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Success Stories & Case Studies


The Growth Company International Trade team delivers advice and support to enable local businesses to succeed internationally.


Forest Gin
Forest Gin is a multi-award winning spirit that is distilled in small batches in Macclesfield Forest.

Our expert trade team began working with the business in 2015 when Lindsay and Karl Bond, the husband and wife team, got in touch to gain advice on trade overseas.

To target growth across the international premium spirit market.

1.   Regular face-to-face meetings and a review of key target markets to provide advice on international trade strategy
2.   Assistance on bonded warehousing and how to export alcohol, including documentation and assistance with duty and customs
3.   1-2-1 support, preparation and pre-work to help the company make the most of key trade missions

Forest Gin now exports its products to major distributors in Europe and is looking to export even further afield following trade missions in Asia.

"The trade missions have been invaluable for the growth of Forest Gin. They have enabled us to introduce the gin directly to customers that we would not have had the resources or knowledge to speak with otherwise. Thanks to the help of our international trade adviser, Forest Gin is growing into a worldwide brand."

- Karl Bond, Owner of Forest Gin



Africa Al’s
Africa Al’s Handmade African Sauces are a small artisan producer based in Stockport. ‘Al’, Alex Anyakwo, has created a range of chili dips and cooking pastes.  You will find Africa Al’s at local artisan markets in Wilmslow, Altrincham, and Northwich where they have won loyal, repeat customers as well as winning a Great Taste Award.

They participated in the DIT North West /ERDF funded Food and Drink mission to Dublin, Ireland in September 2018 led by Veronica Dawson and Sara Pomfret. The mission included participation in the Food & Drink Business Europe Conference and Exhibition held at CityWest, Dublin. They returned to Ireland a fortnight later to meet with a potential distributor they had met at the show and were successful in securing their first export order to the distributor in Ireland.

Next steps: looking at expanding into other markets-Nordics and Germany and expanding as a business looking at their own production facility. Attend more UK based trade shows.