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Flood defence system wins Queen’s Award

Floodstop flood barrier in action

Fluvial Innovations has claimed the Queen’s Award for Enterprise and Innovation for its flood defence system.

The Poole-based firm’s Floodstop barrier claimed the gong for its ability to protect properties against flooding.

As well as being used to protect private housing, the Floodstop’s prestigious client list includes nuclear sites, San Francisco public utilities, the  Environment Agency, Coca Cola, Warsaw Metro, the National Trust and the RAF.

Fluvial Innovations founder and managing director Simon Phelps said: “We are delighted to be awarded such an incredible and highly esteemed award. This is a huge achievement for Fluvial Innovations. We are proud not only of our commercial success but also in knowing that we are providing a solution to the enormous misery, disruption and cost resulting from flooding.”

Designed as a cost-effective alternative to sandbags, the modular Floodstop flood barrier works as a series of interlocking plastic units which self-fill with flood water and, together with interlocking keys, secure it to the ground so it can withstand water flow.

The Queen’s Award for Enterprise is given to forward-thinking UK businesses that excell at innovation, sustainable development or international trade and is the highest official UK award for British companies.

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