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Property Insurance Guide

Property Insurance Guide

Business insurance can be complicated. It’s not always obvious which kind of insurance your business needs to keep it protected. This is especially true if you’re a new business owner, or if you are looking to improve your existing business’ insurance coverage.

Product Spotlight: Van And Vehicle Shutters

Product Spotlight: Van And Vehicle Shutters

There are numerous advantages to equipping your vans with roller shutters. The primary function of roller shutters is to improve security, but their applications run beyond this, meaning than anyone with a commercial dependence on vans or large good vehicles / heavy goods vehicles can benefit from shutter installation. If you own such a van or a vehicle, read on to find out how a roller shutter could benefit you.

Product Spotlight: Transparent Roller Shutters

Product Spotlight: Transparent Roller Shutters

Do I Need A Transparent Roller Shutter?

Many businesses today, particularly those in the retail sector, take great pride in the appearance of their premises and invest considerable time and money into creating attractive, elaborate, brightly lit window displays in order to entice potential customers inside.

You might assume it would be difficult to secure doorways and windows with roller shutters without compromising the visibility of your premises and hiding from sight the displays and promotional signs you’ve taken great care to arrange. 

However, there is an alternative to traditional, opaque shutters that’s perfectly suited to retailers and related companies. When you want your premises to be highly secure while remaining visible to the public at all times, day and night, our transparent roller shutters are the ideal solution.  

Manual vs. Electric Roller Shutters: Which Do You Need?

Manual vs. Electric Roller Shutters: Which Do You Need?

What Is The Difference Between Manual Roller Shutters & Electric Roller Shutters?

Roller shutters are one of the most versatile security products currently available. Generally they are made from steel or aluminium and can be used for a range of purposes, whether for doors, windows, loading bays or any other form of aperture in both industrial and domestic environments.

Reduce Your Insurance Premium With Steel Shutters

Reduce Your Insurance Premium With Steel Shutters

Our Advice On How To Reduce Your Commercial Property Insurance

Businesses depend on the security of insurance policies in order to trade on a daily basis, making it vitally important that business owners understand their respective policies.

There are two types of commercial property insurance: buildings insurance and contents insurance. Between them, these insurance policies exist to cover costs associated with damaged property, whether as a result of fire, flooding, accidental damage or criminal activity. Any of these incidents could cost an uninsured business thousands. 

An adequate insurance policy guarantees to pay a company in the event of such an incident, so that the final damage cost is lessened.

Secured By Design

Secured By Design

When it comes to securing what matters most to you, accreditation is important. The security market is filled with companies explaining why their products are the best; security credentials guarantee that whatever you’re installing is a quality security measure. As the UK’s leading supplier of roller shutters, we take accreditation seriously. This is why both […]

Product Spotlight: Rapid Roller Shutters

Product Spotlight: Rapid Roller Shutters

What Is A Rapid Roller Shutter?

Workyards are difficult areas to properly secure. Machinery is typically expensive, but operational requirements mean that traditional security measures fall short. Slow doors can restrict deliveries, while complicated locking systems can hinder movement around your site. Staff productivity and operational costs can suffer as a result. One way of getting around this is with our Rapid Roller Shutters.

Roller shutters come in a wide range of designs, each with specific applications suitable for certain building types and locations. Our Rapid Roller Shutter is ideally suited to fast-paced commercial and industrial premises, where security must facilitate ease of access for staff, machinery, and vehicles throughout the working day.

Fire Curtains VS. Fire Rated Shutters

Fire Curtains VS. Fire Rated Shutters

What Is The Difference Between Fire Curtains & Fire Rated Shutters?

Around 60% of businesses affected by a workplace fire never resume trading. Fire damage costs can stretch from property damage to loss of stock, trading hours, and employee life. Comprehensive fire insurance should be standard practice, but this does not always cover the full cost of fire damage.

A better solution is to reduce your fire risk in the first place. This can be accomplished by both fire curtains and fire rated shutters. What’s the difference?

