Cotswold Life’s 50 top exporters

50 top exporters in the Cotswold area / Photo: Ksenia Palimski

50 top exporters in the Cotswold area / Photo: Ksenia Palimski - Credit: Archant

From the hills to the vales of the Cotswolds, companies are exporting into some of the hottest sectors and industries across the world.

Throughout 2014 we heard from lots of Cotswold companies telling us how much they export, so we’re kick-starting 2015 by finding out a bit more. The result is spread over the following eight pages.

This isn’t a list of the companies that export the most. Producing just another list would be too easy, so we told our uber research team at Cotswold Life to dig deeper and go the extra mile, just like the companies they were researching. The result is big businesses along with small, quirky companies and established UK businesses starting to grow their markets abroad. This gives a better flavour of the breadth of exporting from a wide range of sectors building new markets for themselves globally. We hope it will inspire other businesses to expand their horizons too.From car manufacturers to engineering and design companies, paper manufacturers, software distributors and beauty product manufacturers, they’re all introducing Cotswold innovation and production to worldwide markets.

• Adey Professional Heating Systems

Gloucester Road, Cheltenham GL51 8NR

Exporting to 8 countries

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£50m turnover

5% of turnover attributed to exports, & growing month on month

Extensive range of domestic and commercial MagnaClean filters and chemicals for the maintenance and protection of central heating and cooling systems.

• AGD Systems

White Lion House, Gloucester Road, Cheltenham GL51 0TF

Exporting to 35 countries

over £6m turnover

15% of turnover attributed to exports

Delivers non-intrusive radar detection for highways monitoring and enforcement internationally. Increased interest and budget allocation from governments for road infrastructure development.

• Auger Torque Europe Ltd

Hazleton, Cheltenham

GL54 4DX

Exporting to 50 countries

£10m turnover

85% of turnover attributed to exports

A Queens Award winner. Designs and manufactures a range of attachments for excavators, tele-handlers and truck cranes. The expanding product range includes earth drills, augers, trenchers, hedge trimmers, log splitters, stump planers and more.

• Electrocomponents plc

International Management Centre, Oxford Business Park, Oxford OX4 2HW

Exporting to 80 countries

£1.2bn (global) Turnover

Turnover attributed to exports: not disclosed

Through its brands of Allied Electronics and RS Components Electrocomponents is the world’s leading high service distributor for engineers. RS is the leading distributor in the UK, Europe and Asia Pacific, while Allied is ranked third in North America.

• Avon Metals Ltd

Ashville Road, Gloucester, GL2 5DA

Exporting to 50 countries

£50m turnover

50% of turnover attributed to exports

Exports a combination of manufactured and traded metals and alloys including aluminium master alloys, aluminium casting alloys, ferro aluminium, minor metals and scrap (including aluminium, titanium, nickel alloys, cobalt alloys).

• Euro Collimators Ltd

T Booth Works, Elmstone, Hardwicke, GL51 9TB

Exporting to 14 countries

£170,000 turnover

100% of turnover attributed to exports

Designs and manufactures collimators for the world scientific community. Products: soller, radial, diverging, double diverging, converging, honeycomb & straw collimators. Supplies Boron and Gadolinium neutron absorbers.

• BladeRoom Group Ltd

Stella Way, Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham GL52 7DQ

Exporting to over 10 countries

£22m Turnover

25% of turnover attributed to exports

Fabricates and deploys energy efficient, modular data centres worldwide, providing a scalable method to quickly develop large data centre sites through utilising its factory assembled approach.

• Exact Logistics

Dunchurch Trading Estate, London Road, Rugby CV23 9LN

Exporting to 4 countries

£2m turnover

60% of turnover attributed to exports

Enables German hauliers to improve their efficiency and offer their customers cost-effective and reliable deliveries throughout the UK from one pallet to a full trailer load.

• Cotek Papers Ltd

Draycott, Moreton in Marsh, GL54 9JU

Exporting to 35 countries

£12m turnover

40% turnover attributed to exports

Leading B2B manufacturer of specialist release paper and film, concentrating on two side and differential silicone coatings produced on solvent free coating machinery. Specialises in accurate, stable silicone release coatings on all types of paper, PET, HDPE or PP film.

• Flightline Support Ltd

Lakeside Industrial Park, Cotswold Dene, Standlake, Oxfordshire OX29 7PL

Exporting to 90 countries

£8.5m turnover

76% of turnover attributed to exports

Manufacturer and exporter of aircraft refuelling vehicles and systems into the Middle East, Africa, Asia and even Siberia. One of the first companies to supply into Myanmar/Burma, a contract worth £1.4m.

