Bloccs - Queen's Award

It’s twelve months since the team behind Bloccs cast and wound protectors received the hugely prestigious accolade of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise and Innovation and business continues to boom.

Bloccs’ products are now stocked by Boots, Lloyds Pharmacy and Amazon, sales have grown by around 20% across the whole company, new product lines have been introduced and staff numbers have increased. All in all, an ongoing success story for Precision Dippings Manufacturing (PDM), a family-run firm based in Yate near Bristol.

“We have Bloccs’ distributors in countries as far afield as Australia, New Zealand and the US and are delighted with the feedback, engagement and sales volume we’re getting,” said PDM Director Kate Richards. “As well as our adult and child-sized limb protectors, we now manufacture watertight covers for the PICC lines that are used to administer chemotherapy and other medicines just above the elbow.

“Research and development is an important part of our business as we are specialists in rubber manufacturing and are always looking at creating bespoke rubber solutions for our customers. We’ve worked with a range of industries over the last fifty years and continue to do so but Bloccs is our first consumer product. We’re particularly proud that, as watertight, re-usable cast and wound protectors, they’re being credited by parents around the world with saving school holidays because children with broken arms and legs can still swim, shower and bathe. We’re also proud of our ‘Thank a Hospital’ campaign which encourages people who have recently used their services to express their gratitude publicly.”

Supported by advice and guidance from Business West and the Government’s Exporting is Great initiative, PDM has been taking part in international tradeshows.

“We’ve been to the Medica show in Germany and Arab Health in Dubai,” said Business Development Consultant Hannah Prickett. “Both events proved very worthwhile, with some excellent leads generated and ongoing relationships established.”

With more large-scale retail outlets in the sales pipeline, PDM’s directors are predicting another profitable year ahead.

“Winning the Queen’s Award was just the start,” said Kate Richards. “This is a very exciting time for our team and company.”