Escalate success stories

Absols ltd

Funding approved: £45,000
Total jobs: 5

Absols Ltd are a computer support company who are using the Escalate funding to help increase new software development and train new engineers. Contact them at paula@absols.co.uk or on 01622 678032.

AcquaScience

Funding approved: £200,000
Total jobs: 10

AcquaScience manufactures Histology reagents and solvents for Hospitals throughout the UK. Acquascience are expanding into Clinical diagnostics and require six new members of staff to facilitate this. Contact them at edward@acquascience.com or on 01825 766191.

ACT Universal Limited

Funding approved: £50,000
Total jobs: 12

ACT Universal Ltd will use the Escalate funding to protect its intellectual property and expand on the staff and premises to allow the growth. Secondly, it requires a robust route to market with traditional and internet marketing and sales. Extra staff and training are key to the success and growth of the company, making it stronger for the future. Contact them at daniel.peach@act-comm.com or on 01622 790888.

Afia Ltd

Funding approved: £124,750
Total jobs: 8

Afia Ltd sell mobility and access equipment. Afia Ltd are looking to expand into larger premises, use an integrated forecasting and purchasing stock system and upgrade and expand the range of products they manufacture. Contact them at nick@afia.co.uk or on 07932 074334.

Aqumen Freight Management Ltd

Funding approved: £59,000
Total jobs: 6

Aqumen Freight is a professional third party logistics provider offering a comprehensive portfolio of freight-related services. Aqumen Freight is now ready to expand its range of activities but the warehouse is now operating at full capacity and there are a number of new business opportunities for which it needs more undercover space. The Escalate funding will help to achieve these aims. Contact them at shaun.lord@aqumenuk.com or on 01322 664008.

Bertie's Wood Fuel Ltd

Funding approved: £61,294
Total jobs: 2

Bertie's Wood Fuel produce and retail kiln dried logs. The Escalate Fund will be used to invest in a new biomass fired furnace. Contact them at peter@bertieswoodfuel.co.uk or on 01732 850600.

BHD Architects LLP

Funding approved: £40,000
Total jobs: 5

BHD Architects LLP will use the Escalate funding to expand the business and to incorporate new technology that will enable them to compete with increasing requirement for a 3D BIM design strategy. Contact them at nicola.somers@bhdarchitects.co.uk or on 01732 452200.

Contacta Systems Limited

Funding approved: £350,000
Total jobs: 24

Contacta is well established as a leading provider of hearing loop systems which assist people with hearing loss in public places. It has an opportunity for large growth created by demand for these products in new export markets; principally the USA, Australia and other European countries, as well as the home market. Contact them at sthomas@contacta.co.uk or on 01732 223900.

DotImpact Ltd

Funding approved: £40,000
Total jobs: 4.5

DotImpact are a digital marketing agency that work primarily with small and medium enterprises in Kent to accelerate commercial growth through the effective use of best practice digital practices. The Escalate fund will be used to aid DotImpact Ltd to move to larger offices. Contact them at amanda@dotimpact.co.uk or on 01732 525815.

International Controlled Atmosphere Ltd

Funding approved: £305,000
Total jobs: 18

International Controlled Atmosphere specialises in Controlled Atmosphere and cold storage. The Escalate funding will be used for planned expansion of the manufacturing division in both size and people and a sales and marketing strategy to expand the construction division into other sectors requires additional experienced sales and engineering personnel. Contact them at tonyd@icastorage.com or on 01892 831719.

Kent Entertainment Limited

Funding approved: £25,000
Total jobs: 6

The Hop Farm is a well-known entertainment venue, which hosts functions (corporate and banqueting) and a variety of events, large and small. Kent Entertainment Ltd would like to refurbish an existing articulated mobile food and drinks unit. Contact them at dchatfield@thehopfarm.co.uk or on 01424 894313.

LPM Bohemia

Funding approved: £200,000
Total jobs: 13

LPM Bohemia provide tent and marquee hire, manufacture and sales across the UK and Europe. The company caters for every aspect of marquee, tent hire and party design offering beautiful hand crafted structures to the discerning customer. Contact them at john@lpmbohemia.com or on 07787 137762.

MEP Ltd

Funding approved: £620,000
Total jobs: 57

MEP are suppliers of components of the aerospace industry and will use the Escalate funding to upgrade their facilities and buy machinery. Contact them at nikki.greig@mep.co.uk or on 01622 714364.

Michelson Diagnostics Limited

Funding approved: £600,000
Total jobs: 32.34

Michelson Diagnostics has developed a world-leading, patented, medical imaging scanner (Vivosight), which provides highly detailed sub-surface images of skin. Contact them at paul.grafham@vivosight.com or on 020 8308 1695.

Perfect Plants (Sussex) Ltd

Funding approved: £30,000
Total jobs: 9.27

Perfect Plants (Sussex) Ltd is an on-line gardening store and will use the Escalate Fund to renovate existing buildings to provide further packing and storage areas. Contact them at paula@perfectplants.co.uk or on 01323 833479.

Poyntell Ltd

Funding approved: £60,000
Total jobs: 10

Poyntell Ltd provides security products and installations for public, private and commercial sectors. Contact them at gthirkettle@poyntell.com.

Recapture Plastics Ltd

Funding approved: £230,000
Total jobs: 14

Recapture Plastics Ltd is a start up business and will specialise in materials recovery from other processing plants using automated sorting technologies not widely available in the UK. Contact them at apuntealto@aol.com or on 07595 541846.

Rockhopper Infrastructure Services

Funding approved: 90,000
Total jobs: 72

Rockhopper Infrastructure Services LLP offers a range of services in helping maintain and improve a variety of infrastructures including: highways, recreation parks, public buildings, educational establishments, retail and business parks. The Escalate loan will ensure that Rockhopper Infrastructure Services LLP will quickly grow to be the provider of choice for main contractors, companies and clients in the South East. Contact them at mark.wilson@rockhopperservices.com or on 07850 332097.

South East Climbing Ltd

Funding approved: £90,000
Total jobs: 21

South East Climbing Ltd are building a dedicated indoor climbing facility, suitable for climbers of all ages and abilities in the heart of Tunbridge Wells. Contact them at chris@southeastclimbing.co.uk or on 01892 861069.

The Imaging Centre (South East) Ltd

Funding approved: £58,500
Total jobs: 2

The Imaging Centre (South East Ltd) specialise in printing short run greetings cards. The Escalate Fund will be used to buy a new piece of equipment. Contact them at bobshort@theimagingcentre.co.uk or on 01892 825083.

Torr Scientific Limited

Funding approved: £50,250
Total jobs: 5

Torr Scientific Limited is an innovative company that brings together a unique range of expertise, skills and equipment from the worlds of thin film vacuum coating, vacuum instrumentation and electro-optics. The proposal is to use the funds for the fitting out of a new factory unit that is currently being built to company specifications by the freeholder. Contact them at j.green@torrscientific.co.uk or on 01424 225228.

Water Process Solutions Ltd

Funding approved: £112,215
Total jobs: 17

Water Process Solutions is a provider of engineered solutions to a wide range of water treatment problems. Contact them at clive.dean@waterprocesssolutions.com or on 07889 843877.