Grown-up Jack joins Lutterworth business named after him - The Rugby Observer

Grown-up Jack joins Lutterworth business named after him

Rugby Editorial 21st Aug, 2015 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016   0

THE CHILD after whom an inventor named his Lutterworth-based company has now grown up and been welcomed into the family business.

More than 13 years after manufacturing company ‘Jackloc’ was named after Jack Allbutt, inventor Derek Horne’s then three-year-old grandson, the company has welcomed him on a two-week placement.

Jack, now 16, gained business experience from the family-run company which is named after him – and set up by his late mother Deborah Jennings and her sister, Emma Wells.

The company produces window restrictors that reduce the risk of falls from open windows by only allowing them to be opened to a safe degree.




Grandfather inventor Derek was inspired to create the product after seeing Jack as a young boy perilously close to an open second-storey window.

The photo of Jack, aged three, which inspired Derek Horne to invent the Jackloc.

Jacklocs are now found all over the world in hotels from Travelodge to the Ritz, in schools and universities, hospitals and care homes.


Jack said: “I have really enjoyed my time at Jackloc. I have always felt very honoured that my Grandad named the product after me and proud of my mother and aunts for making the company such a success.

“It meant a lot to be able to see for myself all of the hard work which goes into running the business and the vital part each person plays.”

Company director and sister to Deborah and Emma, Judith Burrows adds: “We were delighted to have Jack join the family business. It only seems right that as the inspiration for the product name, he was able to witness first-hand what Jackloc has become and the fantastic work we are doing all around the world.

“The business has certainly grown substantially since Jackloc was founded back in 2003 and we were very proud to show Jack what his grandfather and mother helped to create. We hope that one day he might become a permanent member of the team.”

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