Ecogrid Ltd is a family business which was formed just under two years ago, in April 2013. We specialise in flooring used in landscaping which is made from 100% recycled plastic produced in an environmentally conscious methane-powered factory. Before Ecogrid, we (Alistair and Sue Tunnington) ran our own landscaping design company and had been working in landscaping for more than 30 years. Some years ago, we began to notice that the changing weather patterns meant that there was a growing demand for permeable flooring, and in 2008 the government backed this up by putting into legislation new rules regarding flood prevention and surface water run off when applying for planning.
- Business Type:
- Industry Type:
- Soil and Groundwater - Geotechnical
- Market Focus:
- Internationally (various countries)
- Year Founded:
- 1,000,000 - 10,000,000 €
This company also provides solutions for other industrial applications.
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In short, as the built environment around us grows, from new developments on green belt land through to individuals paving over their gardens, rainfall in densely populated areas is being given increasingly fewer opportunities to make it back into the earth. As a result, we went in search of permeable flooring solutions that would work hard, look great and handle surface water effectively.
We are passionate about what we do and we scoured the globe for the best solutions, ploughing huge resources into research projects and trialling and testing many products before we found our dream product on sale in Germany.
At first we began to use the product in much of our landscaping work, and you may remember that the owner of Remington used to say that he loved the product so much that he bought the company. Well, his pockets were deeper than ours so we did the next best thing and worked hard to secure the sole UK distribution rights and began importing it into the UK and Ireland. We now offer a range of 11 different styles and have expanded our catalogue to include geotextile membranes and recessed manhole covers, which we have begun to manufacture in this country.
One of the greatest aspects of our flooring products are the sustainability aspects - the product has minimal impact in production, made from 100% recycled materials in an eco-friendly plant.
Although we are quite a young business, yet to celebrate our second birthday, we sold more than 60,000 sq m over the last 12 months and we hope to bring manufacturing home to the UK in the near future.
We are a brand new business, established in 2013, so the last year has been incredibly busy, productive and exciting. In the last 12 months we sold the equivalent of more than 60,000 sq m of our flooring. We are already on course to better that by 30 per cent in 2015.
A lot of our success has been earned by tying up a number of significant contracts with local councils. What’s really encouraging is that the purchasers generally request samples of the product first, which they then put through rigorous testing - and then they come back and order full sets, which is proof that our product is every bit as good as we say it is!
Our flooring has also, very recently, been adopted by the UK's leading independent construction and property services company, as well as securing another deal with the biggest block paving manufacturer in the UK.
The fact that our products are made from 100% recycled plastic in an environmentally conscious facility has already allowed companies to achieve sustainable building awards and low carbon construction credits, conformity to the Considerate Construction Scheme, adhere to BREEAM regulations and to meet the government’s Sustainable Urban Drainage Solutions requirements.
We are currently talking with both the councils and the companies about what we may be able to say in our future marketing and hopefully these will lead to some incredibly valuable case studies and testimonials. At present, we may tell you who we have been working with, but you’d have to keep it secret!
We have also developed new ranges and diversified our products. In addition to the flooring grid system we also introduced recessed manhole covers available in a variety of shapes, sizes and weights. Applications include roads, warehouses, swimming pools, local parks, patios, restaurant kitchens, gardens and driveways.
We also now produce a range of geotextile membranes, available in both porous and impermeable options.
Last year, we teamed up with Purus GMBH to distribute Terraguide and Bodenmat ranges of temporary flooring products for festivals, exhibitions and concerts. Earlier this year, we added Bloxx to our range, using the grid system to create unique combinations of concrete, grass, gravel and resin-bound stone to combat surface water and flooding issues.
Our business is growing quickly and we have already recruited and now employ twelve. We have received ERDF funding which will allow us to begin marketing our products in earnest, giving us the opportunity to further get the word out about our environmentally friendly surfacing solution. We are also very excited about being able to enter this award!
In addition to our commercial work, we are very proud of our local roots and have undertaken a number of community initiatives. For example, we supplied temporary flooring, completely free of charge, for the major unveiling of a war memorial in Birkenhead Park in late 2014.
We have begun to build close links with Liverpool University, which lead to us helping a student complete a dissertation based on Ecogrid. In addition, we are introducing new schemes to support and develop our employees and one has just started a new creative and digital media apprenticeship.