Tees Valley mayor, Ben Houchen, visited the largest independently owned water treatment company, based in Billingham, to discuss the company’s plans for expansion.
The Conservative mayor met with directors of the firm at their head office on Cowpen Lane Industrial Estate. As well as talking about expanding locally, Mayor Houchen was also told about the imminent start-up of a water treatment company in Northern Ireland.
John Fraser, managing director of Biochemica Water, walked Ben around the Biochemica facility in Billingham, which is working at close to ‘full capacity’, and spoke of the need to expand their presence in the North East.
“In our 11 years in business, we have gone from working out of a one room office in a two-up two-down in 2007 to the point now where we have 62 full-time employees and we are working close to full capacity in our current premises.”
High-demand and increasing staff numbers have already required expansion in 2018, with the start-up of a water treatment company in Northern Ireland expected to be finalised this month.
There are also discussions to open an office in Bangladesh and appoint a workforce out there. John Fraser added:
“2017 was a record year for us and 2018 is looking just as promising, with the purchase of the Northern Ireland office and the potential expansion to Bangladesh, we are exploring new avenues to export our expertise, knowledge and experience.”
Mayor Houchen said: “Biochemica is a great example of a company started in the Tees Valley that’s expanding their activities across the country and setting their sights internationally.
“Our region’s heritage in the chemicals industry makes our area the best place to set up a business to take advantage of this expertise.
“In the past we have supported the company through our Capital Grant Scheme, which has allowed them to purchase extra machinery to increase their efficiency, help target new growth opportunities and create good quality jobs.
“I wish Biochemica the very best of luck as they go from strength to strength.”