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Plymouth Argyle FC Sponsorship Announcement

Retain Limited is delighted to announce that we have become a principal partner of Plymouth Argyle Football Club for the forthcoming 2023/24 season.

A new addition to the Argyle partnership portfolio, Retain Limited will see their logo adorn the back of the men’s first team’s playing shorts in a three-year agreement.

Retain is a well-established, three-in-one contractor for industrial and commercial roofing, scaffolding installation and maintenance, and commercial solar PV design and installation. Additionally, each one of the three services Retain provide has its own individual expert team with extensive experience and industry qualifications in their chosen field.

What they said

Argyle’s Head of Commercial, James Greenacre, said: “We are delighted to welcome Retain Limited to our group of partners for the 2023/24 season and beyond. Retain is a great fit for Argyle; they are well-established here in Plymouth and share our visions and values. 

“We look forward to collaborating with them in the years ahead. The three-year term shows a firm level of commitment from both parties.

“There has never been a more exciting time to be involved with Argyle. In short, we can’t wait to work with Retain and develop this partnership over the coming seasons.”

Retain Limited, based at Forresters Business Park in Estover, Plymouth, is a brand with a growing reputation. Many of their employees, including company Founder and Director Jamie Gibbs, have previously served in the Royal Marines. The contractor endeavours to provide employment opportunities to help other Royal Marines re-adjust to the lifestyle of a UK civilian. They are also proud to work closely with the Royal Marines Charity (RMA).

Jamie Gibbs commented on the agreement: “We are incredibly excited to begin this new partnership with Plymouth Argyle Football Club.

“My Retain team and I recognise the hard work and success that has gone into the club over recent years. Consequently, this has been evident both on and off the pitch and within our local community.

“The club is enjoying an incredible season, and there is a tremendous buzz around the city. The atmosphere at Home Park is always electric, specifically thanks to the passionate Green Army.

“We are therefore hugely proud and thrilled to be a part of Plymouth Argyle over the next three years.”

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Health, Safety and Environment in Roofing Awards 2022

    The 2022 National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) Health, Safety and Environment Awards judging is now complete, and we’re delighted to announce that we have struck gold – again!

    This is the seventh consecutive year that we have won the Gold Award from the NFRC’s annual health and safety awards which reaffirms our ongoing commitment to delivering first-class health and safety policies throughout the Retain Limited group of companies.

    The NFRC received a total of 116 entries for this year’s awards. Participating companies achieved either a gold or silver award, which indicates the quality of the submissions they received.

    NFRC members receiving awards are recognised as leaders in health, safety and environment management, demonstrating their commitment to ensuring the highest possible health and safety standards for their workers.

    In addition, the NFRC state that some of their members went above and beyond with a detailed explanation of not only how they manage health and safety risks but also how they engage their workers in that process to drive culture change in the management of workplace risks.

    We are also delighted to confirm that Retain Roofing was highlighted as one of the companies that went above and beyond the high standard that already exists throughout the submissions.

    Jamie Gibbs, Founder and Director of Retain Limited, commented: “To win the Gold Award again is a massive testament to the team, both on and off the building site, and fully demonstrates the importance of health and safety in the make-up of our companies.

    “Despite our year-on-year success in these awards that the NFRC brilliantly puts together, we are not guaranteed any kind of accolade.

    “I would therefore like to thank our Health and Safety Coordinator and the on-site teams who have worked hard and shown fantastic dedication to achieve this award.”

    To learn more about our award-winning health and safety policies and three-in-one contractor services of industrial and commercial roofing, scaffolding, and commercial solar PV, please get in touch with us at 0800 027 2244 or email us here.

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    Why Health and Safety in Construction Matters

    Being competent in health and safety practices is a massive priority in most sectors, but workplace safety can be a matter of life and death in the construction industry. 

    Prioritising health and safety matters in construction are crucial to ensure the well-being of workers, reduce accidents and injuries, and minimise the hazards associated with high-risk construction projects.