Key Benefits Of Insurance Approved Roller Shutters

Key Benefits Of Insurance Approved Roller Shutters

Advantages Of Using Insurance Approved Roller Shutters

Businesses throughout the UK already use roller shutters to secure their premises against criminal damage. Statistics show that vandalism is on the decrease, with 598,958 incidents recorded in 2011/12 compared to 1,185,040 in 2006/7. This demonstrates a promising trend, while emphasising the need for continued security efforts, to bring this number even lower.

Investing in the protection offered by roller shutters is an excellent way of guaranteeing this.

 

Cut Your Business Energy Costs With Insulated Roller Shutters

Cut Your Business Energy Costs With Insulated Roller Shutters

 

Reduce Energy Costs With The Use Of Insulated Roller Shutters

As the temperature drops, more and more business owners are turning their thoughts to energy costs. The average annual business electricity bill is £2,528, while gas costs average £856. Winter temperatures will see a spike in energy costs as business owners turn up the heating to keep the cold at bay.

Learn how to cut your business energy costs with insulated roller shutters.

 

A Guide To Purchasing Property Insurance For Your Business

A Guide To Purchasing Property Insurance For Your Business

Our Guide To Purchasing Property Insurance For Your Business

There are two types of commercial property insurance: buildings insurance and contents insurance. Business owners seeking commercial property insurance are advised to discuss at length the terms and conditions of their insurance with insurance providers before committing to a policy.

Because property insurance is dependent on a wide range of factors like business type, staffing levels and annual turnover, one business owner’s insurance valuation will be wildly different to another’s.

Familiarity with insurance jargon prior to discussing insurance policies with lenders can help business owners get to grips with understanding their policy.

Should a person die, suffer injuries, or their property is damaged because of an incident on the business owner’s premises, the business owner may be liable to be sued. Public liability protects against this, providing payment in the event of a costly lawsuit.

Fire Insurance Coverage: Why Is It So Important?

Fire Insurance Coverage: Why Is It So Important?

The Importance Of Fire Insurance Coverage

According to GOV.UK’s annual figures, there were 258 fire fatalities in England in 2014-15. This was six percent less than in the previous year, and thirty percent lower than a decade ago.

 Increased awareness of fire security has played a large part in this improvement. In the absence of fire security, fire can devastate a business. Premises risk being condemned, and property damage can range into the thousands.

 Fire insurance is a specialised form of property insurance, taken out to cover a property from damage caused specifically by fire. 

 

Construction Zone Safety: Implementing Safe Boundaries

Construction Zone Safety: Implementing Safe Boundaries

Improve Your Construction Zone Safety With These 6 Top Tips

Determining safe boundaries around your construction site requires more than simply thinking about worker safety. While this is vital, safety of the general public is also a consideration you are legally obliged to uphold. 

This requires thinking outside the box when determining how you will keep your construction site safe, as members of the public, especially children, can be unpredictable in how they conduct themselves in and around your site. Admittedly, you can’t think of every incident that could potentially occur, but the following will help you to cover most of them.

Business Security: What is LPS 1175?

Business Security: What is LPS 1175?

 

A Guide To LPS 1175

 

Depending on price plans and coverage level, insurance premiums can become costly investments. One way of managing insurance costs is by securing business premises with insurance approved security measures.

Security measures reduce risk rating by protecting a property from the kinds of incidents that would require the business owner to make an insurance claim. This has the effect of lowering premium rates.

But how can businesses prove to insurance providers that their security is adequate? What regulatory bodies decree increased commercial security?

 

7 Tips To Help You Reduce Your Home Insurance Premium

7 Tips To Help You Reduce Your Home Insurance Premium

7 Tips To Help You Reduce Your Home Insurance Premium

The average cost of house insurance continues to fall. The Association of British Insurers (ABI) puts the daily price for combined buildings and contents policy at only 79p, down 1% on the previous quarter and down 2% compared with the same quarter last year. 

Home insurance is crucial for protecting properties and belongings from unexpected damage and destruction. Lower rates are encouraging signs for homeowners who want to secure their most valuable assets for less.

There are a number of ways in which proactive homeowners can bring this rate even lower:

 

Construction Buyer Advice: How To Source Your Materials

Construction Buyer Advice: How To Source Your Materials

Our Advice For Construction Buyers On How To Source Your Building Materials Efficiently

The global concern for our impact on the environment has never been greater. However, with the need for housing increasing, it’s imperative that changes are made within the construction industry, with a particular emphasis on how materials are sourced. 

