Category: Supplier 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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(Updated 09-03-20) Moldex update stance on FFP Masks

Updated FFP Stock 09.03.2020

Unfortunately, on the 4th March 2020 the German Government enacted a law prohibiting the export of different types of PPE, including FFP2 and FFP3 masks not only to countries outside the EU but also to member states of the EU. This move came after a number of other EU Countries enacted similar laws.

This directly affects Moldex UK and our ability to supply FFP2 and FFP3 masks, as we receive our stocks from Germany.

Moldex are actively lobbying the EU and European Governments to overturn this decision. In addition, we are working closely with the BSIF and ESF, who are also actively lobbying for this decision to be overturned so the free movement of goods within the European union can continue.

Please be aware that regrettably all outstanding orders of FFP2 and FFP3 masks have been cancelled.




Updated FFP Stock 04.03.2020

Following our last statement below dated 26.02.2020. We are currently suspending all orders for FFP’s whilst we assess, manage and get through the large amount of orders that we received in the last two and a half days. It remains our priority to keep stocks supplied to critical users. When placing non FFP orders please follow the guidance below:


  •   Do not chase your FFP orders please. We will be in touch. Once your order has been evaluated. We will confirm the status of order via email or phone. During which we will supply details of what can/cannot be processed and give you an estimated timescale for delivery.


  •   Please also do not chase non FFP’s orders, once these orders are dispatched you will receive an invoice by email which will detail all the items that have been dispatched. If you do not currently receive these emails please contact us to request your email address is added:


  •   Non FFP orders will be accepted as normal but due to a high volume of orders across the range we are advising at least 5 working days for processing and dispatch, subject to stock availability and credit terms.


Thank you for your understanding and continued support at this time.




Updated FFP Stock 26.02.2020


Following on from our statement below dated 18.02.2020, we anticipate ongoing increased demand for our FFP masks going forwards. We can begin to receive limited FFP orders from the 2nd March.


However, for reasons outlined in the statements below, we ask that you are realistic in what you order – only order what you need and do not order for stock. This will allow us to prioritise and fairly supply the market and do our utmost to keep as many Distributors and End-Users as possible ticking over with a supply of FFP masks.


To enable us to assess the need and prioritise, when placing FFP orders please supply the following End-user information:


Company name:

Company Postcode:

12 months FFP volume history (for the lines you are ordering):


Please be aware that we will cross reference this information with our own systems and we will contact you directly regarding each FFP order received to assess the situation. During this time we need to make supplies stretch as far and as wide as possible!


In addition, unfortunately increased lead times are likely. Therefore, thank you in advance for your patience, understanding and support in helping to best manage this difficult situation.






Updated – FFP Stock exceptional circumstances 18.02.2020


Since our last statement below dated 5th February 2020 the volume of enquiries and orders has increased, despite the guidance below. As a result of this we have once again reviewed the situation.


As you will be aware, a lot of competitor FFP brands are manufactured in China which has dramatically affected supply into the UK and Ireland industry. As such, waiting times from many of these companies already run into mid-year and beyond. This leads to Moldex receiving an unprecedented amount of orders, which in turn are putting a lot of additional pressures on Moldex given that we are one of the limited number of FFP manufacturers who do not rely on supplies from China.


However, unfortunately we do not have the capacity to supply all UK & Ireland industry. Therefore, we ask that you now refrain from ordering FFP masks for general stock and general sales. Our focus and main priority, is to keep our current industrial customers supplied and to this end, we urge that you work with us so that this can be achieved.  


In order for us to catch up and best manage the situation going forwards:


  •   We will not accept any orders for FFP masks until 1st March  
  •   FFP orders received will not be processed whilst we are assessing current outstanding orders
  •   Please do not chase outstanding FFP orders, a member of the Moldex team will contact you within the next few days to discuss.


Given that the current situation shows no signs of abating we will issue another statement before commencing to take new FFP orders as of the 1st March.