    Here are some ways to prioritise health and safety in construction:

      • Develop a positive health and safety culture: Construction companies must prioritise safety as a core value and develop a safety culture that emphasises the importance of safety for all workers.

      • Conduct regular safety training: Safety training should be conducted regularly to educate workers about the hazards of construction work and how to avoid them. This can include training on the proper use of equipment, fall protection, hazard communication, and other safety areas.

      • Use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE): Employers should provide and require appropriate PPE, such as hard hats, safety glasses, gloves, and steel-toed boots.

      • Conduct regular safety inspections: These on-site inspections should identify any hazards and risks before accidents occur.

      • Implement safety protocols: Construction companies should implement safety protocols for specific tasks, such as excavation or working at heights, to protect all workers from hazards.

      • Collaborate with workers: Employers should work closely with workers to identify and mitigate hazards, as workers are often the most familiar with their tasks and the daily risks they face.

      • Ensure compliance with regulations: Employers should comply with all applicable safety regulations and standards, including OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) regulations.

    Overall, prioritising health and safety in construction requires employers, workers, and stakeholders to create a safe and healthy work environment to reduce and eliminate any on-site risks.

    Protecting your workforce reduces absences and helps make your workplace more efficient and productive. Research has proven that workers are more productive in workplaces that are committed to proactive health and safety practices. Also, reducing downtime caused by accidents or illness means a less disrupted workplace which can save your business money.

    Our Commitment to Health and Safety

    Our industry-leading on-site safety performance results from a continuous drive to reduce risk through our uncompromising approach to health and safety, which goes above and beyond standard industry requirements. 

    Our key industry relationships reflect our collaborative efforts to ensure we deliver high-quality service and safety with all our projects monitored via our health and safety monthly audit. The audit identifies where additional support is needed, mirroring good practice and tracking trends throughout the business.

    Furthermore, we are active members of The Scaffold Association, accredited and Gold members of Constructionline with PAS 91 prequalified, and proud members of CHAS and SMAS Worksafe. We are also CITB registered, and our site operatives are 100% CISRS and CSCS card holders.

    Retain Limited is a year-on-year winner of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) Gold Award, which is part of its annual Health and Safety in Roofing Awards. We are also affiliated with and an approved member of various risk management and safety partnerships. 

    A proactive health and safety management approach has been adopted throughout the Retain Limited group with regular engagement and measurement, routine training and continuous professional development processes.

    To learn more about our high-performing health and safety programme and three-in-one contractor services of industrial and commercial roofing, scaffolding, and commercial solar PV, please get in touch with us at 0800 027 2244 or email us here.

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    Scaffolding Safety – Working at Height

    Working at height poses many risks, and it’s essential to take the necessary steps to remain safe at all times, including following government guidance in the form of WAHR (Working at Height Regulations) 2005. In this blog, you’ll read some of the ways that Retain Limited keep our employees safe when working at height.

    Retain Limited employs well-trained and competent individuals to carry out scaffolding jobs, and we also provide our employees with ongoing training to ensure that everyone has the knowledge to carry out their tasks professionally and safely. This is one of the first steps in creating a safe work environment when working at height, whether for roofing, scaffolding or installing commercial solar panels.

    It ensures that suitable safety precautions are taken, and the right equipment is used for the job. It is also important to check the suitability and condition of safety equipment before use, as some situations may not require such drastic safety measures.

    Preparation before carrying out work is essential and is carried out daily by our employees. Taking into account the expected weather conditions, the overall safety of the roof (if applicable), ensuring that falling materials are either mitigated completely or sufficient measures are taken to ensure no one will be injured, storing materials safely and having a set plan for any emergencies that may happen.

    Reporting any safety concerns before work is carried out is also essential, which is why we provide our employees with up-to-date training when necessary. It’s also just as crucial for our employees to be well-trained in using safety equipment correctly and safely at all times.

    Being accredited by SMAS (Safety Management Advisory Services) among many other organisations within our company means that we have a responsibility to be leaders in Health and Safety procedures within our industry. Our employees are also trained in CISRS (Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme) standards.

