In a galaxy not so far away, employees from Keyline will morph into their favourite characters from Star Wars, Doctor Who and The X Files as they jump behind the wheel and drive across Europe to raise vital money for Prostate Cancer UK. The specialist supplier of civils and drainage solutions has organised a Sci-Fi themed car rally to the Spanish Pyrenees.

Twenty-four cars made up of teams from Keyline’s staff, along with its suppliers and customers will be hoping to steer clear of the Daleks, Darth Vader and The Terminator, as they travel 1800+ miles in just 5 days. The rally starts on Tuesday 27th June from Northampton. After an overnight sailing from Portsmouth to Santander the cars will trek through the mountains before dropping down to the northeastern coast of Spain. Fundraisers will then make a stop in Les Mans for a fancy dress party before heading back to the UK.

Each year 47,000 men in the UK are diagnosed with prostate cancer, with over 11,000 men dying from the illness. The money raised from the Keyline rally will help fund vital research into diagnosis, treatment and prevention of the disease.

David Gardner at Keyline, said: “We cannot quite believe that our brave drivers will soon be hitting the road for an incredible eighth year in a row. Our long-standing partnership with Prostate Cancer began in 2010, when the company initially pledged to raise £25,000 in that one year alone. However, our annual rally continues to be a major highlight in the industry calendar, widely supported by our staff, our suppliers and our amazing customers. In total, we have raised more than £1 million for the charity in just seven years!”

Speaking ahead of the event, James Beeby, Director of Fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK, added: “We are thrilled that the Keyline Rally is back for its eighth year. The event is always such a highlight on our charity calendar and one we are very proud to be part of. Two of our staff members are gearing up to take the driving seat for the first time and are preparing those all-important costumes.

We really can’t thank Keyline enough for their incredible fundraising efforts for Prostate Cancer UK. The money raised will continue to help funding for research into early diagnosis and better treatments which in turn will help us stop prostate cancer being a killer. I wish everyone taking part the best of luck, may the force be with you!”

If you would like to sponsor the drivers taking part in the 2017 Keyline Rally, visit the Just Giving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/KeyLineRally2017

British Safety Council International Safety Awards 2017

Awards for exceptional commitment and dedication to workplace health and safety

British Safety Council announces International Safety Award 2017 sector winners and health and safety champions

Lynda Armstrong OBE, Chair of Trustees, and Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the British Safety Council, announced the names of the organisations which have been judged best in sector at the 2017 International Safety Awards Gala Dinner, held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on 5 May 2017.

The names of the individual winners of the Health and Safety Champion and Young Health and Safety Champion were also revealed. 

Congratulating all the winners of the 2017 International Safety Awards, Lynda Armstrong said: “We are here tonight to celebrate the achievements of 535 winning organisations from across the globe, who have demonstrated to our panel of judges their commitment to keeping their employees healthy and safe. Our warmest congratulations to the award winning organisations and those shortlisted for the Sector and Champions Awards.

“Throughout its 60-year history, the British Safety Council has played a significant role in changing attitudes about the importance of managing risks, both at work and outside. Whether through our campaigns on seat belts, lobbying for a comprehensive legal framework for health and safety or the training of thousands of managers and workers, I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say we have helped save thousands of lives.

“However, we would not have seen these improvements if over the years the businesses hadn’t stepped up to make a difference. Our awards have always been our chance to say thank you for their hard work and to recognise their commitment to keeping people healthy and safe.”

Now in their fifth year, the Health and Safety Champion and Young Health and Safety Champion Awards recognise exceptional individual performance of people who have played a significant role in keeping their work colleagues safe and healthy. For the Health and Safety Champion of the Year Award, organisations nominate employees aged 25 or over. The Young Health and Safety Champion of the Year Award is given to workers aged 16-24.

The Health and Safety Champion award went to Kieren McCafferty, Walker Construction, Kent, while the highly commended award in this category was presented to Stephen Wilkinson, Addison Lee, London.

