Progressive Safety Footwear & Clothing Ltd was founded by John Topham in 1961.

John started out selling steel toecap boots to miners and soon moved into the company’s first premises, in the Old Vinegar Brewery in the East End of Sheffield.

Together with his son Howard Topham, Progressive’s Managing Director, they moved the business into the 34,000sq ft Distribution Centre Headquarters in Darnall, Sheffield in 1995.

John was a popular, well respected member of the local business community and was still involved in the everyday business of the company right up until his 90th birthday. John Topham passed away in February 2013.

Today the company employs over 60 at its headquarters and has a 10 strong salesforce throughout the country.

In 2008, Progressive Safety was awarded the exclusive licence for the UK and Ireland to manufacture a range of safety footwear under the world-renowned JCB brand.

The licence has since been extended to include the manufacture and sale of a range of premium workwear. This has helped establish the brand as a major player in the marketplace and a rival to other big brands.

The firm’s own PSF branded products continue to enjoy success and are supplied to major distributors, end users at our retail outlet, to sole traders and members of the public. No customer is too big or too small.

Progressive Safety holds Investors in People and ISO 9001:2015 & 14001:2015 externally recognised accreditations, and prides itself on customer service. It has a 93 per cent rating for quality of service and a 91 per cent delivery rate within 24 hours.

Now as one of the UK’s leading distributors of safety footwear, protective workwear, personal protective equipment and workplace safety products, Progressive Safety can provide a complete in-stock service for all your health and safety requirements.

We offer a nationwide service with all goods delivered on an overnight carrier from our National Distribution Centre.

All our safety footwear is manufactured to EN ISO 20345:2011 providing 200 joules toe protection and offering a number of different sole units for protection in all areas of the workplace.

We supply protective workwear for all working environments. All our garments can be badged with a company logo and we also offer a design service for bespoke garments manufactured in company colours.

In addition to this we now also offer an in-house banner service, ranging from outdoor promotional banners to in-store POS pop-up banners, and we can also supply health and safety stickers and safety signs on request.

Our personal protective equipment provides complete head-to-toe protection, with a complete range of products from all the major manufacturers.