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  • Arco Takes Sustainability to New Heights with Huge Solar Installation

    24 April 2024

    Arco, has further demonstrated its responsible approach to sustainability by installing more than 2,300 solar panels on the rooftop of its National Distribution Centre in Hull.

    The National Distribution Centre (NDC) is the first of several Arco sites across the UK that will benefit from rooftop solar energy, as the company moves away from a dependency on fossil fuels.

    Similar installations are planned for Arco Safety Centres at Bracknell in Berkshire, Eccleshall in Staffordshire, and Linlithgow in West Lothian, as well as the Arco Clothing Centre in Preston, Lancashire.

    Guy Bruce, Arco's chief executive, said:

    "At Arco, we're looking at every aspect of our business to see how we can reduce our impact on the planet.

    As part of our responsible approach to sustainability, we are constantly finding ways to improve the energy and carbon efficiency of our operations, including the use of renewable energy sources, intelligent LED lighting systems and low-emission vehicles.

    "Renewable energy is an important part of our goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2045, and just one way in which we are taking action to secure a safer tomorrow for businesses, people and the planet."

    The 425,000 sq ft NDC is Arco's main storage and distribution centre, holding up to 40,000 pallets and servicing up to 10,000 orders a day, maintaining the company's excellent service to customers.

    The 2,352 solar panels have been installed by renewable energy specialist Heatsource Direct over the past few weeks, and from next month (May) they will provide about 50 per cent of the NDC's power demand.

    The panels will generate around 780,922 kWh of energy a year, roughly the same as the annual power consumption of 289 houses.

    This will mean an annual CO₂ reduction of around 182,276kg, equivalent to planting 7,291 trees each year.

    Tom Thurling, managing director of Heatsource Direct, said:

    "It's fantastic to see a nationally recognised company putting renewable energy at the forefront of their agenda.

    "By moving away from traditional sources of energy, Arco will save money on their electricity bills, while also significantly reducing their carbon footprint, something that's becoming ever more important for large companies."

    Read more about how Arco is taking action for a safer tomorrow.

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  • Arco Celebrates Continued Partnership with Leeds City Council

    15 April 2024

    Arco is delighted to announce the continuation of its long-standing relationship with Leeds City Council.

    The council has once again chosen Arco as its trusted supplier for personal protective equipment (PPE), clothing, gloves, and footwear.

    The contract is worth around £650,000 a year, with an additional £200,000 for non-core spend, and is set for a three-year term, with the potential for a 12-month extension.

    Steve Summerscales, regional sales manager for Arco's central region, said:

    "Leeds City Council is one of the biggest local authorities in the country, and we look forward to helping ensure the safety and well-being of its workforce for many more years.

    "This retention demonstrates Arco's commitment to delivering value and the excellent reputation we have with our clients and partners."

    Arco's relationship with Leeds City Council stretches back more than 25 years.

    In awarding the contract, the council praised the ease and control of placing orders through Arco's website and the convenience of paying via P-Card.

    Other news

    • UK-Med, a frontline humanitarian medical NGO that provides healthcare when crises or disasters hit across the world, has placed a branded uniform order for the British Response Team in Libya and Morocco. Arco will supply polo shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts; medical supplies, first aid kits, defibrillators, stretchers and gloves.
    • Arco has also recently signed a contract to supply PPE and clothing to Derbyshire County Council for a further 12 months.
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  • Arco Supports SHP's Protection for Everyone Campaign

    10 April 2024

    Arco has added its weight to the calls for inclusivity in workplace PPE.

    The UK's leading safety provider has declared its support for SHP's Protection for Everyone campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the issues around ill-fitting PPE.

    The SHP campaign is part of a wider drive for equality in PPE provision, with a particular focus on ensuring suitable PPE is available for women.

    John Magee, Arco's chief operating officer, said:

    "At Arco, our core purpose is to help keep people safe at work, and by this we mean all people. Ill-fitting PPE is not only uncomfortable, it can also be unsafe.

    "Our product range currently includes female-fit options in all major product groups, including workwear, casualwear, outerwear, hi-vis and flame-retardant clothing, either under the Arco brand or from our proprietary partners.

    "But inclusivity doesn't just mean clothing for women, and we also provide religious, maternity and menopause clothing, with more products coming to market every year.

    "As we continue to develop our inclusive PPE offer, we are also working to make these options more visible and accessible to customers."

    As part of its public affairs strategy, helping to shape the UK's health and safety agenda, Arco also recently gave its support to MP Emma Hardy in bringing the issue to Parliament.

    Tabling the Personal Protective Equipment at Work (Protected Characteristics) Bill, the MP for Hull West & Hessle referenced SHP's campaign, and Arco's support.

    Emma Hardy said:

    "Arco, based in my constituency of Hull West and Hessle, a leading UK provider of health and safety products and PPE, recognises the need for change and is fully supportive of the campaign to improve inclusivity in PPE."

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  • Arco Professional Safety Services Launches New and Improved Website

    09 April 2024

    Arco Professional Safety Services has launched its new website, making it easier for customers to access essential safety services, information and equipment.

    As well as a more modern look and feel, the site offers better user navigation and a smoother experience on mobile devices.

    Key improvements of the new website include:

    Expert Advice

    Easier access to consultancy advice, training, support services and equipment across Arco Professional Safety Services' areas of expertise, including working at height, confined spaces and respiratory protection.


    Improved search and enhanced filtering options to help customers find the right courses, as well as a more efficient booking system.

    Equipment Shop

    A better shopping experience with improved product search and filtering, making it easier to find and purchase safety equipment.

    Equipment Hire

    More information on the equipment available to hire and the option to hire directly from the website, a feature that was not available on the previous site.

    Jamie Sadler, Commercial Director at Arco Professional Safety Services, said:

    "This new website provides a seamless and intuitive platform for our customers to access our essential safety services and resources with ease.

    "The team has been hard at work on the site behind the scenes, and we're thrilled that customers can now enjoy the many improvements it offers."

    Existing customers will be asked to reset their passwords when signing in to the new site for the first time. All other existing sign-in details will remain the same.

    Arco Professional Safety Services provide consultancy, training, services and equipment to manage complex and high-risk, high hazard scenarios.

    Visit the new website: Arco Professional Safety Services

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  • Arco backs MP Emma Hardy's call for PPE inclusivity

    19 March 2024

    Arco has given its support to MP Emma Hardy as she urged Government ministers to ensure inclusivity in workplace PPE.

    In the House of Commons last week, the MP for Hull West & Hessle tabled the Personal Protective Equipment at Work (Protected Characteristics) Bill, which would put the onus on employers to ensure PPE provided to people with certain protected characteristics is suitable for their needs.

    As part of Arco's public affairs work, which aims to influence the national health and safety agenda, we supported Ms Hardy in bringing the issue to Parliament.

    Arco fully supports the drive for more inclusivity in PPE. Our core purpose is to help keep people safe at work, and this means all people. Ill-fitting PPE is not just uncomfortable, it can also be unsafe.

    Addressing the House of Commons, Ms Hardy said: "momentum for change is building" and referred to Arco's support for the campaign.

    Emma Hardy said:

    "Arco, based in my constituency of Hull West & Hessle, a leading UK provider of health and safety products and PPE, recognises the need for change and is fully supportive of the campaign to improve inclusivity in PPE."

    Mims Davies, the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, said the Government "entirely supports the assertion that personal protective equipment issued to workers should be inclusive and meet individual needs".

    Read the full transcript of the debate at Inclusive PPE - UK Parliament and learn more about the Chartered Institute of Building's PPE that Fits campaign.

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