Hard water can drastically reduce the lifespan of household appliances, aggravate eczema, and taste unpleasant. But Harvey Water Softeners has found the solution: a machine that removes the unwanted minerals from your tap water. Today, it sells 18,000 softeners each year.
Over the last 40 years, the company has evolved from a distributor to a manufacturer, swapping US-made systems for its own patented design.
“We spend about £1.5m on research and development each year,” says managing director Martin Hurworth, adding that Brexit has given the business a boost.
“Our competitors are all based overseas, so they’ve seen a 20pc movement in price because of the exchange rate, while we’re accelerating sales quickly.”