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Preventing Air Pollution
 

Local controls

Your local council can introduce extra controls on emissions if there are air quality problems in your area.

Air Quality Management Areas

If air quality falls below required standards, your council will declare an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) and plan for improvements.

Check if your business is in an AQMA and if you’re affected by:

  • road charging
  • parking restrictions
  • increased restrictions on waiting and loading times
  • taxes to encourage moving goods by rail
  • the review of planning applications by a pollution control team

Smoke Control Areas

Your council can also declare a Smoke Control Area. This means you can only use authorised fuels, or exempted furnaces and boilers. Chimney smoke is not allowed, with only a few exceptions.

You could be fined up to £1,000 for each offence.

If you’re a contractor working at different locations you should always check if you’re in a Smoke Control Area.

Dark Smoke
 

Dark smoke

The darker the smoke, the more polluting it tends to be. Smoke darker than a specified shade of grey is officially classified as ‘dark smoke’.

The Ringelmann chart is used to define dark smoke. The chart has 5 shades of grey with 0 being clear and 5 being black. Smoke is considered ‘dark’ if it is shade 2 or darker.

Chimney and boiler restrictions

You mustn’t release dark smoke from your premises, including from:

  • chimneys serving furnaces
  • fixed boilers or industrial plants, whether they’re attached to buildings or not

There are some exemptions if emissions won’t damage health or cause a nuisance.

Boilers, Furnaces and Chimneys
 

Boilers and furnaces

You need a permit for most generators, furnaces and boilers.

Get a permit

You’ll need a Part A(1) environmental permit if your appliances:

  • have an aggregated rated thermal input of 50 megawatts (mw) or more
  • burn waste oil, recovered oil or any fuel made from waste, with a rated thermal input of 3 to 50 mw

Get a Part A(1) permit from:

You’ll need or a Part B environmental permit if your appliances:

  • have a rated thermal input of 20 to 50 mw
  • burn waste excluded from the Waste Incineration Directive (WID) with a rated thermal input of 0.4 to 3 mw

Get a Part B permit from your local council.

Small Waste Incineration Plant (SWIP) environmental permit

You’ll need a Small Waste Incineration Plant (SWIP) environmental permit if your appliance can burn either:
less than 10 tonnes per day of hazardous waste
less than 3 tonnes per hour of non-hazardous waste (equivalent to 72 tonnes per day)
Get a SWIP environmental permit from your local council.

Installing furnaces

Your local council must approve:

  • the use of a new non-domestic furnace in a building, fixed boiler or industrial plant
  • changes to an existing furnace

Contact your local council about grit and dust arrestment if you don’t have an environmental permit and your furnace is going to be used to burn:

  • pulverised fuel
  • any other solid matter at a rate of 45.4 kilograms (kg) or more an hour
  • liquid or gaseous matter at a rate equivalent to 366.4 kilowatts (kw) or more an hour

You might not need approval if your boiler won’t create emissions that can damage health or cause a nuisance. Contact your local council to check if you’re exempt.

Chimney height requirements

Your chimney must be high enough to prevent smoke, grit, dust, gases and fume emissions from damaging health or causing a nuisance. Your local council can refuse your application if your chimney isn’t high enough.

You must apply for chimney height approval if:

  • you don’t have an environmental permit
  • your boiler’s fuel consumption exceeds 45.4 kg of solid fuel an hour
  • your boiler’s fuel consumption exceeds 366.4 kw of liquid or gas fuel an hour

If your approval application is refused your local council will tell you the minimum chimney height you need.

A chimney may be exempt if it is used as part of:

  • a temporary replacement, for example if the boiler or furnace is being repaired
  • a temporary source of heat or power for building works
  • an auxiliary plant to bring the main plant up to operating temperatures
  • a mobile source of heat or power for agricultural purposes

If the use of your chimney changes you must re-apply for approval.

Boiler emission requirements

You must fit all boilers with grit and dust arrestment equipment. You can apply to your local council for an exemption if your boiler won’t create emissions that could damage health or cause a nuisance.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Permit
 

The European Union Emissions Trading System applies to the following business activities:

  • combustion installations with a rated thermal input exceeding 20 megawatts eg operating boilers, electricity generators and combined heat and power (CHP) schemes
  • metal ore (including sulphide ore) or sintering installation
  • iron and steel businesses
  • mineral oil refineries
  • coke ovens
  • the mineral industry (cement, glass, ceramics, lime production)
  • production of pulp from timber or other fibrous materials
  • paper and board with a production capacity greater than 20 tonnes per day
  • nitric acid production
If you carry out any of these activities you must hold a greenhouse gas emissions permit from one of the following regulators:
  • the Environment Agency in England and Wales
  • the Scottish Environment Protection Agency in Scotland
  • the Industrial Pollution and Radiochemical Inspectorate department of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency in Northern Ireland
Once you have a permit, you may be eligible to an allocation of free emissions allowances.

