DDC Dolphin Limited secures seven-figure funding package to build new HQ
DDC Dolphin Limited, a specialist medical equipment manufacturer in Poole, which uses technology to reduce the spread of infectious diseases within healthcare settings, has secured a seven-figure funding package from NatWest to facilitate future growth and build a new head office in the town.
The company will use a significant amount of the funds to develop a new facility, which will comprise an assembly and warehouse building, loading facilities, a two-storey modern office building and a car park.
Work began on the site in June 2021, with the development expected to complete in summer 2022.
DDC Dolphin specialises in human waste management and sluice room requirements that control the spread of disease. The new building will use energy-efficient materials and has been designed to achieve a top EPC rating.
The remaining funds will help to bolster the medical firm’s ambitious growth plans, which are largely focused on sustainability and local jobs creation. The business intends to add to its almost-100 team with a strong recruitment drive planned for late-2022.
Brian Calder, Managing Director at DDC Dolphin, said: “The development of the new site is well underway and, with the help of NatWest, we’re driving forward our green ambitions while also creating new opportunities for the local area.
“We will continue to focus on our core market, which is the care home and hospital sectors. However, we are also keen to develop our consumables offering in non-medical settings such as schools, health clubs and beauticians, where awareness of the need for infection control has massively increased since the global pandemic hit. The new site will go a long way in helping us to achieve this.”
Mark Dancer, Relationship Director at NatWest said: “Working on this deal alongside Brian and his team has been fantastic. The management team at DDC Dolphin has been in place for a long time and Martin Priest, the company founder, has guided the business through all types of economic conditions.
“The business has been historically profitable and has a wide range of skills in-house. Its offering has also grown throughout the pandemic and is set to benefit from wider increased awareness of the importance of infection control, so it’s great to play a small part in aiding their expansion plans.”