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Overview
 

The letters ‘CE’ appear on many products that are traded on the single market in the European Economic Area (EEA).

The CE marking is required for many products. It:

  • shows that the manufacturer has checked that these products meet EU safety, health or environmental requirements
  • is an indicator of a product’s compliance with EU legislation
  • allows the free movement of products within the European market

By placing the CE marking on a product a manufacturer is declaring, on his sole responsibility, conformity with all of the legal requirements to achieve CE marking. The manufacturer is thus ensuring validity for that product to be sold throughout the EEA. This also applies to products made in third countries which are sold in the EEA and Turkey.

Not all products must bear the CE marking. Only those product categories subject to specific directives that provide for the CE marking are required to be CE marked.

CE marking does not mean that a product was made in the EEA, but states that the product is assessed before being placed on the market. It means the product satisfies the legislative requirements to be sold there. It means that the manufacturer has checked that the product complies with all relevant essential requirements, for example health and safety requirements.

If you are a manufacturer it is your responsibility to:

  • carry out the conformity assessment
  • set up the technical file
  • issue the EC Declaration of Conformity (DoC)
  • place CE marking on a product

If you are a distributor you must check the presence of both the CE marking and the necessary supporting documentation.

If you are importing a product that is from a third country you have to check that the manufacturer outside the EU has undertaken the necessary steps. You must check that the documentation is available.

Products that need CE marking
 

  • CE marking is mandatory, but only for those products which are covered by the scope of one or more of the New Approach Directives.

    Even if your product is manufactured outside the EEA, you must ensure the product bears CE marking if your product comes under the scope of a directive requiring CE Marking. Not all products sold in the EU need to bear CE marking.

    CE marking applies to products, ranging from electrical equipment to toys and from civil explosives to medical devices. The full list of these product categories is below:

    • active implantable medical devices
    • appliances burning gaseous fuels
    • cableway installations designed to carry persons
    • eco-design of energy related products
    • electromagnetic compatibility
    • equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres
    • explosives for civil uses
    • hot-water boilers
    • household refrigerators and freezers
    • in vitro diagnostic medical devices
    • lifts
    • low voltage
    • machinery
    • measuring instruments
    • medical devices
    • noise emission in the environment
    • non-automatic weighing instruments
    • personal protective equipment
    • pressure equipment
    • pyrotechnics
    • radio and telecommunications terminal equipment
    • recreational craft
    • safety of toys
    • simple pressure vessels

    The CE marking is not required for items, for example:

    • chemicals
    • pharmaceuticals
    • cosmetics and foodstuffs

    If you have an enquiry about the Construction Products Regulations or if you would like information on the new requirements for structural steel, which came into force on 1 July you can email construction.products@communities.gsi.gov.uk.

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How to place a CE marking on a product
 

Before you place a CE marking on a product, you need to establish which EU New Approach Directives apply to your product. You must not attach a CE marking to a product outside the scope of the directives.

The process you follow depends on the directives that apply to your product.

1. Identify the directive(s) and harmonised standards applicable to the product

There are more than 20 directives setting out the product categories requiring CE marking. The essential requirements that products have to fulfil, for example safety, are created at EU level and are set out in general terms in these directives. Harmonised European standards are issued with reference to the applied directives and express the essential safety requirements in detailed technical terms.

2. Check the product-specific requirements

It is up to you to ensure that your product complies with the essential requirements of the relevant EU legislation. The use of harmonised standards remains voluntary. You may decide to choose other ways to fulfil these essential requirements. If you don’t follow the safety requirements of a standard as it is written you will need to show that your product is as safe, by presenting the relevant documentation.

3. Identify whether an independent conformity assessment is required from a Notified Body

Each directive covering your product specifies whether an authorised third party (Notified Body) must be involved in the conformity assessment procedure necessary for CE marking. This is not obligatory for all products, so it is important to check whether the involvement of a Notified Body is required. These bodies are authorised by national authorities and officially ‘notified’ to the European Commission and listed on the NANDO (New Approach Notified and Designated Organisations) database.

4. Test the product and check its conformity

If you manufacture a product it is your responsibility to test the product and check its conformity to the EU legislation (conformity assessment procedure). One part of the procedure is, as a general rule, a risk assessment. By applying the relevant harmonised European standards, you will be able to fulfil the essential legislative requirements of the directives.

