Saturday, 30 June 2018

Chubb Locks Custodial Services Celebrates 200th Anniversary


Chubb Locks Custodial Services (CLCS) marked its 200th anniversary this week, with customers, ex and long-standing employees all coming together at its Willenhall headquarters to celebrate. 

Designing, manufacturing and installing high performance locking solutions for custodial and high security healthcare and government premises, CLCS has been the expert in its field for 200 years.

The event, which brought together past and current employees, as well as customers from across its markets, was designed to celebrate 200 years as the industry’s trusted partner. Neil Vann, CEO for ASSA ABLOY UK (Market Region Manager), and Simon Teagle, Managing Director for CLCS, welcomed guests with presentations about their personal history with the company and its future innovation. Guests were then treated to a presentation by renowned local historian Dr. Carl Chinn, who covered CLCS’ and Willenhall’s rich heritage in the locking industry.

Speaking after the event, Simon Teagle, said: 

“We were very pleased with the birthday celebrations and it was great to see so many past and current employees, together with our customers, marking CLCS’ 200th anniversary.

“As a business whose success has been largely thanks to its loyal employees and team ethos, it was particularly important to us to bring everyone together to remember our past and celebrate the future.”

Despite an impressive history, which includes the Chubb Detector Lock that went unpicked for 33 years, CLCS is already looking toward the future. As part of the ASSA ABLOY group it will continue to invest in product development and work closely with its customers to provide innovative solutions.

For further information on CLCS, please visit www.chubblockscustodial.co.uk





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Friday, 29 June 2018

W20 Screen and Doorsets complete Kitchen Extension to Edwardian Home


The inherent strength and slim sightlines characteristic of W20 steel sections have enabled a member of the Steel Window Association to create a large screen with two sets of double doors, forming the entire gable end to a North London period property’s new extension: elegantly linking the expanded kitchen dining area with the rear garden.

Steel Window Service & Supplies, based in Oxford Road, London N4, carried out the design, manufacture and installation of the multilight screen, which measures 4,484mm x 3,427mm high. The frames are hot dip galvanised prior to being finished in a polyester powder paint system.

The highly experienced SWA member worked with the client to maximise the practicality of the screen as a connection with the outside space, finessing the position of the mullions so that the outer leaves to the two doorsets will fold back 180 degrees, while the central ones open to 900 degrees. Both doorsets feature locking handles with concealed bolts.

Commenting on his selection of the W20 solution for the project, the owner of the property Ian Forshew, said: 
“There is no doubt that the steel windows are in keeping with the architectural style of the property; and I was impressed with Steel Window Service & Supplies so I basically went with their recommendation.”
W20 and W40 steel windows and doors meet the requirements of the Building Regulations in new-build as well as refurbishment situations. In the case of Ian Forshew’s residential extension, the standard Steel Window Association specification sealed units have a 4-6-4 make up, with toughened, low-E coated glass for the inner leaf. Combined with a Krypton filled cavity, this provides an overall frame U-value of 1.8 W/m2 K, while the excellent light transmission characteristics of the steel framed system maximise use of natural daylight as well as solar gain in the winter.

The members of the Steel Window Association are able to provide a comprehensive response to customers from across the commercial, residential and local authority sectors, including for the replica refurbishment of old style steel and other metal fenestration.

For further information on the Steel Window Association, please visit www.steel-window-association.co.uk or call 020 8543 2841.





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Thursday, 28 June 2018

Hörmann UK launches series of New Product Videos


Leading door manufacturer, Hörmann UK, has announced that it has launched a series of new product videos. 

Featuring some of Hörmann UK’s latest garage doors and operators, the videos have been produced to give viewers a better understanding of each product, and an insight into the range of features and options available.

The LPU 67, NT60-2, RollMatic, RollMatic OD, RollMatic TDL garage doors, as well as the ProMatic and SupraMatic operators, were all featured in the latest series of videos. Covering everything from functionality, to surface finish, advantages to specifications and more, Hörmann UK hopes that the new videos will help customers make an informed decision when it comes to choosing their next garage door as marketing manager, David O’Mara, confirms:

“Our previous videos have been very popular so it seemed like a natural decision to develop another set that would cover an even wider scope of products. The new videos not only provide visitors with an understanding of some of our most popular doors and operators, but they make it easier for customers to compare and decide which one is right for them. We are delighted with our latest product videos and we believe that they will be of excellent use to new and existing customers, as well as staff in training.”


