Dyson Vacuum Repairs in Manchester

Are you looking for Dyson repairs in Manchester? Manchester Vacs are the largest independent Dyson repairer in the North West. They’re your local Dyson service centre.

The residents of Manchester, Stockport, Tameside and nearby Oldham, Glossop and Salford are all within easy reach of Manchester Vacs.

It doesn’t matter if you have an old Dyson DC04 or a more modern Dyson V10, V11 or V15, Manchester Vacs can fix your Dyson.

Dyson repairs Manchester

 

Dyson Repair & Service in Manchester

As the North’s largest Dyson specialist, Manchester Vacs are also stockists of genuine and aftermarket Dyson spare parts.

Whatever is wrong with your Dyson vacuum cleaner, they can fix it. They repair all Dyson vacuums – cordless Dyson vacuums as well as mains-powered models.

For Dyson repairs in Manchester, they are your one-stop shop. Their experienced engineers can diagnose and fix your Dyson quickly. A convenient location means they’re within easy reach of anywhere in Stockport or Tameside too.

No need to book in or call ahead. Opening times, map, directions, address, telephone number, email and everything else you need to know is on their >find us page<.

 

Dyson repairs Manchester

Typical Issues You Can Encounter With a Dyson

Your Dyson vacuum may be suffering from any of the following symptoms:

  • Pulsing, surging or cutting out when you’re using it
  • Battery life or charging problems (take your charger along too)
  • Brush not rotating when in use
  • Not picking up like it once was
  • Difficult to push on the carpet (especially deep pile carpet)
  • No power at all when you switch it on
  • Smoke, smell, or ominous rumbling from the motor
  • The red trigger on your V10 or V11 seems floppy and doesn’t start the machine properly
  • Loud ratcheting noise when in use
  • Dyson hairdryers: intermittent cutting out when you move it around

All of the problems described above on a Dyson can be repaired, probably for less money than you imagine.

Perhaps you have recognised that it is time to give your Dyson a service. If your machine is just not as effective as it once was, or you have some concerns, it may be time to give it a service.

No need to book in or call ahead. Opening times, map, directions, address, telephone number, email and everything else you need to know is on their >find us page<.

Dyson repairs Manchester

With extensive knowledge of the whole Dyson range and large stocks of new and used parts, Manchester Vacs can have your Dyson up and running again in no time. Thirty years of experience in the vacuum cleaner repair business makes them the obvious choice for Dyson repairs in Manchester.

What About that Other Hoover Repair Shop?

There are other shops around that offer Dyson repairs in Manchester. Some are also hardware shops and other types of little appliance shops.

Manchester Vacs differ from the average local small shop. You’ve heard the phrase “Jack of all trades – master of none” probably.  They are not a place that repairs anything and everything. They won’t fix your microwave.  They won’t fix your pressure washer. They even prefer not to fix Hoover, Miele or Vax given a choice. They won’t sell you an air fryer, a steam iron or cut you a new back door key either. They’re Dyson vacuum specialists.

The only other thing Manchester Vacs will repair is Sebo vacuums as they’re the main dealer for Sebo in Manchester. So if you happen to be looking for Sebo repairs in Manchester, they do that too.

They don’t need to get into lengthy investigations at your expense to find a fault or wait a week for a spare part like small shops often do. Their engineers have seen it all. They’ve fixed literally thousands of Dysons.

Manchester Dyson Repairs

How Much Does a Dyson Repair Cost?

A quote is always free. There’s a minimum charge of £20 for small jobs. As an example, a typical power cord replacement costs £35 all in. Typical labour charges for other repairs are in the region of £35-49 depending on the repair. Any extra parts required would be on top. As Dyson parts specialists, their parts prices are always competitive. They supply the trade with spare parts too.

Remember Gordon Burns from the Krypton Factor on TV? Where do you think he goes to get his Dyson fixed? You guessed it.

You can find out more about having your Dyson repaired at Manchester Vacs by clicking the little guy below.

Dyson Manchester

 

How To Service & Change the Filter on Your Dyson Airblade Hand Dryer

This relates to plastic-bodied Dyson hand dryers with model number ABXX, for example, AB03, AB14, etc.

Metal bodied AB01 hand dryers take the same filter but you must remove the full front cover to replace it.

First the good news, the only service work you need to do on this type of hand dryer is to change the filter periodically and keep the four sensor lenses (where you put your hands in) clean.

It is good practice to change the filter once a year. A blocked filter restricts the airflow to the hand dryer and causes the motor to overheat and the PCB in the motor bucket to fail.

You can buy the filters >>here<< singly and >>here<< in 10s.

Your hand dryer looks like this:

The filter is located at the bottom of the machine under the door with a vent in.