Applications for the permit must be accompanied by the prescribed fee.

Applications must include:
  • a description of the installation and site and its address and national grid reference and the name of the local authority or authorities the installation is situated in
  • the emissions-generating activities to be carried out in the installation including a description of the technology used and the materials used in carrying out those activities
  • the sources of specified emissions from the relevant activities
  • a description of planned measures to monitor and report specified emissions
  • a description, including the reference number, of any environmental licence issued in relation to the installation
  • any further information which the applicant wishes the regulator to take into account
  • the name, address and telephone number of the applicant, the correspondence address if different, the registered number and the registered or principal office address if the business is a registered company and the name and address of the ultimate holding company if the applicant is a subsidiary
  • a non-technical summary of the installation information
You must provide any other information requested by the regulator.
The regulator will decide your application within two months of the date the application was received. Conditions will be attached to a permit.

You will not be granted a permit if the regulator believes that you will not be the person operating the installation or that you will ensure that monitoring and reporting conditions will be met.

Where an application is for a permit to operate more than one installation, the application must contain the required information in relation to each installation.

Conditions

You must comply with all of the conditions contained in the permit. Your regulator may review the conditions of the permit at any time. You are required to notify the regulator when you cannot comply with conditions.

Conditions will include requirements to monitor and report on emissions, including specifying the frequency of monitoring and methods used and that annual reports are submitted. Conditions will require you to surrender allowances that are equal to your reportable emissions within four months of the end of the scheme year when the emissions took place.

Fines and penalties

If you fail to comply with requirements you may commit a criminal offence and be fined, imprisoned for up to two years or both. In addition there may be civil financial penalties for excess emissions or understating reportable emissions. If you fail to pay required fees your permit may be revoked.

Yellow Fish Scheme – Preventing Water Pollution
 

‘Yellow fish’ is an Environment Agency project (in England) that builds on an international approach to protecting the environment. It involves stencilling a yellow fish symbol beside drains to remind people that any waste entering them may go directly to the nearest stream, river, lake, canal, beach or bathing water - causing pollution and killing wildlife.

Complete and return the feedback form with your project details and the Environment Agency will add your project to our yellow fish map.

Yellow Fish Guidance Manual for Businesses

Yellow Fish Feedback Form.

Noise Assessment and Control
 

This document outlines permit conditions and regulation of noise. It also describes the principles of noise measurement and prediction and the control of noise by design, by operational and management techniques and abatement technologies.

Noise Assessment and Control Guidance

Ensuring your alarm doesn’t cause a nuisance
 

Ensuring your alarm doesn’t cause a nuisance

Repeated or prolonged ringing of alarms can cause nuisance and distress to neighbours. In such circumstances the council can take steps to disconnect alarms and charge or even prosecute owners for doing so.

You should therefore ensure that your alarm is properly maintained and serviced and complies with BS 4737 (1986). Alarms should be fitted with an automatic cut out to silence the alarm after 20 minutes. You should notify the Police and local council in writing of the names and contact details of two keyholders who can attend within 20 minutes. Code of practice Burglar alarms should cut out and reset after 20 minutes.

This is not law, but a recommendation and we can take action if alarms cause noise nuisance. Notifying of nominated keyholders It is important that you register your alarm keyholders with the Police and the council. This information will be needed if your alarm malfunctions and causes a nuisance to your neighbours. Inform the Noise and Pollution team with the most up to date information and we will pass a copy of this information on to the West Yorkshire Police

Getting Light Right
 

This information leaflet is designed to clearly and simply inform consumers how to install their security lights effectively to reduce light pollution.

It was jointly written with Campaign to Protect Rural England, Campaign for Dark Skies and the Institution of Lighting Professionals.

Getting Light Right Leaflet

Asbestos Regulations for Commercial Properties
 

If you’re the landlord, tenant or managing agent of a commercial property you may be responsible for managing asbestos, unless your contract or lease says otherwise.

What you must do

  1. If you have a lease or contract, check who is responsible for asbestos.

  2. Find out where the asbestos is (you’ll probably need an external accredited surveyor to carry out an asbestos survey).

