Stud Farm Is A Galloping Success Overseas
stud farm has won new international trade contracts worth up to
£15, 000 as a result of participating in the 'Your passport
to export success'* programme provided by Trade Partners UK - the
government body dedicated to providing UK companies with global
expertise on international trade and investment.
Girsonfield Stud, launched just four years ago, signed up to the
trade programme in March last year in a bid to export its services
to Greece. With help from Trade Partners UK, the company attended
a series of meetings with broodmare owners in Greece and collaborated
with stud farm owners who now send heir 'retired' racehorses to
Girsonfield. The company also produced Greek flyers and advertised
their services in a new Greek horse racing magazine.
Corbett, owner of Girsonfield Stud explained, "We have secured
a number of new clients as a result of our visit to Greece. Being
a small company, it would have been virtually impossible for us
to explore such export opportunities alone. Trade Partners UK provided
us with much needed funding and also gave us the confidence to approach
a new market."
River Falls in his racing days before he took up his duties as
a stallion at Girsonfield Stud.
we signed up with Trade Partners UK, work levels went in peaks and
troughs according to the season, now our work - and income - have
stabilised and the farm will be able to employ staff on a more permanent
basis. We are now planning to return to Greece in February,"
added Ms Corbett.
Stud already has 11 Greek-owned horses, three of them broodmares.
With facilities being limited in Greece, where horses have few career
opportunities after their racing life is over, the company hopes
to attract more horses to become broodmares or to be re-schooled
to become riding club/event horses.
Trade Partners UK is the government organisation that provides
support services for UK companies trading overseas. It brings together
the work of teams in 200 British embassies overseas and government
departments across Whitehall. In England, Trade Partners UK services
are delivered through the 45 Business Links and other partners including
Regional Development Agencies and Chambers of Commerce, coordinated
by nine regional International Trade Directors. The devolved administrations
in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have their own arrangements
for local delivery of services. For more information visit the web
passport to export success': 'Trade Partners UK - your passport
to export success' is a new nationally available toolkit of advice
and support aimed at helping new and inexperienced exporters take
their first steps into international trade.