About Jolly Back
Jolly Back aspires to improve the working life, health and comfort of early years and primary educators, paediatric therapists and those caring for children through providing practical and ergonomic seating solutions, backed up with trusted advice and exceptional customer service.
We are committed to preventing and reducing injury, promoting health and passionately care about the wellbeing of individuals and organisations working with and for the children we all serve.
Whilst delivering back care education to schools, paediatric physiotherapist and founder of Jolly Back, Lorna Taylor, made two important observations. Firstly, the inspiring dedication of teaching and support staff, and secondly, the challenges and discomfort experienced by staff working at low heights with young children – sitting on children’s chairs, bending over low tables, kneeling on the floor, moving awkward play equipment, shifting heavy paperwork and books, limited space… the list could go on!
Through an understanding of human anatomy and movement and a genuine belief in the benefits of health education and injury prevention, Lorna created Jolly Back in 2009 to provide practical and ergonomic solutions, backed up by trusted advice, for employers and employees working with young children.
Lorna set about creating her first product, the unique and revolutionary Jolly Back Chair after being unable to find a low, mobile chair which would adequately support staff. Since then, Jolly Back has won several education, design and customer service awards; developed new products and solutions and assessed others to support employees, employers and children with their back care and health needs.
As we continue to grow from Derbyshire, UK, Jolly Back chairs are now spread far and wide from Canada and UAE to Latvia and Spain…we’re incredibly grateful for all the support we’ve kindly received. The story continues…
Quality and Care Promise
We promise everything we design, create and deliver is based on our vision to provide the best quality, trusted, valued and practical products and advice so you confidently know you are getting the right products, at the best prices and they will last to serve you well.
Environmental sustainability is also important to us and is factored into our sourcing of materials, packaging and delivery.
But we don’t stop there…we pride ourselves on our caring customer support. As a Jolly Back customer and supporter, we value you and the tremendous work you are doing. Friendly, expert back care and seating advice to help with any purchasing decisions or queries you and your staff members have is only ever a phone call away. We are always very happy to help and support.
We care and promise to help raise awareness of the importance of back care and ergonomics and provide quality useful information and learning resources, which we hope will be shared to improve health, wellbeing and outcomes for us all.
2018 – GESS Award Finalist – Best Product to Promote Health and Fitness in the Classroom
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, and part financed by the European Development Fund.
ABOUT LORNA TAYLOR
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, MCSP, HCPC, DipIIST
Lorna has been a chartered physiotherapist (specialising in paediatrics, occupational health and ergonomics) for 15+ years. Over the years she has acquired significant expert knowledge and experience which she is very keen to share. Lorna also believes we never stop learning and is always happy to hear from customers, potential customers and fellow healthcare professionals about any challenging low seating challenges they are facing. There are always solutions!
As a passionate and sincere campaigner for improved staff working practices, Lorna has carried out research and is frequently invited to present the topic of back health and ergonomics at regional and national conferences. In addition, she contributes to and writes back care articles for education, nursery and health magazines, journals and newspapers. Lorna 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, appearing in studio photos to recently creating the concept “you’re only one step away from a jolly, healthy back!”.
Enjoying adventure challenges which are good for the mind and body, Lorna previously competed for Great Britain at cycling, has completed the London Marathon, a half ironman triathlon and skied the Vallee Blanche. She also enjoys cycling (and café stops) with friends and family. As a volunteer she is a governor at a secondary school and has raised over £170k for community projects.
Favourite quote: “Be the reason someone smiles today”.