    These are just some of the ways we help to keep our employees and customers safe when carrying out tasks, from the start of the project to the very end. There are many other legislations that we work closely with, which form the backbone of our business.

    To learn more about our professional three-one-in services and the benefits of using a one-contractor approach for your project, please don’t hesitate to contact our team at 0800 027 2244 or email us here

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    How We Add Value as a Three-in-One Contractor

    Retain Limited is a well-established, award-winning three-in-one professional contractor. We offer exceptional services that integrate industrial and commercial roofing (Retain Roofing), scaffolding design and installation (Retain Access), and roof and ground-mounted solar PV design and installation (Retain Energy).

    We provide our clients with the opportunity to harness the benefits of using one contractor on multiple projects for industrial or commercial buildings. This approach creates a more structured, systematic process for effective project operations and outcomes and improved client-contractor relationships.

    There are many other advantages of using one contractor for a construction project; some of these include the following:

    • Cost savings: having one contractor responsible for all aspects of a project can lead to cost savings, as the contractor can better coordinate and optimise the use of resources
    • Simplified project management: with one contractor, there is only one point of contact for the project, making communication and decision-making more streamlined and efficient
    • Increased accountability: with a single contractor, there is increased accountability for the quality and timeliness of the work being performed
    • Improved coordination: one contractor can better coordinate the work of any subcontractors and suppliers, reducing the risk of conflict and delays
    • Site safety: one established set of standards and expectations for all health and safety requirements throughout the project
    • Reduced liability: by having one contractor responsible for the entire project, the risk of liability is reduced, as the contractor can better control and monitor any work performed by a subcontractor
    • Better quality control: a single contractor can maintain better control over the quality of the work, leading to a superior finish
    • Increased certainty: with one contractor, the scope of work, timeline, and budget are easier to predict and control. This leads to increased confidence for all stakeholders involved in the project

    To discover more about our professional three-one-in services and the benefits of using a one-contractor approach for your project, please don’t hesitate to contact our team at 0800 027 2244 or email us here. You can also fill out our contact form, and we’ll be in touch to learn more about your requirements.

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    Retain Roofing are now CHAS Certified

    From operating heavy-duty machinery to working at dangerous heights, the construction industry faces continuous high levels of risk each day. This means that commitment to excellent health and safety management and procedures is critical to ensure the well-being of workers and the community, as well as the sustainability of the organisation and its operations. Here at Retain Roofing, we pride ourselves on offering a premium service to all our clients with an elite approach to health and safety. As part of our ongoing commitment, we are pleased to announce that we have recently added CHAS Accredited to the list of health and safety certifications and awards that we are proud to have achieved since we first established in 2008…

    What does CHAS Accredited mean? 

    CHAS (The Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme) is a type of accreditation that verifies a company’s excellent standard of health and safety. As co-founder of SSIP (Safety Schemes in Procurement) and the Common Assessment Standard, CHAS is trusted by multiple industries, including the construction industry, to set comprehensive compliance benchmarks that make the world a safer place. Being CHAS accredited means Retain Roofing can demonstrate compliance and demonstrate our risk management policies to match an elite standard of assessment from industry-leading accreditation schemes. 

    What other Health & Safety Accreditations do we have? 

    NRFC Gold Award Winners 

    We are the proud winners of the National Federation of Roofing Contractor’s (NFRC) Gold Award for Health and Safety year after year. TheNRFC is the UK’s largest roofing trade association and ensures that all its members provide only the highest standards of safety and workmanship through a strict code of practice, vetting procedures and site inspections. 

    Gold Level-3 members of Constructionline

    Being Gold Level-3 members of Constructionline means we have proven to have defined health and safety measures including occupational health arrangements and procedures for staff health and well-being; measures to protect the public and restrict unauthorised access; and procedures to protect against the risk of fatigue. 

