A Coventry manufacturer has opened the door to exports and in doing so, landed a series of deals in Russia.
Fab and Fix, based at The Moorings in Exhall, designs and manufactures window and door hardware.
The firm, which celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2007, has grown by about 20 per cent year-on-year in the past six years thanks to its UK business.
But the company realised it needed to look abroad if it was to continue to expand and after help from the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce’s International Trade Team, it has already started to reap the rewards.
Fab and Fix has already chalked up £50,000 worth of sales in Russia and is now looking to break into a series of other European markets.
Phil Freeman, the managing director of the company which employs 50 staff, said: “We had been looking abroad for sometime and picked up a good contact out in Russia and we attacked that market first.
“We received some very sound advice from the chamber and also attended a couple of their events and seminars which have proved extremely helpful.”
“Ultimately, we knew that our business could not continue to grow at that rate if we had stuck solely with the UK market,” he added.
The company recently picked up a highly commended certificate for business development at the UKTI’s Passport to Export Awards for West Midlands companies.
Its website – www.fabnfix.co.uk – is now also translated into a number of languages too, including Russian.
Brian Mountford, international trade adviser at the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “There are some very notable success stories in this area where firms have decided to ‘go for it’ when it comes to trading abroad.
“Fab and Fix is a fantastic example of that and its products are now opening doors – and windows – in Russia.”