5. Draw up and keep available the required technical documentation

If you manufacture a product you need to establish the technical documentation required by the directive(s) for the assessment of the product’s conformity to the relevant requirements, and for the risk assessment. You must be able to present the technical documentation and EC DoC to the relevant national authorities, if requested.

6. Placing the CE marking on your product and EC Declaration of Conformity

The CE marking must be placed on the product by the manufacturer, or by his authorised representative within the EEA or Turkey. It must be placed according to its legal format to the product or its data plate. It must be visible, legible and impossible to remove. If a Notified Body was involved in the production control phase, its identification number must also be displayed. It is the manufacturer’s responsibility to draw up and sign an ‘EC DoC’ proving that the product meets the requirements. That’s it, your CE-marked product is ready for the market.

Using the CE marking
 

Once you have satisfied the conformity assessment requirements for CE marking you must attach the CE marking to your product or its packaging. There are specific rules for using the CE marking for your product, as well as rules for the reproduction of the CE marking logo.

In general you should attach the CE marking to the product itself but it may also be placed on the packaging, in manuals and on other supporting literature. Rules covering the use of the CE markings vary depending on the specific EU directive that applies to the product and it is advisable to study the applicable guidance. The following general rules all apply:

  • CE markings must only be placed by you - as the manufacturer - or your authorised representative
  • the CE marking cannot be placed on products which are not covered by the relevant European directives
  • when attaching the CE marking, you take full responsibility for your product’s conformity with the requirements of the relevant directives
  • you must only use the CE marking to show the product’s conformity with the relevant directives
  • you must not place any marking or sign that may misconstrue the meaning or form of the CE marking to third parties
  • other markings placed on the product must not cover up the CE marking

Member states will ensure they implement the regime governing the CE marking. They will take appropriate action in the event of improper use of the marking and provide for penalties for infringements, which may include criminal sanctions for serious infringements. Those penalties will be proportionate to the seriousness of the offence and constitute an effective deterrent against improper use

The general principles of the CE marking are contained within Regulation (EC) No 765/2008 which sets the requirements for accreditation and market surveillance relating to the marketing of products.

CE marking image rules

Depending on the specifics of the directive that covers your product, you must make sure that:

  • the initials ‘CE’ are in the standard, recognisable form
  • if you reduce or enlarge the size of your marking the letters CE must be in proportion to the standard version
  • the CE marking is at least 5 millimetres - unless a larger minimum dimension is specified in the relevant directive
  • the CE marking is placed onto the product or to its data plate - if this is not possible or not warranted because of the nature of the product, it must be placed onto the packaging and accompanying documents
  • the CE marking is easily visible, readable and permanent

Find example CE marking logos on the Europa website.

Keeping documentation for CE marking
 

Please refer to the specific directives and/or regulations, and also our guidance documents.

You must keep certain documentation once you have placed the CE marking onto your product. This information can be requested at any time by the Market Surveillance Authorities to check that a CE marking has been legitimately placed on a product.

The information you must keep will vary depending on the specific directives relevant to your product. You must keep general records of:

  • how the product is manufactured
  • how the product conforms to the relevant national standards
  • addresses of manufacture and storage places
  • design and manufacture of the product
  • which New Approach Directives apply to the product and how they have been met
  • European Community type-examination certificates, if applicable

You should keep the information in the form of a technical file which can be supplied if requested by an enforcement authority.

The manufacturer’s Declaration of Conformity
 

The EC DoC is a document which may be required to accompany a product. In the document the manufacturer, or his authorised representative within the EEA should:

  • indicate that the product meets all the necessary requirements of the directives applicable to the specific product
  • make sure it has the name and address of the manufacturer together with information about the product, for example brand and serial number
The DoC must be signed by an individual working for the manufacturer or his authorised representative, and indicate the employee’s function.

CE marking enforcement
 

There are many bodies that enforce CE marking legislation to prevent misuse of the CE marking and to ensure that product safety is maintained to a high standard. Enforcement, or market surveillance, is undertaken by nominated public authorities (Market Surveillance Authorities) in each member state, and each state has separate ways of enforcing the legislation once it has been implemented into national law.

