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Leading the way in waste and safety management S kipper is a specialist manufacturer of multifunctional, patent-protected safety management products. These include flexible barrier systems, post and base systems, waste management solutions – and a unique road cone that incorporates a highly reflective helix design. The company’s vision is to be the recognised industry leader in safety management. The Skipper story began in 2003, when business-owner, Alan Bentley, decided there had to be a way of reducing the number of road cones used around the world. After many months of development, the result was Skipper – a versatile, highly robust interlinking retractable outdoor barrier system that contained nine metres of specially developed fabric tape and could be attached to any standard traffic cone. Commended by Design Week Launched in 2005, the Skipper complete barrier system was ‘Commended’ in that year’s ‘Industrial Product of The Year’ category of the Design Week Awards. Featuring the world’s longest retractable outdoor barrier, it was described as ‘an example of how good design can make a real difference to a mundane product’. Rather than lead simply to a reduction in the number of road cones in use, however, the Skipper system quickly found favour across a number of sectors across the world, including emergency services, retail, distribution, airports and shipping, where temporary barriers were required.

Alan Bentley, Managing Director

SKIPPER AT A GLANCE » » Established in 2005 with one product: the Skipper complete barrier system » » ‘Commended’ in the Industrial Product category of the Design Week Awards » » More than 20 safety management products available today » » More than 70 distribution partners globally » » 70% of all products exported » » 15 UK employees – projected to rise to 23 in 2017 » » A strong R&D ethos » » £1.9m net profit per year » » £600,000 invested in developing

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