"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.
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.
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 madeingb.org community..
- To find out more visit their website, jcshi-torque.co.uk.
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.
TKD1 / TKD2 / TKD3
490x1105x300 / 980x1105x200 / 490x1105x490
44kg / 62kg / 58kg
WATCH TREKDROR IN ACTION
Bollé Safety Make Last Minute Price Increase Due To Covid-19
COVID-19 PRICE INCREASE
Dear Valued Customer,
As you are all aware, we are facing an unprecedent global crisis due to Covid-19.
Our first aim is to provide healthcare professionals and key workers with appropriate means to protect themselves against the virus.
However, this health crisis has significantly impacted upon our business and organization.
As you may be aware, the availability of our finished goods is greatly depleted at the moment, partly through the shutdown of manufacturing across the globe and partly through significant increases in consumption of PPE. Consequently, we are experiencing exceptional demand on critical product lines during the Covid-19 crisis.
In view of these exceptional circumstances arising from Covid-19, there has been, and will continue to be, a significant increase in transportation costs as well as difficulties in sourcing raw materials. Also we have had to increase investment in new moulds to boost capacity and expand the workforce within the company.
Unfortunately, due to this current dramatic economic situation and this commercial unpredictability, we are left with no rational alternative but to increase our current 2020 prices in line with these costs. We are confident, nonetheless, that we will continue to deliver to you and your customers the same high level of quality and protection that our products offer. We will, of course, do our best to return to our normal pricing policy as soon as possible after the crisis.
Please note that our new prices will be effective on the 2nd of April 2020 and will remain in force until the additional costs we face decrease.
I hope this provides some clarity on our position, however please let me know if you any queries. Otherwise we look forward to supporting you as we continue to do our very best to meet demand in these exceptional times.
Executive Vice President
BOLTON WANDERERS FC PUTS DICKIES’ LATEST RANGE TO THE TEST
Global workwear brand Dickies has teamed up with Bolton Wanderers FC to test its new Advanced Waterproof Technology (AWT) range at the University of Bolton Stadium.
Dickies Workwear has outfitted stadium ground staff, security and maintenance staff with clothing and footwear from the range, which is designed to guard the wearer against the elements. Featuring materials that repel rain, sleet and snow while remaining breathable, AWT products were considered especially useful for the ground staff who work outside every day caring for the pitch.
“With the weather in constant flux with rain, hail, wind, freezing temperatures and even snow, it can be quite challenging to work in and play at the home of Bolton Wanderers FC, so this was an ideal opportunity to put our new AWT range to the test,” said James Whitaker, Marketing Director at Dickies Workwear.
“Not every piece of workwear or outerwear is suited for that level of punishment, but what Dickies Workwear does well is craft tough, no-nonsense workwear at a price everyone can afford that can stand-up to the outdoors. We’ve had some great feedback from the staff at the club who enjoyed trialling our new range.”
Items worn by ground staff at Bolton Wanderers FC include the Dickies Winter Jacket, which features an exceptionally high level of waterproofing (10,000 mm) while also being breathable – making it an ideal option for working outdoors in bad weather conditions.
Chris Simm, Head Groundsman of Bolton Wanderers FC, said:
“The ground staff, security and match day staff have a lot riding on their shoulders given the level of work that goes into making sure our facilities perform. Our workers need to feel comfortable and protected and we know Dickies Workwear provides exactly what they need to make sure they’re able to stay focused on game day.”
The University of Bolton Stadium is a natural partnership for Dickies Workwear as its outdoor setting is well-known for having unique, weather-related challenges. In addition to outfitting workers, the partnership includes Dickies Workwear being featured in-stadium throughout the season via digital signage and advertising, as well as in the official game-day programme. Dickies will also have a presence within various digital platforms, including https://www.bwfc.co.uk/, the team’s Facebook page and more.
Find out more about the hard work that goes into maintaining the pitch and grounds at Bolton Wanderers FC by watching Dickies’ video here (which was filmed prior to the Covid-19 outbreak): Video Link
About the Bolton Wanderers FC
The historic Bolton Wanderers FC, established in 1874 as Christchurch FC before adopting its current name in 1877, is one of the founding members of the Football League in 1888. The Club won three FA Cups in the 1920s and once again in 1958 when they beat Manchester United 2-0 at Wembley. It enjoyed a prolonged spell in the Premier League in the 2000s during which they featured in two European campaigns.
More information is available online at https://www.bwfc.co.uk/
About Dickies Workwear
Dickies Workwear, has provided workers with durable, functional and comfortable workwear since 1922, pioneering such iconic styles as the Redhawk coverall. A brand of VF Corporation, the Dickies Workwear brand portfolio continues to evolve and today includes modern apparel, footwear and accessories for men, women. The brand’s range of products are available in more than 100 countries, allowing individuals around the world to experience the performance of Dickies®. For more information, visit www.dickiesworkwear.com
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
Bott Verso delivers style and substance for a demanding workspace
Stolen BMX are a BMX bike brand famed worldwide for their product-orientated ethos. Based out of their UK head office, they work collaboratively with SR75 World Team; athletes competing across global motorsport events.
With a love of leg and horse power, creating a workspace fit for two purposes presented quite a challenge. Stolen BMX required a stock area to store parts and build their pedal power bikes, while SR75 needed a functional area to build competition-ready motocross bikes.
For Anthony Revell, Co-owner and Director of Stolen BMX, and Geoff Walker, Owner of SR75 World Team, the wide choice of product led them to select Verso as their workplace solution.
The modular Verso system has such a diverse range of sizes and options it allowed them to confidently configure their own design; creating two bays to work on both BMX and motocross bikes.
A combination of shelf cupboards and 100% extension drawer cabinets provided plenty of storage possibilities, with adjustable drawer dividers optimising organisation throughout. Wall mounted Perfo panels and hooks offered easy access and visible tool storage, alongside plastic hook on bins for small parts storage.
