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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Growing Business Awards Announces Innovator of the Year Winner

Fire protection manufacturer Plumis wins national business accolade

London, 26th November, 2014: The Real Business Growing Business Awards, held in association with Lloyds Bank and supported by the CBI, announced the 2014 winners last night at a ceremony held at the London Marriott Hotel.

Innovator of the Year was won by London based Plumis. The business offers affordable alternatives to domestic fire sprinklers, having developed a series of innovative fire suppression systems. Established in 2008, Plumis produces Automist, which is counted as one of the top 15 British inventions of the last decade by the British Library.

Judges commented: “Yusuf Muhammad (design director and co-inventor of Automist) is truly passionate about his product and his company. This business is achieving great commercial outcomes and is a credit to the system.”

The Innovator of the Year category celebrates genuine innovation in all aspects of business, ranging from unusual management strategies to disruptive business models and from ground-breaking product design to cutting edge manufacturing techniques.

Online investing via crowdfunding platform Crowdcube, was awarded Highly Commended. Also in the running for this category were water repellent technology manufacturer, P2i, call-centre solutions provider, Orderly Telecoms and security specialists, Metro Security. 

Plumis Design Director Yusuf Muhammad commented: "We are delighted to win this award and be recognised for our company’s innovative approach. At Plumis we seek to create products and services that set the standard for seamless property and life protection in the home, and enable modern open layouts that meet the fire safety requirements of Building Regulations."

Tim Hinton, Managing Director, SME & Mid Markets at Lloyds Bank, commented: “The Growing Business Awards are an important opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate UK business successes across a wide variety of industries. The stories behind this year’s award winners are incredibly interesting and motivating. It’s great to see the combination of personal passion and clever business thinking that have driven these businesses forward.”

Katja Hall, CBI Deputy Director-General, said: “These firms all have a keen eye for innovation, which is crucial to driving their growth success, but also that of the broader economy. Their journeys should be an inspiration to all UK entrepreneurs.

“Huge congratulations to all the winners for their commitment, determination and success.”

Amy Carroll, Group Editor at Caspian Media, added: “The Growing Business Awards celebrated its 16th year with more entries than ever before. We are the most established and respected national recognition of SME and entrepreneurial success. The creativity and dynamism shown by this year’s entrants has been fantastic, it was a pleasure to see all their hard work rewarded at last night’s ceremony.”

The awards night was hosted by comedian Ed Byrne, and included a keynote speech from Richard Reed, co-founder of innocent drinks.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Firemaster SW use Plumis Automist for compliance with fire safety regs

When Mark Evans of FireMaster SW was asked to provide a risk assessment for a tourism business in North Devon, right at the beginning of the holiday season, he identified the problem of a compromised first floor escape route from an inner bedroom. And following consideration of the issue he recommended Automist from Plumis, an alternative innovative residential fire suppression solution, which uses a high pressure pump to generate a fine water suppression mist from nozzles. Automist overcame the problem of a compromised first floor escape route from an inner bedroom which had been jeopardised by the erection of a glass porch on the ground floor. Gemma McQuillam, the manager of the North Devon Surf School was keen to comply with all of the fire safety regulations placed upon her for the holiday let (i.e. Fire Safety Order, Housing Act and Building Regulations). However, she wanted a solution which would avoid the need for the removal of the porch and which could be installed in a day without disruption to the business at this critical time of year. Plumis Automist was an ideal solution to the problem.

Automist can be mounted on a wall or on the side of the staircase with the pump assembly hidden under the staircase, under a standard monobloc mixing tap or stand alone on a work top. In this case, Automist was installed on a lounge wall with pipework running from under a bath and through the bathroom wall. The benefits which were particularly relevant to the Surf School included uncomplicated and simple installation to deliver rapid automatic fire suppression.  Gemma greatly appreciated the neatness and cost-effectiveness of Automist and the fact that there was considerably less pipework than for a traditional sprinkler system. And she is pleased that, in the event of a discharge, there would be greatly reduced water damage compared to a traditional sprinkler system.

She was particulary impressed by Automist’s aesthetic attractiveness and its unobtrusiveness which reduced its visual impact – very important in the  tourism business. 

“We would thoroughly recommend FireMaster and Automist to anyone in the holiday let business for a simple and very tidy solution to fire safety.”