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International Trade Club and Awards Celebration 2019

Event Date: 05 December 2019

International Trade Club (ITC) Gala Luncheon and awards 2019

The 2019 annual Gala Luncheon and Awards, sponsored by Baldwins Group and Forbes Solicitors, concluded on Thursday 5th December at the Mecure Dunkenhalgh Hotel hosted by the International Trade Club at East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce.

Mandy Lockett, International Business Director, kicked started the day by giving an overview of 2019 with the challenge’s businesses have had to endure over the year, with Brexit looming and the different strategies like-minded Lancashire businesses have had to take on to prepare for the future.

The Greatest Showman came to town to entertain over 80 members of the International Trade Club, bringing the joys of the circus including juggling, a fantastic musical quiz and an ‘eggsellent’ technical challenge where perfectly engineered structures were created.

Take a look at the photos from the day and find your creation.

View the video of the event here!

The prestigious awards showcased the achievements of International Business throughout the year in one or more of our three categories:

  • Newcomer to International Trade
  • Outstanding Importer Achievement
  • Outstanding Exporter Achievement

With many applicants to choose from, our judges had a tough time choosing who should be awarded.

Each winner was presented with an engraved glass trophy and a bottle of champagne from Les Nutter, Baldwins Group, who congratulated all the winners and wished all our companies the best for 2020, adding what a massive impact the Chamber has on our members and manufacturing community and congratulated East Lancs Chamber in achieving second place in the UK Chamber of the year award adding this is a massive accolade for East Lancashire.

With many applicants to choose from, our judges had a tough time choosing who should be awarded and the following are these worthy winners:

Newcomer to International Trade, went to:

Ritherdon Ltd: a well-established business, this company has won it’s first orders from Australia through actively developing their export sales, to broaden their customer base. With their aims of Team Prosperity, they have built a culture where everyone is genuinely enthusiastic about change and driving the business forward. They are growing innovative, efficient manufacturing business where people matter and building on their recent export success, they are doing their bit to keep Lancashire manufacturing a global business.

Ben Ritherdon, Managing Director said “It was a genuine pleasure for Ritherdon to win the newcomer award at the gala.  It was a boost and a super day out for the team.  Thanks to everyone at the Chamber for a great gala lunch and for their help getting us started with exporting.”

Outstanding Importer Achievement, went to:

Metstok Limited: this company have overcome recent import barriers imposed by the EU, which have stifled many steel importers.  Their exceptional supplier and customer relationships together with business resilience returned 10% revenue growth during the difficult transition period with accelerated growth plans over the next three years providing further recruitment opportunities in Lancashire to join their highly motivated team. A 2019 Queens award winner for International Trade, importing and selling CE marked stainless steel and recently introducing aluminium to their product mix, extending their supplier base to Chinese and Indonesia Mills. They are one of the leading UK suppliers of stainless-steel products in 14 international markets accounting for 20,000 tonnes of imported stainless steel sheets.

Highly Commended Exporter Achievement went to:

Firesafe Fire Rated Ductworth: a business protecting life and property at major airports, malls, hotels, exhibition centre and with just 4 employees in the business exporting on average 90% of turnover. Recently securing a vital approval from US authorities and the go-ahead for specification of their product on large healthcare and education projects. Strong emphasis is placed on technical and marketing support with partner training visits to Dubai, Kuala Lumper, Dublin, Hong Kong and Boston along with driving their export potential with numerous exhibitions across US and German. A proud family-owned Lancashire business with a global perspective and local supplier relationships also awarded the Queens award for International Trade.

Richard Coxen, Chairman said, “We are very pleased to receive this ‘Highly Commended’ Award for our achievements as an exporter, two years in a row.

Our success has been the result of the hard work and enthusiasm of our staff in working with our International Partners to deliver exceptional growth.”

Outstanding Exporter Achievement, went to:

Universal Smart Cards: increasing their export sales turnover substantially by over 450% has proved that their strategy to invest in the USA in particular and other markets has been very successful. Having shipped over 300 million products worldwide to customers such as Formula 1 and Premier League Football Clubs. They have won recent contracts in Colombia, Kuwait and East Timor in recent months - the first contact in each case was attributed to Search Engine Optimisation techniques to make sure they come at the top of searches for certain key words. They have planned for Brexit and are confident that by their preparations their international growth will not suffer as a result. They plan for a continued steady growth in existing overseas accounts and a proactive detailed strategy to target new geographies. This involves researching particular territories, deciding how best to target that market and arranging visits to sign up agents/resellers. They will be targeting 2 new territories per financial year. Another 2019 Queens Award winner for International Trade

Each winner was presented with an engraved glass trophy and a bottle of champagne from Les Nutter, Baldwins Group, who congratulated all the winners and wished all our companies the best for 2020, adding what a massive impact the Chamber has on our members and manufacturing community and congratulated East Lancs Chamber in achieving second place in the UK Chamber of the year award adding this is a massive accolade for East Lancashire.

The celebration was not over yet, our grand raffle prizes were gifted to the members, including generous donations from various different businesses involved with the International Trade Club. To view the winners of each prize, please follow this link. **Add link**

Mandy Lockett, International Business Director said “2019 has proven to be a difficult year, with the challenges of trading internationally and the uncertainties of what to expect over the next couple of months.

The celebration was not over yet, our grand raffle prizes were gifted to the members, including generous donations from various different businesses involved with the International Trade Club.

Mandy Lockett, International Business Director said “2019 has proven to be a difficult year, with the challenges of trading internationally and the uncertainties of what to expect over the next couple of months.

We would like to thank all of our members; past, future and current, and we look forward to 2020”.

If you would like to learn more about the annual Gala Luncheon and Awards or how to get involved in future International Trade Club events, please contact Abigail Finlayson at a.finlayson@chamberelancs.co.uk or call 01254 356 447.

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