The StairSteady is a specialised handrail that helps people safely and securely manage stairs. Ruth, who was recognised at the age of 16 as a Young Engineer for Britain award-winner, now sells and licenses the StairSteady across the UK and internationally. She is also the founder of Signature, a web design company, and The Drols, a tech toy company that helps children learn through playing.
“I am so grateful that, eight years on from winning the Young Engineer award, I am still able to do this. To make things happen, to run businesses, to be able to take control of what I want to do,” she says.
Her professional success has allowed her to take on a broader role, in particular as a mentor to students. “I am an ambassador for some great causes, mainly around business and engineering. One of the favourite parts of my job is going into schools and talking to pupils about their own careers, and what they want to achieve and inspire them to aim high,” she says.
For Ruth, a vibrant economy is about business getting involved with what surrounds them and refusing to become isolated from the wider context. As she explains: “Businesses can make things happen so they should support the local community and play a part in local economies. With exciting businesses of all sizes we can create a vibrant, exciting and flourishing economy and local area.”