Family owned Shearer Candles has struck a deal which will see its products sold in South Korea for the first time.

The Glasgow company, which was founded in 1897 and still has its headquarters in the Govan area of the city, said the agreement was worth several thousand pounds.

It will see Shearer’s candles being sold online and in retail premises across the Asian country.

Representatives from distributor La Floma first saw Shearer goods at the Ambiente exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany.

They then arranged to visit the factory in Govan, which can produce six tonnes of candles every 24 hours, to complete the formalities.

Jeremy Lane, sales director at Shearer Candles said: “Over the years we have secured various deals in different markets that have resulted in Shearer Candles becoming a global brand.

“We’re already very popular in Japan and signed a deal with a Chinese distributor less than two years ago, so we’re delighted to be working with a Seoul based company to increase our profile in East Asia.

“As well as the high quality which we always strive to achieve, we have recently invested in new packaging which was the first thing that caught La Floma’s eye.

“They felt the packaging was exactly what South Koreans were looking for and when they smelled and saw our candles burning, they were sure that we were the right fit for them and South Korean shoppers.”

Derek McCamley, Shearer Candle’s account manager at Scottish Enterprise, said: “Shearer Candles is a great example of a Scottish company with global ambitions. We’ve been working with the management team to help them identify new international markets to target for sales, which includes support to attend the trade event in Germany that led to this deal in South Korea.”

The company has been owned by the Barnet family since 1972.