About JBS Group

The team at JBS Group (James Boylan Safety) has proudly been Protecting People since 1944.
Learn below about our history, and how we came to be one of the leading providers of safety expertise
and solutions in Western Europe.

  • 1944

James Boylan Safety Ltd opens its doors in North County Monaghan, Ireland as manufacturers of high quality work shoes and boots.


  • 2000

JBS wins the exclusive contract to supply Irish government and semi state bodies with all PPE and Workwear requirements.


  • 2003

JBS achieves certification for ISO 9001 (Quality), ISO 14001 (Environmental), OSHA 18001 (Health & Safety) standards.


  • 2005

JBS becomes the largest PPE/Workwear distributor in Ireland. JBS moves to purpose-built 30,000 sq ft HQ in Milltown Business Park, Monaghan.

JBS acquires DL Safety Ltd. (Cork-based PPE distributor to construction industry).

JBS acquires Glendermott Universal (Derry-based workwear & janitorial distributor to blue chip multinationals).


  • 2006

JBS acquires W J Nelson & Sons Ltd. (Belfast-based workwear distributor to Belfast industry and NI Government departments).

JBS is instrumental in founding www.educo.ie – Irish registered charity giving education to underprivileged children.


  • 2007

JBS acquires Vard Ltd (Dublin-based uniforms and corporate clothing tailors, with fitting expertise).


  • 2009

JBS wins major contract to measure and fit, make and supply all officer uniforms for An Garda Siochana (Irish police force, with 14,000+ officers).


  • 2013

JBS acquires the Wenaas UK. (Aberdeen-based workwear supplier to Oil & Gas sector).


  • 2015

JBS secures the contract for supplying and managing the uniforms for Aer Lingus. This is now the largest online uniform management contact in Ireland.

  • 2016

JBS acquires Approved Safety Products Ltd (Sheffield-based workwear supplier to the steel and mining sectors)

JBS acquires Romar Innovate Ltd. (Whitehaven–based PPE supplier and manufacturer of containment products to the nuclear industry).


  • 2017

JBS acquires the business of SBA Ltd. (Leicester-based supplier of industrial consumables and PPE to the utilities sector).

JBS acquires W.C Willis & Co Ltd. (Glasgow-based supplier of PPE and Workwear to energy utilities).


  • 2018

JBS becomes Carbon (CO2) and Climate Neutral, recognising our commitment to ISO 14001 accreditation. 

JBS acquires Anderco Safety (Multi-site supplier of PPE and workwear to blue-chip companies and the Pharma and Life Sciences Industries). 

JBS acquires Chas E. Prossor & Co. Ltd (Liverpool-based supplier of workwear and PPE to general industrial clients with emphasis on the aerospace industry).