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Staff spotlight - Chris Speke

Date: 22/11/2017

Keeping one step ahead of the criminal is imperative when supplying security products to a global market, with innovation and reliability being key factors in the never-ending battle to achieve this goal.

Here at Bulldog Security Products we have a wealth of experience in producing the right item for the right set of circumstances by using the highest quality materials to keep the property of our customers safe.

Our engineering manager Chris Speke has been with us 18 years and typifies the company’s commitment to excellence. A married man with two sons, Chris has spent all his working life in Shropshire - going from helping to build Formula Three racing cars to ensuring the security products we supply remain at the cutting edge of our industry.

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Chris said: “I’ve been at Bulldog a long time now but I was one of the last in, which goes to show the strength of the company and the high level of experience we have available for our clients to draw on.

“I started out helping to build Formula Three racing cars on Stanmore just outside Bridgnorth and then moved on to another company involved in the manufacture of vehicle shells and van conversions at its base in Telford. I was there 14 years and left as engineering manager. My job at Bulldog is much more varied and there is a wider range of things to get involved with.

“My job here is not so much about overseeing projects, I’m involved in the technical issues, producing drawings and designs and programming the machines we work with. As a small company everyone gets involved in whatever needs doing - there are no suit and tie jobs here, you tend to get involved in everything.

“We pride ourselves on quality and use the best materials available to make security products that will be both effective and a market leader as a British manufacturer.

“A lot of our competition comes from the Far East and the quality of products rarely reaches the standard demanded by our clients. I think this is a main reason why we have been so successful over the years.

“I am heavily involved with testing and trying to keep on top of the evolution of security products, responding to customer demands and working with dealers to improve and develop items.

“At the end-of-the-day a lock will always be a lock but we are always trying to think of what we can do to make it easier for the client to use and harder for the thief to crack. It’s all about staying one step ahead of the criminal.

“I believe a significant development at Bulldog has seen us bringing the manufacture of what we produce in-house. We used to use a local company for making certain things but decided to invest in our laser cutting machine and press brake, this has now given us a greater flexibility in both the design and production of our products.

“Bulldog has expanded our market significantly in recent years as we have secured contracts in a growing number of countries. There is a question mark over post-Brexit at the moment but I am sure we will continue to see an expansion into other markets around the world on a larger scale.”

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Ten tips to prepare your caravan for winter

Date: 17/11/2017

If you haven't already you're probably thinking about putting your caravan into storage. Check out these ten tips to prepare your caravan for winter.

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State of the art laser cutting equipment at Bulldog

Date: 10/11/2017

Did you know we have state-of-the-art laser cutting equipment here at Bulldog Security Products

Yes, only the very best for us and our customers. We take great pride in keeping abreast of the technological revolution - even though that can be really difficult at times because it all moves so fast!

During our 30 years in operation here at Bulldog we have striven to keep ahead of the field in the quality of products we provide with the goal of bringing increased security to our clients.

This involves operating with the very best materials and equipment as we endeavour to maintain our place at the top of the industry.

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With the help of Accurate Laser Cutting we have installed the most powerful fibre laser in the UK. Their machine has incredible processing speeds and capabilities and enables us to turn out products quickly and efficiently.

The laser has the capability to cut mild steel parts up to 10mm thick and its level of precision is far more efficient, a major upgrade on what came before. Its technology is truly amazing and seeing it in operation is something to behold.

Having this laser cutting facility is essential to our business of manufacturing our own extensive range of security products.

Using the latest cad/cam software we are able to design and manufacture security products for a wide range of applications. And this can only be good for our customers.

Not only does this laser produce extremely accurate components in steel from 1mm to 10mm in thickness, it gives us the flexibility to produce different batch sizes from one-offs for special applications, to hundreds of components for our standard range of products.

Having this flexibility also allows us to manage our stock levels to ensure that we are able to offer next-day delivery on the majority of our product range - this laser really is keeping Bulldog Security Products at the cutting-edge of the industry!

For more information about Accurate Laser Cutting, visit www.accurate-laser.co.uk

For advice or more information on Bulldog Security Products, telephone our team on 01952 728171.

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Great customer feedback

Date: 24/10/2017

Our customers feedback is vital to our business and we always strive to ensure our customers are happy and enjoy first class customer service. We often forget to share the great things they say about us so here’s a few we’ve had this week about our GPS trackers.

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“All of a sudden lost our current supplier of our tracker for the motorhome, they went into liquidation.

“We got a new tracker from Bulldog, this is fitted to our motorhome, and is very reliable, and most certainly doesn't let us down.

“The backup from Bulldog has be fantastic, which makes them very easy to deal with.

“I will most certainly being stay with them, as the service is excellent.” Terry.

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“I think your product is great plenty of information and at a great price.” Steve Billingham.

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"A house move earlier this year meant our motorhome had to go into storage. 

“We wanted a reliable tracker for insurance and for peace of mind and one which wasn't going to cost the earth. 

