A Tremough-based company that has developed disinfectant technology using water and electricity has received funding from the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Investment Fund (COISIF), managed by The FSE Group, as part of a £1million funding round.
The £250,000 CIOSIF investment in Oxi-Tech is accompanied by investment from existing shareholders and Henley Business Angels and is being used to support business growth.
Oxi-Tech’s patented clean-in-place technology uses activated oxygen, removing the need for aggressive chemical-based disinfection solutions, such as chlorine, and eliminating the high recurring costs and safety risks of traditional chemical disinfectant processes.
Oxi-Tech’s technology creates an oxidation process in-situ from tap water, that is safe to use for humans and animals and can be applied across a variety of sectors including agriculture, utilities, the built environment and water supply.
The company is in the initial stages of focusing its efforts on the agricultural sector where equipment such as dairy milking machines and animal feeding water lines are potential breeding grounds for bacteria and other pathogens.
The carbon-heavy supply chain of traditional large-scale disinfecting carries a significant environmental burden. Oxi-Tech’s solution reduces CO2 output and removes the use of harsh and dangerous chemicals from the process, as well as providing an estimated £20,000+ in savings per year to farmers implementing the system over traditional, chemical solutions.
Following successful trials in the UK and the Middle East, Oxi-Tech is now ready to commercialise its technology with a team that has an excellent track record in developing sustainable, innovative, high-growth businesses.
Paul Morris, CEO of Oxi-Tech said: “The FSE Group has been a strong supporter of our technology and business proposition over the past five years and we are thrilled to receive this CIOSIF investment, which has provided a foundation for the funding round. We are now looking forward to focusing on the full commercialisation and roll-out of our ground-breaking solutions as we move into the next phase of growth.”
Ralph Singleton, Head of Equity, South West, at The FSE Group commented: “This innovative team has developed market disrupting technology with robust environmental credentials. With a number of cross-sector opportunities across the UK and international markets, we are delighted to be supporting Oxi-tech to roll-out its game-changing solution.”
The £40m Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Investment Fund provides debt and equity finance from £25,000 to £2 million to help growing small businesses across the region. It has been established by the British Business Bank in partnership with the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
Funding through CIOSIF comes to an end in December this year but wider funding is now available through the British Business Bank’s £200m South West Investment Fund providing loans from £25k to £2m and equity investment up to £5m.
Keira Shepperson, Director, Regional Funds from the British Business Bank said: “Oxi-Tech have developed a process that uses tap water and low level electricity to create a powerful, chemical-free disinfectant. It is already showing results in the agricultural industry, lowering both costs and environmental impact, and we are pleased the fund is supporting further growth.”
John Acornley, Chair of the CIOSIF advisory board and former LEP non-executive director, said: “Oxi-tech is another example of a Cornwall-based tech start-up with an environmental focus. Its proven technology also saves on the of costs of transport, storage and disposal compared to chemical-based disinfection and has applications across many sectors.”
CIOSIF is supported financially by the European Union using funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.
For more information about the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Investment Fund including how to apply, please visit www.ciosif.co.uk or follow the fund on Twitter at @CIOSIFBBB2