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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. 

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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.

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.


Here at Bradbury, we have a wide range of colours available to customers to suit their individual requirements. Our paint-line team process our products with a high quality, polyester powder-coated finish which is hardwearing and robust. We offer a wide range of colours as standard (link available for download here) which has recently been updated to include three new colours, Anthracite Grey, White and Olive Green. These colours are also available with an extra 10 year durability guarantee, when extra reassurance is required.


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.


Cross-guard's Cold Aisle Containment system met the energy saving credentials for the World Wildlife Fund's new Living Planet Centre in Godalming, Surrey. The new building, which is under construction, will house the charity's 300 head office staff as well as a 'Living Planet Experience' attraction open to the public. The building is full of energy-efficient environmental features, such as ground-source heating and a system to recycle fresh water. Cross-guard's cold aisle containment system is part of this.

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.