As Alpha Rail approaches its 30th anniversary of manufacturing metal railings, gates and pedestrian guardrail, we reflect on the memories of Roger Bristol, without whom, the vital funding required to get Alpha Rail off the ground might never have materialised.
Roger Bristol – Technical Sales Manager
Back in 1985, as one of a team of senior managers wanting to launch a new metal fabricating business, Roger’s task was simple. Go out and get at least £30k in pedestrian guardrail orders.
This was no mean feat, considering that Alpha Rail had to have the purchase orders confirmed in writing in order to get funding released to set the factory up, and that these purchase orders had to be secured from local authorities with stringent qualification criteria to pass in to get on a list of approved suppliers!
Nonetheless, Roger achieved the seemingly impossible, travelling over 55,000 miles across the UK in his maroon red Ford Escort MKII laser!
Indeed he got Alpha Rail off to a flying start with £65k of advance purchase orders. Now, 30 years on, as technical Sales Manager, Roger continues to be at the frontline of the sales effort meeting customers onsite to conduct site surveys and discuss their metal railings, gates and pedestrian guardrail projects.
One of Rogers’ many stories involves being asked to be an adviser on the early development of Canary Wharf, which at the time was THE most prestigious project to be taking place in the UK. Roger was asked to advise on the design specification of balustrade that would be erected within the development. Being associated with this prestigious project enabled Alpha Rail to build its reputation further.
Since then Alpha Rail has been involved in many prestigious and BALI award winning projects such as the Athletes Village for the London 2012 Olympics, and Jubilee Gardens, a £3.2m riverside park in London, restored for the Queens Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Alpha Rail were also involved in the £5.2m restoration of The Forest Recreation Ground in Nottingham.
Outside of work Roger is still a high flyer, and as a qualified pilot, he previously owned shares in a small light aircraft. He has also been involved in motorsport and has competed in races driving a single seater Lotus sports car. Now-a-day’s though, he confesses that he prefers a less racier life and enjoys sailing when the opportunity presents itself.
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