Nominated for:
Family business of the year

Technology & innovation

RA Tech UK Ltd was incorporated in 2014 as a direct result of the invention by Russell Armstrong (MD), of hotun. hotun is a dry trap tundish with an inbuilt odour seal to be used in the installation of unvented cylinders and boilers. The company has two Directors; Russel Armstrong (MD) and inventor and his wife Ally.

The hotun idea came about as a need for the industry when Russell, via his plumbing company, was installing an unvented hot water cylinder in a tight space under the sink as he had to use 2 products to complete the install rather than just 1 which made it difficult in a small space. Russell’s “project” then began which initially started as an idea to take on the TV program the Apprentice if he applied. Ally realised how serious the “project” was when Russell had a prototype that worked and told her how much money they needed to raise for the tooling to start the manufacturing process.

We were very proud to be a finalist in the 2016 H & V News Awards achieving Highly Commended in the Domestic H & V product of the year category. Also in that year we were a finalist in the British Small Business Awards in the Innovator category. At the end of 2016 we were also a winner in the Travis Perkins Innovations is the first time a product has been brought to market in the UK that is a 1 product solution and complies with all buildings and water regulations to ensure that it is a fully compliant installation.

What town/city are you based in?
Derby, Derbyshire (Midlands)

Number of generations
1st generation

Manufacturing – Building & construction industry

Number of employees