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 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.

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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.


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

Bradbury Group Apprentice 3 small

Three of our Apprentices were set the task to engineer, design and oversee the installation of 11 Bradbury M2M3 high security doors for the new building at North Lindsey College, which will coincidentally house the students' brand new Engineering department! The College and the SFA have invested £12.2 million in a complete rebuild of the department with state of the art facilities, ensuring that students have the resources and technology to equip them with the skills needed to go onto gainful employment. This is an exciting time for growth and development in the Humber region for the Engineering and Renewables sector, and the new facilities will help the college prepare students for work across the North and South Bank in the future.

Bradbury Northern Lincolnshire Business Awards 2015

Bradbury have again been nominated for two Northern Lincolnshire Business Awards! Company Chairman and Owner, Tim Strawson has been nominated for the Wilkin Chapman Grange Business Person of the Year award, and the Bradbury Group have been nominated for the North Lincolnshire Economic Investment Award. As current holders of the 2014 Business Growth Award, we are eagerly awaiting the The Wizard of Oz themed ceremony which takes place at the Bath's Hall in Scunthorpe on Friday 15th May... So keep your fingers crossed for a winning night!


Bradbury exhibitions

April is another busy month for Bradbury as we’re attending two exhibitions (in the same week!), the first of which is Counter Terror Expo in London on the 21st-22nd. Over 8,500 attendees involved in the protection and security of private and public interests are going to explore solutions for threat mitigation, protection against attacks and to understand the risks they face. This is the leading international event dedicated to mitigating the threat of terrorism. Come and visit us at Stand E61 to meet the team and see the launch of several new products, including our new SR4 door.

Bradbury Security Yorkshire Fastest 50

Sales and Marketing went along to represent Bradbury at the Yorkshire Post's Fastest 50 Awards last week. We didn't win our category but we discovered that we've climbed a whopping 30 places on the list this year, to be named as the 18th fastest growing company in the Yorkshire region - certainly something to be proud of! (Also, Mark got to have his photo taken with Steph McGovern from the BBC so he was a happy bunny!) Well done to the winners and thanks for the free umbrellas Ward Hadaway!

Bradbury Engineering Academy Apprentices

To mark the start of National Apprenticeship Week, our Technical Director Paul and a couple of Engineering Academy apprentices went along to give a speech at North Lindsey College. Paul presented to a room full of potential candidates to discuss the benefits to all parties of apprenticeships.  He discussed the idea that we at the Bradbury Academy are offering more than an apprenticeship scheme - we are offering a career.

“We see the value in promoting this as a partnership, between ourselves as an employer, between the education provider – NLC, and with the students. We feel it’s important to recognise that these young people are quickly becoming valuable assets to the company. It’s up to us as an employer to ensure they see a future in Engineering with Bradbury.”

If you are interested in becoming one of the next generation of Bradbury engineers, details of enrolment opportunities will be published on our website and through the social media soon.

National Apprenticeship Week 2015

The Bradbury Group have made it onto the Yorkshire Post's Fastest 50 list for the second year running! This list highlights and celebrates privately owned companies in the region who have shown the largest growth over recent years, with the aim of recognising high achieving companies and encouraging others to follow in their footsteps. An awards ceremony will be taking place on the 20th March, so keep your fingers crossed for another win!

Click here to read the full article.

At the recent '20 Years of Bradbury' celebration party our Employees of the Year were announced for 2014; congratulations go to Romina and Kristian! Both wins were extremely well deserved, thank you for your hard work and outstanding contributions to the company.

Martin Vickers MP Visits Youth Engineering Scunthorpe

Today we visited Youth Engineering Services (the charitable enterprise owned by Bradbury Chairman, Tim Strawson) to join a tour of the operation with Martin Vickers, Conservative M.P for Cleethorpes.


Bradbury Security and Cross-Guard are exhibiting at the Counter Terror Expo (21st-22nd April) and Data Centre World (11th-12th March) exhibitions this year. If you're attending either of these, be sure to drop by our stands to view our products and gain some insights into our businesses.

In case you haven't managed to pick up a copy of the Grimsby or Scunthorpe Telegraph this week, here is a copy of the article about our rapid company expansion. Also featured is information about Tim Strawson, Chairman of the Group, and his new charitable enterprise Youth Engineering Services.

Bradbury and YES in Telegraph

Bradbury Security recently installed an order of Optiguard anti-vandal screens onto a Grade 2 listed building. The customer required an unobtrusive visual deterrent which would provide a peace of mind that the building is protected against vandalism and theft. The perforations used in the anti-vandal screens provided maximum vision and light whilst inside the building, whilst retaining the strength of the screen. These products come with a cover strip which protects the fixings from being attacked – unlike similar products of this kind, the strip is firmly fixed and doesn’t come detached easily. The screens can be polyester powder coated in a wide array of colours, meaning that they can be designed to co-ordinate with your existing décor.


