Saturday, 4 April 2020

New Area Sales Manager at SIMONSWERK UK


SIMONSWERK the UK’s leading door hinge manufacturer is delighted to announce the appointment of Mark Beardsmore as Area Sales Manager for the North of the UK. 

Mark brings with him 3 years of experience in the architectural ironmongery industry.

In his new role, Mark will be responsible for managing SIMONSWERK’s broad portfolio of products, developing our customer base and working closely with Architects and Specifiers.   

Robin Guy, Managing Director at SIMONSWERK said:
“It’s great to have Mark join our team, bringing with him knowledge and experience within the industry. Mark is joining us at an exciting time as we launch the New London showroom in Clerkenwell and continue to grow our product range”. 
SIMONSWERK started its success story in 1889 in the town of Rheda-Wiedenbrück in East-Westphalia region of Germany. Specialising in the manufacture of hinges and hinge systems, the company initially operated under the name H. Simons & Co.

With approximately 550 employees, SIMONSWERK now ranks amongst the leading suppliers of hinges and hinge systems in Germany.

The company is currently active on more than 70 international markets and has independent subsidiaries, agencies or our own staff members in 35 countries.

Take a look at their fascinating detailed timeline here.

For more information on the SIMONSWERK product range call 0121 522 2848, email sales@simonswerk.co.uk or visit www.simonswerk.co.uk .







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Friday, 3 April 2020

Institute of Architectural Ironmongers announces new chair

Samantha Thatcher and Deborah Cannon

Professional development and nurturing new industry talent are among the top priorities of the new Institute of Architectural Ironmongers’ (IAI) chair. 

Deborah Cannon was announced as the new national chair at the IAI AGM at the Hallmark Hotel, Gloucester last month.

Deborah has been closely involved in the Institute for several years alongside her current role as customer support team leader at dormakaba. She was previously secretary and then chair of the IAI Southwest branch until 2018 when she became the national vice chair of the IAI. 

Since completing her GAI Diploma in 2012, Deborah has gone on to complete the Fire Door Inspection Scheme (FDIS) Diploma and become a Registered Architectural Ironmonger (RegAI).

Deborah said following her appointment:
“With so many new products and technology constantly coming into the market, ironmongers need to have their finger on the pulse. As a RegAI, I know first-hand the importance of keeping up to date with the industry’s latest standards, regulations and legislation.
“It’s imperative that we continue to learn and grow as professionals to keep giving customers high quality technical advice. We’re encouraging architectural ironmongers to continue both professional and personal development through attending IAI branch meetings. 
“We also want to offer our support to those individuals just starting out in this sector and encourage them to become a part of the ironmongery community. These meetings offer a wealth of CPD presentations and opportunities to network with other industry professionals.
“I am passionate about the Institute and its members, and with the forthcoming organisational change under One Future Vision, my primary focus will be creating a strong foundation to build on, with members at the forefront. I want to ensure a smooth transition that makes a positive difference for our membership.” 

Samantha Thatcher will be joining the IAI team as national vice chair. Samantha is the office manager at SDS London and became chair of the IAI South East branch in 2019. After completing the GAI Diploma in 2017, Samantha went on to win the Promising Ironmonger of the Year award at the 2018 IAI Awards and is also a RegAI.

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Thursday, 2 April 2020

iLOQ 5 Series – making life accessible



Almost 20 years ago, Finnish innovator in the locking industry – iLOQ – took a great leap forward. It was the first company to steer a path away from mechanical locking and lead the way in developing self-powered digital locking and mobile access management systems. 

To date, over 2 million keys and 1 million cylinders have been delivered. Now, with the launch of the iLOQ 5 Series, it is possible to enhance security, minimize administration and reduce lifecycle costs still further.

One highly intelligent software solution

Thanks to new opportunities offered by digitalization and the internet of things, it is now possible to manage the unique iLOQ S5 and iLOQ S50 locking solutions from the same easy-to-use software platform. Creating, adjusting and revoking access rights can also be handled quickly, securely and remotely.

Multiple access possibilities

The iLOQ 5 Series is a flexible, modifiable locking solution that conveniently lets customers choose what ‘key’ they want to use; the iLOQ S5 digital key, the iLOQ S50 mobile phone key (iOS or Android), a fob, a tag or even a PIN code. The choice is theirs.

