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Local businesses pitch to British Corner Shop for export opportunity

29th March 2015, 12:03
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Local businesses pitch to British Corner Shop for export opportunity

British Corner Shop, recently rewarded a place in the Sunday Times BT Business SME Export Track 100, gave Gloucestershire businesses a chance for export in May. Hosting the Dragon’s Den style event at The Growth Hub, the distributor was looking to add quality, local suppliers to its product line of Heinz, Walkers, Weetabix and other famous brands.

Having also been shortlisted as one of three export finalists in the Bristol Post Business Awards, British Corner Shop exports to 138 countries worldwide and last year delivered more than four million products. By ordering through an e-commerce site, expatriates can enjoy their favourite brands abroad; whilst retailers, bars and restaurants can also buy wholesale.

Referred to The Growth Hub by a contact at a local branch of Santander, British Corner Shop met with business contacts of UK Trade & InvestmentGFirst LEP and The Growth Hub.

Mark Callaghan, Managing Director of British Corner Shop, was thrilled at the shared opportunity; “This event enabled us to meet new, local brands who are looking to grow their sales through export. These brands, along with ourselves and the Gloucestershire food and drink market, have some exciting opportunities ahead.”

13 businesses attended the event; including Sibling DistilleryCostello and HellersteinCotteswold Dairy and Benjamin Chocolatier. Each had 30 minutes to pitch their products to British Corner Shop.

Ben Axford, from Benjamin Chocolatier, is one of the four businesses that have moved forward in pursuing the opportunity; “The event organised by the Growth Hub was an amazing opportunity for us to showcase our products to a buyer we wouldn’t otherwise have come across. The process from start to finish was incredibly smooth, and the Hub was a great space in which to meet. Within a week of the meeting, British Corner Shop had my products taken out to China to showcase to their clients there.”

To discover similar opportunities and register for future events at The Growth Hub, keep an eye on our calendar.

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