  3. Have the material analysed and keep a record of what you find.

  4. Carry out a health and safety risk assessment.

  5. Share the information with anyone likely to come into contact with the area, eg builders.

  6. Keep anything containing asbestos in good repair or have it sealed or removed.

The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) will help you find an accredited surveyor and testing laboratory.

Penalties

If you don’t have a plan to deal with asbestos and put it in action, you could face:

  • a fine of up to £20,000
  • imprisonment for up to 12 months

For a serious breach you could face an unlimited fine and/or imprisonment of up to 2 years.

Owners of derelict or vacant premises and warehouses also need an asbestos survey.

More detailed information

In England, Scotland and Wales

Find more on managing asbestos on the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website.

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Aurora Looks to Capital for Partnership

Thursday 21 June 2018

Huddersfield's Aurora Fireplaces, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of fires and fireplaces have entered into a strategic partnership with leading UK trade supplier, Capital Fireplaces Ltd to enhance the range of fire and fireplaces products available to showrooms in the South of England. The partnership will see two of the UK’s market leaders work together to increase the depth of Capital’s product portfolio to meet the demand from showroom partners for a greater range of designs. It will also result in enhanced levels of customer service and delivery, in turn supporting independent showrooms with the growth of their businesses. Aurora Fireplaces, based in West Yorkshire, proudly manufacture all their products in Britain, will provide Capital with entry price fireplaces without compromising on the quality of Aurora’s products, ensuring the consumer receives the best value from their investment. Commenting on the partnership, Andy Hitchman, Managing Director at Capital Fireplaces Ltd said: “To respond to the demand from our showroom partners to offer a wider range of high-quality fireplaces at affordable prices, it made sense to partner with Aurora. I believe our respective brands strongly complement each other and working together will have a positive impact on both our showroom partners and the consumer”. Jonathan Nicholls, Sales Director at Aurora Fireplaces, added; “The partnership with Capital is a great testament to the quality and style of our product range, all of which are made here in Britain. We’re proud to be working with Capital and I believe this partnership will have benefits all round”.
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Dugdale Bros launches 100% British-made cotton collection

Monday 11 June 2018

Heritage Huddersfield textiles brand Dugdale Bros & Co has launched a new collection of 25 cotton cloths, bringing its total number of fine fabric ranges up to 24. Entirely made in Britain using premium-quality Supima yarn from English Fine Cottons, this latest release is the first cotton collection for tailors in 50 years to have been spun, dyed, woven and finished in England. Named ‘Cottonopolis’ in honour of Manchester’s cotton-making legacy – aside from the agricultural aspect involved in growing the cotton – the collection’s provenance lies entirely in the North of England. Using extra-long staple yarn spun by English Fine Cottons in Cheshire – the last remaining cotton spinner in Europe – these individual strands have been dyed by Blackburn Yarn Dyers, woven at John Spencer in Burnley and finished at H & C Whitehead in Brighouse. With a tightly woven gabardine construction and lustrous, water-resistant finish, the versatile cloth is available in 25 different colour variations, ideal for tailoring suits and trench coats. Commenting on the launch of ‘Cottonopolis’, Dugdale Bros’ managing director Simon Glendenning said: “This is a truly exciting and innovative cotton range, and the first of its kind for decades. Provenance and premium-standard production are central to all our collections, and we place a huge amount of impetus on sourcing the best materials available. “As the last remaining independently-owned cloth merchant in the centre of Huddersfield, we chose to work with English Fine Cottons on ‘Cottonopolis’ because their values and dedication to quality align closely with ours. The finished range is a testament to the North of England’s prevailing cloth-making legacy, and we’re delighted to be able to supply this 100% British-made collection to tailors and fashion houses around the world.” Having achieved an uplift of 22% in export sales in 2017, Dugdale Bros is building on its significant growth with these burgeoning overseas markets in mind – including China, South Korea, Japan and Australia. Although traditionally renowned for its heavier weight worsted cloths, the brand’s broadening portfolio incorporates a number of linens, cottons and silk blends, which are especially popular with tailors and fashion houses in more temperate climates. Simon continued: “This is a pivotal time for UK manufacturing, and we’re thrilled to be amongst the makers that are helping to drive the country’s export market forward.” The ‘Cottonopolis’ release follows the 122-year-old cloth merchant’s launch of two linen collections earlier in the year – ‘Lisburn’ and ‘Crommelin’ – along with a high-twist Merino range, ‘Tropicalair’. Available now, the full collection can be viewed on the Dugdale Bros website.
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Your Local Apple IT Repair Specialists

