WorkFloat scoops top Innovation Award at Seawork

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A Cornish startup with a clever folding work barge has won the overall ‘Spirit of Innovation’ award at the European Commercial Marine Awards 2019.

WorkFloat is a self-propelled floating work platform that 'folds' up to tow behind a 4x4 on the road or slides into a standard shipping container.

Jake Frith, Chairman of the judging panel for the European Commercial Marine Awards said: “For a product to win the top innovation award at the ECMAs, it has to offer much more than an innovative idea as so many of the products entered are highly innovative. WorkFloat was unanimously agreed by the judges to be not only an elegant solution, but also one that fills an obvious gap in the market. WorkFloat is a small company and a young company, but with its established development plans, clear pricing and clever marketing it deserves every success. It is for these reasons that it finished ahead of many ‘household names’ within the commercial marine industry; some with many hundreds of times its turnover.”

Toby Budd Founder & MD of WorkFloat said: ‘’We are beyond delighted. I couldn’t believe it when they called out our name. Seawork has been brilliant for us. We only formed the company five months ago and already have our first WorkFloat in build. We obviously thought it was a good idea but also know from experience how the market can humble us all. Bringing the concept here and putting it in front of our prime target audience at such an early stage is invaluable.”

“The feedback could not have been better. We've had a strong interest in both our models and have a box full of very high quality leads to follow up on when we get back to Cornwall. Over half the leads are from contractors. They have been the keenest to get a quote as they already have jobs booked or in the pipeline where they are struggling to get suitable floatation for their kit because of limited access, depth or budget. So, yes, it could not have been better - great show, no tyre kickers, just serious folk that know what they want. We will be back next year for sure, with both models on the water.''

By Jake Frith

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