StormMeister Flood Protection

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by StormMeister Flood Protection's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from StormMeister Flood Protection is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

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Malcolm Snape, director
StormMeister low threshold
flood doors, Mijas, Spain
StormMeister Flood Protection was founded in 2010 with
the specific aim of solving the problems presented by
conventional flood doors and their inherent difficulties of
operation. StormMeister director Malcolm Snape, an engineer
with over 30 years’ experience, was working in the west African
rainforest when he first came up with the idea of using flood
water pressure to seal flood doors. Since this initial inspiration,
StormMeister has been dedicated to designing and producing
not only flood doors but a wide range of user-friendly flood
protection products to protect commercial and residential
properties within flood risk areas, and it provides flood defence
solutions that are accessible to all people across the world.
Conventional flood protection products use conventional technology, often
relying on difficult to operate handle pressure, and they must be tightly locked.
StormMeister doors, however, utilise flood water pressure in moments of crisis, and
in everyday operation are no more difficult to lock than an ordinary door. Ease of
operation sees less strain placed on the locking mechanism, meaning StormMeister
products last and can be guaranteed for longer than conventional flood protection
products. In our purpose-built testing and development facility we continually trial
for performance, user-friendliness and reliability.
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We are an innovative company with unique technologies based in Preston,
Lancashire, and offer peace of mind to many home and business owners both
»Director: Malcolm Snape
»Established in 2010
»Based in Preston, Lancashire
»Services: World-class flood
protection for homes and
businesses at an international
»No. of employees: 13
»Finalists in the 2017 BIBA
“Business of the Year” and
“Construction Business of the
Year” awards
»Over 100 StormMeister flood
protection doors were fitted to
residential properties owned
by the housing association
Places for People in 2017
nationally and internationally. Our
success relies largely upon the
competitiveness of our products, and
our ability to achieve the impossible
has resulted in our becoming global
leaders in flood protection, with
an unrivalled level of engineering
We are unique for our development
of flood protection products that are
user-friendly for everyone, including
the elderly, infirm and disabled, and
we are the only flood company in the
world to have successfully created
a wheelchair-friendly low-threshold
flood door. This has helped expand
our business, as our doors can now be
Part M compliant – the regulation that
council and commercial properties be
wheelchair accessible – making our
products essential for such properties
in high flood risk areas.
With the world’s population
continuously increasing, the housing
crisis sees us building our homes more
and more on floodplains and in areas
prone to inundation, meaning that
strong future initiatives are important.
The government informs us that
houses would become more affordable
if we were to build 300,000 homes
each year and building regulations
state that every house must be
wheelchair accessible. This therefore
requires at least one entrance that is
Part M compliant, meaning provision is
made for disabled access.
StormMeister low threshold flood
doors are unique for their compliance
with the Part M specified maximum
threshold height of 15mm and
minimum width requirement of
840mm clear, which we achieve with
a door of overall width 980mm. In
this regard, we are responding to
In 2015, then-chief executive of the
Environment Agency, David Rooke,
said that the UK was “moving into
a period of unknown [climatic]
extremes” and offered advice on
adapting homes and businesses to
be resistant against flooding, urging
the public to not completely rely on
regional flood defences that do not
protect individual houses outright,
as these are costly and cannot
reduce flood risk quickly enough to
Our products are copyrighted,
patented and patent-pending for
worldwide distribution and our doors
exceed the industry standard of 48
hours by a considerable margin. In
our product testing and development
facility, we assess not only the quality
and performance but also longevity of
the product – remarkably we are the
only flood company to do so.Because
of this, we are able to offer a much
longer guarantee on our products than
is offered on conventional flood doors,
putting us ahead in themarket.
We are a company with strong morals,
using ethically sourced redwood and
hardwood in the manufacture of our
timber products. All our timber is
traceable to the place of origin and StormMeister flood
gate, Cumbria, United
manages to
stay ahead of
the curve with
a commitment
to ongoing
and staff
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much of the work is manual, carried
out by local people with mutually
beneficial results.
We dispose of our waste responsibly,
recycling through Recycling Lives
– a charity working to combat the
social impact of homelessness,
unemployment and welfare
dependency, supporting disadvantaged
and marginalised individuals to
inspire independence and full-time
We manage to stay ahead of the
curve with a commitment to ongoing
innovation and staff development. In
real terms. This means dedicated staff
working on multiple groundbreaking
new developments, such as our rapid
deployment barrier and flood resistant
garage door.
We strive for excellence in all
that we do, and our products are
continually tested and upgraded,
thereby ensuring that even our
existing products remain the best on
the market. We have succeeded in
this aim, as clearly evidenced by the
increase in our annual turnover, which
has doubled each year for the past
three years.
The implications of Brexit
The outcome of the EU referendum
came as a shock to our company and
our ambitions to expand into European
and worldwide markets. We do,
however, produce high-value, high-
margin products and are well placed
to take advantage of whatever future
deals materialise with the European
Union and beyond.
Our components are almost entirely
sourced in the UK and will therefore
not be subject to delay should the
outcome be harder borders. With
regards to export, we already largely
avoid Folkestone and Dover, preferring
to use either Hull orPlymouth.
Further afield, we are making inroads
into the American market, where,
due to the high margin and value
of our products, we can quite easily
accommodate the World Trade
Organization import duty. Our ambition
is to develop European and American
markets and to explore new markets
in countries such as Oman, Australia,
the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia
and South Korea, where interest in our
products has beenshown.
The outcome
of the EU
came as a
shock to our
company and
our ambitions
to expand into
European and
StormMeister rapid
assembly flood barrier,
Mijas, Spain
StormMeister flood windows,
Duquesa, Spain