• Fluid Transfer International

Nailsworth Mills Trading Estate, Avening Road, Nailsworth GL6 0BS

Exporting to 80 countries

£10m turnover

83% of turnover attributed to exports

Provides total aviation refuelling solutions worldwide. Focusing on the design, development and manufacture of aircraft refuelling vehicles and systems, also marketing a range of associated fuelling components.

• GR Lane Health Products Ltd

Sisson Road, Gloucester, GL2 0GR

Exporting to 15 countries

£17m turnover

over 17% of turnover attributed to exports

Most of LanesHealth’s range of OTC medicines and food supplements are exported, including the Olbas range of decongestants, Kalms herbal stress and sleep remedies, GOPO joint health supplement and Symingtons Dandelion Coffee.

• Freeman Technology

1 Miller Court, Severn Drive, Tewkesbury, GL20 8DN

Exporting to 40 countries

turnover: not disclosed

85% turnover attributed to exports

FT4 Powder Rheometer®, a universal powder tester, uses patented dynamic methodology, automated shear cells and bulk property tests to quantify the flow properties of powders.

• Green Fuels Ltd

Unit 18, Bamfurlong Industrial Park, Cheltenham. GL51 6SX

Exporting to 50 countries

£2m turnover

90% turnover attributed to exports

Manufactures and supplies waste to biofuel production equipment. The fuel produced is a direct diesel replacement and Green Fuels will soon be offering technology to produce bio-aviation fuel.

• Frontline Developments

Station Yard, Steventon, Abingdon, OX13 6RX

Exporting to 10 countries

£1.3m turnover

40% of turnover attributed to exports

As both a vehicle production company and individual component manufacturer Frontline has a mix of exports from complete cars to individual private owners through to small vehicle parts being sold into distributors.

• Helipebs

Premier Works, Sisson Road, Gloucester GL2 0RE

Exporting to 31 countries

£7m turnover

40% turnover attributed to exports

Designs and manufactures hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders/actuators for use in the subsea oil and gas, pharmaceutical, fatigue testing, tooling, aluminium smelting and leisure industries to latest ISO standards.

• Gantry Railing Ltd

Sudmeadow Road, Hempsted, Gloucester GL2 5HG

Exporting to over 10 countries

£12.9m turnover

80% of turnover attributed to exports

Specialises in the design supply and installation of Crane Rail Systems. Now serving a world-wide market for its products and services and considered one of the leaders in its field.

• JSP Group of Companies

Worsham Mill, Minster Lovell, Oxford, OX29 0TA

Exporting to 95 countries

£40m turnover

50% turnover attributed to exports

Europe’s leading independent manufacturer of ‘above the neck’ personal protective equipment (PPE), road safety products, and spill management and environment protection products.

• Kohler Mira Ltd

Cromwell Road, Cheltenham GL52 5EP

Exporting to over 31 countries

£126m turnover

11.8% turnover attributed to exports

Three market-leading brands; Mira Showers, Rada and Kohler UK providing a comprehensive range of bathroom and washroom solutions for both domestic and commercial environments.

• Moog Aircraft, Moog Industrial & Moog Space & Defence

Tewkesbury GL20 8NA & Cheltenham GL51 8LZ

Exporting globally

£multi billion

3 separate Groups in the Cotswolds: Moog Aircraft: primary & secondary flight control & actuation systems, Moog Industrial: industrial machine control, service, test systems & F1, Moog Space & Defence: designs & manufactures precision control valves for space satellite & small launchers.

• L-3 Technology

11 Shannon Way, Tewkesbury GL20 8ND

Exporting to 40 countries

£79m turnover

15% turnover attributed to exports

Works in partnership with defence and civil organisations to design and deliver advanced electronic warfare and cyber security systems for the protection of people, infrastructure and assets worldwide.

• Norbar Torque Tools Ltd

Beaumont Road Banbury Oxfordshire OX16 1XJ

Exporting to over 80 countries

£28m turnover

80% turnover attributed to exports

Most sales are torque control equipment for the accurate tightening of threaded fasteners, but Norbar provides specialised torque control tools for the oil and gas, renewable energy and other markets.

• Messier-Bugatti-Dowty

Cheltenham Rd East, Gloucester, GL29QH

Exporting to over 15 countries

£445m turnover

over 95% turnover attributed to exports

World leader in design, development, manufacture and support of aircraft landing and braking systems. Over 24,000 aircraft in-service worldwide fitted with its landing gear.

