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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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Door & Hardware Federation issues stark warning to owners, managers and specifiers of powered access systems

Appearing at Milton Keynes Magistrates Court, Foodles Production (UK) Ltd – the London-based company – has pleaded guilty to criminal charges in relation to a prosecution brought by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) following a serious accident at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire involving actor Harrison Ford. Sentencing was due to take place on Monday 22 August, but has now been put back until October.

The accident occurred during production of ‘Star Wars Episode Seven: The Force Awakens’. 71 year-old Ford suffered a broken leg and other injuries when he was struck by a metal door on the set of the Millennium Falcon. The incident took place on 12 June 2014.

A spokesperson for the HSE said: “During the filming of ‘Star Wars Episode Seven: The Force Awakens’, the actor Harrison Ford was badly injured after he became trapped under a rapidly closing metal-framed door. The power of the door’s drive system was comparable to the weight of a small car. This was a foreseeable incident. Foodles Production (UK) Ltd has accepted that it failed to protect actors and staff. The HSE welcomes the firm’s guilty plea.”

The spokesperson continued: “Every employer in every industry has a legal duty to manage risks in the workplace. Risks are part and parcel of everyday life, and this is acknowledged by Health and Safety law, but they still need to be identified and managed in a proportionate way.”

In conclusion, the HSE spokesperson commented: “The British film industry has a world renowned reputation for making exceptional films. Managing on-set risks in a sensible and proportionate way for all actors and staff – regardless of their celebrity status – is vital for protecting both on-screen and off-screen talent, as well as safeguarding the reputation of the industry.”

Responsibilities of owners, managers and specifiers

According to the Door & Hardware Federation (DHF), whose constituent members manufacture, supply and maintain industrial and commercial doors, automated gates, garage doors and barriers, this high profile incident “throws into sharp focus” the responsibilities of owners and managers, and indeed all of those who specify powered access products and equipment.

The DHF’s training officer Nick Perkins said: “This court case serves as a warning to everybody involved in the powered access sector that they must ensure all adequate safety measures are provided wherever there’s the risk of people being injured by a moving door, gate or barrier. Without safety measures in place there’s the real risk of accidents leading to death, serious injury and criminal prosecution of those responsible.”


Perkins continued: “In this case, Harrison Ford was pinned down by the hydraulically operated door. Luckily he survived, albeit with serious injuries that included a broken leg. His death was only prevented because someone was thankfully able to activate an emergency stop, but not before injury had been caused.”

Perkins added that owners and managers must ensure industrial doors, powered gates and traffic barriers – regardless of when they were installed – meet the current standards which detail the levels of safety required.

Owners are advised to ensure that their powered access systems and equipment are checked for safety against the current standards and regularly maintained by both properly trained and qualified specialists.

“As this court case shows,” asserted Perkins, “owners and all those responsible for powered access systems and equipment could face prosecution in the event of an incident at one of their sites. They should also be aware that installers and maintainers are also bound by criminal legislation to ensure that all work, whether carried out on a new or an existing access system, is absolutely safe.”

Perkins pointed out that adequate levels of safety in all powered access installations can be achieved by using one of several safety features including hold-to-run controls or light curtain/photo scanner presence detectors or by ensuring that correct force limitation is duly in place.


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Heald Ltd granted ‘Made in Britain’ marque and md Debbie Heald nominated for two awards

Security products manufacturer Heald Ltd has been granted use of the ‘Made in Britain’ marque for its solutions offering.

The company designs, manufactures and installs bollards, roadblockers and barriers from its Hornsea base with the aim of preventing aggressive criminal organisations from carrying out targeted attacks on high profile sites such as Government buildings, airports and shopping centres.

The ‘Made in Britain’ marque will enable consumers to distinguish between Heald’s British-made products and other goods manufactured abroad. The logo appears on thousands of products worldwide, supporting and promoting the manufacturing skills that exist in Britain today.

Debbie Heald – part owner and managing director of Heald – told Risk UK: “I’m delighted that Heald has been accepted for the ‘Made in Britain’ initiative. We’re firmly committed to the development of manufacturing in Britain. The ‘Made in Britain’ marque will instil customer confidence, underlining the company’s high quality products and knowledge of manufacturing processes.”

Research has found that an increasing number of consumers are keen to purchase goods that they know for certain have been made in Britain, but are unable to recognise the origin of the products that they buy.

Directors of the ‘Made in Britain’ initiative include leading business figure James Bradshaw, who’s commitment to buying only British-made goods for a year attracted considerable news coverage, Kate Hills (founder of the website Make it British) and Antony Wallis of Best of Britannia.

Northern Power Women Awards

The Northern Power Women Awards seek to encourage gender diversity in the North of England and increase opportunities for women in business. The awards, which will take place on 3 March 2016 in Deansgate, Manchester, recognise positive role models who actively demonstrate their interest in transforming business culture.

Debbie Heald has been nominated for two of this year’s awards.

Heald has a keen interest in supporting women in STEM careers and hopes to use her position in the security industry to inspire others. She has been nominated in the ‘Outstanding Entrepreneur’ and ‘Small Business’ categories for 2016.

Judges of the awards include a number of leading business figures: Ali Gayward (UK commercial manager of easyJet), former business minister Jo Swinson, Carl Wood (managing director at the Trinity Mirror Group) and Damian Walters, regional director at the CBI.

“These awards top off an amazing 2015,” enthused Debbie Heald. “It’s an honour to be recognised in what are such outstanding categories, and in particular for awards that are instrumental in championing the impact female business owners have on the economy.”


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