Monthly Archives: October 2014

Fire Alarm Testing

Having a fully compliant and robust fire alarm system is, of course, paramount for the ongoing safety of your property. However, over time, it’s inevitable that some elements of your system are going to fail through age, general wear and tear, battery life or some other kind of damage.

Therefore it’s vital for your ongoing safety, and to remain diligent in your duty of care, that you have a regular system of maintenance with a fire alarm testing programme that can highlight and repair any areas of the system that might have grown deficient.

If you’re not testing your fire safety equipment on a regular basis then you can’t be certain that you have a fully functioning system offering you the highest level of protection that you could have.

Don’t let a fire be the occasion when you find out your alarms aren’t working

The worst scenario of course would be if you did happen to have a fire only to find out then that you had some kind of fault in your alarm system.

Don’t let this happen to you and your premises.

You need to have a regular testing procedure in place

To ensure that you have a fully operational fire alarm system you need to ensure that you are testing on a regular basis.

This could be a combination of an internal testing procedure, maybe a designated official from your workplace, carrying out weekly tests on alarms and other devices, in combination with a more thorough, periodic check of the entire fire alarm system from fully qualified engineers – such as those within our team at ARC Fire Safety.

Weekly Checks

Weekly, or frequent checks of your alarms can be carried out simply and with the minimum of fuss and intrusion to the workplace.

This can be accomplished by use of a simple device known as a call point test key which can be used to trigger the alarm mechanisms at the respective call points throughout your property in order to establish whether or not they are working. Any faults can then be quickly reported and a service engineer called to repair the fault.

As with all safety checks on site, your onsite representative (maybe the facilities manager) should be keeping a record of all testing that’s carried out across the site.

Full, comprehensive fire alarm testing for your entire system

At ARC Fire Safety Ltd we deliver a full service to meet all of your fire alarm testing requirements. We will work to a schedule which fits in with your business, ensuring that all testing is carried out with as little fuss and disruption as possible.

Our fully trained engineers will test all aspects of your fire alarm system, with the ability to carry out all necessary repairs and servicing as required. All testing whether scheduled or ad-hoc, will be supported by thorough reporting so that you are fully informed about all aspects concerning the status of your fire alarms.
Carrying out tests across every area of your system our engineers will provide maintenance for:

  • All Call Points
  • Sirens and other Alarms
  • Battery checks
  • Control Panels and Monitors
  • All Detection devices including smoke alarms and heat sensors

The engineers are fully qualified to undertake all servicing and maintenance requirements on your alarm system. Working efficiently in a professional manner they will keep your fire alarm system working to its full capacity.

By incorporating a regular service and testing procedure into the general facilities management of your premises you are ensuring that all appropriate measures are being taken to maximise the safety of your building and the continued well-being of those who work and operate within.

Fire Alarm Regulations

It’s vitally important you ensure that, as the manager or owner of a commercial premises, you are taking the correct measures to comply with fire alarm regulations, as they apply to you.

We understand that it can sometimes be confusing to keep up with each and every aspect of these regulations, however, they are not measures which you can afford to ignore. And, in working with experts in the field of fire safety such as ARC Fire Safety Ltd then you have the facility of working with people who can provide you all the support you need in order to comply.

The Key Points Of Which You Need to be Aware

Fire Risk Assessment

It’s a legal requirement for all commercial properties to conduct and record a thorough risk assessment of your site.

You need to be able to show that all potential areas of dangers, hazard or risk have been identified and assessed, with all due diligence having been taken by you to ensure that adequate safety measures have been put into place to minimise the risk to those who work or operate on the site.

Fire Alarms

All fire alarms on the site need to comply with regulations and be appropriate for the task for which they’ve been installed. This includes ensuring that they are located in the correct places, in working order and efficiently maintained / serviced and conforming to the correct sound levels so that they may be adequately heard in the event of an emergency.

