To celebrate Healthcare Science Week, we wanted to kickstart by thanking the amazing work that has been carried out by the healthcare scientists in the NHS. Their work has been incredible throughout the years but in particularly during the pandemic. Their sheer commitment and dedication throughout the years has been incredible and there’s simply not enough words to praise them. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Healthcare Science week is an annual event and an opportunity to celebrate and raise awareness for the many careers in healthcare science. The one we wanted to focus on specifically is Bioguard, a scientifically proven brand. Last year they had a major break-through in finding their formulation to be one of the first to be proven effective against Covid-19 in as little as just 30 seconds!
The products were designed specifically for the healthcare markets such as GP’s and dental surgeries. However, Bioguard saw the demand for these products in the food processing and vending sectors too, as well as other industries. When it comes to vending the Bioguard products are typically used to clean, sanitise and service a wide range of drinks dispensing machines. This could be anything from bean to cup coffee machines, water coolers and even traditional espresso machines.
Cleaning your equipment regularly can reduce machine breakdowns and reduce service costs. Here at Abbeychart we have a range of cleaning products that could help your drinks dispensers stay in top notch conditions. Click here to see the range.
The benefits of using Bioguard products:
Non damaging and non corrosive to machine parts
Reduced breakdowns due to poor cleaning
Easy on the environment
Easy and simple to use
Economic in use
Time and labour saving
The break-through was announced amidst the Covid-19 crisis. Managing Director of Bioguard Hygiene, Stuart Hay said: “We are excited to be able to reinforce the support data for our range with evidence that our formulation is one of the first to be proven effective against Coronavirus in as little as 30 seconds contact time. Our customers can rest assured that Bioguard is the right choice to protect their workplace and their customers or patients during the COVID-19 pandemic”.
Healthcare Science Week is a chance to shine light on those in the healthcare industry who have played a part in how science and technology is vital in today’s modern care and how it changes lives for the better. Bioguard do just that.
If you have any questions about any of the Bioguard products on our website, please contact us on +44 (0)1367 711900
We are so sad to be saying goodbye to our longest serving employee Jo Hickling. The news comes as bitter-sweet as Jo is going off to fulfil her dream of opening up her own coffee shop!
Jo Hickling is leaving after almost 29 incredible years as a Credit Controller for Abbeychart. We’re so incredibly sad but ever so proud of the new venture she is going on to do.
It’s been one of Jo’s lifelong dreams to run her own business and she’s finally made it happen, all amidst a pandemic. When asked if she was worried about taking on her own business during such uncertain times, she replied: “Everything will open back up eventually, they can’t keep us locked down forever. Now that the vaccines are out we can see the light at end of the tunnel. The timing just felt right and I’m not worried about it at all. The opportunity was there, so I decided to grab it with both hands.”
Jo was employed by Abbeychart’s Owner/Director at the time, Peter Best, and she was the first employee for Abbeychart. She’s dipped into many departments of Abbeychart before settling as a Credit Controller. “Being the first employee, one minute I’d be in the warehouse, the next minute I would be on the phone to a customer taking orders, and the next chasing payments. It’s an experience that will help me going forward. I feel like I have the knowledge of how a business works.”
Our Financial Director, Steve Mead has worked with Jo for the last 9 years. “I’ve always been impressed with her incredible hard work and commitment. Although her job has involved so many different and important aspects of the company’s finances, she is probably best known for her credit control role. Such a crucial role in so many respects.”
Jo had a very important role within Abbeychart, one which required commitment and dedication. Steve also said: “Jo has always done this job with a great combination of being firm but being very fair and understanding of our customers situations, which has been a major reason why she has been so successful. I have no doubt that Jo’s hard work, commitment and desire to give good customer service will mean that she will be a great success in her forthcoming new adventure. I wish her all the very best.”
Jo will be missed by everyone at Abbeychart, but equally she’ll miss Abbeychart too. She said: “I will be sad to leave, it’s been such a big part of my life, it makes me feel a bit better knowing I’m doing something for me and something I’ve been wanting to do for years and years, if it wasn’t for this new opportunity, I would have worked at Abbeychart until I retire.”
