Gripple supports young innovation

Corner plot: Gripple's Old West Gun Works on Savile Street East
Corner plot: Gripple's Old West Gun Works on Savile Street East
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Gripple is challenging the region’s primary school children to come up with an innovative environmental idea and win £350 for their school.

The Sheffield company, which has won awards for innovation, including two Queen’s Awards, is teaming up with Rotherham’s award winning enterprise team, ‘Are You Ready?’ to run the competition, which is part of the national Innovating for the Environment initiative.

As part of the local initiative, Gripple is hosting two events at its factory, where children will be able to see the company’s innovative manufacturing plant, find out more about the environmental challenge and learn first-hand about the sustainable methods Gripple uses as part of its drive to continuously create pioneering new products.

Gripple’s special projects manager, Gordon Macrae, said: “We believe that business plays a key role in inspiring young people about the world of work and business. For children to have the chance to come to our factory, hear and see what we do and then use their creativity and enterprise to devise their own ideas is a great opportunity.”

‘Are You Ready?’ director Catherine Brentnall added: “This is a fantastic way for primary schools to kick off their new academic year in a really enterprising way.

“We love what Gripple stands for – it’s a global, employee-owned business which puts sustainability at the heart of everything it does. For the company to open its doors to primary children demonstrates its commitment to helping young people develop their enterprise skills and talents.”

The ‘Innovating for the Environment’ events are on September 13 at Gripple’s Old West Gun Works headquarters on Savile Street East, Sheffield.

For more information or to book a place for a teacher and a team of up to four primary school pupils, e:mail Gordon Macrae: g.macrae@gripple.com or Catherine Brentnall: catherine@areyouready.org.uk.