This decision has not been taken lightly and once again we would appreciate everyone’s goodwill, help and understanding during this testing time.




Statement 05.02.2020: Coronavirus Stock Management & Respiratory Advice


Following the coronavirus outbreak, we have been inundated with an exceptional number of orders for FFP’s. We now have more orders for FFP’s than we can fulfil.


Although we have not accepted large coronavirus related orders, the situation has not been helped as other manufacturers have already exhausted their stocks and distributors are increasing orders to reserve stock for their users.


In order to manage the situation:


  •    We cannot process any new FFP orders this week whilst we process and assess the backlog.
  •    Going forwards we will only be accepting orders for repeat Moldex FFP industrial business.
  •    We will not be accepting FFP forward orders, above one weeks historical Moldex Industrial usage.


Please do not contact us to chase your order.

Please do not place any orders for coronavirus related business.

Please limit orders to immediate short-term Moldex only Industrial Users.




We appreciate your responsible, sympathetic approach and understanding at this time.

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#becomexpert with the Rawlplug Academy e-learning platform.

Rawlplug have just released their Rawlplug Academy e-learning platform. With their original training courses structured in such a way that allows you to build knowledge even in very technical areas. It is an innovative development program and It is the only solution in the fastening sector dedicated to education, building competences and exchange of experience. Providing over 250 hours of training videos across 82 e-learning modules.

Who is the Rawlplug Academy designed for?

  • Architects.
  • Contractors.
  • Engineers.
  • Salespeople.

They have even added courses for those of you that only have 20 minutes to spare. Meaning you can use the time you have available for brief summaries of specific areas. With each course ending with a test, you can check your knowledge as well as keep track of your teams results.

View the Rawlplug Academy introduction video here.

With a variety of video tutorials, animations, knowledge pills, infographics, and benefit packages Rawlplugs academy enables you to acquire the knowledge you need efficiently. Thanks to Rawlplug and their Academy, you can develop your knowledge about their products and services using their 3 training types.

rawlplug academy

Alongside this, Rawlplug have 3 specific stationary training centres that have been designed in such a way to simulate site conditions making it possible to try and test the correct product installation live. Divided into multiple zones you can interact with products as well as learn about Rawlplugs heritage.

If you can’t get to one of their training centres they have also launched the Rawltruck, a mobile educational and training centre. Enabling them to showcase, products, services and training.

In order to allow you to find out how to use the Rawlplug Academy e-learning platform conveniently, how valuable the knowledge we provide is and how interestingly it is presented, they have prepared a demo training course for you.

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100 years of Draper Tools

Troy UK are proud to have a strong and long-standing relationship with Draper Tools who are proudly celebrating their centenary in 2019! 

Established in 1919 by Bert Draper, the business was originally known as B. Draper & Son Limited. Today, the company is still family owned and run by the third and fourth generation of the Draper family.





Draper continues to offer Troy members a wide choice of quality hand and power tools for a variety of trades and tasks. To date, the entire Draper range includes over 11,000 products lines, all designed to meet customer demands.
At 100 years old, Draper remains as committed to growth and improvement as ever. Thanks to continued investment and innovation, the business has a lot to be proud of, including its consistent 100% on time success rate for orders and a 5-Star excellent rating on Trustpilot.

While the company’s offering has evolved and expanded, its dedication to quality and customer service has remained a constant priority. Speaking about the centenary year, Chairman of Draper Tools, John Draper, remarked: “We are proud to have reached this important milestone in our company history and would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped us get here, especially the Troy members. Although we have grown a lot over the last century, we still like to think of ourselves as a no-nonsense, customer-focused tool supplier. Quality and reliability are still very much at the heart of the business and this will continue as we progress and grow into 2020 and beyond.”

