Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Locks, Alarms and Security rank high for Consumers Searching for Trades


Locks, alarms and security are among the top 10 services consumers search for according to Checkatrade, the leading online trade directory with 30,000 trade members and 1.5million consumer searches on its site every month.

The online platform, which is sponsoring The London Homebuilding & Renovating Show (21-23 September 2018 at ExCeL), is offering a new rapid response trade service called Checkatrade Now. 

The 24/7 on demand emergency service is currently being trialled in Hampshire before a national roll-out and will assist locks, alarms and security businesses with raising their profile, building their reputations and generating incremental work. Checkatrade Now will also assist the 12 million plus people who trust Checkatrade to help them find a reputable tradesperson.


Traders attending the upcoming event can save over 28 per cent on their monthly membership price when they sign up to Checkatrade.

Richard Harpin, CEO and founder of Homeserve, which owns Checkatrade, will be taking part in The London Homebuilding & Renovating Show on 24 September to talk to industry professionals about how Checkatrade can help them grow their businesses.

Richard says, 
“We’re constantly looking for ways to help our members and we believe that Checkatrade Now will provide an additional stream of opportunities by offering a quick, simple and effective method to gain more work and help those customers in need of an urgent but professionally done job.”

Nick Noble, commercial & events director at Future PLC, comments, 
“Our commitment is always to ensure that our trade exhibitors gain maximum value from our Homebuilding & Renovating Show and Checkatrade’s passion for helping the trades grow their businesses aligns perfectly with our objectives.
“We’re confident Checkatrade’s sponsorship of the show and Richard’s talk will reinforce to consumers why Checkatrade has grown to the huge influential platform it is today and reassure the tradespeople from the wide range of sectors exhibiting at and visiting the show that it is fully committed to helping them generate and win more work.”

The Homebuilding & Renovating Show’s portfolio consists of seven shows this year, covering key venues including Birmingham, London, Harrogate, Glasgow, Surrey, Somerset, Edinburgh, and their nearby affluent areas. 

In addition to these locations, the event organisers are planning the brand’s expansion by launching another exhibition at Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre in January 2019. 

Those interested in attending The Homebuilding & Renovating Show can claim free tickets via www.homebuildingshow.co.uk/trade
Additional T&Cs apply: www.homebuildingshow.co.uk/terms.





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Monday, 17 September 2018

Door closers create safer high-rise homes


The Grenfell Tower Inquiry has placed the spotlight on fire safety measures in high-rise flats and apartments. Understandably, much of the focus has been on the cladding used in the building’s refurbishment. 

However, reports also suggest that there was a failure in compartmentation which contributed towards the spread of fire and smoke within the lobbies, lifts and stairwells. This was attributed to a total absence of door closers on the main entrance doors to some of the flats.

Samuel Heath has seen an increase in demand for Powermatic door closers from local authorities and social landlords seeking to update fire safety measures in high-rise and other properties.

Future improvements will undoubtedly see a greater emphasis being placed on the performance, quality and reliability of products used, which can only be good news for reputable manufacturers and installers of doors and hardware.

Providing safe, secure and comfortable accommodation in the social housing sector imposes enormous responsibilities on social landlords and those delegated to design, build and maintain the housing stock and this will only increase with proposals put forward in the post-fire reports now appearing.

Samuel Heath, the original manufacturer of jamb-mounted door closers, believes that its Powermatic controlled, concealed door closers deliver many benefits that other door closing devices cannot match, not only meeting regulatory performance requirements, but also helping to assure reliability in service, minimise maintenance costs and enhance the comfort, safety and well-being of residents.


Fire and accessibility

Where performance is concerned, the key areas of consideration when selecting door closers are fire safety and accessibility. The industry will be well-aware of the legislation and performance standards governing these, including CE marking, Building Regulations, the Regulatory Reform Order and the Equality Act.

Most reputable door closer manufacturers will satisfy these requirements, but some single-spring jamb-mounted devices struggle with accessibility performance when providing the necessary latching action. Whilst a door closer in itself cannot claim compliance with the requirements of Approved Document M and BS 8300, they do have a significant effect on the doorset’s ability to comply. Door closers such as Powermatic have dual-power mechanisms which assure low opening forces and consistently return operating efficiencies which enable doors to meet the regulatory requirements.

