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New Toshiba Price List

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

Cool Designs have released the new Toshiba September price list.

Included in the new price list is the popular Mirai RAS wall mount and combining RAS outdoors and DI indoors.  Additionally we now have the CDL-OASIS control package which has been highlighted for energy saving for the client and offering a number of built in features such as leak detection alarm, BMS integration, alarms, scheduling, touch screen control, energy monitoring and building optimisation.

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Fastest 50 – 2016

Monday, October 10th, 2016


Cool Designs Ltd has been named as one of the 50 fastest growing companies across the North East.

The company is listed in the Ward Hadaway North East Fastest 50 for 2016, a run-down of the fastest growing businesses in the region put together by UK Top 100 law firm Ward Hadaway.

The Ward Hadaway North East Fastest 50 highlights and celebrates the achievements of fast-growing, profitable companies in the region by compiling and publishing an annual list of the 50 fastest growing privately-owned businesses across the North East.

Cool Designs Ltd has made it into the 2016 list after achieving three years of strong turnover growth whilst still remaining profitable.

We will now go forward to the Ward Hadaway North East Fastest 50 Awards 2016 on October 14.

The Ward Hadaway North East Fastest 50 has been published every year since 1998 and is compiled and organised by law firm Ward Hadaway, which has offices in Newcastle, Leeds and Manchester.

Jamie Martin, Managing Partner at Ward Hadaway, said: “We congratulate Cool Designs Ltd and every company in the Ward Hadaway North East Fastest 50 for 2016 for their achievements in making this year’s list.

“The Fastest 50 shows what terrific companies we have in the region and underlines what a great place the North East is to do business.”


Friday, July 15th, 2016

Cool Designs Ltd competition winner.

Another Euro tournament ends.  Some good effort from some of the home nations (hello Wales!) and not so much from others (blighty!).  However, all wasn’t lost.  Pictured below Steve McLean of Acrol Air Conditioning who won first prize in our Euro prediction competition, being presented with an iPad by Chris Oldroyd of Cool Designs.

Well done Steve.  Nice to see someone different win (yes Kern, we’re all looking at you).

We will likely run another competition for the new season though being (majority) Newcastle fans, need to decide what division we are doing it in!


Leading manufacturers with price decreases

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Moving through 2016 has saw price decreases on our major partners with both Fujitsu and Panasonic announcing price decreases.  The most recent of these which grabbed the headlines was Toshiba which announced significant price decreases following continuing business efficiency improvements and economies of scale due to growth.

Toshiba SMMSe

Toshiba SMMSe

The reductions of up to 16 per cent came in to effect this month (June) and are part of Toshiba’s strategic goal of doubling air conditioning sales by 2020. The new pricing applies to some of Toshiba’s most popular ranges of splits and VRF air conditioning equipment. The highlights of the new pricing structure include: Toshiba RAS systems reduced by up to 16%; digital Inverter split systems reduced by up to 12%; three-phase Super Digital inverter outdoor units reduced by as much as 14%. In addition, the company’s multi-award winning VRF systems benefit under the new approach, while associated products – such as some air-to-air heat exchangers – receive a nine per cent reduction. The company announced its 2020 growth strategy last year and is supporting the initiative with the introduction of new products, increased stocking levels, new appointments, a major expansion in production capacity, enhancement of warranty terms for trained contractors and a global push on training.

Toshiba is dramatically increasing stocking capacity at its Plymouth facility with a further 44,000sq ft of racking space, ensuring immediate product availability across its most popular ranges. The is giving a substantial back-up to our own increasing stock levels as we push our held stock of Toshiba product over £1M.  We have taken this step to further the availability of product across our regions and continue to allow our fast and flexible service.

Contact Cool Designs to ensure you are up to date with all of the latest prices.


Panasonic Guide to R32

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Panasonic introduces R32, the new refrigerant reducing global warming impact.