To watch Hörmann UK’s latest series of product videos, visit www.youtube.com or call 01530 513000 to speak to a representative for more information.





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Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Securefast introduces Mechatronic Security


Securefast mechatronic cylinders bridge the gap between electronic access control and traditional mechanical locking, offering a combination of mechanical cylinders with electronic access control. 

As a cylinder system, they can be seamlessly integrated into existing mechanical lock cases either euro profile or Scandinavian oval. The standalone system can be easily programmed using the shadow cards.

The latest generation of Securefast cylinders are available with full external waterproof IP67 rating, making them ideal for both internal and external applications, with either Euro profile single reader, reader and turn or double readers for controlling access both sides of the door. 

The stylish cylinders provide a simple and cost effective means of upgrading mechanical mortice cylinder locks into a fully functional access control system. 

The advantages of the system also allows access control to be used on multi-point locking mechanisms, UPVc doors, euro profile lock cases and can allow the end user access using a card or fob.


Main Features of the Securefast Mechatronic range include:
  • EN 1303 Euro Profile cylinder
  • Cylinder Length: 60mm ~ 120mm
  • Anti-drilling
  • Transponder: Mifare Classic (13.56Mhz)
  • Reading Distance: up to 3 cm
  • Battery life: standby 3 years or 30,000 operations
  • Battery spec: LR1, 910A 1.5V x 3pcs
  • Operation Temperature: -20°C ~ 70°C
  • Acoustic low power warning
  • Smart Sleep Mode
  • Max Events: 1,024
  • Firmware upgradeable
  • CE Certificate
  • External power supply for flat battery

For further information on the Securefast Mechatronic cylinder range please contact the sales line on 01704 502801 or visit the company’s web site, www.securefast.co.uk




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Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Dr Barbara Lane’s report adds strength to DHF’s campaign


DHF (Door & Hardware Federation) has welcomed a series of findings into the Grenfell Tower blaze by Chartered Fire Safety Engineer, Dr Barbara Lane.  

Dr Lane, who has presented her conclusions in a comprehensive report, gave evidence to Sir Martin Moore-Bick's public inquiry on 18th June, in which she listed a number of failed safety regulations that she believes contributed to the significant loss of life.  72 people died in Grenfell Tower in West London, on 14 June 2017.

In particular, DHF has saluted her findings pertaining to the inadequacy of the tower’s fire doors, described by Dr Lane as “a crucial element of the stay-put strategy, as they represent an opportunity for weak spots to form in the fire-resistant partitions that separate a flat fire from occupants either on that floor where the fire has started, or occupants in the flat above the floor where the fire has started.” This is something DHF has been emphasising for many months.

“Compartmentation is vital and plays an important role in passive fire protection”, says DHF’s CEO, Bob Perry, “The need for compliant fire-resistant doorsets is crucial, and as Dr Lane has stated, the non-compliance of the flat entrance fire doors would have contributed to the failure to prevent the spread of fire and hot smoke from the flat to the lobby”.
“Additionally,” continues Perry, “she highlights that faulty fire doors mean faulty compartmentation, and compartmentation is the primary basis of the stay-put strategy."

The simplest way of achieving compliancy is by making it mandatory for third-party certification of companies manufacturing, installing, repairing or inspecting fire-resisting doorsets and is something DHF will continue to strive for.  Under UKAS, accredited third- party certification auditing and traceability procedures for fire doors, unauthorised substitution of compliant fire-tested door materials and components which may lead to failure under exposure to fire, are tightly controlled and generally prevented.

DHF has actively lobbied for many months for changes in regulations and included this in its report to the Industry Response Group, with the Tamworth-based trade association working continuously to highlight the importance of compartmentation, issues surrounding poorly or ill-fitted door closers, as well as the need for compliant letter plates, locks and door hinges.

During her own visit to the site, Dr Lane observed that the installed doors contained different locks, hinges, letter plates and self-closers, which she believes significantly affected the performance of the door, by reducing its burn time.  She concluded that the fire doors and their lack of performance, contributed significantly to the spread of smoke, and fire, to the lobbies, with this failure affecting the ability or willingness of occupants to escape independently through this space to the stairs.

