Category: Supplier news

Presto New Product Launch

Click the following link to view the new product Presto are offering – Omnitable

This product is only available in Europe through Presto

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Product Updates From ATA Group

Pencil Grinder – SPM Series
New and improved design and ergonomics 

•    Slim body design 
•    High speed
•    Improved roll throttle
•    Moulded body
•    Removable collet guard

Download innovation brochure here!

Die Grinder – Low Vibration – SMD30LR
Unique vibration dampening system 

•    Vibration dampening 
•    Lightweight design
•    Excellent power to weight ratio
•    Ergonomically designed lever construction
•    Moulded body

Download innovation brochure here!


Angle Grinder – RA12M Line
Versatile angle grinder range

•    Anti-vibration side handle 
•    Interchangeable side handle
•    Auto-balancer*
•    Spindle lock button*
•    Quick release adjustable guard*

*available on selected models

Download innovation brochure here!


For any enquires on the new range please contact Carla McIntyre details below who will be happy to provide any information required and arrange trials.


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Professional Darts Player Pays A Visit To TIMco

On Monday 17th September, Professional darts player, Nathan Aspinall, paid a visit to the TIMco offices where he presented a signed shirt and gave the TIMco team an insight into his professional darts skills first-hand. Nathan wanted to say thank you to TIMco for the sponsorship he received that helped him compete at the highest level throughout the year and also for their ongoing support.


TIMco has proudly sponsored Nathan for the past year, having been first introduced by his manager and promoter, Martin Foulds, who is also the owner of Prestige Building Supplies, Rochdale, one of TIMco’s UK stockists. 


We caught up with Nathan for a quick interview to find out about his journey into darts and aspirations for the future:


How did you get into darts?

“When I was 18, I started going to the pub with both my dad and grandad and we’d all play darts together.  I discovered that I had a natural talent for it, and so from there I went onto playing in pub leagues for my local town, Stockport. My career has snowballed from there.”  


How long have you been playing?

“I’ve been playing for 9 years now, but it was 3 years ago that I achieved professional status.  Just a year ago, I left my previous job as an accountant to become a full-time darts player.”


You’ve just claimed your first PDC ranking title – a fantastic achievement! It must be quite overwhelming to suddenly find yourself surrounded by top players. How have you coped with the shift, psychologically?

“It’s been a huge deal for me, and also for my family. But what’s fantastic about the darts world is that it doesn’t necessarily have the same elitism as some sports. You can find yourself sat beside the world champion at the bar and he will still chat to you like a mate. As most of us have come from the same humble beginnings, which keeps us all in the same boat and means it’s a really lovely grounded culture to be a part of.”


Who is your inspiration?

“Rob Cross is a great inspiration to me, he left his job last year and within 12 months became a world champion.  I played against him this year and he only just won, which to me is a fantastic milestone.” 


How do you prepare for a game?

“What most people probably don’t realise is that being good at darts is all about how you mentally prepare and engage with it. Anyone can throw, but it takes a lot of practice and dedication to give it the right level of concentration and focus. In order to be successful, a player needs to be very focused and mentally strong.”


How often do you practice?

“When I was working my way up towards professional status, I was practicing around 5-6 hours a day, which can be very mentally taxing. However, like most sports, what you put in is typically representative of what you get out.”


Do you always use the same darts?

“I am very attached to my darts, which might sound silly but almost any darts player will tell you the same thing! I’ve got both my daughters’ names lasered into the tip which is very special to me. However, I do change my flights pretty regularly!”


Do you have a specific ritual you do before you play an important game?

“I’m quite superstitious so I won’t give too much away but I can tell you I like to change my dart flights and I tend to fold my towel the same way every time which is pretty weird according to my partner!”


How has TIMco’s sponsorship helped you?

“It’s been such a blessing to have such fantastic sponsors behind my darts career, as backing really is so essential to being able to stay in the game and further your career. I would love to say a huge thank you to the TIMco team for supporting me in my journey so far and for continuing to support me as I prepare for the biggest 6 months of my life!”


Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

“In the next 2 years, I aspire to be in the top 30 in the world and in 5 years I’d like to see myself as one of the top 10.” 


TIMco is head quartered in Nantwich, Cheshire and imports and supplies more than 6,500 product lines from around the world to distributors throughout the UK, Ireland and Europe.  The company was established in 1970 and now employs 150+ members of staff from its offices in the UK, Ireland and Taiwan.  For more information, visit

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Purchase Spares Direct From Mitutoyo Carriage Paid

Troy & THS Members can now purchase their spare parts direct with Mitutoyo with no carriage charges for delivery by 1st class post.
If the member requires a tracked or faster service this would then incur the standard £7.50 carriage charge.

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Purchasing Insight from Our Industry Experts.

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

Click here for the full article

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Pyramex Is Moving

Pyramex are moving to their new facility!


Pyramex will be closed Friday, September 7.  There will be no business activities that day.

On Monday, September 10, Pyramex will be operating and shipping at a limited capacity from their new address.  They appreciate your understanding during this transition time.



