Marine equipment manufacturer secures grant funding to go for growth

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North Tyneside-based Marine Safety Supplies – the internationally recognised marine safety equipment manufacturer – understands that business resilience and operational efficiency are watchwords if it’s to remain competitive in a global market. 

Thanks to the support of the North of Tyne Innovation Recovery Grant, Marine Safety Supplies have now developed a range of systems and processes in order to remain globally competitive and compliant – now experiencing business growth and job growth as a result.

Using external expertise, a grant has helped focus and develop a long term resilience and action plan to assist their further future growth – including the identification of any process improvement opportunities.

“The funding has enabled our business to turn an opportunity into reality and unlock a whole new world of possibilities for our business. We would recommend that any business that has an opportunity that could change the way they work for the better, consider North of Tyne Innovation Recovery Grant funding to support that journey.”

Alan Ellis, Director, Marine Safety Supplies

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Trading since 2003, Marine Safety Supplies operate in a global market with strict regulation.  Ever increasing regulation and constantly evolving customer need led the business to identify ways to improve its processes and systems to help secure continued business growth and manage risk around regulation for the business. 

The introduction of a digital sales platform, coupled with an improved internal management system had been identified by the team headed up by Alan Ellis, one of the founding directors of Marine Safety Supplies.  Support from an external expert, partly funded with a grant from the North of Tyne Innovation Recovery Grant programme has enabled the delivery of a digital platform to sell a range of products globally – 24 hours a day incorporating a quicker, alternative purchasing method as well as identification of internal process improvements to ensure a swift response.

Support from North of Tyne Innovation Recovery Grant

The North of Tyne Innovation Recovery Grant was used in conjunction with capital investment allowing the business to receive outsourced support from service provider Absolute Quality Consultancy & Training Ltd.  The external expert worked with the team to identify gaps in their growth strategy as well as seek additional opportunities to support business expansion – breaking each milestone into easy steps for success.

The gap analysis exercise helped Marine Safety Supplies understand how they could practically turn opportunities into reality, how to plan the development of the company in the most efficient and effective way and how to build new capabilities in their business.

Impact of receiving the grant and support

As a result of this package of grant funding and innovation support, Marine Safety Supplies have been able to implement a new digital method of enquiry – quick and easy for their global customer base.

In a rapidly changing business environment following the pandemic, Marine Safety Supplies now have systems and processes in place to help secure further global expansion and ensure change in regulation across their market is quickly identified – tracking performance against competitor and market KPIs.

With new members of staff now joining the business thanks to this investment and support – the business can now operate across the globe and respond to the needs of its international customer base with ease.

More information

The North of Tyne Innovation Recovery Grant is delivered by NBSL in partnership with the Innovation SuperNetwork (ISN) and are looking to support any organisation that may have projects that could improve efficiency, productivity or bring innovation alive – whether new to market or new to the organisation – it just needs to be something you’ve never done before.

50% grant funding is available to eligible organisations across the North of Tyne region for innovation projects costing between £10k & £20k (exclusive of VAT) thanks to the North of Tyne Combined Authority.  Grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 are available for projects completed by the end of 2022. New applications are welcome from SMEs and social enterprises across Northumberland, Newcastle Upon Tyne and North Tyneside for projects due to completion by the end of 2022.