EPC Wheelchairs – Peter and Linda’s story
Finding that there wasn’t a lot of choice or range available Peter decided to take matters into his own hands and set up a business to assemble bespoke chairs, measured to fit individual requirements. They are now working at the top end of the market, selling high-performance equipment both nationally and internationally.
Peter was inspired to take up wheelchair tennis after seeing it in action at the Stoke Mandeville Games. This was also where he had his lightbulb moment for starting the business, seeing the lightweight chairs available to athletes imported from America.
Peter went on to dominate Paralympic tennis, picking up Britain’s first ever gold in Athens in 2004, as well as six Grand Slam singles titles in his career. The highlight of his career was the honour of being flag bearer for the home Games in London 2012.
Peter says that their business is designed to give choice as every person is different. The chairs are custom built and made to measure to suit people’s lifestyles, disabilities and abilities.
This year they decided to move to their HQ Cornwall and test the waters with a branch of the business in Perranporth. As their business is mainly internet based they were attracted by the connectivity offered by superfast broadband, finding the speed in Cornwall far better than their office in Hampshire. After contacting the Growth Hub they met with Business Connector Matt Borne, who put them in contact with high growth coaching, support for export and making the most of their IT strategy.
How the Growth Hub helped EPC Wheelchairs
We put Linda in touch with Superfast Business Cornwall for support with creating and implementing an IT strategy. In this video from Superfast Business Cornwall Linda discusses the impact on her business.
Referral made to the Department for International Trade for support with export sales and reaching new markets.
We made a referral to our partners at Oxford Innovation for their coaching programmes.