Saturday, 24 February 2018

EasyGates Direct Recruit Assistant Technical Manager


EasyGates Direct, Nationwide electric gate and garage door automation, access control and safety supplier has recruited an assistant technical manager.

Sav Xiourrouppas has worked for EasyGates Direct for five years as a sales and technical advisor in a team of six. The requirement for the new role is to ensure EasyGates Direct continues to offer customers a high level of support with sales and technical queries. Sav will support Dave Blake, Technical Manager.

Dave said: ‘Sales and technical support is incredibly important to us and we invest heavily in our systems and staff. As the business grows it is imperative to have the processes in place to enable us to deal with any issues, new technologies and ensure our team is working to the best of their capabilities.
‘This additional role will also allow some of my time to be proactive in identifying new opportunities for the business, reviewing our procedures and contributing to the company’s strategic objectives.’

The Sales and technical team are also currently in the process of recruiting a Technical Electrical Sales Advisor to replace Sav.  This will bring the number of staff available to support customers on the phone and email to seven.

EasyGates Direct also offer support via the ‘live chat’ option online and tailor-made online basket options to make purchases quick and easy for the installer/supplier.

Easygates Direct have over 25 years’ experience in the industry and specialise in gate automation, safety solutions and access control. As ASO Safety Solutions UK competence partners, the company supplies a number of core safety products to the marketplace and is renowned for supplying quality, safety and technical service to a wide range of customers.

For more information about EasyGates' products:

Call: 01384 569 942
Email: info@easygatesdirect.co.uk 
Visit: www.easygatesdirect.co.uk



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Friday, 23 February 2018

RAF Nursery Secured with Assa Abloy UK Specification


ASSA ABLOY UK Specification, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, has specified a range of solutions for a new RAF nursery in Oxfordshire, delivering assured access and safety for children using the facility.

Working in partnership with designers Frankham Consultancy Group and contractors Antac, the company specified a series of door opening solutions to the new nursery at RAF Benson.

The RAF base required an extension to its existing nursery facilities, increasing its capacity to cater for more than 100 children. As a result, the specification process demanded products that were fully compliant and tailored to the needs of the young children that would be using this facility.

Products specified by ASSA ABLOY UK Specification include the DC500A CAM-Motion® door closer, delivering a low opening force while providing sufficient closing forces to satisfy fire legislation, and ASSA modular high-security deadlocks, delivering a strong locking solution for doors.

Other solutions specified include P600 cylinders, patented to ensure keys cannot be duplicated by unauthorised parties, and ScanFlex door furniture, offering classic Scandinavian design in a hard-wearing stainless steel.

The doorsets provided are all oak laminate with a horizontal grain, complete with PVC edges – making them easy to clean – and factory-painted frames, meaning the products arrive to site in their finished condition, ready for a quick installation. ASSA ABLOY UK Specification also supplied the graphics for the toilet doors in a self-adhesive vinyl.

With access and safety for young children of paramount importance, solutions such as ASSA finger guards – protecting children from accidentally trapping their fingers in doors – and thumb turn locks for the toilets, installed at a lower height, were other crucial considerations.

Discussing the requirements of this project, Matthew Beech, Associate at Frankham Consultancy Group, explains:
“For this kind of environment, the products specified needed to be completely fit for purpose and robust. Young children will be using this facility, and so products need to be built to last and ensure users can move about safely and easily.
“A key benefit to working with ASSA ABLOY UK Specification has been the fact they supply factory-fitted ironmongery doorsets. While not only reducing the amount of on-site workmanship required, this offering also means the risk of specifying incorrect ironmongery is significantly reduced.
“The service we have received from ASSA ABLOY UK Specification has been excellent. The team has been very efficient in following up any queries, ensuring there were no delays to site throughout the whole process.”

Doug Swadling, Site Manager from Antac, said: 
“Specifying and installing ASSA ABLOY’s products could not have been a smoother process. We always received regular contact with the project manager and any questions I had were answered straight away, which was brilliant. 
“The end result is fantastic – the building looks great. We’re so pleased that we managed to deliver a new nursery for RAF Benson with some of the best door solutions available on the market.”

