On Friday, our stores team received recognition for their hard work in a presentation by Tim Strawson, MD, Patsy Payling, Operations Director, and Andy Kilmartin, Stores Manager.

They were rewarded for going above and beyond to recycle surplus hardware that had formerly been discarded, thus saving the company thousands.

As a thank you, individuals were awarded bonuses, and the team received money towards a night out to celebrate!

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Today marks the start of Fire Door Safety Week 2018. This campaign aims to engage and educate building owners and building users on how to use fire doors properly.

In support of FDSW, we will be helping to educate you on the importance of fire doors. You could save a life.

Over the course of the week on social media, we will be teaching you about the correct specification and maintenance of fire doors, how fire doors are tested and certified.

Fire doors are a crucial part of the passive fire protection of every commercial, public and multiple occupancy building. They save lives and property.

Please see the below infographic for some facts about fire doors, and a five step check to help you identify whether a fire door is safe.

For more information, please visit the Fire Door Safety Week website.

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Last month, we were delighted for Burton Safes Ltd, to display a selection of our products at IFSEC International 2018, Europe's leading security event and the only global stage committed to co-creating the future of integrated security. 

As the largest UK manufacturer of physical security products, a range of our popular products were exhibited including our; 

Bradbury Group understands that when it comes to securing your property, it is important to ensure that the right security product is specified and tailored to suit your requirements. Whilst there may be many factors to consider in relation to your premises, including location, building type and usability, it is important to first gain a basic understanding of the materials on offer.

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Whether you are seeking to protect an industrial, commercial or domestic property, this guide aims to help you understand the characteristics of each material to determine what your door should be constructed from.

The utility sector is vast and covers a wide variety of categories including gas, water, telecoms and power. Due to this, significant infrastructures are required to contain powerful equipment needed for the necessary requirement, ranging from huge national grids right down to the small stand-alone buildings and kiosks, often situated near residential areas.

With the utility industry changing and growing at a rapid pace, it is faces numerous challenges including climate change, population growth and affordability, but why should security be one of them?

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Supplying substation doors to the UK’s leading utility providers for more than 20 years, the Bradbury Group understands that security is of paramount importance when protecting your assets. That is why we custom make products to suit individual requirements that are designed, tested and certified to suit the most challenging internal and external applications, to provide you with a long-lasting security solution.

Bradbury Group is the largest UK manufacturer of physical security products, including steel doors, grilles, cages and bar sets. With ongoing investment in advanced production equipment and third-party certifications, it ensures we are able to offer bespoke-engineered, superior quality products in impeccable lead-times.

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Offering the widest range of third-party accredited doors in the industry, providing solutions for security, fire, flood and acoustic requirements, our doors are widely used throughout a number of environments including utilities and national infrastructure.

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It’s the final day of National Apprentice Week 2018, and Bradbury Group have been supporting and celebrating the exciting opportunities that apprenticeships offer and how they benefit people, businesses, communities and our economy. 

Now in its 11th year, this week is all about bringing together everyone passionate about apprenticeships to encourage more people to choose apprenticeships as a fast-track to a great career and to business growth. Bradbury Group has been actively in involved in National Apprenticeship Week for several years now and we are proud to have been able to continue our work this year by celebrating all of our fantastic apprentices, both past and present.

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“My name is Jamie, and I am CNC Programmer & CAD Engineer at Bradbury Group. I started my full-time position at the company after completing my apprenticeship and gaining a NVQ Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering & Technical Support, in 2017.

I have always been interested in pursuing a career in engineering, and from the age of 16 I applied for part time job roles that enabled me to start understanding the relevant skills and knowledge needed within the industry. I was able to carry my interest for this sector throughout my studies with North Lindsey College, where I gained a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering. However, it was in my second year of college when I decided that an apprenticeship would be better suited to me, as I wanted the experience of being able to study whilst being in a working environment.

Isabel Apprentice 18“My name is Isabel, I am eighteen years old and I currently work at Bradbury Group as a Design Engineer Apprentice, whilst studying a Level 3 NVQ qualification in Technical Support.

