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Visorcat

Revolutionary, award-winning visor cleaning system enables users (eg firefighters, motorcyclists) to easily wash and wipe the visor with one hand. Safety aid.

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Consumer Products
  • Location Dunbar, United Kingdom
  • Currency GBP
  • Founded December 2005
  • Employees 3
  • Website visorcat.com

Company Summary

Imagine driving your car without windscreen wash or wipers. That’s what all motorcyclists used to face every day.

Launched in 2013 with a road safety award from the Institute of Advanced Motorists, Visorcat has enabled motorcycle riders - for the first time - to safely keep their visors clean while riding. Customers confirm that Visorcat, worn over the glove, increases the motorcyclist’s view of the road, improving safety, confidence and enjoyment, removing everything that hits the visor including dirty road spray, road salt and insects. It retails from www.visorcat.com at £30.

Visorcat technology has applications in the wider health and safety sector - anywhere a full-face visor is required while working in a dirty or dusty environment. Examples are on North Sea oil rigs, where conditions demand the workers wear full-face breathing apparatus, in firefighting, in the MoD, and in construction.

The competitive advantage is clear: Visorcat is the only product that can safely clean and wipe a visor while riding or working. A patent covering the fundamental Visorcat invention has been granted in the US and the EU.

Since formation of the company, the product has been designed and manufactured in preproduction quantities. The 900 preproduction units, manufactured with soft tooling at preproduction cost, have been sold and market acceptance has been well tested, as can be seen in the testimonials received (see business plan for testimonials). Full production tooling is now required for volume manufacture at far lower costs. A sales and marketing programme has been set up to achieve volume sales, through a mix of awareness creation using sophisticated internet marketing techniques, supported by internet sales and traditional distribution into retail outlets, initially in the UK and Northern Europe and in North America. Investment is required to fund production tooling, the cash outlay for production units and the sales and marketing campaign to establish volume sales. The directors plan to raise £265k for this. It is the intention to go from this investment to a trade sale within 5 years with no intermediate investment.

Team

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    Andy A Pringle
    Operations Director
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    Andy has 30+ years’ experience in the technology / semiconductor industry, 10+ years senior management, including global experience supporting sales and marketing and engineering teams to demanding customers such as Sony, Samsung, Hewlett Packard and Microsoft. Over the last two years he has established key manufacturing, supply chain and fulfillment relationships for the company.

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    Jill M Boulton
    Managing Director
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    The driving force behind Visorcat, Jill is a former newspaper reporter who has managed a parliamentary press office, was the Scotsman Publications’ first Recruitment Editor, and edited supplements at the ground-breaking business newspaper Business a.m., Jill qualified as an advanced motorcyclist in 2012 and has grown Visorcat from concept to market, winning awards along the way.

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    Steve Wood
    Business development
    Unconfirmed

    Steve has 25 years of experience in Scottish startups, including Wolfson, Vision Group, Elonics, Sabre Safety, and Metroic, in business management, development, sales and marketing, in exec and non exec director roles and senior management.

Advisors

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    HGF, Glasgow (Patent Lawyer)
    Lawyer
    Unconfirmed
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    Niaroo Business Services, Burntisland, Fife
    Accountant
    Unconfirmed