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Critical care patients in the Conquest Hospital, Hastings, have access to new tablet computers to help keep them occupied during their recovery thanks to the generosity of town cable management manufacturer Marshall-Tufflex.

The donation of the five Hudl tablets was championed by company Group Personnel Manager Steve Baldry, who was recently cared for in the hospital’s High Dependency Unit following a sudden cardiac arrest. While there he used an old tablet computer to catch up on news, contact friends and watch movies. However, it was not ideal so he wanted future patients to have a better experience and show his thanks to the unit for saving his life.

Pauline Simes Lead Nurse Critical Care said: “These new tablets will provide entertainment and a distraction for patients. Ventilated patients who are unable to talk will be able to communicate with staff by touching a picture or spelling out a word via the touch screen. We are extremely grateful to Steve and Marshall-Tufflex for this marvellous donation and it was wonderful to see Steve looking so well. Thank you.”

Steve is also encouraging everyone to learn CPR, which can more than double the chance of survival for cardiac arrest victims. He said: “There are approximately 60,000 cardiac arrests each year in the UK and only 10% of people survive. Response to a sudden cardiac arrest is a top priority for emergency services and they do all they can to get there as fast as possible. Unfortunately they often arrive to find people standing round, not knowing what to do. My message to everyone is to know how to recognise a cardiac arrest and how to deliver CPR. You may also want to lobby your local sports facilities, work place etc to install an AED (automated external defibrillator); CPR with early defibrillation can triple the chance of survival.

“Early recognition, calling 999 and early bystander CPR with early defibrillation will make a huge difference. I was lucky enough to receive these things and am still here to tell the tale,” added Steve.

Marshall-Tufflex has long been a supporter of the Conquest Hospital, donating equipment worth many thousands of pounds from its charitable trust, which has given some £750,000 to good causes locally and nationally over the last 10 years.


Market-leading cable management manufacturer Marshall-Tufflex is celebrating 75 years of innovation with a programme of events planned for the coming months.

From a summer party in the company’s home town of Hastings, East Sussex, to the burial of a Time Capsule for retrieval in another 75 years and (in typical Marshall-Tufflex style) donating 75 days for staff to carry out charity work, the aim is to involve the whole business in the celebrations and benefit others.Marshall Tufflex

“Innovation and charity giving have, from day one, been in our DNA and continue to set us apart in the marketplace,” said Marshall-Tufflex Chief Executive Paul Hetherington. “We manufacture and supply the largest and highest quality range of cable management solutions on the market. And every time one of our products is purchased a charity benefits. In the last 10 years alone we have donated more than £750,000 to worthwhile causes. We will continue innovating and giving and look forward to the next 75 years.”

The Marshall-Tufflex story began on May 28th, 1942, when founder Harold Cirket registered the company name. He had just the idea of developing the then unknown potential of plastic extrusion and a £394 War Loan behind him. The rest, as they say, is history. Marshall-Tufflex is now a multi-million pound business trading in more than 40 countries and employing more than 170 people across its manufacturing base and HQ in Hastings, East Sussex, together with depots in London and Manchester.

To celebrate the anniversary the company is holding a summer party in Hastings for all past and present employees, their families and company shareholders. A Time Capsule will be buried on the Marshall-Tufflex premises during the week of the anniversary for retrieval in 75 years and company book ‘The First 50 years and On To the Millennium’, is being updated for release later this year.

The company is also donating time for employees to undertake 75 days of charity work by volunteering for charities including St Michael’s Hospice, Chestnut Tree House and The Tressell Trust. This initiative reflects the company’s commitment to the Hastings area and the willingness of its workforce to give something back to organisations which are such an important part of their community.

“We are delighted to be celebrating Marshall-Tufflex’s 75th birthday,” added Mr Hetherington. “Harold Cirket established the business during the austere war time years, pioneering the UK’s plastic extrusion market. Little could he have known that 75 years later the company would be a market-leader. We are justifiably proud of his achievements and of those of all employees, past and present.”

Hastings employer Marshall-Tufflex is marking its 75th year in business with a renewed drive to raise awareness of the career opportunities across its manufacturing business.

The cable management manufacturer, a UK market leader in its sector, is committed to assisting young local job seekers and has already supported five apprentices through relevant NVQ Level 3 Advanced Modern Apprenticeships.marshall-tufflex

And, as in previous years, the company has announced its attendance at a number of careers events for 2017.

“Marshall-Tufflex is committed to Hastings and we really want to nurture and ‘grow our own’ talent to the benefit of both our business and the town,” said Chief Executive Paul Hetherington. “Over the last two years we have been actively promoting engineering and other career opportunities in the company to primary and secondary school students. We want to continue to develop local talent, keeping skilled workers in the town and inspiring young people to consider engineering – and Marshall-Tufflex – as a future career, much as we have done over the last 75 years.”

