Our very own international freight expert, MD Nicole Howarth, is urging Shropshire businesses to seek specialist help to expand their overseas sales.
While multi-nationals may be reporting a slowdown in international trade, Nicole said there are still plenty of export opportunities for the vast majority of small and medium-sized businesses.
“In Shropshire more than 96 per cent of our companies are SMEs that may have a niche market and could trade internationally,” she explained, “but sometimes people are too frightened of taking the first step as they perceive it to be too complex.
“This is where Global Freight excels, as we can offer tailored solutions to international trade, whether in established markets or those which are emerging in developing economies.
“It doesn’t matter whether you’re taking the first steps to export or are looking for extra support, our team has the knowledge and expertise to make it easy and to help your business grow.”
The company, a member of the British International Freight Association, offers extensive advice and consultancy and has been credited with assisting hundreds of companies to grow their operations by being a guiding hand when they launch international trade programmes.
Although business group the CBI is claiming slow global growth and a strong pound is affecting export, the message from Global Freight is more positive.
The firm achieved its target of 20 per cent growth in 2015 and launched a dedicated department to deal with its new international personal effects removal service.
Global Freight made the move following a rise in demand for its bespoke service for people moving into or out of the UK. The firm also appointed its first apprentice.
Nicole added: “If you dig deeper than the national headlines, there are a lot of Shropshire businesses that are bucking the trend.
“There is the opportunity for growth out in overseas markets and we’re here to help with that.”