Call Points and correctly located

You need to ensure that all call points across the respective zones on your site are correctly located and easily accessible to all. This includes being at a height that all can reach, in an unobstructed location and within no more than 45m walk within the property.

All equipment should be correctly maintained and tested

Maintaining and testing equipment on a regular basis is paramount to ensuring that your fire alarm system is complying with regulation and, more importantly, that your site is as safe as it can be from fire dangers.

Suitable Plans should be made in case of fire emergency

Management should ensure that plans are made for evacuation in the event of a fire with all who are located in the building adequately informed of these measures. This includes correctly signing fire escape routes, call points and meeting points outside of the building. In addition, some liaison with fire and rescue services should be in place.

All equipment should be appropriate to their task and location and compliant with British safety standards

It should go without saying that the equipment and devices which you’ve had installed should be correct for the task at hand. For instance, having the correct fire extinguishers that are suitable to the materials in any given location are imperative.

Additionally all the equipment should be of a suitable standard to provide confidence that they will work as required if ever they are needed. Equipment should have been thoroughly tested and comply with British standards of safety and competence before being used in any fire alarm system.

Utilise the expertise of ARC Fire Safety Ltd

Ensuring that your property is up to the required standards of safety and compliant with fire alarm regulations is such an important aspect of your health and safety requirements that we would always recommend that you let the experts help. ARC Fire Safety Ltd can provide a full support service to ensure that you have the correct fire alarm system for your property, using the most appropriate equipment and giving you the peace of mind that you’ll be adhering to all the appropriate regulations.

Fire Alarm Maintenance

Keeping your fire alarm and security systems in full working order is a crucial aspect of your health and safety compliance. For this reason it’s imperative that you put together a regular programme of maintenance and servicing for your systems, ensuring that every component is in full working order.

ARC Fire Safety Ltd are able to provide a bespoke service and maintenance programme suitable to the fire alarm and security system that you have installed at your premises. We can tailor the service to meet your specific requirements, providing a regular maintenance from professional, fully qualified technicians so that you have the peace of mind that your system will work exactly as it should in the rare event that a fire occurs.

How we can help with your fire alarm maintenance

  1. Service and Maintenance contracts to suit your system – we’ll work with you to put together a programme with regular servicing, modifications and repairs as appropriate
  2. Ad-hoc repairs with call-outs from fully qualified engineers 365 days a year
  3. We can work with you in the development of risk assessments for your site
  4. Regular service calls and inspections – we’ll make routine visits to site to ensure that your fire alarm system is in full working order and in compliance with fire safety regulations; checking the status of fire extinguishers, call points, smoke and heat detectors as well as any automated controls and systems that you may have installed.
  5. Installation, testing and servicing of emergency lighting.
  6. Full reporting and certification for record keeping and compliance

What are the Benefits of a Service and Maintenance Contract?

  • Compliance – Having regular tests and checks of your system from experts ensures that your fire alarms are in full working order, demonstrating due diligence that you are taking the maximum level of safety precaution at your site and complying with your responsibilities and the law.
  • Potential Cost Savings – Preventative maintenance of your system can help reduce costs on your equipment as you reduce the amount and regularity of replacing broken pieces of equipment. You may also find that there are savings to be made by reducing the higher expense of more ad-hoc engineering call-outs that may arise to make repairs.
  • Your own peace of mind – The fact of the matter is that your fire alarm system may never be used as you may never actually have a fire. HOWEVER, it is absolutely critical that the system is ALWAYS in complete working order so that IF THE WORST DOES HAPPEN and a fire DOES break out on the site – you need to KNOW that your fire alarm isn’t going to fail you when it really matters. By keeping it regularly maintained and serviced you know that the system is working and, while silently operating in the background, will be ready to spring in to action if a fire does break out.

We’re here to keep your fire alarms maintained

At ARC Fire Safety Ltd we have a team of fully qualified engineers on hand to make sure that you have exactly the right service and maintenance programme that meets your needs.

