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Product Safety



Overview
 

If your business supplies products to consumers, you need to make sure the products are safe.

The heaviest responsibility falls on producers, eg the manufacturer of a product. But distributors - such as shops and wholesalers - also have legal responsibilities.

Failing to meet your responsibilities can have serious consequences. You could face legal action with possible fines or even imprisonment. You could also be sued by anyone who has been injured or has suffered damage to personal property as a result of using your product.

This guide outlines the basics of product liability and product safety law. It will help you understand how you are affected and what action you need to take.

Your responsibilities as a producer , distributor or seller
 

By law, products sold to consumers must be safe. The main responsibility falls on producers, manufacturers and importers to ensure that products are safe by:

  • warning consumers about potential risks
  • providing information to help consumers understand the risks
  • monitoring the safety of products
  • taking action if a safety problem is found
You need to take an active approach to preventing safety problems, otherwise you risk being sued, fined or imprisoned.

Particular care should be taken with high-risk products such as toys, fireworks, food and medicines. You should also be aware of the specific regulations which apply to such products. Read safety leaflets on the Trading Standards Institute (TSI) website.

See how to ensure your products are safe.

Producers and distributors must inform their local authority (typically, the Trading Standards Department). Download the unsafe product notification guidance for businesses from on the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) website (PDF, 326K).

Even if you don’t manufacture the products you sell, you will still have safety responsibilities. You must not sell any product which you know, or should know, is unsafe. You can find recent product recall notices on the TSI website.

You can visit the Association of British Insurers website to download liability insurance guidance for small businesses (PDF, 46KB).

Product safety liability
 

The main responsibility for product safety falls on producers. This includes:

  • manufacturers
  • importers
  • businesses that supply own-brand products
  • businesses that change the safety of a product - for example, by customising or servicing it
Often, several businesses are involved as producers and can be jointly liable if a product causes harm. For example, several component makers might supply parts to a manufacturer that assembles the product.

Distributors - eg shops and wholesalers - are not normally liable for harm to consumers or their property caused by an unsafe product, as long as they identify the producer. But distributors do have some responsibility for safety and can face enforcement action.

Anyone who is harmed by an unsafe product could sue. They can begin their court case up to three years from the date of the injury. In some cases, they can even sue up to ten years after the product was sold.

If you’re involved in producing or supplying consumer products, you will need to take practical steps to prevent problems.

You can also download a guide to the Consumer Protection Act 1987 from the BIS website (PDF, 206K).

It’s strongly advisable to insure your business against potential damages claims.

Liability consequences
 

If you are liable for harm caused by an unsafe product, you can be sued by anyone who is harmed - even if they didn’t buy the product themselves.

You can be sued for compensation for death or injury. You can also be sued for damage or loss of private property caused by faulty goods if the damage amounts to at least £275. The amount that can be claimed will depend on the harm suffered. There is no upper limit.

Many businesses take product liability insurance to protect them from legal costs and damages awards.

Enforcement authorities

Enforcement authorities can take action if they think unsafe products are being supplied.

Trading Standards officers in local councils are responsible for most safety enforcement. Some special products, such as food and medicines, are dealt with by other authorities. Check with your local Trading Standards office if you are unsure. You can find your local Trading Standards office on the TSI website.

Trading Standards officers can buy or seize goods to check they are safe. They can also enter your premises to see whether you are breaking the rules. If they think your products are unsafe, they can:

  • order you to stop selling them
  • go to court and ask for the products to be destroyed
  • prosecute you - if convicted you could be fined or imprisoned
  • demand the recall of an unsafe product

Defending a product liability claim
 

If someone sues you under product liability laws, your first step is to consider who is liable. If you are a distributor, such as a shop, you may not be liable if you can identify the original producer.

If you’re the producer and you believe the problem was caused by a fault in your production process, you may want to admit liability and settle the claim. Alternatively, you will need to prove one of six defences:

1. You did not supply the product. For example, you are not liable if a product is stolen or is a fake copy of one of your products.

2. You could not reasonably be expected to discover the safety fault. For example, if scientific evidence first comes to light after you have manufactured or sold your product.