“After looking at various suppliers we chose the Bulldog TR25. It's easy to fit, comes with full instructions and is easy to set up. 

“When I first fitted it I had some connectivity problems as I'd positioned the unit too low down under the fixed bed and had a poor signal. 

Bulldog helpline were excellent in helping resolve the problem and it works really well. 

“The web based monitoring system and the app on our smartphones show us in real time where our motorhome is 24hrs a day with pinpoint accuracy. 

“Have set it up to alert my mobile and my wife's if our motorhome is stolen. Have used it in the UK, France and Spain and it works perfectly and our kids can even keep tabs on where mum and dad are when we're on holiday!" Peter and Heather Gill (Poole, Dorset) 

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“Purchase and installation was straightforward and accompanied by patient tuition and support.  

“After sales service has been second to none. So pleased we installed this system; when our numberplate was cloned we were able to prove our vehicle’s whereabouts using the tracking printout.” Susan. E

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Our home is our castle and we all want to protect it as much as we can

Date: 23/10/2017

This month at Bulldog Security Products, we are taking part in National Home Security Month to look at the best ways to make our homes as secure as possible.

National Home Security Month (NHSM) has been designed to create awareness around the importance of home security.

According to the NHSM website, 60 percent of burglaries take place between 6pm and 6am, which means you could even be asleep at home during the incident - a horrifying thought.

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The average burglar will only spend eight to 12 minutes inside your home but that is enough time to take valuable items - and leave you feeling vulnerable and violated.

Despite the risks, 25 percent of Britains admit to having no security at all and 16 percent of people don’t even lock their doors or windows when they leave the house.

With Halloween and Bonfire night on the horizon, it’s extra important to be vigilant.

According to NHSM, those two nights are statistically the worst days for burglaries. Burglaries on Bonfire night are 21 percent higher than average and malicious damage increases by 160 percent on Halloween. Burglaries also increase as dark nights draw in and the clocks go back.

That’s why it’s important to secure your home now. Don’t take any chances.

At Bulldog Security Products, we have a wide range of products to secure your home. 

Our selection of security lighting goes a long way to protect your home. 

Why not try our Ultra Bright Spotlight, which is perfect for lighting driveways, gardens and paths? It’s easy to install with no wiring needed.

Our portable security case is perfect for securing valuable items such as video cameras, mobile phones, tools, equipment, and documents. 

It can be used in vehicles, offices or at home by simply wrapping the supplied cable lock to a fixed object.

We also recommend a garage door lock, as this is an easy point of entry for burglars. We have a variety in stock, including for roller doors. 

Taking steps to secure your home as much as you can just make sense. 

Don’t leave anything to chance. Remember burglars are opportunists and they are looking for open windows and poor quality locks. Don’t make it easy for them - secure your castle now.

For more information about National Home Security Month, see http://www.homesecuritymonth.com/advice/

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Lucy Bates - staff spotlight

Date: 09/10/2017

Here at Bulldog Security Products we take great pride in our tradition of being a family-run firm. 

The values we established when the company was launched 30 years ago are just as important today as we continue to expand our operation.

In the latest of our staff profile blogs we turn the spotlight on Lucy Bates - the third generation of our founder Ray Jordan’s family who is helping to keep Bulldog at the top of our industry.

Lucy said: “I joined Bulldog when I was 17 on a part-time basis, I was still at college at the time so that suited me just fine. 

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“My nan and grandad are the founders of Bulldog so when I was younger I would often come to work with my grandad and help with the packing over at the factory.

“In June 2014 I joined full-time as a sales & marketing assistant. I set up our social media sites, Facebook, Twitter and Youtube, and worked to raise the company’s profile in these areas. 

“I also organise sales packs for dealers, work jointly with Simone on our advertising and product videos and organise our price books, data/instruction leaflets and flyers - I can often be seen running across our yard with a camera in my hand working on our latest release.

“During the last 18 months I have been learning different aspects of the company, from stock control to purchase ordering.  I would probably describe myself as  more like a runner for Bulldog…if anyone needs ANYTHING doing it can usually be found piled on my desk!

“But I enjoy not knowing what each day will bring, every day is different which makes coming to work enjoyable. We have a great working environment here and everyone bounces off each other and helps out with anything that has to be done when needed. At the moment I am enjoying learning about all the different aspects of the business.

“In my free time I enjoy socialising with friends and you can very often find me down my local! I also help my boyfriend some evenings and weekends with his game-keeping duties.

“Most recently I took part in a Colour Run for Severn Hospice and raised a fair amount of money for a great charity! I am now looking into doing the 5km mud run.                                                   

“I was born into the Bulldog brand and cannot imagine my future without Bulldog. My cousin Andy and I are the only two out of all the grandchildren to work for the company, so between us it will eventually be our job to maintain the great reputation my family has worked so hard to build. 

