A new company has been created in South Tyneside to provide critical medical gas services to hospitals across the North East and beyond.
Directors Gavin Richardson and Bryan Wood-Laine formed Opus Medigas to design, supply and install delivery systems needed to get the gas to patients in hospitals, dental surgeries, care homes and other health centres.
Mr Richardson co-founded specialist electrical and mechanical contractors Opus Building Services back in 2006, and over time he has discovered other niche areas in which the core company can branch into.
That has already led to the creation of Opus Green, a renewable energy consultancy and contractor based in the Newcastle Business Village in Benton.
Now Mr Richardson has teamed up with Mr Wood-Laine to form Opus Medigas, which is already ahead of projected sales with an order bank growing daily.
The company has already completed three projects and has further work in the pipeline throughout the region and further afield.
The new company, based in Boldon Business Park in South Tyneside, currently employs five people and it will supply any of the medical equipment needed to get a range of gases to patients in medical settings or to laboratories where similar gases are used.
Mr Wood-Laine has had a successful career in sales, helping and advising health and laboratory establishments across the North.
He said: “Because of my reputation and experience, I have excellent working relationships across the health sector.”
Mr Richardson added: “Opus Building Services is the core business, but through the work that we do in different sectors, I’ve identified opportunities in other areas and created businesses with key, talented individuals like Bryan.
“Bryan’s knowledge base will provide a totally-aligned approach that will get major projects delivered much quicker and more efficiently than the established competition.
“We can also help drive costs down by utilising a range of specialist suppliers rather than just one, therefore allowing Medigas to provide a more agile solution in an area where timing can be so important.
“We’re hopeful of getting pre-qualified status on the London NHS framework which could lead to plenty of work – our long-term strategy is national rather than regional.”