The construction industry is a major source of air, water and noise pollution. But the main impact on the environment comes from the materials used in construction.

The UK construction industry uses more than 400 million tonnes of material every year. Carbon emissions are at an all time high, and waste disposal is a particular concern.

Going ‘greener’ is no longer a choice, but a necessity. So what can construction buyers do to reduce their carbon footprint?

Shutter Technology: Remote-Controlled Aluminium Shutters

Shutter Technology: Remote-Controlled Aluminium Shutters

Aluminium shutters can serve a variety of purposes, be it security, privacy or protection from the weather. They’re suitable for both domestic and commercial use giving a practical and safe window barrier that doesn’t leave your property looking like a high-security prison. The most obvious benefit of aluminium shutters is extra security.

They’re popular on high-street shops with plate-glass windows where breakage is a risk, but are also a strong deterrent to burglary. If the shutters have rigid links they can resist almost any attempt at manual lifting ensuring added security from casual attack, but they’re also resistant to impacts and cutting tools, protecting your property from accidental damage and planned attack.

Many burglars will simply see them and move onto something easier.

Housing Development Security: Modern Measures

Housing Development Security: Modern Measures

Housing Development Advice: How To Improve Your Home Security

We all have the right to feel safe in our own homes. But sadly the reality is that properties are broken into daily throughout the UK. Most burglars are opportunistic; if an intruder sees the chance of getting into your home then they won’t think twice about attempting to break in. 

It is an unfortunate and alarming fact, however you can safeguard your home by taking security measures that will deter intruders. If you live in rental accommodation you have rights that your landlord is required to meet regarding your security.  

Traditional security measures can still be effective to a certain extent. The Neighbourhood watch scheme is still a popular way of getting communities working together to prevent vandalism and break-ins. 

However, there are more modern ways to approach your home security. Even if you live in a rented house or apartment, you can still implement a wide range of security measures. Here are a few things you can do make your home more intruder-resistant.

How To Manage Your Warehouse Distribution Centre

How To Manage Your Warehouse Distribution Centre

How To Manage Your Warehouse Centre

Warehouses and distribution centres are busy places. Businesses may look enviously upon the likes of Amazon and other huge organisations that have managed to successfully tame an area you may still trying to get your head around. 

Every day you leave your warehouse to run inefficiently is a day when you could be losing money. 

Here are some useful tips you should follow if you want to improve your warehouse efficiency. 

Managing Stakeholders On A Property Development Project

Managing Stakeholders On A Property Development Project

Our Property Development Advice For How To Manage Key Stakeholders Through Your Project

Any individual or group whose interests are affected by a project, whether positively or negatively, can be considered to be stakeholders. They may or may not be actively involved in the project but they will certainly be in a position of influence. This includes internal members of the client organisation and external bodies.

What Exactly Is Quantity Surveying?

What Exactly Is Quantity Surveying?

A Guide To Quantity Surveying

Quantity surveying involves managing the financial elements of building and civil engineering projects. The primary goal is to ensure project costs are kept to a minimum, although quantity surveyors also need in-depth knowledge of building regulations to ensure that value for money is achieved legally and safely.

If you take a role as a quantity surveyor, you’ll find yourself engaged in every stage of the project from inception to completion. Let’s take a deeper look at what the role entails.

 

Infographic: Our Holiday Security Checklist

Infographic: Our Holiday Security Checklist

Keep Your Property Secure Whilst On Holiday With Our Security Checklist

The excitement of going away on a well deserved holiday can be overwhelming and forgetfulness can begin to occur, making your property an easy target for criminals.

To stop this from happening and give you peace of mind when vacating your home for the summer sun we have created a useful security checklist. 

Production Lines: How Have They Changed in Britain?

Production Lines: How Have They Changed in Britain?

The majority of our roller shutters and components are produced in Britain. We’re proud to champion the British manufacturing industry, not least because British production lines are hubs for tremendous technological innovation and development.

The manufacturing of goods on production lines has a long and fascinating history in Britain – and advances are being made in this field all the time.

