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Single Source

Single Source was established in 2001 by the original management team who founded and ran Single Service for 12 years. Single Source is the country’s leading specialist in single serve portions, supplying both the UK and European food service markets via a network of wholesalers and distributors.

Every day, more than 25 million portions are produced and delivered using over 50 different ingredients – meeting the diverse needs of clients – from a state-of-the-art 75,000 sq. ft. factory located in Telford, Shropshire. The company joined the PortionPack Europe group in October 2009.

The company holds British Retail Consortium, Global Standard – Food, at Grade A Standard, accredited by SAI Global.

The company’s product range includes sticks, sachets and packets of white sugar, brown sugar, sweetener, whitener, coffee, chocolate, biscuits, and salt and pepper.

The Brief

With staff welfare high on the agenda, as well as exceeding good manufacturing practices for the food industry and the BRC standard, Single Source chose to improve their staff changing facilities by investing in new personal lockers for their 114 employees.

Three locker specialist companies were invited to tender and, following initial layout designs, Link 51secured the contract. Single Source formed an internal working party to manage the installation, which included management and representatives from the workforce.

In an environment where employees are required to wear protective clothing for their work in hygiene-sensitive food packing areas, Link 51’s initial brief was to ensure that the lockers include a facility to segregate workwear from non-workwear clothing and that they must be easy to clean. A number of existing lockers from each locker room were also to be utilised.

Link 51 were also asked to provide lockers for the storage of motorcycle and bike helmets.

The Solution

Working on a modular system, initial designs were based on the provision of 63 x 2-door lockers in the male locker room and 40 x 2-door lockers in the female locker room, with each employee having two lockers in which to separate their workwear and non workwear clothing. The lockers were fitted with key-operated deadlocks and finished in blue for the top locker and red for the bottom.

Below the lockers, provision was made for the inclusion of a full-length slatted wooden bench, with a steel mesh shoe shelf under. This allowed every employee to have an integral seat directly below their locker, thereby helping to create a comfortable and functional changing room experience.

The new lockers were allocated to employees for an initial trial period. During this phase, it was decided to provide more space for employees by relocating a number of lockers from one end of each locker room to a side wall. Additionally, an open unit per locker room was created to allow for the hanging of up to 24 bulky coats and jackets. The resulting re-configuration increased the number of lockers in the male room to 67.

This remedial work was completed by Link 51 during normal working hours, with minimal shift disruption.

A total of 8 x 4-door lockers finished in blue were installed in the canteen for motorcycle and bike helmets.

All lockers were installed with 22.5° sloping tops to prevent litter build up and provide easy access for cleaning.

The lockers meet the testing requirements of the British Standard for Clothes Lockers BS 4680: 1996 ‘Standard Duty’ and all have BioCote® anti-microbial protection as standard.

“From initial consultation to completion, Link 51 provided a very high degree of professionalism. They remained wholly committed to ensuring the installation worked and were a pleasure to work with throughout.” – Kris Allen Technical Manager, Single Source Ltd.

By using Link 51, Single Source benefited from:

  • Leading UK-based in-house manufacturing capability
  • Fully managed market-leading storage solutions
  • Extensive knowledge and experience
  • High-quality product range combining strength, durability and operational reliability
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