305 Keough Drive, Piperton, TN 38017

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Raising Funds for Families of Brixham Trawler Tragedy

Troy Member, Tony Rowe, Managing Director of Goldstar Leisure, is raising funds on behalf of children and families of two fishermen that sadly drowned on Saturday 21st November.   The Brixham fishing boat, Joanna C BM265, was previously owned and skippered by Tony and left him and his local community devastated when it sank off the coast of Newhaven in East Sussex.

If you would like to make a donation, please click through to the Go Fund Me page in the link below…

Click here for more information on the fundraising

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Recoil launches new Pro 3 Thread Repair Kit

Everything you need for complete thread repair in one handy box, now including 3 lengths of inserts – 1D, 1.5D and 2D.

Each kit includes:


  • High Speed (HSS) Intermediate STI tap


  • Magnetic tang break off tool – for easy tang removal in blind holes. Magnetised to ensure no broken tangs are left in the application after installation.


  • Combo tap and installation tool – redesigned to accommodate a tap holder in the handle, so the same tool can be used for two functions in the thread repair process.


  • 1D, 1.5D and 2D wire thread inserts (qty depends on the diameter)




Diameter and Pitch

Part Number

Number of Inserts

Drill and Magnetic Tang Break Tool?

Drill Size (mm)







































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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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Reisser Relic Rewarded

Reisser was delighted to present a loyal customer with brand new equipment on Monday, following a recent picture posted on Instagram which caught the brand’s attention.  The image, depicting an extremely worn out and battered looking Reisser Steel screw Case, was captioned by its owner Kevin Sharkey as having been on every job he’d ever done since he originally rescued the case from a skip over a decade ago – still going strong. 


Touched by the sentiment of Kevin’s post. The Reisser UK team contacted its office in Ireland, who sent Sales Director, Robert Mathews, to pay a visit to the experienced Stillorgan, Co Dublin-based Carpenter, and to present him with a brand new Steel Case, filled with Cutter Woodscrews as well as a Crate Mate SSC2 storage system, as a token of appreciation.


Commenting on the new items, Mr Sharkey said, “It’s brilliant and completely unexpected to be visited by Robert and being given a shiny new case and Crate Mate”. Mr Sharkey added, “My company uses these products pretty much on a daily basis, so it’s nice to meet someone from the company and to join #TeamCrateMate.

“We at Reisser couldn’t let such a great story and loyal customer go unrewarded,” adds Charles Ledigo, Chairman of Reisser.


  • Follow Reisser’s Instagram account – @reisser_ltd


  • Pick up a copy of the brand new 2019 Reisser catalogue for more information on all our latest products including the Reisser Crate Mate at


  • Ask your Reisser sales representative about their exclusive launch deals or call 0161 483 5557.  



Story from Reisser

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Rothenberger releases range of environmentally friendly Pipe Freezing Gas

At Troy, we recognise more and more end users are driving demand for more sustainable, environmentally friendly products. That’s why we are delighted to work with suppliers like Rothenberger who strive to better their products and develop in line with end-user demands.

Troy supplier Rothenberger has released a new range of environmentally friendly Pipe Freezing Gas. The gas has a reduced carbon footprint over the previous range with improved freezing times and increased cost-efficiency. 

To read further click the following link – Freezing Gas Update

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Sait Release New POWER MAX Cutting Wheels

SAIT Abrasives UK is delighted to unleash POWER MAX-TM, a collection of high-performance cutting wheels that combine the aggressive and free cutting nature of zirconia grain with super-thin formats. The results are wheels that are fierce yet user-friendly – the ideal match to heavy industrial applications.

The first release from SAIT’s new POWER MAX brand, POWER MAX-TM is a succinct collection of flat cutting wheels for portable machines. In the world of portable wheels, zirconia grain is consistently viewed as the optimal choice of technology. Like ceramic technology, zirconia is self-sharpening, but crucially requires less working in order to get results. This excellent grain also regularly outstrips aluminium oxide in terms of performance, delivering more cuts and a longer life span.

All of the above combine to make POWER MAX a highly appealing prospect for reducing the physical impact of cutting operations on machine operatives, as well as limiting down-time required for wheel changes. Added to the mix, super-thin wheel formats allow for a multitude of additional benefits, including shorter cutting times, less heat generation, minimal vibration and reduced waste and dust.

SAIT highlights aerospace, automotive manufacturing, oil and gas, power generation and marine as industry sectors whose needs are particularly well matched to the characteristics of POWER MAX. The wheels are versatile performers, capable of tackling a wide variety of material challenges, including steels, stainless steels, carbon steel, duplex stainless steels, nickel alloy and non-ferrous metals.

Wheels available





Dimensions (mm)


ZZ 60 T



115 x 1.0 x 22.23


ZZ 46 T



115 x 1.6 x 22.23


ZZ 60 T



125 x 1.0 x 22.23


ZZ 36 T



230 x 2.0 x 22.23

POWER MAX joins an extensive portfolio of bonded abrasives from SAIT, tiered according to performance and all designed and manufactured in Italy. It is the latest release from SAIT’s ‘Top Energy’ programme, an initiative which debuted in 2013 and highlights advances achieved from the modernisation of the manufacturer’s production lines as well as the development of new formulations for bonded abrasives.

