“Over the past twenty years, Tomcat has helped thousands of children who each have a unique story to tell. We have built a reputation for excellence, and a willingness to take on challenges through our readiness to innovate, that other companies were unable or unwilling to match. As a result Tomcat enjoys a second to none reputation.”
About Bob Griffin
Tomcats founder, Bob Griffin, has been a lifelong professional engineer, with many years experience in manufacturing, marine engineering and innovation.
In 1997, Bob met his wife Anne, and her son Thomas who had Angelman’s syndrome, a profound disability, typified by severe learning difficulties, sleep disturbance and poor coordination. Bob and Tom soon became best friends and Bob looked for ways to help Tom sleep through increasing his exercise. At that time, trikes were considered unsuitable for children like Tom on safety and ability grounds, however Bob invented an entirely new kind of trike called a “Tomcat” which overcame the difficulties that were holding children like Tom back.
Its main feature was “Carer Control” – a rear steering and braking innovation that put the carer in control of every aspect of the child’s safety. It became Tomcat signature invention, and the industry standard for special needs trike manufacturers worldwide, however, Tomcats patented system remains the gold standard by which all others are judged.
In 2013, Tomcat won the Queens award for Innovation for the 30 plus innovations that Tomcat developed for the disabled community.
Finding a way together
Since its groundbreaking invention of Carer Control™, Tomcat has worked and innovated with the disabled community and professionals to find a way to solve ever more challenging problems. In doing so, Tomcat has changed the lives of many who thought that cycling was entirely beyond their reach.
20 years of worldwide innovation
In its twenty years of custom building and innovating, Tomcat has brought the benefits of cycling to groups as diverse as hoist users and those with profound learning and physical disabilities whilst its iconic Science Chair has enabled many physically disabled children to access mainstream education.
Tomcats 40 plus innovations include rear steering (Carer Control™), Trailer-Trike™, Quick Releasing Transport Frame™, Swivel Seat and switchable Dual Axle™.
Many of Tomcat innovations have become industry standards, with its pioneering lead followed by other manufacturers worldwide.
In everything we do, we put safety first, then work very hard to provide innovative and attractive products that we and our customers can feel proud of.
Our ongoing mission – through our programme of innovation – is to bring evermore mobility and quality of life within reach of our customers, just as they would wish for themselves.