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Product-Specific Guidance



Cosmetics
 

All cosmetic products supplied in the UK, whether for consumer or professional use, must comply with the Cosmetics Products (Safety) Regulations 2008.

The Regulations require that finished cosmetic products must undergo a safety assessment by a suitably qualified person before they can be placed on the market.

The Cosmetics Directive on which the Regulations are based is updated periodically, reflecting changes to the prohibitions and restrictions on certain substances, and subsequent amendments to the are available on the OPSI website.

Children’s Toys
 

All toys supplied in the UK must meet the requirements of the Toys (Safety) Regulations 1995 (PDF, 100K)

The regulations define a toy as ‘any product or material designed or clearly intended for use in play by children of less than 14 years of age, but excluding those products specified in Schedule 3 [of the regulations]’.

Note that a revised European directive came into force on 20 July 2011. The directive substantially amended the existing regulations across virtually all safety aspects. You can download the text of the new Directive 2009/48/EC from the EUR-Lex website (PDF, 995K).

CE marking on toys

All toys presented for sale in the UK must bear the CE marking and the name and address of the person who first placed the toy on the market.

The CE mark is a declaration by the manufacturer that the product satisfies essential safety requirements and can be sold within the EU. For more information see the section on CE marking.

Local authority trading standards officers can remove a toy from the market if they believe it to be unsafe.

Testing for toys


If you manufacture a toy in accordance with the regulations - and the standards cover all aspects relating to the toy - then it can be self-certified.

Where the standards do not cover all aspects relating to the toy, a sample must be submitted for type examination by an approved body.

If you import toys you are responsible for their safety, whether or not they already bear a CE mark. You might want to consider having them tested to ensure they are safe.

Other child safety regulations

Other laws relating to child safety include:

  • flammability - tough performance requirements regarding flammability are compulsory for children’s nightdresses and dressing gowns
  • choking risks - toys intended for children under 36 months must not present a choking risk - the test uses the ‘small parts cylinder’ (toys or parts of toys that can fit entirely inside the cylinder are identified as choking hazards)
  • magnetic parts - magnets which have a flux of more than 50 kG2mm2 (0,5 T2mm2) and fit entirely in the small parts cylinder are not permitted for use in toys
Chemicals - the revised European Directive 2009/48/EC will limit the amounts of certain chemicals that may be contained in materials used for toys - these parts of the directive relating to chemical content will come into force on 20 July 2013 (there is also a ban on the use of six phthalates in toys and products for children under 3 years of age).

Fireworks
 

Fireworks are available throughout the year from shops licensed to supply them. They become widely available at certain times of the year, mainly a few days before New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, and in the weeks leading up to Bonfire Night on 5 November.

If you supply or sell fireworks or if you organise display events you must be aware of your responsibilities.

Your responsibilities as a firework manufacturer or importer

If you manufacture category 1, 2 or 3 fireworks or import category 1, 2 or 3 fireworks which are manufactured outside the EU, you must ensure they conform to European safety standards before supplying them for sale to the public. To do this, you need to ensure that the fireworks have been tested by a notified body (NB).

Once the NB has approved them, the products must carry the CE mark and be correctly labelled with details of the manufacturer and importer.

Pyrotechnics that were manufactured or imported before 4 July 2010 and that complied with British Standard BS 7114 can continue to be sold without the CE mark until 4 July 2017.

Category 3 fireworks must not exceed 120 decibels.

Category 4 display fireworks that are not intended for supply to consumers must be marked accordingly.

If you import fireworks, you must ensure they comply with the EU safety standards, carry the CE mark and supply information at the point of entry to ensure that fireworks are legally stored and distributed. This information should be given to HM Revenue & Customs and will then be sent to the relevant authorities responsible for storage licences so they can check on deliveries.

Licensing authorities can ask to see information relating to transactions of fireworks exceeding 50 kilograms of net explosive content.

The Pyrotechnic Articles (Safety) Regulations 2010 (PDF)

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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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