With style and reliability being everything in racing, the sleek aesthetics of the Verso range in gentian blue, coupled with great engineering, resonated with Stolen BMX and SR75 World Team.
For people living in the high-speed world of extreme sports, the fast delivery time offered by Bott appealed to the teams, getting them up and running quickly; allowing them to get on with the job.
In the gruelling sphere of extreme sports, you need to be strong, your kit has to be tough and you need a durable workspace that can handle the pace. For Anthony and Geoff, their Built to Last Verso workspace solution has met all their expectations.
“We would highly recommend Bott products. The quality and value for money are second to none.
Throughout the whole process of selection, to delivery, to aftercare; the customer service has been unrivalled!”
Countdown to Christmas with new limited-edition Draper Tools advent calendar
Whether your customers love it or loathe it, this year has seen a nationwide interest in DIY. With more time spent at home, DIY projects around the country were taken on, leaving many in need of new tools. In fact, a quarter of the UK’s homeowners say tools and DIY supplies are likely to be on their Christmas list this year*. So, why not fix Christmas for your customers with the brand new Draper Tools advent calendar?
Give your customers the ultimate Christmas countdown with this limited edition calendar, featuring 49 specially selected tools hidden behind 24 doors. Simply open each door throughout December to build a handy Draper toolkit in time for the big day.
Building on the success of last year’s sell-out advent calendar, which received widespread media attention, this year’s model features an all new toolkit inside. It’s the perfect pre-Christmas gift for new DIY enthusiasts and seasoned home-improvement pros alike. The tool kit inside has broad appeal and would be useful for anyone around the house, garage or even at work.
The calendar includes a measuring tape, adjustable wrench, a selection of pliers, hex keys and a ¼” hex magnetic screwdriver with 31 different insert bits – all contained in a sturdy case to keep everything safe and organised.
Each Draper Tools advent calendar contains:
- 1x 2m Measuring tape
- 1x 100mm Adjustable wrench
- 1x 115mm Combination pliers
- 1x 115mm Diagonal pliers
- 1x ¼” Hex magnetic bit driver
- 1x ¼” Hex 60mm magnetic bit holder
- 9x 25mm PZ TYPE insert bits: No.0, No.1 (x2) No.2 (x4) and No3 (x2)
- 3x 25mm Cross slot insert bits: No.2
- 4x 25mm Plain slot insert bits: 3, 4.5, 5.5 and 6.5mm
- 7x 25mm DRAPER TX-STAR insert bits: T10, T15, T20, T25, T27, T30 and T40
- 3x 25mm Square insert bits: No.1, No2 and No.3
- 5x 25mm Hex insert bits: 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6mm
- 10 x Hex keys: 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3., 4, 5, 5.5, 6, 8, 10mm
- 1x Storage case with EVA insert
Christmas is the season of goodwill and giving, that’s why for every advent calendar sold, Draper Tools is donating £1 to NHS Charities Together in recognition of all hardworking NHS heroes who have done so much this year.
For more information details visit www.drapertools.com (stock no: 19777) or contact your Draper Tools Area Sales Manager.
and trade enquiries visit: www.drapertools.com.
Advent calendar RRP: £35, see www.drapertools.com for all the details.
*source Draper Tools survey, conducted by OnePoll August 2020, sample size: 2,000 UK homeowners.
About Draper Tools:
The family business that’s been supplying the nation with tools since 1919.
Draper Tools is a leading distributor of hand and power tools. Established in 1919 by Bert Draper, the company is now over 100 years old and is still family owned and run today. Draper Tools prides itself on the range, quality and value of its expanding portfolio which includes over 10,000 quality products. Product categories include automotive, construction, engineering and many more. Draper Tools products are available through a wide range of stockists both online and in stores. For more information, stockist details
Covid-19 Updates From Suppliers
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Dormer Pramet UK - Sales Unit Closure
A MESSAGE FROM CHRIS HERRING, DORMER PRAMET, GENERAL MANAGER.
Due to the recent restrictions on movement, we have taken the decision to close our sales office until further notice. This is a precautionary measure to protect the health and wellbeing of our employees, customers and partners.
However, all our staff continue to work from home.
Below is a list of telephone numbers you can call based on your business
location. In addition, our email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) remains
live and is constantly monitored during working hours. Therefore, please
contact us via these channels with your enquiries, stock-checks and orders.
Electronic ordering (DOL/EDI) remains unaffected.
|North East England||01246 571313|
|North West England||01246 571316|
|South East England||01246 571318|
|South West England||01246 571319|
|Southern England||01246 571317|
|West Midlands||01246 571350|
|Yorkshire & N/E Midlands||01246 571315|
|Technical Support||01246 571335|
If you find your local number is engaged or not answering, please feel free to
call an alternative.
At this stage, there is no disruption to our services and deliveries will
continue as normal. The only exception being product returns, which we will
unfortunately not be able to accept back until our office re-opens. We will
monitor the situation closely and up-date you with any development and
If you have any further questions, please contact our customer
service team using the telephone numbers or email address shown above.
Alternatively, you can contact your local Dormer Pramet Sales Engineer on
their usual number.
Thank you for your support and patience during this time.
Draper Tools launches Festive Deals as 25% of Brits want tools for Christmas
With the increased interest in DIY and gardening this year, retailers could be in for strong seasonal sales. According to Draper Tools latest research, a quarter of UK adults say tools and DIY supplies are likely to be on their Christmas list this year*. That’s why Draper Tools has launched a huge new promotion for the festive season. The company’s Festive Deals promotion is packed with over 300 products at great prices offering everything from stocking fillers through to ideal Christmas presents for DIY enthusiasts, gardeners, motorists and tradespeople too.
