Heathrow Airport funds trade missions for two North East firms

Heathrow Airport is funding trade missions for two North East businesses in an attempt to help them boost their export capabilities.

Billingham pump manufacturer Tomlinson Hall & Co and Wilton’s Micropore Technologies are both receiving funding as part of the airport’s World of Opportunity grant.

The programme sees Heathrow provide £40,000 for SME trade missions or research into global markets, to help businesses grow internationally. The North East firms are among 20 UK companies that are due to receive support from Heathrow.

Tomlinson Hall designs and manufactures a range of pumps for use in the oil and gas, food and beverage, chemical, and engineering sectors. The firm also sells its own Liquivac pump which is capable of handling a combination of liquid, gas, and fine solids.

Colin Simpson, business development director at Tomlinson Hall, said: “We are thrilled to have won this grant as it will open up export opportunities for our own pump product Liquivac.

“We have identified that it has huge potential in the USA and Canada and could offer a pump solution for major water industry projects in California and the US West Coast, in the wine industry in the American Viticultural Area of the Napa Valley in California and in the Canadian aquaculture, desalination and mining industries.

“This grant will greatly assist us in establishing a route to market into our target sectors and providing further export growth for Tomlinson Hall.”

As part of the World of Opportunity programme, the two companies will gain access to personalised advice from an international trade advisor from the Department of International Trade, and a Plaza Premium lounge pass to begin their trip in style as they depart from Heathrow.

The winners of the World of Opportunity fund were announced as a new YouGov survey revealed that 50% of British SMEs that currently export want to increase their export destination over the next two year. The timescale coincides when Article 50 negotiations are due to be completed.

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “As the UK’s gateway to the world and its biggest port by value, Heathrow is essential in getting British goods and services to international markets. From beauty products to beets, snow sport instructors to architects, Heathrow and the Department of International Trade are boosting the growth of a unique mix of British goods and services.

“With the World of Opportunity programme, we are showing the world the breadth of talent and opportunity from all across the nations and regions of the UK. And demonstrating once again, that Britain’s gateway is open for business.”

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