Double Dubai joy for Tees Valley firms

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TWO firms from the Tees Valley have won a golden chance to do business in Dubai.

Companies from across the North-East battled it out in a contest to win a market visit to Dubai in December.

More than 25 companies across the region entered the UKTI competition in a bid to secure a “Golden Ticket”.

But it was Wynyard-based Nortech Solutions Group and Billingham firm Tomlinson Hall & Co which won two of the three prizes. The third went to Newcastle business Furniture Clinic.

Nortech is an award winning engineering design firm. Since its launch in April 2011, it has created more than 80 new jobs.

Managing director Bryan Bunn, Managing Director of Nortech Solutions Group Ltd, said: “It is a great honour to have been selected and the visit will be an excellent opportunity to discover the many opportunities in the Dubai marketplace as well as further enhance our knowledge of other emerging markets, and showcase Nortech’s expertise. We have experienced phenomenal growth since we set up in April 2011. We are very proud of our achievements and are looking forward to further building on our reputation in the burgeoning Dubai market.”

Tomlinson Hall was set up in 1919 and is a major pump distributor and manufacturer, serving both UK and overseas markets.

Colin Simpson, business development director of Tomlinson Hall, said Dubai was “a key target market for the company”.

The prize for each company includes return flights between Newcastle and Dubai, five nights’ hotel accommodation with breakfast and up to £2,000 towards market research through UKTI’s Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS).

Chris Simpson, one of UKTI’s Lead International Trade Advisers, said: “The amount of interest this competition has generated here in the North East has been fantastic and I must give a great deal of thanks to Fayha Sultan at the Dubai tourism team and the Millennium Plaza Hotel Dubai for supporting this initiative.

“It has shown, once again, the amazing companies that the North-East has to offer, as the judging process was by no means an easy task. To the three winners, I would like to say a massive well done and I am sure the experience and opportunities will be game changing.”