Small Business of the Year 2018

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Cracking the process sector: Liam Robinson, Camila Ruddy, Dr Tim Robinson, Dave Stratford, David Ruddy, John Fraser, Kane Elgey & Tony Stubbs of Billingham-based Biochemica Water

Small Business of the Year

Winner: Biochemica Water

This year’s Small Business Award winner has seen rapid growth during 2017 – a year that marks the firms 10th anniversary. With soaring profits and impressive staff increases, Billingham-based Biochemica Water has had a year to be proud.

At the heart of industrial Teesside, the waste water treatment company is a regionally and nationally recognised organisation with customers ranging from car manufacturers to whiskey distillers. Following years of steady growth, the past 12 months has seen turnover at Biochemica increase by a staggering 20 per cent to £7 million, which in turn has demanded a 50 per cent increase in staff numbers.Significant investment has been made within the sales and marketing departments, including a second customer service apprentice and marketing graduate through Teesside University’s Graduate Internship Scheme.

Collaboration is at the heart of Biochemica’s success story. Boosting more than 20 NEPIC member companies as long-term clients, including Aesica, Chemoxy and Ineos, Biochemica are highly active members of the cluster, supporting and exploiting many networking opportunities and events including recent trade missions to India and China.

Back in the UK, product development and innovation has been key to recent growth as they find new ways of helping customers. Through collaboration, the firm has been able to develop a new type of speciality chemical treatment of use in the plastic recycling and reprocessing industry – and in turn has opened a new sales avenue and reiterates the importance of collaboration.

We look forward to seeing what this remarkable small business has in store for the future but for now, we applaud the team for making this 10th anniversary year one to be celebrated and remembered for years to come.

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