Crux was formed in 2003 by Mark Teucher (industrial designer) and James West (mechanical engineer).
Why did you set this business up?
By combining our talents we felt we could offer a complete design and engineering package.
What is the business?
Crux is a Product Design consultancy business. We offer services to take an entrepreneur’s bright product idea all the way into production. Crux also provide styling, design and engineering services to the world’s largest corporations. Our core service is in the area of drug delivery device design, mainly in the areas of inhaled and injected therapies.
Any quirky/interesting facts about it, interesting people or projects you’ve worked on?
We all cycle to work. An interesting cycle-related project we worked on was, for the 2012 Olympic games, designing the track cycle helmets for team GB. We were able to meet athletes such as Sir Chris Hoy during testing but unfortunately didn’t get any tickets for the actual event!
How many people are there in your business?
We have 13 staff in our Bristol office, with room to grow as we acquired further office space this year. In 2012 we set up an office in Germany (south of Frankfurt) that employs 12 people. The majority of our services are for overseas clients, making Crux a net exporter.
Why have you chosen to relocate to Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone?
As Crux grew we needed more space for staff, the ability to add a 3D printing workshop and a dedicated laboratory area for running tests and experiments. We relocated from the centre of Bristol to the Paintworks site in The Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone. This area is perfect for Crux as we have other creative companies around us and excellent onsite facilities.
What do you want to see happening in Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone?
A dedicated advisory service for assistance with obtaining business growth funding, grants and other benefits available when operating in the Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone would be useful.
Additional business rates relief for green companies would be a great incentive to get other companies cycling to work too!