The winner of the Young Health and Safety Champion award was Sophie Harwood, Waldeck Consulting, whilst the highly commended award was presented to Tom Arkley, Willmott Dixon Interiors Ltd

Those International Safety Award winning organisations that were considered by the panel of judges as outstanding in their respective sectors were honoured with the Sector Awards. This year, the Sector Awards went to the following companies:

Construction and Property Services – L&T Construction TI IC/Kannur International Airport Limited Site

Financial, IT, legal, scientific, technical services and media – Honeywell Technology Solutions Lab Pvt. Ltd.

Hospitality and catering Arsenal Football Club

Local Government, Defence and Public Services – Dubai Municipality – Health and Safety Department

Manufacturing – Kuwait National Petroleum Company – Shuaiba Refinery

Oil, gas, mining and quarrying – Bahrain National Gas Company

Power and utilities Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd

Transportation, distribution and storage – Unipart Rail

Wholesale and retail services – Majid Al Futtaim.

In his closing remarks, Mike Robinson described the key new initiatives which the British Safety Council has launched in its 60th anniversary year. “We’re widening our sphere of influence, taking on the risks associated with today’s changing world. The British Safety Council has always been an international organisation and for over thirty years we‘ve been working in the Indian market. This year we’re taking our commitment to the next level by opening an office in Mumbai. India has its own space programme but it’s also a country where very high numbers of workers are killed or injured every year. We will be helping to address this disparity.

“I am also very proud that the British Safety Council, together with the Health in Construction Leadership Group, have launched Mates in Mind, a new charity that aims to improve the mental health of the 2.1 million construction workers in the UK. Addressing the link between work, mental health and wellbeing is the challenge for risk management in the 21st century. That is why the British Safety Council is clear that the construction sector is only the starting-point for this initiative not the end-point.

“The third area in which we have been embracing change is the digital world. The world in which we live today is very different to that of sixty years ago. We’ve been embracing these changes and I’m delighted to be able to showcase for the first time tonight our new website. We intend this to be the go-to digital home for everything you’ll ever need to know about health and safety. We’ll be using this new site as one of our main vehicles to educate, inform and drive public awareness. It has been developed in collaboration with our members and it will incorporate the digital tools and data which they told us they need.  Therefore, we are confident that it will enable us to increase our profile as a leading health, safety and environmental organisation, both in the UK and globally.”

Checkatrade supports the next generation of skilled tradespeople

It is estimated that, on average, graduates leave university with debts exceeding £44,000*. This staggering figure highlights the significant costs young people face when looking to get themselves on their chosen career path. However, there is an alternative, an option that sees young people get on-the-job training, gain essential workplace skills, earn a recognised qualification and get paid while they are doing it!

Across a wide range of careers, apprenticeships provide 16 to 24 year olds with the perfect stepping stone to their chosen career. This is especially so when it comes to trades such as plumbing, construction and painting & decorating, where practical, on the job experience is vital.

Encouraging young people to think seriously about their apprenticeship options is the nation’s consumer champion – Checkatrade. Trusted by thousands of homeowners every month, Checkatrade help homeowners find reliable, vetted tradespeople in their area.

Recommending expert tradespeople to their users, Checkatrade are proud to support National Apprenticeship Week, running from 6 to 10th March.

Now in its 10th year, National Apprenticeship Week aims to celebrate apprenticeships and raise their profile as a viable option to other training routes. Bringing together employers and apprentices, during the week potential apprentices will be able to network at a range of events including job fairs and information sessions.

As well as helping young people get the start they need, apprentices can also benefit small businesses, such as local plumbing firms or landscape gardeners, helping them to fill skills gaps, boost productivity and bring new ideas into the business.

Checkatrade ambassador, TV personality and DIY & construction expert Craig Phillips encourages young people looking for a trade apprenticeship to opt for a Checkatrade vetted firm, “With every Checkatrade member fully vetted and committed to the Checkatrade standards, in choosing a Checkatrade approved member, young apprentices can be sure that the work they will be involved in will be carried out to the highest standards – giving them the very best start.”

Free to use, Checkatrade is an invaluable resource for homeowners looking to find a reputable and skilled tradesperson in their area. Fully vetted before they can become a member, once they join, members agree to real-time customer feedback online; giving potential customers further insight into their working practices.

Find out more at www.checkatrade.com




Birchwood Price Tools has unveiled Matt Hunt as its new Managing Director.

