Biochemica Water Announced as Small Business of the Year Winners in 2018 NEPIC Annual Awards

Members of the Biochemica Water team celebrate their award win at Hardwick Hall.

Members of the Biochemica Water team celebrate their award win at Hardwick Hall.

Water and wastewater treatment firm Biochemica Water has been recognised for its work by a Gold Label economic cluster.

Based in the heart of industrial Teesside, Billingham, the firm was named the Small Business of the Year at the North East of England Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC) Annual Awards Dinner 2018, honouring the outstanding achievements of the companies and individuals who make up the chemical-processing industries in the North East of England. The prestigious event, held at Hardwick Hall, County Durham, was attended by 450 industry leaders on January 19.

The award, sponsored by Sirius Minerals, was a first for Biochemica Water, who have never won the NEPIC ‘Small Business of the Year’ title before. The firm was recognised for rapid growth in sales and staff numbers, product development and innovation, engagement with the NEPIC cluster and its work in supporting the local community.

With Research and Development experience in academia and industry, Biochemica Water is an innovative and creative water and wastewater treatment specialist which provides superior technical understanding and quality products, including their award-winning Bio Pack Clean, and offers a full service to industries including, legionella monitoring, boiler & cooling water treatment and chemical supply.

Recently celebrating their 10-year anniversary, the company, founded in 2007 by Dr Tim Robinson and Dave Ruddy, is a relative new player to an industry dominated by companies with long history, yet has high profile clients in a number of industries including food and beverage, chemical, pharmaceuticals, public sector and manufacturing.

The NEPIC Small Business of the Year award was sponsored by Sirius Minerals, and Biochemica Water donated its £2000 prize money to Ingleby Mill Primary School in Ingleby Barwick, a school close to Managing Director John Fraser.

Left to Right: Compere Steve Walls, Gareth Edmunds of Award sponsor Sirius Minerals, Dr Tim Robinson, Chairman of Biochemica Water, Dave Ruddy, CEO of Biochemica and Iain Wright, Chief Executive of NEPIC.

Left to Right: Compere Steve Walls, Gareth Edmunds of Award sponsor Sirius Minerals, Dr Tim Robinson, Chairman of Biochemica Water, Dave Ruddy, CEO of Biochemica and Iain Wright, Chief Executive of NEPIC.

NEPIC PR and Communications Manager, Louise Gwynne-Jones commented: “The small business of the year award celebrates a company that has quite simply cracked the process sector during 2017 – and this year’s winner did just that.

“Biochemica’s commitment to collaboration, new product development and market exploration have enabled soaring profits and impressive staff increases.

“We look forward to seeing what this remarkable small business has in store for the future, but for now, congratulate the team for marking this 10th anniversary year as one to be celebrated and remembered.”

John Fraser, Managing Director for Biochemica Water added: “We’re absolutely over the moon to have been awarded the Small Business of the Year award by NEPIC.

“2017 has been a great year of progress for Biochemica Water, so to be acknowledged for our hard work with an award means so much. NEPIC is a cluster that we are highly involved in, and our membership has supported our growth, opening new avenues, such as our trade mission to India and China. We are also proud to call some NEPIC members our customers, which would not be possible without our own membership. So, to be presented this award by NEPIC means all the more.

“None of this would be possible if it wasn’t for the hardworking team around me, who strive everyday to grow this business and ensure that our customers are receiving the best service possible.”

Biochemica Water was named Most Promising Business at the Hartlepool Business Awards in 2010 and also came out on top for the Innovation Award at the Teesside heat of the North East Business Awards in 2011.