Products & Services Review Issue 821

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APRIL 2024 ISSUE 821 Tel: 0121 824 7700 8 TALK THINK DO
Colour Graphics plugs a sustainable hole in the market with Soyang Europe



As editors of Products & Services Review, we are committed to delivering innovative, thought-provoking content that empowers our readers to make informed decisions in an ever-changing marketplace.

On page 6, we have a full review of Safety, Health & Wellbeing Live that took place in January 2024 as well as our pick of the best exhibitors from this year’s Manchester event. On page 9, we have also reviewed Packaging Innovations & Empack 2024 that turned out to be the biggest edition of the UK’s flagship packaging exhibition to date.

One of our Top Exhibitors from the show was BlueMay Weston: a leading manufacturer of non-metallic punched, pressed and water-jet cut parts. Its cutting-edge solutions designed to revolutionise the packaging industry were warmly received at the show where the company used the exposure to highlight specifically one of its standout offerings: the HS035 IHS materials. You can read this feature in full on page 10.

Other shows reviewed include: Spring Fair 2024 (as well as an insight into what to expect from the 2025 show), CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition 2023 and the release dates for this year’s event, Bett 2024 – an event that exists at the intersection of education and technology, and The Executive Hire Show 2024 that was so successful it surpassed last year’s record-breaking figures!

Other topics covered: Cleaning & Hygiene, Building, Print & Packaging, Food & Drink Manufacturing. We hope you enjoy this month’s edition.

See page 13 SPONSORED BY Gina Burton Editor Please contact Sales on 0121 824 7700 For more information on print or format requirements, please see our Media Pack Find us on LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter @uk_psr The entire content of this publication is advertorial based. To place an advertorial or an advert, please call 0121 824 7700. PUBLICATION MANAGEMENT Kimberley Best Publication Manager 0121 824 7700 EDITORIAL Gina Burton Editor 07483 931474 PRODUCTION Robert Sharp Production Manager ACCOUNTS Paul Whitaker Accounts Manager 0121 824 4742 CONTACTS Colour Graphics plugs a sustainable hole in the market with Soyang Europe PET TRADE INNOVATIONS PRODUCT INNOVATION AWARD 4-5 NATIONAL PHOTONIC SHW LIVE NORTH REVIEW – TOP EXHIBITORS 7 BLUEMAY WESTON PACKAGING INNOVATIONS & EMPACK REVIEW – TOP EXHIBITORS 10 GREEN LAURELS SPRING FAIR REVIEW – TOP EXHIBITORS 14 JEFFERSON TOOLS EXECUTIVE HIRE SHOW – TOP EXHIBITORS 17

Pet Trade Innovations launches a BRAND-NEW dog treat range: Wonderful World of Treats

Congratulations to Pet Trade Innovations, winners of our Product Innovation Award

Pet Trade Innovations, a leading player in the pet industry, is thrilled to announce the launch of its newest brand: Wonderful World of Treats. This exciting development underscores Pet Trade Innovations’ dedication to providing innovative and high-quality products to pet owners worldwide.

The ‘Wonderful World of Treats’ brand is set to revolutionise the pet treat market with its commitment to using only the finest ingredients to create delicious and nutritious treats for dogs. These crafted caninetreats inspired by the flavours of human cuisine bring an exciting twist to any pup’s snack time. Hand-baked in the UK, the brand uses sustainable packaging and each bite-sized soft treat is specially formulated.

The four products include: Sushi Treats, Pizza Treats, Cakes Treats, and Burger Treats. Each product is nutritious and grain-free, has the ideal shape to be used as a training snack and come rich in protein. The Cake Treats are also confirmed as Vegan Friendly. The treats boast many mouthwatering flavours that include Veggie Pizza, Meat Feast Pizza, Berry Cake, Carrot Cake, Red Velvet, Chicken Burger, Beef Burger, Duck Maki, Salmon Maki and California Roll. Available now.

“We are so excited to have launched this new dog treat range ‘Wonderful World of Treats’ in April 2024. This is a completely new brand and dog treat company that is going to completely turn the dog treat industry upside down and change what people traditionally would expect from a dog treat,” stated Liane Avery, Operations Manager at Pet Trade Innovations.

Since 2016, Pet Trade Innovations has been continuously searching to bring the newest and most innovative pet friendly products to the UK market. Founded by Steve Driver, the company seeks to help new and existing designers to be successful in the pet trade market. This could be through helping to bring their products to market, helping brands to launch their products into overseas markets or helping brands to enlarge and strengthen their UK distribution networks.

“Every member of staff is a pet owner themselves and we think this is vitally important when it comes to inspiring our innovative creativity of bringing new


products to market. Everyone in the firm has their own unique ideas and we are constantly being approached by people who have a product they wish to launch to the UK markets.

“Our products are all created to solve a problem. For instance, the Bamboodles dog chews were created to solve the issues of dogs constantly having their owners hold the bones while they chew. The unique T-shape allows them to hold the product in their paws and chew away and the special formulated chew toy is infused with Bamboo to stop it snapping or breaking –it simply flakes away,” added Liane.

The Bamboodles T-Bone boasts a natural strength that comes from the bamboo fibre combined with nylon fibres to create a long-lasting, durable chew toy that is suitable for all dogs, including the more aggressive chewers. Aside promoting better oral health by removing tarter, reducing inflammation in the gums and cleaning the dog’s teeth, the T-Bone is a great distraction for the dog, keeping them entertained and quiet for hours. Its easy grip T-Bone shape can be held by dogs while they chew, mimicking natural behaviour.

Pet Trade Innovations are masters in product development and have a tried and tested approach of bringing new products to the UK market and seeing them flourish. Offering a complete product and brand development solution, Pet Trade Innovations work with you to create a strategic, bullet-proof process that aligns with your brand, product and business objectives. Using their combined experience of over 40 years within the sector, Pet Trade Innovations is uniquely placed to assist with any new products or ideas you wish to launch into the Pet or Vet market.

Furthermore, to ensure your product is given the best chance to succeed in the UK market, Pet Trade Innovations offers a wide range of coaching services aimed at any new inventor entering the market right up to a major overseas brand looking to grow their UK sales.

Pet Trade Innovations can help with: Business Plans, Logistics Advice, Pricing Strategies, Marketing Plans, Customer Information, Amazon & Online Support, Trade Show Strategy, IP and Branding, Manufacturing Sourcing, and Importing & Warehousing.

Looking ahead, Pet Trade Innovations is committed to driving growth and innovation across all aspects of its business. Key pillars of the company’s strategic vision for the next five years include: helping more brands launch and expand into UK and overseas markets, continuing its sustainable and ethical business practices, to continue investing in the next big talent or technology brand suitable for the pet industry, and above all else, to continue building relationships with clients that foster long-term loyalty and satisfaction.

“The company is growing every day and we have some really exciting new products coming to the market this year. We have also recently taken on a

sales and marketing team that will inevitably boost our profile and help to invite more clients to join us on our exciting journey,” added Liane.

For more information about Pet Trade Innovations and its strategic vision, please get in touch below: 01276 919808

Steve Driver

Welcome to Safety, Health & Wellbeing Live

Two live events to reconnect and empower Occupational Safety & Health professionals throughout the UK

In the world of workplace safety and occupational health, SHW Live is making waves. Now an established event series, the mission remains the same – to champion excellence and elevate standards in mental health and wellbeing.

The events are committed to reconnecting and empowering regional OSH professionals across the UK. SHW Live offers two live events – North and South, each spanning two days. Both events are tailored to their specific regional audience to deliver essential education, networking, and procurement opportunities. The goal is to give visitors the tools and the knowledge to help them shift the dial on health

and safety culture in the workplace.

Since the very first edition of SHW Live at Manchester Central in 2022, the events have achieved some significant milestones. With five successful shows already, SHW Live is a rapidly growing community of exhibitors and visitors and has recently been awarded ‘Best Independent Trade Show Launch’ at the Exhibition News Indy Awards.

For both visitors and exhibitors, budget constraints, time limitations, and travel difficulties can be barriers to change. That’s where SHW Live comes in. It is the only platform that provides accessible, affordable, and sustainable in-person opportunities for industry professionals to connect.

Looking forward to 2025, the organisers remain dedicated to their mission and committed to providing a platform for shaping the present and future of workplace safety and occupational health.

Located in the heart of the City, Manchester Central, where the most recent SHW Live North event was held from 23-24 January 2024, is a world-class events venue within easy reach for thousands of OSH professionals travelling from

anywhere across the North of England.

Visitors can choose unrivalled public transport connections or drive with discounted car parking and an endless choice of accommodation, hospitality and entertainment awaiting within one minute of the venue.

SHW Live has chosen Manchester Central as its home in the North not just for its location but for its outstanding venue team, their welcoming concierge service and a proven commitment to easy access, comfort, safety, security and luxurious space for visitors and exhibitors.

SHW Live North returns next year to Manchester Central from 22-23 January 2025. Before then, SHW Live South is held at Farnborough International from 2-3 October 2024. This is our pick of the best exhibitors from this year’s Manchester event, listed here in alphabetical order: Cirrus Research & National Photonic. Further details can be found on this page and the next.

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ASYS Corp announces UK launch of dBELL IAQ and Noise monitoring system

The workplace environment has come a long way since the introduction of the Health and Safety at Work Act in 1974. Critical milestones include the Noise at Work Regulations and the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) regulations, both implemented in 1989.

It’s easy to take health and safety for granted, yet it is a vital component of industry that ensures both us and the people around us stay safe while at work.

Every year in the UK, breathing hazardous metal fume at work impacts welders’ health with severe cases being hospitalised. Several thousand cases of hearing problems are caused or worsened by workplace noise. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) have specific health risks including short term irritation of the eyes, throat and lungs, dizziness, nausea and headaches. Compounds found in solvents, cleaners, rust inhibitors, and degreasers, etc, can have long term health impacts including liver and kidney damage as well as neurological conditions.

Materials handling, fabrication and finishing can have an adverse impact on workplace noise and air quality requiring risk mitigation,

ongoing monitoring and controls.

The ASYS dBELL continuous monitoring system, provides the Health & Safety professional with a comprehensive range of scalable tools to obtain a baseline picture of Noise and Air Quality in the workplace.

Installation is straightforward. Simply mount the ASYS dBELL100 area monitor then create an ASYS Cloud account. Adding ASYS dBELL series IIoT devices for personal exposure dosemetry, handheld measurement or remote deployment, forms a flexible system that can be adapted to meet the workplace monitoring requirement and conduct effective in-house

Implementing ISO 45001: Elevating workplace safety


n today’s corporate landscape, a paramount focus on workplace safety and employee well-being has led companies to embrace internationally recognised standards to enhance their occupational health and safety (OH&S) management systems. ISO 45001, the globally acknowledged standard for OH&S management, offers a comprehensive framework with substantial benefits for organisations, regardless of size or industry.

boosts employee morale and productivity.

Furthermore, ISO 45001 fosters compliance with legal and regulatory OH&S requirements. Companies aligning with this standard are better equipped to navigate the complex landscape of OH&S regulations, reducing the risk of fines and legal liabilities.

