About

 

Victoria and Gordon Hamilton

Recoil Kneepads are the Professionals Choice in knee protection. But how did they get there? The journey has been long, arduous, emotional and relentless, but we've loved every step. 

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We aren't your average product based business. Our story is genuine and we have evolved from what started as Victoria trying to help her dad out, to now helping anyone who needs proper knee protection.

Victoria Hamilton Recoil Kneepads


Victoria Hamilton, our magnificent founder and a graduate in Product Design Engineering at Strathclyde University, came up with Recoil Knee Pads as part of her final year project. With this new invention the goal was to reduce the risk of osteoarthritis of the knee for trade workers. Victoria’s father, Gordon, who suffers from osteoarthritis which he believes has been caused by his lifelong career as a joiner, was the inspiration for Recoil Kneepads.

Our story so far... 

August 2012Dad comes home complaining of sore knees and joints. We’re sitting having dinner and I ask him what can I do for my final year design project. He jokes, why don’t you design me some new knee pads.
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September 2012Submit my project proposal to DMEM and begin working on a redesign of the knee pad.
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March 2013DMEM hosts an SIE guest lecture to talk about turning your idea into a business and highlight the YIC competition. Hilary Grierson, DMEM projects co-ordinator, also recommends entering the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards. Through SIE and Hilary I am introduced to Josh Sauter, SEN Enterprise Adviser.
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April 2013I accept a job with SSE on their grad scheme.
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June 2013I win the £5K first prize at the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards in London.
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July 2013I pitch in the YIC final and then attend the SEN summer networking and SIE YIC dinner later that night, both events on in 29 in Glasgow. I am announced as the winner at the YIC competition. Josh and SIE encourage me to give the business a go!
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September 2013I turn down the SSE grad scheme and officially register VH Innovation Ltd on 12th September 2013 and move into an office space at the Strathclyde Enterprise Hub.
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October 2013I kick start the first product development cycle with support from i4 Product Design in Edinburgh.
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March 2014We have testing undertaken by Strathclyde’s Bioengineering department that proves a 76% pressure reduction on the knee – a 20% improvement over existing competitors tested in the study.
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June 2014We have a minimum viable product that we enter the Young EDGE at the Scottish EDGE awards. Their support gets us through the final months of iterative product development and user testing phase.
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August 2014I start on the Entrepreneurial Spark program to get help with turning the product now into a viable business and begin to build the brand.
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October 2014I begin to look at the logistics of manufacture and travel to India along with Scottish Enterprise to look at manufacturing partners oversees. I also meet McLaren Plastics in Edinburgh and make the decision to manufacture in the UK.
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May 2015We have a product that is ready to go to full scale manufacture. I attend the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas to officially unveil our product.
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June 2015We enter the main Scottish EDGE competition looking for the support to manufacture in the UK. We are awarded the funding we needed and set up manufacture in Edinburgh.
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August 2015We give the order to begin producing the injection moulds for manufacture from a Scottish Toolmaker.
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January 2016Manufacture takes longer than we thought and we face challenges of manufacturing feasibility. The business hits a cash flow problem. I go back to work at Homebase to support us through the final few months of manufacture set up.
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March 2016Our injection moulds are completed and tooling trials come to an end. We give the go ahead for a batch of 500 sets.
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May 2016The first batch of 500 are run off the tools. The business is still in a cash low, so we make the decision to assemble the stock ourselves, from my parents garage, in order to save cash and also ensure the highest levels of quality so that every set in sold would be personally checked by me.
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June 2016 – We begin sales on 15th June 2016 through our website!
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September 2016We launch on Amazon UK and partner with Toolstop to do a marketing and sales campaign.
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October 2016We order our second batch of stock and the business expands through recruiting some part time interns – Paul, Susie, Con and Katie.
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January 2017We move into an office at The Whisky Bond in Glasgow.
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February 2017I am awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Fellowship and Paul joins the team full time. I also take on the voluntary role of Enterprise Ambassador at Strathclyde University.
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March 2017We have our first sale in Australia!
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April 2017We unveil our new brand and new website!
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May 2017We have our first sale in the USA!
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