For more details, call SAIT abrasives 0344 801 3355, or email

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Sign-up Now! for a Rawlplug webinar

All of the below webinars are now available for you when you are in your
office or while you work from home, SIGN-UP NOW and be trained by one of our Rawlplug experts and receive a Rawlplug Webinar Certificate for your attendance!


Step 1: Choose one or more webinars that interest you from the list below
(Please include the webinar title, date/s of webinar, Company name, & Company position/title) and email

Step 2: Two days before the chosen webinar date, you’ll receive an invitation with a link to the MS Teams application.

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Sika FastFix New Improved Colour Launch

Sika® FastFix All Weather is one of the most popular self-setting jointing compounds on the market, with three new colours recently being added to the range; Charcoal, Flint and Stone. Following the success of these additions, the two original colours of Sika FastFix All Weather have now been improved with the introduction of Deep Grey and Dark Buff into the range.

These new colours follow the current trends in paving stone slabs and provide the ideal solution to complement a range of paving styles.
As a result of these new and improved colours, the current Grey and Buff will be discontinued with stock of the new colours becoming available in late January. At the time of launch, an overlap of new and old colours will occur, however you can be rest assured that the process will be fully managed internally with changes in product codes and barcodes, as well as clear labelling of the colours on the product packaging for ease of identification.

While the colours may be new, the product uses the same unique formula with Active Resin Technology for advanced durability, gives excellent coverage and has the same easy application method that your customers have come to expect.

For more information on the new ‘Sika FastFix All Weather’ colours, please contact your local Everbuild Business Development Manager or visit

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Simplify Your Daily Business With The Bosch Power Tools B2B Portal

We’d like you, as a Troy Member, to benefit from an incredibly valuable resource – Bosch’s B2B portal .  Here you can check stock, download invoices, instruction manuals, spare part drawings and product images to name a few of the features, AND it’s all available to you 24/7.

For over 20 years, nearly 27 000 dealers in over 40 countries have used the Bosch Power Tools B2B Portal to support their operational efficiency.  Here are some of the reasons why …

  • Access 24/7
  • Fast order capability via the bulk order pad
  • Robust search and product comparison functionality
  • Live price and availability status
  • View order history and track orders
  • View and download invoices, delivery notes, credit notes
  • Back-in-stock notifications
  • Download stock availability or set up an SFTP transfer
  • Download product data and media
  • Stay informed about news, product launches, promotions
  • View credit limit status
  • Management reporting tool
  • After sales service information
  • Access to online product training
  • Wish list
  • Multiple shopping carts (optional)
  • Alternative views e.g. ‘Customer view’ hides sensitive info so you can present to your customers
  • Mobile version available for your smartphone

Want to create an account today? Go to

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SIP have the exclusive licence to sell Dewalt Vacuum Cleaners

As you may know, Troy Supplier SIP Industrial Products have the exclusive licence to sell the new corded DeWalt Vacuum cleaner.


Many Troy Members are already engaging with SIP on this greatly anticipated product to pre order from their second container of stock arriving with SIP in November (which they expect to sell quickly)!


If you would like to learn more about SIP and their DeWalt products, and find out if they are right for you and your customers, take a look at this link and video. For a conversation in more detail, speak with Mike Lappage via the contact details below…


Mike Lappage
National Account Manager
SIP Industrial Products Ltd
01509 500300
07765 817859

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Six New Suppliers Join From 1st September 2018

New Suppliers – Effective 1st September ’18

We would like to welcome the following 6 new suppliers to Troy in September:

  • Anco Storage Equipment
  • BeA Fastening Systems Ltd
  • Ejendals AB
  • Heller Tools gmbh
  • Knight Tool Ltd
  • Progressive Safety Footwear & Clothing

Please search Select section of website for full details & discount terms

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Space Saving Wall Cupboard From Bott Ltd

Where space is a premium why not utilize the wall space above your workstation?  Bott have developed a range of shallow depth tool cupboards designed to fit to the wall above your workbench. 

The narrow depth ensures that the cabinet does not impede into the working area yet provides ample storage for all of your tools. 

The roller shutter door is lockable and the cabinet comes pre-punched for wall fixing.  Available in 4 sizes, this new storage option is on sale now from Bott dealers :

Bott Ltd –  01288 357788

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Spectrum Industrial is excited to announce the all new SIGNS AND SAFETY SOLUTIONS catalogue is now available!

It contains over 220 pages packed with Signs and essential Safety Equipment including:

Safety Signs
Fire Safety Signs
Shadow Board
Construction Site Signs
Keyed Padlocks
Valve Lock Out
Electrical Lock Out
Lock Boxes and Padlock Boxes
Lock Out Stations and Kits
Padlocks and Hasps
The catalogue also contains over 900 new products for 2018, many of which aren’t available anywhere else. You can view all these new products online at
Spectrum Industrial manufacture and supply a range of signs and safety products that cover all industries including Construction, Oil, Gas, Electrical, Agriculture, Healthcare, Aerospace and Food.
Get your copy now! 
Email:, call 01302 800273 or messages us on here. You can also view online and order a printed copy on the website at:
We also offer own branded catalogues for larger retailers, get in touch for details. 

