Past Events

International Trade Awards and Gala Luncheon 2014

Event Date: 05 December 2014

Representatives of Lancashire businesses celebrated another fantastic year for trading at the ninth International Trade Club awards and Gala luncheon. The entertainment commenced with a personal introduction to Roger the Reindeer, standing in for Rudolf, provided by Ribble Valley Reindeers, the Hyndburn Singers Choir, a Dickensian Murder by the Civic Arts Group and a grand prize draw followed by a Christmas lunch in the fabulous Dunkenhalgh Hotel.

Paul Stowers from UKTI commented on the Governments position and how this impacts new and existing exporters and Mandy Lockett reviewed how the Chamber has assisted over the last year and commented “It’s all of you who are exciting, innovative and constantly developing that puts Lancashire on the map and makes us all champions in the ears and eyes of Government”.

The award winners were:
  •  Outstanding Exporter Achievement: Northern Industrial & The Paper Cup Company - Pipeline Induction Heat was highly commended
  • Outstanding Import Achievement: Kabo Sports
  • Newcomer to International Trade: 247GT - Silmed Limited was highly commended

Northern Industrial, based in Shadsworth, Blackburn, has grown to 45 staff including many who can speak a range of foreign languages. About a third of their business is now export and Sales and Marketing Director, David Lenehan, said “Our sales growth overseas has been driven by our internet sales and we continue to take on more people who can speak foreign languages as we sell into new markets.” He added “The Chamber has been really useful in providing support when you export to many markets.

The Paper Cup Company produce bespoke printed cups for many household names including BMW, DHL and Smirnoff. Cengiz Avci, European Sales Director, said “The award recognises how the company has grown. 22% of the company’s sales is now overseas and we hope to grow this to 60% in the next 3 years.”

KaBo Sports imports hockey sticks and other equipment from Pakistan. They visited the country and sourced a factory that already produces high quality products for established brands and is now competing with them head to head as a challenger brand with a clear USP for design and price point. KaBo is also working with other factories in Pakistan on sports clothing and will be launching new ranges in the upcoming months. The next step is to start exporting to other hockey playing markets.

The best newcomer award went to 247GT who manufacture equipment for the airport industry including baggage trailers. Brian Sneyd, CEO, said “We have a great website that has helped us develop our overseas sales. We are proud that all our products are British made.”

The business was set up in September 2013 and already 34% of their sales are exported. Brian added ” This week alone we have gained three new overseas customers.”

Each winner was presented with an engraved glass trophy.

For additional information on the International Trade Club Awards and Gala Luncheon please contact the International Trade Team on 01254 356400
Future dates for your diary:
  • 26th February 2015 (Breakfast Meeting)
  • 21st May 2015 (Breakfast Meeting)
  • 24th September 2015(Breakfast Meeting)
  • 5th November 2015 (Breakfast Meeting)
  • 4th December 2015 - (Gala Luncheon hosting the International Trade Awards 2015)


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