A Birmingham manufacturer of portable hand wash units has been recognised for its international export drive at a regional business event.
TEAL Patents Limited, based in Chelmsley Wood, beat two other shortlisted companies to take home the ‘New Exporter’ award at the Insider International Trade Awards 2013.
The company has over 50 years’ experience designing and developing portable wash stations to meet a variety of logistical needs across multiple sectors including medical, education, catering and commercial vehicles.
Its strength lies in understanding the need for high levels of hand hygiene to prevent the spread of infection and the need to comply with health and safety regulations set out by industry bodies.
Over the past 12 months TEAL has seen its exports increase from six per cent to 12% through increasing its presence in Australasia and working with stockists in Spain, Portugal and South Africa.
Attended by over 130 people, the awards dinner championed the very best of business export across the West Midlands, recognising those that have succeeded overseas despite challenging economic conditions.
Manty Stanley, managing director at TEAL, said: “Eighty-eight per cent of our business comes from the UK but we are looking to increase our international presence by another fifty per cent in the next year as demand for portable hand wash units increase.
“We are thrilled to have won this award as it recognises our commitment to the export market and more importantly the achievements of our sales team and employees. We are already in talks with another three overseas stockists which will help us to achieve our international aspirations.”
The Insider International Business Awards are designed to celebrate businesses and business leaders who are successfully exporting and bringing overseas investment into the UK. TEAL received its award from Paul Noon OBE, regional director West Midlands at UK Trade & Investment.
Held at the Hilton Metropole NEC, the evening was hosted by BBC business reporter Steph McGovern with Tana Utley – vice-president of the industrial power systems and growth market divisions at Caterpillar – delivering the after dinner speech.
Eight businesses won a coveted award on the evening including Palletways, WSP, Walsall College and Carillion.
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