New award celebrates surge in UK exports
03 June 2011
Businesses that are helping to lead the economic recovery by selling UK products and services overseas are to be honoured with a prestigious new award.
The Outstanding Export Award, a new category in the 2011 EEF Future Manufacturing Awards, will recognise manufacturing businesses that are exploiting new markets and winning new business abroad.
The award, in partnership with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), will celebrate new-to-export companies of all sizes which have developed and implemented an export strategy and successfully traded goods and/or services over the past two years.
EEF senior economist, Jeegar Kakkad, said: “Manufacturers are making the most of a weak British pound in overseas markets, achieving a surge in export opportunities. It is time for us to acknowledge manufacturers’ initiative, investment and innovation towards advancing our export opportunities to help drive the UK’s economic recovery.”
Susan Haird, acting chief executive of UK Trade & Investment, added: “Manufacturers are leading the exporting renaissance this country is experiencing. Companies that export grow faster, become more resilient to downturns and become more profitable. This award will celebrate and recognise those companies and I hope inspire others to win business abroad.”
Awards winners will be announced in five UK regions across England and Wales during November, culminating in a national award for the UK’s most outstanding export manufacturer in January 2012
Entry is free and forms are available from EEF’s awards website www.eef.org.uk/awards. The closing date for entries is 31 July 2011.
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