With the Six Nations now underway, on 11 February business secretary Sajid Javid visited Opro in Hemel Hempstead, the world’s largest manufacturer of mouthguards and official supplier to the England rugby team.
UK based Opro now exports to 30 countries worldwide and supplies top national and international rugby teams from around the world. These include World Cup winners New Zealand, former Premiership Champions Harlequins and ten of the current Aviva Premiership teams. Opro also supplies mouthguards to over 1,000 schools and clubs from all over the UK.
Dr Anthony Lovat, founder of Opro said: “We are a team at Opro and everything you see here today is the result of the hard work of a group of dedicated employees. I am passionate about maintaining a manufacturing base in the UK and delighted that the work we have done and continue to do in oral protection has prevented many children and adults from losing teeth as a result of a sporting accident.”
Dr Mike England, Rugby Football Union Community Rugby medical director added: “We’ve been working with Opro for a number of years, including through our All Schools programme. Their support of our player safety education embedded in that programme, and through the provision of their high quality mouth guards especially for the young players has been invaluable for the community game.”
Sally Marshall, CEO of Dacorum Borough Council says: “We are proud to have such innovative businesses as Opro in Hemel Hempstead and this is why we support the Hemel Hempstead Business Ambassador scheme, so that there is an increased awareness of everything this area has to offer. Opro continue to develop and grow within the business community and we hope to work with all local businesses to see them achieving such successes.”