A company that has developed the world’s first four pin socket solar powered docking station has been crowned the winner of the West Midlands’ Export for Growth prize. Aceon Battery Solar Technology Ltd will now benefit from £5,000 worth of support and advice from UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), PwC and HSBC to help boost worldwide sales. Solihull based Aceon Solar has created the SolarSDS™ – a ‘plug and play’ electric solar generator which enables the user to access free electricity on the go. As well as powering low energy home lighting and electronic devices, the stand alone energy source is ideal where remote sourced electricity is required and where there is no, or an unreliable, grid network.
Managing Director, Mark Thompson gave his reaction to the company having the best export idea in the West Midlands: “We are absolutely delighted to win such a prestigious award against some very good companies. Our SolarSDS is a product with a worldwide market and with the help from UKTI we can and will be an international company. A big thank you to all the judges for selecting us – now the fun starts after two years of developing!” Christine Hamilton, Acting Deputy Regional Director for UK Trade & Investment West Midlands says: “The calibre of firms who presented their ideas has been excellent and I’d like to offer my congratulations to all of them. However, Aceon Solar stood out not only because of its innovative product, but also because it had thought about how the product could be applied in specific areas going forward.
The company had also thoroughly thought through the issues of exporting to the markets they wish to target. We are looking forward to working with Aceon to help the company succeed. Exporting is crucial for firms to sustain their business and grow, which is why we urge all West Midlands companies to take advantage of the range of support and opportunities available.” Mark Smith, regional chairman at PwC in the Midlands said: “West Midlands SMEs are particularly strong in exporting and are reaping all the rewards that come with it. These finalists represent the next generation of successful SME exporters and we’ve been really impressed with the energy and enthusiasm they have shown to the judging panel. We are really looking forward to working with Aceon Solar as it embarks on its own export challenge and hope its story will inspire other SMEs to take the leap into export.” Roy Harris, HSBC’s Regional Commercial Director for the Midlands said: “At HSBC we forecast that UK international trade will grow by 60% over the next 15 years, so it is encouraging to see such strong West Midlands businesses here today, positioning themselves to grow by taking advantage of international and export opportunities.
We have seen some exciting and innovative businesses from a diverse, creative and economically vibrant region. Congratulations to Aceon Solar and we look forward to seeing the company grow in the years to come.” Around 50 firms entered the competition from across the West Midlands.