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Maximise your Industrial or Commercial Roof Space

In today’s rapidly evolving business landscape, sustainability is no longer a buzzword and has become a crucial factor in tackling climate change.

As industries and commercial organisations navigate the complexities of reducing their environmental impact and operational costs, adopting renewable energy technology such as solar photovoltaic (PV) panels has become both a credible option and a wise investment.

One particularly successful strategy involves maximising the roof space of large industrial or commercial properties with solar PV installations. This renewable energy solution offers a dual benefit of cost savings and carbon footprint reduction with the unique opportunity to harness the untapped potential of rooftop real estate.

Cost Savings:

Investing in a commercial solar PV system enables organisations to generate their own electricity, reducing reliance on traditional grid power. By developing otherwise unused roof space, businesses can effectively offset their electricity consumption, leading to substantial cost savings on future energy bills.

The initial investment in a commercial solar PV system is recovered over a relatively short period through reduced energy expenses. This makes it a financially prudent decision for businesses looking to optimise their bottom line.

Environmental Impact:

Commercial solar PV systems harness the copious energy of sunlight, a practically limitless and renewable resource. By switching to solar power, businesses can significantly decrease their dependence on fossil fuels, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating their environmental impact.

This aligns with corporate sustainability and net zero goals by contributing to broader efforts that tackle climate change and help preserve the planet for our future generations.

Revenue Generation:

Beyond offsetting electricity costs, businesses can leverage commercial solar PV installations to generate additional revenue streams. Mechanisms such as peer-to-peer energy trading allow surplus electricity produced by the solar PV system to be exported to the grid, providing opportunities for revenue generation and an enhanced return on investment.

Solar PV installations transform unused industrial and commercial rooftops into revenue-generating assets, further incentivising businesses to invest in and embrace renewable energy technology.

Summary

Maximising industrial or commercial roof space for solar PV installations represents an effective strategy for reducing electricity costs, decreasing carbon emissions, and enhancing sustainability.

By harnessing the abundant power of the sun, businesses can unlock significant economic and environmental benefits while demonstrating leadership in corporate responsibility, which benefits stakeholders.

As the global transition to clean energy accelerates, leveraging solar PV technology offers a convincing pathway toward a more sustainable and resilient future for businesses and communities alike. Embracing solar power isn’t just a smart business decision – it’s an investment towards a brighter, cleaner, and more sustainable future for everyone.

Contact us at 0800 027 2244 to explore how commercial solar PV can transform your rooftop into a renewable energy powerhouse. We can help you build a brighter, cleaner, and more sustainable future for your business and our planet.

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Honouring an Argyle Legend

Retain Limited is delighted to be able to welcome David Anderson to Home Park on Saturday to watch Plymouth Argyle FC take on Leeds United in the Sky Bet Championship early kick-off.

The name Anderson will prick up a few ears amongst the Green Army, and rightly so. David is the brother of the late Peter Anderson, who is an Argyle legend. Peter played over 250 games and scored almost 50 goals for the Pilgrims from 1953 to 1962.

Born in the Devonport district of Plymouth in 1932, Peter was one of the best home-grown talents to have played for the club. As a winger, he could easily play with both feet and mix it up on either flank. In his debut season, he helped his team finish fourth in what is now the Championship division.

David is a lifelong supporter of the Pilgrims, having spent most of his life living in Britain’s Ocean City. He marked his 89th birthday just before Christmas and will celebrate his platinum (70th) wedding anniversary later this year.

This is a remarkable achievement, and we’re sure the King will be sending a message of congratulations to commemorate this special occasion.

As a principal partner of Plymouth Argyle FC, we’re thrilled to be in a position to support David and his family so he can cheer on his beloved Pilgrims at a stadium which his brother once graced. We hope you enjoy the game and the hospitality, David!

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Navigating the Transition from Military to Civilian Life with Retain Limited

Transitioning from military to civilian life presents a unique set of challenges for armed forces personnel. The structured environment, camaraderie, and clear mission objectives characterising military life differ considerably from the civilian world.

Reintegrating into civilian society can be overwhelming. Veterans may tackle issues such as finding employment, adjusting to a less regimented lifestyle, coping with trauma or PTSD, navigating healthcare systems, and establishing new support networks. This transition period requires adaptation, resilience, and support to ensure a successful reintegration into civilian life.

Many of our employees have armed forces experience, including our founder and director, Jamie Gibbs, who proudly served with the Royal Marines. Retain Limited endeavours to provide employment opportunities to help and support military personnel to adjust to the lifestyle of a UK civilian once they have left service.

We also strive to help educate, train, and create bespoke career pathways tailored to suit individual skill sets to enable and encourage a successful and fulfilling life post-service. We take tremendous pride in helping and reassuring service leavers that there is a way forward in the civilian world.

Last year, we were delighted to attain the prestigious Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Award. This achievement strengthened our continuous commitment to support the armed forces community in a manner that aligns with the values of the Armed Forces Covenant.

Through a three-tier approach of bronze, silver and gold, the ERS scheme acknowledges employers’ different levels of commitment. It allows the Ministry of Defence to publicly thank and reward organisations for their support.

We announced the appointment of Jamie Cooper as our new Health and Safety Manager last month. Jamie wanted to be open and speak freely about his military career and transition experience after recently leaving the Royal Navy.

“In September 2014, I bid farewell to my role as a pool lifeguard and stepped through the gates of HMS Raleigh to embark on my journey in the Royal Navy. Here, I cultivated lifelong values of discipline, courage, commitment, respect, integrity, and loyalty.

Throughout my tenure, I had the privilege of learning and imparting essential military skills to new recruits as a weapon instructor, range conducting officer, and parade instructor. Leading security teams across various global assignments, I operated the Navy’s most powerful weaponry.

Guiding firefighting and damage control teams through diverse scenarios, I ensured departments were trained to exemplary standards in my final years of service. Gratitude is owed to my mentors, whose guidance was integral to my success.

I recently departed HMS Drake for the last time and retired my uniform and medals, having had the honour of serving and protecting our nation and monarchy. I traversed the globe over the years, encountering and assisting countless remarkable individuals. Now, I embark on a new journey within health and safety, embracing its challenges with enthusiasm and a can-do attitude.

