Business and Industry Today Issue 392

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Welcome to our latest edition of Business and Industry Today where we are delighted to announce Ocean Wide Logistics UK Ltd (OL UK) as our International Freight Forwarding Company of the Year. On pages 26-27 we take a look back on the last 12 months featuring an exclusive interview with Managing Director, Paula Bellamy.

This month, we encourage our readers to consider how their own organisations can benefit from a renewed focus on people development. On page 25, we feature 123 People Development Ltd and celebrate its achievements in delivering dynamic training and development through Accredited coaches and mentors with the EMCC, CPD Accredited leadership training.

On page 15 we dive into the exhilarating world of leisure attractions with a spotlight on Rock Venture Designs. As the demand for unique and immersive experiences grows, Rock Venture Designs stands at the forefront, transforming the leisure industry with its innovative approach and

groundbreaking projects.

Another company making waves in the leisure industry is Splash About, our featured Swimwear Company of the Month. On page 4, we showcase its multi-awardwinning nappy ‘The Happy Nappy’ and talk to Company Director, Lesley Beach, on how the company is taking a fresh approach to the requirements of this market.

For an in-depth analysis of The Business Show London 2023 and Retrain Expo 2023 go to pages 6-12 where you will also find a selection of our chosen Top Exhibitors from each show.

Other topics covered in this issue: Business Products & Services, Handling, Storage & Logistics, Test, Measurement & Laboratory, Health & Safety, Industrial, Cleaning & Hygiene.

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Company of the Month 4-5

Splash About has been at the forefront of designing and developing some of the most advanced swimwear and learnto-swim products for babies and young children.

The Business Show 2023 & Retrain Expo 2023 Review 6-12

Britain’s biggest Business Show was back for 2023, returning to the ExCeL in London from 22-23 November.

Company of the Month 15

Rock Venture Designs offers complete turnkey: design, manufacture, installation and maintenance solutions for the leisure industry.

Industrial 20-24

Frankfurt Laser Company celebrates 30 years of leading the laser industry, and UNISIG further enhances customer service with new parts inventory management system.

Company of the Month 25

123 People Development Ltd is a dynamic training and development consultancy company based in Manchester offering bespoke and accredited training programmes to companies across the UK and globally.

Company of the Year 26-27

Managing Director, Paula Bellamy, says, “OL UK is one of the fastest growing bonded NVOCCs in the world and has service contracts with the highest-rated ocean carriers.”


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Swimwear Company of the Month

Is your leisure resort swim ready?

Splash About was established in 2005. However, it was acquired in 2011 by the current team behind the brand and has since been at the forefront of designing and developing some of the most advanced swimwear and learn-to-swim products for babies and young children. Splash About’s unique approach centres around innovation, scientific research, and technical design to produce collections that are practical but uncompromising on style, with safety under pinning the brand in and out of the water.

In 2019, Splash About acquired leading British swim products wholesaler Swimrite Supplies Ltd (SRS Leisure). The deal, which saw SRS rebrand as Splash About, positioned it as the supplier of choice for consumer-led family fun swimming products at over 1,000 municipal pools, leisure centres and holiday parks across the UK.

In just four short years – and notwithstanding COVID-19, Splash About has become the number one supplier of swim related products to the UK leisure industry. It currently holds contracts or sole supplier agreements with a significant proportion of leisure retail including Haven, Butlins, Park Dean, Away Resorts and Center Parcs.

The company is a global brand, headquartered in Lincolnshire with distribution centres located in North Carolina and Asia and an EU warehouse that serves customers from Portugal to Poland, Spain, Denmark and many more.

There are several facets to Splash About as a business. As an online retailer, it provides swimwear, learn-to-swim and family fun swim products direct to consumer through its website www. as well as through retailers including Amazon, Boots and Jo Jo Maman Bébé.

In this issue of Business and Industry Today, we are pleased to feature Splash About as our Swimwear Company of the Month

A key element to the business is supplying products required in professional baby swimming classes. “We work with the UK’s leading baby swimming schools such as Water Babies, Puddle Ducks, Turtle Tots, and Swim Kidz, where we supply our market leading range of ‘Happy Nappy’ products,” commented Splash About Director, Lesley Beach.

“The Happy Nappy is our multiaward-winning swim nappy which is approved by swim schools and recommended as best practice by British Standards Institute’s guidelines for baby swimming because it offers the best protection against faecal leaks. This is essential for swim schools because any unwelcome leaks are bad for business; pools have to close, be cleaned then reheated, which all amounts to lost revenue and avoidable

From 2019 Splash About’s business expanded to supply Holiday Parks and Leisure facilities. Lesley went on to explain how the company takes a fresh approach to the requirements of this market.

“In this sector, we identified a real opportunity to transform poolside retail outlets into real revenue generating sales channels. We have been making great strides and have devised an innovative business model for the leisure sector that includes strategic merchandising, bespoke branding, and an online portal to manage stock levels and ordering which is designed to optimise retail sales especially during peak trading

the only reusable swim nappy proven to destroy faecal bacteria that chlorine alone cannot, and it works thanks to an innovative Silver Lining which destroys any pathogens present inside the nappy rendering them harmless. The Silver Lining has been so successful, that it has been launched as a standalone pant to wear under swimming costumes, wetsuits, and sunsuits to replace disposable swim nappies.

“Some of our other industry firsts include the BabyWrap, an open flat baby wetsuit, Splash Jammers which bridge-thegap between swim nappy and swimwear for potty training toddlers, swim jackets with adjustable buoyancy and wetsuits, sunsuits and costumes all with integrated swim nappies.

“However, for the Holiday Park and Leisure sector, Splash About differentiates itself with a unique business model and expansive product range.

“We provide bespoke marketing and strategic merchandising to help businesses capitalise on space, creating a ‘retail theatre experience’ for our range of family fun swim products. We provide clean, streamlined marketing displays to help maximise sales and provide an integrated web portal that reduces the reliance on manual input, indicates stock levels in real time, auto orders, and analyses data from sales,” explained Lesley.

Splash About is stringent in its approach to sustainability too and is proud that Haven has become the first Holiday Park to decide to solely sell Splash About’s Happy Nappy swim nappy in its retail poolside outlets. This decision to reduce disposable swim nappy usage in their pools at all 41 sites will save Haven 20 tonnes of waste annually.

As a consumer brand, Splash About is best known for its flagship ‘Happy Nappy’ which has championed reusable swim nappies since its inception. The updated product, the Happy Nappy DUO, is an award-winning, eco-friendly alternative to disposables.

The DUO is described as

The rest of 2024 looks promising for Splash About with new products expected to enter the market this summer.

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The Business Show London 2023

Britain’s biggest Business Show was back for 2023, returning to the ExCeL in London from 22-23 November. Back and bigger than ever, the event is on a 23 year streak of helping thousands of entrepreneurs, SMEs and small business owners start or grow their dream business.

The world of business presents both challenges and lucrative and exciting opportunities; the Show provided visitors with unrivalled access to resources, insights, products and services that make the journey smoother.

The Show works with up-and-coming and successful small businesses showcasing the services visitors need to level up their own organisation.

Are you looking to start a business or grow your existing business? Helping small businesses

grow and develop, the 45th edition of the show revealed the secrets of business adaptation, innovation and survival in the business world through finding and purchasing the products and services that a business needs to take it to the next level.

Running alongside The Business Show this year was Going Global Live, Working From Home Live and Retrain Expo, offering everything visitors needed to successfully adapt to the ever changing industry advances. Retrain Expo helped visitors to re-skill and retrain for the future, whereas Working From Home Live offered the tools and resources needed to work remotely.

There was also the return of Going Global, the show which provided unparalleled education and information on trade agreements, international strategy, cultural and economic differences, and connected visitors with an abundance of business owners, under one roof, who are looking


Investing in the inter-personal dynamics at play in the workplace is vital to ensuring a culture of shared responsibility and facilitates happy staff who feel supported.

Act for Change is a UK-based charity dedicated to fostering mental health and wellbeing among young people who have encountered adverse and distressing dynamics. Integral to our understanding and calibrating of any intervention is a recognition of the intersectionality of race and gender, if efficacy is to be achieved. Our primary intervention, DATIS EF, designed to enhance relationships across various domains and bolster mental wellbeing resilience having due regard to the intersectionality of race & gender.

This innovative approach to mental wellbeing supports:

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● Empowerment for individuals, families and communities to transform.

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Our focus is on early intervention and prevention. The best time for our methodology to be enacted is at the early signs of mental or emotional distress. This addresses a critical gap in the market which leads to significant waiting lists for services.

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to invest abroad.

The new shows The Sustainability Zone and The Future of Work have been created due to the emerging trends in the workplace revolving around tackling the environmental crisis and evolving technological advances.

With over 750 exhibitors, 200 seminars from business experts and unmissable masterclasses covering everything from growing business, cyber security, and developing marketing skills, visitors could leave with all the resources needed to succeed in their industry.

The Business Show returns to London’s ExCeL this year from 13-14 November 2024. This is our pick of the best exhibitors from last year’s show. Further details can be found on this page and the next six.

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Our Mortgage Broker is a specialist finance brokerage offering a wide range of financial services for a variety of purposes. Mitesh Manek (pictured above) has worked as a specialist mortgage broker at the company for over four years but brings over 14 years of expertise in the financial industry.

Mitesh is based in London and can offer tailored and flexible business loan solutions designed

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Eureka Training excels at The Business Show

Visitors to Eureka Training’s booth at The Business Show 2023 engaged with the company’s experts and experienced trainers who shared practical insights, best practices, and actionable strategies for success.

Eureka Training’s presence at The Business Show 2023 exemplified its dedication to staying at the forefront of emerging Health & Safety trends, blended learning programs and evolving business practices. By tailoring course delivery to best meet the client’s environment, practices and expectations, Eureka Training remains committed to empowering individuals and organisations to thrive in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

Therapy Pool Rescue Award (ATPRA) and RLSS Open Water Lifeguard Qualification. With highly knowledgeable instructors, with over 30 years of expertise, Eureka is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of individuals and communities with a mission to save lives at work, leisure and at home through training.

Eureka Training is an expert provider of workplace health and safety training, specialising in water safety, with RLSS DEFRA module 1 – Water & Flood Awareness training module (which is also accredited with the Institute for Outdoor Learning), RLSS Aquatic

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Eureka Training offers a comprehensive range of training programs for many environments and sectors as well Paediatric First Aid (complying with OFSTED framework for the Early Years), HSE compliant First Aid at Work (FAW) and Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW), manual handling and fire safety courses that include Fire Marshal Training, Fire Safety Awareness Training.

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Unveils groundbreaking features to optimise Cloud resource management and save cost by 70-85%

Cloudologix has emerged as a leader in Cloud services, specialising in custom-tailored Cloud solutions that optimise business operations. At The Business Show 2023, Cloudologix demonstrated its expertise in guiding organisations through the complexities of Cloud adoption, ensuring effective and efficient achievement of business objectives.

They have recently launched their Cloud cost management product – CloudBerry. This is an innovative Cloud management platform known for its robust virtual machine handling capabilities, has announced a series of powerful updates aimed at transforming how enterprises manage their Cloud resources.

In response to the need for more adaptable resource management, CloudBerry has introduced flexible scheduling features with user-friendly override options. This feature not only adds a layer of convenience but also ensures that critical operations can continue without disruption.

With the integration of machine learning algorithms, CloudBerry now offers predictive analytics to forecast VM usage patterns. This capability allows for the dynamic adjustment of power schedules based on historical data, optimising resource use and cutting unnecessary costs. “Our goal is to make CloudBerry not just reactive but also proactive in managing cloud resources,” stated Anil Agarwal, CTO of Cloudologix.

CloudBerry’s new monitoring tools provide real-time insights into VM usage, alerting users when machines are idle. This proactive alert system encourages efficient use of resources, ensuring that companies can scale down when machines are not in use.

As CloudBerry continues to expand its capabilities, it remains focused on delivering solutions that not only meet but exceed the dynamic requirements of modern enterprises.

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As a digital marketing agency based in the East Midlands, Maximizon assists startups and companies in achieving rapid but scalable growth. Our expert team do this by utilising the power of creative thinking, design, and technology to transform their digital presence into a competitive advantage.

Specialising in creating creative and captivating content to help businesses grow, every piece of Advice, Product Content, Blog, and Website Content is written for clients by humans with authenticity, realism and honesty!

With an in-house team of experts, the agency delivers the best social media marketing and PPC campaigns, boasting tons of experience across hundreds of industries, both in the UK and abroad. Leaning on experience and expertise in the digital sector, the team use beautiful and innovative campaigns tailored to specific business needs but crafted with passion, knowledge, and flair.

Using paid resources, creative design and an analytical edge, Maximizon are able to boost businesses with fully

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Based in Derby, Maximizon have helped hundreds of customers to reach their business marketing potential, claiming an average of 4.9 stars on Google Reviews. Maximizon go above and beyond all customer expectations and is always looking for new businesses to work with and new challenges to overcome.

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Launch or grow your own commercial finance business

Broker Launch understands the fatigue and boredom that comes with working a 9-5 job. Trying to find the time to also spend with your family, going on experiences, creating memories and much more, can be really difficult when it comes to creating a good work-life balance.

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Previously known as ‘No Starving Creatives’, Ebunola Global Coaching certainly impressed at the Business Show 2023 delivering a brilliant seminar titled, ‘Storytelling: A Game-Changer for Business Performance’. It was an immersive and interactive seminar designed to revolutionise the way companies and employees approach business culture, team engagement, and performance.

The event inspired aspiring creatives by introducing the power of storytelling and its impact on attraction, retention, and exceptional performance. The seminar unravelled the psychology behind storytelling and how it resonates with individuals on a deep emotional level.

