Pattesons Glass makes an appearance at the latest UK trade & investment meeting.

Pattesons Glass makes an appearance at the latest UK trade & investment meeting.

Companies that export, do better. It’s as simple as that!

That was the clear message at the magnificent Grimsby Minster, the venue for this morning’s Bondholders breakfast, which focused on the opportunities international trade offers.

With ambitious official targets to substantially increase overseas trade by 2020, there is help in abundance to enable more Yorkshire and Humber companies to join the 7,000 already successfully exporting from the region.
Bondholders heard from a UK Trade & Investment expert and from three companies who have been seeing the benefits of widening their horizons.

They were AAK UK, the world’s leading manufacturer of high value-added speciality vegetable oils; the Achtis Group, whose spiky contractors’ shoes set them apart in markets all over the world; and Pattesons Glass, whose decision to ‘ditch the pickle’ is proving a winner.

David Laister, business editor at the Grimsby Telegraph, who introduced the speakers, said: “The doors are wide open to our Northern European trading estuary where energy abounds, so we should all share our stories to raise aspirations.”

“Exporting is not difficult, it’s just different”

David Mann of Grimsby’s Pattesons Glass, told the audience how moving away from the pickles business, in which it had traded for more than 100 years, led to export success.

As a supplier and wholesaler of glass jars and bottles we started international trading in Kuala Lumpur when we grasped the opportunity following a request for two container loads of glass. After Malaysia, we won business with Jamaica and then a decision to take part in a UKTI organised trade mission to Iceland resulted in a huge amount of business. As we continue to actively seek customers abroad, we are close to signing a deal in Denmark.

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