We Know Bricks
We know bricks. We know how to lay them. We can tell our Wessex Red from our Old Kent Multi and we can tell an English Bond from a Flemish bond.
But more than that, we know how to protect bricks with over 20 years’ experience as a bricklayer.
It all started back in 2011 when Joe, eager to get a few quid in his pocket for Christmas, was working with his dad and put in some extra shifts. The weather hadn’t been great, as the case normally is in Britain over Christmas (or summer, spring, and autumn!) and so, upon leaving site, Joe covered his brick stacks with a muck board – a common practice back then (and if you’re still doing this then you’re in the right place).
Arriving back on site the next morning after a particularly wet and windy night, Joe not only finds his stacks of bricks completely saturated and now unusable but also the muck board had found a new home right on top of the neighbouring car’s roof. With no bricks to lay, dry replacements to be sourced and a new paint job to be paid for, Joe was not happy and seriously out of pocket. But inspiration hit!
Grabbing a builders’ sandbag, Joe stayed up that first night until 3am attempting to fashion a cover for his stacks of bricks. He knew it needed to be water resistant, but Joe soon realised that his idea could provide other benefits. He’d seen a stack of bricks topple over on-site countless times. If sized correctly, Joe’s cover could prevent possible injury from bricks getting knocked and toppled from stacks also enhancing site safety for stacks of brickworks loaded out at height
It took 2 years of trial and testing to perfect what soon became termed as the Brick Jacket. There were many trial runs with each prototype being an improvement on the last until Joe was confident to take his idea to market.
It was at a trade fair in Harrogate where Joe and his dad took the first batch of Brick Jackets and saw that there was a real demand for them selling over 100 jackets that day.
Still working on site, Joe enlisted the help of Candice, his wife, who would spend her day calling brickwork companies, sending out samples, packaging orders and taking them to the local post office all whilst looking after her and Joe’s young family
SUPPORTING THE TRADE
Making a Difference
As the business grew so did the team with Joe’s best friend Ben joining as a director in 2017 enabling Brick Jackets to start developing other products for the bricklaying trade but also to look at ways to continually give something back to the community that supported them.
In those early days, as with any small start-up, it was a real labour of love with Joe, Candice and Ben believing that their product could make a real difference to the day-to-day working life of a brickie.
And they were right.
Memberships and Accreditations
“ISO 9001 specifies requirements for a quality management system (QMS). We use the standard to demonstrate our ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements.”
“ISO 14001 sets out the requirements for an environmental management system. Brick Jackets have improved our environmental performance through more efficient use of resources and reduction of waste”
“ISO 45001:2018 meeting the standard that is required here, Brick Jackets provides a safe and healthy workplace by preventing work-related injury and ill health, as well as by proactively improving its OH&S performance.”