Additional benefits

In addition to the many regulations and performance standards that relate directly to fire safety and accessibility, consideration also needs to be given to the needs of tenants and the situation in which the door closers are being used. Here, again, the performance, functionality and features of particular door closers can provide added benefits that make them more suitable for many social housing applications.

Surface-mounted door closers have protruding mechanical arms and control boxes, which can make them unsuitable for installations where there is restricted space behind the door, for example with 90-degree reveals. They also make the door closer very visible, which can pose challenges in a number of areas, such as safety, well-being and reliability.

Fitting neatly between the door and frame, Powermatic jamb-mounted door closers are completely invisible when the door is closed, and particularly unobtrusive when the door is open. These attributes help to overcome the challenges and offer the high-rise sector a very practical, convenient solution.


Not just a pretty face

Powermatic concealed door closers have long been used by designers and architects to assure the aesthetics of interiors in a wide variety of buildings, notably hotels and high-end apartments. The principle of improved aesthetics is now becoming more widely valued in social housing developments, and it is not only for the sole purpose of a better looking interior; the lack of functional, mechanical devices creates a more homely, less institutionalised atmosphere which contributes towards the comfort and well-being of residents.

A more practical and financially astute reason for selecting a concealed door closer is the fact that they are far less likely to be damaged, whether by a deliberate act, lack of care, misuse or tampering.

This can mean reduced maintenance costs, less inconvenience for residents and more reliable fire safety.

Another benefit of concealment, which is particularly vital in dwellings occupied by tenants with psychological or mental health challenges, is the fact that when the door is closed, concealed door closers do not offer a point from which a ligature can be suspended. Powermatic door closers further reduce this risk as they can be mounted at a low height in the door.

Free swing convenience


Where fire doors need to be free to open in normal operation, or where there might be a risk of a fire door being wedged open, Powermatic Free Swing concealed door closers can provide a useful solution. Connected to the low voltage fire alarm system, the door closer can be set to allow the door to operate normally until the alarm is activated or there is a power shortage, at which point the door closer becomes active and closes the door automatically at a controlled rate. The closer is particularly favoured for care and residential homes, but is equally suited to many similar situations.

Choose wisely

When selecting door closers, specifiers and door manufacturers should be particularly careful to choose products which will stand up to the rigours of day-to-day use in social housing situations and which will perform reliably. Powermatic door closers include a unique twin-power mechanism and undergo exacting cycle testing.

Unlike other jamb-mounted door closers, Powermatics can be adjusted without being removed from the door, further helping to reduce installation and maintenance costs.

Powermatic door closers come with a 10-year warranty and, of course, there is the comfort of knowing that they are manufactured in the UK by Samuel Heath, which, with more than 50 years’ experience, is the foremost authority when it comes to concealed door closers.

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Sunday, 16 September 2018

Celebrating a Very Special Shuttleworth Anniversary


It is 90 years since one of Britain’s most passionate early motorists first joined the London to Brighton bandwagon.

As the world’s longest running motoring event, the annual Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run supported by Hiscox is no stranger to celebrating milestones.

In November participants aboard their pioneering pre-1905 vehicles will be honouring the 122 years since the original Emancipation Run of 1896 which welcomed the speed limit for ‘light automobiles’ being raised for 4mph to 14mph and abolished the need for a man to walk in front of all vehicles waving a red flag.

A number of other notable landmarks will be acclaimed on Sunday 4 November, too – few more distinguished, perhaps, than the 90th anniversary of Richard Shuttleworth’s debut on the timeless event back in 1928 driving what is considered to be the first 12bhp, four cylinder Panhard-Levassor ever built.

Over the following decade, the renowned aviation and motoring enthusiast became a regular on the road to Brighton only failing to make the start in 1935 after missing the deadline to file his entry – and, even then, he cheekily joined in at Westminster Bridge.

Shuttleworth sadly lost his life on an RAF training exercise in 1940 aged just 31, however his 1898 Panhard (registration: TM 19) has remained in the family ever since and today resides in the world famous Shuttleworth Collection of vintage planes and cars that Richard founded before his untimely death. Indeed, the Panhard was the car that started The Collection, today regarded as one of the finest living museums of its genre to be found anywhere on the globe.


