Products & Services Review Issue 807

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Target Net Zero

We are all aware that the food packaging industry has a responsibility to its customers and stakeholders to reduce its environmental impact.

National Flexible believe that this is not only in supplying packaging that can help reduce CO2 but that we need to work in a sustainable manner along with our other social and environmental responsibilities. To this end, we are, wherever possible, developing our working practices to enable us to improve our business management in these areas.

In 2021 we helped our customers reduce their carbon footprint by 1,010 tonnes CO2 through packaging reduction, plastic reduction, emission free printing and carbon neutrality. This is equivalent to 2.5 million car miles or 774 long haul flights.

We have reduced our own carbon footprint by 709 tonnes CO2 through initiatives like the installation of solar panels, creating a Climate Positive Workforce and tree planting. This is equivalent to 1.8 million car miles or 543 long haul flights.

In total last year we saved 1,719 tonnes CO2

We have also successfully gained ISO 14001 which is the international standard that specifies requirements for an effective environmental management system (EMS).

Assured Solutions Limited

With over 30 years in the chemical manufacturing industry, Assured Solutions Ltd is unique. We are a company offering an ‘Own Branding’ service so that your name is on the finished product rather than advertising another brand, and ensuring that your product stands out from the crowd!

With the industry’s most advanced label production facility at your fingertips and, with a completely free design service, it is no wonder that we are probably the fastest growing ‘Own Brand’ business in the UK. Our development laboratory, staffed by skilled technicians, provided a matching and diagnosis facility with innovative ideas, and there’s no need to worry about

legislation requirements – we take care of that as part of the comprehensive service we offer.

All this together with our extensive catalogue of products for you to choose from, it’s safe to say you have the very best assets at your disposal which will provide you with the right products at the right price. Our policy and reputation as ‘Nice People to do Business with’ speaks volumes in a difficult world, so pick up the phone and ask how we can help or send us an email.

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Pallet storage in Birmingham ‘highly visible’ for 15 years!, the market-leading online resource for commercial vehicle markings and chevron kits, is celebrating 15 years of support for vehicle safety.

Since 2006, Burgess Hill-based –part of the Bluelite Group – has developed a portfolio of over 470 products to meet the vehicle livery safety requirements of highway users & commercial fleets. The company’s specialist advisors are experts in the use of prismatic and retroreflective materials in line with Chapter 8 recommendations for different vehicle types and environments to ensure that the correct ‘R’ rating is used.

Lorraine Avery, Managing Director of the Bluelite

International Forwarding (IFL) is a leading UK independent freight forwarder which has been serving the Birmingham and West Midlands market for more than 30 years. Through our modern fleet of vehicles and membership of the Palletways network, we provide pallet delivery services across the UK and Europe.

Our business has evolved and expanded to offer significant storage solutions to our customers.

Many of our customers are Midlands-based manufacturers & businesses that import from or export to the EU, Europe & wider global markets. They require safe, secure, pallet storage with bulk storage and flexible 3PL solutions.

IFL has three large warehousing facilities in the Birmingham area. All are located within easy reach of Birmingham city centre, the UK motorway network (M6 and M42) and Birmingham International Airport.

Our main Coleshill site has two large storage facilities encompassing nearly 4,000m2 (43,000ft2). And our newest addition in Garretts Green is a 9,200m2 (100,000ft2) warehouse with storage capacity for 10,000 pallets.

All our warehouses are fully alarmed with CCTV monitoring for added security.

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Storage equipment solutions

WP Group is a UK leading supplier of British-made warehouse pallet racking systems, and is renowned as specialists in mezzanine floor installation and industrial shelving systems. Equipped with an industry leading skillset, WP Group can design complete warehouse pallet racking solutions, to small parts storage.

One of its notable feats is its range of CE Approved charging lockers, which have been designed to provide a secure way of protecting and charging electrical goods in unsecured areas. From industrial tool batteries through to tablet devices such as iPads, mobile phones, laptops and cameras, the lockers are the perfect tool to protect and charge electronic goods.

“They are designed for use in a wide range of educational environments as well as offices/ workplaces, these lockers are effective at deterring the risk of opportunist theft and all of our charging lockers are available in a number of different sizes as well as different options for charging sockets. Their perforated doors allow items to charge without generating a build-up of heat, each door is independently earthed as well to prevent any safety risks,” added Colin Evans, Director.

If you would like to find out more about WP Group’s range of charging lockers, please see the details below:

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Group, commented, “We work with many different vehicle operators, from emergency and essential services to commercial fleets and construction companies, to provide the high visibility markings and chevrons that help keep all road users safe.

“We do all this with an increasing focus on sustainability. For example, we generate a significant proportion of our energy from solar panels and we are removing single use plastics

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– including bubble wrap – from our operations wherever possible. We are also accredited to the ISO 14001 environmental management standard, and use independent assessors to chart the progress we continue to make. In this way, we are contributing to a more sustainable supply chain that will ultimately benefit the low carbon plans of our customers.”

In addition, Bluelite Group is also accredited to the nationally recognised Cyber Essentials standard, which confirms that the company has the necessary processes in place to offer secure services online.

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Vivid unveils new VeloTaper taping system

T he VeloBlade range of digital die-cutting systems can now be equipped with an innovative new automatic tape applicator – the VeloTaper!

The VeloTaper is a fully automated flatbed taping system that applies double-sided tape accurately onto a variety of media and or substrates automatically in the designated spots. This means the finished cut and creased product is immediately ready for assembling.

Sales and product manager, Lewis Evans, said, “A few scenarios require doublesided tape to be laid onto sheet or roll materials to allow for later assembly or fixing. Traditionally this would be a manual and time-consuming task, and

one that is subject to the inconsistencies typical of manual positioning.

“The VeloTaper automated flatbed taping system makes light work of this task and taping can be performed at the same time as other processes such as cutting and creasing, for ready-to-assemble displays for Evans added, “The tape applicator is capable of automatically cutting, creasing and placing a range of doublesided tapes up to 22mm in width precisely along the X and Y axis all in one pass.

Freeing up your operator to complete other work.”

The VeloTaper is an optional extra that can be purchased separately to the Veloblade Volta+ models and is fully integrated with the latest versions of Vivid’s Zip Core software. Existing Veloblade users will require a Vivid engineer to attend to install the tape applicator onto their system. Customers should contact Vivid for pricing details.

Vivid will be exhibiting at The Print Show on the 20-22 September on Stand C05, where they will be demonstrating the new VeloTaper automated flatbed taping system alongside its other products and services.

Atbakergoodchild, you can utilise our years of printing, mailing and posting experience, with investment in the latest technology, to obtain high speed, environmentally friendly mailing services at very competitive prices.

We can support your business by providing print, mail and postal solutions from end to end – from initial planning, through to postage savings on despatch, plus all the elements in-between.

Our mailing services include: direct mail, personalisation, print management, data processing and bulk postage rates. Whether you need us to help with all, or just part of your mailing activities, we'll work as part of your team to help you get the job done in the most cost-effective and efficient way. We post 7,000,000 items each month, store over 1,000 tonnes of paper store in our warehouse and the papercuts to match. We make your budget go further and do it quicker than most other print and mailing houses.

The world doesn’t need any more partners who overpromise and under-deliver. It needs bakergoodchild, and with a free postage health check and audit available on our website, there’s never been a better time to work with us on your print, mail and post.

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On a Roll! Printed laminate containing over 30% PCR content

Cake Décor is the UK’s largest manufacturer of cake decorations, producing extensive ranges for Plant Bakeries, Blue Chip Food Manufacturers, Artisan Businesses and Major UK Supermarkets.

They were founded in 2006, owned by Orkla since April 2021 and have built a strong reputation for quality product and the highest customer service. They have a ‘right first time’ approach to NPD and have innovation at their very core, so when Waitrose wanted to change to printed film for their Ready to Roll Icing it was an easy discussion to have to suggest changing from a traditional laminate to one with post-consumer recyclate to beat the Plastic Tax being introduced in April.

According to the Government website, the new tax is being introduced to “encourage the use of recycled rather than new plastic within plastic packaging. This will in turn stimulate increased levels of recycling and collection of plastic waste, diverting it away from landfill or incineration.”

“Moving to a PCR film was made easy by working with National Flexible. It ran first time on our packing lines and both we and Waitrose are very happy with the result,” said Robert Simpson, Cake Décor.

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British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF)

T he owner of British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF), Kerrison Exhibitions, was thrilled to report a return to the physical exhibition this April following a two year hiatus.

The much-loved show took place from 10-12 April 2022 at its usual venue of the Yorkshire Event Centre (YEC) in beautiful Harrogate. Having run for more than 45 years, BCTF is a very special event in the trade exhibition calendar and unique in its focus on purely handmade British goods. From exquisite hand-wrought jewellery and spectacular works of fine art; to the best of British-made ceramics, woodwork, metalwork, paper products, textiles and more, BCTF is proud to fly the flag for British artisans.

With the appetite for locally made, impeccably sourced products at an all-time high among the British public and overseas consumers, the 2022 event was a real treasure trove for discerning retailers who are keen to champion British handmade.

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Gneiss Rugs

Gneiss Rugs are unique, handmade, and quality crafted. Each rug is handwoven on a peg loom, which is one of the oldest forms of weaving, from the very best quality wool selvedge. As selvedge is a by-product of the weaving industry, it makes all our rugs ecofriendly.

Convention Centre next year from 16-18 April 2023. This is our pick of the best exhibitors from this year’s event, listed here in alphabetical order: Dreya Glass, Gneiss Rugs, Kinect by CGGT, Lauren’s Cows, LollaMac, Rise n Design, Sarah Hill Art & Shin Yu Studio. Further details can be found on this page and the next.

Watercolour art and workshops in Durham

Sarah Hill is a watercolour artist whose expressive and creative work comes from the inspirations of her every day surroundings. Based in Durham City, Sarah has always loved painting with her children and friends as well as teaching watercolour painting to school children and groups of adults.

Sarah produces wonderful paintings that reflect the beauty of nature throughout the seasons. From Winter Landscapes to Autumn, Spring & Summer scenes.

Sarah’s artwork comes in many forms. Whether you’re looking for a Wall Calendar, Greeting Cards, Multi-Pack Cards, or a Mounted Giclee Print, you’ll find all the collections available for purchase on her online store at: uk/shop/SarahHillArtShop?page=3#items

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Rising star seeks partners

Rise n Design

resin artist Amy Finch seeks retail stockists, galleries and commissions for her stunning creations.

Within one year, Amy has become a rapidly rising star whose work is fashionable, collectable and affordable. Her Rise n Design brand has won multiple awards –including being a winner of Small Business Sunday, run by Dragon’s Den’s Theo Paphitis – and is now a resident artist at The Pier Road Coffee & Art gallery in Littlehampton.

As well as creating the luxurious look of marble, Amy creates aquatic artwork inspired by the deep blues of the oceans and foaming white waves as they lap golden sands. From wall art to trays, clocks to coasters, Rise n Design both creates original works and upscales items to give them a new lease of life. Each piece is meticulously created in resin – so each piece is unique. No two are ever the same – there is no digital printing, no reproduction it’s created entirely by hand.

“I did my first ever trade event at BTCF in Harrogate,” said Amy. “I loved it and I’m delighted I’ve been chosen as one of the fair’s top exhibitors. I’ll be back at BTCF’s Harrogate and Sandown fairs in 2023.”

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The style of weaving is based on the gneiss rock formations which can be found on the Scottish islands with different sized bands of colour imitating nature's natural beauty. Due to the material the rugs are made from, each rug is extremely hard wearing as well as being soft underfoot.

The rugs weigh around 3kg and are therefore dense and sumptuous. The colours are amazing, as is the complexity of the material. Each rug is individually made and no two are the same.

We are now also able to offer a bespoke service. If interested, please contact Keith Barber via our website –

Our rugs are available to view both at our workshop in Farfield Mill, Sedbergh, Cumbria or


Based in rural Northumberland, Clare Edwin is the designer and maker behind jewellery brand LollaMac. She specialises in sterling silver and mixed metal jewellery, handcrafting each piece individually.

Formerly an engineer turned maths teacher, Clare came to jewellery making in 2016. She is largely self-taught, and takes great satisfaction in using traditional tools and techniques to create texture and form, thus transforming an unassuming piece of metal into wearable art.

The Northumbrian landscape surrounding her studio in the North Pennines provides Clare with much of her inspiration and lends itself perfectly to the earthy tones of the copper and brass which features so heavily in her work.

With its understated style and signature combinations of sterling silver, copper and brass, the LollaMac collection contains a range of pieces that can be easily mixed and matched for any occasion.

The LollaMac jewellery collection is available to

via our website. Our rugs are also available at a number of retail outlets – please contact us via the website for wholesale/trade prices.


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purchase online and via a number of selected stockists across the UK.

If you would be interested in becoming a LollaMac stockist, then do get in touch as Clare would love to hear from you.


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Nature’s healing energy

In this issue of Products and Services Review we are proud to announce that we have selected Botanica International Ltd as our Natural Products Provider of the Month.

Established in 2005 by Sean Cooney, the company is based in Warrenpoint in Co.Down, and the original inspiration was to cater for the growing awareness of natural products in society, as well as to develop the wonders of Nature’s herbal energy. Botanica International Ltd has developed a multi-award winning product range combining amazing natural ingredients that have proven beneficial properties. All products can be used on both humans and animals, and as Sean stated, “Respect for nature is at the heart of everything that we do at Botanica.”

This wide range of products includes natural herbal creams, washes and sprays, and the products are made using a range of powerful plants provided by nature. Sean commented, “Our products are carefully prepared using combinations of herbs and soothing natural oils. We use Aloe Vera, Comfrey, Oil of Lavender and Tea Tree oil, as well as Neem Oil and even Cedar Wood, all of which have proven results for many skin conditions. These ingredients are contained in a specially formulated cream base with moisturising agents.”

