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February 1, 2012

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Hard-hat manufacturer wins special endorsement

Prime Minister David Cameron has nominated PPE manufacturer JSP for the ‘Made by Britain’ project – a joint initiative between the Associate Parliamentary Manufacturing Group (APMG) and the 1851 Royal Commission aimed at boosting the profile of British manufacturing.

As part of the project, every MP was asked to highlight an exemplary product manufactured in their constituency.

Mr Cameron recently promised to wage war on the UK’s “excessive health and safety culture” and the associated red tape and risk-aversion it can generate. However, by putting forward Witney-based JSP, he was – for a change – focusing on the positives, applauding the company for the contribution it has made to improving health and safety worldwide.

Nominating the manufacturer in the ‘Made by Witney’ category, the prime minister said: “JSP is an independent manufacturer of PPE and industrial head protection. Its mission is to develop quality and innovative safety products that help improve occupational safety and health worldwide. Established in 1964, with its headquarters and core manufacturing centre in my constituency of West Oxfordshire, JSP currently exports to over 90 countries.

“I am proud to nominate this local company for its quality, innovative and reliable safety products.”

In October last year, the prime minister formally opened JSP’s new state-of-the-art industrial safety helmet manufacturing facility in Witney. During his visit, he also talked with JSP directors about the company’s apprenticeship schemes.

JSP, which invested more than £3m in the new production line, stresses that its products are not only made by Britain but are designed and made in Britain, using British-based employees and raw materials.

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