Glasgow-based personal protection start-up secures new £744,000 investment

Rebecca Pick

A Glasgow-based personal protection start-up which has designed an innovative 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 moves closer to launching its Personal Guardian product to market.

There are currently six million lone workers in the UK, yet only five percent of them have protection through monitored safety alarms. The Personal Guardian will be the only monitored personal attack alarm readily available to 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 Pick, founder and CEO of Pick Protection, 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 latest raft of funding will see the Personal Guardian launched within the UK in early 2017. The Personal Guardian will be manufactured in Scotland and will retail at £119.99 for the device which includes the first 12 months’ monitoring service.

The small discreet device weighing just 12g and measuring 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. The Personal Guardian can be easily attached to a belt, lanyard or clothing and will send a text containing the location to pre-determined phone contacts and via a recording system, gathering evidence than can be used in court to assist in gaining a conviction.

The device is activated by pressing two buttons on either side, turning the user’s mobile phone into a recording device and using its GPS to give police the wearer’s exact location. The recording allows staff at a monitoring station to confirm whether the attack warrants police assistance, and it can also be used as evidence at a later date, if required, which could prove vital. 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.”