Looking to the future, Draper has plenty in store and is pleased to announce its latest national advertising campaign: Job Done. Firmly committed to raising awareness of the brand and driving traffic to stockists, the Job Done Draper campaign will be everywhere from radio to social media, bus stops to online and in print. Look out for ‘Job Done Draper’ across 2020!


Contact Details.

John Webb –

Angela Hawkey –




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360° View Footwear PDF from Rodo

Click the link below to view a new unique selling opportunity from Rodo (Blackrock)

Retail Footwear Price List August 2018 – with links

This PDF is available from Rodo in two versions, one with RRP’s (as above) or please contact Rodo directly to add your own selling prices.


Tel: 0161 371 6400


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5 New Product Selection Guides Now Available From Action Can

Our product selection guides are designed to give you an overview of commonly used products for a specified customer base.

Recognising quality from a trusted brand like Action. Can is easy but when picking up the right product for the job can require a bit of know-how.

We hope you will use these handy, highly visual leaflets when recommending the correct solution for your customers’.

They are ideal for use on the trade counter or placed in order boxes. Available as electronic pdf’s for use on website, in-store screens and limited printed for trade counters.

  • Visually engaging
  • Simple to use
  • A5 size: big impact, handy size
  • Suggested product uses to enhance product knowledge
  • Core product range makes stocking simple
  • Selection of 5 customer focused industries


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A Busy Start to 2024 for the EZ-base Team

They say start as you mean to carry on and if that is the case we are in for a very busy year ahead because January has been a big month.

January saw five new Troy suppliers join the platform

Quality Metal Products has established itself as one of the UK’s leading trade-only manufacturers. located in the West Midlands, they design and manufacture an ever expanding range of products which are supplied throughout the UK and Europe.

Specialist Storage Products is a leading stockist and wholesaler of pallet racking, long span shelving and commercial shelving. Based in Stourbridge in the West Midlands we are ideally placed to service our Trade Only customers throughout the UK.

Tools of the Trade is an established, trusted UK distributor. They partner with innovative, trade-quality brands manufacturing hand tools, power tool accessories, tool storage and personal protective equipment.

Tyrolit is positioned as one of the leading manufacturers of bonded grinding, cut-off, sawing, drilling and dressing tools and as a supplier of tool and machine systems for the construction industry.

Weicon has been trading for more than 70 years. Large industries, as well as DIY enthusiasts, have been resorting to the speciality products of this family-owned company – from a wide range of adhesives and sealants to numerous technical sprays, assembly pastes and greases.

If you would like their product data alongside around 70 other Troy suppliers, all categorised and standardised to save you time and money please do drop us an email to

If that wasn’t enough the 2nd January saw the whole team come in with screwdrivers and allen keys at the ready to help us get set up in our new offices. Being based in the Troy offices up to now has been amazing but every young bird must fly the nest and our time has come, but we didn’t go far.

Moving into Exeter Science Park just down the road has given us the space to focus on the customer service we provide our clients, both suppliers and members, as well as putting in place plans for future growth and exhibitions like Troy Means Business, TMB on March 21.  We welcomed our first visitors on the 3rd January and we are looking forward to welcoming many more in the coming year, if you are in the area please feel free to drop in for a coffee.

2024 looks like it will be a busy year as we help more members do great business with more suppliers, if you would like an informal chat about your product data or to become a part of the EZ-base platform please just drop us a line.



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A note on disposable gloves from the British Safety Industry Federation

Due to supply shortages, the BSIF are hearing reports of companies attempting to import nitrile gloves and who have been asked to pay deposits to secure supplies. Please be cautious as we are also hearing instances where, when these deposits have been paid, it turns out to be bogus agents and suppliers and the monies are being lost.
Please be careful. 

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A versatile and easy-to-use fixing solution for a wide range of applications has been unveiled by JCS Hi-Torque Ltd.

JCS Banding is the ideal fixing solution for duct work, HVAC installations and much more, utilising a simple cut-to-size banding system.