David Shields, Specification Development Manager at ASSA ABLOY UK Specification, adds:
“The plans for the build were incredibly multifaceted, but – as we have access to such a wide range of products – we were able to adapt and supply a bespoke specification.
“On a project like this it’s not just about the products but also the added value that the team can provide. Performance guarantees, door scheduling and an understanding of the building’s ongoing use are invaluable.”

For those operating in the education sector, ASSA ABLOY UK Specification offers a range of sector-specific solutions, derived from thorough research into product usage and the flow of traffic for specific markets. Other insights, such as BIM objects and whole life costing, ensure the organisation can work with architects and design-led contractors to specify solutions that meet individual requirements and needs.

To see the RAF Benson project on the Assa Abloy website, please visit www.assaabloy.co.uk.

For more information on ASSA ABLOY UK Specification, please visit www.assaabloy.co.uk/specification.




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Thursday, 22 February 2018

Sustainability Assurance for Door Closers


The appeal of Powermatic controlled, concealed door closers has been further enhanced by the issue of an Environmental Products Declaration (EPD), confirming their sustainability credentials.

The EPD is the result of an independent Life Cycle Assessment of the door closers, detailing the complete, ‘cradle to grave’ environmental impact of all processes involved in their manufacture.

The declaration will provide specifiers and with added assurance of Powermatic’s suitability for particular projects, adding to the comprehensive performance and specification documentation available, which includes CE marking, fire resistance, quality management and BIM data.

Sales manager, Lloyd Blewett comments:
“Samuel Heath has always been recognised for achieving the highest standards of quality and performance in our products, and for supporting this with dedicated specification support.
“The EPD reinforces our commitment to the specifier by providing clear information on Powermatic’s environmental impact.”

A copy of Powermatic’s EPD can be obtained from the dedicated product website at www.concealeddoorclosers.com.



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Wednesday, 21 February 2018

dormakaba’s Service Director, Paul Wright, Appointed as Vice Chairman of ADSA


Formed in 1985, ADSA ensures that its member companies offer premium levels of safety for pedestrian automatic doors. Paul Wright, Service Director for leading access and security solutions provider dormakaba, has served as an Executive Council member for four years and will be appointed as Vice Chairman of ADSA on May 1st. 

Paul has over 18 years of industry experience. His current remit at dormakaba as Service Director, is to oversee the day-to-day management of the UK and Ireland businesses. His primary responsibilities include ensuring that dormakaba’s sustainable approach to service growth is achieved and delivery performances continue to meet targets.

“My passion and dedication to both our industry and ADSA has grown over the last four years during my time as an Executive Council Member. It has been very rewarding to see the association develop every year,” explained Paul. 

Committed to promoting the highest standards in automatic doors, ADSA is actively involved in the formulation of European-wide standards. This resulted in standard BS EN 16005 – 2012, which replaced BS 7036 in April 2013, and all members continue to be fully committed to it and the related testing.

Paul concluded: “I’m incredibly proud to be appointed as Vice Chairman. My commitment to the industry and this association is to ensure we remain focused in all safety and technical aspects, whilst also driving new and exciting education initiatives in the coming years.”

To find out more about ADSA and its current work within the industry, please visit adsa.org.uk.

To find out more about dormakaba and its range of access and security solutions, please visit: www.dormakaba.com




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Tuesday, 20 February 2018

DHF stresses the importance of training following Roller Shutter door accident


Tamworth-based trade association, the Door & Hardware Federation (DHF), is emphasising the significance of proper training, following the fining of a principal contractor, after a roller shutter door damaged a market stall in Walthamstow.

‘Flex D B Construction Ltd’ of Rydal Gardens, London, was found guilty of breaching Regulation 13 (1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, and was ordered to pay a fine of £45,000, plus £4,064 costs, together with a victim surcharge of £170.

The accident, which took place in August of 2016, involved employees removing a roller shutter door on the boundary of a site on the High Street, when the door fell onto the pavement, badly damaging a market stall.  A subsequent investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that there was no risk assessment for the task of removing the roller shutter door and that the site manager was not on-site when the incident occurred; there was therefore no supervision of the workers.  The investigation also found that the site issues could have been rectified by appropriate planning, managing and monitoring of the construction work.

The fine follows the death of a man crushed by a roller shutter whilst engaged on shop fitting work at retail premises in Woking, in October 2017.  An investigation is underway.

