Category: Market news

"Which?" Conducts First Consumer Comparisons Of Reusable Face Coverings

As a result of the Covid 19 pandemic and efforts to contain the spread of the virus public wearing of face coverings is now the norm in many situations. But how effective are they?

It is important to remember that these face coverings are not Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and should not be used as such. Face coverings are intended to minimise the risk of the wearer spreading the virus to others. Work place risk assessments will identify where PPE is required as opposed to face coverings, and BSIF (British Safety Industry Federation) has put together this useful selection tool to help you identify where and when it appropriate to use PPE or indeed a Face Covering.

When comparing Face Coverings Which? tested 15 different models discovering that the worst allowed 93% of potentially harmful particles to escape from the wearer.
While some face masks were able to block more than 99% of potentially harmful bacteria from penetrating the mask’s material and escaping, the worst only prevented 7% of these particles from escaping.

Which? is now urging manufacturers and retailers to “up their game” after three of the 15 face coverings it tested were branded as a “don’t buy”. The research revealed that masks with multiple layers are more effective than single-layer masks – but Which? said there is a clear trade-off between ‘breathability’ and how effective they are at filtration.

Natalie Hitchins, Which? head of home products and services, said there is a “huge difference” in quality between reusable masks sold in stores around the country and online.

While reusable fabric face coverings are not designed to block ultra-fine particles such as COVID-19, they are intended to help block larger droplets and aerosols breathed out by the wearer, who may be infected but asymptomatic.

Which? found the quality of instructions and advice on the face coverings was generally quite poor. Only a few products had clear and easy-to-follow guidance on wearing and washing the face covering. Concern was raised by Which that six of them didn’t state that reusable face coverings are not PPE or medical devices and seven did not explain how to safely use the mask – both of which are required by (voluntary) product standards.

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#supportindependents - Spotlight on United Fixings & Teknofix

With the easing of restrictions around the UK, we recently got out on the road to visit one of our members United Fixings & Teknofix. With the spotlight on United Fixings & Teknofix it was great to meet their extended team, and have a chance to sit down and discuss what they offer their customers and how Troy supports them to reach their goals. 

How long have you been a member of Troy?

United Fixings will have been members for 8 years in November 2021. We then added Teknofix as a member, purchased as part of the United Fixings Group. We completed the purchase just the day before the first national Covid-19 lockdown in March 2020!

teknofix team  

What is most important for your customers as an independent industrial tooling distributor?

It’s really important for us to know that our customers will be receiving the very best products from us. Being a Troy member enables us to have access to a wealth of reputable high-quality suppliers – this gives us peace of mind that our customers will receive both the customer service we pride ourselves on, and the very best equipment the industry can offer.

teknofix josh and steve

How do you provide your customers with outstanding service that goes the extra mile? What are you really good at?

Without sounding cliché there really is no job too big or too small. We have a diverse range of customers whose requirements vary greatly – we feel we are able to provide great product knowledge on equipment across a number of different trades, giving each client the expertise they need to make the right purchase, the first time! Troy helps us achieve this by having such a variety of members in differing industries that we can call upon. Our locations, Tiverton and less than 1 mile from Junction 30 on the M5 makes us extremely convenient for travelling tradesmen in a jam, not just locals. We pride ourselves on being there for those who need us promptly and efficiently.

Why do you think your loyal customers choose to return to you?

At our heart, we are a family run business, and that isn’t lost on the people that walk through our doors. We are able to create a community within our client base, a welcoming atmosphere in store and ensure that we are able to nurture individual relationships with our customers with a laugh and a joke. People appreciate being appreciated, and we make a conscious effort to ensure that our customers know how much their ongoing loyalty means to us. Our customers return to us because they know they will get the care and attention offered by an independent supplier, with the comfort of knowing that we are supported by the biggest hitters in the industry as Troy members.

united fixings & teknofix christine

How do you best market yourselves to existing/new customers?

We have implemented a number of strategies over the years. I believe it’s a credit to us that we have grown as a business mainly through word of mouth, trade exhibitions and open days. This demonstrates to us that we are ‘people people’, that once customers are open to using us they feel they can trust us to support their businesses. In recent years the importance of online presence has grown exponentially, and we always try to keep new and existing customers engaged online, mainly through social media and Email. Showing our public support for customers online does a great deal to grow loyalty and increase our brand presence. But we also use the platforms to show our personality, not to hard sell all the time, but to show we can have fun too! I think people relate to that and get to know the people behind the business.

united fixings & teknofix

How do you attract/entice new less knowledgeable customers/trades?

By being open about what we do, and not being elitist. We all started at zero, we’ve all been sent to the supply store of a tub of elbow grease, tin of tartan paint and a long ‘weight’ at one point. Our staff’s product knowledge is second to none and we try our best to create an atmosphere in store where we can help you find exactly what you need, no matter the job. We have also recently launched a new campaign to encourage apprentices and new starters into the trades – the ‘Kit Up Your Apprentice’ range of packages we have created makes it easy for those that are inexperienced to pickup the tools they need at the start of their journey. We know the tools they need more than they might, so it’s all done for them! We have had some great results with this, with Apprentices, Employers and Skill-Schools all purchasing in recent weeks.

As part of our ongoing #supportindependents campaign we will be visiting a member each month and aiming to find out more about them and see how we can grow together. If you are interested in being visited then please contact Julie Trower our Member Support Coordinator on julie.trower@troyuk.co.uk.

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Are You Ready For GDPR? If you have employees this will affect you.

Are you ready for GDPR?

 Have you heard of GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations)?

It’s just around the corner – 25th May 2018, and if you have employees this will affect you.  A couple of areas that you should consider:-

  • How you maintain your employee records, how secure are they?
  • How you process your employee data e.g. using their personal information to pay their wages.
  • Information you hold on candidates who have applied for jobs.
  • Do your staff know what is required of them for GDPR?
  • Have your staff given consent for using their data?

Not sure of the answers, contact Allison Pymm for an initial chat and guidance on GDPR.  It’s easier than you think with the right help.  allison@ajpresource.co.uk 07770 989791

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ATA Garryson Ltd & Karnasch Professional Tools GmbH | New Release

ATA Garryson is delighted to announce the launch of Karnasch Professional Tools, the premium German cutting tools specialists, to metal and composite material workers and manufacturers across the UK.
 

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BEIS Updated Rules of Origin products

BEIS have released updated guidance on tariffs and rules of origin of products.

Recent feedback demonstrates that many businesses are struggling to understand the Rules of Origin in relation to trading with the EU. 

In relation to trading post Brexit and the application of the UK EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, BEIS have produced the below materials:

 




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BIZ Launch New Brennenstuhl Catalogue & Winter Essentials


With over 60 years’ experience, Brennenstuhl continues to offer high quality, premium products that make your everyday life easier. Their portfolio includes power distribution products such as cable reels, extension leads, work lights, site lights, torches and smart lighting, as well as key and specialist items.

They are dedicated to quality and to meeting todays’ consumer requirements, and to support this they have a research and development team which works alongside their cable reel and extension lead factory in Tübingen, Germany.

Innovation leads to the development of products using the very latest materials such as the Everbright SMD LED’s used in the site lights, the Superflex drums on the cable reels along with the Cable Pilot and Bretec features and benefits, to name but a few.

BIZ has been working closely with Brennenstuhl for many years now and distribute the range throughout the U.K. from their warehouse in the midlands.

This Autumn sees the launch of a host of new products and ranges in key sectors of the market which are featured in the Brennenstuhl catalogue.


Don’t Miss Your Chance To Save This Quarter With BIZ Winter Essentials

BIZ Power Tools are  just launching their Winter Essentials promotion to provide Troy & THS members with new sales opportunities between now and 31st December and help recover profits from earlier in the year.

Working closely with key suppliers, the promotion covers a wide range of Power Tools, Power Tool Accessories, Lighting, Cable Reels, Ladders and much more.