Matt, 42, has joined the Nottingham-based workwear, tools and site equipment business from Rexel, where he was MD for electrical wholesalers WF Senate.

His arrival will signal a new focus and direction for BPT’s market-leading brands Scruffs workwear, Defender lighting and power distribution, Van Vault security solutions and Rhino heating, cooling and drying.

The new boss is already investing in customer and end user insight to help him shape the look and feel of BPT’s ranges and service proposition going forward, in order to provide a complete solution to merchants and retailers.

Matt has a strong retail and merchant background, having previously worked at Saint Gobain for its Gibbs & Dandy brand, and intends to bring this knowledge of merchanting and retailing needs to the supplier side, in his new role, to make BPT brands and products a ‘must stock’.

One of his first actions has been to introduce a multi-brand CRM system to BPT for the first time, to capture customer data across all the ranges in the one place. He insists this will be the first of many innovations introduced under his reign.

2017 will also see Matt spearhead the opening of a brand and innovation room at the BPT headquarters in Nottingham, to enable new product ranges, merchandising techniques and promotional solutions to be showcased to customers as they’re developed.

Matt says: “I’ve worked with many suppliers over the years, so I know what great looks like and the value they can add to the performance of a category.

“I’ve met all the staff here already and can see there is a vibrant, young, diverse workforce at BPT. We have some of the best brands and product ranges on the market - now I want us to be brilliant at what we’re currently good at. That means making our brands even better.

“What excites me is the potential to make a material impact - the big, game-changing stuff. We are known for our innovation and what sparks innovation is knowing customer needs and spotting the gap.

“I want to get the basics right and foster a culture of empowerment among all the staff that drives this creativity and best practice, not just in product development but the whole customer experience.

“I’d like us to be easy to do business with and fun to do business with. The brands all have great personality and I’m keen to build on that.

“Being part of the Travis Perkins group is also very important to me, with the values of the group aligning very closely to my own way of living and working. I place a lot of store in authenticity, family values, treating customers well and making decent returns.”

Matt lives in Stratford-upon-Avon with wife Sharon and their two daughters. Away from work, he is a keen golfer and rugby union and football fan.

Birchwood Price Tools, part of Travis Perkins plc, has more than 40 years experience of designing, developing and selling its own brand products to the trade. It is available in all the UK’s leading builders’ merchants, retailers, wholesalers and more than 8,000 independents. Its ranges are also available online.

New products planned for 2017 include a new range of Defender LED lights, new Van Vault security containers and new Scruffs footwear and workwear.

TOOLBANK Spring Trade Shows 2017

If you are interested in having a stand at any of these shows, please contact TOOLBANK on the contact details above.

British Safety Council launches a special offer to support small organisations and charities

The British Safety Council has launched a free, special one-year 60th Anniversary Supporter offer for small organisations and charities to help them manage health, safety and environmental risks.

Responding to the challenges of time, resources and the shortage of health and safety expertise among the smallest companies, the British Safety Council is inviting small and micro-sized organisations (under 50 employees) and small charities (under 100 employees) from across the world, to join it as Supporters.

Small and medium-size enterprises account for 47% of private sector turnover and 60 per cent of the sector’s workforce. It is a very diverse group of businesses, since they include both sole traders and companies. Almost 82% of SMEs are micro businesses, with under 10 employees. These figures demonstrate the complexity of the sector and the inherent pressures these organisations face in tacking workplace health and safety risks.

The Supporter offer is one of the initiatives which the British Safety Council is launching in 2017 to celebrate 60 years of its campaigning activities and its contribution to improving the safety and health of workers in Britain and abroad.

Supporters will enjoy a range of services and benefits, free of charge, for 12 months, to help them manage health and safety risks in their organisations. 

A Supporter will receive:

  • A limited-edition Supporter logo, which they can use to show their commitment to health and safety;
  • Access to a 24/7 telephone helpline with practical guidance and technical advice;
  • Free places for all employees on the British Safety Council’s General Health, Safety and Environmental Awareness e-learning course, ideal for inductions;
  • Online risk assessment templates that include general risk assessment, fire and manual handling;
  • Digital edition of the monthly Safety Management magazine;
  • Electronic posters and guides that focus on themes such as stress, lone working and manual handling;
  • Hear about opportunities to meet and engage with experts and peers tackling similar issues in their sector at the British Safety Council’s events and seminars.

