Sheffield-based Flow Group, one of the leading valve manufacturers, has announced that it is making waves with the sponsorship of British and European Women’s Surf Kayak Champion and world number two, Tamsin Green.

The Group is a key player on the international stage with a sales turnover approaching $60million and has given Green its support, as she prepares for the World Surf Kayak Championships in October in Spain.

Flow Group chief executive Mark Ansell said, “Many of our Shipham valves are used to control seawater in the coastal and offshore oil and gas industry, as well as on naval submarines and ships. We also supply our range of Bestobell LNG cryogenic valves to LNG cargo ships, so our business is heavily focused on the sea and we know how tough it can be out on the water.”

“So when Tamsin approached us to be her sponsors, as top performers in our field, we felt it was highly appropriate that we should help in her quest to reach the top of hers. Her ambitions to be world number one match ours and, as a successful team, we know the value of working in partnership. We wish Tamsin every success when she competes for gold this autumn,” Ansell added.

Tamsin Green said she was “delighted” to have won the backing of such prestigious sponsors. She said, “I'm really grateful to Flow Group for their support. It will be a big help in providing some of the logistics for my training programme and I hope I can justify their faith in me.”

Tamsin has had a meteoric rise to the crest of her wave, becoming British Women's Surf Kayak Champion at her first attempt in West Donegal last September, and a month later taking silver.

Flow Group is a privately owned British valve manufacturing group, recognised internationally for its engineering excellence. The Group – which has purpose built manufacturing facilities in Sheffield, Leeds, Hull, and Newcastle and a distribution centre near Pittsburgh in the USA – has 50 years’ experience supplying the global energy industry.

It now consists of six major specialist valve manufacturing brands – Shipham Valves, Conflow, Bestobell Valves, Bestobell LNG, John Mills Valves and Leeds Valve, each supplying its own niche global energy market. Leeds Valve, the Leeds-based manufacturer of butterfly valves, had recently been acquired by Flow Group and has an excellent reputation for supplying butterfly valve solutions for niche applications in many diverse industries.

Speaking of the acquisition, managing director John Wall commented, “For several years we have been looking to acquire an appropriate butterfly valve business to compliment our current product ranges. Leeds Valve and our existing businesses supply many of the same markets and so, there is an excellent fit.”