Holliday Fielding Hocking

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Holliday Fielding Hocking'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 Holliday Fielding Hocking 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


Michael Holliday, managing
Founded in the 1940s, Holliday Fielding Hocking is a West
Yorkshire-based provider of an extensive range of laboratory
fume cupboards, extraction equipment and laboratory
furniture. Their equipment and the complementary services
provided by their sister company, Holliday Technical Services, are
widely used by many forms of business within the UK, including
those within education, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, research,
chemical, food science and general industry, where varying
degrees of local exhaust ventilation equipment (LEV) are required.
What are fume cupboards?
Fume cupboards, also known as laboratory chemical hoods, fume hoods, fume
cabinets or film filtration cabinets, are pieces of scientific equipment, commonly used
within biological, chemical and medical laboratories, that serve to control exposure
to toxic, offensive or flammable vapours, gases and aerosols. Fume cupboards
were invented over 100 years ago and, over the years, there have been many
refinements to the original Victorian design – but, despite refinements, the basic
concept remains the same today. A fume cupboard in its simplest form is a cabinet
with a moveable front sash made of safety glass. Fume cupboards were originally
made from wood, but the most common material used today is epoxy-coated steel.
How do fume cupboards work?
Although there are many forms of fume cupboard, the basic principle is that a
fume cupboard confines then expels hazardous airborne material. This is achieved
by diluting the material with a large volume of air that is drawn into or passes
»Managing director: Michael
»Established in 1945
»Based in Leeds
»Services: Installation, servicing
and maintenance of laboratory
fume cupboards, extraction
equipment and laboratory
»No. of employees: 10
»Over 1,100 customers in the UK
Holliday Fielding
Highlighting best practice
through the fume cupboard. This
diluted air is then exhausted and/or
filtered and then expelled through
vents in the unit or expelled outside
the building, usually via vents on the
roof. Proper use of the fume cupboard
sash can also serve to shield workers
from uncontrolled reactions.
Fume cupboards and the law
The Control of Substances Hazardous
to Health (COSHH) Regulations of
2002 require that fume cupboards
are examined and tested at least
every 14 months to ensure they’re
in good working order. Records of
these inspections must be retained
for a minimum of five years. It is our
aim to champion the correct schedule
of servicing for equipment and, in
practice, we advise all businesses to
consider scheduling a yearly service,
particularly in the case of older models,
which may not have the automated
features for detection of low airflow
or other problems found in the latest
products available from Hollidays today.
Fume cupboards in education
and the national curriculum
We have a wealth of experience in
working within the education sector,
locally, regionally and nationally.
Safety in education is paramount
and one of the key elements to
make sure fume cupboards are used
safely in our schools, colleges and
universities is to ensure that there are
sufficient numbers of cupboards for
schools, teachers and students. Fume
cupboards are expensive, and it can
be very tempting to try keeping their
availability to a minimum. This can
lead to an increase in open laboratory
experiments which could prove
detrimental to the health and safety
of teachers and students. Hollidays,
in an effort to reduce this burden,
offers a range of used and refurbished
products all backed by a full guarantee,
installation, commissioning and
scheduled servicing, allowing schools
to increase numbers of cabinets to a
correct ratio of cabinets to laboratories.
As managing director, I have always
focused on a single geographic region,
the UK, to enable us to invest in our
team and provide exemplary levels of
service that have helped the company
achieve many awards.
We have built long-term relationships
with third-party manufacturers to
expand our product range. Additionally,
we’ve developed the concept of the
“fume cupboard hospital”, a service
which allows the removal of equipment
from site, and servicing it in our factory
based in Leeds, returning only once the
equipment is fully operational and safe
to use.
Fume cupboard engineering skills are
increasingly hard to come by in the
UK. Staff with relevant experience are
even more difficult to find. To continue
having a strong UK presence, we must
recruit service technicians who have a
willingness to adapt. We have chosen
therefore to recruit with general skills
and train from within, with tutelage
from a seasoned engineer and an
instilled quality-focused culture.
Over the years we have faced and
overcome many challenges, the largest
Testing controls
Fan returned for
serve to control
exposure to
toxic, offensive
or flammable
vapour, gases
and aerosols
in our modern history being the 2015
Leeds floods. This left our factory
under several feet of floodwater.
As one of the 672 businesses in the
city that felt the full force of the
deluge, prospects seemed bleak. It
nevertheless proved to be one of my
proudest memories: a community
that came together to overcome the
disaster that struck, and in the case of
my own business, friends, family and
acquaintances all rolled up their sleeves
and pitched in with the almighty
clean-up effort. It’s something no one
in the city at that time will ever forget.
Just 14 days later, we were back fully
operational in temporary premises with
an ever watchful eye on the river just
eight feetfrom us.
As a family-based business we strive to
keep our overheads under tight control,
as we know businesses need to work
with competitive companies. The rising
costs of materials, parts and labour
sometimes makes this a very difficult
juggling act especially for smaller UK
businesses. We pride ourselves on
offering generous invoice terms, and
we hope in return customers will value
the work we do and pay swiftly; after
all cashflow is king when negotiating
great rates with our suppliers and great
supplier rates equal savings that we can
then pass onto our valued customers.
The future
We will continue to grow, organically
providing an outlet for the servicing,
preventative maintenance, supply and
installation of LEVs.
Our commercial focus is on new
product sales and the refurbishment of
products to allow smaller businesses to
reach their full potential, without the
cost implications of purchasing high-
value assets.
We are passionate about cutting
down on material waste and
reducing commercial waste costs.
Around20percent of our revenue
currently is from pre-emptive
maintenance, whose services we
plan to extend by development of
a centralised customer relationship
management solution, allowing us to
take a lead on making sure that our
clients stay fully compliant.
Overall, we are very confident
about our future. As a smaller
organisation, we pride ourselves on
our industry knowledge. As long as
there is a need for LEV equipment,
there will be a need for Hollidays.
With five generations of our family
being involved in the business, we’ll
continue to push the boundaries on
client service and support. Through
continued development of best
practices, we look forward to servicing
needs for another five generations.
The 2015
Leeds floods,
left our factory
under several
feet of
Recent awards
Plastic welding