At IMSM, we commit to supporting you on your journey to ISO 45001 certification. Contact us to discuss your ISO needs with our experts.

Among these advantages is the significant enhancement of workplace safety. ISO 45001 guides companies in identifying and mitigating workplace hazards, reducing the risks of accidents, injuries, and illnesses. This results in a safer work environment that minimises absenteeism lowers worker compensation costs, and

Embrace ISO 45001 and embark on a path toward a safer, more productive and respected future for your organisation.

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environmental studies.

Armed with quality baseline data, it is possible to deploy noise and airbornehazard mitigation strategies and assess their subsequent effectiveness.

Ongoing continuous area monitoring can form a critical alert mechanism for any unexpected shifts in baseline conditions or unusual trends during work and process operations. This can make it easier to demonstrate compliance to regulatory guidelines and standards.

At National Photonic, ASYS Corporations’ UK partner, we make it easy to get the help you need when you need it. No matter the scale and scope of your requirements, we aspire to provide the very best solutions and ongoing product support.

For further information or to discuss your workplace environmental concerns, please visit: 01463 711890


Ensuring safety in hazardous environments


In industries where flammable gases, vapours, and dusts are present, ensuring the safety of employees is of paramount importance. The European Union’s ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU, aim to regulate equipment used in potentially explosive atmospheres, requiring companies to implement safety measures that mitigate the risk of ignition and protect personnel.


All chemical manufacturing facilities that handle or specialise in the production of volatile chemicals should adhere to ATEX regulations to protect employees from potential hazards. One of the key aspects of ATEX compliance is the provision of safety equipment, including safety showers and eye wash stations.

The Challenge and Solution

Compliance with ATEX Regulations: The company needs to comply with ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU, which requires the implementation of safety measures to prevent explosions in areas with potentially explosive

atmospheres. This includes providing ATEX-compliant safety showers.

Employee Safety: The safety of employees is a top priority. You need to ensure rapid and effective decontamination in case of chemical exposure.

Equipment Selection: Choosing the right ATEX-compliant equipment is essential. You must evaluate the specific requirements of your facility, including location, potential hazard levels, and the number of showers needed.

The solution

Get peace of mind knowing that safety showers from Aqua Safety Showers will be manufactured from corrosion resistant materials and come with a two-year warranty, further promoting a safety-conscious workplace culture. Contact


The global community for education technology


he biggest education technology exhibition in the world was held at London’s ExCeL from 24-26 January 2024. Bett brings together educators from across the entire education landscape and 500+ innovative EdTech and resource solution providers showcasing cutting-edge and impactful products and services.

Bett wants to change the game for education worldwide by equipping education institutions and governments with the knowledge and tools they need to be effective users and buyers of technology. We believe in better.

In 1985, the mission was clear; to transform the learning experience for teachers and learners through the power of technology. While a lot has changed over the last 39 years,

the mission never wavers, and the organisers strive to make every event better than the last.

Bett exists at the intersection of education and technology, where visitors can think bigger and believe in better! At Bett 2024, visitors gained access to the highest quality EdTech, industry leaders, live demos, and collaboration opportunities that they won't find anywhere else! It's a must-attend event with the power to make a genuine impact on the lives of teachers and learners.

From brand awareness and thought leadership to lead generation, product launches and networking events, Bett offers a wide range of sponsorship opportunities to reach a target audience and make an investment go further. This is the opportunity to connect and collaborate with EdTech professionals on a truly global scale.

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Bett returns to London’s ExCeL next year from 22-24 January 2025. This is our pick of the best exhibitors from this year’s show, listed here in alphabetical order: D-Tech & Talk Think Do. Further details can be found on this page.

D-Tech showcases secure and versatile SMART locker solution

Having attended Bett UK, the Emergency Services Show, and Security and Policing as a homeoffice approved exhibitor, D-Tech International is experiencing crossindustry demand for what has become known as one of the most secure and versatile SMART locker solutions on the market.

Secure, efficient and intelligent, D-Tech’s all-in-one SMART locker range provides a multi-functional storage solution, whether it’s for shared assets such as tablets, laptops or workplace equipment, or hot lockers for personal belongings.

The modular design is customisable, including device charging, media vending and self-service capabilities. It offers enhanced asset management, with RFID technology to support comprehensive tracking and reporting, and flexible authentication for fast access to authorised users.

Initially established in the library sector, D-Tech has been a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of highperformance technology for public and private organisations globally

for over twenty years. However, with technologies for tracking, managing, protecting and forecasting demand, its portfolio of products has benefitted clients across multiple sectors.

D-Tech UK’s Managing Director, James Breakell, said, “The security level of our SMART lockers is far beyond that of traditional, key-operated lockers. And when combined with the intelligent technology capabilities, from charging to asset tracking, you can really see the benefits to various organisations.”

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Packaging Innovations & Empack continues to scale new heights with 2024 event

Record visitors, a record 454 exhibitors, and glowing feedback at the UK’s premier packaging expo

Crowds of visitors, including dozens of the world’s leading brands, turned out for a record-breaking Packaging Innovations & Empack 2024 – the biggest edition of the UK’s flagship packaging exhibition yet. The annual gathering of packaging professionals, which was once again packed with unmissable offerings, hosted a record 454 suppliers split across the three events: Packaging Innovations, Empack, and Contract Pack & Fulfilment, each creating a focused environment for packaging designers, developers, buyers and suppliers to meet and do business.

Organisers Easyfairs also confirmed that 6,900 unique visitors packed Halls 6, 7, and 8 of Birmingham’s NEC across the two days of 21-22 February 2024.

“It really has been a fantastic two days!” said Naomi Stewart, Marketing Manager at Easyfairs. “The atmosphere across the show has been electric, and there has just been this determination to make things happen and do business right from the get-go.

“Everywhere you look, big brands are getting around the table with often multiple suppliers to work out plans, knowledge and ideas are being shared around every corner, and when you distil all of that and more, there’s just a tangible sense of pride in the contribution that our industry makes to the everyday lives of people across the globe.

“Feedback has already been so positive from exhibitors and the visitors who turned out in their droves. 2024 proved that the offer to see things, talk directly to manufacturers, network and listen to the latest trends remains a huge pull. More exciting plans are already afoot for 2025, & we will announce those in due course, but for now, we are all ears to feedback, as listening has always been at the core of our ability to serve the packaging community better.”

Dozens of exhibitors used the show to launch new packaging products and solutions, while the three dedicated stages hosted no less than 71 speakers across the two days. Highlights on stage included ex-Dyson Principal Engineer, Ben Edmonds, who wowed a packed Innovation & Design stage audience with his talk on innovation in the workplace. At the same time, Sustainability Consultant to global brands and retailers, Steve Lister, lit up the Circular

Economy Stage with his presentation on the key stages of sustainability for packaging, why sustainability matters, how sustainability has evolved and the key trends in 2024.

Elsewhere, LEIPA Group’s Papair, the first bubble wrap made from 100% paper, was crowned winner of the Innovation Gallery and the most innovative packaging project of the past 12 months, while Lucy Boston, Head of Marketing & Communication at Carlton Packaging, Chris Yapp, Director at TRILOCKER, and Abigail Sawyer-Parker, Packaging Technologist at ProAmpac, each walked away with a Future Trailblazer award after their unique contributions to the future of packaging.

Attention now turns to London Packaging Week, with the two-day get-together scheduled for 11 & 12 September. Those interested can register their interest in attending, or book a stand now!

This is our pick of the best exhibitors from this year’s show, listed here in alphabetical order: Associated Pallets, Bluemay Weston, Newcode Partnership Ltd, Reedbut Group, Repro Sales & Repairs & WePack. Further details can be found on this page and the next three.


The UK’s leading sustainable pallets & packaging provider

Associated Pallets attended the Packaging Innovations & Empack 2024 to showcase its leading, sustainable range of products to the business community.

The second generation family-run company have been providing materials handling equipment since 1992 and pride itself on being one of the UK’s leading suppliers of new and used wooden pallets, pallet collars, packing cases, plastic pallets, plastic crates as well as providing a sustainable recycling service. New

“We can recycle used or leftover pallets from across the country and recycle them into new products, meaning over 90% of our product range is made from recycled materials. We are doing our bit to work towards a greener future and what’s more, with our next-day delivery service, and professional advice, we pride ourselves on offering exceptional customer service,” explained Chris Shawyer, Managing Director.

“Our loyal customer base includes multinational companies, through to SMEs and private orders across the UK. They meet the three Rs of the circular economy: reduce, reuse and recycle, by repairing used wooden pallets, rather than sending them to landfill. They also collect and recycle plastic pallets which are then reground into pellets for the manufacturing of new pallets. Contact us today to start your wooden & plastic pallets recycling journey today and reduce your carbon footprint!” added Chris.

With their ISO 9001 &14001 accreditation, Associated Pallets offers market-leading, quality-assured products from its state-of-the-art facility in Southampton.

For more details and to see the full catalogue, see the details below:

Wooden Pallets
Wooden Pallets
Heat Treated Pallets
Presswood Pallets
Wooden Pallet Collars & Accessories
Wooden Crates & Cases Plastic Pallet Boxes
Euro Containers & Small Boxes

A successful event for Bluemay Weston

Exhibiting at Packaging Innovations and Empack 2024 was an extremely successful move for Bluemay Weston, a leading specialist manufacturer of nonmetallic punched, pressed and water-jet cut parts.

From Stand B84, located in the Consumables, Materials and Substrates section, Bluemay Weston showcased its latest products, innovations, and specialised materials developed specifically for cap and closure sealing applications. From Slit Tape to Pressure Sensitive Seals, Induction Heat Seals and Cap & Closure Liners, exhibiting at the show enabled Bluemay Weston to connect with potential clients, partners, suppliers, and industry experts leading to some potential collaborations, partnerships, and business opportunities.

company used the exposure to highlight specifically one of its standout offerings: the HS035 IHS materials. Designed as universal seals for use with various materials, they come available as cut discs or tape and provide unmatched performance and reliability.

Participating in such major industry events like Packaging Innovations and Empack was also a great way for Bluemay Weston to increase brand visibility, market exposure, and to reach a larger audience.

Its cutting-edge solutions designed to revolutionise the packaging industry were warmly received at the show where the

The importance of quality cap and closure liners during production is fundamental but unfortunately, these liners are often overlooked in various industries such as food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics. Their role can be critical and should be prioritised as an investment in ensuring product freshness, safety, and integrity and not just an afterthought.

Bluemay Weston is a specialist manufacturer of non-metallic punched, pressed and water jet cut parts. We are certified to the Aerospace Standard AS9100 rev D which includes, but goes beyond, ISO 9001.

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Like anything in life, when you invest in a higher-quality product, it reduces the risks and liabilities of that product but also increases customer satisfaction, lowers the overall total cost of ownership of the products lifespan and due to its quality assurance, can give you that competitive edge needed in the marketplace.

Bluemay Weston has an imperative brand reputation and its products provide complete longevity, performance and long-term returns. Bluemay Weston liners provide hermetic seals, tamper-evident security, and protection against contamination, making them a must-have for various industries.

