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Make the RITE Choice for Flammable Storage Cabinets with Justrite!

Justrite cabinets are extra strong, sturdy & secure. They are FM approved, high performance and designed to withstand fire for a minimum of 10 minutes. Justrite Cabinets meet OSHA & NFPA 30 – Exceeding COSHH Standards. Designed to withstand fire for a minimum of 10 minutes Justrite cabinets have been constructed to limit the internal

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Don’t Step on a Bee Day

With the bee population dropping – even halving in some countries, it’s vital we take care to maintain bee populations, pollination and honey production. In support of Don’t Step on a Bee Day the With Love Forum at Key have been hard at work! Our team have been making space to plant wild flowers, lavender and

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The Ergonomic Chair – Why You Need One

Most office chairs are ergonomic in some way – they may adjust in height or come with all the bells and whistles you could ask for. But, do you have all the gear and no idea?! Sitting in the wrong position can cause aches and pains which can lead to long term health problems! Did

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Streamline Procurement with Vending Machines

Vending machines are ideal for streamlining indirect purchases. They offer 24/7 access to products and can reduce costs, raise productivity and improve safety. Benefits: Lower product consumption – they help control usage of certain items and require employees to use a swipe card to access products. This allows employees to be accountable for items they’re

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Henry & Friends – Meet the Gang

Henry – a household name and an icon. This little guy holds a special place in our hearts. He gives everything he can to make your workplace spotless and always with a smile. Whilst Henry caters for most cleaning needs, his close friends all bring something unique to the table. Henry Cordless HVB160 The new

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Our Unique E-Procurement Solution – All4You

For businesses that do not have an in-house e-procurement tool, but want to improve and rationalise their purchasing processes, All4You is the perfect solution. It is a free, modular e-procurement solution provided by Manutan & Key to benefit our customers. The tool provides total visibility, a secure login, personalised offerings, integrated transactions, dedicated modules & reporting tools to name a

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Streamline Products & Save with Manutan Own Brand

Distributors’ own brands represent an attractive alternative to national brands. Customers can make significant cost savings, whilst still purchasing goods with the same quality and reliability. One year ago, Manutan (our parent company) created its own brand of the same name. The own brand includes everyday products offering high quality at the best price. Manutan products come with a 10-year

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How Businesses Can Optimise Class C Purchases

Company purchases can generally be categorised into 3 classes. Classes A and B are already integrated into corporate purchasing strategies. Class C, by contrast, is often under-estimated; and yet, if properly optimised, it can generate savings of up to 20%. Classes A and B Class A – covers all products and services directly related to

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Top Fatal & Non-Fatal Accidents At Work [Infographic]

To support the International Labour Organisations’ World Day for Safety & Health at Work we’ve put together the infographic below to highlight the importance of investing in the correct equipment to help prevent workplace accidents. View our workwear & safety products here.  

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Locker Locks – Which is best for your business?

As standard our lockers come with cylinder or hasp locks, but can be fitted with a choice of the lock types below on request. Cylinder Locks These are one of the most common lock types for lockers. They are simple to use, economical and easy to replace. They are key operated and all lockers come

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How are Key Fundraising this Red Nose Day?

This year Key are fundraising for Comic Relief by baking, quizzing & wearing red! Staff at Key have cooked up sweet treats & savoury delights for today’s bake sale; we’re running a comic relief themed quiz & will be encouraging everyone to donate & most staff have added some red to their outfit!   To

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Why You Should Streamline Your Supplier Portfolio

Streamlining your supplier portfolio reduces the number of them you have to manage and ultimately reduces management costs along with the number of orders issued. To start streamlining, everything will start by analysing which suppliers can potentially be replaced, followed by a list of products that they supply you with. You can then identify a single distributor offering the

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How Manutan & Key Simplify the Procurement Process

E-procurement is a value-added service available from Key & Manutan, it allows customers to digitise the procurement process, save time and achieve major cost savings across their business. Watch the video to see how E-procurement can benefit you…

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How will the new £1 coin affect your lockers?

28th March 2017 is just around the corner and if you haven’t already, you need to ensure your coin lockers are ready for the new £1! The change will affect those businesses using coin retain or coin return lockers. The old coin lockers are not designed to accept the new £1 and this could have

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E-Procurement Systems – How to choose the best solution for your business

Electronic catalogues represent an effective e-procurement solution for reducing costs in a business, they offer improved spend visibility and control of purchasing. Two major types of catalogue are present in the e-procurement world: hosted catalogues (e-cat) and PunchOut. How do you know which solution is best suited to your company? And how does each solution

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Storage Bins – how do you use yours?