As with so many participants on The Veteran Car Run, Shuttleworth’s debut back in 1928 was something of a fraught affair. The enthusiastic young man purchased the car specifically to join the Run but, just the day before the start, Panhard’s UK agents said they were unable to make the necessary preparations.

Undaunted by this last-minute setback, he and a friend worked through the night to get the mechanicals working and they proceeded to complete the distance with four passengers aboard.

Since then the Panhard has completed the hallowed journey on numerous further occasions and will be aiming to honour its 90th anniversary with another successful capital-to-coast passage in November. Fuelling those birthday ambitions, volunteers at The Shuttleworth Collection have just completed a two-year mechanical restoration.


“Marking the 90th anniversary of Richard Shuttleworth’s first participation in the Brighton Run will be very special for all involved in keeping The Collection alive in his memory,” said Stuart Gray, Vehicle Manager at the Shuttleworth Trust who will be among those driving the Panhard in November.
“I’m sure it will be a proud – yet emotional – day as we picture a hugely enthusiastic young Richard jumping behind the wheel of this very car back in 1928.”

Before being acquired by Shuttleworth – and adding further to the Panhard’s remarkable history – it is reputed to have been originally built as a racer and to have finished fourth in the 1898 Paris to Amsterdam race driven by Chevalier Réné de Knyff covering the 890 miles at an average speed of 24mph.

In 1901 the car was re-bodied by Messrs. Morgan and Sons in its current Broughton style and, thereafter, was first owned by Lord Rochschild family. It is also said to have been driven into Ascot by King Edward VII.

As in recent years, the Veteran Car Run provides a fitting grand finale to the Royal Automobile Club’s busy London Motor Week – a week in which the celebrated Club presents an array of functions and events to suit all motoring tastes. Of late these have included forums, dinners, trophy presentations, lectures and exhibitions as well as the free-to-view Regent Street Motor Show now held annually on the Saturday immediately before the Run.

Adding to the build-up, renowned auctioneer Bonhams hosts a special Veteran Car Run sale on the preceding Friday afternoon with an eye-catching selection of veteran cars and related memorabilia coming under the hammer.

Full information on the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run supported by Hiscox – including full details of how to enter or spectate – can be found on the official website: www.veterancarrun.com.




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Saturday, 15 September 2018

Yale strengthens hardware offering with Trojan integration


Yale Door and Window Solutions has fully integrated the Trojan business and its products into its organisation, reinforcing its strategic residential offering in the UK market. 

Paul Atkinson, Sales and Commercial Director for Yale Door and Window Solutions, commented:
“Following acquisition by ASSA ABLOY in 2016, I’m delighted that Trojan Hardware is now fully amalgamated into the Yale business. The combined organisation will allow us to fully realise the strong commercial synergies between the Trojan and Yale business units for the benefit of our customers. 
“As a result of the integration, the product offering we can provide is second-to-none. The commercial team now has 285 combined years of industry experience and knowledge, offering unrivalled advice and support to customers along with an experienced Customer Services team, Marketing and Technical support.” 

The combined Sales team now includes ten Area Sales Managers covering the whole of the UK, with two dedicated Key Account Managers. The restructure has also increased customer services capabilities.

The Trojan acquisition follows a number of successful integrations including Paddock in 2010 and Securistyle 2012. The new unified business will offer fabricators and installers a comprehensive choice of fenestration hardware at various levels of specification to suit all applications, all backed by technical excellence and Yale Guarantees.

To further strengthen the unified approach, the dedicated marketing team is expanding to boost the Yale brand and provide customers with support and a suite of marketing content to relate to the trade and consumer.

Paul adds: “The industry emphasis on increased specification, quality, standards and aesthetics, is driving innovation, both businesses have a strong track record of innovative product development which will only help to further boost and enhance the Yale offering.”

For further information, visit www.yaledws.co.uk or follow @YaleDWS on Twitter.





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Friday, 14 September 2018

DHF’s Ongoing Growth Prompts New Office Move


DHF (Door & Hardware Federation) has located its operations to a new and improved facility on the outskirts of Tamworth. 

