16 new deals struck up after UK Export Week

Posted on 14 Apr 2014 by Callum Bentley

Small and mid-sized firms around the UK have announced 16 new export deals to countries across the world including Ghana, Colombia and Cambodia.

The announcements were made during UK Trade & Investment’s (UKTI) fifth Export Week which is designed to encourage businesses to start exporting or expand their export activity.

Over 70 events for small and mid-sized firms took place nationwide with companies attending workshops on trade, intellectual property and marketing across the country.

The new export deals include:

  • Nottingham business, Mediboard, has secured its first ever export order, which will help treat cats and dogs with cancer in Colombia. The company’s translucent board helps position the animals on scanners, leading to better quality images of cancerous tumours.
  • Leicester business, Clifton Packaging Group Ltd, has secured a deal in excess of £1 million to supply packaging machinery to a soup and rice manufacturer in Ghana.
  • Traditional British shoe-maker, Loake Shoes, from Northants, has won an order to supply its footwear to a top retail store in Vietnam following a UKTI trade mission.
  • Sussex marine business, PSM Instrumentation, has announced £200,000 of new orders for its marine tank gauging systems from Singapore, less than six months after returning from a UKTI market visit.

UKTI Chief Executive Crispin Simon said: “These exciting new deals show the huge demand that exists for high quality British products and services around the world.

“They are an inspiration to the thousands of firms that have attended Export Week with hopes of growing their business by expanding overseas.

“Research shows that companies do better with UKTI’s help so my message to those thinking about taking the plunge is get in touch.”

On Tuesday, UK education providers announced that, with support from UKTI, they had won four new deals worth £850 million to establish 12 technical and vocational training colleges in Saudi Arabia.

Also during Export Week the Chancellor announced the roll out of a new scheme which will offer all UK mid-sized businesses a dedicated trade advisor and tailored trade support. The announcement included funding to triple the number of dedicated mid-sized trade advisors.

As part of the last Export Week in November 2013 UKTI launched its Exporting is GREAT campaign aimed at small businesses.