Wirral Business News Issue Two - Page 8

Blue skies and calm waters forecast for international trade


Wirral businesses report impressive levels of investment, productivity and growth

Business confidence in Wirral continues to grow and reflect the positive tone being set across the City Region and the North West in general. Exporters in particular are investing heavily and launching ambitious expansion plans.

As we look forward to the International Business Festival and the influx of overseas delegates, a growing number of local businesses are looking to explore opportunities abroad and the prospect of dipping into international markets.

We spoke to two leading Wirral exporters (and Wirral Chamber Strategic Partners) to learn about their businesses, their views on Wirral as a location for international trade and their opinions on current and future outlook for business.

John Toner – General Manager - Teledyne CML Composites

Teledyne CML Composites is a specialist manufacturer of advanced composite components and assemblies for commercial and defence aerospace customers. The

company supplies turnkey composite packages that include engineering, lay-up, curing, CNC machining, assembly, paint and non-destructive testing to exacting aerospace standards.

As a key first tier supplier into the aerospace industry, Teledyne CML Composites operates in Wirral as the North West of England is the largest hub of aerospace activity in the UK and home to key industry OEM's such as Airbus and BAE Systems.

In addition to business opportunities generated within the region, we are a globally focussed company and from our Wirral base, we export aircraft components internationally to many countries around the world.....

Chris Smylie – Sales Director Smylies Ltd

Smylies is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of wholesale food and drink products to retail groups, supermarkets, distributors and independents across the world. We provide a class leading service

that focuses on the

specific requirements of each client and their respective markets. We are a family run business that has evolved over the last 15 years to offer a complete export service for ambient, chilled and frozen foods. Our expertise in category management combined with in-house services in logistics and freight make us the preferred supplier of choice for partners worldwide.

The history of Smylies’ involvement in the food business goes back as far as the Irish potato famine of 1843 when James Smylie arrived in Manchester from Ireland and set up a provisions company selling bacon, lard, butter & cheese. Our growth since then has been remarkable and that success has been recognised again this year with our second Queens Award for Enterprise in International...

Read the full interviews here.

To discuss the opportunity of becoming a Wirral Chamber Strategic Partner email Andy Snell

For more information on the benefits of becoming a Wirral Chamber Strategic Partner click here.