Our Sales Director, Nigel Barron has also had the pleasure of working with Jo for many years. He said: “We will all miss Jo very much, she’s been a big part of the team for so long, she’s good fun and always happy to help. I know many of our customers will miss her too, which is quite something considering part of her job was chasing payments. I’m excited for Jo’s next challenge, I can’t wait to visit her coffee shop and hopefully sit inside to enjoy my coffee and a cake.”
We’re so excited to see Jo thrive in her new venture with her coffee shop, we asked her what she’s most excited about being her own boss? “I think doing something that has been my passion for a long time. I love food, I love cooking and experimenting with food. Now I’ll be able to do it everyday. I want to be able to say let’s make this recipe and chuck it on the menu. Just having that flexibility will be a lot of fun.”
We know Jo is looking forward to the new challenges ahead, and we know she’s going to do great!
We’re sorry to see you go Jo, but we are all so so proud of you. We wish you all the success, good luck!
It’ll be something of interest to see people’s attitude towards hygiene in the aftermath of this horrendous outbreak. But how seriously will you take hygiene post-COVID?
The global pandemic has majorly disrupted many industries including the vending and hospitality industry. So going forward, is it just as vital to continue taking precautions to avoid viruses like COVID?
That’s a resounding YES, absolutely. At the moment, our daily routine consists of washing our hands and sanitising vigorously. But the NHS have always been very clear about maintaining general hygiene including washing your hands properly. Besides this, it’s also important the areas in which we work in are up to scratch when it comes to cleanliness. This includes door handles, desks, chairs, keyboards etc.
Once we get through COVID, we won’t be left in a germ free and virus free world. Washing your hands can prevent many other illnesses and the spreading of germs. How long germs live on surfaces can depend on the germs and the type of surfaces. Some germs can live on surfaces from anywhere between 24-48 hours!
Choosing which brand you should go for when it comes to decontaminating bacteria and viruses can be tricky. You want a brand that you cant trust, especially when it comes to the safety of you, your colleagues and your customers.
You may remember us announcing In September 2020, Amidst the pandemic, Bioguard had a revolutionary break-through. They announced their products were proven effective against COVID-19 in just 30 seconds!
Stuart Hay, Managing Director of Bioguard Hygiene commented: “The Bioguard formulation has been developed to provide the total solution for our customers’ hygiene, cleaning and infection control needs in across a range of sectors. We are excited to be able to reinforce the support data for our range with evidence that our formulation is one of the first to be proven effective against coronavirus in as little as 30 seconds contact time. Our customers can rest assured that Bioguard is the right choice to protect their workplace and their customers or patients during the COVID-19 pandemic”.
Bioguard is trusted by the NHS and is effective against 99.999% of bacteria, viruses and spores tested. The made in Britain brand is also non-hazardous.
Fingers crossed once we’re past the gloom and doom of this pandemic, we won’t see anything like this in our lifetime again. But keeping up with simple hygiene practise will enable us to combat other viruses and infections, that of course are a lot less dire but grim nonetheless. After almost a year of battling through Coronavirus and doing our best to protect ourselves, simple hygiene is one way to do our bit to keep all viruses and infections at bay. Clean hands, saves lives!
Click here to see our Bioguard hygiene range. Alternatively, you can call us on 01367 711900.
The hospitality industry might have their doors closed for now, but this is the perfect opportunity to look into how you can improve your services. The John Guest Polarclean range is pure genius and here’s why you need it…
I think everyone is looking forward to summer, when everything should be back to some sort of normality (fingers crossed). But there’d be nothing worse than being disappointed by the taste of a warm sorry beer. This is where the John Guest Polarclean range comes in. This piece of technology is exactly what you need to ensure a cold, crisp beer every time.
Using ‘tube-in-tube’ technology, this unique Polarclean range conditions beer and beverages in the supply tube. This allows, pubs, restaurants and bars to serve extra cold beers & beverages at every pour. No need for a cold room or a secondary cooling device!
As well as providing extra cold beer for customers, this device will also assist in providing a hygienic environment and will save you money. How? well as the tube-in-tube technology can be installed from keg to tap, this helps product stagnation and keeps every part of the draught system cold. Keeping a low temperature environment may possibly reduce beer-line cleaning frequency, which means this’ll reduce product wastage, saving you money.
