Innovative electrical clip secures Invent award

Gavin Kennedy, left, Bank of Ireland UK, with winners Julie and David Gray
Gavin Kennedy, left, Bank of Ireland UK, with winners Julie and David Gray

A Bangor business looking to secure its place in the construction world has been named overall winner in this year’s INVENT Awards from Connect at Catalyst Inc.

Gray’s Clip was named the top performer at the awards ceremony as ICC Belfast, formerly the Waterfront, sponsored by Bank of Ireland UK.

The event saw almost 700 guests gather to celebrate some of Northern Ireland’s most talented innovators in a ‘Night of Innovation’.

The husnabd and wife team behind the clip, David and Julie Gray, walked away with a prize package of £13,000 and a bespoke business trip to the United States in 2019.

The Gray’s Clip has revolutionised the process of clipping electrical cables, working with battery powered stapler to secure cables to wooden joists and structures.

“Julie and David demonstrated outstanding commitment, passion and belief towards realising their ambition in bringing their idea to market,” said INVENT sponsor, Gavin Kennedy, Bank of Ireland UK’s head of business banking NI.

The INVENT competition offers an opportunity for the innovators of Northern Ireland to come forward and be recognised as the next ‘big thing.

INVENT programme manager, Kerry McGarvey said, “The INVENT competition is continuing to grow each year, proving that Northern Ireland is bursting with innovation.”