    Approved members of Alcumus

    Alcumus helps dedicated companies to manage and avoid risks that endanger workers, operations and the planet. Alcumus help us to anticipate and mitigate risks, achieve ethical best practices and grow sustainably with compliance and transparency. 

    Members of Avetta 

    Avetta is the world’s largest supply chain risk compliance network which helps us to create safe operating environments for site workers through industry-leading supplier evaluation and audits. 

    Safeguarding our trusted reputation…

    We have a proven track record of successfully delivering industrial and commercial roofing projects of all scales and sizes to a superior finish using only high-quality materials that are supplied by the nation’s leading manufacturers. Our extensive experience, as well as our array of qualifications and awards, mean we are trusted by a diversity of companies across the nation to install a range of different roofing solutions.

    If you are interested in learning more about our industrial and commercial roofing services, including asbestos removal, drone surveys and maintenance services, or would like to take advantage of our no 

    -obligation free quotation, please get in touch with a professional member of our team today who will be happy to answer any questions you have: 0800 027 2244

    Retain Roofing is part of the Retain Limited group of companies. As well as an industrial and commercial roofing service, Retain Limited also offer solar PV design and installation and scaffolding solutions. Please ask a member of our team if you are interested in any of our other services or submit an enquiry form on our website.

    “We are committed to continuing to raise the bar for health and safety practices to protect our site-workers, clients and the wider community.” 

    — Jamie Gibbs, founder and director of Retain Limited

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    Changes to UK PPE law: How will it affect you?

    On the 6th April 2022 there will be a new update for PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) regulations that will affect the way you distribute PPE to people who work for you

    At Retain Limited, we go above and beyond to ensure the safety of all people who work for us and with us.

    Previously, the PPE regulations only affected limb (a) workers. These are the people that are officially employed by you, an employee. They will have an employment contract with a specific number of hours to work, a regular salary or wage and will have holiday and sick leave allowance.

    The new PPE regulations now affect limb (b) workers. These are people who aren’t directly employed by you and are not self-employed. They may be an agency worker, freelancer or casual worker. They won’t receive the same benefits as your regular employees.

    The new PPE regulations will not affect self-employed workers. Self-employed workers usually run their own business and are responsible for it, work flexibly and provide their own equipment and tools.

    Alongside PPE, it is paramount to conduct regular risk assessments to make sure that all safety risks are reduced to a minimum. PPE works alongside your other health and safety measures, supplementing the overall safety of the work environment. Head over to this Peninsula blog to find out ways to assess your PPE needs.

    To learn more about our services or to enquire about anything else, please contact the Retain Limited team on 0800 027 2244 or fill in our online contact form to request a callback.

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    Gold Winner 2021: NFRC Health & Safety in Roofing Awards

    We have struck gold for the 6th year in a row in the NFRC Health and Safety in Roofing Awards

    The NFRC (National Federation of Roofing Contractors) is one of the largest, well-respected and reputable roofing trade association in the UK. They promote quality contractors and products and ensure that its members are leading by example within the roofing industry.

    As a member of the NFRC, it is our responsibility to ensure that we adhere to the high standards set out by ourselves, NFRC and the Government. This includes quality of work, materials we use, health and safety and the training of our employees. It is the backbone of our business and is part of our core principles.

    There are numerous laws and legislations that are relevant to health and safety within the construction industry that we adhere closely to:

    Health and Safety at Work Act (1974)

    Work at Height Regulations (2005)

    Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (1999)

    Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (2015)

    Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (1998)

    Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (1998)

    The NFRC have said, “We received a total of 116 entries, with participating companies either achieving a gold or silver award, which is a testament to the quality of the submissions. In addition to this, some members went above and beyond with a detailed explanation of not only how they manage health and safety risks, but also how they engage their workers in that process to drive culture change in the management of workplace risks. The judges felt it only right to give these companies a special mention in the Member Bulletin.”

    Congratulations to the Retain Limited Roofing team for continuing to work hard to achieve this award and going above and beyond expectations! 

    To learn more about our professional and personal approach to all things health and safety or to enquire about anything else, please contact the Retain Limited team on 0800 027 2244 or fill in our online contact form to request a call back.

