We are pleased to announce the full certification of Bradbury's Spartan2 and Spartan3 bar sets to LPS1175 (Issue 7) Security Rating 2 and Security Rating 3, respectively. 

Whilst exhibiting at the 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.

Paul Sweeting Bradbury Spartan LPCB Certification

Spartan2 and Spartan3 are high security bar sets that can be engineered to secure almost any opening due to their modular design. Available as reveal and face fit variants, Spartan bar sets are supplied in galvanised and polyester powder coated finishes.

For more information on Bradbury's Spartan range, please click here.

Bradbury offer unique engineering apprenticeships through our award winning Engineering Academy. Working in partnership with North Lindsey College, we provide young people with the opportunity to work towards an NVQ Level 3, whilst gaining valuable work based experience. North Lindsey College has written about our academy and the engineering apprenticeships we offer; if you wish to read the article, please click here.

Bradbury Apprentices for Website

A few weeks ago, Bradbury welcomed two new apprentices. Jason Bagg and Isabel Mead joined our Engineering Academy after doing a trainee mechanical engineering course at HETA. They have both written about their experiences in engineering at HETA, and at Bradbury, so far.

We recently had an order from Mondiale, whose offices are based in Singapore, for some specialist steel doorsets to replace their current doors. As the doors were being exported to Papua New Guinea, we made a special effort to make sure everything went smoothly as it travelled through lots of traffic and the jungle. Pictures were taken every step of the way, and Mark Mason, Sales Director, supervised the whole manufacturing process.

Mark Mason Bradbury

In March, we attended our first exhibition of the year, Security and Policing, a Home Office Event in Farnborough.

Mark Mason Bradbury Security and Policing

For the expo, we displayed samples of our products, including an Extendor Elite grille, an M2M3 door and a Cross-guard Ventis. We also designed some new displays, featuring our new Spartan Bars, and had promotional products made. We handed out Bradbury bags filled with pens, mugs and mouse mats, and many attendees took part in our competition to win some champagne. Attending the event for three days gave us chance to meet with our existing customers, as well as some new clients.

Certified to LPS 1175 SR4, the M2M4 range offers Bradbury's highest level of security, coupled with a range of options to cater for all personnel, fire exit, access control and utility applications. Bradbury's engineering expertise and the wide choice of available hardware enables the doors to be tailored to individual customer requirements.

Variants

M2M4 doors are made to measure; available as single outward opening doorsets, single inward opening doorsets and double outward opening doorsets, with fixed and removable side and over panels.

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Frame

M2M4 frames are 110mm deep manufactured from 2.0mm Zintec steel. A fully welded frame option is available at an extra cost. M2M4 doors are reinforced by a 3mm chassis system, and supplied with a steel or DDA aluminium threshold.

Locks

M2M4 doors are available with a full range of Mico Abryll single point locking systems. They are available with panic escape hardware, manual deadlocking, and auto deadlocking. An electromechanical lock option is also available. Mico USCH4 locks are fitted for doors with external access. 

Tim Strawson Bradbury MD and Mags Panter

Margaret Panter is retiring from Bradbury after 18 years. She started in R&D doing odd jobs until CX2 grilles started being produced. Mags then joined grilles as a general factory operative and progressed to a team leader. At 60, she semi-retired; doing shorter shifts and the banks for grilles.

Yesterday was the third day of National Apprenticeship Week 2016, and North Lindsey College hosted an Apprenticeship Open Event to inform local young people about apprenticeships. Representatives attended from Bradbury, NHS, G.S. Kelsey, and Tata Steel. Paul Sweeting, Technical Director at Bradbury, and two of our engineering apprentices, gave a speech on their apprenticeship experience, as an employer and as apprentices.

Back to the Floor Mick Lochran

As part of National Apprenticeship Week 2016, Mick Lochran, Vice Principle of North Lindsey College, came to visit the Bradbury Academy apprentices for a 'back to the floor' exercise. Mick spent some time simulating LPCB attack tests with apprentices Natalie and Josh, as well as spending time in the offices with our R&D and engineering apprentices. This was to help Mick gain an understanding of the disparity of tasks each apprentice undertakes, and how they have contributed to the success of the business as a whole.

It's National Apprenticeship Week, and Katie joined Bradbury as our first Marketing Apprentice one month ago! To mark this milestone, Katie has written about how she came to be an apprentice, and what her experience at Bradbury has been like so far.

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My name’s Katie Harrison, I’m 21 years old, and I have recently started an advanced apprenticeship.

