No barriers to A-Safe’s growing reputation

The iFlex barrier, which is manufactured by Elland firm A-Safe
The iFlex barrier, which is manufactured by Elland firm A-Safe

Elland-based A-Safe UK has been named as one of Britain’s 100 fastest-growing small and medium businesses for the second year running.

The company is among the names in the Sunday Times Heathrow SME Export Track 100 league table, which lists Britain’s fastest-growing small and medium enterprises (SME) based on international sales.

A-SAFE is one of only five companies from Yorkshire to make the list after posting international sales of £12.5m for year ending December 2015.

Export sales growth for the safety barrier manufacturer is 38 per cent over the last two years.

The league table reflects the importance of Europe to Britain’s SME exporters, with 80 of the listed companies selling to the region.

In 2015-16, A-SAFE opened three new subsidiaries on the continent, in Spain, Belgium and The Netherlands, adding to other overseas offices in Germany, France, Italy, Scandinavia, as well as the USA.

A-Safe director James Smith said: “We are pleased to make the list for the second year running.

“It shows our export growth is substantial and sustained, supported by the forming of new European subsidiaries.

“Demand for our products remains extremely strong and, with our new iFlex barrier range alongside some exciting product launches, we’re looking forward to continued growth in 2016.”

A-SAFE supply barrier safety solutions to a variety of industrial environments, with clients including Heathrow Airport, Coca-Cola, Nestlé, Amazon and Jaguar Land Rover.

Recently in Europe the company has worked on large-scale projects with Mars Group in France, Smurfit Kappa in Germany and H&M in The Netherlands.

A-SAFE was formed in Halifax in 1984 won the Queens Award for International Trade in 2014.

They produce the world’s first fixed, polymer-based safety barrier system, used in factories, airports and other industrial workplaces.