Brigg

Heathrow airport and government fund Lincolnshire business trade mission

A Lincolnshire business has been awarded funding and support packages from Heathrow and the Department for International Trade.

Brigg-based company SofMat were one of 20 UK companies to receive the award which aims to encourage exporting goods or services to new international markets.

The scheme is part of the Exporting is GREAT campaign and the World of Opportunity Programme, which will provide each company with £2,000 for SME trade missions or research into global markets.

SofMat will also receive advice from an International Trade Advisor from the Department of International Trade.

Over 290 applications were received and the winning entries were chosen by a experts including Heathrow Chairman Lord Deighton, DIT’s International Trade Advisor Keith Moses and Daily Express Small Business Correspondent, Maisha Frost.

SofMat CEO Dr. Philip Harrison, said: “SofMat is coming out of its development phase and is expecting take up of the technology by a number of companies in Q4 of 2017.

“A number of visits are planned to the USA and Switzerland during late 2017 to discuss the use of our technology in several areas, initially targeting the pharmaceutical sector where we can directly mark drugs using a unique code, as well as their packaging, so facilitating full traceability through the supply chain.

“Heathrow Airport is an essential part of this plan. It will be our hub for our travels and also as a meeting place for potential clients from other countries who may be travelling to meet us.”