R-32 (Difluoromethane or HFC-32), is based on methane, except that two of the four hydrogen atoms have been replaced by fluorine atoms. Hence the formula is CH2F2 instead of CH4 for normal methane.

R32 products have been introduced in to our product portfolio by both Panasonic and Toshiba Air Conditioning in both of their wall mount ranges.

Please contact CDL for further information.


Cool Designs Achieve Fastest 50

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Organised by leading law firm Ward Hadaway and backed by The Journal, the Fastest 50 list highlights and celebrates the achievements of the profitable, privately-owned companies in the region which have grown their turnover by the largest amount in recent years.

This year’s Ward Hadaway Fastest 50 contained businesses from a wide range of sectors from manufacturing and engineering to e-commerce, commercial development to travel and hospitality.

Colin Hewitt, partner and head of commercial at Ward Hadaway, said: “Once again, the Ward Hadaway Fastest 50 has delivered a fascinating insight into the breadth and range of companies which are succeeding in growing their businesses.

“The sheer variety of companies represented in the list demonstrates the continuing strength and vibrancy of the region’s business world and provides further fuel to the North East’s key role in the Northern Powerhouse agenda.

“In this list are 50 reasons to feel optimistic about the future of the North East economy and its importance to the UK and to global markets.

“All the businesses listed here are forging ahead and seeing their turnover grow whilst remaining profitable – they are real trailblazers who deserve our support, encouragement and our applause.”

The first time that Cool Designs Ltd has appeared on the list since its inception, overall appeared in 32nd place across all businesses and 11th medium sized business.

“It’s testament to the hard work we have put in over the years, through difficult trading conditions we never lost sight of our core values.  We’ve constantly and effectively striven to find innovative ways to share information with our client base while growing responsibly as a carbon neutral company”.

Cool Designs Fastest 50 2015

Cool Designs Fastest 50 2015

Are you and your customers up to speed on Annual Investment Allowances? (AIA)

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

So what is an AIA?

You can deduct the full value of an item that qualifies for annual investment allowance (AIA) from your profits before tax.  This includes plant & machinery of which air conditioning comes under.  You can currently claim up to £500,000.  This is nothing to do with the ETL and just based on plant.

Read more here – HMRC

So what’s changing?

The AIA has changed 4 times since 2008 and is due to change again to £25,000 on 1 January 2016.

That is a substantial change and worth your end user client being aware of as that could impact their accounting period for major refit works including air conditioning.


Again, visit the above HMRC link or browse to


ACR Awards 2015

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Come around quickly don’t they! Another fantastic evening at this years ACR News Awards at the Brewery in London.  Jimmy Carr was this years popular host and can be seen below presenting our own Simon Bradley as winners of the 2015 ACR News Distributor of the Year.  This recognition is a fantastic testament to the work we’re doing here at Cool Designs as innovation, training & responsible growth remain at the forefront of what we do.

We have many plan’s as we continue to look forward and certainly wont be resting, although perhaps after last night there may be some resting needed!

Simon Bradley of Cool Designs received award

Simon Bradley of Cool Designs received award

Cool Designs Ltd – Vacancy

Monday, January 12th, 2015

We have the following position available:

Internal Projects Engineer

We are looking to appoint an experienced Projects Engineer, based in our offices in Warrington, although due to its nature, the role could be moved to one of our other locations.  The  role is to be responsible for assisting sales engineers, contractors & consultants with the design and selection of air conditioning systems including but not limited to, VRF.  Part of this role includes extracting information from tender documents, producing system schematics & handling our internal projects system.  It is essential that you have proven experience in a similar role as well as strong technical knowledge on the design of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning systems, excellent communication skills and organisational skills. For more information regarding this post please contact Darrel Birkett, Managing Director, on 0191 5496964. To apply for this post, please email your CV and a covering letter outlining your suitability for this post to Cool Designs Ltd are an Equal Opportunities Employer

