a CE mark. The CE mark indicates conformity with health, safety, and environmental protection standards for products sold within the European Economic Area (EEA). CE marking applies to all products, ranging from electrical equipment to toys and from civil explosives to medical devices. If a product has the CE mark it does not mean that the product was made in the EEA, but states that the product is assessed before being placed on the market. 

European standards are in place for a wide range of PPE from protective clothing against chemicals, heat and flames, to head protective helmets, eye protection, gloves and safety footwear. Many regions outside of the EU are increasingly turning towards the CE mark to show that the product is up to standard and has been tested comprehensively.


If your product is certified it means;


The product meets minimum performance specifications defined in legally recognised standards applied throughout Europe.

A product has been subjected to a series of tests on physical characteristics and finished product performance according to application or protective tape


How do we know if the product is correctly CE certified or not?

All CE certified products should feature a label with everything you need

The info shown on the label should be very specific, this is a legal requirement. Each product type, whether it be protective gloves, glasses or boots has its own specific labelling or marking requirements.



Fake CE Logos

Sometimes, alongside the CE mark can be seen a code which represents the ID number of the respective Notified body needed for conducting the product’s certification.

The CE “Chinese export” mark can be seen on some, not all, products produced in and exported from China. The mark is with a similar design, and if you don’t know how to distinguish it from the real CE mark, it can look identical to you. As a result, y

ou can think that your product is CE marked and safe to use. The “Chinese export” mark is not an official European mark and is considered as fake. Many factories in China apply that mark on their products and afterwards, put them on the market. Such products haven’t had any risk assessment, safety evaluation, or testing. They haven’t been certified against the relevant CE standards, and their placing on the EU market is seen as an illegal act. As overall, products bearing the CE “China Export” mark vary in quality from being acceptable to completely dangerous in their design. A good example of products on which you can very often see this mark is the power supplies.


New legislation came about in 2016 evolving from a loose directive, outlining that responsibility lies with all ECONOMIC OPERATORS to comply with PPE supply chain standards.  The new terminology ‘ALL ECONOMIC OPERATORS’ now places responsibility for compliance throughout the entire supply chain manufacturer, wholesaler to distributor. To keep you compliant and your business away from risk, BSIF membership will provide spot checks of products and on site checks. Read more here


To read the Lakeland article click the following link – Lakeland CE Certification

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Fulham Football Club announces new partnership with Teng Tools

Fulham Football Club is delighted to welcome Teng Tools as its Official Hand Tools Partner for the next three seasons.

Teng Tools, a global provider of hand tools and smart storage solutions, has partnered with Fulham FC to further enhance their brand awareness to a worldwide audience.

Teng Tools will have the opportunity to work with the Club to deliver promotional campaigns taking in everything from CSR initiatives with the Fulham FC Foundation, to creating cobranded special edition trade products.
Further through the partnership, Teng Tools will receive significant visibility through advertising on the in-game LED as well across the club’s digital and social platforms during the term of the partnership, in addition to significant global exposure from the club’s participation in the Premier League.

Daniel King Managing Director Teng Tools UK & Ireland said “Teng Tools is delighted to announce the partnership with Fulham Football Club, we see similar values within the club and what we stand for as a brand in the hand tools market here in the UK and further afield. We are fully behind Claudio Ranieri and the Fulham team to get the points they need over the coming months” Casper Stylsvig Fulham FC CRO added

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Teng Tools, a creative and innovative brand. We feel that they are the perfect match for Fulham FC sharing a number of our principles. We look forward to working with them to achieve their marketing and activation objectives during the partnership.”

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GDPR Compliant

With the new data protection regulation being enforced on Friday, we’ve also done our bit and have published a privacy notice to make it easier for you to find out how we use and protect your data within the Troy Group. 