‘The Barn’ at ‘Shuttington Fields Farm’ has been home to the trade association since 3rd September and offers significantly larger office space, together with a state-of-the-art training academy and parking for more than 40 cars. 

New premises for DHF
It is located just four miles from junction 11 of the M42. The move has been prompted by DHF’s tremendous growth in both employees and membership, particularly in the past ten years and will yield considerable cost savings, with training and meetings being carried out on-site.

“The federation has doubled in size in terms of membership and staff over the past five years, which is, of course, great news, but it is essential that we continue to offer a first-rate service to our members and support that growth with appropriate levels of resource,” explains DHF’s CEO, Bob Perry. “We have been at our Heath Street head office for more than 31 years; a move was long overdue.”

DHF’s growth has been due, in part, to an increasing uptake of its training courses, with more than 2300 delegates completing one of its four courses on offer since the launch of the Gate Safety Diploma in September 2013. 

DHF’s new premises will offer state-of-the-art training facilities

‘The Barn’ houses a top-of-the-range training academy which will accommodate 25 people. This will save the association vital funds previously spent on hiring venues across the country to host courses. The majority of training will now be undertaken in-house, however, DHF will continue to hold courses throughout the UK to ensure everyone can access a course. Additionally, DHF will be hiring out their facilities to external organisations.
“Our new office facilities herald a fresh chapter for DHF,” continues Bob. “We can now confidently support our on-going growth and expansion and continue to deliver value for our members. And the new training academy will facilitate a positive, learning experience for all attendees.”

To make life easier for candidates, DHF has also secured corporate rates for accommodation at nearby ‘Best Western Appleby Park Hotel’ for those attending training courses. Candidates can book directly with the hotel.

For further information about DHF, please visit: dhfonline.org.uk




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Thursday, 13 September 2018

Delta installs new IP CCTV to protect Diocese of London HQ


Delta Security, the CCTV and access control specialist, has replaced an ageing CCTV system for the Diocese of London’s headquarters, with a new IP-based solution to protect visitors and staff.

The HQ in Pimlico manages the estate of the Church of England in London comprising some 420 churches, 160 church schools and 400 clergy houses, and attracts large numbers of visitors every day.

After a series of attempted break-ins over the years, protecting employees has become paramount and monitoring who is on site has become a priority.


The existing system was installed 20 years ago so there was a desire to upgrade. Delta Security specified a solution that includes 20 IP-based cameras located at entrances, common paths and corridors all linked to a network storage device.

Martin How, Head of ICT at the Diocese of London says the whole process from start to finish has been very smooth: 

“Delta works closely with our property management team to secure a number of properties in our estate including our HQ. We always find that the planning, project management and installation to be extremely professional and very good value for money, which is why we see Delta as a long-term strategic partner.”

The security system is working exactly as it should: “The new CCTV system has given us all peace of mind that the only people on site are those who are authorised to be there – so it goes beyond security and is an essential tool that ensures we are meeting our health and safety obligations.”

Dave Mundy, the Operations Director at Delta Security says the company prides itself on long-term working relationships with its clients: 

“Since we were first established in 1962 we have tried to create relationships with our clients that last for many years – and it is this mutual understanding that is working so well with the Diocese of London and we hope carries on for many years to come.”

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Avocet's ABS Packaging Makeover


Avocet Hardware has reacted to feedback from locksmiths around the country and introduced new, high quality, retail packaging for its ABS locks.

The new packaging will be offered as an alternative to Avocet’s existing standard packaging, which remains a firm favourite in the first fit and mobile markets.

Designed by the company’s in-house marketing team, it is aimed at making the BS3621 and TS007 3-star certified, snap secure lock more visible, while at the same time highlighting all of its benefits.

In addition, Avocet has included a measuring guide on the pack; meaning those buying it off the shelf can do so safe in the knowledge they are purchasing the correctly sized lock.


George Clarke, director of Stockport-based, City Lock and Safe, said:
“We’re delighted to be one of the first locksmiths in the UK to be stocking Avocet’s new ABS packaging, and I’m pleased to report that it not only looks great, but is proving extremely popular with customers.” 
Avocet’s new retail packaging is currently only available on its ABS locks, but will be rolled out on its ABS padlock range later in the year.