“Our staff are a major part of that process of course and most have been with us for a very long time. That ensures pride in the workplace which can only help our success.  We have all bought into the Bulldog philosophy of quality products and exceptional service to our customers. 

“The target is to ensure business growth and work towards moving the company forward in the future ready for the generation that  follows. The Bulldog spirit is alive and well and living in Much Wenlock.”

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Police welcome increased use of trackers on farm machinery

Date: 22/09/2017

Here at Bulldog Security Products we are delighted to see the positive impact that fitting tracking devices on farm machinery is having in cracking down on rural crime.

Police have now also welcomed their increasing use in the ongoing battle against thieves.

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Trackers are a simple but highly effective way of preventing your vehicle from being stolen or, if it is, you have a much better chance of getting it back and the thief arrested.

The devices are playing a major role to combat the lucrative trade of farm machinery thefts with police actively involved in championing and fitting trackers in a new crime-fighting strategy.

Here at Bulldog in Much Wenlock in Shropshire we have been providing and fitting tracker devices on all types of vehicles for many years and we believe this is the ideal moment to urge farmers to take action themselves to ensure the security of their machinery.

This initiative by Warwickshire Police, which is now partnered with our own local West Mercia force, has already been successful. The force has been actively using trackers in an operation to cut rural crime.

Police have joined forces with NFU Mutual and the National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service in the campaign, which has resulted in equipment being recovered and arrests made.

Farm machinery is very costly and when you factor in the inconvenience and disruption caused by equipment being stolen it is clear you need to take steps to protect yourself and your property.

The Warwickshire Police operation is highly commendable but police resources are becoming more limited as continual budget cuts take their toll, so it’s important for farmers to take responsibility for their own crime prevention - the tracker is an ideal place to start.

The tracker is an inexpensive and easy thing to fit and a simple but effective method of crime prevention. They can help by catching the thief in the act but are also proving to be a vital aid in deterring the crime from taking place in the first place, as thieves are now aware of the device and having to accord it some respect.

Our message to the thief is clear, we now have the technology and the capability of stopping you, so beware.

We recommend farmers ensure all their machinery carries a tracking device. It is something potential victims of crime can do to help themselves in this ongoing battle with the criminal.

Of course, it’s not just farm machinery that can be protected and we recommend trackers be fitted on all vehicles - even those new vehicles which may have a tracking device fitted as standard.

By fitting a second tracker the thief, who may have become wise to where makers fit their devices, can be taken off-guard by the additional device and not even look for it.

At Bulldog we have a range of trackers which can be fitted easily and our team are ready to help with any enquiries and advice.

Let’s give the police a helping hand by taking crime prevention seriously and try and make it impossible for the thief to succeed.

For more information or advice give our friendly team a call 01952 728171

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Staff spotlight - Simone Byrne

Date: 14/09/2017

With 30 years experience in the industry, Bulldog Security Products understands just how important it is to look after our clients - new ones and those who have been with us for a long time.

We are proud that our name is so well-known and respected both globally and here at home and the reputation we have has been built up over many years of trust, honesty and reliability.


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But for us to maintain our standing we have to acknowledge how important our workforce is and the contribution they make to the company. We are a family firm and pride ourselves on our staff retention, meaning we have all the right experts in place to help both the firm and clients as we move forward.

We would like to introduce our staff to you in a series of blogs and tell you a bit about the person you will be speaking to when you deal with Bulldog Security Products. 

Today we present our sales and marketing guru Simone Byrne, a relative newcomer to the company but a vital cog in our production process. Here is her story:

“I joined Bulldog in 2014 and my role can be diverse at times. I can be account managing, visiting new and existing dealers and even helping out in the factory sometimes.

“Bulldog is a family-run business and I enjoy the hands-on approach of the job. Everyone chips in and this makes our working environment a very happy place to be.

“My life is all about balance now. My husband and I have five children between us so there is always something going on to keep us busy. I can be seen most evenings during the week at my favourite gym in Shrewsbury and running some mornings before work.

“My husband and I recently walked Snowdon. This was such a great experience that we are now planning our next trip up Scaffel Pike before the end of the year and Ben Nevis next spring. I love the outdoors and the freedom it brings. It all adds up to a great work-life balance for me at the moment.

“Personally, I can see the future of Bulldog only getting bigger and better. We have many long-term loyal customers who will always remain our priority. However, we are always looking for new opportunities to progress.

“Because we design and manufacture our products on site, plus with our products being so diverse, we are not tied down to one sector. We can literally go out there and supply our products to most industries - here, Europe and further afield.

“Our recent launch of our 5 Trackers is also an exciting project for Bulldog and I’m looking forward to getting really stuck into this and hoping to saturate the market. We have a tracker to suit every sector and with the reputation of Bulldog as it is, I can see no reason why this cannot be achieved.”

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5 top home security tips

Date: 25/08/2017

Protecting your home and valuables against unwanted intruders is vital. Below are 5 top security tips to make sure you stay secure all year round.

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