Some key elements from the talk included drafting

compelling narratives and how to apply them to your business context, storytelling techniques and valuable insights that can be implemented within an organisation.

The seminar was intriguing and certainly stepped away from typical corporate ethos. The seminar involved attendees through practical exercises, teaching them how to apply the concepts learned to unleash a higher level of storytelling. The seminar involved group and individual reflection activities allowing the attendees to practice their storytelling techniques in real-time.

Upon leaving, attendees were given a practical toolkit that included templates, guidelines and resources to help them to implement storytelling techniques into their organisations.

Ebunola Global Coaching exists to help others learn how to coach themselves and others, to achieve anything possible. Mindset and the ability to ‘think outside the box’ is widely underrated in the business world, but when used to your advantage, can unlock a bigger and brighter future for you and your business. discovery-call

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Market your business the right way!

Riada Consultancy is renowned for its exceptional services and expertise in helping businesses and their teams unlock their marketing potential by aligning the resources, the processes and the technology to drive marketing, generate sales, and promote growth.

Collaborating with tech giants like Microsoft, Avanade, Accenture, AWS, Ricoh Europe, and K2 (Nintex), Riada Consultancy recognises the undeniable truth that in marketing, there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution, and firmly believes that each business warrants a tailored marketing strategy to thrive effectively.

“Just as a house without a solid based is susceptible to collapse, a business without a wellstructured marketing strategy is vulnerable to failure.” A quote taken from a recent interview with Gemma Adair, Owner and Founder of Riada Consultancy.

Gemma is an exceptional talent whose interest in sales and marketing grew from a young age. Her passion for entrepreneurship and marketing sprouted through her studies at the University of Greenwich. During her studies she worked part time as a Clarins skincare consultant and became a member of the universities work programme.

“For the past 20 years, I’ve been in the everevolving world of marketing and tech, and I love the constant challenge and variety,” she stated, “I’m passionate about people, supporting others and taking them along on the journey. This passion for change, mentorship and changing the sales and marketing narrative is what led me to pursue my dream of starting Riada Consultancy. We’re a marketing consultancy dedicated to helping businesses and their teams unlock their marketing potential. We offer a tailored approach, incorporating the right marketing tools, tactics, and activities to achieve their specific business goals.”

The name ‘Riada Consultancy’ is simply Gemma’s surname spelt backwards but the core and philosophy of the business goes much deeper. Finding her ‘why’, Gemma decided to register the business in 2017 after sadly losing her mum in 2016. “I knew it’s what my mum would have wanted and I wanted to use my knowledge and experience to add value and effect change. My brand is more than just a logo, it has personal meaning. It is a legacy of sorts that not only represents my Irish heritage

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and my resilience, but also includes a reminder of my mum and her strength as it incorporates her favourite colour purple,” said Gemma.

Since 2017, Riada Consultancy has risen to unprecedented heights. Building robust client relationships founded on trust, transparency, and integrity is just one facet of how Riada propels your business forward, leveraging their network as well as the right marketing tools at their disposal to keep you ahead of the curve.

Achieving clarity, growth, and sustainability for today’s SMEs hinges on a well-crafted strategy that includes clearly defined goals. This ensures alignment between marketing, sales efforts, and the overarching vision and business model. At Riada Consultancy, their expertise empowers leadership and teams to collaborate effectively to achieve revenue and growth.

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Marketing On Tap is a strategic and brand positioning consulting company for medium sized + SMEs.

We help clients to action their business plans and manage their operational marketing processes, with the aim of delivering sustainable results on time and within budget.

With decades of experience and multiple skillsets, we provide a full spectrum holistic service from business planning and strategy to branding and full marketing implementation across all channels.

We have particular specialisms in technology, SaaS, financial services, and B2B sectors.

We have a small in-house senior team and work with trusted external suppliers where needed, with full transparency on budgets.

Our focus is to operate alongside our clients’ management teams, as an outsourced marketing resource, 100% focused on results and ROI.

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Presenting Regal Booths, where we revolutionise your event experience with our state-of-the-art

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Interpolitan Money: Alternative banking for a global era

We bridge the space between countries, cities and people.

With offices in London, Dubai, and Mumbai, Interpolitan Money is a premium FCA-regulated alternative banking company with a global presence. Our confidential, tailored accounts and services help businesses expand across borders and private clients live and work internationally.

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We operate in a diverse marketplace and take a bespoke approach to help clients overcome banking challenges, including debanking Unlike traditional banks, we don't require a minimum balance, making it simpler for non-resident clients to operate in the UK. Similarly, our services help streamline international expansion or emigration plans for domestic account holders.

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We’re deeply committed to making a positive impact in the community & giving back to society. To this end, we actively engage in charity partnerships and other initiatives to support those in need.

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Female friendly finances

Ebony Rebecca is a dynamic financial empowerment speaker and a steadfast advocate for raising awareness of the intricate relationship between money and mental health.

Drawing from her personal experiences and expertise in mental health and finance, Ebony founded Rose Tinted Financial Services. The company specialises in delivering financial empowerment workshops designed to enhance the mathematical thinking and problemsolving skills of business teams, leading to improved outcomes in both their personal and professional lives.

Its comprehensive range of solutions are tailored to businesses and include financial planning, group support, educational courses, and one-on-one budgeting sessions. These services are crafted to equip teams with the tools they need to achieve greater financial success and stability.

Understanding that debt is a common challenge, Rose Tinted Financial Services aims to reduce the stigma around it. The rapid growth of Rose Tinted Financial Services is a testament to its impact, now extending its financial support to major organisations such as the NHS, DWP,

Making a difference through philanthropy

Wellers Law Group LLP is more than a law firm, it stands out as a beacon of excellence and trust in the legal landscape, offering unparalleled expertise and a client-centric approach that sets them apart from the rest.

Since 1881, Wellers law Group LLP has always advocated for positive change. Over the years, the company has grown and developed into a familiar part of the legal landscape in Kent, with several other offices in central London, Kent and Surrey serving personal and corporate clients in the UK and overseas.

Its commitment to philanthropy and sustainability is deeply rooted in its core values, working closely with the charity GivingWorks where a number of its senior staff are also trustees. Wellers Law

Group also have links with impact investment firm, Wellers Impact, which invests in SME practitioners to create regular income and formal employment in Africa.

Wellers offer all the legal support services for businesses in order for them to grow successfully. With years of combined experience, its team of legal professionals bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to every case. Boasting skills and insight for Company and Commercial Services, Commercial Property Services, Corporate Litigation and Dispute Resolution, and Immigration Services, Wellers works to find the optimal tailored solutions for all clients.

A one-stop shop for maximising business productivity

Founder Marc Rowley is the visionary driving force behind this dynamic business, propelled by a deeply-rooted commitment to fostering an environment where employee engagement and customer experience surpass industry norms.

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The UK’s first trade association to represent aviation ground services says its members now support 70% of all UK flights

Aviation Services UK reaches landmark in under 18 months

The trade body formed to represent aviation ground services in the UK has announced that its membership now supports an estimated 70% of flights travelling to and from the UK. This has been achieved in less than 18 months since its foundation in January 2023.

Aviation Services UK (ASUK) has gained support from nine companies with around 15,000 ground services workers across the UK – giving the sector a collective voice both within the airline industry and at government level.

Members include some of the biggest employers in the industry, with Swissport, Menzies Aviation, DHL and ABM joining the association alongside Jet2, dnata, GH London, Cobalt Ground Solutions, and CFL.

Ground services are vital to the UK’s aviation industry, yet until recently there was no trade body representing the companies in the sector.

ASUK was created to give a voice to ground services firms following major disruption to passengers across the UK and Europe in the spring and summer of 2022.

In late 2022 PA Consulting delivered a detailed analysis of the sector to support the Department for Transport’s Ground Handling Review, one of the key recommendations from which was to establish a representative body to enable better government and industry engagement.

ASUK is headed up by David Leighton FRSA, former Cabinet Office advisor and Group Head of Corporate Affairs and Marketing at Associated British Ports.

David Leighton commented, “I am motivated by giving a strong voice to the under-appreciated, underestimated, and under-represented. This has defined my career in corporate and public affairs.

“Ground services is a complex, challenging and vitally important industry, and its voice needs to be heard loud and clear.

“ASUK members do an incredible job, in very demanding circumstances, every hour of every day. Together, they are keeping the UK flying.

“It is our responsibility to help build a resilient, safe and thriving sector that supports and drives a worldleading aviation industry.”

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Leighton added, “We are working hard to address the major challenges faced by the sector, with a greater voice in government, a growing membership, and positive lines of communication across the aviation industry.

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Welcome to this edition of Sustainability

Today where we are delighted to welcome back CRJ Services as our Waste, Recycling & Forestry Equipment Company of the Year. Fast approaching its 25th year in the sector, we take a look back over the last 12 months and ask the question What’s next for CRJ Services? This indepth article showcases the companies’ vision and includes its latest technologies in waste management machinery.

Lynn Maclachlan, Associate Director of UKSTT, announces that the company is running its first UKSTT National Trenchless Conference on the 11th June 2024 at the Manufacturing Technology Centre, Ansty Business Park in Coventry. On page 10, we explore further the benefits of trenchless technology and discover how the conference will raise the profile of its societal and economic benefits.

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Soyang Europe builds sustainable future for customers with Reconomy

Soyang Europe has been working with Reconomy to offer customers access to environmentally focused and responsible waste management services

International circular economy specialist Reconomy has revealed how its relationship with wide-format and superwide-format media manufacturer and distributor Soyang Europe is helping UK print service providers to improve their environmental credentials.

Reconomy combines technology and skills to enable businesses to better manage their resources, helping to reduce waste, optimise their supply chains, and contribute in a meaningful way towards the circular economy.

While this involves working directly with print companies, Reconomy is also partnered with several leading manufacturers and distributors, supporting their customers with textile waste management. One such partnership is with Soyang Europe, whereby printers using materials from Soyang Europe can responsibly dispose of their waste.

This partnership came about three years ago with the support of FESPA UK. Reconomy was working on various sustainability initiatives with FESPA, while Soyang Europe is a long-term member of the association.

The process works with Reconomy providing customers with a baler to prepare their textile waste. Soyang Europe then collects the bales when delivering new products to customers, with the waste taken to its facility in Altham in Lancashire ready for bulk collection and transportation to a recycling facility for processing.

“It was a perfect fit,” said Reconomy Director, Jon Hutton. “Soyang has always been proactive in wanting to offer their customers, and the wider industry, waste management solutions for their products.

“Sustainability is a hot topic for several reasons. Brands and consumers are looking down the supply chain for environmental credentials, so it’s therefore a driving factor in how to not only maintain and gain business, but how a printer positions themselves for the long term.”

Mark Mashiter, Managing Director at Soyang Europe, added, “It provides our customers with an outlet for their waste. This works well with local customers when we deliver orders to them; we can bring any textile bales back with us and store them in our yard until they are collected.”

Renewable energy and recycling materials

Originally, Reconomy had sourced a solution for recycling PVC banner and polyester fabrics at a UK site, whereby waste was blended with other polymers to produce low grade products. While

this process ended when more desirable material became available to the market, a recovery route was soon set up and, with the support of Wheeldon Brothers, waste could now be diverted from landfill to renewable energy.

However, recycling has since been re-established and material is again being used in manufacturing processes. Coupled with its use for renewable energy, all of this is helping work towards a circular economy.

An additional benefit to the service is that Soyang Europe is willing to take other supplier’s waste textiles along with its own. This option is available to customers using their own transport within a set radius of Soyang Europe’s facility and when making deliveries.

“Soyang Europe wants to be part of the environmental solution and not the problem,” Jon said. “The take-back scheme provides a platform for printers to demonstrate their sustainability by providing customers with an outlet for their

recycling waste.

“Several customers have engaged with Reconomy further and are now collecting their own clients’ end-of-campaign textiles, integrating this with the collection of their materials. All loads are tracked, and Certificates of Recycling can be issued once the material has been processed.”

The work does not stop here for Reconomy, with Jon saying the company will continue to work with Soyang Europe, FESPA UK and its wider membership base to provide more sustainable solutions to the UK industry.

“It’s our aim to continue to be a driving force in educating the industry on the importance of recycling & developing circular economies,” Jon said. “This, with the continued support of Soyang Europe, will ensure more customers take up this service.”

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Specialist hygiene company puts sustainability at heart of its business

Christeyns Food Hygiene has been awarded the prestigious EcoVadis Gold Medal for its commitment to sustainability and responsible business practices.

EcoVadis is the world’s largest and most trusted provider of business sustainability ratings, creating a global network of more than 130,000+ rated companies. It evaluates companies’ sustainability performance across various criteria. This Gold Medal achievement for Christeyns Food Hygiene underlines the firm’s dedication to environmental stewardship, labour practices, ethical conduct, and sustainable procurement.

As part of the evaluation performance, the business is meticulously assessed across these categories, with evaluation of company policies, procedures, and key performance indicators (KPIs).

This places us in the top 5% worldwide of companies recognised with this esteemed award.

Warrington-based CFH manufactures premium hygiene products and along with its partners supplies solutions for the safe cleaning and disinfection of food and beverage plants and food retail businesses across the country. Recognising the critical role that cleaning and disinfection

protocols play in upholding food safety management systems, the firm is committed to enhancing clients’ operations while leading the sector in sustainable business practices.

“At Christeyns Food Hygiene we have long been conscious of the impact that our products and services have on the environment and on our customer’s operations,” states Chris Bayliss, CFH UK Sales Director. “This award is recognition and validation of the long-term efforts we have in place to ensure and support food safety and hygiene in our customer’s sites in a sustainable way for now and the future.”