Transitioning from military to civilian life isn’t easy, yet I’ve come to appreciate the invaluable skills I’ve acquired in service. While the adjustment may be gradual, I am fortunate to have support within my new workplace and at home. My family, friends and colleagues have been a massive help during my transition.

I extend my heartfelt thanks to Jamie Gibbs and everyone at Retain Limited for entrusting me with the opportunity to lead their organisation towards continued success in their esteemed health and safety policies and initiatives. I eagerly anticipate the future as we strive for growth and excellence together.”

Please click here for further insights into career opportunities at Retain Limited and information about our current vacancies in the construction and renewable energy sectors.

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Badminton Estate Roofing Case Study

A large warehouse a stone’s throw from the historic Badminton Estate, which is set within the beautiful South Gloucestershire countryside, has recently been transformed by Retain Limited.

Over the years, the property’s roofing system had deteriorated, leading to leaks, energy inefficiency, and increased maintenance costs. The organisation made a positive commercial decision to undertake a new roofing installation to address these issues and enhance the sustainability and appearance of the building.

The roofing project was installed in phases to minimise disruptions to the business within the commercial complex. Our professional roofing operatives ensured the installation followed strict safety regulations and quality standards.

Renewing the commercial complex’s roofing system not only addressed immediate issues but also prolonged the property’s lifespan thanks to its improved sustainability and energy efficiency.

Project Overview

Retain Roofing was commissioned to strip out 5000m2 of ACM cement sheets and 360LM of wired glass and steel structure. This was replaced with 180LM ridge purlins, and replaced all roof sheets with jorside panels with 20% roof lights.

Additional work included the fitting of metal guttering, insulating and lining, and fitting highline gutter to eaves to leave the property completely watertight and safe from the elements.

Our Services

  • Full design of new roof system
  • Project planning, including RAMS
  • Air testing
  • Disposal of old roofing system
  • Full roof replacement
  • Scaffolding and edge protection

Contact us today at 0800 027 2244 for further information on our high-quality industrial and commercial roofing solutions, customised to fit your exact requirements. Or fill out the form below, and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible.

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Southend-on-Sea Project Update

We are pleased to report that another Retain Limited industrial roofing project started recently in the coastal resort of Southend-on-Sea. A well-known manufacturing facility in the city will soon benefit from a new roofing system expertly installed by our professional operatives.

The primary objective of this project is to enhance the structural integrity and weather resistance of the large building, which is almost 14,000m2 in size. This involves stripping the existing roofing system and subsequently installing new components, including bar, bracket, insulation, top sheet, and associated flashings and sealants.

Discover exceptional industrial and commercial roofing, as well as commercial solar PV and scaffolding services, provided by the award-winning Retain Limited team. Connect with us and learn more about our high-quality industrial and commercial solutions that are tailored to meet your exact needs.

Don’t hesitate to contact us at 0800 027 2244 or fill out the contact form below. We’ll promptly reach out to discuss your project requirements.

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Exciting Academic Journey Ahead

We are pleased to announce that our trainee quantity surveyors, Trent Kennedy and Jordan Lawrence, have embarked on a two-year distance learning program in MSc Quantity Surveying (RICS Accredited) with Northumbria University.

Their academic adventure kicks off with a deep dive into the first module, exploring construction and sustainable technologies. This not only equips them with essential knowledge of modern construction practices but also highlights the importance of sustainability in shaping the industry’s future.

In addition to mastering the finer details of construction and sustainable technologies, Trent and Jordan will immerse themselves in law and surveying practice. This comprehensive approach ensures they develop a well-rounded skill set that aligns with the highest industry standards that we adhere to.

As they embark on this educational journey, we would like to wish Trent and Jordan every success in their studies. Your commitment to continuous learning and professional development is an inspiration to us all at Retain Limited! Here’s to a rewarding and knowledge-filled two years ahead. Good luck, guys.

If you would like to learn more about Retain Careers, please click here to view our latest vacancies or contact us on 0800 027 2244.

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London Project Update

Good progress is being made at our latest project in London. Work commenced just before Christmas, and our professional team of operatives has been very busy since our return to the construction site.

In conjunction with our cutting-edge roofing system with panels supplied by Kingspan Insulated Panels UK & Ireland, we’re elevating our project by integrating a comprehensive commercial solar energy system onto the new roof, featuring an impressive solar PV array that exceeds 400 kWp.

This advancement signifies that the building will soon be empowered to generate its own environmentally friendly energy, leading to substantial reductions in electricity bills for our client.

An important aspect to highlight is our seamless integration of all three of our services – Retain Roofing, Retain Energy, and Retain Access – ensuring safe access to the roof space.

This comprehensive approach reflects our commitment to providing an all-encompassing and seamless strategy for improving project management and communication.

For unparalleled expertise in industrial and commercial roofing, commercial solar PV solutions, and scaffolding services, the Retain Limited team stands as your trusted partner. Connect with us today to explore top-tier solutions that redefine excellence!

Feel free to give us a call at 0800 027 2244 or simply complete the contact form below, and we’ll promptly get in touch to discuss your project requirements.

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An Introduction to the Retain Limited Group of Companies

For those who do not know what we do at Retain Limited, let us take this opportunity to introduce Retain Limited – your trusted partner for construction and renewable energy projects.

Retain Limited is one of the most established and well-respected three-in-one industrial and commercial specialist contractors in the UK today. Not only do we handle large-scale industrial and commercial roofing and cladding projects, but we also supply robust scaffolding systems to access projects.

Our commitment to sustainable and innovative solutions extends beyond our roofing projects. In addition to our expertise in roofing installations, we take pride in our capability to design and implement cutting-edge commercial solar energy solutions. Harnessing the power of the sun, our dedicated team of experts is well-versed in creating bespoke solar solutions tailored to meet the unique needs of your business.

Retain Roofing, Retain Access, and Retain Energy are three companies that operate under the Retain Limited umbrella. They all offer a consistently high level of service regardless of which company you engage.

Our award-winning services across Roofing, Access and Energy mean clients can work with one contractor, offering professionalism, knowledge and experience. This three-in-one approach makes it easier for you, the client, to engage our services. It allows for better, more cohesive planning across the project as a whole, where we can dovetail seamlessly with any other on-site contractors.

