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 Fume cupboards were originally
made from wood, but the most common material used today is epoxy-coated steel.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
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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 The Rt Hon Theresa May MP.

The Rt Hon Theresa May MP's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By The Rt Hon Theresa May MP

This foreword from the then Prime Minister appeared in the 2018/19 Parliamentary Review.

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review. For Her Majesty’s Government, our task in the year ahead is clear: to achieve the best Brexit deal for Britain and to carry on our work to build a more prosperous and united country – one that truly works for everyone. 

The right Brexit deal will not be sufficient on its own to secure a more prosperous future for Britain. We also need to ensure that our economy is ready for what tomorrow will bring. Our Modern Industrial Strategy is our plan to do that. It means Government stepping up to secure the foundations of our productivity: providing an education system that delivers the skills our economy needs, improving school standards and transforming technical education; delivering infrastructure for growth; ensuring people have the homes they need in the places they want to live. It is all about taking action for the long-term that will pay dividends in the future.

But it also goes beyond that. Government, the private sector and academia working together as strategic partners achieve far more than we could separately. That is why we have set an ambitious goal of lifting UK public and private research and development investment to 2.4 per cent of GDP by 2027. It is why we are developing four Grand Challenges, the big drivers of social and economic change in the world today: harnessing artificial intelligence and the data revolution; leading in changes to the future of mobility; meeting the challenges of our ageing society; and driving ahead the revolution in clean growth. By focusing our efforts on making the most of these areas of enormous potential, we can develop new exports, grow new industries and create more good jobs in every part of our country.

Years of hard work and sacrifice from the British people have got our deficit down by over three quarters. We are building on this success by taking a balanced approach to public spending. We are continuing to deal with our debts, so that our economy can remain strong and we can protect people’s jobs, and at the same time we are investing in vital public services, like our NHS. We have set out plans to increase NHS funding annually by an average by 3.4 percent in real terms: that is £394 million a week more. In return, the NHS will produce a ten-year plan, led by doctors and nurses, to eliminate waste and improve patient care.

I believe that Britain can look to the future with confidence. We are leaving the EU and setting a new course for prosperity as a global trading nation. We have a Modern Industrial Strategy that is strengthening the foundations of our economy and helping us to seize the opportunities of the future. We are investing in the public services we all rely on and helping them to grow and improve. Building on our country’s great strengths – our world-class universities and researchers, our excellent services sector, our cutting edge manufacturers, our vibrant creative industries, our dedicated public servants – we can look towards a new decade that is ripe with possibility. The government I lead is doing all it can to make that brighter future a reality for everyone in our country. 

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review 
The Rt Hon Theresa May MP
Prime Minister