The firm exports through its sister company UK to Asia.
One Source decided to make the move into exporting thanks to a faulty air conditioning unit, as founder Nick Hansen explained: “I was over in Hong Kong about five years ago on telecoms business. It was a really hot day and we were in a high-rise building for our final meeting of the day when the air conditioning packed in.
“We decided to finish the meeting off in the pub to escape the heat and there was only one English beer available – it was in a can and, to be honest, it wasn’t the best.
“A lightbulb flicked on inside my head and we set about exporting some of the wonderful craft beers and ciders we have in this country – especially this region – and we are up to around £250,000 a year now in terms.”
The firm has since taken on an international trade apprentice through Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber Training to assist with the growth.
Paris Calder joined the company around a year ago as an international trade and logistics apprentice and she is helping to process orders and develop new contacts.
She said: “I am really enjoying it. I didn’t think college was right for me but I didn’t really know the types of jobs that were out there.
“Chamber Training put this opportunity my way and I am so happy they did because not only am I learning new skills and gaining qualifications, I am also earning at the same time.
“I only turned 18 recently – so for the first time I am actually able to sample the products that we are selling overseas!”
The firm is now in talks to start exporting to Japan.
Ajay Desai, head of the international trade team in Coventry and Warwickshire, said: “This is a great example of a company diversifying in their own bid to Go For Growth.
“Overseas trade is vital for the economy of the region and equipping more young people with the skills to help us export is crucial. That’s why it’s great that Chamber Training can now offer the apprenticeship in international trade and logistics which is one of the first of its kind in the country.”
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