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Issue 816 • July 2016

Flowcrete UK Cements Partnership with Total Protection Flowcrete UK has undertaken the extensive refurbishment of a large garage and car park area owned by Cambridge Council alongside Total Protection, its exclusive applicator partner for social housing projects in the South of England.

product and service required for a large-scale social housing flooring project. This holistic approach includes identifying existing issues and delivering a complete package throughout pre-contract specification and inspection to post-contract maintenance and warranty.

This project exemplifies the ability of resin flooring manufacturer Flowcrete UK and specialist coatings contractor Total Protection to provide clients with every

The site in Newtown consists of a 45-unit garage as well as a two-storey car park and ramp. The garages are rented to local council tenants and are in constant use.

migrating from the car park’s top deck to the lower deck, cracking, leaking gullies and undulations in the concrete slab causing ponding. One of the main problems in the garage area was that a 100ml recess in the concrete slab’s centre was collecting water. When Flowcrete UK and Total Protection reviewed the 1,580m2 site a number of issues were recorded, including water

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Pioneers of anti-slip stair-nosings

Safety Tread

Safetytread products are a range of bespoke, premium, high quality anti-slip stair nosings manufactured in the UK. Safetytread is environmentally friendly and provides a more economical solution than cheaper plastic materials.

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The treads will add excellent slip resistance to any staircase (internal or external); can be tailor-made to fit the exact dimensions of a stair tread and are available in a wide range of colours.


We will meet your stair nosing requirements with a tailor-made, bespoke solution, filled in your desired colour.


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Adhesives & Fasteners News See them on page.................. 18

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Building & Property News See them on page.............22-23

Sound Solutions building successful partnerships You may not know the Sound Solutions name. But some of the UK’s best known brands don’t just place their business with us...they place their trust. That’s because, since 1996, we’ve evolved from our background in the design, supply and installation of specialist acoustic finishes, to deliver a complete retail and commercial/office interior contractor capability, from project design to project completion. Passionate about excellence, committed to cost-efficiency and renowned for reliability, we are proud of our interiors, reputation and long term partnerships we have developed. So whether you are an architect, designer, developer, facility manager or landlord, you can select Sound Solutions with confidence as we have never yet failed to meet a handover date or budget.

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Building Excellence

Ultracut FBS II Building Solutions UK is extremely proud to present its highly prestigious and richly deserved Commitment to Excellence profile to fischer. fischer is always been at the forefront of innovation and the new fischer Ultracut Concrete Screw is no different. Following the success of their initial foray into Concrete screw market the new product from fischer has several enhancements that are not solely focused on higher load levels and shear values but features that truly benefit the customer. Concrete screws have sometimes been seen as an ‘unsafe’ alternative to a standard through type fixing, with the head especially being ‘suspect’ to some users. However the high performance concrete screws available today hold very little characteristics similar to the standard wood type screw, which is where many of the uncertainties are founded. Concrete screws in the construction market go through rigorous testing to ensure they conform to all ETA’s and are as safe to use and any through type fixing. When using concrete screws the installation instructions should always be adhered to and users should look to use only ETA labelled products (where applicable for safety critical applications). In UK construction, the use of concrete screws for more and more applications is becoming a growing trend. For many more applications, speed of insertion is a major factor to the installer and the reduction of installation time being an area that can be shortened when using a Concrete screw. With all other features comparable to the through type fixings and load values very similar, we should look to the future and expect the use of concrete screws to overtake the through bolt in many more applications. Some of the key features of the new Ultracut concrete screw are in some instances unique, for example the unique saw teeth geometry that allows for easy and faster installation .The Screw itself can be re used several times, and a thread guide is available to aid the degradation of the thread. All of this has been introduced with the aim of saving the user time and money. Because of this, minor installation changes can be made during insertion up to 20mm. The screw can be loosed to allow for slight errors and embedment corrections. The saw teeth geometry and main thread geometry also enable the concrete screw to be installed without drill hole cleaning (in certain cases). This is still in accordance to ETA-15/0352.

All screw sizes can be installed to 3 different embedment depths that offers the user flexibility over a vast array of applications and attachment thicknesses. Alongside these embedment depth options fischer are also releasing a short version of the concrete screw. Thus enabling, where appropriate a much reduced drill hole depth to ensure much quicker installation. The load values are now significantly higher than many competitors to fischer and above the previous version the fischer FBS, this is apparent in both tensile and shear loading levels. One of the key parameters to the installer is the small minimum edge spacing and edge distances, fischer claim to have one of the best and smallest values in the industry. They believe this can be more important to the installer than having an extra 5 or 10% higher loads than the competition. However the truly innovative and unique feature is that the Ultracut Concrete Screw holds both C1 and C2 seismic approvals, guaranteeing the highest of safety standards and the first concrete screw to hold these approvals in the European market place. fischer will be launching the Ultracut with diameters 8mm – 14mm in July followed by the 6mm diameter, more focused on the M&E market, and the stainless steel version towards the end of 2016. All 8mm diameter sizes will come with and embedded TX drive allowing the user to be truly flexible when installing into tight spaces or to have a choice on using a chuck or a bit for installation. fischer are claiming that this is their best concrete screw to date that has come to market with several key features that stand out from the crowd, possibly even the best on the market place today. 2016 proposes to be a big year for innovation within fischer and the Ultracut is just the beginning. T +44 (0)1491 827900

• Innovative new SuDS


• Ultra low discharge

SuDS device

• Peak discharge as

low as 0.05 Litres/ sec per plot

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Products & Services Innovation Award

Underfloor heating installation and renewables Building Solutions UK is incredibly proud to present its highly prestigious Products and Services Innovation Award to Terra Therma. Terra Therma are a multi-award winning specialist in Renewable Heating Solutions and Underfloor Heating. They provide energy efficient heating solutions for domestic, commercial and industrial projects throughout the South East. The company, which is based in rural North Essex, provides a bespoke solution for modern heating and ventilating systems to ensure the optimum levels of warmth, comfort and efficiency.

The dedicated and highly professional team handle each project from concept stage right through to completion and aftercare. They are constantly training to ensure they are qualified and experienced in every field to provide the client with the very best

equipment and cutting edge technology. By combining a wealth of practical knowledge along with tried and tested solutions and products, they are able to offer a solution for virtually any type of

project or building. Every project receives a comprehensive design taking into consideration every facet to ensure the optimum system choice for each project. The design engineers take into consideration every factor – from initial cost, practicality of the system through to running costs and any potential grants available to the client. The professional service does not stop there – Terra Therma also offer maintenance and aftercare service to ensure your systems stand the test of time.

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“Homeowners, architects, construction firms and commercial and industrial enterprises trust Terra Therma with all their heating needs,” commented Sean Casey, Managing Director and Founder of Terra Therma. “No other company can provide you with such comprehensive design, installation and maintenance services – all founded on a genuine depth of knowledge that keeps pace with a changing industry. “We take pride in the excellent standard of service we offer and our team have all the training and

knowledge to help you with any questions that you have. “As part of this, our aftersales service is designed to keep your world warm when you need it. With our engineers just a phone call away, we can keep your heating system in excellent order to ensure it serves you for years to come.” Terra Therma has won many awards for their exceptional services. These include Grand Designs House of the Year & runner up, Second place for small renewable project of 2016 for East Anglia, Highly commended for RHI Installer of the Year for East Anglia and their technical Director was awarded Bronze for Energy Efficiency Champion again for East Anglia. To find out more arrange a visit to the demonstrator house in rural Essex and witness for yourself the fantastic range of money saving and energy-saving options available to you as well as experiencing the exceptional technical support in person. Contact T +44 (0)1621 858555

Leaders in design and manufacture of steel framed buildings

L-R – Sean Casey, Managing Director & Mark O’ Brien, Technical Manager at Terratherma

Design & manufacturer of high quality steel framed buildings Highly experienced, UK suppliers of High Quality Steel Frame Buildings. Priding themselves with creating buildings to a quality design, that is built to last. With over 25 years of experience in the supply of steel frame buildings, aswell as groundworks, drainage and foundations. T 01691 610083/07852 172071 |

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Product Innovation Award

The Flexible Coating Company Here at Building Solutions UK, we remain focused on promoting businesses of the highest calibre operating within the building sector that make considerable contributions to consumers with their unique products and competencies. We are subsequently pleased to present Thermaset Ltd with our duly deserved Product Innovation award and tell our readers more about the company’s dedicated services, movements and future plans. The organisation – which prides itself on being a well-positioned powder coatings manufacturer and supplier – was originally founded in 1984 by Tom McElhannan and has since developed a countrywide reputation for its excellency in this niche. Now managed by Tom’s son and daughter, John and Gill, the business has remained a family-run enterprise boasting over thirty years of refined experience in the formulation of thermosetting powders for electrostatic application. All associated requests can be catered to accordingly courtesy of the team’s vast skillset and knowledge base within the industrial powder coating industry, as Thermaset’s Commercial Manager Nigel Crane informed us, “Our employees are empowered to answer all queries as quickly as possible and thus the personal touch that is bred inside the company is translated out to our customers. Over 45% of our staff has another member of their family working here and our current average length of service is over 15 years.

variations and the all-encompassing offering even includes anti-bacterial, post forming and specialist powders (which can be developed where necessary). There are thousands of formulations available, so there’s no colour that can’t be successfully matched, and orders can be taken in numerous quantities (from as little as a few kilograms right up to bulk deliveries dispatched in tonnes for a long-term contract). It is this flexibility that makes Thermaset stand out amidst its competitors in the marketplace, as Nigel continued: “The depth of our stock range and level of customer service we offer is what places us in a strong position in the industry. This ensures we have a varied pool of clients; the beauty of our customer base is that we have the ability to serve everyone from one man outfits to the multinational companies. Such is the professionalism and expertise of our staff; we can cater for everybody’s needs.

L-R – Ben Jennens – Sales & Marketing Co-ordinator, Phil Strode – Sales, Nigel Crane, Commercial Manager & Tony Green – Sales at Thermaset Ltd for re-use, need no pre-mixing and can be easily controlled with minimal wastage. Available in Epoxy Polyester, Epoxy Powder, Polyester and numerous other specialties, the powders are suitable for the following applications: household appliances, automotive, furniture and electronics. “Being able to deliver such a wide variety of stock for next day delivery also separates us from our competitors, as does our ‘Pre 12 for a Pre 12’ delivery service which enables clients to have a morning delivery on their powder on all orders received before noon the previous day. We like to think that this service helps our customers to become more efficient without incurring any extra expense.”