With Draper’s Festive Deals promotion, retailers can meet customer demand and get a great deal at the same time. By getting involved with the promotion, Draper Tools stockists have the opportunity to benefit from seasonal sales-boosting extras such as a digital toolkit with imagery and graphics for social media. For qualifying orders there’s also festive in-store POS available to dress shop windows and counters. Plus, there’s a printed gift guide available, featuring over 40 pages of inspiration to entice customers and encourage festive sales. To find out how to qualify for these added extras speak to your Draper representative today!
Draper Tools has thought of everything with a whole range of products on offer that will appeal to a wide range of customers this festive season – from power tools that pack a punch, right through to smart, stylish garden essentials. Whether your customers are hardworking tradespeople, DIY enthusiasts, gardeners or keen motorists, there’s something to suit.
Don’t miss exciting offers on the Draper D20 and Storm Force 20V power tool ranges, which each feature their own convenient, multi-tool battery system – where one battery system powers every tool in the series. These top-quality ranges are ideal to enhance anyone’s power tool collection, appealing to both new and seasoned DIYers.
There are also great deals available on storage solutions to get your customers organised and handy household must-haves such as hex keys, LED torches and battery chargers too. Festive Deals really is a comprehensive collection, packed with products and support to help retailers on the way to successful seasonal sales.
Speak to your Draper Tools representative for all the details on Festive Deals or talk a look at https://b2b.drapertools.com/festive-deals
*source Draper Tools survey, conducted by OnePoll August 2020, sample size: 2,000 UK adults.
About Draper Tools:
The family business that’s been supplying the nation with tools since 1919.
Draper Tools is a leading distributor of hand and power tools. Established in 1919 by Bert Draper, the company is now over 100 years old and is still family owned and run today. Draper Tools prides itself on the range, quality and value of its expanding portfolio which includes over 10,000 quality products. Product categories include automotive, construction, engineering and many more. Draper Tools products are available through a wide range of stockists both online and in stores. For more information, stockist details and trade enquiries visit: www.drapertools.com.
Draper Tools message, we remain fully operational
A statement from Graham Wade, Managing Director of Draper Tools.
I wanted to update you on how we’re adapting to the uncertainty of COVID-19.
As a family business, we’ve always taken seriously the health of our staff and customers. In these turbulent times, this has never been more important, and we are striving to do everything we can to protect us all.
Now, as ever, the entire Draper Tools team are working tirelessly to adapt to these ever-changing situations and make sure that we keep it business as usual.
We understand the challenges faced by our customers, so please be assured that we remain fully operational.
We have lots of stock available to supply all customers. We have a warehouse team that are ready and raring to go to pick, pack and deliver our tools. And most importantly, we wanted to do something to support you during these difficult times, so in the next few days we’re reducing our drop shipping fee from £6.50 to £4.95 (we’re just in the process of making the necessary adjustments to our systems to achieve this). In these times, more and more people are working at home and so this change will hopefully enable you to attract extra business with our carriers delivering directly to your customers.
Our carriage paid order values remain unchanged.
From the Draper family and I, we want to say a huge thanks to you, for your ongoing support. We are doing everything we can to ensure that we help you, your customers and our team through these unprecedented times.
We will continue to review our measures as the situation unfolds.
Thank you and stay safe.
Draper: Never Get Caught Out By A Flat Car Battery Again
If you haven’t driven your car for a while, or have only been making occasional short trips, you could find that your car won’t start the next time you need it. Draper Tools has launched a brand new range of Smart Chargers & Battery Maintainers to help solve this problem and stop you or your customers getting caught out by a flat car battery. The new range includes four different models that will extend the life of your battery. They’ll also activate, analyse and recondition your car battery, as well as being suitable for motorbikes, vans and caravans.
UK lockdowns have seen millions of us reducing and even completely stopping driving and this has led to an increase in flat battery breakdowns*. The situation is made worse in winter, as batteries can struggle in cold weather conditions. But there is a solution in the Draper 6V/12V Smart Charger & Battery Maintainer range (available in 2A, 4A, 6A and 10A options). These portable smart chargers will work with a range of 6V and 12V vehicle batteries and can be connected to a Lead-Acid or Lithium battery for a long duration without the risk of overcharging. This means you can simply leave them to charge overnight without worrying. Winter conditions aren’t a problem either, the Draper range of Smart Chargers & Battery Maintainers can all be used in temperatures as low as -20°C.
What sets this range apart from standard battery chargers is a special 10-step process that can analyse and repair your battery. The chargers can check the status of your battery and ensure it’s kept at 95-100%, with the voltage continually monitored.
And, what could really save the day, is how these chargers can even be used on deeply discharged batteries (aka a totally flat battery) – which can happen when you’ve left something on such as an internal light or headlights. By keeping a Draper Smart Charger & Battery Maintainer handy, you can totally avoid the need to jump start a flat battery with another vehicle. Thanks to the 10-step process, deeply discharged batteries are restored by repeated charging with small current pulses to rejuvenate battery capacity.
The Draper Smart Charger & Battery Maintainer are an easy to use and cost-effective solution to keep batteries in good condition all year round – especially in the current climate where many of us are using our cars less and less. With prices starting from £29.95 – they’re a must have for any car owner.
Draper's new campaign reveals health benefits of DIY & Gardening
Draper’s new national campaign to promote the health and wellbeing benefits of DIY & gardening has already been making headlines in the The Sun, The Daily Mirror and other national media. There are some really fascinating findings – PE with Joe Wicks might be over, but there’s still plenty of ways for the nation to burn calories at home.
- UK Homeowners burn more than EIGHTY THOUSAND calories a year by gardening and doing DIY
- During a typical year, house proud Brits will spend 165 hours in total on their home & garden improvements
- 67% of the population said doing a DIY or gardening job well is more satisfying than doing a good job at work
- 73% of homeonwers consider gardening to be a nice way to de-stress and to relax and 47% feel similarly about DIY
Survey commissioned by Draper Tools, conducted by OnePoll. Sample size: 2,000 UK homeowners.