Christeyns Food Hygiene is part of the international hygiene group, Christeyns, with headquarters in Ghent, Belgium. The group has subscribed to the Responsible Care Global Charter committed to a corporate leadership culture that safeguards people and the environment, strengthens chemicals management systems, influences business partners, promotes safe management of chemicals, engages stakeholders and contributes to sustainability. The company has also signed up to the UN Global Compact initiative.


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Waste, Recycling & Forestry Equipment Company of the Year

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We are delighted to welcome back CRJ Services as our Waste, Recycling & Forestry Equipment Company of the Year

Positive start for 2024

It’s been a busy twelve months for CRJ Services from showcasing the HAAS Tyron 2000XL at ScotPlant 2024, winning the Jenz Dealer of the year 2023 at the Jenz Annual Dealer Conference and now getting ready to celebrate a fantastic 25 years in the sector.

“CRJ has continued to grow by taking on more skilled team members, adding more brands to our portfolio, all within a challenging economic and political landscape.

“Firstly, high interest rates have made it difficult for customers to agree to large capital expenditure on assets and secondly, it also makes it more expensive to add assets into our hire fleet.

“Having a double election in the UK and USA this year also creates global economic doubt and will defer industry decision making.

“Despite this, the hire revenue and spare parts revenue at CRJ Services are well ahead of forecast, with our machine sales being in line with forecast. We became the exclusive distributor for Pronar Trommels in the UK and Ireland at the end of 2023. This allows us to sell as well as hire trommels now – which is a great success. We have also taken on a new site near to our existing site which will provide us with additional engineering workshop space and increase our hires capacity,” outlined Andrew Clarkson, Finance Director.

Waste and recycling management: green giants Established in 1999, CRJ Services is a

comprehensive waste, recycling and forestry equipment provider and is one of the largest operating throughout the UK and Ireland, delivering quality machinery and reliable service to more than 300 customers.

The machinery solutions provider has seen rapid growth over the last three years in particular as waste and recycling management becomes a key priority for many industries, with the advent of the 2050 Net-Zero targets set by the UK Government and renewed focus on the circular economy.

Providing first-class customer service: sector specialists

Working across the waste management, forestry and quarrying sectors, CRJ operates a hire fleet of over 130 mobile and static processing machinesdesigned for shredding, screening, washing and sorting a wide range of waste streams. These include: shredders, trommels, flat deck screeners, density separators, eddy current separators, water baths, and picking stations. The Cheshire site holds an expansive stock of spare parts, in excess of £2.5M for all hire and purchased equipment. The company places great emphasis on customer service and has field engineers on standby for a rapid-tiered response to machinery malfunction, with on-site visits planned within same day or maximum within 24 hours.

“We are the market-leader in the hire of machinery into the UK and Ireland and our large machinery can cope with most waste, recycling or forestry challenges. With our focus on the waste, recycling

and forestry markets, we are seen as experts rather than a supplier that deals in general hire plant and accessories and tries to be everything to everyone.”

Going the extra mile: pushing green change from piecemeal to strategic action

CRJ Services don’t just supply machines: they have a vested interest in moving the industry towards more sustainable best practice. Extensive waste collection research by the company, conducted over a seven year period revealed that six of the ten biggest UK local councils have seen a substantial dip in dry recycling over the last four years and more worryingly, seven had actually seen an increase in waste to landfill/incineration.

CRJ’s solution to suppressing POPs

With an innovative, pro-active approach, CRJ Services has looked at a novel dust suppression method when shredding household furniture like sofas. Many sofas contain toxic, carcinogenic Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) which are invisible and harm human health and the wider environment. The Environment Agency has brought in legislation around the storage and disposal of such furniture for this reason and this lab-tested dust suppression meets the latest compliance.

Unique ‘swing program’: minimising downtime

Many waste companies are now working on short-long term contracts and require flexible hire options going forward.

“We pride ourselves on service – not just selling or hiring a machine. We understand that our customers are likely to be tied into a contract, where penalties will have to be paid if they don't process the tonnage. So, it's vital in this case that we get an engineer out tout suite, in the event of a breakdown. We also have to be easy to deal with and so we have quite a flat management structure with team members able to make decisions.


“We also operate a swing programme so that if we can't fix a machine, we will swap it out with another machine that we always have on standby, within a guaranteed time, minimising customer downtime. None of our competitors offer this and we are proud of our customer services approach.”

CRJ Services operates a rapid four-tiered approach to all engineering call-outs:

1. Engineers try to diagnose the problem over the phone using the telematics diagnostic software installed on every machine (hire or purchase)

2. On-site visit if required on the same day or within 24 hours

3. Product specialist support

4. Original Manufacturers’ support

HAAS Tyron slow-speed shredder

The HAAS Tyron is used across many applications from biomass, commercial and industrial waste, mattresses, metals, plastics, tree roots, wood and many more.

The HAAS Tyron is a powerful, twin-shaft, slow speed shredder, with a robust and renowned

strength. CRJ has 32 of the Tyron 2000XL 2.0 models in their comprehensive hire fleet and they were a big hit at ScotPlant 2024.

It is popular for the following reasons: t versatility in various applications t ease of change of settings depending on application t unique independent twin-shaft reverse mechanism, protecting against fibrous materials causing blockages.

This shredder has a wide 1,400mm outfeed belt with discharge height up to 4,800mm, easy on-site manoeuvrability, low fuel consumption, enhanced safety features such as the traffic light system, remote-control adjustments, and the ground level maintenance chamber access doors.

From HAAS to Pronar Trommels: sign of the times CRJ Services is now the proud, exclusive distributor for Pronar Trommels in the UK and Ireland from the end of last year.

“Though our HAAS shredder is a perennial popular model, we are now introducing the industry to our Pronar machinery capability.

“The Pronar MPB 20.55 is a mobile trommel screen, available for hire or purchase. It can be used across a wide range of applications, such as: metals, skip waste, tree roots, wood, biomass, commercial and industrial waste, construction and demolition waste, organic waste, through to paper and cardboard and Japanese Knotweed. It is a robust, easily to maintain and operate machine that can compete on price and performance with the industry leaders and compliments CRJ’s existing portfolio perfectly.”

Company of the Year: moving forward

“We are delighted to receive the Waste, Recycling & Forestry Equipment Company of the Year from Sustainability Today. It's a great award and TeamCRJ deserve it: they have worked really hard to turn CRJ into the fantastic specialist business it is today, with amazing customer service to boot. Going forward, both short- and long-term, we believe there's lots of growth areas that we can move into across additional products and untapped geographical areas, so watch this space! “

CRJ Services will be at the following 2024 trade shows with waste management machinery on hand for demonstrations:

t APF: 19th–21st September, Ragley Estate, Warwickshire.

t Ifat 13-17 May 2024

t Hillhead 25-27 June 2024

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Creating a better world in a changing climate: maximising asset values

We are delighted to welcome GreenEnco as our Renewable

Energy Advisory of the Month

GreenEnco provides leading technical advisory and engineering solutions for the solar and energy storage industry. Projects are typically, utility scale and commercial and industrial rooftops. They work with asset owners/managers, Independent Power Producers (IPP), developers, fund managers, Investors and O&M contractors, helping them safeguard their investments.

With an eye on the UK Government’s 2050 Net Zero Targets, GreenEnco is helping corporate, commercial & industrial customers make the seamless journey to net-zero with market-leading solutions.

Established in 2017 by founder & CEO, Dr Jyoti Roy, the self-funded company is based in London with a second overseas office now in Kolkata, India to support operations in Asian markets.

With the following strong global partnerships: MOU with Telangana State Renewable Energy Development Corporation Ltd, India, MOA with Viot Energy Efficiency Platform Joint Stock (VEEP), Vietnam and MOU with Arti Enerji (Independent Power Producer), Turkey, GreenEnco engages in renewable energy best practice on a growing global scale.

Over the last seven years, GreenEnco has performed over 11 GW services to sixteen countries in four continents.

It’s no wonder that GreenEnco was a finalist in the ‘innovation’ and ‘smart energy system’ categories at the British Renewable Energy Award in 2023. Last year’s awards marked the 18th edition and celebrated the industry’s ‘game changers’ who

are pushing for energy security and Net Zero.

GreenEnco offer the following primary core services:

t Asset optimisation – asset performance management, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) algorithms, driven by human intelligence to optimise generation of operational solar assets

t Technical due diligence – owners/lenders engineering, energy yield and irradiance assessment and construction audit (QC/QA)

t Design optimisation – designs for building permits, value engineering and detailed design.

t Floating solar – due diligence on floater & anchoring system, additional generation study and O&M scope review and H&S.

t Energy storage – battery sizing, solar & storage solutions and grid curtailment & storage solutions.

t Re-powering – PV module, mechanical and electrical match, inverter-central/ string and LV & HV equipment.

Why use GreenEnco?

Existing solar asset owners are currently facing loss of generation of their assets. A lack of a granular data-driven decision-making process results in substantial revenue loss. In addition, reactive O&M response keeps companies behind the expected generation/revenue curve.

Secondly, GreenEnco’s custom-made technical advisory solutions are strengthened with integrated engineering services and operational asset optimisation solutions. In recent years the dynamic solar PV market has become ever-evolving. This is why innovative and flexible consultancy services have become increasingly demanding in the new era of Bankable Technical Advisory services. GreenEnco’s hands-on and pragmatic due diligence approach is helping to mitigate the project lifecycle investment risk for investors, IPPs and developers, etc.

Thirdly, Value engineering has become increasingly demanding in the competitive bidding process. GreenEnco’s 360° design optimisation approach takes care of technology optimisation, engineering optimisation, land optimisation with 3D terrain analysis, energy yield optimisation and commercial value optimisation.

Firstly, GreenEnco’s systematic optimisation solution: pvAPM (PV Asset Performance Management), has helped increase an average 8% generation gain of operational solar assets in Asia and Europe.

This approach uses cutting edge Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning (ML) algorithms, driven by human intelligence to stand head and shoulders above competitors. These algorithms alone resulted in £20m financial benefit & 33,000 tons additional CO2 offset on a 350 MW portfolio in Asia and Europe.

GreenEnco’s owner is a member of IEC, BSI & IET International Standard committee which guarantees best practices and compliance to their partners.

Their pvAPM, Technical Due Diligence (TDD) and Design Optimisation services help create a better world in changing climate and provides solutions to a seamless netzero transition.

Industry experts have applauded pvAPM with their futuristic, systematic approach which ensures system efficiency improvements, equipment condition monitoring, health checks, process optimisation and decision-making. It allows for the precise identification on technical issues that have puzzled engineers and made clear reports detailing decisive measures.

“We are here to help developers, independent power producers (IPPs), investors, corporates and commercial & industrial customers make a smooth transition to Net Zero,” concluded Dr Jyoti Roy.

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PowerEx Live London

The PowerEx Live Conference was held on 7 December 2023 at the prestigious Park Plaza Hotel, Westminster, London. PowerEx offered a unique opportunity for today’s power professionals at a difficult time for energy management issues in Europe.

The GEN-SET, CHP & ENERGY LIVE Conferences ran parallel with exhibitor presentations available in adjoining rooms. The venue was arranged with care so that products could be safely introduced directly to customers. There was also the opportunity – of course –for a prime networking experience with experts in all fields of CHP, Data Centres, Renewables, Storage, Consultancy and Gensets, to name just a few.

A key speaker at this event was the Right Honourable Dr Alan Whithead MP,

who presented a paper entitled ‘Labour’s Plan to Deliver Britain’s Low-Carbon Energy System’. This presentation discussed Labour’s commitments on the UK’s power sector & also touched upon areas like hydrogen & CCS infrastructure.

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) encompasses technologies for capturing carbon dioxide which would otherwise be emitted to the atmosphere, transporting and storing it deep underground in geological formations where it will be permanently contained.

The second key area under discussion is that of hydrogen. The growth in the use of hydrogen presents a significant growth opportunity across all regions of the UK, supporting decarbonisation and improving energy security, while system balancing our renewable power generation.

PowerEx Live London returns to London’s Park Plaza Hotel on 12 December 2024. Before then, a new event, PowerEx Live Midlands, will be held at The Belfry on 27 June 2024. This is our pick of the best exhibitors from last year’s London event, listed here in alphabetical order: Capstone Power Solutions. Further details can be found on this page.

Reduce carbon emissions and boost your economic value

Capstone Power Solutions, the UK distributor for Capstone Green Energy, showcased the most advanced products on the market that include Capstone Power Turbines, Power Rentals, Gas Compressors and Air Compressors, at PowerEx Live 2023.

Offering reliable power when you need it, Capstone Power Solutions offer the ideal solution for today’s distributed generation needs. From conception to completion, Capstone offer turnkey projects allowing customers to rely on only one supplier to deliver projects.

Capstone serve a variety of sectors from power generation to industrial, gas, and renewables landfill. The company is known as a market leader in sustainable energy technology, offering solutions that include CHP, combined heat and power, gas treatment such as gas cleaning for biogas and landfill applications. Gas and air compressor systems from natural gas to biogas. Telemetry, remote monitoring for supervision or control of gas pressures,

power and flow. Battery storage & solar.

For the industry, Capstone Turbine is a market leader in microturbines, involving a unique technology that delivers value and differentiation and can be ideal for providing combined heat and power projects for steam applications offering an unparallel exhaust composition. The power is produced in the cleanest form that derives from hydrocarbons with limited use of lubricants. Using only one moving part, this state-of-the-art electromechanical design will more than deliver your energy needs in a clean and simple way, whatever industry you’re involved within.

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Sustainable Farming Everything you need to measure soil carbon

Agricarbon is a market-leading provider of soil carbon measurement at scale, serving all soil types across the UK and across Europe. For farmers, landowners, and businesses looking to assess their soil carbon stocks, Agricarbon offers scientifically driven, evidence-based sampling and analysis at its on-site processing facility.