“With this in mind, we have great faith in our staff that all of our products are manufactured to the highest possible standards and our ethos of ‘right first time, every time’ is carried out. We have never lost sight of the fact that we are a family owned firm (the third generation of the family is also employed by Thermaset) and very much think of our employees as such.”

Because operations are undergone with the strictest testing processes, clients can rest assured that the products they receive are of the highest possible quality. Keeping close control over all proceedings ensures consistency and complete customer confidence, and this is made possible as the R&D and production facilities are strategically positioned on the same site as Thermaset’s general office.

The Staffordshire-based company, which is currently working toward ISO 14001 accreditation, boasts an impressive status as the largest sole UK based manufacturer of its kind with the most extensive product inventory. The stock range comprises many

These first class corrosion resistant powder coatings essentially eliminate the utilisation of solvents, which in turn enables users to complete the process efficiently without being hindered by frustrating runs and sags. In addition to this, they can be recovered


Upon detailing Thermaset’s current performance and plans for the future, Nigel was soon to enlighten us about the company’s most recent developments and agendas, “We have recently attained ‘Qualicoat’ approval, which allows us to supply architectural grade powder coating to the industry,” he said. “Having recently purchased land adjacent to our current factory, we are also completely redeveloping our office and laboratory workspaces creating a bigger and better working environment as well as instigating a ‘training school’ where prospective clients can learn about the industry and how best to use our product.

of this brand new system whilst undergoing major building works on our offices.” The hard-working and friendly group of representatives at Thermaset are readily available to provide guidance and information as well-equipped specialists competent in handling tasks of all sizes and complexities. Formulation and manufacture of unique powder coatings are available within just five working days, and standard products can be delivered the very next day, so if you are interested in enquiring then please don’t hesitate to give the team a call. T +44 (0)1827 55777

“In addition, we have just made a large capital investment into our newly installed ERP system, which will make the entire business process more streamlined, thus increasing capacity from both a manufacturing prospective and an administrative one. We are hoping to continue the development

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Product Innovation Award

Challenges us to find you a Solution... The Flexible Coatings Company Thermaset Ltd have established an enviable UK-wide reputation for innovation and excellence in the formulation and manufacture of thermosetting powders for electrostatic application. Established in 1984, our success has always been based on the principal that our customers’ problems are our opportunities. Like many companies, we had humble beginnings, but we have grown and thrived in an increasingly competitive market place by maintaining the exact same focus on customer service we had on day one. For our customers, this has meant security in the knowledge that we provide the right solutions at the right time – no matter what the request. The expertise of our personnel in powder coating spans over 30 years.

✔✔Widest stock range in the UK ✔✔Over 100 years colour matching experience ✔✔UK wide technical sales force ✔✔Next day delivery for stock items. T 01827 55777 F 01827 53773 E W A Thermaset Ltd, Claire Works, Anders, Lichfield Road Industrial Estate, Tamworth, Staffordshire, B79 7TA, United Kingdom

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Building Excellence

Green Building’s LEED Credit promotes sustainable forestry

A Precise Sawing Solution for Parker Precision

The UK green building movement can now benefit from an expanded range of responsibly-sourced timber and forest products eligible for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

installer feedback on what adds value to the product proposition.

In April the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) issued an Alternative Compliance Path (ACP). This ACP rewards building projects that use wood products from certified sources. Wood is an increasingly popular choice for construction because of its aesthetic qualities, and numerous environmental benefits – including its renewability and recyclability plus a lower carbon footprint than other materials. Forest certification programmes such as PEFC’s provide evidence that wood originates from responsibly-managed forests. Last year’s Central Point of Expertise on Timber (CPET) review of public sector timber procurement policy (TPP) Category A Evidence, saw PEFC Chain of Custody once again judged to provide

assurances of legal and sustainable timber sourcing. Using PEFC-certified timber helps achieve Excellent and Outstanding BREEAM ratings and helps meet Passivhaus performance levels. It also plays a pivotal role in satisfying the requirements of Part L and Part E of the Building Regulations. In addition, PEFCcertified timber is a central component of the RICS Ska environmental performance standard for fit out projects. For further information, visit:

Salamander Pumps has launched an installer loyalty scheme offering both attractive personal rewards and business related benefits. Ongoing installer engagement has shown that trusted brands not only build customer retention but also, overtime, increase the value and frequency of purchase through incentives, including gifts and upskilling. Salamander has developed the scheme based on continuing

Further advantage can be gained when installers feature on a UK wide ‘approved installer’ map following completion of the e-modules. From the map, consumers can find their nearest installer by going to the ‘Where to buy’ page of the main Salamander website. Finally, scheme members have their own online forum to give their opinions, find out what others think and enjoy problem solving conversations. The loyalty scheme is sign posted on the home page and can be accessed at: www.salamanderpumps.

Parker Precision, a highly respected West Midlandsbased precision engineering company, has invested in a new automatic shuttle vice bandsaw from Addison Saws. The saw, an Everising S-250 HB-NC model, is bringing efficiencies of 60% to Parker’s sawing line and is being used to feed no fewer than 20 CNC milling machines. Originally renowned for manufacturing parts for Concorde in the late 1960s and early 1970s, long-established Parker is today best known for the development and

manufacture of ultra-precise components for industries spanning the aerospace, oil, defence, electronics and medical sectors. Need to enhance sawing capability “With a growing order book, we identified the need to further enhance our ability to precision-cut heat-treated lengths of aircraft-grade stainless steels as well as aerospace alloys,” comments Parker Precision’s Marketing Director, Marc Corns. Contact T +44 (0)1384 264950

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Commitment to Excellence

Pioneers of anti-slip stair-nosings Safetytread products are a range of bespoke, premium, high quality anti-slip stair nosings manufactured in the UK. Safetytread is environmentally friendly and provides a more economical solution than cheaper plastic materials. The treads will add excellent slip resistance to any staircase (internal or external); can be tailor-made to fit the exact dimensions of a stair tread and are available in a wide range of colours. With many years experience in the manufacture of anti-slip, stair nosings and insert strips, you can rest assured that we offer the finest quality products. By installing Safetytread products, you are proving to not only visiting people and staff that you care and take their safety seriously, but you are also making a statement to everyone that you will not cut corners on quality and wish to make your building an attractive and safe environment. The Safetytread product range uses 100% recycled aluminium and ‘Carborundum’: Safetytread’s unique infill for stair treads and nosings. The non-slip properties of a carborundum filled tread exceed all HSE requirements for slip potential in wet, dry and even greasy areas. Our exceptionally high quality product range is designed to outlast lower quality, cheaper products by many years: Carborundum’s hard wearing infill will last far longer than the rubber and PVC products of our competitors as the product quite simply does not wear down.

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Pioneers of High Quality Antislip Stair-nosing Building Solutions UK is extremely pleased to present its highly prestigious and richly acclaimed Commitment to Excellence profile to Safetytread. Years of experience in the manufacturing of anti-slip stair nosings and insert strips has led to Safetytread becoming a renowned name in the industry. Boasting an outstanding portfolio of bespoke, high quality anti-slip stair nosings manufactured in the UK, the company satisfies the needs of clients in a variety of sectors including contractors, flooring companies, joiners, restaurants, railways and airports. The business, which is based in Poole, Dorset, was acquired in 2009 by Bell Plastics – a well-established business formally part of the renowned brand Trimplex, which traded for over 50 years. This strong background has allowed Safetytread to grow from strength to strength, adapting and expanding to become a leader in its field. “By installing Safetytread products you are proving to not only visiting people and staff that you care and take their safety seriously, but you are also making a statement to everyone that you will not cut corners on quality and wish to make your building an attractive and safe environment,” commented Lorraine Mason, Sales & Purchasing Executive at Bell Plastics and Safetytread. “Our premium range of anti-slip stair nosings is suitable for every application and is renowned for being incredibly long lasting and environmentally friendly.” These innovative products sustainably made from recycled aluminium profiles and either a ‘carborundum’ or PVC-Composition filler, ensure sturdiness is maintained in multiple settings. The treads allow both internal and external staircases to remain slip-resistant, and they can be customised as appropriate to fit the exact dimensions of a stair tread. What’s more, they are available in a range of attractive colours, so they will suitably slot into your premises with style, consistency and professionalism.

Although considered to be more highly priced in the market, Safetytread’s solutions actually provide a more economical solution when compared to the cheaper plastic alternatives because the materials utilised have superiority in regards to strength and durability. PVC treads, which are typically glued into place, don’t have the staying power required to serve its purpose for elongated periods of time, whilst the unique fittings supplied by Safetytread – which are classed as some of the best and most environmentally friendly – require little maintenance, lasting approximately 20-25 years. In fact, once laid, nothing else needs to be done except for routine cleaning of the surface, meaning money is essentially saved in the long term (especially since the flooring doesn’t have to be redone every 12 months, as would be required with plastic prototypes!) “The reduction of preventable accidents in both working and commercial environments can be achieved with ease thanks to Safetytread’s essential safety components for the everyday user,” concluded Lorraine. “When it comes to the wellbeing of visitors and staff members you can never be too careful, so make it your priority to equip your structures with the best stair nosing mechanisms on the market.” For more information, contact Safetytread on: +44 (0)1202 625596 email: or visit the website at:

Advanced acoustic solutions The Sound Solution is extremely pleased to announce they are now able to offer all products and materials by ideatec. The Design communities’ awareness of the importance of good room acoustics is growing. Speech intelligibility in the classroom is critical for our children. Studies revealed that the loss of consonants from teacher to pupil, particularly in old Victorian classrooms, adversely affected learning. In Healthcare studies have shown that noise, which can be defined as ‘unwanted sound ‘can increase heart rate, blood pressure, respiration rate and even blood cholesterol levels. Acoustic design is particularly important in the care of the elderly experiencing hearing loss and those with dementia. Communication is essential and therefore unnecessary or unwanted acoustic ‘clutter’ must be reduced to provide

the best possible hearing environment. Excessive noise or overstimulation can lead to confusion and frustration and even affect balance. Risk of falls, frustration, anger and aggression can result from a poorly designed acoustic environment. Acoustic absorption is essential in cinemas, theatres and performance spaces to prevent reverberated sound from the sound system or the orchestra/performer interfering with clarity. In offices and conference rooms sound absorbing surfaces reduce acoustic ‘clutter’ providing a less stressful and pleasant environment. Who has not been frustrated in a restaurant not being able to hear the person across the table because all the smooth,hard, windows,floor and ceiling surfaces are bouncing the sound around the room? Contact T +44 (0)7889 048571 T +44 (0)1423 339163

