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Export Week 10 to 14 November SpaceVac in Northampton is set to open its first international office in South Africa, just six months after exploring exporting with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and Northamptonshire LEP. The new office completes an exciting first year for Northampton based SpaceVac, whose product to reach heights that other high level cleaning equipment cannot was invented just over two years ago. The news came during UKTI’s


November Export Week, a week which aims to encourage companies to take up the export challenge. Colin Lewis, SpaceVac’s MD shared his experience with 100 businesses at Making it in Northamptonshire, a key Export Week event being held at the Daventry Icon Business Centre. The company realised it was onto something special with the pole operated vacuum system after it exhibited the product, with funding from UKTI, at an international cleaning products show in Amsterdam in May returning with 300 sales leads. SpaceVac has now been sold to nine countries, from Brazil to Norway. The new office in Cape Town will


handle the huge interest already received from South Africa. It will be staffed by two people and create a new position in Northamptonshire. Colin Lewis, MD, said: “The African market is valued at 20 times that of the UK so is a great opportunity for us. There has been enormous interest in the product and no real competition, so we are confident of success.” Since first selling SpaceVac a year ago the company has seen significant growth –developing from £250,000 turnover to £1 million. Exports, which make up 15% of the


turnover, increased by 1,000 per cent in 2014.


Chris Carr, International Trade Adviser


from UKTI said: “SpaceVac has international sales and


followed our advice. We knew South Africa provided a potential opportunity which the Space Vac is really enthusiastic about.” “There is an unbelievable appetite for quality British products and services overseas and there has never been a more opportune time to take advantage of these opportunities.” Further information: Spacevac Technologies Ltd, 01604 76028


Fulton boiler system at the heart of diversified farm business Additionally, looking to further diversify his offering from the


Set in 700 acres of glorious, unspoilt Hertfordshire countryside,


Tewin Bury Farm Hotel features a series of barns and 17th Century outbuildings converted to a bar, restaurant and bedrooms and providing a venue for residents, non-residents, weddings and corporate hospitality events. In 2012, and with a laundry bill that was approaching £80,000 a


year, owner/operator Vaughan Williams decided it was time to take control and began to investigate operating his own on-site laundry. He quickly found himself being directed to heat transfer specialist Fulton and discussing his requirements for steam. Commenting on the decision-making process, Vaughan Williams says: “We don’t have a suitable electricity supply at the site to run an all-electric laundry system, so opted for an oil-fired solution. I did a lot of research into similar hotel laundries, visited numerous sites and discussed the options with several laundry-based installers – and everything pointed towards speci- fying steam, provided by a Fulton boiler.” The steam system installed at the hotel is based on a Fulton J


Series boiler, which operates the laundry’s dry cleaning section and its larger steam laundry driers, washers and ironers. The J Series is also used for the laundry’s backup dryer and smaller roller ironer. “The service and support from Fulton’s sales engineer during the planning stages was second-to-none,” says Vaughan: “and the Fulton customers I spoke to were enthusiastic about their experience of the company and its products. It certainly reassured me and I was happy to give Fulton my order.” In fact, Vaughan was so impressed with Fulton that he signed an on-going servicing and maintenance contract with the company as part of a plan to maximise its potential. With the comprehensive £200,000 laundry facility now fully operational, it is being used five days a week having secured laundry contracts from other local businesses including a golf club and hotel; and Vaughan is well on his way to meeting or bettering his five-year investment plan.


farm’s 700-acres of arable land, Vaughan is looking to introduce malting barley to the crops grown and, with the spare steam capacity in the Fulton-based boiler system, feels that he is already half way to setting up his own microbrewery and using steam throughout the process. “A microbrewery seems the perfect fit.” says Vaughan. “We have the capacity in the farm’s land to grow the right crop and capacity in the steam system for the brewing process. What’s more, we will also have the hotel’s guests who will be potential customers for the beer!” Fulton’s renowned ‘J’ Series vertical gas- and oil-fired steam boiler range includes eight models with outputs from 96 to 960 kg/h. The simple design and robust construction from quality materials makes the boilers ideal for arduous applications in a wide range of industries. The tubeless design, invented by Fulton, eliminates coils and tubes traditionally used in steam raising plant and also enable the J Series to raise its full steam output in just 20 minutes. Fulton also has an enviable reputation for manufacturing fully


prefabricated, skid-mounted systems and plant rooms offering high levels of efficiency and reliability. Systems are manufactured in Britain to BS2790 1992 Class 1 and are available for electric-, gas-, oil- and dual-fuel firing, with steam duties from 14 kg/h to 4787 kg/h F&A 100ºC. All systems are designed to be delivered to site and installed on a prepared concrete base. Final installation is made easier by connecting to termination points pre-installed by the customer; and to ensure that new boiler plant matches existing site services, single or multiple skid-mounted systems based on Fulton’s vertical boilers are available complete with all necessary ancillary plant for a range of applications. Further information on the products and services available from


Fulton can be found at www.fulton.co.uk by emailing sales@fulton.co.uk or by calling +44 (0)117 972 3322.


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