View our Privacy Policy here

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Hitachi Koki Announces Brand Name Change to HiKOKI

Simultaneous to the rebranding efforts, the company is establishing a subsidiary as its European headquarters called Koki Holdings Europe GmbH in the suburbs of Dusseldorf, Germany to reflect the strategic importance of the European market. The subsidiary will commence operations in November 2017, and will serve to carry out the parent company’s activities in Europe, with the aim to be closer to our customers to facilitate faster decision making in managing their needs.

“We have delivered award-winning innovation in manufacturing with solid business performance for over 70 years, and now is the time for us to focus on expansion as a truly global company while remaining rooted to our Japanese tradition,” said Osami Maehara, President, Hitachi Koki. “We have fully committed to accelerate growth alongside a dynamic new partner in KKR as we pursue our goal to become a global leader in power tools and life-science instruments. We have set an aggressive sales target of US$2.7 billion in fiscal year 2020. We are confident we can take our business to the next level with the support of all our employees and partners worldwide, and the revamping of the brand name is the first step to making this possible. We look forward to continuing to build a brand that exceeds the expectations of discerning customers around the world.”

The HiKOKI brand was created to embody the three core competencies of the company, including its innovative technologies that give rise to products with superior performance, the reliability of its products and services backed by a 70-year company history, and the potential for new business growth represented through the new partnership with KKR. For ease of pronunciation, the new brand name uses a lowercase “i” in its first syllable, and includes the implicit numeral “1” to express our commitment to providing our customers with the “No. 1” products on the market, and our aim to achieve “No. 1” global status.

 The new corporate name, Koki Holdings Co., Ltd., is designed to maintain continuity with our current name, while also reflecting the multiple brands it encompasses around the world, and accelerate our investment in acquisitions to expand our global business.

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Look out for your NEW Troy Select 2018

This new issue has more than doubled in size from the first edition and includes even more useful information from a diverse range of Troy Suppliers

These are currently being sent out this week via Royal Mail and should be with you within the next few days.

If you would like any more information then please contact the Troy Marketing Team.


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Making the most of the lead up to Christmas

In the leadup to Christmas, we thought we’d share some tips to make the most out of the workplace environment throughout this festive time of year. We have listed 10 things below that we think can help induce the festive spirit within the workplace!


Relax with your Staff

  1. Elf yourself –
  2. Secret Santa
  3. Buffet
  4. Bring a pet to work day
  5. Christmas Jumper Day
  6. Advent Calendars
  7. Christmas Quiz –
  8. Christmas Raffle
  9. Decorating the office –
  10. Christmas Music – few of our favourites; & &






Now onto more the more serious stuff….

Although Christmas is for celebrating with family & friends, it’s also a great time of year for thieves as everyone is out of the office. Below are a few things we think you need to prevent this while away on the holidays. 


Safety on Site

Security – Remember to check that your premises are secure over the holiday period. Safety lighting is good prevention.

Making sure your gates and doors are locked is paramount – padlocks and chains will be of good use. 


Any stationary vehicles across the Christmas period may benefit from antifreeze to keep vehicles maintained and running for when you return to the office.

Turning electrical plugs off at the source is a great way to save on your electricity bill. 

Make sure fire doors are closed and valuables aren’t on display.


Return in January

Plan to hit the ground running in January 2020;

  1. Have yourself and employees create to do lists
  2. New year’s resolutions & promises
  3. Consider your goals and objectives for Q1
  4. Cold weather preparation


Remember to keep your eyes out for a hamper in the post!






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Metabo UK are very pleased to announce three new starters with the Company.

Paul Caddick has joined as Key Account Manager for the recognised Industry business, and brings with him a wealth of experience from his time within the Stanley Black And Decker Group.


Nick Ward has joined as Area Sales Manager for the South West of England, and Wales. Nick is new to the Power Tool business, but brings with him senior experience in the brewery business.


Kyle Slark has joined as Area Sales Manager for the North and Midlands. Kyle has joined from Trend Machinery and Cutting Tools, and was previously with the TTI Group.