About Draper Tools: Draper Tools is a leading distributor of hand and power tools. Established in 1919 by Bert Draper, the company is now more than 100 years old and is still family owned and run today. Draper Tools prides itself on the range, quality and value of its expanding product portfolio which includes over 10,000 quality products. Product categories include automotive, gardening and landscaping, construction, engineering and many more. Draper Tools products are available through a wide range of stockists both online and in stores. For more information, stockist details and trade enquiries visit: www.drapertools.com.
Fake CE logos – is your PPE is correctly CE certified? How do you know?
The British safety industry federation has reported an area of risk around fake CE logos; Chinese Export logos masquerading as ‘conformite europeene’.
What is CE certification?
To be sold in the European Union, a product must have a CE mark. The CE mark indicates conformity with health, safety, and environmental protection standards for products sold within the European Economic Area (EEA). CE marking applies to all products, ranging from electrical equipment to toys and from civil explosives to medical devices. If a product has the CE mark it does not mean that the product was made in the EEA, but states that the product is assessed before being placed on the market.
European standards are in place for a wide range of PPE from protective clothing against chemicals, heat and flames, to head protective helmets, eye protection, gloves and safety footwear. Many regions outside of the EU are increasingly turning towards the CE mark to show that the product is up to standard and has been tested comprehensively.
If your product is certified it means;
The product meets minimum performance specifications defined in legally recognised standards applied throughout Europe.
A product has been subjected to a series of tests on physical characteristics and finished product performance according to application or protective tape
How do we know if the product is correctly CE certified or not?
All CE certified products should feature a label with everything you need
The info shown on the label should be very specific, this is a legal requirement. Each product type, whether it be protective gloves, glasses or boots has its own specific labelling or marking requirements.
Fake CE Logos
Sometimes, alongside the CE mark can be seen a code which represents the ID number of the respective Notified body needed for conducting the product’s certification.
The CE “Chinese export” mark can be seen on some, not all, products produced in and exported from China. The mark is with a similar design, and if you don’t know how to distinguish it from the real CE mark, it can look identical to you. As a result, y
ou can think that your product is CE marked and safe to use. The “Chinese export” mark is not an official European mark and is considered as fake. Many factories in China apply that mark on their products and afterwards, put them on the market. Such products haven’t had any risk assessment, safety evaluation, or testing. They haven’t been certified against the relevant CE standards, and their placing on the EU market is seen as an illegal act. As overall, products bearing the CE “China Export” mark vary in quality from being acceptable to completely dangerous in their design. A good example of products on which you can very often see this mark is the power supplies.
New legislation came about in 2016 evolving from a loose directive, outlining that responsibility lies with all ECONOMIC OPERATORS to comply with PPE supply chain standards. The new terminology ‘ALL ECONOMIC OPERATORS’ now places responsibility for compliance throughout the entire supply chain manufacturer, wholesaler to distributor. To keep you compliant and your business away from risk, BSIF membership will provide spot checks of products and on site checks. Read more here
To read the Lakeland article click the following link – Lakeland CE Certification
Free Business Growth Webinars- with Action Coach
Steve Gaskell of Action Coach is on hand providing a series of valuable webinars in the lead up to TMB Digital 2020 where Brad Sugars, CEO and founder of Action Coach will be speaking!
If you are a Troy Member, join TMB Digital on 22nd October 2020 where Brad Sugars will close the show with a rousing presentation on pivoting your business, business survival and success. Brad is a bestselling author and the #1 Business Coach in the world according to Entrepreneur Magazine, we look forward to welcoming him to the inaugural TMB Digital 2020.
Steve Gaskell’s Action Coach webinars are listed below, they are free to Troy members, and will take place on;
01.10.2020, 08.10.2020, 15.10.2020 – pop them in your diary now!
5 Ways To Massive Profit Webinar
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At our free 5 Ways To Massive Profits Workshop, we’ll share over 350 different ways you can improve these five areas to multiply your profits! And you’ll leave with a clear action plan to begin boosting these areas right away. The ActionCOACH Business Coach Chassis focuses on the five areas that can transform your business into a profit powerhouse. Join us for a profitable time working on your business.
6 Steps To Achieving Business Profits and Growth
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6 Steps To Achieving Business Profits And Growth will both inform and entertain you, but most importantly, it will teach you how to be a better business owner and leader. This webinar is designed for independent businesses and every business owner. The 6 steps will help you climb the ladder of business growth and have a commercial, profitable enterprise that works without you.
Marketing With Compassion
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Learn where and how to market your business in challenging times. Understand the impact of marketing which empathises with your customers and prospects. Build marketing strategies which will overcome any fears of a downturn and offer confidence in what you do and sell.
Guidance for PPE businesses - from British Safety Industry Federation
In early September BEIS / OPSS published version 6 of Guidance on applying the easement to the conformity assessment of PPE and placing product on the UK market in the context of Covid 19.
In the last few days they have published a 7th version of the Guidance for high volume manufacturers of PPE. You can download this at https://www.bsif.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Guidance-for-businesses-high-volume-manufacture-of-ppe-version-7.pdf
The amendments can be found in section 10.
In a similar vein, a 4th version of the Guidance for small scale manufacturers has also been published reflecting the same modest amendments. This document can also be downloaded at https://www.bsif.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Guidance-for-businesses-and-individuals-small-scale-manufacture-of-ppe-version-4.pdf
HSE Safety Alert on KN95 Masks
A message from our colleagues at The British Safety Industry Federation;
In June this year, during the height of the flood of non – compliant PPE coming into the UK, we wrote highlighting the safety alert from the HSE on face masks designated as KN95. These are not to be bought or sold as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
After a period where the problem appeared to settle down, we are now seeing an ever increasing amount of the potentially unsafe KN95 product again being offered for sale.
