About us: The Howsafe Advantage

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Company History

Howsafe workwear Peterborough established 1978

When Howsafe's first iconic mobile shop first took to the road in 1978, Grease was enjoying a theatrical run at Peterborough's ABC Cinema on Broadway and Peterborough Power Station was still standing at the site that would later become Rivergate. Planning permission had been granted for the Queensgate shopping centre, but the complex would not open for another 4 years.
Howsafe's first premises was a back bedroom in a bungalow in Stanground, before rapidly growing stocks necessitated a move to our first commercial property on Eastfield Road in Peterborough. The location, just off Padholme Road and close to the city centre proved to be ideal for serving the city's thriving business community. During the time at Eastfield Road, Howsafe also occupied the property next door, operating a shoe shop called ‘Two Left Feet’. The premises was occupied later by another well known P-Town business, Rudkins Electrical.
In 1983 the company once again outgrew its home and moved to a larger premises on Queens Drive West (formerly a bakery), a premises nestled between Aspect Photography and the Queens Drive Infant's School. For a period the premises housed a shoe shop called "Penhaligon Footwear", but for most of its life the showroom was dedicated solely to industrial workwear and safety equipment. A 110m² retail showroom space and massively increased warehousing capacity allowed Howsafe to increase its product portfolio and workforce to cope with the growing demand for PPE and expanding customer base.
As the business became busier so did footfall and parking at Queens Drive West became a real issue for the company and for residents. In 2007 the old site at Queens Drive West was redeveloped, and the old bakery was demolished and replaced with a residential development. At this time Peterborough's Eastern Industry was expanding quickly. New trading estates were being built, attracting new and established businesses. Howsafe settled upon two brand new units (later acquiring a third) on the Edgerley Business Park, one of the new commercial developments off Edgerley Drain Road. It is at this location that Howsafe enters its fourth decade of trading.

Large stocks


Howsafe Workwear UKWe carry huge amounts of stock in one location, enabling us to normally supply off-the-shelf and despatch orders without moving stock from depot to depot. The bottom line is that you get your orders FASTER.
With a total of 12,000 plus square feet of storage area we cans supply most stock lines straight from the shelf.

Loyalty & experience

Howsafe Workwear PPEHowsafe has not only earned great customer loyalty with thousands of happy customers serviced, but also employee loyalty too. Our ranks are filled with experienced team members, so when you pick up the phone and call, you will get somebody who knows what they are talking about. We have 20 full-time staff, with over 200 years worth of experiance between them and some of us with a few gray hairs!
Contact us via email sales@howsafe.co.uk or tel: (01733) 560669

Shop online

Howsafe Workwear UK The Howsafe online shop is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is linked dynamically to our HQ meaning that all incoming orders are dealt with the same priority as those received by phone, fax, email or post.

With thousands of products avalailable to order from the comfort of your own home or office, kitting out yourself or your team has never been more convenient or more simple.
Website Key Benefits:
  • The website links directly to your special prices, automatically pricing your orders for you.
  • Save £££’s in our constantly changing Special offers section, click on the stack of pounds coins on the homepage.
  • The "Wish List" Function allows you to access a list of previously purchased items.
  • Full order history function available online allowing you to easily access previous internet orders.
  • Add embroidery and printing details upon checking out.
  • Loads of detailed product information making product selection much easier.
  • The site is open 24/7 allowing you to shop when it suits you.
How to Start Buying from Howsafe on Account and Save Money:
  • Fill out one of our new account forms available here.
  • Let us know what items you buy regularly (ask for Clark or Jim)
  • Clark and Jim will come back to you and do their best to save your company money
  • Once your account is approved your good to go
If you are interested in setting up an account with Howsafe and would like to discuss your special prices with Jim or Clark please click here or phone Tel: (01733) 560669
Credit account customers are able to login directly to their accounts to gain access to history, pricing and to easily place repeat orders. Naturally security of your online purchases is of paramount importance and therefore we use only the most robust software and reputable payment service providers.

Retail showroom

Howsafe’s Workwear Store is open to the public.

From rugged branded workwear and warm outerwear to the area’s largest display of safety footwear, thousands of products are waiting to be snapped up and wrapped up.
Avoid the queues in town and park right outside the door at Units 18-20 Challenger Way, Edgerley Business Park, PE1 5EX.

We are open Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm and Saturday 9:00am to 1:00pm.
You will be able to browse and try on our full range of workwear, safety equipment and safety footwear. Changing room facilities are available.
For directions click here

Mobile showrooms

howsafe workwear free deliveryIf your business is located within a 25 mile radius of Peterborough you can take advantage of our industry-unique Mobile Showroom service. With vehicles kitted-out with a range of commonly purchased products our sales team is able to suppy, demonstrate and fit your workforce on your own doorstep to save you time and money.
Your Account Manager is our unique selling point - there job is help make your life easy by handling size exchanges, bringing out samples for consideration and taking care of any returns, plus handling all of your deliveries. This ensures that your order gets to the correct location within your company every time.
Not only that, but they are a great bunch of friendly folk who do not pressure sell...
So if you have a business with 25 miles or so from Peterborough why not arrange a visit by your Account Manager.

Quality products

Howsafe stick to tried and tested good quality products from the top manufacturers — our company policy is not to go out and source the cheapest products we can find, but the best quality products that offer the best value for money for the customer. Four decades of buying experience has allowed us to refine our products and suppliers to the point where we are confident that our offering provides the best value and performance in the workplace.
All the big workwear brands are stocked on the shelf - Blaklader, Snickers, Helly Hansen, Regatta, Cofra and many more.
Even our basic ranges are carefully selected from the best manufacturers so if you buy a product from Howsafe you can rest assured it will do the job.

Embroidery & printing

Howsafe workwear embroidery print serviceFor all you need to know about embroidery & printing click here
Howsafe was the first local workwear company to bring embroidery in-house. We use on-site, state-of-the-art embroidery and printing machinery to provide a superb finish to all logo’s. Adding your company logo to your workwear adds a professional image to your company, it also advertises your company and helps give your customers peace of mind that they are dealing with a reputable organisation. We are always looking to reinvest in our systems, equipment and staff to achieve better branding for your company.
Services offered:
  • Embroidery of company logos and standard lettering fonts
  • Single colour printed logos e.g. on high visibility garments
  • Multi-coloured logos, perfect for promotional items
  • To find out more about our embroidery service using our free guide click here

Quality assured service

Howsafe have been an ISO9000 registered company since 1994, ensuring that the service you a receive a consistent and reliable service.

Our internal systems are improvement led, meaning we are constantly measuring our performance and exploring areas for improvement.

Safety footwear

Howsafe are the largest independant stockists of Cofra Safety Footwear in the UK . As a specialist in the supply of protective footwear we have offered the Cofra range for many years and over this time the shoes and boots have proved themselves to offer the best combination of durability, comfort and price.
Our safety footwear is laid out in pairs in our showroom, therefore making selection much easier for you, we stock over 60 different styles, all of which are available from our website and from our Showroom.
An Invitation...
If you would like to find out more about what Howsafe can offer you - and more importantly give us the oppertunity to find out what your needs are please contact us t: (01733) 560669 or email sales@howsafe.co.uk
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