Slips and trips cost UK £1bn per year – Handrails ease access

Slips and trips cost UK £1bn – handrails ease access

According to a recent survey slips and trips cost the UK around £1 billion per year!  Although some occur in the workplace many happen due to bad weather in the winter months and/or uneven and slippy surfaces or steps.

Ease access and improve safety

Handrails and grabrails can help ease access but also can look decorative too.  Safety is the main concern but when you are fitting these to the front of your house you want to make sure they look nice and in keeping with the style of the property. Check out some examples of the handrails we have manufactured and fitted using quality wrought iron on our website here

We are also able to manufacture them using quality marine grade stainless steel like this simple design example fitted in Saddleworth

We have also fitted a large number of handrails on commercial properties such as these:


Handrail guidance

There is also building regulation guidance about when it is appropriate to fit a handrail.  Below is a simple diagram to show this

This gives clear guidance as to when handrails are necessary and are useful for landlords, property owners, developers and builders.  Basically if there are 3 risers (steps) or more than a handrail should be fitted

So whether you need help getting in and out of the house, have steep steps or just want something decorative we can help.  Our plain wrought iron handrails have a quick turnaround if you have elderly relatives or people coming out of hospital that require them quickly.

If this is something you require, or if you are really not sure what you need, then we offer a free, no obligation site survey and quotation.  Please contact us on 0161 303 7383 or via email at to discuss this and to arrange a convenient appointment if necessary.



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We are classed as metal fabricators but that doesn’t mean we tell lies!  What is fabrication?

What is fabrication?

Metal fabrication is the building of metal structures by cutting, bending and assembling processes (source: Wikipedia)

“To fabricate” is to manufacture, make, build, form, fashion, shape, construct (Source: Collins)

So, in a nutshell, when you choose to order a set of gates from us not only are you supporting a local family run business.  You are also getting a bespoke product lovingly built from scratch to your specification so it’s made to measure just for you!  (This applies to all our products, not just gates!)  You can see the range of products we make by looking through our website

“Things you fabricate are things you care more about. I think there will always be people who go and buy crap at the dollar store. But I think its cool when people craft things themselves” Esre Pettis

#madetomeasure NOT make do

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

We wish all our customers, colleagues, suppliers and friends a very happy and prosperous New Year

We are currently taking a short but well earned break but will be back soon

Here’s to a great 2018!

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Bespoke steel products to enhance and secure

Bespoke steel products to enhance and secure

As we near the end of a busy year we just wanted to give you a little reminder of what we can do for you.

In our blog series “7 Ways We Can Help” we wanted to share with you the different ways we have helped our customers using actual case studies.  We shared these on our website so you can see the range of products we offer.  We also want to make it clear how we work as everything we manufacture is made to measure.  Check out this infographic for details

For more information on the galvanizing process mentioned above, which we recommend for all our wrought iron products, check out this video from The Galvanizing Association

galvanizing video

In addition we also offer products made from marine grade 316 stainless steel which offers a more modern, contemporary than the more traditional wrought iron.  Here is an infographic with some more details about stainless steel including some of its benefits


From the moment we answer your enquiry to when we fit your product we aim to look after you, advise you, provide you with guidance and leave you with a quality product whilst giving a friendly and professional service.  We are a family business keen on maintaining a good reputation with our customers and strive to grow both in size and stature within the local community

As always, if we can help please get in touch by calling 0161 303 7383.  You can also email  However please note we are taking a short but well earned break over the festive period.

We wish to take this opportunity to wish all of our customers, both past and present, our suppliers, employees and everyone who we know a very Merry Christmas.  A big thanks for your support this past year and we look forward to seeing you all in the New Year

With great thanks from Karen and Gareth Sykes

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7 Ways We Can Help – Building Regulations Compliance

7 Ways We Can Help – Building Regulations Compliance

This is the final blog of our series 7 Ways We Can Help You Enhance and Secure Your Property.  In this blog we cover how we can help you with building regulations compliance.