The company is at this year’s Groundswell Agricultural Festival from 26-27 June 2024, the leading, annual regenerative agricultural event, to showcase its leading soil testing technology.

Agricarbon is committed to expanding its unparalleled soil carbon technology across European countries and further afield in North America.

It is well known that increasing soil carbon has a twofold impact: improved soil health and higher yields for crops.

Supporting natural soil microbes such as fungi, archaea and protozoa is great for worm populations and enhanced eco-biodiversity.

The data speaks for itself – Agricarbon has sampled over 32,000 hectares and quantified an astonishing 2 million

tonnes of carbon, which amounts quite possibly to the biggest database on soil carbon in the world.

The talented leadership team include world renowned soil scientist: Dr Helaina Black and her team of soil science experts, helping facilitate how soil can work as a carbon sink, while simultaneously supporting food production and natural biodiversity.

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Think Trenchless First: First National Trenchless Conference

Define trenchless technology

The United Kingdom Society for Trenchless Technology (UKSTT) defines Trenchless Technology as follows, “Trenchless Technology is the science of installing, repairing or renewing underground pipes, ducts and cables using techniques that minimise or eliminate the need for excavation.”

These techniques have multiple benefits over traditional open cut methods of installation, renewal or repair such as minimal environmental impacts, fewer disruptions, reduced total costs and safer working practices for all.

Role of UKSTT

UKSTT is a membership organisation, established in 1993 to promote the use of trenchless technology, largely for public benefit across the UK. The Lancashire-based organisation was formed after incorporating the UK-based members of ISTT and has continued to offer training and education across the civil engineering trenchless sector.

UKSTT’s range of trenchless solutions offer key advantages across inspection & detection, cleaning methods, renovation, new installations, and keyhole & other techniques. The target customer base includes: manufacturers, contractors, utility owners, students and service providers.

have an action-packed conference programme for the day.”

The programme sessions will be as follows:

t Session 1: Trenchless – demonstrating the benefits

t Session 2: Standards & Regulations – help or hindrance

t Session 3: Recruitment into Trenchless – meeting demand

t Session 4: Increasing Awareness of Trenchless Options

t Session 5: Future Opportunities

The cost of the conference is £100 for members and £125 (plus VAT) for non-members and delegates will hear from senior representatives at UKSTT, IKT – Institute for Underground Technology, Picote Solutions, Morrison Water Services, SGN plus many more expert speakers.

Benefits of trenchless technology

Exclusive conference announcement

We spoke to Lynn Maclachlan, Associate Director, who has some exciting news to share, “We are delighted to announce that we are running our first UKSTT National Trenchless Conference on the 11th June 2024 at the Manufacturing Technology Centre, Ansty Business Park in Coventry. Our members and non-members are both welcome to attend and we

The aim of this conference and future conferences is to raise the profile of trenchless technology, with its extensive societal, economic and environmental benefits such as:

t Minimised environmental impact – this is the optimised choice for digging under rivers, creeks and any deemed ‘sensitive’ environmental area, therefore mitigating risks to local biodiversity on the water surface. Excavating and exposed open cuts can also cause substantial more air pollution than trenchless technology.

t Reduced disruptions – trenchless technology can install new utility systems or repair existing ones with minimal noise or utility disruption. Open cut excavation would mean closing whole roads and creating diversions, which could lead to congestion, whereas trenchless technology carries out the same work without huge traffic infrastructure disruptions.

t Cost-effective – though there are more expensive upfront costs with trenchless technology, in the long-run it saves costs on the avoidance of costly utility relocation and business downtime.

t Safety at all costs – trenchless technology is safer than open trenches, with less soil moved, therefore avoiding landslides and unknown hazards in the soil.

Meeting the needs of a sustainability

UKSTT recently celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2023 and remains a forerunner of environmental preservation with its innovative trenchless methods. Now moving into its fourth decade, UKSTT has achieved many milestones across its illustrious history, and today its top mission remains the same:

to advance the science of practice of trenchless technology for the public benefit and to promote education, training, study and research in the practice and to publish the results.

With all eyes on the circular economy and the UK Government’s 2050 Net Zero targets, climate change and protecting local biodiversity are a priority for UKSTT moving forward. By putting itself in the centre of the action, UKSTT remains focused on promoting its cutting-edge technology for the benefit of the environment and everyone involved.

“UKSTT moved away from other organisations providing their secretariat services to being selfsufficient back in 2022.

“Moving forward, we will continue to find new ways to educate the UK and promote the use of trenchless technology rather than using opencut methods.”

To book onto the first UKSTT National Trenchless Conference, contact UKSTT below and become part of the growing trenchless technology conversation: M 07745 781500

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Low Carbon Agriculture 2024 Review –

For a profitable and sustainable farming future

Low Carbon Agriculture 2024, held at NAEC Stoneleigh from 6-7 March 2024, is the vibrant business event for forward-thinking farmers, landowners and industry operators.

The show explored ways to address climate change through the generation of renewable energy, the implementation of low carbon technology and best practice in both carbon and environmental land management.

The UK is committed to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) emissions by 2050, and the agricultural sector is uniquely placed to be part of the solution. This event is all about how this will be delivered.

In addition to producing our food, the agricultural and rural communities have an essential role to play in the pursuit of our environmental targets and

the transition of our energy system from fossil-based systems to clean and renewable alternatives. Low Carbon Agriculture could help visitors to transform their business, generate clean energy and reduce both carbon footprint and environmental impact.

Low Carbon Agriculture featured four dynamic, content-led expos

Launched in 2010, the Energy Now Expo showcased the latest renewable and clean energy opportunities and technologies available to farmers and landowners, while also providing guidance on areas such as energy management and the optimisation of existing assets.

The Environmental Business Expo considered the path to net zero in agriculture and the challenge of balancing sustainable food production with environmental needs. It hosted an exhibition of product and service suppliers, as well as a

Ground Source Heat Pumps

Do you know that because they use freely available heat energy from the ground, Ground Source Heat Pumps (GSHP) achieve higher efficiencies than any other heating system?

By delivering up to 4 times (on average) more heat energy than the consumed electricity to run the unit, a heat pump can reduce a building’s heating costs by around two-thirds compared to direct electric heating.

dedicated conference programme.

The Low Emission Vehicles Expo featured the latest low and zero carbon vehicles and machinery, as well as non-fossil fuel options, including clean electricity, biomethane and hydrogen. The associated opportunities available to farmers and landowners were promoted and discussed and test drives of the low/ zero carbon innovations were available throughout the event: environmental land management, regenerative farming, sustainability and the management & reduction of harmful GHG emissions.

The Farm Technology Expo turned the spotlight onto the innovative technologies and practices set to transform the agricultural industry. This part of the show looked at how agriculture can boost productivity, in an environmentally friendly fashion, thus creating a profitable and sustainable sector. The latest innovations in agri-tech were on display in the exhibition, while talks were delivered in the dedicated farm tech theatre, providing further insight and guidance on how these technologies benefit agricultural businesses.

Low Carbon Agriculture 2025 returns to NAEC Stoneleigh from 5-6 March 2025. This is our pick of the best exhibitors from this year’s event, listed here in alphabetical order: Allen Motor Group, Cefetra, Eco Crops & Go Geothermal. Further details can be found on this page and the next three.

The cost of heating a rural property can be extremely expensive and with net zero targets in place, that’s why farmers and landowners are increasingly turning to renewable energy solutions like GSHP.

Using a GSHP, farmers benefit from lower energy bills of up to 70% versus using a traditional gas or electric boiler system.

For sites that use lots of heat in their operations, such as poultry farms, indoor crop growing and hay drying, a cheaper source of heat is a welcome way to cut energy costs and reduce the carbon footprint.

Poultry farms are a particularly good example of how a switch to renewable energy can pay major dividends. GSHP offer a good solution for poultry units, with a low carbon footprint and the advantage that they can cool as well as warm spaces to keep a flock at the ideal temperature, whatever the weather.

Go Geothermal was recently involved in a project which saw us supplying GSHP and ancillaries at a poultry farm in Yorkshire. The farmer wanted to increase the heat in his chicken sheds to improve the welfare of his birds and this subsequently resulted in higher egg production rates.

Whether its hotels, holiday let owners or even historic properties, no rural buildings are off limits when it comes to renewable energy.

Combining heat pumps – we also have air source heat pumps too including the state-of-the-art premium CTC 700 series – with technologies like solar photovoltaic (PV) systems can create a robust and sustainable energy mix, and depending on your own situation there are various grants which can be accessed too.

Grants of up to £7,500 are available through the Boiler Upgrade Scheme to put towards the cost of a GSHP for a property you own (including a business or a second home) if you are replacing fossil fuel heating systems – such as oil, gas, electric or LPG.

And farmers are eligible to apply for a minimum of £15,000 and a maximum of £100,000 towards the cost of Solar PV equipment as part of Round 2 of the Improving Farm Productivity Grant. This means you should see a return on investment fairly quickly, in addition to the ethical move you have made to switch by switching to more environmentally friendly heating systems.

Go Geothermal’s range of CTC Ground Source Heat Pumps provide an ideal solution and come with the Made in Sweden guarantee of quality. And with support available from initial conception through to installation, we are true one-stop-shop for all renewable energy heating needs in agriculture.

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Sustainable, high-quality perennial wood crops

Eco Crops Ltd partners with landowners, farmers and end users alike to grow and source sustainable, high-quality wood biomass.

On 6-7 March 2024, Eco Crops Ltd exhibited at the Low Carbon Agriculture show in Hall 2 Stand 510 to talk all things biomass and how it can be utilised in both smallscale boilers and largescale heating plants, as well as for animal bedding and a number of other high-quality low-carbon wood-based products.

Eco Crops champions a profitable and sustainable farming

future by supplying a wide range of high-quality and highperforming Willow and Poplar eco products. Eco Crops Ltd works closely with farm shops and farming supply channels, and have extensive experience and connections to guide you to the right end market.

Eco Crops offers several services to its customers, given its focus on eco-friendly agriculture. Its specialism, however, is in perennial Wood Crops such as Short Rotation Coppice (SRC) willow wood crops, SRC poplar and Short Rotation Forestry (SRF). For these, the company can provide both practical advice and hands-on support in the following areas: Land Preparations, Project Management, Planting, Woodchip, Harvest Machinery Supply, Local Supply Chains, Woodland Management Best Practice, Information & Guidance for Growing Perennial Wood Crops, and much more.

The company boasts years of trusted expertise that have helped connect companies with growers to identify and implement green supply chains. The environmental benefits associated with willow and poplar production is something that all

landowners should be considering at every opportunity. Eco Crops have the expertise and experience to not only advise what’s best for you and your business, but also what’s best for the local and wider environment.

The Willow Chip supplied through Eco Crops is harvested every three years from willow coppiced wood crops. The chip is then available for high quality biomass fuel, or bedding as well as being processed into wood fuel such as Eco Briquettes – a sustainable alternative to coal!

Willow Chip comes in both bags and bulk and is extremely useful for customers with garden projects. The product has many benefits including but not limited to controlling weed growth, retaining soil moisture, regulating soil temperature, and encouraging earth worm populations while also adding organic matter to the soil as it decomposes. Furthermore, Willows unique composition also contains Salicylic acid which has been found to play an important role in plant health and resistance against several plant pathogens.

With the added pressure from the Government’s Environmental Net Zero targets, begin your journey with Eco Crops Ltd today for more sustainable and affordable alternatives to fossil fuels.

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All-New Ford E-Transit Custom – Ready to Order Now!

As well as the upfront saving in our offer, prospective owners of the All-New Ford E-Transit Custom also stand to make savings on their running costs by upgrading to a more economical and efficient engine with zero tailpipe emissions.

Britain’s best-selling van (renowned for its toughness & reliability) has been reimagined from the ground up with nextgen. connectivity and productivity at its heart. It still delivers legendary capabilities; plus, smart innovative design features now make this van a mobile office whenever and wherever you need.

It’s little wonder that an expert jury of 25 commercial vehicle journalists voted the All-New Transit Custom winner of International Van of the Year 2024 with its 5G modem for superfast connectivity; Delivery Assist to automate common tasks at every stop; Alexa Built-in from the factory; an innovative steering wheel tilt feature to create an angled desk when parked (ideal for laptops or lunch); a range of optional highsecurity lock packs; and many more stand-out features.

We highly recommend the business case for switching to an All-New E-Transit Custom. Ford’s second fully electric van offers zero tailpipe emissions, saving money in increasingly common clean air zones with no compromise on its legendary performance and practicality.

This version of the vehicle also comes with Pro Power Onboard technology, delivering 2.3 kW of electricity in the cab and load area without a generator, so you can plug in electric tools, lights or other devices wherever you work.

The van’s battery delivers an impressive & practical range of up to 163-209 miles (T&Cs apply) from a full charge. With a charging point on business premises, it can recharge from 0 to 100%, while using a high-power, public charging station is easy. Alternatively, the van can recharge from the mains or a Ford Connected Wallbox home charging point can offer convenience and faster charging before work.

More than just a simple work van, the All-New E-Transit Custom forms just one part of a whole Ford Pro integrated solution. This includes a suite of intelligent software applications & fleet management tools (including Ford Pro E-Telematics and FordPass Pro), all seamlessly connected to help increase vehicle uptime and maximise productivity.

You can discuss with us how to best benefit from the All-New E-Transit Custom & Ford Pro Service. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Water Management

Trenchless technology paving the way for sustainable development

After recently celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2023, the United Kingdom Society of Trenchless Technology (UKSTT) remains at the forefront of environmental preservation with its trenchless methods that harness innovation.