Bluemay Weston’s years of experience in manufacturing the highest-quality components enable them to offer tailored solutions to meet every requirement. Bluemay Weston understands the unique needs of its clients and provides customised solutions for a broad range of industries.


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Alive Activities is a charity that is dedicated to supporting those living with dementia in the community. On page 17, we feature a fascinating article of when Alive recently collaborated with the Alzheimer’s Society, producing a video showing members of the England men’s football squad experiencing some of the physical challenges faced by people living with dementia by wearing a dementia ‘Empathy Suit’. The video is a valuable resource in providing education and support around Alzheimer’s.

Asckey Data Services Ltd is our Facilities Management Software Company of the Month. Asckey has established itself as a trusted leader in providing innovative software solutions for the healthcare industry with the NHS continuing to be its largest client base.

Vivid Care Services is our Domiciliary Care Provider of the Month. On page 12, we delve deeper into the quality of care it offers ranging from end-of-life support to dementia care, companionship, and beyond. David Esan, Company Founder, also described how Vivid has created a great cost-effective alternative to institutional care.

Topro UK is our Specialist Walker and Premium Walker Company of the Month. On page 5 we feature the company’s fantastic innovations that have contributed towards elevating general mobility technology in healthcare. We highlight two products: Topro Taurus and Gripo Support Pole, the latter being a recent partnership with Norwegian company, Gripo.

We also feature a full review of 100% Optical 2024, marking its 10th anniversary being the UK’s largest optical show on page 14.

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Keep on moving

In this issue of Healthcare Matters, we are delighted to showcase Topro UK as our Specialist Walker and Premium Walker Company of the Month

Mobility aids are integral to rehabilitation from injury or surgery and general mobility, enabling support with walking over short and longer distances. With any patient-centred care, independence and the desire to stay active are prioritised and walkers and rollators are routinely advocated by healthcare professionals from OTs to clinical practitioners.

Topro UK, owned by Topro Industri AS, with its head office in Nottingham, is a wholly owned subsidiary specialising in the manufacturing & distributing of walkers and rollators, supplied direct to the public sector/NHS or via a dealership network to clients for personal use.

The Taurus Walker – available in Electric and Hydraulic Versions, delivers optimised support for the upper body, giving a natural gait, and providing confidence and security in a variety of scenarios, including Orthopaedic surgery, Neuro, and even maternity.

With a maximum user height of 6ft 10.6 inches (2.10m). The 12.5cm diameter wheels afford versatile manoeuvrability through climbing carpet and door edges however still fit under beds and give support even in small spaces. The robust slimline design provides stability and the foot brakes on all four wheels help prevent slips and falls.

The Taurus acts as a natural extension of the client’s body and importantly allows them to step out safely in any direction in a walkthrough gait rather than a step to gait.

The electric has easily electrically adjustable height useable by the client or a carer via remote it offers perfect versatility. With its hydraulic system to adjust the height the hardworking hydraulic can be used in wet environments such as showering, etc.

“Our Topro Taurus is unique across the industry and has been clinically validated to provide confidence to users and help save public sector money by early mobilisation for a large variety of clients including, maternity, neuro, or clients undergoing elective or trauma surgery such as hip or knee replacement,” explained Terence Clark, UK Country Manager.

Topro proudly champions sustainable Nordic manufacturing over that from the Far East.

Topro UK is always looking to innovate and through recent partnership with Norwegian company, Gripo, is delighted to introduce the Gripo Support Pole. Designed as a robust, flexible support aid, the pole helps users stand up and move around the home. It can work by itself or in conjunction with a range of accessories and designed to help transfer into showers or the toilet, reposition in bed or the office, giving maximum independence, without the need for carers.

Topro has a distinguished history, dating back to 1964 in Gjovik, Norway with the manufacturing plant still based there,

“We have restructured our UK workforce and pride ourselves on employing a ‘get it right first time’ mantra and nurturing longterm relationships throughout our business operations.

“We invest heavily in leading R&D and carefully select premium products only to add to our growing portfolio, demonstrating our pedigree and commitment to supporting mobility aids to keep people moving,” added Terence.

Topro UK will be at: P4H Scotland, 25th April 2024, Murrayfield, Edinburgh, and the British Orthopaedic Association Congress 2024: 17 September 2024, ICC Birmingham.

For more information on the full range from Topro, see the links below: UCeWbY5zdOQLZdoBM4TzovDw


Lightweight Mobility & Seating

Sean decided to take the leap and start his own rehab business after talking to various therapists and Case managers who wanted a more personal one to one service for clients.

Lightweight Mobility & Seating is a Rehab and healthcare equipment provider aiming to be a one stop shop prides himself on helping client choose the right products.

“My focus is ensuring a client is matched to the right product and I have teamed up with the industry’s best suppliers to ensure I can offer clients choices in order to get the right fit.”

As is his background, Sean specialises in

prescriptive products, working closely with core manufacturers regularly keeping updated with training on their products to ensure he can prescribe products confidently and enabling his customers. for customers and clinicians.

We provide a wide range of equipment including power chairs, manual/powered wheelchairs, Seating, power add-ons, Ergo Seating & desks. Also, trikes for children & adults as well as offering servicing and repairs.

As Lightweight Mobility’s director and main product specialist, Sean prides himself on helping clients choose the right products. “My focus is ensuring a client is matched to the

right product and I have teamed up with the industry’s best suppliers to ensure I can offer clients choices in order to get the right fit.”

As is his background, Sean specialises in prescriptive products, working closely with core manufacturers regularly keeping updated with training on their products to ensure he can prescribe products confidently and enabling his customers.

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Wellbee: Empowering those with cognitive challenges

In a world driven by technology, Wellbee emerges as a vital digital tool dedicated to improving the lives of individuals who experience cognitive difficulties. This solution is tailored to offer enhanced self-sufficiency and independence.

Who is Wellbee for?

Wellbee is designed to cater to individuals facing cognitive challenges, such as Dementia, aiming to strengthen their autonomy and self-reliance. It provides personalised support and guidance, helping them navigate daily life with newfound confidence.

What does Wellbee do?

Wellbee transcends the role of an app; it serves as a lifeline for those seeking to become and stay more self-sufficient and autonomous. Its core goal is to empower individuals with cognitive difficulties, guiding them through a world that might otherwise seem overwhelming.

How does Wellbee do it?

At the core of Wellbee’s success lies a straightforward yet potent model: the ‘planner’ and the ‘user.’ This intuitive design fosters and encourages independent living, even for individuals who may have faced challenges in doing so previously.

What are the key benefits of Wellbee to the end user?

: Enhanced Independence: Wellbee empowers individuals with cognitive difficulties to perform

Making events accessible to all

Access Partner to The Disability Expo 2023, Access My Events had an enjoyable first-time experience exhibiting at the show.

The Expo gave Access My Events a platform to raise awareness of the brand as well as network with other like-minded people and organisations. Founder Zubee commented, “As our logo tagline says, bringing businesses and disabled people together, this event did just that!”

Founded by Zubee in 2018, it is already an award-winning business having just won the Small Business Sunday (SBS): one of the largest business networks in the UK founded by Dragon’s Den – Theo Paphitis. Zubee has also been nominated as a finalist for the British Asian Women’s Awards 2024, in the Community Achievement of the Year category.

Having worked in the field of disability, equality and events for many years, Zubee found it difficult to find a job in the events industry so starting her own business was the ideal way to work in a sector she is passionate about.

Access My Events is a unique business model that strives to make events accessible for the disability

daily tasks more independently, fostering a sense of self-sufficiency.

: Improved Quality of Life: Wellbee’s support enhances the overall quality of life for patients and residents, providing a sense of control and accomplishment.

: Personalised Care: Wellbee offers tailored solutions, allowing care providers to meet the unique needs of each patient, ensuring precise and effective support.

: Streamlined Care Management: Occupational

community. Zubee is well-connected to the disability community, living with cerebral palsy herself, she understands the challenges. Her passion to make events more inclusive whilst encouraging others to do so too is what drives the business forward.

If you’re looking to make your event more accessible for deaf and disabled people then Access My Events would love to work with you. Whether it’s a local event or something more large scale, Access My Events will work with you to make your event as inclusive as possible.

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therapists can use Wellbee to create efficient care plans that simplify tracking progress and interventions.

: Positive Impact on Mental Health: Independence and achievement positively influence the mental well-being of patients and residents, reducing frustration and dependency.

Additionally, Wellbee offers cost-effective care delivery, potentially reducing the need for additional resources while enhancing support. Additionally, patients become more self-sufficient and may require less intensive care over time.

Accessible across devices

Recognising the importance of accessibility, Wellbee ensures compatibility with a wide range of devices. The Wellbee iOS and Android app puts support at your fingertips, while the browser-based version guarantees secure, uninterrupted access from any device with an internet connection.

Wellbee transcends the boundaries of cognitive difficulties, making daily tasks more manageable and lives more fulfilling. It’s an essential tool that empowers individuals to reclaim control over their lives.

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Care Homes spending up to £50,000 a year sending food waste to landfill

The average UK business is spending over £50,000 every year on sending food waste to landfill, however, recycling food waste could save care homes up to £7,000 a year, according to new research from Keenan Recycling.

Despite this, only a third (36%) of care homes say that they recycle food waste in order to minimise financial losses and only a third (34%) recycle food waste to avoid costly fines.

However, new legislation due to land in 2024, is expected to mandate that any business producing over 5kg of food waste will need to separate and recycle its waste through a registered food waste carrier service. Failure to comply could put care homes at risk

of potentially hefty financial penaltieswith fixed penalty notices starting from £300.

The legislation is due to be introduced by both DEFRA and the Welsh Government, who are expected to enact the provisions of the Environment Act 2021, and thereby make the separation of food waste from other waste streams a requirement.

Short term investment in proper food waste management systems will bring financial benefits in the mid to long term

However, while the research suggests that care homes are not aware of the potential costs that sending food waste to landfill could incur, it did reveal that care homes are conscious of the indirect financial implications.

Almost half (44%) said they recycle food waste as a response to public sentiment and consumer demand and a further third (32%) of respondents cited that recycling food waste helps

them adhere to hygiene standards.

Grant Keenan, Managing Director at Keenan Recycling, said, “We know our care homes want to implement more sustainable methods of working, but they are facing a lot of pressure right now and there are many misconceptions around the true cost of food waste recycling.”

“Our roundtable with key industry experts, including representatives from the care sector, highlighted this. Businesses revealed that they are worried about the upfront costs involved in introducing new processes such as investing in new bins, onboarding new food

waste providers and providing training for staff.”

“But actually, short term investment in proper food waste management systems will bring financial benefits in the mid to long term. In fact, care homes could see themselves saving thousands each year. On top of this, by looking at how to implement new processes now, businesses can ensure that there is time to support staff through the change and iron out any teething problems ahead of the incoming laws.”

For more insights from the research and findings from Keenan’s roundtable, please visit:

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W&P supporting Health and Social Care providers across the UK

W&P has been supporting Health and Social Care providers with its business planning, compliance and training requirements since 2001, including:

● Policies and Procedures for Domiciliary, Residential, & Clinical Service providers in England, Scotland & Wales.