“The industry has got to do better to ensure that compliant, safe and regulated products are put on the market, and are installed and maintained or repaired by credible, trained people who adhere to the regulations,” says Bob. “For the past year, we have learned the heart-breaking details surrounding this disaster, and the preventative measures that could have been taken to save lives.  This report adds further weight to our on-going campaign, so that a disaster like Grenfell never happens again.”

www.dhfonline.org.uk



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Monday, 25 June 2018

dormakaba Products Feature in RICS 2018 South East Project of the Year


Home to a new exhibition that tells the story of the historic Chatham Dockyard, the Command of the Oceans project combines the conservation and repurposing of an historic building with contemporary design. 

dormakaba’s innovative sliding and swing door products were specified for this pioneering project, to provide a visually appealing, comprehensive system ideally suited to its unique design.

Designed by Baynes and Mitchell Architects, the Command of the Oceans was recently awarded ‘South Honours Project of the Year’ at the RICS South East regional awards. The striking new museum celebrates naval heritage and was commended for its inspirational design, combining buildings of historical importance with a bold, modern aesthetic.

Reflecting the industrial language of the existing Dockyard, black metal, black limestone, board-marked concrete and composite timber were used throughout the project. The modern, fine framed profile of the dormakaba ST Flex single sliding doors were chosen to complement the aesthetic, achieving an inviting atmosphere.

Thanks to its low profile width, the ST FLEX automatic sliding door is extremely versatile and allows plenty of light penetration. With various designs available, it is the perfect solution for sophisticated projects such as this.

The project also benefits from the dormakaba ED250A single swing doors. The robust aluminium framed doors feature multiple activation options via radar, push pad or access control, whilst offering an easily accessible and durable solution for high traffic areas as visitors enter the museum.

After its success at the RICS South East regional awards, Command of the Oceans will compete to be overall category winner and Project of the Year 2018 at the RICS Awards 2018 Grand Final held in November.

Jenna Higgs, Marketing Manager at dormakaba commented:
“We congratulate everyone involved on Command of the Oceans for having such success at the RICS South East regional awards and are delighted to have been a part of such a prestigious project.” 

To find out more about dormakaba and its latest news please visit: https://www.dormakaba.com/en




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Sunday, 24 June 2018

Innovative Pothole Detection System Irons Out Bumps for All-New Ford Focus Drivers


Drivers in the UK are facing a “pothole crisis”’, made worse this year by the “Beast from the East” arctic air-mass, which delivered icy conditions that further contributed to shattered road surfaces.

A pothole was repaired every 21 seconds in England and Wales during the past year.* Potholed roads not only make journeys uncomfortable: harsh impacts with severe potholes can also cause damage to a vehicle’s wheels, tyres and suspension systems, resulting in hefty repair bills.

Ford is limiting the impact of damaged roads for drivers of the all-new Ford Focus now on sale by introducing innovative pothole detection technology. The system senses when a wheel is falling into a pothole and adjusts the suspension to limit how far the wheel drops.


Because the tyre and wheel do not fall as far, they do not strike the opposite side of the pothole as harshly on exit. The rear suspension can respond even faster than the front, with a signal from the front wheel providing a pre-warning to the rear wheel before it reaches the pothole. This all happens in a split second.

“Our engineers are always searching for the roughest roads to really test our suspension to the limit, but more and more we're noticing that the rough roads are finding us,” said Guy Mathot, Ford Focus vehicle dynamics supervisor. “Potholes are a problem that isn’t going away anytime soon, but with our advanced suspension technology for all-new Focus, we've been able to reduce their impact.”

The all-new Focus pothole detection system is a feature of optional Continuously Controlled Damping technology on the car, which arrives in UK dealerships this summer.  Every two milliseconds suspension, body, steering and braking inputs are monitored, and suspension responses adjusted for the smoothest ride quality.

