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Rosehill Security enters US market in wake of ARX Perimeters distribution deal

Perimeter security solutions developer Rosehill Security has announced a distribution agreement with ARX Perimeters (ARX) that will see its range of hostile vehicle mitigation (HVM) barriers and perimeter security products made available in the US market for the first time.

Specialising in the provision of layered perimeter protection for events and critical infrastructure, Illinois-based ARX will expand its range of mobile perimeter solutions to include Rosehill Security’s Impakt Defender and Rapid Defender vehicle security barriers (VSB), Ballistic Blocks and Anti-Trespass Panels. Under the terms of the agreement, ARX will have exclusive rights within both the direct sales and hire markets.

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“We’re excited to start this arrangement and grow the profile of Rosehill Security in the US together,” explained Ben Shipper, president at ARX. “Everyone at ARX is passionate about offering the best solutions to meet our clients’ needs and Rosehill Security’s perimeter security products are an excellent addition to our current product range. Above all else, if it means that we can protect more people from Vehicle-as-a-Weapon attacks on a larger scale across America, then this agreement will prove invaluable.”

Manufactured from 100% recycled rubber, bonded with polyurethane for strength, Rosehill Security’s surface-mounted Rapid and Impakt Defenders can be installed almost anywhere, from cambered road surfaces surrounding stadiums through to uneven festival sites. Their modular design enables them to be integrated with other mobile perimeter and high-security fencing systems, in turn creating additional layers of protection that can be vital in today’s ever-changing security climate.

Additionally, both VSBs can be deployed with Rosehill Security’s pedestrian and vehicle portals to create single or multiple access points without compromising a given perimeter’s integrity. These portable modular portals are designed with speed of installation in mind, making them ideal for short-term deployment at temporary events.

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“While vehicle borne attacks continue to pose a significant threat across the world, it’s more important than ever to consider HVM measures within physical security planning, and particularly so at events that attract large fluid crowds,” stated Dalton Marshall, sales manager at Rosehill Security. “The speed and ease with which our products can be deployed makes them an ideal addition to ARX’s existing product range. We’re delighted to be partnering with a dynamic company like ARX as we look to establish Rosehill Security and its products in the US.”

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£500,000 loan boosts security barrier production at Rosehill Security

A security products firm based in West Yorkshire has secured a £500,000 loan from Mercia Fund Managers to step up production of its range of hostile vehicle mitigation (HVM) barriers made from recycled rubber.

Rosehill Security, which is based in Sowerby Bridge, has received the funding from NPIF – Mercia Debt Finance, which is managed by Mercia Fund Managers and is part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund and Mercia’s EV SME Loans Fund.

The division of Rosehill Polymers has developed a range of innovative vehicle security barriers (VSBs) that can be rapidly deployed to protect people and buildings from Vehicle-as-a-Weapon (VAW) attacks.

The barriers have been selected by security forces, event organisers and sports clubs across the globe and have been used in locations ranging from the London Marathon to the Ministry of Finance in Paris.

The investment will be used to scale-up the manufacture of the company’s current product portfolio to meet the growing demand for VSBs and also to develop additional products.

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Rosehill Polymers Group was founded in 1988 and now employs 100 people across six operating divisions producing coatings, adhesives, railway crossings, coloured rubber granules for playgrounds and traffic calming products.

Dr Alexander Celik, managing director of Rosehill Polymers Group, informed Risk Xtra: “The protection against VAW attacks has fast become a high priority across the world. As a result, we’re seeing growing demand for Rosehill Security’s range of HVM and perimeter security solutions products. This investment will allow us to move forward with our plans to increase production capacity, improve efficiencies and continue to develop the product range.”

Jonathan Craig, investment manager at Mercia, added: “Rosehill Polymers Group’s bold approach has paid off, allowing the business to successfully diversify and develop new markets. This funding will allow the business to continue its expansion and step up production to meet growing worldwide demand.”

Mark Wilcockson, senior manager at the British Business Bank, said: “Since its launch in 2017, NPIF’s impact on businesses has been wide-ranging, providing funding to launch new products, employ new staff, enter new markets and acquire new facilities. We’re pleased that NPIF is continuing to unlock the North’s growth potential by supporting small businesses with vital investment.”