● Policies and procedures for Learning Disability Services in England.

● Policies and Procedures for nonregistered services in England

● Staff training packs – i.e. Management of Medicines.

● Accredited on-line distance learning training courses.

● Compliance Audits/Mock Inspections

● Tender writing and Bid support

● CQC Registration Support

● General Business Advice and Guidance

New for 2023!

● Updated CQC compliance webinar

● Values Led Recruitment and Retention Webinar

● Children’s Policies and Procedures

● New Online Policy Portal –Manage, read and share your policies at the touch of a button.

For this and much more, please go to our website at: or call us on 01305 767104, we are here to help.

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DRLC: Setting the standard for Authorising Engineering

DRLC Ltd provide Authorising Engineers for Mechanical Services in hospitals. The company offer a variety of services including Ventilation, Pressure Systems, Water Safety and Fire Safety. Providing consultancy to Healthcare providers requires an approach that understands these high-pressure environments; they must remain operational 24/7 whilst also keeping patients, staff and visitors safe.

Director Dr Louise Webb described the approach taken by DRLC as follows, “Most important for us is to act as partners for clients to the overall benefit of the NHS. There are various ways of being a consultant and an auditor. One is you line everybody up, tell them what they have done wrong and march out again. We don’t do that. We ask clients how we can help. We ask what their biggest issues are, where they think they need support. Instead of being at loggerheads with the people on the ground, we walk in their shoes.”

In conjunction with Quality Systems Consultant, Richard Dolman of Glade Consulting, the DRLC team worked through all the company processes and procedures to standardise and improve where necessary in order to meet the ISO standard.

The seven principles of ISO9001 quality management are:

: Engagement of people

: Customer focus

: Leadership

: Process approach

: Improvement

: Evidence-based decision making

: Relationship management

Accreditation. Managing Director, David Livingstone, had the following comments, “We have today been honoured by achieving ISO9001. Our founding Directors have focused on improving customer satisfaction and defining leadership duties and obligations. We will focus on Quality by improving our Consultancy Operations; improving our Service to our clients; improving our workers morale and satisfaction by standardising our operations.”

This is a difficult tightrope to negotiate and DRLC are on a journey of continuous improvement to ensure they get it right. With this in mind Directors, David Livingstone and Louise, as well as Customer Relationship Manager, Carolyne Chapman, have spent over a year developing standard systems and processes in order to fulfil the extremely stringent challenge of passing an assessment for ISO9001 and ISO14001.

The ISO14001 accreditation is an internationally agreed standard that sets out the requirements for an environmental management system. It helps organisations improve their environmental performance through more efficient use of resources and reduction of waste, gaining a competitive advantage and the trust of stakeholders.

DRLC are delighted to announce that we were successful in our efforts. On 3rd April 2024, we officially gained this

As a long-standing advocate of carbon neutral engineering, David was asked what being ISO14001 certified meant to him, “In addition to achieving ISO9001 DRLC have also gained Certification to ISO14001 – the international standard for environmental management systems.

“Not only will this accomplishment help control our environmental impact, but it will also prevent pollution, ensure legal compliance and improve our reputation and corporate social responsibility.”

Contact DRLC on: or 0114 299 7736.

Vivid Care Services: A holistic approach to supporting patients and families

In this issue of Healthcare Matters, we are thrilled to feature Vivid Care Services as our Specialist Domiciliary Care Provider of the Month

Vivid Care Services has long been on a mission of becoming THE standard of care in the UK by 2035 since the company was founded by David Esan in 2020. Amid the challenges of COVID-19, David, a retired Learning Disability Teacher and Mental Health Practitioner, had over 20 years of experience that he knew he could incorporate and inject into a compassionate organisation such as Vivid Care Services.

“We initially began our operations in Manchester. Over the years, we have expanded our reach significantly, currently boasting four locations strategically positioned across the country situated in Warrington, London Kings Cross, Bristol Almondsbury, and Derby. We are a compassionate organisation staffed with highly trained professionals dedicated to delivering person-centred care of the highest quality. Our comprehensive range of services encompasses various aspects of care, including end-of-life support, dementia care, companionship, and beyond,” stated David.

Vivid Care Services offer a comprehensive spectrum of support services, including but not limited to: Agency Care Worker Services, Care at Home Carer Services, Respite Care, Support in Hospitals and in the Community, Care for Dementia, Learning Disabilities, Complex Needs, Disability & Cancer, and Independent Living Support.

The company offers an around the clock supported living service that plays a key role in promoting independence and providing personalised support while ensuring the continuity of care. It is also a great cost-effective alternative to institutional care.

“Our supported living accommodations are located in Runcorn, Ellesmere Port, and Wigan. We have successfully accommodated several clients under Continuing Healthcare (CHC) placements, positioning us as a leading provider in the North and West Midlands regions. In addition, our domiciliary support services have undergone significant expansion, enabling us to accommodate more clients and families in their own homes or preferred accommodations,” added David.

Vivid Care Services believe that it’s essential to also address the needs of family and friends involved. By offering emotional support and tailored care solutions, Vivid Care is committed to fostering a supportive and inclusive environment for all.

“Our services are unique and completely specialised to each individual patient and their family. We take great care in prioritising family engagement by offering enhanced communication channels through technology. We also pride ourselves on offering an unparalleled phone support to clients who may be experiencing loneliness, ensuring they

have someone to speak to and providing an additional layer of support that goes beyond daily caregiver visits. This commitment to maintaining relationships and ensuring the well-being of our clients sets us apart in the industry,” said David.

What clients have said:

“Vivid Care is very professional and considerate in providing night care and have exceeded our expectations.”

“The manager has been extremely available and helpful to us and the two carers who we have had have been lovely, friendly, compassionate women.”

In the coming months and years, Vivid Care Services is poised for significant growth and expansion, driven by its commitment to excellence and its vision for providing exceptional care nationwide.

In preparation for setting up five new locations in key areas across Wales and Scotland, Vivid Care is actively recruiting close to 400 positions across the country that will enhance its offering and help to answer the various needs of clients across the UK.

SPECIALIST DOMICILIARY CARE Provider of the Month Please contact 0333 339 9946

Company Spotlight: Asckey Data Services Ltd

In the ever-evolving landscape of healthcare technology, one company stands out for its innovative solutions and unwavering commitment to excellence. For this reason, we have chosen Asckey Data Services Ltd as our Facilities Management Software Company of the Month

With a proven track record spanning over two decades, Asckey has established itself as a trusted leader in providing innovative software solutions for the healthcare industry. The name for the company, Asckey, was based on ASCII, a standard data-encoding format for electronic communication between computers. The first software Asckey worked on was the Workflow and Interface Management System (WIMS) in the healthcare sector, and in 2003, Asckey began hosting and maintaining the Estates & Facilities Management portal, now known as the efm-information portal on behalf of NHS Digital/England.

the focus group that developed the latest National Standards of Healthcare Cleanliness 2021 and proud members of the Association for Health and Care Professionals.

“We have specific capabilities in the provision of facility management software,” said Rebecca.

“We make our software products modular instead of creating one big FM system. Having a collaborative approach with our clients from the start means we can tailor our applications to meet the needs of the client. This is possibly the biggest benefit of our applications compared to competitors.”

Asckey offers a comprehensive suite of software solutions designed to meet the unique needs of healthcare providers. Rebecca Whitwham, Marketing Executive, gave us further insight.

“We develop applications to support the responsibilities of facility managers across a variety of sectors. All our applications are built in-house and primarily consist of: fmfirst® Estates; a comprehensive CAFM system. fmfirst® Cleaning; a cleaning audit tool that meets the National Standards of Healthcare 2021 requirements. fmfirst® Tasking; a task management application, and fmfirst® Survey; a survey creation tool.”

The NHS continue to be Asckey’s largest client base, but the company is also part of

What truly sets Asckey apart is its unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction and proof is in the pudding when its NPS Survey that was conducted in November 2023 resulted in some anonymous feedback that stated:

“The software delivers what we need for cleanliness auditing and efficacy annual checks to help us maintain standards. Whenever we have raised a query, the support provided has been very responsive and usually gets us back on track without undue delay.”

Asckey remains at the forefront of innovation, constantly refining and enhancing its solutions to meet the evolving needs of the healthcare

industry. A recent statement released by the company declared, “To support the management of contractor tasks, Asckey Data Services has elevated their fmfirst Tasking software to include a Ward HelpDesk portal. The portal provides a simplified Task Helpdesk and List views and provides easy access for contractors to update tasks as well as upload service records and other relevant documentation. Each task, or contract, can be allocated to a specific contractor, allowing for accountability of tasks, and the streamlined design allows for ease of transfer, and completion of work. Asckey’s Cloud-based task management software provides organisations with a multi-discipline, simplified platform for the creation of defect and planned work.”

Over the next 12 months, Asckey aims to add new features to its applications that can support the ever-changing goalposts of a facilities manager role. Congratulations to the entire team for its dedication, passion, and commitment to excellence within the healthcare industry.

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10th edition of 100% Optical hailed success

Marking the 10th anniversary of the UK’s largest optical show, 100% Optical made a welcome return to London’s ExCeL from 24-26 February 2024, with what the organisers called “record-breaking registrations”. 11,725 attendees were recorded at the event – a 10% year-on-year increase on its previous record attendance.

The three-day celebration of the optical business featured exhibitor launches; a jam-packed educational programme with more than 100 hours of free CPD content; catwalk shows including Safilo’s Carolina Herrera takeover; the highly-anticipated Love Eyewear Awards ceremony which honoured l.a.Eyeworks with a Lifetime Achievement Award; the 100% Optical & Royal College of Arts annual student eyewear competition; as well as dedicated areas for contact lenses, independent designers and ophthalmology, which made its debut as

a co-located show. A special anniversary scavenger hunt saw visitors explore every area of the show as they tracked down clues in a bid to win an array of fantastic prizes.

Marlon Cera-Marle, Director, commented after the show, “Every year we look for new and exciting ways to enhance 100% Optical – both to keep our loyal attendees coming back, as well as to attract new audiences – and this year was no exception. The positive feedback and the fact that 80% of space for 2025 is already pre-booked is testament to the team’s hard work and dedication as well as the trust our exhibitors, partners, sponsors and visitors put in us to deliver the UK’s only large-scale optical event.

“It’s an honour to witness how everyone comes together to champion this fantastic industry. There was such a great atmosphere all weekend, which is reflected in our record-breaking numbers, and everyone truly made it a show to remember. We couldn’t be happier with the results and attendance as we look ahead to the next 10 years.”

100% Optical returns next year to London’s ExCeL from 1-3 March 2025. This is our pick of the best exhibitors from this year’s event, listed here in alphabetical order: Myers La Roche. Further details can be found on this page and the next.


Beyond the balance sheet: The nuances of valuing your healthcare practice

For many healthcare practice owners, the thought of selling their business can be both exciting and daunting. The excitement of reaping the rewards of their hard work can be tempered by the fear of navigating the market and getting fair market value (or in an ideal world, the best possible price via the power of the leverage of competitive bids).