3. The safety fault was an inevitable result of obeying other laws.

4. Someone else caused the fault after you supplied the product.

5. You didn’t supply the product in the course of business. For example, the law does not apply to private gifts.

6. If you make components, you are not liable if you can show that the manufacturer who assembled the product caused the fault. For example, the manufacturer might have made a poorly designed product or ordered the wrong components from you.

You can’t defend yourself simply on the basis that a user was careless. But if you can show that they contributed to a problem, the amount of damages may be reduced.

If Trading Standards take enforcement action against you under product safety rules, you can also choose to defend yourself. You need to prove you did everything that could reasonably be expected. If you’re successful, you may get compensation for any loss suffered - eg if Trading Standards destroyed your goods.

You should be aware that court cases are usually expensive and complicated. Take professional legal advice before taking any action.

Preventing product safety problems

Producers, manufacturers, importers and suppliers all have a responsibility to ensure that products are safe. You should:

  • consider safety at every stage, from initial design through to selling
  • check whether there are any specific regulations or safety standards applying to your product and that you meet them
  • See how to ensure your products are safe.
In addition, suppliers must:
  • give customers any safety information provided by the producer
  • investigate safety complaints, and tell the manufacturer
  • co-operate with Trading Standards officers
Think about ways to protect yourself if you are sued such as by purchasing product liability insurance to cover damages and legal costs.

If you think you’re at risk, take advice from your business adviser or solicitor. Your trade association may also be able to give you information about standards and best practice in your industry.

Product liability and taking out insurance
 

It’s a criminal offence for manufacturers to supply unsafe products. They may also be liable under civil law for any harm such products cause - which could result in costly legal proceedings.

The Consumer Protection Act 1987 makes manufacturers strictly liable for death, injury, loss or damage caused by defective (unsafe) products.

If a finished product contains a defect in a particular component, both the product manufacturer and component manufacturer may be liable.

You can download the guide to the product liability and safety provisions of the Consumer Protection Act 1987.

Other suppliers, such as wholesalers and retailers, are not liable unless they fail to identify the producer when asked to do so by a person who has suffered harm.

But customers can sue retailers under laws on the sale of goods.

You should take positive action to monitor the safety of your products. You should also make sure you are covered by product liability insurance if you manufacture or repair products, and possibly if you sell them, too.

Insurance will provide valuable protection for your business against any costs or compensation awarded. Although it’s not a legal requirement to have this type of insurance, it could mean the survival of your business should a claim be made against you.

You can visit the Association of British Insurers website to download liability insurance guidance for small businesses

Product Safety for Manufacturers
 

Under the Sale of Goods Act 1979, all products must be ‘fit for purpose’, be of satisfactory quality and fit its description. This means that your products must fulfil the purpose the customer has been led to expect and the reasons that led them to buy it.

The Act also covers any purpose that a customer asks about when the product is purchased and is guaranteed by the retailer to meet that purpose when it is sold. If a product is not fit for purpose, the customer is within their rights to have the goods replaced or repaired.

You can find Sale of Goods Act guidance on the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) website.

By definition, good design will lead to safe design. While meeting your legal obligations is the minimum required, it is a good idea to go further and take best practice on board throughout the design, production, supply and disposal stages.

As a manufacturer or supplier you could be held liable in any legal action for harm caused to consumers or businesses as a result of unintended side-effects or the failure of products manufactured or supplied by you.

Your manufacturing and processing systems must comply with environmental law. You can read guidance to help you keep up with your environmental responsibilities on the Environment Agency website.

See this guide on CE marking.



Products covered by specific safety regulations
 

A CE mark is a manufacturer’s claim that its product meets specified essential safety requirements set out in relevant European directives.

Certain categories of products must bear CE marking if you intend to sell them in:

  • the EU
  • member states of the European Economic area (EEA) - Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway

The following categories of products require CE marking if you wish to sell them within the EU or member states of the EEA:

  • toys
  • electrical products
  • construction products
  • pressure vessels
  • telecommunications equipment
  • medical devices
  • machinery, equipment and safety components
  • personal protective equipment
  • satellite station equipment
  • gas appliances
  • pressure equipment
  • appliances (other than gas)
  • non-automatic weighing instruments and equipment
  • measuring instruments
  • recreational craft
  • lift machinery
  • equipment and protective systems for explosive atmospheres
  • in vitro diagnostic medical devices
  • marine equipment
  • safety components and subsystems for incorporation into cableway installations
  • cableway equipment (ski tows etc)

The requirement for CE marking and the exact process you will need to go through varies from product to product. Different types of product are governed by different European directives. For example, the trade of certain machinery, equipment and safety components is governed by the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008. The regulations implement a European directive aimed at removing technical barriers to trade.

Under the regulations, products that conform to the relevant safety standards are CE marked and can be placed on the market across the EEA. Responsibility for ensuring compliance with the regulations rests with the manufacturer of the machinery, equipment or components in question. Failure to do so can result in prosecution.

Download guidance on the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations.

Where an item of equipment is covered by more than one directive, it must be CE marked under all applicable directives.

If you supply consumer products which aren’t covered by these specific directives, they must not be CE marked. However, you still have a general duty to ensure they are safe for normal or reasonably foreseeable use under the General Product Safety Regulations 2005.

You can also see this guide on CE marking.

Packaging
 

Packaging includes all products used to contain, protect, handle, deliver or present goods. It includes returnable and non-returnable items such as boxes, pallets, labels, containers, tubes, bags, sacks, timber, glass, metals, plastics and ceramics. It can also include tape, wrapping, binding and tying materials.

You should check that your packaging is designed with safety in mind. The packaging should protect your product in transit and protect your customer from potential injury.

By opting to use a safety-led choice of packaging, your business will benefit from meeting legal demands, saving money and promoting an efficient image to suppliers and customers.

The EU-wide Classification, Labelling and Packaging of substances and mixtures Regulation (CLP) and the GB’s Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) Regulations 2009 (CHIP) govern the labelling and packaging of hazardous/dangerous chemicals. Suppliers must:

  • identify the hazards of the chemical
  • give information to their customers about the hazards/dangers, usually on the package itself (such as a label) and provide a safety data sheet (SDS) if the chemicals are to be used at work (provision of an SDS comes under the EU-wide Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of CHemicals Regulation - REACH)
  • package the chemical safely
CLP has applied to the labels and packaging of hazardous substances since 1 December 2010. It will apply to the labels and packaging of mixtures (called preparations under CHIP) from 1 June 2015 - however, CLP labels and packaging can be used for mixtures prior to that date.

The CHIP Regulations were amended to bring them into line with the EU-wide CLP and REACH regulations. The eventual aim is to have a globally harmonised system for the classification and labelling of hazardous chemicals. Once the CLP requirements for mixtures apply, it is anticipated that the CHIP regulations will be repealed. For more information see the guide on chemicals.

Read about safety issues for chemicals packaging under CLP on the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) website.

Read about safety issues for chemicals packaging under CHIP on the HSE website.

You must take further action if you want to transport dangerous goods. See the guide on
 moving goods by road.

You must keep your use of packaging to a minimum, avoid the use of heavy metals and enable packaging to be recovered. If your business handles more than 50 tonnes of packaging in a year and has a turnover of more than £2 million, you must recover and recycle set amounts of packaging.

Labelling
 

You don’t have to show particular information on the label for every kind of product, but if you include it you must be accurate. There are special rules for some products, and for retailers.

Labels must not be misleading about things like:

  • quantity or size
  • the price
  • what it’s made of
  • how, where and when it was made
  • what you say it can do
  • the people or organisations that endorse it
You must include safety information for products that could be dangerous.

Your business sector

You must follow special rules if you manufacture, distribute or sell:
  • precious metals
  • footwear
  • food and drink
  • products for children
Rules for retailers

If you’re a retailer, you must display:
  • the price of products - this must be in sterling (pounds and pence) and include VAT where applicable
  • the price of a single item (the ‘unit price’) for products that you sell loose
  • metric measures (like kilograms, centimetres or litres) for unit pricing - except for some products (for example, beer is still sold in pints)
If you don’t follow the rules you can be prosecuted.

