Monday 22nd February 2021
Nationwide Produce has made it into this year’s Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 following rapid global sales growth. It’s the third time in the list’s 12-year history that Nationwide has been included. The annual table is compiled by Fast Track and was published in the Sunday Times Business section yesterday – 21st Feb 2021.
Ireland has grown into our biggest export market from GB. In our last financial year we supplied 55 customers throughout Ireland – many of them on a daily basis. When we were preparing for Brexit we soon realised that having our own trading company registered in Ireland could be advantageous. It would help reduce both time and cost on export documentation. It was a long and tedious process to set up a company in Dublin as the Irish government won’t simply accept a post-box address. They insist on a physical office, staff and proof you already carry out a sufficient level of business over there. We got there in the end and NWP Ireland is now up and running in Dublin.
As a business around a third of our sales are to the food-service sector so we’ve suffered from the impact of the pandemic. However, we’ve adapted so turnover is down around 14% on the same period last year so we’ve fared better than expected. The light at the end of the tunnel is shining brighter than ever and we now look forward to the long-awaited opening up of the hospitality industry.