Click here for more information

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BIZ Power Tools – Open Again To Support Troy & THS Members

19.5.20

We are delighted to report that BIZ Power Tools are again open and very much looking forward to supporting Troy and THS members as the U.K. starts to get back to business again.

New social distancing and working practices have been and are continuing to be, put in place to protect and safeguard our Sales Office and Warehouse teams. Some of this work is ongoing and we are currently not back to full staffing levels. Carriers throughout the U.K. are stretched and at present we will be quoting 72hour delivery. Goods may arrive much quicker, even next day, but we cannot guarantee this at the moment.

Whilst we will continue to deal with your enquires as quickly and efficiently as possible, now may be the ideal time to take advantage of our fantastic B2B facility. Not only can you place orders 24 hours a day, this extremely effective Business support tool will provide you with a vast amount of information to support, market and develop your business at the touch of a button. It will save you time, provide instant answers and information for your customers, help you with ‘Free Marketing’ to drive sales, enable you to check invoices and statements, as well as create professional quotes to pitch for new business. In addition to all of this, there are the following three key benefits:

1. It’s FREE – all you need to do is to send an email to sales@bizpowertools.co.uk with your company details and we’ll do the rest. Please add a name and contact number if there are any questions.
2. It works on the same format as the TOOLBANK B2B, so if you or your staff are familiar with this, there is nothing new to learn.
3. B2B customers get exclusive offers that we can’t always run out to everyone.

All brands are featured on the B2B, so you’ll be able to access up to date information on Bosch, Makita, Evolution, Panasonic, Paslode, Batavia, Brennenstuhl and others instantly, enabling you to quote your customer and secure the order.

We have excellent stocks and an enthusiastic team who look forward to supporting all Troy and THS members to maximise every sales opportunity they have.

With Many Thanks,

Graham Smith
Managing Director

BIZ only deal with bona fide retailers and merchants. We do not have an end user website and do not trade directly with consumers – if you don’t get the sale, we don’t get the sale.

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Biz Summer Sensations Promotion - Delivering Sales...

The BIZ Summer promotion (called Summer Sensations) has just launched and will run from 1st August until 30th September. 
It has been created to support members with the products they need most as all businesses look to recover and get back to full productivity. 

The promotion covers a wide range of Power Tools, Power Tool Accessories, Lighting, Cable Reels, Ladders and much more. These are from high profile, market leading brands such as Makita, Batavia, Paslode, Evolution and Bosch and reflect the most commonly used tools, accessories and equipment used at this time of year. Many of the items are available in counter top displays which will boost ‘impulse purchases’ and help to increase till transaction values at a time where every additional sale counts! 

Customers of Biz will receive a full colour leaflet next week which shows all the products and their net cost prices, BIZ pride themselves on service and availability and keep £ millions on the shelf to support their customers. 

You can check stock and place orders through the B2B site and create your own marketing emails and fliers to maximise the sales potential of these lines. 

For more details, please contact BIZ via one of the following; 
Head Office (Enfield) Sales Office;
Tel 0344 463 2325 E: sales@bizpowertools.co.uk

Scotland Sales Office:
Tel 0344 406 0616 E: sales@bizpowertoolsscotland.co.uk

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Bollé Safety Make Last Minute Price Increase Due To Covid-19

COVID-19 PRICE INCREASE

Dear Valued Customer,

As you are all aware, we are facing an unprecedent global crisis due to Covid-19.

Our first aim is to provide healthcare professionals and key workers with appropriate means to protect themselves against the virus.
However, this health crisis has significantly impacted upon our business and organization.

As you may be aware, the availability of our finished goods is greatly depleted at the moment, partly through the shutdown of manufacturing across the globe and partly through significant increases in consumption of PPE. Consequently, we are experiencing exceptional demand on critical product lines during the Covid-19 crisis.

In view of these exceptional circumstances arising from Covid-19, there has been, and will continue to be, a significant increase in transportation costs as well as difficulties in sourcing raw materials. Also we have had to increase investment in new moulds to boost capacity and expand the workforce within the company.

Unfortunately, due to this current dramatic economic situation and this commercial unpredictability, we are left with no rational alternative but to increase our current 2020 prices in line with these costs. We are confident, nonetheless, that we will continue to deliver to you and your customers the same high level of quality and protection that our products offer. We will, of course, do our best to return to our normal pricing policy as soon as possible after the crisis.

Please note that our new prices will be effective on the 2nd of April 2020 and will remain in force until the additional costs we face decrease.
I hope this provides some clarity on our position, however please let me know if you any queries. Otherwise we look forward to supporting you as we continue to do our very best to meet demand in these exceptional times.

Yours sincerely,

Executive Vice President
Damien Guillobez

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BOLTON WANDERERS FC PUTS DICKIES’ LATEST RANGE TO THE TEST

Global workwear brand Dickies has teamed up with Bolton Wanderers FC to test its new Advanced Waterproof Technology (AWT) range at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Dickies Workwear has outfitted stadium ground staff, security and maintenance staff with clothing and footwear from the range, which is designed to guard the wearer against the elements. Featuring materials that repel rain, sleet and snow while remaining breathable, AWT products were considered especially useful for the ground staff who work outside every day caring for the pitch.

“With the weather in constant flux with rain, hail, wind, freezing temperatures and even snow, it can be quite challenging to work in and play at the home of Bolton Wanderers FC, so this was an ideal opportunity to put our new AWT range to the test,” said James Whitaker, Marketing Director at Dickies Workwear.

“Not every piece of workwear or outerwear is suited for that level of punishment, but what Dickies Workwear does well is craft tough, no-nonsense workwear at a price everyone can afford that can stand-up to the outdoors. We’ve had some great feedback from the staff at the club who enjoyed trialling our new range.”

Items worn by ground staff at Bolton Wanderers FC include the Dickies Winter Jacket, which features an exceptionally high level of waterproofing (10,000 mm) while also being breathable – making it an ideal option for working outdoors in bad weather conditions.

Chris Simm, Head Groundsman of Bolton Wanderers FC, said:

“The ground staff, security and match day staff have a lot riding on their shoulders given the level of work that goes into making sure our facilities perform. Our workers need to feel comfortable and protected and we know Dickies Workwear provides exactly what they need to make sure they’re able to stay focused on game day.”

The University of Bolton Stadium is a natural partnership for Dickies Workwear as its outdoor setting is well-known for having unique, weather-related challenges. In addition to outfitting workers, the partnership includes Dickies Workwear being featured in-stadium throughout the season via digital signage and advertising, as well as in the official game-day programme. Dickies will also have a presence within various digital platforms, including https://www.bwfc.co.uk/, the team’s Facebook page and more.

Find out more about the hard work that goes into maintaining the pitch and grounds at Bolton Wanderers FC by watching Dickies’ video here (which was filmed prior to the Covid-19 outbreak): Video Link


About the Bolton Wanderers FC

The historic Bolton Wanderers FC, established in 1874 as Christchurch FC before adopting its current name in 1877, is one of the founding members of the Football League in 1888. The Club won three FA Cups in the 1920s and once again in 1958 when they beat Manchester United 2-0 at Wembley. It enjoyed a prolonged spell in the Premier League in the 2000s during which they featured in two European campaigns.

More information is available online at https://www.bwfc.co.uk/


About Dickies Workwear

Dickies Workwear, has provided workers with durable, functional and comfortable workwear since 1922, pioneering such iconic styles as the Redhawk coverall. A brand of VF Corporation, the Dickies Workwear brand portfolio continues to evolve and today includes modern apparel, footwear and accessories for men, women. The brand’s range of products are available in more than 100 countries, allowing individuals around the world to experience the performance of Dickies®. For more information, visit www.dickiesworkwear.com

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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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BSIF : How EU Brexit Deal Affects PPE?