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    Retain Limited & The RMA (Royal Marines Charity)

    It’s no secret that the Retain Ltd Group are extremely proud to work closely with the RMA, an association that has grown professionally over the last few years but was originally established via personal connections in the early days from our very own Management Team

    The RMA are a fantastic charitable organisation that aims to provide a lifetime of support to the Royal Marines Family, by whatever means required.

    With many of our own employees previously serving in the Royal Marines, including Founder and Director Jamie Gibbs, we endeavour to not only provide employment opportunities to help other Royal Marines re-adjust to the lifestyle of a UK civilian, but also educate, train and create bespoke career pathways, tailored to their individual skillsets, to enable and encourage a successful and fulfilling life post-service. 

    Take a look at the video in the link below to see Retain Limited and our former Royal Marines speaking about our association with the RMA and their current career plans. 

    WATCH HERE

    If you wish to donate directly to the RMA charity, please do so using the following link: 

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    Retain Join Forces with the Royal Marines Charity

    Retain Limited is both proud and delighted to announce that they have chosen to support The Royal Marines Charity (RMA) on an ongoing basis.

    Commencing immediately, the partnership will concentrate on the membership and those members of the RMA who may not be able to attend events or trips due to financial constraints or other issues being able to integrate with the Corps Family once again. 

    The donation provided by Retain will allow the RMA to do more for its members to further enjoy the camaraderie and esprit de corps that they take pride in.

    The RMA celebrates its 75th anniversary this year and marks the foundation of one of its predecessor organisations, the Royal Marines Association in 1946. The RMA’s main purpose is to provide a better quality of life to serving and retired Royal Marines and their families – this converts into some 125,000 potential beneficiaries.

    Richie Puttock, membership operations director (East), stated: “This wonderful donation from Retain Limited will offer the membership team a wide range of options when it comes to utilising the money from enhancing events for the benefit of those who attend to allowing those who may not be in a financial position to attend to do so. 

    “We will report back regularly to Retain on how and where the money is being spent we are extremely grateful to them for their generosity and kindness and we look forward to working with them over the coming months.

    “We would like to thank Retain, and Jamie, for their support, it is wonderful to see our Corps family choosing to make donations to the RMA even after they have left service.”

    Founder and director of Retain Limited, Jamie Gibbs, who served in The Royal Marines said: “This is a very proud day for myself and my company to support the Corp family and help raise the awareness of the fantastic work that the RMA do year in, year out.

    “I know first-hand of the hard work and dedication that the RMA provide to the Royal Marines extended family and the work they perform really does make a difference to the lives of cadets, serving Corps, veterans and their families.

    “There is a cohesive sense of heritage and esprit de corps which is underpinned throughout the Royal Marines community and I’m thrilled to offer my support to the RMA to help them achieve their objectives.”

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    The Current State of the Construction Industry

    The recent news that the construction industry is facing significant issues with supply and demand for both building materials and skilled labour comes as no surprise to Retain Limited founder and director, Jamie Gibbs.

    Gibbs founded Retain back in 2008 and has experienced sustainable growth throughout this time but these well-documented issues have proved to be a real challenge for the day-to-day running of his company.

    “What we are currently witnessing across the construction industry is predominantly a knock-on effect from the problems facing the logistics industry,” Gibbs said.

    “The logistics industry was already struggling to meet demands after the Brexit fall-out and the COVID-19 pandemic has added further disruption with ongoing sea and road freight issues.

    “This has resulted in much higher costs for building materials across the board and this has made managing our supplies and projects even harder. I believe this is more extreme for smaller companies who rely on regular stock deliveries at builders’ merchants which simply isn’t there at the moment.

    “The larger construction companies that have greater purchasing power are able to bulk buy and stockpile the materials they need which are at a detriment to everyone else who is trying to finish an existing project or even start a new one.

    “It’s a classic economic example of demand exceeding supply where prices go through the roof as we’ve previously experienced in other industries such as farming and more recently housing.”

