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FEIN UK launches value pack range offering premium quality Starlock

FEIN UK openly discuss the success and feedback received on their Starlock range, giving advice on how tradesman could benefit in the future.

NEW FEIN multi-tool user Chris McGee talks about his experience using the machine and cutters, following his purchase at a FFX trade show earlier this year.

FEIN Starlock accessories are proven to last many times over comparable competitor blades – offering enormous value when comparing price to the lifetime of the blade.

The team reacted to requests for assortments of accessories - releasing last year a ‘Best of E-Cut’ set containing six of the best cutters in the range, for a promotional price.

I knew I had to add one Chris McGee, Managing Director at Lasercut.London Ltd, attended the FFX show earlier this year to purchase a Multi-Talent kit to help with his bespoke carpentry work.

He said: “Regretfully FEIN wasn’t my first choice, however alternatives offered plug-in tools and the price was hard to justify for the potential usage it would see in my hands.

"After borrowing a FEIN product from a friend, I knew I had to add one to the ranks - so I decided to visit the FFX show in Kent with my three-month-old boy.

"I had a great chat with the FEIN team, and after testing I knew that the 12v Multi-Talent Kit was the right one for me.

"The Starlock system wowed me, as it was so easy to change cutters so quickly, and I could see how snuggly the tool held the piece, so I knew it would cut smoothly, and I purchased a ‘Best of E-Cut pack’ with it too!

"Upon getting back to the studio we trialled the various blades on materials we use commonly such as Valcromat, Banova, Plywood and the hardest material which is bolts.

"In every circumstance, it exceeded the speed and cut quality that my preconceptions had. It has now dawned on me how this tool could have saved me many hours of problem-solving, especially when cutting square holes into the centre of sheets.

"I used this tool and the best of E-Cut blade pack during my studio move in April, where I delivered a bespoke fit out of two studio spaces.

Increase Starlock collection

"I used the tool during the creation of the kitchen, workshop and showroom.

"I intend on creating a bespoke blade storage system as I continue to increase my Starlock collection, and our work encompasses high-end awards, product design, furniture design and various bespoke projects.”

The Best of E-Cut pack is FEIN UK’s first ‘official’ value pack for their UK customers, offering an assortment of the best cutters to be used commonly on typical applications faced by tradespeople ‘on the job’.

FEIN UK is proud also to have announced the launch of four more additional value packs, each of which support with a particular area of work such as flooring, window work or bathroom installations.

Welcome to a new world order for ToolBUSINESS + HIRE

AFTER many successful years at the helm of ToolBUSINESS + HIRE Magazine, Editor Anne Hall has passed on the baton to new owners.

Anne, who will be remaining as a consultant to the magazine, will continue to work with new custodians PAL Media Limited - who already publish the leading publication in the recycling, waste and skip hire sectors in the UK and Ireland.

New editor Andrew Gold, who also edits the new owner's Skip Hire & Waste Magazine, believes the change will prove to be great news for ToolBUSINESS + HIRE customers and readers.

Andrew, who is based at the company's Hazel Grove, Stockport headquarters, said: "We'd like to pay tribute to Anne for the way she's built the title and we're looking forward to working alongside her in her new role as a consultant.

"She'll still be attending shows and playing a big part in the magazine as we look to build on her success, and give advertisers and readers some brand new and exciting options."

Resident tool expert Peter Brett will also be continuing as the face of the publication.

Editor Andrew continued: "Peter's obviously the guy everybody knows in the industry so we'll be ensuring his coverage of the sector is as informative as ever.

"We're delighted both Peter and Anne will continue to be heavily involved, and feel with our own proven magazine publishing experience we can take the magazine into the 21st century with great con dence."

Skip Hire & Waste Magazine host the annual WASTE exhibition, due to be held on Thursday July 5 at the Warwickshire Event Centre in Leamington Spa.

Although the title has changed hands, it will still focus on exactly the same things which have made it a must read in the hire and tool sectors.

