Unipart brings Scottish designer’s personal alarm to market

A Glasgow-based personal protection start-up which has designed a new personal attack and lone worker alarm has secured investment of more than £800,000.

Pick Protection, which was founded in 2014 by 23 year-old Rebecca Pick, has built on the £60,000 of investment secured from an angel investment syndicate last year with a further £744,000 this month as the company prepares to launching its Personal Guardian product.

There are currently six million lone workers in the UK, but only 5% have protection through monitored safety alarms.  The Personal Guardian will be the only monitored personal attack alarm for the consumer market that is capable of sending a police response.

The investment is led by Equity Gap Angel Investment Syndicate, and other backers include the University of Strathclyde, Gabriel Investment Syndicate, Scottish Investment Bank and Unipart Group. The latter will also help with the product’s delivery.

Rebecca, who developed the idea for the Personal Guardian following an attack on a neighbour, said: “This is the first time that such a high level of protection will be available at such a reasonable price. Before now, users had to make the choice between good and affordable. The Personal Guardian will tick both boxes.”

The Personal Guardian, which will be launched early next year, is in Scotland and will retail at £119.99, which includes the first 12 months’ monitoring service.

The device, which weighs 12g and measures 6cm x 3.5cm, is a wearable monitored alarm that combines with smart phone technology to provide the police with information on the user’s exact location.

It is activated by pressing two buttons on either side, turning the user’s mobile phone into a recording device to gather evidence which could be used to secure a conviction and, using its GPS, give police the wearer’s exact location.  It can also alert family and friends by sending them a text message.

John Neill, Chairman and chief executive at Unipart Group said: “Unipart is delighted to be supporting a young entrepreneur like Rebecca with the passion and drive to make a difference.”