The Manufacturer and Global Trade Review have joined forces to launch the first UK National Awards for Export Excellence.
According to the British Chambers of Commerce the UK is 14 years behind meeting the target of £1tn in annual exports, despite standout performances by many individual companies.
The judging panel includes:
- Lesley Batchelor, IOE
- Gabriel Buck, Cole Commission/BBA
- Will Clark, AIG
- Guto Davies, GE Capital/BExA
- Margaret Eyres, UKEF
- Ed Harkins, Fieldstone/BBA/UKEF
- Julian Hucker, Open To Export
- Adam Marshall, BCC
- Geoffrey de Mowbray, Dints/BExA
The awards aim to raise the profile of exporting achievements by UK companies of all sizes, across a range of sectors.
Entrants will be judged by an independent panel of experts from some of the UK’s leading industry bodies.
UK exporters of all sizes and industries are eligible to enter any of the 10 categories across a range of sectors and geographical regions to highlight their company’s export accomplishments.
The winners will be announced at a black-tie awards ceremony, at St George’s Hall in Liverpool, on the evening of June 15.
Henry Anson, managing director, The Manufacturer commented: “I am delighted that we here at The Manufacturer have teamed up with the hugely respected Global Trade Review to launch the very first celebration of UK manufacturing export success by holding a prestigious Awards ceremony immediately after the UK Trade & Export Finance Conference at the International Festival for Business on June 15 in Liverpool.
“I would strongly encourage exporting manufacturers to enter these awards so that they can benchmark across various categories their performance against their peers, celebrate their individual success and enjoy a great night out at the Awards ceremony.”
Firms can enter the awards in the following categories:
- Best First Time Export
- Largest UK Export (with UK Content)
- Supply Chain Excellence
- Export Excellence in Sub-Saharan Africa
- Export Excellence in MENA
- Export Excellence in Asia-Pacific
- Export Excellence in Europe
- Export Excellence in the Americas
- Best use of Export Finance
- Innovation in Exporting
Prior to the awards ceremony the UK Trade & Export Finance Conference 2016 will take place in Liverpool. This annual event will provide a crucial forum for the UK’s business, government and financial sectors to meet and discuss ongoing trade priorities ahead of the evening’s proceedings.
If you have an inspiring story to tell, have made significant improvements to your working practices or think your team deserves nationwide recognition, then then the UK National Awards for Export Excellence 2016 wants to hear from you.