- Company: Promedics Orthopaedics Limited
- Description: The company manufacture soft orthopaedic goods, including wrist, elbow, ankle braces and supports.
- Sector: Textiles/Medical
- Location: Port Glasgow, Inverclyde
For new product development, we had the answer
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The goals they wanted to achieve
Following a successful management buy-out in 2008, Promedics’ new Managing Director David Baxendale had one main strategy to move the company forward. Exports.
For new markets, supporting new products – such as its post operative orthotic knee brace - was key. “We wanted exports to be a central feature,” says David, “but in order to make this happen we needed some help.”
The answers we gave them
Promedics were assigned a Scottish Enterprise Account Manager – Malcolm Craig. Working with Malcolm, and supported by knowledge from colleagues at Scottish Development International, Promedics devised a two-tiered strategy.
The aim was to support and fund new product development, while increasing the company’s profile overseas.
An SE Innovation Grant helped fund the design for a prototype of the orthotic knee brace. IT support helped build a web portal where potential customers could access product and stock information. We also helped fund a radiology consultant to assist with a new business contract.
We targeted UK and world trade shows. “Scottish Enterprise helped fund the construction of a superb exhibition stand, and have part-funded our presence at the shows on two occasions,” says David.
Have their goals been realised? You know the answer
New business has been generated in markets including Scandinavia, Germany and Austria.
This new business has help create six additional jobs within the company, which now has 150 staff, 110 of whom are directly involved in manufacturing.
“Scottish Enterprise has been exceptionally supportive. Like us, they really want manufacturing to work in the UK and they have been a significant contributor to making that happen for us,’ says David. “We now have a thriving export business, also thanks to the support of SE/SDI and are gaining a reputation in Europe for our quality and responsiveness.”
Scottish Enterprise helped Promedics with the new product development it needed. We could help your business too.
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