Illumin8 Lights stock up with Trime’s LED lights

THE site lighting specialists, Illumin8 Lights, are gearing up for a busy summer season, with the purchase of another fleet of X-ECO LED lighting towers supplied by the Cambridgeshire company, Trime UK Limited.

The order was placed at the recent Executive Hire Show and has been valued in excess of £500k.

Illumin8’s hire fleet is now made up of over four hundred Trime lighting sets and their complete fleet is entirely composed of Trime’s range of lighting towers.

Neil Fenwick, founder and Managing Director of Illumin8, said: "Our order book for the forthcoming season is already filling up, so the need to increase our fleet of safe, bright and sustainable lighting was an overriding priority.”

“The X-ECO LED has become the mainstay of our rental fleet, with many clients asking for this set by name. Therefore, it became an easy decision to invest further in the X-ECO LED."

The X-ECO LED include, as standard, several safety and environmental features which have propelled this product to become a market leader.

Its instant light and the built-in auto start/stop light sensor is a popular feature and with safety heightened by the X-ECO AMOSS safety system, users can be assured of secure, bright lighting at all times.

The energy saving LED lamps have a guaranteed lifetime of up to 2000 hours.

Illumin8 have added an advanced tracking system to their X-ECO LED sets. They can see, via a connected device, the actual location of each unit and supervise how it is performing.

This enables an engineer to complete basic checks such as low oil, low fuel and low battery levels. The engineer will then report this information back to the operator for rectification before the set becomes inoperable. This saves time and helps to keep the project running by reducing any potential downtime.

 Illumin8 Limited was founded in 2015; the company provides a bespoke service hiring mobile tower lights to both the event and industrial markets. The Illumin8 management team combine over 40 years’ experience within the lighting industry. The company is based in Essex and delivers nationwide.

Trime UK Limited has swiftly developed into the market leader in the supply of engine driven LED lighting sets. They have over 50 years of experience in the development and marketing of environmentally sustainable lighting sets for the construction and rental markets. Trime UK is headquartered in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire; their manufacturing plant is based near Milan, Italy.


www.trimeuk.com

Boels Rental opens a new depot in Stoke

HIRE company Boels Rental opens a new depot in Stoke-on-Trent on 25th February 2019.

The company already had a branch in Stoke, but thanks to continuous growth the location on Hyde Park soon became too cramped.

As of today, Boels Rental will serve its customers from the convenient and easily accessible location at James Brindley Way.

Debbie Wilcox, depot manager of the new location, said: “This new depot has a training facility in which we can offer our customers various courses in safety, such as IPAF and PASMA.

“The new location is strictly designed to offer our customers the most pleasant experience possible, which of course starts with available parking space.

“Furthermore, the product range will be expanded with large access equipment, as well as mini excavators, compressors and more, so we can serve our customers even better.”

Boels Rental in Stoke-on-Trent, located at Tunstall Arrow, James Brindley Way is open Monday to Friday between 7.30am and 5pm, and on Saturdays between 8am and noon.

About Boels

Boels Rental, founded in 1977, is one of the most renowned hire companies in Europe where the hire of machines, tools, units and catering and event equipment is concerned.

The family business, founded by Pierre Boels, is one of the fastest growing hire companies with 38 branches in the UK and over 400 branches spread across Europe.


www.boels.co.uk

Lack of land and lending is blocking new homes, FMB research reveals

A lack of available small sites and a lack of finance top the list of barriers to SME house builders increasing their delivery of new homes, according to new research by the Federation of Master Builders’ (FMB).

Key results from the FMB’s House Builders’ Survey 2017, the only annual snapshot of SME house builders, include:

• Over half of small house builders (54%) say accessing finance is a major barrier to their ability to build more homes (up from 50% in 2016);

• A lack of available and viable land is the most commonly cited barrier (62%) to increasing output and 54% believe that the number of small opportunities for small site development are decreasing;

• 42% of SME house builders said that a shortage of skilled workers is a major barrier to their ability to build more new homes, and this rises to half (49%) when asked to look ahead over the next three years;

• One in three small house builders that employ EU workers believe the end of free movement will be a major constraint on their ability to build more homes;

• Half (49%) of SME builders view the planning system as a major constraint on their ability to grow and ‘inadequate resourcing of planning departments’ was again rated as the most significant cause of delay in the planning application process.

Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: "Almost a decade after the financial crisis, access to finance for small house builders is getting worse instead of better. The results of the FMB House Builders’ Survey suggest a slight worsening in the problems these firms face in accessing the finance they need to build. Assessments of lending conditions to SME developers were down slightly from 2016, the first fall in this measure since 2013. Small house builders express generally positive views of some recent Government initiatives in this area, such as the Home Building Fund, but we clearly need to double down on these efforts to make sure that SMEs have access to the finance they need to build Britain out of its housing crisis.”

Berry continued: “Our research also affirms just how vital it is that the Government acts on  key proposals in the  Housing White Paper, published earlier this year and designed to increase the opportunities for smaller scale development. Nearly two thirds of SMEs say that the lack of available and viable land is a major barrier to increasing output, the most commonly-cited barrier for the third year in a row. More worryingly still, over half say that the number of available small sites is, if anything, decreasing. The White Paper quite rightly emphasises the need to diversify the house building sector so it is less reliant on a small number of large house builders. In order to do this, we need the Government to make good on its proposals to improve the availability of small sites and speed-up the planning process for small sites.”

Berry concluded: “Over the next three years, half of SME house builders believe skills shortages will act as a major constraint on their ability to grow and this concern is now beginning to overtake more typical frustrations such as the planning system. If we get it wrong, Brexit and the end of free movement could further exacerbate the skills shortages we already have. The survey finds one third of SME house builders currently employ EU workers and this rises to 70% in London and the South East. The potential impact of post-Brexit immigration changes is therefore a cause for concern among small house builders. That’s why it’s so important that the Government introduces a transitionary period that allows the UK house building sector to gradually wean itself off high levels of EU labour.”

 

Considerate Constructors Scheme reaches major 100,000 milestone

The Considerate Constructors Scheme - the national Scheme to improve the image of the construction industry - has reached a major milestone in UK construction history by registering its 100,000th site.

The Infrastructure and Project Authority’s Head of Construction, Dr David Hancock, welcomed this achievement and the Scheme’s role in helping to improve the image of the industry.

The site registration was made by one of the leading UK’s contractors - Mulalley - for the Chauncey Residential Development in Ware, Hertfordshire.

Mulalley are working with housing association Network Homes - a Client Partner of the Considerate Constructors Scheme - to deliver this £8.6m project of 18 semi-detached houses and 29 apartments, with associated car parking and amenity space, delivering much needed affordable homes in Ware.

In addition to this site being the Scheme’s 100,000th registration, it has also been recognised as an Ultra Site – the highest level of attainment with the Considerate Constructors Scheme.

Registering its first site in 1997, the Scheme has firmly established itself as the major force for good in helping to improve the image of the construction industry - for the benefit of the community, workforce and environment. 

It is highly regarded throughout the UK construction industry as the ‘go to’ organisation to support construction sites, companies, suppliers and clients in raising their standards and best practice above and beyond statutory requirements.

One of the very few organisations to monitor the industry’s progress and share best practice on the ground, the Scheme undertakes around 14,000 visits to sites, companies and suppliers per year. 

Considerate Constructors Scheme Chief Executive Edward Hardy said: “We are delighted to celebrate the registration of the Scheme’s 100,000th site with Mulalley, who have been registering sites for nearly 20 years and are a founding Scheme Partner. This is a truly momentous milestone for the Considerate Constructors Scheme and the industry, and is made even more special with this being the 20th year of the Scheme.

“It is with huge thanks to the continuous hard work, commitment and dedication from an increasingly growing proportion of the UK, and more recently the Irish construction industry, that the Scheme has gone from strength to strength since it registered its first site in 1997. At the very centre of this success has been true collaboration across our industry.

“As a Scheme, we continue to grow and engage with an ever-increasing number of contractors, suppliers, companies, clients and other construction industry-related organisations to continue to promote the benefits to the industry in looking after our workforce, site neighbours and the environment.

