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


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.

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. 

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
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 
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
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
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. 

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.

National Champion 2015 16 logo

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.’ 

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 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 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.

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 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.

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

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.”


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.

A Bradbury Project Team completed the first installation of a new style substation door for UK Power Networks. Utilising many of the design features from the innovative Classic2 Communal Entrance Door, the modular substation design incorporates a new bladed louvred cartridge. Giving a far superior airflow compared to punched louvres, the new style cartridge can be positioned top and bottom of the mid-rail or combined with a solid panel.

Hull and Humber Awards Presentation Bradbury

"We started in 1989 with 4 employees and now have 179 – this is for them!" Jubilant C.E.O Jim Connell paid tribute to the outstanding contribution of all 179 Bradbury employees at the North Lincolnshire and Humberside Business Awards.  Bradbury Group were announced as winners of the prestigious Business Growth Award, sponsored by Associated British Ports.


The Classic2 Communal Entrance Door has recently been cycle tested by Exova, an external third party testing house, to form part of the products 'fit for purpose' assessment. The door set was tested to BS EN 1191:2010 classified EN 12400:2002 Class 5 Normal Duty, to obtain Secured by Design licensing. 

These doors were tested in a durability rig which opened and closed the door 100,000 times in order to determine the durability of the door. This cycle of testing is equivalent to almost 30 years use, based on a door which has been opened 10 times per day and even after this rigorous testing cycle, the door was still in fantastic condition. The Classic2 doors have been designed to combine appearance, value and durability, with lasting performance against heavy use.

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Bradbury’s M2MSteel Door Range offers the widest choice of doors and hardware, LPCB certified to LPS 1175 Security Rating 3. 

Suitable for any high security door requirements, the M2M3 offers a choice of personnel, fire exit, utility and access control doors. Utility doors are particularly popular as replacement doors for substations.

Other sectors include the Emergency Services, Retail, Pharmaceutical and IT with new and existing customers choosing to upgrade to this higher level of security. 

With nearly every doorway differing not only in size but in functionality, it is important to have the full range of options, be it for uncertified or certified doors. For a door to be certified, all door and hardware combinations must have been LPCB tested. In order to gain an LPS 1173 Security Rating 3, a door must withstand deliberate forced entry using bodily force and a wide selection of attack tools including a gas torch, drill and bolt cutters.

fire rated doors

The new Fire Rated Door Range from Bradbury Security offers a wide number of options for fire rated door specifications and hardware, all with a 240 minute CERTIFIRE fire rating (dependant on hardware). These fire rated doors are also available with a security rating, certified to LPCB LPS 1175 Security Rating 1, 2 and 3. A wide range of vision panel sizes, louvres and panels are available together with options for unlatched and inward opening doors.

The Bradbury Group has been listed by the London Stock Exchange as one of the 1000 most inspiring small to medium-sized companies in the UK. This is part of a new report, ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain,’ highlighting the importance of SME’s to the future of the UK economy.

One of only 11 companies re-appearing on the 2014 list from 2013, Bradbury Group has shot from 42nd place last year to the 13th fastest growing company in the Yorkshire region.

Bradbury was named by Martin Hull, of sponsors Ward Hadaway, as an example of a business ‘excelling in niche markets.’ He attributed success to on the list as ‘due more to exceptional performance rather than companies falling away [from last year’s list].'

The Yorkshire’s Fastest 50 is compiled on behalf of the Yorkshire Post and looks at company turnover growth between 2013 and 2014 (Bradbury’s growth for this period was 38.79%). The race is on to make it into the top 10 for 2015!


The Bradbury Group was credited as one of the most successful companies in Yorkshire at a prestigious awards luncheon, hosted by the Insider 100 Publishing Group. The event, which took place on 6th October at the Thorpe Park Hotel and Spa in Leeds, was sponsored by Santander and Grant Thornton.

Based on turnover figures for the last 5 years, the Bradbury Group with an average turnover growth of 38.7%, was the leading manufacturing business. Overall the Bradbury Group placed 30th on the list of the 100 Fastest Growing Companies in the Yorkshire Region.