Garage Storage Tips: Tools and More

Garage Storage Tips: Tools and More

Our Tips For Making The Most Of Your Garage Storage

When walking into your garage do you experience a sense of peace, of everything being organized and in its place? Or do you see chaos everywhere you turn? A garage makes a great storage hub for garden tools, camping gear, sports equipment, bicycles, pet supplies, and just about anything else you don’t want cluttering up your house. But you still have to find room to actually park the car, and keep everything protected from theft.

Here are some tips for making the best use of this versatile space.

How To Manage Contractors On A Small Construction Site

How To Manage Contractors On A Small Construction Site

How To Manage Multiple Contractors On A Small Construction Site

Managing a busy construction site can be a challenge under the best of circumstances. When you have multiple contractors making demands and needing input, you need to be organised and flexible to keep everything running smoothly.

Small construction sites also present their own challenges, especially in trying to coordinate multiple phases of work without people getting in each other’s way. Efficient scheduling and timeframe management is essential. But one pro of managing a small site is that easier communication makes it simpler to make fast decisions when required. These tips will help you manage multiple contractors with ease. 

Key Considerations for Music Venue Security

Key Considerations for Music Venue Security

What To Consider When Improving Your Music Venue Security

So you are starting your own music venue, and it’s a dream come true. You’re prepared for the long hours, the hard work and the endless treadmill of promotion. Financing is secured and the perfect venue has been found. You are ready. But have you thought about security? How are you going to keep your venue secure inside and out?  Here are five tips to help.

Choosing a Security Guard Agency

Before the doors open and people start attending shows at your venue, you must think about and decide upon security personnel. Security guards or ‘bouncers’ as they’re often called, are central to successful crowd management at a music venue.

They carry out a range of roles including guest validation, crowd control, surveillance and perimeter control.  Choosing a good and trustworthy security agency for your security guard personnel is a must. Always use an agency that employs licensed and qualified guards.

Remember, with very few exceptions, most security guards will need to be licensed by the SIA (Security Industry Authority). Look out for firms with regional experience and local knowledge of your patrons, and those that can offer security industry versatility, as they will be more likely to help with any needs that may come up, whether now or in the future.

Housing Developers Guide: Fire Safety Risk Assessment

Housing Developers Guide: Fire Safety Risk Assessment

Our Fire Safety Assessment Guide For Residential Property Developers

One of the biggest areas for consideration when developing residential property is the assessment of fire risk. Although the Government’s Building Regulations 2010 covers a lot of ground, it is subject to frequent amendments.

The last of these was made in 2013 regarding materials and workmanship. To understand the areas that should be covered in a fire risk assessment and save yourself the hassle of expensive insurance premiums or expensive retrofitting, read some of our key pieces of advice below.

Boathouse Security: Roller Shutter Doors

Boathouse Security: Roller Shutter Doors

Enhance Your Boathouse Security With Our Custom Roller Shutter Doors

Recreational boating is becoming more and more popular, but unfortunately the rise in boat ownership also means a rise in boat related crimes and theft. If you are considering purchasing a boat or have recently become a boat owner, here are some tips you’ll need to protect your property from thieves and vandals.

 

Create a master inventory

 

Newer boats, made after 1972, all have a hull identification number (HIN) on the transom. Use a permanent marker or better yet, an engraving tool, to etch this number into your major boat accessories, such as the trailer, GPS, and other electronic equipment. This will make it easier to reclaim your property in the case of a theft.

Reducing the Risk of Arson at Your Commercial Property

Reducing the Risk of Arson at Your Commercial Property

Our Safety Checklist For Reducing Arson At Your Commercial Property

There are over 3,000 arson attacks on small businesses in the UK each year, but fortunately there are precautions you can take to avoid being a victim. 

Risk assessment

Your first step is to conduct a risk assessment to look for vulnerabilities. As a business owner, it is your legal duty to do a periodic fire risk inspection.

Clear the premises of any rubbish that could be a hazard. Identify potential points of entry to your business, such as drain pipes and flat roofs of adjacent buildings. If you have a video security system, make sure that these areas are monitored.

Have their been small fires in the past? If so, what were the danger points and what can you change to reduce the danger? Install a visual security system if possible and keep a look out. Small fires, if intentionally set, are often warnings of larger incidents to come.

