A Solihull-based medical equipment manufacturer has expanded recently after receiving support from a new Council programme which is aimed at helping businesses grow and creating jobs.
Blink Medical manufactures a range of sterile, single-use surgical instruments for outpatient and theatre departments, distributing to 20 countries around the world.
One of a growing number of companies in the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) area, Blink Medical is one of the latest to benefit from the Business Growth Programme (BGP).
The funding and assistance from the BGP comes via Solihull Council, who as a partner organisation, identify local companies and assist them in the applications process. The funding has enabled Blink to expand into new premises on Highlands Road and also develop a new ‘clean room’ within their new facility.
Roger Tyler, Managing Director at Blink Medical, said:
“The BGP has come at a right time for our company and the new facility will enable us to continue to grow as a business. The funding allowed us to develop a ‘clean room’ and will also enable us to begin the latest phase of local job creation, as we will be looking to fill new positions within the company.”
Councillor Ian Courts, Cabinet Member for Managed Growth and Deputy Leader at Solihull Council said:
“It is great to see the Business Growth Programme support the growth of local companies such as Blink Medical. Finance is a key issue for businesses and this programme is providing a stepping stone that enables organisations to realise expansion and recruitment plans.”
The Business Growth Programme (BGP) is a £33 million business support programme designed to strengthen supply chains, stimulate innovation and grow existing small to medium sized enterprises across the Greater Birmingham and Solihull, Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire and The Marches Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).
Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and managed by Birmingham City Council, the BGP builds on the successful delivery of the Business Development Programme, the Business Innovation Programme and the Green Bridge Supply Chain Programme.
For more information about the programme please contact Solihull Council’s Business Support team on 0121 704 6167 or 6920 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.