Sol-X gears up for growth with Business Doncaster

For many of us, our car is one of our most prized possessions, and just like any finely tuned machine, our cars need to be cared for. However, over recent years with the development of new emission control on car systems and increased service intervals, modern engines are experience challenging problems with contamination not seen in previous engine generations.

Solving these problems, such as DPF blockages, EGR issues, low power and high emissions in a simple but effective manner can be tricky, something Doncaster’s Richard Mason knew full well. But having worked in the industry for many years, Richard also knew that there was a dearth of quality trade-only products available, so sought to change this.

Richard set up Sol-X, a brand of workshop and body repair shop chemicals, treatments and aerosols, to fill the gap in the market. In doing so, he was put in contact with Business Doncaster, a partner of the Sheffield City Region Growth Hub Enhancement Project for advice and guidance.

The Enhancement Project offers a range of support aimed at high growth companies and is financed by the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

Sol-X’s products are engineered to overcome the challenges typically experienced with modern vehicles, based on innovative solutions, and manufactured in the UK.

Richard’s vision is clearly paying dividends.

“Sol-X is now a leading producer recognised for our quality and service”, he explains.

“We are a growing business and recently exhibited at Automechanika, the world’s largest automotive aftermarket trade show, in Frankfurt to help showcase our products for export sales.”

The support from Business Doncaster has clearly been invaluable to the business.

“Since our introduction we have found that Business Doncaster is a professional service run by quality, experienced people. They are perfectly placed with their business knowledge and have excellent knowledge of local contacts.

“We have received coaching on system processes and HR procedures, health and safety advice, and plenty of guidance on everything from PR to apprenticeships and internships”, Richard explains.

“We’re so pleased to have been introduced to Business Doncaster. The support has been amazing and continues to be a great benefit to our business.”

The Enhancement Project provides businesses with intensive one-to-one support from a Key Account Manager and access to free Masterclasses delivered by private sector experts.

The Sheffield City Region Growth Hub Enhancement Project is receiving up to £2.7m of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for the European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit