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Pricecheck Toiletries, winner of the Queen's Award in 2015 that recognised excellence in international trade, is to talk about its export success at a UKTI event in Rotherham next week.

Pricecheck is a leading supplier of international branded consumer goods, working predominately in the health and beauty sector, dealing with discounted clearance stock. It won the Queen's Award for International Trade 2015 for continuous and cumulative overseas export earnings growth of 283% over six years, from £3m in 2009, to £12m in 2014.

Earlier this year, the family firm made a £1m move to a 113,000 sq ft state of the art building at Beighton Link, just over the border in Rotherham, where it aims to double turnover from £40m to an anticipated £80m, and increase staff numbers to 150 over a five year period.

The free event takes place on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham during the ever growing Exporting is GREAT week and is organised by UKTI Yorkshire and the Humber. It is part of a joint initiative between UKTI Yorkshire, Sheffield City Region LEP, South Yorkshire International Trade Centre and Enterprise Europe Network and aims to help grow the economy by helping every business fulfil their export potential.

"Breaking Barriers: Succeed Overseas" will hear from local businesses that will share their export experiences and provide examples on how they have succeeded in international markets. Expert seminars will also cover topics such as research, legal implications, business support and documentation.

Giles Searby, partner and specialist in commercial litigation and international trade at event legal partner hlw Keeble Hawson, will present at a Tax and Legal Issues workshop, before taking questions about avoiding problems when exporting.

Andrew Hulse of accountants and business advisors UHY Hacker Young will also address the event on tax and accountancy issues for exporters.

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An 19-strong Indonesian trade mission will also attend, seeking opportunities to do business with local companies. The inward trade mission, organised by the South Yorkshire International Trade Centre, involves senior executives of Indonesian businesses in sectors including timber manufacturing, forest conservation and restoration, construction, accountancy, software and hardware, law, food production, agricultural industries, the transportation and distribution of natural gas, shipping, property and real estate, maternity, baby and children’s products, tools for e-commerce, digital, website design and promotions.

Joining the inward delegation and addressing the event is Adrian Short, president director of PT Rolls-Royce Indonesia.

Susan Waterson, deputy regional director for UKTI Yorkshire and the Humber, said: "Exporting is GREAT Week is an outstanding opportunity for businesses to learn more about international trade opportunities, and the support available to help them fulfil their exporting ambitions.

"Whether a newcomer or an existing exporter looking to expand, the Week offers something for everyone and we look forward to welcoming you.

"Exporting helps companies to grow, and taking those initial steps to find out more can prove invaluable.

"UKTI and our partners in Yorkshire and the Humber are determined to help local companies succeed in the global race. We're already working with thousands of companies across the region to do just that – we want to help a great many more."

UKTI Yorkshire website

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