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Elland-based Control House is ready for growth thanks to funding from BEF.

Control House are specialists in electrical and software-based control systems. Established in 2003, the Elland-based company delivers industrial automation solutions to UK and international clients across a wide range of industries.

Control House directors, Paul and Claire Summerskill approached BEF in July to secure growth funding to support the acquisition of larger contracts and the further development of new testing systems. As an existing BEF client, Paul and Claire had first-hand experience of the support BEF provides.

Claire said: “Having an existing relationship with BEF helped us to plan for growth knowing that we had support from a lender who understands our business, vision and values. BEF had supported us before and we were confident that they would do it again.”

Following discussions with Matt Wood, Investment Manager, Paul and Claire secured additional funding. The funding has enabled Control House to win new, larger contracts and progress their new test systems. This growth will be supported by the recruitment of two new engineers over the next six to twelve months.

Claire continued: “The new funding has enabled us to go for bigger contracts and all the extra financing challenges that come with them. We’re thankful to BEF as they have been there when we needed them the most. Their system is slick, organised and quick. From application to draw down only took a week. We greatly admire the way Matt carried out thorough due diligence and managed our expectations in a really respectful and incredibly helpful and positive way.”

“At Business Enterprise Fund we take pride in being able to assist growing businesses and to look after our existing clientele. Control House is a great example of this. They’re experts in their field and are leading the way with some exciting upcoming projects,” said Matt Wood, Investment Manager at BEF, “It was a real pleasure being able to assist Paul and Claire with the growth of their business.”

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