There are two screws at the back of that vented door. One on each side.

How To Service & Change the Filter on Your Dyson Airblade Hand Dryer

They are anti-tamper Torx T30 heads. You can buy the spanner to undo them >>here<< in case of need.

Undo the two screws and remove the door.

How To Change the Filter on Your Dyson Airblade Hand Dryer

Look up under the machine and you will see the dirty filter.

How To Change the Filter on Your Dyson Airblade Hand Dryer

There’s a plastic latch on one side you move outwards a bit to allow the filter to be removed.

How To Service Your Dyson Airblade Hand Dryer

The filter can be stuck in and might require a pull to remove.

How To Service Your Dyson Airblade Hand Dryer

Time to refit the new filter. It goes in foam side towards you, with the long protrusion side first, and the small protrusion snaps into the little lever.

Where to buy a Dyson hand dryer filter

There it is in place. Refit the door – it locates at the front first – with the two screws, don’t overtighten them, and that’s all there is to it.

Where to buy a Replacement DC04, DC14 or DC24 Dyson Power Cord in the UK

If you are looking to replace the power cord on a Dyson DC04, DC14 or the DC24 then read this before you buy something cheap and nasty from Amazon or eBay (if you want a cable for a later Dyson, read >this article< instead).

Buying a replacement Dyson flex (or cable, lead, wire or cord if you prefer) is often a bit of a minefield.

Early Dyson models used to use a pale grey 0.75 mm flex. Often these used to fail where they entered the machine because they weren’t heavy-duty enough.

Later Dyson models used a thicker dark grey 1 mm flex which is considerably more durable.

The terminals on the end of the flexes varied across many Dyson models, and many of the later Dysons had varying different lengths of flexes fitted to them.

This has always created a little bit of a headache for those in the aftermarket and Dyson repairers. Because, for example, if you use a cable designed to fit a DC14 it often won’t wrap correctly on a machine such as the DC07.

Original Dyson cables are rather expensive, so naturally many people seek a good aftermarket replacement.

However, the problem with this is that most of the aftermarket tend to source Chinese products as cheap as they possibly can to meet the lowest retail price point they can.

But not everyone wants Lidl and Aldi do they? Some people prefer Waitrose or Marks and Spencer, right?

Most aftermarket flexes are 0.75 mm finished in a cheap-looking pale grey and shorter than you’d prefer. When fitted to a late model Dyson, these tend to look as cheap and nasty as they are. Many have the wrong spades on the end, badly crimped ones or no spades at all.

Cheap Dyson Power Cord

It’s often hard to tell the difference between colour shades, good quality and a bad quality cable when looking at online listings, and by the time it prematurely fails, the window for return will have long passed anyway.

Dyson has always fitted nice little cable tidy clips to their original cables and most of the aftermarket don’t bother to supply these on their cables. Why? Because it adds a few pence to the production cost.

You can swap the cable clip over from your old one, but they are often fiddly and sometimes break.

923255-01

Imagine if you could buy a good quality 1.00 mm replacement aftermarket Dyson cable? Imagine if it was in the correct dark grey, with the correct terminals on the end and a nice little cable tidy clip already fitted? It may even come in a cardboard box so that isn’t yet more plastic to kill the marine life in our oceans.

And now somebody has – here it is:

Dyson DC04 flex

 

Totally plug and play and pretty much indiscernible from the original. Apart from being longer than most at 10.9m.

With the correct spades for DC04, DC14 and DC24 model Dysons.

Dyson DC14 flex

 

With a nice rubbery cable tidy clip already there.

Replacement Dyson DC24 cable

 

This is a 1 mm, two core, longer than OEM specification, dark grey compatible flex that fits these Dyson models.

      • Dyson DC04
      • Dyson DC14
      • Dyson DC24

Cross reference with these part numbers: 916588-01, 908578-06, 914259-29, 914259-23, 914259-02, 911859-02, 5031685212902, ES1440604, ES966394, ES1117626

You can buy it directly from Manchester Vacs here: DC04 DC14 DC24 Model Dyson Power Cord (Flex)

If you prefer eBay, you can get it here: Genuine Specification Dyson DC04 Extra Long 10m Replacement Flex Cable Cord Lead

If you prefer Amazon, you can get it here: Manchester Vacs Replacement for Dyson Flex Cord Lead for DC04 DC14 DC24 – Cable Wire

If you are not in the UK (but are somewhere they use UK plugs like Hong Kong, Ireland, Cyprus, Malta, Malaysia, Singapore or Gibraltar) you will find it preferable to use the eBay listing linked above as that will give you full tracked delivery to most other countries.

If you are in the trade and want to buy cheaper in 10s, you can do so >>here<<.

Looking for a Dyson Battery Screwdriver? Get the Correct One.

We are often asked on these pages for a Dyson battery screwdriver.

Or more correctly, which is the correct screwdriver to use to remove a Dyson battery.

Confusion arises because most screws on your Dyson are Torx screws like this.

Dyson Torx screw

For those screws, you use the Torx screwdrivers discussed in >this article< here.

But as Dyson like to confuse you, the one screw on a Dyson cordless that isn’t a Torx looks like this.

Dyson battery screw

And that’s what they use on the battery.

All Dyson cordless models use the same battery screw. So it doesn’t matter if you have a DC35, DC44, DC59, V6, V7, V8, V10, V11 or a V15, it’s the same screw to swap over the battery.

That’s called a Pozidriv screw, which isn’t to be confused with a similar-looking Phillips screw on the left below.

Dyson battery screwdriver

To prevent slippage and damaging of screws, you should only use a Phillips head screwdriver on a Phillips head screw, and you should only use a Pozidriv screwdriver on a Pozidriv screw.

Pozidriv screwdrivers come in a variety of sizes as well, so let’s just cut to the chase here and get you fixed up with a Dyson battery screwdriver.

The screwdriver you want to remove Dyson batteries is this one.

Dyson V6 battery screwdriver

With this specific tip.

Dyson battery screwdriver

And here’s where to get one from:

You can get one on eBay >here<

You can get one from Manchester Vacs >here<

They’re not expensive and you will encounter other things around the home that use that specific screw, so it’s a handy addition to any home toolbox. And a must-have for the Dyson trade. So that’s where you get a Dyson battery screwdriver from.

‘Right to repair’ law to come in this summer

Appliances such as fridges, washing machines and TVs should last longer and be cheaper to run under new rules.

Ministers have confirmed that from the summer consumers will have a right to repair on goods they buy.

They are keeping a promise to implement EU rules aimed at cutting energy and bills – and reducing the need for new materials.

Many consumers have complained that goods don’t last long enough, then can’t be fixed in the home.

Manufacturers will be legally obliged to make spare parts for products available to consumers for the first time – a new legal right for repairs.

The aim of the new rules is to extend the lifespan of products by up to 10 years, and officials estimate that higher energy efficiency standards will save consumers an average of £75 a year on bills over their lifetimes.

Protecting the environment

The new rules will be estimated to reduce the 1.5 million tonnes of electrical waste said by the government to be generated in the UK each year and to contribute to reducing carbon emissions overall.

Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said: “Our plans to tighten product standards will ensure more electrical goods can be fixed rather than thrown on the scrap heap – putting more money back in the pockets of consumers whilst protecting the environment.

‘Right to repair’ rules brought in for appliances

“Our upcoming energy efficiency framework will push electrical products to use even less energy and material resources, saving people money on their bills and reducing carbon emissions.”

The issue has been promoted by the Commons Environmental Audit Committee. Its chairman, Philip Dunne MP told BBC News: “Cracking down on planned obsolescence in electrical items is key to tackling the e-waste tsunami.

“We must stop using and disposing of quite so much: we must take action if we are to protect the environment for generations to come.”

The think tank Green Alliance has also pushed for a right to repair. Its spokeswoman Libby Peake told BBC News: “This is good news – but it’s exactly what the government said it would do on leaving the EU.

“The big test is whether the UK will continue to keep track with future EU standards.”

Simpler energy labels

New energy labels have also been introduced this month to raise the bar because most products are classed as A+, A++ or A+++ thanks to energy efficiency standards introduced by the EU.

The simplified system is based on an A-G scale, with a higher standard for each grade so that very few appliances will now make it into the top A group.

Emilie Carmichael from the Energy Saving Trust said: “Simplifying the way energy efficiency is displayed on labels will help consumers to make more informed choices to reduce their energy consumption and bills.”

The new regulations should come into force in the summer. They reflect what was agreed by the UK and the EU member states two years ago.

They will apply in Great Britain, while EU rules will continue to apply in Northern Ireland.

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Where to buy a Replacement Late Model Dyson Power Cord in the UK

If you are looking to replace the power cord on a Dyson DC18, DC25, DC27, DC33, DC40, DC41, DC55, DC75, UP22 or the UP24 then read this before you buy something cheap and nasty from Amazon or eBay.

If you want a cable for a DC04, DC14 or a DC24, read instead >this article< on Dyson Medic.

Buying a replacement Dyson flex (or cable, lead, wire or cord if you prefer) is often a bit of a minefield.

Early Dyson models used to use a pale grey 0.75 mm flex. Often these used to fail where they entered the machine because they weren’t heavy-duty enough.

