James Cartlidge MP visits Superyacht Tenders & Toys
30th April 2019
The Member of Parliament for South Suffolk, James Cartlidge MP, visited Superyacht Tenders & Toys (SYTT) on Friday 26th April at the company’s office in Harkstead, near Ipswich. James Cartlidge MP, who is also the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary the Rt. Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, was visiting SYTT to show his support following the company’s recent award wins.
SYTT won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade in 2017 and in 2018 the company was ranked 45th in the annual Sunday Times Lloyds SME Export Track 100. Earlier this year, SYTT was named British Marine Trade Association’s Business of the Year for showing excellence in 2018.
SYTT managing director Josh Richardson commented, “James has been very supportive of us, so it was great for all the team to meet him face to face. He was particularly interested in the work we are doing with custom submersibles for superyachts and the latest watersports toys.
We had an interesting discussion about commerce in Suffolk, the superyacht industry and the ongoing Brexit negotiations. With the current uncertainty surrounding international trade, it is reassuring to have the support of our local MP.”
James Cartlidge MP commented: “I very much enjoyed my visit to SYTT, a great local business trading around the world. I was particularly pleased to hear from owners Josh and Claire about their exporting success which has led to the firm achieving a Queen’s Award for Enterprise and International Trade. It is vital that we are able to support businesses like this in our local area, so that we can offer good quality employment that does not require a long commute. Indeed, it was striking how many of the staff live very locally to Harkstead, balancing work/life whilst delivering a top notch product to international markets”.
Last year, SYTT grew sales by 38%, employed five more UK staff and increased the size of its premises. Export accounts for 95% of the business with global sales coming from Brazil, Australia, NZ, USA, Middle East and Europe.