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International Trade Annual Gala Luncheon

Event Date: 07 December 2012

Three companies took the top honours at the International Trade Club Awards, which recognise the work of exporters and importers.
Ed Murphy, International Trade and Training Director at East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce said: “The International Trade Club annual awards and lunch event is a great opportunity to thank the many East Lancs companies engaged in International Trade for their hard work and success throughout the year as this directly benefits everyone in the local economy. Award winners are recognised by their peers for their outstanding performance.”
Paper Cup Company, one of the largest independent designers and manufacturers of short run Paper Cups in Europe won the "Newcomer to International Trade" for making a great start to exporting in a highly competitive sector in their first year. From its base in Lancashire, The Paper Cup Company have started working with major companies, exporting 40% of printed cups globally, mainly in Europe and creating 3.5 new jobs in only 8 months. Cengiz Avci European Sales Manager of The Paper Cup Company was on hand to collect the Award.
Mark Woodward Sales Director at the company said, “I am immensely proud of what the team have achieved in such a short period of time. This time last year we had not started production in the UK and now we are taking orders from around the world and in particular Europe. The team have laid the foundations for us to gain substantial business in the coming years”.
Acorn Digital Inks International Ltd won the “Outstanding Exporter Achievement Award” for successfully competing with the world’s biggest chemical company to solve the problems for a major etching stainless steel plate supplier. As well as this, they are now currently exporting to 34 overseas markets, 10 more than the previous year.  The Accrington based company manufactures specialist inkjet printing solutions and offers a complete service.  Managing Director Chris Rayner commented "We pride ourselves on understanding our customer needs".
Performance Fluids Ltd, designers, developers and suppliers of specialist lubricants, won the “Outstanding Importer Achievement Award” for dominating the European market by importing from their Mexican licensee. They have seen increased sales of over 500 tons… a 38% profitable sales increase in just 12 months. Catherine Hollos, Operations Manager commented "It’s just great to see the hard work of the team has successfully paid off”.
Also recognised for their tremendous effort and highly commended were:-
  • JRC Roofing Distributors Ltd, specialist importers of slate from major slate areas throughout Europe and supplier of roofing slates supplying nationwide throughout the UK
  • Sovereign Beverage Company, specialists in offering International Beverage Solutions for their customers in over 60 countries.
  • Castle Metals, a speciality metal stockholder and profiler supplying over 50 countries throughout the world, achieving year on year success for export.
  • Carlson Filtration, a leading manufacturer of filtration media and supplier of filtration equipment, providing products and services to over 70 countries across 6 continents
  • Kirk Environmental Group Ltd, a UK specialised manufacturer of large storage tanks, Anaerobic Digestion (AD) Tanks and BIODOME® Double Membrane Biogas Holders providing services to 12 new export markets in just two years.
  • Proctor Biomass Systems, a designer, manufacturer and installation services provider of Biomass and coal fired burners for industrial heat and steam applications
Ed Murphy added: "In East Lancashire, the general trend with international trading companies is that they are responding extremely well to these challenging times.  Overall, our companies are competing very well indeed".
Photo's for the event are available by clicking here.
Has this inspired you to enter an award? Details for the 2013 Awards are available by clicking here. To book on next years International Trade Annual Gala Luncheon & Awards Ceremony click here(International Trade Club members are free of charge and additional tickets can be purchased at £19+VAT each).

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