Going into its fourth decade, UKSTT has achieved many milestones across its history, and today its mission still remains the same: To advance the science of practice of trenchless technology for the public benefit and to promote education, training, study and research in the practice and to publish the results.

Addressing the urgency of climate change is a priority for UKSTT moving forward and by putting itself in the centre of the action enables the company to remain focused on promoting its technology for the benefit of the environment and everyone involved.

Through sustainable impact, effective collaboration, lasting partnerships and knowledge transference, UKSTT’s

main focus is to continue supporting and engaging its membership within the utility sector.

UKSTT’s range of trenchless solutions offer key advantages across inspection & detection, cleaning methods, renovation, new installations, and keyhole & other techniques.

UKSTT is excited to announce its first masterclass of 2024 that will take place on the 20th March at Woodland Grange, Leamington Spa. CIPP for Pressure Pipes Masterclass is a one-day masterclass that comprehensively covers CIPP for pressure pipes and much more. Including presentations from speakers from Wessex Water, Thames Water, IKT – Institute for Underground Infrastructure, WRc Group, Picote Solutions, Applied Felts and RPS, reserve your place today!

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Calls for global action

Bluewater calls for global action on PFAS contamination on World Water Day 2024, says manufacturers should assume full responsibility and halt production.

In response to recent findings exposing the presence of harmful PFAS contaminants in the tap water of 70 million Americans, Bluewater, a pioneering brand delivering water purification solutions and beverages, is urging for increased public vigilance and intervention from national health and water authorities this World Water Day 2024. Bluewater is spotlighting the intensifying global crisis of water contamination by PFAS persistent chemicals, now widely detected in tap water worldwide and posing a threat to human health.

“Our mission at Bluewater is to protect people by preventing hazardous chemicals such as PFAS from getting into their bodies. PFAS isn’t a localised issue. It’s a global health crisis spiralling out of control,” says Bengt Rittri, a leading Swedish environmental entrepreneur who founded & leads Bluewater as CEO.

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Fortifying arable farming against the onslaught of climate change

Cefetra participation at Low Carbon Agriculture 2024, confirmed its leading role in bringing payments for nature positive interventions to UK and Irish farmers. Cefetra showcased its Ecosystem Services that has received an overwhelming response from farmers across the country.

Uwe Schröder, Head of Cefetra Ecosystem Services, commented, “Participating in this event and listening to the insightful presentations reaffirms that we are at the forefront when it comes to offering a practical and most importantly, bankable proposition to farmers in the UK & Ireland who want to engage with regenerative agriculture. Our customers can be confident that the benefits embedded in the cereals we sell them, are science based & verified to the highest standard.”

The effects of climate change are tangible and in urgent need of addressing. Cefetra has partnered with Soil Capital to provide farmers a way to receive payments for climate positive farming practices. The programme results in carbon reductions and removals and measurable benefits for biodiversity, water, landscapes and resilience to the effects of climate change. The programme turns a global challenge

into an opportunity for UK and Irish farmers to future proof their businesses.

Buyers of Uk grown grains supplied from the programme can be confident that their investment has tangible effects on improving their supply chains.

Cefetra’s Ecosystem Services offers a proven, verified, high standard, certification process that contributes to the future of sustainable farming and creates a bridge between industry demand and rewarding farmers for implementing measurable sustainable practices. For its partners in the feed, food, drink and bioenergy sectors, Cefetra’s farming program isn’t just about reducing carbon footprints, its about pioneering climate positive interventions.

In recent investigations to raise public awareness of the problem in London & Stockholm, Bluewater found evidence in both cities of worrying levels of the most hazardous PFAS chemicals, PFOA & PFOS.

“As we commemorate World Water Day 2024, Bluewater encourages everyone to consider tap water quality and to take action towards better health and a sustainable planet. We also urge the manufacturers of PFAS chemicals to take responsibility for the pollution they are causing and — preferably — stop their production of such chemicals entirely,” said Bengt Rittri.

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Bluewater on course to help deliver final blow to throwaway plastic bottles

St Andrews Links Trust has appointed sustainable water and purification experts Bluewater as its Official Hydration Supplier to provide a next-generation drinking water solution for golfers and visitors to the Home of Golf.

The pioneering agreement will see Bluewater, a global leader in sustainable water purification & beverage solutions, provide purified drinking water across the St Andrews Links estate through its innovative refill stations, supporting a commitment for the removal of singleuse plastic bottles from the Trust’s facilities.

The stations utilise the Swedish company's advanced SuperiorOsmosis treatment process, which removes more than 99% of known contaminants from water, to provide locally purified and chilled drinking water at the point of consumption.

The refill stations will initially be installed in both the Old Pavilion next to the first tee of the iconic Old Course and at the Halfway House serving the Old, New, and Jubilee Courses with further installations at the Links Clubhouse, Golf Academy, and Castle Course Clubhouse.

Each unit will provide free-of-charge refills of chilled and purified water.

The units also feature high-bright digital TV screens to communicate key information to visitors concerning wider sustainability initiatives across the world-renowned venue.

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Aliaxis unveils new next generation boundary box to provide unrivalled protection against contaminants

Fluid management solutions provider

Aliaxis has enhanced its Protecta-Line barrier system offering with the introduction of the new Protecta-Line Boundary Box, the only completely plastic boundary box fully approved for contaminated land usage.

With homes increasingly being built on brownfield sites that may contain substances harmful to people, it is vital to provide drinking water in a safe and efficient way and avoid the potential danger of exposure to significant surface waters or ground water pollution.

standard lid, as well as three further lid choices: slope, square cowl and fixed.

The ProtectaLine range is the market leading and original barrier pipe system for the safe transportation of drinking water through areas of contaminated land, or for sites with future potential contamination concerns.

Aliaxis will be showcasing this groundbreaking solution for the first time at Utility Week Live (Stand J16) at the NEC in Birmingham (16th-17th May).

New partnership between Euroby and Polat Makina

Euroby Ltd is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of waste processing equipment. On 23rd September, the Midlands based company entered into a new partnership with Turkish equipment provider Polat Makina.

Polat already has a global presence and its new partnership with Euroby grants them access to the UK market for the first time.

For Euroby, the partnership presents an opportunity to expand their already diverse range of services and provide faster turnaround times for both new and existing clients.

Both companies share commitment to delivering excellent customer service and prioritising sustainability. This means that clients, the communities they serve and the environment will all benefit from this collaboration.

With a combined industry experience of more than 50 years, this partnership aims to achieve new levels of quality and innovation. By working together, they are confident that Polat’s cutting-edge equipment and Euroby’s specialised industry knowledge and experience will contribute unique ideas, skills and enthusiasm to develop new service offerings across various industries and drive long-term growth.

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Leachate Solutions

LeachateSolutionsis committed to promoting energy efficiency and conservation, with sustainable use of energy, we focus on delivering cost-effective and robust engineering. Using a modern approach that works across the UK in environments within the Water and Waste Water sector such as closed landfills, old coal mines, gasometer tower drainage, and AD BIO systems.

end to end solutions to the industry. The company also provides a maintenance consultancy service that helps identify and implement cost savings across an entire sector.

Leachate Solutions provides a comprehensive range of services within the Water and Waste Water sectors. We Consult, Supply, Design and Install:

Boundary boxes are designed to house the meter at the boundary between the water main and the domestic supply and this new Protecta-Line solution not only provides a shield against all known contaminants, but it’s the only ‘Grade B’ load bearing height adjustable boundary box on the market. It is available with a

For more information on Aliaxis’ extensive range of water supply solutions, visit:

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We also offer eco friendly technical interventions for problematic sites or site processes, delivering full maintenance packages and services, including smart monitoring systems that can provide a comprehensive system overview and advanced warning of any potential issues.

We problem solve and provide solutions for issues that clients may have. Our comprehensive technical skills set provide consultancy, migration, reverse engineering, plus

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Benefits of Goupil electric utility vehicles

Bradshaw is the official UK distributor for Goupil, all-electric, zero-emission light commercial road and utility vehicles. Goupil was founded in 1996 and quickly established itself as a leading manufacturer of electric utility vehicles and a pioneer in sustainable transportation solutions.

The Goupil G2 and G4 models perfectly balance sustainable, environmental, and economic functionality in an electric light commercial vehicle. With their innovative design, they are specifically tailored to meet the diverse needs of industrial and commercial operations.

Goupil electric vehicles offer a multitude of benefits that make them a compelling choice. Not only do they contribute to a cleaner and greener environment by producing zero emissions, but they also provide efficient and cost-effective transportation solutions. With their compact size and manoeuvrability, Goupil vehicles are perfect for navigating urban areas and tight spaces with ease. Additionally, their low maintenance requirements and long battery life ensure reliable and hassle-free operation. These qualities, combined with their versatility and customisable features, make Goupil electric vehicles an ideal option for various industries,

including logistics, delivery services, and municipal operations.

Environmentally friendly

Using electricity rather than fossil fuels, Electric vehicles produce zero tailpipe emissions, helping combat climate change and improving air quality.

Regenerative braking contributes significantly to environmental conservation by enhancing the energy efficiency of electric vehicles. Unlike traditional braking systems, which dissipate kinetic energy as heat, regenerative braking systems capture and reuse this energy. The regenerative braking systems on a Goupil Electric vehicle reduce wear and tear on the tyres and reduce tyre and brake dust pollution.

Silent operation

Electric vehicles offer a significant advantage in reducing noise pollution, providing a tranquil and enjoyable environment. These near-silent vehicles enable operations during evening and early morning hours

Recycling & Waste Management

Deltax the internationally recognised brand for recycling equipment

Once again Deltax was a standout exhibitor at RWM Expo 2023, where it showcased from Hall 17 Stand R-M130 its vast range of equipment and machinery involved in scrap recycling, demolition and construction industries.

Deltax has been manufacturing recycling equipment since 1990 and is known for designing high-quality equipment that not only lasts but when maintained, still holds a high re-sale value. Aside from its manufacturing and designing capabilities, Deltax also performs most of its component production in-house using only the best materials and the latest production techniques.

Deltax has a strong history of combining its accurate computer aided design and manufacturing systems with its ongoing policy which is to improve the design and production to meet the changing needs of the industries they cater too.

The company’s integrity and open

policy ensures customers will receive a fair and honest service. With sales agents around the world, you’ll find Deltax machinery and equipment on almost every continent across a vast range of industries.

Deltax work using the most sustainable approach and also offer used and factory refurbished equipment that can be used for scrap processing and recycling. This is a great way to promote a circular economy.

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without causing disturbances to the local community.

Economic benefits

Electric vehicles are incredibly efficient, enabling lower operating costs over time than traditional internal combustion vehicles. Operating electric vehicles can save money on both fuel and maintenance expenses. This is especially beneficial for businesses that operate a fleet of vehicles, as they can see significant savings over time.

Stop/start operations

The Electric Goupil is better suited to stop-start operations compared to diesel vehicles. Diesel particulate filters (DPFs), designed to capture and store exhaust soot to reduce emissions, can pose problems. If not regularly and sufficiently heated, these filters can become clogged, leading to expensive maintenance and repair costs.

No special charging infrastructure required

Charging a Goupil G4 is a straightforward process; equipped with a single-phase onboard charger, the Goupil’s plug into any 230V/13A domestic socket, negating the need for any additional electric charger installation.

Compact size

The Goupil G4’s compact size and manoeuvrability make them ideally suited for urban environments, where space is premium and navigating crowded streets can be challenging.

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HARSH stands out uniquely in the UK market by providing a comprehensive lineup of tipping equipment, tractor wet kits, sheeting systems, and specialised waste handling bodywork. What makes HARSH distinctive is its commitment to delivering top-tier performance and operational efficiency across its entire product range. Each product is meticulously designed to maximise functionality, ensuring that every user experiences the utmost in performance.

More than just a supplier, HARSH is a family-owned business dedicated to manufacturing, supplying, installing, and servicing precision hydraulic equipment and truck components. Their expertise spans the haulage, waste, and agricultural industries, showcasing a versatile and

impactful presence in these sectors. With a focus on precision and reliability, HARSH has become synonymous with quality in the hydraulic equipment market.

When you choose HARSH, you're not just choosing a product; you're aligning yourself with a family-owned business that has a longstanding commitment to excellence. From manufacturing to installation and ongoing service, HARSH Truck embodies a legacy of reliability and efficiency. In the dynamic worlds of haulage, waste, and agriculture, HARSH stands as a trusted name, where performance meets family values. Choose HARSH – it just works.


New Landfill Compactor

Tana, a longstanding pioneer in waste management solutions, introduces the latest iteration of its legendary Landfill Compactor. With over five decades of proven performance, this updated model combines time-tested reliability with cutting-edge enhancements to redefine efficiency in waste compaction.

Continuing its legacy of innovation, the TANA Landfill Compactor features two full-width drums, a hallmark design element that has set Tana aside from its competition. This iconic feature allows for unparalleled compaction rates per pass, significantly reducing operational time and resource consumption compared to conventional compactors.

Built on a foundation of durability and ruggedness, the TANA Landfill Compactor

remains steadfast in the face of the toughest landfill environments. Its sturdy construction, refined over half a century of engineering excellence, ensures longevity and reliability, providing operators with a trusted solution they can depend on.

Despite its storied history, this updated model of the Tana Landfill Compactor delivers a 10% increase in compaction efficiency compared to its predecessors and competitors alike. This enhancement, coupled with its proven track record, cements its status as the preferred choice for waste management professionals worldwide.

For more information about the latest model of the Tana Landfill Compactor and its enhanced features, please visit: or contact 01302 872431.

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Leisure Attractions Company of the Month

Rock Venture Designs

We are delighted to welcome

Rock Venture Designs as our Leisure Attractions Company of the Month

Rock Venture Designs offers complete turnkey: design, manufacture, installation and maintenance solutions for the leisure industry including adventure golf courses, water parks, splash pads and water slides and swimming pools, in addition to renovation and revamps.