Shin Yu Studio

Shin Yu Studio umbrellas the work of Designer/ Maker Paolo Moscardini that we can all learn from. The ethos behind his work is to ‘Repurpose, Reuse or Reinvent’ so that we both help the planet and put a smile back on people’s faces – piece by piece.

Paolo hand-makes beautiful jewellery from ‘broken or unloved objects’ as well as from ‘Repurposed’ Sterling Silver that comes with the back story provenance of what each piece is repurposed from – making each completely unique. This intelligent thinking reinforces the importance of reusing materials instead of throwing them into landfill and stop mining for more which adds large emissions to the environment.

Using fun and quirky messages Paolo also produces Gifts and Homeware with the added focus of ‘making people smile again'. His hand drawn Cards, Artwork and Jewellery stating ‘You are my Favourite Weirdo’ or ‘I love you to the moon and back – but you are a pain in the arse!’ connect perfectly with people’s hearts and emotions. You may not initially see the small details in each piece, but when you do they will have you smiling

From the outset, Botanica International Ltd believed that there is a different and better way to promote healthy balanced skin alongside nature, therefore, all its products are made from natural ingredients that are clinically tested to be safe and gentle on all skin types. There are no harmful chemicals, toxic ingredients or artificial colourants, as from the outset, the company found that nature provided the best solutions for these problems.

Over the past 15 years, Botanica International Ltd have developed a customer base across the world, enabling its products to be delivered worldwide. It is the only company in the western world selling herbal products to China and has ‘No.1 in the world’ on the Botanica packaging in China.

The company has also won a long list of awards for its products, and is especially proud to have been awarded the Royal Warrant. Botanica International and Sean Cooney Esq., have been granted The Royal Warrant By Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen, as suppliers of Natural Herbal Products as of March 31st 2022. They are the first Herbalists and one of only three companies in Ireland to be granted such a prestigious award. In recognition of the continued quality and excellence of their products, Royal Warrants are granted to companies or people who have regularly supplied goods or services to either the Queen or the Prince of Wales. Sean

commented, “The Royal Warrant is a great honour, as it is a recognition of our long-term focus on quality and excellence in the manufacture of natural herbal products.”

Botanica International Ltd has recently updated the fly spray which it produces. Botanica’s Fly Repellent is an all-natural spray with a unique formula and can be used on all animals, keeping them protected for longer. This new further improved formulation can be sprayed directly onto the skin and can be used all year round boasting 100% natural properties.

The company is very proud of the success of its products, but this success has not been achieved by chance. Sean stated, “We only send out proven products that actually work, we do not allow second rate products to bear the name Botanica. With Botanica’s sprays, creams and washes you are guaranteed the best results as we succeed where all others have failed!”

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Lauren’s Cows

L auren's Cows is an award winning mother/daughter partnership formed 10 years ago to market the original artwork of Lauren Terry. Lauren paints cows – yes, only cows. Although many artists paint cows, Lauren's work differs in that she paints portraits of actual cows that she has usually met in person. First and foremost she captures the personality of the individual animal then introduces a lot of colour which makes each painting very vibrant. Lauren's images are guaranteed to bring a smile!

and laughing once again. Paolo’s ethos is something special we should all be buying into.

Please contact Paolo with any enquiries:

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Introducing Kinect by CGGT

We are Christina and Gary Granger-Thompson, husband and wife team for our small Sheffield family-run jewellery business. We specialise in beautiful handmade chainmaille jewellery using precious and base metals, gemstones, glass and beads.

Our stunning pieces are based upon chain woven designs, predominantly made in silver and are often referred to as unusual, striking and stylish. We're proud to be makers of unique, high quality jewellery for men, women and children.

A little about us… I (Christina) have been working within the design industry since 2005 and trained in silversmithing around 12 years ago and I (Gary) am a former pharmaceutical chemist. Together our passion for jewellery has grown over the years along with our family and home life. Now with three children, we felt the need to change our lifestyles enabling us to love making a living while also providing more time for our family. We finally took the plunge and formed Kinect in late 2021; while it’s hard work we’re loving the lifestyle change. There are so many aspects of our business we enjoy, one of the best is building relationships with our

customers and hearing how our jewellery has made someone happy.

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From these original works of art we have produced a range of products including greetings cards, china, kitchen textiles and melamine tablemat and coaster sets which are available at trade prices. All our products are premium quality and manufactured in the UK, usually by other small businesses. A great addition to the range in your gift shop, we offer low minimum quantities allowing you to introduce our products to your customers.

We have supplied artwork for pubs, hotels and offices, mugs and tablemats for holiday cottages and designed images for logos & labels. If you need a cow you need us!

Take a look at our website at: or

Dreya Glass

The sea and its different moods have always been in my life. Especially its sound, which can be carried many miles inland on the wind; it is a constant background noise to life in Cornwall. The sea is all encompassing, its colour, sounds and smell, its reflections, translucent quality and constant movement can hold your attention like nothing else. To me glass has a similar quality to water – its colour, reflections and translucent quality instantly captured my heart and is the perfect medium to express water.

Here in the studio in Cornwall I make fused glass wall art depicting waves as well as a fish corals and seahorses. I also make an extremely popular range of present cards. A greeting card with a little handmade fused glass gift for them to untie and keep. Perfect for when you just want to send a little bit of extra love, and not cause any embarrassment.

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Top Drawer S/S 22 at a glance

Top Drawer returned to Olympia London for another successful edition of the show from 2022 February 2022. Storms and transport problems didn’t keep buyers away as the vibrant selection of carefully curated design-led brands brought them in their droves. With buyers from Selfridges, John Lewis, Anthropologie and many more top retail brands in attendance there was positive feedback regarding the show but more importantly the highend collection of brands on offer.

Among the mix of brands were long-standing favourites like Jellycat and Caverswall plus emerging brands breaking on to the scene in the brand new Launchpad area.

Launchpad hosted a selection of innovative new brands, featuring Concrete & Wax, Afropop Socks, Frankk Studio and many more. These brands brought an exciting array of products from candles, contemporary jewellery, bold prints and striking homeware. Brands in Launchpad received a lot of interest from retailers with their section of the Grand Hall buzzing with conversation and enquiries across the whole three days of the show.

Brands and buyers were able to learn and see the forecasting trends for the next season, curated in partnership with The Better Trends Company. Their four eye-catching displays brought the trends to life on the shop floor showcasing a mix of exhibiting brands’ products from across all sectors of the

Mo’s story

Founder of Yorkshire-based Snug Aromatics, Mo, a qualified aromatherapist, uses her knowledge of essential oils and their therapeutic benefits in all the products, which are hand made.

The Snug Aromatics range includes candles, reed diffusers, essential oils, room sprays and body and bath products and it will soon be launching aromatherapy dog products.

Snug currently offers 11 scents but can also create scents for customers and offer a white labelling service to shops and luxury hotels throughout the UK.

All her products contain unique blends that not only have a lovely scent but have health benefits too. For example, her Lullaby blend is a fantastic sleep aid.

With over 18 years’ experience in aromatherapy, Mo spends many hours ‘creating’ in her Yorkshire studio. Only the best blends make it into her hand

Blackwing Høvel: Makers Cabinet x Blackwing

British drawing and writing tool brand, Makers Cabinet, and Californian-based pencil company Blackwing are pleased to announce the launch of their first collaboration.

it is pointedly sharp for its lifetime. The Høvel has been designed to perfectly sharpen the soft California Incense Cedar encasing the highquality Japanese graphite in Blackwing pencils.

show. From the calmness of the Slow Rituals trend to the bold fun colours of Positive Reinforcement –buyers were able to see the new colour schemes and style predictions for Spring/Summer.

After the success of the Spring show visitors are now looking ahead to September for Top Drawer Autumn which is sure to be another incredible show back at Olympia London on 11-13 September 2022. This is our pick of the best exhibitors from this year’s Spring event, listed here in alphabetical order: Ayala Bar, HKD Ceramics, Lightstyle London, Makers Cabinet, Nordic Flowers, Railex Stationery, Shepherd of Sweden, Snug Aromatics & We Love Seasons. Further details can be found on this page and the next.

The two brands have crafted a new set of high-quality drawing tools in new materials and finishes. Makers Cabinet and Blackwing equally value integrity in materials and production and innovation within the stationery industry.

The collaboration features a CNC machined anodised Høvel Pencil Plane which is packaged with a dyed dark wood base and pack of 10 carbon steel blades. Accompanying the Høvel is a set of natural clear lacquered pencils and erasers in Makers Cabinet’s new range of brand colours.

The Høvel can be used to perfectly craft your pencil’s point as its design has been inspired by traditional woodworking planes. Simply alter the Høvel’s angle to achieve different shaped points. The careful shaving of layers will allow you to use Høvel with any pencil and give you the confidence of it not breaking the tip.

The collaborative products are limited edition and will be sold through www.makerscabinet. com globally from 26th July 2022, retailing at £54.

Makers Cabinet: Tools for creators London-based Makers Cabinet was established in 2017 by Odin Ardagh, Noah Bier and Benjamin Weininger, while graduates in Product Design at Central Saint Martins.

Launched and funded with a Kickstarter campaign, the brand has developed a range of innovative, crafted tools for creators, gaining an international customer base of architects, designers, artists and stationery aficionados. It regularly collaborates with fellow creatives, makers and like-minded brands, like Blackwing and The Royal Mint.

Blackwing: Pencils and tools for a balanced life

The original Blackwing was introduced in the 1930s by Eberhard Faber. Its appearance was unusual yet attractive and undeniably high quality. Its functionality was enjoyed by the likes of Truman Capote, John Steinbeck, and Quincy Jones. With pencil usage declining, demand dropped and the original design was discontinued in 1998.

made products so every single one is unique.

Snug is now becoming a highly recognised and respected wellbeing brand throughout the UK and all its scents are completely unique to Snug. Snug is committed to sustainability and uses recycled paper in its packaging, offers product refills, uses sugar can bottles rather than single use plastic and has a commitment to planting hundreds of trees each year.

Railex Stationery

Innovation has been at the heart of Railex Stationery since 1908 when it began hand-making the UK’s first lever arch files. Ambition to create beautiful practical stationery using time-honoured skills is still the driving force behind Railex Stationery today. Incorporating not only the finest quality raw materials, but also exploring and embracing new production technologies and materials for a sustainable future.

Championing sustainability, Railex Stationery has teamed up with Goldbuch to offer two eco ranges: Green Vibes – with covers made from energy and

water saving dried grass, grown in fields close to the factory or the Clean OCEAN range – stunning bookcloth covers made from recovered ocean plastic. Both these sustainable eco ranges are manufactured with green energy and carefully hand finished to Railex Stationery’s very high standard of quality control.

Modena Journals are Railex Stationery’s premium notebook ranges. Designed in the UK these hand-stitched notebooks are exceptional quality with great attention to detail, from their unique and distinctive horizontal closure to their

The new matte black Høvel is both lightweight and resistant due to its hard-wearing anodised finish. Preserving its minimal aesthetic and going against the grain of traditional Makers Cabinet products which will patina.

The blade can be changed and recycled with no tools in a matter of seconds, ensuring

neat, inside pocket and co-ordinating bookmark ribbons. Celebrating the Best of British – the covers are a sumptuous array of colour in either genuine soft leather or plant-based luxury linen hardback, each book begins with its own emotive story, unique to the book colour.

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Ayala Bar’s Classic Collection

With her new Classic Collection, Ayala Bar has recreated a theme expressing her 'collage like' visions within a variety of colour groups.

This season's line reveals a whole new effect, one of added sparkle & luminosity. It's a fresh look which has resulted, in part, from the use of new unique beads which benefit from a special coating.

The Classic Collection shows a great deal of detailed craftsmanship, revealing structures within a tapestry of magnificent colours. Although somewhat reminiscent of Ayala's earlier works, this colourful and dramatic line also projects the artist's current state of individuality.

ZSISKA jewellery is made of resin and can be combined with other high quality materials such as 24k gold leaf and pure silver leaf. ZSISKA’s style is bold, with resin as clear as glass and very light in weight. These developed techniques resulted in jewellery that is easy and very pleasant to wear!

Representative in the UK: Sigal Distribution, 01784 482888,

To request to become a stockist:

Dedicated Blackwing users quickly stockpiled all the pencils they could find and they became collectible. In 2008, California Cedar acquired the Blackwing trademark and produced a pencil that married the original Blackwing’s look and feel with a softer lead and black barrel.

Since then, they have produced a range of premium pencils and release seasonal editions celebrating creativity.


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We Love Seasons offers contemporary products for Valentines,

Easter, Halloween and Christmas

The latest collections feature decorations and gifts in designs inspired by the owners’ Scandinavian heritage. The owner Malene wanted to capture the essence of her family’s traditions at these special times of year. So often nowadays, we are buying decorations, which get thrown out each year, and so we don’t get the chance to create our own traditions.

We Love Seasons’ mission is to offer timeless decorations and gifts which can be used again and again, to help people form their own traditions over the years.

We Love Seasons continues to add more UK designed decorations, and is increasingly looking at non-plastic, sustainable and environmentally friendly ranges going forward. We have in 2022 added several products that are made out of wood, ceramics and paper.

The Haunted Halloween and Autumnal Décor collection has everything you need to bring a touch of the season into your shop or home. There are pumpkins, acorns, wreaths and garlands to decorate in autumnal colours; and metal buckets, a haunted house, and ceramic and metal characters for a Halloween evening of trick or treating.

HKD Ceramics

Handmade ceramics designed and created in East London. Modern and unique my products are inspired by patterns and colours and how they integrate into everyday life.

