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Moda, where outdoor furniture really means business. Unlocking the potential of your outdoor space can be a seriously good business move. Whether you need a place to close deals with clients, a second meeting room or a nineteenth hole par excellence, taking your work outside offers huge attractions. And as the UK’s leading luxury outdoor furniture brand, Moda is ideally placed to help turn your vision into reality. Having started out as a family-run company in 2014, Moda has quickly established a reputation for innovative furniture solutions with exceptional customer service. This has led to a growing demand for their services from an increasingly diverse client base, as a greater variety of commercial sectors have looked to transform their outdoor spaces.
outdoor furniture is designed exclusively in-house. This allows Moda to offer a perfect balance of both style and substance that can be enjoyed all year round. What’s more, Moda’s market leading three-year commercial guarantee offers commercial clients peace of mind and their aftercare policy and maintenance packages reinforces their commitment to client satisfaction.
A tailored approach With a dedicated Commercial team, Moda’s clients can choose from a vast collection of furniture sets to meet all business requirements. Expert account managers are on hand to offer a tailored approach, managing site visits and sampling to guide you through the process of your purchase. With Moda’s market-leading 3d rendering service, designs can be modelled into businesses’ properties and space, providing visual impressions and assisting with further planning and decision-making.
Uniquely modular, uniquely Moda Your outdoor space can change from one day to the next, which is where Moda’s flexible modular systems really come into their own. All of their furniture ranges have a number of modular configurations that can be customised - move them around your business areas, expand your collection, split them up or put them together to complement your changing commercial requirements. It creates a compelling fusion of aesthetics and adaptability. The choice is almost limitless,
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Smart furniture to drive businesses forward With their all-weather materials and uncompromising build quality, Moda furniture collections are meticulously engineered to withstand the demands of the modern workplace - and the great British weather. Every item of luxury
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Take the first step to maximising the use of your outdoor space. Talk to one of Moda’s Commercial Business Development Managers. Tel: 033 3363 7015 or email: email@example.com modafurnishings.co.uk/commercial
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From her work with architects, interior designers, hotels, restaurants and decoration shops all over the world, Jo is perfectly placed to keep at the cutting edge of lighting design. Sustainable Lighting “Environmental impact has been a hot topic for sometime now and is showing no signs of slowing down,” comments Jo. She continues, “Since the pandemic, there is definitely a move to try to live more sustainably in general, which I believe can only be a good thing. In some respects, we had become a bit of a throw away society and the pandemic made us all stop and think about the products we use in our lives and how much wastage we create. For interior design this means incorporating energyefficient products into projects whenever possible and being careful to select items made from sustainable materials. As a result, in the lighting industry we are likely to see more designs from reclaimed and recycled materials, as well as natural materials such as bamboo and rattan”.
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“As business owners, we are all keen to ensure our production methods and packaging materials are regularly monitored to make sure as a company we make as little environmental impact as possible, another point which our customers appreciate. Where the bulbs are concerned, today’s LED energy-efficient bulbs are up to 90% more efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs, lasting up to 25 years. We are now seeing these already efficient bulbs coupled with smart hubs to ensure lights are not left on and this is likely to become more and more commonplace, as we seek control of our energy usage,” explains Jo.
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Sitting comfortably alongside the desire for more sustainable products is the trend for using natural materials in interior design. As Jo comments, “Lighting designs made from natural materials such as glass, cork, silk, linen, rattan and even seashells are likely to be in demand more than ever for the coming season, as interior designers seek to incorporate organic, natural elements into their designs, which also tick the box of being eco-friendly. Themes of nature follow on organically from this as designers find new and different ways of inviting the outside in, something which takes on even more emphasis over the Summer months”.
“Unique, larger-than-life light fixtures are one trend predicted to be big for SS22 and we are definitely seeing a move towards more unique, sculptural designs. Lighting is a great way to make a statement in a room and contrary to popular belief, oversized lights or lamps look great in smaller rooms, as well as in larger spaces. I like to see lighting designs like pieces of artwork, and bold designs, tactile textures and sculptural shapes provide interest to a design scheme even when the light is turned off,” advises Jo.