Whilst at school, I worked part-time before going down the traditional route of studying A Levels at college. During my time at college my family realised that I was unhappy and was not enabling myself to reach my full potential. This was when I was first introduced to apprenticeships by my sister as an alternative route for me to research and I was instantly attracted to the prospects that it offered. After passing entry tests, I was accepted by HETA onto their mechanical engineering course.

Ollie Apprentice“My name is Oliver, I am seventeen years old and I currently work at Bradbury Group as a CNC Tooling Programmer Apprentice, whilst studying a Level 3 NVQ qualification in engineering.

I have always been interested in a career in engineering and started to gain an understanding of this particular subject whilst attending Winterton Community Academy. After completing my GCSEs I decided to go to North Lindsey College, where I could carry on my studies to help further develop my skills. Whilst attending college in 2016, I had the opportunity to join Bradbury as an apprentice, which I immediately knew would be the ideal route for me, as working in a hands-on environment can be extremely beneficial. 

Katie H Apprentice“My name is Katie, I am 23 years old, and I am a Marketing Executive at Bradbury Group, whilst studying a Level 3 NVQ in Marketing.

I chose to do an apprenticeship after attending university for a year, as I realised this path wasn’t suited to me, and the qualifications I studied weren’t aligned with the career I hoped to pursue. I wanted to be able to develop my skills outside of the classroom, so I knew that an apprenticeship would be the best route for me.

We are proud to announce that Bradbury Group has received Counter Terror’s ‘Perimeter Protection Award’! This award is presented to the private sector organisation which has designed and/or installed physical security measures to protect buildings and individuals from terrorist attacks. In this case, our Vertex emergency escape, crowd control gates have earned us this achievement.


Vertex gates protect against terrorism by providing a physical perimeter barrier to an accredited security standard, whilst also meeting operational requirements and stringent life safety measures. The high-security barrier is engineered so that any member of the public is able to open or close the gate in the event of an emergency, and will protect transport stations across the capital and beyond. It is suited to the perimeter protection of all high traffic areas, such as transport hubs, stadia, and shopping centres.

If you are attending the Security & Counter Terror Expo, you can visit us at Stand F51 on 7th March 2018, where we are showcasing one of our Vertex gates.

Ethan Bettany Apprentice“My name is Ethan and I am an IT support engineer at Bradbury Group Ltd. I started my full-time role at the company after completing my apprenticeship and gaining an NVQ Level 3 in IT Support, in April 2017.

Although I enjoyed academic studies at college, I decided to pursue a career in IT in late 2015, and was lucky to be able to gain a position at Bradbury in early 2016. Throughout my apprenticeship I would work every day of the week, with only a half day at college on a Wednesday. This allowed me to earn money, learn valuable communication and problem-solving skills, whilst attaining the relevant qualification.

Jason Bagg Apprentice Thumbnail"My name is Jason, I am nineteen years old and I currently work at Bradbury Group as a Technical Sales & Project Engineer, whilst studying a Level 3 NVQ in Technical Support. Although I had considered attending college to study A-levels, I knew that a apprenticeship would be better suited to me, as I had always been interested in pursuing a career in engineering and enjoyed the idea of getting paid whilst learning!

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This week marks the 11th National Apprenticeship Week and takes place from 5-9 March 2018, to celebrate apprenticeships across the UK and how they benefit individuals, businesses, communities and our economy.  

Co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship services, this year focuses on showcasing how apprenticeships work, and to encourage more people to seize the opportunities that are offered in terms of great career prospects and business growth.

How secure is your property? With around 57% of burglars entering properties through a window or door, it is important to ensure a level of certified security to deter unauthorised access.  For commercial, residential and public buildings, understanding and spotting these potential weaknesses helps to lower the chances of becoming a victim of crime.

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The Bradbury Group offers a unique collection of security grilles that provide a great visual and physical deterrent to help solve a lot of common security issues. All of our products are high-quality, reliable and cost-effective, and can be tailored to meet your personal requirements.

This guide focuses on our range of certified grilles that can suit all applications, and differing levels of perceived risk to help you determine the ideal product to secure your property and assets.

Supplying communal doors to social housing and public sector clients for over 20 years, the Bradbury Group is a leading manufacturer and supplier of communal access and security doors. Bradbury offers a variety of contemporary and durable communal entrance doors, manufactured from aluminium, steel and stainless steel.