Keys, locks and readers learn from each other

A unique benefit of the iLOQ 5 Series is that it keeps accesses continually up to date by way of device-to-device communication. This advanced feature allows a vast amount of data (such as a list of blocked keys, time limitations, latest time, audit trails and accesses of the key) to be remotely updated and quickly shared in both directions between the management software and the readers, keys and locks in a building before the door is unlocked. This minimizes the need to travel between sites and administration offices to manually import or export data to locks and keys, reduces the expenditure associated with system wiring and drives down lifecycle costs and impact on the environment.

Utilising a smartphone as a key, power source and as a communication channel

With iLOQ’s use of NFC technology, a smartphone acts as both a key and a power source when used with iLOQ S50 locks. In the iLOQ 5 Series, they can soon also be used as a communication channel to update the access rights of iLOQ S5 keys and iLOQ S50 fobs with the unique iLOQ 5 Series application.

State-of-the-art security

With all devices connected and communicating with each other, security is maximized while administration costs are minimized. Lost, stolen or unreturned keys can be easily blocked. The latest time feature ensures that expired keys have no access without any administrative actions.

Streamlined operations

iLOQ 5 Series’ standard, open application programming interface (API) allows integration with modern information-sharing and booking systems and customer personal databases. This has many helpful use cases; for example, booking of communal spaces can be updated using touchscreens in the premises or on mobile apps and shared with the iLOQ keys. No additional wiring to doors is needed.

Battery-free solution

In common with iLOQ’s other digital and mobile locking systems, iLOQ 5 Series is a battery- and cable-free solution. The more keys and locks properties contain, the more the costs are reduced. In large systems, this saves potentially millions of euros in purchasing and maintenance costs over the lifecycle of the locking system. iLOQ’s self-powered solutions also have built-in sustainability. In 2019 alone, they eliminated 28,000 kg of battery waste and, compared to mechanical locking solutions, 7,000 kg of metal waste.

iLOQ 5 Series is highly scalable making it ideal for single buildings, dozens of premises or properties spread over a vast area with thousands of locked objects. By maximizing security and minimizing administration and lifecycle costs, it provides the simplest, and easiest way to boost the value of properties. At the same time, it reduces consumption of resources and impact on the environment.

“From one company, there is now a solution that fulfills’ all access management needs for all properties. For building owners, operators and key holders, the new features and benefits offered by the iLOQ 5 Series bring high security and unparalleled ease of access management paired with competitive lifecycle costs and major savings,” states iLOQ President and CEO, Heikki Hiltunen.


For more information visit the iLOQ website at www.iloq.com or watch the video above or at this link.

Sales enquiries should be directed to: Tomi Karjalainen, Chief Sales Officer, email: tomi.karjalainen@iloq.com or call: +358 (0)40 3170 224

iLOQ in brief

iLOQ is a rapidly growing Finnish company that is leading the technological revolution in the digital locking industry. 

iLOQ transforms mechanical locks into digital and mobile access management. iLOQ solutions are based on technologies developed and patented by the company, enabling electronic and mobile locking without batteries or cables. 

iLOQ replaces mechanical and electromechanical locking systems with environmentally friendly solutions that solve the problems of lost or copied keys, reduce lock maintenance and minimize lifecycle costs. www.iloq.com




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Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Alliance Doors Extend Phoenix Fire Shutter Range with additional Integrity Ratings


Alliance Door Engineering, leading trade supplier of high-performance industrial doors and shutters, have recently added additional integrity ratings to their popular Phoenix fire rated roller shutter range. 

The Phoenix fire shutter is a highly versatile and durable product which is designed for applications where there is need for a physical security deterrent and protection from fire. Unique features within the design make it the ideal choice for applications where a neat and unobtrusive shutter system is required such as schools, hospitals, and commercial premises.

Following an audit and product test sampling by Warringtonfire, a re-developed Phoenix fire shutter was submitted to their independent test centre for re-testing of its resistance to fire. The test, which involved the shutter being fitted to a furnace and subjected to temperatures reaching up to 1000°C, saw the shutter pass the 4-hour mark with flying colours.

After successfully passing the tests, the shutter design meets the essential characteristics of BS EN 16034:2014 and BS EN 13241:1:2003, and is fully compliant with the new legislation requirements.

The shutter utilises a curtain assembled from sections of 2” flat lath which allows for a more compact box, reducing the head space requirement above the opening.

