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DHF’s on-going growth prompts new office move

DHF (Door & Hardware Federation) has located its operations to a new and improved facility on the outskirts of Tamworth. ‘The Barn’ at ‘Shuttington Fields Farm’ has been home to the trade association since 3rd September and offers significantly larger office space, together with a state-of-the-art training academy and parking for more than 40 cars. It is located just four miles from junction 11 of the M42. The move has been prompted by DHF’s tremendous growth in both employees and membership, particularly in the past ten years and will yield considerable cost savings, with training and meetings being carried out on-site.
“The federation has doubled in size in terms of membership and staff over the past five years, which is, of course, great news, but it is essential that we continue to offer a first-rate service to our members and support that growth with appropriate levels of resource,” explains DHF’s CEO, Bob Perry. “We have been at our Heath Street head office for more than 31 years; a move was long overdue.”
DHF’s growth has been due, in part, to an increasing uptake of its training courses, with more than 2300 delegates completing one of its four courses on offer since the launch of the Gate Safety Diploma in September 2013. ‘The barn’ houses a top-of-the-range training academy which will accommodate 25 people. This will save the association vital funds previously spent on hiring venues across the country to host courses. The majority of training will now be undertaken in-house, however, DHF will continue to hold courses throughout the UK to ensure everyone can access a course. Additionally, DHF will be hiring out their facilities to external organisations.
“Our new office facilities herald a fresh chapter for DHF,” continues Bob. “We can now confidently support our on-going growth and expansion and continue to deliver value for our members. And the new training academy will facilitate a positive, learning experience for all attendees.”
To make life easier for candidates, DHF has also secured corporate rates for accommodation at nearby ‘Best Western Appleby Park Hotel’ for those attending training courses. Candidates can book directly with the hotel.


Improving renovation return on investment

How technology can impact a project’s lifespan, success and ROI
The primary reason for running a renovation project is usually to add value. Whether that’s by rectifying a problem, updating your offering or optimising the space, renovation can improve both the function and aesthetics of a business. Here Connie Johnson, vice president of marketing at surface preparation expert National Flooring Equipment, explains how technology can help improve a renovation project’s return on investment.
The starting point for a renovation project is to establish what the end goal is for the organisation. In most cases, the project is not just to replace the floor, but actually to meet a business objective. The objective could be something as critical as to bring in more customers or improve a building’s efficiency.
For example, in a café or restaurant, it is important to install flooring that feels and looks good under a customer’s feet, is easy to clean if a drink is spilt and is slip resistant for safety. In a casino, a busy carpet may encourage visitors to look up, resulting in an increase in spending – helping the business to increase its profits. A patterned carpet will also conceal any spills, making the carpet cheaper and easier to maintain.
A floor covering can even impact the energy efficiency of a business. In large warehouses or supermarkets, a reflective polished concrete floor can cut energy bills. For a project to have any real return on investment, it must be clear what problem the renovation is trying to solve and what environment the business is trying to create.
Once the goals and objectives of the project are defined, there are several ways that a business can maximise the return on investment of their floor. The first stage is during the renovation itself.
On the job
When renovating a business, it’s critical that the work does not disrupt day-to-day activities. Many companies remain open during renovation or refurbishments, which means business owners must be conscious of noise, dust and debris. The contractor can choose a battery or electric powered machine, use dust collection equipment and regularly remove any debris or rubble to help keep the business in operation during the project.
Technology can help a contractor to perform the renovation more quickly. A commonly overlooked factor is ergonomics – the more comfortable the contractor is, the more quickly the job can be performed. For this reason, surface preparation equipment that can be adjusted can help improve the speed of renovation is ideal.
Versatile equipment on the job site will also improve ROI. For example, with the right tooling, National Flooring Equipment’s Helix grinder can grind, polish, edge grind and scarify a surface – offering four capabilities in one machine. Whether you own equipment or hire a contractor, the use of one machine can improve the speed and ease of which a renovation can be completed.
Advances in coating technology can impact the floor’s return on investment, both in terms of meeting a business objective and in the floor’s lifespan. Consider this example, your business is flooded your floor is mouldy and ruined. Do you want to lay the same covering again and risk a repeat occurrence? Of course not. The best option is to address the issue underneath the floor by laying a moisture barrier and safeguarding the floor against future water damage.
Renovation return on investment is about more than the cost of the project. True ROI is achieved by a project that helps a company to meet a business objective, either saving energy costs or increasing customer spend. Ensuring the floor will last the test of time so the business can continue to reap the rewards of the renovated floor is another important factor. Surface preparation is critical for improving lifespan, keep this at the forefront of your mind when you next consider adding value to your business.


A clean sweep for Aramark at BICSc Cleaning Awards

The team at Aramark, Northern Ireland’s largest provider of facilities and property management services, continued its winning streak taking home two coveted awards at the BICSc Cleaning Awards 2018.
The British Institute of Cleaning Science Awards (BICSc NI Region) celebrates innovation, excellence and the continuous improvement of standards across the professional cleaning industry. The awards were recently held at a gala breakfast event at Belfast City Hall.
Vicky Goodwin of Rathgael House won the category for ‘Office space’. Aramark have now won this category an unprecedented six years in a row firmly setting the bar for professional cleaning services in Northern Ireland.
Alison Bell, Aramark Supervisor also in Rathgael House, continued her winning streak by taking home the inaugural award for ‘Supervisor Recognition’. Alison was named Cleaning Operative of the Year and topped the ‘Office Space’ category at last year’s award ceremony.
Speaking about the awards Paul Guy, Head of Marketing and Communications for Aramark Northern Europe said, “This is a fantastic achievement and a testament to the good work of our team in Northern Ireland. We are delighted to be once again recognised by the British Institute of Cleaning Science, the largest independent, professional and educational body within the cleaning industry, as it underlines the incredibly high standards provided by the Aramark team across the region.”
Frank Gleeson, President Aramark Northern Europe said “I want to congratulate both Alison and Vicky for their hard work and dedication that led to this fantastic achievement. It is wonderful to receive this accolade. Winning two awards is a reflection of the commitment of Aramark staff to provide the highest standards throughout all our client facilities.”

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