  • Quick and effective response to any call-outs that may be required
  • Regular visits to keep your site’s alarm fully operational
  • Professional and Experienced Engineers delivering the highest quality servicing compliant to all codes of British Fire Safety Standards
  • Flexibility of service, tailoring the plan in accordance with your requirements.
    To find out more about the service and maintenance contract or agreement that suits you then give us a call. Our team of professional fire safety experts will be more than happy to talk through your requirements and put your plan into place.

Fire Alarm Engineers

At ARC Fire Safety Ltd we have a team of professional, fully qualified and experienced fire alarm engineers on had to deliver quality installations, servicing, maintenance and repairs when required.

Expertise you can trust

Each member of our team are fully trained and compliant with all standards of British Fire Safety regulations, ensuring that any time you need an engineer to visit your site you can be safe in the knowledge that they will have the expertise to deliver the work to the highest levels of competence and skill.

Fire Alarm and Security Installations

Following risk assessments and design of your fire alarm and security systems you need to have engineers who can ensure that all installations are carried out professionally, efficiently and with the minimum disruption to your site.

Our engineers will carry out full fire alarm installations, covering all component parts from fire extinguisher siting, to glass call point alarm, smoke detectors and automatic systems. All installations will be checked thoroughly to ensure that each part of the system is in full working order and adhering to all safety standards before it’s signed off as complete.

Service and Maintenance

With a full team of professional engineers dedicated to fire alarm systems and fire safety we can provide regular and effective service and maintenance contracts to suit your specifications. The engineers are all multi-skilled and experienced in the installation, maintenance and repair of all component parts of your system so that each and every visit will add value to the protection of your property.

Regular service calls can be carried out to inspect your fire alarms and to ensure that it is in full working order at all times.

In addition the engineers can deliver quick response calls in the event of an emergency break-down to that you can have complete peace of mind throughout the life of your fire alarm system.

Providing a Personal Service to our Clients

Our fire alarm engineers are not just repair men and women who show up in a crisis. They are the representatives of our business and dedicated to ensuring that we deliver a professional and personal service to all of our clients.

They will get to know your business, your systems and your requirements so that the service you receive is tailored exactly to your needs.

We understand that every environment will have unique elements, that each property and each fire alarm system presents its own challenges. Our engineers endeavour to get to know each business, property and fire alarm system so that when they call they can be proactive in their service, maintaining your system and offering genuine advice on how to ensure your fire alarm is up to date, working to its maximum effect and suitable for whatever changes to your environment may have arisen.

Your Partner in Fire Safety

Our engineers will work as your trusted partners when it comes to your continued fire safety and protection.

Using their expertise they will offer advice as well as ongoing repairs and servicing so that you have continued satisfaction in the knowledge that you are keeping compliant in all your fire protection responsibilities.
Whether visiting your site to survey or install a new system or making routine calls to ensure your equipment is working and up to date an ARC fire alarm engineer will be continually striving to maintain the very highest standards of workmanship and, in doing so, the highest standards of fire safety for your site, your staff and your business.

For further information on how our fire engineers can help with your fire alarm systems please call us today.

One Golf Network

One Golf Network is a marketing network organisation which helps golf clubs market and sell tee times to individuals, societies, corporate events or golfing holidays. It’s operated by Gemini Network Media which offers complete marketing and management solutions to golf clubs and courses.

This might include online booking of tee times to email marketing services to promote the club, the course and, naturally, whatever promotions and special offers the club might be running. It can provide total golf club management services under the Gemini Media banner, a service which provides complete management of all essential areas of the golf club, from managing memberships and golfer’s handicaps to stock taking and inventory.

As part of this wider network of services they form an integral part of a golf club’s marketing strategy. With an increase in both global golf tourism as well as heightened degree of formalising the use of golf for corporate, business and networking purposes there’s a requirement for robust booking systems, available both online and through third party agents. One Golf Network, as the UK partner of a global golf reservation service provider (Golfswitch) deliver real-time booking solutions which allows the golfer to have up-to-date access to tee-times and green fee costs and the chance to book instantly online.