For further information visit www.avocet-hardware.co.uk





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Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Reliable passive fire protection can make every week a ‘Fire Door Safety Week’


Fire, thermal and acoustic insulation manufacturer Promat UK is urging fire door producers and specifiers to use the focal point of the 2018 Fire Door Safety Week to take a fresh look at the design of their doors, and scrutinise every detail to eliminate risk in these life-saving products.


Promat UK, which is a long established manufacturer of passive fire protection products, including fire resistant glass, intumescent seals and door slab core materials, welcomes the annual spotlight that Fire Door Safety Week puts on the importance of fire doors, but believes much more needs to be done to design-out risk.

The company is working alongside other leading manufacturers in the door and window sector to drive up standards, including as an active member of the Glass & Glazing Federation (GGF) Fire Resistant Glazing Group, to educate designers, manufacturers, specifiers and installers of fire rated doorsets to help avoid the mistakes of the past.

Cath McLean, Promat UK Segment Manager – Glass, says: 
“Fire Door Safety Week is an excellent initiative, which has a tremendously positive impact, particularly in respect of reminding building owners, managers and users why fire doors are so important and reducing the dangers caused by complacency. However, as an industry we can do so much more to design-out risks in the performance of the doorsets, and that requires an all year round focus on the components and products that deliver passive fire protection. It is incumbent on us all to make every week a Fire Door Safety Week.
“Our current marketing campaign centres around the ‘Specified for a Reason®’ message, and we are working hard to educate and support everyone in the fire door supply chain to ensure that critical products are not incorrectly specified or poorly applied. Unfortunately, we still see too many examples of corners being cut to save a few pounds on a doorset that is designed to protect lives and valuable assets, and that is something that the industry needs to rid itself of quickly if we are to avoid future tragedies.”

With a heritage in manufacturing fire, thermal and acoustic insulation that goes back more than 50 years, Promat UK provides a complete design, manufacture and processing service for fire resistant products used to create fire rated doorsets. 

By carefully controlling all these stages in the supply chain for critical products, the ISO 9001: 2015 and ISO 14001: 2015 registered company helps to eliminate the risk of product substitution or sub-standard processing which could compromise the doorset’s real-life performance and endanger lives.

Find out more about at www.promat-industry.co.uk.





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Monday, 10 September 2018

I Do, I Do, I Do – Brio on the Beach in Devon


Brio – the UK’s leading supplier of folding door hardware – has made a big contribution to an architecturally adventurous and historic site in Ilfracombe, north Devon, UK - a purpose-built wedding venue. 

A series of four tunnels were originally carved out of the solid cliffs in the 1820s - this gave access to the coves and beaches - and tidal pools for seawater swimming. This was known and still is as Tunnel Beaches. Now the site includes Devon Beach Weddings which can cater for 160 guests and is set on the beautiful, coastal landscape.

Brio’s Weatherfold 4s folding and sliding door hardware made an adventurous curved door project a reality for the site. Weatherfold 4s was chosen for its resistance to this environment - the sea is well known to be highly corrosive to almost all building materials. But Weatherfold was also chosen for its smooth and easy operation. 

To reduce time and effort when opening up the venue to its breath-taking views, the project also utilised Brio’s new 286 Dual Point Lock which unlocks the top and bottom with a single action.  This hardware upgrade not only improves functionality but also aesthetics as doors use a reduced amount of visible hardware.

Brio Weatherfold 4s is a complete hardware solution that includes pivot sets, hanger sets, hinge sets, top track, bottom channel, seals, locking and flush bolt options. The hardware will accommodate 8 panels folding in either direction.

Weatherfold 4s will take a maximum panel height of 3000mm x 1000mm x 35-68mm thick weighing up to 50kg.

David Newton, General Manager of Brio UK says: 
“Our Weatherfold 4s products are built to be extremely robust with a rugged construction that is eminently suited to the extremes of the British weather as well as achieving PAS24 and Secured By Design accreditations.” 