Later Dyson models used a thicker dark grey 1 mm flex which is considerably more durable.

The terminals on the end of the flexes varied across many Dyson models, and many of the later Dysons had varying different lengths of flexes fitted to them.

This has always created a little bit of a headache for those in the aftermarket and Dyson repairers. Because, for example, if you use a cable designed to fit a DC25 it often won’t wrap correctly on a machine such as the DC41.

Original Dyson cables are rather expensive, so naturally many people seek a good aftermarket replacement.

However, the problem with this is that most of the aftermarket tends to source Chinese products as cheap as they possibly can to meet the lowest retail price point they can.

But not everyone wants Lidl and Aldi do they? Some people prefer Waitrose or Marks and Spencer, right?

Most aftermarket flexes are 0.75 mm finished in a cheap-looking pale grey and shorter than you’d prefer. When fitted to a late model Dyson, these tend to look as cheap and nasty as they are. Many have the wrong spades on the end, badly crimped ones or no spades at all.

Cheap Dyson Power Cord

Its often hard to tell the difference between colour shades, good quality and a bad quality cable when looking at online listings, and by the time it prematurely fails, the window for return will have long passed anyway.

Dyson has always fitted nice little cable tidy clips to their original cables and most of the aftermarket don’t bother to supply these on their cables. Why? Because it adds a few pence to the production cost.

You can swap the cable clip over from your old one, but they are often fiddly and sometimes break.

923255-01

Imagine if you could buy a good quality 1.00 mm replacement aftermarket Dyson cable? Imagine if it was in the correct dark grey, with the correct terminals on the end and a nice little cable tidy clip already fitted? It may even come in a cardboard box so that isn’t yet more plastic to kill the marine life in our oceans.

And now somebody has – here it is:

Replacement Dyson flex

Totally plug and play and pretty much indiscernible from the original. Apart from being longer than most at over 10m.

With the correct spades for late model Dysons.

Replacement Dyson power cord

With a nice rubbery cable tidy clip already there.

Replacement Dyson cable

 

This is a 1 mm, two core, longer than OEM specification, dark grey compatible flex that fits these Dyson models.

      • Dyson DC18
      • Dyson DC25
      • Dyson DC27
      • Dyson DC33
      • Dyson DC40
      • Dyson DC41
      • Dyson DC55
      • Dyson DC75
      • Dyson UP22 Light Ball
      • Dyson UP24 Ball Animal 2

Cross reference with these part numbers: 920913-07, ES1557062, ES1117629, ES1085566, ES1640070, ES1117631, 923427-01, 911399-01, 914269-16, 915736-07.

You can buy it directly from Manchester Vacs here: Late Model Dyson Power Cord (Flex)

If you prefer eBay, you can get it here: Genuine Specification Dyson Replacement Flex Cable Cord Wire Lead

If you prefer Amazon, you can get it here: Replacement for Dyson Flex Cord Lead for DC18 DC25 DC27 DC33 DC40 DC41 DC55 DC75 UP22 UP24 – Cable Wire

If you are not in the UK (but are somewhere they use UK plugs like Hong Kong, Ireland, Cyprus, Malta, Malaysia, Singapore or Gibraltar) you will find it preferable to use the eBay listing linked above as that will give you full tracked delivery to most other countries.

If you are in the trade and want to buy cheaper in 10s, you can do so >>here<<.

Dyson DC40 Red Cyclone Release Catches Available

This article is about the new availability of the red cyclone release clip for the Dyson DC40, DC42, UP22 and UP24.

It is Dyson’s way that when a small component that is part of a larger assembly tends to fail they often don’t make that replacement component available. Instead, they charge you for a complete assembly.

When all that is broken is a small plastic clip, in this case, Dyson directs you to buy a full cyclone assembly. This seems utterly unnecessary and certainly not very ecologically friendly. The world doesn’t need even more unnecessary plastic, right?

It’s always pleasing when somebody in the aftermarket is innovative and leads the way.

The Dyson DC40 has always had a similar issue to the DC41 and some other Dyson models in that the red release clip that locks the cyclone into place is prone to break.

It is particularly problematical from a spare parts point of view because DC40s are fitted with two potential clips (the design was revised mid-production), and it is not easy to explain to the customer which one they need. So these DC40 clips are something that the aftermarket has historically shied away from to avoid constant returns and claims they don’t fit, etc.

But now you can buy them.

DC40 cyclone release catch

A comment on the aftermarket

Many of the companies that inhabit the aftermarket, both Chinese and domestic, are quite parasitic in nature. They very seldom innovate themselves – they wait for somebody else to innovate and then copy their ideas instead.

