The guys from Global Flood Solutions received more recognition yesterday with more national coverage, this time The Sunday Business Post which covered the €2m deal they’ve signed with UK firm SG Baker to supply their unique quickly deploying flood defence barrier, the Big Bag System.
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THE SUNDAY BUSINESS POST – DONE DEAL
Deal is in the Bag for Roscommon firm
23 January 2011 By Elaine O’Regan
Deal bagged: Dennis Fearon (L) and Shane Curran (R) at SG Baker's headquarters.Deal is in the Bag for Roscommon firm
Roscommon start-up Global Flood Solutions (GFS) has secured a major export deal with SG Baker, a supplier of sandbags to the British market.
Under the terms of the three-year agreement, valued at €2 million, GFS will supply 7,000 Big BagSystems to SGBaker.
GFS secured the worldwide distribution rights for Big Bag Systems, a flood defence product manufactured by German company Harbeck GmbH last May.
As the biggest distributor of conventional sandbags to the British market, SG Baker supplies the British military and 89 local authorities across the country.
Dennis Fearon, managing director of SG Baker, said the BigBagSystems could replace some of the existing flood defence products already sold by the company. ‘‘After the extensive flooding of last winter and high levels of recent snowfall, it was important we signed this deal now, in order to have the system ready for the coming thaw and flood season,” he said.
The Big Bag Systems has a concertina design consisting of five robust polypropylene bags. It has a water-repellent front and a unique filtration component to the rear, which allows rainwater to seep out. ‘‘Floods have been a big problem in Britain,” Fearon said. ‘‘They come fast and often without warning. ‘‘As Britain’s biggest supplier of sandbags, we are often the first place local authorities and companies turn to in times of flooding. With the BigBagystem, Global Flood Solutions have a unique product that can be deployed very quickly and cost-effectively to our existing client base.” Global Flood Solutions was established in March 2010 by co-founders Shane Curran and Gerard Brennan. The company has eight staff, and also sells a self-erecting flood barrier.