Central South companies successfully tackle the challenge of international growth

Arbinder Chatwal, BDO Partner
Arbinder Chatwal, BDO Partner

Despite all the uncertainties in the world, mid-market businesses in the
Central South region have grown their overseas turnover by 45% in 3 years
‘Seize the international initiative from trading overseas – however, do your research first’. That is the clear message to companies operating in the BDO Central South region, stretching from Weymouth to Chichester and north to Salisbury and Andover.
BDO is proud to announce this year’s top 20 performing companies in Central South that operate internationally. These are the mid-market companies that despite the challenges of Brexit, global trade wars and economic uncertainty are successfully growing their business by expanding overseas.
The annual analysis of business activity and performance is now in its fifth year. Nearly 50% of these companies operating internationally are new to the 2019 listing, demonstrating that more businesses have developed successful strategies for exporting and selling services to the global market. Despite the uncertainty, in the last three years the mid-market in the region overall has still achieved 25% growth in turnover and an increase in profits of 18%.
Arbinder Chatwal, BDO Partner said, “Our Central South campaign continues to gain momentum and showcases real, tangible success in our region. The mid-market is the engine room for growth in the UK – increasing turnover, employment and trade overseas.”
However, although there are many opportunities to be grasped from trading internationally, of course it is not without risk. That is why it is so important to undertake careful preparation before launching into new markets abroad.
“I wouldn’t say expanding overseas has got any easier, but nor is it any harder. Businesses need to take calculated risks, put feet on the ground, go in with their eyes wide open, and crucially ensure they have a long term exit strategy.” Chatwal added.
BDO will present all the top 20 international companies with a special plaque to celebrate their achievements, and they will be shortlisted along with other top performers in the coming months for the BDO Central South Mid Market Company of the Year, to be announced in autumn 2020.
To help businesses prepare for overseas growth, BDO and HSBC are holding the region’s first International Day on Tuesday 26 November in Southampton. The day will include a workshop hosted by specialists sharing practical advice on entering markets in South East Asia, India, the US and Europe.
To find out more about BDO’s Central South Mid Market campaign or International Day contact Cheryl Martin at BDO’s Southampton office on 023 80 881 700 or via email cheryl.martin@bdo.co.uk.


Top 20 Central South Mid Market companies growing globally (listed alphabetically)

Company Name                                                Postcode


  • AGI UK Acquisition Limited                                  BH15 3SS
  • Ahmad Tea (UK) Limited                                      SO532PZ
  • Blakell Europlacer Limited                                  BH165SL
  • Cedar London Limited                                         SO51 9DJ
  • Ceuta Holdings Limited                                       BH2 6HS
  • Chinatool UK Limited                                          PO6 3EN
  • Clearvision CM (2005) Limited                             DT5 1PY
  • Eims Global Limited                                            BH1 1HL
  • Fatface Group Limited                                        PO91QJ
  • FB Ammonite Limited                                          BH21 7NL
  • Just Develop IT Limited                                       SO302PA
  • Lewmar Limited                                                  PO91JJ
  • Luxury Travel Holdings                                       PO18 0FB
  • Marden Edwards Group Holdings Limited             BH21 7SH
  • Siva Holdings Limited                                          SO197GB
  • Stannah Lifts Holdings Limited                             SP103SD
  • Symetrica Limited                                               SO52 9AB
  • The National Lighting Company Limited                BH17 7BY
  • Vitacress Limited                                                PO20 1LJ
  • Wiggle Limited                                                   PO6 3EN




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