Category: Members Only News

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:   


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Free Business MentorLive Service

In the wake of the COVID 19 crisis, NatWest are providing their entire online portal, for free. And you don’t have to bank with NatWest to take advantage of this. 

In these uncertain times, Mentor Live has been made free to all.

MentorLive is part of a wider range of support NatWest offer as part of their ‘paid for’ services, and is a fully featured system to manage HR and Health & Safety in your business (staff management, holidays, absences, risk assessments etc) and they’ve recently added a dedicated Coronavirus Hub that includes; 

  • Free webinars
    Next webinar titled ‘Adapting to the New Now‘ Friday 14th August at 12noon covering;
    – restructuring your business
    – getting your business into better shape for the challenges ahead
    – remaining complaint through an ever changing world 
    Register for webinar here. 

  • An extensive library of free templates including policies, checklists, guidelines, posters and letters to support in protecting your people and your business during the Corona Virus Outbreak and it’s repercussions. 
  • Detailed FAQ’s and policies on SSP, holidays and working from home
  • HR management tools

How to register – register for this free resource to access all of the above, just follow the link and enter your details. 

More about NatWest Mentor
NatWest Mentor is one of the UK’s leading HR, Employment Law, Health & Safety and Environmental consultancy services. Providing support and guidance that helps business customers stay on top of legal and regulatory changes, maintain compliance and reduce risk while creating a safe, professional and sustainable work environment. 

Please note Mentor Live does not include access to any eLearning modules in Mentor Learn – which is available as a stand alone product or complimentary with any Natwest subscription services. 

Further information on Troy’s recommended HR services can be found here

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Launch of Trade 2 Trade



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Members Statement following Government advice



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Order The Troy Trader Today!

Q4 2020 Trader is in production and members can order their personalised copies right now! Packed with products from Metabo, Sealey, Draper, SIP, Teng Tools and Trojan – this edition will have everything your customers need for the Autumn / Winter. Featuring an array of seasonal products including;

– Heater / Generators
– Wet / Dry Vac 
– Hi-Vis
– Mats and Storage
– Lighting and Torches 

To place an order;

please complete an order form and contact Sarah Revell on 07920 783573 or email

Download your order form here 

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PDF Guide - Joining Microsoft Teams as a Guest

From sharing screens to muting your microphone, document collaboration to one-to-one chat we’ve put together a helpful and handy guide to support you in joining and engaging in Microsoft Teams Meetings! 

Troy colleagues and our Business Development Team are adapting to keep members’ up to date with essential news and discussions whilst ensuring safety and convenience. 

More and more network engagement and support can be met through virtual meetings, using applications such as Microsoft Team which allows us to work flexibly, safely and confidently. Please feel free to request meetings with any Troy colleagues using Microsoft Teams! 

Microsoft Teams is a chat-based collaboration tool providing the ability to work together and share information via a common space and we have already enjoyed many Teams Meetings with members, suppliers and colleagues throughout this year. 

Click here to view the guide  

Please also find a website user guide here to ensure you are getting the most out of the website 



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Reasons To Go Greener

1. Clients, Customers, Growth
Sustainability is becoming more of a demand from customers. They are seeking to spend with businesses who reflect their green values. Making small steps to reduce waste or fossil fuel use in your business will attract customers, make a positive impact on the environment as well as your bottom line. It could even help you grow through winning Tenders. Tender criteria is growing to include green accreditation such as ISO14001 and if your business can comply with green standards and credentials you may be able to win new routes to market.

2. Attract and retain top talent
CSR is becoming a powerful mechanism in the way it influences customers and employees alike. Ensure your recruitment strategy and the recruiters you use showcase the green side of your business and CSR Policy.
A Corporate Social Responsibility Plan or Policy for your business could include cycle to work schemes, recycling, litter picking, beach cleaning, reducing carbon footprint, reducing plastic usage, volunteering days, supporting the development of your employees, charitable giving. Prospective employees will find a conscientious employer more attractive.  

3. Reduce waste, increase efficiencies save money
Energy conservation and use of alternative energy sources are among the most significant changes sustainability can bring to a modern business.
Not only does it protect the planet but Energy saving policies implemented in the work-place engage the staff and save bottom line costs. Encourage employee adoption by monitoring your energy data from smart meters to prove their efforts are working!  
No area of your business is too small – reduce waste and plastics that end up in the ocean by joining the reusable revolution, shop more locally and reduce the supply chain travel, have your photocopier on a password release so people have to think about what they print.
When it comes to reducing waste and increasing efficiencies, no area is too small and every decision you make as a business owner makes a step towards cost savings.  