Raising standards through on-going training has long been the clarion call underpinning DHF’s drive for higher quality and compliance.  Widely regarded as the ‘go-to experts’ with regards to technical expertise, information, knowledge, advice, and practical help, the organisation, which now has more than 400 members, has very recently launched a new code of practice (DHF TS 012:2018) designed to raise standards of safety in the industrial door industry.  It also offers a two-day Industrial Door Safety Diploma course for both members and non-members, as part of its continuing efforts to encourage a greater understanding of legislation affecting the supply, installation, inspection, risk assessment, maintenance, and repair of industrial doors.  A one-day Industrial Door Safety Diploma course for installers and engineers will be launching soon.

“It is absolutely essential that those with responsibility for installation, maintenance, repair and dismantling of potentially dangerous equipment are properly trained and working within the framework of the law,” says DHF’s CEO, Bob Perry.  

“Fortunately, in this particular instance, there were no injuries, but this accident and the subsequent legal proceedings should serve as a stark warning that work on roller shutters should be carried out by trained operatives with careful planning.  Those who use DHF members can do so in the knowledge that the level of safety, quality and compliance we insist upon, is reinforced by comprehensive training and is subject to rigorous audit and inspection.”

For further information about industrial door training, please see: www.dhfonline.org.uk


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Monday, 19 February 2018

Union Announces Launch of new HD72 Lockcase


UNION, has announced the launch of its new HD72 modular euro-profile lockcases, delivering unrivalled performance while meeting essential security standards.

Designed for areas where high performance, strength and durability are paramount, the new HD72 lockcases cover an extensive range of specifications, including sashlock, deadlock, mortice latch, deadlocking nightlatch, bathroom lock and an emergency escape lock.

Tested to more than three and a half million cycles - twelve times greater than the industry standard - the range's assured strength is supported by its superior durability, meeting the BS EN 12209 standard and offered with a 15-year guarantee.

The HD72 also features heavy duty springing and a one degree follower. This allows the HD72 lockcase to support handles weighing up to 930g, giving specifiers the freedom to be more design-led in projects, while helping to banish drooping levers. This is a common issue raised by property owners soon after the installation of lockcases provided by other manufacturers.

Its stylish design is enhanced via a two-piece square or radius forend, plus a splinter guard for a professional finish. Cast steel latches and deadbolts are also supplied with a durable chrome plated finish as standard throughout the range, with a further five optional finishes available in stainless steel, chrome and brass.

Karen Hubbard, Product Manager for Mortice Locks at UNION, explains:
"Our brand is synonymous with quality, reliability and expertise, and the new HD72 modular lockcases range are no exception. Ideal for both first-fit or easily retro-fitted to all doors, helping to save time and money, we are so confident in the HD72's capabilities that we're offering the range with a 15-year guarantee.
"Offering a long service life and proven reliability, our HD72 modular euro-profile lockcases are truly a 'fit-and-forget' solution."

For further information, please visit www.uniononline.co.uk



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Sunday, 18 February 2018

Celebrity classics take centre stage at Race Retro Classic Car Sale

1969 Dodge Charger previously owned by Bruce Willis

70 cars spanning almost eight decades, including a host of celebrity classics, will be offered for sale by Silverstone Auctions at its Race Retro Classic Car Sale on Saturday 24th February.


A number of classics owned by world-famous celebrities will be vying for attention when they go under the hammer at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire.

They include a 1969 Dodge Charger previously owned by global movie star Bruce Willis as a gift from his first wife Demi Moore and now owned by Jamiroquai frontman Jay Kay. It is being offered for sale publicly for the first time in the UK and is estimated at between £50,000 and £60,000.

The world of music is also represented by Sir Elton John CBE. The rare, hand-built 1997 Aston Martin V8 Vantage V550 was ordered new by one of the biggest music stars on the planet. It has fewer than 10,000 miles on the clock is expected to sell for between £190,000 and £240,000.

1997 Aston Martin V8 Vantage V550 first owned by Sir Elton John CBE 

Meanwhile, one of the UK’s best loved comedians and actors, Rowan Atkinson CBE, returns to Silverstone Auctions with a 1993 Mercedes-Benz 500E and a 1989 Lancia Thema, both being offered at no reserve.

