Caerphilly-based Direct Healthcare took five months’ worth of orders in two weeks as lockdowns were imposed last spring. It designs and manufactures aids, such as lifting slings and shower handrails, to reduce pressure ulcers and help patients stay mobile. Backed by investor ArchiMed since December 2019, it made four acquisitions last year, including Handicare’s Patient Handling division in Europe, and Finnish manufacturer Carital Group in October. Exports soared to an annualised £27.6 million in the year to December under chief executive Graham Ewart, 44.
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