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Mr Ian Garden
445 Oakshott Place
County Lancashire
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About Quality Essential Distribution Ltd

Leading Security and CCTV Distributor

Specialists in Security Surveillance Solutions and Equipment Distribution.

Quality Essential Distribution specialise in the supply and distribution of security systems and CCTV equipment to the international market. Over the past 21 years, we have continued to offer a range of electrical products across the security industry. The success we have achieved is as a result of viewing our business through the customers’ eyes.

We are selected approved distributors of a variety of product ranges including the NEXUS Fire Alert System which is specifically designed for construction sites.

NEXUS Fire Alert System Explained
The Nexus Fire Alert system comprises battery operated units which can be quickly installed on the working construction site whilst building is in progress and as they are battery powered and easily deployable, they can grow and move as the construction progresses. Battery life is around three years. A maximum of 64 units can be installed per site, with 16 mesh hops up to 1km apart. When one NEXUS unit is activated it will trigger all units in range to sound an audible alert or evacuation message, accompanied by a flashing beacon light.

The NEXUS call points and sounder / beacons are available as both internal and external (weatherproof) variants. Cages are also available for external units which may be prone to debris hitting them, causing a false alarm. Decibel levels can be adjusted so that external units can be louder than internal units. The maximum decibel level is 100 dcb and there are 32 alert sounds to choose from.

The use of the Nexus PC app is an option and not a requirement. If using the PC app you will require a masthead receiver. The PC app also allows one central location, normally the site office, to monitor and control activated units. From here the user can re-set the system after activation, although the original depressed call point will have to be manually re-set. A silent test can be made via the PC app or a short or longer test if needed. We would advise that the system is tested weekly in line with fire alarm procedures.

The Fire Alert system may be activated in response to any number of situations ranging from a fire detected on the site to an intruder or rogue vehicle spotted on the premises. This is where the NEXUS PC app email function can be utilised to its fullest. The app allows for 3 email addresses to be notified in the event of activation. So in this situation the Site Manager can further clarify the severity of the event to other key staff so that a proportionate response to these different situations can be implemented.

New Nexus Heat & Smooth Detectors – FEB 2020
"The protection of part builds and timber frames buildings in general was high on our list of priorities when we designed the Nexus Fire Alert system and these specially adapted heat and smoke detectors give all those concerned with construction site safety peace of mind."

Nexus Fire Alert is specifically aimed at construction sites which, by law, must have a visual AND audible alert to fire.

But how do installers and builders protect part built houses or offices on a site? Nexus heat and smoke detectors have been specially designed to work with the Nexus Fire Alert system on evolving construction sites. When heat or smoke triggers a detector within a part built construction, the whole site will be alerted via Nexus units, both audibly and visually using our proven wireless mesh protocol.

The detectors have a transmission range of 100m and the Nexus call points and sounders have a one kilometre range and so in this scenario heat and smoke detectors would be placed in the part build with a Nexus unit close by. Once triggered all other Nexus units on the site would be activated.

All Nexus units are battery powered, heat and smoke detectors have a 10 year battery lilfe and other Nexus call points 3 years. The systems are portable and quick and easy to install with no civil works or cabling required.

Uniview CCTV Security Surveillance
This range is priced to have an immediate impact on the industry. The range looks and feels professional whilst maintaining an entry price point. Image quality is superb, and the features are exceptional.

At Quality Essential Distribution, we can help you find an ideal security solution that offers incredible value for money, is easy to install and comes with our full technical support and training package as standard. The range is likely to be a popular choice for small and independent businesses with features including:
  • privacy mask
  • motion detection
  • region of interest, so you can focus only on the areas you want to see

The Easy range is also available as a package of 4 or 8 cameras and these kits are easy to install and maintain.

Contact the Quality Essential Distribution team for a bespoke consultation and access to Uniview Easy Range at trade prices on 01772 336 111, or via email at


Mentoring locks in strong growth for security firm

A South Ribble-based commercial security firm hopes to more than double both staff and turnover after receiving mentoring support from Boost, Lancashire Business Growth Hub.

Quality Essential Distribution aims to increase its team in all areas of the business, reach new markets and more than double turnover over the next five years.

