A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

Free delivery

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

Free delivery

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

Free delivery

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

Free delivery

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

Free delivery

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

Free delivery

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

Free delivery

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

Free delivery

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

Free delivery

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

Free delivery

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

Free delivery

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

Free delivery

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

Free delivery

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

Free delivery

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit. Eveniet a minima debitis officia.

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

Free delivery

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit. Eveniet a minima debitis officia.

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

Free delivery

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

Free delivery

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

Free delivery

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

Free delivery

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

Free delivery

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

Free delivery

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

Free delivery

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

Free delivery

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

Free delivery

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

Free delivery

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

Free delivery

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

Free delivery

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

Free delivery

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

Free delivery

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

Free delivery

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

Free delivery

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

Free delivery

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

Free delivery

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

Free delivery

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

Free delivery

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

Free delivery

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

Credit to Urban Toronto

 
It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will reduce the bond’s strength.
A way to reduce the cold weather’s effect may be to increase the sand or lime content to create a stiffer mortar mixture. Lime will also allow it to lose moisture quickly.

Hot Weather

Hot weather has the opposite effect – it causes water to evaporate from the mortar. However, both climates will decrease the bond strength of the mortar. It will prematurely settle and not have enough moisture for the brick to hold onto. To reduce the impact of hot weather, I would recommend sprinkling water onto bricks before laying them to increase moisture.

Dry Weather

This can result in a large amount of dust which can be dangerous to construction sites. It can reduce visibility for those nearby and generate dirt which needs to be regularly maintained to avoid complications.

Wet Weather

Wet weather can pose a problem because a project cannot continue unless the structure is completely dry. If there has been heavy rain or snow, this could take several days or weeks.

Windy Weather

Extreme wind can be difficult to work in. It is important for employees to know which equipment can handle certain types of wind speeds. It is also important to note that with height, wind speed will increase so workers must be careful when using equipment like cranes. I would recommend using an anemometer or wind speed indicator during the job to stay informed.

Tips for minimising the weather’s impact

There are numerous ways to minimise the impact of the weather on a construction project and the safety of employees.
Watch the weather – keep up-to-date with weather reports and always plan accordingly. Pay attention to your surroundings while working as the weather can always change and forecasts are not 100% accurate.
Have an action plan – be prepared for extreme weather conditions and communicate with employees so they know how to react ahead of time.
Create a system – have a system which makes it easy for employees to report unsafe conditions.
Prepare for damage – protect your site by moving equipment indoors and covering and securing equipment that cannot be moved.
Keep equipment clean – weather can bring about mess – dust and mud. Make sure you keep site equipment clean to prevent damage.

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A 5 Point Programme for Successful Selling

Posted on July 18th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

There’s no such thing as being born to sell. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe there are people who are brilliant at being a sales rep and can often make the job look easy (we have a few of those at Blue Diamond STL). However, these salespeople have more than likely taken the time to refine their skills and constantly strive to push themselves further. They are committed to implementing a regimented sales process and are constantly aiming to support customers at every touch point.

We have a 5 point program which includes effective steps to help you improve with selling.

1 – Sales Enquiries/ Leads

Every sales enquiry, regardless of whether it is substantial or small, must be recorded. This makes it easier to follow up on the enquiry as there is evidence of what was spoken about.

For example, a customer may have called up and you decided to tell them about a new product and send them a sample. If you do not record this communication, then you may forget what happened and when they phone up again you may forget to ask their opinion on your new product. This is a missed opportunity to make a sale and acquire valuable customer feedback.

Sales enquiries are regarded as the life-blood of the business, so to avoid situations like the one above you must make sure all enquiries are respected and recorded.

2 – Quotations

When preparing a quotation, you should make sure you are prompt because delays present a negative portrayal of your company to customers. Delays in forwarding a quotation can often tell the customer you are not interested in their business. Instead, I recommend forwarding a quotation as soon as possible as this tells your customer you are keen for their business and want the order to progress. This is particularly important as some prospects will place orders based on the fact that they have received a well-defined quotation promptly.

3 – Follow Up Quotations to Obtain Orders

Quotations must be followed up and a strategy should be devised to secure the order. One strategy may be to use up your prospective customer’s time and give them less time to spend with your competitors. I advise you to ask for help and compare notes if you have difficulty getting the order.