Andrew said: "We'll be tweaking a few things but will still be concentrating on the tool reviews that have become part and parcel of what we do.

"Advertisers will be seeing a lot more of us as we aim to get round all our clients to visit them at their premises, and to see what we can do to drive business for them.

"We're particularly looking forward to reporting on the sector, and featuring a mix of reviews, fun and more serious news."


Checkatrade, the trusted online directory of over 29,000 recommended, vetted and monitored tradespeople, has signed a deal with triple-crown winning snooker star, Shaun Murphy for the World Snooker Championship which takes place this April.

The online resource for trusted tradespeople will support Shaun for the entire competition and the star, who won the event in 2005, will wear Checkatrade’s logo on his waistcoat during all of his matches.

As part of the partnership, Checkatrade members will also have the chance to win VIP tickets to see Shaun in action at the event, which gets underway on 21 April at the world-famous Crucible theatre in Sheffield.

Gavin Dutton, Managing Director for Checkatrade said: “As one of the best snooker players in the world, we are delighted to sponsor Shaun Murphy at one of the biggest events in the sport. The World Snooker Championship is watched by millions of people each year and therefore represents great exposure for us connecting with our members, prospective new members and our customers. We can’t wait to see him in action and wish him all the best for the upcoming tournament.”

Shaun has become well-known as one of the best players in the world of snooker, winning the biggest tournaments in the game. One of just a select few players who has won the prestigious Triple Crown, which consists of the UK Championship, The Masters and World Championship, Shaun is delighted to be teaming up with Checkatrade.

He added: “I am extremely pleased to have Checkatrade on board as my sponsor for this tournament. As a nationally recognised company that focuses on delivering the very best in their field, that resonates with my focus as a professional snooker player and what I am trying to achieve. They really are the perfect partners to work with and I look forward to representing their brand. I’m excited for the World Snooker Championships next month, and with the support of Checkatrade I’m hoping I’ll to have a successful tournament.”

For more information, please visit

Construction consultant bids for marathon glory

International construction consultant Michael Gallucci is running the London Marathon in aid of a national disability charity.

A chartered surveyor and qualified mediator from Watford, Michael is managing director of consultancy MPG, and aims to raise £1,750 for the Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People.

Last year, he raised a similar amount for the same charity, which supports people with disabilities to gain independence and achieve their goals.

Despite pressure of work, Michael hopes his training will be enough to see him get close to last year’s time of four hours and 47 minutes. He proved his fitness in February, completing the Dubai Half Ironman triathlon.

On April 22, Michael will be among 40,000 participants in the 38th running of the 26.2-mile event, which this year for the first time, will see the Queen presiding as the official starter.


ERA, the UK’s home security specialist has appointed Simon Brown as Head of Smartware Sales.

With a wealth of experience in the electronics market, gained at companies including Philips CE, Sharp UK Ltd and, most recently, Sennheiser, he is now responsible for ERA’s highly innovative Smartware sales strategy. 

Simon said, ”This is a very exciting appointment for me. ERA has a fantastic heritage upon which to build and is firmly focussed on the Smart Home category, offering massive opportunities to deliver business in existing and alternative channels.

"ERA is a very customer focussed organisation and strongly invests in innovation to ensure it provides consumers with the highest quality security products available on the market.”

Darren Waters, Managing Director at ERA said, ”Simon’s appointment signals the confidence we have both in our product and service offerings and we are sure that he will make a significant contribution to help elevate the ERA brand, in particular in the Smart Home arena, even further.”

For further information on any of the company’s wide range of security products, visit or contact the sales team on 01922 490 000 or by emailing [email protected]

Morris Site Machinery - Shortlisted for Excellence

Morris Site Machinery is pleased to have been shortlisted in two categories for the Hire Awards of Excellence 2018.

The leading on site equipment manufacturer entered two awards: Supplier of the Year and Best Use of New Media.

Over the past 12 months the company has invested significantly in its staff, recognising its workforce as key stakeholders and embracing the principle of ‘continuous improvement’ to ensure there is an evolving business culture. Appreciation of hard work and high standards is shared amongst staff and

applauded on a regular basis through internal communications. 

The company also prides itself on its track record of innovation, launching six new products in just six months and developing specialist products for partners in both the UK and overseas.

Morris Site Machinery further evolved its digital strategy and online presence in 2017 utilising an multi-channel approach to inform and engage with its audience through the use of social media, blogs, video content and e-communications.

Phil Winnington, International Business Director of Morris Site Machinery, said: “Continuing to raise standards and develop our strategy helps us to build upon relationships with our customers and key stakeholders, something which is central to the success of Morris Site Machinery.”

The Hire Awards of Excellence acknowledge the successes of hirers and suppliers, along with the individuals who set the standard. The Awards could be classed as the most sought after accolade within the plant, tool, equipment and event hire industries.

The winners of each category will be announced at the Hire Awards of Excellence taking place on Saturday 28th April at Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London. 



West-midlands-based ERA, the UK’s home security expert, has appointed Tania Tams as head of marketing to oversee the communications and marketing activity across the company’s distribution channels.

Having previously held the position of marketing manager, the promotion will see Tania work closely with group marketing & innovation director, Will Butler to help develop the ERA brand, as the company paves the way for modern home security solutions.

Commenting on her new role, Tania enthused, “During my time with ERA, I have gleaned a lot of insight into the company, its products and the fantastic team we have here. I am delighted to be taking on the role of head of marketing and am confident that my knowledge and passion for ERA will ensure I can hit the ground running, as I take this next step in my career.”

Will added, “Since joining us, Tania has impressed with her enthusiasm for both our traditional security hardware business and our growing smartware proposition. She is a real asset to our company and I look forward to continuing our work together to ensure that ERA maintains its status as a leading voice in home security.”

For further information about the ERA and the company’s extensive range of home security products, visit or contact the sales team on 01922 490 000 or by emailing [email protected]

‘Hat trick’ – Covers staff to don headwear for charity

Covers’ staff will be helping to raise funds for Brain Tumour Research by supporting the charity’s Wear A Hat Day on Thursday 29th March.

Staff at the Portsmouth and Southampton depots will be donning a variety of different headwear throughout the day in return for donations for Wear A Hat Day, which has raised over a million pounds since it was launched by Brain Tumour Research nine years ago.

Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer, yet just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease. Funds raised through Wear A Hat Day 2018 will develop the charity’s network of world-class research centres in the UK.

Henry Green, Managing Director at Covers, said:

“One of our employees had a friend who was affected by the disease and very sadly passed away last year. At Covers we are always keen to help raise awareness of the important endeavours being undertaken by charities, so we are delighted to be supporting Brain Tumour Research so more people can benefit from the great work that

they do.”

Tim Green, Community Fundraising Manager at Brain Tumour Research, said:

“Brain tumours are indiscriminate; they can affect anyone, at any age. We are extremely grateful to everyone at Covers for getting involved, and hope people will be inspired to hold their own events. It’s as easy as wearing a hat and making a donation!”

For more information about Brain Tumour Research and Wear A Hat Day, please visit

Wienerberger focuses on the workforce of the future

With many of the construction workforce nearing retirement, more than any other age group[1], as well as the growing skills gap in the under 35s bracket[2], it is more essential than ever for employers to offer young professionals the opportunity to build a fulfilling career within the construction and manufacturing industries. Wienerberger, the UK’s leading provider of roof, wall and landscaping solutions, spearheads this movement by encouraging young people to consider a career in construction through its wide range of apprenticeships currently on offer across the business.

At Wienerberger, we recognise the importance of preparing for the future. By investing in apprentices, we are able to realise a robust and enhanced learning and development strategy that feeds into our overall business plan. We believe that apprenticeships are transformational for both the company and our employees alike; achieving a working life for staff that is both rewarding and fulfilling is a key objective for us. In addition to the typical craft apprenticeships on offer, including electrical and mechanical engineering, we also offer apprenticeships in management, ceramics, IT and customer services, with plans on expanding this even further. This means that we are able to not only encourage young people to create a career path in construction, but we can also tackle the on going skills shortage and play our part in bridging the gap for the future.

