Excalibur Screwbolts

Excalibur Screwbolts - innovators of an award-winning fixing used by the construction industry

Excalibur Screwbolts

Excalibur Screwbolts, based at Hockley in Essex, was recently awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category - a remarkable achievement for a company of just 5 people. The award recognises the international success of the Excalibur Screwbolt invented by the company’s founder, Charles Bickford. The Excalibur Screwbolt is a revolutionary type of fixing used in many safety-critical applications in construction, form-making, scaffolding, railway maintenance, tunneling and security.

“The revolutionary concept of the Excalibur Screwbolt is that it screws directly into the toughest substrate, such as concrete, without the need for additional fixings or special tools.  Traditional fixing methods require the use of through-bolts, expansion anchors, sleeves and resins which are often less than effective.”


John Stevens, Business Development Manager, Excalibur Screwbolts

HRH Duke of Kent visiting Excalibur ScrewboltsAfter winning the award for a second time, HRH Duke of Kent visited Excalibur Screwbolts premises in Essex to celebrate and understand more about the original “Queens Award” double winning Excalibur Screwbolt. The Duke spent over 30 minutes at the Hockley business, talking to the company's engineers and staff. HRH Duke of Kent was given a technical demonstration of the innovative features, advantages and benefits that have made the Screwbolt such a successful British designed and manufactured product with millions sold worldwide.

“The Duke was extremely interested in our range of products and complimented us by saying it was a marvellous invention and wished us well for the future".


Charles Bickford, Founder and Owner, Excalibur Screwbolts

Excalibur’s international footprint

HRH Duke of Kent visiting Excalibur ScrewboltsInternational customer support is also critical to the company’s ongoing success. The product has proved so effective that it has now gained worldwide success with millions of Excalibur Screwbolts in use across a range of industries where a reliable and firm fixing is required into hard and difficult materials. As a result, the company has won a number of major international contracts that include fixing the seating at the US Olympic Stadium in Atlanta and securing services within the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.

“Half of our business is now export, with key markets in Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East and Scandinavia. We sell through a network of distributors, as well as directly to specialist end users. Essex has the transport infrastructure through London Stansted Airport and the international ports at Harwich and Tilbury to provide us with easy access to that global marketplace.”


John Stevens, Business Development Manager, Excalibur Screwbolts

Excalibur ScrewboltsBenefits of locating in the region

The company has continued to expand since its formation in 1986 and now offers a growing range of products based on the Excalibur Screwbolt concept. Excalibur recognise the importance regional support has played in the growth of the company.

“We are also collaborating with many of our customers to develop new niche products tailored to their individual needs. So again, Essex offers our support team easy access to customers in the UK, Europe and around the world.”


John Stevens, Business Development Manager, Excalibur Screwbolts

INVEST Essex has also played a part in aiding the company’s growth.

“INVEST Essex has provided us with valuable business support and we have recently benefitted from a Proof of Concept grant from the East of England Development Agency which has enabled us to explore new market opportunities. Overall Essex has proved a good location for a small, growing company operating in international markets.”


John Stevens, Business Development Manager, Excalibur Screwbolts

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Simon Papworth
Simon Papworth

Inward Investment Manager (High-Technology Cluster)

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Simon has worked in inward investment for the last four years, building a wide network of trusted business connections, working on a variety of successful projects in the advanced manufacturing sector. Prior to this, Simon spent 7 years advising business owners and entrepreneurs, with a focus on bringing innovative products to market.