Conversely this provides a further service for golf clubs themselves as it aids revenue and management – the tee times automatically logged on to the club’s booking system.

This is a marketing network aimed at delivering easier and more productive solutions for independent golf courses of any size. In this sense it is providing a different service to that which FORE Business provides. FORE Business delivers networking communities on a local basis aimed at businesses and business leaders coming together through golf for the purposes of growing their respective companies.

With regard to making bookings for golf events, ad hoc rounds for business entertaining and such like, the need to utilise a service for tee time reservations is minimised due to the fact that the members know that each month they have a scheduled fourball arranged through the organised events which run throughout the year. FORE Business members have their golf arranged for them which can be scheduled into the diaries well in advance, playing and indeed networking with colleagues and potential new business opportunities consistently and with minimum organisational fuss.

 

 

The Business Golf Network

logo-business-golf-network-version2The Business Golf Network (BGN) is a business networking organisation on of FORE Business’ competitors in the golf networking industry.

Founded by Richard Lock and Wayne Moussalli BGN has been developed on the principle that more business is done on the golf course than in the office. Using the strap line: Business 40% + Golf 30% + Networking 30% = Fun 100% the emphasis is very much on the notion that by introducing a leisure element (the golf) to business is a productive, profitable and enjoyable way to increase your company’s profile and growing the bottom line.

At its core is the use of golf as a major attraction and incentive for regular network event attendance. The idea being that everyone who is at the event will already have a love of golf as common ground on which to develop relationships and, the prospect of regular golf days will keep them coming back.

BGN believes in the philosophy that improvements in your golf can have a direct, positive effect on your career development. The idea being that by adopting the right application to improving your golf you are demonstrating the right attributes that will help you develop other areas of your life, such as your career.

Nevertheless they remain quite clear that they are not a golf society but that it is the business element of the network that is at its fulcrum. Their membership is targeted towards giving people in their local business community a regular way to mix and to meet in a relaxed, sporting environment to help foster long-term relations among differing businesses.

FORE Business offers its own advantages over BGN and other competitors when it comes to golf networking, offering different levels of membership structure to suit your own individual needs. In addition, for those who have never played golf but would like to participate, FORE Business helps to remove barriers by helping with access to professional tuition. Also, aware that, at its heart is the necessity to maintain the networking and relationship building beyond the golf course and club house, FORE utilise a social media style with group pages on LinkedIn and a member profile web page optimised for each member.

The Golf Club Network

The Golf Network is one of FORE Business’ competitors in the UK golf business networking arena. Founded in 1995 it was set through the combined forces of a collective of independent golf clubs with the objective of allowing individual members of the respective clubs playing rights at fellow clubs within the network.

The essential philosophy of the Golf Network is to afford its members the ability to play and experience other golf courses other than their own. This is achieved by allowing any member of a club within the Golf Network of clubs to play on any other club in the network for free during the week and with reduced rate green fees on weekends.

Since its beginnings the network has grown in numbers and today is made up of over thirty different independent clubs across the England. Given the range of courses available to members of network clubs added to the fact that these members can take guests to any of the clubs it does present an opportunity for using the courses for purposes of entertaining, hospitality and corporate golf meetings.

The Golf Club Network differs from FORE Business in that, although it can be used as a way for businesses to entertain across a region, it is not a set-up specifically targeted towards the business networking fraternity.

The Golf Club Network works as a facility to be used by those who are already members of an independent golf club whereas with FORE Business has been set up with the express raison d’etre of harnessing the synergy between golf and business to create a vibrant networking community, offering the chance to become members and engage with fellow members and networkers at organised monthly events across their own local region.