Bradbury Optiguard Before Installation

Optiguard After Installation

It is with great regret that we inform you Martin Dodgson passed away unexpectedly, early yesterday morning. A longstanding member of the Engineering department, Martin joined the Bradbury Group in 2006 and more recently moved into R&D. He was a very popular member of the team and will be greatly missed by friends and colleagues at the Company. Martin will be particularly remembered for his technical expertise, eccentric style and unique sense of humour.


The Bradbury Group are pleased to announce the arrival of two new employees to the Sales team. Muhammad Short has joined us as an External Sales representative who will be focusing on growing our existing trade business and expanding the company with his extensive door expertise. John Powell has joined the Sales team as an Order Processor, having previously started working in the factory since October 2014. 

attempted break in

As an unlucky burglar found out recently, our M2M+ doors are very difficult to break into. This particular door was fitted with a 14 point combat locking system, and does a good job of showing why we're known for our 'Seriously Strong Security'! Contact our sales department for a quotation or download a brochure for these doors here.

In under two years, since a £287,000 Regional Growth Fund grant was awarded for expansion of the Company’s Scunthorpe site, employee numbers at the Bradbury Group have risen by 73%. As holders of the North Lincolnshire Business Growth Award, the Bradbury Group was recently shortlisted for the Insider 100 Made In Yorkshire Awards and has been credited by the London Stock Exchange as one of the ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain.’ Company Chairman and founder Tim Strawson explains, “Our business strength lies in engineering and manufacturing. We identify an opportunity in the market, then engineer and produce a product that is better, cheaper and delivered more quickly than the competition.”

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Our receptionist Sarah Edenbrow has kindly been collecting the used postage stamps from all our incoming mail for the charity Combat Stress, who are the UK’s leading organisation for veterans with mental health issues. They support over 5,400 ex-service men and women aged 19 to 97; offering a free vital lifeline of treatment for these people and their families. Their mission is to provide timely, effective clinical treatment and welfare support to veterans who suffer from psychological wounds.

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Cassiobury Court also offer free help and advice for veterans who suffer with addiction and mental health problems. For more information, click here.

Steven Bradbury Employee of the Quarter

Our November Employee of the Month award goes to Steven Graham, a Senior Operative on the paint-line.

Steve recently created a system from scratch to re-structure the door storage area in Unit 8. This has greatly aided the delivery drivers who can now easily identify the location of their doors prior to loading their vans. Steve's inventive operation means that collecting orders is now a much more efficient process.

Congratulations from everyone at the Bradbury Group, Steve!


Bradbury recently won a contract to produce custom built steel cages to aid in test drops for the US Air Force. Three different sizes, colour and weight combinations have been specified to simulate the actual loads that they are testing for. The cages are being engineered with restraint points so that they can be attached to an air drop platform and a parachute, and then released from a C-130 aircraft. This is truly a joint effort by the Bradbury Group, as the cages are being engineered at our head office in Scunthorpe and built at our manufacturing facility in Scotland.

Bradbury Site Expansion Unit Extension

Construction of a new storage area at Bradbury's 98,000 sq. ft. manufacturing plant in Scunthorpe is well underway, and is expected to be completed in January 2015. The new facility will add a much needed 8,000 sq ft of storage space to Unit 10. The space will be primarily used to store substation doors prior to dispatch or collection by Bradbury's utility sector customers.


Congratulations go to Daniel ‘Skip’ Skipworth for winning our October selection for Employee of the Month. Skip is a popular member of the Maintenance Team with an easy-going and ‘can do’ attitude who is always happy to take on any job, however large or small. He is multi-skilled and plays a vital role in helping to keep Bradbury running smoothly. Skip has also been a key player in the introduction of a Company-wide Planned Preventative Maintenance System.

cross-guad brochure

Bradbury Group’s  IT security division, Cross-guard, has launched a new product brochure. This details all the latest developments in Cross-guard’s market leading Cold Aisle Containment solutions for datacentres  and other products including a bespoke Safestor Modular Enclosure for high security transfer of cash and valuables and the market leading Ventis Server Safe.

Please request a high quality pdf or hard copy version of the brochure using the contact form.

Colleagues and friends at Bradbury were left deeply saddened by news of the death of Purchasing Manager, Jim Watt. Everyone’s thoughts are very much with his wife Julie and son Cameron for their unimaginable loss. Condolences and tributes flooded in for this popular member of the management team who was full of fun, never short of an encouraging word and totally dedicated to his work.