Jigna Patel, Membership and Service Delivery Director at the British Safety Council, said: “The British Safety Council recognises the business and other challenges which small organisations and charities face in their everyday operations, often working with very limited resources, that make the management of health, safety and environmental risks even more difficult. Therefore, we are delighted that during our 60th Anniversary year, we can offer tailored support to the smallest businesses and charities through our Supporter offer, something which could help them put health and safety at the heart of their business.

“We are promoting the Supporter offer with help from other membership organisations, including the NCVO, which champions the voluntary sector, and NAPIT, a membership association for the building services industry. Extending our reach in this way will help us achieve our vision that no-one should be injured or made ill at work.”

Information about the British Safety Council’s Supporter offer can be accessed here. For information on the 60th Anniversary of the British Safety Council click on the following link.

CLOCS Champions feature in ITN Productions programme

CIOB/ITN Productions partnership shows how the construction industry is working together to improve road safety

CLOCS, the national standard for Construction Logistics and Community Safety, features in CIOB’s ‘Masterminds of Construction’ with partners, Land Securities, Mace and Tarmac.

For a second year running, the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and ITN Productions have produced a news and current affairs-style programme, introduced by national newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky.

The film highlights how leading construction clients, contractors and fleet operators such as Land Securities, Mace and Tarmac are fulfilling their CDM (Construction Design and Management Regulations) responsibilities through training and the use of innovations such as direct vision to reduce accidents between large vehicles and vulnerable road users. 

The ITN Productions film, available to view online (https://itnproductions.wistia.com/medias/xuckqo1cgy), examines how important and demanding construction management is, and the power of collaboration to overcome risks from unforeseen events in order to deliver world-class projects. 

CLOCS Champions: Land Securities, leading property developers; Mace, an international construction and consultancy; and Tarmac, a leading sustainable materials and construction solutions business, are changing behaviours and business processes to protect pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and other road users who share the roads with construction vehicles.

Clive Johnson, Group Head of Health, Safety and Security at Land Securities, said: “As the largest listed commercial property company in the UK, with an extensive supply chain, we take safety very seriously. Ensuring that we use our leadership and work in collaboration with our partners, we are committed to working with CLOCS to improve safety for all road users. It is important that we remove risk from our own construction sites and also that a road safety culture is promoted throughout the construction industry and the UK.”

Tony Blackledge, Construction Director at Mace and winner of the company’s “Safety First. Second nature” - Outstanding Achievement and Cycle Safety Award, said: “It’s extremely important to Mace that we are involved with the CLOCS safety initiative as it allows us to come together with other industry professionals and work to improve safety around our sites – as well as reduce the amount of incidents involving cyclists, pedestrians and construction vehicles. We are involved with this scheme not just in London but regionally and will continue to work together with our suppliers and clients to educate and implement important safety measures. It’s a pleasure to work with CLOCS as the work everyone is doing will make a real different to peoples’ lives.”

Sean McGrae, Senior Manager, National Transport at Tarmac, said: “As an operator of one of the largest vehicle fleets in the industry, we are committed to improving vulnerable road user safety across the UK.  At Tarmac we believe that there is both a real challenge and a clear opportunity to improve the safety of cyclists and pedestrians in London and beyond. Through our work with CLOCS, ensuring the provision of the right technology and equipment, as well as enabling drivers to have access to the right training and technical support; we are looking to continue our industry-leading approach.”

Cynthia Barlow, Chair of RoadPeace the national charity for road crash victims, tragically lost her daughter in an incident with a left-turning lorry in 2000. Cynthia works in close partnership with CLOCS and was pleased to be invited to participate in the film. She commented: “an accident waiting to happen is not an accident.  There are things you can do to stop it.”


Construction skills shortages to worsen in 2017

Skills shortages across the construction industry are set to worsen in 2017 as workload and productivity rises, according to One Way

An analysis by the specialist construction and rail recruiter found that, while activity rose at the fastest pace in eight months in November, there was still not enough skills entering the industry to meet the growing demand. This comes at a time when Markit’s private sector survey revealed that workloads are being boosted by a “resumption of projects delayed after the Brexit vote.”

