Hugh Facey

Founder and Chairman of award winning engineering group Gripple. Hugh’s Gripple concept started in 1986 when he ran Estate Wire – it was a chance remark from a Welsh farmer about his struggles with erecting fencing that led to the innovatory product. After three years of working on the project the Gripple was launched. Estate Wire was sold to fund the new venture and Gripple Ltd came into being. Now one of Sheffield’s entrepreneurial successes the business has won countless awards for Innovation, Business Performance and Export.. Gripple has also gone on to spawn two other businesses, Loadhog, another trailblazing Innovatory Business and Incub – an incubator that supports and encourages young businesses with ideas and innovations. Gripple is all about innovation and forward thinking – all employees hold shares in the company and an employee trust is in place for the continuation of the business.