A newly formed sanitiser company has secured private equity backing to help it target markets in the Middle East.
Birmingham-based BBH Scientific was founded earlier this year and has created a spray called EcoSan for use on hands, mobile phones and surfaces.
It has secured an undisclosed investment from London-based private equity firm Rutland Holdings for a 22.5 per cent stake to help it secure new customers in the Middle East.
BBH Scientific said it was due to announce its first major corporate contract in the territory in the coming weeks and it was also supplying the sanitisation equipment for a forthcoming international sports event.
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The company’s product range includes a pocket pocket-sized spray and sanitiser units for use in commercial and retail spaces.
The spray contains green tea and local honey extracts which the firm said acted as a moisturiser and helped combat the use of single-use plastic gloves.
It is currently serving clients in the commercial and retail sectors but is planning to launch a store for consumers on Amazon by the end of the year, with the hope of combatting the sharp increase in use of dispoasable hand wipes in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
BBH Scientific was co-founded by Neil Holmes, the owner and founder of Columbia Precision, a manufacturer of engineered components to the aerospace, defense and nuclear sectors.
He is joined by Declan Byrne, managing director of Timech Engineering and a specialist in exporting, and John Blee, managing director of JB UK which supplies cutting tools to engineering companies.
Mr Holmes said: “We are delighted that Rutland Holdings has made this investment in the business and its support and international contact base will help us reach even more customers in the UK, the Middle East and globally.
“This is another step towards our goal of creating a truly international company borne out of the UK.”
Rutland Holdings was founded by Chris Byrne who invests in and develops UK businesses for the international market and particularly the Middle East where he has been doing business for 15 years.
He added: “When we saw the EcoSan product range, we realized the potential of this business to take on significant contracts with companies globally.
“The exceptional products and uniquely eco-friendly credentials of the offering fits exactly into our desire to invest in and support businesses that achieve excellence while respecting the environment.”