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Cotswold Business & Professional’s 50 top exporters

PUBLISHED: 12:42 16 January 2018 | UPDATED: 12:42 16 January 2018

Cotswold Business & Professional 50 top exporters

Cotswold Business & Professional 50 top exporters


The Cotswolds is home to an extraordinary range of companies operating on the global stage. Lucy Parford looks at 50 of the best

From award-winning skincare to cyber security systems, the Cotswolds is exporting a dynamic range of innovative products all around the globe.

Ranging from large multinationals to small start-ups, their success in international trade is inspirational.

For those just entering the export market, help is at hand from Business West which offers support to firms so they can take full advantage of the exciting opportunities on offer.

Ian Mean, Gloucestershire Director of Business West, which runs the Department for International Trade contract in the South West, said: “Despite the challenging national and global backdrop where instability currently tops the agenda in the UK, we have seen that businesses still want to do business with each other.

“Many companies shy away from exporting because they perceive it to be ‘only for larger companies’ or ‘it’s too complicated’. Not true. If you are selling successfully in the UK there is no reason why you cannot sell abroad. There is plenty of support available for businesses in this region.

“We have looked at every possible friction point associated with the process of exporting and we have simplified it. From market research, export strategy to documentation, and trade missions, we cover everything. Even connecting buyers who are ready to buy with sellers via our online directory - a simple, trusted online space where the buyer and seller can browse through, and pursue those of interest.

“By bringing all elements of business support under one-roof, using our global network of Chambers and private sector partners, and removing the friction between buyers and sellers, Business West has tried to ensure that, despite what the politicians are doing, we can still drive business growth and success for businesses in this region.”


1. Adey Professional Heating Systems

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 8NR

Exporting to 20 countries

£50 million turnover

Five per cent of turnover attributed to exports

Extensive range of domestic and commercial MagnaClean filters and chemicals for the maintenance and protection of central heating and cooling systems.


2. Advanced Insulation Limited

Hardwicke, Gloucester, GL2 4PA

Exporting to over 27 countries

£58 million turnover

94 per cent of sales are exports

Advanced Insulation is a British manufacturer of innovative topside and subsea insulation, Passive Fire Protection (PFP), Cryogenic Spill Protection (CSP), buoyancy and cable protection systems – providing a range of products that enhance the safety and efficiency of its clients’ operations throughout the world.


3. AGD Systems

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 OTF

Exporting to 35 countries

Over £7 million turnover

15 per cent of turnover attributed to exports

AGD make easy to integrate globally compatible ITS product solutions designed to help create safer, greener and more efficient traffic and transport environments.


4. Auger Torque Europe Ltd

Hazleton, Cheltenham, GL54 4DX

Exporting to 50 countries

£14 million turnover

85 per cent of turnover attributed to exports

A Queens Award winner. Designs and manufactures a range of attachments for excavators, tele-handlers and truck cranes. The expanding product range includes earth drills, augers, trenchers, hedge trimmers, log splitters, stump planers and more.


5. Avon Metals

Gloucester, GL2 5DA

Exporting to 50 countries

£50 million turnover

50 per cent of turnover attributed to exports

Exports a combination of manufactured and traded metals and alloys including aluminium master alloys, aluminium casting alloys, ferro aluminium, minor metals and scrap (including aluminium, titanium, nickel alloys, cobalt alloys).


6. Cotek Papers

Draycott, Moreton-in-Marsh, GL54 9JU

Exporting to 35 countries

£12 million turnover

40 per cent turnover attributed to exports

Leading B2B manufacturer of specialist release paper and film, concentrating on two side and differential silicone coatings produced on solvent free coating machinery. Specialises in accurate, stable silicone release coatings on all types of paper, PET, HDPE or PP film.


7. Exact Logistics

Rugby, Warwickshire CV23 9LN

Exporting to four countries

Turnover: undisclosed

60 per cent of turnover attributed to exports

Enables German hauliers to improve their efficiency and offer their customers cost-effective and reliable deliveries throughout the UK from one pallet to a full trailer load.