Ford develops its suspension systems using a specially created road at the company's test facility in Belgium, which consists of precise replicas of some of the worst potholes and road hazards from around the world. Engineers further refine the systems with hundreds of hours of testing on a diverse range of European public roads, monitoring loads and strains with equipment similar to that used by seismologists to study earthquakes.

www.ford.co.uk




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Saturday, 23 June 2018

Fancy a day out? - Join AlluGuard at one of their Roadshows


This is your personal invitation to invest some time and find out how you can improve your business by getting smart with AlluGuard 

To achieve this, AlluGuard are holding a series of events to share their new products that can increase the sale value of every roller garage door you sell! Spaces are limited, so please book early.

The Venues

Spaces, Chalfont Park: Building 1, Chalfont Park, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire SL9 0BG

  • Monday July 9th - 9 a.m. or 1.30 p.m. session
  • Tuesday July 10th - 9 a.m. or 1.30 p.m. session


Worsley Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club: Worsley Park, Worsley, Manchester M28 2QT

  • Thursday July 12th - 9 a.m. or 1.30 p.m. session
  • Friday July 13th - 9 a.m. session

 Don’t miss out - book your date!

Spaces are limited, so if you are interested in attending please RSVP without delay and book your chosen date.

RSVP to:

Gary Brooks on: m: 07795 064 888
e: g.brooks@alluguard.co.uk

Eugene Perez on: m: 07747 702 664
e: e.perez@alluguard.co.uk


Find out more about the AlluGuard range by visiting www.alluguard.co.uk




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Friday, 22 June 2018

Striking a balance between security, aesthetics and budget

Jacksons Euroguard® Double Leaf Gates and Fencing,
 Northwood School, London

Jacksons Fencing research highlights challenges facing architects when installing school fencing

  • A third of architects say that schools have weak points in their perimeters and entrances
  • Multiple entry points are the biggest access control challenge affecting schools (90%)
  • Nearly all architects are familiar with Secured by Design standards (95%)
  • 71% of refurbishment specifications are identical to the original ones

Jacksons Fencing, the UK perimeter security manufacturer and specialist, releases insights into architects’ views on school safety from its report ‘Protecting the Future’.

Taken alongside teachers’ perspectives, the report highlights significant differences between architects and school management as well as some reassuring common ground.

On average, almost two thirds of architects know of schools being affected by fencing and gate issues (60%). While a similar amount of head teachers have commissioned new access solutions at least once (63%) and over three quarters have had their perimeter inspected within the past five years (80%), these problems are clearly not being resolved.

The majority of architects (71%) find that school security refurbishments use the original specifications with some value engineering while a significant number know of schools down specifying to save cost (17%). This is despite head teachers’ greatest concerns being unauthorised exits and entrances (30% and 25%), both of which can be prevented with well-designed and specified fencing and gates.

Specification evasion

Architects identify budget as the greatest challenge when installing school fencing (84%), followed by restricted installation times (48%) and working where children are present (39%). The high number of schools keeping the same specifications or down specifying may be a reflection of this concern for cost and minimum disruption.

A perimeter’s price tag is not the most significant concern for schools, however. Performance is the highest priority (73%) for teachers, followed closely by security ratings and accredited products (68%). These come ahead of both lifetime and initial costs (64% and 59% respectively).

Setting the standards

Recent bomb threats sent to schools across the UK reinforced the crucial role that school staff play in protecting pupils from harm.[1] Head teachers’ identify that creating a positive learning environment (86%) and keeping the school community safe (82%) as the most important parts of their positions.
Ensuring their security solutions meet industry standards is one way of fulfilling both these aims.

A third of architects are seeing Secured by Design (SBD) and LPS 1175 standards increasingly specified (31%). This is complemented with 95% being familiar with SBD. While change is on the horizon, there is work to be done. Currently under half of architects know about LPS 1175 (47%).

While head teachers are concerned about the safety of their pupils, 39% don’t know where to go to find out more about school security and access control. They do, however, have some awareness of safety guidelines, with half being familiar with the recommended height for school fences. A similar number know of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) guidelines, which apply primarily to playgrounds.

An inside perspective

Overall, architects’ views on school security are in line with teachers, with 32% and 29% respectively saying that they acknowledge weak points in the perimeter.

There is also agreement between both parties about which safety issues are afflicting schools the most: multiple entrances, having difficult to see areas and more than one building.

