vCode Taxonomy (UK)

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vCode Taxonomy UK

The 3 level vCode taxonomy was created by Spikes Cavell to describe the primary business activities of suppliers. Its development was based on over 8 years of classifying suppliers, input from procurement category specialists and a review of all other available taxonomies. As vCode is owned and managed by Spikes Cavell, it will continue to evolve over time as the spending habits of our customer’s change and new requirements are established.  More information on the background of vCode >>

  • Animals & Farming (2)
    • Animals (9)
      • Animal Boarding Service Providers
      • Animal Breeders
      • Animal Feed Suppliers
      • Animal Housing Equipment Providers
      • Other Animal-Related Product Providers
      • Other Animal-Related Service Providers
      • Veterinary Drug Suppliers
      • Veterinary Equipment Suppliers
      • Veterinary Service Providers
    • Farming (9)
      • Agricultural Chemicals
      • Agricultural Engineers
      • Agricultural Vehicle Technicians
      • Crop & Livestock Farmers
      • Farming & Agricultural Equipment Suppliers
      • Farming & Agricultural Supplies Providers
      • Farming & Agricultural Vehicle Suppliers
      • Fish Farmers
      • Other Farming & Agricultural Activities
  • Arts, Sport & Leisure (3)
    • Arts (5)
      • Artists & Authors
      • Artwork & Art Galleries
      • Other Arts Providers
      • Performing Artists
      • Theatres
    • Leisure Services (8)
      • Casinos & Gambling Establishments
      • Cinemas & Cinema Equipment Suppliers
      • Entertainers
      • Leisure Equipment Suppliers
      • Museums
      • Other Leisure Service Providers
      • Outdoor Activity Providers
      • Theme Parks & Attractions
    • Sports & Playground (7)
      • Other Sports Service Providers
      • Playground Equipment Suppliers
      • Sports & Leisure Centres
      • Sports Clubs & Associations
      • Sports Coaches & Instructors
      • Sports Equipment Technicians
      • Sportswear & Equipment Suppliers
  • Business Support Services (5)
    • Administration Services (3)
      • Other Administration Service Providers
      • Outsourced Payroll Service Providers
      • Translation & Interpretation Service Providers
    • Business Services (5)
      • Managed & Outsourced Business Services Providers
      • Other Business Service Providers
      • Pharmaceutical Commercialisation Service Providers
      • Professional Associations
      • Trade Associations & Regulatory Bodies
    • Document Storage & Management (1)
      • Document Archiving Providers
    • Information Services (1)
      • Other Information Service Providers
    • Technical Services (2)
      • Forensic Equipment & Service Providers
      • Pathologists
  • Charitable & Religious Activity (2)
    • Charity & Voluntary (1)
      • Charities & Voluntary Organisations
    • Religious Activities (1)
      • Religious Organisations
  • Clothing (1)
    • Clothing & Footwear (7)
      • Baby & Children’s Clothing Suppliers
      • Clothes Making Equipment & Service Providers
      • Other Clothing & Accessory Suppliers
      • Other Footwear Suppliers
      • Regalia & Jewellery Suppliers
      • School Uniform Suppliers
      • Staff Uniform & Clothing Suppliers
  • Construction (5)
    • Construction Consultants (9)
      • Archaeologists
      • Architects & Design Consultants
      • Construction Project Management Consultants
      • Electrical Engineers
      • Marine Engineers
      • Mechanical Engineers
      • Other Construction Consultants
      • Quantity Surveyors
      • Surveyors & Inspectors
    • Construction Equipment (6)
      • Crane Providers
      • Fork Lift Truck Suppliers
      • Plant & Construction Equipment Suppliers
      • Portable Toilet Suppliers
      • Power & Hand Tool Suppliers
      • Road Construction Equipment Suppliers
    • Construction Materials (21)
      • Adhesive & Sealant Suppliers
      • Bitumen & Surface Dressing Suppliers
      • Bricks & Blocks Suppliers
      • Builders Merchants
      • Cement & Concrete Suppliers
      • Construction Flooring Suppliers
      • Decorating Materials Suppliers
      • Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Stores
      • Electrical Wiring & Parts Suppliers
      • Metal Stockholders & Distributors
      • Other Construction Materials Suppliers
      • Paint & Coating Suppliers
      • Paving & Kerbstone Suppliers
      • Plaster & Plasterboard Suppliers
      • Plumbing, Heating & AC (HVAC) Equipment Suppliers
      • Quarry & Aggregates Suppliers
      • Reclamation Centres
      • Roofing Materials Suppliers
      • Sheet Metal & Fabrication Suppliers
      • Tile Suppliers
      • Timber Merchants & Sawmills
    • Construction Trades (45)
      • Air Sealing, Acoustics & Testing Contractors
      • Balustrade & Handrail Contractors
      • Blast Cleaners
      • Bricklayers
      • Building Damage Prevention Contractors
      • Concrete Cutting, Drilling & Maintenance Contractors
      • Crematoria Contractors
      • Curtain Walling Contractors
      • Demolition Contractors
      • Electricians
      • Energy Efficient Product & Service Providers
      • Fencing Contractors
      • Groundwork & Excavation Contractors
      • Industrial Painting Contractors
      • Insulation Service Providers
      • Interior Contractors
      • Joiners & Carpenters
      • Lift Contractors
      • Metal Building Structure Contractors
      • Monumental Masons
      • Ornamental Metalworkers
      • Other Construction Contractors
      • Other Highway Maintenance Contractors
      • Outdoor Lighting Suppliers
      • Painters & Decorators
      • Partitions, Dry Lining & Suspended Ceiling Suppliers
      • Paving & Driveway Service Contractors
      • Piling Contractors
      • Plant Installation Contractors
      • Plasterers
      • Plumbing, Heating & AC (HVAC) Contractors
      • Property Maintenance Contractors
      • Rendering & Cladding Contractors
      • Road Construction & Maintenance Contractors
      • Road Marking Service Providers
      • Roofers
      • Scaffolders
      • Sectional & Portable Building Contractors
      • Security Shutter, Door & Gate Contractors
      • Shelter Suppliers
      • Sports & Play Area Surfacing Contractors
      • Steeplejacks
      • Stonemasons
      • Swimming Pool Contractors
      • Welding Contractors
      • Window & Door Installers
    • Main Contractors (6)
      • Civil Engineers
      • Energy Plant Contractors
      • General Builders
      • House Builders
      • Non-Residential Main Building Contractors
      • Restoration Specialists
  • Education (4)
    • Education Service Providers (5)
      • Adult Education Service Providers
      • Examination Boards
      • Music Education Suppliers
      • Other Education Service Providers
      • School Trips & Study Tours Providers
    • Educational Equipment (7)
      • Art & Craft Suppliers
      • Book Distributors
      • Bookshops
      • Libraries
      • Licensed Educational Software Suppliers
      • Other Educational Equipment & Supplies Providers
      • Toy Suppliers
    • Schools & Colleges (6)
      • Colleges
      • Performing Arts Schools
      • Primary Education Service Providers
      • Private Education Providers
      • Secondary Education Service Providers
      • Special Schools
    • Universities (1)
      • Universities
  • Facilities Management (8)
    • Cleaning & Janitorial Equipment (2)
      • Cleaning & Janitorial Equipment & Supplies Providers
      • Laundry Equipment Providers
    • Cleaning & Janitorial Services (12)
      • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Service Providers
      • Chimney Sweeps
      • Commercial Cleaners
      • Computer Cleaning Service Providers
      • Dry Cleaners
      • Floor Cleaning Service Providers
      • Graffiti Removers
      • Launderers
      • Other Cleaning & Janitorial Service Providers
      • Oven Cleaning Service Providers
      • Specialist Hygiene Service Providers
      • Window Cleaners
    • Fittings (13)
      • Awning & Canopy Suppliers
      • Baby & Nursery Equipment Suppliers
      • Bathroom Fittings Suppliers
      • Building Signage Suppliers
      • Floor Covering Suppliers
      • Indoor Lighting Suppliers
      • Kitchen Fitters
      • Linen & Blanket Suppliers
      • Other Fittings & Furnishings Suppliers
      • Shelving, Racking & Storage Suppliers
      • Soft Furnishing Suppliers
      • White Goods Suppliers
      • White Goods Technicians
    • Furniture (5)
      • Domestic Furniture Suppliers
