SureChill CEO Nigel Saunders in Kenya.Minister of State for Trade and Export Promotion Baroness Fairhead said: Since launching its first product in 2011, Sure Chill has experienced international success and now plans to use the same cooling technology for domestic use in homes, retail, businesses and even airlines.The business gained greater publicity last year when CEO Nigel Saunders accompanied the UK Prime Minister on her trade mission across Africa to promote their technology and build trade links. Not only does the company work closely with UNICEF and the World Health Organization, it has also received funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Shell Foundation.Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns said: In 2011, the company developed a cooling technology to protect life-saving vaccines in developing countries. Their medical refrigerators can last without power for up to 12 days and have since protected 20 million vaccinations around the world.Launched this January, the ‘Local to Global’ podcast series features some of the UK’s leading entrepreneurs sharing top tips for growing a business on the world stage. The podcast is hosted by Nick Hewer – famously known for his appearance on The Apprentice as one of Lord Sugar’s advisers.Sure Chill’s life-changing refrigerators are improving healthcare and living conditions in countries across Africa and Asia – especially those without reliable power. The company currently exports to over 50 countries including Kenya, Nigeria, Mali, Pakistan and Nepal, with plans to enter new markets in South America and the Gulf states. SureChill fridge in Vietnam.Nigel Saunders, Chief Executive Officer at Sure Chill, said: Sure Chill’s success in Africa and Asia highlights how exporting can improve the lives of those in developing countries thousands of miles away. It’s stories like this that inspire other UK businesses to explore overseas markets, and I’m pleased my department has been able to help Sure Chill deliver its life-saving refrigerators internationally. As demand for British goods worldwide continues to grow, we stand ready to support businesses in Wales and across the UK looking to explore overseas markets. I would encourage likeminded businesses to listen to the ‘Local to Global’ podcast and hear first-hand the stories of businesses on their export experience. Sure Chill CEO Nigel Saunders will appear on Episode 4 of the ‘Local to Global’ podcast which goes live on 4 February 2019, and is available on all major podcast platforms including iTunes, Spotify and Acast. Innovative businesses like Sure Chill, who joined my recent trip to Africa with the Prime Minister, are contributing to a stronger Welsh economy, and I am delighted to see their success in the global marketplace. It’s encouraging for other Welsh companies to hear from those who have expanded their business internationally. There has never been a better time for Welsh companies to export to new markets. The UK Government is supporting Welsh businesses as they begin their export journey, whether that’s with financial support, attending overseas trade shows or connecting them with international buyers. We’re proud to be featured in the ‘Local to Global’ podcast. It’s great to share our experience with other businesses knowing that it might give them the confidence to begin exporting. Exporting has always been part of our business plan because the nature of our product means that the people who would benefit the most are in developing economies. The exporting process can be complex because different countries have specific requirements. Luckily, the Department for International Trade has provided us with insight into new markets and networking opportunities. Now we’re excited to take our ground-breaking technology to all corners of the globe and improve lives far and wide.
ARCHERY Guyana’s Qualification round of the World Archery Americas’ Online Archery Cup of the Americas DC continued with more top performances from some of Guyana’s veteran archers. Action continued on the 23rd and 25th, with 3 males, Umasankar Madray, Nicholas Hing and Robert Singh along with 2 females Talitha Kissoon and Samira Duncan, competing in the recurve 18m distance shoot.While the competition was strong among the archers, Umasankar finished the match with 298 points. He experienced some difficulties with his new equipment, resulting in an unusually low-scoring sequence. Hing started off strong but faltered under the sweltering heat and ended the match with a total of 338 points.Senior Indoors and Outdoors Champion, Singh, was able to sustain a reasonable average under the adverse conditions, ending the match with a total of 404 points.The 2 female competitors Junior Female Champion Talitha, showcased her natural talent hitting the 10 spot 5 times but was obviously affected by a lack of match practice, ending with a score of 245.Duncan, also affected by lack of practice, had a slow start but her scoring gathered momentum during the match and closed with a total of 347.The Online Archery Cup of the Americas is a World Archery Americas-sanctioned competition seeking to advance the spirit of competing on a virtual arena, whilst abiding with the COVID-19 safety measures across the Americas (North, South & Central America and the Caribbean).
UPDATE: The Associated Press reported that the Coast Guard has ended a search of the Columbia River near Portland after a small fishing boat was found adrift with no one on board. But authorities are asking boaters in the area to keep an eye out for signs of a possible victim.River patrol deputies were searching the Columbia River for a person, presumably the owner of a boat found floating down the river this morning with no one on board.Emergency crews were dispatched around 6 a.m. to a report of boater in distress, according to 911 dispatcher logs kept by the Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency. The empty boat was retrieved and brought to the Chinook Landing Marine Park on the Oregon side of the river, south of Camas, according to a news release from the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.A search commenced for a person in the water, the sheriff’s office said. As of 3 p.m. today, nobody had been found, but search efforts continued.According to a tweet from the Coast Guard’s Pacific Northwest division, search crews were looking for the registered owner of the 16-foot Alumiweld boat, 52-year-old Sandy, Ore., resident Brian Schmitz.The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Coast Guard, Portland fire officials, and members of the Vancouver Fire Department responded, according to the news release.