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Product Innovation Award – Flood Detection

Industry Excellence with the Innovative SuDS Solution Rainwater Harvesting Ltd has been duly commended with our Product Innovation Award, we are delighted to announce here at Building Solutions UK. The company, which can be found at Harrier Park in Peterborough, was founded in May 2007 and has gone from strength to strength in the years that have ensued. The brand is now widely considered one of the UK’s leading rainwater harvesting specialists and is renowned for its ability to assist its customers with the provision of concentrated support and high quality solutions. Product innovation is essential in ensuring an effective response to the strains surrounding the UK’s water infrastructure (climate change, population and urban growth being the main contributors). In an attempt to maintain a sustainable cycle to combat the subsequent shortages of supply and severe flooding, Rainwater Harvesting has developed an entirely new Integrated Water Management System.

this cost-effective solution will significantly impact the storm attenuation market with its easy integration and high performance functionality. Designed by industry frontrunners, the decentralised water management system collects water from a roof space whilst removing debris using a selfcleaning filter, and an underground tank stores and attenuates the clean water which is then discharged at a calculated rate. If required, the cool, fresh water can then pumped back into the house for toilets, washing machines and outside use.

information please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Rainwater Harvesting today. The friendly group of professionals employed at the company will be happy to negotiate with you in a noobligation phone call and instant quotes can be readily supplied where requested. You are also free to post questions and queries via the company’s social media platforms or send across an email detailing your requirements. Rainwater Harvesting Ltd T +44 (0)1733 405111

“There is nothing else available out there that solves the problems occurring within the industry,” commented Marketing Specialist Jarred Lester. “The large, modular tanks seen on many sites typically require around 50 houses for the system to work effectively, but the compact RainActiv is ideal for smaller sites as it works on a house to house basis controlling the discharge rates.”

The simple yet functional innovation, named RainActiv, merges the heavily controlled release of attenuated water into the network with the option to combine with Rainwater Harvesting. The revolutionary Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SuDS) device has an ultra-low discharge rate (as low as 0.05 litres/second per property; 50X lower than some Vortex flow control systems) and has the flexibility to calibrate with individual site requirements.

“The specially developed system controls the rainwater at source making a better use of the space,” added Office Manager, Jae Lester. “For every specification, we use high end SuDS calculation software Micro Drainage; this ensures clients can be absolutely clear about their discharge rates. Having recently focused our attentions on sustainable drainage systems, we believe that this product will make a massive difference to the industry with its notable cost savings.”

As a completely unique concept,

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Go with the flow

Rainwater Harvesting with controlled storm attenuation

What is Rain Activ? Rain Activ is an innovative new SuDS system that can be used in conjunction with Rainwater Harvesting. Unlike others on the market, Rain Activ is delivered with SuDS run off values required to submit for planning applications. Rain Activ is also virtually infinitely variable to attenuate between 750-15,000L and as the rate of attenuation which can be calibrated to individual site requirements. How does it work? Rain Activ utilises a custom built SuDS/filtration element with two sections, an upper and lower element. The upper element filters water from the roof space before it enters the tank. The lower element controls the SuDS of Rain Activ. On top of the lower SuDS Chamber is a small inlet, this is the flow control valve. When water reaches this it will be released from the tank at the pre determined discharge rate. Water below the SuDS chamber will be stored for traditional Rainwater Harvesting. Customers supply our technical team with required site drainage figures and Rain Activ is specified bespoke to requirement. This means the system will be capable of attenuating a ‘1 in 100 year‘ storm effectively. The volume of water to be attenuated can be altered by altering the ratio of Rainwater-SuDS by increasing the height of the SuDS chamber. The rate of attenuation (run off rate) is calibrated by modifying the size of the SuDS inlet. Why Rain Activ? Rain Activ is an exciting opportunity, both to large developers and homebuilders alike. By using Rain Activ, the need to build and maintain SuDS elements such as wetlands and balancing ponds is lessened. This can increase the amount of useable land that can be built on. Homebuilders are provided with a ‘turn key‘ SuDS solution, fully documented ready for planning submission. By utilising Rainwater Harvesting owners can save up to 50% on water bills as well as making their projects are more sustainable.

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Flood Defence News

Flood Defence, WLM and Drainage event that was strictly trade and a major networking opportunity for the industry” adding, “In this regard, it was a major success and will improve as the word spreads; the figures speak for themselves.”

The first Floodex, held at Peterborough Arena, was a huge success with many exhibitors already committed to exhibiting again in 2017. Floodex was

launched as a trade event for flood defence and the water level management (WLM) sector looking at flood defence, prevention, mitigation and

drainage. But Floodex is not just about flood prevention, but covers WLM holistically, as many believe an integrated approach is needed to future proof Great

Britain against the devastating effects of large scale flooding An extraordinary 72% of our visitors, from the pre-registration questions, stated that they either influenced or made the final purchasing decisions. This underlined how good the decision has been to partner with the Association of Drainage Authorities, who made a valuable contribution in delivering an audience that was an amazing 39% Internal Drainage Boards and Local Authorities, 19% from engineering and contracting with another 11% coming from construction. Jon Irwin, Event Director said, “If you weren’t one of the Floodex exhibitors, you missed a very good opportunity and, as we are not planning to expand the exhibitor base, only the number of qualified visitors, our exhibitors can look forward to an even better 2017.” He went on to say, “The idea behind launching Floodex, was to deliver an

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Exhibitors at Floodex capitalized on two days of networking opportunities, with Floodex bringing together leaders in the Local Authority, Internal Drainage Board (IDB), engineers, builders, designers, consultants, contractors and planners with the supply chain and service providers. Irwin said, “We would like to attract more developers and facility managers, as long term flooding forecasts, thanks to the latest mapping techniques, could affect the decisions of lenders and insurers, based on flood resilience.” Floodex provides visitors with the opportunity to save days, weeks and possibly months of legwork, sourcing and communicating with experts and organizations, by having them all under one roof for two days. This is the most efficient use of anyone’s time and money. Some of the comments from exhibitors included Tony Green from Cemex, who said, “We found the Show extremely busy and worthwhile.” David Knapp from Mackley said, “It has been a really good show, a really good two days and I like to think we will be supporting and continuing the relationship (with Floodex).” For more information, including a video, pictures and downloadable report, visit:


Flood Detection News

World Leaders in Flood Protection Devices When it comes to flood protection resources for your home and business environments, there is no brand better positioned to do the job more successfully than Floodcheck®.

strives to improve the Earth’s carbon footprint and save water where possible, and so holds product development and industry innovation in high regard. From its facilities in Essex Floodcheck® conducts its testing and assembly processes, overseeing the lifecycle of a solution from concept to completion in a bid to find the most effective ways to monitor water usage.

According to UK insurers, the chance of people filing an escape of water claim is three times more likely to happen than a theft claim. Further research conducted last winter found that insurance companies received over 3,500 claims on a daily basis, with the average damage caused to properties by burst pipes reaching £25,000 per household, so internal flooding is by no means a small matter. Understanding the relentless impacts of water leakage, founder William Saint developed the original Floodcheck® products upon encountering problems with dishwashers and washing machines in his job selling and servicing white goods for a small chain of retailers. The first prototype was the MANUAL model, designed to protect against burst hoses in such appliances, and several years later saw the introduction of the AUTO variety, a more sophisticated version incorporating advanced micro-processor electronics. The potential for the AUTO flood prevention device was soon realised and the product was subsequently granted international trademarks and patents, undergoing the necessary tests organised by the UK water standards to meet stringent WRAS requirements. The intelligent valve,

which has the capability to monitor the water supply around-the-clock every day of the year, made such a significant impression that it even won the Innovation Award after William entered the product into the Essex County Council Innovation Competition.

solitary button) and Wetpads (for drip and leak detection). A Floodcheck® Electric Stopcock can also be supplied as a battery-operated supplement increasing customer convenience with an easy-to-use function enabling water to be turned on or off at the flick of a switch.

Available in UK and EU 15mm & 22mm and USA 1/2” and 3/4” sizes, Floodcheck® AUTO instantly switches off the mains water supply if an abnormality (a water leak, an excess flow of water, low temperature or zero water usage) is detected. Additional items can be purchased to complement the device, in the form of a Water Control Switch (which offers the option to bypass, vacate and reset the system with a

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Unbelievably, a heavy percentage of homeowners don’t have any water leak detection systems fitted and so remain utterly susceptible to excess water damage. In fact, movements to combat this are only taken once a flood has taken its toll on a property – and this is often at the insistence of insurers – but why wait until after the damage is done to act? Be proactive and stop the damage before it has the chance to begin its destructive path with Floodcheck’s® tried and tested flood prevention products. Contact T 0800 357 9798

Building Worldwide on our Strengths Cofra, the ground improvement specialist, manufacture, supply and install the Geoflex range of plastic sheet piling products across Europe. Advantages of Geoflex • Cost saving over steel


Could more time to react help you? An early flood warning system can alert you of rising water levels as it happens, at any time of the day. The LeveLine-EWS (Early Warning System from Aquaread, will send SMS and email alerts to all contacts as flood waters rise, giving you precious time to react.

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Grand Designs Show Review

An Inspirational Event on a Grand Scale

Crown Pavilions creates luxurious garden rooms and gazebos Crown Pavilions has built a global reputation for creating some of the most luxurious garden rooms and gazebos.

Heavily influenced by the popular Channel 4 television series, Grand Designs Live is the place to be for all of your interior, technology, kitchen, bathroom, garden and general build requirements. Proudly sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements, the show is set to be even bigger and better than ever before with next year’s edition, which is due to take place over the course of 9 days. Running from 30th April – 8th May 2016, this will be a truly unmissable occasion for those interested in home design and improvements.

to view all of the latest developments in the sector, including innovative new products which will transform every room in the house. Renowned for being the biggest expo of its kind (within the UK), the convention will feature over 500 exhibitors across seven different sections. Exciting live sessions – lead by interior experts and TV personalities – will make for a buzzing atmosphere, and exhibitors can take full advantage of exclusive show offers and discounts whilst offering live demonstrations at their stand during the showcase.

