Bute Fabrics among export firms helped by HIE

Bute Fabrics' managing director James Sprint pictured with the company's Singapore agent, Teo Hai Meng. The local firm is one of 156 businesses in the Highlands and Islands Enterprise area to have received export assistance from Scottish Development International during 2012-13.

Bute Fabrics' managing director James Sprint pictured with the company's Singapore agent, Teo Hai Meng. The local firm is one of 156 businesses in the Highlands and Islands Enterprise area to have received export assistance from Scottish Development International during 2012-13.

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Local company Bute Fabrics Ltd is one of 156 firms who were supported into new overseas markets last year by the international trade arm of Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

Scottish Development International saw an increase of almost 50 per cent in the number of firms it helped develop their international business during 2012-13.

Bute Fabrics, which is based in Barone Road in Rothesay, developed an ambitious growth plan during the year, reported in The Buteman last December, in conjunction with both HIE and SDI.

That growth plan resulted in a 40 per cent year-on-year increase in the company’s turnover, a doubling of its export activities in Scandinavia to £250,000, and export sales of more than £1 million in the United States.

At the time, Bute Fabrics’ managing director James Sprint said SDI had given the company valuable assistance by introducing the company to a wide range of new contacts, providing the key to unlocking new and sizeable foreign markets.

Announcing its 2012-13 performance statistics, SDI chief executive Anne MacColl said: “Tapping into international markets can transform an established business and more significantly, play a key role in adding economic value and jobs to the Scottish economy.

“Our results show that these messages are hitting home with Scottish businesses and they’re getting braver at exporting.

“Key to our success over the past year has been the integrated approach with our colleagues in Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Business Gateway and we must continue to do this to ensure companies get all of the support they need to achieve their international ambitions.”

SDI is a joint venture between Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the Scottish Government and offers a wide range of support to businesses from across Scotland.

Assistance offered by SDI includes international strategy development and workshops, trade missions and learning journeys, access to the GlobalScot network of business leaders with Scottish links, and market intelligence from its 30 offices around the world.

Across Scotland a total of 136 companies in the textiles sector received SDI support during 2012-13.