Established in 2022 in Brize Norton, Oxfordshire the company was built off the hard graft of the South African parent company. Working for 20 years in the water activity play systems (WAPS) and across 16 African countries, the company provided projects for hotels, casinos, holiday parks and water parks.

“We can design eye-catching attractions to put your park ahead of the competition. Our skilled fabricators and artists can turn an abandoned site or land into a magical themed golf course or fantasy water park, giving local and visiting families memories for a lifetime,” explained visionary founder and MD, Craig Everett.

flamboyant dragon and oriental-inspired forest murals. The result is a surprising, cleverly engineered use of space, encompassing the escalator into a spectacular centrepiece design. This level of design is only for the brave and Rock Venture Designs are evidently comfortable in turning the ordinary into the extraordinary.

In March, the team completed a breathtaking 18-hole adventure golf course at Perfect Aquatics, Henlow. Despite torrential rain conditions, the team persevered and completed what can only be described as a statement ‘Indiana Jones meets Pocahontas’ fusion. From Old World navigational compass points, Incainspired monuments, technicolour totem poles, to delicately balanced private aircraft, players will love the detail and design of this actioninspired lost world course.

Rock Venture Designs has established a market-leading reputation since inception and already worked in Henlow, Bracknell, Grimsby and Leicester to name but a few sites across the UK. The portfolio is full of completed innovative projects, such as a discarded escalator transformed into an enchanting interior waterfall, complete with cascading water and emerald green foliage. The mesmerising, dulcet tones of the water accompany the accompanying

With British weather remaining unpredictable, inside golf courses are all the rage; providing air con in summer and warmth in the winter, proving that the golf season is all year round! The team at Rock Venture Designs showed off its artistry with a Japanese Zen-themed Garden golf course. This new Putt Putt Noodle is part of a growing macro-trend, combining mini-golf with delicious noodle dishes, attracting golf fans and foodies alike. Established in 2015, the new craze is here to stay and sets a new benchmark for quirky, fantastical designs where putting greens meets gourmet noodle dishes.

This tranquil golf course has all the hallmarks of a classical Zen Garden with pink blossom trees, striking Koi fish painted on walls, water features and added touches such as mounted fauxsamurai swords and a nod to next-generational technology with a VR-inspired mural. It is beautifully laid out and will keep visitors happily entertained for hours.

Displaying their versatile design skills, the Blade Runner-inspired Tokyo Drift adventure golf in Gloucester gives off distinctly urban dystopian vibes and is another success for the Rock Venture Designs experts. With a futuristic city backdrop, the course is juxtaposed with a

moped, buried tyres and ceiling-mounted neon lighting strings, for added fun. The result is a moody, gritty design, matched with visionary brilliance.

“We specialise in creating mini-adventure golf courses for a wide range of clients, for existing adventure golf businesses, holiday parks, hotels, arcades through to caravan parks and much more. Our complete design and build packages are affordable and manufactured to the highest standards. We have a fabrication factory in Witney, West Oxfordshire for completing indoor courses and outdoor courses are built on-site all year round, come rain or shine. We are really proud of our recently completed 800 foot Dino Adventure Golf Course at the end of Paignton Pier. With panoramic sea views, the Jurassicthemed course is full of realistic dinosaur models and is a roar-tastic way to spend a sunny holiday with family and friends,” added Craig.

With summer fast approaching, there’s still time to get started on water slide and splash pad renovation, ready for a rush of happy punters. Thinking ahead, the expert design team can design a dream splash pad or water slide adventure, for the whole family to enjoy. Splash Pads provide reassured safety for parents, so younger children don’t miss out. Designed with non-slip flooring and minimal to no standing water, splash pads provide hours of fun with additional spray pools, rainbow showers, fireengine nozzles and splash fountains.

For more information, see the website below or contact Craig on +44 (0)7769 622176.

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LS Scientific becomes official distributor for the Chem-Lab range in the UK

LS Scientific Limited, a trusted distributor of laboratory equipment, chemicals and consumables, made their debut appearance at last year’s Lab Innovations alongside sponsoring the Lab of the Year award at the special Lab Awards evening. This year, they will be returning and are thrilled to announce their latest collaboration with chemical manufacturer, Chem-Lab, an AnalytiChem company.

Based in Belgium, Chem-Lab, an AnalytiChem company specialises in the production and supply of high-quality chemicals, standards and certified reference materials. They manufacture custom made solvents, acid mixtures (High purity for trace metals PPT/PPB) buffer solutions, organic and inorganic standards.

Murewa Odunjo, Managing Director for LS Scientific, expressed, “Chem-Lab are a great addition to our product portfolio and aligns with our mission to rid the world of substandard products and to improve the quality of life. They serve to satisfy our UK based customers while still supporting our export business.”

Miguel Garcia Lopez, Area Sales Manager for International Sales at AnalytiChem, stated, “We are thrilled about this exciting collaboration, which opens new strategic markets for AnalytiChem. Specifically crafted to empower LS Scientific customers in the UK and key export markets, our commitment will ensure their customers can elevate their scientific endeavours with precision and excellence through tailor-made products and solutions.”

LS Scientific is dedicated to quality control and empowering manufacturers and scientists in their pursuit of product excellence. Founded in 2007 as a reseller, they have gradually transformed their business into a Scientific Solutions provider after a transformation programme with Stanford University. Focusing on three of the seventeen United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, No Poverty, Good Health & Well-Being and Clean Water & Sanitation, LS Scientific have an office in Nigeria to facilitate the export market.

Murewa added, “For the African market, we help the African people improve their living

conditions by providing employment. We’re not just recruiting for business profit, it’s to help reduce poverty. We have invested in establishing Quality Control Laboratories in Africa to assist other companies in being sustainable. Our plan is to replicate this here in the UK by introducing our own research and quality control lab.”

Having recently relocated to Whitstable in Kent they are continuing to grow their UK team and presence in the UK market. Meet the team at Lab Innovations in October, Stand J50.

Think quality, think LS Scientific. T +44 (0)1227 200161

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Test, Measurement & Laboratory

Force measurement solutions support innovation in manufacturing

The manufacturing world is enormous, covering multiple industries and applications for force measurement. The manufacturing sector comprises factories & plants that use machines & equipment to build parts & final goods.

With an estimated 21 million manufacturing companies worldwide, the industry is also becoming more advanced and regulated, with technologies such as AI and automation influencing manufacturing processes to drive efficiency and safety.

There are various types of manufacturing, from repetitive, continuous, batch, job shop, and discrete. All employ tools, machines, and equipment used through multiple processes. Manufacturers use Interface load cells, torque transducers, multi-axis sensors, and instrumentation to improve products and processes, meet performance requirements, automate machines, protect workers, and test designs. Force measurement supports innovation in manufacturing.

With advancements and process improvements, testing and measuring are primary to every manufacturing stage. It begins with product planning through machine building. Moving to assembly and monitoring production lines, sensors are at work through final distribution. Manufacturing engineers use Interface devices to test assembly line equipment, design and operate robotics, improve machinery, and operate tools like presses.

Manufacturing equipment and processes that utilise Interface load cells and torque transducers:

● Conveyor Belts

● Robotics and Cobots

● Torque Wrenches

● Tension Testing Machines

● Weighing Systems and Scales

● Heavy Machinery

● Transportation and Moving Equipment

● Mixers

● Packaging Equipment

● Sorting and Picking Devices

● Material and Stress Testing Labs

● Fatigue and Compression Testing Equip

How Manufacturers Use Interface Products

● Research and Development – The measurement data from transducers provides a valuable roadmap to improving the design of products and processes.

● Testing – Every product undergoes rigorous testing before hitting the line. Interface force measurement devices are essential for this manufacturing phase to validate the use, lifecycle, and materials.

● Machine and Tool Building – Machine builders use Interface sensor technologies to weigh raw materials, components, and finished products to ensure they meet the required specifications. Force measurement devices are important in measuring applied force by equipment and processes that help control product quality and prevent accidents. Machine builders frequently use load cells to monitor loads over time to detect and prevent potential

machine problems.

● Quality Assurance – Interface products are used to measure the weight of manufactured products to ensure that they meet specifications. This is important for consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and other products where precise weight measurement is critical for safety and effectiveness.

● Automation – Force measurement products are valuable in automation. As robotics, cobots, tools, and machinery are designed to automate tasks and processes in manufacturing, load cells like our multiaxis sensors provide valuable analysis data through all phases of automation.

● Retrofitting Existing Equipment with Sensors –Manufacturers require modern tools and equipment to meet growing demands. Interface products are used to retrofit machines and update tools with sensor-based technologies, such as replacing machine pins with load pins that measure loading and lifting in real-time.

● Safety and Regulation – Sensors prevent accidents by detecting dangerous conditions in the manufacturing industry. Using measurement systems for alarms, alerts, and monitoring of equipment and tools is critical in manufacturing plants.

● Process Control – Manufacturing operations monitor the force or weight of materials in a facility to control the process and ensure that products are made to the correct specifications.

● Productivity and Equipment Maintenance – Using Interface products to monitor the condition of equipment and detect potential problems before they cause downtime helps to prevent costly breakdowns and production delays.

Our depth of force measurement expertise and experience enable us to innovate, engineer, and produce the world’s most accurate, reliable, and quality sensor technology for manufacturers worldwide. This can be seen through some specific application examples in which Interface solutions have been involved. We have included a few of these examples below.

Robotic Grinding and Polishing During Production

Robotic grinding and polishing are commonly used in manufacturing. Robots or cobots are programmed to grind & polish on varied materials and surfaces. A force measurement system must be implemented to monitor and control the force exerted on the grinding workpiece. Interface’s Model 6A40A 6-Axis Load Cell can be installed between the flange and the grinding tool. When connected to the BX8-HD44 Data Acquisition, the customer can receive force and torque measurements when connected to their control system using BlueDAQ software. The 6A40-6 Axis Load Cell measures all forces and torques (Fx, Fy, Fz, Mx, My, Mz), and our BXBHD44 Data Acquisition logs, displays and graphs these measurements while sending scaled analog output signals for these axes to the robot’s control system.

Manufacturing Feed Roller System

A customer has a feed roller system that monitors the forces of both ends of the rollers to maintain a constant straight feed. They preferred a wireless system. Interface suggested installing two PBLC Pillow Block Load Cells at

both ends of the bottom roller to measure the applied forces. The forces were measured when connected to the WTS-AM-1E Wireless Strain Bridge Transmitter Module. The data was then transmitted wirelessly to the WTS-BS-6 Wireless Telemetry Dongle Base Station and the WTS-BS-1-HA Wireless Handheld Display for multiple transmitters, where data was displayed, graphed, and logged on the customer’s PC or laptop. The PBLC Pillow Block Load Cells installed at the bottom roller were able to measure and monitor the forces to maintain the straight feed by the rollers.

Press Load Monitoring for Material Testing

Press forming is a method to deform different materials. For instance, materials such as steel can be bent, stretched, or formed into shapes. A force measurement solution is required to monitor the forces the pressforming machine applies. This ensures quality control and traceability during the production process. Interface recommends installing the 1000 High Capacity FatigueRated LowProfile™ Load Cell for large press forming machines. When the material is placed under the punch plate to form a shape, the force applied is measured by the Interface 1000 Series Load Cell. The captured force results are sent to the INF-USB3 Universal Serial Bus Single Channel PC Interface Module, where results can be graphed and logged on the customer’s PC using the provided software. Interface’s force measurement products and instrumentation accurately monitored and logged the force results of the press force machine, ensuring zero-error production performance.

Force measurement in manufacturing

Interface began designing and manufacturing load cells and other force measurement equipment in 1968. These precision load cells are commonly found in factories worldwide in testing equipment, scales, machines, and production line devices. Load cells help bring life to older machines with accurate measurements while in use, ultimately improving maintenance and worker safety in manufacturing.

Our force measurement products are versatile and valuable tools for manufacturers. Our sensor solutions improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of products and the equipment and tools used to make them.

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Aico launches bespoke training for Electrical Distributors

Since 2019, Aico has diligently supported more than 40,900 Electrical Contractors by providing comprehensive training through their Fire Industry Association CPD certified Expert Installer training. This renowned initiative encompasses a wide array of essential topics, including the installation of domestic fire and carbon monoxide alarms. Through meticulous instruction and guidance, participants are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to ensure the effective installation of these critical safety devices. Aico’s commitment to excellence and dedication to professional development have earned them accolades within the industry, solidifying their reputation as leaders in fire safety education and training.

Building upon the success garnered by their Expert Installer programme, Aico has recently unveiled their latest educational offering: Expert

Distributor. This exciting new course is free and open to all Electrical Distributor Association (EDA) members, giving attendees 30 minutes of FIA accredited CPD time.

This initiative has been meticulously crafted to cater to the unique needs and challenges faced by electrical

distributors. Designed as a bespoke course, Expert Distributor training delves deep into British Standards, regulations, and legislation. Moreover, participants are equipped with comprehensive knowledge and insights into the latest products and technologies relevant to their field. It explores examples of the UK’s diverse housing stock and possible product specification needs of different end users. Aico endeavours to empower electrical distributors with the knowledge and expertise necessary to navigate the dynamic marketplace

effectively. By staying abreast of emerging trends and industry developments, participants can enhance their competitive edge while ensuring compliance and customer satisfaction.

This type of training is unique to Aico and ensures distributors are committed to promoting the current best practices and procedures for domestic alarm and sensor installations. This collaboration promotes knowledgeable industry professionals working together to create safer, healthier, more sustainable homes.