Visitors will be provided with the opportunity

Specialising in bespoke structures for the garden, this Oxfordshire company has attracted a star-studded client list and customers across the world with orders from as far afield as the Caribbean Islands, North Africa and the Mediterranean. The team of highly-skilled craftsmen has been carefully selected to ensure that creativity is consistently coupled with meticulous attention to detail to build both functional and headturning rooms. Customers range from private individuals – including the likes of celebrity gardener Alan Titchmarsh and Dragon Duncan Bannatyne – to an enviable list of corporate clients including five-star hotels, spas and health clubs.

Frameless sliding doors and slim line pivot doors & windows Our vision is simple, Vision. Being able to see exactly what you want: your view, not your window or door. We specialise in installing frameless doors and windows in homes and commercial buildings across the UK. We take glazing to a whole new level, by making it invisible. We pride ourselves on making our prices as transparent as our glass. For a basic quote, please simply give us the dimensions of your door/window and whether you want it 2 or 3 panes, and we will give you an immediate

And the structures have become more and more adventurous and indulgent with cinema rooms, garden offices, pool rooms and outdoor kitchens and bedrooms all featured in the most recent Crown Pavilions’ designs. Contact T +44 (0)1491 612820

The Sign of Building Quality Holding the prime position as the UK’s largest trade association in the building industry, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) is a notfor-profit organisation that was founded way back in 1941. Striving to maintain, promote and protect the interests of both small and medium-sized building companies is the association’s main priority – along with the dedicated representation of their core practices and beliefs – in order to successfully increase awareness of the work they do.

price. This doesn’t include any modifications, which we can discuss if you wish to personalise your quote, but it will give you a rough idea of affordability. If you have your own vision that

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When its about the view, not the window...

Architectural Vision Systems is a company founded out of the structural glazing market, with the principles having worked on many complex projects in demanding situations. Having built many complex opening products ranging from 2,000kg opening glass rooflights to pivot opening glass facades it has become clear that there is a consistent demand. The requirement: remove the divides between outside and inside whilst maintaining the comfort of modern living. Our window and door systems realise this vision through experienced design, use of quality components and dedication to innovation with the elements that you don’t see to create less of what you do see.

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The independent firm specialises in the provision of reliable support and advice to help clients to meet their expected building and construction goals. Helping organisations to deliver exceptional

services whilst increasing brand recognition can be easily achieved with the group, as the FMB is a coveted mark of building quality and excellency. Having progressed rapidly since its establishment, the FMB is now a major trade body operating on a national and regional basis via its strategically placed offices, which are located in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The association prides itself on its broad base of professional members; scrupulous and dedicated builders and specialists that have been carefully selected based on set criteria. T +44 (0)20 7025 2900

Time is right for council house building ‘renaissance’ Calls for a ‘national renaissance’ in council house building should be heeded in the wake of current economic uncertainty. Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “The UK is suffering from a chronic shortage of homes and that’s as true now as it was before the UK voted to leave the EU. Although the Government has reaffirmed its commitment to addressing the scarcity of homes, builders will be waiting for signs that confirm that this isn’t mere rhetoric. Today’s call from the Local Government Association (LGA) for a ‘national renaissance’ in council house building is timely and we urge the Government to allow local government the freedom and support it needs to once again take a leading role in building new

homes. At present, for every £1 spent on house building by the Government, roughly £4 is spent on housing benefit. By increasing public spend on house building, homes will become more affordable and at the same time, significantly decrease the housing benefit bill. With uncertainty beginning to weigh on the private sector, as evidenced by the negative construction statistics released earlier this week, support for a significant upscaling in social house building would send out a strong, reassuring message. Prevention is better than the cure and we believe that a commitment by the Government to crank up its programme of council house building would serve to ease any jitters in the building industry and the wider economy.”

EU exit delivery plan needed to boost construction sector New construction statistics for June, which show the weakest sector performance for seven years, are a cautionary sign of the damage that current uncertainty is causing to the building industry. Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said, “June’s PMI figures, which show a huge dip in construction output, reflect our fears that uncertainty over the outcome of

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the EU referendum would hit our sector. In the wake of the UK’s vote to leave the EU, there is a growing concern that this period of uncertainty is only just beginning. Construction is an industry that is particularly vulnerable to dips in confidence and it appears that many clients were hesitant to commit to new projects as they were unsure of what the future held. An exit road map is needed to show what steps are going to be taken to withdraw from the EU.


Homebuilding & Renovating Show Review

Unlimited Inspiration It is no easy feat to build or renovate a dream home, and this is something that is completely understood by the organisers of the Homebuilding & Renovating Shows, who purposefully strive to support those in their associated endeavours. The string of influential trade shows are ran across a variety of locations for customer convenience, essentially ‘touring’ across the following areas: London, Edinburgh, Harrogate, Somerset, Birmingham, Glasgow and Surrey. The next convention taking place in Birmingham will be held at the NEC from 23-26 March 2017. The nationally acclaimed showcase will welcome hundreds of important industry exhibitors and decision makers across the course of the four day event. This exclusive opportunity will enable attendees to liaise with various self-build specialists, renovation experts and brand leaders whilst reaping the benefits of scheduled masterclasses and comprehensive seminars. This is further strengthened with the provision of free expert advice and the chance to explore thousands of exciting products and services.

ESP Energy – Renewable Energy Specialists Renewable Energy has become mainstream and affordable in recent years and should be considered for heating and lighting in new build and renovations projects in both commercial and domestic situations. Here at ESP energy we work with clients in many sectors including construction, new home development, retail development, hotels and public building contracts. ESP energy are MCS accredited, ensuring that your project will be implemented to the highest standards. Our experience of over three hundred commercial installations has included the following – Heat Pumps, Solar Panels, Underfloor Heating, Biomass Boilers, Combined Heat & Power (CHP) and District heating schemes. We have recently completed a 2.2MW scheme in the picturesque tourist attraction ‘Portmeirion’ in N Wales. This

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manufacturers in the UK and around the world. From meeting building regulations to meeting short lead times Nuaire delivers on product, price and service. Contact T +44 (0)29 2085 8200

The K Rend Silicone Thin Coat range is particularly suitable where lightweight render systems are required, such as an external wall insulation system. K Rend Silicone Thin Coat products are available in an extensive colour range using the NCS System which helps customers visualise special colours for their project. NCS – Natural Colour System is a logical colour notation system which builds on how humans see colour. K Rend Silicone TC 15 render holds the prestigious BBA


Avant-Garde roofing solutions prides itself on offering the highest levels of customer service from Initial contact to completion of the roof at a competitive price. We pride ourselves on offering quality innovative and permanent Solutions to leaking flat roofs. We are a family owned and run company with over 20 years experience within the flat roof industry, we do not employ sales people and clients who use Avant-Garde Roofing will benefit knowing they are dealing with a decision maker right from the initial survey, installation to completion. We do not employ sub-contractors to carry out any roofing work on our behalf. We are fully insured to carry out work on your property and we have provided a link on this site (see insurance) so you can verify this for yourself.

An external wall insulation system is a thermally insulated, protective, decorative cladding procedure involving the use of an insulating material and a render finish. The most common insulating material is polystyrene, others such as mineral wool, polyurethane foam of phenolic foam may be used. The render finish usually consists of a reinforced basecoat followed by a decorative mineral or synthetic finish.

Nuaire is celebrating its 50th year as a British company that designs and manufactures innovative ventilation products for the residential and commercial sectors. We are proud to be recognised for our expertise, commitment to innovation and the outstanding quality of our products and customer service. Based in South Wales, our factory covers 18,000m2 allowing us to manufacture almost all of our products on site; from small bathroom fans to large air handling units. Nuaire was the first ventilation manufacturer in the world to achieve the quality standard ISO 9001 and the first in the UK to achieve the Carbon Trust Standard, significantly reducing the environmental impact of its sites and supply chain, proving commitment on environmental and sustainability issues. Today Nuaire remains at the forefront of ventilation technology with an array of award-winning ventilation products used in all types of commercial and residential buildings, infrastructure projects and in numerous applications by original equipment

comprised of 1MW of biomass boiler and 1.2MW of oil boilers. A total of 27 properties have been linked together onto one district heating scheme with over 3.5 miles of underground pipework. These properties were running on either LPG, oil or electricity, and included the hotel and castle.

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Reduce condensation (EWI raises temperature of internal walls) Prevent damp & mould: EWI seals buildings from the elements Improve acoustics: hi-density insulation reduces sound transfer.

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Issue 436 • July 2016

Sustainable Solutions with Weber Packaging The Scottish company, which is considered the UK’s packaging supplier of choice, was originally established in 1932 and has spent the many decades that ensued refining its services and capabilities. Operating from its world headquarters and manufacturing centre in Arlington Heights, Illinois and other facilities worldwide has enabled the brand to become an internationally acclaimed leader in the labelling industry.