      • Educational Furniture Suppliers
      • Garden Furniture Suppliers
      • Office Furniture Suppliers
      • Other Furniture Suppliers
    • General Facilities Management (6)
      • Facilities Management Service Providers
      • Handymen
      • Interior Designers
      • Other Health & Safety Equipment & Service Providers
      • Plant & Floral Display Providers
      • Other Facilities Management Equipment Suppliers
    • Grounds Maintenance (10)
      • External Display Providers
      • Garden Centres & Nurseries
      • Gardeners
      • Gardening Equipment Suppliers
      • Grounds Maintenance Providers
      • Landscaping Contractors
      • Lawncare Contractors
      • Other Horticultural Service Providers
      • Street Furniture Suppliers
      • Tree Work Contractors
    • Post (3)
      • Postal & Courier Service Providers
      • Postal Equipment Financing & Leasing Companies
      • Postal Equipment Suppliers
    • Property & Estate Management (5)
      • Arms Length Management Organisations
      • Housing Associations
      • Office Rental & Meeting Room Hirers
      • Outsourced Building Management Service Providers
      • Property Letting & Estate Agents
  • Financial Services (3)
    • Accounting & Auditing (2)
      • Accountants
      • Auditors
    • Financial Services (9)
      • Banks & Building Societies
      • Credit Card & Purchase Card Providers
      • Credit Reference Agencies
      • Debt Collectors
      • Investment Companies
      • Invoice Discounting & Factoring Companies
      • Loan Companies
      • Other Financial Service Providers
      • Other Leasing Companies
    • Insurance Services (7)
      • Actuaries
      • Health Insurance Providers
      • Life Assurance & Pension Providers
      • Multiple Insurance Service Providers
      • Other Insurance Service Providers
      • Travel Insurance Providers
      • Vehicle Insurance Providers
  • Food, Beverage & Catering (6)
    • Beverages (5)
      • Alcoholic Beverage Suppliers
      • Dairies
      • Other Non-Alcoholic Beverage Suppliers
      • Soft Drinks Suppliers
      • Water Cooler & Bottled Water Suppliers
    • Catering Equipment (3)
      • Catering Equipment Suppliers
      • Catering Machine Technicians
      • Catering Supplies Providers
    • Catering Services (2)
      • Other Catering Service Providers
      • Outsourced Caterers
    • Eating Establishments (2)
      • Fast Food Outlets & Takeaways
      • Restaurants, Public Houses & Cafes
    • Food (6)
      • Bakers & Confectioners
      • Butchers & Fishmongers
      • Egg Merchants
      • Frozen Food Suppliers
      • Fruit & Vegetable Suppliers
      • Other Food Suppliers
    • Vending (1)
      • Other Vending Services Suppliers
  • Healthcare (4)
    • Clinical & Medical (11)
      • Clinical Research Organisations
      • Drug Delivery System Suppliers
      • Hospital Furniture & Equipment Suppliers
      • Hospitals & Clinics
      • Medical & Surgical Consumables Suppliers
      • Medical & Surgical Equipment Suppliers
      • Medical Gas Suppliers
      • Medical Writers
      • Other Hospital Service Providers
      • Other Medical & Healthcare Service Providers
      • Other Medical Professionals
    • Disability Equipment (6)
      • Community Alarm Suppliers
      • Fixed Disability Equipment Suppliers
      • Mobility Disability Equipment Suppliers
      • Portable Disability Equipment Suppliers
      • Stairlift Suppliers
      • Wheelchair & Mobility Scooter Suppliers
    • Healthcare Services (10)
      • Alternative Medicine & Therapy Providers
      • Counselling Service Providers
      • Dental Equipment Suppliers
      • Dentists & Dental Service Providers
      • Hearing Loss Equipment & Service Providers
      • Occupational Health Providers
      • Opticians
      • Other Community Healthcare Service Providers
      • Psychological Therapists
      • Sight Loss Equipment & Service Providers
    • Pharmaceuticals (8)
      • Chemists & Pharmacists
      • Pharmaceutical Distributors
      • Pharmaceutical Contract Manufacturers
      • Pharmaceutical Raw Material Suppliers
      • Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient Suppliers
      • Pharmaceutical Intermediate Suppliers
      • Pharmaceutical Development Companies
