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International Trade Annual Gala Lunch

Event Date: 11 December 2009

The International Trade Club’s Annual Gala Luncheon, which was held at the Dunkenhalgh Hotel, recognises and promotes the quality, diversity and ingenuity of successful local exporters and importers.

Earby-based firm Metal Improvement Company won the New Exporter award, having signed a deal with a Swiss firm to strengthen turbine components with its Laser Peening process (unique outside the U.S.). Ian McGeachie, Division Manager for the firm said of their award, “It’s fantastic. It’s been a long road to get this contract. We’re very happy now that it’s here. We hope to keep going and we can take in components from anywhere in the world.”

Acorn Digital Inks scooped the award for Entering New Markets. The company, which supplies specialist inks to the packaging industry, was recognized for its staggering achievement of trading in 17 countries just 5 months after becoming an exporter. The company was also highly commended in the New Exporter category. The firms Managing Director, Chris Rayner said, “It’s brilliant! We wouldn’t have got where we are now without the support from the Chamber. And since entering, we’ve added two new markets to our list.”

Cutting edge lighting firm ACDC's talent for securing major international projects was recognised with the Export Performance award. ACDC has supplied lighting systems to developments such as the Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai, Hong Kong's International Wetlands Park and the Cube in Moscow. Mark Wolstenholme, Head of Marketing for ACDC said, “I’m really proud that we’ve won. The business has been working hard to build business in our export markets.”

Highly commended in the Export Performance category were Blackburn-based interactive whiteboard manufacturer Promethean, Burnley’s Process Instruments which is at the cutting edge of H2O technology, exporting its products to 25 countries around the world and Nelson-based Kirk Environmental, which provides equipment for the Biogas industry.

Following the presentations, delegates were treated to an introduction to Lancashire’s Lives, Loves and Looms – the story of Lancashire’s history and our ancestors – and a prize draw.

Ed Murphy, International Trade Director at the East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce said of the awards ceremony, “East Lancashire sets the bar for the North West on the quality of export companies. A lot of people don’t realize how many world beaters and how many really dynamic companies we’ve got. These are all examples of that sort of company: high technology, cutting edge and very, very good at what they do. It’s nice to recognize all their effort and achievement.”

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