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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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Towngate secures a quartet of industrial lets in Leeds

Tuesday 20 June 2017

Industrial and commercial property specialist Towngate PLC has secured four new leases across three of its Leeds trading estates. With the city’s accessibility making it a popular choice, Towngate has recently seen an upturn in tenancy interest in the region. Starting their occupancies at the company’s Copley Hill Trading Estate are Packaging Services Europe and Nicholls and Clarke. The spacious, newly refurbished Unit A has been occupied by reusable transit pallet and crate provider Packaging Services Europe. They have taken the 26,115 sq ft warehouse and industrial unit on a 5-year lease. Also joining the packaging experts at Copley Hill as the new occupants of neighbouring Unit E5, is the Nicholls & Clarke Group. The building product manufacturer and distributor has taken on the tenancy of the 4,985 sq ft space for 10 years. Elsewhere, distribution and courier service provider Farsley Transport is commencing its 3-year occupation of Unit 4C at the Olympia Trading Estate, located just off Gelderd Road. Adjacent to this 8,055 sq ft warehouse space, Units 4A and B are currently in the final stages of refurbishment and will be available to let individually or as a single 10,814 sq ft unit. Also setting its sights on the city, with a view to growing its northern operations, is electrical specialist TLA Distribution. The firm has taken on Unit C Turnkey Park – a 3,035 sq ft space comprising a warehouse and trade counter. With a loading yard and parking, the estate is ideally located on Royds Lane – just off Gelderd Road and the A58 – and has easy access to the motorway network. Commenting on the flurry of lettings, Towngate’s property manager Tom Lamb said: “These recent signings are another indicator that businesses can see the potential that the North – and particularly Leeds in this instance – has to offer. “The prime positioning of Towngate’s sites – combined with generous loading and parking areas, modernised facilities and optimum security – means we can supply highly functional spaces that fulfil demand.” Towngate PLC is a property specialist and landlord based in Brighouse, and was advised on these latest four deals by Paul Mack, Jonathan Jacob and Dan Walker of Gent Visick, and Jake Pygall of GVA.
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Leach Studio help conquer new Vikings exhibition at the Yorkshire Museum

Tuesday 20 June 2017

Huddersfield-based exhibition designers Leach Studio has helped to bring the legendary Viking story to life at the Yorkshire Museum. A touring exhibition – which features some of the most exciting Anglo-Saxon and Viking discoveries ever made in Britain– is now on display at this prestigious museum, thanks to a major partnership with the British Museum and York Museums Trust. Star objects from both world-renowned collections, plus ground-breaking new archaeological research have come together in this new interpretative revelation. Leach’s brief was to help change the way that people perceive the notorious Vikings – an iconic group of seafarers commonly thought of as pillaging thieves. The exhibit therefore shows a more untold side of their tale, illustrating their traits as pioneering explorers and talented craftsmen, with rich religious beliefs and an incredibly discerning fashion sense! After an extensive 6 month project, Leach has created a number of beautiful graphic displays with high-resolution photographs that allow visitors to study the precious discoveries in more detail. Fun interactive features have also been incorporated to contextualise the artefacts shown throughout – there is even the opportunity to experience what it might have been like to row a Viking long boat, with a seascape backdrop plus audio of crashing waves and loud Viking voices. Commenting on the new exhibit, Natalie Buy, Curator of Archaeology at the Yorkshire Museum, said: “We wanted to provide a fresh perspective on how the Vikings shaped every aspect of British life, and, for many people, this will mean we’re challenging perceptions of what it meant to be a Viking. “But this is exactly what these exhibits are designed to do – immerse, enlighten and inspire. We’ve already received some fantastic feedback which is a true testament to the work of Leach in helping us to bring this story to life.” The exhibition will be on display at the Yorkshire Museum in York until 5 November 2017. It will then tour to the University of Nottingham Museum, as well as The Atkinson in Southport, Aberdeen Art Gallery and Norwich Castle Museum. For more information go to: www.yorkshiremuseum.org.uk
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Senior appointment prompts formation of innovation team at graphics display specialist Leach