You’ll also be pleased to know that this particular range is combined with the well-known speedfit technology, meaning you can install it without the need for any tools, quick connection without any hassle. This high-end technology is already well established within the industry of the drinks dispense market, making it a must-have for brand owners, venues and even consumers.
So how does it work?
The tube-in-tube technology is exactly that, the push-fit connection tube is pushed into another tube. This means the internal part of the product is enveloped by the external tube which allows the refrigerated coolant (water/Glycol blend) to continuously recirculate. Together with the refrigerated coolant and efficient heat transfer from the tube-in-tube should maintain the low temperatures to keep the beer or beverage fresh.
The Polarclean tube-in-tube system provides considerable flexibility for draught installations. The keg, cooler and font can be placed separately if the venue is restricting you to keep everything in one place.
What are the benefits?
Extra cold and consistent beer temperatures can be achieved at every pour.
No cellar or secondary cooling requirement means installation has lower investment and cost.
Reduced beer-line microbiological growth.
Reduced beer-line cleaning frequency, increased revenue per keg and less downtime.
Less fob meaning increased revenue per keg.
Fewer temperature related ‘call-outs’.
Improved system efficiency and reduced running costs.
Less energy ensuring reduced carbon emissions.
Differing brand temperature specifications can be achieved in a single python. Non tube-in-tube product lines still benefit from proximity cooling from tube-in-tube coolant lines i.e. Cold & Extra Cold.
Faster dispense due to lower temperature consistency.
No unauthorised corruption of tube-in-tube beer-lines. Extensions and splits are not possible without access to Polarclean connectors & tubing.
It provides complete peace of mind, knowing that every pour is gonna be at the desired temperature. Have one less thing to worry about when the hospitality industry is back up and running.
So why not enquire today. Contact our sales team for more information, we’ll be more than happy to answer any questions that you may have.
Call us: +44(0)1367 711900
Looking for another John Guest part? View our range here
Feeling a little flustered with the current COVID-guidelines? We’re here to bring you something a lot less confusing. A simple process from Brita on how to flush your water filter in just a few steps.
With businesses trying their upmost best to adapt to the forever changing ‘new normal’, we’re here to help make sure the process is smooth as possible.
With all the uncertainty of whether we will face another national lockdown or not, it’s best to be prepared for the absolute worst.
If your water filter hasn’t been in use for a while, it can lose its freshness, and taste dull and earthy. Normal water bacteria which are usually present there can grow, but only up to a certain point and not endlessly. These substances must be rinsed out. This is where the process of flushing water filters come in. Not only does this prolong the life of your equipment, but also provides your customers with fresh tasting beverages. Not to mention saving you money on costly repairs!
With long stagnation time such as the national lockdown, a rinse according to the operating instructions should be sufficient for the filter to continue operating. In order to exclude all possible risks, the filter can be replaced.
We’ve created a simple step by step (see image below):
Firstly place a bucket on the floor, next to the filter.
Locate the grey flushing hose.
Place the hose over or inside the bucket.
Switch on the mains before flushing the filter.
With the Purity filters, turn black tap clock-wise (a quarter turn). With the Purity C filter, push and hold the button or slide the slider in the direction of the arrow (see image and video below). Position the handles correctly on the Purity C Filters.
Flush the required amount of water through the filter: – For the Purity 600 filter 60 litres of water needs to be flushed, For the Purity 1200, 120 litres needs to be flushed – For the Purity C50, 20 litres needs to be flushed, 30 litres for the Purity C150, 60 litres for the Purity C300, 100 litres for the Purity C500, and flush 180 litres for the Purity C1100.
Do not leave the filter unattended while flushing.
Once flushing has completed, turn the flush tap back and secure the hose on the Purity filter. On the Purity C Filter, release the grey button or slide the slider back, and secure the hose.
And just like that, your filter is now ready to use.
See the video below, this shows you exactly what to do when it comes to flushing a Brita water filter.
Save money and learn how to flush your Brita water filter systems. To see our Brita water filter range, please click here .
When it comes to water, most people tend to forget that it’s a key ingredient in most soft drinks and hot beverages. Water filters are an absolute must for the best quality and taste. They have become a key necessity in most hospitality sectors and even most households. Just knowing that filtered water is healthier, cleaner and safer should be enough for you to make that switch today.