Nick Whale, managing director at Silverstone Auctions, said: 
“We’ve left no stone unturned in our pursuit of interesting, rare and best-of-breed examples for our Race Retro Classic Car Sale.”
The oldest lot being offered is a 1933 Alvis Speed 20 Sports Tourer estimated at £60,000 to £70,000, while one of the youngest lots is a 2010 Aston Martin DBS CoupĂ© which is expected to sell for £80,000 to £90,000.

Other supercars on offer include a 2010 Porsche 911 (997) GT2 RS, one of just 500 built worldwide, estimated at £320,000 to £360,000, a very rare 2004 Honda NSX (facelift) estimated at £70,000 to £80,000, and a 2010 Porsche 911 (997) GT3 RS GEN II showing just 11,200 miles, estimated at £150,000 to £170,000.

2010 Porsche 911 (997) GT2 RS, one of just 500 built worldwide

Also being offered for sale by Silverstone Auctions are nine rare and classic motorbikes, two owned by Jay Kay, while the main auction will be preceded by a sale of automobilia and watches.

Silverstone Auctions is also holding its Competition Car Sale the day before on Friday 23rd February with a sale of 30 race and rally cars. Highlights include a 1990 BTCC winning Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500, a 1993 Subaru Legacy RS Group rally car driven by ex-World Champions Richard Burns and Ari Vatanen and a 1999 Ford Focus driven by the legendary, ex-World Champion, Colin McRae.

For more information about any of the lots, visit www.silverstoneauctions.com.




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Saturday, 17 February 2018

DHF releases new Code of Practice for Industrial Door sector


A new code of practice (DHF TS 012:2018) designed to raise standards of safety in the industrial door industry has been announced by Tamworth-based trade association, the Door and Hardware Federation (DHF). 

The Code of Practice for the Design, Manufacture, Installation and Maintenance of Industrial Doors and Domestic Garage Doors (DHF TS 012:2018) is the 13th in a series of DHF technical specifications covering the range of industry sectors represented by DHF and is available as a free download from www.dhfonline.org.uk

Providing a framework to ensure the safe and compliant installation of industrial doors and roller shutters, the code draws on safety legislation, European standards, and industry best practice.  It gives practical help to all those involved with industrial doors by providing clear guidance on their legal obligation and responsibilities.  The code took more than nine months to develop and going forward, will form the basis of the DHF comprehensive two-day Industrial Door Safety Diploma course.

The DHF’s Industrial Door Group now represents more than 273 UK manufacturers, suppliers, installers or maintainers of industrial doors and industrial door equipment. 

“We welcome the release of DHF TS 012:2018 and see this as the ‘bible’ for those working with industrial doors and roller shutters,” says DHF Industrial Door Group Chairman, Dave Lewis.  “Currently, there are too many untrained people working in the sector and with some of these products weighing up to three tonnes, safety is absolutely vital.  If a door falls from 25-30 foot in the air causing an accident, the consequences can be life-changing for all concerned.”

“This new DHF code of practice condenses and refines information from UK and European law and standards to provide accurate, clear reference and guidance for those working with industrial doors,” says DHF CEO, Bob Perry.  “Reducing the ‘grey areas’ and supporting the requirements for competence and training at all levels in the process, we are confident that DHF TS 012:2018 will become the benchmark reference document setting standards across the industry.”  

The Code of Practice DHF TS 012:2018 is available now from the dhf website

Email the DHF on info@dhfonline.org.uk or telephone 01827 52337 for further information.





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Friday, 16 February 2018

Jacksons Fencing on the right approach to border security


The recent news of British Prime Minister, Theresa May’s commitment to an additional £44.5m in government funding to reinforce security at the UK’s border in Calais came during French President Emmanuel Macron’s first visit to the UK since his election in May 2017.

The two leaders met to discuss plans for a joint operation to manage the European refugee crisis and improve asylum claims processing at the French border.

The French and UK government’s aim is to prevent the creation of additional refugee camps in the channel port by investing in further safety and security measures as a chief priority. This investment will be spent on fencing, CCTV and detection technology in Calais and other ports along the channel.

In 2017 alone there were around 115,000 attempts to illegally cross the Anglo-French border from Calais, resulting in five recorded fatalities from crossing related incidents. The planned security enhancements will help to keep people safe and deter dangerous and illegal crossing attempts. 