Wednesday 07 June 2017

Graphics display specialist Leach now has its own innovation department, following the appointment of a senior expert in industrial design. Mike Willshaw joins as head of innovation, after an extensive 20-year career designing consumer goods, packaging, FMCG, medical and promotional materials. Bringing a wealth of experience in manufacturing technologies, 3D printing and design consultancy, he now takes the lead of a six-strong innovation team at the Huddersfield based firm. With an annual budget of £250,000, this department will constantly research, develop and engineer new ideas and products for the graphics display marketplace. And it seems that the team already has plenty to talk about, following the unveiling of Leach’s new Product Wall last month. Available in any size up to 15m x 3m, Product Wall is a striking merchandise display system with integrated illuminated graphics. Commenting on Mike’s appointment, managing director Richard Leach said: “We may have celebrated our 125th anniversary last year, but our company is renowned for innovation. We’ve continued to come up with new and unexpected graphic displays that get the industry talking, but Mike’s talents take our design capabilities to even greater levels.” Mike added: “I love being able to think creatively and invent solutions that offer stronger commercial benefits for our clients’ design problems. Brands are constantly pushing boundaries and demanding more, whether their brief is to increase footfall to a retail store or inspire visitors at a heritage site. The landscape is constantly changing, but thanks to close continued dialogue with our customers, I think we’re one step ahead.” Mike’s appointment coincides with the arrival of business development manager Dale Broadhead, who joins Leach following a 20-year sales career. No stranger to six and seven figure contract wins, Dale’s experience will stand the company in good stead to achieve its projected 15% growth this year. Richard elaborated: “Dale’s CV spans sales and marketing expertise from the worlds of retail, branding and signage. He is a strong communicator who passionately collaborates with prospective clients to pose solutions they didn’t think were possible. This approach reflects everything that Leach has become renowned for, so he’s sure to prove a significant asset to the team.” Having appointed 15 new employees in the past 12 months alone, Leach has plans to recruit a further 6 colleagues before the end of 2017. All vacancies currently being advertised can be found here - https://weareleach.com/join-our-team/
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The benefits of being a member of Kirklees Business Hub

Friday 26 May 2017

Earlier this year, we returned from the Objective Management Group (OMG) International Conference in Boston, having won two awards, best new partner or "rookie" of the year award and an outstanding performance award. We wrote an article about our achievement on Kirklees Business Hub and included information about how we support businesses with improving their sales. The news article was subsequently shared by the team at Kirklees Business Hub on LinkedIn and Twitter. As a result of the article being shared, we received two new enquiries. One of the new enquiries is a business based in Kirklees and the other prospect is based in South Wales. Our business is already experiencing the benefits of the hub and we would encourage people to share their news. More importantly, attend the excellent events that are organised. The one I attended on Wednesday at the 3M Innovation Centre was excellent. It is a great opportunity to learn and make contacts with like minded local businesses.
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Cosmetic Cluster UK (CCUK)

