Ballycare builds on core strengths


Ballyclare has built its reputation on providing high performance protective clothing for use in public service sectors such as fire, police and the military.  Our aim is to guarantee complete confidence throughout every organisation using our clothing; ensuring specifiers are as comfortable with their decision as end users are with our garments.

The recent announcement that the former Cosalt Workwear business has been rebranded as Ballyclare Limited has signalled the beginning of a new era for this leading provider of protective clothing and equipment.

Under new ownership, the company can now focus on its core strengths and the delivery of a first class service.  With its loyal team of people, technical expertise, efficient operational structure, cutting edge IT systems and solid customer base, Ballyclare can look forward with confidence.

Today, the business sits on a strong financial footing and is staffed by an extremely dedicated and knowledgeable team of people, whose combined experience is unrivalled in the industry.  Given the management's recent successes at driving through change, nobody should doubt that Ballyclare's future is in safe hands.  Under the direction of the existing team the business has restructured its operations, moved to new premises, secured several major contracts, pushed through a £10m investment in firefighter PPE and made a significant investment in its IT infrastructure in recent years; not to mention orchestrating the current rebrand.  The team is certainly light-footed and able to respond quickly to changing customer demands and new market opportunities.

At the heart of Ballyclare is its focus on structural fire fighting PPE and the industrial workwear market.  The business is one of the main suppliers of structural fire fighting and rescue kit to the UK fire service.  It supplies the Ministry of Defence with highly complex aircrew flying suits and the police with a range of technical PPE, clothing and public order suits and also supplies hi-vis technical clothing to the rail, aggregates and highways sectors.

Other important markets include a well-established supply line that equips leading motor industry dealerships with a bespoke range of branded workwear.  Finally Ballyclare is starting to cater for the growing demand among the major oil, gas, water and electricity utility companies for good quality branded technical clothing that can protect against hazards like electrical arcing, extreme temperatures and, of course, the British rain.

Central to the success and longevity of the company's customer relationships is its commitment to producing garments that are not only fit for purpose but also surpass legislative requirements without compromising on wearer comfort and fit.  There is a strong design capability within the business and a history of developing, testing and trialling new garments to meet a specific need, rather than supply a standard product range, off the shelf.

Ballyclare is also focused on offering excellent service levels, lead times and delivery turnaround alongside the development of new products and services.  It has the resources to deliver a fully managed service option. This is a turnkey solution that takes safety to a new level, especially in sectors heavily regulated by health and safety legislation.  

Ballyclare can manage the complete process of testing, sizing, fitting and supplying personnel with the correct garments. Throughout the service life of each garment Ballyclare takes care of its laundry, maintenance and repair.  Ballyclare provides a local stock holding facility to ensure garments can be supplied quickly and if required there is a rapid response service with a 24/7 emergency hotline. The company has successfully managed major contracts for the emergency services and rail companies including contracts that involve in excess of 18000 wearers.

Key to the delivery of a fully managed service is state-of-the-art IT. Ballyclare has invested in IT that creates an advanced paperless system that can integrate seamlessly with a customer's own enterprise, resource and planning systems. It comprises a number of different modules that come together to provide a comprehensive management, control and reporting tool. This sophisticated technology maintains all the wearer level information required to run a contract with full track and trace capability plus integration with other supply chain partners.

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A lifetime of exceptional performance and value - we work with you using our industry leading innovation and experience to deliver world-class protective clothing.  Trust ballyclare to deliver quality protective clothing backed by a knowledgable, experienced service.

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