As a member of The British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF), Troy is dedicated to bringing members important up-to-the-minute information and changes to PPE standards & legislation now the UK has left the EU.  Please see below important information direct from PPE experts at BSIF…

BSIF EU Brexit Deal Summary

You will doubtless have heard that the UK and the EU have reached agreement on a “trade deal”. The “deal” of course includes Personal Protective Equipment and I wanted to make it clear to all, that while the deal is welcome, in that it includes no new tariffs or quotas, it does not include mutual recognition of product conformity assessment.

Therefore the UKCA and UKNI conformity assessment regime, replacing CE marking has now come into force under the guidance that we have communicated over the past 2 months, the latest of which can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/personal-protective-equipment-enforcement-regulations-2018

The UK Government has not yet published much detail on the deal itself but you may find the brief EU summary highlighting no mutual recognition on conformity assessment useful. It can be found at https://www.bsif.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Brexit-Deal-and-absence-of-mutual-recognition-on-conformity-assessment.pdf


Member Bulletin Update in Easement 2020/403

“BSIF would like to make you aware that the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) have just published further guidance on the application of the EU Easement Recommendation 2020/403.

This time the guidance does not differentiate on “scale” it is for all manufacturers, large and small interested, and involved in the placing on the market of COVID 19 related “PPE”.

Essentially the guidance gives notice on the termination of the easement arrangements and the requirement for full resumption of conformity assessment, type approvals and quality assurance procedures in line with EU Regulation 2016/425.

In summary, for PPE placed on the GB market the easement arrangements end on the 31st of March 2021 and for product sold or donated to the NHS in England, Scotland and Wales easement arrangements end on the 30th June 2021.

For Northern Ireland, which will remain in regulatory alignment with the EU, the Recommendation remains in place.

Guidance can be found on the BSIF website

Please note: if you are a manufacturer based in Scotland placing PPE on the GB market, then full conformity assessment will apply and be required from January 1st 2021. I do not in any way pretend to be a constitutional expert but this anomaly arises because the legislation laid before the UK parliament on the 9th of December in order to extend easement 2020/403 beyond the end of the UK / EU transition period, (The Personal Protective Equipment (Temporary Arrangements) (Coronavirus) (England) Regulations 2020) was done under devolved powers. The Government legislated for England and the Welsh Government followed for Wales. The Scottish Government is considering following, but has not at this point done so. Therefore for economic operators in Scotland different rules apply.”

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BSIF Import and Export Essentials Training Course Now Avaliable

In response to member feedback BSIF have arranged a training course on Import & Export essentials taking place on 29th October 2021, 10am – 3.30pm, please email a member of the BSIF team to register for you or a member of your staff.

Copies of the slides used on the course will be provided to each delegate as a workbook for future reference. The one day course will take place online and a link will be sent upon registration.

The training course will be delivered by our partners from Strong and Herd Import and Export services. The cost of the training course is £85 +VAT per person. This price has been subsidised by BSIF  for BSIF members. Please register as soon as possible to ensure your participation.

TOPICS COVERED
• THE IMPORT PROCESS: Key points to consider
• IMPORT CLEARANCE: The Customs Declaration, the information required. Payments to
HMRC at Import.
• FOCUS ON COMMODITY CODES: The format of the code. The UK Tariff and the requirements of Import Duty / VAT. Product specific examples. An overview of the rules of tariff classification and details of HMRC assistance to enable the trader to classify correctly
• VALUATION OF GOODS: Valuation rules. Why an accurate valuation is important, what
needs to be included in the value for duty and VAT payments
• THE EXPORT PROCESS: Your responsibilities, Proof of Export
• GOODS ON THE MOVE: Transport options. Working with Freight Forwarders and Carriers
• INCOTERMS® 2020 RULES: Understanding what Incoterms do and do not do. An overview of each rule. Import and Export considerations
• ORIGIN RULES: Understanding the differences between Non-Preferential and Preferential Origin and their role in trade compliance
• CUSTOMS PROCEDURE CODES (CPC): Why goods are being Exporting or Imported
• DOCUMENTS & RECORD KEEPING: Key documents examined and explained
• WORKING WITH HMRC : Trade Compliance at Export and Import
• TRADING WITH NORTHERN IRELAND: An overview of the regulations

To register for this training course please send an email to enquiries@bsif.co.uk detailing the names and email addresses of those from your company that wish to attend.

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BSIF Registered Safety Supplier Scheme named as finalist in OPSS Awards

BSIF were delighted to be named as a Finalist in the OPSS Regulatory Excellence Awards 2021. The awards celebrate outstanding achievements in supporting businesses and protecting consumers, contributing towards fighting coronavirus, rebuilding the economy, and unleashing innovation.

The BSIF put forward the Registered Safety Supplier Scheme as the entry and it was duly named as a finalist in the hotly contested Product Safety category.

The Mission of the scheme is to provide assurance to users that only compliant and correctly performing products are being supplied through a capable, educated, competent supply chain. The scheme provides a recognised route to enable a member to demonstrate compliance and due diligence.

The RSSS is open only to members of the BSIF, and a mandatory requirement for all members engaged in PPE manufacturing, marketing and supply. New members to the BSIF need to work towards achieving Registered Safety Supplier Scheme status within the first 6 Months of BSIF membership.

A Registered Safety Supplier Scheme member…

  • Formally declares and commits to selling only Certified PPE and safety products that perform to claims made
  • Ensures that they meet all the responsibilities of the PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425
  • Submits their products to random independent performance testing
  • Commits to having their customer facing staff educated and accredited in the Safe Supply Course
  • Maintains a company Quality Policy
  • Holds necessary authorisation for service provision
  • As a Federation member trades honestly and ethically

On hearing the Registered Safety Supplier Scheme had been named as a finalist BSIF CEO Alan Murray said;

‘We at BSIF are delighted to hear that the RSSS has been named as a finalist, the excellent work of the scheme through the members involved with it is helping to ensure that critical products such as PPE and safety equipment meet their regulatory requirements which helps to keep the UK workforce safe while also contributing to a fairer marketplace which helps to keep people safer every day’


The Health & Safety Event 2021

The Health & Safety Event showcases the latest products and services from the industry and is the meeting place for anyone responsible for running a safe and efficient workplace. The event has grown to be the fastest growing exhibition in its sector, attracting the UK’s largest decision makers and specifiers looking for product information, solutions and best practice.

Date: 7th – 9th September 2021

Location: NEC, Birmingham

www.healthandsafetyevent.com


Interview with the new Registered Safety Supplier Scheme Audit & Compliance Assessor – Luke Neale

Hello Luke, thanks for joining me in this discussion, congratulations on making it through the first six months of your role as Audit and Compliance Assessor for the Registered Safety Supplier Scheme here at BSIF!

I wanted to discuss your experience of BSIF and how your work over the past six months has shaped the RSSS.

How much did you know about the RSSS before you joined BSIF?

I had a really good knowledge of the RSSS and the audit process before joining because the company I worked for previously are members of the RSSS and it was my responsibility to conduct the audit, so I experienced two audits from the ‘other side of the desk’ before joining the Federation.

Could you tell us a bit about your role and how an additional Auditor benefits the RSSS?

With a membership of over 300 organisations each requiring an annual audit, it was a challenge for the team to conduct all of the audits as well as invigilating the final SSA exams and also dealing with the many day-to-day enquiries from our membership and external organisations.  I was primarily brought on board to conduct Audits and respond to enquires our members may have in relation any number of topics, such as the various standards in place covering PPE, testing, documentation, certification and UKCA to name a few.  I genuinely love my job and enjoy engaging with our members each day.

I’m really looking forward to the networking event this year – it’s going to be a fantastic opportunity to meet our members and get together with the BSIF team!

After six months working within the scheme has anything surprised you?

I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the depth of knowledge & level of expertise that our members have within the PPE Product & Service sector as well as the safety industry in general.

What has been the biggest challenge for you in regard to the RSSS throughout the last six months?