This means the market ends up flooded with ostensibly identical items of ever-decreasing quality and the price becomes a race to the bottom. Some think that this choice is good for the customer because it delivers a cheaper product. What it actually does is stifle future innovation, research and development. The aftermarket often improves a product or solves a design problem by making something a different way. 

When the rest of the aftermarket copies each others’ spare parts instead of bringing their own ideas to market, the subsequent price depression means there is then very little profit left on the part and nobody makes any money. This reduces the inclination for companies to innovate, invest in new tooling and bring further products to market in the future.

That said, many OEM manufacturers make the same argument about the aftermarket responding to market needs and making a compatible item that fits their product. But they could solve that by making small spare parts available themselves instead of gleefully selling expensive larger assemblies when only one small part is known to fail. 

Instead of the monkey see, monkey do approach, more of the aftermarket should try to come up with some of their own ideas. That would increase the availability of spares to a wider range of people and keep more vacuums out of landfill. 

So finally, Manchester Vacs have solved the problem of unavailable DC40 red cyclone release catches and brought them to market. This solution fits ALL Dyson DC40 vacuums, Canadian DC42 models and also the later UP22 and UP24 models that use the same clip.

When you buy one, you are directed to a tutorial on their forums to assist you with fitting the correct part from what is supplied to your machine.

The replacement clip – with the instructions provided – takes anybody just moments to fit and no tools are required. The tutorial you are directed to is very comprehensive and even a non-practical person can fit the part and feel like a competent engineer.

Dyson DC40 cyclone release catch

So if the cyclone unit on your DC40, DC42, UP22 or UP24 no longer locks itself to the machine, or has broken meaning that you can’t empty the bin very easily, now you can buy the little red clip to fix it without buying a full cyclone unit or a handle assembly (923584-03) that often doesn’t fit.

Dyson cyclone release clips on Dyson vacuums all look very similar and it can often be the case that people who don’t read the listing in full simply assume that they’re all the same and end up buying the wrong one. Don’t be that person. Take off your cyclone unit and look at the little silver sticker on the chassis and make sure that your machine says either DC40, DC42, UP22 or UP24 on there. If you have another model, this clip will not fit your machine.

If you are in the UK you can buy it directly from Manchester Vacs here: Dyson DC40 cyclone release clip

If you prefer to use eBay you can find the parts here: Dyson DC40 UP22 UP24 Red Cyclone Release Clip. Canister Bin Catch

If you are not in the UK you will find it preferable to use the eBay listing linked above as that will give you full tracked delivery to most other countries. If you are in the trade and want a few, the eBay listing has quantity discounts.

If you like what you read on Dyson Medic, please share this post on social media, Fixya and other parts of the internet. We like that. 

A very rare Dyson DC12 in the UK

If you are a Dyson collector or enthusiast you probably don’t need me to tell you what the DC12 is.

For those of you who don’t know, here is a brief synopsis: The DC12 Turbo and DC12 Plus are small cylinder machines that were released exclusively in Japan. Launched in June 2003.

The digital motor fitted on these machines is about half the size and weight of conventional motors but with 50% more power.

This is an extremely rare machine to be found in the UK because any you will find here are imported from Japan.

Dyson DC12

 

Because vacuum cleaners in Japan run on only 100 volts, if you intend to use this machine in the UK you must use it with a transformer or a converter box of some kind.

The voltage in Japan is 100 volts, which is different from North America (120V), Central Europe and the UK (220-230V) and most other regions of the world. Japanese electrical plugs and outlets resemble North American ones. Plugs come in various versions, but most commonly they are non-polarized and ungrounded with two pins. Grounded pins come either with three pins or with two pins and a ground wire.

Dyson DC12

The machine you see in the pictures here was imported to the UK by Manchester Vacs about five years ago for the museum in their Stockport premises.

Dyson DC12

However, a 2021 restructuring and expansion of the business and subsequent lack of space in their current 3000 square feet premises has made them take the difficult decision to reduce some of the machines in the museum. What this means for collectors is that there are some unusual and rare machines coming onto the market right now.

The DC12 is a must-have machine for collectors and vacuum enthusiasts who like to collect every model of Dyson they can.

Dyson DC12

The DC01, DC02, DC03, DC04 and DC05 machines were sold in the UK.

The DC06 machine was a robotic machine that was never officially launched in the UK, you can find out all about those here: The Dyson DC06.

DC07 and DC08 were UK models. Dyson never made a DC09 or a DC10. They did make a DC11, an unusual twin canister model and the next one in the range that the collector seeks out is these very rare Japanese DC12 models.

Dyson DC12

Edit: This machine has now been sold.

Using Dyson Tools With a Sebo Vacuum Cleaner

Seeing as Dyson have stopped developing new corded vacuum cleaners, it becomes quite challenging to have a Dyson blog on the subject of new Dysons.

