From Visionaries to Bird-Brains, Lord Stafford Finds Them All
Enterprise editor Martin Fainttakes a look at this year's Lord Stafford Award nominations and is shocked by what he finds It started with a vision, and following years of hard work, sweat, the odd tear and perhaps even scorn from doubters, this year's cream of West Midland visionaries will at last get their time under the spotlight.
In quiet Solihull what could have been derided as a mad desire to see inside bird boxes has led to a plausible business proposition from the aptly named Enjoy Birds More.
The group has devised a novel bird nesting box incorporating a wireless web-enabled camera system. Overcoming fears of electrocuting their beloved feathered tenants, it will allow customers to view, record and share images of birds nesting in their gardens.
The visionaries behind Lydo Innovations of Bromsgrove have realised a 14-year old dream to make a day-glo cup holder for elderly people.
Thanks to the efforts of one company director - the elderly, the infirm, and the visually impaired should one day be able to find their drinks during the night without the need to turn on the lights.
On the larger scale, Cadbury Trebor Bassett in Birmingham have searched for cleaner fuel than the traditional fossil-based options. With hydrogen a plausible option, they found that producing it from water is still prohibitively expensive. …