UK fencing manufacturer and security experts, Jacksons Fencing, has commented on how to approach border security to effectively mitigate risk and prevent any further tragic loss of life. 

Jacksons has earned an enviable reputation over many years of manufacturing experience in the perimeter protection sector, developing products that have passed stringent testing by the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) and Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB) which culminated in the winning of a government tender to supply and install an earlier upgrade of security fencing and access control systems at the Eurotunnel terminal in Calais in 2015. 

The project was successfully completed in 2017, contributing to reducing fatalities which had amounted to 23 deaths in 2016.

Cris Francis, Jacksons’ Security Consultant comments:
“Busy crossing points such as the ferry port and Eurotunnel terminal at Calais need to be treated like any other high-risk commercial site. With the high volumes of vehicle traffic and heavy machinery operating within these areas, it’s important to reduce risk by eliminating unauthorised access, as the consequences could result in serious injury or death. 

“Investing in threat-specific, certified and proven high security products is of critical importance in these scenarios and, at a minimum, we would advise installing products that have been certified to an LPS1175 Security Rating (SR) from the Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB). 

“Currently we are the only company able to offer LPS1175 certified fencing and gate systems from LPS1175 SR1 through to SR5 ratings and while our SR4 and SR5 rated products would be over-specified for the majority of the sites in and around the Calais terminals, they would certainly come into play in areas where surveillance coverage and manned response is difficult or where breach would lead to loss of life or cause catastrophic disruption to services.”

Jacksons Fencing designs and manufactures the highest quality perimeter security and access control solutions in the UK and its team of technical and engineering experts are readily available to provide support to the most complex and challenging perimeter security projects.

For more information visit www.jacksons-security.co.uk or contact security@jacksons-fencing.co.uk






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Thursday, 15 February 2018

Astra Closers take starring role at Denham Studios



3000 series concealed door closers from Astra are playing a starring role in making fire doors safe yet stylish at a prestige residential development of an iconic former film studio. 

Door manufacturer ABL Doors used Astra closers to help create sleek, elegant entrance doors for apartments at Denham Film Studios in Buckinghamshire.

Developers Weston Homes asked doorset manufacturer ABL to supply wide range of cutting edge door designs in the most modern finishes that would complement the development’s retro aesthetic, including 30-minute fire-rated doors for apartment entrances.

ABL’s MD Andy Williams said:  
“It was incredibly important for us to achieve an effective balance of modern functionality and old-style glamour. The flat entrance doors needed to be Secured by Design accredited FD-30 fire doors that would function brilliantly yet look refined to suit their surroundings. We opted for CE-Marked Astra 3000 closers to avid the obtrusive institutional look of an overhead closer.” 

In its 1940s and 50s heyday, Denham Studios was a thriving film production studio producing classic British films such as Brief Encounter and Great Expectations. 

The site has now been lovingly developed to provide 224 conversion and new build homes, including 154 one, two and three-bedroom apartments and 70 four and five-bedroom family townhouses. Features within the new development include a cinema with bar and a community hall/fitness space.

The cinema – which was originally used to screen movies to Hollywood directors including Stanley Kubrick, Albert “Cubby” Broccoli and Steven Spielberg – has been refurbished and turned into a cinema theatre and club for residents, while the main Grade II listed building has been converted into 49 apartments.

In keeping with the high specification of the site, sleek aesthetics were a top priority for Weston Homes whose watchword for the development was luxury. This made concealed closers the obvious choice since they are not visible when the door is closed, avoiding the somewhat institutional and ungainly appearance of overhead closers. 

ABL selected the Astra 3000 series closers because they had worked very successfully with Astra before and because, with full adjustability, they were powerful enough to handle the doors’ weight and width. Every apartment entrance door on the project features an Astra concealed closer.

The Astra 3000 series of fully-controlled concealed door closers are a range of groundbreaking products developed by Astra to offer all the adjustability and control of an overhead closer, even for fire doors. Unlike other concealed closers on the market, the CEMarked Astra 3000 series is fully controlled and adjustable, making it a truly viable alternative to overhead products at a sensible price. 

