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A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by SNC Installations'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 SNC Installations 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

Managing Director Stuart Conduct
Excellence through
our unique customer
commitment and flexible
pro-active service culture
Since 1999, Southampton-based SNC Installations have been
supplying and installing racking systems, shop equipment,
pallet racking from stock, cantilever racking and anti-collapse
meshes – that is, storage solutions for every kind of business.
Although they started off in the DIY trade, they continued
to work to their strengths in other areas until they settled on
storage. The result of this effort is a specialist company that can
provide a large range of storage solutions up and down the
country, quickly and safely. Managing Director Stuart Conduct
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more about the company’s
distinctive features, as well as some of its present challenges.
Storage solutions for all
We started off performing installations for the DIY trade, but also worked
with builders’ merchants, building material suppliers and retail, whose storage
equipment we helped set up. We therefore moved almost exclusively into the
supply and installation of storage equipment all over the country. While doing this,
we gradually got larger and larger. Today, for example, we offer the following
storage solutions:
»Managing Director:
»Founded in 1999
»Located in Southampton
»Services: Storage solutions
»No. of employees: 10
»They perform their services
SNC Installations
»Cantilever racking
»Vertical A-frames
»Canopies and curtains
»Pallet racking
»Pigeon-hole racking
»Modular shelving systems
»Integrated storage
Highlighting best practice
The cantilever racking in this list is
manufactured to the Storage Equipment
Manufacturers Association Code of
Practice, using BS 5950 (a steelwork
standard), and all our materials are
sourced from suppliers who offer
certification for the raw materials they
supply. Every batch of steel arriving at
the factory for uprights (pre-galvanised)
and beams (standard steel) is
certificated, unlike other manufacturers,
who certificate a supplier and a
random steel batch per year.
In providing all of these solutions, we
have dedicated ourselves to excellent
service and quick delivery through
our unique customer commitment
and flexible, proactive service culture.
We are a principal contractor for full
racking installations and maintenance
contracts, working closely with storage
equipment safety services, who carry
out the racking inspections for many of
the large national builders’ merchants.
The following is a list of yet more of
our solutions:
»Small parts storage
»Anti-collapse mesh
»Pallet gates
»Trollies and steps
»Pre-loved racking
Health and safety as a core
One of the areas in which we, as a
company, are most distinctive is health
and safety. We pay special attention to
ensuring we remain up to date in every
respect. It’s for this reason that we
are a member of the Safe Contractor
scheme and are following the SEMA
Code of Practice.
As part of this effort, we offer
and supply managers with Site
Management Safety Training Scheme
certification, as well as Storage
Equipment Installers Registration
Scheme qualifications. On top of all
this, our staff participate in ongoing
health and safety programmes,
which cover topics such as asbestos
awareness, manual handling, abrasive
wheels and first aid. In addition to
having met the criteria of the Health
and Safety Appraisal for Contractors,
we all hold Construction Skills
Certification Scheme cards.
Working through challenges
These are the solid foundations of our
success, but that is not to say we are
without our challenges. At the time of
writing this, we are confronted with
a number of challenges. For example,
when the prospect of Brexit became a
reality, a panic was caused among our
suppliers who source from overseas.
Immediately subsequent to the Brexit
vote in 2016, some of them raised
their costs. However, this did not occur
across the board, and we are uncertain
whether the overseas manufacturer
had changed its pricing or the UK
supplier had taken the opportunity to
increase its costs. Nevertheless, prices
Vertical racking is a
safe, efficient, easy-to-
use and cost-effective
system designed to store
long products vertically
One of the
areas in which
we as a
company are
distinctive is
health and
in general have risen in anticipation
of a worst-case scenario. Uncertainty
is the main culprit here, and because
much of our supply line has routes
in Europe, we have to be especially
vigilant of what happens in this area
More broadly speaking, the retail and
building industries – which we play
a role in – are particularly susceptible
to changes in spending. When these
sectors suffer, we feel the effects too.
Fortunately, this panic didn’t turn out
to be as destructive to our business
as we first thought it might be. For
instance, turnover in 2018 turned out
to be roughly the same as it was in
2017, which was itself a good year in
terms of revenue.
Labour supply is another issue to
contend with. It’s always difficult to
find good and sufficiently qualified
installers. With regard to this
issue, though, we have also been
extraordinarily lucky. Our staff are
fantastic, and the retention rate is
similarly good. In fact, this is one of the
aspects of the business that I’m most
proud of. We’ve played a role, even
if only a small one, in keeping local
people busy, employed and active.
What the future has in store
We’re optimistic for this up and
coming year. Even though we’re
unlikely to see a massive increase
in work until the Brexit-related
uncertainty is over, we are confident
that we will get through this episode
virtually unscathed. Many companies
we have ties with have been impacted
during this period, so we might
have to diversify a little. We’ve been
operating for two decades and have
seen all manner of events, so I’m not
at all afraid. It simply means we’ll have
to be a little more adaptable to ensure
we get things right.
And busy we are: we have significantly
boosted our online presence recently,
by creating a completely new website
and increasing the company’s social
media activity. Making a mark on
Facebook and LinkedIn has been a
great success, and the new website
has won us a considerable amount
of new work – something both we
and the wider community can be
thankful for. This proactive approach
and solid foundation of excellence and
quality is why I look to the future with
We have
ourselves to
excellent service
and quick
delivery through
our unique
SNC supplies, installs
and maintains a versatile
range for the wholesale
and retail industry

