Skipper shares best practice alongside Prime Minister Theresa May in The Parliamentary Review

We are delighted to announce that Skipper TM is included in the 2017 Parliamentary Review

Skipper TM is recognised alongside a small number of UK companies as an example of best practice in manufacturing.

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The 2017 Parliamentary Review is introduced by the Prime Minister, Theresa May

The Parliamentary Review, aimed at policy makers and business leaders, includes an editorial with Skipper TM’s Managing Director, Alan Bentley, who shares business insight alongside cabinet ministers, government agencies, associations and trade bodies.

An electronic copy of the publication is available here.


Skipper shares best practice alongside Prime Minister Theresa May in The Parliamentary Review

Skipper appears alongside Prime Minister Theresa May in the 2016/17 Parliamentary Review.

Established by former minister The Rt Hon David Curry in 2010, The Parliamentary Review’s September release is now a key fixture in the political calendar.

Skipper features alongside the Prime Minister and a small number of outstanding organisations in a document that looks back on the year in industry and Westminster. The main aim of the Review is to showcase best practice as a learning tool to the public and private sector.

Across all policy areas, The Parliamentary Review is sent to over half a million leading policymakers. The articles in the Review act as both a blueprint for success and a template for reform.

The Prime Minister commented that ‘this year’s Parliamentary Review follows a significant year in British politics’ and this is reflected in the articles from leading journalists and best-practice representatives alike.

The PM’s former cabinet colleague, Sir Eric Pickles, who was recently appointed Chairman of the Review, said ‘it has never been more important for government to hear the views of business and the public sector in a constructive forum. It is also a vital time to share best practice and progress.’

The Parliamentary Review’s director Daniel Yossman concurred, saying ‘Skipper and other hardworking organisations from across the country have come together to make this year’s Review possible.

Sharing knowledge and insight with both peers and government is essential work and I am delighted that this year’s Review will reach every corner of the British economy.

It’s always a real joy to hear from policymakers who tell me that something they have read in the Review has had an effect on their thinking.

It is my belief that innovation is contagious, if only it is given the platform to spread. It is the Review’s purpose to provide this platform and I am confident we are fulfilling it.’

UK Government recognises Skipper for best practice in manufacturing.

We’re pleased to announce that Skipper has been selected for the 2017 Parliamentary Review.

The review compiles insight and commentaries from award-winning journalists with innovative thinking from industry experts, with Skipper being selected to contribute our expertise on best practices in the manufacturing sector.

We’ll include the report on our website after it’s released later this year.

Happy Holidays!

Season’s Greetings from all the team at Skipper TM.

Please note that we are closed over the Christmas period between Saturday 24th December 2016 and Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

To make sure your Skipper order is delivered before the 23rd December, please see the following dates:

Last order date for deliveries to Europe: 19/12/2016
Last order date for deliveries to the UK: 21/12/2016

Skipper has partnered with Cortina Safety Products Group

SkipperTMLimited and Cortina Safety Products Group are pleased to announce they have reached an agreement to partner together in marketing the innovative Skipper product line throughout North America.

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Cortina Safety Products Group (CSPG) is North America’s leading manufacturer of traffic delineation and safety equipment used in work zones, industrial and commercial applications in the NAFTA market sold under the Cortina and CCI Canada brands.  CSPG, is part of The Cortina Companies, a privately held company founded in 1969 which designs, assembles and manufactures components and products for consumer, industrial, heavy duty truck as well as the lawn and garden markets. Headquartered in Franklin Park Illinois with facilities located in the US and Canada.


Alan Bentley, Skipper Limited Managing Director commented, “We are delighted to partner with such a forward thinking organisation such as Cortina. Since entering the market it has been clear that the Skipper range has really captured the interests of the health and safety community and now is the right time to strengthen our local presence with a proven specialist in the safety sector. We are looking forward to jointly delivering solutions that make a real difference to North American safety practice.”

Click here to check out Cortina’s Website


New Health & Safety Sentencing Guidelines

The long awaited Sentencing Council’s guidelines for health and safety offences were published on 3 November 2015 and came into effect on 1st February 2016.

Large companies in England and Wales can expect fines of around £10 million for the most serious breaches of health and safety law when now that new sentencing guidelines have come into force..

Courts are now required to first assess the overall seriousness of the offence based on the offender’s culpability and the risk of serious harm, regardless of whether any harm was in fact caused. The guideline then sets a starting point and a range of possible fines based on the seriousness of the offence. Different starting points and ranges apply depending on the size of the organisation, based on turnover or the equivalent. Fines could exceed £10m for serious health and safety breaches or £20m in corporate manslaughter cases, and even more for very large companies.

