19th February 2014 – Gapuma has received a welcome acknowledgement of its trading success from the Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce.Writing in the Huffington Post, John Longworth says, “[The] latest Trade Confidence Index shows that the optimism among exporters remains high, with 72 percent expecting to see an increase in turnover this year.” This mood mirrors the optimism and growth experienced by Gapuma.
He describes the crucial role played by the London Chamber of Commerce in facilitating Gapuma’s success, by offering “practical advice on the ground…[and] trading documentation.”
The article goes on to sound a warning note saying government will need to collaborate more closely with business and make its own contribution to promoting Britain’s export drive.
The story of Gapuma goes back more than 50 years to when three friends decided to pool their resources and reputations to form a company. Looking for a catchy trading name, Garo, Puzant, and Manuel took the first two letter of each their names. Thus the first GA-PU-MA was born.
Jack Bardakjian grew up with the spirit of Gapuma all around him. After all, his father, Puzant was one of those pioneers. Eventually, the three friends retired and Gapuma went into hibernation. But when Jack came to start a business himself in the mid-1990s, he could think of nothing that encapsulated his values of family, community and continuity better than Gapuma. Having asked the original partners for their blessing, Jack re-established Gapuma, and incorporated it in 1999.
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Gapuma has been a global trader that’s delivered unparalleled service, with family values, since 1999. From our home in London we trade and distribute into more than 30 countries across the globe and many of our customers regard us as friends and regularly extol our services to others.
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Everyone at Gapuma is driven to look beyond their own cultural borders. We encourage our people to expand their horizons; to gain an understanding of the less understood; to observe the less observed, and to think the less often thought ideas. Today Gapuma is a company on the march. With offices established in 14 countries, we are always looking for new prospects.
However we temper our merchant adventurism with a genuine commitment to the communities in which we find ourselves. We look to add value, through employment, training and sponsorship. Our local offices are almost all staffed by people from those communities, familiar with what makes their market tick. And our London HQ has a campus quality:
More than a dozen nationalities communicating in more than 20 languages. In 2014 Gapuma looks forward to extending its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) remit through involvement with the Outward Bound Trust’s programme. This is a long-term obligation designed to offer local young people from very challenging backgrounds not just a change of scenery, but also confidence that commerce has a heart, as well as a place for them at its core.