Peak District firm exports to boost growth

Pictured is Suzanne Stokes, of Hathersage-based Nest, which came up with ideas for children's tableware and is urging businesses to export.
Pictured is Suzanne Stokes, of Hathersage-based Nest, which came up with ideas for children's tableware and is urging businesses to export.

A HATHERSAGE business who came up with a successful range of children’s tableware is urging other local firms to export for growth.

Suzanne Stokes, of Nest, featured on a specialist panel at a free UK Trade and Investment Making it in Derbyshire Selling to the World event, last month, at the University of Derby.

She said: “Exporting has proved to be a steep learning curve but also a very enjoyable one as mixing with people from different cultures is both interesting and rewarding.

“We’re about to take on another member of staff and we will be looking to expand further and build up our global distribution.

“Our export business is really important to us - currently accounting for 40per cent of sales - so it’s important for us to continue to work in overseas markets to grow and increase profits.

“The UKTI has been a fantastic source of knowledge, help and advice and I would strongly encourage other firms across Derbyshire to make use of any support to get exporting.”

UKTI East Midlands regional director Peter Hogarth revealed how local firms are exporting successfully even in the current, troubled economic climate.

He said: “By sharing experiences with other Derbyshire firms we hope this will lead others to export too. Exports are critical to economic recovery.”