There have been various challenges for me since joining the BSIF, obviously the pandemic has had a massive impact on our members in many ways, and the reduced staffing levels and remote working situations have been a challenge to the audit process. The regional and national lockdowns have prevented the final invigilated Safe Supply Accreditation course exams taking place, but I’m pleased to say we are in the process of arranging these exams now, so if any of our members are in the position to sit their final exam, I would encourage them to get in touch so we can make arrangements to invigilate.

UKCA is also representing a challenge for our members as they try to get to grips with their obligations in relation to the transition from CE to UKCA.

Another strange aspect of joining BSIF when I did is that I have yet to meet all of the team or visit the head office!  I hope to do so before too much longer.

Has your perception of members changed since you started here?

It has – whilst I already held the view that our members were committed to the RSSS, conducting the audits and engaging with our members has shown me just how dedicated they are to the supply of compliant safety products and services.

How do you think the RSSS helps the marketplace and general standard of H&S in UK workplaces?

Earlier in the year, Roy Wilders and I conducted a ‘Supermarket Sweep’ where we had one hour to source as much PPE from non-members as we could. I bought motorcycle clothing, protective gloves, safety footwear, Hi Vis and flame retardant clothing. I have to say, the results shocked me – for the most part the products were supplied without any of the required documentation – Declarations of Conformity, User Instructions etc. and when these were requested from the supplier, more often than not we were met with silence.  Some of the products tested didn’t perform as claimed either – I tested a glove claiming to be cut level F and it only achieved level B – needless to say these products and traders have all been reported to the relevant Market Surveillance authorities.

I’m pleased to say that we don’t have any such issues with our members, and the audit verifies their status as a fully compliant supplier of safety equipment & services.  In short, membership of the scheme makes the marketplace safer and in turn saves lives.

Do you find enthusiasm for the scheme from the companies you audit to adhere to the scheme?

In all honesty, the members of the scheme wear the Shield of Protection with pride – without exception all of our members are eager to ‘do the right thing’ in terms of the relevant legislation and the systems many of them have in place are really impressive.

What advice can you give to people looking for a supplier?

The BSIF/RSSS website has an excellent search feature where you can filter by product type or service, these can be found by visiting www.registeredsafetysupplierscheme.co.uk

What is involved in an RSSS audit?

As many of our members will attest, the audit process is relatively quick to do and really straightforward – we make checks to ensure that the member is aware of their obligations under the relevant legislation and that they have correct and relevant systems in place. Where relevant we also perform an indicative test on PPE to verify the claims made through a UKAS approved lab.

How important do you see the role of the Safe Supply Accreditation in helping to raise the standards of PPE/Safety equipment sellers?

The role is crucial, educating those selling PPE/safety equipment is key to improving the supply chain, all RSSS members commit to having their customer facing staff trained in safe supply, the qualification teaches them their obligations in regards to the supply of the product, knowledge they can then pass on to customers when helping to select appropriate PPE/Safety equipment.

Why do you think the RSSS has become so important firstly to companies that operate within the PPE/Safety product and service sector and secondly to those that purchase PPE/safety products and services?

Simply put, by using a member of the RSSS you can be sure that the product you are buying is safe and fully compliant.

What’s next for the RSSS? How do you see it developing?

We often ask for feedback from our members during audits to see if there are things we can do better or differently to give them the most value from the scheme – we always take their comments on board and we will be looking to incorporate some extra features in the coming year to give the members more value and to make the scheme more robust.

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BSIF...UKCA Deadline Extension

In response to industry lobbying, the UK Government has just extended the deadline by one year, through until the 1st of January 2023, for the placing on the market of CE marked product to still be acceptable in GB (England, Wales and Scotland). The link below is the updated guidance just published.

This html text is the only guidance available at the moment, with product specific information (including PPE) still to be created. 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/using-the-ukca-marking#check-whether-you-need-to-use-the-new-ukca-marking 

While this extension is very welcome and will help to avoid the difficulties in the short term, we would advise against any relaxation of efforts in ensuring that your products are appropriately UKCA marked with the relevant UK Approved Bodies. I am told that this is the final extension that will be granted!

Northern Ireland guidance remains as was previously published in December 2020.

We will keep you updated on any other developments
Sincerely

Alan Murray
Chief Executive Officer, BSIF

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CE Marking and the UK Conformity assessment protocol

On Saturday February the 4th the United Kingdom Government, Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy launched the UK conformity assessment protocol designed to “replace” the CE mark. This is of course in the event that there is a no deal exit from the European Union on the 29th of March.

So for many months we, as BSIF, have been, to the best of our ability, passing on information and advice “in the unlikely event of a no deal Brexit”. Recent events have, it would appear, given little reason for optimism that the industry can rely on business as usual.

The Personal Protective Equipment market has since the early 90’s been premised on the CE mark and harmonised performance standards for these life critical products. Should we leave the EU without a transitional arrangement in place the process of replacing the CE mark with the UKCA will begin and along with it a whole new chapter for the PPE industry.

The formal government advice follows detain that “The UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) marking is the new UK product marking that will be used, subject to parliamentary approval, for certain goods being placed on the UK market if we leave the EU without a deal. Personal Protective Equipment marketed under the Regulation (EU 2016/425) is indeed included within the UKCA process.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal economic operators in the PPE market will still, in the majority of cases, be able to use the CE marking to demonstrate compliance with the legal requirements and to sell products on the UK market after 29 March 2019. However, in some cases you will need to apply the new UKCA marking to products being sold in the UK.

Using the UKCA marking
The rules around using the new UKCA marking will mirror those which currently apply for the application of the CE marking to PPE. This is extremely important and confirms that whatever happens the new UKCA process will copy the CE marking process. Therefore BSIF members and users of PPE will not have to adopt new rules but simply work under a system with a different title.

However, if products require third party assessment of conformity, and if this has been carried out by a UK conformity assessment body, you will have to apply the new UKCA marking after 29 March 2019 (where required by legislation). This will not be the case if the certificate of conformity has been transferred to an EU-recognised body (in which case the CE marking would apply).

If products currently rely solely on a self-declaration of conformity for the CE marking this  will also be available within the UKCA marking based on self-declaration, for those products within scope of the marking. Again the same basic rules will apply.

The UKCA marking will not be recognised on the EU market, and products currently requiring a CE marking will continue to require a CE marking for sale in the EU. In essence the situation described means that under if PPE is CE compliant then it will continue to be compliant in the UK.

Technical documentation
Manufacturers, or brand owners or authorised representative (where allowed for in the relevant legislation), must keep documentation to demonstrate that the product conforms with the statutory requirements. This information can be requested at any time by market surveillance or enforcement authorities to check that your product conforms with the statutory requirements. This can be up to a maximum of 10 years after the product is placed on the market.

BSIF has for a considerable time been at pains to point out to the authorities that market surveillance under present rules fails to deliver the necessary oversight! We see no reason as why this will change under the UKCA and call on those in position to discharge their responsibilities or formally delegate that to the Industry.

The information that must be kept in support of the UKCA again follows CE and brand owners must keep general records of:

  • how the product is designed and manufactured
  • how the product conforms to the relevant requirements
  • the addresses of the manufacturer and any storage facilities

Again like as in CE this should be kept in the form of a technical file which can be supplied if requested by a market surveillance authority.
UK Declaration of Conformity
There will be the need for a UK Declaration of Conformity which must accompany most products lawfully bearing a UKCA marking. In the document you as the manufacturer, should:

  • declare that the product is in conformity with the relevant statutory requirements applicable to the specific product
  • make sure the document has the name and address of the manufacturer (or your authorised representative) together with information about the product and the conformity assessment body (where relevant)

Existing UK Notified Bodies can automatically qualify to be UKCA Approval Bodies but as of the 11th of February BEIS were not able to confirm whether any of the existing 14 Notified Bodies scoped for CE had requested to become “UKCA Approval Bodies”

CE marking of products assessed by UK conformity assessment bodies
If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the results of conformity assessment carried out by UK conformity assessment bodies will no longer be recognised in the EU.

