Scottish firms listed in top 100 SME exporters

Scottish firms listed in top 100 SME exporters

Five Scottish firms have been named in the Sunday Times top 100 SME Export Track, which ranks the UK’s private small and medium sized businesses with the fastest growing international sales.

Scottish firms who made it onto the list included Aberdeen-based Alba Power, Glasgow’s McGavigan, Springbank Whisky from Argyll, Fife based Sabre Safety and Click Netherfield of Livingston.

Alba Power provides turbine maintenance, mainly for the power generation industry, and has seen a 989.90% growth in 2 year international sales.

The firm, which employs 64 members of staff, set up a Texas base in 2012 to service a £5m project, and saw exports hit £17.3m last year, with further growth expected in South America and Asia.

Speaking to BQ earlier this year, Alba Power sales director, Campbell Archibald, said: “Working closely with both Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Development International we quickly identified Houston, Texas as a prime opportunity for overseas expansion and it took two years to develop and embed our first strong client relationship in the US.

“The business plans to continue this support through investment in personnel, equipment and capabilities for the existing sites, as well as potential presence in the Middle East and Far East regions, over the 5-year business plan period.”

Glasgow firm, McGavigan, is a decorative plastics manufacturer which employs 324 members of staff and has seen international sales grow 40.45%.

Its factory in China helped lift sales in the Far East, contributing to exports of £18.8m in 2015.

When director Steve Mathers caught up with BQ after the Scottish Export awards he said: ”The company has exported product for more than 30 years, though the geographic scope has expanded as our client spread has grown.

Most of our customers are established global brands with manufacturing and assembly interests in each of the major economies, so in many ways our clients have encouraged us to grow internationally too.”

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Today the firm export 90% of group product into locations as wide as Asia, the Americas and more locally within Europe.

“The opportunities ahead are to extend further in Asia, and to develop further our presence in the emerging regions in North America. These are where we are focussing on over the coming 3-5 years,” he added.

Family run Springbank Whisky joined the list at number 41; having seen exports hit £3.5m last year.

Sabre Safety, which designs, manufactures and installs emergency breathing systems for use where there is a risk of an uncontrolled release of hydrogen sulphide, saw exports reach £6.3m in 2014 after exporting to Pakistan, Chad and Norway.

Display case manufacturer Netherfield, from Livingston, was launched in 2001 and recorded export figures reaching £8.8m last year, prompting investment in its West Lothian factory.

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