8. Flightline Support Ltd

Cotswold Dene, Standlake, Oxfordshire, 0X29 7PL

Exporting to 90 countries

£10 million turnover

70 per cent of turnover attributed to exports

Manufacturer and exporter of aircraft refuelling vehicles and systems delivering to customers worldwide. Offering full back up with spares and training. It also now offers a BTEC training course in Fuel Handling in its bespoke training facilities.


9. Fluid Transfer International

Nailsworth, GL6 0BS

Exporting to 85 countries

£8 million turnover

83 per cent of turnover attributed to exports

Provides total aviation refuelling solutions worldwide. Focusing on the design, development and manufacture of aircraft refuelling vehicles and systems, also marketing a range of associated fuelling components.


10. Freeman Technology

Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20 8DN

Exporting to over 40 countries

Turnover: multi-million

85 per cent of turnover attributed to exports

Freeman Technology specialises in systems for measuring the flow properties of powders and has over 15 years’ experience in powder flow and powder characterisation. Expert teams provide comprehensive support alongside the company’s range of products.


11. Frontline Developments

Steventon, Abingdon, OX13 6RX

Exporting to 10 countries

Turnover £1.55 million

55 per cent of turnover attributed to exports

As both a vehicle restoration company and individual component manufacturer Frontline has a mix of exports from complete cars to individual private owners through to small vehicle parts being sold into distributors.


12. Gantrail

Hempsted, Gloucester, GL2 5HG

Exporting to over 10 countries

£12.9 million turnover

80 per cent of turnover attributed to exports

Specialises in the design, supply and installation of Crane Rail Systems. Now serving a world-wide market for its products and services and considered one of the leaders in its field.


13. Green Fuels Ltd

Gloucestershire Science & Technology Park, Berkeley, GL13 9FB

Exporting to 50 countries

£3 million turnover

85 per cent turnover attributed to exports

Manufactures and supplies waste to biofuel production equipment. The fuel produced is a direct diesel replacement and Green Fuels has also developed technology to produce bio-aviation fuel. Green Fuels customers to date have saved over 4m tonnes of CO2 emissions and it holds a Royal Warrant for its supply of sustainable biofuel to HRH The Prince of Wales.


14. Hawkins & Brimble

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 9YW

Exporting to 20 countries

£1.2 million turnover

50 per cent of turnover attributed to exports

Hawkins & Brimble is an award-winning men’s grooming and skincare brand made in the UK and with natural ingredients. Products include shave cream, shampoo, body wash and beard oil.


15. Helipebs

Gloucester, GL2 0RE

Exporting to 31 countries

£4.9 million turnover

53 per cent turnover attributed to exports

Designs and manufactures hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders/actuators for use in the subsea oil and gas, pharmaceutical, fatigue testing, tooling, aluminium smelting and leisure industries to latest ISO standards.


16. Kohler Mira

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 5EP

Exporting to over 31 countries


12 per cent turnover attributed to exports

Three market-leading brands; Mira Showers, Rada and Kohler UK providing a comprehensive range of bathroom and washroom solutions for both domestic and commercial environments.


17. L3 TRL Technology

Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20 8ND

Exporting to 40 countries

£52 million turnover

35 per cent turnover attributed to exports

Works in partnership with defence and civil organisations to design and deliver advanced electronic warfare and cyber security systems for the protection of people, infrastructure and assets worldwide.


18. Marmalade Fine Fragrance Ltd

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL51 8LZ

Export deals signed in Dubai, USA, Canada and retailers supplied direct in Singapore, Bermuda, Barbados and Europe. Further export enquiries arrive every week.

Forecast UK turnover 2018 £2 million

Established 2012 in Cheltenham, supplying over 500 UK retailers. Designs and manufactures in the UK high quality candles, reed diffusers, room sprays, soaps, body washes and lotions.


19. MINI Plant Oxford

Oxford, OX4 6NL

Exporting to over 110 countries

94 billion Euros turnover for the entire BMW Group

80 per cent turnover attributed to exports

Plant Oxford is the birthplace and heart of MINI production. Manufactured to individual customer specifications, one thousand MINIs leave the plant’s assembly lines daily. Plant Oxford makes the MINI 3-door Hatch, MINI 5-Door Hatch and MINI Clubman body styles, as well as sporty John Cooper Works models.