This means brand owners must get products assessed and marked by an EU recognised conformity assessment body if you want to sell them in the EU. You could also arrange for assessments to be transferred to an EU-recognised body before the UK leaves the EU.
You should speak to your conformity assessment body (Notified Body) in the UK or an equivalent EU-recognised body about how this can be arranged.

Continued use of the CE marking in the UK
You will not need to do anything for goods that are sold on the UK market before 29 March 2019. These goods can continue to circulate in the UK as they do now without any changes to the marking requirements. They are considered to be “placed on the market”.
After 29 March 2019 you will still be able to sell goods which have been made and assessed against EU regulatory requirements and then CE marked on the UK market. This is intended to be for a time-limited period. The UK government will consult with industry and provide notice before ending this time-limited period. BSIF have made it very clear that few if any items of PPE are manufacturer exclusively for use in the UK and therefore any UKCA requirements that are mandated will be in addition to the CE marking.

BSIF have for the last 2 and a half years striven to ensure that the interests of the economic operators in the UK PPE market have been represented to the best of our ability. If indeed we do leave without a deal at least in the short term we will have rules that are familiar, even if they are titled differently.

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Celebrating The Ingenuity of the Tooling Industry... TMB Innovation Award


The TMB Innovation Award was created back in 2013 to recognise and celebrate cutting edge technological advances and excellence within the tooling industry.  Seven years on and this now coveted prize attracts nominations from brands that are both household names and from lesser known, smaller and specialist, manufacturers.  These compete against each other, at the TroyTHS annual show at Silverstone, and are judged not on the type of product but on the innovative technology behind it.

As this is a TMB award, it is open exclusively to Troy Suppliers.
In order to enter the product must;

  • have been released no earlier than the last quarter of the previous year 
  • have unique selling features.

A vast array of products has been entered over the years, including power tools, abrasives, PPE and more.  Each nominated supplier gives a short presentation at TMB to a diverse panel of judges, with expertise in the tooling sector.  The winner is then deliberated and announced later that evening at the TMB after-show gala dinner.

Troy is keen to drive technological advancement, research and design, so is adding more value and recognition to this already beneficial accolade.  This year, as well as receiving the award itself and being recognised within the group, we are providing the winning product with an enhanced promotional campaign.  This will include a Troy designed advertorial, to appear within an up-and-coming issue of a well known industry magazine, a prominent banner feature that will run all year ‘round on the Troy website and a full press release created by TroyTHS, to be sent to other tooling industry related media outlets. And more…

If you’re interested in attending
the TMB Innovation Award presentations at TMB on Thursday 19th
March, ‘20, please visit the TroyTHS Presentation Area, in Hall Suzuka at 2pm.

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Check Out TV Advertising Push From Gorilla Glue During The World Cup

It’s only 2 days to go until the FIFA World Cup .. with over 20 million UK viewers … and we are on TV throughout the competition from Thursday 14th June until 15th July 2018 ..

The Gorilla & O’Keeffe’s TV campaign (combined £9m spend) is designed to raise brand awareness, and really drive customers into your stores

 

TIMINGS

We are on TV continuously throughout June 2018 with a heavyweight TV campaign

STOCKS & FURTHER INFO

We would ask all our retailers to review their June Bank stocking profiles so that we can maximise sales from the TV adverts.

If you would like more info about our TV campaigns, we would be keen to talk to you & your teams.

 

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Corona Virus impact on Supply Chain

 

 

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Countdown to Christmas with new limited-edition Draper Tools advent calendar

Whether your customers love it or loathe it, this year has seen a nationwide interest in DIY. With more time spent at home, DIY projects around the country were taken on, leaving many in need of new tools. In fact, a quarter of the UK’s homeowners say tools and DIY supplies are likely to be on their Christmas list this year*. So, why not fix Christmas for your customers with the brand new Draper Tools advent calendar? 

Give your customers the ultimate Christmas countdown with this limited edition calendar, featuring 49 specially selected tools hidden behind 24 doors. Simply open each door throughout December to build a handy Draper toolkit in time for the big day.   

Building on the success of last year’s sell-out advent calendar, which received widespread media attention, this year’s model features an all new toolkit inside. It’s the perfect pre-Christmas gift for new DIY enthusiasts and seasoned home-improvement pros alike. The tool kit inside has broad appeal and would be useful for anyone around the house, garage or even at work. 

The calendar includes a measuring tape, adjustable wrench, a selection of pliers, hex keys and a ¼” hex magnetic screwdriver with 31 different insert bits – all contained in a sturdy case to keep everything safe and organised. 

Each Draper Tools advent calendar contains: 

  • 1x 2m Measuring tape 
  • 1x 100mm Adjustable wrench 
  • 1x 115mm Combination pliers 
  • 1x 115mm Diagonal pliers 
  • 1x ¼” Hex magnetic bit driver 
  • 1x ¼” Hex 60mm magnetic bit holder 
  • 9x 25mm PZ TYPE insert bits: No.0, No.1 (x2) No.2 (x4) and No3 (x2) 
  • 3x 25mm Cross slot insert bits: No.2 
  • 4x 25mm Plain slot insert bits: 3, 4.5, 5.5 and 6.5mm 
  • 7x 25mm DRAPER TX-STAR insert bits: T10, T15, T20, T25, T27, T30 and T40 
  • 3x 25mm Square insert bits: No.1, No2 and No.3 
  • 5x 25mm Hex insert bits: 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6mm 
  • 10 x Hex keys: 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3., 4, 5, 5.5, 6, 8, 10mm 
  • 1x Storage case with EVA insert 

Christmas is the season of goodwill and giving, that’s why for every advent calendar sold, Draper Tools is donating £1 to NHS Charities Together in recognition of all hardworking NHS heroes who have done so much this year.    

For more information details visit www.drapertools.com (stock no: 19777) or contact your Draper Tools Area Sales Manager.

and trade enquiries visit: www.drapertools.com.

Advent calendar RRP: £35, see www.drapertools.com for all the details. 

*source Draper Tools survey, conducted by OnePoll August 2020, sample size: 2,000 UK homeowners. 


About Draper Tools:  

The family business that’s been supplying the nation with tools since 1919.  

Draper Tools is a leading distributor of hand and power tools. Established in 1919 by Bert Draper, the company is now over 100 years old and is still family owned and run today. Draper Tools prides itself on the range, quality and value of its expanding portfolio which includes over 10,000 quality products. Product categories include automotive, construction, engineering and many more. Draper Tools products are available through a wide range of stockists both online and in stores. For more information, stockist details

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Covid-19 Updates From Suppliers

For the most up to date news on all of the Troy THS Group suppliers. Please check out their supplier profiles. All updates from today referring to Covid-19 (Corna Virus) will be added to their profiles, along with inclusion in Friday operational emails.

Thank You.

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Dart Tool Group Re-Launch Red Ten...

New Red Ten Diamond branding is being launched by the Dart Tool Group throughout July and August. Please view rebrand video here: https://youtu.be/jQxC8r9tTn

To help members promote the new Red Ten branding, Dart has created a folder of assets including:

  • New logos
  • Blade images
  • Packaging images
  • Email banner assets
  • Web banner assets
  • Social media posts
  • Digital catalogue
  • Rebrand video

These are all available on request, please email marketing@darttoolgroup.com or get in contact with your Dart Tool Group Account Manager.

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Dickies Unveils Latest Safety Boot

Global workwear brand Dickies has expanded its range of safety footwear with the launch of the Medford Boot – designed to offer superior comfort, durability and protection in the colder months.

Ideal for tradespeople who spend all day on their feet, the Medford features a waterproof leather upper, plus thermal insulation to keep their feet warm and dry in cold and wet weather conditions.

Meeting the S3 safety classification, the Medford benefits from Dickies’ innovative DTC outsole, which was designed by its footwear experts to achieve the highest grip performance on smoother surfaces. The DTC sole has ergonomic flex lines and geometric tread patterns for maximum ground contact, even in wet conditions.

The Medford style is anti-static and is fuel and oil resistant. Additional safety features include composite toe-caps, which are lighter than steel alternatives while providing the same level of protection.

“With the Autumn/Winter season approaching, this is likely to prove popular among those looking for a new boot that offers both warmth and breathability, while ensuring they have the protection and durability they rely on,” said James Whitaker, Marketing Director.

“Footwear is a big focus of innovation for us and we’re constantly looking for ways to update and expand our range. As with all our footwear styles, the Medford has been tested above and beyond the safety regulation to ensure the protection and comfort of the tradespeople who rely on them.”

Designed in the style of a hiker boot, the Medford is available in three colour-ways, including Black, Brown and Navy Blue.

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Dormer Pramet UK - Sales Unit Closure

A MESSAGE FROM CHRIS HERRING, DORMER PRAMET, GENERAL MANAGER.

Due to the recent restrictions on movement, we have taken the decision to close our sales office until further notice. This is a precautionary measure to protect the health and wellbeing of our employees, customers and partners.

However, all our staff continue to work from home.
Below is a list of telephone numbers you can call based on your business
location. In addition, our email address (info.uk@dormerpramet.com) remains
live and is constantly monitored during working hours. Therefore, please
contact us via these channels with your enquiries, stock-checks and orders.
Electronic ordering (DOL/EDI) remains unaffected.

REGION TEL NUMBER
North East England 01246 571313
North West England 01246 571316
South East England 01246 571318
South West England 01246 571319
Southern England 01246 571317
West Midlands 01246 571350
Yorkshire & N/E Midlands 01246 571315
Scotland 01246 571350
Ireland 01246 571315
Wales 01246 571313
Technical Support 01246 571335

If you find your local number is engaged or not answering, please feel free to
call an alternative.

At this stage, there is no disruption to our services and deliveries will
continue as normal. The only exception being product returns, which we will
unfortunately not be able to accept back until our office re-opens. We will
monitor the situation closely and up-date you with any development and
changes. 

If you have any further questions, please contact our customer
service team using the telephone numbers or email address shown above.
 Alternatively, you can contact your local Dormer Pramet Sales Engineer on
their usual number.

Thank you for your support and patience during this time.

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Draper Drop Shipping Now Available to All

 

 

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Draper Tools launches Festive Deals as 25% of Brits want tools for Christmas

With the increased interest in DIY and gardening this year, retailers could be in for strong seasonal sales. According to Draper Tools latest research, a quarter of UK adults say tools and DIY supplies are likely to be on their Christmas list this year*. That’s why Draper Tools has launched a huge new promotion for the festive season. The company’s Festive Deals promotion is packed with over 300 products at great prices offering everything from stocking fillers through to ideal Christmas presents for DIY enthusiasts, gardeners, motorists and tradespeople too. 

 

With Draper’s Festive Deals promotion, retailers can meet customer demand and get a great deal at the same time. By getting involved with the promotion, Draper Tools stockists have the opportunity to benefit from seasonal sales-boosting extras such as a digital toolkit with imagery and graphics for social media. For qualifying orders there’s also festive in-store POS available to dress shop windows and counters. Plus, there’s a printed gift guide available, featuring over 40 pages of inspiration to entice customers and encourage festive sales. To find out how to qualify for these added extras speak to your Draper representative today! 

 

Draper Tools has thought of everything with a whole range of products on offer that will appeal to a wide range of customers this festive season – from power tools that pack a punch, right through to smart, stylish garden essentials. Whether your customers are hardworking tradespeople, DIY enthusiasts, gardeners or keen motorists, there’s something to suit.  

 

Don’t miss exciting offers on the Draper D20 and Storm Force 20V power tool ranges, which each feature their own convenient, multi-tool battery system – where one battery system powers every tool in the series. These top-quality ranges are ideal to enhance anyone’s power tool collection, appealing to both new and seasoned DIYers. 

 

There are also great deals available on storage solutions to get your customers organised and handy household must-haves such as hex keys, LED torches and battery chargers too. Festive Deals really is a comprehensive collection, packed with products and support to help retailers on the way to successful seasonal sales.  

 

Speak to your Draper Tools representative for all the details on Festive Deals or talk a look at https://b2b.drapertools.com/festive-deals

*source Draper Tools survey, conducted by OnePoll August 2020, sample size: 2,000 UK adults. 

 

About Draper Tools:  

The family business that’s been supplying the nation with tools since 1919.  

Draper Tools is a leading distributor of hand and power tools. Established in 1919 by Bert Draper, the company is now over 100 years old and is still family owned and run today. Draper Tools prides itself on the range, quality and value of its expanding portfolio which includes over 10,000 quality products. Product categories include automotive, construction, engineering and many more. Draper Tools products are available through a wide range of stockists both online and in stores. For more information, stockist details and trade enquiries visit: www.drapertools.com

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Draper Tools message, we remain fully operational

A statement from Graham Wade, Managing Director of Draper Tools.

I wanted to update you on how we’re adapting to the uncertainty of COVID-19.

As a family business, we’ve always taken seriously the health of our staff and customers. In these turbulent times, this has never been more important, and we are striving to do everything we can to protect us all.

Now, as ever, the entire Draper Tools team are working tirelessly to adapt to these ever-changing situations and make sure that we keep it business as usual.

We understand the challenges faced by our customers, so please be assured that we remain fully operational.

We have lots of stock available to supply all customers. We have a warehouse team that are ready and raring to go to pick, pack and deliver our tools. And most importantly, we wanted to do something to support you during these difficult times, so in the next few days we’re reducing our drop shipping fee from £6.50 to £4.95 (we’re just in the process of making the necessary adjustments to our systems to achieve this). In these times, more and more people are working at home and so this change will hopefully enable you to attract extra business with our carriers delivering directly to your customers.

Our carriage paid order values remain unchanged.

From the Draper family and I, we want to say a huge thanks to you, for your ongoing support. We are doing everything we can to ensure that we help you, your customers and our team through these unprecedented times.

We will continue to review our measures as the situation unfolds.

Thank you and stay safe.

________________________________________

Graham Wade

Managing Director
Draper Tools

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Draper Tools study finds more than ‭430 million DIY jobs needing attention in Britain’s homes‬‬‬‬‬‬

More than 430 million DIY jobs currently need attention in Britain’s homes, a new study by leading tool firm Draper Tools has found. 

The Draper Tools ‘Job Done’ study looked at the nation’s attitudes to some of life’s essential but often put off jobs. From everyday home, garden and car maintenance, right through to DIY and household repairs, the research polled 2,000 adults with the aim of exploring how Britain gets the job done.

Lack of time and hectic lifestyles are partly to blame for the weighty list of home improvements on the nation’s to do lists.

Giving their houses a lick of paint, putting up shelves and wallpapering are among the tasks they are yet to finish.

Other nagging jobs include inflating car tyres, changing light bulbs, fixing dodgy toilet flushes and cleaning the patio.  

The Draper Tools research found three quarters agree if a job’s worth doing it’s worth doing well – otherwise it’s simply not worth doing at all. This might explain why 44 per cent have started a task only to leave it half-finished for prolonged period – because they realised part-way through they didn’t have the tools for the job.

Clive Richardson, Marketing Director at Draper Tools said: “Motivating yourself to get jobs done or finding the time to do them isn’t easy – especially when there are so many tasks on our to-do lists.

“The key is to focus on one thing at a time and gradually chip away at your to-do lists otherwise the mounting number of DIY jobs can become overwhelming. We find that with the right tools and a bit of determination to get the job done, these tasks don’t have to take over your life.”

The study also found seven in 10 ‘long’ to cross off DIY jobs from their to-do list – including bleeding radiators, repairing fencing and clearing out the shed. Other long outstanding tasks on the list were building flat pack furniture, fixing squeaky doors and tightening loose screws. Raking up leaves, changing fuses and boarding up the attic also remain incomplete for many of those polled.

It seems that Britain’s busy tradespeople are no better than the rest of the population either, with the average tradesperson having more than double the household repairs and home improvement jobs on their list than the rest of the UK. The research found that those who worked in a trade such as construction, plumbing or electrics had on average 18 DIY and maintenance jobs currently on their list to do at home. By comparison the average person had just eight.

For 59 per cent of the population crossing jobs off their list might take a while – they admit they have an ‘I’ll do it tomorrow’ attitude towards home improvement.

In fact, a fifth avoid DIY at all costs and six in 10 simply do it out of necessity.

However, a further fifth described home improvement as something they really enjoy.

When it comes to ability, more than a third described themselves as ‘very good’ at DIY – although six in 10 said they are ‘not that good’ or ‘very bad’.

As a result, many of those polled rely on others for help and advice – with dad the first point of call for four in 10.

Further to this, those who rely on their fathers will go to them as often as four times a month.

But the Draper Tools study carried out through OnePoll found a quarter will also go to their mum for some pointers.

Clive Richardson, Marketing Director at Draper Tools continued: “There are a lot of ways to make jobs that little bit easier – and mum and dad can certainly help. There are also plenty of tools that will simplify and speed up many of the jobs on the nation’s list. What’s more, it’s incredibly rewarding when you do get the job done. In fact, three quarters of the population agreed that nothing beats the satisfaction of a getting a DIY job done – so finally tackling those neglected tasks can be very worthwhile indeed.”

UK’S DIY TO-DO LIST

  1. Painting walls
  2. Cleaning the car
  3. Weeding
  4. Cleaning the patio
  5. Defrosting the freezer
  6. Hanging a picture frame
  7. Collecting leaves
  8. Replacing light bulbs
  9. Organising / clearing out the shed
  10. Painting a door
  11. Checking tyre pressure
  12. Bleeding a radiator
  13. Plastering over a little hole
  14. Putting up curtains/blinds
  15. Inflating car tyres
  16. Putting up shelves
  17. Fixing a fence panel
  18. Fixing a dripping tap
  19. Chipped skirting board
  20. Wallpapering a wall
  21. Sorting a squeaky door
  22. Tightening loose screw
  23. Building flat pack furniture
  24. Fixing a toilet
  25. Changing a plug/fuse
  26. Replacing a doorknob
  27. Changing a shower head
  28. Tightening up a loose kitchen cupboard door
  29. Fixing a lock
  30. Replacing a broken toilet seat
  31. Laying carpets
  32. Fixing a dodgy toilet flush
  33. Changing a light switch
  34. Sorting squeaky floorboards
  35. Repairing the shed roof
  36. Fixing a sticking drawer
  37. Fixing a broken doorbell
  38. Straightening up a door
  39. Boarding up the attic
  40. Fixing a leaking pipe

 

For more information on the Draper Job Done Study or the latest products to help get the job done visit www.drapertools.com

 

Survey conducted by OnePoll of 2,000 UK adults, of which 185 were tradespeople.

About Draper Tools: Draper Tools is a leading distributor of hand and power tools. Established in 1919 by Bert Draper, the company is now more than 100 years old and is still family owned and run today. Draper Tools prides itself on the range, quality and value of its expanding product portfolio which includes over 10,000 quality products. Product categories include automotive, construction, engineering and many more. Draper Tools products are available through a wide range of stockists both online and in stores. For more information, stockist details and trade enquiries visit: www.drapertools.com.

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Draper: Never Get Caught Out By A Flat Car Battery Again

If you haven’t driven your car for a while, or have only been making occasional short trips, you could find that your car won’t start the next time you need it. Draper Tools has launched a brand new range of Smart Chargers & Battery Maintainers to help solve this problem and stop you or your customers getting caught out by a flat car battery. The new range includes four different models that will extend the life of your battery. They’ll also activate, analyse and recondition your car battery, as well as being suitable for motorbikes, vans and caravans.

UK lockdowns have seen millions of us reducing and even completely stopping driving and this has led to an increase in flat battery breakdowns*. The situation is made worse in winter, as batteries can struggle in cold weather conditions. But there is a solution in the Draper 6V/12V Smart Charger & Battery Maintainer range (available in 2A, 4A, 6A and 10A options). These portable smart chargers will work with a range of 6V and 12V vehicle batteries and can be connected to a Lead-Acid or Lithium battery for a long duration without the risk of overcharging. This means you can simply leave them to charge overnight without worrying. Winter conditions aren’t a problem either, the Draper range of Smart Chargers & Battery Maintainers can all be used in temperatures as low as -20°C.

What sets this range apart from standard battery chargers is a special 10-step process that can analyse and repair your battery. The chargers can check the status of your battery and ensure it’s kept at 95-100%, with the voltage continually monitored.

And, what could really save the day, is how these chargers can even be used on deeply discharged batteries (aka a totally flat battery) – which can happen when you’ve left something on such as an internal light or headlights. By keeping a Draper Smart Charger & Battery Maintainer handy, you can totally avoid the need to jump start a flat battery with another vehicle. Thanks to the 10-step process, deeply discharged batteries are restored by repeated charging with small current pulses to rejuvenate battery capacity. 

The Draper Smart Charger & Battery Maintainer are an easy to use and cost-effective solution to keep batteries in good condition all year round – especially in the current climate where many of us are using our cars less and less. With prices starting from £29.95 – they’re a must have for any car owner.

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Draper's new campaign reveals health benefits of DIY & Gardening

Draper’s new national campaign to promote the health and wellbeing benefits of DIY & gardening has already been making headlines in the The Sun, The Daily Mirror and other national media. There are some really fascinating findings – PE with Joe Wicks might be over, but there’s still plenty of ways for the nation to burn calories at home. 

Read the full report here. 

  • UK Homeowners burn more than EIGHTY THOUSAND calories a year by gardening and doing DIY 
  • During a typical year, house proud Brits will spend 165 hours in total on their home & garden improvements
  • 67% of the population said doing a DIY or gardening job well is more satisfying than doing a good job at work
  • 73% of homeonwers consider gardening to be a nice way to de-stress and to relax and 47% feel similarly about DIY 


Survey commissioned by Draper Tools, conducted by OnePoll. Sample size: 2,000 UK homeowners. 

About Draper Tools: Draper Tools is a leading distributor of hand and power tools. Established in 1919 by Bert Draper, the company is now more than 100 years old and is still family owned and run today. Draper Tools prides itself on the range, quality and value of its expanding product portfolio which includes over 10,000 quality products. Product categories include automotive, gardening and landscaping, construction, engineering and many more. Draper Tools products are available through a wide range of stockists both online and in stores. For more information, stockist details and trade enquiries visit: www.drapertools.com.   

 

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Europa FREE Respirator Tooling Update

At the start of lockdown, as news of furlough schemes and uncertain futures began to spread, the team at Europa, along with many others were rightly worried. So when the government announced that they would be asking UK companies to make ventilators and respirator parts, we made a decision with a dual purpose; to help in the fight against Covid 19 we offered free tooling to any company involved in this manufacturing project, which in turn gave the Europa team a morale boost and a sense of pride that we were “doing our bit”. This was an offer of a package of tools to complete the job, not just free trial tooling. The only criterion was that the manufacturer must show proof of order for the parts before we supplied anything.

We have supported many companies with free tooling during this period, mainly with tooling for aluminium. Typically, we would receive a part drawing in the morning, our Technical Solutions Managers would make a process and tooling recommendation, a copy of the end users order and quantity list would be received in the afternoon, and we delivered the free tools the next day.

 

None of the details of the companies that contacted us have been kept on record as this was a truly altruistic offer and not intended for gain. However, if any of them contact us now we will of course put any business through their preferred distributor.

