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Victor Innovations Ltd is a family run design house producing innovative engineered products for the home. All the products currently in development are designed to cut draughts, stop rattles and generally make life a bit nicer.
Lead designer Richard had a wife with a cat. The cat had a cat flap and the cat flap had a rattle. Richard, who had spent his career in engineering and electronics, designed a draughtproof, rattle-free cat flap. The PetWay went into production in a small way as Richard had other projects to be getting on with.
This proved to be the way of things with letterbox draught excluders, herb collating gadgets, innovative fire doors, underground pipe leak detectors, World Service powered mine detectors and over a hundred other projects: Richard had so many ideas that there weren’t the hours in the day to design and develop them, see them through to manufacture and market them, even with the help of his wife Anne.
Fortunately, Richard had a son, Kevin, whose career has been in computing and electronic engineering and who was very enthusiastic about his father’s designs. Having run his own businesses since he was 21, Kevin was confident he could take on the manufacture and distribution of Richard’s designs, and so Victor Innovations was born. With the help of his wife Heather and his older daughter Jenni, a photographer and film maker, Kevin has spent the last two years seeing Richard’s designs through to fruition and bringing them to the world’s notice.
At the moment the Letterplate is available online, a new protected design of draughtproof pet door is in development and numerous other projects are on Richard’s drawing board or in pieces in his workshop. Richard has the skills to make working prototypes himself but also relies on independent companies in the UK to help. Development is a slow process as everything has to be absolutely 100% perfect.
“Richard’s unique approach to design and engineering together with our uncompromising attitude to quality has allowed us to develop familiar products that look good and work better than the alternatives,” says Kevin. Heather adds “We’ve learnt the hard way that product development takes a long time but we have to put quality first. Our products are designed to last.”
The Letterplate is available at £149 ex VAT at www.theletterplate.com
More information about the pet door is available at www.petway.co.uk
- The ideas have been around for a long long time, but Victor Innovations Ltd sprang into existence in 2014
- We serve customers in the UK and Europe
- We’re based in England and our products are made here, mostly in the West Midlands
- Three generations of the family, and spouses, contribute to every stage of bringing our products to market
- The company is wholly family owned and run
- The next generation of engineers is thriving as Richard’s grandson Max already has big ideas. Max is seven.
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