Friday, 04 May 2012
Bedmax horse bedding products
Northumberland firm’s exports galloping ahead with virtual support
A North East firm producing high-quality horse bedding products has seen its exports to the Gulf galloping ahead with the help of UK Trade & Investment’s (UKTI) Virtual Export Manager initiative.
, of Belford, Northumberland, has developed its BEDMAX shavings from British pine trees. The timber is screened and sterilised to produce a dust free, 100 per cent natural bedding for all types of stable horses.
Since its launch in 2000, it has become the bedding of choice for many leading racecourses in the UK as well as a growing number of trainers in the UK, Ireland and Hong Kong. It is also used by veterinary clinics and hospitals, studs and breeders and professional competitors in every equestrian field from show-jumping to polo and endurance riding.
International Trade Adviser Jeff Sanders worked closely with the company to develop and implement an export strategy and more recently it has signed up to the to focus on opportunities in the Gulf, particularly the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Through VEM the company was teamed up with James Rundell, an experienced equine specialist in the UAE, who has used information supplied in the OMIS report to develop new business in this market.
Tim Smalley, Managing Director at Bedmax Ltd, explained:
“VEM has given us a real chance to make the most of the OMIS report. The knowledge and experience has helped us become more proactive in the UAE.
“We’ve visited the market on a number of occasions and have now won several new orders worth in excess of £25,000 and have shipped our first containers of bedding out to the UAE.
“We’re also in the process of quoting for four prestigious new tenders to supply bedding to stud and endurance organisations in the UAE, this would not have been possible without the support of VEM and UKTI.
“The work the company had done with Jeff Sanders and the OMIS report provided by the Embassy provided a valuable starting point for us to develop a market which we knew had potential. Market research was carried out to identify the key organisations in the racing, stud and endurance sectors and our VEM was then able to follow this up by introducing BEDMAX to potential clients and raising our profile in the market.
“It’s great to see that these efforts are now paying dividends.”
Stephen Muir, UKTI’s Virtual Export Adviser, said:
“VEM is designed to support companies that are first time exporters or those more experienced companies that wish to expand into new overseas markets. It complements and builds on the work of the International Trade Advisers (ITA) by providing hands-on support through the placement of a suitably experienced business professional, who are matched to suit the company’s individual needs.
“Matching the company with a professional, who had experience in their sector and target market, Bedmax was able to move forward much quicker than it could have done on its own.
“It can take a long time to build the relationships you need to develop new business in the UAE, but VEM has really helped make things happened and I’m delighted to see the results of their endeavours.”
If you are based in the North East and are interested in developing your business overseas please contact:
North East International Trade Team
Tel: +44 (0) 845 05 05 054