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Collaboration with region’s innovation centre brings new contract win for North East healthcare firm

THE engineering expertise of a North East innovation centre has secured a healthcare firm major contracts in new industries.

Quality Hospital Solutions (QHS) is celebrating its contract win with an international gaming firm after teaming up with Newcastle-based Reece Innovation and its team of technical engineers.

Drawing upon diverse sector experience and technical capability, the team specialises in designing and developing innovative engineering solutions to meet the challenges and needs of small businesses through to large international companies.

For Andrew Turner of QHS that challenge came in the form of needing to redesign the beverage trolley he’d invented for a new audience. Successfully in use in hospital wards across the region, design modifications would allow him to bring the beverage trolley to new markets.

Mr Turner, whose firm is based at NETPark in Sedgefield, County Durham, said: “We needed to take a product that was serving 35-bed wards and enhance it to cater for the needs of a new market, in this case customer service and call handling.

“Capacity needed to be greater and efficiency was key. With their design and development team of engineers, plus the ability to manufacture the product, Reece Innovation were our first choice.

“The client had extremely high standards and Reece Innovation offered that quality. The redesigns were incredibly innovative producing a twin boiler trolley. We were able to reduce the cost by 50% against the market leader due to the design.

“As a small business in the North East, working with the team at Reece Innovation has given me the scope to take my product to new markets. Each step of the production process was well-managed and it was manufactured within budget. With Reece Innovation able to manage a wide range of projects we hope to work with them again.”

As the development hub of North East family firm Reece Group, managing director James Martin and his team have been supporting businesses with a range of engineering services, offering an ‘end to end’ product or equipment design, development and manufacturing resource.

With its state-of-the art facility on Scotswood Road in Newcastle, Reece Innovation is well placed to develop bespoke engineering systems, or to support clients with small-scale batch production through to volume manufacture if required.

Chris Davison, the firm’s head of business development, said: “It’s been fantastic to support a North East firm to extend their reach and working with youthful or entrepreneurial businesses in support of their growth is something we are pleased to undertake.

“We have the factory space and design capabilities to nurture young firms and serious start-ups, supporting them with engineering design and manufacturing to really grow the potential of their products.”

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