Dirty Rigger secures funding for bespoke gloves
The Le Mark Group, based in Houghton, Cambridgeshire, has been awarded over £8,000 from the SCORE programme to help launch the latest range of its Dirty Rigger heavy duty gloves – designed specifically to meet the demanding needs of workers in the offshore energy industry.
Developed in consultation with riggers and engineers working on offshore oil rigs, drill ships and wind farms around the world, the new Dirty Rigger offshore gloves provide protection to engineers against some of the harshest weather conditions nature can deliver.
Made from branded materials including Dupont and 3M, along with Le Mark’s own Hexa-grip and XO-Skeleton patented technology, the range of six gloves also feature attributes, including EN388 Level 5 cut resistance, Scotchlite knuckle strips for low visibility conditions, neoprene wrist protection and micro-perforations between fingers for ventilation.
The SCORE grant will be used by Le Mark to undertake a global marketing launch of its bespoke gloves, which will commence in November.
Steve Exon, non-executive director of Le Mark Group comments: “We are very excited about our Offshore range and the SCORE funding we have secured will enable us to undertake a substantial marketing drive, including exhibiting at LDI in November. A high profile entry into the market will also enable us to steal a march on any competitors planning a similar product.
“We have been impressed with SCORE on two levels. Not only was the grant application process very straight forward, with help available at every stage, but we have also benefited from the relationships the SCORE team enjoys within the offshore industry.
“In our case Richard Salmon brokered an opportunity with one of the country’s leading access and maintenance companies for the offshore energy sector and arranged for their engineers to test our gloves in the field and provide feedback. Such feedback, prior to agreeing the final design, has proved invaluable.
“Whilst Le Mark has been established for over 30 years, SCORE funding is providing incredible assistance to a small division of a £5 million company, which will enable us to undertake a much larger marketing launch than would ordinarily be feasible.”
Richard Salmon, project manager and business advisor for SCORE says: “Working with Le Mark really highlights the diversity of projects SCORE is able to assist, as well as the benefits that can be achieved by putting people with great ideas in touch with others in the industry.”
To find out more about SCORE telephone 01502 563368 or email orbisenergy [at] nwes.org.uk