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Top Safety Accreditation for Martin Collins Enterprises
03/01/2017 13:42:00

Leading British equestrian riding surfaces manufacturer Martin Collins has been awarded accreditation from Safecontractor for its commitment to achieving excellence in health and safety.


Safecontractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises very high standards in health and safety management amongst UK contractors.

With worldwide offices in USA, Europe, Australia, South Africa, and Middle East Martin Collins has been manufacturing and installing equestrian riding surfaces for some of the world’s most prestigious establishments including Jockey Club Estates, France Galop, Godolphin  and International events including, The London International Horse Show -  Olympia, The Royal Windsor Horse Show and The Global Champions Tour. Top level riders Ben Maher, Guy Williams, and Andrew Nicholson together with top National Hunt trainers Jonjo O Neil, Paul Nicholls and Nicky Henderson all choose to put their trust in Martin Collins. With over 35 years’ experience Martin Collins provides a full construction service and undertakes projects which range from the single horse owner, to large commercial projects.  The company invests in sophisticated testing equipment and leads the field in ongoing scientific research and product development to help them provide the best level of support to the equine industry. 

The company’s application for Safecontractor accreditation was driven by the need for a uniform standard across the business. Nicholas Collins, General Manager commented;

“We are delighted to be the first company within our industry to set a standard for Health & Safety. Whether building an arena, gallop or racetrack and, getting the right surface for a particular equestrian sport is a significant investment, So people need to be safe in the knowledge that not only have they chosen a reputable company that delivers a quality product that will stand the test of time, but that all their safety procedures are of a high standard. We are committed to safety and our customers can be assured that their prized investment will be in safe hands”.

Safecontractor is applicable to most sectors although it is particularly relevant to food manufacture, property, facilities management, retail and leisure sectors, all of which are big users of contracted services.

John Kinge, technical director of Safecontractor said, "Major organisations simply cannot afford to run the risk of employing contractors who are not able to prove that they have sound health and safety policies in place."

"More companies need to understand the importance of adopting good risk management in the way that Martin Collins has done. The firm’s high standard has set an example which hopefully will be followed by other companies within the sector.

Safecontractor plays a vital role in supporting our clients in meeting their compliance needs, whilst working with their contractors as they progress through the accreditation process.”

Under the Safecontractor scheme, businesses undergo a vetting process which examines health and safety procedures and their track record for safe practice. Those companies meeting the high standard are included on a database, which is accessible to registered users only via a website.

Client-organisations who sign up to the scheme can access the database, enabling them to vet potential contractors before they even set foot on site. These clients agree that, as users of the scheme, they will engage only those who have received accreditation.

Over 210 major, nation-wide businesses, from several key sectors, have signed up to use the scheme when selecting contractors for services such as building, cleaning, maintenance, refurbishment or electrical and mechanical work.


For further information about the Safecontractor scheme, contact:

Sinead Parsons, Safecontractor:


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