We often get to work alongside builders, developers and architects to help them bring their customers ideas to life.  Part of this is to ensure that there is compliance with building regulations right from the outset

Handrail guidance

When you need a handrail for some steps but are unsure what is required we can help.  Take a look at the handrail guidance in this very useful diagram:-

We can then not only ensure you follow the guidance provided but also give you decorative options too.  Check out some examples here:



When fitting balustrades or patio rails it is important to ensure you can still enjoy the view, and that they serve their purpose but also that they meet the minimum height regulations too


Juliet balconies

When installing a Juliet balcony you not only have to consider the work at height but also the guidelines and regulations on how high they should be to prevent a risk of falling.  Our Juliet balconies are available in both mild (wrought iron) and stainless steel


Structural steels

An additional service we offer to builders, joiners and developers is the supply of small structural steels.  For any RSJ’s, universal beams or channel we can order in the steel, have it cut to size, drilled and treated where necessary then deliver locally to site.  As part of this service we ensure all the steels are CE marked where appropriate.

So if you have an issue with planning, or need to check you are compliant with building regulations or just want some reassurance about the product you want give us a call.  You can get a free, no obligation quotation by contacting us on 0161 303 7383 or emailing


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The Benefits Of Having A Wrought Iron Gate

The Benefits of Having a Wrought Iron Gate

Considering getting a new gate and undecided which to go for? Wrought iron gates make an excellent choice in perfecting the look of your property. They are not only a gorgeous addition to the outside of your home, but this statement piece also comes with quite a few benefits.

Good Investment for Extra Security

One of the main reasons people choose fences and gates is for the security factor. Vandals would have a hard time destroying a wrought iron gate and thieves would find it harder to break in. This is why many businesses choose wrought iron around their premises. There is also the factor of being able to see who is outside the gate.

Iron is the most durable material for fencing available. It will long outlast any wooden fence or gate and it looks better too, making it a great investment.

Show Off Your Garden!

If you love to garden and take pride and joy in your yard, then an iron gate with fencing is perfect. It keeps out large animals and vandals while still allowing you to show off that beautiful landscape. Wrought iron fencing is also great for climbing plants and vines, making for an even more attractive garden.

Added Property Value

One of the most desirable additions to a home can be matching iron gates and railings. This transforms the look of the home while adding privacy and acting as a deterrent to thieves. It also adds a bit of elegance. For these reasons, it is quite attractive to potential buyers and will raise the property value.

wave top gates and railings


Custom Designed Gates

Finally, wrought iron gates do not come as a one-size-fits-all. You can pick a design that suits your style easily. Each gate is made to order when you order from Sykes Bespoke Steel. Whether you want a traditional look or something new, we can help design and create the perfect look for your home.

candy cottage   floral gates  

Convinced that wrought iron gates are right for you, or want more information? Give our team a call to find out what we can do for you.

Guest blogger Brianna Harvey

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7 Ways We Can Help – Giving You A Secure Feeling

7 Ways We Can Help – Giving You A Secure Feeling

This is the 6th in our series of blogs about how we help our customers enhance and secure their property.  In this blog we want to talk about how we can help give you a secure feeling.

Obviously home security is a concern for many home and business owners especially at this time of year.  (Apparently there is a 25% spike in burglaries in November)

There are many things you can do to improve the security in your home including ways your home looks from the outside, products you can buy and things to deter opportunist thieves even including joining the local neighbourhood watch scheme.

We have spoken about some of these in our previous blog about National Home Security Month.  However sometimes it doesn’t have to be an obvious security product that helps.  Take our customer Mrs S of Oldham.  She had recently had a side extension to her house built but this had left the garden and the front of her house in a bit of a state.  Once the building work was complete she wanted to “finish it off” with a new set of gates and some wall top railings.  Take a look at the work we did:-


Once the work was completed she was very happy and gave a testimonial saying how they gave her a lovely, secure feeling.  You can check out the full testimonial here

So whether you want to go the whole hog with imposing double gates, railings and security grilles or just need somewhere gated off to keep people out we can help.  And we know it can help you feel better about your home security

So give us a call for a free no obligation quotation on 0161 303 7383.  You can also email us at

Also if you have any comments please leave them here or share this with others you think may find it useful.

Many thanks, Karen

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National Home Security Month

National Home Security Month

October is National Home Security Month which is an event created to raise awareness around the importance of home security.

Opportunist thieves

According to a survey most burglaries occur during the week and between the hours of 6pm and 6am with the average burglar spending just 8-12 minutes inside a home.  That small amount of time can cost from £700-£3,000 for homeowners to fix broken doors/locks with an average cost of £2,300 for items stolen.