Boost’s Growth Mentoring programme helped QED’s newly promoted operations manager Hannah Whittle learn how to delegate and manage the operational side of the business, improving profitability.

Hannah said: “The mentoring experience was very constructive. It was great to receive a third-party perspective on the business and my role within it.

“My mentor Julie has been such an inspiration for me. It’s been invaluable to have someone like her to talk to, as she is another successful woman in business who I can look up to.”

Established in 1997, QED supplies and distributes security products for the commercial sector and offers security surveillance solutions and support.

After significant growth and a need to streamline processes, QED’s product development director, Matt Philp, promoted Hannah to operations manager to develop and manage the KPIs for the firm’s key business functions. She was previously PA in the business.

Matt heard about Boost after meeting an adviser from Orvia at a networking event. After attending a Boost business review meeting to discuss his growth aspirations, he put Hannah forward to receive support through the Growth Mentoring programme to help her in her new role.

Boost is Lancashire's Business Growth Hub and is led by the Lancashire LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) and Lancashire County Council and supported by funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Hannah was matched with mentor Julie Brotherton, a specialist in leadership, people development and team building.

Hannah was tasked with reviewing QED’s processes to improve productivity and subsequently make the firm more profitable.

As a line manager, Hannah initially found it difficult to manage colleagues that she had previously worked alongside. Mentoring helped Hannah to overcome these hurdles and grow into a position of leadership.

Julie said: “Hannah had worked as a PA to the directors at QED for many years. She now oversees many departments including, purchasing, warehouse, sales administration and order processing. Although very capable of carrying out her new role, she just lacked the experience to manage people.”

Julie worked alongside Hannah to build her confidence and develop her leadership skills. They also worked on how to motivate and encourage people and build a sense of accountability within their roles.

“It was fantastic to see Hannah’s confidence grow over the mentoring sessions. I am sure she will continue to be an asset to QED.”

Hannah’s line director Matt Philp added: “After the first two mentoring sessions, I noticed a significant change in Hannah, and how she was managing the team in her new role. Putting her forward to receive the mentoring has certainly proven to be beneficial for Hannah but for QED too.”

Hannah is now introducing new systems and procedures to improve efficiency. She has also increased transparency across the teams and communication between departments.

She said: “Julie’s input was unbiased and objective, she was practically ‘stepping into the role’ for me. It gave me great confidence.”

QED has since experienced a growth in enquiries, leading to an increase in sales. Hannah has recently recruited two new team members in sales order processing and sales administration. The firm is also seeking to secure additional office and storage space to support the growth.

Ann Lancaster, operations manager at Orvia said: “It’s great to see that after meeting Matt at a networking meeting that QED decided to join the Growth Mentoring programme. Hannah has found the mentoring experience with Julie so valuable. It has helped her to greatly improve confidence and to the growth of the company.”

Boost has received £3.8m of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for ERDF. Established by the European Union, ERDF funds help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit
Quality Essential Distribution announces new strategic partnership with Tenda Technology

Quality Essential Distribution announce its latest partnership with the leading supplier of networking devices, Tenda Technology. This strategic partnership secures QED as the sole distributor of Tenda products for the IPCCTV market in the UK.

Ian Smith, Quality Essential Distribution, Sales Director, said:
“We’re delighted to announce this partnership with Tenda who are recognised as a leading supplier of networking devices. We have the same core values and plans for growth which is the basis for any successful partnership. More importantly, we believe customers will reap the biggest benefit as we will offer a high-performance networking solution at a competitive price.”

Andrew Woolhead, Tenda, Corporate Business Development Director, said:
“This partnership agreement between Tenda and Quality Essential Distribution opens up a whole new route-to-market for the Tenda SMB portfolio for 2020 and beyond. Their expertise and reach within the diverse Security Channel coupled with their extensive installer and wholesaler relationships makes QED the perfect Distribution Partner for Tenda within the IPCCTV market.”

At the start of this new decade all predictions confirm in the next 5-10 years the CCTV market will continue to grow at a rapid rate. More and more homeowners are investing in CCTV home security and businesses will continue to invest in more sophisticated IPCCTV solutions.

Quality Essential Distribution Group launch class leading Uniview CCTV and IP security lines to the UK market.

