When Edward Harvey invented the original squares and triangles that snapped together to help the formation of cubes and prisms in the early 1970s, he had little idea that nearly 50 years later children around the world would still be enjoying the innovation. Edward's son, Ronan realised the potential of this wonderful and unique tool, and marketed it to the education fraternity. This innovative tool has grown in popularity and has helped and inspired millions of children around the world.
The present custodian of Polydron, Richard Hardstaff, is as passionate about Polydron as its inventor. He has overseen new innovations such as the new Magnetic and Giant ranges, which will continue to inspire and help educate children for many years to come. He has also played an important role in starting the company, Educational Advantage, which manufactures it's own unique products as well as acting as a key distribution partner for some select companies from around the world.
Today the Polydron team is a tight knit and dedicated unit who work from a modern facility in the Cotswolds within the UK. We are focused on giving the best possible service to all of our customers in a very competitive market place.
The team is made up of:
Richard Hardstaff - Managing Director
Richard joined Polydron in 1984 and has been involved in every aspect of its development. He has transformed the company over the past fifteen years, introducing offshore manufacturing in three different worldwide locations, and continues to use his expertise and experience to introduce innovative new items to the Polydron portfolio of products. These new products have made their mark as essential and important additions to classrooms around the globe. He has also played a key role in building Polydron's valuable worldwide brand. His experience ensures that Polydron's future is secure and in safe hands.
Cyril Dowling - Sales Director
Cyril manages all sales matters and has been the face of the company around the globe since 2004. He has become well-known and trusted in the industry and has clocked up many many air miles in helping to build the business in all corners of the world.
Darren Bell - Sales Director, Educational Advantage and Polydron
Darren joined the company in 2012, initially to work in the UK, but such was his enthusiasm and energy for the job that it was quickly recognised that his unique and tireless approach would be better served in an international role. He has excelled in establishing a rapport with our customers around the world and has brought many qualities to the company, including contributing new product ideas and helping to grow the business continually with his knowledge and approach. Darren took up the position of Sales Director in 2018.
Hannah Fogarty - Marketing Executive
Hannah joined in 2015 as an apprentice in Business Administration and quickly became a valuable asset to the company. She has shown a willingness to learn and develop her skills and has shown a keen interest in marketing. The role of marketing executive was a natural progression, and has seen her thrive to become a regular at trade fairs and a leading light in our social media profile. Alongside marketing Hannah is also responsible for our sales support.
Tracy Hadland - Administrator
Tracy has been with the company since 2002 and has become a vital part of the whole operation. She has spent time in most departments, learning and contributing a great deal towards the company’s success. Her commitment and enthusiasm make her an essential part of the organisation. Her knowledge and experience have helped us through the transformation of moving our production from the UK to offshore.
Jamie Brookes - Warehouse Manager
Since Jamie joined the company in 2010 he has quickly established himself as an important member of the management team. His flexibility commitment and enthusiasm have contributed a huge amount. The company has enjoyed continual growth during his time and Jamie has adapted at every point to ensure that our warehouse team can meet the ever-increasing demand.
Hazel Berry - Administrator (Europe)
Hazel is a keen and enthusiastic member of the Polydron team and looks after our European orders.
Rebecca Jenkins - Account Executive
Rebecca is an inspirational member of the sales team. She is a natural people person with a bright, professional and enthusiastic approach to everything she does. Rebecca has very quickly made a mark within the organisation putting her fresh ideas into practice.
We have won numerous awards for design and excellence
Award Winning My First Polydron
My First Polydron won the Learning Magazine 2019 Teachers' Choice Award for TCA Preschool.
Award Winning Magnetic Polydron
Magnetic Polydron won the 2012 Teachers' Choice Award. The Teachers' Choice Awards recognise excellence in class room products.
Award Winning Giant Polydron
Giant Polydron won the 2012 Teachers' Choice Award. The Teachers' Choice Awards recognise excellence in class room products.
Award Winning Polydron Engineer
Polydron Engineer won the Parents' Choice Award in 2007.
Award Winning Original Polydron
Our products have been award winning for decades. We are delighted that Original Polydron, our first product, was awarded the Design Council Award in 1985.
Original Polydron also won the Spiel Gut Award.
Original Polydron also won the What Toy Award in 1989/90 for Best Construction Toy.
We were accredited top ISO14001 in 2020. Our products are BPA free. The infographic below shows how we are constantly striving to improve our environmental impact.
