Eakin Group buys Larne’s Respond Plus medical firm

Tom Eakin (middle), founder of the Eakin Group is pictured with Jeremy Eakin, Director and Paul Eakin, Managing Director at the company's head office in Comber. INLT 43-677-CON
Tom Eakin (middle), founder of the Eakin Group is pictured with Jeremy Eakin, Director and Paul Eakin, Managing Director at the company's head office in Comber. INLT 43-677-CON

Larne-based medical distribution business Respond Plus has been taken over by Co Down firm Eakin Group for an undisclosed sum.

Eakin, one of the world’s leading medical device manufacturing and distributors of stoma and wound care products, concluded a major deal to purchase Cliffe Medical, owners of Respond Plus.

The Larne company, which operates from LEDCOM industrial estate, employs 11 staff who dispense stoma products directly to patients as well as providing a nurse advisory service.

The family-owned Eakin Group makes wound care products for people who have had major surgery. It sells products to more than 40 countries and has an annual turnover in oxcess of £75m.

The group’s managing director Paul Eakin said buying Nottingham-based Cliffe Medical was “a hugely important strategic acquisition”.

He added: “In Northern Ireland, Respond Plus provides us with a unique opportunity to extend our relationship with the stoma community.

“We know this community very well but we now have the opportunity to expand our level of service, including nursing care support.

“Eakin has a huge international following around the world yet we are relatively unknown to the public in Northern Ireland so this is the perfect opportunity for us to make that connection,” MR Eakin concluded.