After leaving school in 2011, I attained A-Levels, and went to study Business and Management at university. However, I left within my first year as I soon realised that this degree wasn’t right for me. I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to do, other than something more creative, so I decided to gain more work experience and qualifications, whilst deciding what career path I wanted to take.

Paul Sweeting Bradbury NLC Apprenticeship Awards

Representatives from the Bradbury Group were honoured to receive the North Lindsey College ‘Apprentice Employer of the Year’ award (sponsored by Ongo), at a glittering Hollywood themed awards ceremony on the 8th March. The event was held in celebration and recognition of NLC’s apprenticeship students’ achievements over the past year, with guest presenter Ashley Porter-Exley, Apprenticeship and Enterprise Ambassador at The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme and winner of the BBC’s Young Apprentice. We also sponsored the 'Lifetime Apprentice' award, which was awarded to Rob Ingham.

Can you afford to become a victim of crime?

With UK burglary statistics falling, it’s easy to become complacent about the security of your home and business. But with most burglaries occurring opportunistically, can you guarantee that your property is sufficiently secure to deter potential thieves? There are a wide range of measures available to match the level of perceived risk, for both residential and commercial properties. This article aims to guide you towards selecting the most viable security options for your property.

When selecting a fire door for your property, there are many factors to be considered. There is a wide range of fire rated doors and fire exits available and it is important to know which best meets your needs. Here are the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions relating to fire doors.

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We are proud to announce that Bradbury's 2015 Employee of the Year is Ian Whitaker, who has proven to be a real asset to the company. Ian has a can-do attitude, adds value to all tasks undertaken and is always willing to lend a helping hand. Since starting at Bradbury in February 2005 as a General Factory Operative, Ian has progressed through the company into a Supervisor position. He set up the R&D Specials team who manufacture, test and develop prototypes, and includes several apprentices, which Ian has taken under his wing. Ian hopes to expand his knowledge of computer aided design, and his goal for his future at Bradbury is to be promoted to a Manager. Congratulations, Ian!

Employee of the Quarter December 2015

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We'd also like to give a special mention to Bradbury's Employee of the Quarter, Modestas Petrauskas, who joined the company in June 2014 and quickly made a positive impression. Mod is a self-starter; he is always motivated and willing to learn. Mod spends a lot of time working on the factory machinery, especially the Salv. However he enjoys working on new products and projects, and the next step on the Bradbury ladder for Mod is to gain knowledge of more of the factory machinery. Congratulations, Mod! 

We are pleased to announce that on February 1st 2016 Bradbury Group acquired Martin Roberts from High Performance Doors. This is an exciting development for both companies and serves as part of Bradbury's commitment to expansion and improving our services for our customers. 

Martin Roberts have an excellent project delivery heritage which includes some of the most iconic landmarks in the UK:

Bradbury Group Martin Roberts Projects

Bradbury Spartan Bar Set Render

spartanlogoWe are pleased to announce the launch of our latest range of window protection, the Spartan bar set. Available with LPS 1175 SR2 and SR3 accreditation, these bars have been tested to withstand prolonged and forced entry attempts and provide an excellent visual deterrent against burglaries and vandalism. The lightweight modular design of these bar sets means they can be built up to secure almost any opening and are practical and convenient to install, even on large scale projects.

Voting for Bradbury's entry into the European Business Awards begins on 11/01/2016! Recently named a National Champion, the company now goes head to head with companies across Europe to be named a National Public Champion. We were nominated due to our rapid expansion and commitment to sustaining our local community through enterprise and funded training. The competition is tough, so please show your support for a manufacturing company that defied the odds throughout a recession and experienced huge growth to become the UK's largest manufacturer of steel security products.

Votes are cast via www.businessawardseurope.com - to find our entry, search either by category (RSM Entrepreneur of the Year) or country (United Kingdom). Watch the video explaining our company's goals and ethics (presented by Bradbury owner and Chairman Tim Strawson), enter your email address and follow the details on the link provided. In a competition this tough every vote will count, so please show your support and encourage others to do the same!


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This video talks you through how to install a Bradbury CX2 retractable security grille. Beginning with the tools that are required and pre-installation checks, through to fixing the sliding grille in place. If you have any further installation enquiries, our expert team are always on hand to help - please contact us for more information.

 

Bradbury Installer Aaron Waddington describes how to install a Bradbury M2M+ steel personnel door. This video talks you through the process of fitting a door, from receiving your delivery to the professional finishing touches. If you have any questions about the installation of Bradbury doors, our installation team are always happy to help - please contact us for more information.

