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Gloucester firm chosen by the Government as an Export Champion

A Gloucestershire success story is being featured in a government advertising campaign as an Export Champion.

Quedgeley-based Stewart Golf have joined forces with the Department for International Trade for their 'Exporting is GREAT' campaign.

Stewart Golf have been exporting for many years but in 2018 became a net exporter for the first time with 51 per cent of their production being shipped to 30 different countries overseas.

The Exporting is GREAT campaign was launched in 2015 to raise awareness of the benefits of exporting to UK business and aimed to inspire international trade by showcasing success stories.

At the heart of the campaign is its Export Champion Community: everyday businesses of all shapes and sizes from around the UK that are proudly selling overseas.

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They form a nationwide network of UK companies that are ambassadors for exporting, sharing, offering practical advice, and leading by example.

Stewart Golf recently delivered a fleet of X9 Follow trolleys to a golf club in Taiwan, joining clubs in South Korea and Austria who use the models.

The company have also set up a US subsidiary to work alongside its existing distributor as they build the Stewart Golf brand outside of the UK.

Stewart Golf CEO Mark Stewart said: "Great Britain is our home and we of course plan to grow here, but our brand and innovative products draw interest from golfers all over the planet."

"Our US sales have doubled every year since we established the business three years ago, and this trend looks set to continue in 2019 as our marketing programs start to take effect.

"We're really proud to be joining the 'Exporting is GREAT' campaign.

"Seeing machines that we build in Great Britain bring joy to golfers all over the world is rewarding in so many ways and I hope we can help inspire companies in other industries to start exporting."

Paul Shand, head of the South West region for the DIT said: "It is great to welcome a successful exporter like Stewart Golf into our Export Champion Community, allowing it to play a vital role in creating a culture of exporting in this region."

"One of the major drives for creating this community, was for businesses to have a peer-to-peer means of finding information, advice and inspiration from other UK companies that are already exporting internationally.

"So, I would encourage businesses that are considering exporting for the first time to make use of this important resource and get in touch with DIT to find out more about the Export Champion Community and the other services that we offer."

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