Why it’s been pretty quiet around here.

There are cordless Dysons of course.

But despite the marketing hype, in real-world situations most people we encounter find them unsuitable or inadequate as a single main vacuum cleaner. A normal family home will need a proper mains powered machine as well.

Of course, when considering Dyson products we could write about hair dryers, hair curlers, straighteners, purifying fans or even LED lights that cost £1000. But we have traditionally here written about Dyson vacuum cleaners, not so much their other products.

When Dyson announced to the world that they had stopped developing corded vacuum cleaners, the suggestion we were supposed to glean from this is that the final three models that they have on the market at the moment are the pinnacle of excellence and cannot be improved upon.

We would beg to differ.

The UP15 Small Ball is essentially a reworked and updated DC40. The DC40 was plagued with wiring loom faults and a propensity to glue itself to the floor when faced with carpets longer than several millimetres. The DC40 was far from the greatest machine Dyson made (we suggest the greatest machine was actually the DC33 but we digress).

Dyson as a company appears more focused on non-vacuum products and Asian markets then its traditional vacuum cleaner customer base in the UK.

That is no problem because other companies have enthusiastically leapt into that void. The most notable being Sebo.

Sebo: The best vacuum cleaner

The Sebo X1.1 vacuum cleaner

Sebo is a German company that makes arguably the best vacuum cleaners in the world.

A great number of people are now making the move from Dyson to Sebo when their old Dyson dies (or having bought a cordless Dyson, they realise they need something a little more serious as well).

The customer that makes the transition from Dyson to Sebo generally has two complaints:

The first being that Sebo’s range of tools and accessories, while basic and functional, they are somewhat lacking in creativity.

The second being that they have a cupboard full of very expensive Dyson tools and accessories which,  although their Dyson machine has died, they very much enjoyed using those tools.

Dyson have had a propensity to change the tool fittings on their machines over the years, so four main socket types exist. And none of them will fit your Sebo.

However, as usual the innovative aftermarket has sprung into that space and solved the problem for the new Sebo owner.

This is a set of Dyson to Sebo tool adaptors.

They will allow pretty much any Dyson tool to fit any Sebo vacuum cleaner. Simple as that.

Now you can use your Dyson groom tool, tangle free turbine tool, soft dusting brush, flexible crevice tool and any other Dyson tool that you care to mention with your shiny new Sebo vacuum cleaner.

Here’s a video overview.

Where to buy?

If you are in the UK, you can buy them cheapest from the Sebo Shop >>here<<. They charge £6.99 DPD for next working day delivery. However, that charge does not increase if you order more items, so you can add packets of bags, service boxes and other parts and accessories to your order and pay the same flat delivery fee (it becomes free over £120). Buy a couple of items and that is the best value option.

If you are an Amazon buyer you can find them >>here<< on Amazon.

If you prefer a eBay (or you are not in the UK) you can buy them >>here<<. eBay is probably the cheaper option for US, Canadian and Australian buyers. There are also multibuy discounts there. And that comes with tracked international delivery through eBay Global Fulfillment.

Dyson is moving its headquarters to Singapore

Dyson has announced that it is moving its headquarters to Singapore from Malmesbury in Wiltshire.

The move by the appliance maker means two executives will relocate – chief financial officer Jorn Jensen and chief technical officer Martin Bowen.

Other work at Malmesbury will not be affected and no jobs will be lost.

Chief executive Jim Rowan said it was not to do with Brexit or tax but added: “It’s to make us future-proof for where we see the biggest opportunities.”

He added: “We have seen an acceleration of opportunities to grow the company from a revenue perspective in Asia. We have always had a revenue stream there and will be putting up our best efforts as well as keeping an eye on investments.

“We would describe ourselves as a global technology company and in fact we have been a global company for some time. Most successful companies these days are global.”

British bases

Dyson already has a presence in Singapore and in October announced plans to build its new electric car in its new factory there.

Most of its products are designed in the UK, but manufactured in Asia.

The company was keen to stress that it will still be investing money in its British bases.

Mr Rowan said it would be spending £200m in new buildings and testing facilities in Hullavington, and £44m in refreshing office space and adding new laboratories in Malmesbury as well as investing £31m for the young undergraduates at its university on the same site.

“Malmesbury has been the epicentre for us and we will continue to invest all over the UK,” he added.

“The tax difference is negligible for us,” added Mr Rowan, who confirmed that the company would be registered in Singapore, rather than in the UK.

“We are taxed all over the world and we will continue to pay tax in the UK.”

Analysis:

By Theo Leggett, BBC business correspondent

Dyson’s Chief executive Jim Rowan said today he would describe the business as a global technology company.

