Belfast Telegraph

Games masters Backspindle boost sales of latest product at top trade show

By Margaret Canning

Board game inventors from Co Down – whose influences include fantasy author Terry Pratchett – have received hundreds of overseas sales after taking part in a trade show.

Backspindle in Bangor was founded by David Brashaw and graphic designer Leonard Boyd over 20 years ago.

The company used support from Invest NI to launch dice game, Luchador, at industry showcase SPIEL, which takes place in Germany every year.

David Brashaw, of Backspindle Games, said: "Attending SPIEL is essential for any business in board games wishing to grow sales outside Northern Ireland, which is our focus. It's a four-day event in Germany which is very costly.

"Invest NI's assistance made it possible for us to attend and to launch our new board game. We just couldn't have afforded to take part in such an important trade show without Invest NI assistance.

"We sold over 500 games at the show and are now working with a major US distributor to develop business worldwide. The event also enabled us to keep abreast of developments and trends in the industry and to explore ideas for new games."

Backspindle has grown from a hobby into a business for Mr Brashaw and Mr Boyd. They have developed a range of board games, including Guards! Guards!, based on Terry Pratchett's novel of the same name.

Invest NI trade director Dr Vicky Kell said the SOLEX scheme, which benefited Backspindle, was designed to help companies attend international trade exhibitions in their sector which fitted in with their export strategy and business plan.

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