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Spot Light on Bison UK

Operating from their 10,000 square feet office and warehouse in Peterborough and holding in excess of £1M items worth of stock, Bison UK can offer Troy members next day delivery. In addition to the sales and service Bison UK can also offer technical support to assist members with their requirements.

The ‘Best of Bison’ catalogue features the most popular Bison products which is a perfect aid for Troy members to deal with any workholding customer enquiries.

To get your copy contact or call 01733 230567, alternatively you can go the the Select area on this site and download the catalogue under Bison.

Bison UK only deal through distributors and have had a lot of success with Troy members with joint customer visits resulting in orders and a healthy profit margin.


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Statement from the Uvex Board of Directors

Information regarding the supply of PPE related to SARS – COVID-19


The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has restricted the export of certain goods from the personal protective equipment category as a result of the epidemiological crisis triggered by the SAR – CoV – 2 coronavirus.


The export and shipment of the following goods have been prohibited with immediate effect:


  • Goggles – EN166 / ANSI / ISEA Z87.1
  • Face Shields – EN166 / ANSI / ISEA Z87.1
  • Filtering face pieces – EN 149 FFP2 / FFP3
  • Protective suits – EN13795 / AAMI PB level 3 performance or higher
  • Gloves – EN455 / EN374 / ANSI/ISEA 105 / ASTM D6319


This Directive came into effect at the time of publication on March 4th 2020. The Federal Republic of Germany is justifying this step in the follow terms: 


Meeting demand for the goods in question is essential to ensure the health system in Germany continues to function properly in the Federal Republic of Germany. The goods described above count as clinical protective equipment designed for infectious disease scenarios, both to prevent transmission to clinical personnel and to protect the healthy population against infection by those that are sick.  Due to the epidemiological crisis triggered by the SARS – CoV – 2 coronavirus in many countries, there has been a significant increase in global demand for clinical protective equipment, including the goods referred to above.


Given the increase in the number of confirmed infections within the European Union and the Federal Republic of Germany, domestic demand for these goods is understandably increasing. While demand continues to rise, production capacities at local, regional and national levels are limited and no longer sufficient to respond to the change in demand impacting on the healthcare sector which is already having to contend with significant bottlenecks. It is already impossible to meet demand from hospitals, doctors and pharmacies either in full or sufficiently quickly and with the number of cases increasing in Germany there is a genuine risk of shortages.


We are very sorry to have to stop all supplies of the aforementioned products until such time that this directive is suspended.   


The management of UVEX SAFETY GROUP Gmbh & Co. KG


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Statement of Coronavirus from Bunzl Cleaning & Hygiene Supplies

Dear Valued Customer,

Our staff at Bunzl Cleaning & Hygiene Supplies have a combined service of several thousand years, however, nobody can remember such a surge in demand to the extent of what we are currently experiencing. We can, therefore, say with some confidence that we are in a completely unprecedented period and ask for your support and understanding at this exceptional time.

The purpose of this short note is to further explain the current situation and outline some of the hard work that is being undertaken by our teams in very challenging circumstances.


We are experiencing extraordinary level of orders, 3/4x our usual levels, even after some of the mitigating actions we have outlined below.

Our teams are working with our manufacturer partners to source and secure future stock. In most instances, we are our manufacturer partners biggest customers, and they are rightly prioritising deliveries to us as well as the NHS. However, we are experiencing some shortages in Coronavirus related stocks (hand gels, sanitisers etc.), due to the demand for which is more than 50x usual levels.

We have made several concrete actions to ensure we maintain supply for these Coronavirus related products:

• In many instances, our manufacturer partners have been instructed by the government to limit sales of Coronavirus related products to the NHS and first-line responders (police, ambulance and the fire service). If you are a customer which fits this profile, we will already be working to provide these products to you.
• As and when further product becomes available (and we have written assurances that we are second in the priority list after the NHS) we will start releasing this to non-NHS and front-line responders.
• We are having daily calls with our key manufacturer partners to discuss manufacturing capacity, demand and delivery timescales. This is, however, an incredibly fluid process, with the availability of Coronavirus related product stocks changing by the minute.
• We are sourcing alternative Coronavirus related products using our extensive global network of approved suppliers. We are sourcing these from within and outside of the UK, however, most of these products have longer lead times than usual (6-8 weeks is not uncommon).
• We have removed all Coronavirus related products from our public websites so they cannot be purchased by non-existing customers.
• We are not supplying non-existing customers with any Coronavirus related products.

We currently have no current manufacturer supply issues on non-coronavirus related products, however, to maintain product availability to all customers, we may need to reduce quantities in instances of obvious bulk buying, in particular where orders are over double the regular ordering run rates. We hope you understand that this measure is necessary for the continued stability of the supply chain.


We have implemented several measures of our well tested and comprehensive Business Continuity Plan to deal with the surge in orders that we are currently experiencing. We have outlined these below, and enclosed is a copy of our Coronavirus specific Business Continuity Plan as Appendix 1 to this document.