I have always wanted to create ceramic ware that brings happiness and enjoyment to peoples’ lives and homes, making them experience and appreciate the tactile and beauty of pottery.

I currently have three themes in my work:

Move into the Christmas season with decorations in red, green, white, gold and a touch of grey and brown from The Christmas Villa collection. You’ll find Father Christmas, gonks, stockings, snowmen, reindeers, Christmas trees and more to decorate your shop or home and plenty of baubles for the Christmas tree.

As Valentine’s Day approaches why not create a focal point with a tree adorned in heart garlands and hanging hearts or decorate the table with red hearts from the We Love Valentines collection?

At Easter time bring decorative eggs, chicks, bunnies and sheep into the shop or home. Choose from hanging eggs and bunnies for an Easter tree, décor to create an Easter table and adorn the home, Easter wreaths, garlands and more from the Magical Easter collection.

We Love Seasons’ beautiful collections are perfect for building festive memories and creating some magic with each holiday season. The goal is simple – We Love Seasons offers timeless products and gifts which can be used year after year to become family treasures.

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Lightstyle London has been creating innovative and decorative lights for over 20 years.

◆ The Marble series – Which focuses on different coloured clay being marbled together to create beautiful agateware effects.

◆ The Cylinder series – A universal shape that focuses on different coloured glazes on the clay form to create eye catching effects.

◆ The Celadon series – Inspired by East Asian pottery. This theme focuses on semi-transparent coloured glazes and patterns on the clay form, creating stunning and elegant pieces.

Lightstyle London

Our journey started with Christmas lighting and expanded into decorative lighting for every season. Today we carry over 200 products that cater for different settings and occasions of both indoor and outdoor use. Our customers include some of the well-known retailers across the UK & European markets.

Our lighting collections have a diverse range including wreath, string, table top and stake lights. We were the first to produce and bring the Solar Starburst into the UK market and it has been one of our best sellers ever since. Another good example is the sought after Table Robin light created for the 2020 Christmas collection. This cute little bird proved to be very

Discover handmade flower jewellery

Not available on the high street, Nordic Flowers aims to offer something different. Its collection represents the beautiful nature that flowers bring or add to any occasion, outfit or mood. Each piece of jewellery in the collection is handmade using real and naturally pressed flowers and all hooks/studs are made with sterling silver- or gold-plated brass or gold plated silver.

There is an abundance of different earrings available in the form of small stud, dangly stud, French

hook, and ocean, all of which are designed in certain themes such as Leaf, Terrarium, Fruity, Polymer Clay, Halloween, and Christmas. There is also a beautiful collection of necklaces that come in an array of different styles including forget me not, antique, personalised initials and even chocker designs.

If you’re more into rings, Nordic Jewellery has two rings in its collection both of which are an ideal gift for a loved one or even yourself:

◆ Forget Me Not 24ct Gold Plated

popular all year round too!

Lightstyle London has been instrumental in invigorating garden lighting in the market. We have introduced a variety of shapes and joyful colours to outdoor lighting by launching the solar lantern collection in 2021.

We pride ourselves in offering unique lighting designs, excellent customer service and speedy delivery to our valued customers. At Lightstyle London, we aspire to create beautiful atmospheres through our lighting collections.

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Bring the sheepskins out

I n case you aren’t already familiar with the brand, let us provide a little more background: Founded in 1982, Shepherd of Sweden is a lifestyle company with a vision to provide the market with the world’s most attractive brand for sheepskin and wool products with Scandinavian design. Shepherd of Sweden believe that Swedish design tradition emphasises care for every little detail, and therefore works with materials that are timeless, authentic and embody the ethos of the brand.

Shepherd of Sweden’s most spirited range of products include slippers, shoes, home furnishings and accessories, and are sold throughout Europe, the United States and parts of Asia. Find your favourite shoe or slipper whether you are male, female, or looking for your children, there is a full range available to all.

For the home, Shepherd of Sweden offer a genuine, handmade collection from sheepskin and seat cushions to blankets, pouffes, cushions, rugs, table settings and washing detergents. Each product is crafted with passion and includes a combination of pure Swedish design and handcrafted experience. The accessories range offers authenticity of Swedish heritage and is made using sustainable components. You’ll find everything from shoe care, to saddle covers, soles, mittens, bags, and warm water bottles.

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Welcome back to Sign & Digital UK

The UK’s number one event for the signage, print, display, decor, retail and design sectors returned after an almost three year hiatus at Birmingham’s NEC from 22-24 March 2022. Now more than ever, the show played its part in helping visitors to re-build those important business connections, discover the future and conduct business face-to-face once more.

The show this year was designed to offer everything that will help visitors to improve their business, remain competitive and take it to the next level. Visitors could discover the latest trends and potential new revenue streams, and expand their knowledge with unmissable learning opportunities and free business advice geared towards the growth and success of their business.

New features included the SDUK Explains Lounge, in partnership with the ISA UK. This rolling programme of business and technical advice sessions was designed to help visitors keep up with the changing market, gain insight to strengthen and grow their business, and identify new revenue opportunities.

The show also added two

Long-term protection against graffiti

Dorotape is excited to launch what is believed to be the only product of its type on the market.

arken signage

new ‘trails’ that focus on the increasing demand for environmental and sustainable solutions. Visitors could discover environmentally positive products and solutions on the Sustainability trail and meet exhibitors showcasing recyclable materials, non-PVC substrates, new ecological ink technologies, along with a wide array of energy efficient workflow solutions. Following the TextileTech trail led visitors to uncover the benefits of adding textiles to their workflow through a host of new applications, demonstrations, skills workshops, industry speakers and specialist exhibitors.

Sign & Digital UK returns to Birmingham’s NEC next year from 21-23 March 2023. This is our pick of the best exhibitors from this year’s event, listed here in alphabetical order: arken & Dorotape. Further details can be found at right.

ASLAN SL99 is not just an anti-graffiti laminate! The special matt coating of this self-adhesive transparent film repels spray paints and permanent markers with ease making it the perfect deterrent to graffiti artists and opportunist vandalism.

The matt surface is glare and reflection free, repels spray paint and permanent markers and is super-easy to wipe or rub clean due to the special scratch resistance finish.

Developed to protect digital prints and other surfaces from defacement in public buildings, schools, universities and hospitals, etc, ASLAN SL99 can even be used to protect uneven outdoor surfaces against vandalism in public places, transit waiting areas and events. Cleaning can be done by untrained staff so will save time and money compared to costly specialist


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cleaning or replacement of the signage.

Michael Ingram from Dorotape added, “A recent study revealed that prompt graffiti removal leaving a graffiti free surface deters further attacks and that graffiti removal within 48 hours lowers the risk of further attack by more than 90%.”

ASLAN SL99 can be applied either dry or wet, has an outdoor durability of up to 3 years, a flame retardancy according to Euroclass DIN EN 13501-1 and is also suitable for laminating on top of UVcurable inks.

Dorotape is proud to have been awarded Gold Distributor status for ASLAN in the UK, so to find out more, please call on 01858 431642 or email:

Signage that enhances advertising, communication and the customer experience come in all shapes and sizes. From complex outdoor media projects to off-theshelf signage.

Poster display systems, poster frames and hanging systems, lightboxes, pavement and forecourt signs… When it comes to smart signage solutions, we do it all.

Standard sizes. Bespoke sizes. Extensive material, colour, and finish options. arken offers unrivalled customisation. It’s all in the detail. And it’s all built right here in the UK.

At arken, the craft of creating quality and inspiring signage across all formats falls to our in-house design and manufacturing team. Everything happens here –

development, prototyping, and production. Dedicated to ensuring signage is British made, our 80,000ft2 manufacturing facility puts arken right at the heart of the UK signage industry.

We’re setting the standard elsewhere, too. Like making signage (and doing business) – in the right way. Sustainable materials. Reused and recycled materials. Locally sourced components. Less waste. Less energy usage. Fewer emissions. Reduced impact on the planet.

Looking for a signage partner you can trust to deliver? Look no further. Bespoke and off-the-shelf solutions. Competitive prices. Delivered on time.

To discuss your signage needs, contact the arken sales team today. Call us on 01638 565656.

Our product range for healthcare includes cubicle rail, shower rail, window rail and picture rail. This diversity allows for the assembly of complete rail packages, catering to all interiors.

Cubicle rail can be provided with accessories (ie. IV-rack, IV-hook, curtain holders, etc.) and can be installed fully insulated against electrostatic risks.

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Health, brain & mind experts

disease-modifying medications to slow down, or ideally halt the progression of Alzheimer’s,” stated Dustin Reibe, Clinical Services Director.

Re:Cognition Health provides three interconnected service lines designed to best serve all patient’s needs. Its UK private practice is run by a team of industryleading experts that cover a range of conditions through the following services:

support the recovery of Long Covid with an emphasis on patients experience symptoms of fatigue.

The Autism Assessment Clinic complements the ADHD clinic and is a combination of Paediatricians, Child Psychiatrists, Speech and Language Therapists and Psychologists. Children from as young as two can be treated as well as adults. The clinical reports are accepted by the NHS and social services.

The Head Injury service includes a clinical assessment by an expert neurologist, psychological evaluation, a brain scan using high field MRI and the latest DTI technology to produce a detailed report and recommendations.

In this issue of Healthcare Matters we are pleased to announce Re:Cognition Health as our Cognitive Health Company of the Month.

Re:Cognition Health is an award-winning cognitive health provider based in the Harley Street area of London. Specialising in the diagnosis, treatment & care of people with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, cognitive impairment or mental health concerns, the company also has centres in Birmingham, Bristol, Guildford, Plymouth and Winchester, as well as Fairfax and Virginia in the USA.

Re:Cognition Health was founded in 2011 by Dr Emer MacSweeney whose extensive research and development towards Alzheimer’s disease has helped the company to become the fastest-growing, world-leading centre for international clinical trials for Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative conditions. “Due to Emer’s dedication, tenacity and passion, we can now help researchers to develop new-generation,

: Memory Clinic

: ADHD & Autism Clinic

: Brain Injury & Concussion Clinic

: Neuropsychiatric Clinic

: Neurology Clinic

: Mental Health Clinic – Anxiety, Depression and PTSD

“In addition to clinical trials and private practice, we also offer Medicolegal services where our specialists are used as expert witnesses in personal injury cases. We have recently launched three new services including a Long Covid Clinic, Head Injury Service and Paediatric Autism Clinic for children aged 2-6 years, in response to increasing demand from the public,” said Dustin.

In the Neurology Clinic, the collaborative approach by a team of neurologists, neuropsychiatrists, physiotherapists and supporting medical experts provides a bespoke program of investigations and personalised treatment and rehabilitation plans to

As Brain and Mind Experts, Re:Cognition Health also offers a Memory Service. “We are uniquely positioned to help people access new-generation drugs on latestage clinical trials while simultaneously providing

gold standard care at our private practice facilities,” said Dustin. Just some features of the Memory Clinic package include an appointment with a specialist consultant for initial assessment and medication review, both Addenbrook’s Cognitive Assessment (ACE-R) and Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MOCA), a 3T MRI brain scan and a capacity assessment with official COP3. As COVID-19 has pushed the medical community to embrace technology in a new way, Re:Cognition Health has seen significant growth and is expanding to accommodate this. “In addition to the two clinics launched in the UK this year – Bristol and Winchester, we have another US clinic on the horizon,” stated Dustin. It is evident that Re:Cognition Health is committed to the continual research and development of the latest techniques and treatments to help the healthcare and medical industries. By collaborating with leading experts who share the same values for research, education and innovation, the company is well-equipped to continue finding new treatments and cures for Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative conditions in the future.

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Cavity: From locum staff hire to dental training

With over 16 years of experience in providing locum dental staff and DBS checks to dental care professionals and their teams, Cavity continued to diversify through COVID-19 and became experts in fit testing, now offering accredited fit testing and fit test training.

In recent months it has expanded and revived Cavity Training with a fresh, new approach to online learning and a brand new Dental Nursing Course backed by City & Guilds. It offers expert knowledge by qualified and experienced dental nurses who make up their team of dental tutors and assessors and also provide nationwide coverage. The courses are carried out as live, interactive and online webinars and their friendly approach, and private student forum means students can connect and support each other through the course as well as readily connect with all of their tutors and assessors. The training platform also offers an e-library of resources, FREE CPD and job opportunities available for trainees. And while it’s all geared toward building the next generation of dental nurses in a time of dental recruitment crisis, dental practices will have the opportunity to place their own trainees on this City & Guilds backed dental nursing course.

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Creating environments designed to heal

Constantly improving solution-led design was the key purpose of this annual event, held at the Coventry Building Society Arena from 8-9 June 2022, and was open to all those involved in designing, delivering, maintaining and working in therapeutic environments.

Attending Design in Mental Health gave visitors the opportunity to engage with experts by experience, clinicians and designers and review ideas, engage in round table discussions, explore challenges and discover innovative products, to ensure built environments of the future are not only safe, but support the wellbeing and recovery journey of all mental health patients.

Good design contributes to changing lives

For creating new environments, refurbishing existing facilities, investigating new technologies or undertaking ongoing maintenance, attending Design in Mental Health delivered contacts, ideas, expertise and products.

As well as an exhibition, the event welcomes a number of prominent speakers to its Conference

Intastop Ltd

Intastop Ltd is a leading manufacturer and provider of anti-ligature solutions in addition to its door and wall protection ranges.

It has worked with NHS Trusts and private sector healthcare establishments across the UK to provide bespoke solutions to protect staff, patients and visitors alike and is known for its commitment to product development and innovation.

Established almost 30 years ago, Intastop was the first company to introduce a Door Top Alarm which activates an audible sound and links with staff alert systems should pressure be applied to the door top.

