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The information below is updated regularly and ranges from supplier information & promotion to industry news.




**** New Insurance Supplier****


Running a care home can be as challenging as it is rewarding. Bluefin care home insurance service has been developed to meet the needs of today’s care home and our dedicated team have over 15 years’ experience in this sector. Our dedicated team also specialise in insurance solutions for domiciliary care organisations that provide care for individuals and families within their own homes, and the supply of nursing and care staff to all sectors of the care industry. Please click on the image below for more details


****2 New Clinical Waste Suppliers****





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**** New Spectrum Supplier ****


Access CareBlox provides real-time access to plan and communicate rosters, view invoices, and access client details from any location, saving you time, money and increasing your productivity.

  • Improve the resilience of your organisation, with a central hub of information to support your care needs, from monitoring recruitment to maintaining best practice standards for CQC and CSSWI compliance.
  • Reduce the time taken to plan the rota, ensuring the right number of managers and staff are assigned for each shift period on each floor of the care home. SMS makes it easier to also contact carers to offer extra shifts at short notice, and decisions can be quickly made to contact agency staff where required.
  • Domiciliary; Let the time consuming issues with rota planning for multiple visits become a thing of the past. Comprehensive and easy to use, you can also quickly send out SMS, email and portal           communications to find carers willing to work a few extra hours or offer additional last minute visits as the need arises. The new mobile application offers a host of additional features, including digital ID badges, visit feedback and electronic timesheets. Also, keep control of mileage claims too with online mapping and mobile GEO location
  • Manage client details and multiple funding types alongside accurate invoicing and payroll. The finance module will help to reduce unnecessary burden and can easily be exported to third-party software such as Microsoft Excel or other accounting packages.

Please click here to be taken to their listing on our suppliers page.




Care Shop Savings

We have an extensive range of discounted products on contract pricing available for Spectrum Members - Including the Classic Profiling Bed with FREE Mattress.  Please click here to find out more







Media Business & Web Package £549+vat for Spectrum Members

Our preferred supplier for all your media requirements, please click here to view the latest offers from Media Edge




Introducing our new preferred supplier Dayex:  Bedrooms Delivered In 5 Days

Dayex provide bedroom, lounge, dining furniture and furnishings including made-to-measure curtains across many industries, within market leading delivery times.


The Dayex solution:

•           All goods delivered within 5 working days from the date of order

•           Nationwide delivery

•           Ready assembled and room placed furniture

•           Full money back guarantee

•           Curtains made to measure and delivered within 5 days


Their mission; ‘To provide our clients with the product they need, to the design they require, at a price that is acceptable and at the time they need it.’



For more information, please look at our supplier listings for Furniture.



Lantei Compliance Services triumphed at the Electrical Contractors Association gala dinner and awards in Birmingham 2014.

The firm was crowned Small Contractor of the Year, which is awarded to a contractor with a turnover of less than £5 million who shows exceptional growth and development within the industry.


Established in 2010 Lantei, against all odds have grown to become one of the UK’s main provider of specialist electrical and work place testing services with offices in Preston, Newcastle and London. Without loans, external finance or in fact any debt of any kind. Lantei has seen some tremendous success over the last twelve months culminating in being awarded the silver award from Investors in People at the end of May and now this converted national business award.




Providers of Criminal Record Checks using their rapid online processing system.


Their current record time for a Full Enhanced Disclosure is just

uCheck offer a simple, professional and cost effective answer to acquiring a Criminal Record Basic Check, click the below image to watch a short video on the process






 Introducing the new ‘Foodservice Ordering’ App from Thomas Ridley.

This handy app has a number of key features to assist with online ordering, making it a quick and easy process: 

·       Shop the full range of products available on their website

·       See customer specific pricing and special offers

·       Search for products by description, code, EAN code or simply scan the barcode of the product

        which can be found on the product and in the brochure

·       Basic product details can be expanded to show full product information

·       Place orders and view previous orders

·       Build up a shopping list on a pending order

The app can be downloaded via tha App Store or alternatively via the Thomas Ridley Website.  More information can be found on our Food Suppliers page.