Often, accountants are brought in to determine the business’ value, relying heavily on financial statements.

While financials are a crucial piece of the puzzle, a true valuation of your practice goes deeper, encompassing intangible factors that can significantly impact the asking price.

Why accountants can’t tell the whole story

Accountants typically use one-size-fits-all methods like multiplying your practice’s adjusted profit (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortisation – EBITDA) by an arbitrary multiple. This provides a starting point, but it fails to consider key factors specific to healthcare businesses that significantly influence the appropriate multiple of adjusted profits to be used:

: NHS contract vs private patient mix –an NHS contract can still be a valuable thing, but more clinicians are finding the constraints untenable and turning to specialisation to build a loyal private patient base. In the right location, a strong reputation for personalised service and clinical expertise can translate into increased revenue and a higher valuation.

: Location and demographics – A practice situated in an affluent area with a growing population trading profitably against a backdrop of solid existing competition will typically command a premium compared to an unopposed practice in a more impoverished area. The supply of clinical healthcare resources within a commutable radius also has a major impact on the number of potential buyers and the realisable sale price.

: Inventory and equipment – Modern, wellmaintained equipment and an attractive practice will help your business now and will appeal to potential buyers in the future.

: Staff expertise and culture – A skilled, experienced team fosters a positive patient experience and reduces training costs for the new owner.

Exit planning: More than just a price tag

The good news is that understanding the factors impacting value doesn’t and shouldn’t require waiting for a sale. Enter exit planning, a proactive approach analysing the same factors that specialists use to evaluate a sale value, to gain valuable insights to improve your practice’s overall health and profitability – setting yourself up for a successful exit on your terms, whenever you choose.

Here’s how exit planning empowers you as a healthcare business owner:

: Strategic Growth – Identifying your practice’s strengths and weaknesses allows you to develop targeted strategies to enhance value. This could involve expanding your patient base through marketing initiatives, focusing on highmargin products and more specialised examinations, or investing in staff training to enhance patient care.

: Succession Planning – Thinking about exit options early on opens doors. Perhaps you envision passing the practice on to a trusted employee or family member?

Knowing your business’ value now helps structure a smooth ownership transition and efficient tax planning which can make a significant difference to the amount of money you walk away with.

: Negotiation Leverage – When the time comes to sell, a comprehensive understanding of the value drivers beyond financials empowers you to negotiate effectively with potential buyers. You can demonstrate the true earning potential of your practice and secure a more attractive price.

By focusing on these areas, you’re not just making your practice more profitable in the short term, but also laying the groundwork for a successful exit in the future.


Selling your healthcare business is a significant life event. While financial statements are important, a true valuation delves deeper to consider the intangibles that make your practice unique. Implementing exit planning strategies now not only empowers you with valuable business insights but also paves the way for maximising your practice’s

worth whenever you choose to step away. Remember, a thriving, well-rounded practice with a loyal following and a strong team is a highly sought-after commodity. By focusing on these aspects, you can ensure that your exit is not just financially rewarding but also a testament to the success you’ve built.

Navigating the intricacies of valuing your healthcare practice is a complex task. As a specialist consultancy, Myers La Roche can provide invaluable guidance. We can help you not only understand the true value of your practice but also develop a strategic roadmap to maximise it.

Our expertise is founded on thirty years of valuing, supporting and selling Opticians, Audiologists and Podiatrists through our family of companies, and our friendly team are the experts in the field.

Myers La Roche was established in 1985 and soon developed a reputation as a trusted partner to the independent optical sector. As the market evolved to see more hearcare delivered alongside eyecare, Audiology Business Central was born. With clear synergies between these niche sectors and their patient bases, Podiatry Business Central followed soon after to support the growing independent podiatry sector.

We can’t do your tax return, but we can help you can ensure a smooth transition and a successful exit whenever you choose, allowing you to step away with the peace of mind and financial security you deserve.

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The friendly Myers La Roche Team are led by Georgina Myers (Practice Sales) and Dom Watson (Consultancy)

Blueleaf Care launches the Integra-Mat mattress to alleviate and prevent all grades of pressure sores

Blueleaf Care, the nationwide business that helps care homes deliver better outcomes, has launched a new pressure care mattress suitable for all pressure sores, from Grades 1 to 4, and can be used as a static or a fully dynamic alternating therapy mattress for high-quality care.

The Integra-Mat, which is available to care homes exclusively through Blueleaf Care and augments the company’s existing Universal Therapy System (UTS), is a therapeutic support system which provides the best in comfort, function, efficiency, and clinical excellence in line with best practice guidelines.

Described as a hybrid step-up, step-down mattress system, the Integra-Mat can be used as a static mattress, or it can be stepped-up to support the active prevention or treatment of painful pressure sores and ensure residents who do experience them remain as comfortable as possible. Over 700,000 people in the UK suffer from pressure sores, almost all of which (95%) are avoidable with the right care and equipment.

For residents requiring Grade 1 pressure care, the air mattress fully inflates in static mode with the foam mattress on the top

surface under the cover; for Grades 2, 3 and 4 the air mattress cells, or air pockets, fully inflate and deflate around the pressure sore in dynamic alternating mode. This action mimics residents’ natural sleep movements to optimise the flow of blood and air to the affected area. The integral foam mattress can be stowed underneath the cells, if needed, for Grades 3 and 4 to create a full mattress system with maximum therapeutic hyperaemia.

Additional features include: ‘Auto Weight’ which automatically weighs the patient and adjusts pressure accordingly, removing the need for manual intervention; ‘Auto Upright’ which automatically optimises pressure when the patient is sitting up; and ‘Auto Firm’ which adjusts the system to static

England players experience what it’s like to live with dementia

None of us can comprehend what it feels like living with dementia but by learning what symptoms to look out for, we can better support each other.

Supporting the Alzheimer’s Society is crucial in raising awareness, providing resources, and funding research to improve the lives of those affected by dementia. Alive Activities has recently collaborated with the Alzheimer’s Society to create a video showing members of the England men’s football squad experiencing some of the physical challenges faced by people living with dementia by wearing a dementia ‘Empathy Suit’.

England players Kyle Walker, Ivan Toney and Jarrad Branthwaite were dressed up in the suit, made up of 13 components that inhibited mobility, motor skills, vision, and hearing, and were asked to complete a number of tasks

including buttoning up a shirt and dribbling a football.

As part of The Football Association (FA) and Alzheimer’s Society’s official charity partnership, the video was launched ahead of England’s game against Belgium, which was dedicated as an ‘Alzheimer’s Society International’.

The video was produced by Alive Activities, a charity dedicated to improving the quality of life of older people and their carers, and a charity that is dedicated to supporting those living with dementia in the community.

Working alongside Bristol Dementia Wellbeing Service, Isobel Jones, CEO of Alive Activities, spent the day at St. George’s Park and had this to say, “The Empathy Suit can be quite a moving experience, and we saw how surprised the players were to get a sense of some of the challenges people living with dementia often face. Of course, the most common symptoms of dementia, including memory loss and confusion, are non-physical, but what a lot of people don’t realise is the breadth of symptoms and challenges that can make everyday activities harder than usual.”

By developing and sharing online resources and videos that reflect the ‘real life’ challenges, changes and difficulties that dementia can

maximum inflation to allow for nursing and care procedures. Importantly, there are no external pumps hanging from the bed that can hinder carers, and an ultra-rapid CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) valve readies the mattress for chest compressions.

Russell Andrew, Product Category Manager, Blueleaf Care, believes the Integra-Mat provides care homes with a better approach to treating pressure sores. “Therapy can be adapted to the grade of pressure sore with minimal disturbance to residents,” he explains.

“The pump is fully integrated into one corner of the mattress, eradicating trailing electric leads and air hoses, which is safer for carers as they work, and is more aesthetically pleasing. The ultra-quiet pump and the integral foam layer of the mattress help improve residents’ sleep. Ultimately, the system is designed to speed up residents’ recovery, reduce the workload for carers and support better quality care.”

To discover more about the Integra-Mat, please visit: https://store.blueleafcare. com/product/pr766266-integra-matauto-dynamic-mattress-system

bring is a fantastic way of helping others to understand the harsh realities of the disease.

By collaborating with the FA, it gave both charities the opportunity to share such an important message on a global stage. When watching the video, it was evident that the three lion’s players went through an emotive journey that truly helped them to understand the challenges that come from living with dementia.

This video is a valuable resource in providing education and support but also to inspire others to get involved in supporting the Alzheimer’s Society and the broader dementia community.

To find out more about Alzheimer’s Society’s partnership with The FA and work within sport, as well as information on symptoms and diagnosis, visit:

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Kingsway’s brand new KwikShip Door Configurator

As a partner in patient safety to over 85% of NHS Mental Health Trusts, our anti-ligature and anti-barricade solutions have been the preferred choice in over 10,000 specialist projects.

Launched in January 2024, the brand new Kingsway Group KwikShip Door Configurator allows our Construction and Architect partners to design one of our 3 leading Anti-Ligature Door Systems on-line and receive a technical drawing instantly, along with a follow up quote. Giving you the flexibility to receive the information when you need it.

What is Kingsway’s 3/4/8 Service?

3-Day Door Replacement

If a Kingsway door is damaged, it’s critical that a replacement is fitted without delay. To ensure this, we’re

committing to the manufacture and installation of replacement Kingsway doors in just 3 days.

4-Week KwikShip

A fast-tracked 4-week manufacturing schedule available for a streamlined selection of Kingsway Group Complete Door Systems. With KwikShip, it will now be possible to order and receive specialist doorsets in just four weeks from approval of the door design and quote.

8-Week Standard Lead

Our standard lead time will be 8-weeks from approval of the design and quote to delivery, applicable to the entire Kingsway Complete Door System range.

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Fluorescent lighting ban’s impact on emergency lighting

P4, the UK’s largest independent self-testing emergency lighting specialist, emphasises that the UK Government has announced dates for phasing out fluorescent lamps to reduce environmental impact.

T8 (2’, 4’ & 5’) fluorescent tubes cannot be placed on the market since 1st September 2023, while others including T5, and compact fluorescent will be unavailable from 1st February 2024. P4 said, “As T8 and T5 tubes are used in emergency lighting and exit sign fittings, replacements will not be available once existing stocks have been exhausted.”

The company added, “Failure of an existing fluorescent lamp with no possibility of replacement renders emergency lighting non-compliant with BS5266. This risks lives and opens the possibility of prosecution under

When you are considering your emergency lighting and back-up power requirements, you need to be sure you are in safe hands. The responsibility of operating a building or facility with public access can be wearing at times. You need the reassurance that in the event of an emergency the proactive steps you have taken to mitigate risk are backedup by equipment you can trust. As an established and dedicated supplier and manufacturer of emergency lighting and power systems, BLE can offer you over 55 years’ experience. At BLE,

the 2005 Fire Safety Order. Upgrading to LED technology is the perfect solution. Functional benefits include increased product life, reduced maintenance, energy saving, and improved light spread.”