This article was sponsored by SNC Installations. 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 Michael Gove.

Rt Hon Michael Gove's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Michael Gove

This year's Parliamentary Review comes at a momentous time for parliament, as we collectively determine the destiny of the United Kingdom. 

On October 31, the UK will leave the European Union. The successful implementation of this process is this government's number-one priority.

Three years after a historic referendum vote, we will deliver on the decisive mandate from the British people. Trust in our democracy depends on it. Until that final hour, we will work determinedly and diligently to negotiate a deal, one that abolishes the backstop and upholds the warm and close relationship we share with our friends, allies and neighbours in the EU. But in the event that the EU refuses to meet us at the table, we must be prepared to leave without a deal.

As the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, it is my job to lead on this government's approach, should that scenario happen. Preparing for Brexit is my department's driving mission. But while I am leading this turbocharged effort, the whole of government is committed to this endeavour.

Ministers across Whitehall are working together to ensure that every possibility is considered, every plan is scrutinised and every provision is made. A daily drumbeat of meetings means that we are holding departments accountable, so that preparations are completed on time.

The chancellor has confirmed that all necessary funding will be made available. And we have mobilised thecivil service, assigning 15,000 of our most talented civil servants to manage our exit from the EU.

We will make sure that on November 1, there is as little disruption to national life as possible. Our trade relationships will continue to thrive, thanks to agreements with countries around the world worth £70 billion. Our country will remain secure, thanks to nearly 1,000 new officers posted at our borders. And the 3.2 million EU nationals now living and working among us can remain confident, with absolute certainty, of their right to remain in the UK.

Above all, our goal is to be transparent. Soon, we will launch a public information campaign so that citizens, communities and businesses are ready and reassured about what will happen in the event of “no deal”.

In my first few weeks in this role, I have travelled to ports and tarmacs, borders and bridges, all across the UK –from the seaside of Dover to the rolling green hills of County Armagh. I have heard from business owners and border officials, farmers and hauliers. They are ready to put an end to uncertainty. And they are ready to embrace the opportunities ahead.

Our departure from the EU will be a once in a lifetime chance to chart a new course for the United Kingdom. Preparing for that new course will be a herculean effort. But this country has made astounding efforts before. We can do it again.
Rt Hon Michael Gove
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster