Skip to content Skip to navigation menu
aboutus banner

What You Want, When You Want It…

Protec Direct are one of the largest suppliers of PPE & Workwear in the UK. Centrally based in the West Midlands, our 55,000ft² National Distribution Centre is ideally located to serve you, wherever you are in the country. Our huge stocks and regular deliveries ensure that you get what you want, when you want it.

A Total Solution…

Whatever industry our customers operate in, from heavy industrial to light catering, from professional construction to laboratory work, we are able to offer a comprehensive range of products to satisfy the most demanding performance criteria. We also offer an in-house badging service, enabling you to personalise your PPE and workwear with your choice of logo.

Quality Assurance…

We continually check the quality of products from our leading manufacturers and suppliers to ensure that quality standards are maintained. Protec Direct are accredited to Quality Management BS EN ISO 9001:2008, Environmental Management Systems ISO 14001 and Quality Management Systems OHSAS 18001. we are also members of The British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF) and SATRA.


Our Heritage...

James North & Sons established in the UK as a manufacturer of leather fashion gloves and military gloves based in Hyde, Cheshire.

James North, one of the leading glove manufacturers discovered and produced the first PVC glove.

Siebe Plc. Acquired James North & Sons.

James North & Sons introduce a selling arm called Northide to sell a full range of PPE to the market.

Northide changed its name to Northide Chadwick and added engineering products to their range of PPE.

Northide Chadwick changed direction by reverting back to being a PPE specialist and changed its name to Siebe Protec.

The Siebe Group sold Siebe Protec to a local businessman. The Siebe part of the name was dropped and became Protec.

Protec then became Protec Direct and was the first PPE Company in the field to produce a mailshot catalogue dedicated to PPE at affordable prices.

Protec Direct’s rate of growth over the 7 year period did not go unnoticed, and in 1998 the business was purchased by SIG Plc.


Protec Direct joined the digital revolution and introduced an online ordering website. The first online PPE supplier to offer next day delivery as standard.


SIG Plc sells Protec Direct to Bunzl Plc who have continued to improve the product range and service levels to meet challenging customer needs.


Protec Direct celebrates it's 25th Anniversary! Look out for exclusive promotions, competitions and voucher codes to help celebrate this silver year in style!

Deal of the Week LIMITED STOCKS

First Base 3 Beanie Bump Cap

Code: HC23-2021182

News...from the world of Health & Safety