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  • Arco Becomes Core Funder to National Emergencies Trust with £250,000 donation

    04 November 2020

    UK safety expert Arco has joined forces with the National Emergencies Trust (NET), an independent charity that raises and distributes funds at speed during domestic crises, with a major donation to support their core funding. The NET's recent Coronavirus Appeal has raised £94million to support people impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic UK-wide, including the isolated, shielding and vulnerable.

    The quarter of a million-pound donation from Arco towards the NET's core funding, will continue to enable the NET to activate appeals at speed when the worst happens, by preparing and building its fundraising strategies and networks, liaising with the Government and wider sector to ensure policies and processes reflect survivor needs, and collaborating with them to ensure collective and immediate support for survivors.

    Lord Richard Dannatt, Chairman of the National Emergencies Trust, said:

    "We are delighted to welcome Arco to The National Emergencies Trust's Patron's Circle. Their support for our core activities is invaluable, enabling us to develop, prepare and grow so that when the next national disaster arises, we can be ready to launch an appeal at speed, getting vital funds out to those in urgent need. We are hugely grateful for their support."

    Emergencies require rapid response and the NET creates a shared point of reference so that the public can donate to one central organisation, to limit confusion and ensure people receive the help they need quickly. During its recent Coronavirus Appeal, the NET allocated £89million to Community Foundations and other national funding partners across the UK as fairly as possible. In turn, helping to respond to the inequalities faced by the most-at-risk groups in society.

    Arco, now a 'Core Funder' and member of NET's 'Patrons Circle', has been at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19, operating as a key supplier to the NHS, ambulance services, local authorities, other public health bodies and critical industries. This year, Arco's Community Panel also invited employees to apply for 42 one off grants of up to £1,000 on behalf of organisations and charities in their local communities that required vital support or funding during the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in donations totalling £41,600 to support local community organisations.

    David Evison, Managing Director of Arco, said:

    "We believe safety is a fundamental human right. This year's emergency has had devastating repercussions for the welfare of our communities, and the NET can channel our determination to help in the best possible way. The £250,000 donation to the NET forms part of Arco's commitment to support good causes each year. Arco is honoured to support the NET's mission to help those affected by a national emergency at their time of greatest need."

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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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