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Down in Cornwall and heard this great story from a Kernow entrepreneur. After exhibiting at a food show, he received a visit from a young Russian lady. She knew nothing about food processing but said that better facilities were required in Russia to reduce food contamination. She listened and learnt. Some time later our man in Kernow received an invitation to visit Russia and was told there was no need to worry about a visa – she would “sort” everything. He arrived at the airport and was told that he needed a visa so had better return home. He phoned his driver to return and collect him and then phoned his friend in Russia. She said wait and she would sort it.
A few minutes later a senior person asked for him and asked if he was a diplomat. Replying in the negative, our man was told this was most unusual but step this way.
And so began an amazing success story of exports to Russia. All because our man in Kernow trusted his instincts and told the lady from Russia all about food processing. His company is a Passive Equity Company, family controlled, and he does not need any business plan resource. But he might need a different sort of resource if some of his workers return with a local bride!!