Can small businesses compete on an international stage?

Can small businesses compete on an international stage?

We talk to a Midlands Engine export champion about taking his business global.

Mick Ventola, Managing Director, Ventola Projects Ltd

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Breaking into the international markets is a big decision for any business to take.

The risks, for small businesses in particular, are big, but the rewards are greater.

Fortunately, going global is not a journey that any business has to take alone, there’s support available to help you on every step of the way.

In this episode of the Love Business Podcast, we speak to a business owner who, in just five years, has gone from a business dealing solely in the domestic market to a global player and Midlands Engine export champion.

Ventola Projects is a specialist manufacturer of electrical installations and bespoke lighting solutions.

The Leicestershire-based company was excelling in this field and has become a first-choice supplier of LED lighting in the entertainment and hospitality facilities.

When its founder and managing director, Mick Ventola, wanted to expand the company in 2014, he looked to the international markets for opportunities.

With a lot of support from organisations like the Department for International Trade, Mick gained the first orders for his export venture in the Middle East, before winning his first order in the US, in 2016.

Here, he talks about the lessons learned and the challenges overcome along the way to becoming a truly global business.


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