Tom Allen, Sales & Marketing Manager at JCS Hi-Torque, said: “The big advantage of JCS Banding is its simplicity – cut the required banding length, engage one end into a connector and apply. It is easily adjusted, repositioned and reused.


“It will save installers valuable time on site as it makes the fixing process fast and simple.  No specialist tools are required, just a cutter and a socket driver.”


“JCS Banding is strong, reliable and can often be used in place of more expensive and difficult to use bracketry secured with nuts and bolts.”


The JCS Banding cut-to-size fixing system is supplied in 10m and 30m coils complete with worm-drive connectors, and is in both zinc-plated mild steel or high-strength 304 stainless steel, making it ideal for a wide range of applications. It can be purchased via a global network of distributors.



About JCS Hi-Torque

  • JCS is a specialist British manufacturer of high performance worm drive clamps with a proud history that can be traced back to 1768.
  • JCS Hi-Torque has approvals for BS EN ISO 9001, BSI Kitemark and Lloyd’s Register Type Approval.
  • JCS is a proud member of the community..
  • To find out more visit their website,


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Action Can Introduce New Product

Click on the link below to find out more about WB-90 water-based anti-spatter


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All change for Bessey and Rowland Tools

In January 2019 Mathew Hydleman acquired Rowland Tools from the previous owner Mike Thornborrow. Mathew was the MD of Gedore UK for 22 years. During this time the Bessey brand had substantially grown in the UK which as a separate brand was also always sold through Gedore UK, so to move forward and develop further it required a greater focus and more specialised distribution. Effective Jan 2nd, 2019 Rowland Tools became the UK Distributor for Bessey Clamps, together with the recent addition of the premium range of FAMAG Wood Boring Tools and the existing premium range of the Bondhus Hex Keys and Tools made in the USA.
After many years in the trade, the previous owner Mike Thornborrow retired in May 2019 having aided the introduction of the new owners. Rowland Tools now operates from a new modern Warehouse facility in Baildon West Yorkshire. The expert Sales team is complimented by Sales Director Mike Clegg (covering SE England) who also worked for Gedore UK for 19 years and Ben Clare in the North of England and Ireland who also has several years’ experience.
Rowland Tools offers Distributors Premium Brands which are manufactured by specialist Factories. The unique nature of the product ranges offers Distributors high quality focused products for professional users and an exceptional profit margin opportunity. Rowland can make ordering easy for dealers with a new fully accessible B2B online ordering facility with a livestock feed for all ranges.
Rowland Tools will continue to expand in the coming years, always offering Premium Brands with competitive prices and full support to Distributors.

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ANCO Storage Catalogue 2019 – A Catalogue That Delivers

■ Are you already a distributor of shelving and racking?
■ Perhaps your business sells tools or other equipment?
■ Would you like to expand upon your range without the burden of holding stock?

Why not join hundreds of distributors across the country and become a distributor of Anco products?
As a ‘white label’ drop ship company we arrange delivery from our warehouse to your customer, free of charge within just five days, sooner if required*
Anco is the UK’s largest Trade Only supplier of Storage Equipment, we work alongside our distributors supplying a huge range of storage equipment: ranging from shelving for the office, to warehouse racking, to small part storage and bin units plus many other variations.
With over £3 Million of stock held within our warehouse we can offer you another exciting element to your business.
Each year we publish our Storage Catalogue. This Catalogue contains over 7,000 variants of our products, alongside technical information across 156 glossy pages. This year is no exception, and now is your chance to register your interest in your very own Storage Catalogue for 2019.
You don’t have to take the catalogue to sell our products……but if you do
You have four fantastic cover options to choose from, which offer the flexibility to truly make our Catalogue your Catalogue:
■ Blank Version (Storage Catalogue)
■ Black and White Logo Overprint
■ Colour Logo Overprint (You can now even specify a background colour)
■ Fully Bespoke Colour Cover
We’d be delighted to talk you through our options in more detail and really establish your businesses needs, ahead of the creation of a Storage Catalogue perfect for your business.