Marshall-Tufflex will be attending a range of careers events, including local Jobs Fairs, school career programmes, engaging with the Enterprise Advisor Network, activities co-ordinated by the Education Futures Trust and those arranged by STEM/STEAM Sussex. All of these aim to support the development of careers and increase awareness, helping the next generation with entering the world of work.

The full list of events Marshall-Tufflex is supporting: Rye College MFSH Careers Fair, Bexhill Jobs Fair. Apprenticeship Event – Bexhill Academy, ARK Helenswood Women’s Day Careers Activity, Sussex Coast College STEM Event, STEM Sussex Big Bang Event (STEAMFest), Robertsbridge Community College Careers Event, St Leonards Academy Careers Event, Hastings Academy Careers Event.

Market-leading cable management specialist Marshall-Tufflex has hit the bullseye with the announcement that it is sponsoring world-class British darts player Mark Dudbridge – and will be offering electricians the chance to play against him at forthcoming ELEX Harrogate and Sundown and the new Electrical Design and Installation expo (ED&I).

“Mark has been a firm fixture on the UK and World darts stage for many years and we are delighted to be sponsoring him,” said Jon Chamberlain, Marshall-Tufflex UK Sales Director. “He has played alongside darting greats such as Phil Taylor and Eric Bristow and beaten some of the world’s best players, including John Part, Peter Manley and Ronnie Baxter. We are very excited to have him on board and wish him well for the PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour which starts at the end of March.

“Given Mark’s tremendous darts pedigree we thought it would be a brilliant opportunity for visitors to our stands at ELEX and ED&I to play against him with the chance to win Virgin Experience Days.”

Marshall-Tufflex will be exhibiting at ELEX in Harrogate on May 24/25, with Mark Dudbridge appearing on the second day of the event, and at ELEX Sandown Park, Surrey, on November 2/3, with Mark appearing on the first day.

The manufacturer is also supporting the all-new Electrical Design and Installation expo, being held at the NEC, Birmingham, on September 2/3. Mark will be on the Marshall-Tufflex Stand 74 for both days.


As part of a successful scheme to advance education for the benefit of the local area, Hastings based manufacturing firm Marshall Tufflex have  been hosting factory tours for students from local primary and secondary schools.

Students from Robsack Primary School and Helenswood Academy visited the firm in October to see the moulding and extrusion manufacturing in process.

The visit is part of a local Hastings and Rye initiative the Education Futures Trust, a charitable organisation which seeks to advance education for the local community for children and young people.

Group Personnel Development Manager Steve Baldry said that “We are very keen to build relationships with local schools as these children will be our potential future employees,  These initiatives allow us to give something back to the community as well as increasing awareness of the skills and disciplines we need to continue as a successful Hastings business.

Hastings based cable management manufacturer Marshall-Tufflex is strengthening its market-leading position by extending its unique Same Day Collection service with longer opening hours and refurbished collection points.

The service allows account-holding electrical distributors to collect cable management orders between 7am and 5.30pm Monday to Friday, just two hours after order placement from Marshall-Tufflex’s strategically located depots in London and Manchester, a service unrivalled in the industry. Orders placed between 3.30pm and 5pm can be collected from 7am the next working day.

Stock levels of key product ranges are also being extended and constantly reviewed to ensure popular stock lines are available.

The Same Day Collection service is in addition to normal Marshall-Tufflex product deliveries via the company’s own logistics fleet, ensuring wholesalers have the option to obtain stock within 2 hours outside of their normal delivery runs. Contractors benefit from improved access to a quick solution should last minute problems arise on site, resulting in shorter waiting times for urgently needed product.

Both the Manchester and London depots are accessible from major road links and are convenient to get to, with a wide catchment area within one hour’s drive of each. Marshall-Tufflex will provide a reception area at the depots, with a dedicated collection point, seating and refreshments available.

Product collections can also be arranged from Marshall-Tufflex’s manufacturing base in Hastings, on a next-day basis for orders placed before 12.30pm.

“Extended opening hours is good news for our wholesalers and contracting clients and signals just how serious we are about delivering the best products at the right time,” said Debbie Ensell, Marshall-Tufflex Customer Services Manager. “Competitors, at best, only offer next day delivery so offering a Collection Service with a maximum two hour turnaround from receipt of order (subject to stock availability) coupled with longer opening hours is an exciting development that we hope will really benefit our customers, allowing them to better service their electrical contractor customers.”

Details of the depots where this can be done are:

  • Hastings: Marshall-Tufflex, 55-65 Castleham Road, St Leonards-on-Sea, TN38 9NU
  • London: Marshall-Tufflex, 101c Blackhorse Lane, London, E17 6DJ
  • Manchester: Marshall-Tufflex, Europa Trading Estate, Stoneclough Road, Radcliffe, Manchester, M26 1GG

Marshall-Tufflex’s magnificent seven long distance runners have raised more than £3,200 for a children’s charity after completing the Hastings Half Marathon.

