About Recoil

 

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


Our story starts back in 2012 with a dinner time time conversation between our founder, Victoria Hamilton and her father, Gordon Hamilton....
Gordon, a 45 year old craftsman, complained of his knee pain and that it was prohibiting him from undertaking certain tasks at work. He joked to Victoria over dinner one evening that she should design him some new knee pads as part of her final year design project at Strathclyde University in Glasgow, Scotland.
Victoria came up with Recoil Kneepads™ as part of her final year product design engineering project. With this new invention the goal was to reduce the risk of osteoarthritis of the knee for trade workers. 
Following an audacious 4 years of fundraising, product development, manufacturing set up, rigorous market testing and scientific validation; Recoil officially launched in June 2016.
Our story so far... 
August 2012Over a dinner time conversation, Gordon jokes that Victoria should design him some new knee pads as part of her final year design project at University
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September 2012 Victoria starts University and begins a project to redesign the knee pad
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March 2013 Victoria's department at University arrange a guest lecture from The Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE) to talk about turning your idea into a business. Through Victorias project supervisor, Hilary Grierson, and Josh Sauter of The Strathclyde Enterprise Network (SEN), Victoria enters The Young Innovators Challenge (YIC) Competition and  Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards
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April 2013Victoria accepts a job with Scottish and Southern Energy for after graduation while also pursuing funding to make Recoil Kneepads™ a reality
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June 2013Victoria wins the £5,000 first prize at the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards in London with Recoil Knee Pads
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July 2013Victoria pitches in the Young Innovators Challenge final. She is announced as a winner at the YIC competition. Josh Sauter and SIE encourage her to give the business a go instead of pursuing the job with Scottish and Southern Energy
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September 2013Victoria turns down the graduate job and officially register VH Innovation Ltd on 12th September 2013 and moves into an office space at the Strathclyde Enterprise Hub at Strathclyde University
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October 2013Victoria officially kicks off the first product development cycle
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March 2014Testing is undertaken by Strathclyde’s Bioengineering department that proves a 76% pressure reduction on the knee – a 20% improvement over existing gel and foam competitors tested in the same study
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June 2014Victoria enters the Young EDGE competition at the Scottish EDGE awards. Their funding and support get the business through the final months of iterative product development and user testing
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August 2014Victoria joins the Entrepreneurial Spark program to get help with turning the product now into a viable business
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October 2014 – Victoria begins to source a manufacturing partner
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May 2015Victoria finally has a product that is ready to go to full scale manufacture. She attends the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas to officially unveil the Recoil Knee Pad
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June 2015Victoria enters the main Scottish EDGE competition looking for the support to manufacture in the UK. She is awarded the funding the business needed to set up manufacture in the UK
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January 2016Manufacture takes longer than thought and there are challenges of manufacturing feasibility. The business hits a cash flow problem. Victoria makes the tough decision to bootstrap and begins part time work with Homebase to support the business 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. The go ahead is given for a batch of 500 sets.
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May 2016 The first batch of 500 are run off the tools. The business is still in a cash low, so Victoria makes the decision to assemble the stock herself, from Victoria's parents garage - True entrepreneurship!!!
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June 2016Sales begin on 15th June 2016 through our website! Victoria continues to work part time to further support the business with additional cash flow
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September 2016The business launches on Amazon and partners with Toolstop to do a marketing and sales campaign.
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October 2016 The second batch of stock is ordered 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 2017The Royal Academy of Engineering Fellowship back Victoria through their enterprise fellowship scheme.Victoria ends her part time role with Homebase and takes on a voluntary role as Enterprise Ambassador at Strathclyde University. Paul joins the team full time.
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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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September 2017 - We are listed in Homebase!
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October 2017 We finally move our production out of Victoria's garden shed and into a warehouse space
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........and the journey continues......

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