Spectrum is delighted to say that another of our preferred suppliers have had their hard work recognised and been awarded ‘Best Electrical Wholesaler of the Year 2014’ in the 26+branches category.  We are thrilled for YESSS and proud to have them as a Spectrum Supplier.  And don’t forget; as a member you will receive discount from this award winning company-for more details please see our supplier pages.




Pensworth Dairy re-branded

Pensworth have had a mini makeover and are now recognised with the above logo.  They have also widened their service area, so please click here to see if your facility is now included.  For further information see our supplier’s pages and select ‘Food & Dairy’ where you can also download Pensworths current brochure.


The Health Care Training Company; George Flaherty   

We are pleased to announce that we have secured The Health Care Training Company as a Spectrum Preferred Supplier. George Flaherty-the company owner, has a wealth of knowledge  within the industry and has spoken at numerous Spectrum/NCPA seminars in the past; most recently George hosted a marketing workshop which was greatly received by our members who gave exceptional feedback, so the natural progression was to bring him on board to our consortium for all of our members to benefit from.  Please visit our suppliers pages under the heading 'Marketing..' for more information


Alexandra Dementia Uniforms

Look out for the new 2014 Alexandra flyer which includes uniforms from the Dementia Care Worker range with complimenting styles for key workers-all at discounted prices for members.





Christmas Raffle Winner

FCS Live would like to thank all the Spectrum members that participated in the December prize draw.

Emma Ward from FCS Live visted the Spectrum Head Office where Jackie picked the winner...



.....Congratulations to Flightcare!  Your Christmas Hamper will be with you shortly.





FCS Live January 2014 FREE Safety Workshop, click above image for detais.


FCS also hold IFE Approved 5 day courses throughout the year and their next one is a certified Fire Risk Assessors Course held on the 6th -10th January 2014 in Camberley.  For more information please contact Spectrum.


Our new Supplier Directory is out now, exclusively for Spectrum Members.



If you haven’t received one, please contact the office and we will happily send you a copy. 


We are pleased to introduce PHS Laundryserv as a new preferred supplier to our consortium. Drawing on their vast knowledge and expertise, they can offer you the best commercial laundry package available. Their trained and fully accredited engineers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.   For more information please visit our supplier pages.



Lantei Compliance Wins at the Lancashire Business Awards! 

Congratulations to our preferred supplier Lantei Compliance for picking up the Lancashire Business Award for Best Newcomer 2013.  We are delighted that one of our preferred suppliers has been acknowledged for their hard work and commitment and can proudly boast that they serve Spectrum Members with their excellence.  Please visit our supplier page for more information on Lantei and the services they cover including PAT testing.


Christmas is coming!

With 3 national suppliers to choose from, each offering sumptuous mouth-watering menu ideas, we’re confident your Christmas feast this year can be catered for by one of our preferred suppliers. And don’t forget the Crackers!  Each supplier can also provide you with tableware to suit all budgets and offer a good selection of themes to choose from.

Please click on the images below to view our suppliers Christmas Brochures:





Specsavers has bought Healthcall Optical Services

Healthcall director Jayne Rawlinson says: 'We are delighted to announce that Healthcall, which has been providing a highly professional eyecare service to housebound customers in their own homes for more than 20 years, is now under the ownership of Specsavers.'

'With the UK's most trusted optician* now backing Healthcall, we are well placed to continue developing our tried and tested service to existing and new customers. This is great news for the future of Healthcall.'


Healthcall provides a comprehensive eyecare service to housebound residents, whether living in their own homes or in care homes, including NHS funded eye examinations, dispensing of glasses and aftercare.



Spectrum AGM

Our 2013 AGM was a great success and a hugely informative meeting with special thanks to our speakers Richard Bartlett, Ray Mchugh, Paul Birley and Martin Robb.