This article was sponsored by Holliday Fielding Hocking. 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 Kwasi Kwarteng.

Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng

This year’s Parliamentary Review reflects on a tumultuous and extraordinary year, globally and nationally. As well as being an MP, I am a keen student of history, and I am conscious that 2020 would mark the end of an era. It will be remembered as the year in which we concluded Brexit negotiations and finally left the European Union. Above all, it will be remembered as the year of Covid-19.

In our fight against the pandemic, I am delighted that our vaccination programme is beginning to turn the tide – and I pay tribute to the British businesses, scientists and all those who have helped us to achieve this. But the virus has dealt enormous damage, and we now have a duty to rebuild our economy.

We must ensure that businesses are protected. We have made more than £350 billion available to that end, with grants, business rates relief and our furlough scheme supporting more than 11 million people and jobs in every corner of the country, maintaining livelihoods while easing the pressure on employers. The next step is to work with business to build back better and greener, putting the net zero carbon challenge at the heart of our recovery. This is a complex undertaking, but one which I hope will be recognised as a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Through the prime minister’s ten point plan for a green industrial revolution, we can level up every region of the UK, supporting 250,000 green jobs while we accelerate our progress towards net zero carbon emissions.

With our commitment to raise R&D spending to 2.4% of GDP and the creation of the Advanced Research & Invention Agency, we are empowering our fantastic researchers to take on groundbreaking research, delivering funding with flexibility and speed. With this approach, innovators will be able to work with our traditional industrial heartlands to explore new technologies, and design and manufacture the products on which the future will be built – ready for export around the globe.

And I believe trade will flourish. We are a leading nation in the fight against climate change. As the host of COP26 this year, we have an incredible opportunity to market our low-carbon products and expertise. Our departure from the EU gives us the chance to be a champion of truly global free trade; we have already signed trade deals with more than 60 countries around the world.

As we turn the page and leave 2020 behind, I am excited about the new chapter which Britain is now writing for itself, and for the opportunities which lie ahead of us.
Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy