Innovative UK manufacturer of fire safety solutions
Location: City of London, UK
Company website: http://www.firescape-global.com
Firescape Global are aiming to use their cutting-edge fire extinguishing technology to become a leading worldwide brand in the fire safety industry. Their technology has been developed over a number of years to extinguish all types of fire within seconds whilst also being environmentally friendly and made from natural ingredients in the UK. Their products are fully tested and accredited by UK Fire & Rescue Services.
As well as the firefighting media Firescape has also developed advanced ways to deploy the solution from various application products such as lightweight plastic Aerosols.
Firescape is an official partner of UK London Fire Brigade Enterprises. They have been working together to help establish the testing and accreditation criteria used on Firescape products meaning that their technology can be deployed even more effectively to save lives and reduce the devastating impact that fire can bring.
Firescape Global Ltd is an innovative UK company who will be able to provide a cost effective, non toxic, environmentally friendly and rapid impact range of fire safety solutions across the Commonwealth. CommonwealthFirst will work with Firescape to find the right manufacturing and distribution partners in Commonwealth markets.
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How did you hear about the CWF programme and what made you apply?
We was looking for some advice and support to enter into the commonwealth markets and came across CWF via the web in 2016.
How did the idea for your business come about?
The idea for our business came about following a discussion back in 2014 with three current directors looking at how the fire safety industry had not moved forward or any real innovation for many years and felt there was a huge global market opportunity combining various technologies . Here we are today in 2017 with LFBE approved products in various formats available for the commercial and domestic markets.
What difficulties have you encountered setting up your business?
The most difficult encounter setting up the business like most start ups was funding the business we are now fortunate enough to have raised external funds to allow the business to grow and scale and we are in fact looking to float the business on the AIM market in the summer of 2017 which will be a huge milestone for the company in such a short period of time.
What are the biggest trade and export challenges you face?
The biggest trade and export challenges we face is securing the correct distribution / sales patners in each country.
What are the most crucial things you have done to grow and develop your business?
The most crucial items we have completed to grow and develop the business to date is gaining international accreditations and endorsements such as LFBE.
What are you hoping to get out of the CWF programme?
We are hoping to gain key links into senior Governments and organisations and being able to partner with the correct and most suitable resellers/ distributors and customers.
What is a typical working day for you?
A typical working day for myself is very diverse as there is a lot of international travelling currently promoting and meeting interested parties in our products. Iam also very much hands on in growing our team and partners and liasing with various fire brigades around the world . Long hours at my desk in between but iam enjoying every minute which is also very important.
Where would you like your business to be in 5 years time?
I would like our business and brand to be a noticeable and recognised UK product in the global market place and ultimately responsible for helping to save lives ,property and forests alike from fires.
What advice would you give to anybody looking to set up an SME?
I would like to advise anyone looking to set up as an SME to have a robust business plan and financial projections leaving no stone un turned. Research you markets thoroughly and look to have the correct funding available to enable the business to grow and most importantly protect your ideas where ever possible via patents, design protection prior to going to market. And most importantly have the vision and appetite to grow and innovate as well as partner with some key organisations.