Monday, 30 September 2013

Sanli products to be distributed by Handy Distribution Ltd and Tucks O’Brien Ltd

Sanli lawnmowers and garden products will be distributed in the UK and Ireland exclusively via two major distributors from 1st October 2013, it has been announced.

Handy Distribution Ltd will become the exclusive distributor for Sanli products in England, Scotland and Wales, while Tucks O’Brien Ltd will become responsible for distribution for Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Meanwhile, Sanli (UK) Ltd will become the Technical, Spares and Warranty Centre for Europe at its base in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

“As far as our dealers and trade customers are concerned, it’s virtually business as usual. Margins remain unchanged, and our trading style and marketing activity will be unaltered,” said Simon Del-Nevo, managing director of Sanli (UK) Ltd.

“Having established the brand in the UK in recent years, this is the next step in the future of Sanli. Both Handy Distribution Ltd and Tucks O’Brien have well-established and well-developed infrastructures and I am pleased to announce that they will be exclusive distributors for Sanli in their respective areas.”

The Sanli European Technical, Spares and Warranty Centre will be managed by Claire Morris and Mark Winfield will continue his role as technical services manager.

Simon, who will become vice president for sales and marketing in Europe, said the move was part of a wider plan by parent company the S&C Engine Company to focus investment in new product development in the garden machinery division. New products will be introduced to the range in the near future.

“These product ranges will then be marketed by a series of exclusive distributors appointed to handle key markets. This process has already happened in France, and the UK and Irish market will be the next to go through such a change,” he added.

Sanli, which sells a range of good-value, high-specification petrol lawnmowers and other gardening equipment including brush cutters, chainsaws, hedge cutters, blowers and generators, supplies almost 200 dealers across the UK.

Handy Distribution is based in Swindon, Wiltshire, while Tucks O’Brien has its headquarters in Dublin.

For more information visit www.sanli.co.uk

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Food and Drink iNet launches new phase of support for East Midlands food and drink businesses

Food and drink firms across the East Midlands are to continue to receive support for innovation projects after the Food and Drink iNet secured funding until 2015.

The iNet has helped hundreds of businesses across Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Rutland since it launched in 2008.

Run by business support organisation The Food and Drink Forum, the iNet co-ordinates innovation support for businesses, universities and individuals working in the food and drink sector in the region.

It provides match-funded grants for eligible projects, business consultation and advice, and supports collaboration projects involving university expertise, as well as research projects that are relevant to the sector.

Now the iNet has announced that it has received additional funding of £669,893 from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) which means that support for the region’s sector will continue until the end of March 2015.

“This is great news for the food and drink industry in the East Midlands,” said Food and Drink iNet innovation advisor Jo Murphy.

“Innovation is a key springboard to growth and we know that the iNet’s support has been important in the past in helping businesses to develop. We are looking forward to hearing from food and drink manufacturing firms across the region who are keen to benefit from our expertise.”

The iNet support includes a limited pot of cash which is available for match-funded grants for eligible projects.

The iNet is also continuing its work with universities and is currently part funding projects at the University of Nottingham which are focusing on flavour perception, salt reduction in foods and probiotics.

Other universities across the East Midlands, including Nottingham Trent University, and the universities of Leicester, Lincoln and Northampton, are also part of the iNet steering group.

Based at Southglade Food Park, Gala Way, Nottingham, the Food and Drink iNet has advisors who operate across the region.

For more information visit www.foodanddrink-inet.org.uk or call 0845 521 2066.

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Monday, 23 September 2013

Engineers BSP Consulting secure college development project

Photo copyright Maber
BSP Consulting has been appointed as structural, civil and geotechnical engineer for major redevelopments at Brooksby Melton College.

The Leicestershire college is currently undertaking a £22million programme of improvements at its Melton and Brooksby campuses.

BSP, with offices in Leicester, Nottingham, Derby and Sheffield, has won a contract to carry out the engineering work for the developments at the Brooksby site, which include the construction of two new two-storey teaching blocks, an extension to the animal care centre and also the building of a multi-sports hall.

Design work is now underway for the Brooksby development, which is scheduled to be completed by September 2015.

“This is a significant appointment for BSP, and we are proud to be involved in such an exciting project for Brooksby Melton College which will provide state-of-the-art facilities and improved social and teaching areas,” said BSP associate Paul Elphick.

