Brexit and Booming

brexitIn June 2016 the country voted and democracy prevailed; we voted to leave the EU and the country started to deal with the shock waves.  Three months have now passed and Brexit is still a popular news item and talking point but what has happened during that time at Sportsafe is quite extraordinary.

As a British business the owners of Sportsafe UK voted to remain; the export side of the business had been in operation since the previous autumn and was doing well, Sportsafe had seen a 2000 customer growth in its core sports equipment inspection and maintenance business, two new divisions had been launched Outdoor Spaces and Branded Teamwear, new premises opened in York creating their fifth office in the UK with further expansion on the horizon into Germany.

Unsure how the vote would go Sportsafe UK Senior Management created a contingency plan for the business which included a British supply chain directive, new products and services and new markets of delivery.

Brexit hasn’t impacted Sportsafe UK and in fact at Sportsafe business is booming:

  • The purchase of SJD Installations and the expansion of our internal installations division culminating in five sports hall installations in the quarter.
  • Design, manufacture and installation of a trampoline park in Hull with Jump Street, Chelmsford confirmed for autumn 2016.
  • Creation of the first Ninja Warrior Course for Colchester – opening this year.
  • Over 2 million pounds of orders in three months –more than double the same period in 2015.
  • 22 new staff for the company across the five offices.
  • One additional fire service contract to inspect and maintain all the station’s fitness equipment
  • Four council contracts won for the inspection and maintenance of their school sports equipment – that’s 766 schools.

So what is next for Sportsafe – if you spoke to the team they would say “a bigger car park”!

Jonathan Neill, Managing Director added “Being honest I truly believed that the vote would have been to remain in the EU but all credit to my senior team, who researched, planned and implemented our Brexit contingency plan. We have seen phenomenal growth during quarter three and having set ourselves high turnover targets for 2016 based on the export side of the business, we are still going to reach these due to how the team has adapted to a change in direction.  With over 90 staff, across five offices stretching from Fort William to Caerphilly it can be very difficult to implement big product and service delivery decisions but the team grabbed it with both hands.”

Looking forward – Sportsafe is very excited about expanding and developing the new divisions. Our Installations Team has continued to win high profile projects across prestigious Universities and Premiership Football Clubs. Sportsafe has won additional contracts to build further Trampoline Parks and Ninja Warrior courses across the UK.

Our Outdoor Spaces division is having a record year and continues to deliver innovative and creative play solutions, whilst our Branded Teamwear division is winning new customers on a daily basis.

Sportsafe UK has the capability, experience, and skill to deliver small and large scale projects alike across a wide spectrum of sports, ask and you’ll be surprised! We have launched three new websites in this quarter, to showcase our wider range of products and services.

What a quarter it has been, Sportsafe UK has seen no impact of Brexit and looks forward with confidence into the year ahead.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Workshop Operative

Workshop Operative required in a busy workshop. We specialise in service, maintenance, repair and installation of sports equipment. Workshop experience essential. Counterbalance forklift licence desirable and full driving licence needed. Good IT and communication skills and attention to detail needed for this busy, hands-on role.

Duties include;

  • Ensure workshop is clean and tidy at all times and the outside of the workshop to the warehouse is presentable
  • Ensure all orders are carried out within the 7-day rule
  • Ensure all orders are logged within the Warehouse Performance Diary daily
  • Ensure KPIs on Align are marked correctly and on time
  • Ensure the Service Manager is kept up to date on progress of works and that any unforeseen circumstances are highlighted asap.
  • Ensure checks are made for the Midlands run and that everything that is required for that particular week is carried out in time and on the van run.
  • Keep goods returned from Midlands office logged
  • Keep a good working relationship with other warehouse staff members
  • Ask if you require extra training or staff members to complete works
  • Ensure you check the Office Internals tray at least twice a day
  • By 16.30 each Tuesday pass all details and costs of internals through to the Service Manager for his weekly conference call
  • Ensure that you read all Additional Comments on all Internals. If you are unsure of what is required speak directly to the engineer.

Job Type: Full-time

Required education: Secondary education

Required experience:

  • Workshop: 1 year
  • Warehouse: 1 year

Required licence or certification: Full Driving Licence

Location: Colchester, Essex

To apply send your CV to or complete the form below.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Installations Manager

we-re-hiring-hand-writing-with-75553522Sportsafe UK is a nationwide company that carries out service, maintenance, and installation of sports equipment. We currently have an exciting opportunity for forward thinking a dynamic type of person to help continue the expansion of the business.


The Role

Sportsafe UK has continued to see year on year growth of 20% and is looking to not only continue this trend but develop the brand within the UK and expand the company to new international location.

The role of Installation manager involves running multiple teams of installation engineers who carry out works all over the UK.