With additional 60-minute and 240-minute integrity ratings to complement the original 120-minute rating, the Phoenix range will prove even more popular, as the compact design appeals to both the installer and end user.

Alliance Doors’ Managing Director, John Hare commented: 
“Since its introduction to the UK market in 2007, the Phoenix fire shutter has grown in popularity year-upon-year, particularly for use in environments where an unobtrusive and more aesthetically pleasing fire resistant, shutter solution is required. The additional integrity ratings have been added after listening to customer feedback”

Since 2001, Alliance Doors have been supplying the trade with their comprehensive range of industrial doors and shutters. In 2019 the organisation was awarded ISO 9001 accreditation after they underwent a detailed audit in accordance with the internationally recognised Quality Management System standard.

For more information on the range of doors Alliance Door Engineering supply to the trade, please visit www.alliancedoors.co.uk , call 01942 683601 or email: info@alliancedoors.co.uk.






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Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Surge in break-ins at pubs, shops, offices and construction sites during coronavirus lockdown


Police forces across the UK are having to carry out extra night patrols in empty city and town centres, as burglars target shops, pubs and other commercial premises during the coronavirus lockdown.

Collating intelligence data  from police reports, news items, and their own customer feedback, the property security specialists, VPS UK, has seen a sudden rise last week in burglaries and attempted thefts in Manchester, Merseyside, Gwent and Cleveland.

David Wormald, Key Account Director for Hospitality & Retail at VPS said:
"It's no surprise that when whole city centres are deserted, that opportunistic thieves will take their chances, especially with an already stretched police service.". 
"And because so many people are staying at home now, there's even fewer chances that an attempted burglary on a commercial site will be spotted and reported."

Last week the British Security Industry Association confirmed that the current definition of key critical workers includes regulated security professionals. Roles essential to supporting law and order, with the potential to reduce demand on policing, also meet the critical worker definition. This includes the guarding and CCTV monitoring of empty or closed commercial, retail or office premises, and the provision of alarm response centres including mobile units.

David continued:
"Even though it is a designated key worker sector, the security industry also has to place a priority of care for its workers during the virus crisis. Inevitably we will have some operational strains if more staff are required to self-isolate." 
"But we are more fortunate than others in being able to deploy both guards and/or CCTV security systems, because the latter is a safe, socially distant means to monitor premises via a remote video monitoring centre. Vulnerable premises like construction sites, which contain valuable plant and equipment, are now standing empty for a few weeks, so they need to kept secure."
David concluded by saying:
"No two sites are ever the same, and when the March UK crime statistics are published soon, it would be worth checking to see if one area  has witnessed a greater rise in criminal activity on commercial premises than another. That would be one indication of greater vulnerability for shops and pubs, for example, and may highlight where additional security measures might be needed." 

VPS is a specialist provider of vacant property, occupied premises and site security solutions. In 2019 they were nominated for the fifth successive year in the IFSEC Security and Fire Excellence Awards, for Customer Care and Security Installer of the Year.
 
Operating from over 50 locations across UK and Europe, they protect over 50,000 properties and sites at any time.


For more information call: 0330 005 5300, email UK@vpsgroup.com or visit www.vpsgroup.com .





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Monday, 30 March 2020

Available Online: The Spring 2020 Issue of Door Industry Journal


At the time of going to press, our sector – and the whole country – is facing an unprecedented situation in the form of the Covid-19 pandemic which could have easily prevented us from publishing. 

I would therefore like to thank our specialist magazine printers and our own team for pulling out all the stops and making publishing this issue possible.

So, rather than point you to areas of interest in the magazine as I normally do, I want to use this space to offer some information and reassurance.

www.dijonline.co.uk
Firstly, please be assured that the DIJ team are here for you as always. We have remote working in place and you shouldn’t face any disruption in our service to you.

We are still available through all the usual channels and will be issuing any relevant news throughout this crisis, via our blog, email and social media.

Looking around, it appears that companies are trying to continue with business as usual as much as possible. Obviously this crisis will still have an impact, but hopefully the range of financial support measures announced by the Chancellor will go some way to alleviating the losses that many will face.

And I see that firms in our sector are reacting quickly and responsibly, with staff being sent home if they exhibit any symptoms or in some cases closing the business for a prescribed period. Equally, site work can still carry on as normal when possible – and installations can be completed without having to be in close proximity with anyone.

Of course, the health and welfare of staff and clients are of paramount importance, but with a bit of thought and effort we can all keep going as normally as possible!

For now, enjoy the magazine.  I wish you, your families, and your staff all the very best. And I hope that by the time the next issue goes to press we will all be living in more certain times.


Derek Hibbart
Editor, Door Industry Journal

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Sunday, 29 March 2020

First Limited-Run Morgan Plus 4 70th Anniversary Edition Models Roll off the Line


The Morgan Motor Company has built the first of its limited-run Plus 4 70th Anniversary Edition models. The four cars, the first of just 20 examples to be built, were completed at Morgan's factory  in Malvern Link, UK, last week.

Built to celebrate 70 years of Plus 4 production, each of the anniversary models will be individually numbered and built in a unique specification with several notable details.

The production of the Plus 4 70th Anniversary Edition models follows the launch of the all-new Plus Four earlier in March 2020, which is underpinned by Morgan's latest CX-Generation aluminium platform. The new Plus Four is referred to with a wordmark as opposed to the numerical reference of its predecessor, and will replace the outgoing 4/4, Plus 4 and Roadster.

The introduction of the new model means that the Plus 4 70th Anniversary Edition  models  will be the last to be built on Morgan's traditional  steel frame chassis, a version  of which has been in production  since the Morgan 4-4 was introduced in 1936.

For a short period of time, the last of the traditional steel chassis Plus 4 models are being built alongside the first of the CX-Generation platform Plus Four models.

First built in 1950, the Plus 4 is one of the company's best-selling models throughout seven decades of production, and is admired by fans of Morgan worldwide. For the first time ever, the chassis will be painted in gold, highlighting its significance in Morgan's 111-year history.

Just 20 Plus 4 70th Anniversary Edition cars are to be built. They feature an individually numbered plaque, marking them out for years to come as some of the last steel-chassis Plus 4 models. A specially embroidered headrest will further differentiate the edition.

The company's in-house design team has created a unique specification that provides a timeless, sophisticated look, and nods to Morgan's rich past. Platinum Metallic paint - a platinum anniversary being a celebration of 70 years - complements the satin dark grey  wire wheels, while  a motorsport-inspired front valance and exterior black pack including a black stone guard, A-pillars and sidescreens form a purposeful aesthetic.


Inside the car, the finest grade of leather has been sourced exclusively for the Plus 4 70th Anniversary Edition. The interior is further enhanced by a Ravenwood veneer dashboard, dark grey box weave carpets and a satin black Mota-Lita steering wheel. Other specified extras include a leather-trimmed steering cowl and door handles, mohair hood cover, and sidescreen storage bags. Heated 'performance' seats, footwell lighting, and an exclusive commemorative Photographic Build Record are also included with the car.


To match the 7Q1h Anniversary Edition's dynamic look, its performance and distinctive engine note have been proportionally enhanced. The cars come with an engine map configured by Aero Racing, Morgan's in-house motorsport specialists, raising power from 154bhp (115kW) to 180bhp (134kW), and taking its 0-62mph (0-100kph) acceleration  time down to  less than seven seconds. Alongside this, the cars are fitted with an Aero Racing sports exhaust, finished with a ceramic-black tail pipe, allowing the engine to truly sing.


Steve Morris, Morgan Chairman and CEO, said:
"It has been fantastic to witness the first Plus 4 70th Anniversary models complete production. They represent the lost steel chassis models, and we are delighted to be able to celebrate such a significant milestone in this way. It's a poignant moment as the first CX-Generation Plus Four models are built alongside the final steel chassis Plus 4 models. We feel that both models represent the true qualities of a Morgan sports car."

Jonathan Wells, Morgan Head of Design, said:
"As the design team creating the Plus 4 70th Anniversary Edition, our aim was to create a classic look, yet one that exudes the significance of what it represents. A mix of premium tones, high-quality materials, and exquisite details reflect the essence of the venerable Morgan Plus 4, and provide a fitting tribute to the steel chassis that hos formed its backbone since it was launched in 1950."


The Plus 4 70th Anniversary Edition is priced at £60,995.00 inc. VAT in the UK, and deposits have already been taken on every one of the 20 cars.

The completion and distribution of the first cars came just before the Morgan Motor Company took the decision to close its factory for one month as part of efforts to combat the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

For the first time since World War II, the Morgan factory will close for an extended period, beginning 25 March 2020.