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“We provide labelling products and solutions for a whole host of companies across a broad range of industries from small manufacturers to FTSE 100 Companies both in the UK marketplace and internationally,” commented Patrick Hughes, General Manager at Weber. “Our ever-growing customer base comes courtesy of our core philosophy that the essence of good customer service is in forming a relationship with clients. Over the years, we have learned that it is this aspect which is the lifeblood of any business, and as a result we ensure our customers know that the answers to all their questions are just a phone call away.” Weber currently provides its first rate solutions to over 50,000 companies around the globe. This phenomenal level of popularity is largely due to the flexibility of the organisation; its line of products can be found in virtually all sectors including manufacturing, food & beverage, logistics, automotive, pharmaceutical, security, retail, chemical, agriculture, healthcare and information technology. The full range of services and innovations can be outlined as follows: inkjet coding, GHS & Chemical, vision systems, mobile solutions, mobile terminals, software, traceability, card printing, RFID, label application, label printing, barcode verification, barcode scanning and label print & apply. Systems are used to address countless applications such as product identification, bar code compliance labelling, RFID smart labelling, inventory control, work-in progress tracking, shipment addressing, and bin & shelf labelling. “Our research and development team has created exclusive label materials that endure the harsh elements found in the pharmaceutical, electrical, and chemical industries,” Patrick said when asked about

the labelling side of the business. “For situations that present unique labelling and coding obstacles our engineering staff has designed systems that include special material handling equipment, distinct label printing, RFID encoding and label application systems (as well as custom label design software packages).” Labels can be developed for logistics, beverages, wine, spirits & craft beer, food, durable goods, label materials, automotive parts, healthcare, sustainable goods and chemical, manufacturing, household, personal care and promotional products. The labelling and coding proficiencies available from Weber include the provision of plain and weatherproof labels which are customised as appropriate to suit projects of any conceivable shape and size. The well-informed and highly qualified group of trade experts – who are suitably experienced in data collection systems, labelling software and materials – are readily available to oversee all associated processes (including label design, manufacture and distribution). In addition, all related hardware, software and application concerns can be addressed at this stage, and the utilisation of strong performance label presses and a widespread library of dies ensure all needs can be met ably with confidence and efficiency. When asked about plans for the future, Patrick was keen to tell us more about Weber’s ongoing movements and core purpose, “As a worldwide company, we are

If you want to view the product catalogues then please visit: for more information; you can also access and download the brochures from the designated tabs online. Alternatively you can get in touch with the team at Weber today if you would like to find out more about these superior packaging solutions and how they can be strategically adapted to suit your personal preferences – the friendly group of representatives will be more than happy to assist you with any enquiries you may have. Contact T +44 (0)1875 611111

Royal Mail takes a step forward in ergonomics and efficiency New equipment supplied by the Tube and Bracket Company has been introduced at Royal Mail to save workspace and reduce staff injury. Conveyors now enable operators to tip loads at a lower level. Mail is automatically dropped onto the conveyor and rolls down in front of the operators who are waiting to sort it. Bundles are picked, banding removed and mail placed into containers at the correct position to push mail away, allowing operators on the other side to pick it up and move on to the next process.

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continually investing in large scale projects to enhance and expand the product range,” he concluded. “Our main goal is to ensure that every customer always finds it a pleasure to do business with Weber.”

Prior to the changes, operators had to pick up 10kg bags, lift above head height and bend to place mail into containers. “This has actually reduced the number of workstations and the space we need. We used to spread out all over the workshop in different areas, so we didn’t have a lot of space, but now it has a permanent home and is set-up 24 hours a day.” said Ken House of Royal Mail, “We don’t have to walk back and forth resetting the work areas, so it’s increased safety as well.”

Trays are returned from the back by a logistics operator to keep staff fed with containers. This has eliminated bending, twisting and lifting. Staff stands ready to do the task without needing to turn around and reach behind them to replenish empty containers.

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Product Innovation Award

The Peristaltic Pump Professionals Here at Solutions UK, we enjoy selecting businesses that have proven time and time again to positively impact the sector they work within – courtesy of the quality systems, technologies, resources and services they offer and promote these brands in their full glory. Thus, we are incredibly pleased to present Verderflex with our highly coveted Product Innovation Award and tell you more about the company and its meticulously adapted range of functional industry specific products.

customers in a multitude of industries as its peristaltic hose and tube pumps have been extensively utilised by those working in the water & wastewater, mining, food & beverage, chemical, pharmaceuticals, printing and packaging verticals. From the smallest of Original Equipment Manufacture (OEM) pumps to the world’s largest hose pumps used in very heavy industrial purposes, you can trust that Verderflex will have it covered with the highest level of professionalism and efficiency.

The trusted supplier specialises in the provision of peristaltic pumping solutions for liquid handling; hose pumps and tube pumps of varying sizes specifically utilised in the process of pumping liquids and dosing chemicals. The group serves a wide cross-section of clients, facilitating the needs of customers from most European countries to the US, South Africa, Japan and China with its high quality components appreciated for their ability to effectively pump abrasive, corrosive, viscous, high density and shear sensitive products.

For more information get in touch via telephone or email (contact details are supplied below). The friendly and approachable representatives employed at Verderflex will be more than happy to assist you with any enquiries you may have – whether you wish to discuss individual applications or want to explore the product range and pump technology in greater depth – then you can rest assured that you will receive the answers you are after. Alternatively you can visit: to find out more about the brand and check out the available resources; incredibly useful brochures, manuals, guides and videos that can provide you with further product support.

Duly noted for its exceptional line of pumps, Verderflex has been pinpointed as an industry pacesetter with a tangible commitment to cohering with the strictest environmental and safety standards. A key example of the company’s innovation comes in the form of the Verderflex Dura, which in essence


Managing Director, Kenneth McCartney and his team

is the first real advance in hose pump technology since the high pressure hose. The Verderflex Dura 5 and Dura 7 HPLV (High Pressure Low Volume Dosing Pumps) are more resourceful means of liquid pumping than its traditional counterparts – high shear pumps that increase chemical use and operational expense with the reduction of flocculent particle sizes – because they ensure a gentler pumping process with sub-litre per hour flow rates. It’s also important to note that Off-Gassing liquids, such as Hypo, often cause traditional pumps to vapour lock, however, the Verderflex Dura 5 and Dura 7 readily pumps these liquids with ease.

in secondary containment – are extraordinary in the respect that they combine the compactness of close coupled pumps with the long coupled pump benefits prominent in HPLV dosing varieties. Core features include effortless dry running capabilities, long-life heavy duty hoses, true dry priming, eliminating, pre-wetting and priming competencies and superior secondary containment and viscous performance. Other advantages include high pressure and low volume dosing, an ability to gently meter shear sensitive components and, of course, the distinctly robust industrial design which has grown to become a trademark of success and industry excellence.

Because they have no valves or stators that are characteristically vulnerable to wear, the Verderflex Dura 5 and Dura 7 can pump lime and highly abrasive chemicals of a similar nature at a pressure of 5 to 8 bar with minimal downtime. Not only are they simple to operate but they are guaranteed to provide scalable performance and require very little maintenance, making them especially suitable as a chemical dosing solution for the water-treatment, brewing and food industries (and at a much lower operating cost).

In recent news, Verderflex has proudly added another rung to its ladder with the deserved acquirement of the well-regarded and utterly important BS OHSAS 18001 accreditation. This particular endorsement relates to employee health & safety and compliancy with the most efficient of practices, carried out effectively in a bid to work towards a zero accident environment, and serves to reiterate the organisation’s dedication to continually improving HSE performance.

These products – dubbed the ultimate

Verderflex is widely acknowledged by

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Embedded Intelligence The Hampshire-based business supplies standard and custom solutions both direct and via its chain of local distributors. The impressive range includes industrial grade motherboards, embedded systems for display and control applications, automotive PC’s for mobile usage and panel PC and touch screen monitor solutions. Its all-encompassing knowledge of technology extends to a refined understanding of system software and all related areas (Windows XP Embedded – XPE & FES – and Windows Embedded Standard 7 – WES7 – included). When asked about BVM’s latest movements, Rod was keen to discuss their relocation last year, “We recently moved into new premises after outgrowing the old space,” he said. “12 months ago, we transferred The company began as a designer, manufacturer and distributor of industrial and commercial computer products for OEM's and systems integrators when it was established in 1989, but the success that ensued in the following years meant the exploration of associated avenues was a necessary business move. BVM is now an internationally recognised supplier of components, sub-assemblies and brandexclusive products utilised in everyday life across a wide crosssection of industries. Its extensive array of industrial PC equipment (motherboards, systems, panel PCs, all-in-one PCs and the like) has been distributed across the world to individuals working within airports, railways, government departments, oil terminals and manufacturing plants as well as those operating in the marine, aerospace, power generation, nuclear, and construction sectors. Rod Clarke, Managing Director of BVM, explained more, “We are

a manufacturer and distributor of computer boards and systems with specialist expertise in ports of embedded Windows operating systems. We have a number of standard PC components but we also have a design team that has the ability to engineer a prototype into a feasible product through the realisation of our customers’ aspirations. “We don’t just provide the necessary systems and metalwork; we also design the actual PCB, as our employees boast an exceptional understanding of the concepts of production. We can undergo all of the essential activities right from the initial concept and consultation through to the implementation of the finished product. Our philosophy revolves around making life easy for the customer, taking the hassle away with the provision of an all-round service and quality products. Here at BVM, we have a lot of experience and so can provide expert advice on what works and what doesn’t, helping the client to devise a suitable solution that can be brought to market quickly.”

to a larger and more functional facility just outside of Southampton in order to better respond to the increasing industry demand. Our mission going forward is to continue to experience this growth: as our customers progress, so do we, and we strive to establish long term working relationships that enable both parties to develop.” If you would like to find out more about BVM and its system integration, embedded OS porting and custom design and manufacturing services then please get in touch with its group of friendly representatives today. Contact T +44 (0)1489 780144

Your Ideas Realised

• Custom design • Proof of concept • Prototypes • Production When customers approach us with their design and manufacturing requests, the question is more or less the same: “Can you manufacture this system for us?” The answer is a qualified, ‘Yes.’ Whether still at the initial idea or partly designed stage. Qualified because we’re typically being asked to manufacture a product that’s still really at ‘proof of concept’ and still has some way to go in enjoying the practicalities of good manufacturability, reliability and good life time availability of components. As we like to say: “A successful product not only requires a competent functional design it also needs to be designed for manufacture.” Contact us for more information about our design and manufacturing services.

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Industrial Graphics & Nameplates

Because quality never goes out of style From our modern facility in South Yorkshire we manufacture and offer services to local, national and overseas customers. These clients range from Blue chip, OEMs and trade customers to private individuals. But it wasn’t always like this Watsons established itself in 1957 in Liversedge West Yorkshire as a small concern producing commemorative plaques and undertaking contract anodising. We still offer these services and so much more. • Anodising & Other Types of Plating • Chemical Etching & Laser Etching • Ano-Printing & Screen Printing • Precision Engineering • Signs, Nameplates & Labels • Artwork & Design & Prototyping • Control Panels & Mimic Panels • Fabrication • Flat cut & built up letters and logos • Decals, Stickers & Overlays • Laser cutting • Engraving on to aluminium, brass, stainless steel, flexible & hard laminates • Powder Coating & Stove Enamelling • Digital Printing

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The Best Labs choose Leman Instruments

Leman Instruments. “They are the most compact of their kind, and they have the smallest footprint on the market with the highest possible efficiency and capacity. They are incredibly safe and eliminate the risk of a chemical reaction, particularly when using hydrogen.

Alexandre Berteletti, Sales & Business Development Manager at Leman Instruments The high technology gas generator specialist Leman Instruments has come a long way since its establishment in 2012. Despite being a contemporary enterprise, the familyrun business has become a European leader in its field, with a reputable status for providing the best quality scientific components for solid, liquid and gas analysis. Leman Instruments offers standard products, OEMs and custom designed realisation involving high purity Hydrogen (H2), Nitrogen (N2), Zero Air & combined solutions for FIDs, GCs, purge Air generations, CH4 & CO2 scrubbers, N2 and multi gas for LCMS. These dependable devices are suitably fitted with high performance communication interfaces (RS485, Ethernet and WLAN options) and have been extensively proven to decrease operational expenses whilst securing a solid return on investment (within the space of 18 months). Promising high press stability, the first rate generation of modules supplement the resolution and detection limits of instrumentation and have been meticulously developed to guarantee simple installation and seamless operation in various laboratory, air quality monitoring and industrial environments. In addition, the constant purity warranties that contamination concerns won’t arise, and the incorporation of intelligent technologies – Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM), Pressure Swing Absorption (PSA) and Catalysis – ensures that the products can be controlled with ease using a touch panel or iPad. “One of the major benefits of the generators is their maximised safety and conservationism,” detailed Alexander Berteletti, Sales & Business Development Manager at


“Because we have strict internal quality control, our generators are on hand to make sure the components run properly. This is of great importance, especially since we insist that our generators are exactly what our customers required corresponding to the specifications mentioned in our data-sheet, maintaining guaranteed levels of purity. After listening to individual requests we can develop custom solutions together with the client, tailored for specific applications (and at competitive prices).” The company, which is headquartered in Archamps Technopole, France, often releases new products to the market. Its exclusive GC STATION 60L & GC STATION 60LC, a combined technology gas generator, is one of the company’s latest releases. The single unit integrates an inboard compressor and, as a fully automated solution combining high purity hydrogen, zero air and nitrogen generators plus on board compressor on a computer tower size, is a concept unlike any other. It is also important to mention the remote control, which is a fundamental asset from Leman Instruments. Incredibly, it is possible to control all of its generators via the internet (with safety/security password or on private servers), which will boost the efficiency and productivity of all types of remote systems significantly. “The past 12 months have been fantastic for the company and we have created a huge evolution for gas generators,” Alexander concluded. “Our aim going forwards is to keep on track with our company direction, introducing new products and increasing our presence in different markets. We operate with maximum care; we ensure to offer single customers direct support and are always happy to answer any questions they may have.” Contact T 0033 4503 94922

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Validation, collaboration, compliance An industry leader in Cleanroom Technology, EMS Particle Solutions provides clients with a full range of solutions in Cleanroom monitoring services and equipment including particle detectors. For over 27 years the company has provided an end to end service in the provision of designing systems, project managing systems, full maintenance and complete validation package. The renowned group has been the only approved PMS agent in Ireland for numerous years and has now assumed an identical role in the UK, offering complete sales and service solutions to England, Scotland, and Wales. “We provide the best cleanroom monitoring advice supported by the newest instrumentation and software to meet and satisfy the constant changes and regulations in your industry,” commented Les Dodd, Business Development Manager at EMS. “Our company has sole access to the latest calibration techniques, procedures, software updates, and genuine particle detector parts supplied direct from PMS. Continuous training

and support from PMS centre’s worldwide, enable us to ensure our customers meet all industry requirements with minimal effect on their core business operations.” The renowned company offers the latest range of products and services to benefit an extensive selection of industries including Aerospace & Defence, Food & Beverage, Industrial Manufacturing, Life Sciences, Microelectronics

They are offered semi-annually and comprise of a combination of in-depth lectures and labs.

and Research & Development. They provide innovative service solutions which are client focused ensuring success such as Equipment Sales and Rental, Calibrations (on and offsite) and Facility (Particle and Environmental) Monitoring Systems.

“At EMS Particle Solutions, we are committed to our role of providing the best quality services and products,” concluded Les. “Our steadfast dedication to Customers, Industry and technology advancements and Continued Professional Education ensures our position of industry leader.” T +44 (0)1223 257704

Partnered with Particle Measuring Systems, EMS also host Particle College programs which are CPD certified. These programs are presented by industry experts covering fundamental industry concepts through to advanced applications of micro contamination monitoring and control.

Britax PMG cuts production area by three quarters

Providing Particle Counter and Monitoring Solutions EMS Particle Solutions Ltd provide cleanroom monitoring services and equipment, including particle detectors and other cleanroom technology. EMS Group has been the only approved PMS agent in Ireland for numerous years and has now assumed an identical role in the UK, offering a complete sales and service solutions to England, Scotland, and Wales.

Vehicle lighting manufacturer, Britax PMG has reduced the footprint of a major assembly area at its factory by 75%, following the introduction of lean manufacturing equipment supplied by The Tube and Bracket Company. New workstations, created using modular components, have replaced conventional benches as part of a continuous improvement programme to streamline production operations. Part of the international Ecco Safety Group (ESG), Britax PMG manufactures a wide range of mandatory and auxiliary lighting and complementary products for use by original equipment manufacturers and commercial vehicle aftermarket customers. The company, who have grown significantly, wanted to enhance the efficiency and productivity of a key production area to meet increased demand. The existing production area had ageing workbenches that were large

and cumbersome. They incorporated too many services, tools and equipment that were no longer needed. Britax PMG recognised that new workstations could be optimised for efficient production and reconfigured when processes changed to better meet their needs. Contact T +44 (0)1295 277791

EMS Particle Solutions offers the latest innovative range of products and services to an extensive selection of industries including: ss Aerospace & Defence ss Food & Beverage ss Industrial Manufacturing ss Life Sciences ss Microelectronics ss Research & Development.

Industries we supply Life Sciences EMS Particle Solutions provides a fully integrated Microbial and non-viable monitoring system integrated directly into the Fill Line PLC & HMI and the site SCADA. Aerospace & Defence EMS Particle Solutions provides high performance, leading edge, particle monitoring equipment in all media types for both Microbial & non-Viable for the Aerospace and Defence industries. Food & Beverage The EMS Particle Solutions service laboratory is top of the range incorporating anti-static benches, clean air cabinets, specialised test and calibration equipment suitable for the facilitating the needs and requirements of the Food & Beverage industry.

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Handling Solutions News

Palletisers, Pallet Wrappers & End of Line Automation Specialists

Phoenix Handling Solutions Limited are based in Burnley, Lancashire, we are the sole UK agents of end of line packaging machinery for several well known World Wide suppliers of packaging machinery. The company was formed in 2010 as a result of encouragement from our ‘Principle Suppliers’ to establish a (UK) office specifically to represent their products, for new machinery sales, services and spare parts etc. The business has more than 50 years combined experience in material handling system’s and thus we provide a wealth of knowledge to be gained by our customers. Our area’s of activity are as follows: • Pick and place robotics for palletising or tray packing • Robotic palletisers – fixed and moving on a track • Gantry type palletisers • Layer palletisers – high and low level infeed for cases or bags • Pallet stretch hood and shrink systems • Pallet stretch wrappers – semi and fully automatic • Rotary turntable, rotary arm and rotating ring types • Integrated product and pallet handling conveyor systems • Case packing either standard American or wraparound type • Collation shrink/tray packing machines • Project Management • Spares and service to UK customers • Maintenance contracts.

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Valve Manufacturing News

New Developments for ambitious Valve Manufacturers Bifold as they launch their new initiative Bifold Store is one of Bifold Group’s newest initiatives, incorporating their preferred range products with the emerging online market and the global acceleration of e-commerce. The preferred range includes a variety of the valves which Bifold Group provides with 48hr despatch. The range includes: Ball and Needle Valves, Check and Exhaust Valves, Flow and Volume Valves, Pilot and Mechanical

Valves, Solenoid Valves and Medium Pressure Valves.

products from across the entire Bifold range.

Bifold Store is a way in which Bifold can offer a selection of products to you online, therefore creating a much more accessible and easy service. The Bifold Store has filter services such as ‘type of valve’ and ‘price range’ to make it easier to distinguish and locate products and navigate around the store.

Once a customer becomes a regular buyer, they will acquire an account and purchase history which will be found under ‘My Account’. In this, customers can view their previous orders, current orders and can re-order the same items again without going through the basket process.

The Bifold Store is an easy way to access the products that are available via 48hr despatch time. The features on the web page make sure to spotlight popular products using a ‘Popular Categories’ section wherein customers can easily select products which are regularly bought. The Bifold Store also includes product images and descriptions along with their operational schematics in order to make product identification much quicker. The Bifold Store website also has easily identifiable tabs of the separate product ranges, again making navigation and accessibility around the online store easy and efficient.

All of the products on the Bifold Store are despatched within 48 hours from the point of order, incorporating Bifold’s new ’48 Hour Despatch’ initiative. This has been successful within the Bifold sales department and so implementing it on the Bifold Store will have the same effect in terms of efficiency. This again improves the accessibility of the products to the customers in conjunction with the other features of the website.

Accessibility is extended further via the various devices that the Bifold Store website has been made available to. Customers can access the website through a multitude of devices, including tablets, phones and computers. This means that products can be ordered in cohesion with the immediacy of the customer demand.

Bifold are dedicated to maintaining the excellence of their products and their new facility confirms their commitment to shortening lead times and meeting customer demands.

There are over 500 products available in the Bifold Store’s growing catalogue, featuring a comprehensive selection of

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Bifold Group would like to take this opportunity to thank all their customers for their continued support.