The guideline also includes a list of mitigating and aggravating factors that the courts can take into account when setting the level of fine. Mitigating factors may include where a business has no previous convictions, has taken steps to remedy the wrong and has demonstrated a particularly high level of cooperation with the investigation; while aggravating factors may include a history of relevant offences or where the offence was committed for financial gain. Courts will also have to consider whether there are any other factors justifying an adjustment, but whether the fine will put the offender out of business may be an acceptable consequence in some bad cases.

Individual company directors found guilty of “consent, connivance or neglect” in relation to the offence will  face potentially unlimited fines and prison sentences of up to two years, according to the guideline.

Organisations are required to submit detailed financial information including turnover figures, pre-tax profit, director remuneration, pension provision, assets and debt exposure for the past three years (including where appropriate that of any associated organisation, which may lead to an examination of any group structure). Failure to produce required financial information, or the production of insufficient or unreliable financial information is likely to attract an adverse reaction. The court will form its own conclusions from the circumstances and information available, including that the offender is able to pay any fine.

Companies facing substantial fines for such offences may also have to report such matters in their annual accounts with inevitable reputational damage as a consequence.

Of perhaps greater personal significance for directors and senior managers is the prospect of an unlimited fine or a custodial sentence if they are found guilty of the consent, connivance or neglect in the commission of the offence by the company. The thresholds for custodial sentences for individuals would suggest a far greater likelihood of imprisonment for the most serious breaches.

Convictions for corporate manslaughter demand a number of evidential hurdles to be satisfied to secure a conviction. By contrast, health and safety offences are far easier to prosecute. If real impact can be achieved via prosecution, conviction and sentencing for such breaches, prosecutors may be more inclined to take that route.

Two things, in particular, are brought into sharp focus in the guidelines and demand board attention now:

  • The requirement for a proactive, coordinated and fully supported approach to health and safety is crucial. The guidelines make it clear that persistent offenders or those who adopt a cowboy approach to health and safety will face harsher fines, while single offenders with an otherwise exemplary record with an enthusiastic, forward thinking and structured approach to compliance which is fully endorsed from the top down, are likely to be dealt with in a more lenient manner, although the fine must still be large enough to be a punishment and deterrent.
  • Given the stark difference between the current and future regimes, many of those currently subject to proceedings have been well advised to enter early guilty pleas in appropriate cases in order to expedite their cases (the guidelines will apply to sentencing after 1 February 2016, regardless of when the offence was committed). Sentencing under the current regime may be preferable.

The message is clear – regulatory authorities expect health and safety to remain a key corporate priority. Directors must ensure that it is at the top of their agenda.

To view more information on the new sentencing guidelines please click the link below:

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Welsh construction industry set to grow at ‘triple’ the UK average


The Welsh construction industry is set to grow at nearly triple the UK average annual growth rate, creating over 27,000 jobs in the next five years.

That’s according to the latest industry forecast by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), which predicts an average annual growth rate in output of 7.1% for Wales, compared with 2.5% for the rest of the UK, between 2016 and 2020.

The annual forecast predicts infrastructure projects will substantially drive growth in Wales in the next five years. Developments include Wylfa Newydd, University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s waterside campus in Swansea and a number of major road projects across the country.

Commercial projects such as the Circuit of Wales, BBC Wales’ new head offices in Cardiff and a steady increase in repair and maintenance of existing buildings are also said to be driving growth.

The figures show a strong outlook for the Welsh construction industry, driven by a number of infrastructure projects that have already started or are in the pipeline. All types of training, and especially apprenticeships, will be vital to delivering this pipeline of work.


Source: ITV News





Skipper has a generous range of products to improve Health & Safety in many aspects of the Construction Industry.


Skipper post & base system

A fantastic alternative to a cone



The Skipper post & base system is the amazing system for the successful Skipper product line. Its great versatility allows it to be used on both hard and soft ground, indoors and outdoors.

The unique, interchangeable base allows the post to be sunk into the ground with a spike or attached to its sturdy base for use on hard surfaces. Simply pour water or sand into the base for strength and stability.It is the fast, effective way to cordon off hazardous or restricted areas.


Skipper has a collection of other products that can be added to the Post & Base to create a Safety Management Solution:


  • Skipper Unit with 9m (30ft) of retractable barrier tape (available in 6 colours & 4 tape colours)
  • Spike Base so that the post can be sunk into soft ground or grass
  • A4 Sign Holder allows you to easily display warnings, promotional messages and directions (which is attached on top of the Skipper unit)
  • Rechargeable Safety Light is a multifunctional LED warning light that is fully rechargeable (which is placed on top of the Skipper unit)
  • Recycle Bin for multi-purpose waste and recycling use (which can be attached with our Post & Base Collar)
  • Safety Dispenser for easy access to safety equipment such as ear buds and safety goggles (which can be attached with our Post & Base Collar)



The post is available in: Orange, Red, Silver, Green , Yellow & Blue




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