The Flood Company won the Innovation Award for their Water and Rodent Non-Return (WAR) Valve at the highly respected Examiner Business Awards last night.

The 2016 award ceremony was held at the John Smith’s Stadium in Huddersfield where the flood-fighting family business is based.

Luke and Tony Ruddiman with their Examiner Innovation Award

Luke and Tony Ruddiman with their Examiner Innovation Award

They unveiled the WAR non-return valve at the 2015 Flood Defence Expo in London. The product was introduced following an extended period of research, design and development to provide a solution for properties left vulnerable to back flow of effluent during flooding. The WAR valve also prevents vermin, snakes and insects using the pipes to enter properties.

Marketing manager Helen Lee said the product had undergone rigorous testing by the Water Research Centre, the leading industry authority on drainage, adding: “We strongly believe this product is a cost-effective solution to a global problem and we are currently in the process of securing an export agreement with a large German distributor.”

The WAR valve was also shortlisted as a finalist in the national Travis Perkins Innovation Awards and since its launch in October last year has proved in great demand, she said.

“We have a catalogue of ideas which we plan to bring to market over the next 12 months,”

Luke Ruddiman, The Flood Company Co-Founder, managing director, and brains behind the WAR Valve, said: “Innovation and design is at the core of our business.

“We have worked with many customers who could not benefit from a standard non-return valve due to bends and curves in their drainage pipes and this left their properties vulnerable to backflow. I was determined to overcome this issue and worked on the design of the WAR valve over an extended period of time until I developed a design that was truly universal. I am delighted to receive this award as it is a real testament to the innovative and unique design of the product”.

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