All three will make themselves known to the TROY members on their area in the coming weeks, and we wish them all the best in their future with Metabo.

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Mitutoyo/Mech Metrology Distributor Accreditation Progamme...

Mitutoyo are pleased to announce that Mech Metrology has become the first distributor in the UK to achieve Mitutoyo ‘Accredited Distributor’ status; after a period of training, examinations and qualifications in dimensional metrology. 
Martin Weeks, Operations Director of Mitutoyo UK Ltd., presented staff in management, sales and calibration departments with their City and Guilds, Level 2 certificates; demonstrating the companies high standards and committment to quality and service. 
“Mitutoyo made us feel welcome in their plush facility in Andover.  The course material was well presented and the pace of presentation was just right. Emphasis was calibration and associated knowledge of measurement of length and angle.  This would also have relevance for inspection activities.
A number of practical exercises were undertaken using the instruments provided.  There was also some theory and some debate about general industry calibration and measurement trends.
Towards the end of the day, a practical and written test was undertaken.  We were observed by the course presenter while performing the practical tests.
Although it was only a one day course, it was enjoyable and it also confirmed that we had been doing things correctly.” 
Michelle Eadon, Mech Metrology
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Molyslip Strengthens Team with Two Graduate Trainees

Leading lubricant specialist Molyslip has introduced a new apprenticeship programme recruiting two graduate trainees – Joe Bertera and Mike Green.  Both employees are currently enrolled in a 12-month Graduate Trainee Programme which is endorsed by the Institute of Sales Management and managed by recruitment specialist – BMS Performance.

Both Mike and Joe have joined the company’s sales team direct from university.   Mike who studied at the University of Worcester will be managing Molyslip customers in the South and Midlands whilst Joe from Cardiff Metropolitan University will cover accounts within Wales and the North of England.  Both recruits have enjoyed a thorough induction and training programme at Molyslip’s head office in Irlam, Manchester and are now working hard in their respective territories.

Andrew Cunningham, General Manager, Molyslip Ltd says: “We are very excited to be investing in and developing young talent. This is our first apprenticeship programme and we hope the first of many.  We are looking forward to watching Mike and Joe grow in their new roles.”

Molyslip is an independent UK-based manufacturer of specialised lubricants and has been supplying products both nationally and internationally since the 1930’s.  The company exports to over 60 countries worldwide and its products (market leading Copaslip, TAP, WRL and Arvina) are used across a range of Industry, with particular strengths in Metal-Working, Oil & Gas, Repair & Maintenance and Automotive as well Marine/Off-shore, Ship Building, and Food & Beverage (both production and packaging areas).


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New Animations From Bott

Bott have always been known for quality heavy duty products, but what is it that makes their ranges built to last.  

Every product has been designed to perform, so bott have prepared some animations to show benches, cabinets and cupboards down to the smallest detail. 

To see what makes a bott cabinet check out the animations on their website ( or view the snippets here:

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New Business Development Manager at Troy

We are pleased to announce a new colleague joining the Business Development team here at Troy.  Wayne Steele has joined the company this week and will be covering the South of England and South Wales. Wayne is well known to Troy and THS members having had previous roles with Pramac and SDMO.

We would like to welcome Wayne and hope he settles in nicely to the his new role within the Troy team.

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New Members & Suppliers

A warm welcome to the new members who joined us on the 1st of September:






New suppliers to the group are as follows:

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New Premises For Recoil To Facilitate Huge Company Growth

Arconic, the organisation which owns the Recoil brand, has doubled the size of its’ Telford operations turning it into a 100,000 sq ft business.

As well as Recoil, Arconic’s other brands include Huck, Marson, Camloc, SNEP and Simmonds.

This expansion is due to rapid growth across Arconic’s brands and in a variety of markets, with turnover expanding by about 45 per cent over the last two years.

A new “Shuttle” has been installed in the new premises which will house the Recoil stock in Telford, making picking and preparing shipments a much more streamline process.

