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INDUSTRY UPDATE THE BMA COLUMN


LDL management buyout complete


T


he management buyout of LDL


Components Ltd led by former director Simon Ogden is now complete. This follows the company’s


announcement last Autumn that it


intended to centralise its business operation at its Northern premises in Hadfield, near Glossop in Derbyshire. The company was formed in 2010 when Bath-based business, Lord Distribution


Compliance matters to all S


ince the tragedy of Grenfell Tower, which highlighted the potential worse-case effects of non-compliance, there has been a stream of news stories about non-compliant products. Many design professionals, construction companies and manufacturers are now much more aware of the dangers but do bathroom retailers also realise that they have an important part to play?


The UK market is being flooded with products from shower enclosures, trays and screens and ceramic-ware like toilets, bidets and basins that don’t meet the required ‘fit for purpose’ safety & quality standards. Many bathroom products should by law be carrying the CE mark and KBB retailers have a responsibility to ask their suppliers to provide evidence that the products they supply are compliant. Independent retailers are already operating at the quality end of the market, offering their customers assurance that they supply and install the highest quality products. They can go one step further by flying the flag for compliant products. It is in their interests to provide a ‘right first time’ product and service, one that meets all the necessary legislation and is installed correctly. Those that do this and adhere to the highest standards will differentiate themselves from the competition and become the natural choice for educated consumers looking to buy with confidence. Change is happening, many organisations are working alongside the BMA to improve awareness of the importance of sourcing compliant ‘fit for purpose’ CE marked products.


Bathroom retailers can be part of this and together we can make a difference, building consumer confidence and maintaining consumer safety.


Limited and OML Limited, located in Hadfield, merged. Although there was natural synergy between the two companies and the resulting business has grown dramatically, there remained the challenge of working from two sites 170 miles apart. Now all functions have moved to Hadfield, previously the LDL distribution centre, and the Bath office has closed. Simon Ogden, managing director, comments “We have been able to double the size of our new headquarters with new office suites to accommodate those departments previously located at our Bath office. With a strong management team now in place, we are investing heavily in the future and will unveil exciting new developments shortly. LDL already has a tremendous reputation for service and innovation and we intend to build on that. Having


everything under one roof can only benefit both the company and its many customers.”


 For more information, please contact BMA on 01782 631619, visit www.bathroom-association.org or email info@bathroom-association.org.uk


48 BKU MAY 2018


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