export action plan competition

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bshirt export action plan

The Bshirt

November 2019 - Birmingham World Trade Summit

The Bshirt is the UK’s only ethical breastfeeding clothing brand dedicated to reducing clothing waste and empowering women to breastfeed with confidence.

Started by two mums who wanted to wear normal clothes while breastfeeding, the Bshirt is deceptively simple – it’s a vest top that transforms a woman’s existing wardrobe to become breastfeeding friendly.

And it works – 83% of our customers say breastfeeding in their Bshirt makes them feel more confident than any other top.

Now trading in its 3rd year, the Bshirt is going from strength to strength. Its customers simply love the simplicity of the product and the ethics of the brand.

The Bshirt only uses organic cotton, fairtrade factories, and plastic-free packaging. The Bshirt is leading the way in ethical consumerism while helping mums achieve their goals.

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one and eight win the competition

One & Eight

May 2019 - GTR UK

One & Eight create; colourful, contemporary, minimalist, porcelain & fine metal jewellery, all uniquely packaged and presented in miniature glass bottles and elegant tins.

Every piece of porcelain jewellery is handcrafted and finished to the highest quality using sterling silver, filled gold or gold plated sterling silver yet offered to our customers at accessible prices. This combined with the unique packaging makes our jewellery the perfect gift.

Where it began:

Following a career in fashion buying & product development in London, Susie moved to Devon with a baby in tow. After being inspired on a ceramic course she started making jewellery for herself and friends. Combined with her love of beautiful presentation and desire to create something different, in 2016 One & Eight was born.


All the porcelain jewellery is unique and inspired by our coastal surroundings. It is  designed & crafted in our studio and workshop then combined with fine metal to create either earrings or a necklace.

Our team have developed innovative techniques to enable us to scale up our production and create large quantities of the porcelain designs.

This in-house design and production allows us to be responsive to sales and customer requests.

Another key element of our brand is the signature packaging. Each piece of jewellery is displayed in a miniature glass bottle or elegant tin. This has enabled us to penetrate the gift market and has been successful in differentiating our product from other jewellery.

Our ethos is to ensure the jewellery and packaging have minimal impact on our environment. The packaging is reusable and the jewellery is designed to weather the tests of time. We are also working with our suppliers to support them to send our components in minimal and biodegradable packaging.

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Age Check Certification Services Ltd

March 2019 - Taking UK Plc to the World

Our state-of-the-art test purchasing app utilised by our panel of mystery shoppers can be utilised for testing physical locations or domains. It gathers an auditable assessment of the age gateways put in place to challenge young customers for ID or to ensure that online customers are subject to appropriate age verification. Linked to our E-Cert Certification Management System, our reports provide robust monitoring evidence for companies to use as evidence for regulators or law enforcement officers.

As age restrictions pervade around the world – and are getting stricter – we believe that our Export Action Plan we see the existence of Age Check Certification as a worldwide deployment, all in accordance with International Standards. Our methodology is easy to deploy, but challenging for a competitor to replicate. We aim to establish Age Check Certification in the G20 within five years.

It doesn’t matter what the restricted product is, where it is being sold, the channel it is being sold through or the method of delivery – ultimately the rules are the same worldwide – is this customer/user old enough to access this product, content or service? The methodologies being deployed to answer that question require validation and endorsement to be trusted by stakeholders. Be it age assessment by primary ID (like a driving licence), age estimation AI, ID scanning tools, social proofing or many other methods – we provide the independent 3rd party assurance that they work.

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dytech limited - export action plan winners

Dytech Limited (Zambia)

October 2018 - International Business Awards

Dytech Limited is a highly innovative agribusiness company in Zambia. Under the brand SweetHarvest™ Pure Honey™, Dytech produce 320 tons of honey from wild flowering the miombo forests of Zambia, processing and packaging it, as well as offering beeswax, royal jerry and propolis and various other honey-based products. The products are sold in 150 selected shops and 3 major chain stores in Zambia, as well as to international buyers.

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export action plan - bubblebum

Bubblebum (UK) Ltd

June 2018 - Roadmap to Export Success

BubbleBum is a specialist manufacturer of the multi award winning BubbleBum inflatable car booster seat range.

