Meet Our Members, Abbey industrial Solutions

To kick-start our new initiative of Meet Our Members, we caught up with Andrew Barraclough, the Sales and Marketing Director at Abbey Industrial Solutions to talk all things about the company and how they are leading the market for being independent providers of quality power tool systems and engineering innovations.

By working with multiple intelligent tooling specialists such as Cleco and Sturtevant Richmont, Abbey provides industry 4.0 ready bespoke solutions to improve the quality and efficiency in the manufacturing industry.

Having over 35 years of navigating the industry, Abbey’s experience has meant that they hold exclusive trading relationships with a number of different tool-leading manufacturers.

Andrew said: “The specialist manufacturer-trained teams at Abbey are uniquely and specifically placed to not just provide detailed product knowledge and tailored solutions, but to also suit each individuals’ particular needs and to oversee implementation of tooling and perform comprehensive maintenance services and repairs on all tooling assets.

“Abbey Industrial Solutions are known for being relied upon to provide solutions to help both maximise and optimise the manufacturing processes to take away the stress and concern for the consumer.

“Each and every person in the Abbey team are highly skilled specialists who are trained with the latest knowledge in engineering innovations from a variety of leading manufacturers.

“The team can provide bespoke tooling solutions to suit individual site requirements alongside complete end-to-end implementation and maintenance guidance to ensure that the consumer has all the knowledge and tools they need to get the most out of their experience.”

Advance your manufacturing processes and maximise the potential of tooling assets, with the experts at Abbey. Offering comprehensive service solutions combined with full traceability from our asset management systems, the lifespan of your tools is prolonged with product care plans developed to suit your individual needs.

Like what you hear and want to get in touch with the Abbey team to talk about your tooling needs? You can head over to their website and use their live calendar system to pick a date and time that best suits you for either a product demonstration or a consultation.

DSM Productions new studio!

DSM Productions Limited has grown over the last couple of years but when COVID hit the diary emptied within 48hrs.

The ban on large gatherings, conferences, music and events of any size brought the company to a stand still.

Dan Smith Founder of DSM Productions commented:

“Since COVID hit events have been either cancelled or postponed and I started to watch what I had built start crumbling around me.”

“After a few months of being crippled by the pandemic and watching the bank empty (despite some government support) It became apparent, in September, that live events may not be returning any time soon and that virtual may well be the way forward.”

“Initially we decided to invest in equipment to make the transition to a virtual platform but quickly realised I had something that I don’t think Wakefield has (I could be wrong on this) – space to create a studio dedicated to broadcast, streaming and filming.
With this we decided to convert unused office/storage space, at our warehouse & offices in Wakefield, into a purpose built studio space.”

The studio space will be open as of the 2nd December and I’m hoping to generate a large interest in the space.

From The Gutter To The Stars

Studio Manger Andrew Easton and Mick Hinchcliffe from Wakefield based Printforms Ltd are the first to see the new publication which the company has produced – “From The Gutter To The Stars “ by Simon Medhurst.

The book is a detailed memoir documenting the rise of Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club from the turn of the Millenium to the end of May 2019.

Written by a true football fan for other fans, it charts an emotional rollercoaster – the passion, the wins, the frustrations and a host of amusing anecdotes!

It also provides an insight into the way that Simon’s mum, his wife Jane and his sister Sasha fought their own personal battles against cancer during this time. Three very brave and special ladies.

Simon also touches on the course of his life during this testing period and describes it as : “A football fans guide to help get through life”
Managing Director Shaun Stanley who liaised with Simon to produce the book also makes a few guest appearances as a Barnsley fan !
All proceeds from the book are going to the MacMillan charity and will be on sale on Amazon. #macmillancancersupport

The Big Feed

The Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation The Big Feed project is just days away, as we aim to help vulnerable families over the Christmas period.

The initiative, part of The Big Project announced in February this year, aims to supply meals to families in and around the Wakefield region struggling to provide a healthy meal over the winter months.

The initiative, supported by Wakefield Council and Wakefield District Housing, will take place from the 22nd December through to Christmas Eve, and then will restart from 27th December to New Year’s Day and hopes to help provide healthy meals to those in need throughout the festive period.

There will be two time-slots for pickup, the first being 11-1 and then again 2-4, with all food being freshly-cooked on-site – by LD Nutrition – and can be picked up – by car or foot – from The Mobile Rocket Stadium or Rycroft Leisure Centre.

The kitchen will not remain open on Christmas Day or Boxing Day, however, families can collect more than one meal to support themselves over this extended two-day period. 

Over the course of the last month, Wakefield Trinity Community  Foundation have been inundated with response in connection with the project, with over 100 volunteers offering support.

Due to the increase in numbers, the Foundation has upped their meal target from 100 per day to 200 and hopes to supply over 2000 meals throughout the eight-day event.

This project is partnered with three sibling campaigns, The Big Sleep, The Big Festival and The Big Listen, which aim to provide awareness of homelessness and youth mental health, respectively, but due to ongoing issues with Covid-19, these three projects have no announcement date, as of yet, for 2021.

The Big Feed campaign comes at a time where, due to unprecedented times of uncertainty, unemployment within the UK stands at 5.2%, with an estimated 14 million people within the UK live in poverty.

Alongside this, with the recent news regarding redundancies in the UK, there is no better time to offer support and help to those in need over the Christmas period.

Simultaneously running with the event, the Foundation have teamed up with both Cash Wise and Turning Point, offering support to those who need it. 

Anyone looking for more information The Big Feed over the festive period is urged to in touch via

Everyone at the Foundation would like to thank volunteers in advance for giving up their time to help a worthwhile cause and make a difference in times of extraordinary hardship.