What Are High Speed Shutters?

What Are High Speed Shutters?

With operating speeds of up to 1 second per 1000mm (opening or closing), our doors also fulfill a number of secondary functions. Their speed makes them effective insulators, regulating the internal temperature of your warehouse, whether you are looking to keep it hot or cold.

Inner City Housing Developments: Key Security Measures

Inner City Housing Developments: Key Security Measures

 

Security Measures For Inner City Housing Developments

Everyone wants a feeling of safety and peace of mind at home. In some regions, councils have created programs to coordinate local authorities, landlords, and tenants to raise housing standards and improve living conditions. Check your local council to see what programs are available. 

The following are some useful guidelines and tips for improving security around your house and keeping your family safe.

 

Supermarket Security Considerations

Supermarket Security Considerations

How To Secure Your Supermarket Store Effectively

While the recent terrorist attacks on the kosher supermarket in Paris may be a rare example of just how wrong things can go when security is breached, it’s certainly highlighted the need for supermarket owners to be vigilant. Even on a day-to-day level, supermarkets need to protect their staff, premises, and profit margins. Here are the key considerations when it comes to supermarket security.

We Now Partner With Latham’s Steel Security Doorsets

We Now Partner With Latham’s Steel Security Doorsets

In order to make a premises secure, all aspects of its security must be taken into consideration. To the prospective invader, any opening is a potential means of access to a property and its contents. We are proud to work in partnership with Latham’s Steel Security Doorsets to offer a more rounded and thorough security […]

Why Are Roller Shutter Doors Better Than Standard Doors?

Why Are Roller Shutter Doors Better Than Standard Doors?

Roller Shutter Doors Vs Traditional Doors

 

Roller shutter doors, or rolling doors, are designed to provide maximum protection to your storefront and shop content. Rolling doors provide you peace of mind during and after the usual working hours hours, knowing that your business investment is safe.

In the past, shop owners debated between installing rolling gates for additional security or sticking with more attractive standard doors. Roller doors used to be typically ugly and industrial looking. But today you don’t have to sacrifice an attractive storefront for the added peace of mind that rolling shutter doors provide.

The Key Elements of 21st Century Security

The Key Elements of 21st Century Security

Our Top 6 Latest Security Innovations

Spend enough time online and you’ll find hosts of people who believe the dystopian futures depicted in sci-fi movies and novels have actually arrived. But, for all the threats and fears the 21st century offers, even Orwell couldn’t have imagined the ways you can protect yourself. From developments in biometrics to clever twists on traditional security, let’s take a look at what will be keeping you safe in 2015 and beyond.

 

Secured By Design: An Overview

Secured By Design: An Overview

 

What Is Secured By Design?

Secured by Design (SBD) is a police-owned project operating under the concept of ‘designing out crime’. Its applications are extensive, covering everything from residential properties and commercial buildings to retail areas and car parks. The programme was introduced in 1989 by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) with the intention of creating secure, crime-free areas. 

 

Retail Vandalism: The Trends Across Britain

Retail Vandalism: The Trends Across Britain

Current Vandalism Trends In The UK

It is a truth universally acknowledged that few people – apart from statisticians – tend to get excited by patterns in data. This all changed when the Office for National Statistics released its 2013 crime summary. Confounding the expectations of criminologists who believe in a positive relationship between economic recession and property crime, this study found a continuation of the general downward trend in crime from its high point in the 1990s.

Those who viewed the riots and looting incidents of 2011 as a harbinger of an upsurge in crime were especially baffled, since these occurred before the worst point of the double-dip recession in 2012 and were not repeated. It is surprising too that the downward crime trend continued even through the downsizing of UK police forces and despite a countrywide increase in the number of 15-year-olds, the group most likely to offend.

Commentators have tried to account for this paradoxical trend but seem lost for a single complete explanation. So it’s likely that a number of factors are responsible for the overall effect.

Security at Multi Storey Car Parks: Key Considerations

Security at Multi Storey Car Parks: Key Considerations

How To Keep Your Car Secure In Multi Storey Car Parks

Planning and operating a multi storey car park requires an understanding of factors such as vehicle flow rates and maximizing layouts to efficiently utilise the number of spaces available for parking.

