Jenx secures investment to expand overseas

Jenx secures investment to expand overseas

A family business that makes furniture for children and adults with disabilities has secured investment from Finance Yorkshire.

Sheffield based Jenx was founded in 1982 by product designer Clive Jenkins and his wife Catherine, a paediatric physiotherapist.

The company designs and manufactures furniture to support children with special postural needs, including products for sitting, standing, sleeping and therapy.

One of Jenx’s best known products is Monkey; a simple, adjustable standing system for children of up to six years old.

Jenx has received a Business Loan of £180,000 from Finance Yorkshire, which will allow the company to increase its manufacturing capacity, so it can make products faster and with greater accuracy.

Clive Jenkins, managing director of Jenx, said: “Our products are designed and manufactured to provide the support that children need as they develop.

"We work closely with children, carers and therapists. Our products are used by children in many different environments including health, social services, education and at home.

“This investment means we can replace our old machines and improve efficiency, and comes at a time when we have a number of exciting new products in the pipeline.”

Jenx has a turnover of around £6m and employs 75 members of staff. It currently exports around 15 per cent of its products internationally to countries including Australia, New Zealand and the US.

UK sales and distribution of Jenx products is carried out by a division of Jenx Limited called Jiraffe, run by daughter Holly Jenkins, which has grown strongly since its launch two years ago.

Clive said: “We have been growing over the last couple of years but there are always new product areas for us to look at. While Jiraffe is focused on the domestic market, Jenx is now pushing forward with a more global view and growing our international trade.”

Melanie Reynolds, of Finance Yorkshire, said: “Our investment will drive efficiencies in the manufacturing process and enable Jenx to take advantage of opportunities both in the UK and overseas. Jenx is a long-established family business that has developed an excellent reputation for providing innovative and well-made products that make a huge difference to the lives of their users.”