Tiled Space, a leading designer and manufacturer of mass-produced and bespoke tiles to both the business and private consumer sector, is just one of many businesses in the West Midlands to see the commercial value in international exportation.

The business, which has its headquarters based in Stoke-On-Trent, has already achieved international success in both the American and Finnish markets, having been approached by these markets when the expertise that Tiled Space offered couldn’t be found on home soil. Realising the potential of oversees business Tiled Space approached Birmingham Chambers of Commerce who advised them about  the West Midlands Business Export project, which aims to increase the number and competitiveness of West Midland small and medium-sized enterprise (SMEs) operating overseas.

The project was able to support Tiled Space through a series of advice workshops and a fully funded trip to an expo in Hannover Germany which attracts thousands of worldwide businesses, decision makers and exhibitors each year.

Mark Wood, Tiled Space Special Projects Manager, said ‘The advice and support offered by the programme is ideal for businesses wishing to move into exportation. For Tiled Space overseas expansion is a growing priority and we are always looking for ways to expand our network to become a global contributor within our industry.”

The expo, which ran over two days, provided Tiled Space with the opportunity to talk face-to-face to leading industry professionals, top buyers and decision-makers who were among the attendees, as well as giving the business the opportunity to view the very forefront of product and technology in the textiles and ceramics industry.

Mark added “Our time at the expo was most valuable in putting us in face-to-face communication with international business advisors as well as potential clients. We managed to gain a lot of information and contacts from international markets, most notably Saudi Arabia where we found there is real potential for growth and the market for our products.”

“We’d recommend other West Midland businesses to realise their potential to become a worldwide contributor and to grasp the opportunities that are being made available through projects such as the West Midlands Business Export project. You truly get as much out as you put in, so don’t let these opportunities pass you by.”

With plans for the business firmly rooted in expansion, the future for Tiled Space truly holds world-class things.

For further information on the West Midlands Business Export project and to find out if you are eligible for our grants call 02476 236406