The taste between the water directly from the tap and filtered water is pretty huge. Post-mix drinks contain almost 80% water, which is made up with flavoured syrups. That’s a significant amount if it’s unfiltered water. That water may have chlorine and limescale, which can leave you with a bitter taste.
Overtime coffee machines can develop a build-up of scale, excess chlorine and particulates. This can shorten the service life of equipment if not treated properly. Not just that, but the quality of beverages could also fall short, resulting a loss in business.
With so many different types of water filters on the market we’ve chosen our top few favourites. Some of the water filters we offer have the added benefit of being eco-friendly. Less plastic is always better.
Starting with one of our bestsellers, the 3M Water Filter Cartridge. This offers smaller footprint and uses less plastic during its construction. This popular water filter removes the taste of chlorine, bitter tastes and odours. The built-in Sanitary Quick Change (SQC) reduces media contamination during change-outs.
Brita being a well know household name, the Purity C300 Cartridge is another firm favourite. As well as the integrated flush valve making it easy to operate, it also has a rapid-change system, including innovative locking handle for reliable adjustment. This versatile water filter works in coffee, espresso and vending machines. It can also be used in combi steamers and ovens. Available in a wide range of capacities.
The 3M P165-BN Filter Cartridge is another popular choice as the premium carbon block technology provides consistent Recipe Quality Water™ for coffee, espresso, vending, as well as steamers and combination ovens. The high capacity buffered ion exchange resin reduces calcium and magnesium ions that can cause hard scale build-up on equipment.
We also offer the Canister Exchange / Regeneration of Calcium Treatment Units (CTU Prima) which is a specially formulated water treatment for espresso machines and other coffee making equipment. Not only will this make your coffee taste fresher, but also protect coffee equipment from the build-up of limescale.
And last but certainly not the least, is the all time favourite eco friendly iXWater filter. The iXWater range have water treatments for most beverage requirements. The Quarter turn release mechanism shuts off the water supply for easy maintenance, so simple installation with no fuss. With these filters not only will you be improving the taste of your beverages, but also saving money and keeping the planet green. Simply replace and return the insert filter, which is then recycled, so no waste! This particular filter includes a head with 3/8″ BSP.
To find out more and to see more of what we have to offer, click here.
Although Germany might have relaxed some of the rules and started taking gradual steps in lifting lockdown, life has not been easy. We’ve been speaking to our Technical Sales Manager Artur Bulgarowski, who lives and works in Germany. He told us how he’s been coping with lockdown life in Germany.
Lockdown took place in Germany a short while before us here in the UK. Working from home and staying at home, Artur said: “There is no real cut in-between” as everything has to be done under one roof.
I think it’s fair to say it hasn’t been easy for any of us during this global pandemic, working from home, home-schooling and trying to maintain a ‘normal’ life as much as possible. Artur stated it has been difficult, but believes it’s definitely more challenging for children. ” I understand why we have the restrictions. While for children, it’s much harder. They have to stay at home with not much understanding as to why they can’t see their friends. Parents may be at home, but they don’t have time to play, as they have to work”.
Working from home some days is part of Artur’s job anyway, however he went on to explain, it hasn’t been easy during lockdown. “It was always part of my job, but it’s not easy. You need to focus and motivate yourself more and that’s much harder”.
Of course it’s super important for us to remain positive during a time like this. A time that we’ve never experience before, where we’re all in it together. With more time on our hands, it’s crucial to keeps our minds and bodies active. Artur has been doing exactly that.
“I took some time to learn new skills, I did an online fitness instructor course. I’ve tried doing the one punch man challenge, I’m also in week 2 of doing a 3km run per day. My plan is to look like a super fit Viking by the end of the Corona crisis”.
At a time like this, it’s so easy to become demotivated and anxious. We may all be a social distancing and following government guidelines on staying at home. But there’s never been a better time to come together and support each other in any way possible.
As it stands, Germany have started to slowly lift restrictions, but just like the whole world, it’ll be a while before life returns to normality.
Artur, we look forward to seeing you very soon once this lockdown is officially over. Until then, please stay safe.