  • Manage multiple Installation teams on the road
  • Carry out site surveys for installation projects
  • From your own site visit notes put jobs into production
  • Create schedules for parts to be picked for live order projects
  • Ensure H & S is kept to high standard
  • Ensure engineers have correct tools for the jobs
  • Ensure installation teams carry out van checks, tool checks, and tower checks
  • Create RAMS for approval by customers/main contractors
  • Ensure engineers are correctly trained in the work that they carry out
  • Ensure out time delivery of live order projects in line with customer needs
  • Check stock levels and issue instructions to purchasing dept.
  • Liaise with customers and agree on dates for jobs to be carried out
  • Plan program of works for engineers, ensuring economic use of resources
  • Liaise with production manager for on time delivery’s on production schedule
  • Visit completed jobs and check standard’s of work and customers happy
  • Check time sheets of engineers and report to HR
  • Attend weekly meetings and update order checklists regularly
  • Use Align cloud-based system for communication throughout company
  •  Weekly reports to Director of Installations detailing progress reports

Minimum Experience required

  • Minimum 5 years experience on installation of products
  • 1 Years experience management of teams/people

Key Skills, Characteristics, and Experience

  • Good communicator
  • Excellent computer skills


  • Colchester, Essex


  • Remuneration package dependent on experience
  • Pension
  • Group Life Insurance

Please send your CV to or call 0333 300 0032 for more information.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Production Manager

jobopportunitiesSportsafe UK Ltd founded in 1997 has expanded beyond all recognition from a team of two to now over 90 at five offices in Essex (head office), Wales, Midlands, North West and Scotland with international expansion planned during the next two years to Germany, Middle East, and Australia.

We have six core values Pride, Trusty, Quality, Enjoyment & Passion, Integrity and Respect which are the backbone of the company’s vision for the future. Do these core values work well for you? Are you a dynamic individual? Then perhaps you could be the newest member of our team!


The Role
Sportsafe UK has continued to see year on year growth of 20% and is looking to not only continue this trend but develop the brand within the UK and expand the company to new international location.

The role of Production manager involves running a fully equipped engineering workshop, managing a team of engineers ensuring that deadlines are met and work produced is accurate to a high standard.

• Manage engineering workshop
• Carry out site surveys for customer enquiries
• Put quotes together for sales team to submit to customer
• Ensure H & S is kept to high standard
• Check engineering machinery to ensure in good order
• Read engineering drawings and work out material required for jobs
• Check stock and order raw materials for projects
• Deal with suppliers and negotiate best prices on materials
• Plan production of jobs in line with deadlines
• Liaise with powder coating plant to ensure metalwork is coated ready for loading
• Manage apprentices and work with College staff reporting progress
• Check time sheets of engineering staff and report to HR
• Weekly reports to Director of Installations detailing progress reports

Minimum Experience required
• Minimum 5 years’ experience on shop floor as welding engineer
• 1 years’ experience of managing engineering workshop

Key Skills, Characteristics, and Experience
Fully qualified welder in MIG, TIG, and Ali

Colchester, Essex

• Remuneration package dependent on experience
• Pension
• Group Life Insurance

Please send your CV to or call 0333 300 0032 for more information.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Customer Service Administrator

we-re-hiring-hand-writing-with-75553522We have an office based position to fill and we are looking for applicants with that WOW factor!


A Customer Service Administrator responsible for confirming work, updating CRM systems and keeping contract management information in line with Company processes.


The role is full time, fast paced and require high level of attention to detail and great organisational skills.

Applicants will be excellent team players, experienced, customer focused and have a strong work ethic and values which fit in with our own.

Job Type: Full-time

Job Location: Daventry

Required education: High school or equivalent

Required experience: Customer Service: 1 year

For more information or to apply email

Training at Sportsafe UK hits a new level

frees-300x222Following the success of our quarter two’s theme where everyone was challenged with undertaking a full day “additional” training, Sportsafe UK have now signed up ten team members to the Governments NVQ training scheme.

Ashley Stalley, Warehouse Manager said, “The training days were great last quarter, it encouraged teams to work in other departments; look at the challenges they face and what we can do to help and vice versa.”


The Government Funded NVQ scheme is open to employees in the UK and the criteria are quite easily met:
• Be over the age of 16 (there is no maximum age restriction)
• Have a UK Bank Account and National Insurance Number (Funding can be offered to Foreign Nationals provided that they do hold a UK Bank Account and National Insurance Number)
• Be working 30 hours or more per week (Paid or Voluntary work)
• Be working in the field that they want training in
• Not have a Degree or currently be in receipt of Government Funded Training

Sue Beckett, HR and Training Director at Sportsafe UK added: “Many companies would shy away from losing 79 work days in one of the busiest quarters of the year, but we value our team and our customers and the training days have only improved their self-esteem and customer focus.”

Best of all is the range of NVQs available covering all areas of the Sportsafe organisation from Accountancy (Level 2, 3 & 5), Business Administration (Levels 2, 3 & 4), Customer Service (Levels 2 & 3), Engineering Maintenance & Installation (Levels 2 & 3), Sales & Telesales (Levels 2 & 3), Warehousing (Level 2) and Leadership and Management (Level 2, 3, 4 & 5).

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