Intastop has now enhanced this further after research found that the bottom of a door can also pose a ligature risk. The Duo Alarm System is the latest innovation from Intastop designed to alert health teams of potential ligature attempts on the top and bottom of doorsets.

The Porpoise tap

Introducing the new anti-ligature, vandalresistant tap for the modern mental healthcare facility

FWC has over 10 years of care, expertise and experience within the mental health sector with the Porpoise tap. The Porpoise is a versatile self-serve dispenser which excels in mental healthcare, custodial and vandal prone environments.

Designed for the most difficult to manage healthcare and custodial environments as well as care homes and hospitals. The world’s most shallow patient safety tap.

Do you want the fine and superior and ultra-

Contour Heating: Creating safer mental health environments

There is no denying that suicides by mental health services users can be prevented. In 2018, there were over 1,300 in England by people who had been in contact with mental health services. In fact, the data from a Nuffield Trust study in 2018 shows that the rates had risen 9% between 2006-2017 alone. This continued increase has put huge pressure on those responsible for creating safe mental health environments.

section, and also hosts an Awards ceremony. Considered nationally as the most prestigious awards in the mental healthcare community, the Design in Mental Health awards ceremony was an exciting occasion celebrating the very best in the industry.

Design in Mental Health returns to the Coventry Building Society Arena next year from 7-8 June 2023. This is our pick of the best exhibitors from this year’s event, listed here in alphabetical order: Contour Heating, Filtered Water Coolers, Intastop Ltd, Kingsway Group & OvoGard. Further details can be found on this page.

Twinned with hygiene, which post-pandemic has awoken concerns not seen since the presence of MRSA in the early 2000s, the need for products that address both concerns is critical.

Contour Heating provides a diverse range of anti-ligature heating products to address these increasing concerns in the mental health sector, reducing ligature points and preventing the spread of harmful bacteria.

You can see the difference in one of our recent installations, where unsafe radiators could create ligature points and easily hide dirt. The installed

Kingsway Group

Kingsway Group is a leading manufacturer providing complete door systems to Mental Health sector and other challenging environments. “Exhibiting at Design in Mental Health was very productive, providing an excellent opportunity to catch up with our partner Trusts and make new introductions,” commented Julian Hall, Managing Director of Kingsway.

cover is manufactured to IP3x standards using 2mm holes at 4mm centres while also having the added benefit of BioCote included in the powder coating process. Not only has this installation improved safety, but it’s also made it aesthetically more appealing too.

Speak to Contour to find out more.


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Furthermore, the Duo Alarm System works hand in hand with other SECURA products such as the Removable Doorstop, SECURA Hinge and SECURA Clear vision panel.

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modern looks, the best ligature resistant patient safety tap offering instant safe hot and chilled filtered water with the options then this is the right choice for you?

The Porpoise epitomises cutting-edge design and innovation with its contoured tap and compact under-counter unit. This is our most discreet range and will fit into any healthcare, custodial environment seamlessly. Available in a variety of finishes to suit your needs.

The Porpoise arrives as the shallowest surface-mounted anti-ligature drinking water tap on the market. The extra measures taken in its design make it appropriate for vulnerable people to use unsupervised.

At this years show along with their flagship SENTRY, SWITCH and SOLO complete door systems, Kingsway Group showcased the new to market KOSMOS, a new generation of conscious monitoring system designed to increase staff and service-user safety. Kosmos provides a user-friendly display which integrates with a staff attack alarm system, providing a full audit trail of door openings, alarm activations and faults to help reduce the risk of ligature attempts.

When a door alarm is activated an annunciation, both visual and audible are activated on a

The Porpoise is operated by a touchsensitive control panel. No buttons means no detachable small parts, granting managers extra peace of mind. This panel is kept free from contamination through its antimicrobial coating, which stunts bacterial build up and further reduces regular cleaning requirements.

We are OvoGard

Suppliers of innovative shields that protect essential infrastructure in secure and often demanding environments.

We use decades of experience working with secure facilities to provide solutions that work for all users without compromising on safety or quality. Virtually indestructible and including a range of enhanced safety features, our shields offer a vital layer of defence, protecting essential infrastructure from the risks of theft, vandalism and unauthorised access.

Our bespoke designs secure your investments while allowing free and

unfettered access. OvoGard’s shield products can be used to secure installations including, Watercoolers, Boiler Systems, Hand Sanitiser Dispensers, Waste Bins.

Our customer commitment doesn’t end there. While we can protect your installations with our virtually indestructible shields, we also supply all of the products you’ll need in between, such as hand sanitiser products, waterboiler repairs and hot water tap systems.

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handily located screen in a nurse station, giving a full floor plan layout pinpointing the exact area of the ligature attempt and reducing the time it takes for a staff member to investigate. By logging each time a door is opened or incidents occur it allows our partners to plan more effectively and help reduce risk.

To find out more about Kingsway Group, visit:


Specialists in delivering Health & Social Care courses

ELGee Training provides leading Health and Social Care courses in Hampshire, Sussex, Surrey and Essex. With over 25 years’ experience in the managing of and training in residential homes, care homes and domiciliary care organisations for the elderly and those with learning disabilities, ELGee Training has a specialist training team who can help you choose from over 31 available courses.

These current courses are designed for people

who work in the Health & Social Care sector and are a combination of relevant and current information for your workforce based on the requirements of the regulating authorities. ELGee Training will write and deliver bespoke tailor-made courses for your requirements in order to provide the best training for you.

Most Popular courses, Moving & handling, First Aid & Fire Training, Safeguarding. Infection control, Person centred care, Specialist Courses. Effective

Communication, and Food Hygiene, Health & Safety, Oral Hygiene, End of Life care, Dementia care. Most courses can be a minimum of 3 hours and the maximum number of students should be no more than 15. All mandatory courses conform to the Skills for Care ‘Care Certificate’.

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Health and safety matters: Keep up to date!

The National Association for Safety and Health in Care Services (NASHiCS) focuses on all health and safety matters affecting the social care sector. The association goes from strength to strength and has a growing membership across a wide range of providers and organisations covering the UK. Keeping up to date regarding Health and Safety matters is vital. The more you know, the more you can plan and the more you plan, the less susceptible you are in turbulent times. Through the association you can Network with colleagues responsible for Health and Safety, share your own ‘best practice’ experiences and hear how others have overcome challenges.

Attend dedicated events, on health and safety at special member rates; and participate in national and local Networkers, Conferences and Seminars, in-person or virtual. Advertise job vacancies free; and benefit from special member offers and rates from suppliers of goods services and equipment.

Receive regular update emails covering latest developments and safety alerts/news; while giving access to current information, links on key safety topics; and monthly our highly praised e-News.

Matters cover range from fire safety, training, infection control, lone working, falls prevention, first aid to stress, legionella, case law, regulation, people moving people and mock courts to mention just a few. See our website for report on past events:

We have national links with other organisations, government bodies and enforcement agencies. Our aim is to promote and improve safety and health in care practice by providing a sharing and networking forum for debate, and discussion.

Joining NASHiCS is a great and easy way to keep informed and aware. Health and Safety is an essential and matters to everyone involved with social care now and in the future.

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Making Pharmaceuticals

On the 26th-27th April 2022, the team at Making Pharmaceuticals were delighted to welcome the pharmaceutical industry back to Coventry Building Society Arena for 2 days to discover, learn and interact with experts from across the UK.

In a post pandemic world, events are slowly but surely once again becoming an integral part of our work calendar.

This year’s event featured 5 parallel conference streams, 100+ exhibitors, and two live demonstration areas allowing our attendees to get hands on with equipment fundamental to every stage of the lifecycle of a pharmaceutical product.


This year’s live demonstrations included: NPC – SherpaPharma Environmental Monitoring; Chemlink Specialities – Topical formulations now made easier with a new rheology modifier; Crest Solutions – CXV Global SmartFactory LineClearance AssistantT; Protak Scientific –Cycle efficacy testing with Enzyme Indicators, the faster, smarter & safter way; Horiba – Duetta: Absorbance and Fluorescence in the blink of an eye; Bonfiglioli Engineering – Demonstrating the NEW LT-Pro (High Accuracy) Non-invasive, non-destructive leak tester for laboratory and in-process control applications.

Big plans for next year

Building on the success of this year’s event, we are delighted to announce that next year’s

Detection Services (MDS)

Having worked with the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry for many years, Metal Detection Services (MDS) understand that high performance detection and stability are paramount. Our four directors have extensive experience and knowledge not only in the pharmaceutical industry, but also across the food, textile and mining sectors.

With a strong focus on supporting our customers, we work with many of the leading manufacturing companies in the UK. Our ability to maintain a wide range of metal detector brands provides our customers with a onestop, cost-effective service provider.

As the CEIA UK Distributor, we are able to offer leading metal detection technology as well as extensive sales, engineering, spares and service support to our customers. CEIA is one of the world’s most trusted and reputable metal detector manufacturers.

The CEIA range of pharmaceutical equipment offers truly exceptional detection performance including applications such as:

: Free fall systems for in-process protection of powdered products

: End of line detectors with dust tight and wash in

place options

: Data acquisition programs meeting 21 CFR Part 11 compliance.

All pharmaceutical detectors are manufactured from AISI316L with all parts compliant with FDA 21 part 210 and 211 requirements.

Whatever your metal detection needs may be, our team of experts are always happy to arrange a site visit to discuss your application or service requirements.


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NPC: Assisting the scientific industry

NPC specialises in providing Products and Services for Environmental Monitoring. All products have been carefully selected with the Microbiologist in mind. PMM culture media from a German company, the only media manufacturer that makes ready to use media solely for the pharmaceutical users. The media is produced in Grade A facilities and every aspect of the quality has been tailored to suit the needs of the Pharmaceutical Microbiologist from ease of the handling of the product to the need to reduce cracking of plates and reduce non-conformances.

Ielab reference materials are supplied in an easyto-use dispenser system and are fully traceable to the Spanish Culture Collection CECT. Ielab can also tailor make customers own in house objectionable strains into their format making the QC testing more meaningful and easier.

SherpaPharma EM Software is a totally paperless system exceeding the pharmacopeia requirements as set out in Annex 1. The system is cloud-based allowing for full flexibility of working and complies fully with CFR21 part 11 requirements.

Protak Scientific

Protak Scientific works alongside top pharma companies to create a standardised approach to gaseous decontamination validation

Protak Scientific is the manufacturer of a rapid validation technology for gaseous decontamination (predominately H2O2) with diverse application globally.

Founded 8 years ago, Enzyme Indicators (EIs) enable faster, smarter and safer results in decontamination validation.

Protak Scientific’s largest customer base is pharmaceutical manufacturing companies where H2O2 decontamination processes are critical to the manufacture of sterile products. It works with over 50% of the top 20 pharmaceutical manufacturers including Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Roche, and Novo Nordisk to create standardised validation decontamination ways of working, including the use of EIs.

Training is offered by NPC, locally if required, in best practices in the laboratory assisting the laboratory to always have accurate and reliable results.


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Along with 7 leading pharma companies, Protak Scientific aims to demonstrate that EIs are fast becoming an essential component of the validation process in understanding the cycle efficacy of the applications to ensure they remain robust, repeatable and ultimately effective.

In light of the need of a more standardised validation process and following the announced changes of EU GMP Annex 1: Manufacture of Sterile Medicinal Products, Protak Scientific sought to bring together an industry working group to discuss the challenges the industry is facing.

The group aims to share knowledge and deliver the following objectives:

: Harmonize EI/BI correlation methodology : Produce a consistent approach to industry application of H2O2 decontamination. Good practice guide

Making Pharmaceuticals event will be colocated with our brand new launch event Distributing Pharmaceuticals. Join us next year, 25-26 April to discuss all things GMP & GDP. This is our pick of the best exhibitors from this year’s event, listed here in alphabetical order: JensonR+ Limited, Metal Detection Services,

JensonR+ Limited

JensonR+ Limited is a Technical Consultancy with a simple mission: ‘We aim to promote better health by simplifying the journey from innovation to the marketplace.’

The JensonR+ specialist team is experienced in regulatory affairs, product development, quality assurance, drug safety, medical information, copy approval, project management, training and market access. Located in the UK and Ireland, its clients range from small innovators through to large corporations.

JensonR+ specialises in tailored services

NPC & Protak Scientific. Further details can be found on this page.

To find out more regarding our Pharmaceutical event portfolio, please visit our website: or email:

: Evaluate continuous process verification using EIs

: Improve benchmarking of H2O2 decontamination equipment

The last eighteen months have been phenomenally ground-breaking for EIs by elevating industry and governing body awareness of the technology, thanks to the collective data and knowledge shared among these leading pharma companies.

Contact: Kate Marshall, Technical Director • Protak Scientific

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encompassing pharmaceuticals, medical devices, cosmetics, foods, herbals, and legal due diligence. It also provides named person services (RP, RPI, QPPV, QP, UKRP, UK PRRC) and MA holding.

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Going above and beyond to ensure quality care

In this issue of Healthcare Matters, we have selected Solicitude Training as our Training Provider Company of the Month.

Solicitude Training is a provider of high quality, bespoke, cost-effective training and consultancy services, to the health and social care sector.

First started as a Sole Trader in 2011 before being converted to a limited company in 2013, Solicitude Training was established by Jenny Gibson, a Qualified nurse with over 30 years’ experience working within the health and social care sector.

Jenny is passionate about providing quality care, and is devoted to ensuring the person that benefits most is the recipient of the care.

“We provide training and consultancy to health and social care sector, which encompasses all the training for care homes (residential and nursing), domiciliary care, hospitals and local authorities, as well as first aid training in schools. We deliver bespoke, relevant, engaging training, to enhance care services and help service providers make a difference to the client’s life. We are a team of passionate trainers that all come from clinical backgrounds and therefore,

only have trainers teach in areas that they are experienced and competent in,” added Jenny Gibson, Director.

