Medical firm’s shot in arm from forum

CME's Stephen Thorpe with John Davies
CME's Stephen Thorpe with John Davies
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Fast-growing Fylde coast medical products company CME Medical has drawn up an ambitious strategy for further expansion after receiving support from Boost Business Lancashire.

Blackpool-based CME Medical has seen turnover increase massively from £6.5m in 2009 to £15m in 2012.

The company, which employs 75, provides specialist portable infusion products that are used for pain management, palliative care, oncology, nutrition and other clinical applications.

Executive chairman Stephen Thorpe founded the business in 2001 and in 2007 jointly acquired it from its US parent.

In partnership with Israeli company Caesarea Medical Electronics, CME Medical has expanded its product range in the niche mobile infusion products market.

Mr Thorpe decided to take advantage of the Lancashire Forum programme, delivered by Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) as part of business growth hub Boost Business Lancashire, to further develop his skills by interacting with other SME leaders.

He said: “The Lancashire Forum sessions have helped to shape our strategy for 2014 and beyond and we fully expect to see tangible benefits to business performance in the near future.”

The forum is a peer network and business masterclass programme that delivers knowledge and support through LUMS’ extensive links with the broader business community.

The programme enables SME bosses to share experiences.

SME executives on the programme receive masterclasses delivered by the university’s academics and business speakers including Will Butler-Adams from Brompton Bicycles, Jo Fairley at Green & Blacks, and Kirsty Henshaw, founder of Worthenshaws which has rebranded as Kirsty’s.

Businesses looking to sign up to the programme can visit or 0800 488 0057.

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