York-based Power Body Nutrition, a wholesale distributor of nutrition and sports supplements, has boosted turnover by 40% in the 18 months after securing a £200,000 loan from Mercia Debt Finance, part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF).
Power Body Nutrition was established in 2008, and has grown to become one of the UK’s top suppliers of nutrition and sports supplements to shops and gyms across Europe.
The firm has used the funding to scale up its stock purchase and upgrade to a new IT system, which has helped the business grow turnover by 40% in the 18 months after the investment. In addition to this, the company has taken on an additional 11 members of staff, bringing the total headcount to 46.
Following this period of growth, Power Body Nutrition is looking to diversify its product range as it looks to enter the vitamin supplement market. As well as this, the company is building its own bespoke stocking system, which it plans to sell to other wholesalers and distributors to assist with large orders and deliveries.
Ian Atkinson, investment manager at Mercia Debt Finance, said: “Diversifying the product range and attracting new talent has certainly paid off for Power Body Nutrition. Following the success of the initial investment, it now has the opportunity to tap into new revenue streams within the wholesale market.”
Mercia invested £13.3million in Midlands businesses in 2018, up from £11.3million the previous year, highlighting its role as one of the UK’s most active investors and a key source of funding for regional SMEs.
Senior manager at British Business Bank, Sean Hutchinson added: “Power Body Nutrition exemplifies a great NPIF investment. In the time we’ve been working with the company, it has helped boost the local economy by achieving double-digit turnover growth and creating 11 new jobs in the York region. We look forward to continuing our work with the business as it eyes further growth in the popular supplement market.”
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