“As a company, we have provided engineering design services at a number of educational sites, including Oakham Church of England Primary School, Landau Forte Academy in Tamworth and Darley Dale Primary School in Derbyshire. This latest project marks a considerable investment at Brooksby Melton College and will contribute to the college’s development over the next few years.”

Architect for the scheme is Maber, and the project manager and quantity surveyor is Armsons, of Darley Abbey, Derbyshire.

BSP Consulting, which has its head office at Oxford Street, Nottingham, is currently working on the designs for the improvements ahead of a detailed planning application being submitted.

The company provides a comprehensive range of consultancy services in civil, structural, geotechnical, transportation and environmental engineering to all sectors of the construction community, from architects, project managers and contractors to developers and estate agents.

It was founded in 1999 and operates across the UK.

For more information visit www.bsp-consulting.co.uk

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Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Luke Evans Bakery joins Feeding Britain’s Future campaign

Derbyshire bakery Luke Evans is taking part in a national scheme aimed at helping young people to secure jobs.

The Riddings-based bakery has pledged support to the Feeding Britain’s Future campaign which is being staged by the food and grocery industry during September.

Organised by research and training charity IGD (Institute of Grocery Distribution) and in partnership with Jobcentre Plus, the campaign is offering 15,000 training opportunities nationally.

At Luke Evans Bakery, operations director Helen Yates will run workshops over two days on September 18th and 20th focusing on compiling CVs and advice on interviews, as well as a tour of the bakery.

“We feel it’s really important to support young people in their bid to secure a job. It can be particularly tough to get on the first rung of the career ladder. Luke Evans Bakery has been hiring local Derbyshire workers for more than 200 years, so we are well placed to offer advice and support about what we look for when it comes to employability,” said Helen Yates.

“At the same time, this campaign gives us, and the sector in general, a great opportunity to inspire the younger generation to consider the food and grocery industry as a career. The food and grocery industry is the UK’s biggest private sector employer, accounting for one in seven jobs, and it needs to attract young people with the right skills in order to continue to thrive.”

Pre-employment workshops are taking place at 1,200 locations across England, Scotland and Wales during September, and more than 180 employers have united to offer 15,000 training opportunities to young people.

IGD chief executive Joanne Denney-Finch said: “This type of programme not only helps young people understand the rules of the game when job hunting, but it also widens the talent pool from which the industry can recruit its future stars and leaders. There are benefits for everyone and we’d encourage other industries to follow suit.”

Luke Evans Bakery, which was founded in 1804, operates 24 hours a day producing a range of breads, cakes and other bakery items.

It supplies around 300 wholesale and trade customers in Derbyshire, East Staffordshire and Nottinghamshire, including shops, universities, caf├ęs, schools and delis. It also has a shop beside its bakery in Greenhill Lane, Riddings, near Alfreton.

For more information visit www.lukeevans.co.uk

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Friday, 13 September 2013

Ex Belfry golf pro joins the sales team at SANLI (UK) Ltd

The latest sales representative for lawnmower and garden products supplier SANLI (UK) Ltd knows a thing or two about great-looking grass and top turf.

Colin Bence is a former golf pro who worked at the world-renowned Belfry Golf Resort in north Warwickshire with its immaculate fairways and greens.

Colin, 28, was assistant professional golfer at The Belfry - the spiritual home of the Ryder Cup – for 18 months, helping golfers to improve their swing and polish up their putt.

Now he has been appointed as a training demonstration sales representative for Sanli UK, working across the central belt of England from Birmingham across to the East coast and North up to Yorkshire and across to Morecambe in the West.

The company, which sells a range of good-value, high-specification petrol lawnmowers and other gardening equipment including brush cutters, chainsaws, hedge cutters, blowers and generators, is building up a strong network of dealers across the UK, thanks to Colin and other members of the sales team.

“I’ve been in sales for most of my working career and I saw this as an opportunity to join a young but fast and growing garden machinery company, so I jumped at the chance of the job with Sanli. Now I couldn't be happier,” said Colin, who lives in the centre of Birmingham.

“Being an outdoor person and a keen driver, I get to travel the country and see some great places but also to meet lovely customers in various dealerships. It's a fantastic company to work for. All the staff are enthusiastic and want to grow the company and the MD Simon Del-Nevo has great vision and strategies as to where he would like the company to be in the future.”

Colin is still a keen golfer and now plays as an amateur.

“If I'm not at work or home the golf course is my 2nd home as I find it a great way to take your mind off everything and de stress and just to get outdoors,” he added.

