Ellie’s ‘butterfly’ idea is a high flier

Holy Family Primary pupil Ellie Byrnes is congratulated by Smart Compliance's Scott Wallace and Billy Mitchell, flanked by the competition partners.
Holy Family Primary pupil Ellie Byrnes is congratulated by Smart Compliance's Scott Wallace and Billy Mitchell, flanked by the competition partners.
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A BELLSHILL company has teamed up with local school pupils to banish the threat of deadly carbon monoxide which claims the life of one Scot every week.

Smart Compliance Ltd, who won the best innovative business title at this year’s Lanarkshire Business Awards, has developed a ‘next generation’, fully patented, carbon monoxide and smoke detector.

The unit, developed by the company at its base in Belgrave Court, is designed for use by social landlords, residential homes, commercial buildings and industrial settings.

The system is so sophisticated it can raise the alarm and send warning texts within seconds of detecting raised or dangerous levels of the gas.

But the company faced a dilemma, and turned to youngsters in North Lanarkshire’s primary and secondary schools for help.

Director Scott Wallace explained: “We weren’t sure what to call the detector.

“We could have gone to a branding company and come up with some super-slick name, but we are a local firm employing local people so it made sense to get local input.”

The company joined forces with North Lanarkshire Council’s regeneration and infrastructure and learning and leisure departments and Business Gateway to launch a special ‘Stay Safe’ competition for the winning school to receive £300 and the winning pupil a £50 voucher.

After sifting through hundreds of entries the winner was selected as Ellie Byrnes, a P4 pupil at Holy Family Primary in Mossend, who put a lot of thought into her entry.

She said: “I called it The Butterfly.

“Carbon monoxide is like a butterfly it is so quiet you might not know it’s there.”

Billy Mitchell of Smart Compliance added: “It is just that kind of thinking we want to encourage and, better still, it’s a name we can work with in our marketing and branding.

“We think Ellie’s idea could be a real world-beater.”

Councillor Tom Maginnis, convener of the council’s regeneration and infrastructure committee, was delighted with the response to the competition.

He said: “We have worked very closely with Smart Compliance and obviously had all the right contacts to set up and run the competition.

“But at the end of it all it was the pupils who made it a real success.”