“Architects, specifiers and manufacturers can rest assured that when they choose Brio Weatherfold 4s non-mortice hardware for their projects they are working with a quality product that will not let them down and deliver many years of use.” 

Brio’s 286 Dual Point Lock was specifically developed for use with Weatherfold 4s. The 286 Dual Point Lock is ideally suited to timber or aluminum panels and is also suitable for single hinge panels and French doors.

Brio’s General Manager, David Newton, explains:
“Brio is constantly researching and reviewing the market place on folding and sliding door systems. Enabling better ease of use for the less able as well as aesthetic considerations led to the advent of the 286 Dual Point Lock which has been developed as an optional alternative to using flush bolts on panels. 
“The lock is less intrusive than flush bolts and has the very considerable advantage of eliminating any bending down or reaching up to lock or unlock the door which is the downside of flush bolts. This makes it very friendly with regards to disabled access as wheelchair users will not have to rely on help to open doors.”

The operation to lock is very simple – turning the low-profile handle by 180° activates a 25mm throw to lock off doors securely top and bottom. Both locking and non-locking options are available, all with an integrated escutcheon giving elegant, clean lines.

The Dual lock is suitable for timber panel thicknesses of between 38mm and 70mm, with a height of 3.5m. For aluminium panels, minimum width is 35mm.

As for insurers, they will be reassured with the 4 pin 20/10 Euro cylinder in stainless steel. Finish is polished stainless steel or satin nickel.

In common with other Brio products apart from looking stylish, these systems are built to last. Brio offers an unbeatable 10-year warranty on all Weatherfold 4s hardware.


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Sunday, 9 September 2018

Porsches for every pocket at the CCA September Sale


Porsche fans will be spoilt for choice at Classic Car Auctions’ (CCA) September Sale where a total of 20 ‘everyman’ Porsches will go under the hammer on 15th September at the Warwickshire Event Centre.


Ranging from quality entry-level examples to deeper pocket purchases, the range of Porsches on offer includes limited editions, celebrity owned, replicas and iconic models from the 80s, 90s and 00s.

“Porsches are always a draw for buyers in any market thanks to their universal appeal,” says Gary Dunne, sales manager, CCA. “The diversity on offer in this sale gives a fantastic opportunity for petrolheads of all budgets, whether it be an entry level 928 or a truly exquisite, best of breed 911.”

Topping the Porsche line-up is a 1984 Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera Targa finished in classic Guards Red with a Black and White pin-striped velour interior. Accompanied by a detailed service history, original service book, manuals, old MoTs and Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, this original UK-supplied, right-hand drive 911 has covered 91,000 miles and will be offered at £28,000 to £32,000.


A rare 1988 Porsche 944 Turbo S Silver Rose which is one of just 77 UK, limited edition models with just one previous owner from new is also for sale. Presented in exceptional condition with its original burgundy ‘Studio' plaid cloth interior, it has covered just 56,000 miles and is guided at £28,000 to £32,000.

Offering buyers the experience of Porsche's legendary fifties racers, a stunning Porsche 550 Spyder recreation built by the well-established, Kent-based Banham Conversions with superb attention to detail and period accuracy is guided at £12,000 to £15,000. 


Coming with unique celebrity provenance, a 1989 Porsche S4 automatic originally owned by actor Brian Hall, (Terry the Chef in Fawlty Towers), then by English restaurateur and television chef, Gary Rhodes OBE also joins the sale. Presented in Grand Prix White with a Midnight Blue leather interior piped in White and treated to £18,000 of maintenance, it will be offered with an estimate of £12,000 to £15,000.


One of the more unusual Porsches in the sale is a 1984 Porsche 928 S2 Polizei Homage, resprayed to resemble a German police car, complete with flashing lights, strobe grill lights, PA system and sirens, as well as uniforms and ‘P0L 17S’ number plate. The instantly recognisable car has featured in multiple magazines including Porsche Post, Porsche 928 The Essential Guide and even won Ultimate Porsche magazine’s Car of the Year Award 2017. It has been given a pre-sale estimated of £5,000 to £7,000.

For more information on the Porsches in the September Sale and to see the full lot list please visit: www.classiccarauctions.co.uk.