Wienerberger currently has an array of apprentices across various sites. One of those apprentices includes 20 year-old Sven Goerlach, who is currently training in Mechatronics.

Sven commented: “I chose to apply for an apprenticeship with Wienerberger as I really admire their enthusiastic and supportive approach. My apprenticeship has allowed me to step onto the career ladder and gain practical, first-hand experience in my desired career path. Alongside increasing my confidence as a professional, it has also enabled me to build up my teambuilding skills, something that is prominent across all areas of the company.  

“I am currently involved in the installation, repair and preventative maintenance of Mechanical and Electrical systems, and no two days are the same. I am constantly learning new skills, whilst also developing my theoretical knowledge behind the practical work that I’m completing.

“For anyone who is looking to pursue a career within the construction industry, I would highly recommend applying for an apprenticeship with Wienerberger. I feel valued and appreciated, and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity that I have been presented with.”

Following joining Wienerberger in September 2017, Sven will have completed his four-year apprenticeship by July 2021, where he plans to pursue his passion for engineering with the company.

Stuart Wardale, Learning and Development Manager at Wienerberger, commented: “We’re delighted to be able to offer such a wide range of apprenticeships to young professionals who are looking to break into the industry, and we’re extremely proud of the talented team members that have passed through it over the years. At Wienerberger, we will continue to offer our commitment and support to apprentices within the company as we work towards bridging the skills gap, and we’re looking forward to seeing the future generations of skilled employees flourish.”

National Apprenticeship Week takes place on the 5th-9th March 2018 and encourages employers and apprentices from across the country to celebrate the success of apprenticeships whilst also inspiring more people to choose this route as a pathway to a successful career within the construction industry. 

Building bridges and talking heads as A-Plant celebrates National Apprenticeship Week​

Building bridges and talking heads as A-Plant celebrates National Apprenticeship Week

From building bridges to talking heads, A-Plant today begins an exciting programme of events to mark National Apprenticeship Week, March 5-9th 2018.

The UK’s largest supplier of hire equipment will be sharing insights from its current team of apprentices as well as inspiring the next generation.

To kick-start the celebrations, A-Plant exhibited at What Career Live in Birmingham last weekend to talk to young people and their families about the exciting opportunities available.

Later this week the training team will be visiting a school in Ipswich to take part in career sessions and invite pupils to a local service centre for a tour of the facilities and some work-based tasks and activities.

On social media, A-Plant’s apprentice ‘advocates’ will be sharing their experiences in a series of ‘talking head’ interviews offering insights into what they love about their careers.

The week finishes with A-Plant’s apprentices being put to the test to build a bridge as part of a challenge set by the Institution of Civil Engineers. Their efforts will be caught on camera for a time-lapse film.

Now in its 11th year, National Apprenticeship Week brings together everyone who is passionate about apprenticeships to encourage more people to choose apprenticeships as a fast-track option to a great career and business growth.

This year’s theme is ‘Apprenticeships Work’ to showcase how apprenticeships work for individuals, employers, local communities and the wider economy.

A-Plant was named in the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer list at the National Apprenticeship Awards in January for the second year running.

A-Plant currently has 166 apprentices across five different apprenticeship streams and invests more than £2m in its apprenticeship programme every year.

Since it started in 2005, many apprentices have progressed to senior roles across the business and the programme is regularly oversubscribed.

A-Plant's Head of Training, Bob Harper said the awareness week is an excellent opportunity to get everyone talking about apprenticeships and delivering skills for the future.

“A-Plant is the UK’s largest provider of hire equipment and tools so we need to ensure we have the right people and skills in place to meet the continuing needs of our customers and deliver award-winning expertise and capabilities.

"Our apprenticeship programme is widely sought after and we have excellent retention levels. It is a fantastic route to a long and fruitful career enabling people to earn as they learn.”


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