Two busi­nesses make the SME ex­porters grade

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - BUSINESS - by Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @Camil­la_Good­man

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.”

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