Local disability employer wins national trade show award
Norfolk Industries for Disabled People has won 'Best New Product Award' at the UK's premier pet trade event, PATS Sandown. This is a real achievement for the Norwich-based company which provides employment opportunities for people with disabilities and manufactures small animal pet bedding products using recycled materials.
The award was given for their recently introduced medium pet house product which has been designed to appeal to children. Supplied with non-toxic pencils and bedding, the houses can be coloured-in before being given to pets, such as hamsters and gerbils, providing them with a cosy nest and a chewing activity. The judges at PATS liked the innovation behind the product and made it a winner in their small animal category saying: "The product has a good price point because you get a lot included. It will provide hours of fun for children and their small furry pets."
Norfolk Industries factory manager, Sharon Tooke, said: This is an amazing achievement, a great recognition of our products and will help to raise our profile across the UK. Ultimately any business growth created by the award and our attendance at PATS will directly contribute to the employment of people with disabilities or the provision of work placements to those who wish to get closer to employment but need support to do so."