Leicestershire-based Jackloc, creator of the original, award-winning universal window and door cable restrictor has been recognised with the most prestigious award in UK business, The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation.
Established over five decades ago, the awards have propelled UK businesses onto the world stage with an internationally-renowned symbol of excellence. Awards are presented by Her Majesty The Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister and an Advisory Committee, comprised of the Head of the Civil Service and representatives from government, the private sector and the Trade Unions.
“We are unbelievably honoured to receive the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category,” comments Emma Wells, Founder and Director at Jackloc. “To be recognised by the highest honour in UK business, renowned across the world is an incredibly proud moment for Jackloc and is the result of our continued commitment to innovation and safety.”
Jackloc was founded in 2003 by Emma and her late sister Deborah, with their other sister Judith Burrows joining as a Director in 2008. The business is built on the pioneering design created by their father Derek Horne, who after speaking with a hotelier who came perilously close to a falling child, created a simple, yet effective window restrictor to dramatically reduce the risk. From its humble beginnings, Jacklocs products are now exported and used in hotels across the world, including five-star hotels in Iraq, The Ritz London, the Travelodge Hotel Group and the Dream House Hotel in Manhattan, New York.
Named after Deborah’s son Jack, Jackloc has grown to encompass a full range of high-performance window and door restrictors including push-and-turn, swivel/stud, folding and the original key-lockable Jackloc. Designed and manufactured in the UK and extensively tested to BS EN standards, Jackloc is approved by The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in the City of New York and The Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council in the United Arab Emirates.
“Jackloc has come an awfully long way from working at the dining room table,” adds Judith. “We are supplying Jacklocs across the world including seven-star hospitals in Abu Dhabi, five-star hotels in Iraq and we’re working in close partnership with local NHS trusts and leading hotel chains here in the UK. Whilst this award is truly amazing and something we never thought we would receive, our hard work doesn’t stop. We are dedicated to reducing the number of injuries and fatalities across the world caused by falling from windows.”