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China’s market captivates — Northern Export Awards actively advocates for export

2018-02-24 6 minute read UK, North, Leeds

PD Port Northern Powerhouse Export Awards (logo)

Northern Powerhouse Export Awards celebrates international trade achievements of northern businesses at the awards dinner night in Leeds, West Yorkshire.

For the second year in a row, northern businesses have celebrated their achievements in international trade at the PD Ports Northern Powerhouse Export Awards, organised by BQ.

Hosted in Leeds Town Hall on 22 February, 2018, the event marked the continuation of the International Trade Campaign — an invigorating 12 month collaboration between BE Group, Northern Powerhouse, and HSBC that hopes to stimulate export potential for Northern businesses.

The Awards

The Northern Powerhouse Export Awards celebrated the successes and triumphs of the export ventures of Northern businesses across categories including: Micro Exporter of the Year, Scale-up Exporter of the year, High Growth Markets Exporter of the Year, and e-Commerce Exporter of the Year.

Manchester-based company, EDM LTD, who heartily contribute to the global industries of civil aviation, rail, and defence with their state-of-the-art training simulators, won two highly-coveted awards: Large Exporter of the Year and Exporter of the Year.

“The awards ceremony has been absolutely fantastic,” EDM’s Lee Whittaker told BQ. “As a business, we export around 95% of our total turnover. It’s a huge part of our business. We have a lot of business in China, America, South East Asia and all over the world. It’s fantastic that we can be showcased and be awarded something like this for our efforts.”

Since its inaugural launch in 2017, the PD Ports Northern Powerhouse Export awards has strived to recognise and applaud northern businesses who are quickly and knowledgeably transitioning into world class exporters.

PD Ports CEO, Frans Calje says, “If there is one thing that never really ceases to amaze me, it’s the unrivalled and unprecedented success stories that we endure in the North of the UK.”

Exporting is a big proponent of this success — and at ACOLINK, we urge businesses of any size, of any sector, to tap into foreign markets to explore your potential.

As our CEO, Anita Zhang, is always found saying: “How do you know, if you don’t do?”

International Trade Campaign

Northern companies are continuing to raise the stakes in exporting, and boosting this further is the International Trade Campaign by PD Northern Powerhouse in association with BE Group and HSBC.

Aiming to present exporting as an achievable and advantageous option for northern SMEs, the campaign will take centre stage across all forms of media — social, print, and digital — to enlighten businesses to the processes and opportunities of exporting.

Exporting is a great asset to northern businesses; increasing profit, sustainability and global brand recognition. Through these awards, and by recognising the success of those who have already been there and done that, there is real hope of boosting export strategies amongst northern businesses, contributing to a fruitful and healthy world trade economy.

Awards and Winners

  • Exporter of the year: EDM LTD
  • E-commerce exporter of the year: Quality Bearings Online
  • Emerging markets exporter of the year: Brandon Medical
  • High growth markets exporter of the year: ESCS
  • Entrepreneurial exporter of the year: James Love Legal
  • Micro exporter of the year: Levity Crop Science
  • Small exporter of the year: Advanced Industrial Solutions
  • Large exporter of the year: EDM LTD
  • Export team of the year: Pecan Deluxe Candy Europe
  • Scale-up exporter of the year: Pecan Deluxe Candy Europe

33 shortlisted companies of the 2018 Awards:

A&C Associates, Advanced Industrial Solutions, Animalcare, Big Little Toys, Brandon Medical, Business Doctors, Cat Tech International, EDM Ltd, ESCS, Faith in Nature, HITEK Electronic Materials, James Love Legal, J&C Joel, JDR Cable Systems, King Cole, Levity CropScience, Marrose Abrasives, North Brewing Co, Northern Monk Brew Co, Pecan Deluxe Candy Europe, Principle Healthcare International, Quality Bearings Online, Red Herring Games, Skignz, Smylies, Solarglide, Tees Components, The Big Word, Tissuemed, Vanacci, Victvs, Vision Support Services, Weedfree on Track