Solicitude Training offers healthcare courses, consultancy and E-learning and is a registered centre with Qualsafe, enabling the company to provide a full range of first aid qualifications.

Solicitude Training is committed to quality, and its team ensures it goes above and beyond just the standard course offering, to deliver bespoke training and consultancy services, that improve the quality of care for each individual client, and their needs.

Solicitude Training also offer training needs analysis, in which the company reviews the training that is undertaken in a service, to ensure that staff are trained to be able to meet the client’s needs that they support. From this, Solicitude Training is able to offer recommendations and help a service create and implement an annual training programme, to ensure staff

undertake the required training.

In addition to those services, Solicitude Training is able to provide a whole package solution through its sister company; Solicitude Care Management. Solicitude Care Management provides interim managers on short to medium term basis. A perfect solution while waiting for a new manager, covering long term sick or crisis management where they will support, guide and train staff to meet the 5 Key Lines of Enquiry (KLOEs) and all standards of the social care legislation to obtain compliance, until a replacement is hired.

Indeed, Solicitude Training’s commitment to quality is unwavering, and the company plans to continue building upon its outstanding services to further support clients. “We are a small company but have remained and achieved growth throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We really believe that quality in care is paramount, and we do not restrict our services to the standard 9-5 hours as we are not a traditional training company. We are dedicated to meeting the needs

of our learners, so that if 9 o’clock on an evening is the best time for them, then that’s when we’ll do it!”

Jenny continued, “We want to encourage people to come and talk to us, to see how we can help. We are experiencing a period of significant growth and as we go forward, we are expanding our team and services to offer further training and support.”

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Dedicated to the healing and maintenance of healthy skin

In this issue of Healthcare Matters, we are pleased to announce Sumed International (UK) Ltd as our Pressure Ulcer Management Company of the Month.

Sumed is a privately owned healthcare company that is dedicated to the healing and maintenance of healthy skin. Established in the 1970s, Sumed has over 40 years’ experience in pressure area care, working closely with clinicians and carers to promote pressure relieving solutions and improve patients’ quality of life.

Over the years, Sumed has added a strong brand portfolio and represents some of the most reputable companies around the world. In 2006, Graham Collyer became the Executive Chairman, implementing a restructuring programme that elevated the company to reach higher standards of best practice and become a stronger global player in the healthcare industry.

With headquarters in Glossop, Derbyshire, Sumed has a vast range of products in the following sections: wheelchairs, pressure area

care, pressure mapping, and wound care. One keen area of interest for Sumed is the care and prevention of pressure ulcers forming on the heel. Defined as a localised injury to the skin or underlying tissue, the bony prominence and awkward positioning of the ulcer can make for an extremely uncomfortable and painful experience for patients who are bed bound or in a fixed position for prolonged periods of time.

“Friction is one of the biggest causes of skin breakdown in the heel area. To combat this, we have just introduced a new product called Sumed Yathan Second Skin Heel Sleeve. This product is designed to reduce friction at the heel,” stated Graham.

Perfect for use in homecare, nursing home/ nursing facilities, hospitals and clinics, Sumed Yathan Second Skin Heel Sleeve will address the fixation of non-adhesive

wound dressings and can help prevent skin degradation, pressure points, and aid in the treatment of pressure ulcers.

The sleeve enables six key features that include the redistribution of pressure, keeps the foot cool with a good airflow, reduces sheer, is lightweight and ambulatory, and easy to wash and disinfect. It comes available in small shoe size 1-6, and medium shoe size 5-10.

Proud to support British manufacturing, Sumed has grown exponentially over the past five years and is well on its way to becoming a leading supplier in its field. Its partnerships with OTs, Tissue Viability Nurses, and Rehab Engineers have not gone unnoticed, so much so, from 1st April 2021, Sumed was appointed contractor for Cumbria County Council for service and repair of specialised equipment. The three year contract involves equipment servicing and repairs for specialist lifts, hoists and specialised equipment owned by Cumbria County Council. This contract comes as a well-deserved reward for all the hard work Sumed put into ensuring the companies service-related activity not only survived throughout COVID-19, but thrived because of it.

To support its vast product portfolio, Sumed also offers a clean and repair service for all cushions and mattresses purchased, and medical equipment rental for all items including mattresses, wheelchairs, and cushions.

In the future, Sumed will continue to increase its current product range of pressure management products whilst looking to accelerate growth through increasing its sales team and attending appropriate exhibitions. You’ll find Sumed at The Occupational Therapy Show on 23rd-24th November 2022 at the NEC in Birmingham where it will be showcasing the Sumed Yathan Second Skin Heel Sleeve amongst other products.

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Health Plus Care

As part of the Health Plus Care event, three shows combined forces from 18-19 May 2022 at ExCeL London.

The Healthcare Show had 7 theatres dedicated to primary care, hospital transformation, integrated care, patient safety and infection prevention, workforce and clinical priorities, with a whole host of sessions carefully curated and tailored to meet the specific needs of senior healthcare Managers, Leaders and Clinicians.

The Digital Healthcare Show harnessed the technological and digital innovations which are emerging and need to be enshrined as best practice in our local health populations. The show welcomed thousands of CIOs, CCIOs, senior IT leaders and clinicians from the NHS, Local Government, ICSs and Primary Care together to harness the huge opportunity to learn from COVID-19.

Both shows included 88 hours of educational presentations, workshops and panel discussions and hosted over 400 expert speakers and industry leaders who are passionate about continuing the rapid & unprecedented transformation of services that has taken place during the last two years.

The Residential & Home Care Show focused on the big issues facing the social care sector including recruitment & retention challenges, new employment law, personalisation, integrated care, safeguarding,

Need 2 Succeed

Leading the way in professional training and development for Social Prescribing Link Workers across the UK!

The NHS Long Term Plan marked a step change in ambition by incorporating Social Prescribing into its comprehensive model of personalised care. Millions more people across the UK will benefit from social prescribing over the next three years; a ‘prescription’ aimed at improving health and wellbeing via the community.

With over 15 years’ experience in training and personal development, Need 2 Succeed is supporting Social Prescribing Link Workers, Community Navigators and Health and Wellbeing Workers, to acquire the industry standard nationally accredited Level 3 Certificate in Social Prescribing.

Primary care networks and broader CCG/ICS areas desperately need dedicated professionals


The Homecare Association is the only professional membership body in the UK dedicated to representing homecare providers. Homecare is experiencing a moment where there is a significant opportunity for transformation, but no one organisation can do this alone. We need to stand together to ensure that homecare’s value is recognised. We want homecare to expand so people can continue to live well at home and flourish in their communities.

Recognising the true value of homecare for all in our society, we represent homecare at every level of government to ensure it receives the recognition and investment it deserves. We communicate your interests and ideas to central and local government, the NHS, regulators, the media and the public. We continually listen to our members to ensure our work focuses on what’s important to them and provide hands-on practical support in a variety of ways.

: Promote your business on our ‘find care’ portal

: Access practical resources

: Member’s helpline

: Discounted products and services

: Discounted training

: Daily news and privileged information direct to your inbox

: Connect and network

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: Use of the Homecare Association logo

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raising quality, dementia, CQC ratings, which technologies work and business development.

The show included over 40 hours of educational presentations, workshops & panel discussions and hosted over 70 expert speakers & industry leaders who are passionate about continuing the rapid and unprecedented transformation of services that has taken place during the last two years.

Health Plus Care returns to ExCeL London next year from 26-27 April 2023. This is our pick of the best exhibitors from this year’s three shows, listed here in alphabetical order: Homecare Association, Klinink Healthcare Solutions, Leecare & Need 2 Succeed. More details can be found on this page.

Leecare, an organisation that boasts a rich history of supporting, social, health and care providers to demonstrate and provide the highest standard in health, residential, retirement and supported living care, through consulting and technology. Today, our 1,000+ clients include small independent businesses to larger corporate multi-site organisations across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, UK, China and Africa.

Care. It’s in our name and at the very core of what we do. Our Platinum6 comprehensive assessment suite has been designed by nurses with many years of experience in the social care sector and the awards we have won prove it is fit for purpose. Our assessments enable comprehensive, person-centred care planning and the utilisation of prompts, reminders and alerts ensure managers have sound clinical

governance to ensure risks don’t turn into adverse events. Our customisable, easy to use secure platform enables the management of both resident care and your operational needs. Our software is designed to support our clients so the people they support can

live their best life.

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Klinik Healthcare Solutions

Klinik Healthcare Solutions is a healthcare technology company delivering AI supported solutions for intelligent patient flow management for primary care providers, enabling healthcare professionals to focus on patient care.

who specialise in health, social care, and community development to connect local people with the right form of health and social support.

With options for London class-based delivery and live in-person online training, Need 2 Succeed are the go-to agency for all your training needs. With over 80 courses, we can support individuals and agencies achieve their training goals and develop teams for better personalised care for local communities.

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Klinik’s patient flow management solution has a very user friendly interface with customisable workflows linked to relevant resources that helps to split the work between relevant teams or professionals. Its clinically-proven algorithms can identify the primary health issue, recognise its urgency and provide differential diagnoses.

The system’s high quality patient history taking allows for an efficient decision making process whether to make an appointment or redirect a patient to the right point of care.

There are 550 healthcare centres across Europe,

including more than 250 in the UK, using Klinik to provide improved access to care and more effective processes to professionals. Klinik technology is helping redefine & reform how the patient flow is managed.

Contact: Kristiaan van Driem, Head of Sales & Marketing M +44 (0)7464 892967


XEC7 launches Orbel® at London Health Plus Care Show

: UK and EU healthcare facilities will now see dramatic surges in personal hygiene compliance, positively impacting infection control

: Orbel® personal hand sanitiser revolutionary design uses ‘natural instinct’ to clean hands

: Supporting WHO 5 moment protocols to fill gaps no other product can

: Over 800 attendees visited the XEC7 exhibit, and over 2,500 samples of Orbel® were given to care workers from all sectors of healthcare

In May 2022, XEC7 launched the revolutionary personal hand sanitiser, Orbel®, at the Health Plus Care Show at London’s Excel. More than 800 attendees visited the XEC7 exhibit with over 2,500 samples given to healthcare industry representatives such as porters, surgeons, leaders of trusts, doctors, nurses, infection control managers and care workers. Individuals and organisations from all sectors were awed by the unique yet intuitive design of the innovative personal hand sanitiser, Orbel®

“The response was truly astonishing,” says Spencer Hemming, CEO of the XEC7 Group. “It’s been a long, tough journey over two years to get Orbel® approved for the UK market and have stock on the ground to supply a volume across the UK. All in the very place it was designed in, and for, back in 2012 – the launch experience was genuinely magical.”

To use Orbel®, simply swipe the unit with your fingers and palm adjusting the pressure to get the right amount of gel. With its patented roller


Pioneers of the world's first virtual reality (VR) enabled behaviour change programme for children’s services, Antser’s patented, intuitive and clinically-led technology has a diverse range of uses to directly support vulnerable children and young people, and the teams around them across childrens’ and adults’ social care, education, and healthcare sectors.

Antser’s 360-degree immersive films and VR headsets provide professionals the experience to witness the impact of trauma, abuse, and neglect through the eyes of the child. Designed to enhance understanding of a child’s emotions, users’ can experience trauma and potential triggers to improve the care, support, and guidance they provide. This powerful approach quickly and effectively delivers the knowledge, understanding, and empathy that otherwise can take years to develop.

Extensively used by teams across different sectors, Darent Valley Hospital, a member of the Dartford and

ball design and snap-on clip system, your personal Orbel® goes wherever you go! Ideal for anyone on the move since there’s always instant accessibility.

With just a single swipe of your hand, enough gel can be released to sanitise both hands as per the WHO recommended guidelines. Clean your hands thoroughly, ensuring the gel spreads across your hands, even your finger tips! Wait a few seconds for your hands to dry, and you are ready to face the world!

Sounds simple enough, yet the design and the psychology behind it are remarkable.

Clean hands for keeping germs at bay has always been a constant struggle. Germs are everywhere and seem inescapable, so the battle to maintain clean hands is never-ending. Hygiene compliance fights time pressures, limited facility access, a lack of understanding, skin irritation, and outright


However, Orbel® returned to every human’s instinctive reaction to wipe our dirty hands on our trousers. We are born with the genetic code to wipe messy hands. Just watch any child with dirty hands!

“As adults, we retain the instinct to wipe or clean our hands, often on whatever is nearby and accessible, including trousers, shirt, apron, or tissues. Wiping is simply natural instinct,” Spencer continues. “Orbel® award-winning design borrows a page from neuroscience, converting high attention and time-consuming function for the brain like handwashing into an automatic process. So, the habit of hand hygiene now supports other standards like wall-mounted hand hygiene.”

Using Orbel® personal hand sanitiser fills gaps in compliance no other product can fill, so healthcare facilities now see a dramatic surge in personal hygiene compliance. This increased compliance quickly makes a positive impact on infection control.

Orbel® was created and patented by the James Dyson Award-winning inventor, Adam Sutcliffe (within the accelerator programme run by Imperial College and the Royal College of Art, London, and was dubbed as “the next big thing” by Sir James Dyson.

“To finally be out shaking hands safely, meeting face-to-face at the Health Plus Care Show was an incredible opportunity to see Orbel® in

action. Watching the positive reactions of care professionals was a truly inspiring experience,” concludes Spencer.