When you become an Anco distributor, we become partners – Our Stock is Your Stock, Our Trade is Your Trade, Our Business is Your Business. Consequentially customer support is of primary importance to us, below are just some of the ways we can help you:
■ Dedicated Trade Support Team
■ Bespoke product flyer design, promotional support
■ Exclusive Trade Discounts
■ Free high-res imagery for use on your website
■ Free digital ‘Flipbook’ version of your Catalogue
■ Assembly instructions in both print and video format
■ Technical Manuals and Brochures
■ Exclusive ‘TradeZone’ online support hub

Want to discover more? Get in touch for a complementary welcome pack to discover more about how Anco can help your business. We’d also be delighted to talk through our Catalogue options with with you.
Call our friendly support team on 01403 785985 or e-mail us on We’d be delighted to hear from you.

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Another BSIF Import & Export Course On 7th December - Members Don't Miss Out!

In response to the large member demand BSIF have arranged a second date for the training course on Import & Export essentials. This will be taking place on 7th December 2021, 10am – 3.30pm, please email 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.


• 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 detailing the names and email addresses of those from your company that wish to attend.

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Armorgard Launch New Product TREKDROR

New Product – TREKDROR  


Secure drawer system for installing in the back of commercial vans. Ideal uses are for storing small tools and power tools neatly and securely in the vehicle.

Key benefits; Neat/organised, secured with 2x 5-Lever deadlocks, optimise van space.


Product Code

TKD1 / TKD2 / TKD3

External Dims

490x1105x300 / 980x1105x200 / 490x1105x490


44kg / 62kg / 58kg





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ATA Garryson are proud to present their range of Abrasive Belts

Converted in Leicestershire, ATA Garryson can produce belts in many materials, sizes and grits to suit both you and your customers requirements.

With thousands of different belts in stock at very competitive prices, why not enquire about yours today?

For more information or to simply place an order please contact customer services below:

+44 (0) 1530 261 145

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ATA Garryson Flexidiscs®

ATA Garryson Flexidiscs® are designed for blending and finishing on curved and contoured surfaces. 

 Follow the link below to find out more about this unique range !


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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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Average Order Value Strategies - Troy Insight



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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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Bisley competition for you and your customers...

Why not drum up some interest on your social media by downloading these ready-to-use visuals and share this competition with your customers!

To enter go to:

For more information click here 

For a Facebook ready visual click here 

For a Instagram ready visual click here 

For a LinkedIn ready visual click here 

(Remember to add the link!)

Entry closes: 15th December 2019

Winner announced: 19th December 2019

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Bisley Workwear – Australian Trip Winner Announcement

Congratulations to HIGHLAND INDUSTRIAL SUPPLIES, the winner of the ‘Once in Lifetime Trip to Australia for Two’ in our ‘Bisley Workwear UK Launch’ competition!

Garry Mackintosh, owner of Highland Industrial Supplies, was thrilled to be the told he was the lucky winner and is looking forward to meeting the Australian Bisley Workwear team, Scotty Cam and to soak up the sun at Australia’s most iconic beach – Bondi!

Pictured is David Gazal, owner of Bisley Workwear, drawing the winner on Friday 28th June in the Bisley Workwear Head Office in Sydney, Australia.

Thanks to all Troy Members who attended our Launch Events across the UK in May 2019 and took advantage of our Early Adopters Programme. You have helped bring Bisley Workwear to the UK and it’s proving to be a great success!

Stay tuned for more great offers and competitions coming to Troy in the coming months.

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Bisley Workwear Making Headlines!

Bisley Workwear are very excited to have secured the front cover of the new Troy News Magazine out in September!

The Troy News is an A4 quarterly magazine consisting of news, features, case studies and advertising from market-leading manufacturers and specialist suppliers of high-quality products.