Retain’s service offering is designed to exceed industry standards and is unmatched in our sectors. Should you require further information or wish to arrange a site visit, please do not hesitate to contact our friendly team on 0800 027 2244 or email us here.

We pride ourselves on the quality of our work at Retain, and it’s why we’re proud to have our name on every part of the business. We look forward to the possibility of collaborating with you and contributing to the success of your projects in 2024 and beyond.

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Happy New Year!

We trust the holiday season showered you with joy and fulfilled all your wishes. As we step into a brand new year, Retain Limited is excited to extend a warm welcome back. Our knowledgeable team is invigorated and fully prepared to dive into your industrial and commercial projects with newfound enthusiasm.

Whether you have ongoing endeavours or exciting new projects on the horizon, rest assured that we are here to deliver top-notch services and unwavering professional support. Our dedication to excellence remains steadfast, and we are eager to collaborate with you to achieve your objectives successfully in the coming year.

We appreciate your continued trust in Retain Limited, and we’re geared up for a prosperous 2024 filled with shared accomplishments. If you have any enquiries or projects in mind, feel free to reach out to us:

📞 0800 027 2244
📧 info@retainlimited.com

Thank you for considering Retain Limited for all your industrial and commercial roofing, solar PV and scaffolding requirements. Here’s to a year of growth, success, and meaningful partnerships.

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Christmas Holiday Shutdown

As the holiday season fast approaches, we would like to express our sincere gratitude for your continued support and custom throughout the year. In the spirit of Christmas and to allow our dedicated team to enjoy a well-deserved break, we will close on Friday 15 December.

We will resume normal operations and be ready to assist you with all your industrial and commercial needs on Tuesday 2 January. During this shutdown, we will take the opportunity to spend time with our loved ones and recharge our batteries for the upcoming year.

We look forward to serving you with the same dedication and passion in 2024! Wishing you a joyful and peaceful holiday season – enjoy the most wonderful time of the year.

Best wishes from the Retain Limited team 🎄🎅🏼🥂

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2023 in Review – a Golden Year

As we reflect on the forthcoming conclusion of an incredibly busy and productive year, Retain Limited takes pride in looking back at the many achievements and milestones that have characterised our journey throughout 2023.

This year, from groundbreaking projects to innovative solutions, has epitomised our ongoing commitment to excellence and our relentless pursuit of delivering high-quality, three-in-one industrial and commercial services nationwide.

Amidst the UK’s economic challenges, we have embraced each opportunity for growth and adaptation across our three divisions of commercial and industrial roofing, commercial solar PV and scaffolding. Our unwavering dedication to going the extra mile for our clients has solidified our standing in the sectors we operate within and propelled us to new heights.

Away from the construction site, we have developed new initiatives and successfully achieved well-deserved recognition along the way. In March, we secured another NFRC Gold Award for our health and safety practices, our seventh consecutive year of achieving gold status. We continue to demonstrate a commitment to ensure the highest possible health and safety standards for our operatives.

In May, we announced that we had become a principal partner of 2022/23 Sky Bet League One champions Plymouth Argyle Football Club. A distinctive gold version of the Retain Limited logo is proudly displayed on the rear of the first team’s playing shorts, establishing a synergy between Argyle and ourselves.

We were privileged to achieve the prestigious Defence Relationship Management (DRM) Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Award in July. This accolade followed the ERS silver and bronze awards, both attained last year. This remarkable feat is mainly due to the hard work and dedication of James Styles MCMI, our Operations Manager, who proudly served in the Royal Marines.

In September, we were unveiled as a new Patron of the Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce. Patrons of the Chamber are some of the best-known and respected organisations in our local business community, and we feel honoured to play an active role in the region.

Last but not least, our Founder and Director, Jamie Gibbs, was recently presented with an award at The House of Lords while attending a Bootnecks in2 Business event. Jamie received an award for unselfishness by actively providing employment opportunities to help other former Royal Marines and ex-military personnel re-adjust to the lifestyle of a UK civilian.

Join us in 2024 as we embark on a journey that builds on the highlights of this bustling and fruitful year, celebrating the hard work and collaborative spirit that defines Retain Limited.

Contact the team on 0800 027 2244 or info@retainlimited.com to learn more about our award-winning services and solutions.

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Three-in-one Service Project to Start

Excitement is building as we gear up for our latest three-in-one project, which is scheduled to kick off this upcoming Monday (11th December).

This sizeable industrial property in London is set to receive an early Christmas present with a cutting-edge roofing system. The new roof will offer increased efficiency and will be meticulously installed by our skilled operatives.

But that’s not all. In addition to the modern roofing system, we’re elevating the project by incorporating a substantial commercial solar PV system onto the new roof, boasting an impressive capacity of over 400 kWp. The building will soon generate its own green energy, and future electricity bills will be significantly lower.

Noteworthy is that we’ve seamlessly integrated all three of our services (Retain Roofing, Retain Access and Retain Energy), ensuring safe access and egress to the roof. This leads to an all-encompassing and seamless approach to improving project management throughout the course of the works.

For superior industrial and commercial roofing, commercial solar PV and scaffolding services, look no further than the Retain Limited team. Connect with us today on 0800 027 2244 or email us here!

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Our Gold Logo Shines in Argyle’s Celebrations

Experiencing a last-minute winner at home, especially with the electrifying energy of a packed stadium, is such a thrill in football.

The atmosphere at Home Park on Saturday afternoon was nothing short of sensational, and for some members of the Retain Limited team, witnessing Adam Randell’s winning goal (on his 100th appearance for the Greens) felt like an unforgettable moment of the season so far.

The last-gasp strike secured Plymouth a 2-1 victory against well-established Sky Bet Championship side, Stoke City. The magic of a last-minute winner isn’t just about securing three points; it’s about the raw emotion, the collective joy, and the unity that reverberates throughout the stadium.

As a proud principal partner of Plymouth Argyle Football Club, the connection goes beyond mere sponsorship. It’s a shared passion for the game, a commitment to the community, and celebrating triumphs like local lad Randell’s decisive goal.

Seeing our distinctive gold logo prominently displayed amid the celebration photos is a proud and gratifying moment for everyone connected with Retain Limited. We’re honoured to be a part of this journey.

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Retain Founder Receives Recognition

On the evening of Friday, 1st December, our Founder and Director Jamie Gibbs, along with James Styles (Operations Manager) and Tyrone d’Aquino (General Manager – Retain Energy), attended the Bootnecks in2 Business networking event at the House of Lords in London.