Friday 11 May 2018

Hello, I’m one of the team at Had-It Limited. Our IT Technicians have a background with Apple Products, and have Apple training in their careers. We specialise in the repair of iPhones, through to Macbook and Apple desktops. So if you’ve had a slip and smashed your screen, we’re here to help. Prices vary on device and problem.
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Huddersfield-based Leach appointed by national retailer Watchfinder

Tuesday 08 May 2018

Watchfinder has overhauled its visual merchandising in six boutique stores. The specialist pre-owned watch retailer appointed Huddersfield-based Leach Impact to produce the range of striking displays. Established in 2001, the company has stores situated in high-profile shopping locations throughout the UK – including Victoria Quarter, Leeds and Avery Row, Mayfair – all of which now feature high-quality graphics, designed and produced by Leach. Alongside a range of illuminated lightboxes, interchangeable fabric graphics have also been produced to create a ‘wow-factor’ impact for customers. To keep the Watchfinder brand dynamic and flexible, these visuals will allow for quick and easy updates on a four-monthly basis. Self-adhesive wall graphics have additionally been installed within selected stores, to give the brand further impetus. Managing the entire process from print production to installation, Leach completed the project in just one week, delivering the finished result both to budget and in the short timescales required. Leach’s business development manager, Dale Broadhead said: “Having worked extensively within the retail arena, we are always excited by new and challenging briefs within this sector. We were keen to work with reputable brand Watchfinder, and this assignment provided us with a great opportunity to build our relationship.” Watchfinder’s graphic designer, Polly Alpin, said: “In an ultra-competitive retail industry it’s important for our stores to stand out from the crowd. That’s why showcasing our brand and products in the best possible way is so crucial. The new look is already attracting customers to our exclusive boutiques across the UK. “I approached Leach as they were able to meet our critical deadlines and, having seen their past work, I was confident that quality would not be compromised. Not only was the team able to meet our requirements, the all-important end result and stores look fantastic!” Maidstone-headquartered Watchfinder was initially established as an online retailer, and now has 8 stores nationwide.
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CE certificate marks another milestone for bespoke lightbox manufacturer

Wednesday 25 April 2018

Huddersfield-headquartered graphic display specialist Leach has recorded a new industry milestone by becoming one of the first UK suppliers to secure CE certification for its renowned lightboxes. 20 configurations of the team’s iconic LED-lit products have all been individually assessed as part of a rigorous two-month, independent audit by UKAS-approved test house SGS. The inspections explored the overall safety of the luminaires, with specifics including electromagnetic capability, electromagnetic field and ROHS tests, to name just a few. With the full suite of Leach’s Vision lightboxes now CE certified, clients have utmost confidence surrounding their use in public locations. The reports that are supplied alongside this widely-acknowledged standard will also aid the trade of these lightboxes in the export market. “CE certification is common among consumer-facing products, but is less apparent in the B2B space,” comments Leach’s head of innovation Mike Willshaw. “However, brands – particularly retailers – are becoming increasingly astute when conducting their due diligence, so it’s no longer enough for lightboxes to simply look the part. They must demonstrate compliance to the highest standards too. “Our CE certified products provide that added peace of mind that our displays aren’t just eye-catching and long-lasting – they’re also wholly safe.” News of Leach’s CE certification comes in the same month that the team recorded a Net Promoter Score of 63 from its customer base – a figure that far outperforms the industry’s 16-point average. Managing director Richard Leach concluded: “There can be no denying that the business environment remains tough, particularly for some of our retail customers. But, for us, this means there’s never been a more important time to deliver consistently high-quality products, a responsive service and value for money. An NPS score as strong as 63 – and higher than the likes of Amazon, John Lewis and Waitrose* – is welcome evidence that we’re doing just that.” *According to https://npsbenchmarks.com/
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Finalists announced for prestigious Handcraft Tailor Scholarship Award