Find out more about Expert Distributor at: additional-training

Aico champions educational engagement

Recognising the significance of supporting educational institutions amidst mounting challenges, Aico has been engaging with local schools and colleges in a series of educational encounters to offer enriching experiences to over 270 students throughout March. These experiences have empowered them with practical insights into finance, employability, and business.

On the 11th of March, Aico welcomed 30 GCSE Business Studies students from the Thomas Adams School for an Operations Management Workshop. The students were tasked to create a plan for a manufacturing warehouse with a product of their choice. This experience provided lessons on manufacturing, distribution, planning, health and safety, quality, and recruitment, offering a glimpse into the world of Operations.

Aico’s Community Liaisons, Laura Opechowska and Jane Pritchard attended Mary Webb School & Science College’s ‘Importance of Maths Day’ on the 14th of March. Engaging with enthusiastic Year 9 students, they explored the practical applications of mathematics in the workplace, with challenges to calculate VAT, investigate financial statements, and percentage discounts, creating a better understanding of the role of mathematics beyond the classroom.

Aico’s Community Team delivered an Enterprise Challenge at Church Stretton School on the 15th of March. Over 100 students took on the challenge of product development, and market launch, simulating the process of starting a business. The event ended in a showcase, in which students presented their innovative business ideas to everyone, fostering creativity, confidence and teamwork.

Rounding off the month, Aico welcomed Lower Heath Primary School students on the 20th of March for an educational workshop at its headquarters. Students enjoyed a tour of the building, and interactive activities including the box challenge, wiring task, and product development workshop. Students gained firsthand insights into various job roles and industries, igniting their curiosity and enthusiasm for future career pathways.

Commenting on Aico’s educational initiatives, Ryan Evans, Sustainability Lead at Aico, stated, “We are immensely proud to work with local educational institutions to empower young minds with practical insights and hands-on experiences. By bridging the gap between education and the professional world, we wish to inspire the next generation of leaders, innovators, and problem-solvers.”

Aico are committed to supporting students in their local community and believe that these educational visits are an important way to achieve this.

To learn more about Aico’s educational offerings, please visit: in-the-community/education

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Frankfurt Laser Company celebrates 30 years of leading the laser industry

Frankfurt Laser Company proudly marks a significant milestone this year as we celebrate three decades of excellence in the laser industry. Since our inception in 1994, we have been at the forefront of innovation, pioneering advancements that have revolutionised applications across machine vision, manufacturing, medicine and beyond. This 30 year journey has been characterised by relentless dedication to quality, innovation, and customer satisfaction, establishing us as a global leader in laser technology.

Our 30th anniversary is more than just a celebration of what we have

achieved; it is a heartfelt thank you to each and every one of our customers. Your challenges have inspired our solutions, and your success has fuelled our passion. As we look forward to the future, Frankfurt Laser Company remains dedicated to enriching our legacy of excellence. We are excited about exploring new opportunities and continuing to deliver the innovative solutions that support your achievements.

Join us in celebrating this incredible milestone as we reflect on our journey, acknowledge the partnerships that have shaped us, and look forward to a future filled with limitless possibilities. Here’s to more decades of innovation, collaboration, and success together. Thank you for being an integral part of our story.

Electric Materials

One-stop shop for highquality commutators and copper electrical components

What do we do?

Electric Materials, a premier copper mill headquartered in Pennsylvania, USA, has been a global leader since 1915, specialising in the extrusion, casting, and forging of high-quality copper electrical components and commutators.


shape and configuration needed.

What does One-Stop Shop mean?

We are internationally recognised for its expertise in commutator manufacturing including V-ring, Glass band and shrink ring commutators. Our comprehensive capabilities encompass start-tofinish commutator production accompanied by compression seasoning, spin seasoning and profiling.


Our busbars are not simply ‘off the shelf’ stock that may (or may not) fit the job, but if needed can be custom designed and built to your exact specifications in any

All our high-quality extruded shapes, rods, rings and bars are produced from billets we cast in-house. The necessary materials are carefully combined in our two large induction furnaces, and before pouring each heat, the chemical composition is evaluated in our laboratory.

Do we work globally?

Certainly! With a century-long legacy of excellence, Electric Materials ships its high-quality electrical components globally. Just get in touch with us for your inquiries: Contact: Selim Yetkin M +44 (0)7387 140988

We are a copper specialist dedicated to crafting tailor-made commutators, profiles and busbar products that are dedicated to switchgear and control panels.

Our busbars are not mere ‘off-the-shelf’ stock options. We offer the flexibility to custom design and build busbars to your exact specifications, in any shape/alloy/plating and configuration you need.

Visit our website Contact +44 (0)7387 140988

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UNISIG further enhances customer service with new parts inventory management system

With enhanced customer service in mind, UNISIG, a global manufacturer of deep hole drilling machines, has commissioned two new SSI Schafer LOGIMAT® vertical lift modules (VLM) into its parts warehouse. Integrated with UNISIG’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, the 20 foot tall, high-density storage units keep parts organised and optimise inventory tracking.

Touchscreen interfaces at the VLM modules allow personnel to add or remove inventory pieces, while the purchasing team can access real-time data and reports from their desktops. The module’s trays tilt toward the operator for improved ergonomics when reaching into bins located toward the back of the tray, and a laser highlights the correct bin or location of the part requested.

With 28 tons of inventory capacity in their tray systems, the VLMs exponentially increase UNISIG’s inventory storage capability. This, in turn, allows the company to provide the spare parts customers need as quickly as possible.

“We continue to seek out & identify areas in which we can improve efficiency as well as operational excellence at UNISIG, and this inventory system is a result of that,” said UNISIG CEO, Anthony Fettig. “It also complements our commitment to having the inventory we need to serve our customers.”

The installation of the inventory warehouse VLMs is the most recent of several significant investments

designed to add value to UNISIG’s customer offerings. Earlier this year the company unveiled its newly constructed 5,000 square foot fabrication department.

Equipped with $1.5 million in state-of-the-art technology, the expansion supports the company’s strategy to develop in-house, design-to-finish

production of high-quality sheet metal components used in UNISIG’s product line. By producing many of its parts in-house, the company will preserve and maintain component quality and quantity while optimising the mix of parts that are made internally versus those that are outsourced for production.

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Volkmann: Ideas ahead

Volkmann is a leading German manufacturer of sanitary and safe Vacuum Conveyors and Powder Handling Systems: seen as the most secure systems for powder handling and explosion risk protection and prevention. The market-leading ranges of Vacuum Conveyors were the first to be fully certified under European ATEX regulation for all dust and very soon, also gas explosion zones.

Volkmann GmbH was founded in 1973 by Jürgen and Ingrid Volkmann, as a consulting company for production automation. Thilo Volkmann has since headed the company from 1992, from the headquarters in Soest, Westphalia, Germany.

Volkmann UK Ltd was founded in 2001 by Michael Walker and the new Managing Director is Byron Fipkin. The UK daughter company is based in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire and there are also now several companies around the world such as: Volkmann France, Volkmann Netherlands, Volkmann USA and Volkmann Japan.

We caught up MD, Byron Fipkin, for more insight, “Volkmann is a specialist in the transport and handling of bulk materials. Volkmann offers customers from the chemical, food processing and pharmaceutical industry class leading standards as well as individually planned and produced systems for the safe, hygienic and user-friendly handling of powders and bulk materials.

“Volkmann supports customers in solving their conveying tasks, from the initial idea right up to the finished plant.”

This is our strength

“We act responsibly and pay particular attention to the perfect interaction between our and other systems applied in the process. Our expertise in consulting and design, together with the high quality of manufacture and flexibility within the company, offer the best recipe for the success of a project as well as for the satisfaction of the users, thanks to equipment and plants that can be operated simply and safely.

“Pigeonhole thinking is frowned upon at our company.

“We find it predictable to offer and manufacture only the standard catalogue items time and again. Short processing times and adhering to sophisticated customer standards even in manufacturing and one-off order quantities keep us ‘on the run’ and gives us greater satisfaction.

“Customers know that we care about safety and come to us for training in operators’ seminars for good and safe daily usage and maintenance of our systems as well as process planners’ seminars with the theory of how and why it comes to explosions and the general overview on the design of safe systems in the field of powder handling.

“Our PowTReX series enables the efficient reprocessing of build excess metal powder for applications in Metal AM. The integrated vacuum conveyor handles the feeding of the

powder – eg. directly from the build frame of the 3D printer. The recovered powder can be filled into bottles or containers or conveyed by pipe to downstream machines.”

Looking to the future, Volkmann UK are actively sourcing new facilities for further expansion. This new planned facility will feature a state-of-the-art test centre, where customer product trials can be conducted on-site.

“We are also developing a quick-ship programme for our most popular items to allow customers to receive deliveries of certain parts and even whole conveyors with a greatly reduced lead time,” concluded Byron.

For more information, see the website below:

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Adhesives & glue guns

AdCo UK is one of the largest manufactures of shaped hotmelt adhesives and water-based adhesives for use in packaging and product assembly markets for over 21 years, from its Head Office and manufacturing facility in Liphook Hampshire with additional distribution facilities based in Leeds UK and a network of approved distributors based throughout the UK.

As well as supplying adhesives for all requirements, AdCo supplies a wide range of specialist applicators – from ProFlex industrial, heavy duty and professional glue guns to total melt, cartridge and bulk systems, we also manufacture and supply UF resins, PVA Adhesives, PU Adhesives, Tapes and much more

As part of our commitment to

offer our customers the correct solution for their needs AdCo are continually investing in research and development along with new state of the art manufacturing equipment to ensure we continue to meet the ever changing needs of all types of industry.

Thanks to our unrivalled knowledge of adhesives and application techniques, our highly skilled technicians can offer a ‘find and supply’ service to all our customers.

With a combined industry experience of over 120 years, our technicians can ensure that any bonding problem can be solved quickly and efficiently.

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G-TEC Air Compressor workstation is industry game-changer

Regardless of whether the business is an automotive workshop, a small-tomedium sized manufacturing company or indeed any type of operation that simply needs dry and clean compressed air, the new G-TEC Air Compressor from FPS provides a complete compressed air workstation with ‘gamechanging’ capabilities.

This 6-in-1 offer comprises a high-performance compressor, refrigerated dryer, dual filtration, 270/500 litre air receiver, oilwater separator and controller, making the G-TEC Air Compressor the optimal and most convenient choice, for a whole host of applications.

power a wide range of pneumatic tools and machinery. With its high-efficiency motor and innovative design, this complete workstation also meets the growing demand for more sustainable and cost-effective compressed air solutions.

Avoiding the need for many individual components that typically form part of a complex compressed air system, the G-TEC workstation features an integrated and modular design that saves space, reduces installation and improves efficiency. It delivers outstanding performance, producing a consistent supply of compressed air to

G-TEC workstations from FPS are available with a range of 7.5 to 22kW with pressure from 8 to13 bar. The high-efficiency screw compressors ensure optimal productivity and reliability. Importantly, the workstation comes with a 270 or 500 litre receiver and an integrated dryer and filters. The result? Clean, dry air for quality-assured pneumatic operations that lead to reduced downtime and maintenance costs and Indeed, reduced corrosion within pipes that also means fewer product rejects, and fewer costly air leaks, delivering yet more savings.

Purchase, lease and rental options are available.

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Cleaning & Hygiene

Thomas Dudley signals end of leaky toilet valve

Thomas Dudley the UK’s leading innovator in plumbing solutions, proudly announces the launch of Quantum, its groundbreaking all new Pushbutton Operated Leak-Free Syphonic Toilet Flush Valve. This state-of-the-art product represents a significant leap forward in toilet flushing technology, offering unparalleled efficiency, reliability, and water conservation.

Innovative Pushbutton


Quantum is the first button operated mechanically activated syphon and comes equipped with a user-friendly pushbutton mechanism (available in various styles), providing a convenient and intuitive flushing experience.

advanced syphonic technology that lifts water with no power assistance in order to eliminate leaks and minimise water wastage. The leak-free design enhances the durability of the valve and contributes to water conservation efforts.

Water Conservation

The modern design of the pushbuttons enhances user interaction while ensuring a reliable and consistent flush with every use.

Leak-Free Syphonic Technology

Designed and engineered in the UK with precision, Quantum incorporates

Thomas Dudley is committed to sustainability, and the new Quantum Leak-Free Syphonic Toilet Flush Valve reflects that commitment. In the UK enough water is leaking from toilets in the UK to fill over 4 MILLION baths EVERY SINGLE DAY. By utilising the leak-free benefits of a syphon, coupled with the ease of the pushbutton mechanism of a flush valve, Quantum optimises water usage by eliminating leaks without compromising performance, Quantum helps users reduce their environmental footprint and lower water bills.

Industrial Vision Engineering adds new anodising facility

Vision Engineering Ltd, a multinational designer and manufacturer of innovative, patented ergonomic stereo optical and digital instruments has relocated its anodising arm, Milturn Finishing, to a brand new facility in Measham, Leicestershire following its acquisition in 2022. The Leicestershire location is beneficial as the Midlands serves as a major hub for UK manufacturing, innovation, and skilled workforce.

The new ISO9001 certified site delivers modern new facilities which include large 3m x 1.5m anodising tanks, which accommodate larger work pieces, enabling efficient processing of entire components without needing to break them down. This reduces processing time and cost. Larger tanks enable deeper immersion for uniform anodising. The increased depth allows for complete submersion of parts, ensuring consistent coating thickness and quality across the entire surface and reduced handling needs for smaller parts, meaning that batch processing of smaller parts

AQUA Safety Showers –experts in our field

When it comes to the safety of workers out in the field, we are the people to contact when it comes to emergency safety showers and eye wash stations. It isn’t just about the end product. We will recommend and advise you on the best safety shower solution to suit your requirement. As there is no one-fits-all approach we have the flexibility to adapt or modify our units in our manufacturing facility in Great Britain.