Find out more about the cars and the company at: www.morgan-motor.co.uk or call 01684 573104.







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Saturday, 28 March 2020

Element Invests in Sustainability Credentials with Aluminium Recycling Programme


Element Materials Technology (Element) has launched a recycling programme for aluminium door and window test samples at its Wednesbury laboratory.


Element’s partnership with a specialist metal recycling provider in the West Midlands is the first of its kind within the company and ensures that all samples clients do not wish to collect after testing will be recycled within two weeks. 

The new initiative comes as Element has seen an increase in samples made with aluminium parts, and it aims to align with the company’s objectives to conduct its activities in an environmentally sustainable way.

Rob Veitch, EVP of Fire & Building Products at Element, said: 
“As a global company, we understand the effect our collective actions can have on the environment and we are working to crucial sustainability objectives.
“This recycling initiative is a positive step within our industry to reduce the impact we have on the environment. We believe we are one of, if not the first test house in the country to offer this type of recycling scheme and we hope that customers will support these actions and implement their own sustainable changes where they can.”

The engaged team of experts in Wednesbury conduct testing for products used in the built environment, including security, durability and weather testing of doors, windows and hardware. The laboratory also tests components and full vehicles for corrosion, UV weathering, environmental ageing, flammability, vibration and emissions.

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Friday, 27 March 2020

SWA specifications ensure a British supply chain


Britain’s long and well regarded engineering heritage continues to flourish across a number of sectors; and can be seen fully represented by the businesses, of different sizes, which belong to the Steel Window Association. 

The SWA membership undertakes a wide range of work, from replica refurbishment, and even in-situ repair, to the fabrication and installation of new, high performance fenestration and doorsets, which are fully compliant with current building regulations. All of them, however, manufacture their products here in the UK using a mainly British-based supply chain.

Covering the whole country, they enable clients from individual homeowners to large corporations to, in effect, ‘minimise their window miles’.  SWA members manufacture their windows and doors in UK factories and therefore can help specifiers cut their carbon footprint.

In addition, the SWA’s home-grown expertise offers a variety of benefits with special skillsets being passed down, primarily through in-house training initiatives, though some of the larger companies do offer college linked apprenticeships in trades such as welding.

Another dimension to the Steel Window Association’s strong heritage is that the manufacturers’ design and technical personnel are fully familiar with most of the window types common to the UK’s often unique backdrop of buildings.

Members can help to conserve properties varying in architectural style from old warehouses and factories to the very distinctive buildings of the Art Deco and 1950s periods. They are also in big demand to supply fenestration for retro-style minimalist dwellings that revisit the work of the Modern Movement with rectilinear walls and large windows beneath flat roofs.

The President of the SWA, Govette Windows’ Darren Lloyd, comments:
“All of the manufacturing processes, including the hot dip galvanising and powder coating, are carried out in the UK and are normally local to the individual manufacturer.
“Our members offer a very comprehensive range of services as well as ranges stepping up in performance from the classic W20 to W30 and W40, as well as the new thermally broken system. The SWA is very active in terms of product development: having just achieved a half hour fire certification for both single and double doorsets.”

Whatever type of steel window which consultants, contractors or owner clients are seeking, they can ensure they achieve a ‘home grown’ solution by contacting a member of the SWA.

Members of the Steel Window Association offer a UK wide service for the repair and replacement of various types of old metal windows, doors and screens, as well as being able to manufacture new fenestration which fully meets the requirements of the building regulations.

Choosing an SWA member to manufacture and install your steel windows and doors ensures that you are receiving the highest standard of fabrication, installation and customer service.

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, 26 March 2020

Door & Hardware Federation (DHF) publishes Joint Technical Briefing with GAI



Tamworth-based trade association, the Door & Hardware Federation (DHF), has announced the launch of a new publication in collaboration with The Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI). 

 The newly published technical briefing, Guidance on CE Marking, Third Party Testing, Assessment and Certification, has been written to offer further clarification on the essential differences between CE Marking, Harmonised European Standards, Methodologies of Testing and Assessment, Fire Resistance Assessment Reports, and Third Party Product Certification. 

 In utilising the technical skills of both organisations, it is hoped the industry will benefit from key information outlined in the nine-page document.