Paul Payne, Managing Director and Co-Founder of One Way, reports.

“It’s been a year of peaks and troughs for the construction industry, and while it’s difficult to suggest with too much confidence what will happen over the coming months, our analysis shows that there are still far too few people operating within and, crucially, entering the field. It’s all well and good trying to make do with the current skills in the market but ultimately there will come a point when we need much greater numbers of people considering construction as a viable career choice. For example, we’ve launched our own initiative, #GirlsAllowed, which aims to increase the number of women working in the industry and more programmes like this are drastically needed.”

“At the moment that’s simply not happening and with productivity rising at its current rate as investors shake off their Brexit fears, something is going to have to change fast. There are significant skills shortages across the market in roles like planners, estimators and project managers. These are skilled positions that require a considerable amount of training and experience so they can’t just be recruited off the street and placed in roles. Construction contributes around 6% of the overall economy and we need to see a longer term strategy for improving talent pipelines across the industry developed before it’s too late. We’ve been fortunate that we’re a robust enough organisation to meet the challenges brought on by shortages, but others may not be so lucky.”

Rhino - Keeping Tradespeople Working

Birchwood Price Tools is exhibiting its core hire solutions from the Rhino range at The Executive Hire Show at the Ricoh Arena, on 8-9th February 2017.

This core range includes the Rhino TQ3, Air Raid 500 and the Fume Extractor, all key products for hire industry specialists looking for solutions to suit the ever-changing weather conditions in the UK, all year round. From heating and cooling solutions through to the flood recovery range, Rhino keeps the trade working!

The best-selling high efficiency thermo-quartz heater - TQ3 - is ideal for both temporary heating and drying paintwork & plaster. The robust heater has a plastic body which resists dents and scrapes, making it the ideal temporary heating solution. The integral wheels allow for easy mobility, and moving the heater between sites, rooms and store. Available in 110v or 230v.

Perfect for those hot, summer days is the Air Raid 500. This portable higher-output industrial fan has been developed to withstand the demands of all applications - it's as tough as they come! Available in 110v or 230v.

A 3-in-1 air mover designed to cool, ventilate and extract clean or dirty air from both restricted and open environments, the Rhino Fume Extractor is a tough all-rounder. Available in 110v or 230v.

Visit the BPT stand C15 at The Executive Hire Show at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry from 8-9th February 2017 to see more of the BPT hire range and to talk through your hire requirements.

For more information please contact:

Anna Townsend (0)115 938 9000

[email protected]


Surface preparation expert offers free bespoke training

Surface preparation expert National Flooring Equipment is pleased to offer free personalised training for distribution partners and potential customers across Europe. The company has recently announced its European expansion and now offers in-person training sessions for all of its products including floor strippers, grinders and shot blasters. The training explains how to set up, use and maintain surface preparation equipment to ensure operators get the maximum return on investment.

In the UK, training is available for the range of surface preparation products that National Flooring Equipment offers. The hands-on training allows end users to get to grips with its surface preparation machines and use the equipment until they are confident they can perform jobs quickly and efficiently.

National Flooring Equipment’s industry expert Dave Bigham has coordinated the company’s training for the last five years. Bigham developed the workshop-based training programme using his extensive flooring industry experience in combination with customer feedback. “There are some common misconceptions when it comes to surface preparation equipment. Customers often purchase large, heavy-duty machines without realising that small, compact machines are up to the job,” he explained. “The training programme explains to customers how they can really achieve return on investment, by using the right equipment for the right application, in the right way.”

“The descriptions and specifications provided in the training session were extremely useful for getting to grips with how the equipment works in a warehouse application,” explained Calum Newell, depot manager at Mark One Hire. “We’ve been able to pass on this knowledge to our customers so that they can lessen the chance of mistakes and be more efficient with the equipment.”

National Flooring Equipment also boasts an extensive online video training library, which can be accessed on its website free of charge. This includes tutorials on grinding, scraping, shotblasting and scarifying.

To get in touch with National Flooring Equipment to arrange a tailored training session visit: http://nationalequipment.com/about/contact



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