Talk to your local Trading Standards office if you have questions about how to label your products correctly.

Further help and information
 

Where to get more help

The following links will provide further information on product liability, product safety and sustainability.

The Design Council encourages businesses to understand the design process and to incorporate it into their strategic planning. Find out more on the Design Council website.

HSE has a section on its website called ‘Designers Can Do More’ that looks at issues such as legislation, training and best practice in the design process. Read information for designers on the HSE website.

BIS provides wide-ranging support for businesses. Read about support for businesses on the BIS website.

BSI provides useful information relating to standards, certification and legislation, together with comprehensive details of CE marking. Read about standards and CE marking on the BSI website.

WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) provides a broad range of information and advice on environmental issues including eco-design and packaging. Read information and advice on environmental issues on their website.

You can also contact the Envirowise Advice Line on 0800 585 794 for two hours of free advice.

Further information

BSI Helpline

020 8996 9001

Communities and Local Government Helpline

0303 444 0000

WRAP Resource Efficiency Helpline

0808 100 2040

Environment Agency Helpline

03708 506 506

BIBA Consumer Helpline

0870 950 1790

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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!
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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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El-fresco dining just got a whole lot more exciting

Monday 25 September 2017

DELIVITA has taken outdoor cooking to the next level with the launch of their new Italian-inspired wood-fired oven. Joe Formisano and Olivia Robinson created the DELIVITA oven to inspire a passion for wood-fired outdoor cooking and to bring families and friends together to share good food. Having Italian heritage they knew exactly what was needed. Launched earlier this year this flagship product, a stlyish hand made table-top wood fired oven is manufactured in Yorkshire, and was initially designed to cook the perfect pizza. However, it’s proved itself a great all rounder and cooks chicken, meat, fish, breads and vegetables perfectly too. Unlike many ovens available on the market today the DELIVITA wood-fired oven is portable, weighing in at just 30kg and measuring 35cm (H), 59cm (W), 59cm (D). Due to the size of oven, it is compact enough to sit within any setting including urban balconies and gardens. The oven itself has also been designed with style in mind. Available in a range of on trend colours including Hale Grey, Vintage Blue, Very Black and Olive Green the oven has clean and simple lines, offering a contemporary addition to any setting. “We wanted a design that would adapt to our own lifestyle: fast, portable, stylish and social. We also wanted it to be hand made in Yorkshire and - most importantly - simple and pleasurable to use.” explained Olivia who has a background in creative design and product design with Liberty of London and Mamas & Papas. “To compliment the DELIVITA wood-fired oven, we have also developed a range of accessories. Again these are hand made in Yorkshire (both the wooden handles and steel additions) and include a portable stand for the oven pizza peel, pizza cutter, dough cutter, wood prodder, oven brush and a newly developed mini axe which was launched at GLEE 2017.” explained Joe, whose experience is in sales at well known brands including Mamas & Papas and Shark Ninja. DELIVITA have recently secured funding from AD-VENTURE, have been nominated for the White Rose Awards 2017 - Yorkshire Producers and Makers, were a winner of the Huddersfield Town Shooting Stars Award and were a runner up for new product at this year's GLEE, NEC Birmingham. All in all not a bad first year .
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Horizon Risk Consultancy Ltd signed the Contract for Services with NSF

Friday 01 September 2017

On 10 August 2017, Huddersfield based Risk Management Consultancy Horizon Risk Consultancy Ltd signed the Contract for Services between NSF Safety & Quality UK Ltd. As the Service Provider and independent contractor for NSF, we represented to NSF that we have the necessary experience, skills and abilities to provide a range of professional service to the company and its clients such as Health and Safety, Environment, Food Safety and certified management systems. About NSF Founded in 1944, NSF International is an independent, accredited organization who develops standards, and test and certify products and systems; provides auditing, education and risk management solutions for public health and the environment. Find more about NSF at: http://www.nsf.org/about-nsf/locations/europe/united-kingdom-ireland Find more about Horizon Risk Consultancy Ltd and how we can help with your business at: http://horizonriskconsultancy.com
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Access North elevates technical team with new appointment

