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Fareham: Barnbrook Systems has tricks of the trade

By Dan Teuton
4 November 2020

A Hampshire manufacturing firm is set to draw upon its expertise in exports to seize Brexit trade opportunities.

Fareham-based Barnbrook Systems is aiming to take advantage of trade deals signed by the UK to break into new international markets.

The 45-strong business also plans to capitalise on support offered by the Department for International Trade to help exporters following the UK’s departure from the EU on December 31.

Barnbrook Systems, which was founded in 1978, has built strong trading relationships across Europe and the world over many years – including in Italy, India and Asia.

Managing director Tony Barnett said: ‘The UK’s re-emergence as an independent trading nation will bring great opportunities as well as challenges.

‘We intend to use the expertise and expertise which we have built up over many years to navigate the new landscape and develop as many trading relationships as possible.

‘Irrespective of whether the UK signs a free trade deal with the EU or not, there will be opportunities for British firms worldwide.

Barnbrook Systems managing director Tony Barnett, centre, at the Farnborough International Air Show

Barnbrook Systems managing director Tony Barnett, centre, at the Farnborough International Air Show

‘International trade may seem daunting to first time or new exporters but I would encourage them to seize any support on offer from the business organisations and the government to help them succeed.’

Independent family firm Barnbrook Systems is a leading designer, developer and manufacturer of many types of electro-mechanical switching devices.

Based in Fareham Park Road, its products include cutting-edge fuel switches, fire suppression system actuators and brake controllers.

A longstanding member of Farnborough Aerospace Consortium, it will remain open during the second lockdown this month – as it did when making vital components during the first lockdown earlier this year.

The UK government recently signed a post-Brexit trade deal with Japan, covering such sectors as digital and data, financial services, food and drink, and creative industries.

Hampshire’s economic output totals £50bn, according to Business Hampshire, which is the economic development service for Hampshire County Council. Of that about 38 per cent – about £19bn – is exported.

Visit https://barnbrook.uk/ for more information.

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