Aquaread Ltd

Published by Tim Levey on 1 January 2019

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Aquaread are a multi-award winning, privately owned, British design and manufacturing company with a head office and manufacturing in Broadstairs and a sales office in Singapore.

Aquaread is now in its tenth year and has grown rapidly in the UK and globally with over 50 dealers.

Aquaread manufactures a wide range of precise, scientific water testing equipment that is designed for intuitive operation. They specialise in multi-parameter water testing equipment and highly precise water level and temperature loggers. The water testing instruments are suitable for testing groundwater, surface water and waste water. They are made from rugged materials to withstand harsh environmental conditions and all types of water.

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, 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 Knight 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.

"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."

Craig Harrison, Managing Director of Aquaread Ltd

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