Retain Backs Veterans In Brickfields Hub Development

The Directors of Retain Limited are delighted to announce that we have agreed to sponsor the new Brickfields Hub development, working closely with the fantastic Argyle Community Trust.

Through the new partnership, existing Plymouth Argyle FC Principal Partner Retain Limited will sponsor a community space within the Hub to help support military veterans in the local Plymouth community.

The Hub will provide much-needed access, support, and equipment to reduce health inequalities, promote well-being, and become a beacon for local community activity provision for future generations.

This has become possible thanks to a partnership between some of the city’s leading sports and wellbeing brands, including Plymouth Argyle, the Trust, Plymouth City Council, Plymouth Albion RFC, and Devonport Community Leisure Limited (DCLL).

Jamie Gibbs, Retain Limited Founder and Director, said: “We are thrilled to support the exciting development that is taking place at Brickfields.

“We believe in building a solid foundation for the future, just like our prominent presence as a Principal Partner of Plymouth Argyle, with our group logo proudly displayed on the team’s shorts.

“We’re extending this commitment further by working with the fantastic Argyle Community Trust. This collaborative spirit, which is at the heart of everything we do, further cements our dedication to the Plymouth community.

“Once complete, the Brickfields development will be an amazing facility and a beacon of support for the people of Plymouth. I feel incredibly proud to be able to help and support such a wonderful initiative that will provide so many benefits to our local community.”

Dwain Morgan, Head of Business Development at the Trust, said: “We are incredibly grateful to Jamie and the team at Retain Limited for supporting us on this journey. To make sure we deliver the best facility project for the local community, the role our sponsors play is key.

“Through their generous sponsorship, it will allow us to support all by utilising a bespoke new space in our flagship hub.

“It would not be possible to achieve our ambitious plans without the generosity of sponsors. The Trust would like to send heartful thanks to Retain Limited for becoming a key sponsor of the facility.”

To learn more about the Brickfields redevelopment, visit the dedicated microsite here. There, you can also sign up for the newsletter to stay updated with the latest developments.

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When Your Roof Says Enough is Enough

A guide to replacing your industrial or commercial roof

For any industrial or commercial property owner, the roof of your building is more than just panels and beams – it’s the shield protecting your people, assets, stock and daily operations from Mother Nature. But even the most formidable shields need attention, and sometimes, they must be replaced.

Ignoring a failing industrial or commercial roofing system can be a recipe for disaster, leading to leaks, health and safety hazards, and costly downtime in manufacturing environments. So, how do you know when to say goodbye to your old roof and replace it with a new one?

Signs your roof needs replacing

  • Age: Roofs start to deteriorate over time, and their performance to withstand the elements becomes challenged. This deterioration could result in leaks or metal de-lamination of the coating, creating issues such as rusting or cut-edge corrosion.
  • Leaks: This is a big red flag, indicating compromised waterproofing and the potential for further structural damage that could threaten the integrity of your property.
  • Visible damage: Missing or broken panels, cracks, rust, cut-edge corrosion, and sagging indicate a deteriorating roof nearing its end.
  • Energy inefficiency: An outdated roof may not be adequately insulated, leading to higher heating and cooling costs.
  • Safety concerns: Loose or damaged roofing materials pose a hazard to personnel and equipment within the building.

Planning your roof replacement project

Replacing an industrial or commercial roofing system can be a significant task, especially when working in live situations. Careful planning is crucial to a successful outcome; here are some key steps to ensure a smooth transformation:

  • Conduct a thorough roof inspection: Hire a professional roofing contractor to assess the condition of your roof and recommend the best course of action. Our drone surveys offer a safe, quick, detailed way to inspect your roof.
  • Consider your options: Depending on your budget and needs, you might choose a complete strip and replacement or an overclad option to make your property more energy-efficient.
  • Request at least three quotes: Compare quotes from reputable roofing contractors (like ourselves) to ensure you get the best value for a like-for-like system.
  • Don’t forget permits and regulations: Ensure you obtain all necessary permits and comply with local building regulations.

The benefits of a new roof

Investing in a new industrial or commercial roof offers a host of benefits. These include:

  • Enhanced protection: A new roofing system shields your property and operations from the elements.
  • Lower energy bills: Modern roofs can incorporate reflective surfaces and better insulation, leading to lower heating and cooling energy costs.
  • Reduced maintenance costs: A new roof requires less frequent repairs and maintenance, saving you money in the long run.
  • Increased property value: A new roof with a long lifespan can boost the value of your building.
  • Peace of mind: Knowing your roof is in good condition provides peace of mind and allows you to focus on running your business effectively.

Remember, replacing your roof is not just an expense; it’s an investment that will safeguard the future of your building and business. By addressing potential problems proactively and choosing the right solution, you can ensure a safe, efficient, and protected environment for your staff and operations for years to come.