Monday 14 August 2017

Rope access specialist Access North Structures has appointed Richard Knight as its new Technical Project Manager, to oversee its growing portfolio of assignments across the UK. Joining the Huddersfield-based team of height professionals with 13 years’ industry experience, Richard brings a wealth of technical and work at height expertise to the newly created role. Having been self-employed as an industrial rope access subcontractor for more than ten years, he will be undertaking more management and client-facing responsibilities in his new position. Qualified at the highest grade for the industry with IRATA Level 3 certification, Richard’s duties will include building client relationships and providing job quotations, alongside project and team management. Prior to scaling tall buildings and leading teams of technicians over the past decade, Richard initially qualified as a mechanic. Transitioning into work at height when he was employed as a tree surgeon in 2004, he moved into industrial rope access and building maintenance two years later. His previous subcontractor role didn’t just see him overseeing health and safety at sites all over the world – he was also tasked with training other technicians in onsite tower crane rescue and telecomms access. With an expanding portfolio of rope access projects across many different sectors, Access North Structures required someone with adaptability and considerable technical experience to take on this challenging management position. And according to Managing Director Berenice Northcott, this is just what Richard brings to the role. She comments: “With such a varied client base, we needed someone to join the team who is versatile, personable and skilled, and not put off by the travelling that this position entails. Richard has worked on a huge array of projects worldwide – from maintaining indoor rollercoasters in Dubai, to steel erecting on the Shard in London – so his technical know-how, vast on-site experience and charisma makes him an excellent fit. “As we set our sights on expanding into more challenging areas, Richard’s past expertise in working on demanding projects – such as oil rigs and petrochemical plants – will be invaluable for our wider project planning and management.” Elaborating on the responsibilities and objectives of his new role, Richard comments: “With my background in rope access and site safety, taking on this more office-based technical management role is a whole new challenge for me. I’m looking forward to learning from the other side of the fence, and helping to progress the business further. “The creativity and forward-thinking nature of Access North is what attracted me to the position, as they’re not afraid to do things differently. I’m excited to be able to play a part in bringing the company even more success, by putting my own expertise into practice.” Access North Structures is based in Armitage Bridge, Huddersfield and provides specialist rope access, ETFE, tensile fabrics and fall protection services to sites across the UK.
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Power specialist Smith Brothers sets its sights on solar

Tuesday 25 July 2017

Elland-based high voltage power specialist Smith Brothers has added the energisation of two prominent solar farms to its fast-growing success story. Having been assigned the design and build contract for Wreay Farm in Carlisle by renewables developer Anesco, the team of electrical engineering experts was also enlisted as the independent connections provider by solar giant Ethical Power for Netley Farm, near Southampton. With work on the Wreay Farm energisation beginning in December last year, the engineers were tasked with laying cabling to connect the site to the DNO, as well as building two 33kV substations – one brick structure for Electricity North West Ltd, and one Glass Reinforced Plastic customer enclosure. But what started as a straightforward connection project soon became more complex, as the team had to contend with landowner requests which led to new cabling routes. The original 1.8km dig for six cables to be laid grew to 2.6km, incurring a number of road closures, council negotiations and licensing difficulties. Yet despite these external challenges, the engineers still completed the work on time. “Accommodating landowner requests resulted in the overall project growing by 25%,” comments Dan Wagner, Smith Brothers’ senior project manager for the Wreay Farm assignment. “But even though the job didn’t quite go to plan, the team’s dedication and perseverance meant we still managed to hit the overall programme energisation deadline.” By far the smoother project for the high voltage specialists, the Netley Farm energisation for Ethical Power similarly involved the build of a 33kV distribution network operator substation – this time to be adopted by SSE. As well as the substation building and fit-out at the former landfill site, the engineers were assigned to install a 3-panel Siemens NX Plus switchboard and battery unit, and lay the required 200m of cabling. “Seeing through projects from start to finish, like these ones at the Netley and Wreay farms, is what we specialise in,” says Smith Brothers’ project manager Ryan Smith. “By providing the design, build and commission work in one turnkey package, we completed the job far more efficiently and effectively than if a different team had been brought in at each specific stage.” Now that both sites are fully operational, the solar farms are expected to generate 5 megawatts of power each. Ryan continues: “It’s great to see that solar and other renewables are becoming a real mainstay in our portfolio, at the same time as our operations within other areas such as STOR and battery services are also expanding. This strengthening of our presence across sectors just goes to show the versatility and expertise of our team.” The electrical engineering firm works on an array of high voltage electrical assignments up to 132kV for the commercial, industrial and renewables sectors nationwide, and was recently announced as the design and build partner for the prestigious Hallburn Wind Farm.
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Interpretative signage project complete on 26 hectare heritage estate

