Nominated for:
Family Business of the year

Started over 35 years ago by James and Katie Putnam who started manufacturing taxi cab seats in London for cabbies who complained of the poor lumbar support in their chairs. The word soon spread and business picked up thanks to the close-knit London cabbie community. A shop was opened in Islington to cope with demand and more staff were hired. When a grant as offered to businesses in Devon for building factories in the outskirts of Plymouth James and Katie leapt at the opportunity to expand their product range and started manufacturing other back care based products including wheelchairs cushions, wedges, mattresses and pillows. Now into its second generation of Putnams (Hedley and Bubbles Putnam, the children of James and Katie) the company has grown from strength to strength.

What town/city are you based in?
PlymouthDevon (South West)

Number of generations
2nd generation


Number of employees