Hampshire businesses with the fastest-growing international sales

Tuesday February 18th, 2020


A host of Hampshire businesses have made it into a league table of the companies who are succeeding at increasing sales abroad.

The annual Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 ranks mid-market private companies with the fastest-growing international sales.

The top-performing Hampshire company is Kingsbury, based in Gosport, which supplies the manufacturing sector with machine tools. Its international sales grew by an average of 173 per cent per year over two years to £5.4million in 2018. During 2018, it set up a subsidiary in Dubai to supply the Gulf region.

Ancasta Group, which is based in Hamble and sells yachts and powerboats, was at number 53 on the list, with international sales up 67 per cent over two years to £13.5m. It sells its boats from sites in Marseille, Mallorca, Andalucia and Barcelona.

Marketing firm Adare International, based in Basingstoke, is at number 83, with international sales up 52 per cent in two years to £143.8m. It has expanded in Latin America and has operations in 65 countries.

Pump manufacturer Selwood, based at Chandlers Ford, has supplied its pumps to the Paris Metro expansion project. It was at number 90 on the table, with international sales up 51 per cent in two years to £8.2m.

Richard Brown, chief executive of Selwood’s parent group Workdry, said: “This is a fantastic achievement which recognises the hard work of our international sales teams and distributors as well as the exceptional quality of the products we manufacture at Chandler’s Ford. We’re delighted to be recognised in this way as we continue to grow Selwood and Siltbuster as leaders in complete water handling and treatment solutions on a regional, national and international scale.”

Clothing retailer FatFace, based in Havant, is at number 53, with international sales of £15.7m in 2019, up 44 per cent over two years.

Tech firm Vohkus, based at Segensworth, counts cruise operator Fred.Olsen among its clients. Its international sales rose 42 per cent to an annualised £9.3m, putting it 128th in the top 200.

CT Automotive, based in Portsmouth, supplies parts for 70 per cent of electric vehicles produced for the global market. It was at number 200, with international sales up 29 per cent over two years to £58.6m. It is the only Hampshire firm on the list that is not a new entry.

The local companies appear alongside brands such as Mountain Warehouse, which opened 21 shops abroad last year; BrewDog, which has nearly 100 bars worldwide; and Charlotte Tilbury Beauty, which ships its cosmetics and skincare products to 76 markets.

Amanda Murphy, head of commercial banking at HSBC UK, said: “The Sunday Times International Track 200 shows the strength, ambition and resilience of companies across the UK and we are delighted to be sponsoring again this year. At HSBC UK, we take great pride in recognising the contribution these businesses are making to driving growth across the UK. The 10 new entrants in southeast are making a significant contribution to employment, driving prosperity and growth and are the sort of businesses we are pleased to support every day.”

Source: Romsey Advertiser & The Business Magazine.


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