Little did Jamie know he would receive an award at the event. While listening to Sean ‘The EQ Commando’ Foley speak about acts of unselfishness, Jamie had an inkling that it could be himself that Sean was talking about.


He duly received an award for unselfishness, an important component of the Commando spirit that forms the DNA of a Royal Marine to help get them through arduous times while still smiling. Unselfishness in the Royal Marines is described as team first, teammate second, and self last.


Reflecting on his recognition, Jamie said: “I was blown away to receive such a humbling award. I have never done any of the things I do for recognition.

“I have an opportunity to help those who may need a leg up. So to be recognised by those I respect most is an amazing feeling, and I am exceptionally proud to have served as a Royal Marine Commando.”


Jamie hasn’t stopped there and is putting the finishing touches on plans to launch a new Veterans hub in Plymouth. Set to open in autumn 2024, he intends to make this hub an incredible place and believes in the power of collective input.


If you have any ideas on what would make a difference in a veteran’s daily life or assist in their transition back into society, especially those experiencing homelessness or heading in that direction, Jamie would love to hear from you.


You can email Jamie here or contact him on 0800 027 2244.

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ERS Gold Awards 2023

Retain Limited’s Founder and Director, Jamie Gibbs, recently attended a noteworthy event where he was presented with the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Award.

The achievement of this esteemed award was first announced in the summer, and the official ceremony took place at Stonehouse Barracks in Plymouth. Notably, the Gold Award follows our prior achievements of the ERS Silver and Bronze awards, both of which were secured in the previous year.

The acquisition of the Gold Award underscores our steadfast commitment to supporting the armed forces community, aligning with the principles outlined in the Armed Forces Covenant. The ERS scheme employs a tiered structure encompassing bronze, silver, and gold, thereby acknowledging and differentiating employers based on their varying levels of commitment. This framework enables the Ministry of Defence to express gratitude and publicly recognise organisations for their support.

Given that a considerable portion of our workforce, including Jamie, has previously served in the British armed forces, we continue to provide employment opportunities that facilitate the transition of former armed forces personnel into civilian life in the UK.

Moreover, Retain Limited actively engages in initiatives to educate, train, and craft customised career pathways tailored to individual skill sets. This approach is designed to empower and motivate individuals towards a successful and fulfilling life following their military service.

Please click here for further insights into career opportunities at Retain and information about our current vacancies in the construction and renewable energy sectors.

Photo: Jamie is pictured receiving the Gold Award from Rear Admiral Ivan Finn.

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Movember: Grow a Moustache for a Meaningful Cause

November is no longer just a month to welcome colder weather and prepare for the holiday season. It’s also the time when many men worldwide ditch their razors and let their facial hair flourish for a noble cause known as ‘Movember.’

Since 2003, this annual event has gained prominence over the years, encouraging men to grow moustaches to raise awareness and funds for crucial men’s health issues.

The Movember Movement

Movember, a combination of moustache and November, began in Melbourne (Australia) 20 years ago. The idea was simple yet impactful. Men would start clean-shaven on November 1st and grow moustaches throughout the month, sparking conversations about men’s health issues along the way.

Raising Awareness for Men’s Health

Movember primarily focuses on raising awareness about three significant men’s health concerns:

1. Prostate cancer: This initiative aims to educate men about the risks of prostate cancer, promote early detection, and support those affected by the disease.

2. Testicular cancer: By encouraging self-examination and early detection, Movember seeks to increase survival rates for testicular cancer.

3. Mental health: The Movember Foundation highlights the importance of mental health and strives to reduce the stigma surrounding men seeking help for issues like depression and anxiety.

Growing Moustaches for a Cause

One of the campaign’s distinctive features is the moustache-growing challenge. Participants become ‘Mo Bros’ by starting the month clean-shaven and growing moustaches, which serve as conversation starters about men’s health.

The Impact of Movember

The men’s health campaign has made a significant impact over the years:

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  • It has funded over 1,250 men’s health projects in over 20 countries

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  • It has supported breakthrough research, providing critical insights into various men’s health issues

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  • It has inspired countless conversations about men’s health and encouraged men to take charge of their well-being

Get Involved

Participating in Movember is simple and fun:

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  • Start clean-shaven: Begin with a clean slate on November 1st

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  • Grow a moustache: Cultivate your moustache throughout the month

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  • Please spread the word: Share your journey on social media, educate your friends and family, and encourage them to donate to the cause

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  • Raise funds: Collect donations to support men’s health initiatives through the official Movember website

Movember is not just about growing facial hair; it’s about making a difference in men’s lives. So, this November, join the Movember movement and let your moustache be a symbol of support for men’s health. Together, we can create a healthier future for men everywhere.

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Retain Limited – The Perfect Hat-trick

Earlier this year, as many of you already know, we became principal partners of last season’s Sky Bet League One champions, Plymouth Argyle Football Club. The Greens are back in action this weekend after the international break and face West Brom away.

Last month’s launch of EA Sports FC 24 and proudly seeing the gold Retain logo on the back of the Argyle shorts in the game, got us thinking about football and how we might line up as a group of companies!

In the world of business, it takes teamwork, strategy, and a goal-oriented mindset to score big. Just like in football, where a perfect hat-trick is a rare feat, our three companies, Retain Roofing, Retain Access, and Retain Energy, have achieved something extraordinary by working together seamlessly.

Retain Roofing: our stalwart defender!

Just like a solid defence in football, the services of Retain Roofing safeguard industrial and commercial buildings from the elements. With our expertise, we ensure that every structure we work on stays protected from the harshest weather conditions that the UK throws at us. A clean sheet is the goal, and they consistently achieve their target.

Retain Access: our midfield maestro!

In the business world, access is key. Retain Access is our midfield playmaker, providing the perfect assists for our projects. Just like a midfield orchestrating a beautiful play, they facilitate smooth operations. They ensure that everyone and everything has the right access to succeed on-site with our high-quality scaffolding solutions.

Retain Energy: our prolific striker!

Every great football team needs a top goal-scorer, and Retain Energy plays that role to perfection. They power our solar PV projects with clean and sustainable energy solutions. Just as a striker nets crucial goals, they help our clients thrive with efficient commercial solar energy solutions to help reduce their carbon footprint and energy bills.

