Stephen Blatchford, CEO of advanced prosthetics manufacturer: Blatchford attended the EEF (Engineering Employers’ Federation) National Awards dinner in London, on Thursday 30th January, where he and his team were presented with 3 major awards. “We were amazed and delighted to have won the Smart Product Award, the Export Growth Award and most importantly of all the Winner of Winners Award! It is a great honour and a huge recognition of all that our talented staff does.”
Stephen, who was a delegate on David Cameron’s trip to China to promote business developments between SMEs in the UK and China markets, leads a family company which is now almost 125 years old and which has consistently been recognised for innovation and service to individuals with amputation and disability. The company holds over one third of NHS contracts for provision of prosthetics and our staff provide the limb services for the service men and women at the MODs Headley Court Rehabilitation Centre. Blatchford exports computer controlled lower limb prosthetics world-wide.
The EEF Awards were presented for the development of the Elan Foot, an electronically controlled foot and ankle system which senses speed and terrain and responds instantly ensuring that the amputee can take on the demands of an active lifestyle secure in the knowledge that the foot will correctly position itself for each step regardless of whether they are traversing ramps, stairs or flat ground it also gives a boost when the individual walks at higher speeds. A truly Smart Product!
The second award for Export Growth focussed on our business development in the USA, a project which required new thinking in terms of market size, regional requirements for product and reimbursement and penetration strategy. Stephen Blatchford explains: “We took a complex product into a complex overseas market, making adjustments to meet demand. The USA is the world’s largest market for lower limb prosthetic products. Over a five year period we increased our product development, production, engineering and support teams; investing significantly in new production equipment. We are delighted with our results as our sales have grown above expectations with increased margins making a significant impact on our business.”