Thursday 25 May 2017

The University of Bradford, Centre for Skin Sciences is hosting the inaugural meeting for a brand new Cosmetics Cluster for the UK’s Personal Care Industry - CCUK. Formed by YCF Limited, the acclaimed non-profit membership organisation for the process industries, this cluster will serve the people, communities, university academics and business development leaders in the industry. Dr Gillian Westgate, Chair of CCUK said, “building upon our previous work in this area, as well as the desire to offer something sector specific to this industry, we feel the time is right now to embark upon such a project”. Clustering as a concept in our industry, has been very successfully introduced in France with Cosmetics ValleyTM. This is a network of networks, in which sponsors and beneficiaries work together with innovation, competitiveness and job creation as its major outputs. Cosmetic Valley receives government backing and the ‘Valley’ is a magnet for industry and academia. See http://www.cosmetic-valley.com. We do not have ambitions to replicate this vast organisation, however, to adopt some of the concepts of a member based network with ready access to local information, people, training, funding and potential development partners. The vision is that CCUK will reach out to the increasing number of organisations in the Yorkshire and Humber region and nationally, whose interests lie in the various aspects of personal care or cosmetic products research, development and manufacture, including those that offer health care routes to anti-ageing and those involved in personal care products testing. The Cluster concept will also facilitate networking into other organisations such as trade bodies, societies, University specialist centres to evolve a ‘network of networks’ as well as working directly with companies and their people. There are over 70 delegates signed up to attend the launch meeting, which will take place on the 8th June at the University of Bradford. Sean McDonagh, from Siemens UK, who is sponsoring the event, said “Siemens have been a long term supporter of YCF & its sector cluster concept. The networking and information share between members is a real tangible benefit to the membership, and the new Cosmetics Cluster is an exciting development. Siemens are at the forefront of digitisation in manufacturing, offering technologies and services to help the cosmetic and personal care sectors sustain and grow their own market share. We look forward to engaging with this new cluster and opening dialogue with new members”. At the event delegates will be able to help form and shape CCUK strategic priorities and inform the group of their needs, wants and challenges to enable the cluster to provide tangible benefits and growth opportunities to personal care and cosmetic companies in the UK. Lisa Buck, Operations Manager said “It really is an exciting time to be a part of such a group, YCF have vast experience in organising sector specific groups, come along and see for yourself what a difference such a group can make, to not only the industry we work in, but to individual companies too. We have several industry experts for you to talk to and we are ready to hear your thoughts on what you would like the group to do, for you”. To register and for further information, visit www.ycf.org.uk/cosmetic-cluster-launch.
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A new lease of life for iconic Copperworks site

Friday 28 April 2017

Commercial lettings specialist and landlord Towngate PLC has begun a refurbishment of a historical industrial property in Stourton, Leeds, formerly occupied by the Yorkshire Copper Works. Home to the world-renowned metals manufacturer until 1980, the site was finally closed in 2016. But Towngate is now carrying out extensive renovation works to breathe new life into the 300,000sqft space on Haigh Park Road. The demolition of an entire bay is now complete, which has paved the way for increased loading capacity to the building and yard area. In addition to the existing barrier entry, gatehouse and multiple cranes in the expansive external space, ground-level loading doors will soon be installed to the rear of the property to further boost circulation efficiency. All buildings are also being reroofed, with work expected to be finished by the end of summer. Further renovations will include a full re-clad of the external elevations, and a general overhaul of the internal space to create an open-plan working environment with a clear working height of over 9 metres. Once the refurbishment has been completed, the expansive site will be available to let as a whole to one single occupier or in part to multiple tenants, subject to market requirements. The self-contained space will include industrial warehouse accommodation, high-quality ancillary office buildings and a modern canteen, along with 8.65 acres of expansion land and a 250-space car park. As momentum builds, a rebranding project is also taking place behind the scenes to revitalise the site’s image and celebrate its illustrious industrial history. Commenting on what will be relaunched as “The Copperworks”, Towngate’s property manager Tom Lamb said: “We are delighted to be able to bring this significant property to the market. We’re planning a launch of the site in the autumn when all interested parties will be given the chance to visit and tour what we believe will be a unique industrial letting opportunity." Renovation of The Copperworks is expected to conclude in Q3 of 2017.
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Smith Brothers helps power new Cumbrian wind farm

