Vax was founded in 1977 by British entrepreneur, Alan Brazier, in his home town of Droitwich, Worcestershire. After winning a contract to clean Newport Pagnell service station he soon realised that the carpet cleaning equipment available - boiling water and a board to scrape off the grease - needed improvement. So he set to work on his first prototype. The forerunner to Vax's iconic orange tub, it was made with a water heater, a shower pump and a milk churn.
After some time spent honing his design, he created a unique three-in-one machine that could wash, suck up spills, and vacuum carpets. He patented his invention and decided to manufacture it himself. The Vax 101 was truly innovative for its time and became the best-selling vacuum cleaner in the UK in less than 8 years.