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2005 One London press release

Global Gateway2Trade (GG2T) is showcasing nine remarkable companies at the International Food and Drink Exhibition (IFE), at ExCel. A rigorous selection process and tasting session before a panel of leading experts, helped to whittle down the stiff competition for places. The finalists are all black and minority ethnic (BME) entrepreneurs and represent a burgeoning mix of small and medium sized businesses eager to replicate the international success of companies like Noon products. During the four day event, twenty thousand visitors are expected to come to the exhibition, providing the showcased businesses with the necessary exposure to break into international markets, within the food sector.

BME owned businesses in Britain are under represented in international business. The ntrepreneurs selected by the panel of experts, are successful businesses within their communities and display a capacity to grow further, through international trade. The panel was equally impressed by the interesting and exciting interpretations of traditional and contemporary foods and dishes that each company presented.

Companies to look out for include Winner Foods Ltd, a successful company manufacturing fresh, frozen and dried noodles and pastries for Chinese and Japanese styled dishes. Winner Foods began as a small company manufacturing a total of only 250 kilograms per week of noodles and pastries and is currently producing over 30 tonnes per week, supplying close to 70% of the Chinese food market in London. The American Muffin Co. Ltd is another interesting company – Zoeb Bhujwalla is from the Indian sub-continent and together with his business partner founded the company with only a background in financial services, between them. They developed the idea of creating a snack product range with a longer shelf life, their initial product line was the American muffin; this later became the idea for the company name!

Traditional old style foods were also a favourite among the panel and Supreme Meats Production Ltd cooked up a spicy selection of Jamaican patties for the panel, using ingredients from an age-old family recipe. Producing over 3000 patties per day and delivering to shops, caterers and take-away outlets, Supreme Meats displays the potential to expand and distribute nationally, and will be appearing on the stand for the first two days. Northern Range Ltd, Sam’s Delight and Primal Soup Ltd similarly produce and manufacture contemporary versions of traditional recipes and foods, whilst Silverstone Tropical Foods offers a refreshing and healthy alternative to traditional fruit and herbal teas, with their hibiscus tea, made from sorrel. Apollo Snacks Ltd impressed the panel with their moreish selection of nuts, snacks, sweets and dried fruit. Whilst manufacturing and distributing products from their premises, Apollo Snacks is able to offer and create tastes to customer orders. The final company to look out for at the exhibition is SmoodyPod Design Ltd?, a company that caught the attention of the panel with its innovative creation, the world’s first food texture synchroniser: a juicer and extractor. Recorded demonstrations of the appliance will be presented during the four days of the exhibition.

All the companies showcasing at the stand (stand no. ND1357) gained the opportunity, courtesy of the GG2T project, an initiative introduced to enable more ethnic minority businesses across London to access the benefits of international trade. The project supports and encourages these businesses to explore and develop their business potential in global markets.

Notes to Editors
Global Gateway2Trade was created and is now run by oneLondon, an enterprise support agency, to release the untapped export potential of London’s BME business community. The service provides up to five days of free advice for black and ethnic minority businesses in areas of north, east and south London in operation over 18 months who fall into the Objective 2 areas. Funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Global Gateway2Trade is delivered through six Enterprise Agencies in collaboration with UK Trade and Investment. The project will run through to December 2005. Participating Enterprise Agencies are East London Small Business Centre (Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest and Newham), Hammersmith and Fulham Business Enterprise Centre (Hammersmith & Fulham, Brent), HBV Enterprise (Hackney), Enfield Enterprise Agency (Enfield), Tottenham Green Enterprise Centre (Haringey), and Southall Regeneration Partnership (Ealing)

Further information/ case studies may be obtained by contacting Sarah Runge on 020 79401566 or e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

UK Trade & Investment is the Government organisation that supports both UK companies trading internationally, and overseas enterprises seeking to locate in the UK. For London companies considering doing business in international markets UKTI is an essential first port of call to develop export capabilities and provide expert advice, reliable data and professional research. The London International Trade Team provides access to all the services and funding available through UK Trade & Investment, and offers local knowledge in the capital. Through the London Team, businesses interested in international trade can take advantage of the expertise of more than 200 UK Trade & Investment teams based around the world.

Further information about UK Trade & Investment can be obtained by contacting the International Trade Team on 020 7010 1170 or visit the website www.uktradeinvest.gov.uk

oneLondon
oneLondon, a subsidiary of Greater London Enterprise (GLE), is an innovative, not-for-profit, enterprise and regeneration agency, specialising in support for small and early stage businesses. Every year oneLondon supports 5,000 new and established businesses with finance, training, advice and mentoring.
www.one-london.com.

Greater London Enterprise (GLE)
GLE is London’s economic development company. While owned by the London Boroughs, it is commercially and constitutionally independent and receives no public subsidy. This unique positioning enables GLE to invest its profits to deliver quality support to enterprise for growth and regeneration across the capital on the Boroughs behalf. Focusing on SMEs, GLE has developed a track record of successful borrowing, lending, investing, managing funds and assets and developing property and innovative financial techniques to deliver for London.
www.gle.co.uk.

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