The Big Freeze

Winter Readiness
Top Tips to keep you prepared!
  • Fit winter tyres or use traction aids on your vehicle.
  • Ensure your torch has charged batteries or you have candles in the house.
  • Keep boots, shovels, salt, blankets and food in your car in case the snow hits while at work or on the road.
  • Keep a supply of salt for your driveway, or road if you live on a side road.
Do you know...
...If your Salt is up to the job?
If you purchase salt, ensure it meets BS 3247:1991. This British standard ensures that the salt supplied is recognised as having the correct thickness for accurate spreading, and less than 4% moisture content. Keep this in mind when looking at cheaper bags of salt that are available during the winter period - they may not be fit for purpose!

Essential Products to Prepare you for Winter

Tips & Advice For The Winter Season.

The UK weather can be summarised with the word "unpredictable", with it being impossible to accurately forecast the adverse conditions that we could be experiencing throughout the year. With a lot of experts sharing the view that we've been experiencing more extreme winters over the past couple of years.

During these bad winters, Businesses can pay a high price. Each time the snow hits, the economy loses billions of pounds in lost trade and absenteeism. As well as hitting consumer spending, it also causes major disruption to many supply chains.

In the chaos of recent winters, it was estimated that 14% of the UK workforce could not get into work. While 39% of FTSE 100 companies have the capability for employees to work remotely, thousands of school closures meant many workers couldn't work from home anyway.

Accidents caused by slips and trips triple during the winter months, and drivers are 20% more likely to have an accident on the road. This can push NHS hospitals close to breaking point due to increased number of patients, combined with staff struggling to get into work. This is especially the case in essenetial areas such accident & emergency departments.

So whatever the weather decides to do, you can do one thing to make sure you negate the winter issues faced - Prepare!

Here are some of our essential steps that you can take early to help prevent the effect that bad weather can have on your business:

  • Ensure you have adequate stock of saltsalt spreaderssnow shovels and grit bins.
  • Prepare a contingency plan so that key staff members can work remotely.
  • Keep pathways and routes to the building free of ice and snow in order to prevent accidents and delays.
  • Inside your buildings, use entrance mats and warning signs to prevent slips on wet floors.



winter salt and gritOur new salt bagging machinery, and our dedicated distribution plant guarantees salt availability throughout the winter.

White Salt - White de-icing salt is produced overseas from sea water which has evaporated. It then goes through a drying process for up to 5 years which removes the majority of the impurities. It is a quick, clean and easy de-icing method for both small and large areas, perfect for a commerical environment. Unlike brown rock salt, it does not damage carpets through staining. The salt is washed to remove magnesium and an anti-caking agent is added. For a commercial environment, it is a quick, clean and easy de-icing method for both small and large areas and unlike standard brown rock salt, it does not damage carpets through staining.

Brown Salt - As opposed to white de-icing salt, Brown rock salt is mined underground in the UK. After it is mined, brown rock salt is not put through any purification process and therefore is not as "pure" as white salt. When the brown salt is used on the road it leaves a brown stain and is the reason cars get so dirty once the roads have been gritted. Brown salt is the more cost-effective solution for gritting large spaces such as car parks and roads, but can be brought inside on people's footwear which can cause staining on carpets etc.

salt and grit bags for winterAnd Finally... - When used responsibly, salt has a low environmental impact. De-icing salt is non-toxic and residual salt is gradually diluted and disposed of through natural processes. Salt spread on the roads usually returns quite quickly to the sea from whence it came and from which it can be recovered when economically viable. Salt used in de-icing can, therefore, be viewed as a truly sustainable resource.