A SECURITY firm in Trafford Park has seen a 20 per cent hike in turnover after linking up with enterprise specialists.

Cardea Solutions, which has Fingershield door safety guards as part of its range, has been working closely with GC Business Growth Hub.

And their input has seen the firm, which also markets ranges of buggy locks, window restrictors and police-approved window security shutters, take on three new staff.

Paul O’Carroll, managing director, said: "It is fantastic that small and medium-sized businesses can access this support at no cost to their business," he said.

""Our focus as a business is firmly on innovation and we have built an international reputation as a quality producer of pioneering and competitively-priced products.

"We had developed a prototype which had potential to open up new markets for us, but we needed to invest significant time and finance in order to achieve this."

He enrolled commercial director Claire Lepine on an executive development programme, took strategic planning advice and secured a Manufacturing Growth Fund grant to work with another firm, Wheatley Plastics, on the project.

The hub, part of The Growth Company, is part-supported by the European Regional Development Fund.