Sheffield web developer sponsors exporting website

19 June 2012

Sheffield-based web developer Arkom is demonstrating its support for manufacturers who export by sponsoring South Yorkshire International Trade Forum.

Arkom has built and is hosting a new website for SYITF, an independent forum that encourages international trade. The sponsorship, worth several thousand pounds, will also cover the production of an e-newsletter for the forum.

SYITF is an independent members’ forum, established in 2005, to exchange information, knowledge and expertise in all aspects of international trade for the benefit of businesses and the UK overall. It was formed by a group of managing directors experienced in international trade to advise, mentor and guide existing, new and potential exporters.

SYITF executive manager Renate Halton, said: “Arkom is an expert at building websites for manufacturers so it is appropriate that they are supporting us.  They will help us raise the profile of the Forum and that in turn will help businesses in South Yorkshire in their exporting activities.”

The latest figures from HMRC show that Non-EU exports are on the up. From February to March this year they increased by 14.4 per cent (£1.7billion). The figures are also up on the previous year.

“It is very encouraging to see those figures but more can be achieved if we work together to promote export and support companies wherever we can,” said Renate.

Alan Easter, managing director at Arkom, said: “We know through working with our clients just how important the overseas market is and so we are delighted to be able to help SYITF.”

Arkom specialise in providing a fully integrated sales and marketing web solution for manufacturers, with search engine optimisation, apps and customer relationship management systems. They are experts at building scalable websites, which can be fine-tuned as often as necessary, rather than having to be re-built from scratch every few years.

Their clients include BBraun, Downs Surgical and Cutting & Wear, all of Sheffield; MEL Chemicals of Manchester; Lab M of Bury, and GSM Valtech of Wetherby. Other sponsors of SYITF include law firm Irwin Mitchell, accountant Barber Harrison & Platt and Yorkshire Bank.



Arkom are a specialist provider of web strategy and solutions to manufacturing companies in the North of England. Arkom formed in 1993 and specialise in building scalable websites from their base in Sheffield. Arkom also provide ongoing customer care to fine tune performance to a company’s global marketplace as a part of a long term web strategy.

For more information about Arkom contact Alan Easter on 0844 375 0742 or 0797 456 0825 or at

Website: Registered address: Aizelwoods Mill, Nursery Street, Sheffield, S3 8GG.

For more information about SYITF contact Renate Halton on 07794 280 492 or at

Additional media contact: Kate Betts at or on 01226 766900 or 077927 64891.  

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