Witham-based Crittall Windows makes Sunday Times Lloyds SME Export Track 100 listing

Stuart Judge, managing director of Crittall Windowns, left, with John Tingle, trade team manager eas

Stuart Judge, managing director of Crittall Windowns, left, with John Tingle, trade team manager east at the Department for International Trade, during the recent visit by the DIT's mobile Export Hub to the company's headquarters in Witham - Credit: Archant

Essex-based Crittall Windows has been named among the UK’s fastest-growing exporters.

The Witham company is a new entrant in the 2017 Sunday Times Lloyds SME Export Track 100 listing, which ranks companies according to growth in international sales over a two-year period.

Crittall, which is the world’s oldest continuous manufacturer of steel windows, having originally been formed iin 1849, has grown its exports by 58% in the past two years to around £4.5m, with overseas sales now accounting for around 30% of its total revenues.

The puts the company in 11th place in the listing which is now in its third year, with Crittall not having previously appeared in the top 100.

Crittallhas been exporting for more than a century and in 2010 receives the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade in recognition of its achievements in the American market where it now ranks as the second largest supplier of steel windows.

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Clients on the other side of the Atlantic include the Ivy League universities of Princeton and Yale, a prestigious apartment block facing Central Park in New York and, most recently, two leading boutique hotels, also in Manhattan.

Stuart Judge, Crittall’s managing director, said: “The Sunday Times Lloyds SME accolade is a further testament to the importance we attach to foreign markets for our world-beating products designed and manufactured here in Essex.

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“In a further recognition of our commitment to export success we were delighted to be chosen by The Department for International Trade to host an ‘export bootcamp’ for Businesses in Essex at our Witham factory following a request from Witham MP Priti Patel. The workshop was held on the DIT’s mobile Export Hub and was a great success.”

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