The move into the second premises was partly an act of opportunism, said operations director Jonathan Craven, but it coincided with the company needing additional space to grow into.

“It felt like too good an opportunity to miss and it feels like we will be vindicated in this because it has come alongside growth in the business”.

Arconic employs about 130 people in Telford, and expects to be able to grow that number as it beds in its new building and continues the expansion of the business.

“We are in a position where the market has taken well to the new products we have and not only do we want the investment in manufacturing equipment, we know that is going to require people,” Mr Craven added.

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New Troy Members Join In January 2018

A big welcome to all the following companies who have joined Troy this month: 


BRADFORD BOLT & NUT CO LTD (BBN Fastnet – Bradford)










We look forward to building a bright future with them all.

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New Troy News Magazine Launched

Troy UK Ltd is pleased to announce the launch of its new quarterly magazine: Troy News.


Each issue will contain dedicated industry editorial, the latest news and features on new lines and products, case studies, seasonal promotions and related advertising.

Troy News will launch this autumn.  The magazine will be available to the Troy membership and selected parties.

The magazine will be published by specialist publisher, Constructive Media Ltd.  With over 20 years’ experience in bespoke publishing, print and design, predominantly in the building and construction sector, Constructive Media have been Troy’s print partner for over 7 years.


Troy Group, Marketing Director, Wendy Jones says ‘The launch of Troy Magazine is part of our wider communications strategy to share more between members, suppliers and partners. The Troy network is stronger together and distributing regular publications such as this magazine, is a great step forwards in strengthening our information sharing. I look forward to the Troy team delivering more and more value, supporting members and suppliers alike.”
Constructive Media’s Creative Director, Roger Whittington comments, “We’re incredibly proud to assist Troy in launching Troy News.  As Troy’s preferred marketing partner, we will be supporting Troy and its membership in raising awareness of products, services and brands.  The magazine is an opportunity to just that; a dedicated platform for engaging, communicating and sharing industry news and views.”
To better understand how your business can benefit from Troy News contact the publisher, Constructive Media on 01495 239 962 or email
For more information about Troy News visit
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OSL Cutting Technologies has acquired Universal Drilling & Cutting Equipment

Message from OSL Cutting Technologies:

We’re pleased to tell you that OSL Cutting Technologies has successfully acquired Universal Drilling & Cutting Equipment. It’s a great fit, with two of Sheffield’s heritage manufacturing businesses.

As we combine our strengths over the coming months and years, it will allow us to focus on enhancing our product range, quality, service and provide a better customer experience.

Rest reassured that business contacts remain unchanged and there are no changes to your trading terms.

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Purchasing Insight from Our Industry Experts.

We’re dropping in on our Prodigy of Purchasing, Jim Chadwick, Group Purchasing Director, and the Brains of Business Development, Richard Pymm, Business Development Director for an ‘exclusive’ on Purchasing. They’ll be sharing their views and advice on how best to consider your procurement process and successfully source the highest quality & best value products, whilst minimising surplus stock and maximising profit…

Click here for the full article

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Richard Pymm attends CBI conference

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) is an annual conference that was founded over 50 years ago in 1965. The CBI speaks on behalf of 190,000 businesses who together employ almost 7 million people across the UK. 

Several business leaders have warned they feel “disenfranchised” in the election because of their fears about the UK’s future under either of the two main party leaders.

Many delegates appeared to be in a downbeat mood at the annual conference in London on Monday, which was first time it has ever taken place in the middle of an election campaign.

Conservative prime minister Boris Johnson, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson all made speeches to more than 1,000 representatives of UK firms.

Business chiefs spoken to by Yahoo Finance UK were unimpressed by both Johnson and Corbyn, echoing a warning by CBI direct general Carolyn Fairbairn against extreme ideologies on left and right.

Click the video link below to view the interview featuring Richard Pymm

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Securing Future Talent. Future proofing business by utilising apprenticeships.

