Healthcare manufacturer doubles factory size to ‘keep up with demand’

Neil Smith (left) and John Bentley (right) (002)

A Leeds-based healthcare manufacturer has moved into a new factory to keep up with demand.

Herida Healthcare has relocated into a 30,000 sq ft unit in Morley as it grows its market and product offering.

The company, which only started trading in 2016, manufactures specialist mattresses for the elderly and infirm to avoid pressure sores, and entered the moving and handling sector about 12 months ago.

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Its foam and air-pump mattresses, and slings are sold to community equipment stores, NHS trusts and long-term care homes through a dealer network across the UK.

Around 25% of its products are exported, mainly to Australasia.

The factory move has led to an extra six jobs, bringing the headcount to 42.

The company went on to confirm that it hopes it can significantly increase the number with the introduction of shift working within the next two or three years.

Founder Neil Smith, said: “As many businesses are pulling out of manufacturing we are moving up. We know that by being agile and quick to respond to demand we have a competitive advantage and can be profitable.”

Neil went on to detail how he thinks the rapid growth of the company is also down to support from the public sector.

Advice and grants have been secured with support from organisations such as Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Leeds City Council, and Ad:Venture, which provides support for new businesses in North and West Yorkshire funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Smith added: “The grants have helped us buy equipment and become more efficient in the manufacturing process and that can be the difference between a business thriving or not surviving at all.”

Herida Healthcare moved just five miles to the new factory at Leeds 27 Industrial Estate, partly because the company wanted to keep as many as possible of its skilled workforce.

To coincide with the move, Smith also passed over the reins to a new managing director, John Bentley, who joined the company just two months ago.

In addition, David Emmerson joins Herida Healthcare as the head of operations from Johnson & Johnson.

Recently, AMP reported on Better Moblity’s move which saw a sales increase for the firm.

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