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Paul Sweeting, Bradbury Group’s Technical & Export Director, will be teaching the importance of a balanced specification at a physical security seminar taking place on Thursday 18th January, at the Novotel World Trade Centre Hotel in Dubai. With nearly 10 years’ experience in designing physical security products, Paul’s presentation will focus on how identifying the correct specification can assist with the challenge of balancing requirements, such as fire, acoustic and security, with the operational needs of a project or site.

The event will also host speakers from the Loss Prevention Certification Board (part of BRE Global, the internationally renowned building science organisation) and several other LPCB approved companies, including CLD Fencing Systems (high security fencing and gates), SGW Safety & Security (security consultancy and training), and Surelock McGill (high security locks and doors).

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Please click here to view the seminar programme, including the itinerary and speaker profiles.


Want to find out more about what makes Bradbury Group the UK’s largest manufacturer, supplier, and installer of steel security solutions? Join our mailing list to receive fortnightly emails that keep you up-to-date with the latest company news, products and services.

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Understanding Your Physical Security Needs

Commercial properties are considered an attractive prospect by criminals, due to the presumed high level of valuable assets that can be kept on site at any given time. With many business premises typically left unoccupied during evenings and weekends, they can be the main target for experienced thieves looking to be largely uninterrupted during a break in.

With police reported crime recording around 5.2 million offences in the last year, and an almost 11% increase in theft, it begs the question, why are we allowing them the luxury of easy access onto our premises? Implementing effective security measures is a simple and invaluable way to help drastically reduce the likelihood of being targeted by burglars.

This quick guide is aimed to help you to determine the right security measures and physical security products to protect your business assets. 

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Did you know that police-reported crime recorded around 5.2 million offences in the last year?

As the size of year-on-year figures has shown to be increasing with an almost 11% increase in theft alone, it is essential that your business is kept safe and secure. From burglary and vandalism to shoplifting and petty theft, there are endless amounts of ways that criminals may target attractive business premises.

Keeping your business safe and secure doesn’t have to be a challenge. By taking a few simple steps to understand how to improve your physical security, and implement effective security measures for your business, you will dramatically reduce the likelihood of being targeted by thieves. The first step is to assess the current security of your business.

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Bradbury Group will be exhibiting at Intersec in the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre on January 21st - 23rd 2018. Intersec is the world’s premium trade platform on security and safety, and will be celebrating its 20th edition next year. As the largest and most diverse, the show's influence has spread not only across the Middle East and Africa, plus the Indian subcontinent, but has gone well beyond, offering thousands of influential trade buyers the latest security and safety solutions, and exciting new opportunities from the world’s best brands. The Group will be exhibiting as Bradbury Martin Roberts, joined by our partner in the UAE, Gibca Furniture Industry Co. Ltd. (LLC), on Stand S3-A35 in the UK Pavilion.

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For all Bradbury customers, please see our Christmas order schedule below:

Copy of 8th November Flood doors Extendor grilles range22nd November M2M4 Magnelis doors stainless steel doors Specialist doors with new hardware previously not engineered into our products29th Nove 5

Since the introduction of Bradbury Group’s online ordering system in 2009, we have received orders to the value of nearly £6,000,000. However, 2017 is the first time we have achieved £1,000,000 of orders in a single year!

As a show of appreciation to our online trade customers, we announced that we would gift a bottle of champagne to whoever placed the £1,000,000 order. And so, on October 31st, Artisan Security Doors from Bradford made an order of M2M+ doors and were declared the winners - congratulations! We took a trip to Bradford to thank their team, and presented them with the champagne and a certificate.

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Specifying the right fire door can be a life or death responsibility. It can also be a difficult task if you don't know what you are looking for. The correct specification, fitting and maintenance of a fire door is the responsibility of each and every person involved in the process. Don't risk making any mistakes. Read this guide to make sure you know how to correctly specify steel fire doors.

Fire doors are often the first line of defence in a fire, and their correct specification, maintenance, and management can be the difference between life and death for building occupants.

We rely on them to work correctly in the event of a fire by providing critical protection within a building such as escape routes (stairs and corridors) and places of relative safety, and in separating different fire hazards in a building.

As with any other life-saving product, a fire door should be checked regularly to ensure it functions correctly and is ready to use. It should be considered in exactly the same way as testing a smoke alarm or a fire extinguisher.