      • Biopharmaceutical Development Companies
  • Human Resources (3)
    • Human Resources Consultants (1)
      • Human Resources Consultants
    • Recruitment Services (5)
      • Interim Management Agencies
      • IT Recruitment Agencies
      • Nursing & Medical Recruitment Agencies
      • Other Recruitment Agencies & Service Providers
      • Teaching Recruitment Agencies
    • Training (6)
      • Driver Training Providers
      • Fire Safety Training Providers
      • Health & Safety Training Providers
      • IT Training Providers
      • Other Training Providers
      • Vocational Training Services Providers
  • ICT (5)
    • Data Communications (3)
      • ISPs
      • Networking Service Providers
      • Other Web Services Providers
    • IT Hardware & Software (12)
      • Audio & Visual Equipment Suppliers
      • Computer Hardware Suppliers
      • Installed Software Providers
      • IT Consumables Suppliers
      • IT Resellers
      • Network Security Providers
      • Networking Equipment Suppliers
      • Other Office Equipment Suppliers
      • Photographic Equipment Suppliers
      • Power Protection Systems Providers
      • Printers, Copiers & MFD Suppliers
      • Software as a Service Providers
    • Other IT Services (2)
      • IT Support Service Providers
      • Other IT Service Providers
    • Systems Integration & Services (5)
      • Computer Systems Integrators
      • IT Consultants
      • IT Financing & Leasing Providers
      • Managed & Outsourced IT Service Providers
      • Software Developers
    • Telecoms (8)
      • Fixed Telecoms Equipment Suppliers
      • Fixed Telecoms Service Providers
      • Mobile Communications Equipment Suppliers
      • Mobile Communications Service Providers
      • Other Telecoms Equipment Suppliers
      • Other Telecoms Service Providers
      • Radio Communications Equipment Providers
      • Videoconferencing Providers
  • Laboratory (1)
    • Laboratory Equipment & Services (8)
      • Laboratory & Scientific Testing Service Providers
      • Laboratory Chemical Suppliers
      • Laboratory Equipment Suppliers
      • Laboratory Support & Accommodation Providers
      • Mass Spectrometry Suppliers
      • Scientific Research Agencies & Consultants
      • Sterilisation & Decontamination Equipment Suppliers
      • X-Ray Suppliers
  • Legal (1)
    • Legal Services (5)
      • Barristers
      • Copyright & Patent Service Providers
      • Notaries Public
      • Other Legal Service Providers
      • Solicitors
  • Manufacturing & Machinery (4)
    • Machinery & Electronics (5)
      • Electronic Equipment & Component Suppliers
      • Machine Tool Suppliers
      • Machinery & Engineering Parts Suppliers
      • Materials Handling Equipment Suppliers
      • Mechanical Equipment Suppliers
    • Manufacturing Materials (4)
      • Other Chemical Suppliers
      • Other Metal Product Suppliers
      • Other Plastic Goods Suppliers
      • Precious Metal Suppliers
    • Manufacturing Services (1)
      • Other Manufacturing Services
    • Packaging (2)
      • General Packaging Suppliers
      • Specialist Packaging Suppliers
  • Marketing & Media (4)
    • Advertising (3)
      • Advertising Agencies
      • Other Advertising Service Providers
      • Public Relations Agencies
    • Broadcasting (3)
      • Other Broadcasting Service Providers
      • Radio Broadcasters
      • Television Broadcasters
    • Events (7)
      • Conference & Event Room Hirers
      • Corporate Hospitality Service Providers
      • Event Furniture & Equipment Suppliers
      • Event Management Agencies
      • Exhibition Stand Suppliers
      • Marquee Suppliers
      • Public Speakers
    • Marketing (14)
      • Copy Writers
      • Digital Marketing Service Providers
      • Direct Marketing Service Providers
      • Full Service Marketing Agencies
      • Graphic Design & Creative Agencies
      • Market Analysts
      • Media Production Agencies
      • Other Marketing Service Providers
      • Photography Service Providers
      • Printing Service Providers
      • Promotional Item Suppliers
      • Sign Writing, Banner & Flag Suppliers
      • Telemarketing & Data Capture Agencies
      • Website Designers
  • Other Goods & Services (4)
    • Community Development (1)
      • Community Partnerships
