The prominent Lincolnshire-based mobility vehicles company, TerrainHopper, was announced as the winner of the highly coveted Innovation award in the Medilink East Midlands Business Competition.
More information is available at http://terrainhopper.com.
The prestigious Medilink East Midlands Innovation award, recognising Terrain Hopper’s success in innovation and subsequent impact on local job and wealth creation, was collected during the Innovation Day awards dinner at the Radisson Blu Hotel, East Midlands Airport.
The business launched in 2010 to develop pre-production prototypes of an off-road mobility product by Sam and Deborah Dantzie who since then self-financed the opening of a manufacturing facility, patented and launched the TerrainHopper and are into their second production run, has also automatically secured a place in the Medilink UK National Awards.
Sam Dantzie explains that “our products are generating worldwide interest and this prestigious award recognises the innovative nature of our product. We manufacture in Lincolnshire and are currently expanding into new premises and creating new skilled jobs. Medilink East Midlands and iNet have been very supportive, showing confidence and interest in our amazing off road mobility product and we look forward to continuing with this valued relationship”.
The Innovation Award is sponsored by Potter Clarkson LLP and the partner Helen Johnstone revealed that “Potter Clarkson is proud to have presented the Innovation Award to TerrainHopper, whose off road vehicle has enabled many people with mobility difficulties to have fun by participating in a wide range of outdoor activities across difficult terrain”.
The Potter Clarkson LLP partner explains that “as an East Midlands-based company, we are very pleased to see companies from this region developing and commercialising such cutting edge products and obtaining intellectual property rights to protect their valuable innovations”.
The Chief Executive of Medilink East Midlands, Dr. Darren Clark, explained how “TerrainHopper is an excellent example of innovative design meeting a real need. The fact that the company is also manufacturing the vehicles in the region makes this a worthy award winner. We congratulate them on their early success and look forward to helping them as they expand”.
In addition to TerrainHopper, four other companies were honored with Medilink awards, including Francis Lamont Innovations for ‘Best Start-up, Spirit Healthcare for ‘Partnership with the NHS’, Quadralene Group for ‘Export Achievement’ and Scientific Laboratory Supplies for ‘Outstanding Achievement’.
The award ceremony followed the Medilink East Midlands Innovation Conference on “Revolutionizing Healthcare – What part will you play?”, supported by the Healthcare and Bioscience iNet project – part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), that attracted over 200 of the region’s leading businesses and academics in the sector.