Formed in 1897, DHF remains the oldest trade association in the industry, and the ‘go to’ body for technical knowledge, information, advice, and practical help as well as training. It has more than 500 members, and in 2019, trained more than 1000 people.

The Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) is the only trade body in the UK representing the interests of the whole architectural ironmongery industry: architectural ironmongers, wholesalers and manufacturers. Focusing on education, technical support and community activities, it continues to promote the highest standards of professionalism both in the UK, and overseas.

DHF and GAI enjoy a productive and long-standing relationship, and therefore, partnering on a document of this nature was a logical development.

DHF’s General Manager, Michael Skelding, explains:
“We are very pleased indeed to collaborate with GAI to launch a comprehensive guidance document that we know will provide a higher degree of transparency in an increasingly complicated field. In blending the knowledge, experience and capabilities of our two organisations, we hope to be able to afford accurate and up-to-date information to our members working in this sector.”

GAI’s Technical Manager, Douglas Masterson, adds:
“Members of both the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers and the Door & Hardware Federation have been frequently seeking clarification on the key differences between CE marking, third party testing, assessment and certification.
“Rather than publishing two separate documents it was felt that we could combine the technical expertise of both organisations and produce a single document on this topic for both sets of members.
“GAI and DHF have also jointly published the Code of Practice: Hardware for Fire and Escape Doors which is referenced in Approved Document B and its equivalent publications throughout the UK and Ireland.”
Door & Hardware Federation

01827 52337


www.dhfonline.org.uk





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Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Click & Collect from Ironmongerydirect And Electricaldirect


Online trade suppliers IronmongeryDirect and ElectricalDirect have launched a new Click & Collect service, providing even greater flexibility and choice of delivery options for customers on their wide range of products.

Customers can order their products as usual from the IronmongeryDirect and ElectricalDirect websites and simply select the Click & Collect option at the checkout. Orders will then be delivered to a convenient network of local pick-up points the next day when ordered before 8pm.

These pick-up points include branches of stores such as Sainsburys, , Matalan, Homebase, Currys PC World, Rowlands Pharmacy as well as select local convenience shops. There is a pick-up location within a 10 minute drive of 90% of the UK population, meaning there is almost always a suitable option for customers.

The Click & Collect service is free on orders over £45 + VAT, or only £3.95 on orders under £45 + VAT, compared to £5.95 for standard delivery on orders under £45 + VAT. It is offered in addition to the current delivery choices including next day delivery seven days a week as well as before 10:30am and before 12pm options for weekdays. Customers are able to choose Click & Collect delivery via the website or when ordering by phone.

Tom Ramshaw, Director and Head of Operations at the company said:
“When working on a job, trade professionals rely on getting the right products when and where they are needed. Our new Click & Collect service, with the option to choose the most convenient pick up point will make customers’ work easier, prevent delays and help them to deliver a better service to their customers.”

IronmongeryDirect has been supplying architectural ironmongery to tradespeople for over 50 years and has the UK’s biggest range with over 18,000 products, including top trade brands. ElectricalDirect has a huge range of electrical products in stock with everything from sockets and wiring to smart home products available.

Monitoring of competitor prices means customers always get the best deal. Customers also benefit from the hassle-free returns promise and can send items back free of charge for a full refund. If customers need any advice or technical support, IronmongeryDirect and ElectricalDirect’s skilled and highly knowledgeable team of specialists is available 7 days a week.

To find out more visit www.IronmongeryDirect.co.uk/delivery  or www.ElectricalDirect.co.uk/delivery.





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Tuesday, 24 March 2020

A letter from Wolfgang Gorner, Managing Director of Hörmann UK

Dear all,

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday 23rd March, Hörmann UK has had to make some immediate changes and has taken the difficult decision to suspend normal business operations.

These actions are designed to protect the safety and wellbeing of our employees, customers and suppliers, something that is of utmost importance to us. We are also acting in line with government guidelines.

From close of business Friday 27th March, all manufacturing and dispatch of domestic garage doors and entrance doors will cease for an initial three week period. The business will continue to manage pricing and general enquiries through a limited workforce.





We are preparing for normal business operations to hopefully resume on Monday 20th April. We will continue to keep you updated as the situation develops.

With regard to our Industrial customers, normal operations will continue on a reduced scale to ensure we continue to support critical projects. Our Service division will be offering its assistance to both Hörmann and non-Hörmann customers that require urgent work on critical sites. This includes servicing and repairs.