    It has recently been reported by Glenigan (for the National Federation of Roofing Contractors) that the second quarter of the year continued to follow suit as the first with sustained growth in workloads and new projects are given the green light by local planning authorities.

    Many industrial and commercial roofing contractors, including Retain, have also reported difficulties in recruiting skilled labour to physically get on site and do the work they have on their books.

    Throw in the supply shortage and the rising cost of materials and there is growing pressure on companies operating in the construction industry to complete projects on time which will add further delay to the sector’s recovery since the pandemic hit our shores some 18 months ago.

    Gibbs added: “If these shortage problems aren’t addressed and resolved soon it will only result in a further squeeze on the everyday costs and margins for roofing contractors which makes it difficult to plan ahead with confidence.”

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    Why Health & Safety Matters to Us

    We are delighted to have secured another gold award in health and safety from the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC). This is the fifth consecutive year we have struck gold and further highlights our ongoing commitment to our successful health and safety programme.

    As a professional industrial and commercial roofing contractor, our most common residual safety risk is working at height on roofs. We cannot stress enough how important health and safety is to us – it is quite frankly the backbone of our business and the rock-solid foundations we’ve built our business on.

    We appreciate that this can come at a cost but at the same time you are getting excellent value for money for a specialised service that cuts no corners and does everything by the book. We do this to not only protect the well-being of our workforce but to maintain our first-class reputation as a diligent roofing contractor that provides a high-quality service both on and off a roof.

    Working at height on an industrial or commercial roof comes with its obvious hazards and risks and the recent Health and Safety Executive (HSE) statistics show that roof work accounts for a quarter of all deaths in the construction industry.

    Falls from an unprotected edge or through fragile or brittle roofing materials, such as roof lights or asbestos cement sheets, account for the majority of fatalities. There are also many serious injuries as a result of a fall and these can often result in permanent life-changing injuries.

    We also have to deal with the inconsistent weather that comes with working and living in the UK. We carefully manage how to deal with and respond to any extremes of weather such as high winds or hot and cold temperatures to ensure our roofing operatives are not put at any additional risk.

    There is a range of laws that is relevant to health and safety in the construction industry that we work closely with. The main elements of these are as follows:

    Health and Safety at Work Act (1974)

    Work at Height Regulations (2005)

    Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (1999)

    Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (2015)

    Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (1998)

    Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (1998)

    To make things even safer before we start working on an industrial or commercial roof, we have purchased a drone to undertake all roof inspections and surveys. This has totally eliminated the risk of working at height at the quoting and initial stage of a potential new project. 

    Our drone operators are able to capture high-resolution imagery and record footage which can then be turned into videos and/or presentations for the client to clearly view our findings and recommended solutions. 

    Further to this, we ensure our workforce is kitted out with the most suitable PPE (personal protective equipment) and they have the right tools and machinery to work both safely and effectively. All PPE and tools are correctly maintained to ensure they’re fit for purpose and remain in good working order.

    We also ensure that our workforce receives regular training and refreshers to use their PPE and equipment safely as stated by the guidelines of the respective manufacturers. The training that we participate in allows us to maintain our position as one of the market leaders in our field of expertise.

    To learn more about our professional and personal approach to all things health and safety or to enquire about our drone roofing service, please contact the Retain team on 0800 027 2244 or fill in our online contact formto request a callback.

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    “But They Were The Cheapest Quote”

    Have you heard the famous quote: ‘the bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten?’

    As well as the above by Benjamin Franklin back in the 1700s, there’s another well-known saying that we all hear on a regular basis which is ‘choose quality over quantity. You can apply this to most things in life but not everyone will choose to go down the quality path depending on a number of reasons.

    The main reason will more than likely be a financial one as when you hear the word quality banded about you instantly think it’s going to be expensive and more than you can afford to pay. This isn’t always the case, and another well-known saying springs to mind which is ‘buy cheap, pay twice’ and this is probably something we’ve all experienced during our lifetime.