Market Surveillance Authorities and processes will vary depending on which directives are applicable to your product. The following bodies, amongst others, are responsible for CE marking enforcement in the UK:

  • Trading Standards Services
  • the Health and Safety Executive
  • the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
  • the Vehicle Certification Agency
  • the National Measurement Office
If an enforcement body finds your product does not meet CE marking requirements, they will often provide you with an opportunity to ensure it is correctly CE marked. If you fail to comply with this, you will be obliged to take your product off the market. You may also be liable for a fine and imprisonment.

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Iconic Huddersfield cloth brand celebrates growing international presence

Tuesday 20 February 2018

Heritage cloth brand Dugdale Bros & Co. is celebrating its most successful year to date, following significant expansion into fast-growing international markets and the appointment of key personnel. Through its 122-year history, the company has become renowned within the textiles world for supplying fine worsted fabrics to Savile Row tailors and iconic fashion houses alike. And it is precisely this international reach that was pivotal in making 2017 the most successful year on record for the brand. With a fast-growing presence in overseas markets – including China, South Korea, Japan and Australia, to name just a few – the company reported a 22% uplift in turnover from exports alone, compared to the previous 12 months. Significant expansion was achieved within the Scandinavian and Asian Pacific markets in particular, thanks to new distribution arrangements and the addition of two full-time export team members. 2017 also marked Dugdale Bros’ first year in partnership with its new USA agent Atlas International Textiles – a key distributor in America. Domestic growth has followed a similar trajectory, with overall company turnover up 14% on the previous year. The recent appointment of sales managers Amit Karia and Jack Rowan has been key to this steady expansion, enabling the brand to build its customer base and enhance its visibility in the competitive UK market – particularly as the popularity of modern made-to-measure tailoring increases. 2017 saw the launch of three new cloth collections, bringing Dugdale Bros’ total number of ranges up to 23 – alongside the array of trimmings and linings also supplied by the brand. Amongst these new releases was the Royal Classic Vantage series, which incorporated archival patterns from the iconic 1957 Royal Classic collection, in celebration of its 60-year anniversary. Based in Huddersfield since its establishment in 1896, the brand was taken on by chairman Robert Charnock in 2001 and is the last independently-owned cloth merchant remaining in the centre of the town. Commenting on the record year of sales, Robert said: “2017 was intended to be a year of consolidation for us, following significant internal restructuring initiated by our managing director Simon Glendenning. However, increased activity with a number of notable luxury brands has helped to bolster our figures during this period. “Dugdale Bros is undoubtedly a company with a significant legacy behind it, which we are dedicated to preserving as we take the business forward. And it is precisely this balance between celebrating our heritage – both in relation to the brand and our town – and strategically targeting new overseas markets, that has enabled us to flourish.” Building on the previous year’s successes, 2018 will see the cloth brand launching five new lightweight collections – specifically designed with the burgeoning Asian markets in mind. In addition, core lines will be refreshed with the introduction of new designs, colours and patterns. Robert continued: “The expansion of our collections will further boost our market presence, and we’re expecting to see an additional 12% growth this year. The Dugdale Bros brand has truly come of age, and we’re looking forward to more people recognising the value of cloth that has been proudly made in Huddersfield.” With headquarters on Northumberland Street in Huddersfield, Dugdale Bros & Co. has another office in Mayfair and supplies its cloths to tailors and distributors throughout the world.
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Refurb completion at iconic Copperworks site