However, because its roots are in Britain and its founder Sir James Dyson has been a vocal supporter of Brexit, the decision to move its headquarters to Singapore is likely to make political waves.

In practical terms, the change is a minor one. Two senior executives will be transferred to the Singapore office, where the company itself will now be registered.

There will be no impact on its 4000 workers in Britain, and according to Mr Rowan, little impact on its tax affairs either. In 2017, it paid £95 million to the Exchequer.

It will continue to invest in its UK research and engineering sites in Malmesbury, London and Bristol, as well as a new centre in Hullavington, where it plans to develop a ground-breaking electric car.

But the change is still highly symbolic.

How Singapore sucked in James Dyson

A growing Asian market and fears of Corbyn drew the inventor to the east, writes John Arlidge

James Dyson, with his wife Deirdre
Sir James Dyson, with his wife Deirdre, plans to produce electric cars in Singapore
PAUL COWELL

Pioneer Crescent: Sir James Dyson could scarcely have chosen any other street on which to build his factory in Singapore. Raindrops the size of gobstoppers pounded the roof on a recent visit, forcing Hengky Wirawan, the plant’s leader, to shout to make himself heard as he showed off the production line.

“If you have a vacuum cleaner or hairdryer, the motor will have come from here,” he yelled. “We make one every 2.6 seconds.” Dyson keeps a close eye, even from his Gloucestershire estate. The factory floor is “live and connected to an app, so if James wants to look at it, he can,” said another staffer, Pinky Leong.

The billionaire inventor will soon be keeping an even closer eye on the Singaporean part of his empire. Last week he announced plans to move his headquarters from Malmesbury in Wiltshire to the city state. It is part of an estimated £1bn investment that will also see Dyson open the first car plant there for a generation to make his new electric car.

Critics lined up to accuse the arch-Brexiteer — who advocates a no-deal split from Europe — of fleeing the chaos the threat of no deal is creating just weeks before Britain is due to leave the EU. Labour MP Wes Streeting accused him of “rank hypocrisy”, saying he had “no sense of responsibility” to his country.

Company insiders concede Dyson is disappointed Theresa May’s compromise deal will, if approved, make it harder for Britain to negotiate comprehensive new global free trade deals. But they insist he is far more concerned by the possibility that Jeremy Corbyn might emerge from the morass as prime minister. “A general election is not out of the question, nor a Corbyn victory, and James and Jeremy Corbyn have diametrically opposed views on business,” said one staffer.

Dyson, 71, also wants to make sure that, as he takes his biggest gamble — he is betting £2.5bn that he can make the first upscale electric car using solid state batteries — he is doing it in a region that has the biggest market for electric cars, and where most of the essential components are made. His company, which turns over £4.4bn and employs almost 9,000 people worldwide, will do much of the R&D for the car in Wiltshire, “but it would be stupid to think we could build our own automotive manufacturing plant while our management sat 7,000 miles away,” Dyson said.

Some are not surprised by his Asian takeaway. Dyson, who has a £9.5bn fortune and whose firm last week reported record annual profits of £1.1bn for 2018, has not hidden his admiration for Singapore. In a recent interview with The Sunday Times to coincide with the factory visit, he praised its support for manufacturing, technology and education and the global outlook of ministers. It is an “exciting, ambitious” nation “unapologetically focused on global trade and the future . . . from which Britain can learn as we chart our new course in the world”.

The tycoon has been investing in Singapore for more than a decade, sinking almost £500m into two manufacturing and research plants. Over 1,000 people work for Dyson there, and that number will rise to 2,000 when the car factory is completed. Only a handful of executives will transfer from the UK in the headquarters move.

Dyson sees similarities between Britain and Singapore. Each is small, with a highly educated population. That means they lack the scale to compete in mass production. Nor can they compete on price because brainy workers are expensive. But both can win in hi-tech sectors, such as complex engineering, pharmaceuticals and financial services.

That’s what Dyson calls the Singapore dream — and, whatever you think about a city with an authoritarian government, little free expression and an aversion to chewing gum, the dream has become economic reality. Two centuries almost to the day after Stamford Raffles landed and founded what became the modern city state, Singapore is growing so fast it is beginning to eclipse Hong Kong as Asia’s business capital. GDP growth is rising to $57,714 per head, compared with Hong Kong’s $46,194, the World Bank says.

Dyson is one of several British investors living the Singapore dream. Rolls-Royce’s second-biggest aero-engine plant, after Derby, is on the site of an old colonial British army barracks near Changi airport. By coincidence, Warren East, Rolls-Royce’s chief executive, sits on the board of Dyson, as a non-executive director. Bicky Bhangu, who runs Rolls-Royce Singapore with 2,500 employees under him, is investing in technology to increase production and servicing of his company’s Trent engines and will transfer the technology to the Midlands.