Preston based security and technology specialists, Quality Essential Distribution Group, have secured a partnership with Chinese CCTV and IP security manufacturer, Uniview. The partnership places Lancashire at the cutting edge of security technology with the firm becoming part of a select number of authorised stockists worldwide and exclusive distributors of the Uniview Easy range in the UK.

Matt Philp, Quality Essential Distribution, Product Development Director said:

“It’s both an exciting and a critical time for security at the moment, technology is developing quickly and advanced features such as face recognition have become more accessible and at the same time more necessary. Partnering with one of the global leaders in the industry is a proud moment for us. The range has a really high-quality look and feel. Image quality is incredible, and the product has the competitive ability to be able to compete with the leading brands on cost, without compromising functionality or build quality.”

The arrival of Uniview at Quality Essential Distribution comes shortly after their recent partnership with IndigoVision and the official opening of their new showroom, based at their Walton Summit HQ, where, for the first time, CCTV installers and security personnel can experience the IP products in situ, and business owners can get bespoke, face to face IP security system modelling and advice.


Catherine Seddon, Marketing and Comms Manager, QED Ltd.
Tel: 01772 336111 Email:

Matt Philp is available for further comment via

QED Group can be found online at

The full Uniview product line being stocked by QED Group, can be found online at
QED Group and showroom are based at Unit 445 Oakshott Place, Walton Summit Centre, Bamber Bridge, Preston PR5 8AT

Uniview (UNV) has been one of the world’s leading IP surveillance manufacturers for over a decade. One of the top 3 manufacturers of IP security solutions globally they operate in over 150 countries. Their security products are feature-rich, well-constructed, and available at costs to suit all budgets.
The Uniview family combined with cross range features like plug and play installation, a wide number of fitting options, low failure rates (less than 1%), plus seriously impressive feature sets makes it a smart choice for sole traders, professional installation firms, and consultants alike.
Until next year, UKCW! 2017

Energy 2017: Q&A

Following on from the show, we interviewed QED Product Development Director, Matt Philp. Matt shares details of the show such as how we found our first ever exhibition and what we will do differently next year!

Have you exhibited before?

No, this was our first time at UKCW. As a distributor of CCTV products, our target audience is usually security installers. We previously didn’t think that UKCW was best for our product set. However, this changed this year as we launched our new ‘EV – Energy Vault’, which fitted into the energy sector perfectly.

The Energy Vault (EV) eliminates the need for a UPS as it provides power throughout the day instead of just during power outages. In fact, our own tests have proven that the EV can supply 96 cameras for 19 hours; then fully charge back to 100% capacity within 5 hours. All whilst requiring 60% less rack space and no maintenance requirements.

What made you choose Energy 2017?

We chose Energy 2017 because the NEC is in a great location where many companies commute from all over the country. Birmingham itself is within 3 hours of travelling for majority of the UK – whether that be by train or car. As a first-time exhibitor based in Preston, the NEC was close enough for members of our team to visit and help out.

How did you find your first exhibition experience?

As a first show, we set realistic targets of success. We achieved this early on the first day and it was overwhelming how well our product was received. The standard of clientele was outstanding, with a constant flow of visitors to the stand. Lots of people participated in our competition too, which is always a bit of fun for everyone.

Is there anything you would do differently?

To be totally honest, we were slightly naïve this year. As you know, we’ve never exhibited before and so we're still learning. We seemed to believe two people could set up the stand, be on the stand for all three days, take it down and load it into the van! At Energy 2018, we will organise the van-to-stand process better to make sure it is less labour intensive. Next year, we will also take advantage of the scanners which allow you to record other people’s badge information.

What are you going to do post-exhibition?

We will announce the winner of the drone competition and spread the word on our social media. We will also follow up the many leads and contacts who demonstrated interest in the product; including several consultants that committed to the EV system.

Will you be exhibiting again next year?

Yes. We have in fact already booked our exhibition space. We have started to improve our stand with larger exhibiting area and a bigger stand too. Next year, we will include more members of the QED team to help with the demand.
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Ian Garden Sales Manager 01772 336 111
Catherine Seddon Marketing Manager 01772 336 111
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