Scanning Pens, an edtech
company based at Heywood House near Westbury, has successfully launched into
the US, Canada and Australia.
The company was co-founded
in 2003 by Jack Churchill and Toby Sutton to create products designed to help
dyslexic children and adults.
Since 2015, Scanning
Pens has received export support from the Department
for International Trade (DIT), including funding to attend a tradeshow in Dubai
and embark on market visits to the US.
This support has helped
the business to establish important relationships, and now exporting accounts for
50 per cent of Scanning Pen’s total sales.
Between 2017-2019, sales
in America, Canada and Australia have grown by 179 per cent, 295 per cent and
316 per cent respectively, with the US being its biggest export market
accounting for £2M of annual revenue.
The news coincides with
National Dyslexia Awareness Week
(5th-11th October) and Dyslexia Awareness month.
Jack Churchill said, “There
has been a surge of demand during the pandemic as non-human reader
aids have become vital for children with special
educational needs (SEN) who have lost the support of classroom
“The UK education system
is respected around the world and as well as teaching, we have cutting edge
publishers and technology companies.
“The Department for
International Trade was an obvious first step to help us export and give us
connections in markets where we had none. There is huge scope to grow our
international base with DIT’s support.”
The Department for Education show that total education exports and
transnational education activity from the UK was estimated to be £21.4BN in
2017, an increase of 7.2 per cent since 2016. Since 2010, the estimated value
of education related exports has risen by 34.7 per cent in current
Not only have education
exports been growing, but technology has also seen a boom, with Tech Nation’s
Unlocking Global Tech reportsuggesting the UK contributed £23.3BN
in digital tech exports in 2019, with the potential to grow this by more than
£8BN by 2025.
Paul Shand, Head of Trade
for DIT in the South West, said, “Scanning Pen’s achievements in
these markets indicate the strong demand for innovative, British, high-quality
edtech services. It is great to see them succeed and provide these invaluable
tools during a time when access to vital learning resources has been limited.
“Trade will play an important
role in getting our economy back on track and Scanning Pens is a great example
of how companies can look to lucrative overseas markets to boost their sales
while creating more jobs.”
Find out more at the Scanning Pens website.
Pictured: Jack Churchill.