An expanding small company set up by a former professional footballer, which develops cases and screen guards for smart phones and other tablets, has bought new premises in Cheshire to support its growth plans.

Warrington-based Tactus, founded by 38-year-old chief executive Scott Brenchley who was a youth team and reserve player for Liverpool FC , has purchased new facilities in Olympic Park, Birchwood, as part of a six-figure funding deal with NatWest.

Tactus produces fashionable and functional protection for mobiles, tablets and wearables, which it sells direct to consumers through its website and in retailers such as Argos, Selfridges, Staples and Waitrose.

Tactus began trading in 2012 and has hired seven new staff in the past year and has plans to double this figure by the end of 2015.

The new premises will also support Tactus’ in-house design studio where the company can create 3D images on cases, engrave bespoke logos and personalise its products.

Mr Brenchley said:

“We founded the business in 2009 and using our own in-depth knowledge and experience of the technology sector, set to sourcing and developing a range of smart, functional and reliable products that would offer people the highest level of protection for their devices.

“The positive feedback we received from customers and industry experts made us realise there was a real gap in the market for a UK-based company to offer high-quality, protective products. It’s a competitive market that is constantly changing and you have to ensure you have stock that not only caters to the fluctuating mobile industry, but also to customer demand.

“We now have listings in Argos, Selfridges, Staples and Maplins, to name a few, and with our new offices up and running, we hope to capitalise on our success and ultimately, grow Tactus into a household name.”

The deal with NatWest was led by relationship manager Suzanne Unsworth, who said: “The business has shown it wants to adapt to its changing market place and I wish Tactus every success for the future.”