Griffon Hoverwork welcomed ambassadors from across the world this week during UK Trade & Investment's (UKTI) Export Week. The high profile delegation from Atlanta (USA), Malaysia, Pakistan and Trinidad & Tobago, visited for the first time on Friday 17 May, to learn more about the firm's success and what can be done to increase trade between South East firms and these countries.
The Ambassadors heard from Sales and Marketing Director Mike Coveney, who provided an overview of the company.
UKTI South East's Marine specialist and International Trade Adviser, Chris Uniacke, talked about his work with firms from the marine, and other sectors in the Southampton area.
The visit was just one event taking place during UKTI's Export Week, part of a national initiative led by Trade & Investment Minister Lord Green to double the number of UK exports by 2020. Across the UK a range of seminars, events, activities and master-classes will help and inspire companies thinking about exporting.
Lewis Scott, Regional Director for UKTI South East, said:
"Having such a prestigious group of senior diplomats visit Griffon Hoverwork is a real coup for the Solent area. It's important that our Ambassadors and High Commissioners get to see the outstanding engineering and innovation of manufacturers in the UK, so they can promote what's GREAT about UK business while they're overseas. They found out more about Griffon Hoverwork and their world beating Hovercraft, which could lead to even more sales orders for the firm.
"They also got a taste of what is on offer from businesses across the South East more generally, which should lead to the increased promotion of our goods and services overseas.
"Export Week has been designed to help businesses explore those markets overseas which perhaps aren't so obvious, and to show how we can help companies to reach them."
Head of Sales and Marketing, Mike Coveney, said:
"We're delighted to have been able to welcome the delegation to Griffon Hoverwork and give them an overview of our vehicles. Exporting is vital to our firm, making up 95 per cent of our sales, and we hope the ambassadors were impressed by what they saw."