Michael Woods, CEO of Orbel Health, follows, “Bringing a novel and disruptive solution to the market is a complicated task for all innovation companies so Orbel® is pleased to have an excellent partner in Europe with XEC7 who has shown creativity and commitment to navigating the complicated market environment to execute an incredible product launch. We’re excited to add the UK to the list of countries where Orbel® personal hand sanitiser can now contribute to increasing hand hygiene compliance and reducing the spread of harmful pathogens.”

Team Orbel® Spencer, Adam, Mark, Gerrod, Becks and Sofia extend thanks to all those who attended the Health Plus Care Show. Every team member enjoyed demonstrating this simple yet effective solution to the problem the healthcare industry faces every day. It was truly an exceptional experience to see this major issue solved with a swipe of just one hand – now a reality with Orbel® from XEC7 the exclusive UK Distributor.

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DGH Pharma Europe

DGH Pharma Europe is creating and delivering innovative products to help Mitigate Risk caused by Healthcare Associated Infection (HCAIs).

Gravesham NHS Trust, has been pioneering Antser VR since October 2020. Overseen by the Safeguarding Children’s Team, Antser VR has been deployed to improve the safeguarding training and act as a development resource for the hospital workforce. This partnership has proven when the workforce is armed with the knowledge to recognise these situations, the right referrals can be made, at the right time.

YOURmeds brings medication management into the 21st Century

YOURmeds smart medication management system brings medication adherence into the 21st Century with its easy-to-understand, simple-to-use, portable medication management system. YOURmeds provides clinicians, adult social care teams & care providers with real-time medication adherence data, enabling prescriptions & care packages to be adapted.

The system uses Strength Based Commissioning to increase independence and capacity within adult social care through digital rather than physical support. On average, YOURmeds achieves an 84% adherence rate, and from our data, we know that 1 in 4 of our adherent rounds is due to a supporter intervention. Councils are seeing 4 times return on investment through a reduction in care hours provided.

In March of this year, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) released their Medtech Innovation Briefing (MIB) that acknowledges YOURmeds as the most innovative, end-to-end solution addressing the issue of medication adherence in the digital age.

Over the last two years, YOURmeds has grown the number of organisations it works with from 2 to 14.

Internationally we have signed a distribution deal with one of the leading pharmacy chains in Australia. We have ongoing European projects and are delighted to bring on Connected Health as our distributor for Northern Ireland and the Republic.

To join the YOURmeds revolution, contact us on 02392 470001 or email us at: or visit:

DGH Pharma has been born out of science; for over 40 years, our founder, Greg Pilant, has been involved in the generation, curation, and application of clinical science in the field of infection prevention and control, and chronic wound care treatment. Greg, supported by a multinational Board of Directors and advisers, continues to lead the development of pioneering technologies that work innovatively to treat harmful bacteria and viruses responsible for HCAIs. Our innovative and novel preparation uses a mechanical rather than biocidal approach to the eradication of bacterial cells, viruses, and spores. The technology is scientifically proven to destroy harmful pathogens with one application on contact and continues to protect for 4 hours.


Gailarde is a family-run business established in 1979 to provide household textiles specifically manufactured for the contract trade. Our core principals of putting our customers’ needs first has helped us to grow into one of the UK’s largest suppliers to the contract market.

Gailarde has been successfully supplying the care home and healthcare industry for over 40 years, supplying both the public and private sector. We are proud to hold a framework agreement as a supplier to the NHS for wipeable pillows, duvets and flame retardant bed linen.

Our best-selling bedroom collection includes flame retardant and easy-care linen, in addition to our core offering of specialist pillows and duvets designed with infection control features. Our bathroom range features superior towelling, shower curtains and bathroom accessories.

Our competitive homeware range features home and kitchen essentials. We are also pleased to offer inventory, ready-made and build-your-own packs suitable for housing associations and supported living schemes.

For refurbishment plans and new build projects, we supply a variety of furniture that is compliant with care home and healthcare regulations. Our Soft Furnishings

DGH Pharma champions best practice, supports innovators, and works with healthcare professionals and academics to develop existing infection control protocols.

Operating a solutions-based approach to HCAI mitigation, DGH Pharma is committed to help drive down the impact of Healthcare Associated Infections, consequently reducing hospital bed days, improving antibiotic stewardship, and reducing the unnecessary pain and suffering associated with HCAIs.

Contact: Graham Fisher, President & CEO

collection is ideal for transforming rooms. By using fabric from the leading suppliers, we can supply cushions, bedspreads and more in a variety of styles and designs. As a customer, you will have a dedicated account manager, on hand for any questions. For all enquiries, please give our friendly team a call on 020 8905 2776. Alternatively, please email our care home and healthcare specialists directly: or

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Connecting visions

In this issue of Healthcare Matters, we are pleased to announce Birmingham Optical as our Technology Supplier of the Month.

Established in 1958, Birmingham Optical has over 60 years of experience in supplying equipment and is positioned as a key supplier in the optical industry. Headquartered out of its main base at the Gravelly Industrial Park in Birmingham for all its sales in Optical and Lab and support service, there is also a secondary site in Daresbury SciTech Park that support its Ophthalmology team.

“Whereas many of our competitors represent a single brand, we sell many, offering a vast choice of extensive and diverse ranges across our divisions to ensure all our customer needs can be met. As part of our entire service we offer ophthalmic equipment sales, service, training and education, accessories and consumables across optometry, lens edging labs, hospitals, private ophthalmology clinics, academia and domiciliary businesses,” stated Amanda Higginbotham, CCO at Birmingham Optical.

Taking great pride in its superior products and services that are available, Birmingham Optical is constantly looking for new ways to improve and innovate. As market leaders, the company is well established to offer training and education that supports your investment for the long term. Amanda added, “We ensure our customers maximise their purchases from us by supporting them with practice and lab planning, user training, CPD education, service packages, and to support how to make the most from their purchases as well as adding new revenue streams to their businesses. We are proud to have our own dedicated field-based team of engineers that is the largest across the UK.”

In recent news, Birmingham Optical has launched its latest Nidek Retina Scan Duo 2, which is the successor to the Nidek Retina Scan (RS) 330 OCT that received remarkable levels of success in the Optometry market. Great news for all Nidek fans who bought the first version as they can also upgrade to the latest software which features many enhancements to the image quality as well as an overall reduction in capture times as requested by existing users.

Designed for enhanced screening and clinical efficiency, the high-speed image capture means that OCT images are captured at scan speeds of 70,000 A-scans/s which is 32% faster than acquisition with the Retina Scan Duo™ using Regular OCT sensitivity. The Duo 2 has a wide area scan of 12 x 9mm, as well as a wide area normative database that can provide coverage of

macula: 9 x 9mm and disc: 6 x 6mm. The product features a new image enhancement technique called Denoising. With deep learning of a large data set of images averaged from 120 images, this technique provides high-definition images comparable to a multiple-image-averaging technique. The denoising function generates high-definition images from a single frame while decreasing image acquisition time and increasing patient comfort. The new 12-megapixel CCD camera produces high quality fundus images with a 45° angle of view, as well as stereo and panorama photography. Some user-friendly

features include 3D auto tracking and auto shot, operation with joystick for flexible alignment, a space-saving unit, NAVIS-EX. Some optical features include AngioScan, long axial length normative database, Anterior segment adapter, angle measurement, and corneal measurement.

Another notable product is the Oculus Myopia Master which is a great instrument in diagnosing and treating Myopia. “The questionnaire helps parents understand why their child is short sighted and what they can do to help. An advanced algorithm helps predict the possible increase in Myopia that could occur in the child without intervention. The device can also show the positive effect of treatment, slowing down their progressive Myopia,” explained Amanda.

Myopia management made easy; the Myopia Master is designed using seven simple steps to manage all key data with just one measurement process. Refraction, axial length and keratometry are the main measures required for professional myopia management, but only in combination do they allow for individualised treatment and counselling. The standalone device is fast and contactless, delivering a measurement process that takes less than two minutes. The acute data analysis is paramount when compared to normative growth curves that are calculated from more than 20,000 eyes. Using a traffic light system, the Myopia Master software assists the practitioner using the near-work calculator which is a helpful gadget for computing the near-work risk factor. Based on the evaluation, the software then provides recommended treatment options which can be customisable to the client. Perfect for parents, the software also produces a take home report alongside regular follow-up examinations based off the success of the treatment.

COVID-19 was a difficult time to navigate across all industries. Amanda explained how the company was affected and how it has moved forward since. “During lockdown

many Opticians were working harder with often longer hours as frontline workers whilst doing an amazing job for the public. During this time ensuring the clinic remained up and running was critical. Service became key, so to support this we have since launched better service packages and are continually working to shorten the service SLAs. During lockdown many people re-evaluated their work/life balance and many have come out of this wanting more time with loved ones and more flexibility at work. In light of this, we now offer more opportunities for hybrid and remote working as well as flexible hours.”

In an ever-changing world where the benefits of new technology platforms are constantly improving and adapting, Birmingham Optical has further reviewed how its teams work to ensure it is maximising its efficiencies to free up more time for employees to do more interesting aspects of their job or to consider new roles which have been created that better suit the new way of working.

In closing, we asked Amanda what plans the company had for the future, she answered. “To grow as a technology and service provider, ensure our staff are knowledgeable and supported to do a great job every time, and respond to our customer demands. We are very grateful to all our customers old and new, many of which have been buying from us for many years and have become friends of Birmingham Optical. We never take anything for granted and feel very privileged to have established such great relations.”

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Industrial strength software

as automotive, nautical, aerospace, medical device, pharmaceutical, hospitals and commercial calibration laboratories among others.”

Health Care Matters are proud to announce that we have selected IndySoft Europe as our Software Company of the Month.

Founded in 1998, IndySoft has been transforming the way enterprise manufacturing and commercial calibration labs have managed their systems for over two decades. Based in South Carolina in the US, IndySoft is a provider of calibration and asset management software that focuses on calibration, service repair, preventative maintenance, tool management and automation.

As perpetual innovators, IndySoft is constantly searching for the latest innovations and technologies that will save time and money for its clients. To support this, the company has introduced multiple technologies that are now staple requests by any organisation seeking a professional asset management solution.

IndySoft Europe was established on the 17th June 2004 by Jake Bishop and is based in Milton Keynes, making it the only company site outside of the US. Sales Manager Henry Benton commented, “IndySoft Europe deal with the sales cycle, training and first line support. We specialise in quality control software that can be used across a vast array of sectors such

IndySoft is the best-in-class calibration management software solution and will take your quality systems to the next level. Henry mentioned, “IndySoft is a very customisable software and allows our clients to build the solution to fit their processes rather than changing their processes to fit the software. Clients are always able to keep those that need to know updated because of our ability to build any events and reports and save them to automated alarms.”

Working with such a large cross section of industries, IndySoft has the capabilities to allow physical tracking of equipment by many barcodes, QR codes or even RFID. This ensures clients can track the whereabouts, the schedules and the current state of any equipment at any time, putting complete quality control at their

fingertips from anywhere on the planet.

With 20 years of innovation in calibration management software behind them, IndySoft have developed a range of solutions including IndySoft Client, IndySoft for Commercial Labs and IndySoft RFID that are the perfect solutions to take your systems to the next level, to deliver efficiencies into your calibration processes, and to improve technician productivity.

IndySoft have recently brought on board more developers to work on both a specific set of projects and as a wider resource. The company is looking to meet goals for the future at a faster pace and prioritising its investment in its people will be a strong part of that strategy.

In recent developments, Henry commented, “IndySoft has recently come out with a new Version 13 update where we have separated the IndySoft company name from the product name

of and

It’s the same great product with a new look and a new name!”

IndySoft is a progressive and agile business that not only provides changes through its own road map but also through regulatory needs and most importantly customer recommendation and requests.

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Inspiring design and build for all walkway and canopy requirements

In this issue of Healthcare Matters, we are pleased to announce Fordingbridge PLC as our Specialist Design & Build Contractor of the Month.

Based near Arundel, Fordingbridge were established over 50 years ago and serves customers throughout the UK from its West Sussex location. The company aims to create inspiring projects to transform spaces and enhance the experience of the built environment. As specialists in design and build contracting, Fordingbridge can create canopies, walkway and building solutions to all sectors, and its clientele includes emergency services, schools, colleges, garden centres, sport & leisure, retail, commercial and crematoria.

As a manufacturing contractor, Fordingbridge specialise in steel and glulam timber structures, and has recently installed a number of steel ambulance bay canopies for various NHS Trusts throughout the UK. An example of this was when Fordingbridge were approached to undertake

the design and build of an ambulance drop-off canopy and associated link walkway at Barnsley Hospital, as part of a £3.5m development to feature a co-located Children’s Emergency Ward and purpose-built Children’s Assessment Unit. The 33m canopy was designed and manufactured in the company’s custom-built West Sussex factory before being delivered to site.

Fordingbridge were further approached by a national main contractor to provide an ambulance bay canopy as part of a new 2-storey Emergency Department extension to Leighton Hospital in Crewe, Cheshire. At 65m long, and with a span of 5.6m, this was an even more challenging undertaking, but by including a clear span to the front section to cover the ambulances, and a section to the rear to allow for staff/patient and pedestrian cover, this design exactly met the requirements of the ambulance bay.

As industry leaders in live canopy and walkway installations, Fordingbridge work with NHS Trusts, architects and contractors alike to implement timely roll-outs of upgraded facilities ensuring

each project is delivered on time and to budget.

Under the tagline of ‘Inspiring Design and Build’, the company’s portfolio of work within the healthcare sector alone, covers hospital entrance and the aforementioned ambulance bay canopies to enhance patient arrival and departure. There are also covered link walkways providing a cost-effective umbilical between new wards and existing hospital buildings, and new emergency department buildings to optimise patient flow.