    With regard to industrial roofing and commercial roofing, we know that we’re not the cheapest roofing contractor out there. If you were to obtain three quotes for a roofing project, we probably wouldn’t be the cheapest. However, we are confident that we will do the best job for you and your property.

    By adopting best practices towards our approach to health and safety and having an unwavering commitment to our ongoing training programme we are good value for money. Our teams are both highly skilled and experienced and go the extra mile to make sure your needs and expectations are fully met.

    Our entire business model is based on a quality ethos in everything that we do. We set our standards to a very high level and continue to raise the bar. We’re an award-winning company (we’ve won the NFRC Gold Award for Health and Safety for the last 6 years) that does things by the book and we take no shortcuts along the way to leave a thoroughly professional job.

    We bang the quality drum quite a lot but this is what we stand for and we won’t lower our standards or your expectations just to win a roofing contract. We want you to feel like you have made the right choice from the moment you make an initial enquiry all the way through to completing your project.

    A price for an industrial or commercial roofing project often reflects the standard of safety, workmanship and materials. Cost shouldn’t be the determining factor if you want your new roof to be fit for purpose and long-lasting, as well as being installed correctly to the manufacturer’s guidelines so all guarantees are valid.

    It is said far too often that the final decision will be made on cost alone, without regard to the quality of what is being offered or if it is indeed ‘apples for apples.’ It is so easy to assume that because a new roof has been requested, everything that has been priced will include similar materials and equal levels of safety on site.

    This was recently proven with a client receiving costs for a new roof covering. It was not until the offerings were investigated further that it was discovered that our proposal was far in excess of our competition. Our quotation included a longer manufacturer guarantee on materials, stainless steel fixings and higher-performing insulation. Sometimes the devil is in the detail.

    To discover more about our high-quality industrial and commercial roofing services and why we are different from other roofing contractors, please contact the Retain team on 0800 027 2244 or fill in our online contact form below and we’ll be in touch.

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    Earn Money with your Industrial Roof

    The government has this week announced a ban on the sale of new diesel and petrol cars by 2030. This revised date has brought forward the government’s original target by 10 years and is a key part of their wider plan to make the UK carbon neutral by 2050

    The RAC has responded to this development and said that the UK’s charging network would have to grow “exponentially” to cope with the demand when sales of electric vehicles (EV) soar as the date of the restrictions is near.

    So, what’s this got to do with industrial and commercial roofing we hear you say? Well, the places where EV owners will be working such as offices, warehouses and factories are going to need somewhere to charge their car whilst at work. The infrastructure to cope with this extra demand will need to significantly increase and this is where we can help.

    We’ve recently strengthened our presence in the commercial solar industry as a trusted installer of quality solar PV systems. In collaboration with our partners, we are able to provide a solution that meets the exact requirements of your property.

    Not only does solar PV help to reduce the overall energy consumption of the workplace, it will also maximise the return on investment (ROI) and instantly increases the value of your commercial property. It really is a win-win situation for you and your staff who will need to charge their EVs.

    Furthermore, if your commercial property was built before 1999, it is more than likely to have some kind of asbestos element within your roof. Recent government rulings state that asbestos has to be removed from all buildings before 2035, and we strongly advise you to take advantage of the 150% tax benefit of the cost by removing asbestos as part of your solar PV installation.

    Forward-thinking businesses are already reaping the rewards of harnessing energy from the sun and now is the perfect time to seriously consider solar power. A commercial solar PV system offers a fantastic addition to any business be it on a small or large scale and helps your business work towards a more sustainable future.

    To discover more about our commercial solar PV solutions and associated financial benefits for your business, please don’t hesitate to contact the Retain team on 0800 027 2244 or fill out our contact form below and we’ll be in touch.

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    Is Solar Energy a Good Investment?

    According to the BBC, the UK is being hit by roughly a 54% increase in energy prices and it is set to increase again in October 2022

    A worldwide price increase in fossil fuels has seen the sharpest rise in UK energy costs in over 30 years and they will increase again by the coming winter. This has given rise to the importance of cleaner, renewable energy sources, in particular, solar energy.