We are taking the opportunity to re send the bulletin information and ask you to be vigilant ensuring that only safe and appropriately conformity assessed product is offered for sale.
Please continue to feedback any examples you have where PPE offered for sale does not comply with the regulations. We will share this information with the Market Surveillance Authorities.
Please feel free to share this with your customers.
Below is the text and links from the June Bulletin.
Best wishes and stay safe
Please find below an HSE Safety Alert, warning against the use and supply of KN95 for use at work, as personal protective equipment.
HSE state that “this respirator has been identified as suspect by HSE experts and locally arranged testing has confirmed they would not meet requirements, including to protect against the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.” About 90% of the PPE concerns and queries currently being received by HSE involve KN95 masks which are often accompanied by fake or fraudulent paperwork.
HSE has quarantined around 1.5 million KN95 masks, prevented 25 million items claiming to be FFP3 respirators entering the supply chain and prevented a further four lines consisting of many millions of items entering the supply chain.
Rick Brunt, HSE’s director of operational strategy said: “The KN95 facemask should not be purchased or used.
Introducing the 145 Kasp Marine Padlock Range – Designed to Weather any Storm!
Kasp, the leading brand in security from Carl Kammerling, is launching a superb high quality Kasp 145 Marine Padlock Range. Specifically designed for outdoor use – even in extreme weather conditions – the 145 Marine range is perfect for withstanding corrosive salty air conditions in coastal areas. Designed and manufactured to the highest standards and backed by the Kasp ten-year guarantee, Kasp 145 Marine padlocks are available in two security levels (medium and high); 40mm and 50mm, standard and long shackle, both keyed to differ and keyed alike combinations.
Key Features & Benefits
Ideal for a multitude of applications and backed by the Kasp quality guarantee, the 145 Marine Padlocks offer a secure padlock with exceptional weather resistance (exceeding ISO 9227 salt spray requirements, showing no sign of corrosion or mechanical failure). The mirror chromed solid brass body, rust-free internal components, 316 stainless steel shackle and rubber shackle seal, combine to provide corrosion resistance in the most extreme environments.
Security is paramount and, with a double bolted shackle to resist torsion/pull attack and a 5 pin anti-pick cylinder, the 145 Marine padlock is also designed to withstand manipulation.
- Marine grade 316 stainless steel shackle – marine and food grade stainless steel for extreme weather protection, tested to ISO 9227.
- Mirror chromed brass padlock.
- Rubber shackle seal, to further protect the cylinder from water ingress.
- Rust free stainless steel and brass internal components.
- Double bolted locking mechanism.
- 5 pin cylinder with anti-pick mushrooms pins.
- Paracentric keyway.
- 2 keys supplied with each padlock.
To help promote the Kasp 145 Marine Padlock Range in-store, there’s also a compact eye-catching counter display available, designed to encourage impulse purchases at point of sale.
Tina Skinner, Brand Director at Kasp comments: “We are delighted to be launching the new 145 Marine Padlocks, designed and developed to the exacting high standards people have come to expect from Kasp. A secure padlock with exceptional weather resistance, the 145 Marine Series offers many benefits for consumers needing a strong and reliable solution to their outdoor security needs. We are also keen to help retailers maximise sales and offer an eye-catching counter display to make the purchase of marine padlocks an easy one at point of sale, together with consumer-friendly packaging which clearly highlights the security level and lock’s usage.”
Call us now for more details on 01758 704704 or visit www.kaspsecurity.co.uk
JSP New Improved Leadtime On Force™8 & Presstocheck™
Due to COVID, Force™8 & Presstocheck™ Masks have been on a long leadtime since April – we are now happy to share news that lead time is down to only a couple of weeks.
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Makita Brings Two New 800W SDS+ Rotary Hammers To Market
- 2.4 joules of impact energy delivers up to 4,600 blows per minute
- Integral dust collection system with HEPA filter
- AVT™ version cuts vibration levels
- Three mode operation
Makita introduces two brand new heavy duty SDS+ rotary hammer drills in either 110v or 240v mains configuration. Both feature an 800 watt motor that with 2.4 joules of impact energy, and up to 4,600 blows per minute, will punch a 26mm hole in concrete using a normal TCT bit. The powerful HR2650 and HR2651 will drive a 68mm TCT core or an 80mm Diamond core through concrete with ease. Both models feature the one-touch sliding SDS+ chuck.
A highly efficient dust collection system, with telescopic slide guide ranging up to 190mm, and drill-through port will reduce dust on site and protect operators. The easy-to-remove transparent dust case provides easy disposal of dust and particles and the HEPA filter can be quickly and efficiently cleaned.
The new Makita HR2651 features the proven AVT™– Anti Vibration Technology™ – the innovative vibration reduction system that cuts vibration transfer to the operator.
Both models have torque limiter drives, and the 3-mode operation rotary switch on the transmission case selects rotary only mode for drilling, rotary with hammer action support, and a hammer only mode for chiselling functions. Weighing 4.2kg these powerful rotary hammers will meet the most challenging on-site actions.
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Makita Intoduce New 10.8V And 18V Rotary Hammer Drill
- New 10.8v model achieves 1.0 Joules of impact energy and up to 4,900 ipm
- Very compact 18v model will drill 17mm in concrete
- 2-mode operation, rotary and rotary hammer
Makita has added two new SDS+ rotary hammer drills to the ever expanding inventory of cordless tools. The new 10.8v model will generate 4,900 impacts per minute whilst the beefy 18v model will punch a 17mm hole into concrete.
The new Makita HR140D rotary hammer drill further extends the increasingly popular 10.8v cordless range of tools. This new 14mm CXT machine generates 1 joule of impact energy and up to 4,900 ipm, all from a small and compact machine that weighs just 2.6kg.
The HR140D will run up to 850 rpm, while two operation modes can be selected by the rotary switch on the body housing to run in rotary only for pure drilling, or with hammer assistance for heavy duty drilling into masonry.
This new model has capacity to punch a 14mm hole into concrete; 10mm into steel and 13mm into timber. Drilling speed is controlled by the variable speed trigger which is comfortably positioned on the vibration absorbing grip handle assembly, which cuts drilling vibration transmission to protect the operator.
This lightweight and compact yet powerful rotary hammer drill is available in body only format, or with two 10.8v batteries in a Makpac case.
The new Makita DHR171 rotary hammer drill features the high performance Brushless motor which will run the drill up to 680 rpm, and with 1.2 Joules of energy coupled with up to 4,800 ipm, will comfortably punch a 17mm hole into concrete; 10mm into steel and 13mm into wood. In line with current Makita innovation, this new 18v drill is virtually identical in size to the 10.8v models, so it is ideally suited for use in limited access areas.
Both models share the advanced features of electric brake, variable speed trigger and constant speed control; while the 18v model also benefits from the vibration absorption body assembly that protects the operator when using this powerful and rugged rotary hammer in all site operations.
Weighing in at 2.8kg this model is available as body only, or with 2 x 18v batteries and charger packaged in a convenient Makpac case.
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Makita Introduce New OMNIBOHRER Multi-Purpose Drill Bits
- New range of multi-material, multi-purpose drill bits
- Tungsten carbide tips
- Time saving and convenient
- Fast, efficient and accurate drilling in any material
The new OmniBohrer range of drill bits joins the extensive range of high performance Makita accessories. Bits in this multi-purpose collection are suitable for use with a diverse range of materials including concrete, tile, brick, slate, limestone, wood, composite materials, aluminium and plastics, totally eliminating the need to switch between bit types. Ultimately, the new OmniBohrer range is time saving while improving operator efficiency and accuracy.
The collection of 25 drill bits, ranging from 3 – 14mm diameter and lengths of 60 – 400mm, feature a high quality tungsten carbide tip that can be used for different applications across various industries. Tungsten carbide is more durable than many other materials because of its exceptional levels of toughness and hardness. The wide flutes of the OmniBohrer bits deliver quick and efficient material extraction.
This multi-purpose collection will be welcomed by many manufacturing professionals using multi-layer, or composite materials such as that used in the manufacture of windows and doors, or for fixing wood or metal to brickwork without the need to switch bit types.
Choose OmniBohrer drill bits for improved quality, convenience and versatility.
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Makita Introduces New Cordless 18V LXT Top Handle Chainsaw Designed For Forestry Professionals
- Prioritising operator safety
- Chain speed and performance equal to a petrol machine
- Lightweight and compact
- Brushless motor for longer run time and increased power
Makita chainsaws have gained a high reputation amongst forestry professionals with models that are renowned for power, performance, rugged reliability and value. The new Makita DUC254Z 18V Brushless Top Handle Chainsaw LXT is no exception. With a single 18V Lithium-Ion battery it generates a 570 watt output providing ample power to run the 3/8th inch chain over the 25cm bar at up to 24 metres per second matching the performance of a petrol machine. The Brushless motor ensures longer runtime, substantially greater power and lower maintenance.
Setting an industry benchmark this new model features the main power switch with Auto-Off function making it one of the safest chainsaws on the market. It automatically turns the machine off if the operator does not grip the lock-off lever within 10 seconds of turning the machine on. Equally, the Auto-Off function kicks in if the operator does not trigger the switch within one minute, even if the lock-off lever is gripped. And again, if the operator does not grip the lock-off lever within 10 seconds after releasing the lock-off lever the Auto-Off function takes control. Classified as a top-handle model this chainsaw should only be used by trained and certificated professionals.
Light and compact, weighing just 2.8kg, this cordless machine is designed for operators when climbing and for single handed use, and is ideal for tree pruning. Neatly packaged with a sturdy hand-grip the DUC254Z features a variable speed control trigger, electric chain brake and kickback brake. This model also provides a soft start function which accelerates the motor into action reducing the sudden torque load on start up. Sold as body only, this LXT chainsaw has an oil capacity display, hanging hook and captive nuts.
Makita’s cordless chainsaws offer low noise in operation, low vibrations for operator protection and comfort, zero emissions to protect the environment and unbeatable charge times. The Makita range of cordless and 2-stroke chainsaws is comprehensive to cover the needs of professional users and industry applications with selected models being the product of choice of the British Army and are used by specialist disaster relief charity DART International UK.
Makita Launch H Class Approved Dust Extractor
- Advanced specification meets dust Class H (HEPA) highest EU standard
- Automatic self-cleaning filter system
- 110v and 240v models with power take off facility
The new Makita VC3211HX1 dust extractor is fully approved for use with Dust Class H, the highest safety standard of EU site safety regulations. Dust extraction is a legal requirement in all working environments with L Class being the lowest filtration standard; M Class filtration the minimum standard required in commercial work environments, and H Class being the current highest standard of filtration for operator safety. It is not however suitable for processes involving asbestos particulates.
Powered by a 1,050 watt motor the new VC3211HX1 gives maximum sealed suction of 22.0kPa and a maximum air flow of 3.5m³/minute. Suction power is controlled by a dial, and an air flow sensor emits warning beeps if the flow is reduced by a clogged filter or nearly full 32L tank. The stainless steel tank has a wet tank capacity of 27L.
This H Class extractor has an automatic self-cleaning filter system where the air flow switches between two triple structure filter units so that clean air drives the dust in one filter through the pre-filter, damper and powder filter into the tank. The air flow then switches and does the same for the second filter unit thus maintaining the cleanest possible filter system for maximum dust collection efficiency. This is essential to maintain the performance of the HEPA system for EU standards approval.
