Phoenix Safe Company is one of the oldest UK manufacturers of safes and security products and can trace its history back to Liverpool in 1799. At that time it was known as the Richmond Safe Co Ltd and was supplying the maritime trade between England and the United States with iron banded or iron clad wooden strongboxes and seamens chests.
In 1723 a group of migrant steel workers from the Toledo area of Spain, were working their passage to the United States, with the intention to sail from Liverpool to New York. They joined Richmond Safe Co Ltd where their skills with steel were put to good use replacing the traditional wooden strongboxes with all steel reinforced strongboxs. The demand for these new secure strongboxes grew with the increasing wealth and expansion of the maritime role of Liverpool as the major English port shipping goods and commodities to the United States in return for cotton for the Lancashire cotton mills.
In order to reflect the increased emphasis on security products the company was renamed in 1850, the Withy Grove Stores and began to design and patent steel safes, strongboxes, fire safes and vaults many of which are still in use today.
They became, with the famous Milners Safe Company of Liverpool, among the best known British safe manufacturers from the 1850s through to the 1970s, when rationalisation of the safe industry led to the loss of many of the traditional manufacturers.
The tradition of patented and innovative security continued in 1986, when Phoenix Safe Co was formed from Withy Grove Stores Co Ltd and adopted one of the oldest names in the British safe industry Phoenix¿. The aim was to design and manufacture advanced fire resistant safes to protect the new wealth of data information being produced by computers. The vital importance and catastrophic consequences of the loss of this information demanded a new approach to fire protection. Temperature as low as 60ºC can corrupt data stored on disks or tapes and with fire temperatures in excess of 1000ºC it was imperative to provide a modern safe for the protection of data media. This resulted in the first Phoenix data safe the 2000 series which protects data against fire for up to 2 hours at a temperature of 1090ºC, while at the same time maintaining a temperature inside the safe of only 39ºC