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Vent-Axia fan celebrates Golden Anniversary


Sussex-based Vent-Axia is leading the way in reliability with one of its Standard Range fans still going strong aſter more than 50 years.


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riginally installed in 1967, the fan has been improving its household’s indoor air quality ever since, even moving house with its owners in 1973! It is this longevity and reliability that


forms the backbone of Vent-Axia’s commitment to designing high quality fans that last. Vent-Axia fans are also easily repairable. During its long life, this Standard


Range fan has benefitted from Vent-Axia’s high quality spares department, requiring parts once in the 1990s and replacement housing recently. This all leads to further improved fan longevity and so reduced waste, helping lower environmental impact. “Vent-Axia is committed to reducing waste. We are well established for


making reliable energy efficient products that reduce energy consumption and reduce carbon emissions. But now our fans go one step further,” explains Jenny Smith, Head of Marketing at Vent-Axia. “By developing innovative modular products, that can be repaired rather


than replaced should they develop a fault, we can make a real difference to ventilation’s environmental impact. But it’s not just newer products that are repairable. At Vent-Axia we’re well known for our spares department which


Advertorial Mental health initiativeto support T


o support employees who may be affected, distribution soſtware company, Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS),


launched an initiative earlier this year that involves 40 of its staff (including the MD) being trained as Mental Health First Aiders. Debbie Clifford, Global Head of Learning &


Development at KCS, explained, “Our HR Manager is very close to all our employees and she has seen different behaviours that she and other managers were unsure how to deal with. This has sometimes escalated to sickness and absence, with doctors’ notes citing ‘stress’ as the cause.”


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awareness at software company Against the current high levels of construction industry workers suffering with mental health problems, a report published this year revealed that people working in the fast-paced tech/digital industries are also highly likely to be suffering from depression and anxiety.


group of staff would be trained as Mental Health First Aiders. When we announced what we were doing, 16 members of staff came forward as volunteers, all wanting to help their colleagues. “To date 29 members of staff have completed the course. They learn what triggers the most common problems and how to identify those who are suffering. We don’t provide counselling but we’re


The conclusions of the BIMA Tech Inclusion & Diversity Report 2019 reflected what was happening at KCS. It found, that in the digital industry, 66% of respondents were stressed by their work and 52% had suffered from anxiety or depression at some point. Debbie and her team decided to look for a way of providing the best support for staff that might be suffering with their mental health and discovered the training and campaigning organisation, Mental Health First Aid England (MHFA). She explained, “We decided to pilot one of their programmes whereby a


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ready to listen when someone needs to talk. Sometimes that’s all they need. We already have employee assistance and occupational health programmes in place through which we can refer individuals to more specialist help if they need it. A second batch of volunteers will be trained later this year, with the objective to have around 40 Mental Health Champions at KCS in total.” Debbie added, “It helps that there are so many high profile people who talk openly about their mental health. People like Stephen Fry, Alistair Campbell and the young Royals. It all helps to remove the stigma surrounding mental health problems and reinforces the message that it’s ok to let people know how you are feeling.”


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has a wide range of products available allowing fans to be repaired whenever possible.” In the past, manufacturers often


recommended that faulty fans should be thrown away and replaced with new ones. Not only is this expensive when a fan has exceeded its warranty period, but a lot of unnecessary waste is sent to landfill. Vent-Axia has therefore tackled this issue head on and has designed fans, such as the Lo-Carbon Revive and Lo-Carbon PoziDry Compact Pro, which have individual modular components that can all be replaced separately. Now, Vent-Axia is lowering its carbon


footprint. In January 2013, the company reshored the balance of its domestic fan manufacturing from China back to the UK. Vent-Axia’s commitment to British manufacturing has seen the company invest further in UK logistics which has helped lower the embodied energy of products by reducing carbon emissions. A reduction in international shipping and flights has resulted in a saving of up to 15 Tonnes of CO² a year.


For further information on all products and services offered by Vent- Axia, telephone 0844 856 0590 or visit vent-axia.com.


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