A Blackpool family firm has made the most of a royal export award by growing contacts and staff numbers.
TISS Ltd, which makes fuel security and safety devices for haulage customers, has gone from strength to strength after winning the 2014 Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade.
One year ago, the firm was honoured at a royal reception held at Buckingham Palace after winning the coveted award for its exceptional export growth, which saw international sales rise from 13 per cent to 45 per cent of the company’s turnover in just three years.
A year on from the win and the Lytham Road-based company has achieved further business growth, which bosses attribute to the gravitas of winning such a prestigious award.
Matthew Rose, director at TISS Ltd, said: “Winning this award has certainly led to more success for us domestically and overseas.
“In the past year our international sales have risen again and have, for the first time, overtaken domestic sales.
“Receiving the Queen’s Award was fantastic recognition for everyone involved with the business and has given the entire team a fantastic boost.
“To capitalise on the opportunities created by winning the Award we have also increased our staff numbers by 20 per cent.”
He said in the past 12 months TISS has added a further 18 new overseas distributors to its already impressive portfolio of partners, in addition to agreeing major deals with two leading truck manufacturers.
Shortly after winning the Queen’s Award TISS scooped two further awards at the Northwest Automotive Alliance Awards, taking home the International Trade Award and Company of the Year, fending off competition from some of the biggest automotive companies in the UK.
TISS was founded by former hauliers Brian and Ryan Wholey (pictured) in 2001 and its international success is down to its market-leading range of TankSafe Fuel Security Devices, led by the TankSafe ‘Impregnable’ Fuel Security and Safety Device.
It is the only fuel security solution that completely prevents any siphoning, skimming and overfilling.
TISS’s global growth has been achieved with assistance from UKTI who, in recognition of the firm’s trade pedigree, have chosen them to become North West Export Champions to help impart their knowledge and experiences of export and international trade to other companies in the North West.