Rugby Competition – R22 Data Collection

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Toshiba is a strong supporter of environmental protection, with industry-leading efficient technology and a pioneer in achieving Carbon Neutral status for our UK business.
In keeping with our green credentials, Toshiba would like to collect market data on the number and type of R22 systems still operational throughout the UK and Ireland. To this end, we are inviting feedback from customers, end users, consultants, indeed everyone who has an interest in the Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (‘HVAC’) industry.
To encourage as much feedback as possible, Toshiba is offering the chance to win tickets for the 2015 Rugby World Cup games (‘RWC’) to anyone providing the requested information and answering the qualifying questions.

There will be three official ticket selections, one on the last working day in January, then again in February and March. The lucky winners will each receive two tickets for one of the World Cup games during 2015.

Selection Dates  30th January 2015  27th February 2015  31st March 2015

Do I qualify? The competition is open to all who provide the information and can answer the qualifying question(s). You could be anyone with knowledge of the HVAC industry and have the right to provide the information on behalf of any third party.

Can I enter more than once? Yes, you are entitled to enter as many times as you would like. As long as you provide the required information (please note: any entries with information missing will not be entered into the competition). Entries received before the first selection will only be entered into that selection ; again the second selection will be for all entries not received whilst the first selection is open and received before selection two is made etc.

Entry Expectations TCUK expects that customers supplying the information is of a factual nature and must be accurate. We would expect that the person completing the form and providing the information has the authority to do so and that they are happy for us to use this information internally and to contact any organisations named on the competition forms.

What will Toshiba use this information for? Toshiba will use this information to gain a greater understanding of how much equipment utilising R22 equipment is still being used within the UK market. We will also use the information to establish the types of systems still operating and the capacity range of these systems which may help Toshiba to build a strategy to assist with the changeover of the equipment at the appropriate time.

Can Toshiba Air Conditioning help me Plan my Replacement of R22 Equipment? Yes. Toshiba have an excellent range of energy efficient systems which could help you to significantly reduce power consumption that, in some cases, can be as much as 65%. The Toshiba range of systems can also be used in conjunction with existing infra-structure such as re-using the copper pipework etc. to help reduce installation costs when appropriate.

The Toshiba R22 replacement system offers innovative technology which allows a system to produce the maximum capacity available even when re-using old R22 copper pipe that are cleansed of R22 refrigerants (Please note that R22 pipes tend to be one size larger than R410a sized pipe). Therefore a Toshiba 10kW system will still give 10kW of cooling or heating, whereas other manufacturers could reduce the available capacity by up to 15% due to reduced refrigerant velocity.

Toshiba also provide a finance scheme, where equipment can be purchased, installed and also maintained within one agreement for a period of up to 7 years, meaning total peace of mind that you will not receive any unexpected bills for that period. In most cases the reduction in running costs can be higher than the monthly finance costs, meaning that the new units can be self-financing.
Toshiba also provides an easy to use software programme which is available for download from the business lounge area of our website and a Toshiba sales person would be more than happy to meet and discuss options with you.

When will I be Informed If I have won? You will be notified using the contact details provided within three working days of the official selection.

Can I choose the game I will attend? Unfortunately not. Each winner will be entitled to two tickets for a RWC 2015 game, but the allocation of tickets will not be announced until four weeks before the game at the latest. However, we will try to provide this information as soon as we are able to do so.

Can tickets won be sold or transferred? No tickets provided by Toshiba can be sold or transferred. It is against the RWC 2015 terms and conditions to do this and should tickets be sold, then the RWC 2015 have the ability to cancel the tickets As part of entering this competition you are confirming that you will comply fully with both Toshiba and the RWC 2015 Ticket terms and conditions. Full details of the RWC Ticket terms can be provided upon request.

Entry Form

Please open this link to download the entry form.  Entries to be emailed to or posted to Toshiba Air Conditioning, Guildford Road, Leatherhead. Surrey. KT22 9UT.