As well as being all over the front cover, look out for our full page Editorial on the page.. explaining how Bisley Workwear arrived into the UK. We are also pleased to be included in the next issue of the Troy Trader.

The activity doesn’t stop there! Look out for Bisley Workwear in the next few months coming to towns near you on Advertising Billboards & Bus Media Advertising across the UK.


Follow us on social media to keep up-to-date with Bisley Workwear activity  – @bisleyworkwearglobal

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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


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 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 Power Tools ... New Batavia Pro Telescopic Ladders Launch

Batavia have been leading the way with telescopic ladder advancement for several years now, with safety features such as the ‘Giraffe-Air’ soft-close system and the introduction of rung gaps to help prevent fingers being trapped or broken.

This work is ongoing, and the latest additions have come about through close work with the European and U.K. safety standard bodies, along with taking on board the requirements needed by todays users.

This has resulted in two new professional ladders which are being added to the range.

The Batavia Professional Telescopic Ladders have a light yet durable aluminium construction, with extra-wide steps for increased safety and more comfort. Fitted with a stabiliser bar and rubber wall mount caps for increased grip and stability. They also incorporate an angle indicator to guarantee a safe angle of inclination. If you put the ladder against the wall, you can immediately see whether it is at the right angle. Safe use is between 65° and 75°.

Supplied with a carry bag for easier transportation, it meets all of the strictest safety requirements and complies with the latest EU and US standards and regulations for Heavy-Duty use and both are TÜV certified.

2 lengths are available:

  • Model BAT7063668 is 3.27m but only 83cm when closed
  • Model BAT7063670 is 3.81m but only 91cm when closed

The Batavia range of ladders, power tools and associated products is distributed to members across the U.K. by BIZ Power Tools Ltd.

For details, please contact us:

Email:                             Telephone: 0344 463 2325

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Biz Power Tools ... New Products in S-Fixx Range

SFIXX®, the specialist adhesive and sealant brand are launching a number of key products to create new sales opportunities for merchants and time saving solutions for their customers.

SFIXX® S-BOND No Gun, 3-in-1 Adhesive, Sealant & Filler stays permanently flexible and will bond up to 100kg in weight. It combines the technology and weathering properties of silicone and the adhesive properties of polyurethane. It does not grow mould and can be used in the wet and underwater. Suitable for bonding steel, aluminium, wood, glass, ceramics, marble, granite, copper and most plastics.

VOC-free (volatile organic compound). It can be painted with any type of paint, including water based. It is also perfect for sealing leaking guttering, ponds etc. Available in white, clear or black.  

Ultra-Tape features next-generation doubled-sided tape technology that is so strong, in some cases, it can even replace the use of a mechanical fixing.  Developed for an instant bond on virtually any material. You can use Ultra Tape indoors or outdoors, as it is also moisture and UV resistant,  making it one of the most diverse tapes available on the market today.

APX4® is a 2-part component adhesive. The adhesive itself is a 98.4% pure cyanoacrylate (super glue) which, when combined with the filling powders within the kit, causes the powder to set rock hard in just 7 seconds.

Once cured, APX4® can be smoothed using a file, grinder, or sandpaper and then painted to leave a flawless repair. The perfect repair kit for Electricians, Mechanics, Joiners, Gardeners, Builders, Plumbers to name a few.

The S-FIXX range is distributed to members across the U.K. by BIZ Power Tools Ltd.

For details, please contact us:

Email:                             Telephone: 0344 463 2325

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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:

Scotland Sales Office:
Tel 0344 406 0616 E:

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


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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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, 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

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

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Boost seasonal sales with Festive Deals from Draper Tools

Draper Tools is set to help retailers capitalise on the strong national interest in DIY, home improvements and crafts with the launch of Festive Deals 2021. This huge new promotion is packed with over 300 present ideas and seasonal essentials, all at fantastic prices.