Colin is working with a range of customers from machinery dealerships through to major garden centre chains, and including DIY stores. And while he’s probably more familiar with the fairway, he’s had his experiences of the rough too and can offer cracking advice about which Sanli lawnmowers suit different types of turf and terrain.

“My aim is to support local machinery dealerships, garden centres and DIY stores in selling Sanli’s products, but I’m always happy to give a bit of advice about a golf swing too,” added Colin.

Sanli supplies almost 200 dealers across the UK, and prides itself on offering a professional Sanli helpline to customers, which is a valuable selling point for its products.

Its website www.sanli.co.uk has been designed to act as a resource for Sanli lawnmower owners, and features useful gardening and mowing information and advice, owner’s manuals and safety sheets, details about offers, product registration, as well as a ‘find a dealer’ search facility.

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Wednesday, 11 September 2013

New ‘shop-in-shop’ launched for garden centres by SANLI (UK) Ltd

Lawnmower and garden products supplier SANLI (UK) Ltd is showcasing its new ‘shop-in-shop’ concept for garden centres at trade show GLEE 2013.
The company has devised special self-contained units which slot neatly into a display area – allowing garden centres to easily and effortlessly promote the Sanli range.
Customers can browse information on a touch screen and check out the equipment demo models surrounding the screen on an attractive ‘striped lawn area’.
After ordering, delivery is made free next day, direct to the customer.
“Few garden centres have traditionally offered petrol products such as lawnmowers, partly because these are technical products requiring specialised sales people and also the after-sales service that is required in the form of maintenance, servicing and repair,” said Sanli (UK) Ltd managing director Simon Del-Nevo. 
“The Sanli shop-in-shop, together with the after-sales care Sanli Helpline, overcomes these challenges – giving garden centres a convenient way in which to extend their range to encompass petrol lawnmowers and other garden equipment and create new sales.”
Sanli, which supplies a range of quality, good value, petrol lawnmowers and products, including brush cutters, chainsaws, hedge cutters, blowers and generators, has devised eye-catching 2m by 3m display units for garden centres which require just power and WiFi.
The shop-in-shops, which are delivered and installed working, will be unveiled for the first time at GLEE 2013, taking place at the NEC, Birmingham, from 15th to 17th September. 
"The shop-in-shops require no garden centre staff involvement, as information is available from the touch screen and from the demo models surrounding the screen on the 'striped lawn area’,” said Simon Del-Nevo. “Delivery is made by Sanli, next day, free to customer, and all after-care is via the Sanli helpline and includes everything from telephone advice to 'back to base' for warranty work.”
Visit the Sanli (UK) Ltd stand in Hall 5, stand number 5D-38, for more information about the new shop-in-shops.
Sanli supplies almost 200 dealers across the UK, and prides itself on offering a professional Sanli helpline to customers, which is a valuable selling point for its products.
Its website www.sanli.co.uk has been designed to act as a resource for Sanli lawnmower owners, and features useful gardening and mowing information and advice, owner’s manuals and safety sheets, details about offers, product registration, as well as a ‘find a dealer’ search facility.


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Monday, 9 September 2013

Laundry and workwear specialist Giltbrook Workwear Rental wins food firm contract

Derbyshire-based Giltbrook Workwear Rental has won its largest contract in the food and drink sector after being appointed by cooked meat products manufacturer Loscoe Chilled Foods Ltd. 

The Ilkeston-based laundry and workwear specialist has been awarded a 36-month contract to supply and launder food trade white coats, boilersuits and other items for the company, which employs 230 staff at its Loscoe premises.

The contract involves dealing with 1,850 garments in circulation at any one time and the laundering of 300 items per day to ensure that Loscoe staff have clean garments at the start of every shift.

Giltbrook Workwear Rental, part of Giltbrook Cleaners, specialises in providing the highly regulated food grade cleaning, laundry and hygiene services that are demanded by the food and drink industry to comply with strict safety and hygiene legislation.

Two years ago the firm introduced an innovative system on its website to allow customers to log in and track garments in real time at any point of the day. All workwear supplied by the company is barcode labelled and holds a radio frequency identification chip which allows speedy tracking of workwear through the laundry plant from booking in to dispatch.

Both systems were supported by the Food and Drink iNet, which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), and Giltbrook CEO Chris Jackson believes these innovations have helped the firm to win a number of new contracts, including the Loscoe Chilled Foods Ltd appointment.

