Simplify Branded Risk Assessments for Your Business

Simplify Branded Risk Assessments for Your Business
Many people like the thought of being able to produce high quality branded risk assessments and other paperwork for their business to help them portray a professional and successful image to clients and other associates, but think that the effort and hard work required will be too time consuming when they have plenty of other tasks to get done.  But by simply using the correct software it is possible to produce branded and well laid out risk assessments and other documentation in no time at all and at RAMs App they are able to provide everything you need to get started right away.

Whether you are looking to produce one document or a number of documents regularly throughout the course of a year at RAMs App they will be able to provide a service that is well suited to the needs of your business.  With a flexible options available no matter the size of your business they will be able to offer you a package that is both financially viable and also able to cope with the demands of any business no matter how busy they may be.

Using RAMs App risk assessment software to create branded risk assessments not only helps give your documents a more professional finish it also helps you to complete them more efficiently and thoroughly as you simply fill in the pre created template with all the necessary information and then you can either print it out or send it directly to the recipient. As RAMs App software is compatible with all devices you can take advantage of its flexibility and complete your risk assessments on site no matter it might be ,which can help you save administration time.

So if you would like to be able to produce professional risk assessment software and other health and safety documentation complete with your own company logo why not take a look at the excellent packages on offer at RAMs App?  You might be surprised how simple the process is and how affordable it can be.

With reasonable rates and an excellent service offering you all the help and information you need it could be the perfect way to help improve your businesses working practises. For further information visit the RAMs App Risk Assessment website or give them a call today on 0800 066 2957.

eCommerce Investment the Key to Getting Closer to the Consumer

eCommerce Investment the Key to Getting Closer to the Consumer

Stuart Richards, a consultant in the Global Consumer practice at HW Global Talent Partner, answers questions on eCommerce in one of their most recent latest blogs.

What do you think is the single biggest issue right now for the retail and consumer industry?

All our clients are looking at ways to get closer to the consumer. To do this, most are embracing digital transformation, by investing in technology and talent, building capability and leverage data and analytics in order to drive innovation and grow the bottom line. Boards are faced with the choice, whether to trade through an etailer partner (Amazon or Alibaba) or a direct-to-customer approach.

Why are so few firms getting eCommerce right and what can they learn from those who are?

Some businesses have just been too slow to react to emerging technology and the changing consumer demand it is driving, but to be fair it is all still relatively new and constantly changing. Many are still not prepared to invest sufficiently in digital transformation, and risk being left behind by more forward thinking competitors. As the world’s largest eCommerce business with $80bn in annual sales, Amazon can afford to invest heavily and take risks on innovation. Recent additions like the Dash Button and Prime Air are truly ground-breaking and potentially game changing. Another eCommerce success story is Liverpool-based Shop Direct, which has just been named OC&C pureplay etailer of the year for the third time running. This summer it is opening a hub in London’s Victoria to house 250 staff working on data, eCommerce, IT, brand and product to develop new paths in retail technology innovation, including investment in advanced analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence. Shop Direct was praised by award judges for doing ‘pioneering things’ and entering the digital era ‘in style, going further than almost any business’. It is a great example of a business that recognised the need to move away from its catalogue/DM focused heritage and invest in technology to become a class-leading eCommerce player.

What do you see as the biggest emerging issue for the sector?

Investment. Boards need to look beyond the current 3-5% that their digital channels may currently account for and instead focus on the potential 70% growth they could generate with appropriate investment. Some firms are even retracting from eCommerce strategies, failing to recognise the positive impact on the overall business across the entire channel mix.

What are the key challenges facing global consumer giants in terms of eCommerce?

These will centre on harnessing technology to get closer to the consumer, making the customer journey as straight forward as possible. Recent Amazon innovations such as the Dash Button remove the hassle of mundane tasks like going to buy washing powder when you run out. In a recent blog Keith Higgins, Global EVP eCommerce, Omni-Channel, Smart Data at Unilever, highlighted the mobile phone, voice activation and the use of smart data to enable targeted interactions as being key to the future development of eCommerce.

Is there a dearth of talent in the digital director role, making it a highly competitive market for executive search?