Architects, however, are more cognisant of these problems than teachers, with a 40% average difference between their responses. This disparity was especially marked where 72% of architects said that aging fencing is an issue, compared to 16% of teachers.

Security Consultant at Jacksons Fencing Cris Francis comments:
“While there is a healthy level of agreement between architects and teachers on what the key school security issues are, our research reveals some concerning differences. Despite schools prioritising the performance of their fencing and gates, architects are up against stringent budgets that lead to maintaining outdated solutions or down specifying. Schools need to find a way of balancing cost with adequately ensuring children’s safety. Part of the problem might be that without a professional understanding of design and security, school staff can’t appreciate the impact of perimeter issues to the same extent as architects. 
"Architects also have a greater awareness of safety standards and LPS 1175 certified products. By using their expertise to help schools choose the most appropriate solution for their specific risks and needs, they can help safeguard staff and students alike from future harm.” 
www.jacksons-fencing.co.uk


In April 2018, 1,000 parents (nationally representative), 282 teachers (including 44 head teachers) and 75 architects, quantity surveyors and contractors were surveyed. 
The findings were incorporated into Jacksons Fencing’s study.



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Thursday, 21 June 2018

TECTUS Glass - Flush glass doors in the limelight


The New TECTUS® Glass from SIMONSWERK is the latest edition to the TECTUS range of concealed hinges, providing aesthetic and functional solution for the minimal, flush-fitting installation of glass doors.

The concealed hinge system TECTUS TEG 310 2D gives the glass door unprecedented transparency and lightness, for contemporary interior design concepts. The patented hinge technology is barely visible and provides a reliable and durable function due to the stable hinge properties. The elegant hinge dimensions provide maximum transparency with a load capacity of 60 kg - more than enough for a glass door with dimensions of approximately 10 x 1000 x 2300 mm.

The hinge technology is suitable for 8 and 10 mm glass doors in interior constructions for high-quality residential and heavy-duty projects with timber, steel and aluminium frames.

Comprehensive hardware solution for glass doors

The new glass door solution from SIMONSWERK includes not only the TECTUS Glass hinge system but also a magnetic latch and handles as an alternative to standard components.

The closing magnet and the magnetic plate on the door side provide a contactless and silent closing process which can be adjusted to the desired latching strength of the door.

All components of the new solution have a minimalistic design and are therefore suitable for use with modern timber interior doors.

In addition to the completely new, flush glass door athestics and the silent closing, a major advantage of TECTUS Glass is that no glass drilling is required. It is these features which lead to the TECTUS Glass receiving the iF Design award 2018.


For further information please visit www.simonswerk.com






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Wednesday, 20 June 2018

A garage door for seaside homes?


If you’ve got a seaside home and you’re looking to replace the garage door, or maybe you are a trade person or architect looking to specify a garage door for a property being built by the coast, then it’s worth looking at Garador’s range of roller garage doors

Living near the coast has lots of wonderful perks, with fresh sea breezes and beautiful views over the coast in locations throughout the UK. But those fresh sea breezes and beautiful views come at a cost, as salt particles carried through the sea air corrode and weather properties within just a few miles of the coast.

It is generally considered that homes within 3 miles of the Atlantic Ocean, the North Sea or the English Channel are most at risk. This makes choosing a suitable garage door more difficult as garage doors tend to have lots of metal components and moving parts.

Garador’s GaraRoll roller doors are a great solution, as the door curtain is built from rust resistant aluminium laths, which unlike steel or timber, are resistant to corrosion from salt and moisture carried through the air by sea breezes. All of which is finished with a durable paint coating.

In addition to quality, carefully-considered materials, the design and engineering of the GaraRoll roller door are also excellent. The GaraRoll has been in development since 2010, and as part of Garador’s drive to continually improve its products, has improved various components and features on the product over the last few years.

The GaraRoll continues to excel with its pressure-sensitivity built into the operator, so when an obstruction enters the path of the door curtain as it is coming down, the door and motor recognise this and therefore stops and reverses allowing the obstruction to be removed.

Other useful design features include a spring and twin cables, to provide a smoother door action and to prevent the door from crashing down in the event of a spring or cable failure.

