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‘Bariquins’ is the trading name of Bariatric Training Mannequins Ltd, established in November 2012.
The company was founded by its Managing Director, Chris Jarratt, the designer of the 25st training mannequin. Chris served 30 years in the police and immediately following his retirement in September 2009, began a degree in Product Design. Although this may seem a huge change of direction, Chris sees his police service as 30 years of problem solving. In addition, between 2004-6, whilst working long hours primarily on murder investigations, he attained an Open University Diploma in Design & Innovation, receiving a Distinction in Innovation. Having enjoyed the OU course so much, it made choosing the product design degree easier. The three years of study also included Marketing and Business Innovation.
During his 3rd year, Chris was in a situation where he thought that he would have to give First Aid to a man who was having breathing difficulties. The man, who weighed around 28 stones, fortunately began breathing normally again. However, it made Chris wonder how the emergency services train to deal with the ever growing prevalence of obesity in society.
So, for his Business Innovation module, Chris then researched bariatric (obese) mannequins. The more Chris researched them, the more he realised that he could design a better quality, more aesthetically looking mannequin. Before he could start designing a bariatric mannequin though, he completed his degree in June 2012, gaining First Class Honours.
Chris then began to design and refine his bariatric mannequin idea. In 2014, the mannequin design reached the stage where the search commenced for a manufacturer to help him produce a prototype. It was important that the company should be an established British manufacturer in order to secure UK based jobs. In May 2014, Chris approached a kitbag manufacturing company and persuaded their head of Business Development to see him for 20 minutes whilst he explained his idea. The company are experienced in manufacturing with materials that Chris intended using for the mannequin’s quality aesthetics and they also had a great reputation with several well-known companies amongst their clientele. That initial 20 minute chat extended into a meeting lasting an hour and a half. Collaboration has since led to the development of ‘Barry’ for which a patent has been applied for.
Environmental concerns are also a high priority for Chris and Bariquins. This has led to the use of recycled rubber to provide the weight and the volume of the mannequins. Recycled rubber allows weight distribution throughout the body and limbs of the mannequin, not concentrated in one heavy, unrealistic mass. Also, water is not required to add the weight, which avoids filling and emptying the water in situ and there's no trailing of hoses through corridors. Plus leakages and bursts are averted and water is not wasted after use.
In June 2015, Chris and Bariquins won the Spark Stockport Best Business Growth Idea competition. The prize of £15,000 worth of business support has been the springboard to bringing Bariquins to market. Bariquins continues to be based in the Stockport area.
Bariquins' Managing Director Chris Jarratt with his wife and fellow Director, Carolyn and his daughter, Beth, after winning the Spark Stockport Best Business Growth Idea 2015.