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South Norfolk MP backs Ashwellthorpe factory to save public sector thousands

Richard Bacon MP for South Norfolk visiting Britannia Fire, Ashwellthorpe.
Richard Bacon MP for South Norfolk visiting Britannia Fire, Ashwellthorpe.

A Norfolk Member of Parliament has thrown his backing to an Ashwellthorpe factory in letters stating it could create “considerable savings” to the NHS and local government.

Richard Bacon, MP for South Norfolk, wrote to UK Cabinet Office Minister Ben Gummer in support of products created by Britannia Fire, a fire extinguisher maker in the Ashwellthorpe Industrial Estate.

The firm has told Mr Bacon its P50 extinguisher is able to eliminate the need for public sector organisations, including hospitals, police headquarters and council buildings, to carry out costly annual services, thereby saving thousands.

“There are about 150 acute hospitals, so savings to the public purse could be considerable,” Mr Bacon said.

“Every public authority is facing some financial pressure and so finding new ways of doing more for less is becoming the new normal.”

Mr Bacon sent a separate letter to new International Trade Secretary Liam Fox, claiming that Britannia Fire, which employs 37 people in south Norfolk, has very strong export potential, with buyers already in 25 countries.

Andy Spence, Britannia Fire sales director and general manager, said: “To have the support of our MP, who is also on the Public Accounts Committee, is invaluable.

“We have been knocking on the door of the public sector for years.

“The NHS, which has to save money, is an obvious new market for us and, hopefully, with the help of Mr Bacon, we can help save the public purse a considerable sum of money every year.”

The company claims the P50, launched by Britannia Fire owner Roger Carr six years ago, is built with fully recyclable Kevlar thread, similar to bullet-proof vests, and can reportedly be serviced using only a three-step check, unlike many of the traditional metal fire extinguishers currently in place in the public sector.

To learn more about the business, please call 01508 488416 or alternatively visit www.britannia-fire.co.uk

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