    • Economic Development (2)
      • Development Agencies
      • Social Research Agencies & Consultants
    • Other Goods & Services (1)
      • Other Goods & Services Providers
    • Purchasing Services (1)
      • Purchasing Services Providers
  • Personal Care (2)
    • Personal Care Products (3)
      • Hair & Grooming Product Suppliers
      • Other Beauty & Grooming Equipment Suppliers
      • Other Personal Care Product Suppliers
    • Personal Care Services (4)
      • Hairdressers & Barbers
      • Other Beauty & Grooming Service Providers
      • Other Personal Care Providers
      • Wig Suppliers
  • Professional Services (2)
    • Business & Management Consultants (5)
      • Multi-Discipline Management Consultants
      • Organisational & Change Management Consultants
      • Other Business & Management Consultants
      • Procurement Consultants
      • Project Management Consultants
    • Technical Consultants (5)
      • Divers & Marine Support Contractors
      • Forestry Consultants
      • Health & Safety Consultants
      • Infrastructure Planning Consultants
      • Other Technical Consultants
  • Public Sector Bodies (4)
    • Armed Forces (1)
      • Armed Forces
    • Emergency Services (4)
      • Ambulance Services
      • Fire Services
      • Other Emergency Services Providers
      • Police Forces
    • Government (3)
      • Central Government
      • Local Government
      • Other Public Sector Bodies
    • Judicial Services (3)
      • Courts
      • Prisons
      • Probation Services
  • Retail & Wholesale (2)
    • Retail (7)
      • Florists
      • General Retailers
      • Mail Order Companies
      • Newsagents & Tobacconists
      • Other Retailers
      • Trophy & Medal Suppliers
      • Watch & Clock Suppliers
    • Wholesale (2)
      • Cash & Carry Providers
      • Other Wholesalers
  • Security Equipment & Services (2)
    • Security Equipment (12)
      • Alarm & Access Control System Suppliers
      • Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) Suppliers
      • Fire Fighting & Rescue Equipment Suppliers
      • Fire Protection System Providers
      • Keys & Locksmiths
      • Law Enforcement Equipment Suppliers
      • Other Defence Equipment Suppliers
      • Other Security Equipment Suppliers
      • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Suppliers
      • Safe & Vault Suppliers
      • Security Barrier Suppliers
      • Weapons Dealers
    • Security Services (4)
      • Detective Agencies
      • Multi-Discipline Security Providers
      • Other Security Service Providers
      • Security Guards
  • Social Care & Services (4)
    • Adult Services (13)
      • Adult Day Care Providers
      • Adult Residential Care Providers
      • Asylum Seekers Support Providers
      • Community Services Providers
      • Community-Based Adult Mental Health Service Providers
      • Drug & Alcohol Support Providers
      • Home Care Service Providers
      • Homeless Support Providers
      • Hospices
      • In-Patient Adult Mental Health Service Providers
      • Nursing Homes
      • Other Adult Care Service Providers
      • Sheltered Housing Providers
    • Children’s Services (8)
      • Adoption & Fostering Service Providers
      • Children’s Residential Care Providers
      • Community-Based Children’s Mental Health Service Providers
      • Early Years Service Providers
      • Independent Family Support Service Providers
      • In-Patient Children’s Mental Health Service Providers
      • Other Child Care Services Providers
      • Play Services Providers
    • Funerals (1)
      • Funeral Service Providers
    • Other Social Care & Services (8)
      • Advocacy Service Providers
      • Community Centres
      • Community Projects
      • Disability & Special Needs Services Providers
      • Other Social Care & Social Service Providers
      • Social Care Consultants
      • Voucher Providers
      • Youth Clubs, Hostels & Associations
  • Stationery & Office Products (2)
    • Office Equipment & Supplies (1)
      • Maps & Mapping Information Providers
    • Stationery (2)
      • Paper Products Suppliers
      • Stationery & Office Products Suppliers
  • Transport (3)
    • Logistics (7)
      • Logistics Equipment Suppliers
      • General Logistics Contractors
      • Removal Service Providers
