Hot on the heels of Severn Glocon Group’s Queen’s Award for Enterprise is a very special recognition for a local Gloucester inventor whose firm is located at the Group’s Quedgeley headquarters.
Safety Knife inventor Bill Ireland was awarded an MBE for Services to Innovation in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Bill devised the ‘Fish’ Safety Knife product 20 years ago as a means to safely cut the strings on hay bales. The original innovation has been further expanded and developed drawing on feedback from Health & Safety managers. Today, the business has a healthy export market, employs 20 people and has six patents.
Severn Glocon Group CEO Maurice Critchley is a director and shareholder of Safety Knife.
“I’m so pleased for Bill,” says Maurice. “The Safety Knife is a wonderful invention which must have prevented countless workplace injuries and saved many lives. Safety Knife and Severn Glocon Group have a shared belief in innovation and improvement – our industries might be worlds apart, but there is great cultural synergy. Bill truly deserves this recognition, and it’s been a pleasure to provide the resources to help the business grow.”
Bill will formally receive his MBE at an Investiture later this year.