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Norfolk manufacturer set to pitch to Heathrow Airport supply chain after contract win

Richard Bacon, MP for South Norfolk (centre) with Britannia Fire owner Roger Carr (left) and sales director Andy Spence at its factory in Ashwellthorpe. Picture: TMS Media

Richard Bacon, MP for South Norfolk (centre) with Britannia Fire owner Roger Carr (left) and sales director Andy Spence at its factory in Ashwellthorpe. Picture: TMS Media

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The Norfolk manufacturer of a low-maintenance fire extinguisher will be pitching to the supply chain of one of the world’s biggest airports after signing a contract to have its product installed in the transport hub’s terminals.

The P50, designed by Britannia Fire, will replace 5,000 traditional metal extinguishers across Heathrow Airport as part of the its efforts to reduce waste and its carbon footprint.

As part of the partnership, Britannia Fire will be invited to promote its products to Heathrow’s supply chain at its Business Summits around the UK.

Sales of the P50 – which is sold by the trading arms of fire services in Essex, Durham and Hull – increased by 37% in the last quarter, leading Britannia Fire to start recruiting for another shift at its factory in Ashwellthorpe, near Wymondham.

Chris Allen, Heathrow procurement business partner for engineering, said the P50 – which has a 20-year life span and can be maintained in-house – was a fine fit for the airport’s Heathrow 2.0 sustainability strategy.

The initiative would act as an opportunity for it to support more small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) like Britannia Fire, he said.

Heathrow expansion programme director Phil Wilbraham added: “We’re keen to sustain a diverse supply chain and embrace innovation to help achieve new standards of delivery.”

Andy Spence, Britannia Fire’s sales director, said the opportunities from promoting the company’s products to Heathrow’s supply chain were “invaluable”.

“Heathrow is such a fantastic brand to be associated with. The airport has set out to work with SMEs, to help them grow and support UK business,” he said.

“To become part of such an illustrious supply chain and to have our product installed across one of the world’s premier airports is more than we could have hoped for when our managing director Roger Carr designed the P50, aimed at creating a longer life span and eliminating the need for costly annual servicing contracts.”

The 5,000 fire extinguishers currently used at Heathrow which the P50 will replace will be refurbished by Britannia Fire and given to charity to be shipped overseas.


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