Buying Guides

Our Best Extension Ladders

Extension ladders are essential products for working safely at height. These ladders can be extended to allow the user to reach greater heights than with a fixed ladder, but are easy to store and transport when not in use. The ladders featured in this blog post all fully conform to EN131 standards for safety of portable steps and ladders, so you can be reassured that they are safe and secure to use. They are ideal for use in a wide range of work environments, including industrial workplaces, for painting and decorating, or for other DIY tasks at home. Here’s a list of our best extension ladders to help you choose the best product to meet your requirements:   Double Extension...


Our Best Combination Ladders

Combination ladders are highly versatile products, providing a number of functions within one ladder. This means that you won’t need to purchase and store multiple different ladders, saving you space in the workplace, and saving money too. These ladders are safe and secure to use, and they fully conform to new EN131 standards for safety of portable steps and ladders. They are easy to convert between different configurations, making them ideal for use in a wide range of work environments, including industrial workplaces, and for painting and decorating. We’ve collated a list of our top 5 combination ladders to help you choose the best product for you:   Heavy-Duty Aluminium Combination Ladder If you’re looking for a hard-wearing, strong and...


Our Best Step Ladders

Whether it's reaching for something on a high up shelf, or carrying out maintenance work on a light fitting in a ceiling, there's nothing more convenient than Step Ladders to come to your aid. Their low height options makes them more ideal than an extension ladder for tasks indoors, and their ease of use makes them more simple than a combination ladder. Many Step Ladder are also designed to fold away for convenient storage even in the tightest of spaces. The step ladders featured in this blog post all fully conform to EN131 standards for safety of portable steps and ladders, so you can be reassured that they are safe and secure to use. They are ideal for use in a variety of...


Our Best Outdoor Door Mats

Are you in need of an outdoor door mat, perhaps for outside your office building, retail store, or simply to use outside your home? Outdoor Door Mats can be a great investment as they help to keep your floors clean by keeping dirt and mud outside. You may be tempted to purchase a similar design to your indoor mat. Perhaps for uniformity or simply for convenience. After all, it seems to do the job well, right?  Wrong. Indoor mats are not suitable for use outdoors, as they are often made from absorbent cotton or synthetic fibres, meaning they will not fare well outdoors, and will certainly not last long in weathered conditions.   Not to worry, though! We are here to help...


Pallet Truck Sizes Guide

The humble pallet truck is an essential tool found in almost all warehouses and factories, some of them moving hundreds of pallets per day. This facilitates the handling of warehouse stock and makes loading and unloading transport vehicles very quick and easy. Since there are many different standard pallet sizes such as Euro and UK pallets, it is important to ensure that your workplace uses suitable pallet trucks. By following this guide to making sure your pallet truck width and size is the best fit for your needs, you can guarantee to see an increase in productivity and efficiency within your workforce; all whilst protecting the health and safety of your employees and reducing the risk of back strain or other...


How To Get Your Workplace Ready for Winter

Winter is nearly with us, and with it, rain, snow and ice. Sure, there’s lots to look forward to, but not the mess that comes in through the front door on the bottom of our boots! What’s needed is a way to kick off the mud and slush, and something to keep the ice from forming where there’s heavy foot traffic. Or maybe you need something to keep the ceiling leaks in check, or stay warm despite a cold draught. Well, as you might have guessed, we have lots of products available to solve these problems, and a little advice on how best to get your workplace ready for the worst of what winter can throw at us. Ice-Fighting Products...


Fire Extinguishers - Types and Uses Guide

Fire extinguishers play a very important role in first aid firefighting. They can mean the difference between a small fire being put out straight away or the fire service being called. That is why it is important to know about the different types of fire extinguishers and their uses. An essential point to know is what fire class the extinguisher is able to put out. Fires are split into classes depending on the type of material and/or fuel used in combustion. Fire Class A are fires involving solid materials such as wood, paper or textiles. Fire Class B are fires involving flammable liquids such as petrol, diesel or oils Fire Class C are fires involving gases. Powder Fire Extinguishers (Class...


What Are ABC Fire Extinguishers?

ABC Fire extinguishers use a dry chemical called monoammonium phosphate which smothers flames to put out many different types of fire. Identified on the canister by their blue label stating ‘Powder’, the pale-yellow extinguishing agent in ABC powder extinguishers is suitable for use on three classes of fire: Class A: Solid combustibles such as wood, paper and textiles Class B: Flammable liquids and gases such as petroleum, propane and solvents Class C: Energized electrical sources   So How Do ABC Fire Extinguishers Work? The extinguisher is filled with monoammonium phosphate and nitrogen, which is used to pressurise the canister. When the extinguisher is activated (either manually or automatically), the extinguishing agent sprays out of the canister and creates an inert...


Which Self-Healing Cutting Mats are Best?

If you’ve ever used a Self-Healing Cutting Mat, you’ll know what a brilliant invention they are. Any lines or marks you make on the mat after using your Stanley knife or scalpel just close up, leaving a smooth surface with no grooves or marks. You have the same flat cutting surface ready for your next task – and your cutting tools and work tables last much longer, too. But with several types on the market, how do you know which one is best for a particular task? We’ve done the hard work for you and assessed three of our best-selling cutting mats against a whole host of factors, from self-healing and anti-glare properties to resistance to shocks and tears, and...


Our Best Non Slip Mats For Smooth Floors

When buying a door mat, whether for homes or offices, it’s easy to be swayed by first impressions: the colour, perhaps, or its texture. But many of the cheaper mats you’ll find in your local DIY or homewares store have a thin vinyl backing, which means they will skid and slide around on smooth floors. It’s a surprisingly common cause of accidents, especially in the home. Instead, it’s worth looking for a door mat that has a rubber backing, as rubber has fantastic non-slip properties that help keep the mat in position. Sometimes a vinyl backing will look like rubber but isn’t, so it’s worth checking. For an entrance mat with real gripping power, we suggest going for a rubber...