Biotech company invests in Essex

A SPANISH-based scientific development company has established a presence in north Essex, with the help of East of England Inward Investment.

Biotechnology UK Ltd, the new UK arm of BTI, which manufactures and distributes dental implants and is based in Vitoria, Spain, has started operating from a base in Colchester in order to expand its business into the UK market.

Currently, the company is targeting and supplying dentists across London and Essex, with the ability to store products in the UK meaning that when orders are placed by UK dentists delivery can be as quick as the next day.

However, the firm hopes that, through locating in the UK, it can expand its market and be able to cover the whole country in the next 12 to 18 months, which will lead to the creation of new jobs for Colchester.

Allen Polley, BTI’s country manager for Biotechnology UK Ltd, said: “Locating in Essex was an ideal choice for us as the transport links are so good and also, as a scientific development company, we are involved in research and development activity in the dentistry field, so being so close Cambridge, which is the top R&D location in Europe was another huge selling point.

“The assistance we have received from our EEII advisor, John Dow, has been very helpful in establishing ourselves in the area.”

The company is now gearing up to exhibit at the dental implant industry’s biggest event in the calendar, the EAO (European Association for Osseointegration) congress which is taking place this year in Glasgow, from October 6 to 9.

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East of England Inward Investment helps to attract and support overseas inward investors to the region on behalf of the East of England Development Agency.

Biotechnology UK was also assisted in moving into the UK by the UK Trade & Investment team based at the British Consultate in Spain.