• Neonplay

The Old Museum, Cirencester Glos GL7 1UP

Exporting to over 160 countries

Turnover not disclosed

over 75% turnover attributed to exports

Makes iPhone and iPad games and has had over 55 million downloads from games like Flick Football, Paper Glider, Traffic Panic London and Bravo Force: Last Stand.

• MINI Plant Oxford

MINI Plant Oxford, Oxford, OX4 6NL

Exporting to over 110 countries

80% turnover attributed to exports

Plant Oxford is the birthplace and heart of MINI production. Manufactured to individual customer specifications, hundreds of MINIs leave the plant’s assembly lines daily. Plant Oxford makes the MINI Hatch, 5-Door, Convertible, Coupé and Roadster models.

• Owen Mumford

Tipping Meadow, Brook Hill, Woodstock. OX20 1TU

Exporting to 126 countries

£76m turnover

86% turnover attributed to exports

Develops pioneering medical devices for its own Owen Mumford brand and custom device solutions for the world’s major pharmaceutical and diagnostic companies.

• Oxford Cryosystems

Blenheim Office Park, Long Hanborough, Oxfordshire, OX29 8LN

Exporting to 50 countries

£4m turnover

95% turnover attributed to exports

Market-leading manufacturer of specialised scientific instruments and software for the field of low temperature X-ray diffraction serving the medical, pharmaceutical and material science sectors.

• Oxford Technologies

7 Nuffield Way, Abingdon, OX14 1RL

Exporting to 2 countries

£3.5m turnover

50% turnover attributed to exports

Extensive experience in the specification, conceptualisation, design, implementation and management of systems and processes for remote handling activities in hostile environments (primarily nuclear).

• Oxford Immunotec Ltd

94C Innovation Drive, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 4RZ

Exporting to over 50 countries

£22.5m turnover

92% turnover attributed to exports

The T-SPOT®.TB test for identification of Tuberculosis

• New Generation Laundry

Paragon House, 212 Hatherley Road, Cheltenham, GL51 6ET

Exporting to 20 countries

£30m turnover

5% turnover attributed to exports

Part of The Paragon Family of Companies, one of the largest UK laundry companies. A laundry management and consultancy company which designed, built and operates state-of-the-art laundries across the Middle East.

• Oxford Instruments Plc

Tubney Woods, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX13 5QX

Exports worldwide

£360m turnover

over 90% turnover attributed to exports

Leading provider of high technology tools and systems for research and industry. Designing and manufacture equipment that can fabricate, characterise, manipulate and analyse matter at the atomic and molecular level.

• Pan Medical

Barnett Way, Barnwood, Gloucester, GL4 3RT

Exporting to 60 countries

£2m turnover

97% turnover attributed to exports

Specialises in the design, development and manufacture of premium quality balloon catheters, stents and medical devices for the interventional radiology industry.

• Oxford Products Ltd

De Havilland Way, Range Road, Witney OX29 0YA

Exporting to 60 countries

£22m turnover

20% turnover attributed to exports

A huge range of market-leading motorcycle and bicycle parts, clothing, helmets and accessories. These are designed and developed at the company’s 100,000 sq ft Oxfordshire facility.

• Pashley Cycles

Masons’ Road, Stratford upon Avon CV37 9NL

Exporting to over 40 countries

£2m turnover over 40% turnover attributed to exports

Producing high-quality, hand-built bicycles since 1926. Pashley is the longest-established bicycle manufacturer in the UK.

• Premiere Polish Co Ltd

Oakley Gardens, Bouncer’s Ln, Cheltenham GL52 5JD

Exporting to 32 countries

£6.5m turnover

22% turnover attributed to exports

Designs, manufactures and sells a wide range of Premiere branded and private label cleaning chemicals, including concentrates, ready to use and personal care products for both trade and retail consumption.

• Severn Glocon Group plc

Olympus Park, Quedgeley, Glos GL2 4N

Exporting to 52 countries

£94m turnover

72% turnover attributed to exports

Pioneering, high-integrity valve products and associated services, predominantly for onshore, offshore and subsea operators in the oil and gas industry.

• Prima Dental Group

Stephenson Drive, Waterwells Business Park, Gloucester GL2 2HA

Exporting to 85 countries

£12.5m turnover

85% turnover attributed to exports

A world leader in the design and manufacture of dental drills and precision dental instruments, namely tungsten carbide, diamond and steel rotary products. It manufactures over 20 million drills a year.


Studio 8, Montpellier Street, Cheltenham,

Exporting to 20 Countries

£18.5m turnover

20% turnover attributed to exports

Exports various types of cosmetic applicator, Velvotan - its patented self tan applicator mitt and nail polish remover wipes. These items are all made in its Gloucester factory.

• Renishaw plc

New Mills, Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, GL12 8JR

Exporting to over 50 countries

£355m Turnover

93% turnover attributed to exports

Precision measurement sensors for manufacturers to make products more precisely, automate processes, reduce scrap; Products for spectroscopy, dentistry and neurosurgery, metal 3D printing machines.

• Spirax Sarco Ltd

Charlton House, Cirencester Road, Cheltenham, GL53 8ER

Exporting to 100 Countries

£689m turnover

Spirax Sarco, group company of Spirax Sarco Engineering plc, headquartered in Cheltenham, employing over 1000 people. A global network of over 1300 engineers ensures customers’ efficient and productive steam systems.

• Room 58

Eagle Tower, Montpellier Drive, Cheltenham GL50 1TA

Exporting to 49 countries

£1.5m Turnover

32% turnover attributed to exports

A digital marketing resource platform, created to protect the integrity of brands worldwide. Its platform allows companies to deliver timely, consistent, compliant and cost effective marketing campaigns across large global networks.

• Summit Medical Group

Bourton Industrial Park, Bourton on the Water, Gloucestershire, GL54 2HQ

Exporting to 44 Countries

£30m turnover

70% turnover attributed to exports

Single use, sterile medical devices and implants used in orthopaedic and general surgery.

• The Dezac Group

Dezac House, Montpellier St, Cheltenham GL50 1SS

Exporting to 35 countries

£11m turnover

54% turnover attributed to exports

Headquartered in Cheltenham with a purpose-built factory in the Forest of Dean, leading manufacturer of health, beauty and fitness products exporting throughout Europe, Asia, North & South America and Australia.

• WMP Creative

The Studio, Tubney Warren Barns, Tubney, Abingdon, OX13 5QJ

Exporting to 3 countries

£2.4m turnover

35% turnover attributed to exports

Exports creative services. Live events, film production, digital communications and exhibition design and build. Offering international support and services over the creative sector.

• Procurri

Bankside Park, 15 Love Lane, Cirencester, GL7 1YG

Exporting to 45 countries

£20m turnover

50% turnover attributed to exporting

Specialises in refurbishing and reselling enterprise IT hardware and associated infrastructure along with comprehensive parts, maintenance, end of life solutions (including disk erasure), rentals and relocation services globally.

• Penlon Ltd

Abingdon Science Park, Barton Lane, Abingdon OX14 3NB

Exports to over 90 countries

£15.8m Turnover

84% Turnover attributed to exporting

The UK headquarters and manufacturing underpin Penlon’s key areas of business; Anaesthesia, Intubation and Suction and Oxygen Therapy. Supported by a global sales and technical service team.

• Tudor Rose International

Kingfisher Business Park, London Road, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 2BY

Exporting to 63 countries

£24m turnover

100% turnover attributed to exporting

An Export Market Management company and the official export partner for many British brands including; Cadbury Biscuits, Maryland, Cathedral City, Mr Kipling, Ryvita, Whitworths and Typhoo.

• SPP Pumps

Crucible Close, Mushet Industrial Park, Coleford GL16 8PS

Exporting to 35 countries

£64m turnover

60% turnover attributed to exports

World leader in the design, manufacture and servicing of centrifugal pumping solutions for industries including; Oil & Gas, Water, Fire protection, Autoprime dewatering and transformer oil circulation.

• Williams Performance Tenders

Vogue Business Park, Berinsfield, OX10 7LN

Exporting to 30 countries

£11.3m turnover

80% turnover attributed to exports

Manufactures a range of water jet powered boats in the marine leisure sector. Our core business is in the manufacture of jet tenders where we have associations with most of the world’s leading large yacht builders who design and specify our products on their yachts.

• Quickgrind

Unit 5701 Shannon Place, Shannon Way, Tewkesbury, GL20 8SL

Exporting to 32 countries

67% turnover attributed to exports

Exports solid industrial carbide cutting tools and remanufacturing services to customers using mould and die and aluminium extrusion. Cutting tool related consultancy, and its QuickVend solution for point-of-use vending and accurate stock control.