In addition to good planning, security is also a vital factor that will affect your customers’ confidence in entrusting their vehicle to your car park. The British Parking Association has issued its guideline principles for designing a safer car park and even offers the Park Mark Saver Parking Award for car parks that meet all legal safety obligations.

Here are the key considerations to creating a safe multi storey car park environment: 

UK Roller Shutter Apprentice Scheme

UK Roller Shutter Apprentice Scheme

 

UK Roller Shutters Apprentice Scheme

We’re proud to say that as part of continued growth as a business, we are committed to taking on young people as apprentices.

We believe that providing Britain’s youth with the opportunity to learn new skills and develop their experience is key to driving our economy.

Being located in the West Midlands, UK Roller Shutters are acutely aware of the unemployment issues in our country, so we’re pleased to positively and directly impact this.

How To Refurbish A Busy Store With Minimal Disruption

How To Refurbish A Busy Store With Minimal Disruption

How To Refurbish Your Store With Little Disruption

A modern, attractive storefront can help you attract and retain customers. If your shop looks dated or worn, you may very well be losing sales and reducing your cash flow. The key is to make smart changes that won’t necessitate you closing your shop for an extended time and turning away customers. By keeping your business operational during the refurbishment process, you’ll keep sales coming in and cause minimal inconvenience to your clients. 

There are multiple reasons to consider renovating your property. If you haven’t made a significant change in more than three years, a renovation may be good for business. Even minor rearrangement and updates to keep up with changing trends and technologies can help put a fresh face on your storefront.

Cost Effective Security For Small Businesses

Cost Effective Security For Small Businesses

Cost Effective Security Solutions

Small businesses will always be more likely targets of crime than private properties simply due to the greater opportunities for theft they provide, usually with more cash on the premises and often unoccupied at night.

Fortunately, there are various measures that can be taken to secure small businesses more effectively, preventing burglary and decreasing the risk of crime.

Staff action

During opening hours, the first line of defence for any small business is the staff that will be on the site, so long as they have been properly trained. Training on all security devices and their proper use should be prioritised in staff development plans and staff should be encouraged to report any suspicious behaviour in order to identify potential threats and prevent crimes before they take place.

Tidying up

When the property is empty, the police recommend keeping the contents of your premises as hidden as possible, removing all high value goods from window displays, boarding up windows to stock rooms and putting away all high value stock. To avoid leaving cash on site overnight, banking should be carried out daily and the cash register emptied and left open to discourage burglars from entering the property to investigate a closed till.

Business Insurance: Protecting Your Enterprise

Business Insurance: Protecting Your Enterprise

Protect Your Company With Business Insurance

Having your own business is no mean feat, and the value of it is not only measured fiscally, but also in terms of the time, hard work and passion that you have put into it. Considering the importance of your business, it is never worth risking it with a lack of protection from business insurance.

It can be a complicated process, as there are many types of insurance you can get, depending on the level of protection that you want. As well as this, it may be the case that you will need more than one different type of insurance in order to ensure that your business is protected in every different way, from protecting property to stock. 

Types of insurance to consider 

Public Liability Insurance is a key requirement to protect yourself and your business. The insurance covers you against any claims that are made against your company. It will cover if you are legally liable for personal injury, or for damage done to property, and it will cover your legal costs if you need to defend your business. The premiums are affected by the type, turnover and size of your business, and it is key not to underestimate your value. Be mindful that you could be facing legal claims from different people at the same time, meaning legal fees could be large.

Garage Security Tips: Protecting Your Tools & Vehicles

Garage Security Tips: Protecting Your Tools & Vehicles

Improve Your Garage Security With Our Top Tips

While many homeowners invest heavily in their home security and protecting their loved ones, many conscientious homeowners tend to overlook their garage. Garages offer the experienced burglar numerous opportunities.

The typical garage attracts burglars due to the black market demand for power tools, equipment and various accessories normally associated with family vehicles. GPS systems, stereos and other goods stored or left in the car are easy to swipe and easy to trade on the black market.

