A STROUD company that produces educational robots will now send its creations to the USA to teach children how to learn code.

Ohbot the business who make the robots has also secured contracts in Australia and Canada with support from the Department for International Trade (DIT).

Mat Walker who co-founded Ohbot with Dan Warner spoke of their road to success.

"We knew there was demand in the UK for technology that could teach children about coding and robots, but initially we didn’t have the contacts or the know-how to showcase our robots internationally," said Mr Walker.

"However, working with DIT was key to our international success after starting Ohbot in 2014 using Crowdfunder and Kickstarter sites."

By 2020, the global market for educational technology is expected to total £129 billion, according to DIT.

This is great for startup businesses like Ohbot who are tapping into this demand and creating new jobs.

"Working with DIT has had a huge impact on our business and if we can succeed on the global stage, so can other South West businesses," added Mat.

So far, Ohbot has secured deals with 80 Microsoft shops across the USA and Canada as well as a first deal with Australian distributors that will see robots supplied to schools across the country.

To cope with the increase in demand, Ohbot plans to hire five new members of staff to work at its manufacturing site at Halliday Mill as well as brand and marketing specialists.

Businesses can contact DIT on 01275 370944 or by email at DITsw@mobile.trade.gov.uk for further information.