Monday 16 April 2018

The shortlist for the inaugural Handcraft Tailor Scholarship Award competition has been revealed, with nine students having been selected to proceed to the final stages of judging. Launched last year as a collaboration between the Handcraft Tailor Academy, Dugdale Bros & Co., Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry (ASBCI) and The Textile Institute, the scholarship competition will see the winning entrant embarking on a 12-week summer tailoring course in Monaghan, Ireland, from June to August, under the tutelage of Rory Duffy – Master Tailor and former Golden Shears Award winner. Open to students across the UK and Ireland enrolled on tailoring, fashion, costume design and fine art courses, the standard of applications was extremely high – showcasing a great deal of creative and technical talent. With the top nine entrants having now been carefully selected by Robert Charnock – chairman of Huddersfield cloth merchant Dugdale Bros and Co. – and industry-renowned tailor Alan Cannon Jones, these students will proceed to the final assessment stage of the competition. Three entrants from Limerick School of Art & Design have been shortlisted – Anna O’Doherty, Louise Marchard and Hong Zhang – alongside Jakub Lipjanec and Ffion Wym Williams from the University of South Wales, Joel Yip from London College of Fashion, Kiera Robinson from Sheffield Hallam University, Dominic Browning from Leeds Beckett University and Morgane Krischer from Westminster University. Commenting on the shortlisted entries, Robert Charnock said: “The calibre of applications has been extremely high, and we were impressed with the level of skill, creativity and dedication demonstrated by all students who entered. The hard work put in by all entrants must be applauded. “The whole idea behind the competition is to bridge the gap between education and industry, and all the finalists have demonstrated that they can effectively transfer the techniques they have learned so far to real-life tailoring applications.” Alongside a written entry, the students were required to submit a 13-sample sewing stitch book, using a minimum of five different qualities of woven wool cloth to demonstrate their proficiency in hand-stitching and pocket production. Alan Cannon Jones elaborated on the finalists’ technical proficiency: “For students with only limited experience of hand-stitching and technical tailoring applications, the entries were executed to a superb standard. But as well as this craftsmanship, we were also looking for evidence of the entrants’ potential to advance under Rory’s expert guidance. “Our chosen finalists all showed real promise and creativity, along with a desire to develop their existing skills. I’m sure all have a bright future ahead of them, and I’m excited to see how the scholarship winner will flourish after 12 weeks of dedicated training.” Set to be announced on Sunday 22 April, the winning student will be tutored by Rory Duffy in world-renowned Savile Row techniques, learning to measure, draft, fit and make a bespoke suit. All course fees have been covered by the Handcraft Tailor Academy, whilst accommodation and cloth costs have been sponsored by Dugdale Bros and travel expenses paid by The Textile Institute. Further information about the scholarship award can be found at www.htsaward.wixsite.com/htsa.
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Leading glassmaker appoints Smith Brothers for grid connection

Wednesday 11 April 2018

Elland-based power engineering contractor Smith Brothers has been appointed by Europe’s leading flat glass manufacturer Saint-Gobain Glass, to connect its East Riding industrial site to the Northern Powergrid (NPg). Part of the Saint-Gobain Group – a global designer and producer of construction materials and solutions – Saint-Gobain Glass is the principal supplier of coated glass worldwide, with its UK base in Eggborough, Goole. With the manufacturing facility currently supplied via a private-wire network, high voltage specialist Smith Brothers has been enlisted to connect it to the local distribution network via a turnkey scheme of works. Acting as the Independent Connection Provider (ICP), Smith Brothers will be responsible for all required electrical and civils elements, from initial design through to final commissioning. Tasked with replacing the existing connection and carrying out necessary network reinforcements, a 10-strong Smith Brothers team will take care of the construction of two 66kV outdoor substations – one for NPg, the Distribution Network Operator (DNO), and another for Saint-Gobain. The engineers will additionally carry out the required cabling works to link the NPg compound into a nearby 66kV supply, and feed this into the private substation. Two parallel-fed 20MVA transformers will be installed along the route between the compounds, and Smith Brothers’ duties will also encompass the construction of a control room, 11kV substation and the fitting of all electrical equipment. Once these elements have been established, the engineers will then take care of commissioning the entire system and integrating it into both the Northern Powergrid and Saint-Gobain Glass networks. With work having commenced in November 2017, Smith Brothers is set to energise the site in June. Commenting on the connection, project manager Ryan Smith said: “For any manufacturing facility like this one, minimising operational disruption is a key priority for both the client and our team. There are always significant challenges involved, especially when there’s limited space for the construction of the compounds and buildings, as is the case with the Eggborough assignment. “But through condensing the site where possible, and tackling obstacles with our trademark efficiency and professionalism, we’re aiming to complete the Saint-Gobain connection with zero system interruptions.” This is not the first work Smith Brothers has carried out for Saint-Gobain – the electrical engineers additionally take care of high voltage upgrades and maintenance at the site. The team has also been contracted to carry out works for other household names including Land Rover, Kellogg’s and United Utilities. Elaborating on the firm’s growing list of blue-chip clients, managing director Nick Gudgeon said: “Our reputation as a leading Independent Connection Provider in the UK is steadily growing, and being enlisted by renowned companies like Saint-Gobain Glass is testament to this. “Our ongoing investment in people, training and equipment means that we’re able to provide a turnkey service that is trusted by leading names nationwide. And with plenty more complex projects on the horizon, we’re set to further cement our position in the market in 2018 and beyond.”
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Luxury manufacturer opens door to bespoke showroom