Any slight alteration to the door or its surroundings can affect the performance of a door. Periodic checks should be carried out at least every 6 months, or more regularly depending on the traffic using the door.

To save lives, they must work correctly, and there are some simple checks you can undertake depending on whether you are a building owner, or manager, a landlord or occupier.

Fire doorsDSC 6852 3 are the first line of defence, and can be the difference between life and death for building occupants. Their correct specification, installation, maintenance and management is paramount to the safety of all those who use the building.

Fire doors play a vital role in the fire safety of buildings, and are required in almost every building built in the UK, according to the requirements of the relevant national fire safety regulations. These engineered safety devices are a crucial part of the passive fire protection of every commercial, public and multiple occupancy building.

Fire doors sub-divide a building into compartments, and are designed to contain a fire to a single compartment of a building. Therefore, slowing down the spread of fire, reducing the risk to those in other compartments, and allowing occupants to escape. They save lives and property.

This introduction to fire doors serves as a guide to basic fire safety law, regulation and guidance, and the assembly, testing and certification of fire doors.

Bradbury Group Ltd. has been an active supporter of Fire Door Safety Week for many years. This award-winning campaign raises awareness of the critical importance of fire doors in protecting life and property.

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Fire Door Safety Week draws attention to specific issues, such as poor installation and maintenance, and encourages building owners and users to check the operation and condition of their fire doors, and to report those that aren’t satisfactory.

From September 25th to October 1st, Bradbury will be getting involved in various ways. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for facts on fire doors, and common fire door faults and myths. Keep an eye on our blog for a guide to fire door regulations and certification, a fire door check that anyone can do, and more.


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As an employer, you're responsible for making your workplace a safe environment for staff and visitors. As part of these duties, you need to make sure there are enough fire exits on your premises.

Fail to comply with the health and safety regulations surrounding fire safety and you'll not only put your employees in danger, but may be found liable for any preventable deaths or injuries caused in the event of a fire. It's crucial for everyone concerned that you ensure there are enough escape routes on your premises.

If you're wondering how many emergency exits you need and where they need to be placed, we've put together this easy-to-read guide to answer all your questions. So, read on to find out:

Bradbury will be giving a presentation on 'Correctly Specifying Fire and Security Doors' at a CPD-approved seminar in Waterloo, London on Wednesday 20th September 2017.

The exhibition aims to advise and inform visitors on how to protect their property from fire risks and security breaches. The event is free to attend, with lunch and refreshments provided, and a CPD certificate supplied to all attendees.

For more information, please see the poster below, or click here to register to attend.

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Bradbury Group offers an extensive range of steel, certified, and communal doors. With such a vast range of doorsets available, with a wide variety of options, doors can be tailored to suit individual requirements. However, the choice can be overwhelming, and if you are unsure of the terms, this can make it difficult to know which door is ideal for you. Therefore, we have put together this guide to help you to understand the different certifications available, and to determine which doorset best meets your requirements.

Are you unsure about what to do after GCSEs or A levels? Have you considered an apprenticeship?

With results day approaching, many 16-18 year olds will be considering their options for the future. After completing GCSEs or A Levels, many students go on to study A levels or a degree, or go straight into employment. A lot of people believe these are their only options, but that is not the case.

If college or university does not appeal to you, if you want to gain qualifications and work experience, and earn money at the same time, or if you know what you want to do and want to begin your career progression, then an apprenticeship may be ideal for you.


It’s safe to say (if you’ll pardon the pun) that the public loves a good heist movie; with films such as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Ocean’s Eleven and Reservoir Dogs adding to the popularity in recent years. As a society, we have a fascination with this fast paced, thrilling genre; and not just in the movies. Whilst the general population find this phenomenon captivating, business owners know all too well the risks they face.

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A recent installation of a Bradbury LPS 1175 SR4 M2M4 door, installed by Kent Door Services. The end user was very happy with the product, installation and service received - a great team effort by Bradbury's Kirk Davies, KDS' Shaun Ward and www.kentdoorservices.co.uk.

For more information about how Bradbury can help you and your trade business, please email kirk.davies@bradburyuk.com.