The NPIF project is supported financially by the European Union using funding from the European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020 and the European Investment Bank.

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Terrorism prevention solutions developer Heald secures award success

Heald, the Yorkshire-based manufacturer of hostile vehicle mitigation (HVM) systems, is currently celebrating a double success achieved during The Manufacturer’s Digital Manufacturing Week which took place earlier this month.

With an entry in The Manufacturer* Top 100 List and a win at The Manufacturer MX Awards (run in partnership with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers), this dual recognition is testament to a record year for Heald which has seen revenues at the company increase by 60% by dint of the business increasing its distribution networks in the USA, Europe and the rest of the world.

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Philippa Platten (left, marketing assistant) and Vicky Hughes (sales supervisor) of Heald pick up the MX Award (Photograph: The Manufacturer)

At a ceremony held at the Exhibition Centre in Liverpool, Heald’s managing director Debbie Heald MBE was named as an Exemplar in The Manufacturer Top 100 List (ranking in the Top 20), having been identified as an inspiring leader and someone who drives cultural change within the manufacturing industry. This prestigious list showcases the most inspiring individuals in industry to illustrate the enthusiasm and commitment present in modern manufacturing.

Heald was also awarded a surprise win during The Manufacturer MX Awards. Having been named as a finalist in the Export category, Heald was crowned winner of the Progressive SME Award (sponsored in 2018 by Innovate UK). This category was open to all finalists, with Heald being announced in top spot following an in-depth review process which included a presentation before a Judging Panel.

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Debbie Heald MBE was named as an Exemplar in The Manufacturer Top 100 List (ranking in the Top 20) (Photograph: The Manufacturer)

Commenting on Heald’s success, Debbie Heald MBE told Risk Xtra: “I’m incredibly proud to be named as an Exemplar in the Top 100 alongside some of the UK’s manufacturing greats. I’m also extremely proud of the Heald team who play an integral role in the success of the business and help to drive forward innovation in manufacturing. To be awarded the Progressive SME Award is testament to their hard work and dedication”.

Success with The Manufacturer comes shortly after the company secured a double award win at the Yorkshire Post Business Awards where Heald won the Turnover up to £10 million Award, while Debbie Heald MBE took home the Leadership Award.

*The Manufacturer is the UK industry publication providing manufacturing news, articles and insights while promoting Best Practice in the manufacturing industry

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Heald Ltd director Debbie Heald nominated for three Women in Business Awards

Heald Ltd company director Debbie Heald has been nominated in three categories of the prestigious 2015 Forward Ladies Women in Business Awards. Heald has been shortlisted for the Yorkshire and North East region in the categories of International Business of the Year, SME Business of the Year and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Business of the Year.

Sponsored by HSBC, The Women in Business Awards are regarded as the premier forum for recognising and rewarding talented businesswomen across the UK.

Commenting on the news, Debbie Heald told Risk UK: “I’m delighted and proud that our work has been recognised in this way. This isn’t just about me. It’s a reflection of the hard work and innovation of everybody at Heald.”

Debbie Heald pictured with co-director and partner Rod Heald

Debbie Heald pictured with co-director and partner Rod Heald

East Yorkshire-based Heald Ltd has been providing some of the world’s most high profile sites with advanced protection against hostile vehicle attacks since 1986. The Hornsea company is an innovator in the field of perimeter security technology. Its bollards, roadblockers and barriers have boosted the field of Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM).

Forward Ladies managing director Griselda Togobo, who announced the four regional shortlists, said she expected one of the most closely run finals in the event’s six-year history.

“The calibre of entries has been increasing year-on-year,” explained Togobo, “but this year we have a number of outstanding entries. Women of all ages, from all professions and all walks of life have applied.”

Competing in the national awards

The Yorkshire and North East winners will be announced at a regional awards ceremony to be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Newcastle on 29 September.

The regional winners will then go on to compete in the national awards which will be announced at a glittering final on 20 November at the Queens Hotel in Leeds.

Karen Boswell, managing director of Hitachi Rail and chair of the 2015 Judging Panel, added: “The standard of entries for this year’s Women in Business Awards was outstanding. That made selecting the shortlist extremely difficult. This is testament to the high quality of our female business leaders across the regions who are helping the economy grow.”

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