Decx

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Decx's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Decx is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

www.decx.co.uk

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Getting our voice heard
As a small organisation, with limited
lobbying power, we struggle to get
our voice heard and action taken
in areas of safety enforcement and
regulatory compliance. The whole
regulatory structure is based on safety,
proportionality, fairness and protection
of the European market. In fact, one
of the most frequently EU quoted
drivers for regulatory change is a “level
playing field”, but this is devalued if
unfair competition is not tackled.
Recruitment and retention issues have
become industry-recognised features.
While there may be budding pilots
willing to pay, or have parents willing
to pay, the large sums necessary to
become qualified, many of these
candidates will go directly to a major
airline once they are licensed, and in
fact, the new multi-crew pilot licence
qualification means we would be
unable to recruit them for our single
pilot aircraft in any event.
In turn, the reduction in available pilots
in this sector also affects the number
of flight instructors, as
ab initio
pilots exiting flight schools offering
“integrated” or MPL courses directly
into airlines reduces the number of
pilots becoming flight instructors,
because these newly qualified pilots no
longer need to “hours build” before
they can progress through professional
licence training and application to
anairline.
As the organisation is small, but carries
out regulated activities on a broad
front, the rate of regulatory change is
a distinct burden, exacerbated by the
fact that once it disappears into the EU
parliament for scrutiny, we never know
when it will emerge as regulation,
reducing our ability to make firm plans
for the necessary changes.
Adapting for the future
We continue to monitor industry
and sector developments keenly. The
increasing use of drones may change
the survey market, especially when
they are able to offer the load-carrying
capacity and endurance of aircraft, at
lower cost.
We have already embarked on a
project to move into a new sector
recently permitted by regulation, which
is the use of single-engine turbine
aircraft for commercial carriage of fare-
paying passengers, cargo and mail.
We are developing theoretical pilot
licence instruction with a partner, in
order to close the differences that exist
between our practical courses and
those offered by integrated schools.
As the
organisation is
small, but
carries out
regulated
activities on a
broad front,
the rate of
regulatory
change is a
distinct
burden
Left: Survey aircraft on task
Right: Flight training –
coming in to land
33DECX |
BUSINESS SERVICES
Managing Director AndrewGuyler
Providing seasonal
decorations to locations
across the UK
Decx Ltd is a privately owned family business specialising
in the design, installation and maintenance of corporate
and commercial seasonal decorations. Based in Alfreton,
Derbyshire, the firm provides decorative schemes for the
Christmas season and, in recent years, has diversified to offer
other services across the year. It works in public locations across
the UK, including shopping centres, retail parks, business
premises, town centres and high streets. Managing Director
Andrew Guyler incorporated Decx in 2011, and has overseen a
period of significant growth in the years since.
Our company ethos is to provide high-quality schemes incorporating decorations
which offer longevity – our designs are flexible enough to be adapted year on year
and therefore offer variety for our clients and their customers.
From its inception the company offered Christmas decoration schemes, later
expanding to celebrate other festivals, such as Diwali. Within the last few years, as
footfall on high streets continues to be impacted by the online retail market place,
we have seen the introduction of differing decorative schemes throughout the rest
of the year, including some to celebrate commemorative anniversaries such as the
centenary of the end of the First World War.
It may seem like a strange business plan for Decx to be so closely tied to the
physical retail sector, especially when it is undergoing such change, but we are
offering an experience that cannot be obtained online. As long as there are
FACTS ABOUT
DECX
»Managing Director:
AndrewGuyler
»Founded in 2011
»Located in Alfreton,
Derbyshire
»Services: Corporate and
commercial seasonal
decorations
»No. of employees: 6
Decx
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physical facilities providing not only
shopping, but also entertainment
and leisure, then services which
maintain and increase footfall will
provide an essential aspect of the
physicaleconomy.
We offer differing contract levels
including design production and
installation schemes, corporate
schemes to reflect brand identity,
supply only packages and a variety
of storage, maintenance and
refurbishment options, including, if
required, of a client’s pre-existing
decorations. We cater for all budgets
and all options are offered as part
of an exceptional service from our
dedicated team.
Our schemes are not only installed far
and wide across the UK: we have also
dipped our toes into the international
market where our decorations are
lighting up venues across Europe. This,
to date, has been wholly into the EU,
and even before Brexit, has provided
its own particular challenges.
Christmas only comes once a
year
The Christmas market is not only a
Christmas occupation. The next season’s
scheme designs and changes begin during
the Christmas season when the current
year’s decorations are in place. This is
when we take stock and consider the
changes or additions for the coming year.
The tender process for new contracts takes
up the first few months of each new year.
The pre-install period starts in September
for existing contracts, with site surveys
being conducted for new contracts and
the testing and installation of existing and
new fixing points undertaken as required.
Final decisions on schemes both new and
existing are often being made well into
the September period and sometimes
later. Supply chains and logistics for both
production and installation are heavily
challenged by these timescales to a finite
window; after all, Christmas comes but
once a year. This is swiftly followed by
the even narrower takedown window,
another logistical challenge in itself.
We work for public and
private sector clients
across the country
We cater for all
budgets and all
options are
offered as part
of an
exceptional
service from
our dedicated
team
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physical facilities providing not only
shopping, but also entertainment
and leisure, then services which
maintain and increase footfall will
provide an essential aspect of the
physicaleconomy.
We offer differing contract levels
including design production and
installation schemes, corporate
schemes to reflect brand identity,
supply only packages and a variety
of storage, maintenance and
refurbishment options, including, if
required, of a client’s pre-existing
decorations. We cater for all budgets
and all options are offered as part
of an exceptional service from our
dedicated team.
Our schemes are not only installed far
and wide across the UK: we have also
dipped our toes into the international
market where our decorations are
lighting up venues across Europe. This,
to date, has been wholly into the EU,
and even before Brexit, has provided
its own particular challenges.
Christmas only comes once a
year
The Christmas market is not only a
Christmas occupation. The next season’s
scheme designs and changes begin during
the Christmas season when the current
year’s decorations are in place. This is
when we take stock and consider the
changes or additions for the coming year.
The tender process for new contracts takes
up the first few months of each new year.
The pre-install period starts in September
for existing contracts, with site surveys
being conducted for new contracts and
the testing and installation of existing and
new fixing points undertaken as required.
Final decisions on schemes both new and
existing are often being made well into
the September period and sometimes
later. Supply chains and logistics for both
production and installation are heavily
challenged by these timescales to a finite
window; after all, Christmas comes but
once a year. This is swiftly followed by
the even narrower takedown window,
another logistical challenge in itself.
We work for public and
private sector clients
across the country
We cater for all
budgets and all
options are
offered as part
of an
exceptional
service from
our dedicated
team
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BUSINESS SERVICES
Christmas spirit
In today’s society, with many families
struggling with issues such as rising
costs and childcare difficulties, we
pride ourselves on offering what
support we can to our employees.
With the introduction of the type of
support and development processes
that are not common in a small
company, such as annual appraisals
and objective reviews, coupled with
our management philosophy, we are
keen to show flexibility and empathy
wherever possible within our working
environment. We know that when we
hit the pre-Christmas rush, requiring all
hands to the pump then we will need
all the goodwill we can get.
We want our workforce to enjoy and
benefit from their journey with us,
and sincerely believe that investment
in appropriate training is the best way
to get the best out of our employees,
both for them and for Decx.
Christmas future
Environmental issues are a challenge;
not only are many of our suppliers
based in the Far East, but much
of what they supply is plastic and
designed to be disposable. We are
conscious of our responsibility to the
environment and are committed to
ensuring as much of the material as
possible that passes through our hands
is both sustainable and recyclable,
although this has a cost.
During the time Decx has been in
the business, the lighting within
our schemes has moved from
predominantly filament bulb
to completely LED technology.
Encouragingly, this has been done
despite higher unit costs in order to
increase efficiency by reducing cost
of ownership through a reduction
in power usage and an increase in
reliability, which in turn contributes to
environmental wellbeing.
Decx actively tries to support local
businesses by sourcing materials or
goods locally wherever possible. We
believe that not only does this action
help to support local tradespeople,
craftsmen and fabricators, who produce
bespoke decoration frameworks on our
behalf, but it also aids our desire to do
whatever we are able, no matter how
small, to offset the recognised impact
to the environment by our need to
source the majority of our off-the-shelf
items and goods, for even our most
bespoke schemes, from either the EU
orChina.
There are some obvious concerns
relating to the present political
situation in relation to this supply
chain: Europe following Brexit with or
without a deal, and any future trade
deals or restrictions with China.
It has been the steepest of learning
curves: dealing with the cash flow
– even more of a challenge for still
a predominantly seasonal business,
managing the complexities of import
and export, planning staff and
premises for more than a six month
horizon, etc. We have had our
issues, but just the normal day-to-day
challenges of a small, ambitious and
growing business.
The Christmas
market is not
only a
Christmas
occupation
Displays for all seasons

