Cyber Essentials accreditation: 1 in 5 businesses unaware of benefits

A WORRYING number of UK businesses are still not aware of the benefits of the Government-backed Cyber Essentials Scheme, according to a recent survey from CyberGuard, part of the OGL Group.

Almost a fifth of IT managers reported that they were unaware of how Cyber Essentials compliance could help their business, with 10% unsure of whether their company even had the certificate.

According to the Government’s Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2018, 43% of businesses have experienced cyber security breaches or attacks over the last 12 months.

This is particularly concerning since 56% of businesses hold personal data on customers in the cloud. However, there are methods that can be implemented to reduce the risk of data breaches. One such way is through being Cyber Essentials accredited.

Paul Colwell, Chief Technology Officer at CyberGuard, said: “Here at CyberGuard, we encourage companies to become Cyber Essentials certified since it can help protect against most common cyber-attacks.”

Cyber Essentials is a Government-backed, industry-supported scheme which launched in June 2014. It aims to help all organisations protect themselves against cyber-attacks. When an organisation is fully compliant, they will receive a certificate to show stakeholders and customers that they have the necessary safety measures in place to reduce the risk of a cyber-attack. Cyber Essentials is a quality standard in many industries, and a necessity for businesses looking to win certain Government contracts.

In a bid to understand how many businesses employ methods to reduce cyber security risks, cyber security company, CyberGuard, surveyed 251 IT managers in UK companies, ranging from small businesses (20-49 employees) to large companies (750 employees or greater). The survey focussed on whether or not the business had achieved the Cyber Essentials certification.

The results revealed that 19% of IT managers were unaware of the benefits of having a Cyber Essentials certification, with 10% unsure of whether or not their business even had the certificate.

Of the businesses without Cyber Essentials accreditation, two thirds (67%) said that a lack of understanding had been the primary barrier to them applying, with 42% citing a lack of funds.

Almost a third (29%) suggested that they did not consider it important.

In terms of small businesses with between 20 and 49 employees, 33% claimed they either were not Cyber Essentials certified or were not sure. This compares to just 6% of larger, enterprise organisations: for example, those with over 750 employees.

This finding is particularly worrying for both consumer and employee privacy; according to the Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2018, 42% of SMEs had experienced at least one cyber-attack in the past year. SMEs are at a higher risk of data breaches when compared to large organisations, but are less likely to have Cyber Essentials certification in place.

However, while there continues to be a lack of awareness around cyber security, there are some positives. The vast majority of the businesses surveyed (81%) stated they were Cyber Essentials certified, with 69% reporting that they understood the benefits of being so.

There is a clear case for being certified

Of those accredited, 84% claimed it has helped their business to win contracts, with other respondents highlighting the importance of the certificate in reassuring their customers.

Paul concluded: “In 2019, it should be paramount that businesses who rely on technology protect customer and employee information – as well as their own.

“Becoming Cyber Essentials certified is a great start to implementing strong and secure cyber security practices.”

Innovative Armorgard van storage system TrekDror for the trade professional

OVER the years, Armorgard has designed and built some of the toughest tool safes, from Strongbank to TuffBank, to create a range of secure storage solutions used by skilled tradespeople around the world.

Now, the company has taken a step further with the introduction of what is being billed as “the most sophisticated system of its kind for van fleets.”

Designed specifically for cargo vans, Armorgard’s TrekDror van storage solution, is a lightweight, ultra-strong, customisable system consisting of stackable, secure modules to maximise the interior load space and keep everything organised in vehicles, from small cargo vans and pickup trucks to large panel vans.

TrekDror is available in three different sizes and multiple configurations, has a removable drawer with +80% extension, and can hold over 1,000kg weight on top of it.

For details Call 023 9238 0280

Innovative aerosol range from PlastiKote for the professional builder and decorator

UNTIL now, no spray paint brand has ever targeted the professional builder and decorator with a complete range of easy-to-use, quick drying aerosol products.

PlastiKote, the UK’s leading spray paint brand, has launched PlastiKote Trade, a comprehensive collection of practical aerosols aimed at making life easier for professional tradespeople.

PlastiKote Trade is a collection of competitively-priced paints, functional and technical products that are user-friendly and meet the quality demand of the trade.

The cans have been designed to make choosing a product easy. Colour-coded labels with a clear description of use, finish (where necessary) and drying times guarantee a quick visit in-store.

Colour differentiation

Orange labelled cans denote the primers, acrylic paints and clear lacquers. These are quick drying, give excellent coverage and can be used indoors or outside.

The primers and clear lacquers come in gloss, satin and matt finishes, while the acrylic paints are available in several colours and finishes. The paint selection is completed with a white high gloss and a white satinwood paint, ideal for window sills and wood trim.

