Barry Slayford, the inventor of the arson-proof mailbox in the UK, has spent the past 12 years working on a center that will help bring inventors together so they can innovate. It is destined to become a one-stop place for inventors to receive advice, support, and the space they need to innovate.

Mr Slayford said: “This is something we have been working on for the last 12 years. It is about 2,000 square feet and will be on Station Road in South Norwood, 100 yards from Norwood Junction Train Station.

“It is going to be a meeting place for inventors so they can help each other to work on their inventions. “There will be offices and a board room for meeting manufacturers and people involved in the invention. There will be research facilities so they can do proper research and workshops so they can make prototypes.” Mr Slayford has set up the centre because he feels there is no real support or advice for inventors in the UK. He has a lot of experience in the field and is happy to advise anyone who has an idea or new invention. The key to the whole process is “Research”.

He said: “I have invented a number of things, my claim to fame was my first invention which was an arson proof letter box.” Mr Slayford had a disgruntled tenant try and set his premises on fire by pouring petrol through his letter box. The result was the Safe ‘T’ Letterbox which deposits any liquid poured through it back on the street. He said: “Inventors come across a problem and they endeavour to solve it and that is what I did.”

Photo from Round Table of Inventors

Via Croydon Guardian

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