Chesterfield-based Hardcase International has celebrated its most successful year just over a year on from a management buyout by former Sales Manager – now Managing Director – Dave Eyre, who obtained financial backing for his buyout from UK Steel Enterprise, a subsidiary of Tata Steel.

Hardcase International, which makes rigid plastic drums and percussion cases, was bought out with investment from UK Steel Enterprise (UKSE) last September.

Having taken on a further two members of staff to make up the now 17 strong team and with an 8.9% increase in turnover compared to the previous financial year, the manufacturing firm’s client base has continued to grow on both a national and international scale with 2018 proving to be the most successful year on record.

Dave Eyre, managing director, said: “I’m delighted to have built upon the accomplishments of Hardcase over the last year. When working as sales manager I used to be able to depict the seasonal trends in sales, but now it’s just busy all year round.

“Having been introduced to UKSE by Andy Stone from finance specialists, Optimum Corporate Solutions, the investment and continued support we’ve had since, from Alan Stanley in particular, has been much needed and very greatly appreciated. Without Alan’s expert advice and guidance, it may have been a completely different story one year on.”

Established in 1992, Hardcase International Limited was one of the first companies globally to introduce rotational moulded plastic drum cases into the music industry.

Alan Stanley from UKSE added: “I’m pleased to hear that Dave has had such a positive first year as Managing Director and have thoroughly enjoyed supporting him throughout the process.

“Dave’s customer-driven ethos is second to none and this really shines through alongside the clear passion he has for the music industry. I look forward to continuing to work with Dave and have no doubt that Hardcase will continue to flourish under his management.”

UKSE is a subsidiary of Tata Steel and provides equity and loan finance of up to £1m to growing companies. Businesses in need of growth finance can contact the UK Steel Enterprise team on 0800 915 1188.

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