Potter Clarkson presents TerrainHopper with the Innovation Award at Medilink's Business Award Event

18 June 2013

Lincolnshire company TerrainHopper has walked away with the award for Innovation in this year's Medilink East Midlands Business Competition. The company collected the prize at the Innovation Day awards dinner held on the 13 June at the Radisson Blu Hotel, East Midlands Airport.

Manby-based TerrainHopper was launched by Sam and Deborah Dantzie in 2010 to produce pre-production prototypes of an off road mobility product. Since then the enterprising couple has self-financed the opening of a manufacturing facility, patented and launched the TerrainHopper and are into the second production run. The worldwide market for mobility vehicles is expected to be worth in excess of £2.4 billion by 2015, with UK sales driven by Government legislation to increase access for the disabled. 

Sam Dantzie said: "Our products are generating worldwide interest and this prestigious award recognises the innovative nature of our product. We manufacture in Lincolnshire and are currently expanding into new premises and creating new skilled jobs. Medilink East Midlands and iNet have been very supportive, showing confidence and interest in our amazing off road mobility product and we look forward to continuing with this valued relationship.  The Innovation Award is sponsored by Potter Clarkson. Partner Helen Johnstone said: "Potter Clarkson is proud to have presented the Innovation Award to TerrainHopper whose off road vehicle has enabled many people with mobility difficulties to have fun by participating in a wide range of outdoor activities across difficult terrain.

As an East Midlands-based company we are very pleased to see companies from this region developing and commercialising such cutting edge products and obtaining intellectual property rights to protect their valuable innovations."  In addition to TerrainHopper, four other companies won Medilink awards in this year's competition. They are Francis Lamont Innovations for best Start up; Spirit Healthcare for Partnership with the NHS, Quadralene Group for Export Achievement and Scientific Laboratory Supplies for Outstanding Achievement, further evidence of the East Midlands' impact and influence in the healthcare and bioscience business sector. The creativity in innovation and manufacture shown by these companies is leading to valuable jobs and wealth generation.

Speaking after the awards were announced, Dr Darren Clark, Chief Executive of Medilink East Midlands commented: "TerrainHopper is an excellent example of innovative design meeting a real need. The fact that the company is also manufacturing the vehicles in the region makes this a worthy award winner. We congratulate them on their early success and look forward to helping them as they expand."  TerrainHopper is automatically entered into the Medilink UK national awards which will take place in early 2014.The Awards ceremony took place on the evening following the Medilink East Midlands Innovation Conference, which was supported by the Healthcare and Bioscience iNet project (part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

This year's conference theme, ‘Revolutionising Healthcare -What part will you play?' attracted over 200 of the region's leading businesses and academics in the sector.

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