Billingham firm
John Fraser, MD of Biochemica Group; Mark Wilcockson, senior manager of UK Network; NPIF; and Steve Teasdale, investment executive at FW Capital.
Rebecca Wayman

Billingham water treatment specialist receives six-figure investment

Billingham-based water and wastewater treatment specialist Biochemica has received a six figure investment from NPIF - FW Capital Debt Finance.

The round was managed by FW Capital, part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF).

Biochemica Water, established by Teesside born David Ruddy and business partner Dr Timothy Robinson, provides legionella control, boiler and cooling water treatment and wastewater treatment services and associated products and is planning on expanding its business even further.

Steve Teasdale, investment executive at FW Capital, said: “Biochemica is an established business with a strong blue chip customer base.

“Its sales forecasts clearly show sustainable profitability and cash generation. We are delighted to have been able to provide this funding and are confident in its ongoing expansion.”

The company, which is over 10 years old, provides services to some of the UK’s leading companies. It currently has annual turnover of £7m and employs over 80 staff.

Biochemica Water recently acquired a small competitor in Scotland - Effective Project Management Ltd and has also launched in Northern Ireland - Biochemica Water NI Ltd.

The NPIF investment will provide growth capital for the expansion and the appointment of key personnel, including a new head of sales.

Ben Houchen, Tees Valley Mayor, said: “Biochemica is a great example of a Tees Valley company that’s expanding across the country and setting its sights internationally.

“Our region has an enviable worldwide reputation as a centre of excellence for the chemicals sector, and it’s great to see Biochemica being part of this.

“Last year, I visited Biochemica’s Billingham facility and saw first-hand what John and his team have achieved. This investment means that the company can continue to grow, and I look forward to seeing them go from strength to strength.”

Operating from the British Business Bank’s Sheffield head office, the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund provides a mix of debt and equity funding (£25k to £2m).

It works alongside 10 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), the combined authorities and Growth Hubs, as well as local accountants, fund managers and banks, to support Northern-based SMEs at all stages of their development.

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