Barclays believes there is no better start on the path to success than access to enterprise, employability and financial skills. Through initiatives like GradFactor we are committed to helping the next generation achieve their ambitions.
Zoë Smithson, Chief of Staff for Barclays Corporate Bank Operations, and chair of judges for the GradFactor final, said that it was the simplicity of the winning duo’s idea that resonated with the judges. The Sinclair Kitchen Fire Detector uses specialist technology which makes it possible to effectively differentiate between controlled infrared sources - such as gas hobs and cooking - and dangerous kitchen fires. As a result, emergency response times are reduced by an average of two minutes compared with a heat detector, putting fewer lives at risk and leading to 30% less fire damage.
Sinclair Fire holds patents for this technology, in the USA and South Africa, with applications pending in Europe and China. The device’s claims have been validated by independent fire testing at the Building Research Establishment, and the detector has successfully undergone field trials in graduate accommodation at Trinity College, University of Cambridge. The product will be targeted initially at social housing when it goes to market.
Keith Mabbutt, Chief Executive of GradFactor Enterprises said: “With the feedback already received, it is clear that GradFactor has been a memorable occasion for all those who entered and took part and I am delighted to have begun our journey of backing great businesses across Great Britain in such terrific fashion.”