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Based in a 4,000m2 factory in Invergordon, Scotland, Carbon Dynamic is made up of a dedicated team of talented individuals who believe in using world-class design and superb natural materials to build beautiful low energy buildings.

Pioneers in sustainable, affordable, low energy buildings.

Carbon Dynamic believe that with their design skills and unique off-site manufacturing system they can revolutionise buildings across the UK.

They are raising a loan based on tremendous growth over the last 24 months and a need to be able to fulfil additional orders this year.

What is the product?

The UK needs over 1 million new homes over the next 5 years. Many, built at the mercy of the elements, fail the tightening Building Regulations testing, leading to retrofitting and retesting at great expense. On the other hand, Carbon Dynamic can build a highly insulated, superbly finished airtight home in a controlled factory environment in 4 weeks and deliver it pre-tested to the site in a day for residents to move into 5 days later.

The design of their buildings, inside and out, is geared towards low-energy performance and the natural materials they use are deliberately chosen to perform dynamically over time.

They believe in manufacturing up to a standard rather than down to a price. They constantly challenge themselves to create beautiful, affordable buildings that deliver the best environmental performance. They are already making ripples but they want to make waves; they want everyone to demand better buildings.

They are proud to have built up a team that shares their vision and ambition. They employ a talented, diverse and empowered workforce, employing both local craftsmen and engineers from the best off-site manufacturers in Europe. They aim to reinvigorate timber engineering and finishing craftsmanship by training apprentices to work with natural Scottish materials. They're excited by the possibilities.

What is the market?

The tourism industry has been at the forefront of the UK's economic recovery since 2010, providing a third of new jobs created between 2010-2013. Carbon Dynamic have the ability to manufacture hotel buildings and lodges with minimum interruption. Thus, Carbon Dynamic offers this sector unsurpassed quality, hugely shortened building programmes and minimal disruption to existing customers.

They can provide the above with no competition, being the only modular manufacturer based in Scotland, whilst competing with traditional builders on cost and quality. They are also the only timber modular manufacturer in the UK who uses natural materials and a unique 'breathable' external skin. The full implementation of their new Design for Manufacturing and Assembly system, a process that will reduce costs, thus putting them in an unassailably competitive position.

What are their plans?

The initial investment will fund the May 2016 completion of a cluster housing project with technology enabled assisted living, after which they will invest in their Building Information Modelling and Design for their Manufacture and Assembly systems and processes. This new development, upon completion, will allow them to scale efficiently whilst maintaining quality control, therefore significantly reducing the percentage between overhead and turnover in the future.

With this system in place, they hope to more efficiently tackle the targeted £12 million in projects within the next 3 years.

Most of their projects are based around a framework which results in repeat business. For example, their assisted living cluster project, in partnership with local housing associations (NHS, The Highland Council, Scottish Government, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, MIT and Highland Hospice), which will see them deliver 17 units by March 2017. There is the potential to develop nationwide projects with both the NHS and Scottish Government, whereupon two such projects have already been identified, based on the the initial March 2017 projects.

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Business keeps the raised amount even if target is not met.
Loan - product type
Maximum
£ 80k
Raised
£ 87k
Investors
51
Estimated close date
Funded 1 year ago in 88 days

Where will the funds go?

Growth capital
£80,000

Key people

Matthew Stevenson
Managing Director
Kate Hayes
Commercial Manager
David Rhind
Senior Architect
Charles Engebretson
Logistics and Delivery Manager
Maxime Garcia
Civil and Timber Engineer

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A. The existing bank debt will not be repaid out of this loan however the business will be able to afford the existing and new debt issued.

A. We are proposing an 8% APR return based on the level of risk of the business.

A. The directors loans are not going to be repaid, this is £15k-£20k

A. The business is moving from a construction model to a manufacturing model and the development methodology has changed
The business plans to use lower skilled and lower cost people now the design and prototyping is complete
As volume increases the cost of materials reduces
They have been refining the design, manufacturing and assembly process

A. There is a very low cost of sales and believe if some of the investment is placed here they will easily be able to continue with the growth trajectory
Based on this and the other outstanding debt if the company does not grow or increase its margin the business should be able to afford the debt with contingency.

A. Now they have the demand from a sales perspective they can take more of an upfront payment. Initially clients only paid upon delivery however more of a up front and monthly fee can be taken.

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Alness, UK

"Pioneers in sustainable, affordable, low energy buildings."

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5 years, 4 months
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