 

When selecting a door to protect your property, it is important to tailor the level of security to your requirements. Whilst wood has traditionally been the material of choice, increasing numbers of people are selecting steel as their door material replacement due to the benefits they offer. Whether you are seeking to protect an agricultural, industrial, commercial or domestic premises, a steel door can provide you with peace of mind that you and your assets are safe. 

 
Steel
 Wood
Aluminium
Fibreglass 
 Appearance 
Available in smooth, textured or wood finishes in endless colour combinations, including extra life paint warranty
Traditional high end appearance which can be painted or unpainted, but finish will fade over time
Lightweight and slim line with an aesthetically pleasing appearance, available in a range of finishes with no limitation on glazing
Attractive finish,  able to  convincingly mimic  almost all grains of  wood
 Endurance
Won't shrink, crack or warp
Can peel, bubble or delaminate
Weather resistant and unlikely to dent and rust
Finish may fade when exposed to sunlight
 Energy  Efficiency  
Highly efficient andprovided with weather seals
Not energy efficient
Typically energy efficient, dependant on glazing
Good insulation values and won't conduct heat to touch 
 Security
The best solution for those concerned with home or business security. Steel doors are available with the benefit of added third party certification
For adequate security, wooden doors must be of solid construction but most are weak around the hinge area. Wooden doors are available with third party certification
Suitable for low- medium risk locations 
Not particularly secure due to a wide lack of reinforcement in door frame, best suited to low risk domestic properties
 Maintenance 
Low maintenance if purchasing a quality product, cheaper options may rust if not properly primed and painted
Requires regular maintenance
Low maintenance if not fully glazed or in a marine environment 
Very low maintenance and impervious to rot, usually comes with a good warranty
 Cost
Cheaper on average than wooden doors, and more cost effective when taking into account the projected lifespan
Generally an expensive option, however cheaper models will be flimsy and won't provide adequate security
Most variations are more expensive than steel, but still more cost effective than wood
Inexpensive in comparison to wood but less cost effective than steel and aluminium

Bradbury steel doors

These steel substation doors are proof that Bradbury products stand the test of time. First installed over ten years ago for a utilities provider, the doors show no sign of rust and are as fit for purpose as when they were first installed. 

The results were too close to call this quarter, so we have two very well deserving winners!

Dave Lonsdale Bradbury Employee of the Quarter

R&D Design Engineer, Dave Lonsdale has been outstanding in his work for Fujitsu. This is a critical project for the business, requiring Dave and others to overcome significant obstacles to ensure success. Dave, who has only been with the company for six months, has worked long hours and demonstrated an exceptional understanding and commitment which will be of significance to Bradbury in the coming months and years.

 

Jack Lawson Bradbury Employee of the MonthA popular member of our Purchasing team, Jack Lawson has been voted Employee of the Quarter for consistently going out of his way to efficiently assist colleagues from all areas of the business. Jack has worked for Bradbury for three years, starting as a Door Production Operative, and moving in 2013 to pursue his career in Purchasing.

bradbury group north lindsey college

Bradbury representatives were delighted to attend the grand opening of North Lindsey College's new multi-million pound Engineering Technology Centre. We were especially excited as, in recognition of our standing as a leading local employer and our close partnership with the college, NLC had named their brand new IT CAD/CAM suite in honour of our company. The college put on a great event with Terry Scuoler (CEO of the EEF) leading the speeches before we embarked on a tour of the new facilities. 

The centre, at the college's Kingsway site, is part of a £13 million investment to provide training for engineering, advanced manufacturing, motor vehicle engineering and fabrication and welding. Developing skills is a pivotal part of driving industry in the Humber region, and the outstanding support and facilities on offer at NLC should go a long way towards providing the area with the next generation of STEM graduates. Bradbury runs an Engineering Academy in conjunction with the college, combining workplace based learning with a funded NVQ Level 3 in Engineering.

Kristian Saud Bradbury Boxing

Bradbury would like to wish employee Kristian Saud the best of luck as he starts competing in the National Boxing Championships. The top 12 UK welterweight boxers are fighting for their chance to become UK number one, and potentially win a place on the England team in the next Commonwealth Games. Saud, 24, has been boxing since he was ten and trains three times a day, six days a week to ensure that he is on top form.

Kristian's first championship fight is on the 1st October and tickets are available if you'd like to show your support.

We were delighted to be named a National Champion in the European Business Awards 2015/2016 and now go head to head with entries from 33 countries across Europe.

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The Company was nominated after coming to the attention of awards sponsor, accountancy firm Baker Tilly, following successes in the 2015 Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. The European Business Awards showcases the most innovative companies across Europe, engaging last year with over 32,000 businesses. The Bradbury Group joins an illustrious field of past National Champions including British Airways, Mercedes Benz and Marks and Spencer.