Home security

Despite this 25% of Brits admit to having no home security at all and 70% don’t have a burglar alarm.  Also there is a 25% spike in burglaries during the autumn and winter months with 1 in 10 taking place in November.  Therefore now is the time to get prepared.  Here is a handy checklist that you can download which may help


There are also benefits to increasing your security at home that you may not be aware of.  Check out our recent blog on the subject here

Security grilles

Not only is it important to deter opportunist thieves with things like gates, wall top railings, high hedges but also to use simple products such as lighting timers.  And of course a good alarm system is a great investment and another good deterrent.  For commercial premises just a broken, open window allowing thieves in to grab goods can cost thousands.  Decorative security grilles are a great way to help prevent windows getting broken whilst still being able to display products to your potential customers.  Here are a few examples of ones we have installed:-


As ever if there is anything that you have seen here that we can help you with please get in touch.  You can call us for a free no obligation quotation on 0161 303 7383 or email us at  Or if you would just like some advice we are always on hand and happy to help where we can


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Gate Safety Week

Gate Safety Week

Gate Safety Week runs from the 9th to the 15th October this year.  The week was created to help raise awareness of the proper installation and maintenance of powered gates and how to prevent accidents

Powered and automated gates are more and more frequently becoming part of the design of buildings but historically the industry has faced problems with poorly installed and maintained powered gates leading to accidents.

It is estimated that there are 500,00 gates in operation in the UK but only about 30% are classed as safe.  It is therefore important to use an installer with proven experience.  Take a look at our Facebook page for a short video showing a set of gates we recently installed for a customer

There has been particular concern in recent years over the number of incidents involving young children with some cases being quite high profile on the news.  The Workplace Regulations now state that school gates must be inspected to identify and control hazards and that the gate is subject to regular maintenance.

We offer a service where we attend schools to inspect all the gates and provide a report on which ones could be a hazard and so need to be addressed.  For a low initial cost the report is provided and highlights if action needs to be taken, or not, on each gate and is provided to show compliance with the regulations.

The report also highlights whether if work is required it is urgent or just needs to be addressed at some point.  Once the school has the inspection report it has the ability to make informed decisions about the work taking into account risks, budget and timescales.

If you think a gate inspection would be of use please contact us to make arrangements either by telephone on 0161 303 7383 or via email at

And as always, if you have comments or would like to share this with others please feel free


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3 Benefits to Extra Security For Your Property

3 Benefits to Extra Security For Your Property

There are 3 main benefits to securing your property, ideally before you are burgled!

  1. Reduced insurance premiums
  2. Deter opportunist thieves
  3. Improved peace of mind

1. Reduced insurance premiums

According to who asked their range of insurers the higher your level of security the lower you can expect your insurance premiums to be.  Better security helps to bring the premium cost down and many providers will give discounts depending on what security measure you have installed.

Insurers expect a minimum level of security like door and window locks but extra security like an alarm system, CCTV and even membership of a neighbourhood watch scheme can help.  For details on this check out the website


“Good home security can reduce the chance that you’ll have to make a claim in the first place, saving you money and hassle in the long run”
Ben Wilson,

2. Deter opportunist thieves

Burglars are opportunistic in nature and will look for soft targets.  According to a burglary occurs every 40 seconds.  If your home and garden look secure from the outside it will be less vulnerable to break ins.

According to claims data from Admiral Insurance the average cost of theft from the garden is £1,593 with the top 5 items being taken as:-

  • Bicycles
  • Tools/lawnmowers
  • Golfing equipment
  • Garden equipment
  • Sporting equipment

Crimestoppers suggests securing side gates and says that fencing or raiings can be a good investment.  Also gravel driveways are noisy and so act as a great deterrent.  Adding secure driveway gates gives another element of security.  As is commonly said it is better to be safe than sorry

3. Peace of mind

By the year ending Sept 2015 there were 743,000 incidents of domestic burglary in England and Wales.  Peace of mind comes from knowing that having security means you are 5 times less likely to suffer this.

Many of our products have a security aspect even if it does not seem obvious at the time.  Take our customer Mrs S of Oldham for example.  She had an extension to the house which left the garden in a mess and when complete she wanted gates and wall top railings to finish it off.  After the job was complete she commented on what a “lovely, secure feeling” it gave her.  Check out the testimonial here


It is also worth bearing in mind that secure doesn’t have to mean ugly!  We manufacture a range of window and door grilles that are functional but look great too.  Check these out…


If you would like a free, no obligation site survey and quotation please call on 0161 303 7383.  Or you can email us on to make a convenient appointment.

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Thanks, Karen

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