Press Release – 06 June 2012

Eight disability entrepreneurs have come together to launch a business network group on Wednesday hoping to boost their position in a tough market and offer their customers the benefits of greater openness and innovative problem-solving products and services.

 

The network is bringing together six people with Spinal Cord Injuries, a wife of a spinal cord injured man, and two friends who wanted to share their passion for outdoor adventure with a friend with a disability. In the group are eight disability companies. They offer many products and services including the innovative one-arm wheelchair drive, wheelchair jeans, gripping aids for people with limited dexterity, specialist disability counselling and active rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injuries.

 

“Being disabled makes running a business much harder. By joining together we are finding ways to overcome many problems so we can achieve more. We push hard to create practical changes. It works because we are user-led. Our products and services come from personal experiences of disability and have won many awards,” says Steve Dent, 36, MD of Spokz – a tetraplegic since a freak accident aged 10, when a knitting needle went into his neck.

 

Disability is a big topic right now and there is so much negativity surrounding it. We are told that the UK needs more entrepreneurs. And here are eight young businesses which have all set up during the recession, all with personal experience of disability set on making a difference.

 

“This year has such exciting lead stories with the Jubilee, Olympics and Paralympics. The message seems to be that more can be achieved together; that hard work and integrity get results which make people proud,” says Mark Owen at Nomad Wheelchairs, who broke his neck in a motorbike accident.

 

“I’m massively excited about this,” says Guy Harris, 37, who was paralysed from the waist down after being hit by a lorry in 2003. He set up DisabledGear.com, a free online service for buying and selling second hand disability equipment when he realised the cost of equipment prevented many people from living reasonable lives. “2012 is full of opportunity: having the support of others in a similar position allows me to do more for my website users and customers. And I’ve been picked to be a Paralympic Torch Bearer!”

 

Alan Thomas, who lives in Wales and has Ataxia, a neurological disorder, is a customer of Trabasack and has been recommended to other companies within the group. “It’s great to hear these guys are doing this. a logical step and can only increase the help available for people in my situation.”

For further information:

 

 

Steve Dent

Chairman, Kandu Group

 

info@spokz.co.uk

w. 0845 2577 496

m. 07786 463275

www.kandugroup.com

 

 

Founding Members:

 

www.nomadwheelchairs.com

www.spokz.co.uk

www.spokzpeople.org.uk

www.DisabledGear.com

www.mountaintrike.co.uk

www.trabasack.co.uk

www.standingstart.org

www.activehands.com