Thursday 05 April 2018

Premium bespoke doormaker Deuren has opened its brand new on-site showroom, in readiness for further growth and the unveiling of its latest product lines. Since bringing its manufacturing operations in-house in 2014, the company has crafted more than 7,000 doors, with the new showroom opening marking the latest significant phase in the company’s in-house expansion. Spanning 2,000 sq ft, the display space will showcase 26 products from Deuren’s luxury internal, external and garage door ranges – including new additions that are set to launch this month. As well as highlighting the material, configuration, hardware, finish and security options on offer, the showroom will enable customers to interact with the doors and test the different mechanisms available. Its adjacency to the fully operational on-site workshop also means that visitors will be able to witness Deuren’s craftsmanship in action. In addition to the display area, the new space also comprises a meeting room, toilets and a staff kitchen. Commenting on the new showroom, founder and managing director of Deuren, Ian Chubb, said: “With our customer base expanding both nationally and internationally – especially in the US and Channel Islands – the need for a dedicated display space for our doors couldn’t be ignored for much longer. “We wanted a showroom that would demonstrate the potential that exists when it comes to bespoke design and manufacturing. And this new space definitely achieves that. Before, it was only at exhibitions that customers could really test our doors, but now they can visit our site and truly get a feel for our products and the craftsmanship that goes into them.” Alongside the launch of its new showroom, Deuren has also enlisted the expertise of neighbouring digital marketing agency The Bigger Boat to overhaul its website. Through migrating the site to a new content management system, it now has an improved layout to enhance the user experience and simplify the enquiry process. Integrating the website into Deuren’s CRM system has additionally granted the company greater insight into the customer journey, to help drive campaign strategy. Elaborating on the website overhaul, The Bigger Boat’s creative director Doug Main commented: “The main objective was to put more focus on the design of the doors themselves, in order to increase visual impact online. Alongside the new showroom, the website is another key avenue for prospective customers to see the quality and luxury of Deuren’s products. “User experience is central to this, so we’ve simplified the layout and enquiry process. Plus, by plugging a new CRM – Zoho – into the site, we’ll be able to better understand which keywords and channels are attracting the most traffic, and it will be far more straightforward for the sales team to keep a record of customers and order status.” Deuren is a luxury door brand, specialising in the bespoke design and production of internal, external and garage doors – often to one-of-a-kind specifications.
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Retail display innovation launched by Leach

Wednesday 21 February 2018

Brand environment specialist Leach Impact has revealed a new merchandise display system which integrates illuminated fabric graphics to maximise the use of retail space. Product Wall Max premiered at the Retail Shopfitting & Event Summit earlier this month, following over 12 months of behind-the-scenes research, prototyping and development. Capable of being manufactured in any size up to 15m x 3m, this display solution is designed to create an atmospheric ‘exhibition’ of hero products which increases brand awareness and captures customer attention in-store. It represents a heavier-duty version of Product Wall Lite, which was launched by Leach last spring. Whilst this display system – with its magnetic shelves – is ideal for lightweight merchandise such as jewellery and footwear, Product Wall Max on the other hand can integrate slotted rails, floating shelves and hooks, perfect for larger and/or heavier items including clothing and sports equipment. Commenting on the popularity of the new solution when unveiled at the Summit, Leach’s recently-appointed head of sales Adrian Wray said: “The purpose of this event was to match us to prospective buyers who are interested in the innovations currently available to retailers. Product Wall Max was therefore incredibly well received. “We met with household brands including Karen Millen, Well Pharmacy and Co-op, hospitality giant Whitbread, cosmetics specialist Loreal and charity Age UK, to name just a few. We’re excited to see how these conversations unfold.” Created with flexibility in mind, both Product Walls are designed so that store staff and merchandisers can update the look and feel of their displays without fuss. All component parts can be added or removed with ease, with fixings neatly concealed behind the interchangeable fabric graphic. Product Wall Lite has already been installed by Regatta, Specialized and Vivobarefoot.
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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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