To find out more about the GaraRoll roller garage door range or any of the other doors in the Garador range, please visit www.garador.co.uk



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Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Energy Saving Petflap from Manufacturers of the Ecoflap letter box draught excluder


Cat flaps have tended to be viewed as a necessary evil for cat owners, worth it to avoid getting up and and down constantly to let the cat in, out, in and out again, but draughty, prone to falling apart and definitely not very pretty.

The Petflap is set to change all that. Developed by Ecoflaps, the family business that manufactures the Ecoflap letter box draught excluder (and has a host of other good ideas up its sleeve), the Petflap is a robust draughtproof pet door with a gentle, quiet closing action and the kind of good looks that enhance your door.

The Petflap works on the same principle as the Ecoflap: by always presenting a fractionally larger surface area to draughts coming from any direction the flap is blown more firmly against its frame instead of banging open and shut and letting in draughts.

It's made from two layers of off-white ABS with perspex sandwiched in the middle, providing a degree of insulation against the cold while allowing a cat or small dog a good view of outside.

Despite its snug closing action it takes very little effort to open, making it ideal for very young or very old pets, and as it doesn't rely on a spring to close it won't trap tails or paws


As well as its innovative design principles, the Petflap looks nothing like the average cat flap. It's circular for easy fitting into glass, with an offset outline. It comes with trunking designed to fit a 5cm thick door, but extended trunking to go through a wall can be fitted during manufacture.

The Petflap is easy to fit - just a lick of silicone sealant round the flange and press it into place. It can be sprayed or covered in film, and fitted into wood, glass or brick.

Petflaps are made in the UK in small batches and retail at £69 inc VAT. You can buy one for your pet here.

Further information at www.thepetflap.com and distributor enquiries via info@ecoflap.co.uk.





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Monday, 18 June 2018

Jewers Doors Secures Three New Fire Stations in Dubai


Jewers Doors have recently completed the supply and installation of nine sets of large Osprey sliding- folding doors to secure three new Civil Defence stations in Dubai. 

 The stations are located at Nad Al Sheba, Al Mizhar and Jebel Ali, and are part of an ongoing development plan commissioned by the Dubai Municipality to increase the safety of the local communities. The total cost of these three new fire stations is AED 45 million ((£9.23 million)

Each centre incorporates offices and service areas on two floors, but key to the operational functions is a two storey garage housing fire appliances, water trucks and rapid response vehicles. Under emergency conditions, the vehicles exit via two 9.6 metre wide by 6 metre high openings, which are secured by 12 leaf Osprey sliding-folding doors. 

Each door is electronically operated, with six leaves folding to each side of the opening. In the closed position, door leaves form a completely flat façade within the opening. 

 When opening, leaves slide across the opening and stack behind each reveal, ultimately folding into a 1m2 footprint to leave a completely clear opening to ensure maximum access for the exiting vehicles. On return to the depot, vehicles enter the appliance bay via another 6 metre high, 12 metre wide Osprey door at the rear of the garage. 


The doors are operated by variable drive speed motors, each with ground level haul chains and digital control panels. A single push button within the control room opens all doors simultaneously in an emergency situation. Local push buttons to each door allow users to close doors safely via deadman closing. 

 All doors are designed with safety and security as standard. Leading edges of the doors are fitted with full height pressure sensitive edges, so if a door meets any resistance during automatic closing, it immediately stops and reverses.

For visibility when closed, each door panel incorporates a 600 x 1200mm argon filled, toughened glass, double glazed vision panel, and is fitted with multi-wall rubber seals to all edges to reduce water, air and dust ingress.

Jewers’ Regional Sales Manager; Ben Pritchard commented, 
“Our Phoenix range Osprey doors have been approved and used on all new Dubai Civil Defence stations since 2007. Due to the size of the openings, our Osprey doors are the most suitable system available in the market, and with us having an office in Dubai and our own service engineers on the ground, Jewers are ideally placed to support Dubai Civil Defence quickly when called.”

For more information visit www.jewersdoors.co.uk


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Sunday, 17 June 2018

Concours Masters Celebrates 70 Years of Porsche at Salon Privé


Porsche’s seventieth anniversary will be honoured in great style at the 2018 edition of Salon Privé. 

