Griffon Hoverwork is a descendent of the original hovercraft invention. Its founders were part of the business which set up the world's first ever hovercraft operation, alongside Sir Christopher Cockerel.
It was this rich heritage and the company’s manufacturing excellence which caught the eye of His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent.
HRH expressed his desire to visit the company after hearing of Griffon’s achievements over the years as a leading exporter and innovator.
He finally visited the plant last week and was taken on a tour of the factory where he met with staff and walked through the manufacturing area to observe production processes.
Adrian Went, managing director of Griffon, said: “A visit from the Duke of Kent is rather special to Griffon Hovework.
“His interests bring together much of what the business stands for including; rescue, he is president of RNLI, export, in his vice presidency of the predecessor to the Department for International Trade and innovation and engineering in his roles at the Royal Institution and the Royal Academy of Engineering. His insight has been fascinating.”