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17th October 2018
EIC National Awards 2018

Eight awards were handed out during the black-tie event attended by over 400 guests including the Minister of State for Trade and Export Promotion, Baroness Rona Fairhead. The gala evening, one of the industry's premier award ceremonies, included after dinner entertainment from TV personality and impressionist Jon Culshaw, best known for his work on Dead Ringers and Spitting Image.

In a first for the EIC National Awards, joint winners were announced for the Optimisation Award, the judging panel being unable to separate Somerset's JoBird and Middlesbrough's Lionweld Kennedy.

Life saving and fire safety equipment storage designer and manufacturer JoBird invested in training and new manufacturing technology to increase the output of its products.
Commenting at the ceremony EIC CEO Stuart Broadley said, ‘It's been another fantastic night, with great food, entertainment and of course great company - our members are without a doubt some of the hardest working and most dedicated people in the energy industry anywhere in the world.


‘The awards categories recognise the strategies that EIC member companies of all sizes and sectors are developing to grow and flourish at home and abroad. While the winning entries were indeed very special, tonight is also about celebrating the important work all of our members do, day in day out.'

6th September 2018
Jo Bird & Co. Ltd Receive Queen’s Award from Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset

We are delighted to have today received its second Queen's Award in the space of five years from the Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset.


Handing over The Queen's Award for Enterprise in Innovation to MD Guy Atkins, Mrs Anne Maw, Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset, praised the skills and commitment of everyone in the company and expressed admiration at the precision and ability that went into the manufacturing process.


The Queen's Awards for Enterprise are the UK's most prestigious business awards to celebrate and encourage business excellence. Out of 1.8 million companies in the UK, only around 200 receive a Queen's Award. The accolade was particularly welcome at Jo Bird's HQ in Highbridge, Somerset as five years earlier the company received its first Queen's Award for Enterprise in International Trade. The company exports its products across the globe to over 30 different countries.


Today's Queen's Award in Innovation recognises the redesign and manufacture of a range of fire safety cabinets. Jo Bird has employed the latest technology to develop these products to protect vital safety equipment in hazardous environments. In doing so the company has also achieved the remarkable feat of doubling productivity. Managing Director, Guy Atkins, commented, "We have also seen the improvements and adjustments made to the manufacturing process have resulted in a more involved and happier work force."
Local Cllr. Anne Fraser, MBE, Portfolio Holder for Economic Growth, Sedgemoor District Council, commented on the company's achievement: "To receive the accolade of The Queen's Award for Enterprise in Innovation is richly deserved and Sedgemoor are proud to have such an aspirational and successful company in their District."


Guy continues: "We are the internationally recognised leader in the design and manufacture of life saving and fire safety equipment storage. This innovation enhances our reputation as the market leader in quality and in being at the forefront of design in our market. Being successful in winning a second Queen's Award for Enterprise is a huge achievement and could not have happened without a substantial investment in skills and training as well as the ambition, determination and hard work of our staff."

Jo Bird Queens Award 2018

 

21st August 2018
JB68 Large Wheeled Extinguisher/Foam Trolley Cabinet

Too often large extinguisher or foam trolleys are protected by a material cover not only gets covered in guano but eventually succumbs to battering of the elements and rips. The trolley then quickly deteriorates ultimately rendering it unserviceable.


The JB68 cabinet has a flat reinforced base with a sloped edge to make it possible to push heavy foam trolleys in and out. The sloped edge also helps to keep the water running around the door aperture out of the cabinet. There are two doors rather than one large door to make access in tight spaces easier and to avoid the risk of a heavy single door being caught by the wind. These are secured with a 316 Stainless steel 3 way locking system. The body of the cabinet has an unusual roof and side profile which is designed to both limit the cabinet roof height but to also give the cabinet much greater rigidity. Apart from the base the cabinet is manufactured from 6mm thick GRP using gelcoat with UV inhibitors to resist fading.


These cabinets can be manufactured with flame retardant resins as an optional extra. For very cold locations we can also insulate and heat the cabinets for both safe and hazardous zones.


