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Month: November 2020

Smart Storage Solutions After COVID-19

How smart lockers can help your business tackle COVID-19 challenges.

In the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, it is important to adapt your storage solutions now and going forward – this is where smart lockers can help. Smart lockers are secure storage systems with built in state of the art technology that allow for remote management and other clever functions.

Social distancing

With social distancing guidelines being one of the simplest and most important rules in our fight against Coronavirus, it is crucial that the 2-metre distance is obliged by. Smart lockers can help with this and be set to enforce social distancing rules. For example, if a gym goer arrives at the gym changing room wanting to gain access to a new locker, a smart system will only offer lockers at least 2-metres from another active locker; this will limit contact between gym patrons and control the spread of the virus.

Capture and utilise data

Smart lockers use the best and latest technology to capture important information to help save companies’ time, money, resources – and help safely handle the pandemic too.

The system will record how often lockers are being used, which locations are receiving high traffic and manage accordingly; it may be necessary to re-distribute locker locations, set rules and allocate lockers more efficiently.

Remote management

Smart locker systems are usually managed from a dedicated remote location. This allows operators to open, block and delegate all lockers across multiple locations without having to move through the building; limiting contact with others and reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Provide assistance with ‘Track and Trace’

The Government’s ‘Track and Trace’ system is important in keeping all of us safe. Smart lockers can help with this; the clever technology can see who has visited what locker when and who they may have had contact with. If the unfortunate incident of a positive Coronavirus case does occur this system could be utilised to quickly control the outbreak within the workplace and the rest of society.

Antibacterial finishes

It is possible to add another element of safeguarding to smart lockers by using antibacterial finishes. During the manufacturing process an additive is combined with the materials, which creates a coating on the outside of the locker’s decorative board. These finishes, such as Biocote and Sanitized, have been scientifically proven to provide anti-fungal and anti-virus protection reducing harmful bacteria by 99.9%. This simple addition is a worthwhile investment in providing protection to all those using the lockers.


Smart lockers, with their user-friendly and intuitive functions, are a clever investment for your business as we move into the future and adapt to our “new normal”.

What to Look for when Purchasing a Property in Romford

What to look out for before stepping on the Romford property ladder

Romford, just 14 miles from London’s city centre, provides the ease of London living with the suburban feel of residing in Essex. Its location is the perfect balance of access to the bustle, shops and bars of a city and of proximity to green spaces and the coast.

As London city centre property prices continue to soar, buyers are looking East to Romford when purchasing property – especially those new to the housing market. We talk you through what to look for when purchasing property in Romford

Type of house

A great selling point for Romford is the variety of property types on offer depending on your budget and requirements.

Many of the houses available are semi-detached and terraced and were often built in the 1930s. More recently, there has been a boom in developed flats and new builds and this is set to continue due to Crossrail and the rising popularity of the area. You will also find bungalows, so whatever you’re looking for your estate agent should be able to help you.


Known as a ‘commuter town’, Romford provides fantastic links into London and beyond – you can get to London Liverpool Street within 30 minutes. The new Crossrail/ Elizabeth Line project, rescheduled to launch in 2021, will provide even greater connections between Romford and the city with quick commute times. If you’re going to be utilising the rail travel options then consider your proximity to Romford Station, which will also see a major upgrade as part of the Crossrail project.

Romford also boasts excellent road links, strong public transport services and sits within reasonable distance of to two airports; Southend and Heathrow.


Many of the schools surrounding Romford have fantastic reputations and have received great Ofsted inspection results. Do some research on local schools before buying to ensure a potential property is in the catchment area for the school you’d be interested in.

What’s on offer in the area

Romford offers a variety of accessible amenities and leisure facilities. For green spaces, there is Lodge Farm Park and Raphael Park – and a nature reserve at Bedfords Park.

You will still find their traditional weekly market full of local, small businesses selling their wares. For more shopping, Romford has multiple malls including The Mercury Shopping Centre and The Brewery. You will also be able to access a wide range of restaurants, including the fast food chains, and leisure facilities such as a cinema and an ice rink.


Romford will continue to remain an attractive option for buyers and those wanting to take their first step onto the property ladder, due to its house prices and its convenient location that balances city and rural living – is it the right place for you?

The Evolution of the Caravan Holiday

How Static Home Staycations Have Changed Over A Century

Leisure caravans have been enjoyed for more than a hundred years – how have they changed during this time?

39% of British adults have been on a caravanning holiday in the past three years, according to research conducted by the Mintel Group. With the pandemic changing the way in which we’re able to travel abroad so easily, these figures are likely to rise in the near future. Although static caravans have been used for leisure purposes since the beginning of the 20th century, it’s fair to say that their design and usage has changed extensively over the past hundred years. Let’s take a look at how caravan holidays and the interior of static homes have evolved over time.

Rich Holidaymakers

Back in the early 20th century, rich families would pay to have their static caravans transported by train to the destination of their choice. This changed when caravans become more mobile and were able to be pulled by motor vehicles instead. Caravan sites or parks didn’t exist at this time, so owners would ask the permission of local farmers to rest on their land for a small fee until it was time to move on.

Post-War Surge In Sales

Although caravan manufacturing ground almost to a halt during the two world wars, there was a significant uptick in production again following the end of the World War Two. Campsites become more popular across the UK and some owners would pay for several static homes to remain onsite which they could let out to visiting holidaymakers. During this time, the interior of your average caravan was also experiencing a makeover, with fuel stoves, water tanks and insulation ensuring that the interior was as comfortable as home.

The 80s Onwards

With static caravans for sale across the UK, the 80s continued to innovate the experience and interior of your mobile home. British seaside resorts were popular locations for family holidays and you could choose whether to rent a static or tow your own caravan to a destination of choice. Whilst the past few decades had required caravan dwellers to exit their abode and walk to a shower and toilet block, the experience had now become far more convenient for caravan owners. With mains water and flushing toilets now a staple of this type of accommodation, this encouraged holidaymakers to enjoy longer and more frequent visits to their caravan.

Interiors were uplifted with bold, bright colours and prints used for soft furnishings, whilst space was divided into separate bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen and lounge space – just like home! Technology found its way into the modern caravan too with televisions and fully fitted kitchens providing all the mod-cons required.

Transformation of the Staycation Experience

From the 90s, piped gas replaced the previous bottled gas that was required, and since then your caravan holiday has become as modern, luxurious and easy as you can imagine. Today’s static homes are equipped with fully integrated Bluetooth systems, vSmart heating technology, double glazing and Hotpoint appliances.

Staycations have skyrocketed in popularity during the pandemic, with one UK holiday booked every 11 seconds after the government greenlighted domestic travel over the summer of 2020. If you’re already starting to plan next year’s hols, then why not consider booking a caravan staycation?

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