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New premises as Leeds healthcare manufacturer doubles capacity

Herida Healthcare in Leeds has relocated to a new factory twice the size of its former premises as it continues to grow its business both in the UK and overseas.

The company, which began trading in 2016, has moved to a 30,000 sq ft unit in Morley in response to increased demand for its products. It manufactures specialist mattresses for the elderly and infirm which are designed to avoid pressure sores.

Herida Healthcare’s foam and air-pump mattresses are sold to community equipment stores, NHS trusts and long-term care homes via a dealer network across the UK. It also has a flourishing export operation with about 25 per cent of its products exported, mainly to Australasia.

Herida Healthcare founder Neil Smith commented: “As many businesses are pulling out of manufacturing we are moving up. We know that by being agile and quick to respond to demand we have a competitive advantage and can be profitable.”

Newly appointed managing director John Bentley added: “It really is an exciting time to join, as this is a company on the up and up.

“The existing team has done a great job by bringing the business from conception, a little over three and a half years ago, to that of a very profitable, large-scale British-manufacturing outfit, serving a global customer base. And the brand new factory means our long term prospects are excellent.”

The factory move has already led to the creation of an additional six jobs, bringing the headcount to 42, and there are plans to increase that further.