Together, these three companies form the perfect trio, much like a winning football team. They work together in perfect harmony, each playing their unique role, to score a perfect hat-trick of success and progression in the business fields we operate in.

For an in-depth insight into our comprehensive, three-in-one professional services and the advantages of adopting a single-contractor approach for your project, do not hesitate to get in touch with our team. You can reach us at 0800 027 2244 or email us here. We’re here to answer your queries and provide the information you need.

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In Focus – Cut Edge Corrosion

Corrosion is a persistent challenge many industries, infrastructure, and everyday objects face. However, cut edge corrosion is a less well-known form of corrosion, which often occurs in metal structures and can lead to significant damage if left untreated.

This blog explores the causes, prevention strategies, and treatment methods for cut edge corrosion in industrial and commercial roofing systems.

What Is Cut Edge Corrosion?

Cut edge corrosion, also known as edge peel corrosion, occurs along the cut edges of coated metal sheets or panels, typically used in construction, cladding, or industrial settings. This phenomenon primarily affects materials such as steel and can compromise the structural integrity and aesthetics of a building or structure over time.

Causes of Cut Edge Corrosion

This corrosion is chiefly caused by the exposure of raw metal edges that were originally coated for protection. Several factors contribute to this type of corrosion:

    • Weathering: exposed edges of metal sheet panels are highly susceptible to the elements, including rain, wind, snow, and ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Over time, the variable weather conditions can break down the protective coating, leaving the metal vulnerable to corrosion.

    • Incorrect installation: inadequate sealing or installation methods can leave gaps, overlaps, or exposed edges in metal sheet cladding. These gaps provide entry points for moisture and oxygen, accelerating corrosion.

    • Coating degradation: coatings on metal surfaces degrade naturally over time, especially in harsh environments in coastal or exposed locations. When this happens, it leaves the underlying metal exposed and vulnerable to corrosion.

Prevention of Cut Edge Corrosion

Preventing this type of corrosion is critical to extending the lifespan of an industrial or commercial roofing system and the structure it sits on. It can also minimise expensive repair costs – here are some preventive measures:

    • Quality coatings: start with high-quality protective coatings designed to withstand the specific environmental conditions of the site. Regular roofing inspections and appropriate maintenance can help ensure that coatings remain effective.

    • Correct installation: employ experienced professionals, such as Retain Limited, to install metal sheet panels and ensure that all cut edges are sealed correctly to prevent the ingress of moisture.

    • Design considerations: when designing structures, consider using coatings with extended longevity. This can help reduce the frequency of any repair and maintenance work.

    • Regular inspection and maintenance: conduct routine inspections to identify early signs of cut edge corrosion. Address any issues promptly to prevent further damage. At Retain Limited, we are proud to offer repair and maintenance services and a drone roof inspection service.

Treatment of Cut Edge Corrosion

If corrosion is identified, it’s essential to take immediate action to prevent further deterioration of the roofing system. A professional roofing contractor, such as Retain Roofing, can take the following steps:

    • Clean the affected area: remove any loose rust and coating materials from the affected area using appropriate tools and techniques.

    • Surface preparation: prepare the surface by abrasive methods, such as sanding or abrasive blasting, to create a clean, rust-free surface. This will allow for proper adhesion of a new coating.

    • Repainting: apply a high-quality, corrosion-resistant coating to the cleaned and prepared surface. Choose a coating suitable for the specific environment to provide long-lasting protection.

    • Regular maintenance: implement a schedule to inspect and touch up coated edges as needed to prevent future corrosion.

Our Conclusion

Cut edge corrosion is a common problem in metal sheet roofing systems, but it can be managed with suitable preventive measures and prompt treatment. By understanding the causes, prevention strategies, and treatment methods for cut edge corrosion, we can ensure our industrial and commercial roofing systems offer longevity and structural integrity.

Regular inspections, quality coatings, and correct installation practices are all crucial factors in combating this form of corrosion and preserving the life of metal sheet roofing systems. Contact the Retain Roofing team on 0800 027 2244 or email us here for a free, no-obligation quotation if your industrial or commercial property is suffering from corrosion.

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New Projects Secured

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve recently secured some fantastic new projects throughout the Retain Limited group of companies. Our award-winning team is on cloud nine, which is a testimony to the hard work and dedication they show every day.

Our commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction has been recognised and celebrated by some new and existing clients who have entrusted us with their business. It’s fantastic to see our vision for growth taking shape, one success story at a time.

Our onsite teams are currently working on several projects in Lowestoft and Pulborough. More projects are in the pipeline for the remainder of the year, including an extensive roofing and solar PV installation in London. The order book also looks healthy for the New Year, and we are proud to offer the flexibility to fit in smaller jobs around our busy schedule.

As we continue to work and complete some large industrial and commercial roofing and solar PV projects, we ensure that any disruption to the day-to-day operations of these buildings is kept to a minimum. This allows your organisation to remain fully open for business, and production lines remain unaffected.

Are you ready to join us on this exciting journey of growth and success? If you’re seeking high-quality industrial and commercial roofing or solar PV solutions and top-notch service, contact the Retain team today on 0800 027 2244 or email us here.

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World Mental Health Day

Today is World Mental Health Day. It is a time when we reflect on the importance of mental well-being and how we can collectively contribute to a mentally healthier world.

A primary objective of World Mental Health Day is to undo the lingering stigma surrounding mental health. Even though mental health conditions impact millions of us globally, many are still reluctant to seek assistance due to fears of being judged or discriminated against.

This annual event actively promotes an open dialogue about the subject of mental health, conveying that seeking help is acceptable and actually a sign of strength. Please be assured that it’s perfectly normal not to feel ok sometimes.

Think about how you can make a difference today and in the future. It could be as simple as checking in with a friend or family member, sharing resources, or attending a local mental health event. Even the smallest actions can create a ripple effect, contributing to a world where mental health is prioritised, and stigma becomes a thing of the past.

If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health, there are places you can go to get help. Click here to learn what support is available, and please do remember that you are not alone – help is out there.

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National Do Something Nice Day Giveaway

Did you know it’s National Do Something Nice Day on Thursday 5 October? This unofficial holiday inspires people to perform random acts of kindness and make an extra effort to be kind and considerate to others.