Steve Rham, P4 Sales and Marketing Director, says, “The wide range of P4’s upgrade options really set the company apart. We not only offer new LED emergency luminaires but also the option of replacement gear trays to upgrade existing fluorescent luminaires (both P4 or otherwise) to LED.”

Get in touch: 01328 850555.

SDS is a leading UK designer and manufacturer of specialist doorsets for healthcare and clinical environments.

It said, “Our doorsets are designed for their application and environment, so whatever your requirement, we have the right doorset for you, including lead-lined variants. Our range of door systems has been created based on our experience in the industry, and is designed to offer a one-stop solution for compliant, highperformance doorsets comprising doors, frames, vision panels, and ironmongery solutions, all of which are fully backed up by

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services tailored to your needs. Our team boasts extensive technical know-how and stays up-to-date on industry and legislative standards, ensuring we provide fully compliant solutions for projects of all sizes. Our new BLE Connect Fully Automated Emergency Lighting
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Renray are committed to designing furniture, beds and interior solutions with the end user in mind and tailoring our services and solutions to fulfil your requirements and vision for your care home. Our health and social care furniture, profiling beds, PAC and medical equipment are manufactured in our purpose built factories in Cheshire and Europe.

Integrity® Static Cushion Range

Here at Sumed, we manufacture and distribute a wide range of medical products and services. Our products are designed for the healing and maintenance of healthy skin, including pressure ulcers, with products ranging from very low risk to very high risk of developing a Pressure Ulcer.

size that is right for you, we can make one to suit your needs.

One product that we supply is Integrity Static® Cushion Range. This is a new range of cushions, with the risk levels ranging from comfort to very high risk. This cushion range offers 3 weight limits, 17st, 28st and 50st making this cushion suitable for the majority of users. We can also provide custom sizes in this range so if there isn’t a

We supply this cushion to both the NHS and also to trade customers. At a suitable price, this cushion is cost-effective for the qualities it provides, such as being lightweight. The cushions are clearly colour labelled with the weight limit and risk level which helps you identify which cushion is which.

Please contact https://sumedinternational. com/integrity-static-cushionrange


Biomed96 is a specialist in the medical equipment industry offering a comprehensive range of patient monitoring consumables, Oxygen concentrators, SonoStar ultrasound probes, handheld vital sign monitors, face masks, COVID Antigen test kit, Dental surgical items, Surgical Diathermy leads, Stethoscopes, Veterinary ultrasound & monitoring cables at lowest price with Free NHS delivery.

Pharmafilter offers innovative solutions that improve the cleanliness of environments in hospitals, airports, and other large-scale facilities. Providing an infrastructure that creates simple work processes, Pharmafilter’s innovative, transformational waste and wastewater onsite treatment system is proven to combat Antimicrobial Resistance Bacteria, COVID-19, helping to establish a safer environment.


Cutting-edge marking, coding & labelling solutions

At Newcode Partnership Ltd, our mission is clear: to empower your business with the perfect marking, coding, or labelling solution. Whether it’s streamlining batch coding, printing product labels, or implementing traceability systems, we enable businesses to upgrade their production lines with confidence.

In today’s packaging industry, efficiency and accuracy are crucial, and it’s precisely where Newcode excels. As the premier choice for cutting-edge solutions in marking, coding, and labelling, we’ve earned the trust of global brands like Heinz, Coca-Cola, and Arla. Supported by industry engineers and innovative certified partners such as Hitachi, Anser, Tiflex, and EvoLabel, we’re committed to delivering excellence.

smallest inkjet controller! This compact yet high-resolution inkjet printer is Industry 4.0 ready and sets a new standard in the field. With its versatile printhead design, it allows for easy switching between 0.5” to 1” printing capabilities, seamlessly integrating into tight production spaces within automated lines.

The Packaging Innovations & Empack exhibition at the NEC Birmingham emerged as the perfect platform for us to showcase our solutions. Tailored specifically to address challenges inherent in packaging production and processing, our product range stands out as an ideal fit. With a successful track record spanning seven years, we’ve proven instrumental in assisting numerous packaging suppliers in overcoming their hurdles.

As the home of the free printer deal we reduce up front costs and say goodbye to the daunting expense of purchasing a new printer. With our unique business model, you can access any of our Hitachi continuous inkjet (CIJ) printers at zero initial expense. Plus, with each printer, you’ll receive a five year warranty, regular engineer health checks, and unlimited callouts, ensuring optimal performance and peace of mind.

We’re thrilled to announce the launch of the ANSER Smart Printhead featuring the world’s

Newcode is proud to be an official distributor of EvoLabel, bringing the most user-friendly print and apply system to the table, featuring intelligent print modules that offer fast, flexible, and precise applicators to fit just about any label placement.

Discover the Newcode Advantage today! Experience stability in operational costs with fixed consumable prices and a price match guarantee. We’re dedicated to innovation, ensuring our solutions are Industry 4.0 compliant, delivering smarter, more efficient manufacturing environments.

For further info, reach out to us at 01942 228882 or via email at: – explore our comprehensive range of products at: and embark on a journey towards heightened efficiency and precision in your operations.

WePack take the pain out of packing

At WePack, we specialise in providing exceptional co-packing services tailored to meet the diverse needs of our clients. With over three decades of industry experience, we have honed our expertise to become a trusted partner in co-packing solutions. Our mission is simple: “WePack take the pain out of packing”. We help our clients to alleviate the burdens of packing, enabling them to focus on core operations and growth.

Our services range from filling pouches, sachets, bottles, vertical bagging, hand assembly, rework, rectification, contract filling of powder/liquid. We take pride in offering sweet spots in various industries, including food, skincare, cosmetics, and household products. Our clients find it very comfortable to work with us because of our reliability and stability.

Backed by a myriad of prestigious accreditations, including AA grade BRCGS certification, Soil Association Organic, ISO, and FDA recognitions, we uphold the highest standards of quality and safety in every aspect of our operations. Moreover, as a bonded warehouse, we offer enhanced flexibility and efficiency in handling goods, providing secure storage and

streamlined processes for bonded items.

Our state-of-the-art facilities, equipped with cutting-edge machinery and three clean areas, further reinforce our commitment to delivering excellence. With WePack, you can trust that your packing needs are in capable hands, empowering you to thrive in your business endeavours. Please click here to download the WePack brochure for more information.

Contact +44 (0)115 852 9000

A successful show for Repro Sales & Repairs

Among the notable successes of this year's event was the remarkable performance of Repro Sales, showcasing its commitment to excellence and leadership in the field of POS and Printing Technology.

Repro Sales & Repairs is a British Company that specialises in sales, installation and service support to the Graphic Arts Industry. Traditionally, providing darkroom camera equipment, processors and Computer to Plate equipment, recently Repro Sales has shifted its focus to the supply and maintenance of a range of Large Format Printing equipment throughout the UK.

Seizing the spotlight at Packaging Innovations & Empack 2024 with its impressive display of expertise, products, and services, Repro Sales is proud to be a UK Distributor of the Founder Electronics range of Workflow, Packaging & Security Software Solutions including ElecRoc 6 – Eagle RIP – Superline and PaSharp from

Purvar International, and was able to demonstrate the significance of these products at the show.

Located in Essex, Repro Sales offer equipment demonstrations for its ever-growing portfolio. Offering highquality, competitively priced products, Repro Sales also carry a large range of parts that enable customers’ issues to be resolved quickly.

Repro Sales has a commitment to excellence enabling them to adapt to the ever-evolving demands of the printing industry. Demonstrating its ability to deliver the highest form of customer service through its experienced manufacturing, all its large format products are built & tested at its showroom prior to deliver and include a one year on-site warranty.

Contact 01268 784999

Reedbut Group

Reedbut Group, established in 1977, is a UK-based designer and manufacturer of corrugated cardboard packaging. Operating across three factory sites in Milton Keynes, Hampshire, and Kent, they are a company dedicated to promoting sustainability in the packaging manufacturing sphere.

They specialise in bespoke cardboard packaging, designed to keep products protected, minimise empty space, and provide a unique high-quality customer experience. Reedbut’s dedication to protecting the environment through innovative packaging is shown in their wide range of exclusive plastic-free box designs.

These designs, along with more innovative examples of Reedbut’s work, were on display this year at Packaging Innovations 2024. Their exhibition stand was another testament to their work – the design team worked incredibly hard to assemble the whole thing in-house at their Milton Keynes site before the show. The stand didn’t


just wow the crowds with its looks, but stood as a demonstration of Reedbut’s capabilities!

Reedbut Group also officially launched two new and exclusive eCommerce products at Packaging Innovations; the eLetterbox and eLok-R. Both 100% recyclable packaging solutions offer easy pack opening for a great customer experience, tamper-evidence, and high-quality colour print available inside and out.

Contact 01908 630200


Colour Graphics plugs a sustainable hole in the market with Soyang Europe

The Walsall-based large-format print company began using Soyang SL-F04 Premium Solar Greyback Frontlit Banner material in response to a rising demand for PVC-free banner work

Walsall-based large-format print business Colour Graphics has revealed how its use of Soyang’s SL-F04 Premium Solar Greyback Frontlit banner material has allowed the company to expand its sustainable offering and win profitable new work from environment-focused customers.

Established more than 25 years ago, Colour Graphics offers a wide range of printing services including largeformat signage, exhibition displays, marketing materials and event graphics.

While demand for its print services in general has been on the rise, Colour Graphics noted a particular increase in interest for banner printing, specifically more planet friendly solutions. In response, the company took the decision to begin offering PVC-free banner printing, allowing customers to select a more sustainable option.

Having worked with Soyang Europe for nearly 10 years, Colour Graphics again turned to the specialist supplier for a solution. After testing a number of products, Colour Graphics identified Soyang’s SL-F04 Premium Solar Greyback Frontlit banner material as the ideal product to meet the demand for more environmentally friendly banners.

A 100% polyester woven fabric coated with a grey back, Soyang SL-F04 banner material offers users a smooth surface and full opacity, making it an effective solution for printed applications such as banners, roll-up banners and home décor.

The fire-resistant fabric – available in widths of up to 5m – is compatible with UV, Latex and (eco) solvent printing technologies. Suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, it is also degradable and Oekotex Standard 100 Certificated.

“There is a big stigma around the use of PVC, and we were getting asked a lot for non-PVC materials when producing

banners,” Colour Graphics’ Sales and Marketing Manager James Birch says. “As we have such a strong relationship with Soyang Europe, we knew they would be able to help us find a solution.”

The decision has proved hugely popular with Colour Graphics customers, with James revealing that the company has been able to win new work from clients that themselves have a strong focus on limiting their environmental impact.

Colour Graphics has been running the material on its new Matic Hera impulse welder, allowing it to produce all sorts of short to medium-term banner pieces such as pocket banners and café banner systems.

“We tested out a few non-PVC banner materials with the impulse welder and were really impressed with the results of the Soyang product. Non-PVC banner material is notoriously tricky to weld; we’re really pleased to add this high-performing material to our own range,” James adds.