The age-old concept of Biophilia, that is that humans have an inherent affinity for nature therefore their living environment should more closely connect to it for enhanced health, well-being, and productivity, continues to be of great interest for interior designers and lighting is an important element in such schemes. Jo explains, “For lighting designs we can expect to see organic materials and shapes of nature mimicked, as well as overall concepts which support circadian rhythms by copying the natural pattern of the sun to provide good levels of light throughout the day”. Quality that Lasts “People are looking to invest in quality lighting that will last a lifetime” says Jo. She continues “While there will always be new trends and fashions, at the heart of these designs will be a timeless quality backed by high quality materials. Our own lights have always been about timeless design coupled with expert craftsmanship. Of course, difficulties in importing and price increases in shipping is also leading to higher price points, making every purchase more considered.”
Jo continues, “Equally if not more important is the warmth of the light and how the light is diffused through the room. This is a very important factor in our creations and only enhances larger-than-life fixtures. Some of our models have shades with a golden interior to provide a warm hue, some have a design that allows beautiful reflections on the walls, and some will use fabric which is particularly gorgeous to see through and will change colour when the light is lit.” Scandinavian Styling “Nordic inspired interiors are also predicted to be big for SS22 and for lighting this means simple, clean shapes and a muted colour palette with elements of brass and wood. This relaxed vibe has timeless elements to it, incorporating natural materials, and open bright spaces. Lighting designs which have an element of texture to them are a great way to add warmth to this minimalist modern style and choosing shades in soft hues will make the space feel inviting,” advises Jo. Jo Plismy, Founder Gong www.gong.co.uk 020 3808 4303 PAGE
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Lotte Peplow, the Brewers Association’s American Craft Beer Ambassador for Europe, offers inspiration from a uniquely different beer and food pairing event in the States For British chefs and restauranteurs seeking inspiration for their next event look no further than the States for a unique, one-off beer and food pairing extravaganza! In America pairing beer with food is a sophisticated and highly developed art form matching brewing expertise with culinary skill and doing so in a uniquely collaborative way with small and independent brewers and suppliers working together. According to Nielsen, 88% of American craft beer drinkers enjoy beer with their meal at least sometimes and 59% say they would be somewhat or very likely to choose
a specific beer style based on what they’re eating. Pairing menus are commonplace in most eating establishments in America from basic bars and diners through to fine-dining restaurants and many offer an extensive range of beer style diversity. Special beer and food pairing events attract interest from all over the world such as SAVOR™: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience in Washington D.C on Friday 24th June at new venue The Anthem. SAVOR is a reception style sampling of sweet and savoury appetisers and American craft beers that takes place over one night of culinary bliss. It pairs more than 200 flavour-forward, independent American craft beers with sublime small bites from an awardwinning culinary team to create an unforgettable culinary experience for beer lovers and foodies alike. SAVOR guests have the unique opportunity to sip, savour, and interact with brewery owners, who are acclaimed personalities in their own right! More than 100 American craft breweries will pour over 200
beers. Chef Adam Dulye, the Brewers Association’s executive chef and author of The Beer Pantry, curates the event and will lead an awardwinning culinary team to create a one-off menu of more than 60 food pairings. Tickets start at $144 (approx. £110) and are expected to sell out quickly. More info: www.savorcraftbeer.com While the UK hospitality scene may not be ready for a beer and food event of this magnitude it’s something to ponder for future opportunities. Chefs, restauranteurs and caterers are welcome to make use of the wealth of free resources available on www.brewersassociation.com including the CraftBeer.com Beer & Food Professional Course, downloadable free of charge at www.craftbeer.com/printed/course In the UK, American craft beers is available from national wholesalers or direct from Athletic Brewing, or Cascade Club www.brewersassociation.org PAGE
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Evoca Group has the perfect coffee solutions morning, noon and night Morning noon and night, people want coffee and these days, that means quality coffee. Evoca’s peerless product portfolio has all the solutions – in one place ‘A cup of coffee, please.’ It’s a simple request that’s heard countless times in every hospitality establishment in the country. What’s more, it’s a request guests expect to be fulfilled in a heartbeat. No wonder hoteliers give a lot of thought to their provision of coffee – which means we have one thing in common already… ‘We’ are Evoca Group and thanks to our brands, including Necta, Saeco, SGL and Gaggia Professional, we have the perfect solution for each of those distinctly different times of the day – and places – in which coffee becomes an essential part of the day. Let’s start with a busy breakfast service. Lots of footfall, everybody in a rush. It’s one of those situations that our automatic coffee machines were made for. Kalea Plus is the ultimate way of offering self-service, quality coffee in a hurry. You can offer your guests a delicious menu of coffee drinks, all of them perfectly made at the touch of a ‘button’, from an authentic Italian espresso to frothy cappuccino and a flat white, to name but a few. And the Kalea Plus looks stunning: it really works as a front-of-house machine. Our alternative offer is equally compelling. The Royal OTC, from Saeco, employs bold design to house its professional, robust components. Royal OTC’s capacitive interface with