Designed to appeal to all, whatever your customers are into, there’s something to suit in Draper’s Festive Deals. You’ll find everything from stocking fillers to gifts for car lovers and DIY enthusiasts, hobby and leisure lines, winter essentials and more.


Seasonal sales boosters

With Festive Deals retailers can meet this increased consumer 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 powerful in-store POS, personalised posters and more to help lift sales further. Plus, there’s a printed gift guide available, featuring over 60 pages of inspiration to entice customers.

For any retailers keen to get organised ahead of the festive season can take advantage of Draper’s Early Bird special. By placing a qualifying order before 3rd September 2021, you’ll get the opportunity to personalise your gift guides, customised with store details and logos to get your customers browsing and buying. To find out how to qualify for these added extras speak to your Draper Area Sales Manager today!

Inspiring impulse purchasing

Highlights of the promotion include 12 new limited edition lines that make ideal stocking fillers, including Draper’s Beer Can Bit Sets, the Little Beastie Wallet Multi-Tool and a festive Ratchet Screwdriver Set and Bottle Opener. Each of these eye catching items is designed to inspire impulse purchasing over the Christmas shopping season.

Stock up on a top seller

Also not to be missed in Festive Deals is Draper’s brand new 2021 tool advent calendar, featuring a total of 54 tools and associated bits hidden behind its doors. Usually selling out in a matter of weeks, with only a limited number available, the calendar is once again set to be popular. Stock up now to avoid disappointment!

Speak to your Draper Tools Area Sales Manager for all the details on Festive Deals. To find out more about becoming a stockist visit

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:

Contact: Fran Weeks

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Bosch Launches New Product Range

Follow the link to view the new range – BITURBO Range Overview (002)




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Bott Develops New Ergonomic Workstation And Configurator

Bott have designed an ergonomic workstation, combining advanced design, high-quality manufacture and a flexible approach.

 The Bott Group have been developing workplace storage solutions for over 80 years, and has facilities all across Europe. Delivering high levels of service and quality, they have expertise in delivering efficient working environments for both static and in-vehicle applications.

In today’s challenging environment, businesses are introducing LEAN principles to deliver both agility and efficiency in their operations. With this in mind and as a result of in-depth research into their customer’s challenges, Bott have developed a flexible and efficient workstation, allowing for customised applications and seamless expansion for when business needs change.


Ergonomic Optimised Design.

The ergonomically designed workstation can be changed to suit varying processes, with a height adjustable frame bench as the base, integrated accessories and flexible overhead solutions. The overall depth and width are modularly expandable with tilting and swivelling options allowing users to position accessories in the most comfortable positions. The adjustable working height options also allow for seated or standing working.

Ensuring staff welfare, safety and productivity, Bott believe that investing in a professional system is key to creating the optimal operational process.


What are the benefits of a professional system?

Flexible & Adaptable

  • Versatile solutions for material provision
  • Comprehensive range of accessories
  • Re-configure to suit varying processes


Advanced Ergonomic Design

  • Custom solutions for individual applications
  • Creates comfortable & healthy work environments
  • Versatile adjustment of reaching distances


Zero Waste

  • Eliminates wasteful activities
  • Increases quality & performance
  • Reduces errors & processing times
  • Simplifies workflows and increases efficiencies


High-quality manufacture

  • Manufactured in the UK
  • 10 year ‘Built to Last’ guarantee
  • Competitive delivery

 Configure your own workstation.

 Simple and easy to use, Bott have developed a new online configurator tool, allowing customers to design a unique workstation that best suits their operational needs and activities.  

Click the links below to view more details

Ergonomic workstation Graphic

Ergonomic Workstations


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Brand New Catalogue From Guardsman

Guardsman have launched their NEW 414 page catalogue to dowload a copy click on the link below:


Alternatively, you can contact Guardsman direct to request hard copies.

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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

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

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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