Following our successful National Give Something Away Day competition in July, we have another cracking prize on offer thanks to our principal partnership status with Plymouth Argyle Football Club. We have a pair of tickets for the Mayflower Stand to watch Plymouth take on Swansea City Football Club in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday 7 October (3pm KO).

Simply head over to our social media channels and follow the instructions for a chance to win the tickets. The competition is running on the following platforms:

We will announce the lucky winner on Thursday – good luck, everyone! 

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Devon & Plymouth Chamber Welcomes Retain Limited as Key Patron

The Directors of Retain Limited are thrilled to reveal that the company has become a Patron of the Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce. Livewell Southwest joins us after accepting patronage at a hugely exciting time for the Chamber.

This winter marks the 210th anniversary of the Chamber – two centuries of proudly supporting the region’s businesses. So much of that longevity and success is thanks to the patrons of the Chamber, who represent some of the best-known and respected names in the local business community.

Jamie Gibbs, Retain’s Founder and Director, commented: “The Retain Limited team and I are very excited to become a Patron of the Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce.

“This patronage presents a unique opportunity for us to grow our local and regional visibility and become further connected throughout the southwest of the country.

“The patronage also offers us many opportunities to support the Devon and Plymouth business community with our unique and award-winning three-in-one services within the construction and renewable energy sectors.”

The Devon & Plymouth Chamber is delighted that two of their most well-respected members and collaborators have stepped up to become Patrons. Chamber Chief Executive Stuart Elford said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to welcome not one, but two new Patrons to our Chamber family.

“Retain Limited and Livewell Southwest are both hugely successful and influential organisations here in the southwest.

“Through their support for the Chamber, our patrons demonstrate their commitment to the development of the economy and business throughout Devon and Plymouth.

“Our patrons will take centre stage as we look ahead to our packed events programme for the rest of 2023 and beyond. And we’re also counting down to this year’s Devon Business Show, which promises to be a true celebration of our region’s thriving business community.

“Our Patrons play a unique role in developing the future of our region, and the Chamber is far stronger with the support and Patronage of Retain Limited and Livewell Southwest.”

Patrons of the Chamber are some of the best-known and respected names in the business community. They are woven into the Chamber’s extensive lobbying activities and become one of the region’s principal voices.

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Revving up the Fun!

In our latest team-building event, the Retain Limited team enjoyed a thrilling few hours at Plymouth Karting on a Friday afternoon. As you can imagine, the competition was very fierce, and we’ve just about recovered from our whiplash injuries! 

We had three sessions altogether, which culminated in a 20-lap final race. Our times were calculated throughout a qualifying session, and we lined up on the grid in true grand prix fashion. The adrenaline was well and truly pumping in everyone as we waited for the green lights. 

After a dramatic and incident-packed final 20 laps, our Technical Director, Darren Notman, was first across the line and through the chequered flag. Daz was followed by second-placed Sam Betts (Quantity Surveyor), and James Styles MCMI (Operations Manager) finished third. However, some of James’s tactics were questionable, to say the least! 

Ultimately, it wasn’t about who won or lost the race (although Daz would disagree!). It was about the team’s realisation that sometimes it’s good to shift gears, take a break from the spreadsheets, and be let loose in a go-kart!

Many thanks to everyone at Plymouth Karting for your hospitality – we all had a blast.

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Work-Related Fatalities on the Rise

A recent Health and Safety Executive (HSE) publication reports that 135 workers in Great Britain were killed in work-related accidents in 2022/23. This was an increase of 12 fatalities (10%) from the previous year.

Also, 68 members of the public sustained fatal injuries from work-related accidents. This is a 20% decrease from the 88 deaths in 2021/22, significantly lower than the number of fatalities recorded before the COVID-19 pandemic hit our shores.

The number of fatal injuries in the workplace fluctuates year-on-year. Over the last ten years, the highest number has been 150 in 2012/13, and the lowest was 113 in 2019/2020. Whilst these numbers continue to vary, one thing remains consistent – the construction industry is the most significant contributor of fatalities each year.

The profile of fatal injuries to workers by industry sector in 2022/23 is generally similar to the profile of the last five years, with 82% of deaths in 2022/23 occurring in five industry sectors. These are:

  • Construction (45 fatalities)
  • Agriculture, forestry and fishing (21 fatalities)
  • Manufacturing (15 fatalities)
  • Transportation and storage (15 fatalities)
  • Wholesale, retail, motor vehicle repair; accommodation and food services (15 fatalities)

The 45 fatal injuries in the construction industry during 2022/23 was an increase of 16 from the previous year’s total of 29. However, this difference is not statistically significant, as the five-year average for fatalities in this sector is 37.

However, when you look at the fatal injury statistics regarding the number of fatalities per 100,000 workers employed, the agriculture, forestry and fishing sector comes out as the worst.

Falls from height, being struck by a moving vehicle and being struck by a moving (including flying or falling) object continue as the three leading causes of fatal injury. They have accounted for over half of all fatal injuries yearly since at least 2001/02.

In 2022/23, a total of 40 fatal injuries were due to falls from height, which accounts for 30% of all worker deaths over the year. This represents an increase of five fatalities from the previous year.

As a professional three-in-one contractor in the construction and renewable energy sectors, all our projects are above ground level, working on industrial or commercial roofs or from scaffolding. The health and safety of our workforce are constantly at the forefront of our minds.

We are proud to have developed market-leading health and safety policies that go above and beyond the standards of the sectors we operate in. These award-winning policies have been the solid foundations on which we have successfully built our business.

We’ve been annual winners of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) Gold Award for Health and Safety since 2016. These awards fully endorse our primary objective – the continued safety of our employees.

Jamie Gibbs, Founder and Director of Retain Limited, commented: “Compared to other countries worldwide, Great Britain is regarded as one of the safest places to work.

“However, the subject of health and safety needs to be a top priority for all organisations regardless of the industry they operate in. We must ensure our workers return home to their families after a hard day’s work.”

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The Hottest Month

Scientists are already calculating that last month will be the hottest month on record and is likely to be the warmest month humanity has ever experienced. As heat waves and wildfires savaged many parts of Europe, Asia and North America, global heat is rising faster than attempts to counteract it.