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Friday 19th May saw the annual North Lincolnshire Business Awards take place at The Baths Hall, Scunthorpe, with Youth Engineering Scunthorpe (YES) taking home the North Lincolnshire Business Investment Award.

In order to be nominated for the award, companies had to demonstrate that they had made a financial investment to grow their business in the North Lincolnshire area, and applied a policy of employing local people, contractors and suppliers, while demonstrating positive sustainability and impact for the future.

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Bradbury Group are pleased to announce our inclusion in this year’s London Stock Exchange Group’s ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’ report.

First published back in 2013, the report aims to highlight the importance of the fast growing businesses to the future of the UK economy, and the support they require. It showcases the UK’s diverse economy, with companies representing over 40 sectors in all regions of the UK.

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Bradbury Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Bill Morran FCCA, as Group Finance Director. Bill replaces Jim Connell as FD, who will remain a non-executive director of the Bradbury Group, as well as taking on the role of Finance Director at the newly formed Cross-guard Ltd.

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We are pleased to announce the full certification of Bradbury's M2MFL doorsets, which combine LPS 1175 (Issue 7) Security Rating 2, 3, and 4, with PAS 1188-1:2014 flood certification. 

Whilst exhibiting at the Security & Counter Terror Expo in London, Paul Sweeting, Bradbury’s Technical Director, received the LPCB certificate from Paul Dillon, BRE Fire and Security’s Physical Security Certification Manager.


Business premises make attractive prospects for thieves, because they often contain valuable assets and sensitive data that could be sold illegally for a profit. They’re usually vacant on evenings and weekends too, which makes them an easy target for experienced burglars.

To ensure your business premises is kept secure, you’re going to need your staff to contribute to your security efforts. In this guide, we’ll explain exactly how you can utilise your staff to keep every aspect of your business secure. So, read on to find out:

  • How to perform a risk assessment of your business premises
  • How to create a security checklist that will drastically improve your on-site security
  • How to get your staff on board with your new security protocols
  • How you can learn from security failures

Bradbury will be exhibiting at Security & Counter Terror Expo, the UK's leading national security event. The exhibition takes place on May 3rd and 4th at Olympia, London. 

Security & Counter Terror Expo is a world-class showcase of the capabilities, strategies and intelligence to keep nations, infrastructure, business and people safe. It brings together 10,000+ senior professionals from Government, Private Sector, Critical National Infrastructure, Military, Law Enforcement, Transport Security, Border Security, Security Services, Major Events and Emergency Services.

As one of the leading manufacturers of security products for these industries, we have exhibited at this event for several years. This year, we will be showcasing some of our most recent developments in physical security; the market leading SR4 high security door, M2M4, our new flood defence door, M2MFL, and the world's first SR3 crowd control gate, Extendor Vertex.

Visit us at Stand E61 to talk to Bradbury's team of physical security experts. To register to attend, or for more information on the event, please visit the Security & Counter Terror Expo website.


Katie"My name’s Katie Harrison, I’m 22 years old, and I started as an apprentice at Bradbury in February 2016. As part of my apprenticeship, I am completing a Level 3 NVQ and Certificate in Marketing through North Lindsey College.

After leaving school in 2011, I attained A-levels, and then went on to study a degree in Business Administration at university. However, I decided that this wasn’t what I wanted to do and didn’t return after my first year.

Since leaving university in 2014, I gained work experience in several sectors such as business administration, sales and marketing, and completed the Prince’s Trust Team Programme. This all led to my decision to do an apprenticeship in Marketing.

In 2015, I enrolled at North Lindsey College on a Level 4 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, whilst working part time at Debenhams. Through college, I discovered that Bradbury was looking to hire a marketing apprentice, and applied for the position immediately!

An apprenticeship appealed to me as it’s a superlative way to gain both experience and qualifications simultaneously. Apprenticeships are an ideal foundation of entry into the marketing sector, providing a variety of opportunities for progression.

I’m now a Marketing Executive within the Bradbury Group, which involves designing brochures, posting on social media, writing content for the blog, editing the website, creating posters, notices and images, using Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

I’m pleased I decided to do an apprenticeship in marketing; I love my job and enjoy working with the team at Bradbury. Once I complete my apprenticeship this year, I hope to secure a permanent position in the marketing department at Bradbury."