In addition to our extensive own fleet, we will be:

• Asking all staff to work additional hours over the next two weeks including weekends.
• Ensuring driver routing is to the maximum available hours.
• Recruiting temporary additional drivers and vehicles.
• Organising pallet carriers for large suitable orders so increasing capacity over and above our vehicle fleet.
• Moving all small suitable orders and customers onto a parcel delivery service so increasing capacity over and above our vehicle fleet.
• Recruiting temporary staff for picking and packing parcel deliveries.
• Asking which customers can take a night or weekend delivery (if this is of interest please talk to your account manager).

Thank you again for your continued business, your understanding and your support through this challenging period. There may be some delays in the current unprecedented period, however, all our staff are working tirelessly and in many cases around the clock to serve all customers as quickly as possible.

Yours Sincerely,

David Cousins

David Cousins
Managing Director

Appendix 1
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Contingency Plan
V1 9th March 2020

In light of the current circumstances around the recent CoronaVirus outbreak we have reviewed our Business Continuity plan and have concluded the following:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Contingency / Continuity Plan:

The primary objectives of this policy are to:
A. Minimise the risk of Bunzl Cleaning & Hygiene Supplies (BCHS) staff contracting the virus
B. Support our customer’s, should there be an outbreak within their company
C. Maintain an acceptable level of customer service
D. Return to normal service as quickly as possible

Bunzl Cleaning & Hygiene Supplies Staff:

• An outbreak barrier pack consisting of alcohol wipes, anti-viral surface cleaner and hand sanitiser are being stored at all distribution points and will be distributed to BCHS staff in all areas of the business
• All drivers will be issued with relevant PPE such as masks, sanitisers, disposable gloves etc. to minimise their risk of contracting the infection when making deliveries
• Training provided to all employees on the correct PPE that is required and the extra steps to take such as increased hand washing, information leaflets and hygiene posters have been issued
• To minimise the risk of contracting the virus, we have reviewed what functions with our business need remote access. We have identified key functions that can work from home utilising the new implementation of the Microsoft teams software and existing virtual networks
• Restrictions have been placed on visits, or direct meetings, with customers or suppliers where these are thought to carry a high risk of infection
• Hygiene protocols have been implemented; this includes changes in cleaning regimes at all locations, extra time to be taken on touchpoints such as handles, doors, desks, counters, handrails, telephones, tables and chairs, taps, switches, sides/work surfaces, and the promotion of catch it, bin it, kill it principles
• Staff are encouraged to self-isolate if they feel they may have any symptoms, new sick pay regulations have been issued to all employees in light of this outbreak • In the event of a significant percentage of warehouse distribution employed staff being infected at the same time, contingencies have been prepared over the past weeks to enable the branch warehousing function to operate effectively whilst utilising large numbers of limited knowledge agency staff • Due to our unique branch structure, operating on a single ERP system, if a percentage of IT staff employed were to be infected at the same time, we can rely on our sister companies who share this ERP system, including shared IT resource across Bunzl UK Ltd

Communication and continuity of supply to our Customers:

• Contact will be made with all major customers explaining the current situation and initial measures being taken by BCHS advising key supplies are prioritised to the NHS
• Customers will be advised that limited face-to-face meetings may take place during this outbreak
• Customers will be asked to inform BCHS where any delivery site is deemed to be of high risk and alternative delivery points may be requested to minimise the risk to both BCHS and customer staff
• Should any our 19 BCHS branch locations be unable to maintain a satisfactory delivery service because of high numbers of infected staff, the other 18 BCHS branches or a third-party alternative (pallet carriers and courier companies), or both, will be put into operation to ensure there is no reduction in our commitment to the customers
• Internally we have 2 units of CLOROX T360 (proven to kill the COVID-19 virus), are on standby to deep clean any branch locations that may become infected. Deep cleaning utilising this machine can be completed in less than 1 hour
• In addition to our 19 locations, we have a substantial sized National Distribution Centre whereby we can dispatch directly to customer sites
• Should any BCHS site be unable to operate its administration because of high numbers of infected staff our IT systems will allow this to be done remotely at home or at another site that has not been affected
• Our communications systems will reroute calls to areas not affected so that there is no delay in customers’ orders reaching BCHS
• We have removed sanitiser lines off our website so they cannot be taken by non-existing customers
• Further updates will be issued as and when required including details of escalation or reduction of any current measures in place

Supplier communications

• Contact has been made all major UK and international suppliers/manufacturers to secure priority status to ensure a continuation of stock
• Back up suppliers/manufacturers for key supplies have been put in place to avoid out of stocks and extensive lead times
• Stocks and orders placed with our manufacturers are being monitored centrally by our purchasing team, supported by our stock controllers (locally based) to ensure we can provide a constant delivery service to all our customers
• Suppliers will be advised that limited face-to-face meetings will take place during the outbreak
• BCHS is sourcing alternative products to those currently available and these will be held at the National Distribution Centre allow access to all BCHS sites
• Further updates will be issued as and when required including details of when normal service levels have been resumed

