No bar­rier to over­seas growth for El­land firm

Halifax Courier - - Business - By Tom Scargill

Industrial safety bar­rier firm A-SAFE has won a place on the pres­ti­gious Sun­day Times BT Busi­ness SME Ex­port Track 100 league ta­ble. The list ranks Bri­tain’s fastest­grow­ing small and medi­um­sized com­pa­nies for over­seas sales, with El­land-based ASAFE be­ing placed num­ber 33 on the leader­board.

The man­u­fac­turer demon­strated ex­port growth of 71 per cent over the last two years, with to­tal in­ter­na­tional sales reach­ing £6.4m in 2014.

Its prod­ucts are used in var­i­ous industrial en­vi­ron­ments, in­clud­ing air­ports, car parks, ware­hous­ing, food and drink fa­cil­i­ties and other industrial en­vi­ron­ments to pro­tect per­son­nel and vi­tal struc­tures from im­pacts from work­place ve­hi­cles.

To earn a place on the Sun­day Times leader­board A-SAFE went through an ex­ten­sive vet­ting process that in­cluded ex­am­i­na­tion of com­pany ac­counts, in­ter­views with di­rec­tors and a tour of its head­quar­ters in El­land.

Cri­te­ria for in­clu­sion de­manded ex­ports ac­counted for at least 20 per cent of to­tal sales.

James Smith, direc­tor at ASAFE, said: “Earn­ing a place on this pres­ti­gious list is tes­ta­ment to the hard work we have all put in to­wards grow­ing and ex­pand­ing A-SAFE in­ter­na­tion­ally.

“We now have of­fices in seven coun­tries and re­sellers around the globe – and we will be open­ing more over­seas sub­sidiaries this year.

“We have a world-lead­ing prod­uct that per­forms es­sen­tial Health and Safety du­ties in the strong­est, most in­no­va­tive, most cost-ef­fec­tive ways – and that’s some­thing that busi­ness lead­ers un­der­stand wher­ever they hap­pen to be in the world.”

The Sun­day Times SME Ex­port Track 100 recog­nises that small and medium-sized en­ter­prises are at the heart of the busi­ness com­mu­nity and the driv­ing force be­hind the UK’s econ­omy.

Danny Longbottom, man­ag­ing direc­tor of UK SME at BT Busi­ness, said: “Th­ese busi­nesses have used self­s­tart­ing am­bi­tion, tech­nol­ogy and hard work to punch above their weight in the global mar­ket.”

A-SAFE di­rec­tors Luke and James Smith.

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