11 companies in the South West make it into Britain’s fastest growing international sales league

International Sales LeagueWith a significant contribution to the regional economy, the 11 companies have combined sales of £2.6bn.

Their overseas sales have grown by an average of 53 per cent a year over 24 months, to a total of £1.1bn, according to the fifth annual Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200.

Somerset dairy Barber’s is the only company in the county to make the top, making its debut on the league table at no. 141. With approximately £8.6m worth of international sales, representing a 29 per cent annual growth over two years, the family-owned cheesemaker founded in the nineteenth century mainly exports to America, Australia, China and India.

Another new entry is North Somerset’s only representative, Bob Martin, manufacturer of pet care products. The company ranks at no. 65, with overseas sales growing by 51 per cent annually over two years, to approximately £6.5m. The products manufactured in North Somerset reach a number of international markets, including South Africa, Germany and Australia.

Bristol-based A-Gas International recorded a 55 per cent growth of overseas sales over a period of two years, to £97.7m, out of £118.7m representing the company’s total sales. The chemicals and gases distributor, placed at no. 56 in this year’s top (no. 119 in 2013), has expanded internationally by acquiring companies in Australia and America.

The highest-ranked company in the South West is Vero Software, which makes its debut on the league table, placed at no. 28. The Cheltenham firm develops computer aided design and manufacturing software for customers such as Audi and BMW. A string of acquisitions helped overseas sales climb 80 per cent pa to £58.5m in 2013.