The functional sprays in the blue cans are a full range of products that every professional tradesperson should have in their toolbox: from radiator paint, damp seal and anti-slip paint to stain block, one coat tile paint and metal paint, these aerosols are easy to use and give excellent results.

The last group in the PlastiKote Trade range are the technical products in the green-labelled cans. These include a degreaser, a leak detector, paint remover, a PTFE spray and two adhesives, permanent and repositional – useful additions to any tool kit.

PlastiKote Trade aerosols have an RRP of £6.99 to £7.49 and are available from Wickes, My Tool Shed, Crown Decorators Centres, Stax, Toolbank – and all good trade retailers.

Call 0031 561 694400.

TIMco expands warehouse to meet increasing customer demand

TIMCO, one of the UK’s largest and fastest growing wholesalers to the construction industry, has further expanded its warehousing facilities in order to improve efficiency and service to its growing customer base.

The newly expanded warehousing facilities, which will be operational from the end of February 2019, will allow for increased capacity and flexibility to offer their merchants an even greater service, in terms of stock availability and delivery speed.

The warehouse now totals 120,000 square-foot and features five new outbound loading bays – more than double the current count on site.

Simon Midwood, Managing Director of TIMco, said: “Our recent warehouse expansion project enables us to be able to distribute a greater range of products to our customers, whilst also improving the service that we offer them.

The new warehousing space and loading bays will help us futureproof our operations and ensure that we are well placed to cope with the growing demand for our products.”

A second phase to this new development will see a mezzanine floor introduced to the warehouse in order to increase SKU count, as well as additional office space and an improved showroom to showcase all the latest ranges within the TIMco portfolio.

TIMco, one of the UK’s largest independent wholesale suppliers of screws, fasteners, fixings, nails, building chemicals and adhesives, power tool accessories, building hardware, site protection and ironmongery, is headquartered in Nantwich, Cheshire and imports and supplies more than 6,500 product lines from around the world to distributors throughout the UK, Ireland and Europe.

The company was established in 1972 and now employs 160+ members of staff from its offices in the UK, Ireland and Taiwan.

Boels Rental opens a new depot in Stoke

HIRE company Boels Rental opens a new depot in Stoke-on-Trent on 25th February 2019.

The company already had a branch in Stoke, but thanks to continuous growth the location on Hyde Park soon became too cramped.

As of today, Boels Rental will serve its customers from the convenient and easily accessible location at James Brindley Way.

Debbie Wilcox, depot manager of the new location, said: “This new depot has a training facility in which we can offer our customers various courses in safety, such as IPAF and PASMA.

“The new location is strictly designed to offer our customers the most pleasant experience possible, which of course starts with available parking space.

“Furthermore, the product range will be expanded with large access equipment, as well as mini excavators, compressors and more, so we can serve our customers even better.”

Boels Rental in Stoke-on-Trent, located at Tunstall Arrow, James Brindley Way is open Monday to Friday between 7.30am and 5pm, and on Saturdays between 8am and noon.

About Boels

Boels Rental, founded in 1977, is one of the most renowned hire companies in Europe where the hire of machines, tools, units and catering and event equipment is concerned.

The family business, founded by Pierre Boels, is one of the fastest growing hire companies with 38 branches in the UK and over 400 branches spread across Europe.

The Preparation Group's 250SP grinds and polishes up to edges

THE Preparation Group, a leading expert in environmentally friendly solutions for surface preparation, polishing, cleaning and dust containment, has launched the new 110v 250SP Single-Head Grinder.

Of steel construction with a powerful motor, yet light and compact, it offers optimum grinding and polishing performance combined with simplicity and ergonomic design.

Developed specifically for the hire market for small commercial and domestic projects, the 250SP has a wide range of interchangeable diamond accessories for cleaning and keying all types of surfaces, removing concrete laitance, smoothing and levelling, de-scaling and removing glue, bitumous adhesives and paint.

The guard has a removeable section to enable the disc to prepare and polish right up to vertical edges that are usually inaccessible.

A unique feature is that the 250SP is also ideal for economical wet polishing of hard, previously ground surfaces such as concrete, with a water pipe port to feed water onto the surface and a range of resin polishing pads.

An adjustment lever lifts and lowers the wheel height and along with the built-in spirit level, allows the operator a level, even connection with the surface.

The adjustable handle enables a comfortable operating position and folds down for compact transportation and storage.

Says Kate Walshaw, Group Hire Manager, said: "The 250SP Grinder was very well received at the EHS with visitors remarking on its ease of use and portability.

"It’s versatility, low operating costs and low maintenance yields impressive ROI and hire potential."

For further information or a demonstration call The Preparation Group on 01522 561460.

Morris Site Machinery means business on international stage at bauma

MORRIS Site Machinery will show it means business on the international stage when it debuts two new portable lighting products and showcases world-class equipment at Bauma 2019.