Friday 16 February 2018

Commercial lettings specialist and landlord Towngate PLC has completed the refurbishment and rebranding of a historical property in Stourton, Leeds. Previously occupied by the world-renowned metal manufacturer Yorkshire Copper Works until 1980, Towngate acquired the site in 2003. The firm has now concluded an extensive renovation and rebranding operation, readying the 300,000sqft space and development land for a new tenant. All buildings have been reroofed and the external elevations have had cladding replaced. The demolition of an entire bay has additionally paved the way for increased loading capacity, while the installation of ground-level loading doors at the rear will further boost circulation efficiency. The internal space features an open-plan working environment with a functional height of over 9 metres. Commenting on the finished renovations, Towngate’s property manager Tom Lamb said: “We’re delighted with the overhaul of this historic property, and are excited to bring it back to the market. Whilst we have taken care of the key structural refurbishment, we have intentionally left the warehouse as a blank canvas, enabling modifications to suit a new tenant’s requirements. “This site presents a truly unique industrial letting opportunity, and all interested parties now have the opportunity to visit the building for a tour.” Mirfield-based digital marketing agency, The Bigger Boat, tackled the rebranding of the property, which has included the production of illuminated signage, a lettings brochure and a new website. The expansive site is available to let in its entirety to a single occupier, and includes industrial warehouse accommodation, two-storey ancillary office buildings and a 287-space car park, along with 11 acres of expansion land. Now that the site is open for occupancy, onsite CGI filming is set to take place to showcase the potential of the property and site as a whole. Industrial agents and potential occupants interested in a viewing should contact Property Manager, Tom Lamb or Marketing Manager Julia Ford for further information.
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Kirklees’ Biggest Business Conference Returns

Tuesday 06 February 2018

Following on from the huge success of the 2017 Conference, the Mid Yorkshire Chamber is delighted to be hosting their 2018 Kirklees Business Conference (KBC) at John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield on Wednesday 21st March. The free, one-day conference has become an unmissable event in the local business calendar which is dedicated to helping businesses to connect, learn and grow. Attracting over 600 business people and 50 exhibitors, KBC includes a fantastic programme of engaging seminars, a discussion panel, surgery sessions and open networking throughout the day. This year the Mid Yorkshire Chamber is proud to announce an official partnership with Google bringing a Digital Garage to KBC as part of the seminar programme. Running alongside the four seminar sessions, more surgery sessions will also take place following their success last year. Held by local businesses located in the stadium boxes, the surgeries will provide the opportunity for companies to run their own seminars, workshops or one to ones. Rory Bourke, Events & Sponsorship Co-ordinator at the Chamber said: ”Kirklees Business Conference is definitely shaping up to be a day not to be missed. The conference is a fantastic opportunity to raise your profile, make new contacts and learn from other experienced professionals. There are many opportunities for local businesses to get involved through sponsorship, exhibiting or attending as a delegate.” Confirmed conference sponsors and partners include; AD:VENTURE, The John Smith’s Stadium, The Design Mechanics and Social Progress. Delegate tickets are free but registration is essential, significant interest is anticipated therefore early delegate booking via www.kirkleesbusinessconference.co.uk is advised to avoid disappointment. For further information about the conference follow @MYBizConfs and #KirkleesConf on twitter. To find out more about sponsoring or exhibiting at the event please email events@mycci.co.uk or call 01484 483679.
Posted by Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce
SNF enlists Smith Brothers for prestigious Billingham connection

Monday 15 January 2018

Yorkshire power contractor Smith Brothers has been appointed by world-leading polymer provider SNF, to carry out large-scale electrical engineering works at its first UK-based manufacturing facility. Having been enlisted as the Independent Connections Provider (ICP) by SNF, high voltage specialist Smith Brothers will be responsible for the 66kV load connection of the 21MVA site to the Northern Powergrid (NPg). A turnkey programme of works will see the Elland-based contractor carrying out all civil and electrical engineering aspects of the connection assignment, from initial design through to final commissioning. With the facility set to share its power supply with a nearby generation site via an existing radial circuit, the engineers will be responsible for laying a 3.5km dual 66kV cable route to the Point of Connection (POC) provided by the NPg. Smith Brothers’ civils team will additionally be tasked with the construction and commissioning of an outdoor 66kV substation, as well as a control room for NPg to house the necessary protection scheme. The outdoor substation will entail the installation of two 72.5kV 1250A 31.5kA dead tank SF6 circuit breakers, 66kV disconnectors, voltage transformers, cable sealing ends, post insulators, supporting steel structures, busbars and connectors. The engineers will also construct two transformer bunds – each containing a 66/11kV 20MVA transformer – along with two 11kV 4.23ohms 1500A Neutral Earthing Resistors (NERs), post insulators, cable sealing ends and disconnectors for SNF. Further duties for Smith Brothers will involve the construction of a private substation building and the installation of internal 11kV Unigear 500R switchboard, automatic voltage control panels, transformer protection panels, battery chargers and other associated gear. Commenting on the scale of the assignment, project manager Iliana Malatra said: “As with any project of this size, there are a number of challenges not only in terms of scale, but also the technical requirements. The outdoor substation has been designed with critical attention to detail, for example, so the construction and commissioning stages will need similar levels of consideration. “We additionally have tight timescales to meet for the work and energisation. Ensuring that minimal disruption is caused when we connect the facility to the grid is a key priority, and our dedicated team will be working hard to meet all set deadlines with this goal in mind.” With Smith Brothers’ construction works having commenced in December last year, the Billingham connection assignment is projected to be completed in July 2018. The wider 10-year construction and regeneration scheme began on the 60-acre Billingham site in 2009.
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Leach is latest local ‘signing’ for premier league club Huddersfield Town

Monday 11 December 2017

Newly-promoted Premier League outfit Huddersfield Town AFC have made a pivotal local ‘signing’, in the shape of graphic display specialist Leach Impact. The fellow-renowned Huddersfield organisation has been appointed to supply striking lightboxes for the club’s John Smith’s Stadium reception. Six individual displays – including three bespoke curved structures – have now been designed, manufactured and installed, in partnership with integrated marketing agency Fantastic Media. The result is an ultra-bright welcome that visitors would expect from Premier League facilities. “For over a century, Leach Impact’s displays have transformed major international brands across the globe,” explained Huddersfield Town’s commercial director Sean Jarvis. “So, there seemed no better partner to help take our visual identity to the next level during this exciting year at the pinnacle of the football pyramid. “The new graphics provide the extra wow factor as soon as people step inside our stadium reception, and together with our iconic Terrier brand, will hopefully leave a lasting impression.” Paul Whitcroft, creative director at Fantastic Media added: “2017-18 is a season where Huddersfield Town is used to having its name in lights! “However, having worked with Leach for a number of years, we knew their solutions would help elevate the brand further. The print quality, illumination and display flexibility tick all the boxes!” Complete with interchangeable fabric graphics, the lightboxes can be updated quickly and easily by the club’s own staff. This means Huddersfield Town can switch between its three brands – The Terriers (football club), The Giants (rugby club) and KDSL (events) – according to the focal message on any given day. The lightboxes were created at Leach’s 30,000sqft headquarters, less than four miles away from the stadium itself.
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New heritage interpretation to reveal industrial mining past of North York Moors

Wednesday 22 November 2017

Work is underway to create an exciting new interpretation of historic mining sites across the North York Moors. As part of the National Lottery funded project This Exploited Land of Iron, the mixture of interventions both out in the landscape and in local hubs and centres, will tell the story of one of the most industrial periods in the moors’ history. Huddersfield-based Leach Studio has been appointed to lead the interpretive design for the scheme. The team is currently developing themes and concept designs which aim to map stories across this vast area. On completion in 2019, the project will provide an inter-connected network that visitors can explore, revealing the astonishing stories and scale of the mining industry that once dominated this landscape. The focus of the core exhibition at the Moors National Park Centre in Danby will draw upon the history of the area from medieval smelting to the trailblazing Victorian railways. Visitors will be able to use digital maps, projected archive film and an interpretive play area for children, to learn about this chapter of the story and other places where the tale continues. A multitude of other sites such as Grosmont Village, East Kilns and Rosedale Abbey’s iconic Bank Top will continue the industrial heritage exploration, with innovative interpretive solutions in the landscape set to include bespoke furniture and hands-on engagements. At Grosmont iron works, for example, visitors will learn that the now leafy car park was once the site of a major industrial complex producing nearly 1,000 tonnes of pig iron a week. Elsewhere, at Ingleby Incline, interpretation explaining the story of ore-laden wagons being transported up and down the 1 in 5 gradient will provide a welcome break for walkers on the steep ascent. Commenting on the project, Nichola Ward, head of creative at Leach Studio said: “Ironstone mining and the Victorian industrialisation had a significant impact on this community and the surrounding landscape, so we’re telling this story on a huge, far-reaching scale. “The challenge is that this heritage isn’t always very well known or even easy to uncover, as in many places nature has taken over since the decline of the industry in the last century. Our brief is therefore to create a range of design solutions that help different types of visitors understand, explore and uncover the astonishing moors for themselves.’ Tom Mutton, programme manager for This Exploited Land of Iron added: “Through community engagement programmes, research by local history groups and enthusiasts, and dialogue with the North York Moors National Park Authority, we’re building a rich picture of our landscape’s cultural and natural heritage. The solutions created by Leach Studio will leave a legacy for future visitors to help appreciate the incredible past of this landscape and will bring together the work carried out by all project partners.” In March 2016, the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded £2.8 million for the project to be undertaken. This sum was co-supported by the North York Moors National Park Authority, David Ross Foundation and other partners, to bring the total project value to £3.8 million.
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Around Town In the Huddersfield Live Hygge Tipi