We would like to thank you all for your continued support and understanding during these unprecedented times and sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused. We hope yourself, your families and your colleagues stay healthy and well throughout this period.


Kind Regards,

Wolfgang Gorner




www.hormann.co.uk



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Monday, 23 March 2020

Hörmann UK raises the standards with new ShopRoller SR


Hörmann, Europe’s leading door manufacturer, has launched its new ShopRoller SR door, providing retail and hospitality outlets with the highest standards in quality, security and aesthetics.

Suitable for installation in shopping centres, stadiums and restaurants, the innovative door features a compact design that enables it to be installed in front, behind or in the reveal, dependent on the available space and existing building structure.

Supplied with all components already fitted, the door can be installed as soon as it arrives on site as no adjustments have to be performed as the fixing points have already been prepared at Hörmann’s specialist factories. This aids businesses in enhancing their security and safety as quickly as possible, whilst also minimising installation costs.

Aesthetics and longevity are also a leading factor in the door’s design, with the curtain, side guide and bottom profile constructed of anodised aluminium, making it resistant to fingerprints, dirt and cleaning agents. Four curtain variants are available, including closed profiles, round perforations and square perforations, which can act as a counter door.

The ShopRoller SR also offers variants that are available in resistance classes RC 2 or RC 3, tested in accordance with British Standards EN 1627. This provides companies with the highest standards in security for additional peace of mind.

Paul Tulley, Key Account Manager at Hörmann UK, said: 
“The new ShopRoller SR is a strong extension of our popular shop doors, rolling grilles and sliding doors for the retail and hospitality sectors. We pride ourselves on working closely with clients to adapt and evolve our offering in line with their feedback to ensure we consistently meet the needs of not only today’s but tomorrow’s retail environments.” 

The tubular drive in the barrel does not require any additional space, while the 110mm wide side guides and support brackets allow the door to close flush at the sides, meeting the requirements of shopfitting. The door is operated by a convenient press and hold key switch, with the option of a second button for installation inside or outside.

Available in a range of widths and heights, the door features robust components for safe operation, with the side guides and bottom profiles optimally matched to the size of the construction.

Safety equipment is supplied as standard, preventing uncontrolled unwinding of the curtain. In addition, all curtains are equipped with reliable lift-off protection, preventing the door from being easily pushed out of the side guides, whilst the bottom profile can also be optionally equipped to close on one or both sides.

To view Hörmann UK’s complete offering, visit www.hormann.co.uk or call 01530 516868.





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Sunday, 22 March 2020

Tiger Tasmania Rally - A New Automotive Adventure ‘down under’ from Bespoke Rallies


Living up to its reputation for delivering innovative classic motoring experiences, Bespoke Rallies is running a 25-day 5,763km adventure in Tasmania and Victoria state, Australia, this November. 

Named after the now extinct marsupial that roamed Tasmania as recently as the 1930s, Tiger Tasmania is for pre-1985 cars. It combines 11 days of unrivalled driving on many of the roads used on the legendary Targa Tasmania rally with the opportunity to indulge in the history and beauty of this extraordinary island.

Starting and finishing in Melbourne, the event then comprises a further nine days exploration of the state of Victoria, taking in the iconic 12 Apostles, the volcanic crater of the Blue Lake, the famous Halls Gap village and Ballarat (a gold rush town from 1851), as well as the Great Alpine Road.

This unforgettable tour finishes at Chateau Yering in the heart of one of Australia’s most illustrious wine-growing regions.

Nearby lies the home of the late operatic soprano Dame Nellie Melba (after whom Peach Melba, Melba Sauce and Melba toast were all named), of which a private tour will form part of the rally’s final day.

Entries are now open for this extraordinary event that takes place from November 4 to November 29 inclusive this year. Full details can be found at www.bespokerallies.com.

The ‘early bird’ entry fee for teams of two, including car hire, all accommodation, most meals, ferry crossings etc., totals $36,000 AUD.


Other adventures being organised by Bespoke Rallies over the next 12 months include:

Pyrenees 1000 – May 13 to 17, 2020
Imperial Rally – June 8 to July 7, 2020 (now fully booked)
Highland 1000 – September 23 to 27, 2020
Dakar Enduro – February 28 to March 20, 2021

Further details of these and all Bespoke Rallies’ many varied events are available at www.bespokerallies.com.





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