For standard, full paying members of a club that has signed up to the Golf Club Network then there are of course benefits to being able to play a range of courses but the onus is very much on golf without distinction between personal and business. For golf events that are specifically targeted for business and corporate purposes then FORE Business is more tailored to the cause.

Golf Networking

By: Jason Meredith

You may have heard the popular notion about how more business gets done on the golf course than in the boardroom. Whether or not that’s true is a matter of debate, but what is undeniable however is the long-standing synergy that exists between business and golf.

Corporate golf days have been a staple of the social calendar for many a business over the years; sending invites to clients and potential clients for a day of links and drinks.

Why?

Quite simply; it’s all about the networking.

Building Strong Relationships

In the modern business environment networking serves a crucial function in the promotion and growth of your company. A chance to speak with customers, colleagues and partners within your own community, away from the confines of the office and in a more social atmosphere. Networking meetings exist in most major towns, cities and conurbations exactly for this reason; providing opportunities to share stories, swap ideas and to keep your profile high and your finger squarely on the pulse of what’s going in your industry and locality.

Most importantly of all, networking is vital in building, fostering and maintaining strong relationships. And the golf course can be a great environment to allow this to happen.

Inviting a client or partner for a game of golf presents you with an ideal chance to get to spend some quality time, away from the office, devoid of shirt and tie and allowing the focus to be on the game at hand as much as any ulterior business motive. It’s a way of forging strong relationships based upon more than just work; but upon a shared sense of camaraderie and fun. After all, what better way to spend a working afternoon than out in the fresh air, striding along the fairways and test yourself on the greens in the company of like-minded individuals?

Giving you time to talk

Golf for business has, in the past, been described as a six-hour sales meeting. That’s not to say a round of golf should take you six hours to complete of course. But, take into account the time spent together on the course along with the inevitable opportunity to keep the conversations going over drinks back in the bar afterwards and one can perhaps see where the sentiment comes from.

The reality is that a round of golf does take time; even before you consider the time spent in the apres-golf environment, you are going to be with on the course for at least a few hours. And in that time you’re going to be spending a lot of it walking along fairways, waiting at tees and such like. Which gives you plenty of time to talk; more perhaps than in other formal networking sessions that can often descend into a form of corporate speed dating session.

You don’t need to be Rory McIlroy!

Golf networking isn’t about the quality of your golf; it’s not an exclusive domain for the low handicapper.

Far from it, in fact.

Whilst, inevitably, there’ll be a degree of competitive spirit at play during a round, your abilities as a golfer are not really the reason you’re here, are they? This isn’t the Ryder Cup with you pitting your skills against the opposition, it’s a chance to get some time talking with those potential clients, decision-makers or associates important to your business.

That’s not to say, however, that you should be rolling over and letting everyone win. Golf works as a positive way of networking because it’s founded upon a sense of etiquette and fair play. Play to the best of your abilities, play fairly and follow this etiquette and you’re putting your relationship on a sound footing of trust and equality.

Formalising Your Golf Networking

It’s all very well having corporate golf days or arranging ad hoc rounds here and there; they certainly have their merits. But there’s always the danger that the moment is soon gone and all the positive noises that came from the day are forgotten as you head back to the routine.

But what if your golf was a consistent part of your networking schedule offering you a chance to liaise with and get to know others from the local business community on a regular basis?

That’s exactly what FORE business can offer. A chance to sign up to become a member of a regular golf network event local to you. Within your membership you’d get to play a monthly fourball at some of the best golf courses in your area at specifically held events structured around business networking. That means that you’ll not only be getting the chance to enjoy the golf but also opportunities to enhance you profile through some additional business benefits such as:

  • Meet & Greet sessions before tee-off
  • Presentation opportunities
  • Tailoring your networking to those with whom you choose
  • Online profiles and a chance to network through social media platforms

Combining the unique appeal that golf has to many thousands of enthusiasts with the best practices in business networking FORE business offers an excellent, fun and active way to help grow your business and widen your corporate reach.