Our range of emergency products and equipment offer protection against serious injury and are all built to exceed ANSI/EN safety standards.

While we hope there is never the need for your safety showers to be used, having one is imperative on site should be working around harmful substances. Our goal is to create essential pieces of equipment that become the standard in every laboratory and facility that uses harmful substances.

Are you properly prepared in case of an emergency?

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becomes more efficient, minimising handling time and potential damage.

Milturn Finishing’s high load crane delivers safe and efficient handling of heavy work pieces, improved productivity and throughput including faster handling of parts, and handling multiple parts at once, boosting productivity.

Services include accurate masking and demasking of complex parts pre and post anodising which delivers high accuracy selective anodising, maintaining dimensional integrity, improving process efficiency, and ultimately contributing to consistently high-quality results.

Extensive experience and professional advice in anodising and finishing plus competitive pricing, fast track service, free delivery & collection, together with free quotation and sampling services complete the picture for the new Milturn Finishing offer.

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Adult Facilitated Learning Company of the Month

Always leave things better than you found them (especially people)

In this issue of Business & Industry Today, we are honoured to welcome 123 People Development Ltd as our Adult Facilitated Learning Company of the Month

We’ve all come across quotes like ‘there’s no I in team’ – often heard in team sports or group projects. We know it’s true – that we have to work as a team to achieve goals but sometimes it can feel a bit like woolly thinking, especially in the workplace. With deadlines looming and poor group morale, it can be next to impossible to motivate a team to perform at their best.

But what if we focused instead on group ’trust’?

The influential leadership expert and best-selling writer, Simon Sinek, proposed, “A team is not a group of people who work together. A team is a group of people who trust each other.” This radically simple idea can transform workplaces.

David Maister took this idea further with The Trust Equation regarding professional working relationships. The former Harvard Business School Professor suggested that Trust could be broken down into a formula:

(Credibility+ Reliability+ Intimacy) / Selforientation (denominator)

In short, credibility and reliability are tangible and quantifiable but intimacy is where the real transformative alchemy happens! As team members spend more time together: having gutsy conversations and getting to each other’s strengths and flaws – an authentic, deep intimacy grows organically. We see it in A&E departments and teaching departments every day but it is possible across all avenues of work.

But how do we grow trust and empower people?

123 People Development

Ltd is a dynamic training and development consultancy company based in Manchester offering bespoke and accredited training programmes to companies across the UK and globally. Established in 2014 by Director & Personal Development Coach/ Mentor, Sam Sloan, the team work with leadership hierarchies across industries such as financial, retail and more recently, aviation.

programmes: some off-the-shelf EMCC/CPD Accredited learning or agreed bespoke programmes.

“The main services we provide are Accredited Coach/Mentor training with the EMCC, CPD Accredited leadership training, team dynamic development, sales, customer service, presentation skills and facilitator and content development.”

123 People Development works with companies all over the world, offering face-to-face training, with the added hybrid flexibility of Zoom and Teams for wider reach.

This year, the training business celebrates its 10th anniversary and is looking forward to expanding further, especially with regards to working in partnership with Resilient Pilot. We focus on pilot development using a coaching approach to mentoring to enable pilots to be confident and competent with a human-centred approach, both personally and professionally.

“Our industry is people! If there are people in your industry. We train them!

“123 People Development came about because I wanted to change how I worked and the impact I could have on more people than if I continued working in an organisation.

“The main role of our company is to provide individuals and teams in organisations with the skills knowledge and techniques to do their jobs confidently and competently.

“We do this twofold by offering a variety of

What courses are popular?

“Our flagship programme that underpins a lot of our leadership training is the EMCC-accredited Coaching with Purpose programme, developed in partnership with AQR International the programme is designed to provide coaching skills that goes across life skills in regards to your approach on challenges, successes and situations that you may find yourself in either personally or professionally. This programme simply transforms lives!”

The programme is described as an ‘immersive coaching experience’ and gives prime opportunities to build self-awareness and practice new coaching

techniques. With time for reflection, learners will radically shift how they interact with team members, offering a transformative experience. The course includes fascinating insights such as EGO states (parent/adult/child) and transactional analysis and taps into the GROW model (Goal, Reality, Options and Will) to explore optimised coaching.

“Our person-centred approach to people development ensures the learning isn't just shortterm gain, but it has long term impact on them personally and professionally. We tap into their unknown or unrecognised talent and help bring that to the surface. This benefits the individual in personal and professional environments, supports the organisation in having a happy healthy and productive workforce, and also enables more success in their lives.”

To find out more these accredited, industry goldstandard courses, see the details below: T 0161 468 2777

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Sam Sloan, Director

International Freight Forwarding Company of the Year

Navigating challenging global logistical operations through expert international freight forwarder thinking

With news of the recent tragic Baltimore Bridge collapse and ongoing disruption to the shipping market in the Red Sea and Panama Canal dominating headlines and impacting global logistical operations, it is imperative that supply chains are kept abreast of all situations.

The LinkedIn feed from the OL USA (flagship company of OL International Holdings LLC) doesn’t shy away from these fast-moving stories, and company President, Alan Baer, was recently interviewed by The Wall Street Journal about the impact of the bridge collapse on the shipping community. In the immediate aftermath, the US team immediately prioritised locating delayed or damaged shipments in the Patapsco River and undertook the Herculean task of re-routing as quickly and safely as possible. This was no mean feat and displays the fortitude of resourcefulness on a global scale. The US Army Corps of Engineers were deployed to survey the river bottom, showing the magnitude of the situation and with the shipping channel remaining closed for the foreseeable future, it has bottlenecked one of the country’s biggest ports on the East Coast.

This keenly demonstrates how the closure of key maritime routes can send shockwaves through the shipping community and shows in turn how heavyweights such as OL USA partner with statutory and emergency agencies to support those impacted and try to keep shipments

We are delighted to announce that
Ocean Wide Logistics UK Ltd (OL UK) is our Business and Industry

Today International Freight Forwarding Company of

the Year

moving in a crisis.

Working alongside such esteemed company, we were naturally curious about how OL UK has fared over the last twelve months and spoke to Managing Director, Paula Bellamy, “The last year has indeed been exciting and full of growth. OL UK is one of the fastest growing bonded NVOCCs in the world and has service contracts with the highest-rated ocean carriers. Through our integrated network of agents across the globe, we have a presence in all of the major trade and business centres. Working with importers, exporters, and freight forwarders, we are able to move their goods and provide door-to-door service worldwide. OL UK offers our clients a single-source experience from beginning to end, along with the technology to handle today’s globalised market.

“OL UK offers our clients an optimal combination of industry relationships, leading supply chain technology, and exceptional customer service. We believe that true market advantage comes from creative, individualised solutions. OL UK streamlines global commerce with our vast array of services and network of agents in over 140

countries, fulfilling your international logistics needs with expertise and professionalism.

“We have created a key account department within the UK to cover a large contract we run globally. Part of our UK team is now dedicated to this client and our remaining business is covered separately.”

Ocean Wide Logistics UK (OL UK) was formally established in 2021 by Paula and is strategically

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focused on fostering stronger OL bonds between UK and Europe, with commercial shipments to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), USA and beyond. With sister offices in Dubai, and the Philippines, the forward-thinking UK company easily spans the globe and is bolstered by OL USA’s thirteen offices across America, including the company headquarters in New York.

No stranger to awards, Paula was named “Leading Female Professional in Logistics and Transport” by Logistics News following success with OL Dubai which she opened in 2016.

“Being selected for this International Freight Forwarding Company of the Year Award is very humbling indeed, when we think of all the other freight forwarders working in our space, who deserve to be recognised as much as we do. The industry itself is extremely challenging at the moment and therefore it’s even more important to be aware of the challenges that face cargo owners and try to really come up with creative solutions while retaining the competitive edge that everyone needs,” added Paula.

Part of this creative approach, initiated by OL

International Freight Forwarding Company of the Year

International is the new cutting-edge software platform: OLX, which is gradually being phased into company offices worldwide. OLX will deliver an integrated, world-class digital experience to customers, partners and internal teams by supplying Track & Trace, archive documents, shared access to real-time file data and AIenhanced reports.

Part of the remit of Industry 5.0 is to empower workforces around the world, to meet the evolving skills and training needs of all employees and increase the competitiveness across industries to attract and train the best workers, within circular production models. OLX is an example of how next-level technology can streamline the holistic customer experience in the digital era, forgoing copious reams of paperwork.

Furthermore, OL UK offers a single-source logistics solution, across a global partner network from door-to-door, safeguarding precious assets, including oversized and dangerous goods. As one of the top bonded NVOCCs, OL UK has over 25 contracts with ocean carriers, conveniently shipping from ports such as Felixstowe, Liverpool, London, Southampton and Immingham. Ocean freight expert staff guides new and existing customers through the complexity of global import/export logistics, documentation including letters of credit, Full Container Load (FCL) and Less Than Container Load (LCL) terminology, with the added assurance of temperature-controlled cargo conditions throughout.

The integrated group holds memberships to four different agent networks with the benefits of covering specialities via air, sea and road freight forwarding, which translates to expert handling of all goods with seamless customs documentation.

“We don’t have products, we have services. Our services offer a real person value, as our staff are very knowledgeable, helpful and always able to come up with creative solutions to work with the everyday logistics climate.

“Our customer service is our USP and strength, we have many clients across small and large companies but they all receive a detailed, tailored service to suit their needs.

“If we have a client who buys and sells a product, we will work with the client to fully understand the journey of that product from manufacture to arrival on the shop floor of the retail outlet.

“Now, with the advent of the OLX platform, we will be able to offer an even greater enhanced digital customer experience,” added Paula.

With the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, disrupted shipping market in the Red Sea and Panama Canal and sporadic

port strikes, many businesses have faced huge shipping delays over recent months. The situation in the Red Sea region has led to vessels diverting round the Cape of Good Hope rather than through the Suez Canal to avoid potential Houthi rebel piracy attacks.

“We cross-reference a variety of carriers or airlines or truckers, so we can ensure pricing is competitive and then if something out of the ordinary happens in the world (such as the Red Sea current issues), we are ready to design a new route for our clients’ products and offer advice for change to help,” reassured Paula.

With a focus on organic growth, OL UK already transports products across the food & drink, toiletries and cosmetics and electronic goods industries but is always looking to welcome new businesses across different sectors. OL International prides itself on investing in quality staff with local expertise, and across all the OL offices there are over 18 languages spoken worldwide. With a network of 487 agents across six continents, and over 30 years’ experience in the international freight market, the conglomerate is internationally recognised for its considerable expertise.

“OL UK offers our customers an optimal combination of industry relationships, leading supply chain technology, and exceptional customer service. We believe that true market advantage comes from creative, individualised solutions. OL UK streamlines global commerce with our vast array of services and network of agents in over 140 countries, fulfilling your international logistics needs with expertise and professionalism. We give a new meaning to ‘local around the world’ and our Al-powered analytics have helped streamline operations across the industry as we commit to Industry 5.0 and as we navigate the current geo-political hot-spots,” concluded Paula.

Contact T +44 (0)1394 783006

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1 New MTP + 4 New PROFINET Products

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MTP Support Added to POL

Industrial software developer, COPA-DATA has launched a Module Type Package (MTP) suite as part of its zenon software platform. The technology has been developed for the pharmaceutical, chemical, energy, food and beverage and marine sectors and is designed to enable plug-and-produce

manufacturing. MTP is the cross-industry and cross-manufacturer standardisation of the interfaces of different pieces of machinery which form a module. In a manufacturing facility, this functionality is achieved through the integration of MTP on the Process Orchestration Layer (POL).

Asset Management Gateway with PROFINET

Softing Industrial is expanding the smartLink product family with two new members: smartLink HW-PN and smartLink SW-PN enable access to PROFINET networks. The hardware gateway smartLink HW-PN and the Docker container software

IP67 IO-Link Master for PROFINET Networks

Molex recently introduced a Brad® IP67 solution portfolio based on IO-Link and PROFINET technologies. Brad IO-Link solutions include IP67 PROFINET IO-Link master modules in 60mm format and IP67 IO-Link digital hubs. The PROFINET master

smartLink SW-PN enable controllerindependent access to PROFINET field devices. The application areas of smartLinks PN range from parameterisation and asset management to the monitoring of PROFINET and PROFIBUS devices.

module features eight M12 ports with each port an IO-Link master channel and a configurable digital I/O channel. The digital hubs are available in 16 Inputs or 12 Inputs + 4 Outputs versions.

PROFINET Safety Controller Works as Expansion Module

Phoenix Contact has a new PROFIsafe safety controller that operates as an expansion module for its AXC F 2152 or AXC F 3152 PLCnext controllers. The AXC F XT SPLC 3000 controller adds a safety PLC for PROFINET networks to PLCnext. It can be used in applications up to SIL3 or PLe. When operating as an F-host, the SPLC

3000 can communicate with up to 300 F-devices and operate simultaneously as an F-device. Combining with the PROFIsafe I/O extensions of the Axiobus that can be added to the right-hand-side of a PLCnext controller, offers a high degree of modularity.

Standard Drives with PROFINET and PROFIsafe

SEW-Eurodrive says it is redefining what ‘standard’ means with a compact frequency inverter that can be used for applications from open-loop speed control and encoderfree torque control, to dynamic positioning. Its new Movitrac Advanced inverter offers a high degree of standardisation and is suitable for use in more than 50

countries. The inverter – part of SEW’s Movi C modular automation system – can control asynchronous and synchronous AC motors, with or without encoders. The drive can connect with control systems via PROFINET, and safe communications can be implemented via PROFIsafe.

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