Storage bins aka picking or parts bins, call them what you like – they are the unsung heroes of storage in businesses around the country. You may think you know them; but the supposedly ordinary plastic box – teamed with a strong louvre panel offers handy features to help any business. From large factories to

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Bike Parking – Why your workplace needs it

Call it the Bradley Wiggins effect; increased levels of congestion; or a greater focus on personal health and well-being. Whatever the reason – cycling has been on the up since 2008 (road traffic statistics). Here’s why it matters to you and why you’d be crazy not to have bike parking at your work place.  Why

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What Does Your Workbench Say About You?

Whether you work as part of a manic production line, have electronic assembly duties or find yourself in a super hi tech laboratory – the way your workstation is configured tells you more about your attitude and style of working than any other piece of equipment. Maybe more than you’d care to admit….. Get personal

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Celebrating 50 Years of Manutan

This September we are celebrating 50 years of Manutan being by your side. Our story is one in which you’ve played a big part in and we’d love to say a big thank you to everyone involved! This milestone has got us feeling a little nostalgic. So we took a look at where it all

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Don’t Gamble on Poor Customer Service

When the chips are down, Key is a winner. Buying something online can be a bit of a gamble. And no one wants a bad service experience. But if things do go wrong you want to feel that the person on the other end of the phone cares about the situation – you don’t want

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Keys’ Pink Army are ready to take on Pretty Muddy!

Our team of girls are ready to conquer Pretty Muddy on June 18th in Poole Park, Dorset. The Race for Life Pretty Muddy event is a 5K non-competitive obstacle course for women only to raise money for Cancer Research UK. It’s about women of all ages and abilities coming together to tackle the course, support

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Plastic Storage – How to Interpret Litres?! [Infographic]

Do you find it hard to visualise the size of a box when it’s measured in litres? It can be difficult to determine the actual size of a storage box is from a photo and a litre capacity alone. We’ve found a frequently asked question from customers is ‘what can I fit into this box?’

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5 Unique Features of Plastic Storage Boxes

Plastic storage boxes are never the most exciting purchase you’ll make. Whether we want to store belongings, move things or simply archive paperwork, these handy boxes are a staple in most of our offices or homes. To some it may just be a plastic box yet these containers have ingenious uses and unique qualities you

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Office seating options and accessories

When you see the words ‘office seating’, what do you imagine? Are you thinking of a standard desk chair on wheels with a fabric seat and backrest? Great! That’s a brilliant choice for many office situations but there are plenty of options to consider before you make your final choice. Use this guide to explore

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How to Choose the Best Locker for Your Business

So, you’ve decided that a locker would be a sensible addition to your workplace. Great news! We’ve got a fantastic range of lockers to choose from including cube lockers, twin varieties, ones in different colours and even a range with clever antibacterial coatings. The question is: where do you start? A locker can be so

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Which Storage Cupboard is Right for You?

Cupboards are an all-time classic in the world of storage and there are plenty of options to choose from. Whether you want to sort out your office or get your workshop in check, we’ve got a great range for every storage related requirement. If you could use some guidance when searching for the right cupboard

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The Best COSHH Cabinets for Hazardous Materials

If you use hazardous materials at work, it’s essential that you’ve got the right cabinet in which to keep them safely stored away. It would be silly to keep flammable materials jumbled together in a messy drawer. Similarly, storing chemicals in a cupboard that might leak is asking for trouble. What you need is something

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What shelving is right for you?

Like people, every workplace is different and your needs will be unique to your situation. This applies to the products and services you require from Key in order to keep your office, warehouse, stockroom, factory or school well stocked and working well. In this article, we will look at shelving and how to decide the

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Safety in the workplace – how the right racking solution can prevent accidents

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (OSHA) claims that poor housekeeping (tidiness, cleanliness and control of poor visibility at entrances and exits) need to be identified and addressed to prevent needless accidents and emergencies at work. Accidents occur frequently in the workplace, but many can be avoided simply by introducing simple, effective

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The Mighty Multi Use Truck

Trucks and trolleys save time and energy while reducing the risk of injury. Ideally, you’ll have a fleet of specially selected trucks and trolleys to hand, each perfectly designed for the specific job it performs. Your picking trolley, for example, could include built-in steps for swift picking while your sack truck is ever-ready for deliveries.

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The Best Trolleys for Your Office

You’ve been preparing this meeting for months. You’ve got all your folders together: your research, your graphs, stats and script. You stride confidently into the office…trip and drop the whole lot on the floor. If only you’d had the right trolley to carry everything safely, you’d have saved the red face and hours of reorganising

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How to choose the right ladder or steps

Jobs where you are required to work from height also mean that you need to have access to the right equipment at all times, this isn’t just common sense it is part of the working at height regulations that employers need to comply with. If you are required to work from height then here is some information

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COSHH, Cabinets and Chemical Storage

Storing chemicals and flammable materials requires careful consideration. If you use chemicals on a small scale, it’s essential that you address the various risks. Luckily, our friends over at the Health and Safety Executive have come up with some sensible guidelines on how to store hazardous materials safely. Now, many of us switch off when

