Two businesses make the SME exporters grade
TWO businesses in Chesham and Amersham have won places on the league table of Britain’s fastest growing small and medium-sized company (SMEs) exporters.
The second annual Sunday Times Heathrow SME Export Track 100 league table was published this month, which ranks Britain’s private SMEs with the fastest-growing international sales.
The 20 companies headquartered in the south-east of England, compared to 21 last year, include 15 new entrants to the league table.
Their international sales have grown by an average of 91 per cent a year over the last two years to a total of £118 million and together they now employ 1,400 people.
Among the new entrants in the region is Cheshambased Global Infusion Group.
Catering at corporate and sport events, including the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, as well as for pop stars on world tours, including Lenny Kravitz and Lady Gaga, helped overseas sales grow to £9.1m last year.
Amersham-based company Stateside Skates, which was ranked 47th on the table last year, has again placed this year at number 58.
The company, in Raans Road, designs, manufactures and distributes action sports products around the world including freestyle scooters, roller skates, ice skates, skateboards, longboards and skate protection.
Chief executive of Global Infusion Group (GIG) Tony Laurenson, 57, who started the company in 1984, said: “Special thanks must go to our two main operations directors Mary ShelleySmith and my partner Bonnie May and their teams for all the hard work and effort that has made this possible.
"Our GIG Asia office, led by JB Berguerand and Carol Wang, also deserve special praise during a period that has seen us consolidate and grow our market presence.
"In 2015, we worked on events in over 50 cities in China and seven other countries in the region including Malaysia, Japan, South Korea.
“We would also like to thank UKTI, our tax payer funded Government body that exists globally to help UK businesses, and our fellow suppliers in the global events market, who we know also often put in more than just a good word.”