Success for SSI medical spin-out

Success for SSI medical spin-out

Two former SSI employees, using their medical expertise and experience of managing the steel company’s occupational health challenges, have launched their own business and have already won new contracts and taken on two members of their former team.

Occupational physician Dr Tony Moran and occupation health specialist nurse Denise Fisher setup Probitas Occupational Health Ltd after being made redundant following the closure of SSI.

The duo received support from the Tata Steel business-support subsidiary UK Steel Enterprise which has provided them with a £3,500 loan and premises in its Innovation Centre on the Kirkleatham Business Park in Redcar.

This has led to Probitas securing two significant contracts with Teesside companies boasting more than 700 employees in total.

“We have always worked well together as a team and find occupational health highly rewarding,” said Dr Moran.

“Setting up Probitas seemed the right move when we were faced with redundancy and we’re pleased that we can now take on two other colleagues.”

“UK Steel Enterprise has been fantastic,” said Denise Fisher. “The Innovation Centre location and facilities are ideal for us and we were able to adapt the space for the occupational health suite we needed.

“The loan to buy screening and other equipment has really helped as the initial stages of any new business are costly.”

Tricia Briggs-Billyard and Andy Richardson, both former occupational health technicians at SSI, have now joined the company and more jobs are possible with growth expected through 2016.