The Marshall Tuff Legs squad – Hannah Hayler, Josh Hayler, Rachael White, Annette Fry, Helen Munday, Lawrence Glaze and Joe Johnson – raced home in highly respectable times ranging from 1hr 54 minutes to 2hrs 23 minutes, delighting their friends and colleagues waiting on the finish line.

Their efforts have raised more than £3,216 for Demelza Hospice Care for Children, a charity that supports life-limited children in East Sussex. Julie Brett, Demelza community fundraiser said: “I’m absolutely thrilled with how well the team did. Raising over £3,000 is a fantastic achievement that will go a long way in helping us provide hospice care for children and families in desperate need of our support. I’d like to say a huge thank you to the Marshall Tuff Legs team and to everyone who supported them.”

Marshall-Tufflex management accountant Hannah Hayler, who is running the London Marathon in April for Demelza, trained the squad, some from scratch, over five months and was delighted with their performances: “I am lost for words, I’m so proud of everything they have achieved. Seeing them cheer each other on was amazing and very emotional; words cannot explain how proud I am of each one of them.”

The event was particularly poignant for Hannah and her son Josh (17), an apprentice energy management technician at Marshall-Tufflex. At the age of three years Josh was diagnosed with Perthes Disease, a childhood disorder affecting the hip joint. Hannah said: “I was told by doctors that he would be disabled by his Perthes Disease and would never excel in sports. So for him to even run that distance is a miracle but to do it in 1hr 54 minutes is totally awesome. My overall highlight of the day was running the whole way with him. He is a miracle.”

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Marshall-Tufflex’s ground-breaking E-PRO Approved accreditation scheme for installers of energy management systems has temporarily closed to new applicants following exceptionally high demand for places.

The scheme hit initial membership targets within months of launching. New applicants are being acknowledged and placed on a waiting list.

Marshall-Tufflex Chief Executive Paul Hetherington said: “We are delighted with the massive success of E-PRO Approved and the high number of electrical contractors and energy management specialists who have applied to become members. We have been inundated with applicants, which demonstrates the industry’s desire and need for such an initiative. It does mean,


however, that we need to temporarily halt admissions in order to process installers currently going through the accreditation procedure and support new E-PRO Approved businesses.”

E-PRO is the UK’s first accreditation for electrical contractors working within the energy management sector. It is open to members of NICEIC, ECA, SELECT or NAPIT. Installers who successfully apply

For more information visit www.eproapproved.co.ukmust attend a training course covering voltage optimisation, power factor correction, boiler management and sub-metering. The scheme also includes the supply chain, with Preferred Stockists being appointed UK-wide to partner with E-PRO Approved installers, allowing both to take advantage of improved terms and a close working relationship with Marshall-Tufflex.

Tuff Legs by name and tough legs by nature – that’s the plan for a dedicated group of seven employees from Marshall-Tufflex who are in their final weeks of training for the Hastings Half Marathon. marshall-tuff-legs-1

The team – Helen Munday, Rachael White, Annette Fry, Josh Hayler, Joe Johnson, Laurence Glaze and trainer Hannah Hayler, will be pounding the pavements of Marshall-Tufflex’s home town on March 22 to raise cash for Demelza House Children’s Hospice.

Experienced runner Hannah, who is also tackling the London Marathon in April, has been training the team since September. She said: “Everyone has been training really hard and putting in lots of time and effort, often on dark, cold and rainy evenings. The training is not only raising money for a good cause and improving staff morale but has also given some of the team the running bug!”

The Marshall Tuff Legs team includes very experienced runners (Hannah with several marathons and half marathons under her belt) to those who have never run before and lots of levels in between. Ages range from teenage to mid forties (ish!) and represent different departments of the cable and energy management manufacturer. Unfortunately three members of the original squad (Natalie, Gareth and Craig) are unable to run on the day but will be out supporting their colleagues.

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Energy management specialist Marshall-Tufflex’s recently launched E-PRO Approved initiative has been welcomed by Climate Change Minister Amber Rudd.marshall-tufflex-logo

E-PRO is the first approval scheme of its kind for electrical contractors installing energy management solutions. Those accepted on to the programme are trained and fully supported by Marshall-Tufflex.

Ms Rudd, MP for Hastings and Rye, said of the scheme: “I welcome Marshall-Tufflex’s new investment in energy management education and skills and wish them every success.”

To apply to become E-PRO Approved installers must be registered with NICEIC, ECA, SELECT or NAPIT. If their application is successful they will attend a training course and, once approved, have access to on-going technical and product training, inclusion in an online ‘Find an Installer’ directory, full technical support and the ability to generate branded quotations on-line plus sales and marketing support.

For more information visit www.eproapproved.co.uk