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The COVID pandemic was disruptive for all of us and heart breaking for thousands of people, but we have now seen the light at the end of the tunnel. With tight restrictions during the first and second lock down’s, we saw many leisure sector outlets offering take away services which clearly demonstrated just how innovative this industry is. When these finished, every establishment with even the smallest outdoor area made use of the space in order to accommodate customers outside in the fresh air which was deemed to be safer in order to help stop the disease spreading. This move highlighted the fact that previously unused areas could increase footfall and thus profits, and the vast majority of outlets seized this opportunity. However, with six months of lockdown, cash flow was the biggest issue and one that had been predicted by Indigo awnings Ltd who introduced a no deposit lease option. This meant that the very best quality products such as awnings, giant heated parasol and even retractable roof fixed structures could be installed with monthly payment starting one month after completion. Payments can be spread over 12 – 60 months and in fact, the daily takings and thus profits far exceeds the monthly payments and this helped many outlets to get back on their feet. Outdoor areas were turned into attractive spaces which provided weather protection, heaters, lighting and planters. This in turn has created a new trend in terms of business expansion which does attract new customers all year round and not just for the Summer months.
Indigo has installed products at pubs, restaurants, hotels and the casual dining sector throughout the country for over 20 years and it is this which made them the number one choice for post lock down outdoor cover. Trevor Ruddle, Indigo’s Managing Director is proud of the number of outlets they have helped. In fact, he reports that one restaurant on the East coast seafront increased trade by 40% during the holiday season due to the installation of two very large storm proof parasols which created an appealing outdoor space, that didn’t previously exist. The owner told indigo that these actually drew people to his establishment versus others that didn’t offer covered seating. Another example is a high profile hotel sited on London’s Hyde Park Corner. The chain wanted to create a highly visible outdoor covered space that not only looked stunning but was also practical for all year round use. Indigo was chosen to supply four giant heated parasols which were surrounded by high glass screen with planters. Fixed seating and tables were installed and Number One Park Lane was born from what was previously just bare pavement. Ruddle rightly says that he is particularly proud of this installation but moreover, that it demonstrated what can be achieved with a bit of lateral thinking. With an extensive range of high quality products, he states that Indigo has helped hundreds of outlets increase trade with purchasing made easier with the use of their no deposit lease option, it’s a win win he says and we all like that concept.
AMERICAN CRAFT BEER & FOOD PAIRINGS DONE RIGHT! Lotte Peplow, the Brewers Association’s American Craft Beer Ambassador for Europe, offers inspiration from a uniquely different beer and food pairing event in the States For British chefs and restauranteurs seeking inspiration for their next event look no further than the States for a unique, one-off beer and food pairing extravaganza! In America pairing beer with food is a sophisticated and highly developed art form matching brewing expertise with culinary skill and doing so in a uniquely collaborative way with small and independent brewers and suppliers working together. According to Nielsen, 88% of American craft beer drinkers enjoy beer with their meal at least sometimes and 59% say they would be somewhat or very likely to choose a specific beer style based on what they’re eating. Pairing menus are commonplace in most eating establishments in America from basic bars and diners through to fine-dining restaurants and many offer an extensive range of beer style diversity. Special beer and food pairing events attract interest from all over the world such as SAVOR™: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience in Washington D.C on Friday 24th June at new venue The Anthem.
SAVOR is a reception style sampling of sweet and savoury appetisers and American craft beers that takes place over one night of culinary bliss. It pairs more than 200 flavourforward, independent American craft beers with sublime small bites from an award-winning culinary team to create an unforgettable culinary experience for beer lovers and foodies alike. SAVOR guests have the unique opportunity to sip, savour, and interact with brewery owners, who are acclaimed personalities in their own right! More than 100 American craft breweries will pour over 200 beers. Chef Adam Dulye, the Brewers Association’s executive chef and author of The Beer Pantry, curates the event and will lead an award-winning culinary team to create a one-off menu of more than 60 food pairings.
