Bid & Tender Writing Workshops

Following a very informative and popular workshop at the IFEDA National Conference Charles Grosstephan is delighted to announce that:-

Thornton & Lowe can now award Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points to delegates!

Thornton & Lowe are now accredited to award CPD points to delegates who attend their training workshops. Delegates can be assured not only of attending one of the UK’s exceptional quality-accredited CPD training programmes but also of the ability to earn valuable CPD points.

Following a comprehensive process, Thornton & Lowe now award CPD credits/points to delegates attending the following courses:

  • Introduction to Bidding
  • Improving Success Rates
  • Bid Writing
  • Our 2 Day Bid/Tender Masterclass

Thornton & Lowe are extremely proud to be at the forefront of CPD training. Enjoyed by thousands of delegates each year, their dynamic and interactive training allows business owners and key decision makers to invest in those staff members who wish to possess the necessary skills to write exceptional bids.

To join the thousands of delegates attending Thornton & Lowe’s training workshops each year or if you would like more information, please get in touch with Charles Grosstephan on 01204 238 046 & 01334 208 312 or email the team at

IFEDA Networking Day

Please be advised that IFEDA will be running a networking and information day

When:                       4th April

Where:                     Cranage Hall, Holmes Chapel, CW4 8EW (junc 18 M6)

Time:                         10:30 – 16:00

 This event is free to IFEDA members and is the ideal opportunity to network with fellow business owners and catch-up on all the latest news/products from your industry.

Your national chairman and other members of the committee will be in attendance. Given the proposed update to BAFE ST104 and that BS5306-3: 2017 is due to come out for public comment there will be much to discuss.

The day will run similar to our last IFEDA North in 2015 with news and issues from IFEDA and talks/workshops which so far include, given the interest in office systems to automate/reduce paperwork, a multi-member recommended product called ‘Alarm Master’

More workshop details to follow.

Congratulations to Wight Fire & Security

Steve Winter, Director of Wight Fire & Security was delighted to tell me about their recent success in the Isle of Wight, Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards. Steve said “The award was open to any business on the island with less than 25 employees so we were absolutely thrilled to have won. It was also very pleasing that a large proportion of the other winners were already clients of ours so we are obviously doing something right. We have received a large amount of local press after winning the award and have definitely noticed an increase in business during the last few weeks of December and the first few weeks of January.”

Well done Steve and congratulations to you and all your team.

BAFE ST104 revision

In April 2016, with the agreement of the BAFE Board and Council, BAFE launched a major review of the BAFE SP101/ST104 (Contract Maintenance of Portable Fire Extinguishers incorporating Registered Fire Extinguisher Service Technicians) scheme.

This is now ready for public comment and they invite you to contribute feedback on these proposed changes.

The revised scheme is proposed to become BAFE SP101:2017 (Competency of Portable Fire Extinguisher Organisations and Technicians).

To download the revised scheme document please visit our dedicated section of the BAFE website to provide further information

The consultation is now live from today (9th January 2017) and closes 6th March 2017.

BAFE Survey – fire Extinguishers

BAFE are looking for BAFE registered fire extinguisher companies to take part in the quick survey.

If you are BAFE SP101/ST104 all primary contacts will have received an email (03/11/2016) with a link to participate. If you have not received this email please contact the BAFE office via or 0844 335 0897 and they will be happy to assist you.


This survey closes 11:45pm 05/12/2016


Stop Press – Extra Full Extinguisher Course Next Week

As the next full course in Southampton is full and the following weeks course is Caerphilly has just one space left,

Please be aware that there will be an extra 3 day initial extinguisher training course next week at the IFEDA national Office in Buckingham i.e. 1st 2nd and 3rd of November.

This is the full course as required by BS5306-3 annex A and recognized by BAFE for scheme ST104

It also carries CPD accreditation should you be signed up to that training scheme.

Following prices include all tuition, examination costs and certificate (if successful) lunch and refreshments.

Prices from £640 + vat

Please contact us on if you would like to book.

Fire Hose reel Maintenance

please be advised that there will be a one-day fire hose reel maintenance course to BS EN671-3: 2009 at our training centre near Chester on Tuesday 25th October.

Course info can be found on the training page of this website

IFEDA National Conference – Non-members

for those of you not too far away from Birmingham, as a fire protection company, you may find something of interest in IFEDA’s conference presentations which will take place on Saturday, 13:30 15th October at The Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club Nr Birmingham

There is no charge to attend the talks, but should you wish to join us for the networking buffet lunch there will be a small charge of £15 + vat.  The lunch will start at 12:30

This year our conference talks will include:-

A representative from Thornton & Lowe Tender Writing & Bid Management Services will give a presentation on aspects of tendering i.e. How to respond to a typical tender, what is the writer looking for, how you can give your tender replies more chance of success etc. This will be a longer presentation of 45 – 60 minutes. *

Justin Hargreaves from Hilti will give a presentation on aspects of fire-stopping. Are there new or possible business opportunities for you in this area of Fire Safety?

BAFE’s Chief Executive will present all the latest from BAFE and their plans for the future, and BAFE’s marketing manager, Frazer, will also be on hand to discuss any points or issues you may have.

As members of BAFE come and find out how your money/subscription is being used.

The evening will consist of networking, Dinner (having been to a tasting session I can highly commend the fare), table magic, casino night and for us youngsters there is a disco available too (despite protests the Time-Warp and YMCA will be played). This is also open to non-members but obviously charge will apply – do come along and discover the social side of IFEDA

To attend any of the above please contact Lidia in the first instance via

GOLF: For the golfers amongst us Colin Payne is arranging tee off times and a golf completion circa 13:00 on Friday 14th. If you would like to take part, please contact him direct via  AGAIN non-members are welcome but there are green fees.

  • * Due to training copyright issues this power-point presentation will not be available after the event.