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Dubai beckons for Competition Winners

Dubai beckons for three North East firms after winning a special competition to help them kick-start their exports to the Middle East.

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) joined forces with Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and the Millennium Plaza Hotel Dubai to organise the competition offering three winners a chance to visit the country and explore business opportunities.

More than 25 companies across the region entered the competition in a bid to secure a “Golden Ticket” to take part in a Market Visit to Dubai in December and the three winning companies have now been revealed as:

Furniture Clinic Ltd, Newcastle – market leaders in the development and manufacture of leather repair and care products used by many industrial sectors including furniture, automotive, clothing, handbags, and equestrian. The company also offers comprehensive training courses to the public and trade and new products have been added to cover other items such as fabric and wood. The company already exports to several overseas markets including USA, Russia and Hong Kong.

David Pitt, General Manager, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been chosen for this prize, giving Furniture Clinic the opportunity to develop our business in Dubai and the Middle East region. This award allows us to progress business relations in this area quicker than we would normally have been planning to do. Initially, we would look to develop trade customers who would use our products and benefit from our training, and then eventually appoint a distributor for all Furniture Clinic products in Dubai and the region.”

Nortech Solutions Group Ltd, Wynyard – an award winning engineering design, project management, procurement and construction management services provider for a range of industry sectors. The Nortech group of companies comprises of three businesses: Nortech Solutions Ltd, Nortech Oil & Gas Ltd and Nortech Staffing Solutions Ltd. Since its launch in April 2011, Nortech has demonstrated rapid growth and created more than 80 new jobs.

The Managing Director of Nortech Solutions Group Ltd, said: “We’re delighted to have been selected to join UKTI on this exciting market visit to Dubai. It is a great honour to have been selected and the visit will be an excellent opportunity to discover the many opportunities in the Dubai marketplace as well as further enhance our knowledge of other emerging markets, and showcase Nortech’s expertise. We have experienced phenomenal growth since we set up in April 2011. We are very proud of our achievements and are looking forward to further building on our reputation in the burgeoning Dubai market.”

Tomlinson Hall & Co Ltd, Billingham – Established in 1919, the company is a major pump distributor and manufacturer, serving both UK and overseas markets. It manufactures the Liquivac pump, which it successfully exports to countries including China, Argentina, the USA and Canada. The pump boasts an innovative liquid ring vacuum design and is used in chemical processing, aquaculture, sea water extraction, land remediation and food and drink processing, and in the utilities sector. Tomlinson Hall & Co. Ltd is the current British Pump Manufacturers’ Association Pump Distributor of the Year, having been awarded the title at the association’s Pump Industry Awards 2014. The company also won this prestigious award in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Colin Simpson, business development director of Tomlinson Hall & Co Ltd, said: “We’re delighted to be one of the ‘Golden Ticket’ winners and to be making the trip to Dubai – it’s a fantastic opportunity for Tomlinson Hall & Co Ltd. Dubai is a key target market for the company and our Liquivac pump can be utilised within numerous industry sectors in the UAE. We’re looking forward to promoting North East manufacturing overseas and to working with UKTI and Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing.”

Chris Simpson, one of UKTI’s Lead International Trade Advisers, said:

“The amount of interest this competition has generated here in the North East has been fantastic and I must give a great deal of thanks to Fayha Sultan at the Dubai tourism team and the Millennium Plaza Hotel Dubai for supporting this initiative.

Fayha Sultan, Marketing Manager – Commerce at Dubai’s DTCM, said:

“I would like to congratulate the winners and look forward to meeting them on the trip. It was a very difficult decision to make as all the entries were of a high calibre and their products have great potential in Dubai.

“I will be working closely with Chris Simpson to ensure that the group gets the most out of the visit on the professional and leisure side. The companies are already trading with Dubai and this visit will expand their knowledge of Dubai as a regional base for the rest of the Middle East, Asia and Africa.”

Daniel Mathew, General Manager, Millennium Plaza Hotel Dubai, added:

“We are proud to be a part of the initiative alongside UKTI and Dubai Tourism to boost exports from the North East and look forward to welcoming the competition winners to the Millennium Plaza Hotel Dubai.”

The prize for each company includes return flights between Newcastle and Dubai, five nights’ hotel accommodation with breakfast and up to £2,000 towards market research through UKTI’s Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS).

The winners will also be able to benefit from the services of a UKTI International Trade Adviser both before and during the visit, will take part in a reception at the British Embassy in Dubai and have a series of meetings arranged for them during the visit through Dubai’s DTCM and UKTI’s commercial team in Dubai.




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