The JB68 is available to order now and please contact our sales team at info@jobird.co.uk for a quote or if you have any questions about this cabinet.

JB68 Large Wheeled Extinguisher Trolley Cabinet

21st April 2018
We've Done it Again!

We are delighted to announce that Jo Bird & Co. Ltd have been awarded the prestigious Queen's Award for Enterprise: Innovation 2018.

As previous winners in the International Trade category, we are overjoyed to have been selected again for this highly esteemed award.

This recognition is testament to our 4 year investment in academic and innovative research projects. The engineering processes of our fire equipment and lifesaving cabinets has been scientifically scrutinised and developed to achieve higher levels of production efficiency and product performance than ever before. Challenges presented by the most inhospitable of operational environments have been intently researched. The findings for which have been designed into our cabinet range ensuring Jo Bird & Co. Ltd remain confidently and at the forefront of our industry's product research and development.

For the full press release please click here.

Jo Bird Queens Award for Enterprise 2018

5th April 2018
Chartered status

Jo Bird & Co Ltd delighted to announce that Andy Parsons (Production Manager) has achieved membership of the Chartered Management Institute. Andy achieved this in remarkably short time, and this is a credit to him and to the difference he has already made at the company in only 9 months. The company encourages all our staff to continually improve their skills and knowledge, and are pleased that Andy has grasped this opportunity.

  

1st February 2018
Hornsea Project One

Jo Bird & Co. are very proud to have been selected by Orsted as safety equipment cabinet providers to Hornsea Project One, the world's largest offshore wind farm. Based off the UK's east coast, Hornsea Project One will provide power to 1 million UK homes. The project will consist of 3 substations and 174 turbines with commissioning scheduled for 2020. Jo Bird & Co. are to supply JB82 (Fire extinguisher cabinets), JB72 (Lifejacket chests), JB06 (First Aid kit cabinets), and JB22H (Helicrash kit chest)

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5th January 2018
Jo Bird Wins Contract to Supply Norwegian Coastguard

Jo Bird & Co. have been selected to supply JB83BA breathing apparatus cabinets to the Norwegian Coastguard. The tender - won by Norway distributor Vestteknikk - continues a long relationship between Jo Bird and the Norwegian Coastguard. Older JB68 units were supplied many years ago and with only door seals replaced are still in use today.

1st November 2017
The Royal Fleet Auxiliary

Construction is underway of 4 new tankers for The Royal Fleet Auxiliary. Once complete the tankers will be shipped to A&P Falmouth where they are to be fitted out with equipment and weapon systems. The pre-existing fire-fighting equipment lockers will be upgraded to purpose built, heavy duty Jo Bird roller shutter cabinets, with each vessel carrying 12 cabinets. Completion of the project expected by June this year. In addition to these roller shutter cabinets, Jo Bird & Co. provide The Royal Fleet Auxiliary with lifejacket chests, fire extinguisher cabinets and damage control cabinets. The latter being made from a mixture of composites, aluminium and stainless steel.

2nd October 2017
New Teak Effect

Jo Bird & Co. are proud to be supplying Italy's leading cruise ship builder, Fincantieri with a range of premium teak effect cabinets. The finish has all the finesse and striking visual appeal of teak but with the added advantage of requiring no maintenance. Unlike its natural counterpart, Jo Bird's teak effect is unaffected by changes in humidity or temperature. The finish is integral to the cabinet structure so unlike lower quality ‘wraps' is highly durable. For more details see: http://composite-integration.co.uk/rtm-used-to-simulate-wood/

11th August 2017
Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm Project UK

The Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm Project is an offshore wind farm with a total installed capacity of 588MW. Comprising 84 7MW turbines, the project will be located in the Outer Moray Firth on the north-western point of the Smith Bank, 13.5km from the Caithness coastline. Covering an area of 121.3 sq km, the turbines will be erected on jacket foundations in ocean depths between 35 and 56 metres. Jo Bird were commissioned to supply cabinets for the storage of Lifebuoys, Lifejackets and Fire extinguishers. These have been distributed to the offshore wind farm sub-stations currently under construction in Scotland.

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