Human-caused global warming made July 2023 hotter for four out of five people on Earth, with more than 2 billion people feeling climate change-boosted warmth daily.

Over 6.5 billion people, or 81% of the world’s population, sweated through at least one day, where climate change significantly affected the average daily temperature. This staggering fact is included in a new report published by Climate Central, a science non-profit.

Researchers observed 4,711 cities worldwide and found climate change fingerprints in 4,019 of them for July. The new study calculated that burning coal, oil and natural gas had made it three times more likely to be hotter on at least one day in those cities.

In the US, where the climate effect was most prominent in Florida, more than 244 million people felt more significant heat due to climate change during July. “We really are experiencing climate change just about everywhere,” said Climate Central Vice President for Science Andrew Pershing.

Easing the effects of global warming requires collective efforts from individuals, governments, and businesses. Businesses can significantly mitigate climate change due to their substantial influence on resource consumption, emissions, and innovation.

We have recently designed, installed and commissioned a 56kWp commercial solar energy system for YMCA Plymouth. This commercial solar energy system will help the organisation save money on their electricity bills, but, more significantly, it will help reduce the building’s carbon output by almost 11,000KG per year.

We all have a small part to play in fighting global warming, but businesses hold the key to reversing the damage already caused. If you would like to know more about the benefits of a commercial solar energy system for your business and the world, please get in touch with Alex Isted at 0800 027 2244 or alex@retainlimited.com.

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National Give Something Away Day

Retain Limited was delighted to participate in National Give Something Away Day this year. We were provided with some fantastic prizes from our principal partners, Plymouth Argyle Football Club.

Gemma Clark was the lucky winner of local star goalkeeper Michael Cooper’s match-worn shirt, and Amber Reeves was thrilled to take Sam Cosgrove’s match-worn shirt home. Our Technical Director, Darren Notman, handed over the shirts in a special presentation box.

National Give Something Away Day, celebrated annually across the nation, brings communities together and encourages people to share their abundance with others. From small acts of kindness to grand gestures, this special occasion offers a chance for everyone to make a positive impact and spread joy far and wide.

Our congratulations go to Amber and Gemma, but we also want to acknowledge all the other hundreds of entries who didn’t win this time. There will be more competitions throughout the year, so please keep an eye out for those on our social media channels.

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UK Green Business Grants and Loans

Everyone has a role to play when tackling the current global climate crisis, and small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) are no expectation. Global warming is here and clear to see. Record temperatures were recorded here in the UK last year, and now places in Europe, such as Greece and Italy, are experiencing unbearable heatwaves, with wildfires destroying land and property.

The climate crisis has reached the point where businesses no longer have a choice about going green and ultimately achieving net zero status. It’s now quite simply a case of when rather than if.

The good news is that becoming a sustainable organisation is easier and cheaper than you think. Various financial support options are available to help SMEs become more sustainable. Here are a few possibilities you might want to consider:

UK government

Almost £5 billion of government funding is available to help UK businesses as part of its commitment to reach net zero emissions by 2050. The funding will be awarded to businesses that invest in green technologies to increase energy efficiency or reduce carbon emissions.

The list is continuously being updated as new funding becomes available, so please keep an eye on the government’s green funding webpage for current openings. The website can be found here.

Also, check out the Department for Environmental, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). They run initiatives to help businesses become more sustainable, and you can sign up to receive their email alerts here.

Green loans from financial institutions

Many banks and financial institutions offer loans and products tailored to support green businesses and initiatives. These loans can be used for various purposes, such as renewable energy installations, energy efficiency improvements, or other sustainable projects.

UK banks, including Lloyds (Clean Growth Financing Initiative), NatWest (Green Loans) and HSBC (Green SME Fund), are currently offering schemes that are worth checking out.

Local authority funding

Some local authorities may offer grants or funding programs to support renewable energy projects within their control. These schemes can vary depending on your specific region, so it’s good practice to check with your local council for any available or planned funding opportunities. If you’re unsure what local authority your business falls under, just visit gov.uk/find-local-council and enter your business’s postcode.

It’s essential to thoroughly research each grant or loan scheme to understand its eligibility criteria, the application process, and any specific requirements. These schemes will have a shelf life or a certain amount of funding available, so it’s difficult to say how long they will last.

If you would like to know more about our commercial solar Pv solutions and the positive difference a renewable energy system can make to your business and the planet, please contact Retain Energy’s Alex Isted at 0800 027 2244 or alex@retainlimited.com.

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ERS Gold Status Achieved

The Directors of award-winning Retain Limited are thrilled to announce that they achieved the prestigious Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Award. This accolade follows the ERS silver and bronze awards which were attained last year.

Achieving the Gold Award reflects our continued commitment to supporting the armed forces community in a manner that aligns with the values of the Armed Forces Covenant.

Through a three-tier approach of bronze, silver and gold, the ERS scheme acknowledges employers’ different levels of commitment. It allows the Ministry of Defence to publicly thank and reward organisations for their support.

Retain Limited is privileged to have worked closely with the Royal Marines Charity (RMA) over the last few years. The RMA is a fantastic charitable organisation that provides lifetime support to the Royal Marines Family by any means required. We are delighted to offer our support, including mentoring and career opportunities for former service personnel.

With many of our employees previously serving in the Royal Marines, including Founder and Director Jamie Gibbs and Technical Director Darren Notman, we endeavour to offer employment opportunities to help former Royal Marines and other armed forces personnel adjust to their new lives as British civilians.

Retain Limited also strives to help educate, train and create bespoke career pathways tailored to individual skill sets to enable and encourage a successful and fulfilling life post-service.

In response to receiving the ERS Gold Award, Jamie Gibbs said: “We are truly honoured to have gained ERS Gold Award status.

“This is such a proud moment for everyone associated with Retain as we receive recognition for the endeavours we employ as a business to support the armed forces and veterans community.

“To have received all three ERS awards within 18 months is a wonderful achievement and must be applauded.

“Our new gold status further demonstrates to our staff and clients that we fully support the armed forces community and are a safe and trusted employer.”

The colour gold is familiar at Retain as we have been year-on-year winners of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) Gold Award since 2016 for our ongoing commitment to health and safety.

Furthermore, we have recently announced our support for Plymouth Argyle Football Club by agreeing to be a principal sponsor for the next three seasons. A gold-coloured Retain logo appears on the Argyle playing shorts, reaffirming our gold standard in everything we do as a trusted three-in-one contractor operating in the construction and renewable energy sectors.