      • Road Transport Contractors
      • Storage Equipment Providers
      • Storage Service & Warehousing Providers
      • Specialist Logistics Contractors
    • Other Transport Management (5)
      • Coastal & Waterways Management Providers
      • Other Transport Management Providers
      • Rail Infrastructure Management Providers
      • Transport Consultants
      • Weather Information Service Providers
    • Road Transport Management (10)
      • Gritting and Snow Clearing Service Providers
      • Parking Management Providers
      • Road & Street Cleaning Equipment Suppliers
      • Road & Street Cleaning Service Providers
      • Road Signage Suppliers
      • Rock Salt Suppliers
      • Snow Clearing Vehicle & Equipment Suppliers
      • Traffic Management Service Providers
      • Traffic Management System Providers
      • Weighbridge Service Providers
  • Travel & Accommodation (2)
    • Accommodation (4)
      • Guest Houses & Hostels
      • Hotels
      • Other Accommodation Providers
      • Serviced Apartments
    • Travel (8)
      • Airlines
      • Bus & Coach Operators
      • Ferry & Boat Travel Companies
      • Other Travel & Tourism Service Providers
      • Passport and Visa Service Providers
      • Rail Companies
      • Taxis & Private Hire Companies
      • Travel Agents & Booking Service Providers
  • Utilities & Energy (3)
    • Energy Management (1)
      • Energy Management Solution Providers
    • Other Energy Sources (7)
      • Battery Suppliers
      • Bottled Gas Suppliers
      • Oil Fuel Suppliers
      • Other Energy Suppliers
      • Renewable Energy Providers
      • Solar Energy Equipment Providers
      • Solid Fuel Suppliers
    • Utilities (4)
      • Mains Electricity Suppliers
      • Mains Gas Suppliers
      • Mains Utility Multiple Service Providers
      • Mains Water Suppliers
  • Vehicles (6)
    • Aircraft (3)
      • Aircraft Charter & Rental Providers
      • Aircraft Dealers & Leasing Companies
      • Other Aircraft Equipment & Service Providers
    • Boats (3)
      • Boat Charter & Rental Providers
      • Boat Dealers & Leasing Companies
      • Other Boat Equipment & Service Providers
    • Other Vehicles (3)
      • Other Vehicle Dealers
      • Other Vehicle Equipment Providers
      • Other Vehicle Servicing & Maintenance Providers
    • Rail Vehicles (1)
      • Rail Vehicles, Equipment & Maintenance Providers
    • Road Vehicles (18)
      • Car & Van Dealers
      • Car & Van Parts Suppliers
      • Car & Van Servicing & Maintenance Providers
      • Car Valeting & Cleaning Providers
      • Car, Van & Truck Hire Companies
      • Coach & Mini Bus Hire Companies
      • Emergency & Other Specialist Vehicle Dealers
      • Fleet Management Agencies
      • Garage Equipment Suppliers
      • Motability Vehicle Dealers & Adaptors
      • Motorbike & Cycle Dealers
      • Motorbike & Cycle Hire Companies
      • Motorbike Servicing & Maintenance Providers
      • Trailers & Towing Equipment Providers
      • Truck & Bus Dealers
      • Truck & Bus Servicing & Maintenance Providers
      • Vehicle Finance & Leasing Companies
      • Vehicle Recovery Service Providers
    • Vehicle Fuels & Lubricants (3)
      • Fuel Card Providers
      • Other Fuel Suppliers
      • Petrol, Diesel & Lubricant Suppliers
  • Waste & Environmental Services (4)
    • Environmental Services (6)
      • Air Quality Control Equipment Providers
      • Conservation Organisations
      • Environmental Consultants
      • Other Environmental Equipment & Service Providers
      • Pest & Vermin Control Service Providers
      • Water Treatment Service Providers
    • Recycling (2)
      • Recycling Service Providers
      • Scrap Merchants
    • Waste Disposal (9)
      • Animal Disposal Service Providers
      • Asbestos Removal Service Providers
      • Confidential Waste Disposal Providers
      • Green Waste Service Providers
      • Hazardous Waste Disposal Providers
      • Medical Waste Disposal Providers
      • Other Waste Disposal Suppliers
      • Sewerage & Drainage Service Providers
      • Skip Hire Companies
    • Waste Management (3)
      • Bins & Waste Container Suppliers
      • Refuse Vehicle Suppliers
      • Waste Disposal Equipment Suppliers

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