Accidental Discovery in 1997; Leading company of its type in 2011!

Posted: Wednesday 23rd March 2011

When restaurateur Peter Evans needed to protect his Pembrokeshire business from flash floods what he did not realise was that he’d just stumbled upon an innovation which would make him and his family hundreds of thousands of pounds.

In 1997 having unknowingly created the prototype of his first Floodgate, Mr Evans employed the help of the University of Wales and the Welsh Office, and they jointly created the domestic doorway flood barrier, which is now a thriving business run by his sons Simon and Tim, joint Directors, whilst their father Peter still occupies the position of Chairman.

One of the first flood barriers of its kind to be accredited with the BSI Kitemark, Floodgate is now used by an eclectic mix of customers including the Environment Agency, various emergency services, and thousands of members of the general public.

This growing organisation is ever more so pertinent as we are experiencing a dramatic increase in flash floods right across the UK. With the coalition Government having slashed funding to the national flood defence budget, there is an increasing focus on home and business owners to take responsibility and protect their own premises. Additionally insurance firms are only legally obligated by a “statement of principals” to continue honouring policies of properties in high risk flood areas until 2013, after which, they may become uninsurable. The knock-on effect is that mortgages will no longer be able to be secured against these properties, thus making them impossible to sell.

Today, Floodgate is turning over just under £1,000,000 per annum, selling approximately 2,000 units annually. With only a handful of employees this home grown business is one of the true success stories to come out of Carmarthenshire.

Director Simon Evans is available for interview or expert comment on the current UK flood situation. Mr Evans is widely accepted as one of the countries leading flood experts.

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