A Fylde company is taking on the world with its range of specialist high quality training equipment.
Exertrain, of Whitehills Business Park, has only been established for two years but has a growing international reputation thanks to its heavy duty weightlifting products.
It was founded by Dean Kent and his former policeman dad Gordon when Dean found that some of the equipment he had come across in his time working in the fitness industry was simply not up to scratch.
He decided to design his own and now the company, which employs five, has steelwork such as bar-bells and dumb-bells made in China and woodwork such as lifting platforms and weights boxes made here in Blackpool.
Dean, a former TVR engineer, said: “We spotted a gap in the market. So we started developing the products over a period of around 18 months and launched the business.
“We had people coming over from China who were to manufacture the items so it has been very intense. We reckon these are the strongest products of their kind in the world.
“We have picked up contracts from all over. We supply a lot of gyms, commercial chains to people’s own gym in the garage, the fire service, the RAF and Bradford Bulls (rugby team) have got some of our equipment in their gym.
“It is going really well and we are building our own showroom here at Whitehills to develop an international brand based here in Blackpool”.
This week Fylde MP Mark Menzies paid a visit to Exertrain to meet the father and son business partners.
Following the visit, he said: “It was terrific to see the passion and hard work Gordon and Dean had put into the business.
“It is always nice when people are able to take the expertise they gather from their own personal interests and build that into a way to make a living.
“While the company is just getting off the ground they have already had some exciting orders and apparently customers have been delighted with the products they have created.
“I wish them nothing but success as the business continues to flourish.”