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Growing firm aims to build new home

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 29, 2013

Paul Slinger (left) from NatWest and Philip Champ from Central Medical Supplies.

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A COMPANY which supplies medical equipment to NHS trusts and private hospitals throughout the UK is to build new premises in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

Central Medical Supplies, which is based in Leekbrook, was started 24 years ago by managing director Philip Champ to supply patient warming and cooling equipment, particularly in operating theatres, maternity units and in neonatal care.

Since its formation, the company has grown to have a turnover of £5.1 million a year and has diversified into retail sales of baby products through all the major retailers.

Now 29 members of staff are employed and, with the company growing at a steady 20 per cent a year, Mr Champ has now decided build a bigger premises in Leekbrook.

It comes a year after the company bought Laidrite Construction in Fynney Fields off Brooklands Way, Leekbrook – where there is enough land to construct a 13,500 sq ft plant for Central Medical Supplies.

The building work is expected to be complete in Spring 2014 and will provide space for the growing team of staff and also warehousing facilities.

Mr Champ said: “The business just keeps growing and we always need more people.

“We have taken on five people in the last 12 months and are hoping to employ an additional five in the next few months.

“The biggest problem has been to identify a site to build new premises.

“We wanted to stay in Leek as most of our employees come from the area.

“Last year we took over Laidrite Construction, which employs nine people.

“The site has plenty of room for another factory, so we have decided to use the available land.

“Our present offices in Basford Lane are sold, subject the contracts being signed, to another local company. The new site will give us room for more offices and warehousing. This will also lead to more jobs being made available. We also have for apprentices with us now.

“We’ve been with NatWest since we started and with Paul Slinger for five years. He has been very helpful and the first step of the project – gaining the funding – was the easy bit.

“Our vision for the year ahead is to add another £1m to turnover, which we’re on target to do, and to increase the range of products we offer.” Working with Paul Slinger, relationship manager at NatWest, Mr Champ has secured a significant loan to buy and develop the site.

Mr Slinger said: “It has been a pleasure to see the continued growth at Central Medical Supplies and the contribution that the company has made to the community and the economy.

“We’re delighted to have been a part of their recent success.”

Leader of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, Sybil Ralphs, who also has the responsibility for regeneration said: “I welcome the news that yet another successful business is expanding here in Leek.

“This level of investment, and the creation of additional new jobs is very welcome news.

“Investors and developers are now showing considerable interest in coming into the Moorlands, particularly to Leek, and that is very encouraging as business growth and the creation of new jobs is one of my authority's top priorities.”

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