Heathrow's World of Opportunity programme encourages new market entrant from Scotland to Japan

Aug. 23, 2018

Scottish SME set to enter the Japanese market

For the second year, Heathrow has partnered with the Department for International Trade ‘Exporting is GREAT Campaign’ to fund 20 SME’s exporting ambitions, though the World of Opportunity Programme​. Winning SME’s are to be awarded a total of £40,000 to support international trade missions and foreign market research​.

This year’s winners, announced on August 22, include designers, manufacturers and retailers from across the UK all looking to share their products and expertise with the wider world. Businesses range from a gourmet crisp producer to a refugee learning support service, to a family run cycling business. 

The only Scottish winner, Reza Wood Designs, is planning to use their grant to enter the Japanese market. The firm, led by husband and wife team Jenifer Martin and Ali Fakourpoor, recycles oak whisky barrels from local distilleries and transforms them into one of a kind handcrafted gifts for Scotch whisky lovers around the world. 

The BCCJ team had the pleasure of meeting Reza Wood Designs CEO, Jenifer Martin at the BCCJ offices earlier this year.

She writes: We can't thank you enough for all your invaluable advice so far with our exporting ideas, this is going to make a big difference to our Japan plans.

The ‘World of Opportunity Programme’ ran from 8 June – 14 July of this year. Nearly 150 applications were received, and the winning entries were chosen by a panel of experts including Heathrow Chairman Lord Deighton and Parveen Thornhill, London and Devolved Administration Director for the Department of International Trade. 


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About Reza Wood Designs here