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  • Arco Breaks its Fundraising Record for Macmillan Cancer Support

    21 October 2020

    The UK's leading health and safety expert, Arco has raised £17,014 in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Macmillan's Coffee Morning event expected to see a huge income drop this year and it was feared that thousands of cancer patients could miss out on crucial support from a Macmillan nurse in 2021. Arco recognised it was more important than ever to raise money for the charity. This year's fundraising figure is the highest sum to-date that Arco has raised for Macmillan Coffee Mornings. The final figure lifts the total amount Arco has raised to £196,478 in the 15 years the company has supported the coffee morning initiative.

    Colleagues at Arco rallied together, running quizzes and virtual coffee mornings to raise crucial funds for Macmillan. The main fundraising event was the Arco Macmillan Raffle which gained colossal company engagement and was streamed live to colleagues nationwide on the 25th of September. Arco is grateful for the continued support from its suppliers, who donated a generous 63 prizes from experience days to hampers.

    Karen Narey, Campaign Manager for Arco, said:

    "It's heart-breaking that people who have cancer have been unintentionally left behind as COVID-19 has taken priority this year. But this year's record figure is a symbol of hope, not despair. I want to thank everyone at Arco for getting involved to raise money for this great cause, despite the challenges of virtual fundraising. We're so pleased to know our collective efforts can help nurses, families and patients get the support they need."

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  • Industrial Hose Division Relocates to a New £2m Purpose-Built Facility

    08 October 2020

    UK Safety Expert Arco has recently moved its Industrial Hose Division to a new larger facility of 17,500m3, next door to Arco's National Distribution Centre (NDC), on the outskirts of Hull. As one of the UK's biggest industrial hose distributors, the new facility contains a dedicated and comprehensive range of industrial hose solutions suitable for all types of industries and applications.

    As part of Arco's investment programme, the new £2m purpose-built facility provides increased storage capacity as well as improved efficiencies for working and more accessible machinery, allowing for quicker turn-around of customer orders, with the majority of stock lines orders processed in less than 24 hours.

    The new facility also contains a dedicated workroom area, featuring an upstairs mezzanine for small hose assembly with bench top working and a new flexible working space downstairs to enable projects of different sizes and capacities to be accommodated. Significant investment in equipment has allowed the team to add a custom-made test container for pressure testing larger assemblies, alongside two smaller fully contained cabinets, creating a safer working environment for operatives whilst ensuring that all hoses are safe to use for their intended application. The facility also houses an office on-site for its specialist customer service team who offer customers expert guidance on choosing the right hose products, as well as advice on hose safety and relevant legislation.

    Hoses are used in a wide variety of companies in many sectors, from workshops and light manufacturing businesses, to large utilities, heavy manufacturing and offshore drilling operations. The right hose products are essential for efficient operations, as well as for worker safety, so it is important to get the right products, at the right specifications, tested and fit for each application.

    Providing customers with reliable equipment, Arco Industrial Hose Division offers customers access to over 3,000 product lines and over 600,000 meters of hose. Working each year with more than 4,000 trading accounts, the team has over 200 years of industry knowledge enabling them to deliver expert advice on an array of hose products and applications.

    Daniel Frith, Product & Procurement Manager - Industrial Hose, said:

    "The move to this new facility will provide greater storage capacity for our products and a working environment that's more flexible for the team, meaning that we can sustain and even improve upon our current customer service levels, as well as enable our future growth ambitions."

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  • Arco Supports Martin House Hospice Through the Pandemic

    28 September 2020

    The UK's leading health and safety supplier, Arco, donates 1% of its net profit to charity each year. As part of this annual commitment, Arco has donated £10,000 to help Martin House Hospice adapt its support services and continue operating throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.

    Martin House cares for babies, children and young people with life-shortening conditions, as well as offering assistance for affected families. Bereavement support and ongoing counselling are also available for those families whose child had a life-limiting condition as well as families who have lost a child suddenly. Arco recognised that these services are more important than ever given the increased levels of anxiety and isolation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The funds donated by Arco will ensure that families can access Martin House's vital advice, symptom control, and end-of-life care during these particularly challenging times.

