Huub goes for growth with Santander cash

Derby-based Huub Design, the specialist in the design and distribution of high-performance clothing products for triathletes, is to expand production of its products afterreceiving £425,000 in Growth Capital funding from Santander Corporate & Commercial.

Founded in 2011 by Dean Jackson, Huub provides triathlon-specific sportswear, predominantly wetsuits. For the financial year 2015, turnover is expected to hit around £2m.

Huub is set to commence the 2016 season with a record level of pre-orders from distributors and wholesalers. Santander Corporate & Commercial’s Growth Capital facility will fund increased stock levels to support sales growth.

Dean Jackson, managing director, Huub Design, said: “Huub has successfully filled a gap in the market by offering a premium product that delivers a genuine performance improvement for athletes of all abilities. During the development of the triathlon as a sport over the last few decades, wetsuits have actually evolved very little, aside from the development of more flexible and buoyant neoprene materials. Huub has capitalised on this and I’m delighted with the ongoing success and expansion of the firm.”

Jon Bennett, regional director – Derby, Santander Corporate & Commercial, said: “Huub has been a customer for a couple of years. We were initially attracted to the business due to the strong global potential we identified in the Huub brand, and the management’s clear vision for the future. Huub is a great business to work with and is indicative of the entrepreneurial spirit the Derby marketplace continues to exhibit. We’re