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Neil Harvey

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Building SteelScout’s new Quick Quote tool

Posted by Neil Harvey on Feb 14, 2020 8:46:49 AM

Our product designer outlines the process for designing and building new digital tools to meet the needs of our professional metal buyers.

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Topics: Insider

What Is Sheet Metal Fabrication?

Posted by Neil Harvey on Feb 5, 2020 10:15:30 AM

Sheet metal fabrication is the process of turning sheets of metal into products by cutting, punching, bending and assembling.  In this article, we explore the tools and techniques involved in the process.

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Topics: Metal Sector

Marketing Your Trades Business: Setting Up Your Facebook Page

Posted by Neil Harvey on Feb 4, 2020 9:00:00 AM

In part two of our marketing guide series, we'll explore how to get online quickly and easily.  In our first guide about how to use Local Facebook Groups, we looked at how to amplify your local presence by taking advantage of existing communities in your local area.  In this guide, we'll explain how to build a presence online in a few simple steps, so that you can start marketing your business straight away. 

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Topics: Market Your Business

6 Handy Marketing Tips to Grow Your Trades Business

Posted by Neil Harvey on Jan 6, 2020 7:00:00 AM

You want to grow your business, that's a given. You may have been successful to date by relying on word-of-mouth referrals but in order to open up opportunities and reach a wider range of prospects, you’ll need to invest some time and effort in marketing your business.

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Topics: Market Your Business

10 Interesting Facts About Non-Ferrous Metals

Posted by Neil Harvey on Dec 16, 2019 9:38:53 AM

Non ferrous metals, including Stainless Steel, Aluminium, copper and bronze, are essential materials for many sectors. 

Here we highlight some interesting facts about the metals that you might have not previously known... 

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Topics: Metal Properties

4 Tips to Manage Metal Costs Amidst Global Fluctuations

Posted by Neil Harvey on Dec 11, 2019 9:14:35 AM

We all know that keeping on top of material costs and company overheads is fundamental to long-term business success. This is particularly true in the construction and manufacturing sectors. The competition for projects is tough and profit margins are tight. Logic tells us that reducing raw material expenditure can have a major impact in ensuring repeat business from satisfied clients, while at the same time boosting our profits.

But remember: cutting your costs does not mean that you have to compromise on quality.

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Topics: Metal Sector

When To Use Stainless Steel

Posted by Neil Harvey on Dec 6, 2019 11:12:12 AM

Stainless Steel is a major part of our lives. Even if we often overlook it, the rust proof metal forms the basis of many of the buildings and equipment we see and use every day. Stainless steel appears to be just a humble low carbon steel on paper, but the addition of chromium and its ability to effectively self heal following chemical or mechanical damage makes it an excellent solution for a range of different projects.

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Topics: Metal Sector

Local Facebook Groups: Learn how to market your business locally.

Posted by Neil Harvey on Nov 29, 2019 8:43:50 AM

When speaking to our customers, some of the most common questions we get asked are; "how can I use the internet to market my businesses?" and "how can we get online without investing large amounts?" 

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Topics: Market Your Business

A guide to Sheet Metal; materials, sizes and processes

Posted by Neil Harvey on Nov 25, 2019 4:37:53 PM

Sheet Metal is known for its durability and is used in many sectors including automotive, aeronautical, construction, medical to name but just a few. We were going to write a guide to Sheet Metal, its uses and processes, but came across this fantastic overview from our friends over at Fractory and decided to save us some time by re-publishing it!

Read on for the definitive guide...

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Topics: Metal Properties

Surviving Brexit - a checklist for trades businesses

Posted by Neil Harvey on Nov 20, 2019 5:16:33 PM


Brexit is a major concern for most trading businesses, with ongoing uncertainty over what the rules and regulations will be once the UK has left the EU.  

Despite the brief respite of the extended deadline, most businesses are still likely to be affected in some way.

We've put together a checklist of issues that you'll need to consider when planning for a post Brexit world, including;

  • How to gauge the exposure of your business
  • How to prepare for UK-EU customs
  • The effect on your Intellectual Property
  • Your workforce's immigration status
  • How to deal with VAT

Click below to download our free guide 


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Topics: Macro Trends

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