“Whilst it is important that we celebrate this phenomenal achievement, it is also important to remember that much more still needs to be done to continue to improve the image of our sector and to encourage the industry to continually raise its standards and share best practice throughout the supply chain. It is only through an ever-improving image that our industry can continue to attract the very best to work in our fantastic sector.

“As one of the few people who have been involved with the Scheme from its earliest days, I am incredibly proud of what the Scheme has achieved. I am also hugely grateful to the construction industry for the way in which it has embraced the concept of considerate construction, and how it continues to challenge itself to attain even higher standards.”

Considerate Constructors Scheme Executive Chairman Isabel Martinson commented: “This is a huge achievement for the industry. By reaching such a significant milestone, the Scheme is clearly demonstrating its ongoing importance in driving higher standards to improve the image and reputation of construction.”

Mulalley Director Vince O’Malley said: “Mulalley are extremely pleased for our Chauncy Residential Development project to be the Scheme’s 100,000th registered site. As a Founder Partner of the Scheme, this is a significant milestone and testament to the Scheme’s commitment to improving the construction industry’s image and creating a legacy of continued improvement.”

Network Homes’ Executive Director of Development Vicky Savage added: “It’s really important that we provide high quality affordable homes for the communities we work in. This is a positive statement to local people, letting them know we take construction standards seriously. We look forward to continuing our work with the Considerate Constructors Scheme and providing fantastic new homes with Mulalley at the Chauncy Residential Development.”

The Infrastructure and Project Authority’s Head of Construction, Dr David Hancock added his congratulations to the Considerate Constructors Scheme in reaching this milestone: “It was a pleasure to present at the Considerate Constructors Scheme’s National Site Awards earlier in the year, and it is great to hear that the 100,000th site has registered with the Scheme.  It reflects well on the efforts that have been made by the industry.  We are seeing much cleaner and tidier sites, efforts being made to minimise noise and having safety systems in place.  This has had a positive effect on the environment and surrounding communities, and also on working conditions.  We are seeing constructors providing a more supportive and caring environment for their workforce. 

“This is great progress and I hope it will continue and help attract more people into the industry at a time when we are seeing much change and challenge around how the industry operates.”

Click here for further information about Site Registration.

Click here for more information about Ultra Sites. 

 

About the Considerate Constructors Scheme

The Considerate Constructors Scheme is a non-profit-making, independent organisation founded in 1997 by the construction industry to improve its image.

Construction sites, companies and suppliers voluntarily register with the Scheme and agree to abide by the Code of Considerate Practice. The Code commits those registered with the Scheme to care about appearance, respect the community, protect the environment, secure everyone’s safety and value their workforce.

The Scheme is concerned about any area of construction activity that may have a direct or indirect impact on the image of the industry as a whole. The main areas of concern fall into three categories: the general public, the workforce and the environment.

The Scheme provides the Best Practice Hub, a comprehensive online resource showcasing best practice in the construction industry. The Best Practice Hub hosts a wealth of tips, expertise, guidance and case studies to help constructors learn from their peers and raise industry standards.

For further information, please visit www.ccscheme.org.uk

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ForgeFix achieves new and revised quality accreditation

ForgeFix has received independent, third party recognition of its quality-focused approach.

The business - which is one of the UK's leading distributors of fixings, fasteners, power tool accessories and hardware - has retained its ISO 9001 certified status and met the revised requirements set out by the new 2015 version of the globally recognised quality management standard.

ForgeFix initially achieved ISO 9001:2008 certification in August 2015 following a rigorous and robust audit of its quality management systems across a range of areas - including staff competence and training, customer satisfaction and resource planning.

The requirements of ISO 9001 were subsequently revised in September 2015 in-line with a regular five yearly review of the scheme's compliance criteria in order to ensure continued relevance. 

The most recent changes take into account the challenges and opportunities faced by organisations in an ever-evolving world.

In particular, they focus on aspects such as increased globalization, a greater need for risk-based thinking and the growing use of multiple management systems simultaneously.

