Aquaread Ltd

Aquaread’s award winning water quality monitoring systems are independently described as the most sophisticated, reliable and user friendly available.

Based in Broadstairs, Kent, their meters and probes can be used for anything from basic pH testing to providing comprehensive analysis that can be logged with GPS co-ordinates to pinpoint sources of pollution in rivers and ground surface water on site.

Craig Harrison founded Aquaread in 2008. It has grown rapidly since. Turnover increased by 50% from 2010 to 2011. In 2012 Craig won the KEiBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

Environmental consultants are Aquaread’s main customers. The construction industry, mining, fisheries and businesses that use water in their production process use them too – from Silver Spring, the soft drinks manufacturer, to Rolls-Royce.

Products are distributed through a global network of dealers. Craig explained “Australia and New Zealand are our biggest markets. They love new technologies. We are young and forward thinking. They like our attitude. We’re unlike our competitors [larger German and US based manufacturers]. Being relatively small is an advantage when it comes to customer support. If someone has a question, we can give an instant answer.”

Craig commented, “We knew Clive Stevens [Managing Partner at Kreston Reeves], for his personal and business tax work. Kreston Reeves were appointed at the beginning. Like us, they are award winning. It’s reassuring – and they offer good value for money.”

“Kreston Reeves do our annual year end accounts, P11Ds and our payroll. Alex [Alex Knight, Manager at Kreston Reeves] secured Research and Development tax reliefs for us and produced high level audits to secure grants. The service is outstanding, we trust them to get everything right. I can call or email and get a response instantly. They are very approachable, very responsive and quick. Kreston Reeves Financial Planning helped us too. Our company pension was set up by Paul Howson. The service and step by step support was great.”

Craig added. “We wanted to give something back and support the water charity ‘Just a Drop’. They are relevant to our industry and put almost everything back.”

“We also sponsor a Ph.D. research student at Brighton University.” The research funded by Aquaread is already influencing environmental policy to safeguard water quality across Europe.

For more information on Aquaread please visit www.aquaread.co.uk

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