A YORK company has been heralded as an exporting inspiration for businesses by UK Trade & Investment’s chief executive.

Dominic Jermey visited Tockwith-based Stage One yesterday to see first-hand the company’s work on creating the UK Pavilion for the Milan Expo.

The firm’s work will be placed on the world stage once again, following on from its creation of the Olympic cauldron for the London 2012 games.

Mr Jermey found out what awaits when the Expo opens in May, while discussing the company’s ambitious plans for further international success.

He said: “Success in international markets is at the heart of the Government’s long-term plan to build a stronger, more competitive economy.

“Through the UK Pavilion we will reach millions of visitors and build on the reputation of the UK established at the London 2012 Olympics.

“I was amongst those gasping in awe as the cauldron manufactured by Stage One took centre stage during the opening ceremony, and it is a privilege to visit the company’s base to see first-hand what is in store in Milan, and to get a feel for how it brings concepts and ideas to life.

“The company has a clear ambition and focus to make an impact in the global marketplace, and it is an inspiration for other Yorkshire businesses in proving that UK firms can lead the way.”

Designed by Wolfgang Buttress, the UK Pavilion embraces the Expo theme of ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’.

With construction work underway on the ground in Italy, the focal point of the Pavilion will be a delicate, orb-like structure called The Hive, which will pulsate and buzz with the sounds of a real bee colony when it opens on May 1.

Mark Johnson, managing director of Stage One, added: “We’re delighted to have been selected to construct the UK Pavilion at the Milan Expo.

“It is a significant project for Stage One and reflects our increasingly strong relationship with architects and designers. It also reflects our aspiration to make an impact in overseas markets and secure international business.

“We welcomed the opportunity to discuss those aspirations with Mr Jermey, and to hear how UKTI is supporting more companies like Stage One to successfully compete in the global race.”