Elements of our Business Continuity Plan of particular relevance to Coronavirus

• Through our national branch network, we have the capability to transfer stock internally across our network on a next-day basis if required
• Key contingency agreements in place with third-party logistics solutions for order fulfilment if required
• Our uniformed branch network is linked through one ERP system giving us operational capacity to execute all customer deliveries
• Outsourced servers to the Cloud for protection from all eventualities. The servers are hosted in a Primary and Backup server configuration housed in separate geographic locations. The Primary and Secondary servers are live linked and continuously backup between each other. Therefore, in the unlikely scenario of one Primary server failing the Secondary server automatically takes over, using live real-time data
• BCHS employs over 430 members of full-time and part-time staff and maintains long-standing relationships with local temporary staff agencies in order to fill any short term vacancies
• BCHS Buddy system allows key roles to be fulfilled at all times and for key functions to continue
• BCHS is part of the wider group Bunzl UK & Ireland, allowing the ability to tap into the infrastructure wider resources if required

Further updates will be issued as new information is released on the COVID-19 outbreak


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Stealth Launches Major Strategic Initiative

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Still More New Tools Added To Makita's Popular 10.8V CXT Range

Still More New Tools Added To Makita’s Popular 10.8V CXT Range

  • Super compact 10mm Angle Drill
  • Caulking Gun generates 5,000 N push force
  • Slide batteries now standard across the whole 10.8v CXT range

The new Makita DA333D 10.8v CXT Angle Drill will run up to 1,100rpm, has a chuck capacity of 0.8 – 10mm, and will drill 10mm into steel and 12mm into timber.  This very compact angle drill with minimum head size and ultra slim body weighs just 1.4kg and will prove very useful in contained spaces.  With keyless chuck, electric brake and LED job light, the DA333D has a large switch lever for variable speed control and has forward/reverse rotation.  The DA333D is available as a body only machine or complete with two 2.0Ah batteries and a 10.8v charger which features a charging status indicator and is wall mountable.  It also features an ergonomically designed soft grip handle and a belt clip.

Also new to the Makita 10.8v range is the CG100D Caulking Gun CXT which generates a remarkable 5,000 N of push force which is identical to the larger 18v model.  The 300ml holder will hold the popular cartridge-type sealants whilst an optional 600ml holder can be used with bulk sealant.  The holders will rotate through 360° for the most efficient delivery position.  The anti-drip function releases some push force as its variable speed trigger is released to draw material back from the nozzle.  This highly manoeuvrable, compact and lightweight caulking gun has an overload warning lamp, a trigger lock for security, LED job light and an ergonomic pistol grip for complete machine control.  The CG100D caulking gun is available as body only with a 300ml holder, or complete with two 2.0Ah batteries and charger.

Tools in the ever increasingly popular Makita 10.8v range are now equipped with the Lithium-Ion slide-type battery which is available in 1.5Ah, 2.0Ah and 4.0Ah capacities. 

For more news and product information about Makita UK please visit  Follow us on Twitter @MakitaUK, and

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Take A Look At Stanley, Black & Decker's New eLearning Portal ...

Troy & Troy Connect Digital Event Sponsor, Stanley, Black & Decker, join forces with eLearning world, to provide a bespoke page on product training for all Troy Members.

Here, Members can learn all about Stanley, Black & Decker products, with two courses already set-up – one for hand tools and another power tools – so why not log on today!

View the video above to find out more …

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The 2018 Bott Catalogue Is Out Now

The 2018 bott catalogue is out now, featuring a huge range of storage solutions from the UK’s leading manufacturer.  If you have any customers looking for storage equipment, Bott are happy to visit site and prepare 2D and 3D drawings on your behalf.  Bott are a trade only manufacturer and all products come with the 10 year Built to Last guarantee.

For free copies of the catalogue, contact 01288 357788 or visit


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The Advanced Lighting Systems Range from Sykes-Pickavant offers a Wide Selection of Solutions for the Industrial Sector and Includes Two Year Warranty

The Advanced Lighting Systems range from Sykes-Pickavant launched earlier this year, boasting a solution for every working environment. Developed with extensive market insight, the selection is carefully curated to bring higher-quality solutions to the workplace. The range has been recognized by leading industry experts; having received no less than seven Red Dot awards and three iF awards for its combination of quality, performance and style.

The extensive ALS range features a selection of lighting options geared towards the industrial sector, with options ranging from 2,000 to 10,000 lumens including floodlights and heavy-duty audio lights as well as a range of accessories for ease of use and increased applications.

A complete and portable lighting solution is provided by the Floodlight Series with brightness ranging from 2,000 to 10,000 lumens. The brightness of each light is adjustable to five levels with the option to control this remotely using the exclusive mobile app for certain models. Also available are two types of tripods for use with a selection of lights from this range. The floodlights feature a USB power-bank for handy device charging and include models with various power options; corded, rechargeable and combined.

To eliminate the need for carrying multiple pieces of sound and lighting equipment, the audio light range is comprised of heavy-duty work lights with high quality integrated speakers. Ranging from 600 – 5000 lumen, the series includes rechargeable and corded LED lights, all which feature Bluetooth connectivity to play audio with superior sound via the paired device. The built-in power bank also eliminates the need for carrying separate charging equipment, offering a portable 3-in-1 solution. Selected models from this range can also be used with the optional Heavy-Duty Tripod Stands and L-Shaped Bracket to provide angled lighting.