Technical sales manager, Jon Heywood, commented, “Our proven experience, expertise and technical innovation mean that a Fordingbridge project delivers not only outstanding design but also practicality in relation to, cost, quality, construction and project lifecycle.” The company is confident in

providing the highest quality of design and build, that all structures include an industry-leading 25 year guarantee alongside the design skills, material specialisms and proven construction methodology to create distinctive projects that guarantee performance.

The past few years have seen continued growth and the company were able to work continuously during these difficult times. There has obviously been greater need for covered space since the start of the pandemic, therefore Fordingbridge aim to continue to develop new designs as required.

Jon Heywood further stated, “With over 50 years of experience, we work with integrity, creating inspiring projects to transform spaces and enhance experience of the built environment. We have earned an excellent reputation for creating aesthetically pleasing, affordable, inspiring solutions.”

Indeed, this is reiterated by the fact that 70% of its business comes from repeat customers and recommendations, resulting in Fordingbridge’s high reputation as a company. By providing a full turnkey service that delivers each customer’s brief to the exact requirements within the time and budget specified is a service benefit that its competitors cannot match.

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The Workplace, Fire Safety and Security Events

The event is comprised of a variety of shows including: The Security Event, The Fire Safety Event, The Workplace Event, National Cyber Security Show and The Health & Safety Event, making it the UK’s largest event series, which is dedicated to improving the safety and security of people, property and assets. The event took place on the 5th-7th April 2022, and is the perfect collaborated event that provides a comprehensive offering to the full buying chain, bringing the industry together under one roof.

The Workplace Event is the home for workplace and facilities innovation, offering a free-to-attend event where the industry meets in one place to be inspired, explore the latest innovations, and source leading suppliers to help workplaces create more effective working environments, improve employee experience, and accelerate organisational performance.

The Fire Safety Event is dedicated to supporting industry practitioners, professionals and organisations to achieve the highest standards of fire safety management. The event is comprised of an educational conference with an exhibition showcasing leading fire safety products and solutions.


SafetyCulture is a global technology company that puts the power of continuous improvement into everyone's hands.

Our operations platform unlocks the power of observation at scale, giving leaders visibility and workers a voice in driving quality, efficiency and safety improvements.

More than 65,000 customers use our flagship products, iAuditor and EdApp, to perform checks, train staff, report issues, automate tasks and communicate fluidly. Today, our technology includes

The Security Event is the UK’s leading exhibition for the commercial and residential security market. The National Cyber Security Show is aimed at helping SMEs gain a better understanding of the current mitigating threats, providing insights into how to increase SME cyber resilience and showcasing the best products and solutions to protect businesses.

This is our pick of the best exhibitors from this year’s event, listed here in alphabetical order: Clockwork IT, Dicota, Safety Culture, Step on Safety & Untap. Further details can be found on this page.


Clockwork IT: Market leading software

Founded in 2003, Clockwork IT have a long history of helping businesses become more efficient through the provision of market leading software leading to savings in time and money and ultimately opening the door to greater productivity.

Our core mission is to make our customer’s lives easier by providing market-leading software.

Offering functionality to manage all back office and field service workflows within your business, we provide a personal and structured approach to meet your individual requirements. We would love nothing more

than the opportunity to understand exactly how we can add value to your specific processes and streamline efficiency wherever possible.

Let’s have a chat and discuss exactly how we can help:

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A tradition of expertise in making bags

Computers first became mobile in the early nineties and we wanted to play a part in their transportation. And that’s how DICOTA was born, with the name – Die Computer Tasche (The computer bag in German) – remaining relevant right until this very day. DICOTA has been the first port of call for highly functional, premium quality, sustainable carrying solutions and IT accessories for 30 years now, as well as the market leader in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

inspections, issue reports, data capture, analytics, sensors, risk mitigation and award-winning mobile training.

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Untap your workplace productivity

U ntap monitors levels of COVID-19 in the workplace in real-time, enabling vulnerable employees to return to work and preventing transmission to reduce workplace absence.

Around a quarter of viral transmission takes place at work, yet before 2020 this was often not acknowledged. This leads to unnecessary workplace sickness in both absenteeism and presenteeism. As over half of COVID-19 cases show no symptoms; once a single symptomatic person is found, many other asymptomatic individuals are likely. As COVID-19 becomes endemic, this will lead to further workplace sickness.

Untap can measure your workplace COVID-19 risk without any individual taking a single LFT & can detect SARSCoV-2 before any individual shows symptoms. This allows you to implement the correct measures in your workplace to prevent transmission and remove the measures completely when the risk is low.

Wastewater testing is used globally to track public health. It has been used in the tracking and eradication of polio, and the monitoring of COVID-19.

Untap provides state-of-theart wastewater testing with same day results, providing an early warning system, including targeting asymptomatic individuals. Untap has been carrying out this service at sites across the UK, including offices,

factories, museums, and care homes.

Reassure those vulnerable in your workplace and Untap your productivity.

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The brand’s German heritage has been preserved to this day. Since the management buyout in 2013, a Swiss element has also been added: a comprehensive focus on a sustainable partnership with customers, suppliers and our employees. A great combo. As we say at DICOTA today: Swiss at

heart, German in mind and internationally focused. As a forward-thinking brand, we are fully aware of our social and ecological responsibility. Since the launch of our first collection produced from environmentally neutral material in 2010, we have been committed to improving our contribution to recycling by creating more products that are sustainable. We will continue to focus on ecofriendliness and expand our sustainable carrying solutions in the years to come.

Contact: Mike Hayes, Country Manager – UK and Ireland M +44 (0)7834 728202

Step on Safety GRP Access Solutions

L ife can be hard enough without having to worry about your teams taking unnecessary risks with their personal safety when simply doing their job. We believe that everyone has the right to stay as safe as possible at work – and a big part of that is getting to where you’re needed.

The safety solutions we provide are designed to ensure your people don’t put themselves in harm’s way when reaching maintenance panels. Or crossing railway lines. Or walking through a construction site or factory. Whether they need to get up, down or across – we’ll help them do it with our anti-slip stairs and platforms, sturdy handrails and hi-vis safety features. So at the end of the day they’ll still be in one piece and you’ll still have peace of mind.

The expertise provided by our dedicated in-house technical team, combined with our commitment to providing exceptional product quality,

allow us to provide unrivalled, innovative and sustainable customer-focused solutions in GRP safety. We can supply and install anywhere in the UK; from a simple step over or platform to an elaborate system of raised gantries, suspended walkways and access ladders, our bespoke fabrications will help to keep you and your people safe. And being

GRP, the solutions we provide will last for years with zero maintenance.

Step on Safety. Getting your teams through their working day. Safely.

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How halal certification can benefit your business

According to the Halal Food Global Market Report 2022, the size of the Halal market is expected to grow from $1134.14 billion in 2021 to $1290.35 billion in 2022, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.8%. The halal industry is growing dramatically and having Halal certification can open doors to new opportunities.

Halal Food Authority is a leading UK halal certification body. We are accredited by EIAC and recognised globally such as MOIAT (UAE), SFDA (Saudi Arabia), MUIS (Singapore), GIMDES (Turkiye), CICOT (Thailand), JAKIM (Malaysia) among others. We are also a member of Halal Food Council (WHFC).

Halal is not limited to only food, as there are other products where halal requirements could be applied. This includes cosmetics and personal care, pharmaceuticals, health supplements,

as well as logistic and warehousing services. Having halal certification for your product simply translates that the product has been produced according to the Islamic principles and covers hygiene and good manufacturing practices for universal consumers.

We specialise in halal certification of food and non-food items. If you would like to tap into the halal market, our dedicated team of specialists will guide you through the process.

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Bänninger discusses the necessity of sustainable construction to achieve a lower carbon footprint


construction becoming increasingly necessary during a building’s lifecycle, choosing the right products and materials is vital for constructing a sustainable building. Daniel Smith, BIM Manager for Conex Bänninger, discusses the growing importance of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and sustainability during the design process to achieve a lower carbon footprint for projects.

It is widely known that BIM is the process of creating and managing information for a complete project and incorporating that data across the entire life cycle of that building. Conex Bänninger’s investment in BIM Objects demonstrates its contribution towards green building construction by including recyclable fittings and flame-free processes to assist developers’ contribution to achieving higher green points in the design of their buildings.

Serving as a blueprint to enhance a building’s energy efficiency, the benefits of BIM go beyond just time and money savings. Additional systems such as hot water solar systems and rainwater harvesting systems could be fitted, which are becoming increasingly popular with new commercial buildings as they help meet environmental targets, all of which increase future efforts towards sustainable construction. This is where Conex Bänninger’s >B< Press, >B< Press Solar, and >B< MaxiPro fittings can be used that are all included in BIM Objects. Additionally, Conex Compression and brazing solutions are also included in BIM, with further products in the pipeline.

All Conex Bänninger products in BIM Objects are in accordance with the international standard, ISO 23386:2020, ISO 1401 & 9000, which means they are machine-readable, versatile, and consistent across different software. All Conex Bänninger fittings can be found here.

With the UK government setting construction targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% by 2025 and committing to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050; retrofitted buildings are making an impact with upgrades to insulation, improved thermal performance, energy efficient windows, and more efficient electrical and heating appliances, which have all proven to reduce carbon emissions.

According to the UK government, the key objective to achieving these targets is to reduce capital cost and the carbon footprint from the construction and operation of the built environment, as the construction sector accounts for roughly a third of the UK’s carbon emissions and 59% of UK total waste.

As the importance of sustainable buildings increases, to further their contribution, Conex Bänninger’s new Continuing Professional Development (CPD) looks at how press-fit technology can contribute to achieving a more sustainable building and lowering the carbon footprint during construction. Entitled ‘Re-assessing the implications of copper press-fitting as an alternative to copper brazing for building services’, the CPD looks at what both technologies have brought to the industry.

Conex Bänninger’s CPD is geared towards a range of professionals who are involved with advancing the plumbing and HVACR sector and those concerned with occupation and health and safety issues on construction sites. Typically, this would include building owners and operators, architects, consulting engineers, contractors, commercial property developers, designers, manufacturers, and suppliers.

For more information on Conex Bänninger’s CPD, please email:


OneWay Plastics

Clive’s Wines

Proudly produced in the creative capital county of Staffordshire. Clive’s Wines Ltd has been producing fruit wines of distinction for 10 years, using locally grown fruit from farms around Staffordshire and handpicked elderflowers during the spring to make authentic fruit wines made in the traditional way.

Serving farm shops, delis, garden centres & independent pubs around the Midlands and now nationwide, Clive’s Wines prides itself in bringing great fruit wines to a wide audience of wine drinkers, looking for an alternative English wine to suit a wide variety of palettes.

Our small but dedicated team prides itself on the quality of our wines, with every batch tested to ensure it meets our exacting demands of taste & quality.

We produce 8 flavours of our fruit wines in 750ml and 187ml bottles sizes as well as giftsets.

Our star product is our Rhubling ‘Rhub’ ‘ling’, –Sparkling Rhubarb wine, made in the traditional champagne method to bring to you a delightfully light, bubbly demi-sec sparkling wine, as a great alternative to champagne.

We are on a mission to bring our wines to a wider audience and show that fruit wines are real wines made wine love, care and devotion.

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OneWay Plastics is the market leader in many European countries for piping bags, used in bakery and other applications. They have a large range of bags in different sizes, which all use a triple layer system, the outside layer being rough for a firm grip, the middle layer holding its shape to avoid spillage when the bag is placed down, and a slick inner layer to ensure no wastage of food product.

Their range includes the Comfort Bio-Based bag, which 80% is made from an innovative plastic material manufactured from cane sugar. Unlike petroleum-based plastics, this material has no ecological footprint, CO2 emissions in production are significantly reduced, and the bag is 100% recyclable. With the current focus on the environment, this unique combination is very desirable to users wishing to put their green credentials into practice.

Of special interest is the Sweetliner bag, which is a minature size (12 x 21cm), supplied complete with small resealable nozzle for fine work, particularly in the pastry area. It can be manipulated as easily as a pen to create beautiful detail.

For free samples or further information visit the website of sole UK distributor: or call Francis Marra on: 0203 916 5045.

Blackthorn Salt: Scottish Sea Salt


made on the only working Thorn Tower in the world, Blackthorn Salt comes from the sea, wind and thorns of the Scottish West Coast.

At Blackthorn, we use these incredible natural forces to focus on flavour and crystal quality, as well as provenance and sustainability. Each crystal comes from pure local seawater evaporated on the Thorn Tower. This beautiful structure harnesses coastal winds and sun to dry off 90% of that water. Then our Salters skilfully grow the crystals in the Pan House, painstakingly ensuring a balance of other elements is captured – magnesium, calcium, potassium, tannins, etc – which make Blackthorn’s taste and characteristics so unique.

Blackthorn Salt has a flavour profile that is distinctively mineral-rich and bittersweet: it echoes the sea, yet also has a depth and mellowness, which elevates flavours allowing them to shine with a lasting moreishness.

Multi-award winning* Blackthorn Salt is organically approved and the salt of choice for many Michelinstarred restaurants, chefs, delis, farm shops and home foodies.

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*Great Taste Award 2021: Double Stars; Farm Shop & Deli Show 2022: Gold; Scottish Retail Food & Drink Awards 2022: Gold in category and Platinum for Scottish Small Producer of the Year (ambient); The Sustainability Pioneer Award at the Speciality Fine Food Fair


Seamless supply of MiniPID ensured

Following the end of the relationship between Alphasense and AMETEK Inc, customers can get a continued supply of the patented MiniPID product directly from ION Science, global offices, and authorised distributors.

Customers who were purchasing MiniPID (PID-A1 or AH variants) through Alphasense or their distributors are now encouraged to source the PID sensor directly from global ION Science offices. ION Science has worked hard with suppliers to offer the best PID sensor lead times on the market. Coupled with our experienced and dedicated support teams ION will make sure continued supply of MiniPID is seamless.