Monday 03 April 2017

A 13.2MW wind farm in Cumbria is one step closer to completion following the appointment of Elland based power engineers Smith Brothers. The high voltage electrical experts have been awarded the design and build contract for Hallburn Wind Farm – a prestigious project developed and being constructed by REG Power Management. The renewables giant is in the process of constructing a six turbine wind farm on the former RAF Longtown base on the outskirts of Carlisle. And once Smith Brothers’ work is done, it is expected to be energised and exporting to Electricity North West’s network by the close of 2017. Acting as the Independent Connections Provider (ICP) for the contract, Smith Brothers is now responsible for the diversion and underground cabling of 1.5km of overhead lines running across the site. In addition to the contestable works package, Smith Brothers will also fit out the adoptable ENW sub-station and supply the 33kV switchboard and control equipment. A turnkey Balance of Plant (BOP) contract will run concurrently. This 7-month phase of works will include the design, supply, installation, testing, commissioning and energisation of a customer main substation, comprising of a 4-panel main 33kV switchboard. Associated control and supply equipment, an auxiliary supply pole-mounted transformer with low voltage automatic changeover switchboard and a mobile generator will also be included, as well as small power and lighting for the substation and a fibre ring network with SCADA control system. Smith Brothers will additionally design and install a full site earthing system and comprehensive cabling package, including 2.5km of trenching and reinstatement works for interlinking earth, 33kV, fibre optic and multicore control cables. Commenting on the project, Smith Brothers’ director John Smith said: “Wind power has an increasingly important role to play in the UK’s energy agenda, and the demand for our services in this sector shows just how progressive the renewables industry has become. “This is the fourth contract we’ve delivered for REG in the past 12 months, and we’re excited to be able to help energise this 12MW site.” Having worked on a number of wind and solar farm contracts throughout the UK, Smith Brothers has now connected close to a Gigawatt of power for the renewables sector alone.
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Luxury door manufacturer enrols help of students for latest designs

Thursday 23 March 2017

Bespoke door manufacturer Deuren has enrolled the help of three design students to develop its next cutting-edge craftsmanship. Three creative young minds from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) were chosen as the winners of a competition set by Deuren’s founder and managing director Ian Chubb. And now the stand-out work will be put into production at Deuren’s West Yorkshire workshop. Ian set the same design parameters he would give to anyone who approaches Deuren with an enquiry – no limits. He was looking for something eye-catching and truly unique for an internal door set. The students did not disappoint. In first place 28-year old Leigh Nikita Cain came up with a bold geometric design with sophisticated mali wenge and driftwood vinyl – a modern twist on a traditional piece of furniture. Abigail Bailey came second with a striking aged wood and resin door with twig handle cast in bronze. Finally, in third place, Ben Hunter impressed by focusing on the technical composition of a door rather than the aesthetics – his work highlighted the need for adaptable doors that can easily be changed with inlays that update the look and feel of a room. Both Leigh and Abigail’s work will now come to life when Deuren’s own craftsmen turn the concepts into reality. Commenting on the reason for the competition, Deuren’s founder and managing director Ian Chubb said: “We’re constantly encouraging home owners to think differently about door design. So who better to help us do that, than the creative talent of the future. “We were truly shocked by the innovative thinking among these young students. Choosing the winners was incredibly tough.” Deuren works with architects, interior designers, commercial clients and consumers throughout the UK. With more than 100 years’ combined door industry experience, the team has manufactured more than 3,000 doors in the last three years alone. For more information, please visit www.deuren.co.uk.
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New designs by Huddersfield-based Leach for Bolton Egyptology gallery

