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New export deal for What More UK

Published: 11 August 2020 - Neil Mead

East Lancashire housewares manufacturer What More UK has announced it's adding Costa Rica to its growing list of export destinations, bringing the total up to 74 countries.

Left to right, Michael Blakey, Karren Murray, Nathan Plummer, Cheryl Cregg, Deborah Feeney
Left to right, Michael Blakey, Karren Murray, Nathan Plummer, Cheryl Cregg, Deborah Feeney

What More UK, owner of the market leading storage and housewares brand Wham, is a truly global organisation. Less than 12 months ago they added Senegal to their list of export destinations. Now, despite the turmoil of a global health crisis, they've managed to bring another country into the fold: Costa Rica, Central America. 

With a GPD of over $95 Billion, Costa Rica has one of the strongest economies in Latin America. On top of this, it was named the greenest country in the world in 2009. It aims to become totally carbon neutral by 2021.

What More UK's products might be able to help Costa Rica achieve its environmental targets. They can help eliminate single use plastics and encourage recycling. What More's ‘Upcycled' range is made entirely from recycled single use plastics diverted from landfill.

With this new export deal, What More UK reminds us that the manufacturing sector is still vitally important to the country. Around 20% of the UK GDP comes from the manufacturing sector, in real terms that puts us in the top 10 of manufacturing countries in the world.

What More UK flies the flag for Made in Britain wherever it goes. Company director Tony Grimshaw was awarded an OBE for his contribution to British commerce and is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of World Traders. He explained:

"People perceive made in Britain as made of top quality, and they're right about that. As a country we have high standards. Export is a great way for companies to increase their customer base and in the current market conditions it could provide a lifeline for many organisations."

From its state-of-the-art facility in Altham, East Lancashire, What More UK manufactures housewares of all kinds. They produce storage boxes, kitchen and cookware, gardenware, products for the home laundry and utility room.

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