I think it’s fair to say this Easter weekend wasn’t what we had planned and hoped for. However, it was definitely important to make the most of what we had. Although we’re under strict instructions to stay home, thankfully we were graced with endless rays of sunshine, which was enough to lift up our spirits and get creative in and around our homes. Abbeychart certainly kept themselves busy this Easter.
From a spot of gardening to a whirl at baking, Abbeychart surely entertained themselves. See the images below to see what we’ve been up to:
Our Sales Director, Nigel Barron has certainly been keeping himself busy in the garden. Currently in the process of building a shed. “I’m trying to build a shed and tidy up the garden, but often end up playing with the children, so the shed is very slowly coming along”.
With work and home life now being within the four walls of your home it can become draining both mentally and physically. Nigel said: “I do have longer evenings. So I’ve started using my own garage ‘gym’. I think the exercise is good for my mental health, but I am getting fitter and my belly is getting smaller, it helps as I’m not buying meal deals and sweet treats five days a week”.
Abbeychart’s Credit Controller, Jo Hickling has been cooking up some delicious quiches. Not only that, she’s also been making her own ice cream and meringues. Scrumptious treats are definitely one way to get through quarantine!
Our Managing Director, Martin Butler has also been busy gardening. “Really wanted to master bread making at the weekend, but the severe lack of ingredients in the supermarkets prohibited this, so took to the garden instead. Gardening is great for relaxing and enjoying the wildlife”. The Garden looks great Martin, we’ll assume the bread-making images are pending?
With salons and barbers closed, hair maintenance is pretty much out the window for most of us! But not for Internal Sales, Andrew Shirley. He braved the Quarantine haircut by his girlfriend Louise. “I let Louise cut my hair and it actually turned out ok, but there’s a screenshot of when I was praying”. Andrew has also been busy with the gardening and making his very own pizzas! “On the nice days we fired up our pizza oven, so made 10 pizzas, but had to tend to the fire all day, so standing in front of 400 degrees in hot weather wasn’t ideal”.
As much as it’s the season for large family gatherings for garden and BBQ parties, we’re not allowed. But that didn’t stop our Commercial Director, Linzi Sahota-Moore throwing a garden party for just her and her husband. “Our garden party consisted of me and my husband Ken, we enjoyed a few wines and some lovely music”. Who said lockdown can’t be fun!
Our Digital Marketeer, Sonia Arranch left some lovely treats on the doorsteps of her nearby neighbours. “I just wanted to do a little something that would bring a smile to someone’s face and just make them forget what is happening in the world, even just for five minutes. And who doesn’t love a bit of cake”.
It’s a difficult time for us all, Easter is a time where we come together during family gatherings, and also a time where we may have had holidays booked abroad. The one thing to remember from all of this is that you’re not alone. We’re all in this together. And we will get through it. But until then, make the most of what you’ve got, Stay home and save lives.
Now I know it may seem like we’ve all been grounded by Boris Johnson, but it’s super important for us to stick together and remain positive during this accelerating pandemic. Many of us are now adapting to working from home which can be challenging for a lot of us. So how to make working from home as ‘normal’ as possible?
All office-based staff at Abbeychart are currently working from home, we may all be separated during this unprecedented time but we’re doing everything we can to balance work/home life all under the same roof!
Here’s our guide on how we’re keeping it together:
Wake up at your usual time: It’s super important to remain in the same routine as you would if you were going to the office. Once you start waking up a little later than usual, it’s slippery slope from there. Waking up early will give you more time on your side, perhaps you could do a home workout or go out for a walk before sitting in front of your computer for the day.
Our Commercial Director, Linzi Sahota-Moore is very much in routine: “I do still treat it as a normal day, I still get up at the crack of dawn, exercise, shower, dress albeit more casual”.
Get out of your PJs: The clothes you wear can be a real reflection on the way it makes you feel. Staying in your PJs and dressing gown could immediately make you feel sluggish and tired. This doesn’t mean to say you have to wear your best suit to just sit at home. But simply changing out of your pyjamas can uplift your mood and prepare you for the working day.
It’s nice to see our Internal Sales, Andrew Shirley still making an effort: “You will be glad to hear I have been showering daily and just about putting some clothes on, but haven’t been styling my hair as per the picture”.
