September 1993

Michael Lupton

Michael Lupton

Michael Lupton served in the Police Force for 18 years. After leaving the force, after having moved around a lot due to his Police career Michael and his wife (who’d been born and bred in Seaton Ross, East Riding of Yorkshire) settled in Seaton Ross with their two children. Michael started a consultancy, advising companies selling equipment to UK Police Forces

November 1993

Michael Lupton Associates (MLA)

Michael Lupton Associates (MLA)

Initially working from home, using some old stables as his office, Michael started up Michael Lupton Associates (MLA) and MLA start designing their own products, working directly with Police forces to produce clothing and equipment they really needed.

December 1993


MLA becomes a limited company

April 1996

Waddington Ltd Acquisition

Michael buys Waddington (Hull) Ltd, a company that was established in 1830 and which made flight jackets for pilots in World War 1& other leather based items. Waddington was merged into MLA and Michael took the decision to focus on the public sector and police equipment & clothing.

April 1998

Seaton Ross

Seaton Ross

Michael bought the village pub, the Blacksmiths Arms, in Seaton Ross and converted it into offices. The building housed the village blacksmiths at one time and the publican in 1893 was Thomas Howden, the village blacksmith. Later the pub was boarded out with the wings of a de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito World War II aircraft, as it was the only timber available at the time!

December 1998

Business Venture Award

Runner up of the York Evening Press Business Venture of the Year award

July 2001

National Framework Contracts

National Framework Contracts

  Around this time there was a move within the UK Police to a more central way of buying their protection equipment and protective clothing – National Framework contracts were introduced. MLA continued to respond and win a number of these contracts.  

December 2001

Small Business Award

MLA won the Hull Daily Mail Small Business of the Year award

February 2014

Defender Helmet In-house

Defender Helmet In-house

MLA took over the assembly and construction of the ‘Defender’ helmet, which had previously been bought in as a whole unit, which meant 4 additional staff were taken on

February 2016

Production Growth

Production Growth

Helmet production moved to a larger premises nearby and ‘stores’ moved beside this facility a few miles from MLA’s HQ – also with a doubling of staff

April 2016

Metropolitan Police

MLA continue to supply the Metropolitan Police but now through DHL who won the NUMS contract.

May 2016

Pouch in Manufacture

Leather & Canvas Workshop

Thanks to a Textile Regional Growth Fund Grant, MLA completed the installation of a leather and canvas workshop fully equipped with state-of-the-art industrial machines and further additional staff.

September 2016

Contract Award

MLA were awarded the National Framework Contract for Leather & Canvas for North Wales Police

January 2017

'Merlin' Helmet Product Design Drawings

Merlin Helmet Patent

MLA achieved international patent on new and improved “Merlin” Public Order Helmet.

March 2017

MLA goes to Hollywood!

MLA goes to Hollywood!

Not quite, but a new company video was filmed at our Yorkshire offices and sewing room to showcase what we can achieve in-house and show off our staff; the personalities behind the quality products made here. We try wherever possible to engage the skills of other local businesses, so we employed Rolling Snowballs – a York-based, premium video production and post-production company who specialise in factual, story-driven media.

March 2017

Defender Helmet Side Render

Merlin Helmet Revealed

Merlin helmet shown publicly for the first time at the 2017 Home Office Security & Police Event.

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