Pattrick Brothers Communications

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Pattrick Brothers Communications'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 Pattrick Brothers Communications 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

Arthur Pattrick, founder
Surge protected electrical socket
with power overload warning
Pattrick Brothers Communications, founded by Arthur
Pattrick, is based in Ilford, east London, where all design,
marketing and accounting activities occur; warehousing
and manufacturing are outsourced to companies based
anywhere from London to north Wales. Operating nationwide,
Pattrick Brothers Communications specialises in developing
accessories and devices for the telecommunication, computer
and audio-visual consumer electronics markets, while ensuring
compliance with and taking advantage of new regulatory
standards and directives. Pattrick Brothers products, as Arthur
explains, are innovative and often groundbreaking within their
field, reasonably priced, environmentally friendly and available
across the country, both on the high street and online.
Keeping track of regulations
Buyers in our industry welcome news that keeps them informed of updates and
developments. We consequently work with specialist consultants and engineers to
stay abreast of information relating to regulatory issues as well as advising on any
grievances with preproduction prototypes. Some of our advisers sit on various EU
standards committees and/or attend various international conferences pertaining to
our industry – this proves invaluable when gaining expert insight into what can be,
at times, a complex field.
»Director: Arthur Pattrick
»Established in 1987
»Based in east London, with
offices in Ilford and Barking
»Services: Design, development
and marketing of consumer
»Customers include CPC-
Farnell, Richer Sounds and
»Recipients of several What
Hi-Fi? magazine five-star
ratings and “product of the
year” awards
»Subsidiary of PBC Holdings Ltd
»Owner of TACIMA and
KAUDEN brand names
Pattrick Brothers
Highlighting best practice
Losing sight of regulatory progression
can mean a warehouse full of useless
inventory. It seems to us that many
electronic gadgets and devices sold
today fall short in regard to industry
compliance, with scant respect or
understanding of what is really
required to apply CE marking to a
product. The CE mark is affixed to
products to ensure compliance with
EU safety standards. It can take a long
time to catch up if you fall behind the
regulatory standards – there are a lot
of product recalls out there waiting
As far as product development with
our overseas suppliers is concerned,
especially in east Asia, making sure the
correct documentation is in order is
of paramount importance. We review
all documentation with a fine-tooth
comb, for it is in this area that serious
errors can come to light, including
doctored certification or test reports;
wrong UK or European technical
standards applied; misunderstanding
of technical issues within standards;
fake documents/certificates; and
an insufficient or absent materials
flammability rating.
Product portfolio
Our product portfolio is split between
our TACIMA and KAUDEN branding.
Products bearing the TACIMA brand
are developed jointly with local
electro-technical specialists Roshe
Power, whom we collaborate with on
occasion. An example of a recent joint
venture was a mains power upgrade
which improved the sound and
vision quality of television and audio-
visual equipment by cleaning up and
conditioning any interference in the
mains supply. What Hi-Fi? magazine
gave the product a five-star rating and
bestowed on it the “best accessory
of the year” award, which gave our
product instant credibility and a five-
fold increase in sales.
A favourable review was key to the
success of this product and recalling
the magazine’s review mantra –
“pound for sound” – at the product’s
design stage meant that the required
retail price point was met. A five-
star review has been awarded for
all versions launched so far, and has
also sold successfully in Singapore,
Indonesia and Brunei.
A catalogue of innovation
Three projects we are currently
involved with are the production
of adaptors to prevent broadband
interference, faceplates for wall sockets
with built-in fire prevention technology
and surge protected wall sockets.
Having trouble with one’s broadband
is a miserable experience. Much of the
population is still partially served by
networks of copper wire, which can be
subject to radio frequency interference
– known as REIN noise – and cause
internet signal to cut out. We have
developed a small adaptor that very
easily plugs into the router, not only
assisting in stopping these radio
interference glitches but improving
the broadband speed – the benefit of
Brush faceplate with
anti-fire noise reduction
and heat retention
It seems to us
that many
gadgets and
devices sold
today fall
short in regard
to industry
this product, and at a price under ten
pounds, is self-evident. Another model
will incorporate surge protection,
for many homes have no protection
against ripples from lightning strikes
which can wipe out a router and leave
houses with no service fordays.
When a television is mounted on
the wall there is usually an unsightly
wire dangling. A variety of products
abound that aim to hide these cables.
This frequently entails making two
three-inch square holes in the physical
wall and running the wires behind
it, in and out of special bristle-clad
entry and exit cover plates. The
problem with such a process is that
the fire safety of the wall could be
compromised in contravention of
the building and electrical safety
regulations. Our solution was to
design a new faceplate with a specially
developed embedded sponge that
expands in the event of a fire, blocking
any hole and preventing flames from
spreading room to room. The novel
dual layered sponge membrane
ensures that ingress of noise and
heat loss is also kept to a minimum,
preserving the fire, acoustic and
thermal integrity of the partition.
Electrical surges and spikes on the
mains supply are not uncommon, and
one usually buys a simple extension
lead with surge protection to save
your 42” TV or Bang & Olufsen
speaker from taking a nasty hit. Recent
legislation, however, now prevents
these extension leads from offering
100 per cent protection as a result of
discovered safety issues on the earth
side. Our idea has been to incorporate
the surge protection function within
a normal twin-switched socket to
overcome these issues, all the while
protecting every socket on that wiring
circuit. Lookingahead, and with fire
safety in mind, we will also incorporate
a power warning LED and buzzer,
which will indicate if the socket is
nearing its maximum load of 13 amps.
Going green, going forwards
We have also made steps against
plastic packaging, which has become
a huge environmental issue in
recent years. We are ahead of the
game, eliminating single-use plastics
from our range in the lead-up to
2019 when some customers will no
longerallow products to come in
plastic packaging. I had my epiphany
following a visit to a local noodle
takeaway restaurant – I had ended
up with enough plastic containers
to open a specialist plastics store on
eBay. After a rethink and reimagining
of our product offering, many of
our products are now packed loose
with a simple paper barcode tag,
thus eliminating the polythene bag.
In keeping with public and corporate
expectations, the single-use issue and
more eco-friendly packing in general
is being constantly evaluated as we go
forwards into a greener future.
We are ahead
of the game,
plastics from
our range in
the lead-up to
Broadband conditioner

This article was sponsored by Pattrick Brothers Communications. 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