All organisations certified to ISO 9001:2008 must transition to the new 2015 version by midnight on the 14th September 2018 after which a certificate to ISO 9001:2008 will no longer be valid

ForgeFix took the decision to upgrade its certification early because of its progressive approach and its confidence in its existing quality management systems being ‘ahead of the curve'.

The external audits required by ForgeFix to demonstrate its compliance with ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 9001:2015 were both conducted by TÃœV UK - a UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) accredited certification body that offers independent third party assessments.

Commenting on ForgeFix's certification, Michael Brown, managing director at ForgeFix, said: "ForgeFix certification to the latest version of one of the world's most recognised quality management standards sends out an important and reassuring message to both our customers and our partners.

"It highlights our focus on efficiency, quality and customer satisfaction as well as our company-wide ‘right first time' approach."

"I'd like to congratulate all the team for their efforts." 

FLOOD HIT TOWN FIGHTS BACK WITH ORDER FOR EMERGENCY PUMPS

A Yorkshire community which was devastated by severe floods is proactively fighting back against the elements with an order of specialist water pumps from Morris Site Machinery.

After the devastating floods of December 2015 which severely affected the country, the town of Tadcaster suffered its largest floods on record where the bridge over the river Wharfe collapsed dividing the town in two, with many homes and businesses damaged in the devastating floods.

Background

Over the past five years Tadcaster has suffered with constant surface water flooding. The floods and subsequent water damage have cost local businesses and residents hundreds of thousands of pounds, with direct costs in the form of business closures during repairs, lost incomes, property repairs and insurance premiums, as well as the wider impact of road closures and limited access to the town.

The Tadcaster Flood Action Group was created to help fight against this major recurring issue and to ensure emergency contingency plans were in place. After the floods of 2015 the Flood Action Group received generous donations from The Masons, Heineken and local businesses. This provided the opportunity to investigate the pumps market and supply the group with flood pumps which could be used anywhere in the town on a reactive or proactive basis where the flooding occurred.

Requirements

After lengthy research and joint discussions with the Fire Service, Yorkshire Water, the Environment Agency and other companies, the group chose leading pump manufacturer Morris Site Machinery.

Tadcaster Flood Action Group needed a robust and reliable product that could be easily towed, set up and put into use in the case of an emergency and pump the flood water.

The Hilta range from Morris Site Machinery supplies submersible, centrifugal and diaphragm pumps. The entire unit on the Hilta C100 has a road towable trailer and two wheel site chassis options for easier manoeuvrability along with its compact design making it easier to transport.

Solution

After rigorous testing of Morris Site Machinery’s pumps, Tadcaster Flood Action Group ordered two Hilta C100 pumps to tackle the flooding hot spots on both sides of the River Wharfe.

To test the products the group used a deep flowing beck with plenty of depth for the soil filter. Once the hoses were in place and rolled out they ensured that they were pumping back into the water supply 100m away to keep the beck full. Thanks to the Hilta’s C100 pump’s strong centre of balance, hitching and un-hitching was effortless and once located for pumping the testing was straightforward and the pump was lifting water at an impressive outflow rate.

An added benefit is that the C100 pumps can be used in residential and built-up areas due to its diesel powered 4" super silent automatic vacuum priming pump which generates very little noise. The air cooled diesel engine allows better fuel efficiency whilst the 4” pump offers high solids handling capacity.

Richard Rafferty, Senior Coordinator of Tadcaster Flood Action Group, said: “We were more than happy with the Hilta C100 pumps and would happily recommend Morris Site Machinery for their products, their value for money and their customer service which is second to none.”

For more information on Morris Site Machinery and their products visit www.morrismachinery.co.uk or call 0345 409 0280 to speak to a member of the sales team.

ABUS Brings Security and Price Stability in an Uncertain World

Since the Brexit result in June, from governments down there is international uncertainty concerning the UK’s future trading position.  Uncertainty brings speculation, resulting in the dramatic decline of the value of the £ against both the € and the $.
The £’s decline has already forced many UK suppliers and manufacturers dependent on goods supplied from Europe or China to increase their prices, often with a double digit percentage.

Neither the UK hardware and security market in general nor ABUS in particular are immune from these issues.  ABUS UK is reliant on supply of quality products supplied in €s from Germany, and in $s from our factories in China.

While the current £ v €/$ is cutting very deeply, we are not just ABUS UK, but ABUS and our parent Company fully support the ABUS brand in the UK.

Therefore with ABUS Group support, ABUS UK is pleased to confirm:
 

ABUS 2016 £ RRPs will remain in place till April 2017,
15 months after our January 2016 RRPs were confirmed.

We therefore pass on this very positive message to our UK distributors:

ABUS now more than ever is the brand to stock.

In a changing and uncertain world, ABUS offers the UK hardware and security market quality and price stability.  For full information on our security solutions please contact ABUS UK:

[email protected]

www.abus.com

Telephone: 0117 204 7000

Scruffs Looks Great For UK Masters Tour

Scruffs is hitting the road again this September, with its biggest ever tour of the UK celebrating Britain’s tradespeople as part of the ‘Masters at Work. Masters of Workwear’ campaign.

Inspired by the success of the inaugural Super Dealer programme, Scruffs has now officially appointed 15 Super Dealers, with a mix of online and offline trade retailers selected following an extensive process.

The 17 event, 6-week-long tour kicks off on September 8th and spans the whole of the UK from Inverness to Portsmouth.

The highlight of each roadshow event will be a virtual reality trip to the top of the Severn Bridge. Tradespeople will be invited to test their nerve on a job like no other, in a stunning hi-tech simulation.

There will also be a charity ‘Top of Your Game’ football challenge, where tradespeople will be challenged to score a goal into a cement mixer! Each ball booted into the cement mixer will result in a donation towards local good causes.

At each event, the person who scores the most goals will be awarded a football shirt of their choice, a pair of Scruffs GORE-TEX® boots and they’ll be entered into a prize draw to win a £250 Scruffs voucher.

The ultimate tour champion will receive £1,000 in cash, with the runners up also receiving a 50-inch screen TV and £250 worth of Scruffs vouchers.

Chris Mellor-Dolman, Head of Scruffs Marketing, says: “It’s important for us as a brand to support all of our hardworking dealers and help to create the best experience for their customers.

“Our Scruffs Super Dealers have been selected following an extensive selection process, with each of them sharing in the belief that tradespeople deserve the absolute best in terms of quality and service.

“Each Super Dealer will receive an on-going support package of powerful, business-boosting initiatives including exclusive product and marketing workshops, national advertising campaigns, striking new in-store merchandising solutions and a consistent supply of printed and digital assets.”

The tour officially kicks off on 8th September 2016 and will continue until 12th October 2016.

Ledlenser Powers Forward

Ledlenser, the leading light in handheld torches and headlamps moves up to another level this year with the implementation of sector leading support for its brand.

Sure to grab consumer attention, National TV and Radio campaigns have once again been booked for later in the year. These will be supported by new product ranges, product extensions (new P7R, new Auto Rechargeable), and a winter campaign designed to drive sales. All of this and the introduction of an impressive 7 year consumer warranty (upon registration), new brand logo and a stunning new website ensure that the only light that your customers demand from you this year will be a Ledlenser. Ledlenser – Lighting Instruments for Professionals. Contact your local Ledlenser sales representative or contact the central sales office to profit from this extensive support. 

Ledco Ltd |Kingswick House |Kingswick Drive | Sunninghill | Berkshire | SL5 7BH

T: 01344 876 222| F: 01344 630 999| E: [email protected] W: www.ledlenser.co.uk

With 40% longer sawblade life, Dynashape provides real benefits for Metsec

With 40% longer sawblade life, Dynashape provides real benefits for Metsec

Dynashape, the UK’s most experienced sawblade servicing and manufacturing specialist, has secured a new 12-month contract with Britain’s largest specialist cold roll-forming company, voestalpine Metsec plc.

The contract is for the supply of TIALN-coated SHSS (Super High Speed Steel) and TCT (Tungsten Carbide Tipped) sawblades, as well as for sawblade remanufacturing.

