L-R: Hilary Watson (BEF) Jonathan Gilbert (Defib Machines) and Mark Wilcockson (British Business Bank).
Jane Imrie

Medical equipment firm doubles workforce with six-figure investment

A Leeds-based medical equipment specialist has scaled its business nationwide and more than doubled its workforce with a new six-figure investment.

Defib Machines has secured £100k from the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) to expand operations across the country and grow its team.

Offering defibrillator machine installation, onsite training and refresher training for businesses across the UK, Defib Machines has worked with the likes of Marshalls Motor Group and Gala Bingo.

Initially funding was used to expand and train field technicians across the UK, then to create a new CRM system to meet growing demand.

In addition, the funding has enabled the firm to grow it’s accounting and administration workforce to manage its growing client base.

Jonathan Gilbert, director of Defib Machines, commented: “With cardiac arrest being the UK’s leading cause of death, we are seeing increased demand for lifesaving defibrillator machines across the country.

“Since we first approached the team, BEF and NPIF have believed in our passion and drive to make Defib Machines the ‘go-to’ in this unique sector.

“The biggest impact the investment has had is that we are now the supplier of choice for multi-site customers in all sectors and industries across the UK, and we have been able to expand our operations nationally. The future is exciting as we look to provide our services to even more businesses with vital machines.”

Sean Hutchinson, senior investment manager at the British Business Bank, added: “NPIF’s support has helped Northern businesses grow and realise their potential, and so it’s encouraging to see Defib Machine’s nationwide growth since the NPIF investment.

“The economic benefits it has had in Yorkshire, creating jobs both locally and nationally, is helping to create a more prosperous economy. We look forward to seeing the business expand further.”

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