To enjoy a bit more peace of mind and to avoid the disruption to your lives a burglary can cause, the first thing to do is to label all your tools and equipment stored in the garage or outbuildings. Then, it is time to get serious about garage security. Follow these tips to increasing your garage and home security.

What is CE Certification and Why is it Important?

What is CE Certification and Why is it Important?

Understand The Value Of CE Certification

In compliance with EU standards, CE certification is required by regulatory authorities for all roller shutters and steel doors as of July 1, 2013. Manufacturers can purchase self-certification kits that comply with the requirement and which greatly reduce the cost of certification.

In the UK, CE marking for industrial powered doors and industrial, commercial and garage doors is covered under the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) and Machinery Directive (MD). CE assessments are also incorporated in Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive (EMC) and the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS). The self-certification kits are designed to specifically address the needs of industrial and commercial powered door manufacturers and suppliers and are compliant with the regulations as set forth in these various directives.

Roller Shutters: Nighttime Economy Security Tips

Roller Shutters: Nighttime Economy Security Tips

Keep Your Bar, Pub, Club or Restaurant Secure During The Nighttime

Although there is no standard definition for the night time economy (NTE), it is generally understood to refer to any business that operates between 6pm and 6am that involves the sale of alcohol, primarily bars, pubs and restaurants. This definition is also often extended to include businesses that supplement this industry, such as late night food outlets.

The night time industry in the UK generates economic activity and provides employment for a large number of people, alongside the more obvious social benefits afforded to those making use of the services provided. However, according to multiple studies, the peak time for violent offending has been shown to be weekend nights and the peak location to be in and around pubs and clubs (Allen et al., 2003) and NTE related crime rates are rising.

Vandalism Rates in the UK the Emerging Trends

Vandalism Rates in the UK the Emerging Trends

An Overview For Crime & Vandalism In The UK

According to official figures, vandalism rates in the UK are falling more dramatically than any other crime.

Apparently acts of vandalism have dropped by a staggering 37% per 1,000 homes since March 2007, a statistic that is made even more concerning based on the number of vandalism acts that are still being committed on a daily basis.

It is a typical assumption that crime levels will increase in times of economic trouble so criminologists are unable to explain why rates have fallen in the recent financial crisis.

Security ideas for the small business

Security ideas for the small business

Security Solutions For Small Businesses

Security can be a contentious issue for small business owners.  Taking measures to protect your property can be costly and time-consuming, but the implications of burglary, vandalism or fire can be catastrophic to the company’s survival.  Because a small business’ premises are usually consigned to one or two sites, these hold a significant proportion of the company assets; which must be protected at all cost.

Here are some effective ways with which to safeguard your business property.

Aluminium Shutters vs Steel Shutters

Aluminium Shutters vs Steel Shutters

What Is The Difference Between Aluminium Shutters & Steel Shutters?

The newest aluminum and steel shutters and grilles deserve your attention. There is a lot to understand about these products that can help secure your home, business or storefront.

October 2014 is National Home Security Month

October 2014 is National Home Security Month

home security month

What Is National Home Security Month?

As winter fast approaches and we begin to think about turning our clocks back, the nights slowly draw in.  This extra darkness is a burglar’s paradise - with reported burglaries as high as 20% higher in winter - which is why National Home Security Month was created; to add awareness to this unfortunate spike in petty crime.  

To read more about Home Security Month, visit their website.

National Home Security Month will feature a series of tips and advice and help protect yourself, your loved ones and your property & possessions during winter - with a new theme each week.  The first theme currently running is an introduction to Crime in your Local Area - and encourages you to download and use the YALE CRIMEWATCHER APP

Do I Need Planning Permission For Shutter Grilles?

Do I Need Planning Permission For Shutter Grilles?

Rules & Regulations: Do You Need Planning Permission For Your Roller Shutter?

Individual councils and local authorities have varying guidelines pertaining to the installation of roller shutters. While every authority acknowledges the increased security benefit of roller shutters, there are a number of factors that can influence the local authority’s final approval.

However, in most cases, the approval process is quick and easy. 

