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In the first of our ‘in conversation with’ series, managing partner Gill Hall sat down with Brian Palmer, Chief Executive of leading engineering firm, Tharsus.

Tharsus, a northern advanced manufacturing business that helps companies, such as delivery firm, Ocado, apply technologies to solve their strategic automation challenges, responded to the pandemic by developing a unique social distancing system called Bump.

This Personal Motion System helps the wearer understand how they move around a workplace and interact with others, and can help businesses understand, analyse and design optimal workplace practices for a post-Covid future.

Through the use of the Bump system, the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon has been the only major marathon to take place anywhere in the world since the Covid-19 pandemic began as the athletes, their support teams and the marathon’s own operational team were able to maintain effective social distancing, by wearing the Bump devices.

Bump was also recently awarded the Make UK Manufacturing Matters Award which recognises companies that demonstrate exceptional adaptability and resilience to impact their business and improve lives and society.

In this video, Brain Palmer, CEO of Tharsus, discusses with managing partner, Gill Hall, how they created Bump and how they see it being used during and post-Covid-19.


In this second video, Brian talks to Gill about the importance of recruitment and technology, two areas that are at the core of Tharsus’ success story. And they discuss the Ocado bot project, which has put the business on the international stage and what the future holds for Tharsus.



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