The Bradbury Group has grown rapidly over recent years and now employs nearly 200 people in Scunthorpe. The business has developed a number of niche markets to become the UK’s largest manufacturer of steel doors. Managing Director Tim Strawson explains, ‘We use our core strengths in engineering and manufacturing technology to make products better and more quickly than competitors. I am delighted that our success has been recognised in the wider context of Europe.’ 

 Find out what it's like to work for Bradbury!

Patsy Payling - Internal Door Sales Manager

'After working in Sales for 20 years, I decided to take the opportunity to apply for the role of Customer Service Manager within the Bradbury Door Sales department. I was initially attracted to the company due to their expansion plans and progressive attitude to business. The greatest difference that sets Bradbury apart from previous employers is their focus on progression – the company truly appreciates its employees by recognising and rewarding their efforts and performance.

I have been given real opportunities to make a difference within the office structure, the company always welcomes ideas with open arms and I’m always made to feel like a valued member of the team.'


Stuart Entwhistle - Team Leader

'I joined Bradbury Security in June 2014 after being made redundant from an Iron Foundry. I was taken on via an employment agency and my first role with the company was as a factory operative working in the final assembly area. I progressed quickly onto door assembly and into a full time contract. I remained on door assembly until October 2014 when I took over as temporary Team Leader, and in December of 2014 I was promoted to become permanent Team Leader of the Final Assembly line.

My role at Bradbury presents me with many challenges and a variety of tasks. I look after a team of 12 staff, I am also responsible for the final assembly of around 40-50 doors a day. In my opinion, Bradbury is a great place to work! It’s an ever growing company with a lot to offer its staff, whether that’s in basic fabrication or the final assembly area, right up to comprehensive machine training. The company offers real potential to progress and develop your career to those who are willing to work hard. There are a lot of exciting things happening at Bradbury Security, and anyone who works here is lucky to be part of it!'


Carl Heseltine - Grilles Department Manager

'I applied for a General Operative role at Bradbury Security Grilles in February 1996. I was 19 years old, Bradbury M.D Tim Strawson interviewed me and I started on my 20th Birthday (what a great day to start a new job!).

The early years were difficult for me… I was young and daft and I scraped through my first year with the company with a few sickies and lots of late days. I remember my then boss Fred saying that I was in the bed next to the door! That was the kick up the backside that I needed, and from that day I worked hard and was never late. During this period I began to gain trust and respect within the company.

In 1998 I was promoted to Team Leader, in 1999 to Supervisor and in 2004 I was made Production Manager, which is the position I still hold today (I like to call it Grilles Department Manager). I have responsibility for the whole department, from internal sales to production and management of staff.

I have seen lots of changes in my 20 years here, plenty of growth and expansion… I have had lots of highs and a few lows and through it all I have always been proud to work here at Bradbury Group. The company has always looked after me, and I like to think I look after the company. If anyone reading this is thinking about a career with Bradbury, I would say you would be joining an excellent company. You are not a number or a stat, you are a person – if you work hard and care for the company and its products, the company will care about you.'


Nigel Ellis - Purchasing Manager

'I joined the Bradbury Group three years ago following 12 years in the steel industry, 16 years in financial services and six years in manufacturing. I oversee a small team whose primary role is to provide goods and services to all the Bradbury business units at the right time, with the right quality at the right price. Bradbury prides itself in offering a bespoke made to measure door within ten days of the order being placed with us, so we are always operating within tight timeframes.

I believe any successful team requires a blend of experience and youth and you will find this at Bradbury. We are part of a progressive and fast-moving company where opportunities will always exist for the right candidate where hard work and ability will always be rewarded.'


Marcelle Rowbotham - Group Marketing Manager

'I joined the Bradbury Group on completion of a BA(Hons) Degree in English Language and Literature. My main motivation for joining was centred on the exciting growth potential that comes with joining a rapidly growing company. I began in the Internal Sales Department as an Order Processor, which enabled me to learn some of the more technical aspects of door production, and moved into the marketing department after six months. I was promoted to marketing manager after another six months - indeed, one of the best things about working for Bradbury is that there are no shortage of opportunities for those who work hard.

Bradbury is a progressive company that allows for real creativity and ingenuinity across all job roles, and no two days are ever the same. If you are looking for an enriching and exciting company to work for, with real goals and opportunities, Bradbury could be the place for you.'