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Saturday, 8 September 2018

Expert Technical Advice from Yale


When choosing new hardware to complement your door or window portfolio you want to be confident that it will meet agreed standards for safety, reliability and quality. 

The Technical Service Team at Yale can provide expert advice and support on product specification, selection and testing, giving peace of mind that you’ve got the right product specification whatever the application. 

Gareth Phillips, Technical Services Manager for Yale, said: 
“We aim to offer attentive support to our customers and work very closely to help ensure they get their product specification right. We are on hand to provide our technical expertise from the start of the design, build and fabrication process, right through the testing phase to the final accreditation. 
“We appreciate that product testing and certification is a big investment and we aim to help our customers to avoid inappropriate product selection and potential test failures creating confidence when it comes to the final BSI Kitemark testing.”

As the leading name in home security, Yale has the infrastructure in place to offer indicative testing on door and window hardware to a range of standards including PAS 24. As part of ASSA ABLOY, Yale has a United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) testing facility for windows and includes a dedicated door rig, which means it is independently audited and assessed.

At its test lab in Cheltenham, Yale is also able to offer indicative testing to all fenestration standards worldwide, along with endurance testing, static load testing and corrosion testing for window hardware.

Gareth adds: “We also offer factory fabrication health visits where we go into existing customers facilities to help with any hardware fabrication issues they may be facing. We work closely with the quality departments to identify any common problems which are being encountered so that they can be resolved before the products get out into the field and look to assist in fabrication methods to improve consistency and efficiency.” 

Yale’s dedicated technical services team covers the whole of the UK. To find out how they can help your business, visit www.yaledws.co.uk or call 01902 366800.


Image caption (L-R): Stephen Pennell (Field Support Technician), Billy Fisher (Field Support Technician), Daniel Miles (Field Support Technician) and Gareth Phillips (Technical Services Manager). 






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Friday, 7 September 2018

Hörmann UK to unveil new Entrance Door at London Homebuilding & Renovating Show


Hörmann UK has announced that it will be unveiling a brand-new addition to its range of Thermo entrance doors, the THP 820S, at this year’s Homebuilding and Renovating Show in London. 

Alongside its latest Thermo entrance door, Hörmann UK will also be showcasing the popular LPU 67 sectional garage door, the RollMatic garage door, as well as the sectional double-leaf hinged garage door. In addition to these, there will also be a wide range of steel entrance doors available to view.


Working in conjunction with Access Garage Doors, the show will give visitors the opportunity to view its collection of domestic doors whilst speaking to representatives for advice and guidance, as marketing manager, David O’Mara, confirms:

“We are really looking forward to this show, there’s always a real energy and buzz surrounding it”. 
The Homebuilding and Renovating Show is a great platform for us to not only showcase our extensive variety of products to self-builders from around the country, but also to communicate directly with them and advise on what doors are best suited to their self-build project.” 


The Homebuilding and Renovating Show gives self-builders and renovators the opportunity to speak to industry experts, attend workshops and find out more about the latest products on the market.

For more information, or to register for free tickets to the event, visit HBR London 21 - 23 September Or for more information about Hörmann UK visit www.hormann.co.uk.





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Thursday, 6 September 2018

ADIA Announce Date of their 2018 AGM


At Annual General Meetings, The Automatic Door Installation Association share company insights with their members, the past year’s developments and the outlook going forward. 

In addition, it is the perfect opportunity to give your views on what you want to see from the association.

Their 2018 AGM will be the fifth held. It is urged that a representative attends on behalf of your company. And not just to be sold products but to see how the industry is moving forward. Here are four important reasons why:


Meeting the ADIA Team

Coming face to face with ADIA representatives gives you and your company the perfect opportunity to voice your opinion on matters that you’re concerned with or wish to improve. This can be done during networking opportunities or during the meeting itself to offer others to chance to discuss the matters raised.

Sometimes emails and surveys just don’t hit the mark, so if you have something to say, come along!


Time to Relax.... Whilst Working

This is a perfect time to familiarise yourself with other attendees in an informal capacity whilst enjoying the beautiful surroundings of the Hellidon Lakes Hotel.

The free wine and beer are also very much appreciated in the evening before a delicious three-course meal!