The leading British equipment manufacturer, which distributes to 25 countries worldwide, will demonstrate its quality offer and global ambitions at the trade fair in Munich from 8-14 April.

Marking the 25th anniversary of its SMC brand, it will launch the SMC TL90 Evolve - the next generation SMC TL90 lighting tower - and the SMC TL60 Solar Trolley.

International Business Director Phil Winnington said: “Bauma allows us to reach key players in construction and Rental to demonstrate our technical innovation, quality and choice of products. We’re keen to highlight the new additions to our world-class range and to underline our expertise and first-rate customer service to a worldwide audience.

“We’re confident in growing our business internationally with our strong offer and brands like SMC and ArcGen which are continually evolving to meet market needs.”

The SMC TL90 Evolve lighting tower offers all the functionality of the current market leading SMC TL90 but with a new ergonomic design, more compact appearance and three lamp head options. It can be fitted with the standard four LED head, the ground-breaking Halo lamp head or a six LED head making it the brightest SMC lighting tower ever.

The compact SMC TL60 Solar Trolley is battery powered with solar or plug-in charging capabilities. It can fit on a standard 500kg tail lift, while the total weight of 275kg allows excellent manoeuvrability.  The energy efficient and easily deployable unit produces zero noise and zero emissions.

Also on show will be the SMC SL80 Pallet, a super silent, static eight-metre mast lighting tower. It is highly transportable and compact, enabling 22 units to be loaded onto a 40ft trailer. Fitted with the Halo, it delivers a bright, anti-glare even spread of light from four 300W high power LED modules.

The fuel efficient, super silent ArcGen Weldmaker 330CC/CV will have a presence on the stand. It is a mobile 300amp constant current diesel driven welder generator with constant voltage selection, available skid mounted, on wheel barrow trolley or road tow trailer. It is fully compliant with the latest CE and EU standards. An ArcGen 500amp Cobra Inverter and Hilta D5 Diaphragm Pump will complete the line-up.

Morris Site Machinery is in Hall B5/438D in the CEA UK Pavilion at Bauma 2019.

THUMBNAIL CAPTION: (l-r) Phil Winnington, International Business Director and Chris Morris, CEO of Morris Site Machinery

Executive Hire Show 2019 considered a triumph for the 13th consecutive year

Visitor numbers were also up on last year’s event with 1872 relevant hire industry visitors in attendance.

The show was bustling from the onset with hirers looking to expand their fleets and check out new innovations and launches from the diverse range of exhibitors at the show.

There were a record amount of new product launches with a strong focus on safety and environmental solutions.

The event organisers also undertook a complete redesign of the show and the 2019 event revealed a completely new layout and look. It worked - both exhibitors and visitors approved of the revamp and new look.

Morris Site Machinery International Business Director, Phil Winnington said: “The new layout worked well, and the show looked fresh.

“The new format also took away the predictability of other years. The volume of visitors was consistent with previous years and decision makers were in attendance. Morris Site Machinery is happy to support the show again in 2020.”

The Executive Hire Show would not be complete without the ‘Passionate Hire Awards’, which take place at a celebration event on the first evening of the show. The winners of this year’s awards were;

Rocket Rentals, based in Gloucestershire, won ‘The Outstanding Single Depot Hirer’, which was sponsored by Mace Industries and presented by Luke Mace.

The ‘Outstanding Multi Depot Hire’ Award, sponsored by Plantworx Construction Exhibition 2019, presented by Plantworx Sales Manager Angela Spink, was awarded to KDM Hire, based in Northern Ireland.

The ‘Outstanding Customer Service’ Award at the Executive Hire Show 2019 was presented to a company that goes that extra mile for their customers – Swansea based, Miles Hire.

The final award of the evening was the ‘John Jennings Crosshire’ Award, which was presented to Gap Group Managing Director, Iain Anderson.

Executive Hire Show Director, Craig Donovan said: “The Executive Hire Show team would like to thank all exhibitors for supporting the 2019 Show and embracing the new layout and design – we are delighted with the feedback we have received.

We are pleased to confirm that the 2019 Show attracted 1872 relevant hire industry visitors. This is marginally up on last year and consistent with other years.”

Craig pointed out that this figure does not include training providers, asset financiers and recruitment companies, who were allowed entry as non-exhibiting suppliers during the afternoon on the final day. Media and Public Relation personnel were also excluded from the visitor numbers.

Craig added, “86% of all relevant hire industry visitors were from independent operations, re-confirming the pivotal role of local and regional hirers in the on-going success of the Show. This also demonstrates the Show’s continued ability to attract relevant, quality hire executives.”

The Executive Hire Show has confirmed that the 14th annual event will take place on Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th February 2020 – at the home of hire at the Ricoh Arena Coventry once again. Booking for the 2020 Show will start during March 2019.