This rugged yet highly manoeuvrable extractor weighs 16.9kg, has large rear wheels and a front caster for full mobility with large bumper surround. This extractor is available in 110v mode with 600w power take off or 240v mode with 1,900 watt power take off. Both models are supplied with a full cleaning kit including 2.5m of flexible hose, pipes and floor and crevice nozzles.
Makita Launches Two 18V BL LXT Linetrimmers And Dual-Purpose Grass Shears
- Cordless models with Brushless motors for longer run time and more power
- Linetrimmers with ADT for enhanced cutting speed
- Grass shear with compatible hedge trimmer attachment
Makita continues to expand the inventory of cordless tools designed for the professional grounds maintenance industry, adding new technical features and improving performance.
The new Makita DUR189Z 18v LXT linetrimmer, which replaces the popular DUR184L model, has a 240 watt output Brushless motor providing capacity to run the head at three selected speed settings. Having the motor at the drive head improves the balance of the machine and eliminates the loss of power through the traditional drive shaft where the motor is at the operator end of the machine. The DUR189Z linetrimmer has the benefit of the innovative Automatic Torque Drive Technology (ADT), where the revolutions per minute are automatically increased from between 4,000, 5,000 and 6,000rpm according to the density of the weeds and foliage being cut. This allows for greater and improved energy saving, lower noise levels, optimum operation and user comfort. A speed indicator is conveniently positioned on the control panel.
The lightweight design of this model has an operating weight of 3.3kg, including the LXT battery, soft grip handle and forward loop handle for maximum machine control. The bent pipe shaft is adjustable in length and the foldable wire guard helps to reduce risk or damage to foliage, fences and ornaments. The smaller protector allows a better view of the 300mm cutting circle. Soft start, electric brake, reverse rotation and overload protection add to the efficiency of this new linetrimmer, which is available as a body only model.
Makita’s new DUR188LZ linetrimmer has all the features of the DUR189Z model, including ADT, with the additional advantage of a 2-part shaft so this model can be split in two for easy transportation and storage; a trigger switch with lock-off lever and a multi-functional control panel with speed and power indicators. Again, this is a body only model.
Makita’s new DUM604Z 18v LXT grass shears will be a favourite too and replaces the hugely popular DUM168 model. Fast, powerful and brilliantly handy, a compatible hedge trimmer attachment is also available that has a tool-less blade change. The shear has a double blade action, a cutting width of 160mm, and a 3-stage cutting height adjustment from 15 – 25mm for really fine work. With an ergonomically designed soft grip handle and light in weight at just 1.8kg, including the battery, user comfort is guaranteed while low noise emissions will ensure Sunday morning peace and quiet for family and neighbours. This model is available as a body only.
The Makita range of outdoor maintenance and grounds care equipment continues to expand with innovative tools that excel technically, and are equally enjoyed by professional users and keen gardeners.
Makita's 18V LXT Brushless Power Cuts Wheelbarrow Effort
- In-wheel Brushless motor drives up to 3.5 km/h (2.2 m/h)
- 130kg max load up to 12° incline
- Adjustable chassis with pipe frame or bucket frame option
AT LAST – Makita has harnessed the impressive power of the incredibly successful 18v Brushless motor to reduce the back-breaking task of pushing a fully laden wheelbarrow across a rocky, bumpy building site, a muddy commercial garden or rough pasture towards a favourite fishing lake!
In fact, designed principally to reduce the physical demands in the construction industry the new Makita DCU180Z will prove popular in many operating fields. Capable of carrying 130kg of blocks on the tubular frame, or similar amount of ballast in the barrow bin option, this power-assisted wheelbarrow has the Brushless motor integrated into the front wheel to ensure the maximum possible traction to the heavily ribbed agri-tyre. This barrow has two forward speeds: Hi up to 3.5 km/h, Lo 1.5 km/h, and powered reverse of 1.0 km/h and will climb a 12° maximum incline. Main braking is provided by the front disc brake controlled by the hand lever on the steering handles. The wheelbarrow weighs just 32.5kg, is ready to work with handles that can be adjusted to three height levels for operator comfort and also fold for easy storage. The detachable rear trailing wheels with kick down brake can be adjusted from a width of 480mm to 760mm which further improves stability and reduces operator effort.
Powered by any of the Makita 18v LXT Lithium-Ion batteries used to power Britain’s number 1 professional power tool range, the new Makita DCU180Z power-assisted wheelbarrow has soft start to ease the load away; constant speed control; twin LED driving lights and locking brake lever for maximum site safety. For site security an individual ignition lock key is provided. Previous walk-behind powered site platforms can cost several thousand pounds but the new Makita powered wheelbarrow will prove particularly attractive in relation to price competitiveness and rugged performance.
The DCU180Z is a body only machine which is available with a choice of optional accessories which includes the pipe frame set and bucket frame set.
Makita's New 36V BL Slide Compound Mitre Saw
MAKITA’S NEW 36V BL SLIDE COMPOUND MITRE SAW HAS FULL MAINS MACHINE PERFORMANCE
- 36v Brushless motor powers 260mm blade to 4,400rpm
- Weighs just 27.3kg for total mobility
- 60° mitre and 48° bevel ranges
- New 18v Brushless LXT mitre saw with 91mm depth of cut
The new Makita twin 18v (36v) Brushless Slide Compound Mitre Saw has the same premium attributes as the new mains-powered LS1019 coupled with the total manoeuvrability provided by the high-performance 36v Brushless motor, which generates similar power to the mains machine. The flexible mobility, coupled with outstanding motor performance makes the new Makita DLS110Z slide compound mitre saw a very valuable machine for all operations on construction sites. Weighing just 27.3kg, and with the same top carry handle as on the mains machine, transport and movement are simple and convenient.
