Global success stories show that Greater Manchester is still open for international business

Export | Funding | North West
Claire Watkin

A group of Manchester businesses are celebrating success following their participation in the Growth Company’s Global Scale-up Programme.

The SMEs who took part in the first cohort have seen an additional £24m in revenue, with 16 international visits attended before lockdown, as well as a host of activity in new markets, including product launches and office openings, while also giving back to their local communities.

Around 100 companies will have completed the programme by 2021.

Launched in July 2019 and delivered by the Growth Company’s Business Growth Hub, the Global Scale-up Programme enables businesses across the city region to expand into international markets.

Anna Carson-Parker, Global Scale-up Project Manager, comments: “The Global Scale-up programme has had a genuine positive impact for businesses on the programme who were looking to expand their operations internationally.

“Businesses that export are typically more resilient, so it is important that international ambitions remain high on the agenda. The success of the programme is down to the global ambition of the businesses on the programme and the support of our programme partners.”

Among the businesses thriving as a result of taking part in the programme are Just Strong, a Bolton-based producer of women’s fitness wear whose brand is built around an emphasis on female empowerment.

They have increased their sales by £7.5m since joining Global Scale-up thanks to a continued expansion in the US market.

Meanwhile, fine bedding brand Trendsetter has used the experience and knowledge gained from the programme together with the unique circumstances of lockdown to focus on international growth, targeting new markets in North America and Europe.

The Managing director is Claire Watkin.


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