Solutions through Innovation (STI)


Allan MacKenzie has always been innovative by nature and set up his own company, Solutions through Innovation. Six years’ ago, after a neighbour had a firework pushed through his letterbox, Allan put his mind to work and developed an anti-arson letterbox, for which he won an Award of Excellence medal at London International Inventors Fair in 1997 for the design of the product “most likely to be commercially successful”.

Although the new letterbox is designed, patented, tested and Allan had carried out research indicating the potential for its market success, he had been unsuccessful in sourcing the necessary funding to get his product into manufacture. Allan’s wish was for the letterbox to be made locally. He approached the Advanced Engineering Cluster, who helped to produce manufacturing drawings and connected him with two companies in Telford who are willing to work with him on the development and production of his innovation.