I've sent you a private message.
Your proposal is, I would say, the most significant one I've ever seen posted on these forums - and knowing you as I do, I recognise it is a worthwhile and trusted proposal. Steve is a man of enormous integrity and honour, anyone who knows him takes him seriously.
I keep a back seat position in the society, I operate a licensed factory myself and whilst I understand the interest, enthusiasm and passion voiced in these forums I have to say the activities posted really do often fly in the face of the law - Please do not use this post to challenge my views as that would detract from Icarus's proposal - criticise me in another post or privately if you want/need to.
Private experimentation outside a lawful and properly established place just isn't going to work. I fail to see how it could be legal within the constraints of the law and in line with the ambitions and wishes of the participants. The authorities have tied things up (although they were fairly clear in the first place) and in any event, domestic property is really not the place for energetic materials.
Enough about that, if I've offended anyone I'm sorry.
I proposed an offer along the lines of Icarus's post some years back, it went no-where. I had some criticism from a poster who messaged me to say this was underway (when it clearly wasn't), I gather another company jumped on my idea afterwards but was shown to be full of hot air, nothing since. This proposal - take it from me - is the best you guys are going to get and should be taken very seriously.
I am happy to support Steve, I licensed my own factory back in 1996 and have amended the license three times since, we are currently amending the license for the fourth time. My services are freely available to Steve - I am very much in his debt and cannot think of anyone I would rather work with.
I would offer some advice to all actively involved in pyrotechnic research. The world is changing - I have worked in the industry (not trade) for 32 years now and have seen many changes - non of these I have to say moving in a relaxed direction. Site licenses for manufacture are not given out readily. This could be the last and only chance for this society to legitimise its activities and, take it from me, the offer is VERY generous and of considerable value.
Please consider Icarus's offer in that context - logistical issues, travel etc. are irrelevant really given the scale of the subject of pyro development. The hobby needs to be re-evaluated in line with what it actually is in todays political and legal climate.
I may have niggled some contributors - that will hopefully lead to some entertaining posts - but please NOT at the expense of Steves offer.