Calderdale sports and fitness firm secures multi-million pond deal from HSBC

A Calderdale-based sports and fitness equipment company has secured a significant multimillion pound finance package from HSBC UK to support growth and international trading over the next year.

Thursday, 16th December 2021, 11:00 am
Will Vaughan, Founder of Bluefin Trading Limited

Bluefin Trading Limited, a retailer of home fitness, wellbeing, water sports and outdoor equipment, will use the finance package from HSBC UK to support the continued import and export of its product ranges in Europe and beyond.

Despite challenging trading conditions, the business has already seen recent significant expansion, increasing from 25 employees in 2020 to 55 employees in 2021, due to a digital transformation aiding national and international trading processes.

The funding enabled the business to boost imports of stock in preparation for Black Friday weekend, as well as further develop a rapidly growing e-commerce platform ahead of an anticipated boost in international sales in the run up to Christmas.

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Will Vaughan, Founder of Bluefin Trading Limited, said: “Our business continues to grow consistently year-on-year, despite challenging market conditions. We’ve digitally transformed Bluefin and rapidly advanced our trading process at a national and international level, making us incredibly well-placed to deliver excellent results during the critical Christmas trading period. We thank HSBC UK for enabling us to extend our trade facilities and offer its international expertise as we continue to scale-up the business to develop exciting new opportunities for our employees and customers.”

As a result of the HSBC UK funding, the business is now forecasting 70 per cent growth in turnover over the next 12 months.

Stephen Smith, Relationship Director at HSBC UK, added: “We’re pleased to support Bluefin Trading and fund the latest trading facility of a business that has seen significant growth and maintained a robust consumer base in the face of global change. We look forward to seeing this multi-award-winning business continue to expand and evolve domestically and internationally.”

Founded in 2013 by Will Vaughan, Bluefin Trading is an e-commerce trading business based in Hebden Bridge.

In 2021, the business was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in recognition of its international trade.

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