“By offering this new service, we are plugging a hole in the market created by the stigma of PVC and the need to satisfy environmental requirements,” James continues. “For some of our customers, they need to hit certain sustainability targets; our new non-PVC offering helps them to achieve this.”

“Soyang Europe supported us every step of the way in selecting the material and we are delighted with the result.”

Please contact +44 (0)161 765 3400


Spring Fair looks ahead to 2025

Spring Fair, the UK’s largest and most inspirational retail marketplace for Home, Gift and Fashion, held at Birmingham’s NEC from 4-7 February 2024, closed on a high after four days of intensive buying, creativity and fun, and now looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in 2025.

Jackson Szabo, Portfolio Director, Spring Fair, said, “I have been blown away by the energy, passion and community at Spring Fair during the last four days. The feedback and stories from buyers, exhibitors, and partners have highlighted just how integral this show is to the retail calendar. As

well as the day job of buying, it enables the retail industry to come alive with inspiration, innovation, knowledge and networking. All of our new experiences and activations across the show floor, and the awe-inspiring content on the three stages, have been very well received and I’ve also loved the sense of fun our exhibitors bring – I’ve seen people dressed as sheep, sharks, dogs, naughty elves, and of course Peppa Pig!

“We’re now very excited to look forward to 2025 as we celebrate 75 years as the Home, Gift & Fashion industry’s most established and inventive buying show.”

Spring Fair returns next year to Birmingham’s NEC from 2-5 February 2025. This is our pick of the best exhibitors from this year’s event, listed here in alphabetical order: Green Laurels & Irisha’s Card Art. Further details can be found on this page.

Eco-friendly cosmetics & home fragrance brand

Green Laurels was one of Products & Services Review’s Top Exhibitors at the Spring Fair 2024 with an eye-catching display of ecofriendly homeware, such as soaps, shampoo bars, deodorants, luxurious reed diffusers and much more.

Established in 2020 by founder Simon Mitchell, the company has accelerated its product range over the last four years. The Surrey-based company turned heads instantly and won the ‘New Business in 2020 Award’ from the Ribbons Network for rapid growth in its first business year and later the ‘Best Sustainable Business’ in 2022 from Lux Life. During 2023, it was time for more impressive accolades: ‘The Best UK Sustainable Artisan Soap & Candle Business 2023' from the Lux Life Perfect Gift Awards, the ‘Home Fragrance Brand of the Year: 2023/2024’ from the South England Prestige Awards and to round off the hat trick: the SBS (Small Business Sunday Award) from Theo Paphitis.

resources such as paraffin with soy beans for the wax, taking care to avoid synthetic substitutes such as parabens and SLS and is on a mission to be kinder to the planet. With no single-use plastics, all products are hand packaged in cardboard.

To view the full range, including subscription boxes, see the website below and start your green homeware journey today: 07979 804536 Contact

With an emphasis on handmade, naturally occurring, mainly vegan ingredients, customers love products such as the signature olive and coconut oil soaps and soy wax candles. Green Laurels replaces finite

Green Laurels is an eco friendly cosmetics and home fragrance brand and online supplier based in Farnham, Surrey.

All our products are handmade, using naturally occuring ingredients, such as olive and coconut oils in our soaps, and soy wax for our candles. 07979


Facing the heat: Tackling diesel engine efficiency with heating technology

New environmental legislation has created an engineering challenge for heavy-duty diesel engines. Carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitric oxide (NOx) emissions must fall below stricter standards. At the same time, greater engine efficiency has resulted in a corresponding loss of exhaust gas temperature, leading to lower catalytic activity.

This is particularly concerning when it comes to NOx emissions for cold start and low load cycles, as a lot of thermal inertia is produced in the aftertreatment system. Here, Jeff Diestelmeier, Vice President and General Manager Energy and Environmental Technologies Business Unit at industrial technology company Watlow, explores how heating technology can improve diesel engine efficiency.

In the past, manufacturers of heavyduty vehicles have been able to meet emissions standards by making small, incremental improvements in the engines themselves. These newer, stricter standards will require more of a ‘systems’ approach because of the engineering challenges involved.

To achieve the newer, stricter standards,

automobile and truck manufacturers will need to look at other elements of the system – specifically, adding heat to exhaust to increase catalytic activity. An advanced heating strategy has already been shown to be the most efficient means of meeting these NOx emissions standards. In fact, a small heater placed at the intake of the aftertreatment system enables its rapid and efficient heating, even during cold start and low load operating conditions. However, having a practical means to power and control this type of heater has been a barrier for implementation.

The new alternatives in power conversion

Power conversion is commonly achieved through phase-angle controllers, transformers and power supplies. But these solutions can either damage heaters, or take up large amounts of space or make it incredibly hard to measure and control the power flow. Watlow’s power conversion technology solves these issues by providing the ability to bring voltage up or down smoothly without having to introduce a bulky power supply. Watlow temperature controllers, such as POWERGLIDE®, are capable of modulating the amplitude of the output voltage, allowing the voltage to step down from 208 volts to as low as 20 volts.

Lowering the voltage in this way is a great way to drive low-impedance heaters. It can reduce the power distribution rating with smaller fuses and wires, which saves money and space. It can also protect ceramic heaters from breaking. Watlow’s power conversion technology also achieves high power quality without the high cost and added space of a DC power supply.

Power conversion is an essential element of many heating applications. Yet most current power conversion technology is not well suited to cases where heaters are fragile, have ceramic components, or have to ensure safe operation across the globe. No longer do devices have to be engineered around power quality issues. Instead, smooth, stable power changes are possible across a huge variety of outputs, and noise is reduced drastically.

How data paves the way for greener thermal systems

Watlow’s new WATCONNECT panels, integrated with Data Insights, continually gather a wide range of data including system power, process values, set points, panel environment and wiring terminal temperatures. This comprehensive data allows the panel to perform the following key functions. This includes monitoring power and temperature controller health to prevent unplanned downtime to enable maintenance, detecting failed elements, facilitating pre-ordering of replacements and scheduling maintenance activities. Additionally, Data Insights also enhances system reliability and prompts maintenance activities to avoid unplanned downtime, while monitoring panel environmental data and providing alerts for changes in environmental conditions that could lead to system failure.

sensors, temperature controllers and power controller products, all in a complete thermal loop solution. The WATCONNECT L and XL sizes are particularly suitable for large industrial applications, specifically in the petrochemical industry.

Implementing predictive control in process heating can effectively address common challenges in petrochemical processing such as coking and fouling, heater failure and the gradual pace of electrification. This approach necessitates the integration of cutting-edge technology, alongside expertise in thermal systems and data analysis. When both elements are combined, they facilitate the development of environmentally friendly and more efficient systems and processes.

These panels afford an integrated solution that includes heaters,


Stay ahead of the curve

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development is the professional body for HR and people development. We’ve been championing better work and working lives for over 100 years.

Taking place on 8-9 November 2023, at Manchester Central, at the CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition, we tackled the big questions facing the profession.

Whether you attended for free with an Exhibition pass or purchased a Conference pass and attended as a delegate, you were able to get involved with unmissable learning and networking opportunities and discover new and leading

suppliers. Blending inspiring and thought-provoking speakers and in-person immersive event experiences. Creating an unforgettable event experience accessible to all.

In today’s ever-changing world, we recognised the importance of equipping you with the skills and capabilities needed to not just survive; but thrive. Attendees discovered the secrets to championing good work and attracting the right talent, developing their leadership and management styles, to enable growth and long term success.

The CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition returns to Manchester Central this year from 6-7 November 2024. This is our pick of the best exhibitors from last year’s show, listed here in alphabetical order: The Grosvenor Group. Further details can be found on this page. Contact


TYDE launches the new Dudley Valve Mate™ adaptor

TYDE have made the installation of its Dudley Victoria outlet valve even easier with the launch of its new Dudley Valve Mate™ adaptor.

Designed to allow the Dudley Victoria valve to retrofit other flush valves the new Valve Mate™ is simple to fit and can be installed in seconds thanks to its unique clip and lock feature.

Once fitted with a Valve Mate™, the Dudley Victoria Valve can be retrofitted onto an existing flush valve cage removing the need to split the cistern from the toilet or remove any potentially rusted bolts! Saving time and effort when replacing a faulty flush valve.

The new Valve Mate™ will be supplied prepacked with both versions of the Dudley Victoria Valve reducing the amount of stock plumbers need to carry on their vans.

The Victoria Valves are both WRAS approved and can be serviced in under 5 minutes providing installers

Save up to 40% on electric cars through a Risk-Free Salary Sacrifice Scheme

2023 was a fantastic year for The Grosvenor Group, being nominated, shortlisted and named winners of numerous industry awards. The company took this momentum into the CIPD show 2023 where it took full advantage of the opportunity to network, share its services and engage with a lively new audience.

The Grosvenor Group offer a complete, holistic range of vehicle fleet funding and management solutions and is the UK's largest privately owned contract hire and fleet management company with some 20,000 funded and managed vehicles on fleet.

At the show, the team received much interested in its Risk-Free Electric Vehicle Salary Sacrifice Scheme. Steven Beadle and Giles Bolton were on hand to answer any questions and to share the benefits of the scheme

with a real time saving advantage. Both of these high-quality Outlet Valves are fitted with long life silicone seals and a choice of button mounting options. The new Victoria Valves offer Water saving options with full and reduced flush options as standard. For maintenance or replacement, the robust but simple to use bayonet fixing enables the valve body to be quickly and simply removed from the cistern making the Victoria Valve fast and simple to install and maintain.

The new Valve Mate™ and Dudley Victoria Valves are excellent additions to TYDE’s extensive product range offering both quality and reliability and for peace of mind, the new Victoria Valves come with a 3 year warranty and can be ordered for next day dispatch. Order yours today!

to both businesses and drivers.

It is important for businesses to carefully consider the implications and costs associated. The scheme is designed to save the employee tax and NIC on the salary sacrificed with the employer making savings by paying significantly lower NI on the ultra-low emission car benefit. Full guidance, support and consultation from Grosvenor Leasing is given when setting up the scheme, and it comes completely risk free with protection against resignation, redundancy, maternity, paternity and long-term sickness.

For more information on the scheme, see below: 01536 536536 salary-sacrifice

Ventilation for the built environment –Combatting mould

Poor indoor air quality contributes to respiratory and allergy problems. Inadequate ventilation creates ideal conditions for condensation and mould growth. Vectaire’s MVHRs help tackle these problems. Incorporating two fans, they deliver low-level continuous ventilation – extracting stale air from wet rooms, and bringing in air from outside. The two, separated airflows pass through a heat

exchanger, recovering heat from outgoing air and filtering it before transferring it to the incoming, fresh air supply. It’s then ducted to the living areas for a comfortable environment.

The Midis, upright WHHRs, for loft or cupboard installation, are for residential properties up to 170m2 They recover up to 94% of the heat from extracted air and have variable choice of trickle, boost and purge speeds, with summer bypass and integral frost stat and are available with or without LCD and humidistat. The ‘AT’ versions (sound tested by BRE) operate really quietly (sound levels down to <5dBA). There are two other models in this range –the Maxi for areas up to 250m2 and the Maxi Plus for areas up to 400m2

For more information, please visit: or email us: Contact: Carol Auster, Vectaire 01494 522333 01494 522337


Electrifying success: Executive Hire Show 2024 powers industry innovation


he event, which brought together industry professionals from across the plant & tool hire sector, was marked by the highest number of attendees, surpassing last year’s recordbreaking figures.

