Gary Stevens accepts DIT Export Champion role
Earlier this year, our MD was delighted to accept an invitation from the Department for International Trade (DIT) to become an Export Champion for the South East UK, in recognition of Focus SB’s achievement at becoming the first and only British (and European) premium electrical wiring accessories manufacturer licensed to export and sell to China’s luxury hospitality and residential construction markets in 2017.
The DIT’s Export Champion programme, launched in 2019, aims to highlight inspirational exporters who are willing to share their stories and support other SMEs aspiring to trade overseas. Export Champions are invited to share tips and informal advice with other businesses, attend DIT export events, host VIP visits and contribute to the development of DIT strategies as well as participate in roundtable discussions with senior officials and government Ministers.
South East Regional Director, Ben Raby offers congratulations on behalf of the DIT: “A huge congratulations to Gary Stevens from Focus SB for becoming one of our highly valued South East Export Champions.
“Focus SB is a company that manufactures electrical wiring accessories and has extensive experience in trading overseas, including having the unique position of being the only UK manufacturer licensed to export its sockets and switches to China. This experience makes the company a perfect fit for the Export Champion programme.
"DIT’s Export Champion programme aims to highlight inspirational exporters who are willing to share their stories and support for other SMEs aspiring to trade overseas. With export playing a significant role in supporting our economy, especially as we begin to address the economic challenge posed by coronavirus, Gary Stevens and the wider Focus SB company will be a fount of knowledge for budding exporters”.
Gary comments: “I was delighted to accept the Export Champion role in recognition of the contribution Focus SB makes towards the South East’s economic growth. It’s a great honour for us to be part of the programme and I intend to contribute as much as I can to share our positive export story and experiences trading with China, albeit currently restricted by the current coronavirus situation. I am more than happy to do my bit to encourage and support those businesses still exploring export opportunities. We now have seven showrooms and 10 sub distributors out there, and business has really taken off.”
He concludes: “Focus SB still holds the unique position of being the only UK manufacturer licensed to export its sockets and switches to China, via our established main distributor Kursel Ltd and sub distributor network, and continues to boast the widest range of plates and finishes conforming to the China Compulsory Certificate (CCC mark), outstripping all other electrical wiring accessory manufacturers based in China!”