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International growth on the agenda for Barrier Ex

Barrier Ex, a manufacturer of hazardous area products and services, has unveiled plans to expand into the Middle East and the US in 2019 as part of its international growth strategy, which is being supported by Scaleup North East.


The Wallsend-based business will also create an additional 14 jobs over the next two years and is forecasting an increase in turnover to £6m within the same period. The Scaleup North East programme will assist Barrier Ex with this future growth.


Steven Lee, managing director at Barrier Ex, said: “The support provided from the programme will help us achieve our targets to expand internationally next year.


“It is a challenge starting off any new business, so it is important to receive support from organisations like RTC, and from North Tyneside Council who have backed us in the past.”


Andrew Esson, scaleup partner at RTC North, said Lee and the Barrier Ex team had showed “great passion about the company’s plans to expand internationally over the coming months”.


Paul Livingstone, business development manager at NOF Energy, added: “The development of innovative, technology-led products has been key to establishing the UK supply chain on a global stage.


“Barrier Ex is a great example of the ambitious companies within our membership, which with the support of organisations like RTC and NOF Energy are maximising on the opportunities that are open to them in domestic and international markets.”


The Scaleup North East programme, funded by the European Commission (ERDF) and North East Local Enterprise Partnership, and overseen by RTC North will work with Barrier Ex to identify the business’ key challenges and develop an action plan to overcome these to help achieve growth targets.


As originally featured in Insider Media