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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.

Knowledge based on experience.

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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 (Cornwall) after Scarborough (North Yorkshire) 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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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 as well as battery storage (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 fill out our contact form below, and we’ll be in touch to discuss your requirements.

Knowledge based on experience.

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Plymouth Argyle FC Sponsorship Announcement

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

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

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

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, with the three-year term showing a firm level of commitment from both parties.

“There has never been a more exciting time to be involved with Argyle, and 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, and the firm 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 team and I recognise the hard work and success that has gone into the club over recent years, both on and off the pitch and within our local community.

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

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