A KEIGHLEY company is showcasing its data protection expertise this week at a massive medical trade fair in Dubai.

BLS Stay Compliant is attending the Arab Health Medical Event as part of a Northern Powerhouse trade mission organised by the UK government.

The company, based in offices off Worth Way, were chosen to travel to the Middle Eastern nation following their swift growth on the international scene since setting up in 2014.

Sandra Lomax and Gary Baker, founders and directors at BLS, flew to Dubai ahead of the event’s opening day on Monday this week.

The Trade fair is expected to draw more than 55,000 people from 159 countries worldwide.

The Northern Powerhouse mission to Dubai is supported by the Department for International Trade.

The intention is to develop the economy of the North of England by helping businesses get in front of key decision makers and buyers in select markets.

The mission to Arab Health puts Northern organisations into the largest medical exhibition in the Middle East, where industry professionals and market leaders from all over the world come together to do business.

BLS Stay Compliant says its participation in the mission is a significant boost for the company, which has grown from a start-up in 2014 to an SME with international clients by 2020.

The company is taking its extensive data protection knowledge to the Middle East, working with clients who use, store or transfer data.

Gary said the company was delighted to partner with the Northern Powerhouse.

He said: “Joining this trade mission will give us a great insight into a key market for us, in the Middle East. The initiative is important for the economy and for investing in Northern businesses, so we’re thrilled to be a part of that.”

“We’ve grown and matured as a company, with a great team, to become one of the prominent specialist data protection consultants and trainers in the UK.”

Sandra said BLS Stay Compliant had come a long way since it began in 2014.

She said: “Expanding further into overseas markets, particularly in the Middle East where we already have some links, feels like the next natural step in our progression.

“We look forward to working alongside other partners across the United States, the Middle East and Europe to further develop our respective expertise.”

Sandra said that Northern Powerhouse was designed to boost the Northern economy by investing in skills, innovation, transport and culture, as well as devolving significant powers and budgets to directly elected mayors.

She added: “This can’t be done without a cadre of passionate businesses and organisations, who all believe strongly in the economic potential of the North.”

BLS Stay Compliant Ltd, or Baker Lomax Services Limited, boast 60 years worth of experience in public, private, police, NHS and regulatory organisations, including at senior management level.

The staff specialise in information management policy and governance issues, such as Data Protection, data sharing, Freedom of Information, subject access and Caldicott Guardian expertise.

The core business is training, consultancy and supplying professional advice regarding information rights legislation and compliance.

Northern Powerhouse is the government’s vision for a “super-connected, globally competitive economy with a flourishing private sector, a highly-skilled population, and world-renowned civic and business leadership”.

The Arab Health Medical Event has run for 45 years, covering healthcare innovations such as imaging equipment, cost-effective disposables, prosthetics and advances in surgery.