Special needs trike supplier secures second special Queen’s Award
Tomcat’s latest range of trikes designed for adults with disabilities and mobility needs has secured the company its second prestigious Queen’s Award.
The Gloucestershire-based design and manufacturer provides specialist seating and tricycle solutions to the disabled community, both selling direct to customers and through a network of distributors.
Formed in 1997, the company rose to prominence with its signature innovation of Carer Control, enabling the steering, braking and speed of a trike to be controlled by an individual’s carer.
Renowned in the market for its willingness to build bespoke trike solutions in a medium volume environment, Tomcat’s approach to meeting each individual customer’s specific needs helped it secure its first Queen’s Award for sustained Enterprise in Innovation back in 2013.
Employing its capability in design and engineering, along with its understanding of genetic disease, the company produces trikes that often cannot be met with off-the-shelf products for those with special needs.
Initially, the majority of Tomcat’s customers were children, however, seeing a global push to develop greener forms of transportation, the Gloucester trike specialists decided to apply its expertise to the adult tricycle market.
Suggesting that it is a market that has seen a lack of provision for those with disabilities and mobility needs, the specialist manufacturer created the Bullet range, consisting of five models – Apprentice, Silver Bullet, Cycle Squad, Flash and Rotor.
According to Tomcat, separately the range has the capability of addressing almost all obstacles to cycling encountered by customers in their teenage to senior adult years.
Importantly, the range has been modularly designer to allow for the models to be changed and adapted to meet the changing lifestyle or disability needs of the user, including the option to turn manual drives into e-trikes.
Recognising the Bullet range’s engineering ingenuity, the company was announced as a winner of the 54th Queen’s Awards for Innovation, the highest accolade bestowed upon a British business.
Consisting of a selection of companies from across of the UK, winners of the prize are recommended by the Prime Minister, and approved by Her Majesty the Queen.
Bob Griffin, Managing Director of Tomcat, said: “My team are very proud to have won this new Queen’s Award for innovation, because not only will it encourage the non-disabled community to adopt a heathier, greener form of transport, it will also help bring an understanding of what is personally achievable to the disabled adult community – an ever-growing section of society that is so often ignored.”
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