Tuesday, 14 August 2007

A rare bit of good news on the manufacturing front

Engineers look to eastern Europe. An engineering company headed by a woman who rose through the ranks after joining as a secretary has begun a sales drive in eastern Europe.Tameside-based Newland Engineering, which makes vehicle loading and conveyor systems, already exports to western Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Far East, US and central America.Now it is targeting central and eastern Europe. Newland has won its first order in Poland after completing a `passport to international success' programme run by government organisation UK Trade & Investment.Lynn Kerfoot, who started as a secretary in 1975 and worked her way through the ranks to commercial manager then MD, said: "We've worked with overseas distributors since the early 1980s, but the recent boost in export turnover, which has resulted in us employing three additional staff, has been the result of a more strategic approach to international trade."

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