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Blocker firm hails sales

ATG Access, the road blockers, bollards and vehicle barrier manufacturer, has announced a record-breaking first quarter in 2018. This includes £3.2m of projects to protect six of the UK’s biggest cities. A raft of recent contract wins has seen the company exceed the previous quarter’s sales by 175pc. The company points to increased uptake of hostile vehicle mitigation measures, after incidents of vehicles used as weapons in city centres and at busy events.

The firm says that attitudes to security have evolved, both amongst the general public and key decision makers. The protection of people in crowded areas is now seen to be just as important as the protection of critical national infrastructure. In a survey by ATG Access, 44pc of people said they would like to see barriers and bollards around the perimeter of public spaces to make them feel safer. Another 29% said they would choose not to go to a public event due to concerns around low levels of security.

Gavin Hepburn, director at ATG Access, said: “It’s very reassuring to see local authorities and event organisers taking the security of the public seriously and investing in measures that are making them feel safer. Our research has shown that visible security measures, such as barriers separating crowds from nearby traffic, alleviate concerns and offer peace of mind, helping people to relax and enjoy themselves.

“We are continually working to develop cutting-edge and sophisticated security systems, including our most recent development, Surface Guard. This is a completely surface mounted, pedestrian permeable and temporary security solution that can be deployed by four men to protect an entire roadway in under an hour. It has been tested [pictured] to stop a 7,500kg vehicle travelling at 20mph in its tracks. Since its launch we have seen sales rocket. As we continue to see increased demand for hostile vehicle mitigation both in the UK and overseas, we expect to be in for another bumper year with our targeted revenue growth to be over 25pc for this financial year, surpassing our 15pc goal.”



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