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This article was sponsored by Decx. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss.

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss

Even by the standards of the day –this has been one of the most exciting and unpredictable years in British politics.

The leadership election we’ve just seen marks a huge moment in our country’s history. This government is taking a decisive new direction, embracing the opportunities of Brexit and preparing our country to flourish outside the EU.

As international trade secretary, I’ll be driving forward work on the free trade agreements that are going to be a priority for the government. Free trade isn’t just an abstract concept bandied around by technocrats. It is crucial for a strong economy and for the ability of families to make ends meet. Free trade benefits people in every part of our country, as British firms export to new markets and people doing the weekly shop have access to a wider choice of goods at lower prices.

The essence of free trade is in the title: freedom. It’s about giving people the power to exchange their goods without heavy government taxation or interference. Commerce and free exchange are the engine room of prosperity and social mobility. I’m determined to tackle the forces who want to hold that back.

One of my priorities is agreeing an exciting new free trade deal with the US, building on the great relationship between our two countries and the Prime Minister and US President. But I’ll also be talking to other partners including New Zealand, Australia and fast-growing Asian markets.

And with the EU too, we want a friendly and constructive relationship, as constitutional equals, and as friends and partners in facing the challenges that lie ahead – a relationship based on a deep free trade agreement. Our country produces some of the world’s most successful exports, and the opportunity to bring these to the rest of the world should make us all excited about the future. It is this excitement, optimism and ambition which I believe will come to define this government.

For too long now, we have been told Britain isn’t big or important enough to survive outside the EU – that we have to accept a deal that reflects our reduced circumstances. I say that’s rubbish. With the right policies in place, we can be the most competitive, free-thinking, prosperous nation on Earth exporting to the world and leading in new developments like AI. To do that, we’ll give the brilliant next generation of entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed. Since 2015, there has been a staggering 85 per cent rise in the number of businesses set up by 18 to 24 year olds – twice the level set up by the same age group in France and Germany. We’ll help them flourish by championing enterprise, cutting taxes and making regulation flexible and responsive to their needs.

As we do that, we’ll level up and unite all parts of the UK with great transport links, fibre broadband in every home and proper school funding, so everyone shares in our country’s success.

2019 has been the year of brewing economic and political revolution. 2020 will be the year when a revitalised Conservative government turbo charges the economy, boosts prospects for people across the country, and catapults Britain back to the forefront of the world stage.



Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss
Secretary of State for International Development