Export drive a glaring success

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A BLYTH firm is celebrating a string of new orders from south east Asia worth tens of thousands of pounds.

Solarglide has signed deals for £120,000 worth of its specialist blinds for ships and offshore rigs, thanks to a government drive to boost exports.

The company secured the orders – from clients in Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam – after signing up for UK Trade & Investment’s Gateway for Global Growth (G3) programme.

Paul Pringle, the firm’s commercial director, said: “The G3 initiative has proved invaluable to Solarglide.

“We were able to access a variety of support in Asia which UK Trade & Investment pointed us towards.

“We really appreciate the fantastic support and encouragement that we obtained from Simon Crosby, its team leader.

“The support we’ve had has been second to none and has helped us take our export business to the next level.

“Simon’s background is in developing distribution sales in overseas markets, so he understood our needs immediately.

“The advice and guidance he provided us with on developing our export strategy will be incredibly helpful in getting our products to new customers around the world.”

Simon said: “Solarglide operates in a highly competitive and demanding market, but has once again proved that the north east has what it takes to succeed on the world stage.

“The G3 initiative has proved a popular means of support for companies that are already experienced exporters, and we’re delighted Solarglide has found it so useful.

“We are committed to helping the region’s companies succeed in overseas markets, and we hope Solarglide’s success will inspire others to take up the export challenge.”

Solarglide, set up in 2009, is based in Bromley Gardens in Blyth but also has an office in County Durham.

It employs four, including Paul and his dad Mike, and hopes to recruit another two staff within the next few months.