Likely Considerations

Your local council wants your premises to be secure. They will make every effort to ensure that you can add this extra layer of security to your residence or commercial property. The most likely considerations that your local planning authority will take into effect are:

Properties That Require Shutter Doors: An Overview

Properties That Require Shutter Doors: An Overview

Industrial Security Advice: Which Roller Shutter Do I Need?

Commercial and industrial property owners are shifting to practical and safe shutter doors to protect their property and the workers in the properties. The security and protection offered by today’s state of the art shutter doors give property owners a cost-efficient way to attract businesses to their sites.  

The Fire Rated Security Shutter

When it comes to fire protection, buildings with fire-rated shutters are ahead of the risk. In a coordinated fire protection system, defences against fire and smoke are critical to the objective. The fire-rated shutter is specifically designed to compartmentalise a building and in doing so to contain and more easily control fire and smoke.

Fire-rated shutter doors are widely used in the UK at shopping centres, hospitals, schools, restaurants and across the industrial sector. Wherever fire could spread if unchecked, the fire rated shutter can help contain the risk of a massive and costly failure.

Energy Conservation Tips For Your Property

Energy Conservation Tips For Your Property

How To Conserve Heat In Your Propery & Prevent Heat Loss

Unfortunately, UK residential and commercial properties deserve the notorious reputation they have for being poorly insulated energy wasters. 

This is especially true for UK homes built around the mid 1900s and before. It has become the norm in this country to spend the colder months in drafty rooms that encourage heat to escape through the walls, windows and doors. World events and energy prices indicate that it is time to be more energy aware and take action to halt the wasteful energy consumption.  

Why Roller Shutters Are Perfect For Your Shop

Why Roller Shutters Are Perfect For Your Shop

Benefits Of Roller Shutters For Your Shop

Roller shutters add an outstanding extra layer of security to your shop, business or home. Roller shutters prevent illegal entry through windows and keep prying eyes from observing your assets and operations. Roller shutters have become a popular choice among UK businesses that can increase security for business and shop operations while also protecting employees from potential perpetrators.

Property Security Tips: Deterring Intruders

Property Security Tips: Deterring Intruders

Residential & Commercial Property Security Tips

Overall property security has become an important consideration for UK homeowners and business owners. There are cheap and common sense methods to invest in home security and there are more expensive investments that will boost your security further.

Local law enforcement authorities are anxious to help homeowners deter crime and protect their property and personal possessions. One of the first steps in improving home security should be to contact local authorities and schedule a home security inspection. The police will offer many helpful suggestions that are cost-effective and can prove helpful in reducing the threat of crime. This is available for commercial properties and for residential properties.

Domestic Roller Shutters: The Importance of Aesthetics

Domestic Roller Shutters: The Importance of Aesthetics

Keep Your Home Secure & Looking Great With Our Domestic Roller Shutters

Since the recent advancements in roller shutter technology have allowed for increasing the aesthetic appeal of the product, demand for domestic and commercial roller shutters has increased significantly. Aluminium roller shutters not only please the eye and boost the appearance of the home or business but provide a wide range of other important benefits.

Behind the surge in demand is the awareness that aluminium roller shutters can be customised to accommodate personal taste or the exterior design of the structure. Now, homes and businesses not only appear coordinated but also still provide the privacy and security that the shutters are designed to provide.

Manufacturers have paid attention to the concerns of consumers and developed technology to customise the shutters. Today’s roller shutters look right and feel right in many different settings.

 

Understanding Fire Rated Shutters

Understanding Fire Rated Shutters

Fire Rated Shutters: An Overview

Fire shutters are an essential part of the safety level of your building, so it is important to understand exactly how they work and what you will need to consider when choosing a fire shutter for your property.

There are many different parts to an overall building fire strategy. Other measures involve smoke extraction, fire walls and sprinklers, all of which work efficiently alongside fire rated shutters.

What Are Roller Shutters And Why Do We Use Them?

What Are Roller Shutters And Why Do We Use Them?

What Are Roller Shutters & Why Use Them?

A roller shutter can also be referred to as a roller door or in some cases, a sectional overhead door. It is a type of window shutter or door that is made up of lots of horizontal slats that are hinged together. In some designs those slats may be replaced by bars or web systems.

The door functions by raising to open it and lowering to close it. This action is likely to be motorised on larger doors.