Having discussions around sustainability, leads your business and its people to approach its operations and consumptions holistically. Whole system thinking will open your conversations to new efficiencies that can be made rather than looking at things in silo.

If you are not taking it seriously already, then market demands may soon force your hand. The benefits and communities you can enjoy are only growing.

To find out more about sustainable solutions for your business be it green energy contracts or solar power, view Troy Business Services, where you’ll find a number of recommended partners that can support you.

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Regatta Professional Range relaunch with improved pricing exclusive to Troy Members

Troy Supplier Regatta have relaunched their Professional Range with revised improved pricing and even better service, exclusively to Troy Members. 

Read the following communication from the Regatta Team below  …

We are absolutely delighted to relaunch the Regatta Professional range to you for Autumn Winter 2020.
Part of the multi-million pound Regatta Group and the UK’s largest outdoors brand, we bring our expertise to the workwear market to provide functional, high quality and performance clothing for companies and organisations worldwide.
This year we are offering improved pricing exclusive to Troy members. Sales support is also available to you with a new dedicated point of contact in Chris Bunting. Chris can be reached on 07747 274496 or, and can help you with product advice, pricing queries, point of sale and unitary requirements.
Our range of products can be found in the below link. These include our hardwearing and technical Tactical Threads products, with triple-stitching reinforcement, durable Cordura fabrics, and waterproof and windproof technologies.

Contact Chris to learn more about how Regatta Professional can add to your business.

Best Regards
Regatta Professional Team

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TMB Digital 2020 - an event not to be missed!

We have been working hard with Suppliers behind the scenes to bring you an event in the face of COVID-19!

The brand new, TMB Digital is coming exclusively to Troy Members… 


No need to travel, enjoy easy access from the comfort of your desk and take part in a jam packed day with content that is guaranteed to make your life easier and save your business money!

  • Amazing Supplier Offers
  • Big Discounts
  • Product Auctions
  • World Famous Speaker
  • Show-Worthy Deals
  • Huge Prizes
  • Exciting Product Demos
  • Q&As
  • Intelligent Purchasing Solutions 

During the day there will be features you cannot afford to miss out on including product auctions to prove Troy members are truly stronger together, the opportunity to win an all inclusive trip to Las Vegas, as well as the launch of Troy’s new Ecommerce and product data solutions. 

The event will be hosted within the members area of the site, so it’s essential you check you have log in details to on hand, and if not get in touch with your Troy BDM to get set up/recover your password.

Starting around 9.30am and complete by 5pm, Brad Sugars will be closing the event with a rousing presentation on pivoting, business survival and success!

We hope to release a running order in the next week or so. 

Block out Thursday 22nd October 2020 to virtually attend!

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TMB Digital Running Order Released!

TMB Digital will be streamed to you via the members area of the Troy Website on Thursday 22nd October, there is no need to travel, enjoy easy access from the comfort of your desk and take part in a jam packed day with content that is guaranteed to make your life easier and save your business money

To access the stream, it is essential you check you have log in details to members area on hand. If you are without log in details get in touch with your Troy BDM to be set up as a site user / recover your password in good time before the event date. 

Running Order on the Day

Morning from 9.30am
Troy Ecommerce platform launch with Q&As
Product demonstrations from suppliers
Live auctions
EZ-base with Q&As 
Trade 2 Trade 

Afternoon 12 noon onward
Troy Intelligent Purchasing 
Troy Ecommerce platform and Q&As
Live auctions
Innovation Awards
Brad Sugars presentation with Q&As
Competition for trip to Las Vegas
Closing notes from Paul Kilbride, CEO of Troy 

Ends 5pm 

Why is TMB Digital different?

Troy UK will be hosting and MC’ing the day providing plenty of air time for interactivity, feedback and FUN!

Enjoy unique to Troy content, participate in live chat, pose questions to experts, and feedback throughout the day.

Experience Troy’s Product Auctions where Troy’s Presenter will report on volume deals, grown through live bidding, to reach agreed volumes/price points and ultimately bring down the price per unit.

If you have any questions or issues, contact your Troy Business Development Manager via the contact details below

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Toolbank Give Statement On Distribution Centre Closure

Dear Customer,

I am writing to inform you that, regrettably, due to the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak we have had no choice but to temporarily close our UK distribution centres until further notice. The closures will take effect from close of business today, March 24th, 2020……..

Download the rest of the communication using the link below.

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