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Shelving – know its limits

To avoid issues with shelving breaking in the workplace, it is important to make sure that you’ve thought about what you intend to store on your new shelves because this will determine what type you should choose. At Key, we appreciate that this is important to you; this is why we have helpfully grouped all

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More Than Just a Locker, it’s a Complete Storage Solution

Having a good locker system in place at your place of work is a very good way of making sure valuables and important work tools/supplies are kept safe and secure. Lockers aren’t just for employees to store their lunch and trainers in while they work; they can also be part of the way your business

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The Four Trucks and Trolleys Your Warehouse Can’t Do Without

You wouldn’t use a hammer to tighten a screw and you wouldn’t use a platform trolley to ship stock to shops. Different tasks around the warehouse require different products to ensure maximum efficiency and safety, particularly if they’re being used on a daily basis. To make sure you’re ahead of the game, here’s our guide

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What lockers are right for my needs?

When running a business, whether it’s a shop, office, warehouse or factory, it’s so easy to focus on the tools you need to get the job done and keep customers happy that you forget about areas of the business that are not customer facing. Having a clean, safe and secure “back office” area is vital

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Fire and Safety Signs For Your Warehouse

Warehouses are busy places with a lot going on and some extremely dangerous equipment moving around, so it is important to have all of your bases covered with regards to important fire and safety signs you need in your warehouse.   It is a legal requirement to display certain signs in prominent spots around your

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Office organisation – tidy desk, tidy mind

Hand on heart, is your office a picture of organisational perfection? Or, more realistically, could the whole place do with a good old fashioned de-cluttering? If you want to reclaim order, we’ve come up with a few ideas for different parts of the office which are simple to implement but have great results. No more

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How to Store Hazardous Materials…Correctly

Johnnie was a chemist. Johnnie is no more. What he thought was H₂O was H₂SO₄ (Sulphuric acid)*. Storing hazardous materials is no joke, but this little rhyme perfectly illustrates the importance of getting it right. If you’re responsible for safely storing flammable or otherwise dangerous substances, remember Johnnie’s cautionary tale and make sure you do

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Five Things to Consider Before Buying Your Storage Containers

‘Tidy house, tidy mind’, so the saying goes. At Key, although we don’t want to admit that our mothers have been right all these years, we think there might be something in this little pearl of wisdom. The right storage containers can transform organisation around your business so we’ve put together the top five things

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No Smoking Signs – where to display them

Signage is used a lot in health and safety in the UK and the display of ‘no smoking signs’ has been a particularly hot topic. Since laws came in that outlawed smoking in public places, businesses have had to be aware of the new rules and make sure they  are compliant with regards to displaying

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Why Picking Bins are the right choice for you

When it comes to picking bins, it’s really important to have the right solution for your business. In this article, we look at different scenarios, on what picking bins would be right for you to make a production line more efficient; how to speed up picking in a warehouse; and what to do if you

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Why Use Picking Bins on a Production Line?

If you’ve worked in a factory for any length of time then you’ll know how important it is to ensure everything runs smoothly, efficiently and on time. It’s the biggest cliché in the world but, in factories, time really is money. Production lines are the one place where you need to be able to get

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Working at height regulations – how and why you must comply

Working at height 2005 regulations are a set of guidelines and rules that are designed to prevent deaths and injuries to people who fall from height. What are the regulations? A brief guide to the working at height regulations can be accessed from the health and safety executive (HSE) website. Have the regulations had an

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Trucks and Trolleys Explained

Most industries which involve manual handling would benefit from using a truck or trolley to help reduce the health risks involved with lifting and carrying heavy loads – read on to find out more about different types of trucks and trolleys and why they are potentially useful to you in your job role. Moving palletised goods?

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How to use pallet trucks safely

Pallet trucks are used to transport goods across short distances quickly, easily and safely – providing the correct procedures are followed. Pallet trucks look simple enough, however,  if not operated correctly they can cause serious injuries – don’t make the mistake of assuming that a small pallet truck is harmless. On-site training is advised to

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Shelving or Racking? – choose the right system

Like people, every workplace is different and your needs will be unique to your situation. We work hard to make sure we can supply you with everything you need to keep your office, warehouse, stockroom, factory or school running smoothly. In this article, we will look at  how to choose the right shelving/racking solution. How

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Storage containers – four important uses

The industrial sector is becoming more demanding and fast paced, so you need to know that you can access things quickly and easily. At Key, we stock a huge range of storage containers suitable for a range of industries. It’s important to make sure that you have excellent storage for parts, forms and other vital

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Top 10 Winter Driving Tips

Driving in the winter can be challenging with darker days, rain, ice and snow. Check out our top 10 winter driving tips to help you stay safe. Keep a ‘survival’ pack in your car. This should consist of things like food, water, a blanket, a torch, a map, some warm clothing and a shovel in

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