Safety Checked

Safety Checked

It is just three and a half years since Martin Hurton and Richard Leckenby launched electrical and fire alarm service business, Safety Checked.

But in that relatively short period of time, the company has grown rapidly, now employing five people and delivering a string of high-profile contracts for organisations including Newcastle University.

Last year the company’s turnover reached £320,000 and whilst 2020 has been a year like no other as the world battled the coronavirus pandemic, Safety Checked has managed to buck the trend and continue to successfully trade throughout the tightest possible lockdown restrictions.

And Martin believes there are two main reasons for the Tanfield Lea Business Centre-based firm’s resilience – being available throughout the crisis which resulted in winning work from other companies in the industry that had gone off the radar for their clients, and the contract win with Newcastle University.  Martin is confident the tender success was made possible by the help he received from the Durham Business Opportunities Programme* (DBOP) Routes to Contract Success business support programme, managed by Business Durham.

Martin said: “Taking part in the Routes to Contract Success programme helped me massively when it came to writing the Newcastle University tender. It really showed me how to complete what can be quite technical and complex tenders in the best way, so we know we’re putting ourselves in the strongest possible position to win the work.

“We know we’re very good at what we do, and offer our clients excellent value for money, but getting that down on paper can be challenging, however after taking part in the programme I came away feeling much better about tendering for work.

“I am confident that this support strand through Durham Business Opportunities Programme was a major factor in us winning the Newcastle University tender, which without a doubt helped us during the months of lockdown.

“Going forward, we’re definitely targeting work through tenders and are in a much stronger position to success.”

As well as Routes to Contracts Success, Martin, Richard and the Safety Checked team have also taken part in the EMCON Incubator Zone programme, which was also delivered through the DBOP team, and tapped into social media and apprenticeship support from the team, working closely with Michael Harriott in particular.

Michael Harriott said: “I have worked with Martin, Richard and the team since they first set the business up and I am so pleased that the help they’ve received through the DBOP team has supported Safety Checked’s growth, particularly during the extremely tough months of lockdown.”

*The Durham Business Opportunities Programme is a six-year programme for SMEs running up until November 2022, helping County Durham businesses spot opportunities for sustainable growth.. It is funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and delivered by Business Durham, the economic development arm of Durham County Council.