A range of carry cases is also available to protect the lights in transit, for further details on these please visit the Sykes-Pickavant website.

Take a look at the Advanced Lighting Systems range on our website here – or in the latest Sykes-Pickavant promotional brochure here –

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The British Safety Industry Federation Updates On Effect Of Covid-19

Coronavirus Communication – Immediate Halt to Collections

Given the current situation and following government advice we have taken the decision to ban customer collections at all branch locations with immediate effect. This decision has been taken to protect our staff, and I’d like to thank you in advance for your understanding with regards to this matter.

Dowload the links below for more updates.

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The Future Of Metalworking Sector Report

Fein is one of Troy’s trusted suppliers in the Metalworking Sector. Their recent Industry Report saw Jim Chadwick, Troy Purchasing Director, contribute his opinions and insight to their ‘Future of Metalworking Sector Report’.

Jim has been the group purchasing director at Troy since August 2019. He has a wealth of experience having worked across the retail, wholesale and trade spaces for more than 30 years, which has allowed him to become somewhat of an expert within his field.

Read what Jim has to say about the ‘Future of Metalworking Sector Report’ and the key business insights it has to offer our Members below…

“An insightful and interesting summary of the current state of the metalworking industry. A positive contribution from a specialist tool supplier to the category that will benefit anyone that reads it.”


If you’re interested in finding out more information on the current and future state of the metalworking industry, you can read the full report by head to the link below!

Fein’s Metalworking Sector Report

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The Metabo revolution continues – Power tool brand of the year 2018

Birmingham, November 1st, 2018: For the first time Metabo UK attends On The Tools Awards 2018 short listed for the Power tool brand of the year award 2018.

On The Tools is a creative social media marketing agency boasting the largest online construction-based community in the UK, currently standing at over 2.5 million so Metabo were delighted when they found out they had been nominated for Power tool brand of the year at their upcoming awards ceremony.

The evening event sponsored by Jewson is put together to celebrate and reward construction workers, sub-contractors, tools and equipment manufacturers and construction companies from across the UK. 

The evening started with a drink’s reception, followed by a fantastic 3 course meal and entertainment came in the form of funny man Justin Moorhouse, Comedian/actor as seen on Live At The Apollo, Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights, 8 Out of 10 cats, Alan Davis and Coronation Street.

In between courses gave plenty of opportunity for the representatives of Metabo UK, Kevin Rowles (Brand Manager) and Michael Adams (Marketing Coordinator) to network and speak directly to their target groups, in the room were also nominees for Apprentice of the year, Carpenter of the year, Electrician of the year and many other highly skilled individuals from across all industry sectors.

So now it was time for the awards ceremony, 20 or so awards to get through before Addam Smith of Band of Builders steps up onto the stage to read out the shortlisted nominees for Power tool brand of the year 2018, In the category were Bosch Professional Power Tools UK, HiKoki (Hitachi) Imex Tools, TTI Milwaukee and of course Metabo.

And the winner is………Metabo power tools!

The eruptions of applause and cheers, especially from table 31 rang in the ears of both Michael and Kevin as they hugged each other in absolute amazement that Metabo UK had won such a prestigious award.

After being presented with the award by Justin Moorhouse and especially Addam Smith which was another highlight of the night, Kevin and Mike were rushed back stage to give a short interview to camera, they thanked On The Tools for a fantastic night but paid special attention to the customers and supporters of Metabo UK and thanked all that had voted for them, “this award is much for our customers as it is for Metabo”.

A real David vs Goliath story where the underdog came out as the winner!   

Matthew Sheen ‘On behalf of the Metabo Management, we would like to thank everyone who voted for us and supported our brand during the nomination process.’

‘In addition, I would like to thank our distribution for the continued support, and service given to our Metabo customers, this is, we believe a very positive time for the brand, and we look forward to the continued development with yourselves’

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The New C.K Magma Pro Tool Case Plus – A Place for Every Tool and Every Tool in its Place!

Following the success of its range of premium storage tool cases, Carl Kammerling International is enhancing its range with the new C.K Magma Pro Tool Case Plus (MA2640), the ultimate bag to organise and protect tradesmen’s tools.  Regularly working with tradesmen gives C.K Magma valuable insight into what works best.  As a result, the C.K Magma Pro Tool Case Plus provides the latest vertical tool storage facility, which not only offers perfect organisation within the tool bag, with a place for every tool, but also helps prevent any tools being lost, which can be extremely costly.

The C.K Magma Pro Tool Case Plus offers a range of fantastic features and benefits, designed to make every tradesman’s job that much easier.  For example, this innovative tool case features over 60 vertical storage pockets and holders, offering easy access and the best organisation of valuable tools.

The outer construction of the Pro Tool Case Plus offers superb strength and durability and includes heavy duty pierce protected zips, with a 100% water and crack proof base, all designed to keep tools safe and secure in transit, as well as deliver long lasting performance.  The tool case also offers a choice of short carry handles and shoulder straps for easy portability from one task to another.

