Middlesex medical supplier closes on £600k export deals in US
A Middlesex medical supply company is growing its presence in the US and creating jobs with help from the Department for International Trade (DIT).
Hayes-based Durbin is close to securing five export deals in America, collectively worth more than £600k, after attending the recent Global Disaster Relief Summit in Washington, DC.
The deals could see Durbin supplying pharmaceuticals, medical products and consumables to clients across the US, from where they will be shipped all over the world.
Durbin funded its trip to the summit with money from Heathrow Airport’s World of Opportunity Programme, organised in partnership with the DIT.
World of Opportunity awards funding and support packages to 20 UK SMEs to encourage them to export.
To accommodate the new contracts, Durbin will create at least 10 jobs by the end of the year. The company already employs 150 people across sites in the UK and US, with overseas trade now accounting for 85% of its turnover.
Durbin CEO Leslie Morgan said: “DIT has supported us continually as we have grown our international presence over the last decade. We wouldn’t have been able to establish these relationships with US customers without its backing.
“Exporting is truly at the heart of everything Durbin does, and our continued expansion is testament to the hard work of our teams and the support provided by DIT.”
Leslie added: “Looking ahead, we have moved into larger premises near Heathrow which will also help us to build on this growth and build our client portfolio moving forward.”
The DIT’s head of London, Parveen Thornhill, commented: “This is a great step for Durbin, and with these deals on the horizon they will be providing much needed medical assistance to those in the world who need it the most.
“DIT is here to help businesses, like Durbin, explore new opportunities for overseas expansion. We have a network of International Trade Advisers on hand to provide specialist support and guidance to businesses of all sizes across London.”