MiniPID benefits include patented fence electrode technology, which provides marketleading humidity resistance and anti-

contamination design for accurate detection in the harshest of conditions. Staying with MiniPID ensures you will not compromise your instrument’s performance, according to ION Science.

The MiniPID range of sensors goes beyond just one single base model. The company's dedicated research and development team has engineered a suite of sensors based on market feedback to ensure that whatever a customer requires, there is a sensor fit for purpose.

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Using electric heaters to decarbonise industry

Dennis Long, a chief system engineer at Watlow, says manufacturers should make the switch to electric sooner rather than later. Electrification of process heating is a key strategy in addressing climate change.

Electric heaters do not burn fossil fuels and can be powered via renewable energy sources. Electric heat exchangers are no stranger to oil and gas operations, but historically they have been used only in applications with a name plate under one megawatt (MW).

But potential is growing to use electric heaters for applications requiring more than one MW but less than 15 MW. These span several areas, including oil and gas, and also renewable fuel production. Electric heaters and heat exchangers have other advantages including less thermal lag, safer operation, more uniform distribution of heat and smaller overall footprint.

Smart temperature control from Watlow

Asmart power controller controls power using sensors that monitor voltage and current. A manufacturer of power transmission cables once relied on employees to periodically check the current gauges visually for each zone of extruders that coat the cables. On shifts with lower staffing faulty product was often the first indication of a problem. The customer replaced the solid-state power controllers in the extruders with Aspyre DT power controllers from Watlow, so they could see if cable needed to be scrapped or whether production could continue until the scheduled maintenance.

Watlow’s range of heating equipment, including its Aspyre controllers, is frequently used by heavy duty industrial companies and is available between a range of 35 to 2,100 amps to support a wide variety of applications. For example, a single high amp Aspyre unit is ideal for applications using multiple small units with low range amps. Smart features enable users to minimise scrap and down time.



Ventilating hospitals properly

We now know that proper ventilation is vital to help ensure airborne viral loads are properly extracted, thus mitigating COVID-19 risks.

Air Vent Technology has many years' experience in supplying ventilation units to the healthcare sector. AHUs with or without heat recovery can be manufactured to full HTM requirements for critical areas (operating theatres and isolation wards, and more general ventilation to non-critical areas).

AVT designed and manufactured a heat recovery unit (complying with HTM03 requirements for ventilating a hospital isolation unit) within a four week turnaround period – enquiry, design, quotation, production and delivery. This

fully weatherproof heat recovery unit is energy efficient, with fitted door guards, a metal heat exchanger and up to 75% thermal efficiency. It has metal framed filters and treated coils to comply with HTM requirements. Access for cleaning and maintenance is easy, with lights and viewports to all major components.

AVT can prioritise healthcare ventilation projects for the quickest possible equipment lead times to site. Solutions can be tailored to meet specifications and site requirements, and AVT’s Site Engineering Services offer a full installation package.


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Making figures of eight fun

“Testing ring final circuit has always been a pain,” said Brendan Beaver, manager of Metrel UK, the innovator of electrical test solutions. “It is complicated and fiddly, consequently it is time consuming. Our boffins at Metrel have found a method of making it simpler, and importantly much faster and easing your load.

“In fact we think it could save you up to 60% of the time it takes to measure r1, rn, r2 and R1 + RN, and R1 + R2. And it makes the process almost pleasurable. What we have is a new adapter and firmware. To use it you null all the test leads and croc clips, and then connect

the incoming and outgoing lives, neutrals and PEs. Connect the tester and start the test. Initially it gives you r1, rn and r2.

“Next the tester is disconnected and the adapter is left at the board. The tester and its BS1363 plug test lead is taken around the circuit. It locates the socket with the highest R1+R2 and R1+RN reading and the measurements taken. The results can be saved for later certification.

“This revolutionary adapter, A 2214, really is the productive man’s ring continuity tester.”

For more information, contact Brendan Beaver on 01924 245000 or email:

Wieland’s robust switch for field use

The new IP67 Ethernet switch from Wieland Electric enables reliable operation even under the most adverse environmental conditions

Modular and flexible machine concepts are growing rapidly in importance. As this happens, more and more automation parts are being connected in a way that is not centralised. This also applies to IP switches, which are no longer only mounted in the control cabinet, but also directly onto the machine. To ensure that network components operate reliably under these conditions, the devices must meet stringent specifications as they are directly exposed to potentially harmful influences such as dust, moisture, and electromagnetic radiation. Wieland Electric offers a suitable solution to this with its new IP67 switch.

The wienet IP-SWITCH UMS 8-W-M12 is equipped with a robust metal housing and can therefore be used under the most adverse environmental conditions. Splashed water, contamination and high temperatures up to 75°C are handled without any problems. In addition, the switch complies with the EN 50155 standard, making it suitable for the harsh requirements of railroad applications. Fluctuations and interruptions in the power supply are tolerated, as are vibrations, shocks and high relative humidity. The compact device is easy to maintain and features a long service life and high electromagnetic compatibility (EMC).

The new Wieland Electric IP67 ethernet switch's plug-and-play feature allows for quick commissioning even without programming experience. Eight M12 Fast Ethernet ports

allow sensors and actuators to be connected in a stable and consistent way which contributes to low failure rates. Its compatibility with programmable logic controllers (PLCs) within the IEC 61131-2 framework also ensures reliable network operation with the lowest possible failure rate.

The robust and compact IP67 Ethernet switch from Wieland Electric ensures reliable operation even in harsh environments.

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Ring final circuit testing using new Metrel ring continuity adapter A2214 and MI 3155 multi-function tester


The future of your brand

Packaging Innovations & Empack, featuring Contract Pack & Fulfilment, held at Birmingham’s NEC from 25-26 May 2022, is the UK’s essential annual event driving business and innovation across the whole packaging journey.

The event brought together thousands of packaging specifiers, producers and users to meet, learn and source the latest products and services that will define the future of their packaging.

Visitors found suppliers across the whole range of packaging products and services – from design to innovative primary and secondary packaging to contract packing, e-commerce fulfilment, labelling and printing, as well as packing and

processing technology. Together, these events gave a unique vision of the whole packaging journey, from concept to production – and gave visitors the ideal place to create the future of their brand.

Packaging Innovations & Empack, and the special feature Contract Pack & Fulfilment, provided visitors with innovative solutions to help them make the best decisions for

Humidity Solutions

their next packaging innovation, product launch or investment.

Across the event visitors could find materials, primary packaging, secondary packaging, contract packing and fulfilment, label and printing technology, and packing and filling technology.

Packaging Innovations returns to Birmingham’s NEC next year from 15-16 February 2023. This is our pick of the best exhibitors from this year’s event, listed here in alphabetical order: COLOP UK LTD, Exam Packaging & Humidity Solutions. Further details can be found on this page.


Humidity control is extremely important to the packaging process as it helps reduce waste and increase productivity. When stable environmental conditions are not met in areas where packaging is stored and used it can cause many issues.

Hydroscopic materials such as paper and card become damaged and warped when there is too much or too little moisture in the air. This results in an increase of waste material. Another common issue is the build-up of static which causes the paper and card to stick together. When this happens, snagging and paper jams

occur, resulting in unwanted machinery breakdowns and expensive repairs.

With this in mind, the Packaging Innovations & Empack exhibition

at the NEC Birmingham was the right exhibition for Humidity Solutions to promote its range of humidifiers and dehumidifiers. Its product range is ideal for solving the issues with packaging production and processing as it offers a full turnkey solution. Starting with an onsite consultation, to supply and installation right the way through to serving and maintenance of the equipment. Humidity Solutions has helped many packaging suppliers over its 14 years’ history.

Get in touch today:

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If you have a marking problem, we have a solution!

At COLOP UK Ltd, it is our job to help you find the right marking product for your business.

With our expert knowledge of REINER handheld inkjet technology, the limitations of just printing onto flat even surfaces is a thing of the past. We can teach you how to print directly onto almost all surfaces, including rough, uneven, curved, absorbent and nonabsorbent substrates.

We can help you print a ‘use by’ date, a ‘batch’ number, barcode, logo, or a combination of all, directly onto paper, plastic packaging, metal, or glass jars and bottles. Whether it is with the REINER 990 jetStamp, the REINER 1025 jetStamp Barcode Scanner & Printer, or something in-between. At COLOP UK Ltd, we have a large range of marking devices to suit start-ups, SMEs, and industrial enterprises. Visit: to see our full range.

Exam Packaging

Exam Packaging was founded in 1986 and is a Belgium-based manufacturer of temperature controlled packaging solutions.

Exam serves the global pharma, biotech and human aid markets and focuses on the design and development of sustainable packaging solutions, made from injected polyurethane foam. Exam’s solutions are reusable and recyclable and the company recently obtained the Gold Medal from Ecovadis, the world’s leading sustainability platform for companies.

Exam Packaging ensures & guarantees the quality of its packaging to meet

the requirements of pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, clinical research organisations and all other areas related to health.

Exam Packaging prides itself on providing end-to-end solutions for all types of products with different temperature requirements (ambient, cold chain, frozen, dry ice or custom) and durations ranging from 24 to 168 hours.

Furthermore, Exam’s experienced R&D team is specialised in the development of bespoke solutions around specific product requirements in order to help customers optimise their supply chain.

Our resident expert, Andy Warmer (, has the knowledge to help guide you to the most suitable REINER handheld electronic marking device that meets your requirements. He can conduct test prints on your samples or provide on-site demonstrations and training. Just call 0121 622 8900 to start the conversation.

The WP Group offers intelligent storage equipment solutions for any environment. Ranging from custom built warehouse pallet racking and industrial shelving to office shelving and storage systems, our space efficient solutions are designed with only the greatest precision in mind.

If you are interested to learn more about Exam Packaging’s solutions to ship your temperature sensitive products with peace of mind, feel free to contact Exam’s Country Manager Wim Vanderputte at:


Looking to create your dream home? Paul Edwards Interiors offers a full interior design service: sofas, carpets, rugs, curtains, wallpapers, accessories, and furniture from leading manufacturers. A visit to their flagship store in Coventry or their satellite stores in Hinckley and Warwick is a must. Browse through their collections online. | 02476 443480 |

Manufacturers and suppliers of quality curtain rail and blind systems to the healthcare and commercial sectors for over 25 years. Working from our modern factory in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, our range covers everything from basic hand drawn rails to state of the art electrically operated products.

Established in 1975, Dual Pumps Ltd is a leading supplier of pumps, fluid handling components, agricultural & industrial spraying products, pressure washers, pressure wash accessories & cleaning equipment. Preferred supplier for many leading manufacturers, distributors, hire shops across a broad range of industries in both the UK and export markets.



Breaks down communication barriers


BOPLAN® designs, develops and manufactures sustainable and highly effective fall and collision protection for the most demanding environments. All our safety products have only one goal: the protection of people, vehicles, buildings and infrastructure. For the production of our security products, we exclusively use high-quality and very high-performance plastics with properties that far surpass those of traditional materials.

BOPLAN® designs and manufactures Polymer Traffic Barriers, Handrails and other Safety Products with a focus to offer protection to people, buildings and other infrastructure.

B ringing new ways of teamworking, JSP's Sonis® Comms features embedded DMC® technology to enable teams of up to 15 people to communicate and move around freely in remote locations without internet or mobile network coverage. Developed for high-performance protection, Sonis® Comms offers SNR levels of 34dB (Headband) and 30dB (Mounted).

Sonis Comms is built on proven design concepts with highperformance materials first specified for the Sonis range. A product of years of extensive research and revolutionary development in acoustics and passive attenuation performance, Sonis® Comms combines JSP premium hearing protection with DMC technology powered by Cardo to introduce new communication capabilities to the PPE market.

The full duplex system allows users to speak without waiting for other transmissions to end and prevents communications being cut off. Dynamic and self-healing network maintains group connection as users leave and re-enter range. Subgroup connections are established automatically when intercom groups split into smaller teams.

Active hearing protection offers the ideal solution for applications with noise hazards that require effective

Come and see us at PPMA Total Show from 27-29 September 2022 on Stand C106.

Please contact us today +44 (0)1902 824280

communication and situational awareness. Level-dependent attenuation protects against harmful noise while amplifying safe sounds, such as speech and warning signals, ensuring users are not isolated from their environment.

Designed as a modular system, Sonis Comms encapsulated cups provide high passive attenuation with clip-in DMC Control Pack powered by Cardo to connect electronic functions. Easy maintenance and a wide range of userreplaceable spares extend product life for improved sustainability.

Every Breath You Take

As the One-Stop-Shop for surface preparation, the expert teams at The Preparation Group work hard to ensure every breath you take on-site is a safe one: dust. If not controlled, dust presents a major hazard to operators of machinery, trades in the local vicinity and the general public. With our wealth of knowledge, over 30 years’ professional experience, and fleet of efficient, innovative machines; The Preparation Group offers dust extraction and filtration solutions that will contain toxic and hazardous dust, debris and/or airborne particles on every project –from 5m2 to 50,000m2

Selecting the best equipment is a challenge. Our on-hand teams advise and guide you to secure the most effective equipment to make sure that potentially harmful dust can be dispersed, purified, eliminated and/or contained correctly throughout the duration of your project.

Our smart, high-performance vacuums can be matched to all models of equipment/tools, and efficiently defend against exposure to harmful dust. The Preparation Group is always improving its fleet of innovative equipment, growing our knowledge and experience to

ensure you can trust us to guide and advise you to deal with dust safely, diligently and effectively – no matter the project.

Contact our expert team today and start tackling dust on +44 (0)1522 561460


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