Manufactured in the UK, in four different power sizes with adjustable closing speed and latching action for different size and weights of doors, they feature a unique hydraulic piston assembly designed in-house by Astra. This offers an adjustable, controlled rate of door closure together with a variable ‘snap action’ for overcoming the latch. The closers’ quality design and build makes it perfect for high traffic applications, both commercial and residential. 

Astra is well known for its door closer range including the popular Gibraltar range. The Lancashire-based company can demonstrate many years’ experience in the sector and carries out all of its own R&D in-house. It exports its British door closers across the globe via a network of distributors and partner companies.

For more information please contact Philip Gallagher at Astra Door Controls:

Tel: 01772 796901







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Tuesday, 13 February 2018

P C Henderson Hardware Specified for Elephant House In Wales


P C Henderson’s Straight Sliding 307 door hardware has been specified for the main access door to an elephant house at Skandavale Monastery in Carmarthen, Wales.


The monastery, which is home to a resident community of 25 monks and nuns, welcomes over 90,000 pilgrims to worship in its three multi-faith temples each year. As well as its temples, the monastery is also home to an onsite hospice and animal sanctuary.

The most famous resident of the monastery’s animal sanctuary is Valli, a three tonne Sri Lankan elephant who resides in an enormous purpose built elephant house. Built just five years ago, the elephant house features heated walls, sandpits, a waterfall, plunge pool as well as a large sliding access door, measuring 3.9m x 3.2m, which Valli opens herself.

After just five years the original sliding door hardware (not manufactured by P C Henderson) was unable to cope with the force in which Valli uses her trunk and head to open the door and so the track collapsed, meaning a replacement was needed.

Brother Stephan, who resides at Skandavale, contacted P C Henderson to specify a track which would be robust and hard wearing enough to cope with Valli’s strength. The door itself weighs 500kg but due to the extra force being used, our Straight Sliding 307 system was specified, which can cater for doors weighing up to 2000kg.

Brother Stephan commented: 
“Prior to the new home being built, Valli lived in a different elephant house which utilised P C Henderson’s sliding door hardware for the main access door. This lasted the full lifetime of the home, approximately 15 years, despite the huge scale of force being subjected by Valli. When the hardware on the new home started to bend after just 5 years, there was no doubt that we would go back to using P C Henderson.

 “We’re very pleased with the new system, which is now fully installed. It’s easy to see that the design and material of the track and components are of the highest quality and we’re confident it will withstand the test of Valli over the years”.

Situated in over 300 acres of woodland and pasture in South West Wales, Skandavale Monastery is ran entirely by full time volunteers and relies solely on voluntary donations to keep it running.

P C Henderson’s Straight Sliding system is available in five different ranges to cater for maximum door weights of between 150kg and 2000kg, making it ideal for anything from light commercial doors right up to heavy and large industrial applications. 

The system is available for wooden and metal doors and allows doors to slide to one or both sides and are also suitable to cover any width of opening.

For more information visit www.pchenderson.com, call 0191 377 0701 or email sales@pchenderson.com ..





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Monday, 12 February 2018

Abloy Uk Launches Cliq Go App


Security expert Abloy UK has launched the new CLIQ® Go App, designed to allow small to medium sized organisations to remotely manage their security from wherever they are, keeping their business secure ‘on the go’.

Managing a business today comes with a many security challenges, and the needs of the business may be constantly changing and evolving. For example, staff leave, new staff join, keys are lost and access rights need to be changed.

The CLIQ Go App moves security to a new dimension, enabling business owners to control security in their building and premises from their mobile device.

Features include the ability to schedule access to rooms or give contractors time-limited access.

If a key is lost, access can also be revoked using the CLIQ Go App, all managed from a cloud-based system.

Owners can expand the system without disruption, with the assurance of a flexible, highly encrypted, permission controlled security system that allows them to focus on growing the business.

Pip Courcoux, Sales and Product Manager - CLIQ Systems for Abloy UK, said:
“Lost keys are a serious security risk, but with CLIQ Go it’s so easy to manage access control. This revolutionary locking system keeps your business on the move and can be adapted to your organisation’s evolving security requirements.”

Compatible CLIQ Go products include high security CLIQ cylinders for all door types, which feature a battery in the key for a low maintenance solution, with no cabling and a long lifetime of 200,000 cycles.

CLIQ programming devices are also available for keys, with desktop or mobile versions available. The cloud-based system means that the CLIQ® Go app works seamlessly, and a locksmith can manage the system as an optional service.