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  • Arco Partners with Headway to Fund Brain Injury Helpline

    24 September 2020

    Arco, the UK's leading safety company, has entered an exciting strategic partnership with Headway - the brain injury association. Headway promote the understanding of all aspects of brain injury and provide information, support and services to survivors, their families and carers. In addition, Headway campaign to reduce incidence of brain injury. The partnership will focus on bringing awareness of brain injury to the forefront of safety in the workplace.

    Arco, made a donation to Headway to fund their helpline for a month. This contribution meant that their specialist helpline team could support on average, just under 1,000 callers in need of emotional and practical support.

    The Headway helpline is a free, confidential service available to anyone with a question about brain injury - from survivors and carers to students and professionals. They discuss a wide range of issues relating to brain injury, from the initial injury and its effects, to long-term rehabilitation and support.

    As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Headway anticipated a potential drop of £2 million in their annual income but are continuing to provide vital services to those who need them, support which is even more important during the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown.

    David Evison, Managing Director at Arco commented:

    "A brain injury can be life changing for a person and for those close to them, the Headway helpline provides vital specialist advice and support. We are proud to become a strategic partner, we're pleased that we can support during such challenging times and look forward to developing the partnership further in the future."

    Catherine Maddy, Director of Communications at Headway, said:

    "We are so grateful to Arco for their generous support and look forward to working with them in the future, improving life after brain injury together."

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  • HRH The Princess Royal Visits Our New National Distribution Centre in Hull

    17 September 2020

    The visit by the Princess Royal officially marks the opening of Arco's latest £30 million investment into improving its logistical capabilities.

    Arco welcomed her Royal Highness the Princess Royal to its brand new National Distribution Centre extension, which marks Phase 3 of the site's expansion. The Princess Royal toured Arco's state of the art facility and its industry-leading Quality Lab, meeting and talking to a number of Arco employees and commemorated the occasion by unveiling a plaque.

    This was a return visit for the Princess Royal who also performed the official opening ceremony for Arco's original National Distribution Centre in 2003. Phase 3, became operational on the 10th February 2020, marking an important milestone in the company's 135-year history in Hull and is part of a £70m investment programme Arco is making in the region.

    With an area of 220,000 square feet in size and standing at 22 metres high, Phase 3 doubles Arco's warehouse floor space and trebles its storage capacity. The project was delivered on time and to budget, with the original NDC remaining operational, without any impact on customer service. Arco played a leading role in the UK's response to the Covid-19 pandemic, with the new facility providing immediate capacity, the NDC team responded to dramatic changes in circumstances, introducing new ways of working and bringing the operation online ahead of schedule. Arco were involved in procuring, stocking and distributing critical Personal Protective Equipment for frontline workers, including over 140m face masks, 18m gloves, 0.5m coveralls and 0.5m hygiene products including hand sanitiser.

    Arco is the only safety distributor with an independently accredited testing laboratory and has a rigorous five-step product assurance process, ensuring the products it sells, meet recognised European and international standards. They also offer support for customers testing safety products that are available on the market and advise of their compliance. Part of her visit to the Arco laboratory, the Princess Royal was given a live demonstration to show how Arco tests safety footwear to ensure it complies with relevant safety standards. During the recent COVID-19 pandemic, Arco's safety experts supported frontline responders including the NHS and customers in critical key industries in identifying counterfeit and fake products and advised the Office for Product Safety Standards, the Health and Safety Executive and Trading Standards of their findings.

    Thomas Martin, Arco's Chairman, said:

    "We are extremely honoured and delighted to receive HRH the Princess Royal today to celebrate the official opening of Phase 3 of our National Distribution Centre, a significant milestone for Arco. Phase 3 re-affirms our continued commitment to our customers, those who work with Arco and the city of Hull. Our efforts in expanding the business's logistical capabilities will allow us to fulfil our ambitious future growth plans. In a very short time, it has supported our core purpose to keep people safe, enabling us to make a significant contribution to support the UK supply chain for critical safety equipment throughout a global pandemic."

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