Thursday, April 19, 2012

News: Rotherham IT worker has big idea


An IT worker from Rotherham has been named as the winner of Hallam FM and Newburgh Engineering's "Big Idea" competition and picked up the £10,000 prize.

The competition, sponsored by the specialist contract manufacturer, ran on Hallam FM late last year and attracted thousands of visitors and over 100 entries.

Edward Buttler, 43, a programming manager in the IT industry who lives in Rotherham, impressed the expert judging panel with a product that hopes to improve the lives of people with impaired or undeveloped motor skills.

While full details of the winning idea cannot be shared, Edward explained: "I first had the idea back in 2008, after watching my mother-in-law struggle with an everyday, routine task. I thought there had to be a solution. I submitted the idea to an ideas research company in 2009, but they wanted money I just didn't have.

"I believe that my idea has world market potential, and could help so many thousands of people. I am really looking forward to the next stage."

Vincent Middleton, a member of the judging panel and chairman of Newburgh Engineering, added: "Edward was the perfect candidate for this competition – he had a great idea, and this was the opportunity he was waiting for.

"We are excited to start developing the idea and taking it to market. Hopefully this will be yet another excellent manufacturing product that can be awarded Made in Sheffield status."

More details about the big idea will be available in the coming weeks. Runners up for the competition were Lee Machin, 28, from Sheffield, and Michelle Payne, 41, from Rotherham.

The campaign also served as an apprenticeship competition with five winners who will each win the opportunity to interview for an apprenticeship with Newburgh at their Templeborough site in Rotherham.

Newburgh Engineering website

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