Praise from Italian business after Chamber International alerts over Malaysian fake tenders scam

10 January 2018


Three-quarters of a million businesses worldwide visit Chamber International’s website each year to keep up-to-date with the articles and information we carry.

Praise for our website, which holds 500 pages of content and aims to balance ‘must-know’ information for companies involved with overseas trade alongside practical templates and downloads to simplify export procedures, has come from an Italian company which first visited this summer.

The company, Dixpari-brand by SPA, based in Genova, Northern Italy, has contacted Chamber International thanking us for carrying an article warning of Malaysian fraudsters issuing bogus tenders to swindle money out of overseas businesses.

Dixpari-brand by SPA, which sells a wide range of lamps (see picture), is managed by Isabella and Carolina Candelo, although the original business, SPA, was founded by their grandfather, Bruno, in 1967 and grown by their father Roberto.

Isabella says: “Thank you for carrying the article on the Malaysian fake tenders. It made me far more alert to the dangers. While I cannot be certain that I was approached by one of the fraudsters, I may have been and it certainly made me far more careful.

“I find the Chamber International website very good for our company, even though we are based in Italy. It has an interesting range of articles and information, particularly as access is for free!”

The Dixpari range of lamps was designed by an Italian architect. Each lamp is numbered and carries the architect’s signature as authentication. Isabella and Carolina, who are supported by other professionals within the SPA business, sell direct to homeowners seeking something more distinctive and also to architects and interior designers who specify them for businesses including hotels, restaurants or high-class fitting out projects. 

Dixpari by SPA, which had a 11 kEUR turnover 2016, sees exporting, including to the UK, as a major source of growth. Isabella says: “As we launched the product in an international trade fair, we are very open to opportunities from all over the world. We see exporting as a major source of growth. The lamps are very distinctive and we believe that they can be popular in international markets.”

Chamber International digital manager, Carla Assunção says: “Our analysis of traffic to the site has always featured a high number of overseas businesses and this is something that appeals to our advertisers but it’s great to receive feedback from Isabella Candelo over the Malaysian fake tenders in this way.”

You can find out more about Isabella and Carolina’s company, Dixpari by SPA, by visiting


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