Business Bio 

Operating since 2001 in Avonmouth near Bristol, CliniPower disposes of contaminated waste with very low environmental impact, handling 8-10 tonnes of clinical and pharmaceutical waste per day. Pollutants normally associated with incineration are either destroyed or not produced, using very high heat and low oxygen.

Loan Amount



South West

Funding Need

Refinance & Working capital


Waste processing

Their Journey

The temperatures involved in the Clinipower process are incredibly high, and the result is a black powder which can be disposed of with much lower environmental impact than landfill disposal.  Another by-product is steam, which the company wanted to use to power an on-site steriliser. 

Clinipower needed the capital to pay off an expensive lease refinancing deal, and purchase the new steriliser as well as additional on-site spares stock. They sought non-bank financing from the outset, and were introduced to Central Union (CU) who brought the proposition to ThinCats. 

Richard Martin, director at CU, said: “It seemed to us a good company: Nic is an experienced serial entrepreneur, the business is family owned, and they have sunk a lot of their own money into the firm. It gave lenders confidence that the owners have considerable skin in the game.” 


We’d rather lost confidence in the banking system; the ThinCats loan has tidied everything up, and given us a leg up.

Nic Cooper - CEO

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