Top Rotherham exporters reveal secrets of their success

Three of Rotherham’s leading exporters are set to share their export journey, offer their insights and reveal their top tips for local businesses looking to break into international trade at an event organised by UKTI, the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership and RIDO.

The free breakfast event aims to help grow the Rotherham Economy by helping every business fulfil their export potential.

Being held at Fusion@Magna in Rotherham on October 15, it is aimed at entrepreneurs looking to take their first step in exports, businesses wanting to get top tips on expanding overseas operations or for anyone wanting to meet valuable contacts who can share their expertise and global networks.

From rapid growth stories and becoming a recognised world leader in specialist sectors to how a party planning crisis turned into a multi-million international business empire, the event will offer unique insights into finding success overseas and guests will also be able to ask these business leaders how they overcame the export challenges they have faced.

Those attending will also receive a free copy of a new guide to international trade called Five Steps To Export, which offers simple advice on identifying new opportunities overseas and how you can find growth on foreign shores.

The companies speaking at the event will be:

Gala Tents – Founded by Jason Mace in Rotherham and is now one of the world’s leading distributors of quality marquees and gazebos. After spotting a gap in the market when he had a millennium party planning crisis, Jason now turns over more than £10m a year and exports to dozens of countries around the globe.

Newburgh Engineering – The advanced manufacturing business from Rotherham works on some of the world’s most demanding engineering projects from nuclear reactors and state-of-the-art military equipment to the next world record breaking land speed attempt with the supersonic Bloodhound project. It has customers in a wealth of countries and is in high demand around the globe.

Pyronix – As a Rotherham-based world leader in the manufacture of security equipment including control panels, detectors and external sounds, Pyronix has grown 15% every year since 2010 and is now on course to reach £20m of annual sales by the end of 2014, 40% of which is in international markets.

Regional director of UKTI Yorkshire and Humber, Mark Robson, says: “Exports are crucial to the future prosperity of this region and our country. Brand Britain is in high demand across the globe and our businesses should be making the most of these opportunities.

“This event will allow businesses in Rotherham to hear how their neighbours are finding growth in international trade, learn how they can do the same and also meet like-minded businesses who can help them on their export journey.

“Without exports your business isn’t fulfilling its growth potential. International trade isn’t difficult, it’s just different and we hope this event will help inspire more to take their first steps into a new market.”

William Beckett, who won two Queen’s Awards for International Trade with William Beckett Plastics and is Chair of the Sheffield City Region Export Partnership, adds: “Exports are crucial to the success of my own business and the LEP is dedicated to helping more businesses deliver growth through international trade.

“We are world leaders in everything from the products we produce to the services we provide in this region and we should be doing everything we can to ensure every business fulfils its export potential.

“By sharing some of the incredible success stories in Rotherham with local business leaders we are confident we can encourage others to follow their examples.

“By working together and sharing our experiences and contacts we can really show the world what the Sheffield City Region has to offer the world.”

The free event at Fusion@Magna on October 15 starts at 8am and attendees will hear from each of the exporters before getting the chance to ask their own questions.

To register for a place, visit https://not-difficult-just-different-15october.eventbrite.co.uk

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