Structural News


Refurbishment & Conversion Schemes Building conversions as we know are often difficult to complete, frequently with costs spiralling as unknown defects surface. Good and correct investigation can reduce the unknown, however we often see work proposed with minimal investigation or inappropriate investigations employed, based on a standard approach. Refurbishments and conversions can come with their problems which may result in claims being made. This can include issues of damp, mould growth, water ingress and failing roof coverings, with many issues of damp problems, mould growth, water ingress and failing roof coverings. CIRIA 111 (Structural Renovation of Traditional Buildings) provides guidance on the level of investigation as well as typical construction methods used and issues frequently encountered, it is applicable to most low rise buildings of the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries. However even with these fairly well understood buildings, issues occur, we often see remedial DPCs injected of inappropriate type for the wall construction, and increasingly at the wrong height (eg above structural floor joists) inadequate investigation of embedded timbers or a reluctance to re-cover a roof that although may initially appear to be in good order has in reality never performed to modern requirements and importantly modern expectation. Unfortunately, Planning conditions and Conservation control can reduce the appropriateness of a building for conversion to residential use, it is not the case that we don’t agree with these controls, its more that unfortunately new home purchasers have expectations that their new home will perform in the same way as a newly built property and often this isn’t the case, from single glazed windows causing condensation to appear during colder months, to ongoing maintenance requirements and increased sensitivity to a changing climate, the pitfalls can be huge. Fact is that most properties built in the last 150 years are robust, unfortunately unsympathetic use, poor maintenance and simple issues such as increasing ground levels can introduce the enemy of most

buildings – moisture, by far and away the greatest defect we see in buildings proposed for conversion is water ingress through failed roofing and gutters/downpipes (usually as a result of poor maintenance) and moisture rising, not through a failed DPC but usually a bridged perfectly good DPC with resultant rot to timbers both visible and invisible behind wall coverings and other finishes. More recent buildings aren’t devoid of these issues, more that they contain less timber, and were built to more modern standards, however these present other problems such as concrete defects, cladding issues, and in some cases structural issues. There is a lot of guidance out there to assist in the process of conversion, however the aforementioned CIRIA document is an excellent start, but reference to British Standards and even some historic association documents can provide an excellent source of further guidance, and don’t forget we can help you too! Involve us early and we can recommend the type and level of investigation, so that when you start hopefully there won’t be so many unknowns, and where practical we will agree the retention of elements or make clear where replacement is the only realistic approach.

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Fire Safety & Security News

Can Firebreaker simplify risk management? Generally speaking traditional fire suppression systems controls, in both domestic and residential buildings, are located within the structure: but how much safer would it be if fire crews had easy access to sprinkler controls located outside the building? Offering exactly that facility is the innovative Firebreaker system, which is simply attached to the exterior of the building and houses a complete fire sprinkler control apparatus. As well as the obvious safety aspect of Firebreaker that allows fire crews to control the sprinkler system safely away from a potentially hazardous situation – effectively a ‘Fireman’s Switch’ for water services – Firebreaker also offers an easily drain down facility and straightforward, hassle free maintenance.

Firebreaker also offers house builders and those installing retrospective sprinkler systems in refurbished buildings a cost-effective alternative to a traditional internally controlled systems and although designed as direct mains fed system*, as suggested as best practice by the Home Builder’s Federation, it can also be used with traditional tank storage systems. Firebreaker is compliant with all relevant Water Regulations, has backflow prevention built in and is frost protected. Contact Steve Leigh and Associates Limited on: +44 (0)1379 741993 or visit: * Local water company approval will be required for any specific fire sprinkler scheme. Reference to the HBF and Water Company guidelines are verifiable on request.

Professional & Financial Services News FCA Consumer Credit Authorisation

Would you like to offer credit terms for your customers? We will get you authorised. IFA Compliance is a Consumer Credit solution provider. We assist our clients in overcoming the challenges of seeking FCA authorisation and keeping a watchful eye on their on-going regulatory requirements. We undertake the FCA Consumer Credit applications on behalf of the trades. We offer competitive rates & discounts are available.

More info? Call: 01242 807010 or 07792 175470

One of the UK’s leading FCA compliance solutions providers At IFAC Ltd, we are proud to be recognised as one of the UK’s leading FCA compliance solutions providers. Our accurate, efficient and unrivalled professional service takes the headache out of consumer credit applications, and our on-going compliance services make sure that your business stays within the boundaries of the FCA’s regulations. Our services have been used by hundreds of businesses across the UK from a broad range of trades, including heating and plumbing, construction, retail, automotive, charities, housing associations, lenders and manufacturers. We take the hassle out of FCA compliance, leaving you free to do what you do best – run your business. For many firms, large or small, the burden of being directly authorised by the Financial

Conduct Authority (FCA) for their Consumer Credit activity is onerous, or in many cases simply does not fit with their business strategy. With ever changing and increasing Financial Services regulation, this is very often the case for organisations where offering credit is secondary to their main business activity. IFAC provides a safe and simple way of you being Directly Authorised by the FCA. IFAC Ltd. has been trading for over 10 years growing from strength to strength. For further information, either call: +44 (0)1242 807010 or email:

Home Builders? You need Structural Defence Insurance! Advantage Structural Warranty offers a breath of fresh air in a market saturated and drowning in bureaucracy and red tape. Led by a team of highly experienced property experts, the Advantage ethos stands out from the rest, offering a straight forward, flexible and dynamic service, supporting and guiding customers through the build process. Advantage work with a broad cross section of clients from self-builder’s to national housing developers and all in between. The firm offers products for all construction types including retrofits and refurbishments, listed build developments and barn conversions. Advantage work with customers from the very initial phase of construction, with an experienced and qualified team on hand to ensure customers comply with all necessary guidelines and regulations whilst staying true to the original design and wider build objectives. For each project, Advantage assigns a specific surveyor who will form part of the construction team through the lifetime of the project - their expert guidance and advice is only ever a phone call away. The team is often instrumental in problems solving and

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proposing innovative ideas and solutions when faced with challenges. Offering unrivalled levels of customer service, Advantage are committed to operating under partnership principles where the two teams work side by side to achieve the best possible outcome for each project. Advantage prides itself on its competitive premiums, and are approved by all of the main high street lenders as well as many independent financial companies and building societies. The Advantage guarantee is one that is associated with quality and will add weight to the sale of a project whilst offering peace of mind to the self-builder. For further information on Advantage, its products and people visit: www.ahci. or call: +44 (0)845 900 3969.


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Outdoor Screens News

Roofing News

Grey to Green products over the years, the business grew rapidly and has now become renowned for their unique products and outstanding services.

Enhance your surroundings with Hedera Screens’ exceptional range of living green screens, indoor and outdoor living walls, and acoustic walling. The approved suppliers and installers offer a nationwide service, designing and installing stunning creations along with thorough aftercare maintenance. The company was set up in 2007, starting their journey by employing two installation technicians, Hedera Screens began by supplying and installing living green screens, an instant secure hedging. Witnessing an increased interest in

We work closely with architects and clients in order to meet their exact requirements, we pride ourselves on a friendly working environment, low staff turnover and careful management of projects. A strong team ethic, methodical approach to our work and a sense of satisfaction are core to the company’s exceptional track record of consistent delivery on time and to a budget. Armed with a fully qualified team, the company are able to undertake both large commercial Projects and also smaller domestic projects, even providing just supply and delivery only, if required. For more information, contact Hedera Screens on: +44 (0)845 504 8211, email: or visit the website at:

STANDARD AND BESPOKE ARCHITECTURAL ROOFLIGHTS AND ROOF GLAZING Available in many colours, with options in glazing which include the latest Thermally Efficient self cleaning glass. You may require a simple Mono-pitch glass Rooflight, a large Lantern Light or a feature Orangery Glass Roof, all of which come with our renowned pre and post delivery service, which includes site surveys, detailed drawings and full nationwide installation, if required. If you prefer your rooflight to be designed and supplied only, for installation by your builder, we are pleased to advise and provide detailed fixing instructions, along with telephone support to ensure speedy installation. The same service is given to a single supply only rooflight, as it is to a substantial and complex feature installation, both being important elements to any project.


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Adhesives & Fasteners News

Ultracut FBS II fischer is always been at the forefront of innovation and the new fischer Ultracut Concrete Screw is no different. Following the success of their initial foray into Concrete screw market the new product from fischer has several enhancements that are not solely focused on higher load levels and shear values but features that truly benefit the customer. Concrete screws have sometimes been seen as an ‘unsafe’ alternative to a standard through type fixing, with the head especially being ‘suspect’ to some users. However the high performance


concrete screws available today hold very little characteristics similar to the standard wood type screw, which is where many of the uncertainties are founded. Concrete screws in the construction market go through rigorous testing to ensure they conform to all ETA’s and are as safe to use and any through type fixing. When using concrete screws the installation instructions should always be adhered to and users should look to use only ETA labelled products (where applicable for safety critical applications). T +44 (0)1491 827900

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Roofing, Glass & Glazing News

What is CompetentRoofer? CompetentRoofer is the Government-licenced Competent Person Scheme that allows professional roofing contractors to self-certify that their roof refurbishment work complies with Building Regulations within England and Wales. The scheme encompasses all roofing types for domestic, industrial and commercial properties. invalidate your building insurance Cheap work has hidden cost implications CompetentRoofer is the Governmentlicenced Competent Person Scheme that allows professional roofing contractors to self-certify that their roof refurbishment work complies with Building Regulations within England and Wales. The scheme encompasses all roofing types for domestic, industrial and commercial properties. Your property is one of the most expensive and important things that you can own so risking any building work to unregistered contractors, simply because it is the cheaper option, is false economy. Cowboy builders can leave your roof unsafe or unfit for purpose, and put the safety of others at risk their work could also

You need to either notify your roof refurbishment work via your building control or you can register it via CompetentRoofer, a Government-licenced Competent Person Scheme that allows roofers to self-certify their own work, meaning: we notify the council when the work is completed you have the added reassurance that the contractor has already been vetted prior to becoming a member and will continue to have their work checked you will automatically receive a ten year insurance-backed warranty, which includes breach of Building Regulations and contractor insolvency. Contact T +44 (0)207 448 3189

The Glass and Glazing Federation The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) is a specialist trade association acting as the main representative for businesses involved in all aspects of the manufacture of flat glass and products and services for all types of glazing. The organisation is the main hub of information for companies in the UK and internationally who construct, supply or fit glass and glazing products in both commercial and domestic sectors. This covers legislation as well as industry standards for health & safety and quality levels. As well as providing protection for homeowners (when purchasing glass or glazing products and services), the GGF opens up a whole host of opportunities and advantages for its members. Those associated with this professional body will be considered as stand-out companies in the field, as membership indicates compliancy to the highest possible standard as well as best practice in the industry. Members will

also be kept completely up-to-date with all advancements within glass and glazing, effectively placing them ahead of non-GGF registered competitors. The GGF membership base comprises manufacturers and installers of energy efficient windows (in homes and commercial buildings), the performance glass used in all building types (from houses to high-rise tower blocks) and the components that are used to manufacture every type of glazing. Contact T +44 (0)207 939 9101

Heating News The UKs Largest Heating Element Manufacturer

Leading the way Elmatic (Cardiff) Ltd is the largest manufacturer of Industrial Electric Heating Elements in the UK. Elmatic Ltd have the widest product range to meet our customer’s requirements. Our product range includes: ää Cartridge Heaters ää Mica Insulated Heaters ää Ceramic Knuckle Heaters ää Tubular Rod ää Immersion Heaters ää Air Duct Heaters ää Nozzle Heaters ää Ceramic Core Heaters ää Square Section Heaters ää Strip Heaters ää Roller or Disc Heaters ää Fabrication & Sheet Metalwork.

