Rebecca Pick
Rebecca Pick

Export market opening up for Pick Protection

The founder of Glasgow-based attack alarm specialist Pick Protection is predicting a surge in revenues in the coming months as the firm continues to educate employers on their duty of care to lone workers which is creating a surge in business opportunities.

Rebecca Pick – founder of Pick Protection, who provide lone worker solutions to keep employees safe and ensure employers are compliant with HSE legislation – said the company is also attracting overseas interest in their solutions from the likes of America and Australia.

The news comes as Glasgow-based start-up Pick Protection has begun generating revenues from its first significant sales at the start of this year.

Working with organisations such as Scarborough Council and Visit West End Business Improvement District (BID) in Glasgow to protect at risk employees. Pick's Personal Guardian is also sold through Unipart Group, the manufacturing, logistics and consultancy group that pitched in part of the £744,000 of investment raised by Pick in 2016.

“The next six months are going to be really exciting,” she said. “We can see that things are really about to take off.”

The company currently employs eight people and is looking to add a technology officer and extra sales person following the development of a cloud-based portal which recently picked up a highly-commended Innovation of the Year award at this year’s Safety & Health awards. Pick’s customer portal allows integration with existing CCTV centre systems which cuts down on the relatively high cost of setting up such centres and allows for a self-managed monitoring option for customers, setting them apart from competitors.

With this cloud-based portal and taking the approach of working in partnership with their customers to ensure maximum user adoption, Pick has set its sights on two target markets: local authorities and housing associations; aswell as existing security companies which are increasingly being asked to provide protection systems for lone workers.

Demand for lone worker protection systems has been on rise the last couple of years, Pick said, as the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has given this area increased scrutiny.

The HSE defines lone workers as those without close or direct supervision, including: one person working alone on a premises; those working on the same premises but separate from others; those working outside normal hours; those working away from a fixed base; home workers; and mobile workers such as taxi drivers.

Under these parameters, it is estimated that about one-fifth of the population are lone workers. It is also estimated that in the UK, an employee is attacked every nine minutes while working alone.

Employers are required to ensure the safety of lone workers to the same degree as other staff. Penalties from the HSE can include fines and imprisonment.