Founded in 2009 in Northern Ireland by mum of two Grainne Kelly, BubbleBum now helps children travel safely on car journeys all around the world. BubbleBum’s range was designed for use by families with children aged 4-12 years and is approved for use in line with car booster seat legislation for Europe and the US.

Families love the range as BubbleBum boosters are safe, and comfy, as well as portable and packable. The seats save families money on renting expensive car seats when on holiday and are ideal for use back home for school runs, compact cars, taxis and safely seating 3 kids on the back seat.  When not in use, the seats are light and compact enough to be stored in a glove compartment, handbag, or rucksack.

Our global head office is in Northern Ireland, where we now employ a team of 16. Currently we export to 5 key markets, The Republic of Ireland, USA, Denmark, Switzerland and the Netherlands. We have a presence in 28 countries around the world. Our booster seat range is a family travel essential and has won over 20 global awards for innovation, safety and parent approval.

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previous winner

The Great British Baby Company

November 2017 - Beyond the EU

The Great British Baby Company create luxury clothing for young children, using the finest British materials and craftsmanship.For boys and girls from 9 months through to 6 years, their pieces combine the modern and the traditional, honouring Britain’s heritage whilst celebrating the vibrancy of youth.

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export action plan winner - four three six

four three six

March 2017 - Tech meets Creative

four three six remix underground culture.  Taking it’s name from the length in minutes and seconds of a remix by it’s founder, the project is about remixing the concept of a record label, a clothing label and a brand.

We do this by taking elements of electronic music, urban art and streetwear and turning them into a product that represents the true underground.

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Genevieve Sweeney

March 2017 - East of England

Genevieve Sweeney is a premium British knitwear label based in Clavering, Essex. The label fuses contemporary design with heritage knitting techniques to reinvigorate and support the UK knitting industry

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export action plan winner - first chop ale

First Chop Brewing Arm

March 2017 - Food and Drink

First Chop Brewing Arm was established in 2012 when founder Richard Garner borrowed a local micro brewery and began brewing 400litres of beer per month. He delivered the beer from the boot of his car in his spare time whilst continuing to run his successful bar and restaurant.

Within 12 months demand was such that a larger brewery was needed and in July 2013 production transferred to a purpose built plant capable of brewing 5000litres per week in Salford, Greater Manchester.

Demand has again seen the need for a relocation and in March 2017 production begins in a new plant capable of producing over 20000 litres per week.

First Chop is now leading the way in gluten free craft beer production. With a full range of 10 gluten free beers available in 330ml cans and bottles* First Chop offers gluten intolerant craft beer lovers a real choice in what they drink. The beer is now available all over the UK and has begun making it’s first exciting forays into the international market.

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export action plan winners - lick

Lick Frozen Yogurt

November 2016

Lick is a UK based frozen yogurt brand, famous in its field for opening the first froyo shop in the UK and then developing the world’s only frozen yogurt which is made entirely from yogurt (other brands can only reach a maximum of around 70% yogurt).

Lick brand goes beyond yogurt, we also release music on our record label, and actively support grass roots environmental campaigns (most recently, Lick raised thousands of pounds for bee hives in Brighton).

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export action plan winners - klik


June 2016

Klik2learn is a digital design company that specialises in education. We produced the first ever fully-digital SQA qualification and we work with education and training organisations to create blended learning content and courses for the digital native generation.

Our clients include colleges, universities, awarding bodies and skills training providers. We can provide anything from short, vocational courses to a fully-digital qualification using our e-assessment system.

Our team can add value to any organisation which needs to deliver high quality, cost-effective, scalable, engaging learning.

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export action plan winner - charles farris

Charles Farris

January 2016

Charles Farris was founded 170 years ago in Bishopsgate to provide candles for the people and institutions of London. Over the years it has developed to become one of the main manufacturers and suppliers of candles to the Church.

This manufacturing continues to flourish and develop in our factory in Mere, Wiltshire, and building on our heritage, experience and artisanship, we decided to develop a scented range of candles and reed diffusers, which we launched in 2015.

We subscribe to the British and European candle-makers’ standards in raw materials, candle safety and testing methods to bring to our customers the finest candles.

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January 2016 Final Report >>

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