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Celebrating the best manufacturers and distributors of the UK’s hospitality industry, the FPA Awards honour the excellence, best practice, innovation, sustainability and creativity of the sector. Picking up the award, Brian Tarry, sales and marketing director at Northwood, said: “The FPA Awards set the benchmark for excellence in the catering industry and for us to be named as Manufacturer of the Year is a huge accolade, particularly as we were voted for by peers in our industry. “We are incredibly proud of this prestigious award, which recognises the hard work and dedication of the whole team at Northwood to consistently achieve the best manufacturing standards throughout
our operation. It is truly amazing to receive this level of recognition from the industry after such a challenging two years across the sector.” The FPA Manufacturer of the Year title is awarded to the manufacturer who stands out from other manufacturers throughout the sector. It recognises the responsiveness to environmental and legislative developments of the winner, as well as the introduction of new solutions to meet customer needs. Established more than 45 years ago by owners the Fecher family, Northwood is one of the few vertically integrated companies in the industry. Its activities include recycling, production, conversion and logistics – a structure that allows it
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Protect your guests and staff with medical-grade air purifiers
The atmosphere and the quality of the air inside hotels and restaurants has always been an essential determiner of their success: the ambience determines how comfortable the customers feel and how much they enjoy the food and experience. Before the pandemic, there was already concern about air pollution in indoor, but COVID-19 has created the imperative need for clean and safe indoor air. Everyone knows that in restaurants, hotel rooms and bars, COVID-19 is easily transmitted. That is why in many countries the government has imposed restrictions to ensure adequate ventilation and safety measures. Even after a couple of years of living with covid, the most important challenge managers still face is to provide a safe environment for guests and employees. The need to contain the virus from spreading in their establishments is imperative.
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UV-GI light: The ultraviolet light (UV-GI) is an unrivalled technology that sterilises 99,99% of unhealthy microorganisms, viruses, and bacteria.
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How to ensure a safe air space? Providing safe indoor air is a difficult mission, especially in crowded areas that are not equipped with proper ventilation systems. Even natural ventilation is not ideal, as it is very difficult to control and very uncomfortable as the temperature drops. Fortunately, there is a solution that is proven effective, affordable and easy to manage–HEPA filtration.’ Restaurants and hotels have realised that having a medical-grade air purifier in their business is a must. While most filters are not effective against COVID-19, HEPA filters are as they capture fine particles that are smaller than 0.1 microns (the COVID-19 virus is 0.1-0.2 microns). HEPA 13 filters remove ultra-fine particles from the air that are invisible to the naked eye. These medical-grade air purifiers are installed with HEPA 13 filters that can remove 99.97% of particles 0.1 microns in size, and HEPA 14 filters are even more effective removing 99.995% of such particles. AIR8 understands the needs of the hospitality industry and successfully provide clean air to several businesses. They have seen first-hand the impact the products have on businesses and customer satisfaction.
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These devices are also offered at an affordable price. Breathing clean air should not be a luxury, and that’s why they are the most affordable per CADR (Clean Air Delivery Rate) on the market. AIR8 will provide a safe atmosphere for your clients, employees, and business.The products are CE approved and TÜV tested, which means they’re reliable, safe, and consistent. You can rely on them to create disinfection systems that work reliably and continuously for very long periods of time. AIR8 is on the journey of providing safe air to indoor spaces. Their mission is to encourage companies and organisations to improve the quality of indoor air they breathe. If you have any queries don’t hesitate tocontact us!