For further information on products and services available from Abloy UK, visit www.abloy.co.uk, call 01902 364 500, or email marketing@abloy.co.uk.




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Sunday, 11 February 2018

Rare Aston Martin once owned by Sir Elton John CBE for auction


A rare Aston Martin formerly owned by one of the biggest music stars on the planet is being offered for sale at the Silverstone Auctions Race Retro Classic Car Sale on the 24th and 25th February.


Sir Elton’s hand-built 1997 V8 Vantage V550, which he ordered new from the world-famous Aston Martin factory in Newport Pagnell, is expected to fetch up to a quarter of a million pounds at auction.

Looking amazing in black with a black leather interior, the car once owned by the man who wrote such mega-hits as A Candle in the Wind, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Rocket Man and Circle of Life, is capable of 0-60mph in under five seconds and hitting a top speed of 186mph – an astonishing feat for such a large car.

Adam Rutter, classic car specialist at Silverstone Auctions, said: 
“Sir Elton is a global superstar and is still making headlines around the world, so it’s a pleasure to offer for sale this Aston Martin that he ordered new back in 1997.
“As well as enjoying celebrity ownership, this stunning V8 Vantage has been maintained regardless of expense and has a mere 8,663 miles on the clock, that’s equivalent to being driven about 400 miles only a year!”


Step inside the cabin and this must-have motor still has a ‘new car’ smell and is swimming in sumptuous wood and leather. In addition, it is thought that only 240 standard V550s were ever made, making them highly collectable no matter who the previous owner was.

The exterior is also a beauty to behold. A deep front spoiler, lower stance and flared wheel arches combine to give it a fearsome appearance.

Recently chassis number #70174 has undergone considerable expenditure at respected marque specialist Rikki Cann. It even has its original service books and invoices.

Adam added: “Our Race Retro auction is a rare opportunity to own one of the last coach-built Aston Martins. If that wasn’t enough, then throw in the fact it was ordered new by Sir Elton John and you have a truly special car.”


For more about this 1997 Aston Martin V8 Vantage and Silverstone Auctions Race Retro Classic Car Sale, which takes place at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire, visit www.silverstoneauctions.com.

Useful Links

Online Bidder Registration (Proxibid) – www.proxibid.com

Twitter – www.twitter.com/SilverstoneAuc @SilverstoneAuc

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Saturday, 10 February 2018

Cupid's arrow strikes a blow for Office Romance


Research shows that only 12% of company managers have been provided with training on managing workplace romances. 

Moreover, 43% of HR staff have encountered a workplace romance despite 99% of policies on workplace romances stating that romantic relationships between supervisors and their staff are not allowed.

Employees falling for each other isn’t rare. Naturally, close relationships will form between people who spend large parts of their lives together. One study from 2011 found that 30% of office romances led to marriage. But that still leaves 70% that don’t end with wedding bells.

With Valentine’s Day approaching, Jayne Hart from The HR Dept Newcastle discusses some of the more troublesome issues surrounding office romances:

“Whilst nobody enjoys telling Cupid where he can and can’t aim his arrow in the workplace, there are times when senior management really should step in. For instance, when a manager and their direct subordinate enter into a relationship. After all, the superior’s impartiality and authority will be compromised, and this can affect a team’s morale. You certainly don’t want employees accusing a manager of weakness or favouritism – and this is if the relationship doesn’t turn sour with the problems that it could bring like the manager being accused of an abuse of power.

“It’s also your duty to ensure that, if you find that an employee fancies a co-worker who does not reciprocate, any pestering must be dealt with the moment the issue is raised. The last thing you want is a sexual harassment tribunal case.”

Some of us enjoy a gossip, and the relationships between co-workers can be prime subject matter. It’s important to ensure this doesn’t go too far and reduce productivity. Malicious gossip is very corrosive to team morale. It can also start cliques and bring other problematic issues. Therefore, it’s worth making sure this doesn’t get out of control.

Jayne concludes: “Offering supervisors some training on managing workplace romances will be beneficial. Even if you don’t have an official policy and are seeing a romance blossom, you may need to remind the happy couple to remain professional in work. And if you think it’s required and fits the culture of your business, you could draw up a policy on office romances.”

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