If an insurer is trying to re-house policyholders after a fire or flood, then one option is a budget hotel. But in some circumstances it could be more cost effective, and offer better emotional support, if a person stays with family members and effectively converts one room into a small flat. That’s where a pop-up kitchen or bathroom could be very handy. One company that manufactures temporary kitchens and bathrooms in the insurance sector has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation.
The Temporary Kitchen Company, which is based in Deeside, supplies a range of unique and innovative temporary kitchens and bathrooms to allow people to continue living in their own homes in the event of flooding or fire or during renovation and refurbishment work.
In addition to temporary kitchen and bathroom pods, including a specialist bathroom for disabled people, which can all be set up on a driveway, the company’s latest development is a Pop-up Capsule Kitchen that is installed inside the home.
The company’s principal clients are insurers, but it is also working with housing associations and student accommodation providers across the UK.
Husband and wife owners, Stephen and Emma Trollope, who live in Chester, have been invited to attend a Buckingham Palace reception in the summer. The award is the highest official UK award for a British business.
Stephen said: “It’s a huge honour to be recognised by this highly prestigious business award. The Temporary Kitchen Company is a disruptor of the alternative accommodation market and our success is due to both our continued investment in our people plus our ongoing product development.”
Emma said: “We are so proud of what everyone associated with The Temporary Kitchen Company have achieved. A growing number of insurers are recognising the benefits of enabling people to remain in their own homes rather than having to relocate to hotel or rented accommodation.
“Not only does it avoid massive disruption in people’s lives, there is also a substantial cost saving.
“We have created a market that did not previously exist. Our products are both innovative and manufactured to a high specification, helping to give us a customer satisfaction level in excess of 99%.
“We believe the potential saving to the UK insurance industry alone is millions of pounds.”
The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are for outstanding achievement by UK businesses in the categories of innovation, international trade, sustainable development, and promoting opportunity through social mobility.
The Temporary Kitchen Company entered the insurance market three years ago and has achieved triple digit growth year on year for the last three years.