This article was sponsored by StormMeister Flood Protection. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from The Rt Hon Theresa May MP.

The Rt Hon Theresa May MP's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By The Rt Hon Theresa May MP

This foreword from the then Prime Minister appeared in the 2018/19 Parliamentary Review.

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review. For Her Majesty’s Government, our task in the year ahead is clear: to achieve the best Brexit deal for Britain and to carry on our work to build a more prosperous and united country – one that truly works for everyone. 

The right Brexit deal will not be sufficient on its own to secure a more prosperous future for Britain. We also need to ensure that our economy is ready for what tomorrow will bring. Our Modern Industrial Strategy is our plan to do that. It means Government stepping up to secure the foundations of our productivity: providing an education system that delivers the skills our economy needs, improving school standards and transforming technical education; delivering infrastructure for growth; ensuring people have the homes they need in the places they want to live. It is all about taking action for the long-term that will pay dividends in the future.

But it also goes beyond that. Government, the private sector and academia working together as strategic partners achieve far more than we could separately. That is why we have set an ambitious goal of lifting UK public and private research and development investment to 2.4 per cent of GDP by 2027. It is why we are developing four Grand Challenges, the big drivers of social and economic change in the world today: harnessing artificial intelligence and the data revolution; leading in changes to the future of mobility; meeting the challenges of our ageing society; and driving ahead the revolution in clean growth. By focusing our efforts on making the most of these areas of enormous potential, we can develop new exports, grow new industries and create more good jobs in every part of our country.

Years of hard work and sacrifice from the British people have got our deficit down by over three quarters. We are building on this success by taking a balanced approach to public spending. We are continuing to deal with our debts, so that our economy can remain strong and we can protect people’s jobs, and at the same time we are investing in vital public services, like our NHS. We have set out plans to increase NHS funding annually by an average by 3.4 percent in real terms: that is £394 million a week more. In return, the NHS will produce a ten-year plan, led by doctors and nurses, to eliminate waste and improve patient care.

I believe that Britain can look to the future with confidence. We are leaving the EU and setting a new course for prosperity as a global trading nation. We have a Modern Industrial Strategy that is strengthening the foundations of our economy and helping us to seize the opportunities of the future. We are investing in the public services we all rely on and helping them to grow and improve. Building on our country’s great strengths – our world-class universities and researchers, our excellent services sector, our cutting edge manufacturers, our vibrant creative industries, our dedicated public servants – we can look towards a new decade that is ripe with possibility. The government I lead is doing all it can to make that brighter future a reality for everyone in our country. 

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review 
The Rt Hon Theresa May MP
Prime Minister