Appropriately, 70 landmark examples of this legendary German marque will vie for honours during the hotly-anticipated Concours Masters Celebration of 70 Years of Porsche on Saturday 1st September, staged within the majestic grounds of Blenheim Palace.

Now in its second year, Concours Masters Celebration marries a competitive element expected of a concours but with the relaxed atmosphere of a no-pressure enthusiasts’ get-together. As such, owners, guests and visitors can expect an unforgettable day revelling in all-things Porsche.

Among the many rarities expected to be challenging for the silverware is a 1963 Porsche 356B GS Carrera 2000 Coupé with coachwork by Karosserie Reutter of Stuttgart. This fabulous machine, one of only twelve ever built in right-hand drive configuration, was the fastest-ever variant of road-going 356 in period.

Originally sold via AFN Motors, and since restored to era-correct form, right down to its Bali Blue hue, this particular example is bound to be a standout among a raft of sensational street and competition models.


Similarly, another challenger for a later model class will be the 1997 Porsche 993 GT2, one of only 7 right-hand drive cars. Designed as Porsche’s customer race car for the 1995 season, only 167 were built, of which 110 were for track with 57 road-going.

Staged in association with Pirelli, Lockton Private Clients and Chubb Insurance, Concours Masters Celebrates 70 Years of Porsche promises to be a thrilling event for owners and fans alike.

Pirelli is proud to announce sponsorship of the Concours Masters Celebration of 70 years of Porsche. The event will take place at this year’s Salon Privé.

Salon Privé will spring into action from 30th August to 1st September. Firmly established as the UK’s most exclusive automotive Garden Party and one of the longest-running and most successful motoring events in the UK, this year marks a particularly special milestone as the event relocates to the foot of the Palace becoming the first event ever to be located on the famous Blenheim Palace Cricket Pitch.

Salon Privé showcases two Concours celebrations within the same event; firstly, the Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance on Thursday 30th August which is followed by Concours Masters Celebrates 70 Years of Porsche on Saturday 1st September.  Boodles Ladies’ Day sits in the middle on Friday 31st August which has fast become a social highlight of the Summer Season.

For more information, please www.salonpriveconcours.com




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Saturday, 16 June 2018

Urgent review of Apprenticeship Levy required to reverse decline in apprenticeships, says FMB


The 28% fall in construction apprenticeship starts between August 2017 and March 2018 compared with the same period the previous academic year suggests the Government needs to look again at the way the Apprenticeship Levy is working, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Commenting on statistics published today by the Department for Education (DfE), Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: 
“The Government’s own statistics show a 28% per cent plunge in apprenticeship starts over the current academic year so far. The Apprenticeship Levy was introduced in April 2017 to boost apprenticeship training across all business sectors but so far it seems to be having the opposite effect. 
“Some reforms are obvious and need to be looked at more urgently now. The Government should allow large companies to pass more of their Levy vouchers down through their supply chains if the company itself is not in a position to train apprentices. Currently large firms are only permitted to pass 10% of their Levy funds down to their sub-contractors and others in their supply chain. There needs to be much greater flexibility than this. 
“In the construction sector, larger firms often do not directly employ on-site tradespeople or directly train apprentices and so there is a real danger this industry and others will continue to fail to take advantage of the Apprenticeship Levy if we can’t change this.”
Berry concluded: 
“These figures have been published shortly after the FMB’s latest research which shows that small construction firms are experiencing record highs in terms of skills shortages. In the long term, the only way we will be able to address the chronic skills crisis is by recruiting and training more new entrants. 
“We know that 58% of builders are struggling to hire bricklayers and 55% are having difficulties finding carpenters and joiners. We need to iron out the flaws in the Apprenticeship Levy and reverse this decline in apprenticeships to give us the best chance of tackling these skills shortages.”

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) is the largest trade association in the UK construction industry representing thousands of firms in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

Established in 1941 to protect the interests of small and medium-sized (SME) construction firms, the FMB is independent and non-profit making, lobbying for members’ interests at both the national and local level. 

The FMB is a source of knowledge, professional advice and support for its members, providing a range of modern and relevant business building services to help them succeed. The FMB is committed to raising quality in the construction industry and offers a free service to consumers called ‘Find a Builder’. 

To find out more visit www.fmb.org.uk


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