Quality & Safety
We are very proud of our excellent safety record. Safety is our main priority and is foremost in the design of all our products.
We have strict quality standards for manufacturing and Polydron is ISO9001-2015 registered.
Our products are independently tested to: EN71, ASTM American and AS/NZ Safety Standards. Certificates are available on request.
How to clean your Polydron
Our products are designed with hygiene and cleanliness in mind.
Keeping Your Polydron Clean
The following product ranges can be hand washed in warm water with a mild sterilising detergent:
- Original Polydron
- Crystal Polydron
- Giant Polydron
- XL Polydron
- Giant Octoplay
Sterilise with Alcohol Based Sanitiser
All of our product ranges including our best-selling Magnetic Polydron, our My First Polydron range and our Giant and XL Polydron ranges can be wiped clean with an alcohol based sanitizer and a clean cloth.
The following product ranges can be washed in a dishwasher up-to 70 degrees Celsius / 158 degrees Fahrenheit:
- Original Polydron
- Crystal Polydron
- Polydron Frameworks
- Polydron Sphera
July 10th 2020
We would like to add a further update to our previous messages regarding the coronavirus situation, and how it affects our business. Here in the UK, certain restrictions are now being lifted but we are still very cautious about the path that Coronavirus will take. Our offices remain closed and all our staff are equipped to work from home. Our warehouse remains open and we continue to process and despatch orders as normal. We continue to contact customers via video conferencing, telephone and by email. We also have new and exciting products planned for launch very soon and we will be in contact regarding these developments. Rest assured that safety remains paramount in our thoughts with everything we do.
June 17th 2020
After weeks of struggle against the Coronavirus pandemic, there are some signs that the world is beginning, slowly, to open up once again. We would be mistaken to believe that the pandemic is over just yet, but the signs are encouraging. Our approach has not changed at all, we will still take as many precautions as previously explained, our office, admin and sales team continue to work from home, and our warehouse is still functioning as normal, with the team exercising strict government guidelines in our working practices, so we can make sure we provide our customers with a reliable and safe service.
We will continue to arrange meetings that utilise the best IT available, and we are working hard to have a full and exciting range of innovative products for the coming years. We are moving forward in a positive way, but remain very mindful that safety is the main objective in everything we do.
Thank you sincerely to all the inspirational and diligent key workers who have battled through the last few months, you have made a huge contribution, for which we are all very grateful.
May 20th 2020
In addition to the information we published in April of this year, we would like to update you on our position in helping to continue trading through the challenges bought about by the continued uncertainty caused by the spread of COVID 19. The majority of our team are continuing to work successfully and efficiently from home, and we are all dedicated to bringing you, our customers, the best possible service in these challenging times.
Our warehouse team are practising safe, recommended procedures of cleanliness and social distancing according to government guidelines, and so are able to offer our usual efficient turnaround on orders and deliveries. New products are being produced and are ready to present to the market when the time is right. We are ready to speak to all of our partners and customers right now, and you can feel confident that we will be able to give you a seamless service as the country begins to emerge from the extended lock down. Our cutting edge IT is providing a great way to conduct meetings and presentations around the world, and we will continue to schedule as many get togethers as possible in the coming weeks.
All of the sentiments in our original message below still apply, but please know, that we are here for you when you need us, and when the world does get back to some kind of normality, we will be ready for the future with you. Thank you for your continued support and understanding.
These extraordinary times that we are living in have bought us all unique challenges, that we have never encountered before. All aspects of our lives have been changed, some, sadly forever. We want to communicate with all of our partners around the world, those of you who use, or have used our products in any way, either in schools nurseries at home or in any place over the last 30 years, and reach out to you all, and let you know that we are thinking about you in this difficult period.
Safety has always been our number one consideration in whatever we do, and this is particularly pertinent now, more than ever before. All of our dedicated team have been stood down from normal duty at our offices in the UK, but we are continuing to work from home to give you all the best service we possibly can. We can still be contacted by email at any time, and we are able to despatch orders when they are needed. If any of these positions changes, then we will let you know. If you need teaching support in the form of lesson plans for use either at home or in the classroom, then please be aware that we have free downloadable resources on our website, and we have put together lesson plans which we will be delighted to send to you if you need them.
Finally, we want to thank all of you who have supported our companies throughout the years, we value each and every one you very much. All of you who are educating our children around the globe play a hugely important role in the future, and we thank you all, sincerely, for your efforts, you inspire us with your dedication.
We wish you good health, and great strength as we come through these testing times.