New international business brings a taste of Spain to Barking

Spanish businessmen Juan Galicia, left, and Jesus Manso, right, are linking British sellers with Spa

Spanish businessmen Juan Galicia, left, and Jesus Manso, right, are linking British sellers with Spanish producers. - Credit: Archant

An international export and import consultancy business is hoping to bring the best of Spain to Britain over coming months.

Tradex Consultancy UK, based at the Barking Enterprise Centre, was set-up last month to link premium Spanish producers to sellers in the UK.

Chief executive Juan Montero, 28, met business partner Jesús Arcas, 30, while studying economic management at university in Malaga and is delighted by the progress already being made.

“It’s always been my dream to launch my own company and to see it taking off so well is fantastic,” he said.

“I love the English culture and to be doing something we’re all genuinely passionate about is great. I’m really excited about the future. “The plan is to expand the company here in the UK, creating more local jobs, and then open another branch in Spain.”

Tradex don’t charge UK companies for their recommendations, instead taking a commission from the Spanish producers.

The company will welcome the top 10 Spanish olive oil companies of 2013 to a three-day international meeting at the Enterprise Centre from March 17. The free event will give British companies interested in the olive oil market a unique chance to meet major players in the industry. Limited places are available.

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In addition to olive oil, the pair also have plans to bring wine and organic produce from Andalusia here.

A former business analyst for the Spanish Embassy, Juan insisted it was the charisma of the centre’s enterprise development manager Mark Kass that drew him to the area.

“He’s a charming guy and is really passionate about local business,” he explained.

“He was really enthusiastic about our business plan and suggested coming down, and here we are.”

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