Here we share what’s going on with us. From charity events, to eco initiatives, to MBEs… you’ll find it all here.

New Limb Difference Gripping Aid Launches!

limb difference aid in action. Dysmelic oder Gliedmaßenunterschied (durch Amputation oder angeboren), Greifhilfe für Gliedmaßenunterschied

Squirrelling away in our office and factory, our team have been busy designing, testing and refining a brand new gripping aid and we are thrilled to now be able to present it to you. Alongside our gripping aids, we also run a bespoke design service for those with very individual needs and it was through this service that we were contacted by Karen. Karen has limb difference that affects her fingers and hands and was looking for a gripping aid that would enable her to vary her gym routine by giving her access to a wider range of equipment. As…

BBC at the Active Hands office.

BBC filming in the Active Hands Office

At the beginning of the year, Active Hands were excited to be contacted by BBC Business Online who had heard about our business and were interested in meeting us and finding out about the work we do, as a part of a larger theme they were researching on disabled people working in business. After a bit of a tidy round (and just a bit of worrying about what to wear!), we were ready to welcome the BBC and at the end of January, we met Jeremy Howell who came to our new offices to film an interview. Jeremy was interested in…

New Year – New Office!

Karen, Rob and Mel working at the desks

This week began an exciting new chapter for Active Hands – we moved into our new office at Rumbush Farm in Solihull! The new office is set in the countryside, but handily located just off the M42, perfect for both the local dispatch team and for those of us who travel from Leamington/Warwick. Up until now our business has been run from our homes but have now out-grown this solution, especially as we have expanded into stocking products from other companies, bringing together hand function solutions for a wide range of activities. The new office gives us opportunity to meet up together…

Record-Holding Midlands Athlete Wins Chance to Pitch at the Paras

Looped aid on Rob's wrist in gym. Adaptive gym equipment. Suitable for reduced hand function: tetra, quad, cerebral palsy, SCI, spinal cord injury, stroke and more.

An international West Midlands wheelchair athlete who designs and manufactures gripping aids for people with disabilities is hoping to expand his company’s global reach after winning the opportunity to pitch his unique products to a host of investors next month in Rio, Brazil. UK record-holder Rob Smith, who founded Birmingham-based Active Hands Ltd, will present its gym pack, which comprises exercise and gripping aids for people with arm and hand disabilities, to a panel of business leaders in the hope of securing orders and attracting distributors across South America. He is one of just five UK businesses that have been…

Active Hands are going to Rio

Rio 2016 paralympics logo

Active Hands have won the opportunity to go to Rio, during the Paralympics, to pitch our products to business leaders. This exciting opportunity came through a competition run by UKTI and the Innovation Forum and only five businesses were selected to go! The judges were looking for the “5 most innovative companies from the UK who offer healthcare related solutions to improve the lives of people with disabilities” and Active Hands was deemed to be one of these.  Rob had to create a short video about our products and answer questions about our products. Given that there are many Paralympians who train…

Branching Out Into New Products

Disability products that other people make - occupational therapy tools for hands

Here at Active Hands, our aim has always been to improve people’s quality of life and encourage independence. We have done this by creating products that remove disability related barriers, giving the user access to equipment, apparatus and tools that they may have struggled with otherwise. We like to think that by offering these unique products, we are helping people all over the world to overcome obstacles, increase their confidence and reach their potential. However, we are also aware that we are not the only company doing this and that there are countless other products out there, similarly designed to…

Exhibiting at Europe’s Largest Disability Show

Rehacare stand

Rehacare is Europe’s biggest Independent Living show and for the first time Active Hands had a stand there. We exhibited as part of the British Pavillion and it was encouraging to see many other  amazing products that our country has to offer. It was a good opportunity for us to showcase our products to companies, therapists, resellers and individuals from around the world. Our exhibition stand was looking smarter than ever before! We shared a stand with our friend Simon from Version 22. Simon was demonstrating his new product: ‘ein-finger ӧffner’ (German for one finger opener). The Nimble is a simple device for…

Inclusive Technology Prize Finalists

Inclusive Technology Prize finalists

We would like to announce that Active Hands have got through to the final stage of the Inclusive Technology Prize competition. Getting this far means that we get guidance and advice, along with financial support, towards developing two new products: a gripping aid for those with limb differences and a fine motor skills aid. The Inclusive Technology Prize is run by Nesta, in partnership with Leonard Cheshire Disability, and with support from the Department for Work and Pensions, Innovate UK, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills and Irwin Mitchell. It is a competition intended to inspire new innovations or improvements…

Semi-Finalists in Inclusive Technology Prize Competition

Inclusive Technology Prize logo

At Active Hands we like to listen to our customers and their recommendations for improvements or new products. Two particular ideas that you have suggested have struck a cord with us and we are working on making them happen. We have received many requests for a gripping aid that helps with fine motor skills covering all areas from holding drumsticks to applying make-up. From customer feedback, we have also noticed that our General Purpose aids are not really satisfying the requirements of those with limb differences. The straps end up being too long and the extra neoprene (if you don’t have…

Sad News about Huw Thomas

Rob receiving big cheque

Active Hands were deeply saddened to hear that Huw Thomas from ProMove passed away last Tuesday evening, 23rd September 2014. Huw had Muscular Dystrophy and we at Active Hands were honoured to have been joint winners of the Disabled Entrepreneur award with Huw in 2011. His company, ProMove, makes slings to transfer disabled users. Having retired from a career in science Huw found he was not ready to stop working! His design came from finding a personal need for a new way of being transfered manually from his wheelchair to other places. Having created a great design Huw expanded his…