Five tips for restaurants battling no-show culture
Despite the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions UK restaurants are facing a growing threat from ‘no-shows’ in an environment where consumer spending on hospitality remains at less than 70% of pre-pandemic levels, says Jaipal Yadav, managing director of restaurant software business, Favouritetable. He explains: “Despite the repeated pleas of owners, thousands of diners still cancel reservations at the last minute, or fail to turn up without bothering to let venues know. “This practice happens at most restaurants and now accounts for between 5-20 percent of bookings, costing UK restaurants £16-18 billion annually by some estimations. “By comparison our data shows restaurants experience a 3-5 percent cancellation or no-show rate when people book online because they include their telephone number and email address, meaning they are far more committed to turning up.” Yadav adds that attractive and intuitive websites, excellent customer-service and convenience are all crucial in the battle for fully-booked tables. He continues: “Restaurateurs can effectively reduce
or remove no shows from the balance sheet by sticking to the following top tips: Take deposits A sure-fire way to reduce no-shows is to request a non-refundable deposit when booking. This can be done online or by phone and diners genuinely intending to arrive won’t mind paying. Full payment on booking Going one step further some restaurants now require full advance payment. Clearly this can get complicated beyond ordering a set menu, but there are technologies available that enable this. Foster remorse Reaching out and inviting no shows to re-book is actually a great way to capture trade, eventually. Some no shows suffer ‘remorse’ and feel guilty so an invitation coupled with concern regarding their missed booking can foster and encourage their custom. Honesty sells Social media is a great way of giving customers a glimpse of the
challenges facing restaurant owners. No-shows often don’t understand the impact of their behaviour on the sector. Without naming names restaurateurs can gently share their pain on websites, Facebook and Twitter. Innovative tech In our post-pandemic environment tech-savvy consumers now expect to be able to book online and even order food digitally from their table. Investing in modern reservation software that’s speedy, efficient and accurate beats pen and paper. Yadav concludes: “Let’s not lose sight of the fact that the majority of customers are great, it’s a minority who potentially ruin the prospects of restaurants. “There is a fine balance to be struck between heavy-handed policies that alienate customers and creating a convenient and welcoming setting. However, with no-shows clearly here to stay, then so must deposits and prepayments.” www.favouritetable.com
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NEW HOTEL LODGE RANGE DELIVERS INCREASED RETURN ON INVESTMENT Hotel resorts can increase their revenue streams with a new range of Scandinavian-style luxury leisure accommodation designed and built by Samlingen, part of the Studio Anyo group of architects and interior designers. The range of one and two-bedroomed precision engineered timber lodges have been developed for the high-end leisure accommodation market, incorporating the latest design-led solutions to raise quality and performance standards in-line with demand for sustainablebased holiday and short stay recreation experiences. The range follows investors turning to the leisure market, fuelled by the growth in domestic holidays, an appetite for outdoor living, and the need for more environmentally sustainable solutions. Engineered for long-term performance and comfort with eye-catching contemporary style and constructed off-site, Samlingen offer a simultaneous outdoor/indoor experience for occupants while providing additional revenue for operators and their resort land - the company estimates revenue per unit can be double that of an equivalent static caravan, providing more income per unit over a shorter time with the lodge also retaining its initial investment value for longer periods. Built to BS 3632, the UK standard for residential living, the timber frame products come in three distinct types and include advanced LED lighting and the latest energy efficiency features as standard. Other customisable options include green roofs and solar panels.
The ‘Torp’ incorporates leading edge design to deliver contemporary all year-round leisure accommodation for families. The interior features a large open kitchen diner, ample storage provision, a master suite with ensuite private balcony, child-friendly bedrooms and exterior seating. Furthermore, ‘Torp’ meets the definitions of a caravan, so can be sited on land attached to residential properties without requiring planning permission, allowing it to be used as accommodation in a range of settings, including providing extra rooms for hotels. The smaller ‘Hydda’ glamping pod offers the best of both worlds with comfort and space incorporated within a neat, compact Scandinavian design. Multiple bespoke options are available as part of the design including integral sofa bed, kitchen bathroom and dining table to suit the individual lifestyle of end-users. The flexible and versatile ‘Stuga’ can be enjoyed as a second home or developed by operators to boost the demand for increased per-night rentals. Available in either single or twin bedroom options, this premium product offers a variety of floorplans which can be used to significantly improve the quality and scope of operators’ accommodation
in a competitive market, generating increased bookings and greater return on investment. Supplied with stylish fitted kitchens, worktops, integral appliances along with bathroom and bedroom furniture and fittings, the Samlingen lodges are protected by one-year manufacturer’s warranty as standard with a 10-year option available.
