Safety at work experts reach for new heights in Barnsley

19 December 2011

A Yorkshire company which specialises in working safely when high above ground level has moved in to bigger and better premises to expand its business onwards and upwards.
 ‘Astra Access Safety Training Ltd’ has moved to a new industrial unit at the Junction 38 Business Park in Darton, Barnsley, and the colossal open-plan building covers 50,000 square feet and reaches 18 metres high, floor to ceiling.
The company has invested £100,000 in this new workspace to create within it a mock four-bedroom house and 15 metre high steel-frame structure, both for demonstration and training purposes. They’ve also put in a suite of classrooms and will incorporate new offices soon.
Director of Astra Access Safety Training Mick Aston said: “Our huge new base means we can improve and expand our comprehensive package of health and safety consultancy and training services – all designed to support workers operating at height, whether that is on scaffolding, mobile towers, elevating work platforms such as cherry pickers and scissor lifts, or simply on ladders and steps.
“Our new fully-accredited facility is well-positioned at Darton, just three miles from the M1, and we are ready to attract new customers from all over the country. We’ll certainly be recruiting staff in management, administration, sales and marketing to support the growth of business in 2012. And, we’ll be looking for more skilled safety experts to join our team soon too.”
Astra has worked with clients in the construction, utilities, cleaning and other industries for the last four years. Their services are targeted at any business where people get their feet off the ground. As consultants, Astra go in to a company and identify all their safety needs, as well as the legal requirements they must meet, then offer the expertise and training required to ensure everyone works safely.
Astra has felt for a while that it had outgrown its Wakefield base and was keen to find suitable new premises to expand its operations. The company’s successful move to the Darton has been supported by property advisors at Enterprising Barnsley.
Enterprising Barnsley Business Development Manager Shaun Higginbottom said: “It is fantastic to see a successful company like Astra moving in to Barnsley, investing in the local economy and creating new jobs. We will continue to work with Mick and the team to support their establishment within the borough.”
The Enterprising Barnsley programme offers business support to Barnsley businesses with growth potential and has helped create more than 600 jobs. Enterprising Barnsley has attracted £2.89m investment from the European Regional Development Fund as part of Europe’s support for the region’s economic development through the Yorkshire and Humber ERDF Programme.
Astra Access Safety Training’s current client list includes small building companies, local authorities and multi-national firms such as Rolls Royce, British Nuclear Fuels and Virgin Atlantic. It plans to hold an open day in the New Year when local companies and public service organisations will be invited to visit their new premises. Please visit to find out more details. The company also supplies access equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE) for hire and sale.
For media enquiries, Mick Aston can be contacted on 0796 996 8387 or at
The Enterprising Barnsley programme is a partnership between Barnsley Development Agency (BDA), Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre (BBIC) and the University of Huddersfield’s Barnsley Campus (UCB).  
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or contact Shaun Higginbottom on 01226 787949 or at
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