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'Tech for good' firms join initiative to crack foreign markets

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Gerry Hodgson


Two Swindon and Wiltshire tech firms have been selected to take part in a brand new initiative designed to stimulate international growth and expansion into the US, India, and Singapore.

Cascade3d and Scanning Pens will take part in virtual trade missions organised by The Department for International Trade in partnership with Business West, which commence on March 8.

Both are considered 'tech for good' companies. Swindon-based Cascade3d provides database solutions to companies with a focus on remote health and care for elderly and vulnerable people. Westbury-based Scanning Pens helps dyslexic children by scanning and reading back text.

In all, 47 tech firms are taking part in the Tech 4 Good South West initiative.

Speaking at the virtual launch of the event Graham Stuart, minister for international trade, said: “Using technology to allow fantastic UK solution providers to help people around the world is an inspiring thing to be part of – even as we negotiate trade deals to cut the barriers to trade.

“The Tech 4 Good South West Initiative uses government convening power to allow even small tech companies in the South West to reach global markets in a way which, frankly, before the pandemic, might not have been possible.

“We are determined to use every tool we have to help innovative UK firms grow their international sales, help the end customer and create opportunity and jobs in the South West and elsewhere.”

Gerry Hodgson, CEO of Cascade3d said: "DIT have a tremendous wealth of knowledge, expertise and relationships with influential organisations in every sector.

“They are able to open doors and facilitate conversations all over the world through their dedicated local staff. It is so important to engage with local culture and customs to understand the context for developing trade and we have found this guidance invaluable in preparing the ground for our business expansion.”

The UK is the fifth largest digital tech services exporter in the world, at £23.3bn in 2019, sitting behind India, the USA, China and Germany.

The export markets of US, India, and Singapore have been selected by DIT’s specialists for the breadth of opportunity each can offer and their marked interest in ‘tech for good’ products.