“We’re developing smart manufacturing, robotics, automation and 3D printing before deployment to Derby,” Bhangu said, as he looked out over the engine testing chamber whose walls are made from 1m-thick reinforced concrete.

Encouraged by the success of Dyson and Rolls-Royce, global tech giants Google and Alibaba are moving in, making Singapore the most important regional tech hub outside China.

British banks are investing heavily. Financial services in Singapore received record overseas investment in 2017 — £4.73bn. Bankers are attracted by the growing ranks of crazy rich Asians. Singapore is home to the third-largest number of multi-millionaires, according to analysts at GlobalData WealthInsight.

How has this tiny speck of a city, once so dull it was nicknamed the Isle of Wight of Asia, become so attractive to world-beating businesses? The government invests heavily in the hardware and software of the city, much as Dyson does in his products. Ministers are behind the expansion of the free port that Dyson will use to export his cars to China, and the construction of two new terminals and one new runway at Changi in half the time it has taken Heathrow to get first-stage approval for a third runway.

The government also backs Singapore’s people. Its schools and universities turn out one of the world’s most highly educated workforces, especially in engineering. “The quality you can achieve with the graduates here and the speed with which you can achieve it” makes it worth paying the high wages they command, Dyson said.

The government keeps taxes low. Corporation tax is 17% but can be cut to 8.5% with exemptions and incentives. Dyson won’t comment on what breaks he gained, but the company said the change in its bill would be “negligible”. There is zero tax on capital gains and dividends.

Dyson has taken steps to mitigate his tax bill in the past. He has amassed 33,000 acres of agricultural land, making him a bigger landowner than the Queen (farmland is exempt from inheritance tax). And he has put money into several tax-deferral film investment schemes.

Geography favours Singapore. It is a member of the Asean trade bloc, which has a free-trade relationship with China. That was part of the draw for Dyson. Being near China — but not in it— is politically attractive, too.

Weak trade unions and the stability that one-party rule guarantees also help to lure investors. The centre-right People’s Action Party has dominated Singapore’s politics since independence from Britain in 1963. Prime minister Lee Hsien Loong has been in power for 15 years.

Softer factors include the rule of law, the English language, no corruption, low pollution and what Loh Lik Peng, a former lawyer who is now the city’s best-known hotelier and restaurateur, calls “a new ‘can do’ spirit. Thirty years ago everyone wanted to be a professional. Now it’s about being an entrepreneur.” There are some clouds on the horizon, though. China’s belt and road initiative threatens Singapore’s port. Debt is high — 114.3% of GDP, the International Monetary Fund says. The trade war between America and China threatens growth. The population is ageing and immigration falling. Income inequality is rising. The film Crazy Rich Asians was a tasteless joke to locals who struggle to make ends meet. There are even hints of political unrest, mainly on social media.

But these problems will be swept aside tomorrow when prime minister Lee launches the Light to Night festival to kick-start Singapore’s year-long bicentenary festivities. He will recall the aspiration of his father, the late Lee Kuan Yew, the founder of modern Singapore, that it should become the “Boston of the East”. Dyson’s decision suggests it already has.

Additional reporting: John Collingridge

Great ideas, shame about the engineering

When they arrive at Dyson’s Wiltshire campus, recruits are handed a copy of its founder’s autobiography, Against the Odds, writes Liam Kelly.

The ritual gives a glimpse of what former workers at the vacuums-to-hairdryers empire describe as the “cult of personality”.

Sir James Dyson, 71, has become a business hero since he left the Royal College of Art in the 1970s and developed a wheelbarrow with a red plastic ball at the front. An estimated 67m homes around the world now own one of his products.

With fame and power has come a quirky corporate culture. A cadre of middle managers “second-guess what they think James would like, and do things in his name”, said a former manager. Teams are discouraged from communicating and the company is “unusual and inward-looking”, he added.

Dyson is still involved with all products. “It’s really cool, because you get to have meetings with him,” said a former engineer. “But also kind of annoying, because it’s really hard to make decisions unless James Dyson makes them.”

One former employee described the man known as JD as “like a nice old grandad”. Another engineer who attended product meetings described Dyson as “friendly and approachable”, adding that he “didn’t dominate the conversation at all”.

Not all workers think they are in the presence of an engineering genius. “He’s a great ideas man,” said one. “I don’t think he’s a great engineer. Engineering is about getting the final solution with the smallest number of steps.”

Dyson famously took 15 years — and 5,127 attempts — to make his first bagless vacuum cleaner.

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