Orangebox targets overseas market with support from business hub

Simon Corbett and Lesley Stothart

Orangebox targets overseas market

Tees Valley Business Compass is helping a Hartlepool-based training provider take its expertise overseas.

Orangebox Training Solutions is being supported by the growth hub to showcase its specialist training, including management, communications, first aid, health & safety and security & law enforcement, at industry conferences in countries such as the UAE.

Founded in March 2016 by former surveillance trainer and specialist operations police officer, Simon Corbett, Orangebox employs six staff at its site on Queens Meadow Business Park and runs courses throughout the UK.

Orangebox accessed funding via the TVBSS Capital Grant scheme, which supports companies looking to make capital investments to grow. The business was then supported with £4,701 from the Tees Valley Business Compass’s ERDF Growth Fund pot, contributing towards a £14,257 business growth project to help with travel to overseas conferences to grow the business internationally.

Simon Corbett said: “We have a strong operation here in the UK, which we feel is applicable in overseas markets. Our trainers deliver effective and dynamic training courses to several sectors, and we’re different to other training providers because of the trainers we have on board.

“The UAE training market appreciates the quality of British training, so there are many businesses out there that could benefit from our knowledge and expertise. We are thankful to Tees Valley Business Compass for its support, as without them, we wouldn’t be in the position to go overseas.”

Lesley Stothart, business growth consultant at the Tees Valley Business Compass, said: “Orangebox is an impressive company that has really cracked the UK training market, meaning it’s a natural next step to take its expertise overseas.

“Simon approached us with a comprehensive plan for showcasing his offering at conferences in the UAE, and we were delighted to work through his plans with him and help him with the financial support that he needed.”