Wednesday 15 November 2017

What better time to get together than Christmas? Around Town believe that connecting the business community of Huddersfield in its iconic locations and organisations is a brilliant way to share ideas, hear inspirational stories and have some FUN. Organised by Oli Smith, Michelle Crowther and Chris Buckley Around Town create memorable events every 3 months. 2018 plans are already underway; “as well as meeting at some amazing businesses we are walking Around Town in Spring - a fantastic way to get to know each other whilst experiencing some award winning locations and scenery in Huddersfield “ says Michelle And with Huddersfield Live December promises to be a memorable Around Town event. Hosted in the Hygge Tipi in St Georges Square, hear Sam Watt and Poppy Stahelin tell of the fabulous work the team at Huddersfield Live are doing and some of the stunning events planned for next year. Laura Drury sets the backdrop of how she formed the The Hygge Tipi and how it creates a convivial atmosphere for Huddersfield folk to mingle, drink mulled wine, and keep the winter night out in front of the log fire. All In the heart of Huddersfield. Tickets are limited and can be reserved FREE here. Chamber members old and new are very welcome. Around Town Events for 2018 confirmed. March 1st - Valli Opticians May 17th - Owen Scott Tailors May 25th - (Walk) Around Town - 15miles (approx) Breakfast Sarnies, The Kirklees Way, Finish in a Brewery!
Posted by The Alternative Board
Huddersfield-based Leach appointed by international outdoor leisure brand Regatta

Friday 27 October 2017

International outdoor leisure brand Regatta has overhauled the visual merchandising strategy at its Manchester headquarters, with the help of Huddersfield-based display specialist Leach Impact. Regatta’s showroom is a regular destination for corporate customers, keen to be among the first to see what could soon adorn their retail shelves. But with footwear previously housed on a dark, permanent wooden wall, the 180sqft space struggled to do the hero products justice. The brand has therefore invested in a 6.8m x 2.5m state-of-the-art bespoke display from Leach’s Product Wall Lite range. At only 65mm thick, the streamlined wall-mounted system integrates eye-catching graphics with ultra-bright LED illumination and slick magnetic shelving, for maximum impact as soon as a customer arrives. “Following an initial design consultation, we knew the team was interested in the flexibility of this graphics display alternative,” elaborated Dale Broadhead, Leach’s project lead. “However, to meet the exact requirements of this brief, our in-house innovation team built a number of prototypes to evaluate how to best showcase Regatta’s footwear range.” The finished solution was then installed only one day, which included full magnetic assemble, graphic installation and 180 shelves added and aligned. Regatta’s marketing director Jo Hawkins expanded: “We were initially drawn to the system because of its brightness and large-format photographic quality. But the construction of Product Wall Lite now allows us to change the graphics and products as often as we like, without any external input or specialist shop-fitting expertise. “This means we can refresh our showroom campaigns in line with the changing seasons, which should deliver an ongoing wow factor and a lasting impression, much more in-keeping with what we’re trying to achieve as a brand.” On the back of positive feedback from visitors to the Manchester HQ, Regatta now plans to roll the Product Wall Lite system out into its store environments. Established in 1981 with a 12-strong team, Regatta now has 200 stores and concessions throughout the UK and operates in 55 countries worldwide.
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Leach appointed as approved fabric graphics supplier to beMatrix

