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The two padlocks, Abus 701B/45 – a brass, double-bolted padlock with a sealed lock body – and the smaller Abus 155/30, with combination for keyless entry, will be given away to one lucky reader.
Jonathan Low-Hang from Nothing But Padlocks tells Garden Trade Specialist about why every garden centre needs to use AND stock top-quality locks.
What range of products do you stock for garden centres?
We stock a wide range of padlocks for garden centres. For ease of access in environments with multiple users, most businesses in the UK look toward a combination padlock.
Some of the most popular include the Abus 180IB series and the Squire CP40S series.
But if you’re looking for something with a bit more security a key system would be better to be used. “keyed alike” padlocks essentially mean that the same key will open multiple padlocks.
We have found that the Abus 24IB series in a diskus design. Is a very secure padlock in this category.
But there may well be a need to secure a gate, lock box or doorway where you don’t quite need the level of security offered by the Abus 24IB. You could then choose a “keyed different” padlock. Meaning that the key will only open the padlock it comes with.
A couple of great choices include the tried and tested Abus 70IB series and the new addition to the existing popular Abus Rock series the Abus silver rock series.
Are they for use at the garden centre as well as for selling to customers?
These padlocks are great multipurpose padlocks that can be used in garden centres as well as sold to customers. The padlocks have the benefit of being waterproof. Some of them will even work well if you’re located by the sea. They also are very secure, especially padlocks such as the Abus 24IB series, it effectively acts as a closed shackle more high-security padlock.
When selling to customers these padlocks have been used for everything from toolboxes, sheds, gates and allotments.
What makes your business stand out from competitors?
We maintain high levels of Customer Service by enabling our customers to speak to us either over the phone, by email or even live chat through the website. We feel the human factor is missing in a lot of interactions these days and want to ensure that customers contacting us to discuss an order, to get a quote or for just some help looking for the right product that we are there to help.
We pride ourselves on the knowledge of our team. With have a wealth of knowledge about the industry sector and want to ensure that when advising customers about products that they are fit for purpose.
Working closely with the manufacturers we have developed quality products that are secure and reliable.
Tell us about your best-selling product…
Our best selling products for garden centres are the Abus 70IB and the Abus 180IB.
Both from Abus these padlocks offer a great level of security and the option of either using them with a key as seen in the Abus 70IB or with a combination with the Abus 180IB.
Both padlocks are great to use in outdoor situations as they have mechanisms that should not rust. The Abus 70IB can also be used in locations where there is sea/salt water environments close by.
The padlocks can be purchased in bulk if required and there are varying levels of discounts for each product. Next day delivery via courier is available for faster shipping.
What plans do you have for the future of the business?
Nothing But Padlocks has been trading online for nine years. We feel we are the leading specialist in padlock supply in the UK.
We expect to provide further specialist advice to larger organisations such as the MET police as well as the individual customer.
In the future, we are looking to work with manufacturers to help to develop new products to provide further increases in security and quality in the marketplace.