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Arco opens Bracknell safety training centre

16 December 2022

BRINGING ITS expert knowledge, high-quality products and training under one roof to the south of the UK, health and safety expert Arco has launched its latest safety centre in Bracknell, Berkshire.

Investing over £2m in the project, and bringing 12 new jobs to the area, the new location is a strategically significant move for the fifth-generation family business. Arco’s Bracknell safety centre will be its largest dedicated safety centre, hosting practical learning environments, including a 20-metre external tower for working at height training and confined space labyrinth training facilities, as well as an on-site safety store where customers can purchase products.

With over 135 years of experience, Arco offers an unparalleled combination of specialist health and safety expertise and knowledge. Arco is an integrated services and safety products business, headquartered in Hull, with over 1,600 employees nationwide. Arco reaches its customers through its website and national network of safety centres and retail stores.  As the market leader, Arco is committed to helping shape the UK’s safety agenda in order to ensure workers go home safe every night.

At Bracknell safety centre, highly qualified experts are on hand to provide joined-up safety solutions, a complete offering encompassing the assessment of an issue, the training of employees and the provision and maintenance of appropriate equipment to protect against future risks, all of which can be organised on-site. The safety centre features advanced practical training facilities, respiratory protection and maintenance workshops, drop-in face-fit testing facilities, six training classrooms and a fully stocked Arco safety store, providing PPE, workwear and workplace safety equipment from the brands like TROJAN, Snickers, Berghaus, Regatta, Puma, DeWALT, CAT, MASCOT and loads more. With Arco’s joined-up safety approach, the Bracknell safety centre will help businesses mitigate, manage and reduce risks.

Jaime Sadler, commercial director at Arco Professional Safety Services, said: “The new Bracknell safety centre is a significant milestone for Arco. As our largest dedicated safety centre, it is ideally placed to bring our industry expertise, expansive product offering and practical training capabilities to more customers, nationally.
“The expansion of Arco’s capabilities in Bracknell allows us to provide joined-up health and safety solutions for businesses UK-wide. Bracknell safety centre demonstrates the future of health and safety; end-to-end service, combining risk assessment, training and equipment provision all under one roof.”

The new Arco location will service hundreds of training delegates each week, bringing more business and activity to the area. 

Ben Haughton, technical director at Arco Professional Safety Services, said: “Our safety services teams provide practical advice and bespoke training for a variety of safety-critical industries and scenarios. Seeing, first-hand, the value of practical training facilities at our other safety centres allowed me to design and implement structures and systems unique to our Bracknell safety centre.

“A significant number of people are killed or seriously injured working at height or in confined spaces in the UK each year. Despite legislation and health and safety measures, working in these environments still pose a very high risk. Bespoke training to provide people with the correct skills and capabilities they need is essential. A generic ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach leaves workers and organisations open to huge risks. Dangerous working environments require consultancy and expert support that suits the specific scenario. Whether it is equipment, training or support, our experienced teams offer a complete solution.”