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Gardening & Landscaping News

Artificial Trees, Topiary and Outdoor Plants

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Evergreen Direct provides customers with a finely tuned range of the finest quality artificial planting solutions. For more than 20 years, the company has designed, manufactured and imported artificial trees, plants, hedging and greenery to suit the exact needs if its wide customer base. Dedicated to quality, Evergreens professional team of highly qualified craftsmen assemble each planting display in its very own workshop in North Yorkshire. This enables the company to hand build and customise products to your exact style, shape and budget. Carefully selected foliage is used and imported directly from the manufacturer thus avoiding any middle man costs and ensuring top quality products are delivered at the lowest possible prices. A great asset for Evergreen is their team of artificial planting specialists who offer a fantastic service to customers. If you require extra information about products, would like something bespoke designed

UK’s #1 Supplier of Artificial Trees, Plants, Hedging and Greenery Evergreen have been designing, manufacturing and importing artificial trees plants, hedging and greenery for more than 20 years and we are now proud to present to you our finely tuned range of the finest quality artificial planting solutions. What makes Evergreen special is that all the planting displays are assembled in our workshops in North Yorkshire by our team of talented craftsmen. This enables us to hand build and customise products to your preferred style, shape and budget. The foliage we use is very carefully selected and imported directly from the manufacturer thus avoiding any middle man costs and ensuring we are delivering top quality products at the lowest possible price.

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High quality products, craftsmanship, and flexibility to customise each artificial planting solution to each individual customer all at an affordable price, is what sets Evergreen aside from its competitors. No matter how little or large your space or budget, you are sure to find the perfect planting solution with Evergreen.

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TV Mounts News

Drainage News

Safe and secure behind the scenes deep), hold 10 lbs of weight and are easily adjustable. In order to suit every application, they are available in three widths including Small 6" Wide, Medium 12" Wide and Large 24" Wide.

The impressive collection of high quality TV wall mounts received a fantastic response at the show which took place at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. This superior collection consists of 20 different models which are designed to fit any size of TV in any viewing position providing support and guaranteeing safety.

As a global product organisation with sales subsidiaries in the US and UK, Stanley TV are launching throughout Europe this year. “With quality and innovation as the main core values of the business we are committed to establish a Stanley retail brand and achieve market leadership within five years,” commented Nick Swash of Stanley TV Mounts.

With a fully equipped range of Static TV Mounts, Tilts TV Mounts and Full Motion TV Mounts, you are sure to find the perfect product to suit your needs. The Static collection allow for positioning of the TV in a flat, fixed, stationary position securely and safely to the wall. The impressive tilt collection is ideal for TVs mounted high on walls to get proper viewing angle due to its versatility of positioning the TV at up and down angles. The Full Motion TV Mounts offers the most versatility in TV positioning. TVs can be adjusted up, down and side-to-side to the desired position. Stanley TV also provides an innovation TV Top Shelf. The easy to install shelving system for all Flat Panel TVs provides instant space for mounting your soundbar, speakers, cable boxes, gaming systems and any household item. The unique system offers an easy locking tab for quick installation, solid steel construction, rubber foot for non-marring, thin profile bezel, no slip padding and no scratch undercoating. They are thin to fit most TVs (5"


“Operating from a base in South Wales and across multiple channels, we are looking for business partners who can help us achieve our goal.” For more information on the quality range, contact Stanley TV Mounts on: +44 (0)1656 649000, email: or visit the website at:

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Furniture, Signs & Lighting News LUXURY DORIS S ADJUSTABLE BARSTOOLS It is claimed that Doris Barstools are the most Comfortable Barstools in the World.

¼¼26 Colours of Real Leather ¼¼30 Colours of Eco Leather ¼¼5 Different Barstool Bases ¼¼Heavy Weighted Base for Stability ¼¼Generous, Well Padded Seat for Long term comfort ¼¼Shaped Back that supports and hugs you. MATCHING DORIS P ARMCHAIRS FOR A CO-ORDINATED EFFECT Ideal for Open Plan Kitchen/Dining Areas.

¼¼The Same 26 Colours of Real Leather ¼¼The Same 30 Colours of Eco Leather ¼¼The Same comfortable Seat & Back ¼¼Choice of 10 Chair Bases, including hardwood ¼¼Top Quality Italian Design and Style. ¼¼Delivery throughout the UK. To view all of the options (And many more Luxury Barstools and Chairs) go to: or Tel: 0141 423 8283 or 07802 452 179 | Email: | Trade enquiries welcome

Design your own Chairs or Barstools with our App A Clever App has been created, which allows clients to design their own chairs or barstools. The App comes pre-loaded with:  20 Different Seats  10 Different Legs/Bases for Chairs  5 Different Bases for Barstools  7 Different upholstery Ranges. This gives the client a vast range of options and the selection is visible immediately. How to Design a Chair or Barstool  The Design Process is extremely simple  Just click on a Seat & a Base and the selection appears  Some Seats do not fit some bases. Only Compatible components are visible  Try clicking different seats and see the range of bases change  Try clicking different bases and see the range of seats change 7 Upholstery Ranges  All of the upholstery ranges are shown across the bottom on the left  Click one range and the colours available in that range appear in the Centre of the Screen  Click One Colour and the Seat Colour Changes

 At the Left Border is a panel ‘Upholstery Preview’  Click this Panel for a close up view of the fabric selected

Leg and Base Finishes  The finishes for the legs/bases are shown at the bottom Centre of the Screen  Click on the active image and all options appear Centre screen  Click different wood or steel legs to see the options change Explanation of all Codes etc Go to: design-your-own-chair-or-barstool-25-w.asp T +44 (0)141 423 8283

35 Years of Quality Cast Signs Signs of the Times Ltd manufacture and supply a large range of quality signs to the building trade. The company has been manufacturing signs for over 35 years and so knows a thing or two about signs! Their latest project was the design, manufacture and installation of over 200 signs for The ExtraCare Charitable Trust, Earlsdon Park Village in Coventry. The village will be home to 350 elderly residents so careful attention to wayfinding was necessary. Signs of the Times visited the buildings at an early stage to decide the best positions and number of signs required; then presented the customer with a set of drawings that, once approved, were manufactured and installed to meet their customer’s deadlines. Signs are a modern clean design with Braille, designed to tie in with the décor; also supplied were built up stainless steel letters at the entrance, and an impressive large slate monolith with the name of the complex. Signs of the Times’ cast signs have been very popular over the years for show houses,

and they also manufacture house names and numbers for housing estates incorporating the builder’s company logo. Cast in solid rigid polyurethane these signs are long lasting (polyurethane is an almost inert material), made to suit your project and say ‘quality!’ at the entrance where it matters most. Call for a chat about your project or send details for a quotation: T +44 (0)1525 874185

PEND-LED The unique new product set to revolutionise the domestic lighting market with compliance, quality & guaranteed efficiency PEND-LED is the world’s only integrated LED pendant. It has been designed & tested in the UK by One Electrical Ltd and is protected by copyright, design rights and has a patent pending. On sale in electrical wholesalers from July, PENDLED is set to revolutionise the domestic lighting market. The tamper-proof integrated LED light source prevents the removal and possible refit of inefficient light sources, guaranteeing long, lifetime efficiency. Fully compliant with Part L building regulations, PEND-LED is the only LED pendant solution that can offer this. Because it has been designed as an LED

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luminaire in its own right, PEND-LED offers superior thermal management, performance and life time advantages over current LED retro fit lamps on the market. PEND-LED is constructed in a seamless white PC housing with a slim modern looking shape. The curved opal diffuser delivers a smooth uniformed light output and is suitable for use alone or with any standard UK lampshade. Pre-wired to a 6 inch cable and ceiling rose, PEND-LED is as easy to install as any traditional pendant and is equally suitable for new build or retro fit applications. For information on your nearest stockist or to request further information contact One Electrical Ltd on: +44 (0)161 703 2201 or visit:


Building & Property News

Cubbyhole launch UK’s newest online property website control your move and control your costs.

Cubbyhole is the UK’s newest online property website which entered the marketplace in May, with a fresh and innovative idea for the housing market. To provide all the tools you need to buy or sell a property locally or nationally, from just £60 (inc. VAT). With marketing campaigns taking place across the UK through several media platforms Cubbyhole is sure to get your property noticed! As the UK market battles the ever-growing pressures on first-time buyers, interest rates and Stamp Duty, everyone is looking for ways to save money. On a typical house sale, could save people thousands. By not having to pay the traditional estate agency fees you can is one of the first consumer property portals where buyers and sellers can connect and communicate online – without an actual estate agent. Cubbyhole allows sellers to upload their images, input their own details and most importantly, describe and showcase their home in their own words. In turn, the portal then allows potential buyers to browse the market by location and have direct contact with the seller prior and after viewing a property. Cubbyhole has a ‘Find a Pro’ directory which provides a list of services and trades within a search area that help with every aspect of the purchase or sale of property. Cubbyhole has entered the market with an introductory offer to UK housebuilders, they can advertise their developments free of charge on the Cubbyhole website, providing nationwide exposure. For further information on advertising your property or development through Cubbyhole, please email: or call: +44 (0)1304 614631.

Kite Packaging’s high quality strapping range is at market beating prices Strapping (often referred to as banding) is commonly used throughout industries as a key method for sealing and securing goods. Its popularity is down mainly to the versatile range of materials, tools and applications available to companies who utilise strapping as their key packaging solution. Employed for bundling items together for easier handling, attaching items to pallets and crates, reinforcing cartons and boxes or fastening goods together; strapping in all its forms is increasing in popularity. In order to maintain the integrity of a load as it travels through the supply chain or warehouse, it is key to use the appropriate strapping. Securing and stabilising loads (commonly pallets of heavy items) while in transit, ensures pallets don’t destabilise, products don’t


get damaged and health and safety issues are avoided. Kite offer a price competitive range to meet the requirements for low and high volume operations.

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