Luke Ruddiman, co founder and Managing Director of The Flood Company, has been shortlisted as a finalist for two innovation awards in the same month… both the coveted, national Travis Perkins Innovation Awards, and the highly respected Examiner Business Awards.

The Flood Company is a Huddersfield based family business that offers flood protection solutions to homes and businesses across the country. Luke was the brains behind their latest innovation, the WAR Non Return Valve, which is the first of its kind in the world.

The key benefit of this revolutionary product is that due to its unique shape and design, it can open clear of sewer walls on both straight and bent inlets, making it the World’s first universal Non Return Valve. This innovative product, , designed and manufactured in the UK, offers protection from flooding as well as rodents and noxious fumes and will suit all properties, many of which have not been suitable for standard non return valves currently available.

“Innovation and design is at the core of our business” says Luke.

“We have worked with many customers who could not benefit from a 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 have been shortlisted as a finalist for these two awards as it is a real testament to the innovative and unique design of this product”.

For further information about the WAR Non return valve, call our team on 0800 999 5355, email on or visit


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