Don’t let a failing roof become a costly disaster – we can help you take control of your building’s future! Contact our commercial team at 0800 027 2244 or email our commercial team here to learn more about our award-winning industrial and commercial roofing solutions.

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YMCA Plymouth Goes Green With Commercial Solar PV

We were proud to have been commissioned to design and install a comprehensive energy-saving solution for YMCA Plymouth

This project involved two key aspects:

  • Upgrading the building envelope: A new pitched overclad and flat roofing system was installed, along with wall cladding. This not only improves the building’s aesthetics but also enhances its weatherproofing and thermal performance.
  • Sustainable power generation: We designed, installed, and commissioned a 56kWp commercial solar PV system. This system, featuring 140 x 400W Trina Solar Vertex S panels and a Growatt New Energy 50kW inverter, will significantly reduce the YMCA’s electricity bills.

Beyond Cost Savings

The combined effect of the roof and wall cladding upgrades and the solar PV system goes beyond immediate financial benefits. Here’s what YMCA Plymouth can expect:

  • Reduced Carbon Footprint: The solar PV system is estimated to generate over 10,500KG less carbon emissions annually, making a positive impact on the environment.
  • Enhanced Building Safety: The new roof and wall cladding ensure the long-term structural integrity and safety of the building for years to come.

Retain Limited’s Expertise

Our project scope fully encompassed our award-winning three-in-one service offering:

  • Complete design, installation, and commissioning of the commercial solar PV system
  • Supply and installation of the new pitched overclad and flat roof systems, along with wall cladding
  • Comprehensive project planning, including RAMS
  • Air testing to ensure optimal building envelope performance
  • Design and erection/dismantling of scaffolding and edge protection systems for safe project execution

By partnering with Retain Limited, YMCA Plymouth has invested in energy savings and the sustainability and longevity of its facility.

Is your organisation looking to reduce its environmental impact and energy costs? We can offer a comprehensive range of energy-saving solutions, from solar PV installations to building envelope upgrades. 

Contact us today for a free consultation and see how we can help you achieve your sustainability goals.

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Listen To Jamie Gibbs On ‘Fitz In The Community’

Our Founder and Director, Jamie Gibbs LLB (Hons) MIoR, recently had the pleasure of recording a podcast with David FitzGerald (formerly of BBC Radio Devon). The discussion centred around PL1 Civvy Street, the inspiring new veteran’s hub set to open in Plymouth later this year.

From job placement services and counselling to social activities and securing housing, PL1 Civvy Street aims to provide a welcoming environment where veterans can find the well-deserved support and guidance they need to thrive beyond their military service.

During the podcast, Jamie and David explored the distinctive challenges veterans often face, the services PL1 Civvy Street will offer, and the upcoming fundraising gala at the Crowne Plaza Plymouth on Friday 20 September.

We are extremely proud of Jamie for using his platform to raise awareness about this crucial cause, which is incredibly close to his heart, having proudly served in the Royal Marines.

David’s podcast series, ‘Fitz in the Community,’ explores the communities across Devon and beyond, offering unique insights throughout the county. The latest podcast (featuring Jamie talking about PL1 Civvy Street) is out now. Please click here to listen to it. 

In the meantime, please mark your calendars for the gala and join us for a special night of celebration and fundraising. Every ticket sold helps us make a well-deserved difference in the lives of those who have served our country with pride.

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Retain’s Integrated Services Power Southall Project

We are thrilled to share the remarkable progress made on our large-scale roofing and commercial solar PV project in Southall, London. The building has undergone a complete transformation, and the works we have completed will ensure its sustainability and resilience for many years to come.

We have finished the extensive roofing installation, and our solar energy team has mounted almost 1,100 Canadian Solar panels alongside four Solis inverters. Once complete and fully commissioned, the commercial solar system will exceed 400 kWp, substantially reducing our clients’ electricity bills and carbon footprint.

A vital feature of this project has been the seamless and successful integration of our three award-winning services – Retain RoofingRetain Energy, and Retain Access.

Our experienced team of professionals has conducted everything from safe access to the roof space with Retain Access to the expert installation of a new roofing system by Retain Roofing and the clean energy generation from Retain Energy.

This synergistic approach eliminates the need for unnecessary communication channels and ensures a cohesive flow of information and expertise throughout the project.

Stay tuned for the final reveal of these impressive works! We’ll be sharing more details about the completed project soon.

In the meantime, are you interested in a similar transformation for your industrial or commercial property? Contact us at 0800 027 2244 today to discuss your project requirements, or complete the form below to request a callback.

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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 the dual benefits of cost savings and carbon footprint reduction, as well as 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.


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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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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