Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Middle East Trade Mission Is a Winner for LG Harris

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Middle East Trade Mission Is a Winner for LG Harris

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Byline: By Graeme King

A trade mission to Qatar and the UAE led by Trade Missions North East has proved a real winner for a paintbrush and roller manufacturer.

LG Harris & Co Ltd, one of the UK's largest manufacturers of paint brushes and tools, was among 15 companies to join the mission.

The visit proved such a success, the company has now sold five full containers of its products to a string of Middle East customers and a further visit to the region is planned later this year.

John Haynes, export sales manager for LG Harris & Co Ltd, of Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, said: "We now have a newly-appointed exclusive distributor in Doha, Qatar, and have introduced five new product lines into the region, which has boosted sales by around 50pc.

"In Abu Dhabi and Dubai we secured orders worth around $80,000 (pounds 47,000) and our UAE business overall has increased by 105pc.

"One of our distributors in Kuwait also revealed a new use that he had found for our paint roller extension poles. During the recent Iraq war they were fitted with flashing blue and orange lights and used to direct troop movements. …

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