Revered Workwear and Safety Equipment Manufacturer Strides Buoyantly into Its Third Generation

Progressive Safety of 101 Worthing Road, Sheffield has provided world-class safety equipment and work clothing since 1960. Originally to miners, today they are trusted around the world from their home of Sheffield to Saskatchewan and manufacture quality workwear and footwear ranges under the JCB Workwear, WORKTOUGH and Contractor brands.

The company has long supplied builders’ merchants and trade counters and offer low commitment, high impact and striking POS displays proven to increase customer engagement.

Being family-owned, Progressive plan their stock around ensuring continuity of supply and heavily stock their core lines of work trousers, outdoor jackets and safety boots. The company offers all customers and e-commerce retailers an industry-leading despatch of stocked items, achieving dispatch the same day for next-day delivery using industry-leading trackable carriers on more than 5000 unique items, supported by a long-serving operations and fulfilment team.

The average length of service at Progressive Safety is approaching 10 years, having recently said emotional goodbyes to several retiring members of staff from the former generation, they have a proud local workforce.

To mark her work anniversary, at the start of the company’s new financial year, and to take the business to the next level, Anna Topham, the granddaughter of founder John has stepped into the senior leadership role of Operations Director to spearhead and continue to hard work of her father Howard, who has served the business since 1977 and remains a proud voice in the business today.

Reflecting, Howard commented “Anna is the perfect person to lead us into the future, she has been around the business since being a small child, and after joining the business full time over a decade ago she has supported across every department we have. Her contribution to our product development, the energy provided to our sales engine and her support for everyone across our teams is unmatched. We’ve been blessed to trade with some of the biggest retailers and distributors in Europe and have a healthy, and enviable pipeline. This appointment will come as little surprise to our suppliers, peers and competitors in the industry and we’re excited to do what we’ve always done, and surprise a few! To be able to spend more time with the grandchildren and explore several other interests going forward is a personal gift to me too.”

In her opening address to the business Anna stated “I am honoured to be stepping into this role. The last 5 years or so have taught us all more than we realise. Our business is built on hard work, and we couldn’t have done any of it without a significant contribution from each and every one of our employees over the past 6 decades, past, present and future. I extend my thanks to everyone that has worked alongside us. In preparation for this change, we’ve already received global industry recognition thanks to our promise to celebrate the stories of hard-working people. We’re proud to shape the future of workwear and footwear by manufacturing unique ranges under our JCB Workwear, WORKTOUGH and Contractor brands. Thanks to our significant stockholding, team-led operational effectiveness and digital-first, sustainable sales and marketing strategy. The JCB brand is renowned in the UK and across the world, I am excited to see how far the team can push our new and exciting developments in the coming months. I can promise you are going to be hearing a lot more from Progressive Safety going forwards.”

The company has ambitious growth objectives and is currently offering exceptional discounts within their retail store as well as weekly offers to its national distributors to support them and shield them from never-before-seen supply chain increases in materials and labour. These offers will enable the business to launch the next generation of developments.

This article originally appeared on the Progressive website at

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