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Export Business of the Year 2015: Meet the finalists

They're selling their wares in lands far far away, but which start-up businesses stand a chance of winning the export category? Find out here...

A hot topic for the wealth of the nation, Britain needs great exporters to thrive in the global economy. Finding their way in the world as a start-up takes chutzpah, strategic thinking, and often a bit of luck.

British companies are being encouraged to get out there, go on overseas missions, find distributors, work with the UKTI, and dip their toes in foreign waters. This is why we added Export Business of the Year, in association with Experian, this year.

But while there’s still a way to go for the government to achieve its ambitious targets, our collection of six finalists that are generating a nice chunk of their revenues from overseas buyers show that it is happening – and we’re keen to celebrate them.

CaféPod

The market-leading retail brand in the UK selling Nespresso-compatible coffee pods. It distributes its products across the UK and internationally with sales in Hong Kong, Cyprus, UAE, Ireland, Morocco, Denmark and Norway.

View the full profile here.

PROPERCORN

The guilt-free popcorn snack business which offers flavours such as sweet and salty to peanut butter and almond. Its popcorn is now stocked in six countries including Holland, France and Switzerland and its plans to launch in eight additional international markets over the coming year.

View the full profile here.

Opendesk

The online platform which provides downloadable ‘open designs’ furniture that can be made locally, anywhere in the world. Big name brands in the UK and US have used the service including Google, Greenpeace and John Lewis.

View the full profile here.

Scaramouche and Fandango

The male grooming brand which offers body and skincare products, alongside seasonal gifting items. In the UK, it retails in Fortnum & Mason, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, House of Fraser and John Lewis, as well as Douglas in Europe and Barneys in the USA.

View the full profile here.

Frog Bikes

Bike manufacturer which produces lightweight bikes for kids aged two to 14; including first pedal bikes, balance bikes, hybrid, road and track bikes. Its customers are independent bike retailers around the UK and mainland Europe particularly Scandinavia, The Netherlands, France and Germany.  

View the full profile here.

Netduma

A router software innovation which eliminates the problems of internet congestion and reduces lag. Around 50% of its sales originate from the US, with strong sales in the UK, Canada, France, Germany and Australia.

View the full profile here.

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