Solaris Technology sets up head office in Nottingham

L-R: Lauren Tunnicliffe of the British Business Bank, David Baker of Mercia, and Alaric Errington, Dr Jonathan Hibbard and Jon Kenyon-Smith of Solaris.

A company which has developed a glass coating that protects against the sun has set up its headquarters in Nottingham following a £250,000 investment from the MEIF Proof of Concept & Early Stage Fund, managed by Mercia and part of the Midlands Engine Investment Fund.

Solaris Technology’s coating blocks unwanted solar heat gain and the sun’s damaging rays without reducing natural light. Founded in 2016, Solaris Technology is led by Managing Director Dr Jonathan Hibbard, the chemist who developed the technology, CEO Alaric Errington and Sales and Marketing Director Jon Kenyon-Smith. The investment will help the firm finalise global manufacturing and distribution agreements, also supporting the development of a sales and marketing strategy.

As a result of the finance, the company has now established its head office and research and development facility in BioCity Nottingham.

Jonathan Hibbard, Managing Director of Solaris Technology, said: “Bringing disruptive new technologies such as SolarBlock to market requires heavy investment in research and development. This support will allow us to accelerate the commercialization phase, establish a global infrastructure and grow the business more quickly.”

David Baker, Investment Associate with Mercia Fund Managers, said: “Solaris Technology has developed a very exciting product in SolarBlock and one that has the potential to disrupt a worldwide industry with an estimated value of £80 billion. The funding will allow it to finalise agreements with existing partners, which will generate commercial revenues and unlock opportunities for significant sustained growth.”