The “Jolly Back” concept was created by Lorna Taylor, a paediatric physiotherapist whilst delivering back care education to schools and nurseries.
Low Height Working
Lorna was inspired by the dedication of teaching and support staff and knew firsthand the challenges and discomfort often experienced when working at low heights with young children – bending over low tables, sitting on children’s chairs, kneeling on the floor, moving awkward play equipment, shifting heavy paperwork and books, limited space...the list could go on!
By understanding human anatomy and movement and genuinely believing in health education and injury prevention, Lorna created Jolly Back in 2009 to provide practical and ergonomic solutions for employers and employees working with young children.
Lorna set about creating her first product, the unique Jolly Back Chair, after being unable to find a low, mobile chair which would beneficially support staff - both practically and ergonomically.
Through her innovative thinking, genuine and sincere approach, combined with sheer determination, Lorna has overcome the immense challenges associated with bringing this and other new products to market.
As a response to requests for individually-tailored support and advice, Jolly Back also offers healthy backs consultancy.
“It’s a real privilege to listen to staff, understand their requirements and design practical solutions based on sound ergonomic principles”.
Lorna brings her passion and expertise as a physiotherapist (specialising in paediatrics, occupational health and ergonomics) and is committed to making a positive difference.
She continues to raise awareness (on a local and national level) of the importance of improving ergonomics and manual handling training, to reduce pain and realise potential, for children and staff within the education/childcare sector.
Please do get in touch, listening and helping is what we love to do.
Lorna Taylor BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy has over 14 years experience as a physiotherapist and is a Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, specialising in paediatrics, occupational health and ergonomics.
She is a professional member BackCare – the charity for healthier backs and the National Back Exchange. Lorna has worked as a consultant with the Derby City Healthy Schools Team, developing and delivering a new health initiative "Adolescent Back Pain Prevention Enhancement".
Known as a sincere active campaigner for improved staff working practices, Lorna has carried out research, been invited to present the topic of back pain and ergonomics in schools at regional and National conferences and written articles for school and health based magazines.
Lorna has her own physiotherapy practice and is a proud mum of 3 girls – all who have helped with the Jolly Back chair development – from naming it, using a prototype as a baby walker to appearing in studio photos!
Awards and Nominations
2014 Education Resources Award - Small Supplier of the Year
2012 Education Resources Award - Best Primary Product (Non-ICT)
2012 Practical Pre-School Silver Award
2011 Most Innovative Business Winner - East Midlands Women of Worth (sponsored by the East Midlands Development Agency)
2011 Listed in the Hot 20 Businesses to Watch - Director Magazine
2011 Best Start-Up Company Finalist - Medilink
2010 Intellectual Property Assistance "Subsidized innovation support has been provided by the Healthcare and Bioscience iNET which is funded by the East Midlands Development Agency, emda, and part financed by the European Development Fund.