Inovus Ltd. is a successful medical device company based in St Helens. They manufacture a range of affordable and versatile medical and surgical training products that are used by doctors and surgeons across the globe.
The business was created in 2012 by two directors, Dr Elliot Street and Jordan Van Flute. Both Street and Van Flute have successfully grown the business from a garage-based start up to a leading name in healthcare simulation, with their products sold in over 35 countries worldwide.
Inovus recently secured £80,000 of funding through the NPIF – BFS & MSIF Microfinance, part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund which is supported by the European Regional Development Fund. This investment was managed by MSIF and was part of a larger funding round totalling over £200,000.
The business is utilising the funding to help expand their manufacturing facility to cater for their ever-increasing product range. The funding also supports an increase in staffing as demand for the Inovus product range grows.
It is expected that the funding will help grow the Inovus workforce by over 50% in the next year.
Dr Elliot Street, Managing Director of Inovus, said: “The process of raising funds through NPIF was relatively streamlined which meant we were able to secure funding at a crucial time to support the launch of two of our new products, the Sellick™ cricoid pressure trainer and the SmartMan™ range of CPR manikins.
“We have already noticed the positive effects of the funding and look forward to continued growth into the New Year.”
Andy Jones, Investment Manager at MSIF, said: “Both Elliot and Jordan are great business men; they are young and ambitious and have successfully established Inovus as an innovative company within the healthcare sector.
“I’m really happy that MSIF were able to assist them as they reached the stage where they were ready to scale up the business. Inovus has already grown due to the funding, and they should expect even larger levels of growth through 2018. I wish them all the best and look forward to seeing more of their innovative ideas come to fruition.”
Grant Peggie, Director at British Business Bank, said: “We are pleased that NPIF though MSIF have provided Inovus with the support it needs to pursue further growth. NPIF is passionate about supporting ambitious, high-growth businesses in Merseyside, and we will continue to do so through the help of our fund managers.”
Photo Caption – Left to right Inovus founders, from left, Jordan Van Flute and Dr Elliot Street, with Andy Jones of MSIF
The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund project is supported financially by the European Union using funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020 and the European Investment Bank.
The MSIF group of funds are managed by Alliance Fund Managers Limited which is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the course of investment business. Financial Conduct Authority Registration Number is 180891.
BFS Funding Managers Limited is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority as a Small Authorised UK AIFM under firm reference number 608682.