It is definitely a candidate-led market and there are opportunities across the consumer landscape. But it is such a diverse function that requires a complex set of skills (trading, P&L ownership, strategic capability building and execution, marketing and analytics) that finding a well-rounded professional can be a real challenge. It is perhaps not surprising we have former employees of global eCommerce leaders like Amazon and eBay on most shortlists. Recent assignments for global CPG businesses have included global e-commerce director positions in London and New York, a global head of data & analytics working between the UK and US, CMI director positions in France, Belgium and London, a European digital marketing director, and a measurement & analytics director based in Chicago. Because of our track record delivering executive hires for tier one global retailers and CPG businesses, we are able to add genuine insight in a truly consultative way, identifying strategic goals and finding the best talent globally to add value to the bottom line.

Contact Stuart Richards at stuartr@hitchenorwakeford.com or on +44 (0) 7787 254 600 for a confidential discussion or visit the HW Executive Search & Interim Management services website for more information.

Different Types of Sound Testing in London

Different Types of Sound Testing in London
Building Regulations Part E require that builders demonstrate the sound insulation performance of separating walls/floors in new-build dwellings and/or converted dwellings or rooms for residential purposes (as well as those newly formed by a material change of use). This applies when separate dwellings are attached via a common partition not exclusively used by the same occupants. The only way to satisfy the relevant compliance with building regulations is to undertake sound testing in London.

sound_insulation_testing2The regulations set minimum performance requirements for sound insulation between spaces, as to provide reasonable conditions for living. Performance can be demonstrated either by sound testing a sample of as-built constructions/properties.

Sound Insulation Testing needs to be carried out between pairs of rooms separated by party walls or floors. In most cases the rooms to be sound tested will be the two main habitable rooms – living rooms and bedrooms. The sound testing procedure involves setting up a noise source in a room on one side of the party wall or floor and measuring the noise on both sides of the partition.

Sound Testing for Part E of Building Regulations has been a mandatory requirement since July 2003. All new build dwellings and conversions which were built after this date require 10% of each party wall/floor construction type to be tested.

There are two mains types of Sound Testing in London that need to be carried out prior to the building handover, they are:

Airborne Sound Testing
Airborne sound tests are usually required between horizontally and vertically separated pairs of rooms. The sound tests are undertaken by using a sound source, amplifier and loudspeaker to generate a high noise level in one room (the source room). Noise measurements are then taken in both the source and receiver rooms using a prescribed number of source and microphone positions. The background levels in the receiver room are measured and the reverberation time in the receiver room is also measured. From the results, the airborne sound insulation (DnT,w + Ctr) is calculated and compared to the requirements of Approved Document E. For new build projects you are required to achieve 45dB for airborne sound testing through walls and floors and 62dB for Impact sound testing for floors. For refurbishment projects this changes to 43dB for airborne and 64dB for impact.

Impact Sound Testing
For vertically separated rooms, an Impact sound test may also be required. This sound test is undertaken using a “tapping machine”, (as above) which drops a series of weights onto the floor of the upper room. The noise level in the lower (receiver) room is measured for a prescribed number of source and microphone locations. The background levels in the receiver room are measured and the reverberation time in the receiver room is also measured. From the results, the impact sound insulation (L’nT,w) is calculated and compared to the requirements of Approved Document E.

Sample Sound Tests
If you are undertaking a conversion project, i.e. subdividing a commercial office building into flats, it is important to ascertain the performance of your existing floor and wall partition. In our experience there is often noise travels directly through the separating partition due to lack of mass or isolation; or, it may be coming along another indirect route – called a flanking path.

One of the most common flanking paths is the inner leaf of an external cavity wall, especially if it’s been constructed out of a lightweight weight material such as thermalite blockwork. To offer our clients peace of mind we can visit site before any construction works have taken place and undertake a series of sample sound tests to check the acoustic performance of the existing partitions. This allows our clients to undertake a targeted acoustic design, saving time and money.

Sound Testing of Building Facades
For the sound testing of external facades we place the loudspeaker outside  the  building  at a distance of 5m from the facade with  the  angle  of  sound incidence  equal  to  45° ± 5°  and  such  that  the  real  traffic  noise  impact  is simulated  the  best  possible  way.  The speaker and amplifier are used to generate a steady random noise signal via the loudspeaker source. The sound pressure levels are then measured at 2m in front of the facade plane and 1.5m above the ground.

Contact APT Sound Testing
All APT’s test engineers carry the latest Norsonic sound testing equipment, which are class one rating. All of our sound testing is completed to a strict quality controlled standard. We provide full ISO & UKAS complaint sound testing. If you would like more information in regards to sound testing in London, please contact us on 01525 303905 or visit our website APT Sound Testing Services website.