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Is your business ready for new horizons?

Salford is situated in a wider and rapidly changing world of opportunities. Salford companies that adopt an energetic approach to finding new markets for their products and services add real value to the local economy and contribute to the national effort. Trade with EU partners remains vital, and although there are challenges, emerging economies such as Brazil, Russia, India and China, present exceptional opportunities for firms that do their research and find ways of accessing these growing markets.

Exporting can help firms to improve their productivity. Through their international supply chains they are more open to innovation and new business models from around the world. Moreover, by adopting an export strategy, high growth levels can be achieved by companies even where domestic markets maybe constrained, increasing their overall resilience. Firms can gain from economies of scale that may only be possible beyond domestic boundaries.

Salford firms have a strong track record in the prestigious Queen's Award for Enterprise. In the past two years five Salford firms have been awarded the royal seal of approval for international trade and boosting UK PLC's balance sheet by over £500m each year. The five Salford firms are Allied Filter Systems; Americhem Europe; Metalube; Mettler Toledo Safeline and Morson Projects.

We are very honoured to have been recognised with this award and it clearly demonstrates the ability of companies in the north west of England to prosper and compete internationally - even in the current economic climate. By consistently pursuing innovation, delivering excellent client service, and ensuring our prices remain highly-competitive in a globalised market; we have been able to grow rapidly and evolve from a successful local business to a major international competitor.

Allied Filter Systems, Managing Director, Daniel Thompson

Allied Filter Systems of Irlam, manufacture filter consumables for liquid process industries

Any business wanting to explore opportunities in international trade should contact UK Trade International (UKTI), the government department that supports UK businesses trading internationally. UKTI is able to provide UK businesses with an intensive level of support to access high value opportunities around the globe which are worth billions and range from major infrastructure, manufacturing and engineering, through to big supply or value chain opportunities.