Friday 07 July 2017

Huddersfield-based Leach Inspire has completed a 3 month project to overhaul the experiential signage around Culzean Castle in Scotland. Brand design specialists StudioLR partnered with the heritage display experts, to deliver the 147-sign installation on time and to budget. Drawing on their collaborative experiences from ‘The Plock’ project in Kyle of Lochalsh, the duo worked to tight schedules for this unique brief. But this was not before an extensive research phase which saw the team walk 17km around the coastal site of Culzean Castle to meticulously plan the job. Overlooking the Firth of Clyde, the Castle – former home to the Marquess of Ailsa – is situated on a prestigious and opulent estate. It was therefore crucial that the signage would enhance the visitor experience from the minute of arrival. But the interpretative element of the graphical displays hasn’t been the only consideration. The beach location – whilst picturesque – means the external signs will be subject to extreme weather conditions during their lifespan. The research therefore presented a number of key manufacturing considerations when it came to the production of the signs themselves. Heavy duty materials were carefully chosen, for instance, 40 of Leach’s renowned Vault signage systems were crafted from hard-wearing external-grade oak that was left outside for three weeks prior to any carpentry, to prevent warping. 200 x 100mm planks were then cut down from 4m long timber and bolted together to complete the oak signage. All joinery, down to the final lacquering, was carried out by Leach’s own team for maximum quality control. Three 6m tall flagpoles were also manufactured and installed, plus 49 powder-coated, marine-grade stainless steel directional signs with two-colour print faces. 55 waymarkers with etched and infilled discs, constructed from 90mm diameter stainless steel, completed the signage suite. Elaborating on the assignment, Leach Inspire’s project manager Andy Cope said: “A signage project elsewhere in Scotland at The Plock was evidence of the quality of work that StudioLR and Leach could produce. But that was a 27-sign project, not 147 like Culzean Castle! “We transported a staggering 8 tonnes of signage to this coastal beauty spot – there aren’t many projects of this size. But careful coordination of the job from start to finish meant that the actual installation was completed in only three weeks – two days ahead of schedule!” Much of the project’s success was down to collaboration, communication and value engineering, believes Andy. “We worked closely together from start to finish, ensuring we left no stone unturned. We all genuinely enthused about the job too – I think we’d finalised the production schedule and product specs before the end of our first train journey home from Culzean! “But, as is the case with every single job we tackle, we remained committed to innovation. We used new print technology, for instance, which meant we could manufacture signs that are even more durable than normal. They’re virtually vandal proof and can last 10 years with ease. This won’t just prolong the quality of the visitor experience – it will protect National Trust for Scotland’s investment too.” Andy Gray, managing director of StudioLR concluded: “The end result looks fantastic, and the professionalism, attention to detail and quality product has already been complemented on.” Culzean Castle, Robert Adam's 18th-century masterpiece - a real 'castle in the air' - is perched on a cliff high above the crashing waves of the Firth of Clyde. The castle has a spectacular Oval Staircase, impressive Armoury and the Circular Saloon, with its panoramic views over the Clyde. Outside, visitors can explore a deer park, swan pond, miles of woodland walks and extensive coastline.
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