The next day, we give members the enjoyment of a lay-in before coming down for breakfast and unlimited tea and coffee. Once signed into the meeting, you can network with other attendees whilst observing the items suppliers have brought with them to demonstrate to potential customers.

And who doesn’t like a good buffet? The meeting is finished with delicious options for you to enjoy before heading home.


New Business Opportunities

For suppliers, it can be that you will meet someone who will want to buy your product. Alternatively, it could be the chance for Installers to find a new system that will help improve their installations.

Whatever your aim, meeting other business can always push for collaborations, additional sales and a chance to take your company to the next level.


Find out the Future of the Association

Going to the Annual General Meeting will give you an insight to what we have coming up in the association as well as how we will be improving our services. This gives you the possibility to ask questions and keep up to date with future goings on. This will allow you to retrieve first-hand information that you won’t necessarily get on a press release.

Overall, being able to meet other members as well as the ADIA staff, you will not only be fed but you will have a step ahead of your competitors. Once you leave the meeting you will feel informed and be able to take away a wealth of information on how you can take your company to the next level.

For more information and booking forms please contact laura@theadia.co.uk




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Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Assa Abloy Security Solutions unveils stylish new design to its DC700G Door Closer range


Assa Abloy Security Solutions has introduced its stylish and distinctive new cover design to the high-quality DC700G range.

The DC700G-CM features Close-Motion® technology to ensure doors close quietly, while the DC700G-FT includes an integrated escape door locking solution that can be easily retrofitted to fire doors, without risking certification. Both door closers are available in the new contemporary design for the DC700G range, which signifies the next step in the evolution of the company’s extensive door closer portfolio.

The DC700G-CM combines security, accessibility and comfort in one door closer. Many environments require a secure closing that is often so forceful that the door can be noisy and disruptive when shutting. Typically, increased sealing and noise protection components are required to ensure the door closes quietly.

Close-Motion® technology ensures doors close securely while significantly reducing closing noise too. As an added benefit this also dramatically reduces the finger trap force at the leading edge. This makes the DC700G an effective solution for locations where finger trapping could be a real issue, such as nurseries, early year centres, pre-schools, hospitals and elderly care homes.

Close-Motion® is integrated into the housing of the DC700G-CM, without the need for any separate components, for a sleek, modern design. The backcheck and opening speed of the door closer can also be easily controlled, and retrofitting can be performed on existing doors with a DIN drilling pattern.

The DC700G-CM can be installed on single and double leaf doors, and can be easily integrated to work in conjunction with existing Access Control Systems as the DC700G-CM delivers assured, silent and safe closing.

Meanwhile, the DC700G-FT allows any fire or non-fire rated door to be retrofitted with an electrical locking mechanism. With no morticing or rebating required because the door closer, lock and wiring is all surface mounted, sites do not need to be concerned that the installation will risk a fire door’s certification, or create a lot of mess or disruption. In addition, the locking mechanism releases under its full rated load, so is safe for use on escape ways, stair cores or final escape doors.

The door closer features Cam-Motion® technology, ensuring the door is light to open while retaining its closing power and so meeting both opening force detailed in BS 8300-2:2018, and necessary fire closing force requirements. This is in line with the Equality Act 2010 and Approved Document M and B.

The DC700G-FT also comes with thermodynamic and adjustable valves to accommodate changes in temperature and ensure the closer can be installed in a variety of environments, and still meet the end user’s requirements.

David Hindle, Head of Door Closer Sales at Assa Abloy, said:
“Our DC700G-CM and DC700G-FT provide best-in-class closing technology, offering simple but tested solutions to common problems. Whether it’s delivering silent or safe closing operation, security, or simply making sure a fire door’s certification is not compromised when fitting a new door closer, both variants are designed to meet our customers’ needs.
“While offered in a stylish new design, the DC700G range still retains the same levels of quality, durability and innovation that installers and businesses have come to expect from our door control offering.”

To discuss the DC700G range with our door closer expert, please contact David Hindle via email at david.hindle@assaabloy.com or follow David on LinkedIn, for further information on the door closer range.


To find out more about Assa Abloy door closers, please visit www.assaabloy.co.uk .





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