Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson visits healthcare manufacturers Hygenica

The MP for South Staffordshire and Defence Secretary Rt Hon. Gavin Williamson visited the headquarters of Wolverhampton-based healthcare manufacturers Hygenica. Headed by Matthew Wheeler, Hygenica is a leading manufacturer of unique products deployed in NHS facilities across the UK that help prevent the spread of antibiotic-resistant superbugs.

Mr Williamson heard how the company, founded in 2004, developed its innovative products using a unique disinfecting agent discovered in the UK, along with hearing about Hygenica’s ongoing commitment to maintaining its manufacturing base in the West Midlands as it expands into global markets over the coming years.

The Venture Capital Trust Fund, Beringea, provided Hygenica with substantial funding. This investment has allowed the company to further develop its technology, expand its manufacturing site in Wolverhampton, and will help Hygenica to take advantage of burgeoning export markets around the world.

Mr Williamson said: “It’s great to see such an innovative manufacturing firm thriving in Wolverhampton. Hygenica does really important work helping hospitals reduce infection and fight superbugs, relieving pressure from NHS staff and hospitals. Hygenica’s expansion is good news for the area - and it was great to hear their plans for continued expansion and commitment to manufacturing in the West Midlands.

It’s clear that many innovative businesses can struggle to access the finance they need to realise their ambition. I’m delighted that Hygenica - backed by Beringea’s VCT investment - has become so successful, and I look forward to hearing about their continued growth.”