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Defence Secretary Philip Hammond MP Visits Henshaw Inflatables

Tuesday 6 May 2014, 09:52
By Harriet Warburton

Chris Hornidge (MD, Henshaw Inflatables), Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, David Warburton (Conservative Parliamentary Candidate, Somerton & Frome)

On 23rd April David Warburton, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Somerton and Frome, invited the Rt Hon. Philip Hammond MP, Secretary of State for Defence, to visit the successful local business Henshaw Inflatables, a world-leader in providing RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boats) to military facilities worldwide.

Founded in 1974, Henshaw Inflatables specialises in the production of RIB collars and tubes for military, commercial and leisure industries worldwide. Employing more than fifty staff, the company's 33,000 sq ft factory is based in Wincanton and run by Managing Director Chris Hornidge.

David Warburton commented, "I first visited Henshaw's last year and was hugely impressed with the incredible variety of products they build - providing services for the MoD and for defence contracts worldwide - and the fantastic success they've had. I wanted the Secretary of State for Defence to see the level of entrepreneurial achievement in Somerset, particularly here in Wincanton."

David Warburton (Conservative Parliamentary Candidate, Somerton & Frome), Chris Hornidge (MD, Henshaw Inflatables), Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP

Rt Hon. Philip Hammond MP said, "Like David, I was much impressed by Henshaw Inflatables. It's always terrific to see such an ambitious and enterprising business, and one with such energy and drive. This strong local business clearly has a bright future in the years ahead."

Henshaw Inflatables is now exploring new markets, including inflatable sound baffles for offshore wind turbine pile-driving. The business continues to seek to innovate and offer its unique products across the world and operates exclusively from its Wincanton base.


Posts: 1
Reply #1 on : Wed May 07, 2014, 10:09:41
It’s great to see Henshaw’s being recognised at government level. A well-deserved accolade. Henshaw's is one of those local businesses that, if you didn't know about them, would be just another industrial warehouse on the edge of town. However they are one of the local businesses whose innovative skills are known worldwide.
A few months ago we ran an article about their involvement in creating a floatation solution for the troubled London Duck that was in the news because of a fire. Their RIB’s are in use all over the world. Well done Henshaw’s; you’re a great ambassador and asset to the Wincanton community.
Last Edit: May 07, 2014, 10:10:54 by johnsmith  

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