Over 2.3 million trade workers in the UK are using outdated knee supports that lack flexibility, durability and sufficient support. This leaves them at greater risk of long-term damage caused by kneeling. Victoria Hamilton’s father is a joiner who was at risk, and she responded to his wish for something better by engineering the next generation of knee supports
Tests by the University of Strathclyde’s bioengineering department have shown that Recoil Knee Pads provide a 76% pressure reduction on the knee, a 20% improvement over existing competitors. This is achieved through a patent-pending spring technology that sandwiches springs between two layers of support. The result is that pressure is better absorbed and spread more evenly. This enables a degree of cushioning that not only prevents knee damage, but also helps those with existing knee problems to kneel more comfortably.
By incorporating a 360° pivot mechanism, Victoria has created a knee pad that moves more naturally with the knee. User tests have also demonstrated the pad’s long-term durability. The keen pads are sold online, including on Amazon, and a base of repeat customers is emerging. Customer and industry-led feedback has also highlighted opportunities to develop sub-products based on the modular design and tailor these for specific trades.
Victoria was awarded a 2017 Enterprise Fellowship supported by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 to further develop the business by recruiting to her team and expanding capacity for manufacturing the knee pads in the UK.