» Plac­ing trust in fresh ap­proach to ser­vices for a greater good

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THE Govern­ment’s am­bi­tion to grow ex­ports has prompted a county firm to launch its own cam­paign to help busi­nesses ex­port with con­fi­dence.

Ha­zle­woods, one of the UK’S top 30 in­de­pen­dent char­tered ac­coun­tants and busi­ness ad­vis­ers, wants to share ex­pert knowl­edge to help the Govern­ment’s strat­egy of in­creas­ing ex­ports from 30 per cent to 35 per cent of GDP.

White­hall’s strat­egy draws on the lat­est re­search from the De­part­ment for In­ter­na­tional Trade ex­plor­ing the be­hav­iours, at­ti­tudes and needs of ex­port­ing busi­nesses.

This re­search high­lights the im­por­tance of de­vel­op­ing contacts and net­works for firms to achieve their ex­port po­ten­tial and re­veals a lack of knowl­edge on tax is­sues can be a bar­rier.

Ha­zle­woods part­ner Scott Lawrence, in­set, said: “We un­der­stand the im­por­tance of estab­lish­ing net­works of knowl­edge­able contacts here at home and in the des­ti­na­tion coun­tries of ex­port­ing firms. “Since the 1980s we’ve been an in­de­pen­dent mem­ber of the HLB ac­count­ing net­work which means we can in­tro­duce our clients to trusted ex­perts in more than 150 coun­tries.”

He con­tin­ued: “When Govern­ment re­search iden­ti­fied that lim­ited net­works and contacts is a bar­rier ac­cord­ing to 63 per cent of firms, that re­ally struck a chord. “Lack of knowl­edge is also per­ceived to be hold­ing back some po­ten­tial ex­porters and an un­der­stand­ing of tax is­sues is a big con­cern.” Ha­zle­woods team of spe­cial­ists ad­vises clients of all sizes and sec­tor­spn how to op­ti­mise their or­gan­i­sa­tion for com­pet­i­tive­ness at home and over­seas.

From its base in Stroud, Om­ni­track, orig­i­nal in­ven­tors and man­u­fac­tur­ers of ball trans­fer units, ex­ports to 56 coun­tries world­wide with 40 per cent of ev­ery­thing they make go­ing to North and South Amer­ica.

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor John Cabrinidale said when work­ing re­motely across coun­tries, it is im­por­tant to have the right peo­ple in place, par­tic­u­larly when sup­ply­ing a high-end prod­uct. He said: “Our ball trans­fer units are the Rolls Royce of the in­dus­try. “We have worked hard to de­velop a busi­ness that now sup­plies to NASA, CERN, the nu­clear and avi­a­tion in­dus­tries and much more. “Hav­ing a firm that we trust in the UK in­tro­duce us to qual­ity ad­vis­ers in other coun­tries takes the stress away for us, so we can con­tinue do­ing what we do best.” Ha­zle­woods tax part­ner Tom Wood­cock, in­set, said: “Our busi­ness ad­vice helps to steer clients through the in­ter­na­tional tax sys­tem and for­eign busi­ness prac­tices, so that they can ac­cess ex­port mar­kets with­out run­ning into un­ex­pected taxes and reg­u­la­tion. “Now we’re launch­ing #Ex­pertsin­ex­port as a ral­ly­ing call to take up the ex­pert sup­port avail­able for firms that are new to ex­port­ing, or those who al­ready ex­port and see the po­ten­tial for in­ter­na­tional trade. “We will be shar­ing tips and in­sights draw­ing upon the ex­per­tise of the Ha­zle­woods team and col­leagues in our in­ter­na­tional net­work.”

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