4 – Processing of Order and Follow-up of Production Throughout Lead Time

Ensure the signed Order Schedule is obtained quickly and processed immediately. It would be beneficial to refrain from assuming production will deliver on time. This will ensure you aren’t completely reliant on production but in the case of delays, customers need to be advised as soon as possible. I would recommend following up on production and managing the delivery deadline.

5 – Attention to Production Problems After Installation

Don’t ignore customer complaints. Although it can be difficult to read negative comments about your business, all feedback is highly useful. Negative feedback presents you with the opportunity to make changes and improve. If you improve your service or products you are able to better meet the requirements of our customers. Ultimately, your best future sales prospect is your existing satisfied customer.

I would recommend taking a personal interest in the problem, keep your customer informed and above all keep all your promises.

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ProSolve™ Prowipes – Industrial Cleaning Wipes UK

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

ProSolve™ branded industrial hand wipes (ProWipes) are, tough, strong and heavy duty anti-bacterial cleaning wipes suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications.

Our range of effective, heavy-duty industrial hand cleaners carries the ProSolve™ brand name because they fit the “Problem Solved” criteria and can tackle the messiest of jobs, allowing professionals to quickly and easily remove oil and grease and protect hard-working hands.

Manufactured in the UK, we are a supplier of industrial wipes and other cleaning and construction solutions.

These products clean hands, tools and hard surfaces without the need for water or scrubbing.

Our ProWipes have a pH of 5.0-6.0, which means that they are highly effective at removing the toughest of dirt, muck and grease whilst being kind to surfaces and skin; also removes oil, paint, adhesive and sealant, they also contain powerful anti-bacterial performance and guard against MRSA, e-coli and salmonella; they also contain Aloe Vera for extra moisturiser.

Available in a number of cost-effective options.

Grab our ProWipe Fact Sheet.

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES

PROSOLVE™ INDUSTRIAL HAND WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ GRIT WIPES – BUCKET

PROSOLVE™ PAINT WIPES – BUCKET

Also available is a range of cleaning gels:

PROSOLVE™ BEADED HAND GEL

PROSOLVE™ PRO WIPES – HEAVY DUTY WIPES

PROSOLVE™ HAND WIPES – MEGA VALUE BUCKET (300 WIPES)

If you want to know more about our range of industrial cleaning wipes or hand cleaners then call us on 01302 310113 or email sales@bdstl.com

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How to Install A Concealed Socket

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 by Kajol Kaur


Our Sapphire™ Concealed Socket is polished chrome plated and for use with a 19 or 25mm chrome plated tube/rail. The bracket is sold as a pair and comes complete with screws. It may seem like this is a hard task to complete but after reading this blog post you will know how to install a Sapphire concealed wardrobe socket.

You will need:

Step 1 – Using a tape measure for accuracy, mark with a pencil where you want the socket to go.

Step 2 – Place the base plate over the marking you made in step one. Make two additional markings through the holes in the base place. This is where the screws will go.

Step 3 – Drill two holes where you made the marking in step 2.

Step 4 – Fasten the two screws to hold the base plate in place.

Step 5 – Place the top of the socket onto your Sapphire Chrome Tube and twist onto the base plate.

Top Tips:

Ensure you take the correct precautions when using a power drill. For example, it is important to wear work gloves because power drills give off intense vibrations and can reach high temperatures due to the impact and friction. To protect your hands, wear thick gloves always.

To make step 4 easier ask a friend to hold the base plate. This will help you easily fasten the screws as the base plate is held in place and will not move.

If you would like a visual guide onto how to install a Concealed Socket click here.

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Why Do Weather Delays Cause a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by Kajol Kaur

Snow on construction site

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It can be tough to plan, organise, and manage a construction project; an added obstacle. Regular weather delays. Simple weather conditions, such as rain or snow, can have a significant impact on a project. In this article, I will be breaking down several of the weather delays all construction companies will encounter and why they can have a negative impact on the progress of a project.

Weather Hazards

Cold Weather

When the weather is cold, the main concern is a lack of normal cement hydration due to the mortar and grout not getting enough heat. Cold temperatures can slow down and even stop the process of cement hydration. This will