Big congratulations are in order for Twickenham-based inventor Trevor Baylis on being awarded a CBE in the New Year’s Honours List. Mr Baylis, an engineer, inventor (and sometime swimmer and stuntman) has invented and patented numerous products over a long and varied career but is most famous for inventing the wind-up radio. He was awarded an OBE in 1997. Mr Baylis has continued to develop new products and, through his company Trevor Baylis Brands, has campaigned to improve the way inventors and their inventions are treated in the UK, help them protect their intellectual property and bring their products to market. As of 2015, he can now add a CBE to his collection of awards.

Trevor Baylis has lived on Eel Pie Island for over 40 years and if you’ve not seen him strolling around the town then perhaps you’ve seen him out in his classic E-type Jag, another great British invention. How very appropriate!

* Trevor Baylis Brands
* BBC News
* Richmond & Twickenham Times