Nordic Products & Services Ltd is a cleaning company that specialises in cleaning and protecting the surface of buildings and monuments. Operations director Shane Morton tells BQ about why the business has entered Innovation Showcase at this years Venturefest Tees Valley.
Describe your business in no more than 100 words:
We are a specialist cleaning and coatings company based in Stockton on Tees. We offer a range of solutions to companies nationally for removal of and protection against graffiti, Water egress and Algae growth, building fascia cleaning and dry ice cleaning. We are currently involved with Bristol City Council on an Urban Regeneration Project across areas of the city along with providing services to Transport for London on structures across the city. We have developed a range of products that we supply to the private and public sectors, including our newest addition Pro-Guard.
What prompted you to enter the innovation showcase?
We are about to launch our new products to market and believe the showcase will allow us to present them to a local audience.
Describe the innovation that you’ve entered the showcase with:
Substrates such as natural stone, brick and concrete are extremely porous and can absorb paints and water causing damage to the stone. Graffiti is harder to remove and harsh chemicals/abrasives can cause damage. Most coatings change the feel and look of the surface. Pro-Guard offers an almost invisible barrier to porous surfaces whilst still allowing the substrate to breathe. It has anti-graffiti properties allowing for easy cleaning and is hydrophobic. It repels Water/Urine, stopping them from penetrating the stone causing de-lamination and other damage.
How would you describe that innovation to your grandparents?
Pro-Guard can offer protection to local landmarks, buildings, monuments, Subways etc., making cleaning operations easier and helping to preserve the surface.
What are the best and worst parts of trying to be innovative in your business?
Product trials and then the launch of the successful product that fully meets the requirements of a client are the best points. Set backs are the worst, but we come up with another plan.
What are the biggest challenges you face?
Approaching a wider audience. Finding routes to market the products effectively.
Where do you get support and advice to help you run your business?
We have an experienced management team and our existing clients are forthcoming with views and ideas for future products developments. We also have several contacts with a wealth of knowledge.
What does being chosen for the innovation showcase mean to you?
To gain recognition that what we are doing is worthwhile would be fantastic. We constantly strive to create something that is of benefit to our customers and this would show we are doing that.
Where do you see your company in five years’ time?
Our company is on an upwards curve of business growth and we hope to have expanded all revenue streams significantly
What would you tell businesses who are hoping to be more innovative?
If you believe you can deliver quality in your own unique way, believe in yourself and make it happen.
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