About Barbour EHS

We provide a simplified and all-in-one solution to help you remain compliant with your obligations in six key areas: Health and Safety, Environment and Energy, Estates and Facilities Management, Fire and Security, Mental Health & Wellbeing, and our International service covering 27 countries.

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The Barbour Story

Barbour is the oldest and best-known provider of specialist information services to industry professionals. The main objective of the company has always been to provide professionals with the information they need to do the best job for their customers and employees.ance and CAFM specialist Elogbooks.

It all begins in 1941...

Whilst Barbour (originally known as Barbour Index) was officially formed in 1957, it has much earlier beginnings in a company called Architects Classifile, which started as early as 1941 in order to answer the desperate need for information faced by wartime architects and engineers in London.


Bobby Barbour formed a company called Architects Specifile. The company was based on collecting manufacturers’ trade catalogues and storing them in a filing cabinet. The catalogues were delivered in Central London by ladies on bicycles who visited the architects.


In 1958, Patrick Barbour (Bobby’s brother) joined the company for two years, which is when Barbour Index was formed. Shortly after this, Bobby left the company and Patrick took over.


By the mid 1960s, the bicycles had been replaced by red minis which were driven by young workers who were employed to maintain the tailor-made Barbour Index Product Library services.


Patrick Barbour leaning on a car


Microfiche was introduced in the late 1970s to provide comprehensive technical and product information.


Through the next two decades, Barbour Index developed into the principal supplier of technical and manufacturers’ product data to the country’s construction industry.

It floated on the Stock Exchange in 1987. The Health and Safety Microfile was launched in 1980, followed by Environmental Health, Fire and Safety, Food safety, Environmental, Water and Trading Standards.


In 1997, Health & Safety Professional was launched, followed by Food Safety Professional, Environmental Professional and Trading Standards Professional – firstly as a CD-based service, followed shortly by an online product that has grown into the service offered by Barbour today.


In 2022, Barbour EHS joined the Marlowe Plc family, a leader in safety and regulatory compliance services and software. Sitting in the Marlowe Software, Risk and Compliance division, we work alongside our sister companies, health & safety risk management consultancy William Martin Compliance and CAFM specialist Elogbooks.

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We would love to show you through the Barbour service to see how these features have been developed to support your organisation.

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Our service areas include:

▸  Health & Safety

▸  Environment & Energy

▸  Fire Plus

▸  Mental Health & Wellbeing

▸  Estates & Facilities Management

▸  International


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