 

At a time when some suppliers were refusing to top up vending machines, or were unable to deliver next day as their stock is in Europe, it was a gesture that was well received by end users and distributors alike. Let’s hope that nothing like this crops up again in the future, but if it does we would do exactly the same thing every time.

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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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FEIN ... Majority Of Metalworkers Keen To Innovate With New Tech

Research recently commissioned by leading power tools manufacturer, FEIN, has revealed more than two-thirds of metalworkers would like to advance their current ways of working by introducing new technology into their role, improving the overall productivity of the sector. While 37% admit their company isn’t doing anything to plan for a successful future.

The data also uncovered 29% believe new technology would improve the efficiency of the industry, with more streamlined processes likely to inform the decision-making process of new business for years to come. While 60% believe it’s important their company is investing significant amounts into digitalisation and half say it’s imperative their company has software-enabled intelligent machines rather than stand-alone hardware.

“Technology and innovation have been causing a buzz across the production sector for several years now. Traditionally slow to adapt compared to other industries, there has been a great period of change emerging in the metalworking industry when it comes to innovation and transformation recently,” comments Andy Mills, managing director, FEIN UK. “However, it’s clear there still needs to be strong investment in this area, with one-in-six stating there isn’t enough focus on the introduction of technology in their business.”

On evolving and adapting to change, the research found that:

  • 79% say it’s important to adapt to the latest technology quickly with the talent and projects which can come off the back of these adaptions, signalling it’s not just investment in new technology that needs focus from the metalworking sector
  • 64% claim they want the specialists who supply machines or tools to provide ongoing training and support into how to effectively use any new solution which is brought into the business
  • 65% would like better training to improve their company’s overall efficiency
  • 63% admit they don’t know what their company is doing to plan for a successful future

The research further outlined that over half of those surveyed believe companies in the metalworking sector had to be seen to be moving quickly, adapting to change and transformation, in order to gain the advantage over their competitors.

“It’s clear digital methods and technology will play a pivotal role in futureproofing the metalworking sector and will be integral if the UK is to remain a global industry leader in the space. Those who are embracing new technology will have the upper-hand when it comes to recruiting the best talent and securing the best work.

“There does however need to be increased awareness that integrating any new technology needs to be accompanied by significant training before they can be properly adopted. Without this, the level of time and budget wasted without proper insight into the way it works will heavily impact the return on investment. For this very reason, we recently adapted our global strategy to provide more hands on training for our tools, ensuring end users are utilising them as effectively as possible,” concludes Andy.

To find out more and to download the full ‘future of the metalworking sector’ report, visit https://www.fein.com/en_uk/knowledge/metalworking-sector-report/.

Dated: August 2021

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FEIN's Research Suggests Half Of Metalworkers’ Tools Aren’t Fit For Purpose

52% of metalworkers have admitted they believe the tools they’re using aren’t ‘fit for purpose,’ according to research recently commissioned by power tools and accessories manufacturer, FEIN.

FEIN’s ethos is very much rooted in providing solutions for end users. The foundation of each and every one of its power tools has been manufactured with efficiency and reliability firmly front of mind, to help resolve the everyday problems those in the metalworking sector face. For this very reason, the manufacturer commissioned the research to really delve into the issues the industry is facing, while gaining insight into the pain points of end users.

The research also uncovered that 72% believe if they had access to better tools, the time it takes to complete a job would be reduced significantly – meaning increased efficiency and, in turn, more profits for businesses operating in the sector.

Furthermore, on average, 32% are having to change their tools every one-two years, with as many as 20% having to renew their tools every four-six months. With 11,100 companies operating in the sector, this could be resulting in a significant level of unnecessary spend across the industry annually.

“At FEIN, we’re committed to supporting those across the metalworking sector who are struggling to find tools that effectively work for the job in hand,” comments Andy Mills, managing director, FEIN UK. “Since launching over 150 years ago, our primary goal has been to listen to those working across the industry and to provide them with a solution to the everyday problems they’re facing, by ensuring they have access to reliable tools that help complete jobs with the utmost efficiency.”

On the complexity of the tools being used across the metalworking industry, 35% say the tools they’re usually provided with by their employer are too complicated to use and they aren’t supported with adequate training upon them being implemented into the business. While just 13% of respondents indicated their company consulted a specialist to solve the more complex problems which require advanced tools – in turn resulting in a loss of revenue for the business, as well as mistakes and poor-quality results.

On improving efficiency across the metalworking sector, the research uncovered that:

  • 65% would like better training
  • 42% are calling for more funding
  • 39% would like better quality tools
  • 35% asked for better tool accessories
  • 29% would like to see the introduction of new technology

“The development of high-quality, innovative tools, supported by structured training programs for users is an essential element in driving efficiency. Specialist tool manufacturers can be instrumental in creating new techniques and improving workflows, and should be encouraged to provide quality training to both the distributors that supply those tools and the end users,” adds Jim Chadwick, group purchasing director, Troy UK.

“Meeting with end users and understanding their applications at work, while providing them with in depth training has always been rooted in our strategy, so it’s great to see the research confirm our approach aligns with exactly what metalworkers are looking for – with 65% admitting they would like better training. However, as just 13% admit their company consulted a specialist to solve the more complex problems which require advanced tools, we are more committed than ever to ensuring we are speaking to end users, understanding their pain points and helping them to get the best out of their tools,” continues Andy.

Upon being questioned about ways to improve, the vast majority (83%) of those surveyed argued that they’d rather have their employer seek out tools which will support the business in the long-term, as opposed to being given a tool that’s only going to provide a short-term fix and may have to be replaced again just a few months down the line.

“The research solidified the fact that the industry shouldn’t be looking to a quick fix when it comes to providing efficient and reliable tools. It really is crucial for businesses to seek expert insight into the right tools that will work for the job in hand from manufacturers, to save both time and money in the long run,” concludes Andy.

To find out more and to download the full ‘future of the metalworking sector’ report, visit https://www.fein.com/en_uk/knowledge/metalworking-sector-report/.

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Free Business Growth Webinars- with Action Coach

 

 

Steve Gaskell of Action Coach is on hand providing a series of valuable webinars in the lead up to TMB Digital 2020 where Brad Sugars, CEO and founder of Action Coach will be speaking! 

If you are a Troy Member, join TMB Digital on 22nd October 2020 where Brad Sugars will close the show with a rousing presentation on pivoting your business, business survival and success. Brad is a bestselling author and the #1 Business Coach in the world according to Entrepreneur Magazine, we look forward to welcoming him to the inaugural TMB Digital 2020. 

Steve Gaskell’s Action Coach webinars are listed below, they are free to Troy members, and will take place on;
01.10.2020, 08.10.2020, 15.10.2020 – pop them in your diary now! 


5 Ways To Massive Profit Webinar

01.10.2020

13.30pm
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At our free 5 Ways To Massive Profits Workshop, we’ll share over 350 different ways you can improve these five areas to multiply your profits! And you’ll leave with a clear action plan to begin boosting these areas right away. The ActionCOACH Business Coach Chassis focuses on the five areas that can transform your business into a profit powerhouse. Join us for a profitable time working on your business.

Watch a short youtube introduction to 5 Ways To Massive Profit Webinar here


6 Steps To Achieving Business Profits and Growth

08.10.2020

13.00pm
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6 Steps To Achieving Business Profits And Growth will both inform and entertain you, but most importantly, it will teach you how to be a better business owner and leader. This webinar is designed for independent businesses and every business owner. The 6 steps will help you climb the ladder of business growth and have a commercial, profitable enterprise that works without you.

Watch a short youtube introduction on 6 steps to achieving Business Profits and Growth here


Marketing With Compassion

15.10.2020

13.00pm
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Learn where and how to market your business in challenging times. Understand the impact of marketing which empathises with your customers and prospects. Build marketing strategies which will overcome any fears of a downturn and offer confidence in what you do and sell.


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