Monday 02 October 2017

beMatrix – one of Europe’s most renowned modular exhibition stand specialists – has appointed Yorkshire-based Leach as its preferred fabric graphics production partner for the UK. The Belgian owned events giant launched the industry’s first customisable, reusable and tool-less frame system back in 1993. And almost 25 years later, the product has gone on to be sold via an international network spanning Europe, the USA and Asia. But as the team prepared for further penetration of the UK market, they sought a reputable fabric graphics partner that could help bring their stands to life. The search stopped at Huddersfield-based Leach. Commenting on the reasons behind the partnership, beMatrix’s UK Managing Director Antony Burton said: “The build of exhibition stands is often fraught with stress, risk and cost, even for experienced contractors. This was the rationale for us creating our modular stand system. It is quick and easy to erect, not to mention adaptable and reusable. This longevity maximises stand builders’ return on investment, particularly when compared to the typical wooden stand structures that are usually disposed of after every event. “But fabric graphics are still needed for every show, and, recognising that this is an incredibly specialist area of print production, we have always sought expert partners in this field. As we prepared for growth in the UK, Leach was clearly the perfect fit.” The new collaboration means that stand builders can procure fabric graphics as high in quality as the frame system itself. Expanding on the partnership, Richard Leach – managing director of the 4th generation family business – said: “It is unfortunately widely acknowledged within the events industry that 50% of fabric graphic installations fail first time. Disappointing colour reproduction, damaged ink, poorly-sized fabrics and incorrect material choice are just some of the perceived risks. But it’s not the fabric graphics themselves that are to blame – these failings arise when they haven’t been produced properly. “When executed professionally, on the other hand, such graphics provide a modern, seamless and crease-free solution, with unparalleled photographic quality and illumination capabilities. They’re also simple and cost-effective to transport, which adds to the ‘business case’. “By working closely with beMatrix we can therefore ensure clients experience maximum ROI – rather than headaches – from the fabric graphic stands that their customers demand.” Already a well-known name within the retail, exhibition and brand environments, Leach is targeting a 25% increase in fabric graphic production over the next 12 months.
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Vibrant growth outlook prompts relocation for Plasticolour

Monday 02 October 2017

Plastics specialist Plasticolour Ltd has announced its relocation to Ashfield Close on the Whitehall Road Industrial/Trade Counter Estate in Leeds, after signing a 5-year tenancy contract with commercial and industrial landlord Towngate PLC. The company – which supplies polymers and colours to the injection and extrusion moulding industry, and specialises in the production of small-batch bespoke orders – celebrated a successful first year of trading in March this year. And now, formerly based in Armley, the team has moved into the 2,397 sq ft unit at Ashfield Close as it prepares for further growth. Commenting on the new base, Plasticolour’s managing director Ian Morgan said: “We had a brilliant first year in business, and once we realised that we were on track to at least double in size over our second, it became clear that additional space was needed to expand our operations. As well as increased warehouse square footage and larger offices, we also required better accessibility for larger vehicles to fulfil our delivery and collection needs. “Ashfield Close was actually the first place we looked at, and even though we scoped out other similarly sized premises in the Leeds area, nothing could beat it for suitability or affordability. Plus, it was obvious that Towngate shared our values of providing excellent customer service and building great relationships, so the choice was easy.” Relocating alongside its sister company Academium – a digital marketing agency – the plastics firm will now benefit from a vast warehouse with 4m high ceilings, steel loading door, additional office accommodation, new toilet facilities, kitchenette and trade counter. Situated on the well-established Whitehall Road Industrial Estate, the premises also have the advantage of security fencing and lockable gates. Towngate’s property manager Tom Lamb commented on why this is such an exciting let for the client: “Thanks to its combined warehouse and trade counter offerings, proximity to Leeds city centre and accessibility to the M621, Ashfield Close is a favourite amongst industrial firms. We are delighted to welcome Plasticolour as the site’s newest tenant and now that Unit 7 has been leased, the whole estate is fully occupied.” Plasticolour’s tenancy announcement comes at a busy time for Towngate, as the property specialist has recently relaunched Units 4A and B of Olympia Trading Estate. Following an extensive refurbishment – including comprehensive recladding works and a refreshed interior – the 10,786 sq ft space on Gelderd Lane is now available to let. Elsewhere, the company has newly welcomed turbo repair and reconditioning expert Turbo Clinic UK to Unit C3 at Copley Hill Trading Estate, and is preparing for the much-anticipated unveiling of the revitalised Copperworks site in Stourton, due to take place in November.
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