900 more cuts per new blade

“This will be the second year that we have provided sawblade services for Metsec,” comments Dynashape’s Managing Director, Chris Parkes, “and I am absolutely delighted that the team at Metsec has chosen to appoint us again. When we first won the business in 2015, we demonstrated how our sawblades were capable of delivering in the region of 3,000 cuts per blade. That’s around 900 more cuts per blade than Metsec was achieving using a competitor’s products. More importantly, it underlines the true cost effectiveness of the improved sawblade technology that is employed by Dynashape.”

 

Remanufacturing blades to perform like new

Providing Metsec with sawblades that have a much longer life, however, really is only part of the story. Dynashape’s considerable investment in the latest CNC sawblade manufacturing technologies – the same machinery that is used by leading sawblade producers globally – means it is also able to remanufacture Metsec’s blunt blades to ‘as new’ standards.

“We presently remanufacture some 20 to 30 SHSS sawblades each week for Metsec,” adds Dynashape Sales Engineer, Richard Meacham. “Depending on usage, blades can typically be remanufactured up to twelve times – and all for a fraction of the cost of buying new.”

 

TCT and SHSS blades for Metsec’s roll-formed solutions

Metsec specialises in providing the highest quality cold roll-formed solutions. These include purlins and side rails, lightweight steel framing, dry lining and cable management solutions, for the construction industry, as well as custom roll forming and profile manipulation for a wide range of market sectors including construction machinery, transport, office furniture and energy.

Dynashape supplies sawblades to both the Custom Roll Forming (CRF) and Profile Manipulation (MPM) areas at Metsec’s Oldbury-based manufacturing site. The CRF division produces bespoke profiles from S460 steel and uses Dynashape’s 600mm diameter coated TCT and SHSS TIALN-coated blades. Metsec’s Profile Manipulation division uses Dynashape’s 300 - 315mm diameter SHSS TIALN-coated blades.

 

Considerable savings for Metsec

“The improvements in sawblade life and the resultant cost savings that Dynashape has brought us are considerable,” says Lee Clark, Production Manager of Metsec’s Profile Manipulation division. “The combined effect of longer-lasting blades and highly effective sawblade remanufacturing at lower cost equates to savings of around £2,000 per month over both divisions. Such impressive savings are extremely important to us as they play their part in helping us to give our customers the very best possible value. The service provided by Dynashape is also exceptional. They are never more than a phone call or email away and they always collect and deliver on time.”

 

Dynashape: the UK’s complete sawblade service

Following a £1 million investment in infrastructure and the very best CNC sawblade production technologies, Dynashape is well equipped to assist manufacturers with everything involving sawing machinery and sawblades – and all from under one roof.

Only this year, the business added five new CNC machines – three of which are robotic – to its already impressive capabilities. As a result, Dynashape now has the very latest 4-, 5- and 6-axis high precision CNC sawblade production technologies from leading manufacturers including Loroch, Vollmer and Walter, and is able to offer the most comprehensive one-stop solution for manufacturing and remanufacturing TCT, SHSS and solid carbide sawblades, as well as PCD tooling.

 

Remanufacturing, never just sharpening

Instead of sharpening blunt sawblades, Dynashape’s approach is to remanufacture them using its advanced CNC machinery. For the majority of Dynashape customers, this means that for around three-quarters of its useable life, a remanufactured blade will perform like new, before there’s any issue of degradation due to reduced base material and tooth facet. “The real point,” stresses Chris Parkes, “is that our remanufactured blades perform just as precisely as they did when new, all for substantially less than the cost of purchasing new blades.”

 

Creating bespoke cutting solutions

Using its CNC machining technologies and calling on its many years of sawing expertise, Dynashape can also enhance new blades to improve on OEM-supplied products and create bespoke cutting solutions and tooth profiles for superior results when cutting all manner of materials. An example of this is the company’s ability to manufacture ‘special plastics’ blades with a unique tooth design for the creation of an aesthetically pleasing ‘diamond-polished’ finish when cutting acrylics.

Dynashape is part of the Addison Group, a UK-based organisation that has been at the forefront of metal sawing technology since 1956.

www.addisonsaws.co.uk

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