20. Moog Aircraft, Moog Industrial & Moog Space & Defence

Tewkesbury GL20 8NA and Cheltenham GL51 8LZ

Exporting globally


Three separate Groups in the Cotswolds: Moog Aircraft: primary & secondary flight control & actuation systems, Moog Industrial: industrial machine control, service, test systems & F1, Moog Space & Defence: designs & manufactures precision control valves for space satellite & small launchers.


21. Neon Play

Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 1UP

Exporting to 150 countries

Turnover: not disclosed

80 per cent of turnover attributed to exports

Mobile games studio Neon Play has over 65 million downloads of their games. Purchased last year by Hachette UK, the second biggest book publisher in the UK, new games coming out in 2018 include The Lost Temples, Bravo Force and Levity.


22. Norbar Torque Tools

Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX16 3JU

Exporting to 70 countries

£26.2m turnover

72 per cent turnover attributed to exports

Norbar provides solutions for precision torque control applications. Most often, products are used for the accurate tightening of threaded fasteners. However, its tools and measurement solutions are utilised in a host of applications in which torque needs to be accurately applied or measured, in every industry from sub-sea to space.


23. Ohbot

Chalford, Gloucestershire, GL6 8NR

Exporting to 22 countries

First year turnover was £91,000

A quarter of sales were to overseas customers

Ohbot is a robot head that children can program to sense, look around, blink and speak. Manufactured in Stroud, they now enable children to develop an understanding of robotics and programming in over 1,000 schools worldwide.


24. Owen Mumford

Woodstock, Oxfordshire, 0X20 1TU

Exporting to 63 countries

£87 million turnover

85 per cent turnover attributed to exports

Develops pioneering medical devices for its own Owen Mumford brand and custom device solutions for the world’s major pharmaceutical and diagnostic companies.


25. Oxford Instruments

Abingdon, Oxfordshire, 0X13 5QX

Exports worldwide

£348.5 million turnover

Over 90 per cent turnover attributed to exports

Leading provider of high technology tools and systems for research and industry. Design and manufacture equipment that can fabricate, characterise, manipulate and analyse matter at the atomic and molecular level.


26. Pashley Cycles

Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 9NL

Exporting to over 40 countries

£4.5m turnover

Over 35 per cent turnover attributed to exports

Producing high-quality, hand-built bicycles since 1926. Pashley is the longest-established bicycle manufacturer in the UK.


27. Penlon Ltd

Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 3NB

Exports to over 90 countries

£12.5 million turnover

More than 80 per cent turnover attributed to exports

The UK headquarters in Abingdon and manufacturing underpin Penlon’s key areas of business; Anaesthesia, Intubation and Suction and Oxygen Therapy. Supported by a global sales and technical service team.


28. PKL Group

Bishop’s Cleeve, Cheltenham, GL52 7DQ

Exporting to 11 countries

£18 million turnover

34 per cent of turnover outside the UK

PKL Group is the UK’s leading supplier of temporary kitchens and catering equipment for hire, with more than 25 years’ experience. It has 600 portable kitchens and in excess of 10,000 items of catering equipment available in its hire fleet.


29. Prima Dental Group

Waterwells Business Park, Gloucester, GL2 2HA

Exporting to 90 countries

£15.8 million turnover

88 per cent turnover attributed to exports

A world leader in the design and manufacture of dental drills and precision dental instruments, namely tungsten carbide, diamond and steel rotary products. It manufactures nearly 30 million drills a year.


30. Quickgrind

Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20 8SL

Exporting to 37 countries

Turnover: undisclosed

79 per cent of turnover attributed to exports

Exports solid industrial carbide cutting tools and remanufacturing services to customers using mould and die and aluminium extrusion. Cutting tool related consultancy, and its QuickVend solution for point-of-use vending and accurate stock control.


31. Renishaw

Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, GL12 8JR

Exporting to over 50 countries

£537 million turnover

95 per cent turnover attributed to exports

Precision measurement sensors for manufacturers to make products more precisely, automate processes, reduce scrap, improve motion control; products for spectroscopy, dentistry, neurosurgery and metal 3D printing machines.