Could you secure the future of your business by improving your recruitment strategy?

Recently we have been fortunate enough to spend some time with Troy member, Tony Rowe of Goldstar, to discuss how his recruitment strategy involves the use of apprentices and foreign exchange students.

Click here to find out more. 

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SIP Becomes Proud Bloodhound SSC Product Sponsor

Throughout the company’s existence, SIP Industrial Products have tried and succeeded at engaging with the local and wider communities, consistently sponsoring various projects, events, and teams, and regularly supplying equipment to different causes at no cost.

With that said, SIP Industrial Products are incredibly proud and excited to announce that they have recently backed another project, perhaps of a grander scale than any other before, agreeing a product sponsorship with the currently in-development Bloodhound SSC supersonic car and the loyal team that service it.

For those that may be unaware of the Bloodhound SSC spectacle and the vision that it embodies, the Bloodhound SSC supersonic car takes over from a long line of predecessors that have attempted to break the land speed record. In fact, Thrust SSC, which set a speed of 763mph (1,228km/h), currently holds that record. Not content with breaking it, the Bloodhound intends to smash this speed, matching or exceeding 1,000mph (1,609km/h), leaving all previous records in it’s wake. To put the intentions of the Bloodhound team into perspective, the supersonic car will cover a mile in 3.6 seconds, whilst weighing 7.5 Tons. While a jet engine would provide considerable speed, a rocket engine has also been factored into the design, meaning that, when combined, the car will generate more than 135,000hp. In their words, it’s six times more powerful than all Formula 1 car present on a starting grid put together. With such a large project, SIP thought it would be suitable to send a range of their most premium, heavy-duty equipment, so that all concerned with the Bloodhound SSC project are covered. This includes a range of boosters/chargers, industrial- grade heaters, and much more.

SIP wishes them all the best with the project, and look forward to seeing the results in the near future, beginning with testing and trial stages at Newquay in late 2017. Should you wish to visit, learn and see more Bloodhound SSC in action, visit to receive a £5 ticket discount, as an SIP customer, for SSC’s Public Day on 28th October 2017.

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Stealth Launches Major Strategic Initiative

UK cornerstone customer group – Troy UK and United Tooling Solutions ‘UTS’

Established in 1986, Troy is a privately held group of industrial engineering supplies businesses in the UK. Troy is the UK’s largest independent industrial buying group with over 400 member trade retail outlets in the UK, and a comprehensive online presence. Troy recently received recognition for a Top 75 fastest growing companies based on sales turnover over the last four years in South West region of the UK. Revenue has grown by ~85% since 2016.

The Troy and UTS group consist of three principal areas of business operation;

Troy Buying Group – An industrial buying group with 300 members operating more than 400 trade outlets, that generate a combined revenue of in excess of GBP1.1b

  • United Tooling Solutions – is an industrial supplies distributor holding 8 company trade branch outlets directly owned by the same major Troy shareholder.
  • Toolshop Direct – operates under UTS, focused on online distribution specialising in industrial product and tooling sales with Tier 1 status ranking via the Amazon platform.

Sales and distribution of Bisley Workwear will be driven through both UTS and Troy’s trade retail outlets, and via UTS on the Amazon platform through the group’s online division Toolshop Direct. The arrangement with this group provides BSA Brands with an immediate UK national platform to introduce and grow the Bisley Workwear brand throughout the full UK market from commencement.

Troy also holds 20% ownership of a major European industrial buying group with 1,500 members and over 3,300 trade outlets throughout UK and Europe with a combined trading volume of EUR16 billion – BSA Brands will seek an opportunity to further expand into Europe in the medium term through this group.

Click here to read the full story

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Stronger Together

Troy’s Regional Business Development Director- Philomena McDermott joined the sales team meeting at “ThomasGraham” and presented the value added support services of the Troy group.  Garry Smith – sales director and Russell Smith – Contracts director both attended and confirmed they felt the meeting was” invaluable” .


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