Products developed in-house win top trade awards for Norfolk Industries

  • Norfolk Industries receive award at PATS trade show 2020
    Norfolk Industries receive award at PATS trade show 2020

Norwich-based disability employer, Norfolk Industries for Disabled People, has had a run of success during February, receiving product awards at two of the UK’s major trade shows.

The company’s colour-in Small Animal House product was a finalist at the Giftware Association’s Gift of the Year 2020 awards on 2nd February, taking home a Highly Commended in the Pet Gift category. The awards took place in Birmingham at the NEC's Spring Fair retail trade exhibition where all the finalists' products were displayed together, making it a great way to get your products noticed by home and giftware industry buyers and key influencers. 

The following weekend saw Norfolk Industries triumph again, this time receiving recognition for its ‘Nibble and Nest’ product which was awarded New Product Showcase winner at the UK’s premier Pet Trade Event, PATS Sandown on 9th February.

‘Nibble and Nest’ was developed in-house at Norfolk Industries and is an innovative product designed to promote natural scavenging behaviours and provide animal enrichment for mice, gerbils and hamsters. Consisting of small nests with treats hidden inside, it has proved particularly popular with hamsters and receiving favourable reviews from testers. It is part of Norfolk Industries plastic-free range, so it is also good for the environment.  

Factory manager, Sharon Tooke said:

“It is just a wonderful achievement to now win a second award this year for the development of our new products. We always take into consideration the abilities of our staff and people on work placements when developing new lines, making sure they are straightforward to produce. For these products to then gain awards from the judges on their merits to the pet sector is a dream come true!  

Again, it is hoped that this award will raise the profile of Norfolk Industries across the country and 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.”


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