32. Robert Welch

Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, GL55 6DY

Exporting to 83 countries

£7 million turnover

44 per cent of turnover attributed to exports

Winner of The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise: International Trade 2016 and The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise: Innovation 2017. Designer and supplier of high quality cutlery, tableware, kitchenware and bathroom ware to consumers, retailers, hotels and restaurants.


33. Room 58

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 1TA

Exporting to 51 countries

£1.8 million turnover

Over 75 per cent of turnover attributed to exports

Room 58 is a global software company, managing, enhancing and protecting the integrity of some of the largest automotive brands across the globe. With a combination of online solutions operating in over 51 countries and 30 languages the company has now begun its growth into the US market.


34. Safran Landing Systems

Staverton, Gloucester, GL2 9QH

Exporting to over 50 countries


Over 95 per cent of turnover attributed to exports

World leader in design, development, manufacture and support of aircraft landing and braking systems. Over 24,000 aircraft in-service worldwide fitted with its landing gear.


35. Severn Glocon Group Ltd

Quedgeley, Gloucestershire, GL2 4NF

Exporting to 64 countries

£99m turnover

86 per cent of turnover attributed to exports

Severn Glocon Group delivers innovation solutions by providing a wide range of valves and associated services to the Oil & Gas industry and the full spectrum of energy industries, including subsea, LNG and power. In more recent years, as the energy sector has evolved, it has applied its diversification strategy, making significant progress in environmentally-focused areas, such as renewable power and water purification.


36. Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL53 8ER

Exporting to over 100 countries

£757.4 million turnover

90 per cent of turnover generated outside the UK

Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc is a multi-national industrial engineering group, headquartered in Cheltenham and employing over 1,000 people in the region. The Group comprises two leading engineering businesses: Spirax Sarco for steam and electrical heating and temperature management solutions, and Watson-Marlow for niche peristaltic pumps and associated fluid path technologies.


37. TBS Engineering Ltd

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 8PL

Exporting to 45 countries

£34 million turnover

99.9 per cent of turnover attributed to exports

TBS Engineering is the world leader in producing automatic machinery for the lead acid battery industry. Today, the company is one of the most experienced in its sector with over 170 employees working around the world.


38. Truturn Precision Engineering Ltd

Lightpill, Stroud, GL5 4QF

Exporting into seven countries including China, USA, Canada, France, Germany, Denmark and Holland

£2.4 million turnover

45 per cent of turnover attributed to exports

A multi award-winning Sub Contract machinist performing CNC Turning, Milling, Sliding Head work, Fabrication, Welding and electro/mechanical Assembly. Materials machined are Super Duplex, Duplex, Inconel, Hastalloy, Stainless Steels, Aluminium, Copper, Brass, Plastics, Peak and many more.


39. Tudor Rose International

Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 2BY

Exporting to 63 countries

£24 million turnover

100 per cent turnover attributed to exporting

An Export Market Management company and the official export partner for many British brands including Cadbury Biscuits, L’Or, Cathedral City, Baxters, Ryvita, Whitworths and Typhoo.


40. Williams Jet Tenders

Vogue Business Park, Berinsfield, OX10 7LN

Exporting to 30 countries

£18.5 million turnover

80 per cent turnover attributed to exports

Manufactures a range of water jet powered boats in the marine leisure sector. Its core business is in the manufacture of jet tenders where it has associations with most of the world’s leading large yacht builders who design and specify its products on their yachts.


41. JSP Group of Companies

Minster Lovell, Oxford, OX29 0TA

Exporting to 100 countries

£40 million turnover

50 per cent turnover attributed to exports

Europe’s leading independent manufacturer of ‘above the neck’ personal protective equipment (PPE), road safety products and height safety management and protection products.


42. NewGen Business Services

Maisemore, Gloucestershire, GL2 8HR

Exporting to 20 countries

£1 million turnover

95 per cent of turnover attributed to exports

Provides a range of laundry consultancy and climbing wall support services to specific sectors of the hospitality and leisure industry in Asia, North Africa, the Middle East and beyond.