The Makita DLS110Z 36v slide compound mitre saw will run the 260mm blade up to 4,400rpm and has a maximum mitre range of 60° L – 60° R, with a bevel range of 48° L – 48° R, and a max 91mm depth of cut. The rail-forward slide design allows the rear of the machine to be placed close to a wall whilst the twin slide rails are robustly mounted in the machine body ensuring smooth operation for a superior cut finish. As with the mains machine the Automatic Torque Drive Technology changes the cutting speed depending on load conditions to achieve optimum operation. Slide, bevel and mitre locks are easy to operate while holders support a wide work piece. The rugged, fully machined cast alloy base and chassis ensures accuracy, safety and stability in operation. This body only model features an electric brake, soft start, large turn base and dust extractor connection.
The new compact Makita DLS600Z 18v Brushless LXT Mitre Saw weighs just 6.6 kg and with its well-placed top carrying handle is ideal for rapid deployment to any job site. The 165mm diameter blade can be run up to 5,000 rpm by the Brushless motor with a cutting performance that benefits from ADT, Automatic Torque Drive Technology. ADT adjusts the blade speed according to the load conditions to achieve optimum cutting performance while the soft start facility protects both the machine and the operator.
A fully machined, cast aluminium base lends maximum stability in use and the mini sub-fence provides wide guide support when performing vertical cut or left bevel cut. Premier mitre and bevel ranges make the new Makita DLS600Z a valuable saw for operations with a maximum mitre range of 52° L – 52° R, and the double bevel range has a maximum of 46° L – 46° R with the lever lock released. An LED job light is provided together with a very useful and highly accurate laser line system, electric brake and battery fuel gauge. This new mitre saw is available as a body only machine. This is a small, light and compact mitre saw which is ideal for 3rd fix jobs including the preparation of skirting, dado and picture rails.
Makita's Twin 18V LXT Angle Drill Exceeds Mains Delivery And Makes Tough Tasks Look Effortless
- High performance angle drill meets mains delivery with additional benefits
- BL motor for longer runtime and performance
- Many advanced technologies and features
- Ideal for larger timber and steel constructions
Makita has launched its first cordless twin 18V LXT Brushless Angle Drill featuring all the power and performance of a mains machine whilst benefiting from the freedom and manoeuvrability that only a battery powered tool can provide. The mighty DDA460ZK is powered by two Makita 18V LXT Lithium-Ion batteries giving 36V power from the Brushless motor which not only massively extends runtime but substantially increases power.
This new angle drill has a no-load speed of up to 1400rpm in Hi mode and 350rpm in Lo with variable speed control by trigger action. An auger bit of maximum 50mm diameter will make light work of drilling holes in oak beams, even through the toughest knots. This rugged and intelligent mechanical 2-speed machine has a chuck capacity of 2 – 13mm capable of drilling up to 13mm in steel; 118mm in Lo and 65mm in Hi mode when using a self-feed bit in wood or with a hole saw, 159mm in Lo and 105mm in Hi mode. The addition of Automatic Torque Drive Technology (ADT), literally automatically adjusts the drilling speed according to the load conditions to achieve optimum drilling performance, while the auto power-off function automatically shuts down, or times-out, if the trigger is not pulled for five minutes.
This body only machine features an electric brake and the soft start function. This accelerates the motor into action even if the trigger is pulled fully home from Off. In drilling mode soft start reduces the sudden torque load on start up. In operation the torque limiter will cut the motor drive should the drill bit snag, so providing further operator protection. The front handle can be installed in any position within 0 – 112.5° for maximum user comfort, control and accessibility in confined spaces.
The capacity of the new Twin 18V DDA460ZK LXT Angle Drill will make the toughest tasks completely effortless, including drilling roof trusses, barn conversions and even large steel structures above the open seas.
Managing your energy bills through challenging trading times
1. Take meter readings
Many meters now take half Hourly readings which communicate with suppliers meaning that your energy usage will be billed on actual usage, however there are also still many meters that will not do this, therefore it is important to take meter readings while your usage is minimal so that the suppliers do not just estimate your usage based on passed month. When businesses are closed and not consuming energy you should only be paying for the standing charge as per your contract except for those contracts that have volume tolerance clauses. If you are unsure, contact your Troy Business Development Manager.
2. Seek whether a payment break can be negotiated.
Some suppliers will be happy to offer this for their customers, which will simply mean that the period of non payment will be added at the end of the contract, do not cancel any direct debits without speaking with your energy suppliers as this will affect your credit rating.
3. Check whether there are any volume tolerances in your Ts and Cs
It’s possible that you have terms in your contract that may cause you issues later in the year, the most common is called Volume Tolerance. This tends to be for larger energy users and means that you have agreed on a level of energy to be used on-site over a set time period. Energy consumption will reduce as businesses have a break in trading, Volume Tolerance means that you could be charged for a set level of Energy whether you use this or not. If you’re not sure on your position here, we will happily review your Terms and Conditions and check how a change in your consumption may impact you.
4. Turn off all non essential Electricity and Gas consumption
As your business premises will likely be empty or running with skeleton staff it’s recommend turning off any piece of equipment including computers, machinery and any lighting which is not needed. This will help reduce your demand and subsequently lower your bills while the premises is not in use.
5. Contracts nearing their renewal date
It is important to keep an eye on any contract renewals due in the next few weeks/ months as if these are left to roll, you will be put on out of contract rates which can be very expensive. It’s important to tender, negotiate and renew these contracts as per usual, even though this will not be top of mind right now. If you are renewing your contract and switching suppliers, it’s important to adhere to your Terms and Conditions and remember to terminate your existing contract.
6. Set up an online account with your supplier
This can easily be done through your energy supplier and will allow you to submit meter readings, monitor your energy usage or make changes to your billing requirements such as changing to electronic bills.
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