James Walsh, creative director and founder of Samlingen, which offers design bespoke options and undertakes planning applications, said: “This is an exciting and distinctly innovative family of design-led luxury leisure accommodation. It offers operators a fresh approach, a back to nature experience and new opportunities in the holiday and leisure sector. “Furthermore, operators can look forward to securing a higher return on their investment in Samlingen over a longer period as they open up additional revenue streams with a luxury hotel standard modular construction experience and quality now available in the UK in scale for the first time.” Samlingen is part of Studio Anyo, which merged with Create Architecture in 2021 to form a multi discipline practice encompassing interior design, modular construction and bespoke building products. More at www.samlingen.co.uk
Deliciously Sustainable! Cirio Champions CLIMATE Neutral! Cirio: We Care! Do you? Cirio – producer of the UK’s favourite Italian brand of tinned tomatoes – is the first company in the canned tomato industry to reach and declare total CO2 neutralisation on its top selling chopped tomato range. The authentically Italian tomatoes have taken sustainability to a whole new level meaning they are as good for the planet as the plate. The company can now claim ZERO impact on Climate Change thanks to the neutralisation of any CO2 emission residuals. Cirio is launching a UK wide sustainability campaign via public relations, social media and a raft of videos and education initiatives. Cirio tomatoes come from an ethical sustainable Italian cooperative of 14,000 associated farming companies. Cirio cares about its lands, products and all the people involved in creating the seeds they plant to the tables of everyone who enjoys their delicious tomatoes around the world.
‘Our hearts and souls are totally committed to sustainable production of the highest quality Italian tomatoes’
Becoming climate neutral is part of a major groundbreaking sustainability project with a commitment pledge:
The company has revealed its 10 Steps to Sustainable Tomatoes:
10 Steps to Sustainable Tomatoes 1. Precision Agriculture We use digital technologies in the fields to minimise our use of natural resources to create the safest and most productive harvests.
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Making your outdoor dining space work all year round It’s well documented that the pandemic hit the hospitality industry hard, but it also encouraged businesses to be more creative with their space - particularly when reclaiming outdoor space to facilitate social distancing . Where al-fresco dining might previously have been saved for the height of summer, covid restrictions forced venues to consider opening their outdoor spaces all year round and to repurpose otherwise unused spaces such as car parks into outdoor dining areas. This additional revenue is something many are keen to maximise long after the pandemic has ended, but how can restaurants, boardwalks, cafes and bars ensure their outdoor space works just as well in the middle of winter as it does for those July and August drinks?
Why are composites the answer? Decking is a great way to provide structure to your outdoor space, and because of its long lifespan, durability and safety properties, composite decking in particular is ideal for demanding applications such as hotel decking, as well as other public areas such as parks, outside refreshment bars, verandas and clubhouse decking. It’s also much better than traditional timber decking for looking its best in all seasons. For example, composite decking is UV stable, so the colour won’t fade at the end of the season if we’re gifted with a hot summer. The effects of sunlight
are much more forgiving on composite decking than a wood deck, which will always fade to a silvery dull grey because one of its main components, cellulose, automatically oxidises in sunlight, leading to surface bleaching. Because it has a low water absorption rate, composite decking is also much less slippery than traditional decking in wet weather. Add to this the higher strength, and improved durability of composite decking, and it’s much more suitable for withstanding harsh winters.
How do I know what I choose is safe for my customers? Choosing products with a verified antislip test is essential in a commercial environment where members of the public need to move around with ease and safety. The pendulum slip test is recognised by the Health and Safety Executive as a reliable and robust test providing accurate analysis on the slip potential of all types of flooring and is the
subject of a British Standard, BS 7976- 2:2002+A1:2013. Ensuring that the products you use for your flooring projects have passed the pendulum test is a great way to prove to authorities, insurance companies and lawyers that you have provided a safe floor environment, and can be used for your protection should you be taken to court; or indeed to prevent claims from the outset. Testing in accordance with the standard generates a pendulum test value (known as a PTV), also sometimes known as a slip resistance value (SRV). This PTV falls into one of three categories: For pedestrians walking in a straight line on a level surface, a PTV of 24 or lower equates to a high slip potential. 25 to 35 is a moderate slip potential, while 36 or more means low potential. All of Dura Composites’ decking and tile products for example achieve low slip potential, giving that peace of mind that’s needed for the hospitality industry. Investing in decking for your outdoor dining space is an ideal way to breathe life into your venue, as well as create a new revenue stream, but be careful to think about the type of decking you choose, so your customers can enjoy it all year round. Lee Cavalier is Decking Product Manager at Dura Composites, an award-winning manufacturer and supplier of composite decking tiles and boards.
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