“We have invested in the latest technology which means that at a moment’s notice, clients can check what stage any garment is at and gather all the necessary information,” said Chris Jackson.

“The information is there, 24 hours a day. It represents a leap forward for us in terms of customer service, and is very beneficial to firms working in the food and drink industry, which need to have evidence of efficient cleaning and hygiene standards to comply with stringent laws governing their operation.

“We are very pleased to have secured the contract to supply and service workwear for Loscoe Chilled Foods. Like us, they are a business committed to their local area and we are proud that we are playing a part in keeping their operation running smoothly by maintaining the cleaning of the staff uniforms, on a quick turnaround, with flexible approach to react quickly to their changing needs in the food production process.” 

The uniforms are serviced at Giltbrook Cleaners’ unit at Mercian Close, Manners Industrial Estate, Ilkeston, which has a rainwater harvesting, water recycling and reusing system, a high-efficiency hot water generation boiler, and the latest garment conveyor systems and monitoring through barcode and high- frequency micro chip technology.

The unit also has specialist hygiene management systems. Giltbrook Cleaners is a family-run business, which has been operating for more than 65 years and employs 41 people. Its clients include companies working in a range of sectors such as food and drink, engineering, hospitality, pharmaceutical and transport.

The contract with Loscoe Chilled Foods Ltd is worth more than £30,000 a year to the company, which recently gained supplier approval status from the 3M Health Care division. It involves selecting appropriate uniforms for food environments, adding a corporate logo and introducing a laundry management programme which includes daily collection of used workwear from Loscoe’s two sites and delivery of clean uniforms, which in the case of high care items are sealed in polythene, to eight locker locations.

Regular microbiological swabbing of garments and allergen management systems are carried out by Giltbrook to test that hygiene security is being maintained and the results are uploaded to the web portal at www.giltbrookworkwear.co.uk

Loscoe Chilled Foods technical manager Mark Curry said: “We've been delighted with Giltbrook Cleaners and the seamless way they have taken on the contract and worked with our staff. The quality of the garments, cleanliness and the aftercare service has made a big difference to our staff and feedback has been excellent. We are a lot more confident going forward with the BRC audits knowing we have online access to our workwear management information at a click of a button.”

Giltbrook Cleaners, which is a leading supplier in workwear rental and cleaning, mat provision and cleaning, locker and washroom services across the East Midlands and beyond, is committed to supporting standards in the food industry and later this month hosts an event run by industry organisation The Food and Drink Forum.

BRC One Year On takes place on September 26th from 7.45am to 10am and will hear from companies that already have the BRC standard in place. It is aimed at firms considering implementing BRC or those who would like to understand more about it.

It will be chaired by Food and Drink Forum senior technical manager Richard Wigley.

www.giltbrookworkwear.co.uk

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Thursday, 5 September 2013

Mansfield man wins SANLI (UK) Ltd lawnmower competition

Simon Del-Nevo, left, managing director of Sanli UK Ltd, with Nigel Richardson
Mansfield man Nigel Richardson is the proud owner of a new SANLI (UK) Ltd lawnmower after winning a competition run by the garden equipment specialist.

Father-of-two Nigel entered the competition via social media site Facebook and was delighted to be chosen as the winner of a Sanli LSP514 petrol rotary mower, worth £399.99.

The lawnmower is a new four-in-one model, which has side eject for grass cuttings, and has just been introduced to the UK market.

The 51cm steel deck mower was presented to Nigel by Simon Del-Nevo, managing director of Sanli UK Ltd at Nigel’s home near the Berry Hill area of Mansfield.

Public affairs manager Nigel, who works at the Energy Technologies Institute in Loughborough, said: “"I never win anything so I'm thrilled to win such a great lawnmower - I may need to invest in some new grass now to do it justice!"

The Sanli LSP514 mower has efficient rear wheel power drive for smooth self propulsion and large rear wheels for uneven and rougher lawns, making it ideal for informal gardens.

It is one of a range of lawnmowers manufactured by Sanli, which also supplies brush cutters, chainsaws, hedge cutters, blowers and generators. The LSP514 is one of three new mowers launched to the UK by Sanli recently. The others are the LS4135 and the LSP4135, which are designed as superb value petrol mowers for smaller lawns.

Sanli lawnmowers and other gardening products are available from almost 200 dealerships across the UK.
Visit www.sanli.co.uk for more information about products and the ‘find a dealer’ search facility.

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