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Retain is Going for Gold with the Green Army

Plymouth Argyle FC has launched their new kit for the 2023/24 season today, and we’re thrilled to see the Retain Limited logo on the back of their playing shorts. We announced that we had become a principal sponsor of Argyle back in April, and today is the day we have all been waiting for.

Those of you who are familiar with the Retain branding will notice that the logo on the shorts looks a bit different. The Retain logo is in gold, perfectly aligning with our gold approach and the gold standard in everything we do as a three-in-one contractor in the construction and renewable energy industries.

The colour gold is well acquainted at Retain as we have been year-on-year winners of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) Gold Award since 2016. This accolade reaffirms our ongoing commitment to providing first-class health and safety procedures throughout the Retain Limited group of companies.

Furthermore, we have recently applied for the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Award, which encourages employers to support defence and inspire others to do the same. We were awarded the ERS Silver Award in October 2022 and are proud to be an active Armed Forces Covenant member.

Jamie Gibbs, Founder and Director of Retain Limited, said: “The new playing kit looks fantastic, and we’re delighted to support Plymouth Argyle for the next three seasons as a principal sponsor.

“I have watched the club go from strength to strength over the last few years, and to see Argyle back in the Sky Bet Championship, with the Retain logo on their shorts, is a wonderful feeling for my team and I.

“I would like to take the opportunity to wish Steven Schumacher and his team all the best for the new season ahead of their first friendly tomorrow night against Hearts in Spain.”

Please click here to view the new Plymouth Argyle kit.

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2023 Armed Forces Day

The 2023 Armed Forces Day takes place tomorrow (Saturday, 24 June), an annual event that sits very close to our hearts at Retain Limited.

Every year, the Armed Forces Day national event puts the host town or city in the spotlight, drawing national media and public interest. This year’s national event will be held in Falmouth after Scarborough hosted last year’s event.

Armed Forces Day is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to come along and show their support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community, from presently serving troops to reservists, veterans, cadets and their families.

The Plymouth Armed Forces Day, in association with Babcock, promises to be an exciting day for everyone, with Plymouth Hoe being the venue. There will be activities for all the family to enjoy and get involved in, from exploring military vehicles and equipment to tackling the Royal Marines challenging activities and the Army’s weapon displays.

Explore the dynamic displays in the Royal Navy Village and chat with the RAF recruitment teams to learn more about the wide range of careers, from aircrew to chef! Look out for the brilliant displays from the emergency services too, who will be on-hand to speak with you, offer advice, and explain how and when they use their emergency equipment.

The Veterans Village will host many interesting and interactive displays, plus a wide range of charities and organisations offering information, support and advice, including training and recruitment opportunities for ex-military personnel.

The event starts at 10:00am and families can enjoy an exciting arena programme, bands, parades, live music and the awesome junior field gun tournaments running throughout the day. The day will finish late into the evening with a free concert offering an outstanding line-up of brilliant performances to dance and sing along to, with the stunning backdrop of Plymouth Sound.

There are many ways for people, communities and organisations nationwide to show their support and get involved with many other events planned throughout the UK. We hope you can attend these events and show appreciation and respect to the armed forces community.

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Commercial Solar PV for Businesses

Are you considering a commercial solar PV installation for your business? Operating a business can be financially demanding, especially regarding energy expenses. You can considerably reduce electricity bills and supercharge your savings by harnessing the sun’s power.

Those saved funds could be diverted to areas that really matter, such as growing your business, rewarding your staff, or investing in product or service development. With commercial solar PV, you’ll create a competitive edge in the marketplace and keep your bottom line in a good place.

In today’s eco-conscious world that we live in, customers value organisations that prioritise a sustainable business approach. Commercial solar PV helps your organisation save money and provides an impressive way to highlight your commitment to the planet.

You become a champion of environmental responsibility by generating clean and renewable energy. Customers, employees, and stakeholders will admire your dedication and commitment to reducing your carbon footprint and preserving our planet for future generations. It’s a win-win situation that enhances your brand reputation and appeals to environmentally conscious consumers.

Support for solar PV and renewable energy is strengthening year-on-year. Both central government and local authorities have regularly offered incentives and tax benefits for businesses that invest in solar power. 

By installing commercial solar PV, you may be eligible for grants, rebates, and tax credits that further enhance your cost savings and make your investment even more rewarding. Please check with your local authority to determine if any support is currently available.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Alex Isted at Retain Energy on 0800 027 2244 or alex@retainlimited.com to discover the significant difference a commercial solar PV system can make to your business. Alternatively, please complete the form below, and we’ll be in touch to find you the best commercial solar PV solution.

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2023

Anxiety is the theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week. Anxiety is a normal emotion that we all have, but it can sometimes get out of control and affect us physically and mentally, leading to mental health problems.

Many things can lead to anxiety, such as exam pressures, starting a new job (or losing one), relationships or other significant life events. We can also get anxious about money-related issues and the inability to meet our basic needs, like heating our home or putting food on the table. But anxiety can be made easier to manage and become less of a burden.

Focusing on the topic of anxiety for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week will increase people’s awareness and understanding of what anxiety really is. The Mental Health Foundation aims to provide information on what can help prevent it from becoming an issue.

Alexa Knight, Director of England at the Mental Health Foundation, commented: “We’ve chosen anxiety as the Mental Health Awareness Week theme this year to kickstart a nationwide conversation, encouraging people to share their own experiences and any helpful ideas on how they manage anxiety.”

Together, the Mental Health Foundation have stated they will keep up the pressure to demand change – ensuring that improving mental health is a key priority for the government and society.

Help is always available, and there are many things that we can all do to protect our mental health by effectively managing anxiety. However, what works for one person will be different to another person.

Things that might be helpful include being active, getting outdoors amongst nature, practising breathing techniques, obtaining support to tackle money worries or eating well. Talking to a friend or family member, or spending time with your loved ones, is often an excellent first step to get on the right track.

The Mental Health Foundation has reviewed the evidence for what works to manage anxiety and brought together their top recommendations, which can be found here. If anxiety severely affects your everyday life, you should contact your GP as soon as possible, who can offer additional support and help.

No one should struggle alone.

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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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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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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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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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