Tomcat Special Needs Innovation has won its second Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation for its work on disability-friendly trikes.
The Gloucester-based design and manufacturing company provides specialist seating and tricycle solutions to the international disabled community.
In 2013 it won its first Queen’s Award for Innovation and it has now repeated that feat with a second win for its Bullet range.
In its 22 years on the market Tomcat has innovated such trike features as carer control, whereby the carer may influence the steering, braking and speed of a trike.
It says that its trikes, for all ages and abilities, offer both a form of exercise and a greener mode of transport to those with physical and cognitive difficulties presented by genetic diseases.
Tomcat claims that the trikes are designed to adapt to the needs of the user, so single-speed models can become multi-speeds, or manuals can become e-trikes.
Bob Griffin, Tomcats M.D. said: “My team are very proud to have won this new Queen’s Award for innovation, because not only will it encourage the non-disabled community to adopt a heathier, greener form of transport, it will also help bring an understanding of what is personally achievable to the disabled adult community – an ever-growing section of society that is so often ignored.
“The Bullet has created a new technology for those who may have thought their cycling days were over, but for many, it may be just beginning. An essential part of everything we design is about style, because feeling good about yourself and what you are doing is important to us all. What could lift your spirits or make you feel prouder to be cycling, than to ride the UK’s highways and byways on a Queen’s Award-winning tricycle.”