Britax celebrates 50 years in Bridlington

Coun Jane Evison visits Britax PMG Ltd with, from left, John Ireland, senior metrologist, Richard Moorfoot, engineering manager, and Manging Director, Mike Rayner.  (ps1326-28d)
Coun Jane Evison visits Britax PMG Ltd with, from left, John Ireland, senior metrologist, Richard Moorfoot, engineering manager, and Manging Director, Mike Rayner. (ps1326-28d)

The town’s biggest single employer is about to celebrate a major milestone.

It will be 50 years in September since Britax moved from its group headquarters in Leeds to Bridlington to set up business in industrial units in Bessingby Way.

Part of the Public Safety Equipment International Ltd (PSE) Group, which has its headquarters in Leeds, it continues to be a leading international supplier of hazard warning lights and safety equipment which are manufactured in Bridlington for use on agricultural and construction vehicles at home and abroad.

Its parent group, PSE, is a leading world-wide supplier of vehicle lighting and warning systems for all types of commercial and emergency service vehicles, specialising in law enforcement vehicles including speed measurement equipment, in-car video surveillance systems and interactive roadside displays.

Today Britax PMG Bridlington has 221 employees on site making it the town’s biggest single employer.

Some of them have been there for up to 40 years.

An integral part of Bridlington life, it could also be described as the largest family of workers as the tradition of whole families, husbands, wives, and their sons or daughters working there, often at the same time.

Britax PMG Ltd managing director, Mike Rayner, said: “Our long association with the town has seen many challenges as world business patterns and customer expectations change, but we continue to grow and develop through new products and facilities as well as the skills and experience of our workforce.

“I am pleased to say that the Britax PMG Bridlington operation is a key part of this development.

“I am also very proud of the dedication that continues to be shown by our committed work force and the integral role we play in the local economy.”

East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s portfolio holder for economy, investment and inequalities, Jane Evison, paid them a visit.

“After a factory tour she described the company as being “very impressive” and playing a vital role in Bridlington.

“I think over the years they have been very modest about their achievements and many people do not realise how big or how successful they are.

“Celebrating 50 years is a major milestone for any company,” said Coun Evison.

Their company’s actual 50th anniversary falls in September when it is planning a major celebration for employees and a number of former employees.

The Free Press wants to hear your memories of working at Britax and see any photographs you might have of the time you worked at Britax, what you did and when and who your workmates were.

We would also like to hear about any family members who used to work together, what they did and when it was. We want to publish as many as we can before the big celebration and they could also be used as a memories of Britax display at the big event.

You can email your memories of Britax, including photographs, to: newsdesk@bridlingtonfreepress.co.uk, or by post to Britax Memories, Bridlington Free Press, 3 Prospect Street, Bridlington YO15 2AQ.

Below is a reminder of the factory in the 1960s.