How to upgrade your home this year

YOUR home is the centre of your life. It is where you come back to every day after work; where you and your family relax after a long day; where your friends come to hang out; and where you live with the people you love.

When your home is this important, you need to put the time and effort into making it great, so that it is a place you still look forward to spending time in.

To help you to put your home back in the spotlight, this handy guide is going to give you four great ways to make your house the home of your dreams.

Your windows

The first suggestion is one of the simplest but also one of the most effective: get new windows. You can find double glazed windows online and get a quote for your home.

One of the reasons why getting double-glazed windows will be a significant investment is because they will help to retain heat within your home.

This makes it cosier while also cutting down on your heating costs by providing extra insulation for you and your family.

The future of energy

Another thing you should think about when upgrading your home this year is the source of the energy in your home. When people contemplate this, they often just settle for changing energy providers, but a far better move is to have solar panels installed.

Some of the reasons to choose solar panels include:

  • Solar power is beneficial to the environment and will reduce your carbon footprint;
  • It means your home will be off the grid and self-sufficient;
  • Reduced electric bills, meaning the solar panels will pay for themselves.

New home, new you

The third idea for a home upgrade is to turn your attention to the inside of your home and consider what you could add and/or change to make it feel like yours.

Having a home interior that reflects your personality and interests will allow you to enjoy your time there more and be proud of the home you have. To get your place looking like this, you need to think about the interior design rules.

The main thing to consider is a colour scheme for your home. The best way to do this is to choose a light, neutral colour for the walls to be painted in (sometimes with a bold accent wall) and then have all your furniture and ornaments be of a complementary bolder colour or pattern.

Bring the outside in

There are many benefits to having houseplants in your home, such as improving the air quality and actually helping to reduce stress. Alongside this, houseplants can also help your home to look and smell fresher so that even in the midst of winter, your home has all the vitality of the spring months.

With these little changes, you will be able to live in a home that you truly love and will be excited to show your friends and extended family.


Zero Emissions, Zero Noise: the EcoSmart ZERO welfare unit from AJC EasyCabin

THE London Atmospheric Emissions Inventory have stated that construction sites are responsible for approximately 7.5% of damaging nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions, 8% of large particle emissions (PM10) and 14.5% of emissions of the most dangerous fine particles (PM2.5).

The vast majority of these emissions come from the thousands of diesel engine site equipment. Soon London will introduce a ‘Low Emission Zone’ for non-road mobile machinery (NRMM) as current estimates of emissions show that NRMM is responsible for 7% of NOx emissions, 14% for PM2.5 and 8% of PM10 emissions across the Capital.

In response to these figures, one of the leading manufacturers of mobile and static temporary site cabins, AJC EasyCabin, have designed and built a range of welfare units that emits zero emissions.

Lisa Gillet, sales director of AJC Trailers, said: "According to the Carbon Brief website, the amount of carbon dioxide sent into the atmosphere last year totalled 381 million tonnes.

"For most of the past years we have been driven to reduce the carbon emissions from our products and design the most environmentally sustainable temporary site units. Our recent Green Apple Awards have confirmed our passions in this regard."

The units, all entitled the ‘EcoSmart ZERO’ were officially unveiled at the site equipment exhibition – The Executive Hire Show on 6th February 2019 at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena.

The EcoSmart ZERO is powered by a combination of a hydrogen gas powered fuel cell and an advanced solar power system. This means the unit operates almost totally silent and emits only pure water vapour.

The Ecosmart ZERO range has been designed to have the same user friendly operation as the standard Ecosmart welfare units, with power to run the heating, sockets, kettle and microwave coming instantly from the battery bank.

The batteries are constantly fed by the built-in hydrogen fuel cell and solar panels.

Lisa added: "Encouraged by our rental partners to push the boundaries of environmental and technological advancement, we believe that in the EcoSmart ZERO range represents the ultimate in carbon emission reduction."

Hydrogen gas is readily available through the Internet or at local gas suppliers. AJC EasyCabin can introduce user of the EcoSmart ZERO to hydrogen gas suppliers and a click and collect service is often available.

The Ecosmart ZERO fuel cell only needs periodical replacement of air filters; there are no moving parts and ground contamination from fuel spills is totally eliminated. 

To produce the EcoSmart ZERO range, AJC EasyCabin engineers worked in close collaboration with Intelligent Energy - a world leading fuel cell engineering company focused on delivering zero emission PEM fuel cell products to the automotive, UAV and stationary power markets.

Following the launch of the EcoSmart ZERO at the Executive Hire Show, AJC EasyCabin will be inviting all environmentally conscious hirers and uses of site temporary accommodation to their factory in Luton to view the features and benefits of the EcoSmart ZERO range, first hand.


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