About PlaySmart UK
Anthony launched PlaySmart with the intention of offering a consistent, high-quality standard for grass matting - the most popular playground safety surface at the time...
In the beginning...
Anthony launched PlaySmart with the intention of offering a consistent, high-quality standard for grass matting – the most popular playground safety surface at the time. He wanted to offer clients the guarantee that the installation will be of the same high standard, every time, whether it is in Scotland or Devon. The aim was to give customers total confidence in the quality of the mats and the workmanship of his installers, with the introduction of a ten-year product and five-year installation guarantee.
PlaySmart have always sought to respond quickly to customer demand by developing innovative products that fill the gaps in the market. This started with the development and introduction of FireSmart, a fire retardant alternative to standard grass matting. This has continued throughout the company’s history right through to the present day where we constantly look for new high-quality products and research improvements which can be incorporated into the range.
Over the last 14 years, the company has gone from strength to strength, keeping true to the unrelenting commitment to service for which PlaySmart has become known. From becoming established as the UK’s premier installer of playground safety matting, we have expanded into areas such as bonded rubber mulch, wet pour and artificial grass surfacing.
Research and development is as important as ever, with the launch of European patented products like the revolutionary SmartPlay system – designed to solve concerns around ground safety and maintenance in the grass mat market.
Our customer base has grown with the range, including many of the largest play companies, councils, those in the education sector, tourist attractions, sporting venues and developers. We now find our client base has expanded outside the play industry, to others that are looking to make use of our experience and knowledge of surfacing.
Meet the Team
Who inspires you? My Wife, Katie.
Any hidden talents only a few people know about? I’m the best safety surface installer in the UK.
Tea or Coffee? Cup of Rosie Lee all day long.
What’s your favourite drink? Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc with soda water, in the biggest glass you’ve got, with plenty of ice.
Favourite place to go on holiday? Port de Pollenca, Mallorca – well exotic me.
Who inspires you? Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards – I watched that film and bought a pair of skis, he’s just a normal bloke with passion and drive, having a go against all odds.
Office & Finance Manager
What’s your favourite drink? PornStar Martini
Favourite time of year? Christmas… I love getting my Christmas tree up, decorating the house, watching movies, Christmas shopping and spending time with family!
Do you have any pets? I have a Border Terrier named Roxy, who is as loopy as they come!
Senior Project Coordinator
Favourite time of the year? Winter… love me a cheeky turtle neck!
Any hidden talents only a few people know about? Not officially a talent BUT I have a gold blue peter badge and a letter from the Queen… I was by the far coolest 8 year old around!
Tea or coffee? Coffee. Strong. Especially on a Monday morning!
Marketing & Communications
Do you have any pets? I have a bounding ball of white fluff (read that as: a white husky called Diesel).
Any hidden talents only a few people know about? I can juggle (pretty much) anything!
If you could only eat one item for every meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? One thousand million percent, the answer HAS to be pasta.
Favourite time of year? Summer… I think I’m living in the wrong country!
What’s your hobby? I love to play golf… I was almost a pro! I also play football.
If you could choose a superpower, what would it be? To be able to rewind time.
Installations & Sales Support
What’s your hobby? Travelling the world.
Any hidden talents only a few people know about? I am learning how to sign language, I know it will be impressive once I’ve cracked it!
If you could choose a superpower, what would it be? To be able to fly – after all, it would be cheaper when I’m travelling the world!
Business Development Manager
What’s your hobby? Used to be football… now it’s looking after my 2 girls!
Who inspires you? My daughters
Tea or Coffee? Coffee – Great ideas always start with coffee
Favourite place to go on holiday? Croyde Bay, Devon; spending time in a motorhome and watching the surfers!
Favourite time of year? Christmas, because of all the family get-togethers.
Who inspires you? All of my grandchildren, I love them to pieces.