Spotlight on Trio Healthcare

Trio Healthcare Ltd develop and manufacture innovative, silicon-based medical devices for the Ostomy and Wound Care Management fields. They manufacture their products for both the UK and abroad but their primary focus (about 80%) is export. Trio have small offices in Skipton and Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire.We recently caught up with Managing Director John Chacksfield for a little Q&A on what Trio is all about and here's what we found out.

How Trio came about...

Simply put, the people involved in Trio wanted to make a big difference in the patients' quality of life. In 2006 the key players were all working for large companies within the medical device industry when the opportunity arose to branch out on their own to create a smaller company with a specific focus – to develop those ground-breaking products that were getting lost in the big machine. They jumped at the chance and so Trio Healthcare was born.

Success!!!

Trio's greatest success is winning the Queen's Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2011. The criteria for this required “outstanding achievement in international trade over 3 years” and Trio fit the bill perfectly. When the day came, John & colleague Lloyd Pearce gussied themselves up nicely and trotted off to Buckingham Palace where Her Majesty presented her award to them personally.

Don't go into the medical device industry unless you are prepared to deal with lots of red tape

As you can probably imagine, the medical device industry is highly regulated which presents a lot of roadblocks. What people don't realise is that, because of this, it can easily take several YEARS to get a product concept to the actual market..... but the end results are worth it.

The most valuable lessons

Whatever the challenge, there is always someone out there willing to help. Whether it's sales related, marketing, finance – don't be afraid to ask!!! No hurdle is insurmountable. 

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