We are Buddytools UK Ltd inventors of The Gripper Buddy, A hand tool made from ABS Plastic that fits over carpet gripper rods allowing the user to safely sand skirting boards without fear of serious injury.
Tony Gerrard has been a professional decorator for 7 years and runs his own decorating business which has been very successful. he is married to Helen and between them they have 5 children, Mollie, Aimee, Olivia, Marley and Millie. he has lived in Southampton for many years, is a very keen saints fans and goes to st marys whenever he can!
Louie Martin has been decorating in Hampshire and Dorset for over 20 years and after working in the trade he set up brush strokes, Romsey in 2006. louie is a Dulux select decorator and has been entered for this year’s decorator of the year. he is married and has a young family.
INSPIRATION FOR THE DESIGN
Tony and Louie were working on a job together in January 2015. the job was a full re-décor on a bungalow in Hampshire. after plastering all of the ceilings, they set to work on preparing the walls and woodwork for decoration. all of the carpets had been removed from the bungalow but the gripper rods still remained. although they were wearing protective gloves it didn’t prevent them from damaging their hands on the gripper rods when rubbing down the skirting boards. it was at this point that they decided a tool was needed for the decorating market.
AND SO THE GRIPPER BUDDY WAS BORN!!!!!
Once the cad drawings had been produced we got in contact with several plastics companies in Hampshire as we wanted to use locally based businesses. we eventually opted to use a company in Fareham called Mimtec to produce the gripper buddies. they are made using the thermoforming process. Later in the year, we were working for a couple in Eastleigh who we discovered were both graphic designers. we told them about our new venture and they said they were willing to help produce the images for buddy tools UK. Design 16 is responsible for all buddy tools artwork and imagery. They have worked very hard in producing what we believe to be the correct image to move our company to the next level.
We hope most trade and DIY decorators will find the gripper buddy to be a useful part of their kit. we are currently working on 3 other projects which we hope to develop in the near future, these will also be under the buddy tools branding.