"Now we have forged our own path, we have begun working with UKTI to help other businesses in the North West who want to export"
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Hughes Safety Showers finds success in exporting

Fund: Loans Plus

Stockport-based Hughes Safety Showers, part of the Hughes Group PLC, has increased sales 15 per cent in 2012 and created new jobs in the past 12 months following funding from The North West Fund for Loans Plus...

The sales boost comes on the back of a new product launch and strong export sales. Hughes Safety Showers has launched a 2,000-litre tank safety shower which can be used in locations that do not have access to water supply. It can be used in emergency situations, for example following a chemical spillage. Because of its ability to be used in remote locations, sales of the shower have poured in from both developed and developing nations.

Hughes Safety Showers, which has sales of more than £13million, is Europe's largest manufacturer of emergency safety showers, eyebaths and decontamination equipment. The company is a leader and innovator in the health and safety sector, playing a key role in raising standards with high-quality products built to exacting standards.

The North West Fund for Loans Plus backed Hughes in 2011 with a loan of £250,000. The company now exports to more than 130 countries and has offices in the US, Canada, the UAE, France, Germany and plans to open premises in Singapore. Hughes employs more than 100 people worldwide.

Managing director Tony Hughes said: "There is a lot of support out there for businesses looking to export - you just need the ambition to find it. The backing from The North West Fund for Loans Plus and the support we have received from UK Trade and Investment have played a major role in increasing our global presence.

"Now we have forged our own path, we have begun working with UKTI to help other businesses in the North West who want to export."

Gary Guest, of FW Capital, fund manager of The North West Fund for Loans Plus, said: "Hughes Safety Showers is a manufacturing success story. The business understood from an early stage that exporting was key to growth. Thanks to this focus, Hughes has grown turnover year-on-year and created jobs. We are delighted to see the company performing so well." 

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