Monday, 24 July 2017

Getting to Grips with Innovation

Holly Nicholson, SELA Cohort 2014

Four current and former SELA members attended a workshop at Gripple’s Riverside Works in June, to get wired about the future of UK manufacturing.

‘We are constantly investing in innovation’ Gripple’s Gordon Macrae is proud to point out. Indeed, the industry’s leading provider of wire tensioners and fasteners did not get where it is, and stay there, without taking risks and doing things differently. Hugh Facey started manufacturing wire fasteners in Sheffield in 1985 after a conversation with a Welsh farmer about the difficulties of tying fence wire led him to innovate a device that would do the job better. Gripple Limited was founded in 1989 and the company has gone from strength to strength since then. The driving force behind the growth is innovation.