Major growth in the medical market could be on the cards for Barber of Sheffield after the company won a tender to provide mortuary supplies to NHS Supply Chain.
The organisation, operated by DHL and formed from the NHS Logistics Authority and parts of the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency, is technically a competitor.
“We sell direct to hospital mortuaries and so do they,” says Stephanie Crane. “They have got a sales team and we have a sales team of one, so it could double the size of the business we have.”
Barber of Sheffield’s Barber Medical subsidiary supplies mortuaries, funeral homes, the emergency services and university laboratories are among the customers for Barber Medical.
Products include everything from lifting equipment to body bags, autopsy and embalming tables to cleaning products and autopsy instruments to refrigeration equipment.
The company has also developed export markets with the help of UK Trade and Investment and Medilink, the Sheffield-based company which promotes medical technology businesses.
Export markets include the Middle and Far East.