Wednesday, February 19, 2014

News: Aztec AVA expands overseas

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Aztec AVA, an engineering training business based in Rotherham, has reported extensive overseas growth with recent contract wins in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, South Africa, South America and Russia.

The company was set up four years ago by directors Mick Stacey, Alan Varney and Steve Turner, who set out to offer specialist training services for engineering, manufacturing, utility and food companies.

The company was established in 2009 and was based at the RiDO's Fusion @ Matrix business centre in Templeborugh. It expanded to RiDO's Matrix Business Centre in Dinnington shortly afterwards and in spring 2012 merged with Aztec, a training provider with similar expertise, based in Bristol, changing its name to Aztec AVA.

One of the reasons for Aztec AVA's success is its ability to deliver specialist on-site training in locations across the UK and the globe.

Mick Stacey, director of Aztec AVA (pictured, second left), explains: "When we launched AVA back in 2009 we found that RiDO provided excellent support for start-up businesses. We also liked the professional image that their business centres gave us.

"We now do around 60 per cent of our business internationally. Our reputation has spread largely by word of mouth and this has taken us to some very exciting places. We have gained a reputation for offering high quality specialised training, particularly in industries such as power stations. We have experienced significant growth in our overseas business in the past 12 months and see it as offering major growth in the future."

Julia Millea, business development co-ordinator for RiDO's Soft Landing Zone, added: "It is fantastic to see Aztec AVA growing the international side of their business so much. Their expertise is becoming known all over the world and they are an excellent example of how a business can achieve its growth aspirations through overseas trading."

Rotherham Investment & Development Office's (RiDO's) Soft Landing Zone project attracted £842k investment from the European Regional Development Fund and aims to assist Rotherham companies in accessing international markets.

Aztec AVA website
RiDO website

Images: RiDO

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