Create a workspace: You may be lucky enough to have an office, but for those of you who don’t, you don’t need a massive room. A corner or a little bit of space in a room in your house will be enough. Create your own little workspace, whether that’s in your dining room, kitchen or living room. Where possible try to replicate a similar set up to what you have in the office, something that you will adapt to fairly quickly.
Communicate, communicate, communicate: You may miss the times where you could simply nudge your colleague that you sat next to for a quick chat. Self-isolation does not mean to say we have to stop talking to each other. If anything, we should be talking more. Today’s technology has allowed to us to communicate no matter where we are. Frequent video calls, instant messaging and phone calls can bring an element of office atmosphere, making you feel less lonely. Although you may have a few interruptions than usual. Just like our Managing Director, Martin Butler:
“Normal routine for me, although video conferencing is somewhat of a novelty when my cat decides to sit on the keyboard during the conference! Tried to get a picture but he moved too quickly!”
Take a break: It’s so easy to tap away at your keyboard and let the hours go by. It’s very important to step away and take regular breaks. Following Government guidelines we’re allowed to step outside for an hours walk, jog or cycle for fresh air. Of course if you’re juggling kids in all the mix too, it’s important to have that balance. Just like our Internal Sales, Vicky Bellinger:
” Just treat it like a normal day, but in the mix I have to dress dolls, fix stables and build a bit of Lego. A mute button would be handy for the little dude as well.”
It’s a difficult time for us all, but we can only get through this with each others support. Whether that’s a bit of light-hearted humour, a chat to keep each other positive or a to-do list to keep your mind occupied. Sales Director Nigel Barron is certainly trying to do as ‘normal’ as possible (minus the novelty socks). He said: “I’m quite lucky as I have an office space that’s detached from the house and two crazy children. So business as close to normal as possible.
To-do list: It’s a useful tool to keep yourself busy. Write a to-do list at the beginning of the day, with all the important stuff you need to get done. Ticking it all off by the end of your working day. This will surely give you a sense of accomplishment and a feeling that you have achieved something today. It will keep you productive throughout the day as well.
It’s imperative for all of us to look for a positive at such worrying and uncertain times. Abbeychart are doing everything they can by taking all precautions and safety measures as stated by the Government. We’re working from home to stay open for you. So please, if you have any concerns about existing or future orders, then give us call. Our Internal Sales team will be more than happy to hear your voice and help you with your queries. Our contact details are the same: +44 (0)1367 711900.
But most importantly, do your bit, STAY AT HOME.
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How much do you think about the water you drink? Have you ever thought about how hard or soft your water is? It may not seem like an important element when mixing with other substances. However, did you know it’s the key ingredient when making up your coffee, post mix drinks and of course ice.
With 3M as March’s ‘Brand of the month,’ we are going to look at what hard water actually is and how we can prevent ourselves from drinking it.
Now you maybe lucky enough to live in an area where there’s softer water. But for those who live in areas where there’s hard water, you may recognise the images below and may see it around your home or workplace a little too often. Overtime this can cause serious issues with your appliances such as water coolers and vending machines which as a result can involve hefty maintenance costs.
Water is used pretty much everywhere we go: in pubs, restaurants, cinemas, coffee shops, the list goes on…
So you may question, is the water straight from the mains safe to drink? Well, it isn’t necessarily overly harmful, but there are ways you can prevent this. Water directly from the mains tap may have elements of the following:
Chlorine & Chloramines
Mineral content (limescale)
Bacteria & Sediment
In the food and drinks industry water plays a huge part in providing day to day services. Chloramines can have a massive impact on the quality of the product in both hot and cold beverages, as well as the equipment. Chloramines can damage O-rings, seals and gaskets. The most common found problems are:
Fouled heating elements
Issues with the colour, taste & odour can be managed by using special carbon filters. The activated carbon removes chlorine taste and odour and organic chemicals. There are various filters available for all your hot and cold water application. Why not check out 3M’s range here!
3M offer a range of water filters for hot, cold, ice and post mix applications. The biggest advantage and 3M’s unique selling point is their SQC feature. Sanitary quick change allows you to change the filter quickly and very easily by simply turning it 45 degrees, so a quarter turn which simply clicks out and can be replaced with a new one, with no flushing required.