The Pro Tool Case Plus also features an impressive dual side, wide opening storage which houses the generous vertical tool storage facility, to enable easy visibility and quick identification of the right tools to do the job.  Measuring 450 x 290 x 340mm and weighing in at just 2.65 kg, this quality tool case has all it takes to be a hit with busy tradesmen who need easy to handle, reliable storage for their tool kit.

Vanessa Molloy, Brand Manager for C.K Magma comments:  “Our range of quality storage products has been developed with the help of our research amongst tradesmen.  The new C.K Magma Pro Tool Case Plus is no exception, adding yet more new innovation, with the growing popularity of vertical tool storage a key feature.  We believe that this, together with the many other quality features included, is set to more than meet the needs of tradesmen looking for the ultimate tool case.”

Tradesmen looking to invest in the best bag designed to organise and protect their tools, need look no further than the new C.K Magma Pro Tool Case Plus (RRP £82.45 ex VAT).

For further information please call 01758 704704 or visit


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The New NMA 2018 Catalogue has landed!

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The Original Timbag Just Got Better


TIMco, one of the UK’s largest independent suppliers of screws, fasteners, fixings and power tool accessories, has further developed its innovative TIMbag packaging to aid with product selection and to support merchants with improved merchandising opportunities.

The TIMbag, made from a durable polymer, has been specifically designed and presented to give strong visual impact, durability, and simple identification of products. The TIMbag is portable, re-sealable, tamper proof and convenient for site and since its launch in 2012 has sold 275 million units.

The easy to carry TIMbag packaging now has more product information including; sizes, dimensions, strength and corrosion ratings as well as user guides and the best applications for each of the products.  The bags are now each colour coded for easy selection while barcoding helps the retailer to manage their stock effectively and ensure availability of popular lines. 

Simon Midwood, Managing Director of TIMco comments: “We’re excited to reveal the new and improved TIMbag that at a glance provides easy to digest information to support merchants and end users with selecting the right products for each job.  By also increasing the range of products available in TIMbags, we aim to further develop our strategy of becoming a ‘one-stop shop’ for builder’s merchants.”

For more information on the new ranges available or to find your nearest TIMco stockist, visit:

TIMco is headquartered in Nantwich, Cheshire and imports and supplies more than 6,500 product lines from around the world to distributors throughout the UK, Ireland and Europe.  The company was established in 1972 and now employs 137+ members of staff from its offices in the UK, Ireland and Taiwan.  For more information, visit 

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TIMco Announces Partnership with Local Wildlife Organisation

TIMco, one of the UK’s largest, independent and fastest-growing wholesalers to the construction industry, is supporting its local community by partnering with Bees In Our Community – a bee conservation organisation based in Northwich and operating throughout Cheshire. The partnership is part of the company’s strategy to build a sustainable business and support the communities in which it trades.


Bees In Our Community was set up in 2016 as a not-for-profit social enterprise to offer a free ongoing ‘loan’ of beehives and honeybees to homeowners, landowners and farmers with many hives being located close to TIMco’s Headquarters and Warehouse in Nantwich, Cheshire.


The aim is to get to 300+ hives into the local community. The bees are all locally bred and raised and are of the native (Apis Mellifera Mellifera) strain. The native bees make best use of the variable weather and forage that Cheshire experiences and play a vital role in pollination, with an estimated one-third of all foods consumed each day relying on pollination by bees.


The hives are too expensive to buy new so they are hand made from locally sourced and recycled wood which requires a large volume of screws and glue in their assembly.  To support the charity’s endeavours, TIMco has initially donated over 25,000 items of their screw stock (as per Bees In Our Community requirements) to the cause, as well as supplying wood for the construction of the hives. TIMco is looking to pledge further donations to the organisation throughout the coming year.


TIMco has committed to supply the charity with all their fixing needs to achieve their targets. They have also contributed to the re-design of the hives so that they can be made from timber originally used in pallets. This mutually beneficial opportunity has reduced the amount of timber being recycled and reduced the material cost to zero.


Simon Midwood, Managing Director of TIMco, comments: “We are excited to be supporting local initiatives such as Bees in Our Community and to be helping them with such a positive initiative. As a ‘Founding Sponsor’, we look forward to continuing to support the organisation’s outstanding work and to help make a positive environmental impact within our local community. In the future, we hope to have some hives on TIMco’s land in order to bring our support for this cause to life.”


Karl Colyer of Bees In Our Community was delighted with the support given by TIMco: “As a not-for-profit business, every penny counts and is directed towards helping honeybees. The very generous supply of screws and several van loads of wood has really helped us provide quality hives for the bees.”


This timely support follows hot on the heels of the city of Chester’s aim to become the most bee-friendly city in the country by running a #BEEfriendlyChester campaign to educate and encouraging Chester to ‘bee-friendly’. The Grosvenor Shopping Centre will be hosting events from July 27 to September 1, including live hive workshops, scuttlebee kids play zone, fun activities, bee flower seed giveaways, local honey sellers and education demonstrations.


Further information regarding the work carried out by Bees In Our Community can be found on their website at   



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