Thursday 16 March 2017

Fresh designs for Bolton Museum’s new Egyptology gallery have been drawn up for consideration. This is the second set of conceptual images for the gallery, by Huddersfield-based museum exhibition designers Leach Studio. Initial interpretations were revealed in December and shared on social media. The new images reflect suggestions from members of the public and partners, plus more detailed consideration has been given to the museum collections and how artefacts can be best displayed. The artist’s impressions will continue to evolve as part of the design process and will be once again shared on social media. There will also be a display in the library and museum building, in Le Mans Crescent, to give visitors the opportunity to have a closer look. Each area will continue to depict a different stage of the visitor experience to the gallery, named Bolton’s Egypt: the Portico; Rotunda; Land & People; and Preparing To Live Forever. In addition, there will be a section devoted to Chadwick Museum – depicted as a doll’s house set in parkland - and how Bolton came to acquire such an extensive Egyptology collection. Local mill owner’s daughter, Annie Barlow, was a member of the Egypt Exploration Fund in the 19th Century and helped to raise funds for excavations in Egypt. In return for her generous contributions, she was gifted a number of finds which she donated to the Chadwick Museum. Chadwick Museum was the town’s first museum; opened in 1884 in Queen’s Park. When it became too small for its growing collections, the museum in Le Mans Crescent was built in the 1930s and eventually opened in 1947, where it still stands today. Also, central to the new gallery will be a full-sized recreation of the tomb of Thutmose III. Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Youth and Sport, Cllr John Byrne, said: “This is such an exciting and unique project, and it’s fantastic that members of the public as well as the library and museum service have been able to input into the gallery’s new design. “We are incredibly lucky here in Bolton, to own some truly magnificent historical artefacts and we want to develop something really special to showcase the town’s Egyptology collection, which is one of the most significant in the UK. We also want to capture people’s imaginations, and create an experience that will appeal to visitors for many years to come. “The designs are still at the concept stage, and there is still work to be done to develop the final plans, but having seen the early proposals I am confident the end result will be something amazing that we can all enjoy and be proud of.” Helen Mort, Creative Services Manager, Leach Studio, said: “It is fantastic to collaborate, create and share in the town’s passion for Egyptology. “With such an historic and impressive collection of artefacts, we are delighted to work with the wonderful team at Bolton Museum to showcase the collection within our designs and help bring this unique visitor experience to life. “Our creative team are now looking forward to moving these concepts into reality!” The museum is set to re-open to the public in 2018. To keep up to date with what’s happening at Bolton Library and Museum Services, follow them on Twitter @BoltonLMS or like their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BoltonLibraryandMuseumServices/.
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Huddersfield brand specialist scoops ultimate UK design accolade

Friday 03 March 2017

A specialist brand agency from Huddersfield has been awarded the ultimate UK design accolade. Because The Engine Room didn’t just scoop a gold design impact trophy at the DBA Design Effectiveness Awards in London – the team was also crowned the overall winner of winners on the night, picking up the prestigious Grand Prix award at the end of the evening. The achievements celebrated the measurable impact that The Engine Room’s work had on a collaborative project with UK construction materials manufacturer Polyseam, also based in Huddersfield. The two companies worked together to propel Polyseam’s GRAFT brand of sealants, to help drive business growth and combat market difficulties. And the strategic creative project has certainly paid off. Since GRAFT’s launch in 2014, annual sales have increased by a staggering 744%, and export levels have risen by more than £1million. In fact, this transformational business exercise has played a significant part in Polyseam now building an 82,000sqft factory which is expected to create a further 50 jobs by 2020. It was this bottom line impact that impressed the line-up of high-profile judges, which included Andy Palmer, CEO of Aston Martin; Josh Berger, president and managing director of Warner Bros; and renowned entrepreneur Deborah Meaden. Commenting on the win, The Engine Room’s managing director Lesley Gulliver said: “The awards celebrate what’s possible when the best brains from design and business come together in true partnership. It’s very fitting that both companies involved in the winning projects, therefore walk away with gongs on the night. “We knew before we attended the ceremony at The Brewery in London, that we would walk away with some recognition for our submission for the ‘Construction & Materials’ category. However, we didn’t know if the award would be bronze, silver or gold. We were absolutely delighted with the gold trophy, with one presented to both myself and Polyseam’s marketing manager Olando Salina almost at the start of the night. So we had begun our celebrations, and honestly couldn’t believe what we were hearing when our project was announced as the Grand Prix winner.” 45 design awards were presented at the event, with 12 going to agencies in Yorkshire. Lesley concluded: “We were also incredibly proud to look around the room and see the overwhelming level of talent from our county. We often read about the emerging profile of the Northern Powerhouse, but for so much award-winning work to be coming from our region alone is especially impressive.” Based in a creative 18sqm space in Bates Mill, Huddersfield, The Engine Room is now a team of 8 people. Founded in 2001, it continues to be run by the founding director Darren Evans and MD Lesley Gulliver, and has clients in varied business sectors ranging from manufacturing to health and the public sector. The DBA (Design Business Association) is the UK's most vocal champion of the role of effective design in the creation of business growth. The DBA was founded in 1986 to recognise, communicate and reward the integral role that design effectiveness plays in commercial success.
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