The 17th annual Executive Hire Show, held at the Coventry Building Society Arena on the 14th and 15th of February 2024, has closed its doors claiming another remarkable success. The event, which brought together industry professionals from across the plant & tool hire sector, was marked by the highest number of attendees, surpassing last year’s recordbreaking figures. The final visitor head count was 2,056 hire professionals, setting an official record. The EHS team extends its gratitude to all

exhibitors and visitors for their participation in making this year’s show exceptionally exciting and successful.

This year, the Executive Hire Show featured an impressive lineup of 150 exhibitors, with 31 companies making their debut. A significant highlight was the focus on battery power and electric solutions, which attracted considerable attention from attendees keen on exploring sustainable options for updating their fleets.

Among the exhibitors, Stuart Haskins from Brendon Ltd remarked, “Great to catch up with so many old and new friends, colleagues and especially customers. A good show and very busy.” This sentiment was echoed by CLM Construction Supplies Ltd, who praised the event’s organisation, saying, “As always, it was extremely well thought through and put together. Congratulations to you and all the team on another successful show! Bring on 2025!”

Shaun Carway, European Sales Manager at HireTech UK, expressed his appreciation, stating, “Great show, thank you to all the Executive Hire Show team.” Similarly, Ray Neilson, MD at Altrad Belle, looked forward to the future, commenting, “Thanks to the EHS team for hosting a fabulous event where hire companies and suppliers could see the latest innovations and network together. Looking

forward to next year already.”

The Executive Hire Show 2025 has been announced for the 12th & 13th of February at the CBS Arena, with the industry eagerly anticipating another opportunity to network, discover new products, and forge business relationships. The success of this year’s event, marked by enthusiastic participation and a wealth of innovative products, sets a high bar for the future, highlighting the vital role of the Executive Hire Show in advancing the hire sector.

This is our pick of the best exhibitors from this year’s show, listed here in alphabetical order: Jefferson Tools. Further details can be found on this page.

Jefferson Tools celebrates another successful year

Jefferson Tools along with MacGen Power Generation recently took centre stage at the esteemed Executive Hire Show, a premier event in the UK’s tools, equipment and plant hire industry. This annual exhibition serves as an essential gathering for professionals across various sectors, including construction and facilities management, to discover cutting-edge innovations and foster valuable connections.

The show saw Jefferson Tools unveiling their latest range of high-quality industrial workshop equipment called nemesis, while MacGen Power Generation showcased their robust line-up of generators, variable message signs and access equipment. From heavy-duty tools to reliable generators, attendees were treated to a comprehensive display of products and services designed to meet the diverse needs of the industry.

Beyond the product displays, the Executive Hire Show provided a dynamic platform for the Jefferson Tools team to network and knowledge-share among industry peers.

Attendees had the opportunity to participate in informative seminars and workshops, as well as take advantage of exclusive deals and promotions offered by exhibitors like Jefferson Tools and MacGen Power Generation.

In summary, Jefferson Tools and MacGen Power Generation’s participation at the Executive Hire Show underscored their commitment to innovation and excellence in supporting professionals with top-quality tools and equipment for their projects and operations.

REVIEW - TOP EXHIBITORS Contact Contact: Brian Lewis, Marketing Executive

Hygiene trio join forces

Danish food hygiene equipment expert joins forces with Warrington hygiene solution provider Christeyns Food Hygiene and application partner H&M Disinfection Systems Ltd, to offer unique turnkey solution

The leading family-owned supplier of detergents and disinfectants, Christeyns Food Hygiene, has joined forces in a tri-partner initiative with specialist producers of world-renowned equipment manufacturer Foamico and hygiene equipment specialists H&M Disinfection.

This partnership provides the confidence that hygiene operations need to deliver world-class cleaning in the demanding food, dairy and beverage industries from design and supply to effective cleaning and disinfection.

For over 30 years, Christeyns Food Hygiene has produced effective formulations of detergents and disinfectants for all applications in the food, dairy and beverage industries with customers from across a range of household consumer brands and suppliers to the UK’s food retailers. As part of family-owned Belgium parent company, Christeyns NV, the firm draws on the expertise and knowledge of a multinational team of experts.

Foamico is an independent

manufacturer of superior cleaning solutions in the food, dairy and beverage industries. Its core business is to develop, manufacture and deliver reliable and efficient cleaning solutions for surface and open plant cleaning worldwide. Operating in 50 countries, Foamico’s key focus in on food safety with a reputation for – innovation and reliability.

Having worked with CFH for three decades, H&M Disinfection Ltd have built a reputation for providing high quality, bespoke hygiene application equipment, which is the cornerstone of many customer’s food safety management systems. The partnership was formalised last year to provide customers with a more streamlined service in the provision of top-quality formulations and equipment.

In partnership, the three firms are committed to improving customer’s hygiene operations through effective detergents and disinfectants and the highest quality of bespoke equipment. The new strategic alliance will allow the provision of a unique turnkey solution to the food,

Kärcher’s new CV 30/2 Bp cordless vacuum brush

Kärcher is excited to introduce its cutting-edge vacuum brush, the CV 30/2 Bp, designed for professional users. Ideal for diverse settings such as hotels, retail spaces, and public facilities, this machine facilitates the effortless deep cleaning of both carpets and hard floors.

The CV 30/2 Bp Adv is a professional battery-powered vacuum cleaner that stands out for its excellent cleaning performance and user-friendly design. With a compact 3-litre capacity, this upright brush-type vacuum is versatile on both carpet and hard surfaces, automatically adjusting to different floor types. It effectively cleans textile floors, leaving them thoroughly cleansed and straightened. The vacuum's low ground clearance makes it ideal for cleaning under beds and fixtures in buildings or

hotels, with a convenient roller brush self-cleaning function activated by a foot switch, ensuring fast and hygienic operation. The ON/OFF switch, eco!efficiency mode, and LED display for remaining battery runtime add to the machine’s innovative features.

The new CV 30/2 Bp, offers userfriendly operation with the convenience of cordless use – operators don’t have to contend with cables, search for power outlets, or switch outlets when moving between rooms during cleaning. This cordless vacuum brush is designed to intelligently recognise the type of surface it is cleaning by adjusting its suction power accordingly for different flooring.

The roller brush of the CV 30/2 Bp thoroughly cleans carpet fibres and removes ingrained dirt. A surface nozzle, available as an accessory, facilitates cleaning in hard-to-reach areas and corners. Thanks to its particularly flat design, the CV 30/2 Bp also enables cleaning underneath low furniture such as shelves, sofas, or beds.

dairy and beverage industries in the UK supplying chemicals required to achieve food safety coupled with the equipment critical to delivering those products to the food contact surface.

“This is a major step for us and our customers,” states CFH Operations Director, Andy Bethel. “Three specialist companies coming together to provide excellent equipment, control systems and reliable pump-sets, combined with specialised formulations, will ensure our customers have a one-point solution for both chemistry and application equipment they can rely on.”

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Motorscrubber launches shock

Following three years of intensive product development and over 1,500 hours of rigorous testing, MotorScrubber’s patented invention, SHOCK, is now available.

The SHOCK floor scrubber is a ‘detail’ cleaning machine, focusing on cleaning small floor spaces, including under and around toilet bowls, under partitions and units, as well as stairs and into corners and edging. It boasts the lowest profile oscillating cleaning head in the world at just 50mm/1.96” in its wings and 105mm/4.17” at its highest point. This provides a professional clean under partitions, obstacles, units and other low spaces – areas large scrubbing machines simply cannot reach.

a 90 degree pivoting yoke, users can seamlessly transition from cleaning floors to skirting boards and risers with a ‘flip’ of the head.

SHOCK features Lightweight and Heavyweight modes as it benefits from a quick-change 1.8kg weight kit, allowing cleaners to choose between increased downforce for cleaning floors, or improved manoeuvrability for cleaning stairs, steps and risers. With

Powered by our ergonomic battery backpack, SHOCK offers a 50 minute runtime and a quick-change battery, allowing cleaning teams to complete tasks more efficiently.

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visit: for more information.

Soyang Europe is a leading manufacturer and distributor of digitally printable wide-format and superwide-format media and surface coverings for the multiple industries including sign & display, design, marketing, construction, and décor. Additionally, Soyang Hardware offers leading edge wide and superwide format print production hardware solutions from many of the industry’s biggest and best-known printer brands.

Aqua Safety Showers are on hand to ensure your workers remain safe, just about everywhere. Our range of emergency products and equipment offer protection against serious injury and are all built to exceed ANSI/EN safety standards. We have the flexibility to adapt, modify or design bespoke units for each individual customer in our UK manufacturing facility.

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.


was founded in 2016 to bring new innovations and ideas to the pet trade.

We are master distributors for the UK and European markets dealing with major accounts in both the pet and vet sectors. We also offer consultancy, coaching and help for companies and individuals wanting to launch new products or grow sales.

ELAFLEX LTD are based in Hertfordshire. We are the prime suppliers for the UK and Irish markets of all ELAFLEX products including ZVA nozzles, petrol pump hoses, breakaway couplings, and products for CNG, LNG, H2, Chemical, Pharma, LPG, Bitumen and Aviation refuelling industries. Discover our Rubber Bellows and bespoke hose reels! We also operate from Stockport, near Manchester.

Visit and explore more with our product configurators.

For over 50 years, CP Cases have been at the forefront of designing and manufacturing an extensive range of bespoke cases and 19 inch racks, which is why we have the perfect formula to provide innovation, durability and high-performance cases to a range of industries, including security, medical, broadcast and much more.

Kingston Engineering is a leading UK precision engineering company with expertise in manufacturing precision machined components and assemblies. Our specialism is in producing bespoke power screws, manufactured to the highest quality standards. We provide solutions to complex and challenging precision projects, based on our extensive precision engineering experience, expertise and cutting-edge technology.

Cirrus Research plc is a leading expert in the creation and distribution of noise measurement instruments. Established to innovate solutions for noise monitoring, their product range includes sound level meters, noise dosimeters, and environmental noise monitoring systems. Cirrus Research is dedicated to improving health and safety in workplaces and communities by providing precise, reliable tools for noise assessment and management.

We offer high-quality Explosion Protection and Spark Protection equipment from our wide range of Vent Panels, Flameless Vents and Isolation Valves as well as Sensors, Environmental and Safety Protection and our NEW Raptor Spark detection kits.

We provide consultancy, calculations and a free initial site visit.

Chevronshop is a division of Bluelite Graphics, a pioneer and UK market leader in the supply of chapter8 compliant vehicle chevrons and graphics. We have a growing design list of products that fit over 110 models of vehicles used in service across the UK. In 2021, the company celebrates its 15 year anniversary of supplying chevrons and graphics to not only the UK but worldwide customers.


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