Case study

Expert advice supports UK companies pursuing global ambitions

Enterprise Europe Network advice and support helps ambitious smaller companies in the UK to compete in overseas markets.

Departure gates at New Delhi airport.
Enterprise Europe Network uses its global network to support UK firms.

Fit-out orders boost growth at Suffolk-based superyacht suppliers

Man airborne on jet pack in front of superyacht with water slide.
Superyacht Tenders & Toys supplies owners with the latest gadgets.

A Suffolk consultancy that fits out superyachts with anything from mini-submarines and bullet-proof boats to wetsuits and watersports equipment has doubled its turnover after turning to EEN for advice on growing the business.

Superyacht Tenders & Toys, founded in 2011 by directors Josh and Claire Richardson, needed to identify the most profitable markets and customers – and then free up the time to pursue them.

After a full year’s programme of advice and support from EEN in the East of England, annual turnover rose to £3.7 million by last October and is currently up a further 50% year-on-year. Two thirds of yachts built in Germany in 2016 were fitted out by the company while a new on-line catalogue has helped to widen product lines and increase sales of leisure items.

High-fidelity earbuds translate into worldwide orders

Girl with MyManu earbud device in right ear.
MyManu-CLIK earbuds offer live translation in 37 languages.

Manchester-based engineer Danny Manu needed high-quality advice and market research to help him explore the potential of his prototype wireless earbuds offering live translation in 37 languages.

EEN in the North West of England stepped in with the necessary expertise to help put together a successful crowdfunding proposal and used its global network to explore options around manufacturing partners and distributors.

Danny is looking to go into production this year after launching his MyManu-CLIK earbuds at the world’s biggest technology event, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2017) in Las Vegas.

Published 17 January 2017