    Industrial and commercial property owners are turning to PV solar panels to offset some of the costs of their energy consumption. Many of these buildings have a lot of unused roof space, waiting to be utilised to harness the power of the sun. But what are the benefits?

    To start, the sun is a free source of renewable energy accessible by anyone. It also appeals to consumers when they know that your business is making efforts to become as carbon neutral as possible. Renewable energy has been a hot topic for decades and can make or break a potential client or customer’s decision to buy from you.

    There is also the potential to offset a large proportion of your energy costs. This could also leave you with the opportunity to sell energy back to the national grid any excess energy you can’t utilise. Aligning your company with the UK pledge to hit net zero emissions by 2050 could also see more benefits further down the road. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has recently released their latest climate change report stating that “The evidence is clear: the time for action is now. We can halve emissions by 2030 ”making it an ever-increasing importance to become as carbon neutral as possible.

    The Centre for Alternative Technology has a handy tool that you can use to work out how much your PV solar system will produce. You can also work backwards with this calculation to work out how big your system needs to be, compared to your energy consumption needs. It’s important to know this information and to consult a professional so that you get the correct system installed.

    Although solar panels can be a costly investment, there are schemes out there that can help property owners achieve their energy goals. The Solar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) can help alleviate the upfront costs of installing a solar system. The manufacturer will design, supply, install and own the system, while the property owner pays a subsidised fee for energy to offset the cost of the installation. At the end of the contract (usually between 10-25 years) the property owner can remove the installation, buy the installation or extend the PPA contract. There are also other financial options as outlined in our Finance section.

    Overall and over a relatively short time, you could see the benefits of having a PV solar system far outweigh the initial monetary costs and will help your company and the UK move toward a cleaner future.

    Retain Energy have a working relationship with Q-CELLS and SolarEdge, two of the leading solar equipment manufacturers, to give you a professional and high-quality service and system. To learn more about these services, or anything else related to your energy needs, contact the Retain Energy team on 0800 027 2244 or fill in our contact form to request a callback.

    Cleaner energy for a cleaner future.

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    Industrial & Commercial Roofing Training

    Retain Limited prides itself on its commitment to continuous training to ensure our staff have as much opportunity as possible to keep improving and move forward with their roofing careers

    This begins at the top where our director and company founder (Jamie Gibbs) is the regional Chair for the Institute of Roofing (IoR). This role is responsible for encouraging like-minded professionals to embrace collaborative learning to ultimately improve the day-to-day aspect of the industrial and commercial roofing industry.

    A key reason we also invest in training is to ensure that our professional and dedicated workforce is kept up to date with the latest regulations and practices that our industry adopts. It’s our aim to be at the forefront of our industry and the training we undertake allows us to be one of the market leaders in our field of expertise.

    Other training that we regularly undertake with our staff is provided through manufacturers whose products we regularly use on our roofing projects. This could be how to fit a certain type of cladding properly or learning how to use working at heights equipment in a safe and competent manner.

    We like to prove and give confidence to our clients that our roofing staff are competent, safe and formally qualified to work on construction sites. This is the least we can do to make sure they have all the necessary tools and knowledge to deliver beyond what is expected of them.

    Jamie Gibbs said: “It’s our aim to recruit and train young people into the industrial and commercial roofing industry and to provide them with the foundation for an exciting, rewarding and successful career.

    “We also invest heavily in our training programme to give our clients the best possible service and customer experience when we’re out on site doing what we do best.

    “I believe that training and investment in staff should be the backbone of any successful business and this is something that we will continue to do for the foreseeable future.”

    To learn more about our first-class roofing services, our commitment to training and why we’re starting an industrial roofing revolution, please contact the Retain team on 0800 027 2244 or drop us an email here and we’ll get in touch. Alternatively, please complete the form below and we’ll be in touch.

    Knowledge based on experience (and lots of training).