43. Wentworth Wooden Jigsaw Company

Malmesbury, Wiltshire, SN16 ONX

Exports direct to consumers all over the world, key countries are the USA, Canada, Australia and Europe, particularly Germany and France

Turnover: not disclosed

50 per cent of turnover attributed to exports and is currently the fastest-growing part of the business

The company was founded in 1994 by Kevin Wentworth Preston who developed a method to manufacture wooden jigsaw puzzles using state-of-the-art laser technology. Today it designs and manufactures its own unique brand of wooden jigsaw puzzles from its factory on the outskirts of Malmesbury, using the same technology.


44. Corin Group

Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 1YJ

Exporting to Europe, the US, Australia, Far East and India

Turnover: £105m

Exports account for 85 per cent of the business

A global leader in orthopaedic innovation, Corin’s award-winning medical devices have helped thousands of people worldwide back to health thanks to bespoke hip and knee replacements. It has made several major European acqusitions and has recently signed a Joint Venture Agreement with a New Zealand commpany. Through its Academy, it trains surgeons around the world and exports to Europe, the US, Australia and the Far East and sits at number three in the global hip replacement


45. Mazak

Warndon, Worcester

Exporting to 30 European countries

Turnover: £315m

80% of all tools manufactured in Worcester are exported

At the forefront of advanced technology solutions including multi-tasking, five-axis, milling, turning, CNC controls and automation, Yamazaki Mazak launched into global markets in 1974. Today, it has five manufacturing plants in the UK, US, Singapore and China. Through this global network, Yamazaki Mazak supplies quality before and after-sales service and support, developing strong relationships with customers - including the Renault Sport and McLaren-Honda Formula One teams and big aerospace and energy players - all over the world.


46. Komatsu Mining Corp, previously Joy Global Ltd

St John’s, Worcester, WR2 5EG

Exports underground mining equipment to almost every major mine worldwide

Turnover: $2.37bn

Joy equipment is used in all areas of underground and surface mining for coal, salt, copper and iron. It was bought by Komatsu for $3.7bn in April 2017 and will continue to operate as a subsidiary. Last year, sales of services accounted for 78 per cent of revenues while sales of equipment, 22 per cent.


47. Huffkins Cotswold Bakery & Tearooms

Burford, Oxfordshire, OX18 4QF and Witney, Stow-on-the-Wold, Cheltenham and Stratford-upon-Avon

Active export markets include Japan, Switzerland, Spain, Canada and Australia and account for 5 per cent of its business.

Turnover £5 million

It is a family company with a renowned craft bakery and five tearooms in the Cotswolds. It supplies fine fruitcakes, shortbreads, branded textiles and luxurious hand baked products to leading department stores and fine food retailers around the world including Fortnum & Mason, the royal palaces and Selfridges.


48. Jaguar Land Rover

Gaydon, Warwickshire, CV35 0RR

Land Rover exports to 169 countries while Jaguar exports to 63

Turnover: £24.3bn

80 per cent of revenue comes from exports

Record sales of more than 600,000 vehicles in 2016 kept Jaguar Land Rover at the top of its game. Thanks to award-winning product innovation led by the Jaguar F-Pace, the all-new Land Rover Discovery and Range Rover Velar, pre-tax profits rose by 3% to £1.6bn. It is the UK’s largest vehicle manufacturer and last year invested £1bn in a new manufacturing plant in Nitra, Slovakia. This year it will plough £4bn into expanding its model range and manufacturing footprint.


49. WMP Creative

Tubney, Abingdon, 0X13 5QJ

Exporting to four countries

£3.1 million turnover

24 per cent of turnover attributed to exports

Exports creative services. Live events including Mass Participation Sports Events, film production, digital communications and exhibition design and build. Offering international support and services over the creative sector.


50. Oxford Products

Witney, Oxfordshire 0X29 0YA

Exporting to 60 countries

£31 million turnover

25 per cent of turnover attributed to exports

Makes a huge range of market-leading motorcycle and bicycle parts, clothing, helmets and accessories. These are designed and developed at the company’s 100,000 sq ft Oxfordshire facility.

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