Richard Bartlett Head of Market Development at NEST (National Employment Saving Trust) gave a factual presentation to our members regarding the new work place pension scheme.  This presentation is available to all of our members-please contact Spectrum head office to receive your copy via email. 


Sunlight - Change of name to Berendsen

From 5th July Sunlight will start the transition of changing their name to their parent company Berendsen.

There will be no change of personnel, laundry or services and as always Spectrum members will receive special discounts.  The only change will be the branding on their vehicles, letterheads and staff uniforms.


Media Edge Printing Offer

Are you updating your Letter heads & compliment slips or simply replenishing stock?  Our preferred supplier Media Edge are offering 20% off of this service for Spectrum Members only.  Please click here for more information








  EXPIRED Click above image for more information



New Supplier; Recogneyes

We are delighted to announce that we now have a preferred supplier specifically catered for dementia.  Recogneyes (based in Scotland) supply nationwide a large range of specialist dementia signage to aid within care facilities.  The products developed assist healthcare providers to create an environment that exceeds National Dementia Standards.  Please visit our suppliers page and select dementia products for more information.


New Supplier; Furncare

Our members now have a second furniture company to choose from when considering upgrading or replacing care home furniture.  Furncare have discounted their entire range for Spectrum Members which not only includes individual items but also packages, soft furnishings and office furniture.  For more information please go to our suppliers page and select ‘Linen, soft furnishing, furniture and office'.



***** SPECIAL OFFER ****

Care Shop are offering our members a free mattress when purchasing their Classic Profiling Bed (limited time only). Please follow the linkfor more information and other great offers from Care Shop. You can view this bed at our NCPA Seminar on the 7th February where James Misslebrook will be on hand to answer any questions.


EXPIRED Barons **Special Offer** Exclusive to Members 

We are delighted to offer our members an exclusive limited time promotion from Barons Furniture. Our members can purchase the 3ft Waterproof Divan Bed (Vinyl) with mattress at a reduced rate throughout March 2013. Please click on the link above to see the promotion and quote Spectrum when you call.


Croner-i Free Subscription Update.

Following on from our NCPA Seminar and the overwhelming response to Croner-i, the E-alert has now been 100% added onto the Spectrum Croner-i Care subscriptions so if anyone wasn’t getting them before they will do now.  Members who are in receipt of the free subscription can login and access “My Details” towards the top on the left hand side next to the Help section, which will open up the E-alert – you may want to personalise this. All users should now start to receive weekly e-alerts.  Croner have also added on the Desk top short cut which you will find on the right hand side, simply click on “Set up Now” and this will make access a lot quicker without the need for logging onto the website in the future. Croner-i website



Horsemeat News Update

Following the recent press coverage regarding horsemeat, we have received further communication from 3663 around their testing protocol as well as a DNA Safety Statement from Thomas Ridley. Please click on the appropriate link to access the statements. Further information regarding this story and previous statements please scroll down.

3663 Protocol

Thomas Ridley DNA Statement



Redcrier Training Solutions

We are pleased to announce that Spectrum will be working with Redcrier Training Solutions for a second year.  Through our working partnership, Redcrier have helped lots of our members with the ongoing task of staff training.  They offer a blended approach to training, utilising the Silver Box Distance Learning System, Face to Face Taught courses and e-learning. This blend of delivery styles allows the best fit training package to be created for each Spectrum member, encompassing bespoke requirements.  If you would like to know more about Redcrier and the training solutions that they can provide, please feel free to look at their prospectus by following the above link, or contact the Redcrier office to discuss the Spectrum Membership discount structure.



Please be aware that due to the current weather conditions, some of our members may experience a disruption to their PHS waste collection service.  Please click here for information.


Horsemeat found in supermarket beef burgers.

Please click on the links to find the following statements from our suppliers regarding the above news story.

3663 First For Food Service

Thomas Ridley