Help us reach our target for Rainbows by shopping with AmazonSmile

At the start of 2020 we sat down to discuss our charitable support for this year, there were many fantastic organisations and causes to choose from! It didn’t take long for us to make a collective decision to support Rainbows. Rainbows rely largely on external donations to achieve what they do. It’s because of this year that we commit ourselves as a business and individuals to do all we can to support Rainbows in raising as much as we can throughout 2020.

Our Charity of the Year… Rainbows

Sadly, some children simply don’t live long enough. Since 1994 Rainbows have opened their doors and hearts to those children and the people who love them most. And now more than ever, they need your help to keep on bringing care and happiness to their children and families.

At the East Midlands’ only hospice for children and young people, Rainbows is a place where life-limited children and their families can find care and support. Their incredible team of people helps with the end of life care, symptom management, short breaks, and respite care. They are also there to support parents and siblings through their bereavements and care for children until the end.

AmazonSmile

Did you know your business/ organisation can shop via Amazon and donate to a charity at the same time? Help spread a smile every time you shop on Amazon, by using AmazonSmile and selecting ‘Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People as your chosen charity?

Amazon automatically donates 0.5% of the purchase prices of the eligible products to your chosen charity- Rainbow Hospice, when you shop on Smile.Amazon.co.uk. The great news is, shopping with AmazonSmile doesn’t cost you, or Rainbows, anything extra!

AmazonSmile is operated by Amazon offering the same products, features, and prices and your shopping experience stays the same; the only difference is that every time you shop on AmazonSmile, Amazon donates to your chosen charity. You can help us raise money for our charity of the year Rainbows by raising vital funds just by shopping on Amazon.

How you can get started…
  • Log into your Amazon account and search ‘Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People’ in the ‘Pick Your Own Charity’ search bar.
  • Select ‘Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People’
  • You’ll then receive an email from Amazon and you’re ready to shop!
  • Fill your basket as you normally would with knowing each purchase you make is also making a huge difference.

If you do use AmazonSmile and like to join in on our journey to hit our target of £5000 then please email Marketing@qts-ltd.co.uk to tell us how much you have donated to Rainbows just by shopping on AmazonSmile to allow us to update our JustGiving total and journey.

To find out about our various activities and our progress throughout this year or would like to donate to Rainbows Hospice then visit our JustGiving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/qtsforrainbows.

How Buying British Can Soften the Brexit Landing

How Buying British Can Soften the Brexit Landing

On the 23rd of June 2016, Britain voted to leave the European Union and straight after this the pound fell to its lowest since 1985! This had a knock-on effect that all imports brought in any currency other than GBP cost more.

With only 6 months to go to the original exit date  UK PLC is none the wiser of what type of Brexit we will get. Will it be a hard Brexit, working to WTO rules? Will it be a trading agreement base on the Swiss model? Or will it be a hybrid of all things, where anything goes?

It maybe coincidental but on June 11th, 2018 with no prior warning the Port of Felixstowe introduced the next generation terminal management system with the introduction going badly wrong and over three months later the position has not been fully restored. This has resulted in the Port playing catch up and there are literally thousands of containers out of position causing delays of up to 14 days from ETA’s. We ask ourselves is this a taste of what is to come, and how do we reduce the risk of it getting worse after Brexit?

At QTS we have reviewed our supply chain and wherever possible source material from the UK. these materials are then used to manufacture our finished product here in the UK. Has this process been easy? No, it certainly hasn’t but by working closer than ever with our suppliers we are now starting to feel Brexit ready.

We recognise that we are a supplier as well as a customer. As the UK’s only mainstream manufacturer of wire mesh decking of the EasyShelf™, we would like to share our experiences of manufacturing in the UK. We hope that we all feel less of a bump when the Brexit deal is decided. In addition to the EasyShelf™, we have also protected the manufacturing of our StorGUARD™ Partition system and RackGUARDIAN™ Anti-Collapse Mesh system to help support our existing customer base with continued supply in the event of delays at the ports as we transition the biggest business change for a generation.

We like to think we have absorbed most of the headaches, so our customers can continue to successfully complete installations within the project timeframes and budgets that they agreed to. In doing so, our customers are also supporting UK manufacturing and UK PLC through what will be different and challenging times.

Are you Brexit ready? Are your suppliers Brexit ready? With only 6 months to go, it is worth asking the question.