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Cottam Attends British Library Event at House of Lords

Cottam Director, Ben Cottam, recently attended an event at the House of Lords as a guest of BIPC North East. The Business & Intellectual Property Centre is operated by the British Library and offers support to small businesses in the U.K. Cottam was invited to attend after benefitting from the BIPC’s advice on intellectual property when developing their rapid lock system, an innovative assembly solution that is now used across the company’s broom range.

The event was part of the launch of the Democratising Entrepreneurship 2.0 report, which looks at the impact the BIPC national network has had over a three-year period. During the event, Cottam was given the opportunity to display their weir brush system. The water industry has been criticized by the media in recent months, particularly around the handling of wastewater overflowing into U.K. rivers and seas.

With cleaner water and operational efficiency on the agenda for many water companies, weir systems and in particular the cleanliness of weir systems is often overlooked. The Cottam wastewater brush (manufactured at Cottam sites in Hebburn, Tyne and Wear) is used to clean settlement tanks, which results in improved performance and reduced downtime.

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