Global Infusion Group is one of UK's fastest growing SME exporters
Global Infusion Group (GIG) is one of the UK's fastest growing small and medium sized exporters according to a Fast Track report published in yesterday's Sunday Times.
GIG was ranked 70th in the SME Export Track 100 which ranks the UKs private, small and medium sized businesses with the fastest growing international sales. It is produced by Fast Track, a firm that researches Britains top-performing private companies.
Fast Track said events caterer GIG had grown exports by 48.27%. GIGs entry read: This Buckinghamshire companys chefs have cooked on the Caribbean island of Martinique and in Moscows Red Square. Catering at corporate and sports events — including the Sochi Winter Olympics — as well as for pop stars on world tours helped overseas sales grow to £9.1m last year. Chief Executive Tony Laurenson, 57, started the company in 1984.
Based in Chesham, Bucks, GIG is one of the UKs leading catering, logistics and brand support companies which received the Queens Award for Enterprise in International Trade in 2014 in recognition of its export performance.
Commenting on GIGs Fast Track ranking Tony Laurenson said: In the run up to 2012 whilst we continued apace with our Global expansion plans, the real focus had been on the London Olympics. From 2013 GIG have concentrated on growing our export market opportunities and the last three years financials upon which this accolade is based show that we have been successful with our efforts.
We work in the Live Events market place, primarily providing high quality international catering services, know-how and positive can do delivery to Global Touring, Music, Film& TV, Sports Events and Automotive Brands Roadshows. By growing our companys Global reach we have been able to offer our services to many of the Global Brands and Production Companies with whom we began by supplying in the UK and Europe.
He added: Special thanks must go to our two main Operations Directors Mary Shelley-Smith and my partner Bonnie May and their teams for all the hard work and effort that has made this possible. Our GIG Asia office, led by JB Berguerand and Carol Wang,also deserve special praise during a period that has seen us consolidate and grow our market presence. In 2015 we worked on events in over 50 cities in China and seven other countries in the region including Malaysia, Japan, South Korea.
We would also like to thank UKTI our tax payer funded Government body that exists globally to help UK businesses and our fellow suppliers in the global events market, who we know also often put in more than just a good word.
About Global Infusion Group
Originally launched in 1984 as Eat to the Beat – an artist, production and crew catering business specialising in backstage catering services for music, entertainment, film and TV industries – the company has catered many of the biggest names in the entertainment world.Eat to the Beat provides backstage catering support for international tours, major festivals such as Glastonbury and Reading, concert venues and TV and film locations. Additional divisions were added to the Eat to the Beat brand as the business evolved and diversified and now includes a bespoke corporate & private party planning, catering and event design division (GIG…fyi)since 1988; global sport and automotive event catering (GIG SPORT) since 2002 and a logistics and brand support division to promote predominantly food and drink products (e2B Logistics) since 1997. All divisions trade under the umbrella of Global Infusion Group which has its UK headquarters in Chesham, Bucks. The company has catered functions at iconic locations such as Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street to the Great Wall of China and the more remote; the Ice Fields of Inner Mongolia. GIG were also on site providing catering at London 2012 and Sochi 2014 Olympic Games.GIG has established international offices in California, United States, Qatar, Middle East and Shanghai, China catering across Asia and the Far East. It is soon to open a branch in Brazil to service the South American market. The group employs around 170 full-time staff world-wide supported by up to 3,000 freelance professional specialists to support the hundreds of global events and functions it works at each year.
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PAUL SMITH ASSOCIATES
17th May 2016