Bradbury level 3 high security steel door

It was great to see our M2M3s installed on the new Engineering & Technology building at North Lindsey College. The institution has made a huge investment in a new state of the art vocational learning facility, and we are proud to say our products will be protecting the students and their extensive industry standard equipment (including the new Bradbury Group computer suite), as they train to become North Lincolnshire's next generation of STEM employees. For more information on our high security steel doors, please email sales@bradburyuk.com or call 01724 271999 for a free quotation.

Bradbury Wood Grain Steel Security Door

We are delighted to be in a position where we can now supply any Bradbury door with a contemporary wood grain powder coating. This interesting addition to our portfolio is available in various finishes and is applied with either a dual or solid colour effect. This is a price on application effect and involves a 7 working day increase on lead time (photos shown are of a high security M2M3).

Bradbury has launched a new colour chart for our steel security doors. This brings more than 50 of the most popular shades into the 'standard' paint category, whilst the price remains at £70 for a single and £140 for a double leaf. All colours are available in a semi-gloss finish, with a number of paints also offered in textured finish. Textured paint helps to deter vandalism, making it particularly suitable for locations at high risk of grafitti. All Bradbury steel doors are polyester powder coated to the highest standard and offered with the option of an Extra Life 10 year paint guarantee (longevity subject to postcode). A large selection of paint colours are also available outside of the standard range - please contact us for a quotation.

Bradbury grille break in

Yet another break-in attempt has been foiled by Bradbury! This time our CX2 grilles stopped a burglar one week after installation, proving that it's always wiser to take a proactive approach in protecting your property. As windows are the main point of entry for opportunistic burglars, security grilles are a great visual and physical deterrent to keep you and your critical assets secure.

Bradbury Communal Doors

In response to customer demand, we are pleased to announce that our popular range of Classic steel doors are now available in aluminium and stainless steel. These alternatives are available in brand new styles (including a fully glazed aluminium option) and offer greater resistance to corrosion than our Classic steel door. To see the new configuations that are available, please click here.

 

bradbury lights

We're trying to do our bit to help the environment here at Bradbury! Our Maintenance Manager Wayne recently replaced all of the lights in a couple of our factories with energy efficient fluorescent versions, thanks to leading light technology company Edmundson Electrical. The £3000 expenditure is set to half our carbon emissions as well as our electricity bill by this time next year - well worth the investment.

Make the right choice for your door purchase, and you’ll be investing in the best security and reassurance.

Protection is key in any industry – when your security lets you down, the disruption to business can cause unrecoverable havoc. Here at Bradbury we have a reputation for steel doors that’s simply unmatchable – boasting the largest door production facilities within the UK and with a series of awards to our name, our doors have extensive certification which verifies their rigorous testing and attention to detail.

Bradbury Group Youth Engineering Scunthorpe

Youth Engineering is a charity established by Bradbury Group Chairman, Tim Strawson, to provide employment opportunities for young people from the Scunthorpe area. As a not-for-profit business YES provides the training, experience and support for young people to enable them to enter the labour market whilst helping them to study for an NVQ in Performing Manufacturing Operations.

Recently we partnered with the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to promote the value of STEM based careers (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) within the Humber region. The predicted growth in the area means exciting employment opportunities are available right on the doorstep, in a region that has a strategic focus on a number of key industries – including renewable energy, manufacturing, logistics and chemicals. The LEP’s focus and funding will help prevent future skills shortages and skills gaps by encouraging and providing for the next generation of employees. Their aim is to raise awareness of opportunities, create better contacts with more employers and support local businesses to create the right opportunities to help fill current and future jobs.

bradbury directors

Representatives from the Bradbury Group were delighted to receive the coveted Forrester Boyd 'Business of Excellence' award at the recent Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. Our M.D, Tim Strawson, was also over the moon to receive the prestigious 'Business Person of the Year' Award! Bradbury has grown in just over 20 years from a business of 3 people to a multi-million pound business which supplies household names across the UK and overseas. Tim paid tribute to the hard work and adaptability of all Bradbury employees, as well as his charitable enterprise Youth Engineering Scunthorpe (YES) for maintaining exceptional progress in their first year of operation.

emma

The board of Directors for the Bradbury Group continues to strengthen with the recent appointment of Emma Barbery as Financial Director. An experienced CIMA qualified accountant, Barbery, aged 32, moves after 7 years with recycled aggregate specialists Lytag Ltd.

The rapid expansion and growth experienced by the Bradbury Group, combined with the move of Anne-Marie Barron to Production Director, created a vacancy at Board level.  With a track record that speaks for itself, Emma will be tasked with improving profitability and operational efficiency throughout the Group. She joins the Bradbury Board alongside Johnny Drury, who takes over as Managing Director of Scottish subsidiary Newton Security Doors